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Britain
Cameron vindicated! Grateful Libyan people thank Britain for their liberation from Gadaffi
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/02/2012 05:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top||

#1  Post-Uncle Muammar LIBYAN "LIBERATION" [jury's still out] ...

versus

* CHINA DAILY FORUM > [UK] WALES NOW WANTS INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN!? | WALES SIGNALS SHAKING LONDON OFF.

Just NOT as direct or strong as the Irish + pro-independence Scots, as WALES POLITELY WANTS "UPGRADES/MODERNIZATION" OF THE UK CONSTITUTION THAT ARE MINDFUL OF WELSH-SPECIFIC INTERESTS.

Meanwhile, not to be outdone by the Libyans or Welsh ...???

* WORLD NEWS > [Proposed Constitutional] DRAFT(s) GIVES JAPAN RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF.

In seeming more Nippon-specific, unilateral autonomy or quasi-"independence/freedoms" from the post-WW2 US-Japan security treaty.

TOPIX > NIGHTWATCH: JAPAN CHALLENGES CHINA AT SEA, vee expanded $$$ + training assistance to ASEAN Nations as per development + modernization of local military forces + Service, Personnel professionalism.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/02/2012 22:57 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
┬'You Can Give This Day Back to the Indians┬'
Starting off with the above quote from Paulie on the Sopranos on how awful today feels, Jonah Goldberg told Hugh Hewitt this afternoon on his radio show:

One thing that he [Breitbart] and Bill [Buckley] shared was this basic contempt for the premise that the mainstream liberal elite institutions in the United States are in a position to judge and adjudicate the worth of conservatives. That they are in a position to judge our souls. That if we disagree with liberals, that proves that we are somehow wanting or lacking in compassion; lacking in humanity. That is a fundamental thing that enraged Andrew, this idea that if you disagreed about public policy, if you disagreed about how to organize society, that proved you were a racist. That proved you were a fascist. That proved you were a homophobe. It was the fundamental bad faith of the leading liberal institutions that controlled the commanding heights of this culture that infuriated him. And he refused, at the most basic level, to give them that authority over him or his ideas, and that is was fueled his Righteous Indignation, as his book title called it.

At National Review Online, former Breitbart colleague Michael Walsh describes Andrew as ┬"the Right┬'s Achilles:┬"

In the war against the institutional Left, Andrew Breitbart was the Right┬'s Achilles; the bravest of all the warriors, now fallen on the plain. There was no combat in which he would not engage, no battle ┬-- however small ┬-- he would not join with glee, and no outcome acceptable except total victory. His unexpected death last night at the young age of 43 is not the end of his crusade, but its beginning.
Posted by: tipper || 03/02/2012 06:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top||


Home Front: WoT
VDH -- History Never Quite Ends
Victor Hanson Davis reminds us ---
The European Union and the United Nations, as well as globalization and advanced technology, were all supposed to trump age-old cultural, geographical and national differences and bring people together.

But for all the high-tech veneer of the 21st century, the world still looks a lot like it did during the last hundred years and well before that.

For centuries, Christianity often fought Islam in the mountainous, war-torn crossroads of the Balkans. And from the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand to the ethnic cleansing campaign of Slobodan Milosevic, the Balkans remain Europe's powder keg. Now with rioting and unrest in Athens, a financial earthquake that started in tiny Balkan Greece is shaking up some 500 million people in the European Union.

America is not exempt from such stereotyping. Every so often Americans reluctantly get involved abroad, grandly seek to remake the world in our image, become frustrated that we cannot, then start to disengage and disarm, retreat home and promise to stay there -- before starting the cycle over.
Here is history by the master -- at his best ---
After World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and, more recently, our wars in the Middle East, we said "never again" -- only to lecture others and, in schizophrenic fashion, intervene once more. At times, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush all thought they could make the world safe for democracy. Calvin Coolidge, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama assumed we had neither the money nor the virtue to try.

After the Greek financial meltdown and the emergence of German financial dominance, Europe once more obsesses over the so-called German problem. Should Europeans admire the industry of the German people, or fear that such competency and drive -- as in 1870, 1914 and 1939 -- will eventually translate into German political and military supremacy? The division of Germany, the common Soviet threat, the NATO alliance, the European Union and German war guilt for the last half-century all repressed German singularity.

