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October 27, 2005

More Information on The Situation in the Middle East

Rafah Pundits has pictures of both the suicide bombing and the Israeli missile strikes. The site is under new management and doesn't have all of its archives back yet. Insightful quotes from their site:

The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, have strongly condemned the attack and said "such acts of violence provoke further Israeli retaliations". His condemnation was denounced by the Islamic Jihad spokesperson in Gaza, Mr. Khalid Al-Batsh, who said "How is it fair that Israel has the legitimacy to assassinate, invade, detain and bomb Palestinian cities, while we don’t even have the right to react to these violations?"
Juan Cole wrote a brilliant post on the similarities between Iraq and Palestine / Israel.

More gruesome photos of Israelis and mainstream news account from the NYT: "Palestinian Suicide Bomber Kills 5 in an Israeli Town," by Greg Myre and Dina Kraft
The NYT also reports on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disgusting speech: "Iran's New President Says Israel 'Must Be Wiped Off the Map,'" by Nazila Fathi with contributions from Greg Myre

Extensive quotes from the extremely disturbing speech by Ahmadinejad are available at Iran Focus.

The vitriolic statements and violence in the Middle East remind me of all the ethnic conflicts I studied in college. My senior year research was on what makes ethnic conflict become ethnic violence. I am convinced that charismatic leaders create the climate necessary to kill one's neighbors. I believe Ahmadinejad is the wrong leader for Iranians and I believe Ariel Sharon's apartheid wall, annexation of Palestinian Jerusalem, and encouragement of colonizers in the West Bank is the wrong leadership for Israel.

I pray that we in the U.S. will kick the bums out of power in DC and replace them with leaders who recognize the need for diplomacy and engagement in the Middle East, rather than knee-jerk support of all Israeli actions.

Posted by cj at October 27, 2005 7:44 AM


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