UN Investigator Bellemare says ‘Criminal Network’ killed Hariri

We will need to find out who belongs to this "criminal Network," but this declaration deals a blow to the Cheney team that was convinced the word "Syria" would appear in the title of this news report and in Bellemare's opening accusation.


Assassinated former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
Rafik Hariri was killed using a lorry full of explosives

Evidence suggests the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated by a "criminal network", an investigating UN team has said.

No suspects were named, but the investigators said a "Hariri Network" had Mr Hariri under surveillance before the assassination.

The ex-PM and 22 others died in a huge car bombing in Beirut in February 2005.

Past UN inquiries suggested that Syrian and Lebanese intelligence forces had played a role – which Syria denied.

The UN panel, headed by Canadian former prosecutor Daniel Bellemare, said in the 10th report on the case that it could now confirm that "on the basis of available evidence… a network of individuals acted in concert to carry out the assassination", said the news agency AFP.

The commission suggests this network was responsible for other attacks against high-profile Lebanese figures, and at least part of the network continued to operate after Mr Hariri's killing.

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101. Alex said:

Hi Shai,

I agree with you. As I told you before, I have stopped linking those “good news” from Haaretz about Israeli officials saying”Israel should consider talking to Syria”

After the 50th time, they lost their meaning.

But I am still hoping that there is a good chance by next year there will be a serious effort. I think it is not all Israel’s fault … the regional and international complexities are also not helping.

Qifa Nabki,

My friend. I understand all the “fears” in Lebanon when you hear “Syria wants to be your best friend”

But I’m sorry to tell you that this will be the only way … and I’m happy to tell you that you will see that it is not going to be like pre-2005. Those days are over.

Be positive my friend. Syria will go out of its way to alleviate any rational fears… there will be no Syrian hegemony. Syrians understand Lebanon and they understand the regional situation, believe me, they do. It won’t be a switch that will flip Lebanon back into pre-2005 .. it will be more of a gradual movement back to reality.

And my personal opinion: in 10 years they will probably unite anyway… and it will only happen when people on both sides overwhelmingly want that unity.

We’ll discuss it more when you post your solutions piece tis week

: )

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March 30th, 2008, 5:26 pm

 

102. Qifa Nabki said:

Lak 3ala raasi ya Alex, tikram 3uyunak.

I will try to be more positive. ;)

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March 30th, 2008, 6:04 pm

 

103. Shai said:

QN,

I’m selling stock in my UME-idea. It’s still early stage, so the price isn’t astronomic. Wanna purchase a few shares?… :-) Major capitalization and ROI expected in the next 15-20 years… (no guarantees, though).

AIG,

The excuse will be removed once no one can point at Israel and say “They’re oppressing the Palestinians, and they’re holding on to Arab territory”. I believe the majority of the Arab world will lose this claim, once we withdraw to the 1967 lines (not unilaterally, only through agreement). There will always be those who also hold claim to Lod, Jaffa, and Haifa, but I believe they will be the minority. The Riyadh Summit talked about 1967 lines, not 1948. It was their choice, and we should sometimes remember that. This is the opposite of the Khartoum 3 No’s. But it’s up to us to take the last few steps, at least with Syria, and when the Palestinians have a leadership that can deliver, with them.

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March 30th, 2008, 6:38 pm

 

104. Qifa Nabki said:

Shai,

Put me in for 100 shares. But I’m also going to purchase 100 shares from AIG’s [no pun intended] Islamic Tsunami fund, just to hedge my bets.

;)

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March 30th, 2008, 6:43 pm

 

105. Shai said:

QN,

You have to choose one or the other. If mine go up, his go down accordingly, and vice-versa. Which do you take? No hedging allowed…

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March 30th, 2008, 6:59 pm

 

106. Qifa Nabki said:

Shai,

Yours is a long-term investment (hence the ultra-low price). His is medium term… I’ll sell at its peak. ;)

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March 30th, 2008, 7:25 pm

 

107. Shai said:

QN,

I think you’re either evading, or being a diplomat, or both… :-) You see, you CAN represent the Arab side in peace talks. If it weren’t for your young age, and being a mere high-school student, you could have partaken in a wonderful opportunity that may soon arise. A philosopher long ago chose to become a Christian and accept Christ as his savior, claiming that if what Christians claim is true, then he’d sure better be a believer. And if it’s not, then he “wasted” a bit of harmless time. Either way, he won. Likewise, you should adopt some of the extreme Islamic beliefs, and be in a win-win situation come 10-15 years from now. Then you can truly invest in both funds.

