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I’ve always said Al-Qaida hurts Muslims of all people the most. Now I am wondering whether they are a bunch of nuts who don’t know what they are doing, or whether they know it very well.

The timing of this incident is so significant, it can’t not be noticed. It comes just in time to strengthen Israel’s case in the US. When the Obama admin was trying to put pressure on Israel to stop the settlements.

And it kills one innocent civilian. God knows how many this event will cause to die.

May Allah punish and humiliate wrongdoers.

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Rationale

Is it not our irrationality that sets us apart from the other animals? They seem to behave pretty sensibly.

I was at a talk today, and the speaker was quite nervous and so on. Would it not be sad if it she didn’t have a soul? If it was just electrical signals rushing through her brain? Would it not be sad if I were unreal, if my sense of me were just an illusion?

If that’s the case, then what’s wrong with killing someone? What’s up with morality? Let me just make sure that it is my DNA that gets through. But hey, why should even that matter? Why should I care if my DNA does not make it? What does anything matter? What does important even mean, if there is no soul and no morality? No Judge to decide between right and wrong?

Terrifying.

But, alhamdulliah.

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It’s not a good decision to allow Rupert Merdoch, one of the most Islamophobic figures in the world to buy into Rotana media, owned by one of the Saudi princes.

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Israel-US relations is complex. Israel, in 1972 attacked an American military ship. Almost sank it. Last year, several cases of spying was uncovered against suspected Israeli agents. One would imagine how come they are still allies?

Obama’s administration put it’s reputation at stake when it said in public that they demand a full settlement freeze. In response, Netenyahu (the Israeli prime minister) recently authorized newer settlements in East Jerusalem.

One would imagine that the relation between Washington and Israel would waver, and US will reduce it’s lever of support for Israel. There should be some blowback.

There hasn’t been anything like it. Instead, the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton retreated from her earlier position. Hence the puzzle.

Why is Netenyahu is doing such things? Yes he is a fanatic, but he’s no stupid. He knows if the support of the US is lost, then Israel will not be able to continue what it’s doing, including the occupation of Palestine. The reason they think they “need” to continue occupying Palestine, I believe, are mainly twofold-

  • One- it gives them a strategic military depth vis-a-vis it’s neighbors, namely Syria and Jordan. Israel is a tiny country surrounded. If it ever comes to war, the first place to take hits will not be Israeli cities where it’s economy, it factories and it’s socio-political fabric is located. Instead, the first place hit will be Palestine and the Israeli settlements- losing which does not significantly alter the strength of the Israeli government.
  • Two- the occupied Palestinians actually contribute to Israeli prosperity. The starving Palestinians make cheap labours. It’s one of the reasons why Israeli leadership is doing everything they can to break the Palestinian businesses that are independent of Israel. Farming is one example. It’s being broken by snatching lands and denying water. Did you know that it is illegal to build water tanks in their farms by Palestinians?

However, in spite of all this, maintaining US support is a higher priority (than occupying Palestine) for the Israeli government. Without it, they will have to deal with the neighbors as equals, and accept an Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.

Here is one possible reason why Israel is not cooperating with the present US government-

Netenyahu’s real allies in Washington are the neo-cons. Netenyahu knows that his racist government is fundamentally at odds with Obama’s (at least overtly) non-racist government.

The neo-cons on the other hand are trying to discredit Obama as a leader.  Their ally and tool in this is the veritable Netenyahu and his racist government.

In showing the US government a big banana, Netenyahu is essentially saying- Obama is an ineffective leader, taking his halo away, making it easier for his allies in Washington to take over. They can hope to come back to office and finish the unfinished “jobs.”

Why is Obama tolerating this? Because the are strong lobbyists on whom his party depends for funds. Probably the pro-democrat lobbyists also are unhappy with Netenyahu’s policies, but they will not accept US government taking actions against the Israeli government. Obama can berate Netenyahu, but not take action against Israeli government.

It’s a deadlock, if that’s the case.

Obama and his team are smart people, and I hope they find a way.

One of the ways to get out of this crisis would be to develop strong ties with countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and not aiding the repressive regime in Egypt.

How does that help?

It’ll send a message to Israel (without hurting it- thus no lobbyists could object) that US does not depend on Israel solely in the middle east.

That’ll soften Netenyahu.

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At least the worst has not happened at Copenhagen. The developing countries stood together, and prevented a bad deal pushing the poor countries to pay for the rich ones.

Sadly, my own country used to be with the poor and now it serves the rich. Although we are one of the poorest countries. For shame.

Obama, on the other hand lectured everybody on what they should do while his country pledged only 3.6 billion dollars. Remember how much he paid for the bailouts? Approx a trillion. Even japan pledged to pay 11 billion dollars. In his country, when the rich make mistakes, they are rewarded. Actually Wall street did not make mistakes. It is more like crime when they committed.

In one Hadith, the Prophet (SAW) reminded us, one of the things that devastated past nations is their different treatment of the poor and the rich.

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Be Lucky

Seeking this world gets neither this, nor the next world. Seeking the next gets both.

Compare this.

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Saudi Arabia has set up a new research university, a multibillion dollar co-educational venture built on the promise of scientific freedom.

The King Abdullah Science and Technology University (Kaust) – complete with state-of-the-art laboratories, the world’s 14th fastest supercomputer, and one of the biggest endowments worldwide – is scheduled to officially open on Wednesday.

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Watching Hollywood movies, you would think that there are only two kinds of people in the Islamic world. The innocent civilians. Their innocense is not innocence of not having committed crime. Their innocence is one akin to that of childhood. They can’t fend for themselves, and are like goat-herds in their behaviour and helpless screams.

The other type is the archetype tyrannical eastern rulers/warlords. They beat, kill and rob the innocent civilians.

There are no capable men (and women) out there.

Enter the white man. Ready and able to defend the innocent civilians from the tyrannical warlords. Hail to the West.

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“Israel can determine for itself - it’s a sovereign nation - what’s in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else” said Biden.

But, Iran can be told what kind of foreign policy it should have. Conclusion? Iran is not a sovereign nation?

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