Sunday, May 28, 2006

My hero!

Check out this article by Rami Khouri .... I rest my case! J


Blogger Abu Shreek said...

What an amazing coincidence! I just posted an old article that has a similar theme,(definitely not as articulate or deeply-analyzed as Mr. Khoury’s), nevertheless I thought it carried similar points.

Monday, May 29, 2006  
Anonymous staghounds said...

Easy to say. What is the answer to the question, then?

"Bush and Blair should consider this legacy, our violent societies in the Middle East, our shared future—and find a better way to do this modernity stuff so that it does not routinely kill our people, collapse our governments and shatter our societies."

Sunday, June 04, 2006  
Blogger Hatem Abunimeh said...

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006  
Blogger Hatem Abunimeh said...

Notwithstanding the death and destruction that spawn as a result of delving into it, Civil war isn't necessarily all that bad after all , some countries come out much better than they were prior to starting their civil war, others become stronger and more cohesive.

Jordan is a classic example, can you tell me that Jordan today is better off or worse off than Jordan in September, 1970 ? The Same goes for Lebanon, USA, Spain, Sudan, and many other African countries.

When all diplomatic avenues close down, war become an inevitable outcome among the people's irreconcilable differences, they end up fighting it out, and weeding it all out.

It is more or less like gardening, when you remove all of the weeds out of the garden, it become a much better, more beautifully looking garden. I have nothing but utmost respect for Rami, I revere him as a journalist, intellectual, and very cognizant individual.

However, I think that he is rushing to judgment in characterizing the Anglo-American lubrication of Iraq and its people as a very gloomy disaster. Iraq will come out of this tumultuous situation smelling like a rose garden, I'm saying this on record now so in the future if it doesn't those words will come back to haunt me.

But since I'm so confident that whatever happened in Iraq will end up being beneficial to the Iraqi people, and whether the Anglo-American invaded or didn't invade, the low level civil strife was bound to happen sooner or later, it just was a ticking bomb waiting to happen and Saddam's fall out of grace was the spark that ignited the already galvanized Iraqis.

The Americans and the British for those who are unfamiliar with their styles usually initiate long term projects that bear fruits after 10, 15, and 20 years. So Iraq or any other MidEastern region isn't going to become democratic overnight, it takes quite a bit of time, but when everything is said and done, hopefully, the entire MidEast will end up a much better place than what it is nowadays.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006  
Anonymous moab said...

Hatem Abunimeh - hope you're right - just tragic it had to be this way - the result of which accurately summed up by Rami who has a handle on the historical viewpoint.
Why should war be an option in a so-called civilised society?
One thing I have observed is that humankind has changed little in over two thousand years of religious doctrine. How sad is that?

Thursday, June 08, 2006  

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