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March 30th, 2008, 7:32 pm

 

108. Qifa Nabki said:

Shai

I think I’ll remain agnostic, but thanks!

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March 30th, 2008, 7:38 pm

 

109. Shai said:

QN,

Moi aussi. But believe in the UME. It can happen in our lifetime – you’ll see.

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March 30th, 2008, 7:40 pm

 

110. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

UME? Why the wishful thinking? Why not learn from history? The European union is the result of two wars in which 100,000,000 people died. It is the result of Americans and Russians occupying almost all of Europe. In many Arab villages the two major hamoullahs don’t get along. Give me a break, UME.

Unfortunately, the Islamic Tsunami is nothing that can be stopped. It is inevitable and will arise because of the lethal combination of demography, failed economies and satellite TV. It is just a matter of time. Just like the fall of communism could not be timed but was inevitable, the Islamic Tsunami will hit us within a decade or two. How long will Egyptians be willing to fight in bread lines and live in graveyards knowing that in other places in the world people are actually living a good life? How long will the average Syrian be willing to live with the knowledge that his children’s future is bleak?

Shai, “peace” is just not relevant to this process. It is just a big excuse. Peace will change nothing. As for Pascal’s wager, I see you are not a christian so it is not very convincing. What needs to be done is to understand the inevitable historical process and get ready for it.

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March 30th, 2008, 7:52 pm

 

111. Qifa Nabki said:

AIG,

To a certain extent, the rise of Islamism that you speak of is already here. The question is, what will the future hold? You talk about a tsunami. What does that mean? Iranian vilayet-e faqih? Turkish Islamist parties holding parliamentary majorities? Nigerian shari`a courts?

People have been talking about the coming Egyptian Islamist revolution for a long time. It hasn’t happened, for a variety of reasons, some of which have to do with Mubarak’s secret police (like those of Hafez), and some of which have to do with the fact that contemporary Islamism is not a monolith. It takes many shapes.

What are you envisioning?

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March 31st, 2008, 12:40 am

 

112. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

QN,
The Hamas lesson is very instructive. The only real alternative to the so called Mubarak and Asad “Arab Nationalism” way is Hamas like parties and rule. This kind of rule will eventually come to Egypt and Syria (perhaps even Jordan). It may come relatively peacefully (Iran like) and then they will become the Sunni version of Iran, or it may come through vicious civil wars (more likely in Syria than in Egypt). As for stopping it, even the Shah’s famous Savak could not stop the process especially when most people will back the religious parties. I think Mubarak’s regime could fold in the same way as it will not be a matter of life or death for them (unlike the case in Syria).

I think there will be a domino effect, once the first Sunni “secular” country goes Islamic, others will quickly follow. These countries will languish for a few decades until people understand that Islamic countries are not that great also. What will follow the Islamic turn, I don’t know.

By the way, I think Lebanon will be immune from this process if it can maintain a western orientation. Nothing can help Mubarak in my opinion and the same goes for Asad. As for Morocco, Algier and Tunisia, I think they will not be leaders in the process but may quickly follow especially if immigration to Europe is stopped (which is bound to happen sooner than later).

My bet is on Egypt going Islamic first.
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1207/p25s05-wome.html
That country is being held together by staples and shoestrings. It is basically one major bread riot away from Islamic rule. Out of 80 million there are 20 million plus unemployed or not working and many more partially employed. And still the population is growing. Mubarak is Louis XV and his son will be Louis XVI. But instead of pita they will eat baklawa.

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March 31st, 2008, 3:23 am

 

113. Shai said:

AIG,

Again I say, you may be right. But, I refuse to succumb to “inevitability”. Those who believe in it might as well remain in their armchairs, grab a bag of potato chips, and enjoy the ride. Communism didn’t fall by itself – people in democracies and capitalist countries worked hard day and night to make those options seem an attractive enough alternative, to make a 2nd-revolution worthwhile. As QN suggests, the so-called Tsunami is already here. Perhaps the biggest waves are still ahead of us, in the form of sweeping revolutions and takeovers (Iran, Gaza, and in many ways Lebanon have already happened).

