Interesting and related… First: Saddam Hussein warns Syria:
Iraqi lawyer Khalil Duleimi told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that he and another member of the defence panel, Ziyad Najdawi, met with the former Iraqi president at his place of custody in
'I am convinced that the Iranian and US agendas have met in Iraq and elsewhere in the Arab world and Arabs are now placed between the US-Israeli hammer and the Iranian anvil,' Duleimi quoted Saddam as saying.
Yeah, that Saddam. Weird, eh? Not so very, according to Josh Manchester in his article “Shaken and Stirred,” at TCS Daily.
In fact, Saddam is quite astute when he notes that the Arabs are placed between the US-Israeli hammer and the Iranian anvil. Before the
The 'big bang,' as invading
Far from being a bit of belated triumphalism about the invasion, all of this has immediate and direct consequences. While the success of
And one of those “tangible ways” is the imminent destruction of Hezbollah, Mr. Manchester goes on to note. It remains to be seen whether or not
TigerHawk has additional comment on Manchester’s essay. He makes good points.
I’ve taken to watching BBC World News (courtesy of my local PBS station) every evening since the war began and their editorial slant isn’t so much pro-Hezbollah as it is anti-Israel. Last night’s offerings, for example, included heavily edited snippets of Kofi Annan addressing the UNSC. By “heavily edited” I mean the emphasis was on Annan’s remarks about the “disproportionate nature” of
I also watched a half-hour Lebanese TV newscast on C-SPAN last evening for another perspective. This newscast was on C-SPAN several times last night, but I couldn’t find a link on the C-SPAN site. I found it most interesting that the Lebanese were more objective than the BBC in their reporting, particularly when it came to their editing of Annan at the UNSC; Annan’s anti-Hezbollah remarks were included almost in their entirety. This newscast was billed as originating from an independent, privately-owned network—as opposed to a state-controlled medium, as is often the case in the Arab world—and seemed quite even-handed. I hope C-SPAN continues to run these broadcasts.
This is RICH! The Sun reports, in that wonderful British tabloid style:
EXILED preacher of hate Omar Bakri has begged the Royal Navy to rescue him from war-torn
The Muslim cleric who fled
He also wrote to the British embassy asking to be allowed back on “humanitarian grounds”.
In an email to officials, dole scrounger Bakri pleaded: “The current situation in
But his bid to sneak on one of our ships was blocked at harbour gates by sharp-eyed officials.
Bakri, 46, left his family in
He can preach hate and jihad from his pulpit but when his tired ass is in a sling who does he run to? Two words come to mind: “collateral damage,” as in deserving of same. Hot Air has more, including a lot of the back-story.
Your typical blogger… The Pew Internet/American Life Project reports:
The ease and appeal of blogging is inspiring a new group of writers and creators to share their voices with the world.
A national phone survey of bloggers finds that most are focused on describing their personal experiences to a relatively small audience of readers and that only a small proportion focus their coverage on politics, media, government, or technology. Blogs, the survey finds, are as individual as the people who keep them. However, most bloggers are primarily interested in creative, personal expression – documenting individual experiences, sharing practical knowledge, or just keeping in touch with friends and family.
The Pew site features a link to a 33 page pdf file with extensive findings, most of which one would, or should, intuitively know, if one reads more than a few blogs. Still, I found the report interesting reading. (via The Hotline’s Blogometer)
In other news… Have I mentioned it’s hot lately? Oh, yeah…I guess I have. It still is. I’m waiting with great anticipation for that slight break (with rain!) that’s supposedly in store for tomorrow. We’ll see…