Posts Tagged ‘Middle East’

Quote of the Day: Muammar al-Gadaffi

February 26, 2011

From “The Green Book”:

“The democratic press is that which is issued by a People’s Committee, comprising all the groups of society. Only in this case, and not otherwise, will the press or any other information medium be democratic, expressing the viewpoints of the whole society, and representing all its groups.”

Now, I’m an anarchist and an individualist, I don’t believe in representative democracy anymore than Gadaffi seems to do, but in my view the whole point of true democracy (anarchy) is that every individual has a voice of their own. It is impossible to extract a common opinion from a group of people, which is why any system must allow for freedom of speech, press, expression, thought, opinion, religion, politics and so on, no matter what the individuals believe or think (as long as they don’t infringe someone else’s right to the same things). Also, although I know too little of Libya, I’m under the impression that the People’s Committee has either not been implemented or failed to represent the entire spectrum of opinions in the country, usually in favour of the opinions of Gadaffi and his closest friends.

This didn’t make sense:

“Private individuals have the right to express only their own, and not anyone else’s opinions.”

Full quote from the chapter PRESS:

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A Message to/from President Barack Obama

June 1, 2009

Obama is travelling to the Middle East. From The Associated Press:

“In a much-anticipated speech in Egypt on Thursday Obama is expected to stress a commitment to strengthening U.S. ties to the Muslim world.

On Wednesday he arrives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah, the sponsor of the 2002 Arab peace plan which calls for exchanging of peace with Israel in return for land it seized in the 1967 Middle East war.

Arabs also fear that a focus on Iran will derail efforts to commit Obama to the two-state solution.”

From Arab News:

“On the eve of his journey with this mission I would like to tell him that all Muslim nations without exception have extremely been pained by the foreign policy of the previous US administration toward the Muslim world.

The children of Abraham are making the same mistakes they did over 2000 years ago. They refuse to obey the word of God. The people and leadership promote and are engaged in sexual immorality, drunkedness, homosexuality, perversion, fornication, and all such sin. God has constantly punished such behavior from the Israel. When will they learn. Repent and turn back to God.

The issues are, apparently, tough but could be solved only if US abandons its practice of adopting double standards in its approach to issues in the Middle East. The US practice has, undoubtedly, engendered a lot of hatred not only in the Muslim and Arab world but also in the whole world.

I sincerely hope that President Obama realizes these facts.”

Religion is undoubtedly a major issue in the conflict in the region. It’s perhaps not a good idea to try and solve the problems by promoting your religion, even if most religions tend to advocate love and peace and understanding and friendship and a long list of positive things. Not saying that everyone should stop believing, but if they did, they could ignore the claims on land and power based on the religious heritage.

Maybe if Israel wasn’t treated as the holy land, with holy soil producing holy food, people might agree on a more practical approach to how the land should be owned by the individuals involved. Because that’s what it’s all about, it’s not about politicians, God or history, it’s about tiny little people wanting a good life for themselves.

From youtube:

“The children of Abraham are making the same mistakes they did over 2000 years ago. They refuse to obey the word of God. The people and leadership promote and are engaged in sexual immorality, drunkedness, homosexuality, perversion, fornication, and all such sin. God has constantly punished such behavior from the Israel. When will they learn. Repent and turn back to God”

“I’m very familiar with the gospel of Jesus. Particularly the part in Matthew 5 17-18 where he said he would not change one part of the Old Law. That means the Old Testament, by his word, is still in effect. Why aren’t you following Jesus’s word and killing those who work on the Sabbath and boycotting Red Lobster for selling the abomination that is shellfish? Have you no faith in his word?”

Obama will make one of the speeches of his tour at the Cairo University. From wikipedia: (click on Levant for more context)

“The Fatimid Caliphate or al-Fatimiyyun was an Arab Shi’a dynasty that ruled over varying areas of the Maghreb, Egypt, Sicily, Malta and the Levant from 5 January 909 to 1171. It was the fourth and final Arab caliphate.

The caliphate was ruled by the Fatimids, who established the Egyptian city of Cairo as their capital.”

Swedish Military Capture Pirates in the Red Sea/Indian Ocean

May 29, 2009

Now, this is weird. Swedish soldiers are patrolling international water between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa. The Swedes are part of a European Union army (!) and they’re looking for Somalian pirates. The EU has an agreement with Kenya that pirates should be tried in Kenya. Today it was a Greek ship involved in the capture and so the question was raised whether to send them to Greek courts. A Swedish trial is not on the map though, even if all other countries on the map seem to want a piece of the pirates.

The pirates are mostly recruited to mob-like organizations from amongst poor fishermen who can’t earn enough money on fishing to provide forthemselves or their families. And the reason they’re out of work is because they have very low-tech fishing equitment and vessels, while the waters have been opened up to huge international corporations who quickly suck up all the fish out of the water and send off to the rich Western. Hence, it is far beyond irony that the pirates kidnap rich Westerners to extract money from.