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dude1394
04-07-2004, 08:56 PM
Reality Is Staring Us in the Face
Dr. Mohammad T. Al-Rasheed, comments@d-corner.com —


If, as we are told, ignorance is bliss, then surely oblivion is nothing short of nirvana itself. President Clinton used to joke about Madeleine Albright’s brooch with the famous three monkeys who see, hear, or speak no evil. Clinton was shrewd enough to see the irony of what his secretary of state was probably unconsciously advertising: If in such a position you don’t see or hear evil, you really should go home before you even have the chance to speak evil.

Ignorance is certainly bliss for many Arab leaders. Some of them are miserably ignorant and uneducated. They don’t even know what a book looks like until they are ready to burn it. Most have no formal education and gathered what they “know” either through trial and error or from the army barracks — and we are not talking West Point.

To be fair, we do have a new crop who can ski, ride motorcycles, surf, and even do a decent karaoke job, but then they can’t speak Arabic. Clinton and his saxophone were a plus, our motormen and their bikes are a negative. Why? Clinton knew how to speak to his people. One such leader got so caught up in his French he translated “notre majesté” to an unseemly plural majesty in Arabic and bellowed it out in front of other Arab leaders at one Arab summit. You could hear a hundred million Arabs cringe, but the other 21 present around that table hardly noticed.

If it takes two to tango, we might assume that ignorance needs a partner to be effective. The people ruled by such leaders are equally ignorant and have been purposefully kept that way for decades. The atrocity committed in Iraq with the unseemly dragging of the charred corpses was an extension of something historically entrenched in Iraq. Every single deposed leader since independence, including the king, had suffered this dragging fate. No one seems to mention this. More importantly, no one mentions the fact that the bloodiest of those leaders escaped this fate only because the Americans got their hands on him first.

For a people “without history”, “politically naïve”, and other epithets thrown their way, the Americans have one thing solidly on their side: Decency. I’d exchange this historical freshness for anything solidly “historical” any day.

The reality is staring us in the face: Though military boots are heavy no matter what the context is, we are not dealing with Attila nor are we in the realm of Augustus Caesar. Not a single occupying army has ever declared soon after its victory the date of its departure. The Americans have. Just for the record, the Crusaders stayed for 200 years, the Mongols for nearly a century, and the Ottomans hung on for almost 500 years.

dude1394
05-13-2004, 07:14 PM
ANOTHER SUCCESS FOR AMERICAN DIPLOMACY!

WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) - Libya, which last year said it would give up weapons of mass destruction, will not trade arms with Iran, North Korea, Syria and other nations that may proliferate such weapons, the United States said on Thursday.

"Libya will not deal in any military goods or services with states which Libya considers to be of serious weapons of mass destruction proliferation concern," said U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton, saying he was quoting from a Libyan statement.

Good. Just remember: Trust, but verify.