Thursday, September 29, 2005

Egyptian Sandmonkey Eviscerates Arab Women Criticizing Karen Hughes

Egyptian Sandmonkey takes the NY Times article apart

Karen Hughes vs. muslim women

Karen Hughes is not enjoying herself on her middle-east tour; she is metting discontent with muslim women in 2 countries, both of them are US allies. First Saudi, then Turkey. Bad news, no? Let's take a closer look, shall we?

The Women of Saudi meetup:

The Audience?
  • The audience - 500 women covered in black at a Saudi university - seemed an ideal place for Karen P. Hughes, a senior Bush administration official charged with spreading the American message in the Muslim world, to make her pitch.
An ideal place? Really? Ok!

Who picked them and what segment of society do they represent?
  • The group of women on Tuesday, picked by the university, represented the privileged elite of this Red Sea coastal city, known as one of the more liberal areas in the country.
The Priviliged elite. Clearly the most oppressed of all saudi women, no?

It even shows in their grievences:
  • She seemed clearly taken aback as the women told her that just because they were not allowed to vote or drive that did not mean they were treated unfairly or imprisoned in their own homes."We're not in any way barred from talking to the other sex," said Dr. Nada Jambi, a public health professor. "It's not an absolute wall."
Not an absolute one, but a wall nonetheless! LOL

And then there is the Michael Moore effect
  • A woman in the audience then charged that under President Bush the United States had become "a right wing country" and that criticism by the press was "not allowed."
LOL

As for male chauvinism and that pesky question of women's rights?
  • "There is more male chauvinism in my profession in Europe and America than in my country," said Dr. Siddiqa Kamal, an obstetrician and gynecologist who runs her own hospital.
Yes, there is Chauvinism in the west, which makes the one we have at home Ok.
  • "I don't want to drive a car," she said. "I worked hard for my medical degree. Why do I need a driver's license?"
  • "Women have more than equal rights," added her daughter, Dr. Fouzia Pasha, also an obstetrician and gynecologist, asserting that men have obligations accompanying their rights, and that women can go to court to hold them accountable.
Oh my God, this is too funny! I am laughing my ass off. Hehehehehehehee!

Gotta say, Saudi men really know to how to "break-in" their women. For those of you who may disagree, I am sure those women could've spoken up against male domination and managed not to get beat up by their men at home. No?

Well, enough of Saudi, on to Turkey, where things kept getting interesting for Karen, If interesting meant continuing to hear idiotic arguments:
  • "You are very angry with Turkey, I know," said Hidayet Tuskal, a director of the Capital City Women's Platform, referring to what she characterized as United States reaction to opposition in Turkey to the Iraq war, which she said was a feminist issue because women and children were dying daily. "I'm feeling myself wounded," Ms. Tuskal added. "I'm feeling myself insulted here."
Ok, does anyone get her point? She opposed the Iraq war because of women and children dying in it, and wasn't concerned with the women and children dying under Saddam? And it's a femenist issue? She feels wounded and insulted? What?

Ohh, and please, american readers, let's take a survey: Every person who is "very angry" at Turkey for not supporting the US in the war raise your hands. Every person who couldn't give 2 shits about Turkey's support anyway-like the rest of the world- please refrain from laughing at her idiotic statement.

And it just keeps getting better:
  • Fatma Nevin Vargun, identifying herself as a Kurdish rights advocate, said she was "ashamed" of the war and added that the United States bore responsibility. Referring to the arrest of a war protester at the White House on Monday, she added, "This was a pity for us as well."
She is a kurdish rights activist and opposed to the war that gave the Kurds their rights. Is anybody else getting this?Kurds their rights.

Ahh, me loves the New York Times. It always gives me a good laugh!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

AL JAZEERA Rationale? COMPARED TO AP AND REUTERS?

For Al Jazeera the article is almost surprisingly almost sane or dare I say rational? Of course it is Al Jazeera...

  • Sharon's position among Likud hardliners may have been boosted by Israel's killing of an Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza on Sunday in response to Palestinian rocket fire into Israel.
    The air strike came as the Likud's Central Committee met.

Well the main point they concede that it was in response to Palestinian rockets being fired into Israel.... 40 of them I might add! But of course the response was "during the Central Committee" meeting... lol!

  • Sharon has tried to mollify Likud's hard-core of rightists by vowing that Israel will never give up large settlement blocs in the West Bank, where 245,000 Jews live isolated from 2.4 million Palestinians.

You know in Israel there is 1 million Palestinian Arabs living among some 5 million Jews? In Samaria near Ariel the Jews are by far the majority population... can we start kicking out the Arabs from those places? Just curious?

  • Early on Monday, Israeli aircraft attacked five buildings the army said were used by Hamas and other resistance groups across Gaza for making or storing weapons, despite a pledge by a top Hamas leader to stop the rocket fire.
Wait now he "pledged" to stop rocket fire??? LOL!!

