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July 03, 2008

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Ashraf al-Halabi

Wow Marc, I thought the Middle East was the only thing about which you knew jack shit, it seems that the Internet is also one of your weak areas. Here's how facebook works, you can ask it to find your "friends" by entering your email address and password and it will automatically generate a list of people in your contacts list who have facebook accounts. Now at some point during your sad life, you have either sent me an email or been on of those mass emails that we receive daily, either way, your email address was on my contacts list. I hadn't even noticed that you rejected my request, but you seem to care enough to remember.

As for As'ad Abukhalil and Juan Cole, well they must have accepted me because I have an anti-Semitic sounding name.

Cheers

"Ashraf"

bb

Once again the western media and commentariat breathlessly report Iraqi political machinations seemingly unconscious of the irony that these machinations, giving rise to their sensationalist reporting of rumour and conspiracy theories, arise solely because Iraq now enjoys a fully representive democracy with a free media!

Have banged on about this before, but what would the Muslim Bro give in Egypt for such a constitution and such political system?

Derfel

More of the same from McClatchy and Roads to Iraq.
A civilian was injured when clashes broke out between the Iraqi army and Sahwa members (awakening councils’ members) in Baquba market in downtown Baquba around 12:30 p.m.

[url]http://www.roadstoiraq.com/2008/07/05/talabani-insulted-the-diyala-dots/[/url]

Clashes in Baquba used to be between the Awakenings and the police, not the Army. The Army and the Americans were more or less neutral. Now it seems that the Government in full, and with American backing, is going to forcefully disarm ALL armed groups outside the state in the country.

Let me be very clear: in my opinion, the Sahwa have been the key to the relative calm that now prevails in Iraq, far more than any other factor. Going after them would be a blunder of historic proportions. Cannot the Powers That Be simply share a little bit power and let these hoodlums establish a few fiefdoms?

The problem is not the existence of "militias" as opposed to "security forces", all these groups are simply armed men serving one side and of course all sides think that it is necessary to have firepower. The problem is that one side, the government, is trying to crush the rest even though pretty much everybody is tired of fighting and willing to negotiate the end of this war.

Corrections

Aljazeera apologized today for bogus report after Iraqi government threatened to sue it. Marc, wake up! This is your area.

http://www.radiodijla.com/cgi-bin/news/news_item.pl?id=2008-07-06%2009:24:00

Ashraf al-Halabi

"For many critics, Al-Jazeera's controversial coverage of Iraq, especially its airing of hostage videos and beheadings, overshadows whatever reformist potential the station might have. To be sure, Al-Jazeera seems increasingly consumed by sensationalism."

Marc Lynch
December 29, 2004

Earlier that month, Falih Abduljabar, the Iraqi writer and sociologist had written a piece in al-Hayat on the same topic and almost same exact content...

al-Jazeera is Marc's area as much as Catholicism is my area... wake up America, you need experts on the Middle East, this war cannot be won by translators.

aardvark

Nibras - I tagged al-Jazeera's apology early this morning. But thanks for the link. I still haven't seen the segment in question - have you?

Corrections

Hi Marc,

I had posted the last comment before you even added the link (...believe me, I checked). But thanks for acknowledging the story anyway. Care to write an extended post on it?

Any chance you'll revisit the Daniel Kimmage report soon? It's been almost a year...

Corrections

Hi Marc,

I had posted the last comment before you even added the link (...believe me, I checked). But thanks for acknowledging the story anyway. Care to write an extended post on it?

Any chance you'll revisit the Daniel Kimmage report soon? It's been almost a year...

Eric Martin

Surprised and hurt?

You miss the point.

The point is: the discourse would be much more productive/informative if commenters/other bloggers discussed...the actual issues!

What a revelation!

It's boring and tedious to read personal attacks with little to no substance behind them. There is no value to such comments. And they don't reflect well on the commenter FWIW.

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