Examine the violence of the world today more than a decade after 9/11. Much of it is still in the Middle East in general, and concerns Islam in particular.

The protests of the Arab Spring may well turn into the repression of the Arab Autumn. Syria is aflame. Bombs go off almost daily in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Rockets are poised in Gaza and Lebanon. Iran either threatens to get a bomb or to use it once they get it.

Fascism, communism, Baathism, Pan-Arabism, Pan-Islamism and various dictators come and go. But the tribal nature of the Middle East and the unease of Islam with other religions, with a modernizing world and with a rival West somehow seem to remain the same -- whether at Lepanto in the 16th century or at the Strait of Hormuz in the 21st century.

After World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and, more recently, our wars in the Middle East, we said "never again" -- only to lecture others and, in schizophrenic fashion, intervene once more. At times, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush all thought they could make the world safe for democracy. Calvin Coolidge, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama assumed we had neither the money nor the virtue to try.

New cure-all ideologies and organizations likewise have come and gone. Fascism, communism, socialism and the Keynesian redistributive state all promised a sort of new, better man. But mostly they ended up bringing neither peace nor prosperity.

In response to all this depressing predictability, technocratic elites still dream up international solutions. The League of Nations was a noble idea that proved to be an irrelevant hothouse. No one still believes the pretentious United Nations is much more than a collective debating society. The non-democratic European Union is going the way of the past megalomaniac and failed dreams of Charlemagne, Napoleon and Hitler of one united European continent, one system, one ideology.

What, then, are we left with? Only the humility that human nature does not change much.

That unpleasant fact means that about all we can do is to keep muddling through, stay vigilant, and hope for the best while preparing for the worst. For all the problems of national pride, democracy, free markets, alliances and military preparedness, the alternatives seem far worse.
Posted by: Sherry || 03/02/2012 00:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top||

#1  America is worth sticking for, just make sure that it does not get stabby.

Posted by: newc || 03/02/2012 1:53 Comments || Top||

#2  "I know nothing of philosophical philanthropy. But I know what I have seen, and what I have looked in the face in this world here, where I find myself. And I tell you this, my friend, that there are people (men and women both, unfortunately) who have no good in them--none. That there are people whom it is necessary to detest without compromise. That there are people who must be dealt with as enemies of the human race. That there are people who have no human heart, and who must be crushed like savage beasts and cleared out of the way."

Dickens
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/02/2012 2:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Amen, Besoeker.

We live in an age where armchair philosophers are tripping over themselves to put forth proclamations of their own ability to do what no human ever has. Fukuyama's "end of history". Jared Diamond's "geographic determinism" and the idea that now that Western technologies are widespread we'll all be exactly the same despite cultural difference, so no more war.

Most recently, Pinker's preposterous claims that due to socialism and technology humans have become inherently less violent and that time tried observations about tension building and releasing (WWII? Aab Spring?) over the decades and generations are simply not true.

Wrong, each one of them. Human nature doesn't turn on a dime and forces of politics don't simply stop, no matter how much we wish it is so. Culture, not ease of food acquisition or lack of need to obtain necessities for a few decades, determines how a group of people will behave and how their interactions wth other nations will succeed or fail, absent some black swan event. Even regimes that believed otherwise and had mass quantities of military force couldn't make these work for more than a couple generations.
Posted by: no mo uro || 03/02/2012 6:16 Comments || Top||

#4  It's the idiotic conceit based on no understanding of economics.

Those technologies are only the coefficient of productivity, real productivity (wealth creation) only comes about from comparative advantage, and that requires a reciprocal culture.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/02/2012 7:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Sometimes I marvel at the wisdom and insight shown here, and the depth of understanding of macro-trends and principles, as evidence here by Dr. Hanson and the comments above. Thank you Rantburgers for what you offer.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 03/02/2012 13:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Didn't VDH cheerlead GWB's nation-building follies? The afghan terror entity should have looked like the Moon after 9-11.