They've been continually firing rockets into Israel - 40 of them since the pullout - they have attempted suicide bombings - knife and shooting attacks and smuggling anti-aircraft missiles......

They lied about Israel being responsible for the people killed at their Hamas parade last week where they were idiotically showing off their machismo by parading rockets down densely populated streets when one of them accidentally (as they often do) went off and killed many people...

Hamas blamed Israel by making up a lie of Israeli aircraft flying overhead.... blah blah blah...
Al-Jazeera didn't even buy it and the PLO flat out said it was Hamas's fault!

NOW LOOK AT THE LEVEL OF PATHOLOGY OF LYING FROM HAMAS'S SPOKESMEN -
  • Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told AFP "an Israeli drone fired several rockets at a convoy of cars participating in the parade, creating a large number of martyrs and injured. This is an abominable Israeli crime."

    Speaking to Aljazeera, Hamas representative in Beirut Osama Hamdan said tens of Palestinian have seen with their own eyes the Israeli missiles falling down, and expressed dismay over the official statements issued by the Palestinian Authority which attributed the matter to an explosion resulting from "internal error" just minutes after the incident.

    ......"The missile attack is yet another evidence to Israeli total disregard to the Palestinian blood in the absence of an official stance defending it. It is also an indication that although Israel has been defeated on the ground in Gaza, it still has control over the air and sea," Hamdan said.

    A Hamas spokesman said the rockets and Qassam missiles exhibited during the military parade were actually "plastic models" as can be seen by anyone close enough or by zooming a camera on any of the missiles.
    Hamas leader Nizar Rayan exhibited an electric device picked from the debris which he said was proof of an Israeli missile attack.

Hamas then tried to murder the PLO rep who said they were in fact responsible as he was there....

SO WHY THE HELL WOULD ISRAEL BUY THEIR "PLEDGE"?
Well right after he made the pledge they admitted they kidnapped an Israeli citizen in the West Bank and apparently brutally murdered him.

  • Jihad Watch via Solomon Jerusalem Man Kidnapped and Murdered by Hamas - '[Candy factory owner] Nuriel disappeared last Wednesday and his wife reported him missing to the police late that night. Police and Shabak (General Security Services) agents then carried out a search and investigation that led to the discovery of Nuriel’s body Monday morning and the arrest of at least one Hamas terrorist in connection with the murder. His body showed signs of extreme violence. The Palestinian Authority did nothing to assist Israel in its search for the kidnap-murder victim...'
  • And then quickly resumed rocket attacks....

But he already go his worldwide headline which is all he was after anyway.

And here are the 2 TOP headlines at GOOGLE NEWS -

Back to Al Jazeera -

  • The violence was the worst threat to a seven-month-old truce since the pullout, which won Sharon international accolades and put pressure on Palestinians to use the strip as a proving ground for statehood in the West Bank and Gaza.
    So the "violence" (assumably the 'cycle') not the lies, hate, attack, bullying and provocations from a (among others) Genocidal organization committed to war?

Note who Israel did finally target today the brutal murderers of the Hatuel family who shot a mother and her little girls ages 6 months to 12 in their car and took a fin film of it as a trophy!!

BACK WITH A GREAT FALL POST

ARABIAN DISSENT an Canadian Arab living in Quebec comments on King Fahd's Death:
  • In order to protect their iron grip dictatorships, they allow the religious zealots to spread their anti-western, anti-Semitic messages and shore up support. This way the people are too distracted to pay attention to the corruption, incompetence and totalitarianism of their own leaders. At times even the Muslim dictators even support the Islamist causes with financial and political aid. As time goes by, the fundamentalists gain in strength and numbers. This way the population is brainwashed into hating the west and Israel instead of their own leaders for their current situations. And whenever the Western leaders start drumming up the rhetoric of "Democratic Reform" and "Human Right abuses", the tyrants simply point to the Fundamentalists as the alternative leadership should they step down. Scaring the Western leaders to accept the current status quo. Fahd did it. Assad did it. Mubarak is doing it now and its being done by every single leader in the Middle East today. And it has to stop.

