by Nidra Poller
New English Review
The play within the play
In October 2011 an extraordinary opportunity to apprehend the ill-defined “Middle East” conflict was offered in the form of a play within the play. Discourse was disabled by flesh and blood images acting out the drama with exquisite unity and perfect casting. Playing the role of Israel, Gilad Shalit, courageous survivor of five years of unspeakable deprivation, emerged frail, pale but gloriously resistant. The little that we know of the conditions of his imprisonment is already too much. Kidnapped at the age of 19 near the Kerem Shalom crossing in Israel (two IDF soldiers were killed in the cross-border attack), held in some sort of dungeon, starved of human company, starved of daylight, undernourished, not even given eyeglasses with which to see the ugly contours of his constricted world, Gilad stood before us, a miraculous survivor. The celestial light of dignity suffused his flesh and bones with metaphysical force. Continue reading Swing Low Sweet Sharia
I still detest crucifixes. They make me shudder. My reaction to them is no different than it is to other depictions of torture, which I cannot bear to look at.
Daphne Caruana Galizia, November 2009
It seems to me that I have found a few more “catharsis” videos featuring your Libyan “rebels” tormenting Muammar al-Gaddafi. Maybe you would like to publish these on your blog too, as an encore! 😉
They are here.
I haven’t watched them myself (I had seen a few others already, in which your “rebels” acted as if they were just slaughtering cattle, and those were enough for me), but if your theory saying that certain atrocities, or better, using your word again, the “catharses,” committed by the “rebels” are just a consequence of what the poor Libyans have “been through” under Gaddafi, then already from the textual description of the videos it seems that they have “been through” quite a variety of things – under the infidel dog: Continue reading Hello Daphne Caruana Galizia, come take another look here, please!
by Raymond Ibrahim
October 22, 2011
What a myopic view the Western media and its array of “experts” have concerning the so-called “Arab Spring” — a myopia that naturally metastasizes among the general public.
Consider the Libyan crisis. As usual, the focus is entirely on the individual, on the tangible — the now dead Gaddafi — whom all the blame can be heaped upon, while the existentialist elephant in the room, the real mover and shaker, the spirit of the age behind all these uprisings, is never acknowledged. Continue reading Gaddafi Dead – So What?
by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
The American Spectator
September 19, 2011
Since the de facto downfall of the Gaddafi regime, much analysis has justifiably focused on the questions of Libya’s internal dynamics and future stability. However, the possible implications on the security of the wider region, extending south through the Sahel to Nigeria, have been less widely considered.
One cause for concern that should have been raised during NATO’s campaign in Libya was the fact that airstrikes did not target Gaddafi’s vast stockpiles of missiles and other arms. The predictable result of this massive error has been that several arms depots — including one that contains SA-7b Grail heat-seeking missiles imported by the Gaddafi regime from former Soviet bloc countries — have been found looted in Tripoli. Continue reading Instability Spreading
there, whose motto appears to be, “Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication is a duty,” affirms:
Looks like Colonel Gadaffi has teamed up with Islamic fundamentalists to wage war against their mutual enemy, the EU – US.
All that oil money and weaponary [sic] in the hands of those waging a global jihad against us.
Somebody here affirms, instead:
Like the late Iraqi ruler, [Gaddafi] detests Al Qaeda. But expedience is the rule. Qaddafi would argue that NATO, like the Americans in Iraq, left him very few choices for surviving and therefore pushed him into the arms of the Islamist extremists.
But meanwhile, Al Qaeda has established a presence in the ranks of Qaddafi’s enemies.
Washington, London, Paris and NATO refuse to acknowledge that Mustafa Muhammad Abdul Jalil‘s National Transitional Council in Benghazi has a covert Al Qaeda component. They prefer to believe this fervent Muslim when he pledges to follow the path of “Islam Wassat” (Islam of the Golden Mean) in ruling Libya after he is ensconced in Tripoli.
Or maybe better: on the Western suicide war currently taking place there:
Was there any indication that there would be the implied genocide that comes with mass graves? Hardly. On Feb 22nd, Libyan diplomats began claiming in broken English that Gaddafi was committing ‘genocide’. Since they had trouble with the language, it’s an open question if they even knew what genocide was. And since Libya is an Arab-Muslim country and the civil war is fought between Arab Muslims, who exactly would Gaddafi be committing genocide against? The Tuaregs are the closest thing Libya has to a minority– and they’re fighting on his side. If there’s a possible genocide here, it would be of the Tuareg people by the rebels if they win. Continue reading Sultan Knish on the “genocide” and so on in Libya
Quando si tratta di combattere l'”Islamofobia” (© Ayatollah Khomeini), tutto fa brodo e tutto è permesso come nell’amore, mhux veru? Even something as repulsive as a “Bosnian-American Genocide Institute and Education Center” (at the same time), i.e., as Julia Gorin has – perhaps unintentionally – explained, literally an Institute for genocide. So just keep on publishing, along with the periodic reader remarks suggesting Jewish conspiracies, also any eye-opening Holocaust-relativising shit like the following – in your amazing notebook:
It is not the first time in European history that diplomats and international agencies preferred to look the other way whilst millions perished thanks to the whims of a tyrant.