But I believe one thing very strongly – desperation, or the lack of hope, is the best precondition to convergence. And when Gazans see no hope on the horizon, no replacement of their corrupt government, no economic relief reaching their households, endless closures of their borders and their consequent suffocation, who are they supposed to believe in, except for god? They escape to holy scriptures, because they’re the only promise left. It’s the same everywhere, not just in Islamic countries. Where poverty and desperation exist, in comes religion. And there is plenty you and I can do to try to change that. Peace by itself does little, as you correctly suggested, using Egypt as an example. But when the major issues in the region are dealt with politically, and a state of war no longer exists between the Arab world and Israel, not only will all the people of this region be able to at last look inward, at themselves, but help from outside will also become available.

There are billions and billions of euro waiting to be put into good use, should the receiving end be responsible and ready to receive it. Rich nations around the world, including this region, will undoubtedly contribute to a rebuilding of infrastructure, schools, industry, and indeed society itself. When economic opportunities show up, those who contemplate religion as a means of salvation, may consider other alternatives. There will finally be hope on the horizon.

How can we just sit back and surrender to some religious fate, knowing full well we haven’t come close to doing our maximum to counter it? The answer is, we can’t.

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March 31st, 2008, 4:57 am

 

114. Enlightened said:

AIG:

What is your time frame for such a domino scenario? I agree that Egypt will be the first to roll over in such circumstances.

Your Iranian example goes to show that Dictators eventually lose out, when the masses bellies are not full, or not enough of the wealth is shared around will we see real trouble. Egypt is a basket case.

However you say:

“Mubarak is Louis XV and his son will be Louis XVI. But instead of pita they will eat baklawa.”

should read: Instead of pita ( should read fool a egyptian staple diet) they will eat Baklawa.

Ps I like the new AIG can you tell us also about the religious right in Israel and how they high jack Israeli democracy?

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March 31st, 2008, 5:04 am

 

115. Shai said:

Enlightened,

It’s not the religious right that are hijacking democracy in Israel – it’s us, regular secular Israelis, that are enabling the religious parties to blackmail our democracy into stagnation, and uselessness. By enabling a multi-party system, Israelis in essence sealed their own political doom. Almost no government can be formed without a coalition of at least 3-4 parties, usually including at least one religious party. These parties, by definition, have very different ways of looking at life, and at our political reality, and still interpret things through one source – their Rabbinical leaders. They listen to them, and follow blindly. So this so-called democratic process, is enabling those few Rabbis to determine the fate of hundreds of thousands and, indirectly, of all of us. If in order to withdraw from the West Bank, a secular Israeli government will have to beg a 10-seat religious party to give its support, knowing full well that it will agree, if billions of Israeli shekels are sent her way, with little if any inspection and control afterwards, then how wonderful is this multi-party system? A two-party system makes it much more difficult to blackmail any government, to practice corruption on such large scale, to change and disable policy day and night, and to hold an entire nation hostage at the whims of a single party, with barely 10% representation power. In a two-party system, also minorities are represented, not only the “WASP’s”, but in a multi-party system, often the majority are NOT represented, because the minorities can dictate the path the nation may take, or not take.

From what I recall, AIG still supports this multi-party system, as he believes it gives the minorities equal representation. I claim, however, that the way Israeli politics are run, these religious minorities receive very unequal representation, all too often providing them with disproportionate power that makes it impossible for any government to do what the majority of Israelis truly want it to do.

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March 31st, 2008, 5:23 am

 

116. annie said:

AIG said about the Syrian regime “When you have a regime that is not accountable to its people, and does not care if they lag in development relative to the rest of the world, it is a difficult regime to pressure.” He could apply this to the zionist regime and how they treat their Palestinian subjects and how immune they feel towards UN resolutions and international condemnation.

As for the summit, at the concluding press conference, one had a real feeling of satisfaction. I think Syria prevailed in spite of the pressures.

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March 31st, 2008, 6:06 am

 

117. Shai said:

Annie,

Good point, but the “Zionist Regime” is normally called the “Israeli Government”. Not sure I know what “prevailed” means in this case.

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March 31st, 2008, 6:11 am

 

118. MSK said:

Dear all,

Nick Blanford has a very even-handed piece on NOW Lebanon. He is one of the most temperate journalists I know and his stuff is always worth reading.

