Category Archives: Regional & International Politics

Who Are We? We Are Many!

Some people have enough moral sense to criticize Israel, but not to criticize anything that Assad and his supporters have done and are still doing. They see ISIS stoning women and chasing away Christians, but they ignore all evidence and testimony of torture, mass rape and mass murder in Assad’s concentration camps. They ignore evidence of collaboration between ISIS and Assad. They ignore Iran’s role in the current mayhem in Syria, Iraq and Gaza, and advocate engagement with her. They defend Russia and ignore her duplicity in war crimes in Syria and Ukraine. Clearly these people cannot truly be concerned with human rights. Their stand by the Palestinians at this stage seems motivated more by ideology than any sense of moral solidarity – an ideology that put Israel and America, and sometimes the West as a whole, at the center of all evil designs in the world; an ideology that, in essence, covets the power that these countries have and longs to appropriate it, rather than be truly dedicated to holding all equally accountable for their misdeeds.

A scene from Deir Ezzor City, Syria, now under ISIS control. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD ABOUD
A scene from Deir Ezzor City, Syria, now under ISIS control. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD ABOUD

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Fodder is our name

It took decades for Palestinian to finally win overt support in some mainstream international media outlets. But, and as is often the case with modern-day Arabs, the victory is Pyrrhic in nature and will not translate into any substantive support for the Palestinians’ goal of establishing their own independent state.

A family rests on the rubble of their home in Jebaliya (Time Magazine)
A family rests on the rubble of their home in Jebaliya (Time Magazine).

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Paved with ill-intentions

In Syria, the Enemy of America’s Enemy Is Still a Lousy Friend | VICE News.
Gaza and Israel: The Road to War, Paved by the West | NY Times.

The reduction of our choices in Syria to a lesser of all evils was something that was orchestrated by the Assad regime and its allies from the early days of the Syrian Revolution back in 2011. Indeed, our road to this particular hell was paved with all the ill-intentions and foresight in the world by people who have done this repeatedly before, and made quite the survival strategy out of it. Still, it does take a strong element of willful blindness on part of so many who are clearly in a position to know better to let something like this happen, again and again. Considering the repetitive patterns involved, one cannot but assume ill-intentions here as well. In other words, and for all the talk about good intentions paving our way to hell, in reality, we more often get there on account of ill-intentions and evil designs.

A Syrian man carries a girl on a street covered with dust following a government airstrike in Aleppo on Tuesday. Rebels took the eastern half of the city in 2012 but are now in danger of being forced out by President Bashar Assad's troops. (Baraa Al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images)
A Syrian man carries a girl on a street covered with dust following a government airstrike in Aleppo on Tuesday. Rebels took the eastern half of the city in 2012 but are now in danger of being forced out by President Bashar Assad’s troops. (Baraa Al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images)

The Hard Truth

Hamas is playing a dangerous game with Gazan lives – The Washington Post.

The hard truth is: yes. Just like the Assad regime in Syria, and Arab leaders in general, the calculus of Hamas leaders when it comes to the conduct of war and peace is rather different than what we are publicly told. Their ultimate mandate is not to protect their civilian population and build the state, but to protect their rule and increase their power, even at the cost of incurring heavy civilian casualties and destroying the state. If they can still retain control at the end, that’s victory enough for them.

GAZA CITY:  A Palestinian militant from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, displays Qassam rockets during a rally in Gaza City 18 September 2005. (ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY: A Palestinian militant from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, displays Qassam rockets during a rally in Gaza City 18 September 2005. (ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

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