Seems that history is repeating itself whilst Gaddafi unleashes the ”Final Solution’ on his people.
After all, it’s in our Eurabian DNA and neither we nor anyone else can do anything against our transforming anything in “Final Solutions,” I mean anything short of some kind of… well… “Final Solution.”
In a strong-worded statement published yesterday on her blog, Maltese EU liberal Daphne Caruana Galizia condemned the violence currently taking place in Egypt, where the newly appointed Foreign Minister is preparing to boost Egypt’s collaboration with the Iranian-sponsored Hamas for the next big war against Israel after the Egyptian-Israeli gas-pipeline has already been blown up and Islamic anti-Semitic Cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has spoken to a crowd of reportedly one million or more followers in Cairo’s Tahrir Square shortly after the “revolution”, inveighing and inciting Jihad against the Jews, while the Egyptian military is being reported to be backing up an Islamic mob attacking the homes of Christians and trying to destroy a Coptic Church (because one of those infidels had a relationship with a woman born as a follower of their superior religion of peace) after similar incidents in the last few days in Egypt in which the military helped render Egyptian Christians defenseless against Islamic Jihad mob attacks. Continue reading Daphne Caruana Galizia condemns frightening first results of Egyptian “revolution”
Today she wrote that,
perhaps [The Times of Malta] could ring [Maltese FM] Tonio Borg and ask him whether we are still close friends with Gaddafi, and if not, what do we plan to do about it.
Continue reading Maltese writer Daphne Caruana Galizia should perhaps partly rewrite one blog post of hers asap
An interesting statement could be found today in the online edition of The Times of Malta. The newspaper quoted “[t]wo Libyan fighter jet pilots landed in Malta” as saying (if in unison or one after another or otherwise, the newspaper wouldn’t say) that,
“[t]here are rivers of blood on the streets of Tripoli,”
and as adding,
that Serbian plans were being sent to bomb civilian protesters.
The site did not specify if so far only military protesters had been bombed, nor from where and whereto the plans were allegedly being sent – so that presumably the Serbian plans were and are still being flown in from Serbia or Pale (and/or, who knows, from Jerusalem and/or New York, too?). Furthermore, it does not appear to be absolutely clear whether the Libyan fighter jet pilots and/or the Times of Malta mean or meant that civilian protesters in Libya were already being killed (in addition to military protesters) or probably going to be killed directly and in masses by means of Serbian plans rather than through more conventional, less atrocious weapons (of mass destruction) and “only” following masses of vicious Serbian plans being sent from one place to another, probably to Gaddafi.
Continue reading Libya: Another Kosovar-Srebrenican Style Nakbashoah in the making?
It seems to me that a few hours ago I read that the Maltese Foreign Minister, Dr Tonio Borg, once again mumbled (or that he said much clearer and louder than ever before) that it is wrong to impose “our model of democracy” on the countries of the Maghreb. Or maybe he was just speaking about Libya. Yes, I think he was referring to Libya, as I remember too now that he also said more or less that one may not risk to help split up a sovereign state from the outside.
The Foreign Minister (and lawyer’s) statement reminded me of the fact that reportedly, when in Israel some time ago, he met with a representative of the Palestinian Authority (if I remember well it was Hanan Ashravi) in Jerusalem, which amounted, as a news editor told me, to a violation of the Oslo accords (at least by the representative of the PA involved), i.e. virtually to a coordinated (“Christian-Muslim”, so to speak) attack on the sovereignty of Israel.
I guess this means that, on one hand, as far as the Maghreb (or any country of the world except Israel) is concerned, the Maltese Foreign Minister and lawyer Tonio Borg is in favor of territorial integrity (even if that may cost some or even many many lives and even if that state continues to be led by one of the most brutal and ugly anti-Semitic fascists of the world), and that, on the other hand, as far as the Jewish state is concerned, he is not that shy instead and supports moves aimed at the violation of its sovereignty or even at its complete destruction, even if that could cost many many deaths – mainly of Jews).
I don’t know: may one call Dr Tonio Borg a terrorist supporter because of this? Well, of course not. Gaddafi certainly is not a terrorist, but rather just a Muslim statesman with his own ideas about democracy — Libyan ideas. Just like Tonio Borg has its own Maltese ones. And now please do not tell me that the case of Bianca Zammit and Dr Borg’s patriotic legal and diplomatic support for her against the bloody Zionists has got something to do with support for terrorism too, or even for anti-Semitism. Mind you: We clarified that question earlier already, at least as far as I remember.