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 HBO's Documentary "Death In Gaza"--A Review14 comments
category picture13 Aug 2004 @ 15:44
Dear HBO,
For what it's worth, here are my thoughts having just finished watching your documentary "Death in Gaza."

To me, the propaganda element of the film depends on its not showing the Israeli side, Israeli lives, fears and sufferings, the historical context, etc.

But the incitement in the Palestinian Arab school, the Palestinian Arab culture of martyrdom, the Palestinian Arab contempt for Jews, etc. come through clearly enough despite that.

Two Palestinian Arab boys are shown preparing crude grenades packing them with explosives. One boy serves as look out and helper for the militants. (Using children like this is considered a war crime under international law.) There are rallys calling for shahids and glorifying death. By the way, when you showed Gazan Muslims at prayer, why didn't you include at least part of the sermon, where usually these days the mullah will likely be calling for death to all the Jewish dogs and pigs? Well, I guess that would somewhat reduce the dignity of the protagonists, wouldn't it?  More >

 What 'Is' The True Islam?10 comments
category picture6 Feb 2004 @ 15:18
in a PBS-sponsored debate in July 2003 on "Islam and Democracy," Daniel Pipes wrote something worth repeating and remembering:

"Muslims today groan under dictatorships, but one day could be model democrats. Further, Islam can be interpreted many ways, and there is nothing about it that immutably contradicts democracy."  More >

 One World Under Allah4 comments
category picture12 Sep 2003 @ 12:45
Islamists--the fundamentalist Muslim believers who interpret their religion as a political creed for creating one world under Allah--currently constitute the most widespread and serious movement for religion-based, totalitarian world domination.  More >

 It Seems That The 'Left' Left Me1 comment
category picture13 Aug 2003 @ 17:21
A recent article, 'What is a neo-conservative anyway?" by Jim Lobe seems to me like a good piece in many ways, although it represents a caricature.

Remove the absolutism with which Lobe broad-brushes 'neo-conservatives'--e.g. , "all negotiation with opponents is appeasement," "all attempts at making peace are utopian and unrealistic," "the moral goodness of U.S. government policy is unquestionable"-- and Lobe might classify me as a neo-conservative.  More >

 Guest News Analysis: Ariel Sharon Trips on the Road Map by Shmuel Katz1 comment
category picture7 Aug 2003 @ 14:02
The writer, a co-founder with Menachem Begin of the Herut Party and member of the first Knesset, is a biographer and essayist.

"Arafat remains in his compound at Ramallah, laughing his head off at the stupid Israelis - who are unable to learn, even from 55 years of experience, that the Arabs do not intend to make peace with a living Israel."  More >

 Review: Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism6 comments
category picture3 Aug 2003 @ 18:48
In Hatred’s Kingdom, Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.N., presents a sobering look at one of the main state powers behind the current Islamist terror wave in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. I highly recommend this book.

Apologists for the Saudis may be quick to jump at Gold’s Israeli background, but he firmly grounds his narrative in historical fact. As Gold carefully points out, the problem is not Islam per se but a narrow, fanatical version of it, Wahabism, born in Arabia in the 18th Century.  More >