Color VDH with jihad-subsidy. He's a self-important gas-bag posing as a historian.
Posted by: Ebbavitle Unaith6504 || 03/02/2012 19:51 Comments || Top||

#7  Lots of us agreed with nation building, Ebbavitle Unaith6504, whether because they thought the society could've been changed after the defeat, or because they saw it as an excuse to keep armed troops where the killing needed to happen.

Mr. Hanson is a tenured history professor, which makes him a historian. His area of expertise is the Classical Period of Greece and Rome, with a concentration in the wars of the period. However, whether he is a self-important gasbag is legitimately a matter of opinion.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/02/2012 22:37 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
A few bring a bad name
[Dawn] IT has been a complicated time for the Lahore Bar Association, given the ban on a soft drink brand proposed recently by a faction of lawyers.

The entire legal community has resultantly come under fire with its reputation -- if any remained -- plummeting into the negative. Yet while sitting in the District Bar room, I find certain colleagues' insensitivity towards the destruction of the legal fraternity's image in the press more perturbing.

The term 'legal community' needs to be interpreted and analysed therefore. Further, it must be asked whether, in criticising the entire legal community for the singular acts of a faction, people are not displaying short-sightedness: a group of lawyers who have proposed a scandalous resolution does not represent the legal community as a whole. Most importantly, the basis on which the ban was proposed constitutes a contravention of the country's constitution.

First, the term 'legal community' (of Pakistain) denotes and includes all members of benches, all law-practising members of the District and High Court Bar Associations of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
. It also includes all members of the Supreme Court Bar Association and the benches of the apex court. So to castigate the legal community for an abstruse resolution or for other acts of an ignorant minority is wrong and amounts to short-sightedness.

The Khatam-e-Nabuwat Lawyers Forum (KNLF), which proposed the ban, is in no way a representative body of the legal community. Its acts, omissions or resolutions do not carry the weight of the law or the support of the legal society; they do not reflect the mindset of the legal community, which is clearly a silent majority. Even if the incumbent elected representatives of the Lahore Bar Association ratified the absurd resolution, in no way would that reflect the opinion of a sizeable number of lawyers and would be disowned. Such a move should and would be strongly condemned.

Many short-sighted western citizens and journalists label the entire Pak population as intolerant, illiterate, narrow-minded and overly religious (for the acts of a few). Similarly, many bewildered and imprudent members of our own society are branding the entire legal community as intolerant and obdurate for the acts of a few. This is also not right.

To give an example, Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Time Square bomber was connected to Pakistain and apparently had some level of support in the country. But does he, or even Baitullah Mehsud, represent the Pak public's way of thinking? To condemn all Paks due to the abhorrent acts of such people is simply outrageous. Similarly, the act of a faction of lawyers must not be allowed to define the character and reputation of the legal community on the lam.

Then, for the KNLF to propose a senseless ban that demands a blockade on selling a drink allegedly manufactured by Ahmedis (or non-Mohammedans, as they are called) is absurd by all standards. The intention was apparently to cause economic loss to the alleged Ahmedi manufacturer. Principally, the law requires the other side to be heard. The company issued a blurb that it is not owned by Ahmedis. For the sake of argument, however, let us hypothesise that the company is indeed owned by Ahmedis. If that is the case, would it be constitutionally or religiously barred from trading within the country? The answer is in the negative.

Constitutionally, the Ahmedis were declared non-Mohammedans by the Second Amendment to the constitution of the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Pakistain, thereby converting them statutorily into a minority. But neither this amendment nor any subsequent law takes away the right of minorities to conduct business and fair trade within this land of the pure. Therefore, any move to ban their business is not only unconstitutional but discriminatory and in violation of Article 18 (Freedom of Trade, Business and Profession) and Article 25 (Equality of Citizens) of the constitution.

From the point of view of religion, trade was an integral part of Islamic teachings and culture. The Prophet Muhammad (PTUI!)'>(PTUI!)
) traded with the Jews of his time. From an Islamic perspective, if the Prophet never advocated an ideology that stood for causing economic loss to non-Mohammedans, why should anyone else?

If the ideology of causing economic loss on the basis of religion were attached to any truth, there would be a trade deadlock causing widespread scarcity of valuable resources located in different parts of the world. There would have been no electricity in Mohammedan lands, no development in the agricultural or health sector. People of other faiths would have been deprived of oil which would have halted all invention and the modern transportation facilities we enjoy today.

