This Week Trends
"Perhaps chafing from a stinging criticism of his civil rights record (or glaring lack of one), President Bush earlier this month appointed Gerald A. Reynolds to head the US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR), the 57-year old civil rights oversight body."
"In the Middle East, a new axis may be coming into being, one that includes Hizbullah, the Palestinians, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Syria is a Sunni country. Iraq is now controlled by the Shiites, who wholeheartedly support Hizbullah. But the Iraqi Sunnis, who are waging a tough guerilla war against the Americans, also support Hizbullah."
"It is a well known fact that Israel’s settlers and by association, its right wing government, thrive on violence from the Palestinians. This has always been the excuse for sparking confrontation between the two sides, maintaining the status quo of its military occupation and gradually implementing its long term plan of usurping more and more Palestinian land.....This kind of violence is what Israel was waiting for after the September vote. Propaganda swirled around the prospect of violent confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli forces and Israel’s preparations for them. When no violence occurred, Israel’s right wingers were dissatisfied and thus initiated violent attacks on their own."
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"The Israeli National Security Council is rapidly progressing with its detailed plans for disengagement. Various professional committees in Israel are working almost around the clock preparing every aspect of the disengagement. Almost everything possible to do to ensure success of the disengagement is taking place – except the most important thing – coordinating and negotiating with the Palestinians, without this, the plan is doomed to fail and we will all continue to pay the price."
"Unless, America learns to reject the voices of the hateful provocateurs and works towards nurturing a worldview that is respectful of ‘other’ cultures and traditions, her soldiers will continue to commit despicable crimes in the occupied territories."
"This election has been long, and it has been difficult. It has exposed raw nerves at the core of the American psyche: race, and fear of Arabs and Muslims (long a problem, but exacerbated by the horrific terror of 9-11) are problems we must now address. As long as they remain unaddressed, they can be the fodder of incitement, used to prey off of fear and insecurity. No doubt, a dangerous situation. But there is a lesson to be learned from the Gayle Quinnell and McCain episode, and that is: If left unchecked, the hatred will grow, but when challenged, it can be defeated."
"What is so hypocritical is that prior to the Iraq war, the Western intelligentsia talked about the credibility of the UN on the basis of Iraq’s technical ‘compliance’, but yet, no such construction was made for Israel who has been flippantly ignoring numerous resolutions issued against it since 1948."