Key quote:

“The only headline phrase in his first report was to confirm that a “criminal network” killed Hariri, a curiously worded description that spurred some media outlets to assume that the UN commission had identified the murderers being part of a Mafia-style plot rather than an intelligence-led assassination. In fact, Bellemare was only stating the obvious – that Hariri’s murder was a crime and that more than one person was involved. Furthermore, Bellemare said, “this criminal network or parts thereof are linked to some of the other cases within the commission’s mandate.” That statement hardens the notion that Hariri’s murder was not an end in itself, but part of a broader politically-motivated campaign.”

http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=36521

Personally, I fail to see how the term “criminal network” automatically translates into “couldn’t have been done by a foreign government”.

–MSK*

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March 31st, 2008, 6:55 am

 

119. SimoHurtta said:

and when the Palestinians have a leadership that can deliver, with them.

When ever in history have the occupied people managed to establish a united “government”? During the Nazi occupation French had the Vichy government and Norway the Quisling. Did those governments represent the real will off the people or stop the resistance? During occupation are always created many often rival militant groups, which have only one common goal, drive the occupier out. When the violent occupation ends only then the normal political process can begin.

What is amusing with Israel’s negotiation process and opinion among the X people, that they “in earnest” believe that a stateless occupied population can or will operate like an independent state. It has never happened and the Israeli administration knows it perfectly well and operates so that a demands meeting “government”/unity can never emerge. Creating a Quisling government and Kapo – force without any real authority doesn’t solve anything.

Time after time has Israel destroyed deliberately and planned the little civil administration Palestinians with EU and Arab money have managed to build. Even the nuclear radiation measurement instruments Palestinians had were destroyed, not to mention all the administrative computer systems they had managed to put up.

Would anybody take seriously if China would say that we talk with Tibetans when they can deliver. Deliver what, the safety for the Chinese (majority), come-on. For many past years in Israel the traffic has been a bigger risk factor for Israelis than the Palestinians.

What is Israel delivering, some picked headers of today’s Israeli English press

* UTJ joins Yesha Council, seeks expansion of Haredi settlement

The ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party joined hands for the first time Sunday with the Yesha Council of settlements, to promote a cause that both hold dear: expanding the population of the Haredi settlement of Beitar Ilit, located between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion.

New home for ex-Gaza settlers: Deep in W.Bank

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently approved the construction of 48 new apartments in Ariel, deep inside the northern West Bank.

* ‘Build in Betar Illit or leave gov’t’

* Peace Now: Settlement construction increased since Annapolis

ETC

Nothing, only empty broken promises. The ethnic cleansing is continuing and facts on the ground are established with an increasing speed.

And IG’s here are worried about the religious extrimists in other countries / religions trying to spread Islamofobia. Israel has most probably a bigger share of the population which are considered as religious extrimists as any or at least most Arab countries. Pretending that religious extremism is a monopoly of Islam is pure self deception. Those Chief Rabbis who in Israel give orders not to rent apartments and hire Arab workers show the real situation and spirit of the X peoples’ society.

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March 31st, 2008, 7:02 am

 

120. Alex said:

MSK,

Since I am expected to answer on behalf of the “pro-regime” group, I would like you to know that all I was saying from day one is:

Let’s wait until the end of the investigation… the tribunal will most probably not be able to link the crime to any government… whichever government ordered the assassination probably did the right thing … stayed very far from the actual killers … a third and fourth and fifth parties are probably in between those who ordered the assassination, and those who committed it

So I did not celebrate this week after I read Bellemare’s report because it is almost totally expected.

It does not mean that Syria is not accused anymore .. but it means that Bellemare still does not have anything tangible against Syria, or Israel, or Iran …

This process is not going away … but it will most probably not lead to any government at the end.

And it will take a long, long time.

So, I think of these consecutive UN investigation reports as the consecutive decisions of Nabih Berri to delay the Presidential elections ;)

But I am happy so far that since Mehlis went back to Germany, the investigation turned professional, it seems.

I hope it continues that way.

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March 31st, 2008, 7:17 am

 

121. MSK said:

Dear Alex,

I know what you’d been saying since Day 1 – I carefully read everything you write. ;)

And I also disliked Mehlis’ grandstanding – it was unbecoming of a U.N. official and extremely counterproductive. And I am also very happy about the professionalism. Let’s hope the tribunal will be on the same level. And let’s ALSO hope that they’ll actually find out whodunnit. And THEN let’s hope that all parties concerned will accept that result – regardless of what it’ll turn out to be.

But I wouldn’t go as far as comparing the U.N. reports with Berri’s delay of the presidential elections …

Cheers,

–MSK*

PS: Can you please give QN my email address? Thanks!