Oil from Mohammedan lands would have had no value without trade; Christians, Jews, Hindus and people of all other faiths would have kept their technology, inventions and discoveries to themselves. Adherents of all faiths would have been doomed to paucity without trading with each other.

But let us, for a minute, go the KLNF way and boycott everything manufactured/produced by non-Mohammedans. It would soon become clear that the vehicles they use, the cellphones with which they communicate, the television they watch, their laptops, the software they use to draft their petitions, the ties they wear and the stitching units which stitch their uniforms are manufactured/produced by mostly non-Mohammedans. What are they going to do about this?
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top||


Sectarian menace
[Dawn] TUESDAY'S brutal sectarian massacre on the Karakoram Highway in a remote part of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
Kohistan
...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns....
district bore a chilling resemblance to the butchery witnessed last year in Mastung, Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
. As in the Mastung attack, passengers travelling in a convoy of buses, and comprising mostly Shia pilgrims returning from Iran to Gilgit via Rawalpindi, were pulled out and killed on the basis of their belief by men apparently in army uniform. Kohistan has not witnessed the sectarian bloodletting other parts of Pakistain have, yet it is possible the atrocity was carried out as communal tensions in neighbouring Gilgit-Baltistan spilled over. A few Sunnis were killed in Gilgit recently, and the targeting of passengers may have been a reprisal, with indications that the killers came from Chilas. Though Jandullah has grabbed credit, it is unclear if it is the same group involved in past sectarian attacks in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
or a new one. Certain names have developed into 'brands', and it is likely that the absence of a central organizational structure has propelled other jihad boy actors to carry out acts of terrorism using the name of more recognisable groups.

Unfortunately, no part of Pakistain is free from the scourge of sectarian terror. While Hazara Shias are routinely murdered in Balochistan, tribal-cum-sectarian violence has become a part of life in Kurram Agency
...home of an intricately interconnected web of poverty, ignorance, and religious fanaticism, where the laws of cause and effect are assumed to be suspended, conveniently located adjacent to Tora Bora...
; Bloody Karachi has witnessed several sectarian attacks; bombings and cycles of sectarian violence also occur in Dera Ismail Khan
... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
as well as south and central Punjab. Though the denominational schism has always existed, it took on a very bloody character during the Ziaul Haq regime, especially with the rise of sectarian death squads. Today, sectarian outfits in Pakistain have found common cause with pan-Islamic jihadis, fusing their anti-Shia worldview with a jihad-centric, anti-West outlook, which perhaps explains the heavy sectarian undercurrent in the overall rise of militancy in Pakistain. It is also troubling that overtly sectarian and jihadi concerns are now appearing on the same stage as 'mainstream' religious and right-wing parties, indicating the full acceptance of the former by the latter.

There needs to be greater vigilance where misuse of police and army uniforms is concerned. Also, buses and other vehicles must only be stopped at designated and clearly marked checkpoints and escorted by security forces when transiting 'sensitive' regions. Overall, while communities need to ensure such provocations don't result in escalation and reprisals, it is the state that must do the most by identifying, capturing, prosecuting and punishing those involved in sectarian terrorism. If it fails to do so, the current situation may well give way to wider communal conflict.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Logistics of an Israeli Strike on Iran
A taste:
Hans R├╝hle was one of the toughest and most perspicacious analysts in those heady days [of the Cold War]. Today he evaluates Israel's capacity to knock out Iran's nuclear program in an essay in the German conservative daily Die Welt. It is worth reading (for non-German speakers, there's Google Translate).

R├╝hle is highly confident that Israel could knock out Iran's nuclear program for a decade or more with about 25 of its 87 F-15 fighter-bombers and a smaller number of its F-16s. Each of the F-15s would carry two of the GBU-28 bunker busters, with the F-16s armed with smaller bombs.┬ 

Most importantly,┬ R├╝hle believes that it would take Iran a decade to restore its capabilities -- with the exception of Isfahan -- unless special forces could inflict more damage from the ground than was possible from the air. There are risks, of course: the Russians might have secretly given Iran more advanced surface-to-air missiles; refueling might be interdicted along a route that overflies potentially hostile countries; and Iran's proxies (Syria, Hizbollah, Hamas) might retaliate. Nonetheless, he concludes that Israel could lastingly disrupt Iran's nuclear program.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/02/2012 01:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top||

#1  Nice - but the prob isn't the level of Israel's damage, but Iran's Regional, International response espec vee Proxy Terror.

