Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Angry Arab moment:

"... the hypocrite ... bears false witness against himself."
(Hannah Arendt)

The former free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News and now professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus and visiting professor at UC, Berkeley, Dr. As’ad AbuKhalil, outlines a principle about judging reliability of documentation of information:

"When New York Times reports on Hamas

First, it is amusing when the Israel chief propagandist at the paper, Ethan Bronner, is assigned to write a story dealing with Palestinians. Secondly, look at this level of documentation for information on Hamas: "But Amr al-Azm, a Syrian historian at Shawnee State University in Ohio, who is in frequent touch with people in Damascus..." (He has been cited in the paper regarding developments in Syria too. But hell: if Sarah Palin can see Russia from Alaska, Mr. Al-Azm can see Syria AND Hamas from Ohio)."

Let's look at a few posts from the same intellectual sceptic who claims that it is impossible to form opinions based on information gathered by someone who resides in the US from people who actually live in in the locations where the events he reports take place:

"Stop lying to me

"The body then was placed on a prepared flat board and eased into the sea." Eased into the sea? You think we are going to believe that? Unless by ease you mean "kicked into the sea." What is next? They will now claim that US soldiers kissed him on the forehead before delicately lowering his body? Why these lies?"

"The new Egypt?

A new ban on kissing and embracing scenes on Egyptian TV. Is that a revolution or Salafite coup? (thanks Ahmet)

This report has been denied. (thanks Mohammad)"

"Bahrain update:

From one of my reliable sources: "23 doctors and 24 nurses will be tried in military court. They have been forced to confess to things they never did."

There is plenty more where these examples come from.


At 11:19 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, I think the burial at sea was a mistake only because the conspiracy theories will now never end. should have found an uninhabited tiny island somewhere in the Pacific...

maybe you need to take a break from angryarab. I am taking a break from TNR.

try reading:
May 3, 2011 Egypt shakes up Middle Eastern order
By M K Bhadrakumar
Copyright 2011 Asia Times Online

May 3, 2011 New currents in the Egyptian revolution
By Victor Kotsev

May 5, 2011 Syrian butchery casts dark shadow
By Victor Kotsev

saving the best for last:

May 3, 2011 Osama a casualty of the Arab revolt By Spengler

my new theory is that the "new Egypt" may think it easier to take Israel to get the offshore natural gas fields and the 250 billion barrels of shale oil somewhere southwest of Jerusalem.
the same Egypt so very much dependent on US exports of soft white wheat. now also needed by China and Japan...

see you later


At 5:20 PM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

I think you are right. But it's almost impossible to look away. The man is a professor in a university!

At 6:54 AM EDT, Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

You know, I used to fell jealous about your addiction to the Pissed Cousin. Now I too think that he is sweet...


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