FREEDOM FOR EGYPTIANS from Egypt

  • But in fact, I do not think that the US is unpopular, it is extremely popular that if a traffic light in Egypt stops working, many would lay the blame on the US. As when any earthquake happens in Egypt, they believe that the US is supporting Israel to do the nuclear tests that would shake our Egypt. The earthquake is tailored in a very special way that does not shake Israel. And they do not ask why the US is not capable of stopping any California earthquakes? The answer is pretty simple; it is the earth not the US that takes the liberty in moving in some areas. There are hundreds if not thousands of situations when the US has to stand as the sole reason behind anything. If a woman cannot get pregnant it is because the US gave Israel a spray (could be a pesticide or even a perfume) to export to Egypt to prevent women from conceiving. Yes, it gets funnier by the minute.
  • But this does not mean that Egyptians do not like the US but actually they are obsessed by the US. It was so funny to see all those Egyptians that literally talk about the American elections more than about our referendums. They talk about President Bush more than about President Mubarak. The only thing they do not do is that they do not go to the polling stations with the Americans. They wait for the results as if it were their elections. I once was about to have a fight with one of my friends, I asked her why are so passionate about the American election where you do not enjoy the same passion for Egypt’s 99% referendums. I told her whoever comes to office in the US whether we like or dislike him, he is chosen by the majority of Americans. THEY CHOOSE. I told her look at us we DO NOT CHOOSE.
  • Ignatius said in his article “Indifference is not an American trait. Part of our Benjamin Franklin heritage of industry and self-improvement is that we want to be admired, applauded -- and, yes, loved.” And I would add something else that should make us believe in the US whic also intrigues me if does not leave me stunned is that the US is among very few countries if not the only one that succeeded in bringing hundreds of nationals from all over the world where everyone feels home. Arabs are very nationalistic people, hence they fail to see other peoples’ best. The US brought the best from all over the world to live under one flag.
  • The reason of the “unpopularity” of the US is that many Egyptians believe that their oppressors and US are one.
  • The continuous US support to dictators in the Middle East created this strange vicious circle; dictators want the US to believe that they are indispensable, because if they relinquish power, terrorism and Islamists will be the alternative which is a good reason why terrorism should remain that’s why they are doing their best to flare up more terrorism.
  • Domestically, they making their people believe that the US is providing a bloody alternative and definitely not a true democracy, as many Egyptian national newspapers report on a daily basis with this message: look at what kind of democracy the US wants, thousands are being killed in the streets of Iraq. At the same time dictators are fooling the US, making the US believe that they are doing it great deal in stabilizing oppressed terrorist peoples in the Middle East as I am seeing that all international press reporting only on Islamists in Egypt disregarding a majority of a non-Islamist category and I do not mean Egyptian Copts here. Egypt is not Islamists only. David Ignatius mentioned an Islamist and this Hisham Kassem who has many question marks on his background. Is this Egypt?Many Egyptians would not have been able to get out of their homes for demonstrations without the Bush Administration pressure in a country ruled by emergency law since 1981, where there are many reports on missing citizens that never returned home. But there were some irritating statements like the one by the US First Lady, Mrs Laura Bush, during her visit to Egypt last May describing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's plan for presidential elections as "bold and wise". What kind of message is the US sending to the Egyptian people? We love your dictator. He is doing a great job. The result is that the hatred of the Egyptian people to Mubarak is automatically transferred to the US.
  • Many Egyptian Liberals found these statements extremely frustrating. And of course let’s not forget the Islamists who are taking their enemy model to be “Israel”. They see Mubarak as the US agent who takes orders to secure Israel’s existence…bla bla. Actually, Mubarak is not a US agent but an enemy because he does not promote the values of the US or on which the US was founded that’s freedom and democracy.
  • He is igniting Islamist movements in Egypt by giving them an open forum every Friday, known as Friday prayers if you do not know, to say nothing to the people, on the contrary degrading their mental abilities. Egypt which is not Iran has more mosques than those in Iran. There are many countries that has many political parties that have the words Christian or Jewish…etc but they are not used to destroy a society or used as a threatening tool or used to instate inequality between the different forces of the society. Islamizing Egypt and claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood is “Banned” is a bedtime children’s story. Banning them and then giving them every free corner in a building to erect a mosque free of taxes with free utility expenses while we (citizens) pay for them to survive to stifle our freedom, is that what we call supporting or banning?
  • The US fails to talk or listen to the Egyptians that truly believe in freedom and democracy. They either talk to the regime or the agents of the regime who claim to be advocates of democracy. I really do not understand how come US Secretary of State Dr. Rice allowed herself to be introduced at the American University in Cairo before her famous speech by an editor-in-chief for a regime paper that names itself “Democracy” that has nothing to do with rights or freedom of the people. It is such pretentious superficial paper. Any simple-minded Egyptian knows very well that this woman who introduced Dr. Rice is a regime agent and has nothing to do with democracy. Again what kind of message is the US sending? We are talking about democracy and freedom through dictators’ agents. The result will be no credibility I am afraid.
  • David Ignatius said in his article: “Another leading democracy activist, Hisham Kassem, said he warned the secretary of state when she was in Egypt not to expect any bouquets.”
  • I told Rice your administration is the most unpopular ever in the Arab world and will remain so until Bush leaves office." I have a question. What is this Hisham Kassem doing while advocating democracy? Is he promoting Turkmenbashi-like democracy? He is sending that same messages of the dictator regime that are said hundreds of times on every pro-regime paper. Why does not he draw an example to appreciate the freedom and democracy by grouping some people and appear on TV offering Dr. Rice flowers instead of warning? I m sorry I find his comment/warning a bit funny. These are the people, the US deals with and gives grants. They do not believe in the US. They believe they can change the US administration before changing themselves. Then good luck.
  • More on the US-Egyptian relationship from my blog: "Remembering 9/11"