I smell war
I smell terror
I know I know, I am such a KILLJOY. Everyone is chit chatting PEACE PEACE PEACE PEACE PEACE PEACE like chickens in a chicken coop but so many developments point to just the opposite:
Syria Tests Scud Missiles
"Syria test-fired three Scud missiles last
Friday, including one that broke up over Turkish territory and showered missile
parts down onto unsuspecting Turkish farmers, Israeli military officials
revealed Thursday. Syria test-fired three Scud missiles late last week, reinforcing Israeli worries about Damascus' ability to deliver a missile-borne chemical attack against Israeli civilian targets, Israeli military officials said Friday. " The New York Times reports. In the Cato Policy
Syria Accountability Act: Taking the Wrong Road to Damascus," United
Press International foreign editor Claude Salhani writes: "The Syria
Accountability Act leads in the wrong direction in the fight against
anti-American terrorists by escalating an unnecessary conflict in the Middle
East that will only strengthen those who wish us harm.
Syria harbors the leadership of the Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad and helps them, as well as the Iranian-sponsored Hizballah, with money, arms, and sponsorship. "The message from Syria to the Palestinians is not to stop shooting," a senior Israeli official said. (New York Times)
The lifeless body of outspoken Kurdish cleric Sheik Machouk Alkhaznawi was returned to his family in Syria on Wednesday, three weeks after he went missing. Amnesty International and members of the Kurdish Democratic Party said he was killed by authorities, citing evidence of torture on the body. Days before his disappearance, Globe and Mail correspondent Paul Koring interviewed Alkhaznawi in Damascus for a story about Syria's newly emboldened political dissidents. "Either the regime will change, or the regime must go," he said in the interview. Engaging, passionate, inspiring, and funny, Alkhaznawi was every despot's worst nightmare. He was a champion of tolerance, respect between Arabs and Kurds, and the compatibility of democracy and Islam. (Globe and Mail-Canada)
The U.S. condemned the killing of a prominent anti-Syrian Lebanese journalist in a bombing Thursday in Beirut. "It's a heinous act," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said of the killing of Samir Kassir, 45, an editorial writer for the Lebanese An-Nahar newspaper and a frequent commentator on Alhurra, the U.S.-funded, Arabic-language satellite television channel. Kassir helped found Lebanon's Democratic Left movement, a main force behind the protests that led to Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon. (Bloomberg)
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At the scene of Samir Kassir's assassination, angry crowds accused Lebanon's pro-Syrian regime of murdering opposition journalist Samir Kassir. "Assassins! Agents of Syrian corruption! Who will be the next victim?" they yelled. Kassir, who had an eloquent way with words that made him one of the widest-read writers in Lebanon, authored countless fiery editorials against Syria's tutelage over Lebanon during his lifetime. (Daily Star-Lebanon)
According to 'The Oslo Syndrome'
By Center for Security Policy
FrontPageMagazine.com Terrorist organizations are not being dismantled by Abbas. Instead, groups like Hamas with the avowed mission of destroying Israel are ascendant. They are winning local elections and taking full advantage of the "hudna" (temporary suspension of hostilities) to rebuild their offensive capabilities against Israel.
Hamas and other terrorists are being integrated into Palestinian security forces, receiving valuable training and even arms from American and European personnel. In addition, burgeoning quantities of ever-more powerful weapons are being smuggled into Gaza from Egypt.
Meanwhile, Palestinians are being encouraged by official imams whose sermons are broadcast on Abbas-controlled media to kill Jews and destroy America. For example, less than two weeks before Mr. Bush welcomed Abu Mazen to the White House, Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris claimed on Palestinian Authority TV that history showed the torture, exile and murder of Jews to be legitimate and the Muslim conquest of the United States inevitable.
If the evidence is so clear that the
Palestinian state Abu Mazen is a-building will be but a new state-sponsor of
terror, how could President Bush - who in June 2002 rejected that prospect and
has devoted his presidency to eliminating such sponsors - possibly be turning a
blind eye to the facts on the ground? How could he be insisting that Israel make
still further territorial and political concessions, including over Jerusalem,
let alone be handing over directly to the Palestinian Authority $50 million in
U.S. taxpayers' funds?
I have seen Moishe the Beetle, he is me
Student: "Professor Wiesel, in your book, Night, you have a character, Moishe the Beetle, who comes back to warn the people. Do you see yourself now as you saw Moishe the Beetle, as a kind of messenger with a warning for all of us to listen to?"
Elie Wiesel: "In a way, yes. But not only I, really. I think all those who went through that experience could say that they are messengers. We are all messengers to each other. If not, there would be no possibility for human beings to speak; there would be no possibility to hope. It would be impossible for any one of us to think of tomorrow. Tomorrow will be the year 2000. When I think of that year, I’m seized with anguish. What will happen then to our memories? What will happen when the last messenger will have given his or her message and will no longer be here? That is where you come into the picture, you young people. We have a tremendous faith in you—justified".