* E.g. see DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > US WARNS [Israel] AGZ MILITARY ACTION TOWARD IRAN, i.e. may foster "greater instability" that could threaten the safety + security of Americans + Amer Interests in the ME e.g. AFRAG = Afghanistan-Irag.

WH Spox Jay Carney.

* TOPIX/WORLD NEWS > WHITE HOUSE FEARS [post-Attack]IRAN WILL TARGET AMERICANS.

ISRAEL has said it - the time to attack + invade Iran is NOW. In near-time, Iran is likely to have not only reliable indigenous NucBombs but also the LRBMS, etc. to deliver them, in addition to other Strategic-Tactical Weapon techs - this will cause or induce Iran's [post-Arab Spring = post-Islamist] Sunni competitors to also go Nuclear + dev potent Nuke-WMD Arsenals of their own. MANY SHIA OR SUNNI ISLAMISTS MAY HATE ONE ANOTHER, BUT THEY ALSO HATE ISRAEL AS WELL AS ANY + ALL NON-MUSLIMS.

* FYI DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > PAKISTAN PROPOSES TO CREAT A MILITARY BLOC OF ISLAMIC STATES.

Islamic NATO = Warsaw Pact?

* SAME > [Six ea. SUNNI] IRAQI MILITARY GROUPS TO KEEP FIGHTING AFTER US PULLOUT.

ARTIC = "War of the SUNNIS VS. SHIAS is a RELIGIOUS WAR, + HOLY WAR OF FAITH".
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/02/2012 19:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Can't happen with the son of a muslim spouse and child abandoner in the White House.

Posted by: Don Vito Slolutle6982 || 03/02/2012 19:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Mad Iranian mullahs with nukes will pose a far greater threat to American interests than whatever threat the mullahs pose or can deliver now. Just need to keep bringing that up.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/02/2012 21:03 Comments || Top||


Between politics and principles, Hamas' perilous maneuvers
By Ramzy Baroud

Despite all of Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,` assurances to the contrary, a defining struggle is taking place within the Paleostinian Islamic movement.

The outcome of this struggle -- which is still confined to polite political disagreements and occasional intellectual tussle -- is likely to change Hamas' outlook, if not fundamentally alter its position within a quickly changing Arab political landscape.

The current Hamas is already different from the one initially set up by a local Gazoo leadership in December 1987 in response to the first Paleostinian uprising. One of the very first statements circulated by their newly established 'military wing' (masked men armed with wooden clubs and cans of spray paint) expressed the nature of that political era:

"What has happened to you, O rulers of Egypt? Were you asleep in the period of the treaty of shame and surrender, the Camp David treaty? Has your national zealousness died and your pride ran out while the Zionists daily perpetrate grave and base crimes against the people and the children?"

Although the power discrepancy between Israel and the Paleostinians has remained largely unchanged, Hamas has morphed from a local Paleostinian branch of Egypt's Moslem Brüderbund into a tour de force within Paleostinian society.

It has also become an important regional player, long designated by the US and Israel as a member of the radical camp in the Middle East (the other members being Iran, Syria and Hezbullies). While Iran and Syria were demonized for aiding and enabling Paleostinian and Lebanese resistance to Israel, Hamas and Hezbullies successfully resisted Israel's military adventures in Gazoo and Leb.

Arab revolutions, however, forced a remarkable transformation in terms of power relations in the region. Longtime symbols of Western influence in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen were violently and decisively forced out of power, although their cronies are still battling for position and sway.

The 'moderate camp' was shocked to its core by the removal of Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
, who, for three decades, diligently guarded a pro-American fort in exchange for a fixed sum of money. The dramatic events that swept the Arab world required urgent action, a spectacular jockeying for influence - to either coerce where change was deemed unacceptable, or exploit genuine, homegrown uprisings where change presented an opportunity to settle scores.