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March 31st, 2008, 7:52 am

 

122. Naji said:

Simo makes excellent points for the benefit of the IG’s…, but is anybody listening…?!

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March 31st, 2008, 8:03 am

 

123. Shai said:

Maybe in the Arctic circle, one can relinquish territory by simply leaving it to the Polar bears to roam through. But in the Middle East, one has to be a bit more careful than that. I was once for unilateral withdrawals from Lebanon, and from Gaza. And then, I was proven wrong. Leaving these territories without agreement was disastrous, not only to Israel but especially to the people left behind. I don’t think we need friends like Abu Mazen to hand the West Bank back to. In my opinion, it should be someone more like Maruan Bargouti, who can quite likely win the support of most Palestinians. In that sense, he can “deliver”, or maintain control of his territory. What good would it be to hand over the West Bank to Fatah today, and have Hamas take over tomorrow morning, only to place its Qassams against most Israeli cities and towns, not only Sderot? If Hamas is ready to talk to us, we should consider also a Hamas-controlled West Bank – that is up to the Palestinians to decide. But if Hamas won’t even recognize us, and still vows to destroy us, what responsible government on the face of this planet would give back territory to them? I’m ready to change my view of Hamas in an instant, but let’s at least have Hamas recognize its Ethnic Cleansing rival, at the negotiating table, not indirectly via al Jazeera, or various Y-experts in Scandinavia.

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March 31st, 2008, 8:17 am

 

124. SimoHurtta said:

The X man of the nation is amusing. I did not insult him in any way. And this Bibi “peace man” starts again with personal insults. A funny bloke.

In Finland there is no terrorism because we do not occupy any other people by violence. We also treat people as equals, what ever their religion is. Unlike Israel. There are no polar bears in Finland. Actually there are no wild polar bears in mainland Europe. But there are cobras (Naja haje) in Israel. :)

During the time Finland was a part of Russia and Russia began pressure us and our culture to much, there was plenty of terrorism (= military resistance). Trains were exploded, Russian military and administration people were murdered. The harder “discipline” acts Russia took the more violent and radicalised the resistance became. Russian of course called these people terrorists. Finally we got our independence.

These deliver excuses are simply funny nonsense. How can occupied people guaranty security for the occupiers. Nobody can be so stupid to believe such iditiosm. Not even Israel as a state can guaranty that there is no violence against Palestinians by individuals or extreme groups (or by its soldiers). This violence by X people occur on daily basis. So how can a badly hurt, fragmented and radicalised “future nation” guaranty safety for the occupier before it has a functioning system and own territory.

Palestinian police complained in a resent BBC program that how on earth can they keep discipline and authority, when during nights they have to go underground and the Israeli execution patrols horse around. Same program also told about a Palestinian banker who had build his family’s house on high spot. Frequently Israeli troops come and take the house, use his bed and other property like their own. An Israeli magazine even had taken pictures of that crime. The magazine with pictures was shown to the BBC reporter and to us – the public. That X man is the reality as we Europeans see the situation. Not that Israel – the victim propaganda. Our national television even had in the news a report from the famous women beating bus lines in “Taleban-” Jerusalem. They must been pulling their hairs off in the Israeli embassy…

Israel should finally put on the table what it offers and what it demands. There is not a single Palestinian leader who can or will deliver that Bantustan plan Israel has prepared for future Palestine. The only realistic starting point are the 1967 borders.

Speaking unilaterally leaving Gaza or Lebanon is amusing. Gaza was left as a surrounded concentration camp, like Warsaw ghetto. For cost cutting reasons. Should the people there have been happy for their “non-independence” and wave flags for that “unilateral” situation Israel left for them. Actually the people of Gaza had more targets when it was full of Israeli military. From Lebanon Israel was driven out by clever military tactic. Israel tried everything possible for decades in Lebanon, including paid own Lebanese militias, but the reality is that Israel was forced out of there by force.

By the way Hams has offered many times to talk with Israelis, but Israelis have said no. From the start when Hamas won the elections. So whom to blame. Remember, Peace Now: Settlement construction increased since Annapolis. What is the excuse – PA did not deliver. Funny in a way (this “delivery demand” Israeli propaganda) but very much tragicomic.

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March 31st, 2008, 12:22 pm

 

125. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Sim,

You are so wrong, you just do not know what you are talking about when it comes to Israeli society. You make generalizations and decide what people believe based on nothing but your own inner thoughts.