Syria was a prime example of the latter. It is widely understood that to balance the power play of gains and losses, the removal of Mubarak could only be offset with the ousting of Syria's Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor...
Only then would the game return to a state of normality - especially when we consider the diminishing American influence in the region following its withdrawal from Iraq. Unfortunately for Syria, the conflict was quickly redrawn around regional politics.

The horrifying violence in Syria is being contextualized within dangerous paradigms concerning NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization....
intervention and some Arab countries' insistence on transforming the civil war into a zero-sum game.

Hamas, which had successfully survived factional rivalry, Israeli wars and international isolation, was faced with its most pressing dilemma since the legislative elections of January 2006. On one hand, the so-called Arab Spring has ushered the unmistakable (and predicted) rise of Islamic political forces - of which Hamas is part and parcel. On the other, it has confusingly renovated the political equilibrium of the entire region.

It is no secret that without Iran's financial support, Hamas would have found it very difficult to operate in the Gazoo Strip following the Israeli blockade in 2007. Damascus
...The City of Jasmin is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It has not always been inhabited by the same set of fascisti...
had provided Hamas with a political platform, allowing the Islamic movement a level of freedom to propagate its ideas and take some of the heat off its besieged leadership in Gazoo and the West Bank.

Disowning its allies due to an increasingly polarizing political (and sectarian) discourse in the region is not an easy decision by any means. Here lies Hamas' predicament.

Political realism is unavoidably opportunistic. Hamas' reputation among its supporters was maintained through a careful balance between political savvy and religiously motivated ideological principles. Revolutionary times can upset any balance, however skillfully cultivated.

A series of agreements between Hamas and Fatah - including the landmark Doha accord on February 6 - were attributed to the reformatting of regional alliances: the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
' Fatah suffered a serious blow with the ousting of Mubarak, and Hamas' future in Syria looked increasingly dim in light of the escalating violence.

Although Paleostinians have been demanding reconciliation between the rivals, to no avail, the successive unity episodes were incriminating to both parties as national accord and resisting Israel proved less urgent than regional politics. Hamas' drift to a new camp continued at astonishing speed.

Hamas leaders in Damascus, and also Gazoo, went out on regional tours, hoping to forge new alliances to the once shunned resistance movement. And in another twist, exiled Hamas leaders have suddenly emerged as agents of political moderation. The swiftness of the new terminology is explained by Brian Murphy and Karin Laub: "The movement's top leader in exile, Khald Mashaal, wants Hamas to be part of the broader Islamist political rise...For this, Hamas needs new friends like the wealthy Gulf states that are at odds with Iran," (AP, Feb 9).

Writing in the Lebanese Daily Star, Michael Broning, Israel-based director of the German Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung foundation, agrees.

"Meshaal has come to represent a force of change," he states, while Gazoo Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh
...became Prime Minister after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah-Hamas festivities, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues as the PM of Gazoo while Abbas maintains a separate PM in the West Bank...
"represents the conservative wing of Gazoo's Hamas leadership."

Thus a long-coveted opening is presenting itself as "disagreements within Hamas have been escalating, pitting the movement's diaspora leadership against the Hamas-led Gazoo administration." Tellingly, the title of Broning's article is: 'Engage Hamas' moderates and test their newfound flexibility' (Feb 24).

Some commentators, Broning included, are widely speculating on the future of the movement. News outlets are rife with reports regarding Hamas' maneuvering - whether compelled by political necessity or propelled by the ideological triumph of Islamist forces in the region.

Hamas might be reinventing itself, or it may simply be trying to weather the storm. Either way, the political context of Hamas' maneuvers is quickly leaving its traditional home (the Israeli occupation), and moving into a whole new dimension regarding the region as a whole.

While Hamas might convincingly argue that survival necessitates measured shifts in politics, it is more difficult to explain how quickly and readily regional politicking is trumping national priorities.

Indeed, the line separating principles and politics can at times be a very fine one.

Ramzy Baroud is an internationally syndicated columnist and the editor of PaleostineChronicle.com
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#1  Lest we fergit, 1990's CLINTONISM = RIGHTISM IS THE "NEW LEFTISM".

[Pre-Civil War KANSAS-MISSOURI BORDER Conflicts here].
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