Naji,
If you want us to listen don’t tell us things that with our own eyes we can see are obviously false.

Annie,
The Israeli government is accountable to its people and when it doesn’t deliver it is promptly replaced in the next election. That is a fact. I fail to see how Israel’s position relative to non-binding UN resolutions changes anything. Asad cannot be replaced by the Syrian people and therefore he does not really care what they think and can decide which “sacrifices” they should make.

Shai,
There is no perfect system of democracy. For Israel, the proportional parlaimentary one is best. Otherwise, the Israeli Arabs and other minorities would not be represented in the Knesset at all just as the 20% Le Pen supporters in France do not have one representative in the French legislative branch because they are divided among all voting districts. Democracy is hard work and means a lot of compromise. So what? As Churchill said, it is the worst system except for all the others. You should not presume to know more than your fellow citizens what is good for Israel and you should accept the will of the people. I do not agree with most of what Shas supporters stands for, but their vote is just as important as mine, and if they work hard and have more influence politically, good for them. All it means is that I have to work harder myself.

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March 31st, 2008, 12:23 pm

 

126. kingcrane jr said:

Qifa Nabki,
The popular majority in Lebanon is the segment of the population that needs 30,000 voters to elect a Member of Parliament while the popular minority is the segment of the population that needs 20,000 voters to elect a Member of Parliament.
The popular majority in Syria is the overwhelming segment of the population that would never accept to be part of a capitulation about Palestine.
As to miscalculations, I agree with you.
The Kurdish issue is tricky: With so many assimilated Kurds, the ones that stand out are those who do not have citizenship; shipping them to Turkey is not an option. A program to give them citizenship (providing incentives for assimilation within the Syrian society) would be great. There is always a fringe group that works on behalf of neocon-approved local powers, but they can be tackled very easily.

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March 31st, 2008, 12:51 pm

 

127. Qifa Nabki said:

Gotcha.

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March 31st, 2008, 3:03 pm

 

128. Shai said:

AIG,

What do you mean “You should not presume to know more than your fellow citizens what is good for Israel and you should accept the will of the people”? Are you suggesting that the majority always know what’s best for them? That’s ludicrous. But I do accept the will of the people, as I believe in Democracy. Though I don’t like the choice of the majority today, I go along with it, and will even defend it, if need be. I prefer a democracy that disagrees with me, than a dictatorship that always goes along with my ideas (that would mean that I’m the dictator…)

As for that FG (from us IG’s), why does he think I talked about Polar bears in Finland? Just because I believe Y-experts in Scandinavia tend to say pretty idiotic things every now and then, and then some more, doesn’t mean I’m referring to Finland. Or does it?

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March 31st, 2008, 3:23 pm

 

129. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

Shai,
We are in full agreement about this. To clarify my point, it is that when consistently many people I appreciate voice opinions that are contrary to mine, I reexamine my opinions, but not necessarily change them. That is, I don’t presume that I am right and am willing to entertain the idea that I am wrong.

As for Sim, one day more Arabs will understand that with allies like him, they don’t need enemies. For some reason Alex thinks that Sim’s peculiar musings are helping the Syrian cause. Go figure.

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March 31st, 2008, 3:44 pm

 

130. Shai said:

AIG,

Right there with you. I’m also here to learn, and I am ready to change my mind 24/7, and that includes listening to my fellow countrymen.

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March 31st, 2008, 4:37 pm

 

131. Alex said:

AIG,

Where did I tell you that I think that “Sim’s peculiar musings are helping the Syrian cause”?

While I don’t always agree with SimoHurtta’s style (and he does not always agree with my sometimes passive style), I respect his passion for defending Palestinian rights.

Qifa Nabki was not offered to become an author on this blog because he “helps the Syrian cause” …

So unless you want to be banned for another week, I hope (again, and again) that you do not pass these hints about Alex.

And to everyone here, please do not get personal when you discuss things with AIG. stick to the issues and avoid the part where you feel like telling him how stupid or ridiculous he is. I asked him to not do that to others, and it is only fair that I ask you all to stick to the same guideline.

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March 31st, 2008, 5:41 pm

 

132. Qifa Nabki said:

Walak ya Alex,

Of course I help the Syrian cause! This is slander!

I define “Syrian” differently from you, though. ;)

Actually, AIG, the only reason I was made an author on the blog was because I make a mean mulukhieh.

(That’s all we Lebanese are good for… food!)

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March 31st, 2008, 5:53 pm

 

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