11 September 2003

CNN confirms Arafat / Iraqi Ba’ath connection!

"Take action" could mean, explained the Israeli government spokesman, expulsion. It could mean limiting further his [Arafat's] freedom in that *Mukhabarat* headquarters where he is, where he has been beleaguered for over a year. […] Well, he's [Arafat's] clearly not isolated from his people or from his supporters, given these views in the *Mukhabarat* headquarters […]
[emphasis added] As we know, "Mukhabarat":http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mukhabarat is the Iraqi intelligence apparat and now CNN admits that Arafat lives in Mukhabarat headquarters. Seems quite cut and dried to me.
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THIS JUST IN: Arafat supporters upset about possible exile

News Thursday of an Israeli government decision to "expel" Yasser Arafat was not greeted warmly by his supporters.
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Making lemonade

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The world will not help us; we must help ourselves. We must kill as many of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders as possible, as quickly possible, while minimizing collateral damage, but not letting that damage stop us. And we must kill Yasser Arafat, because the world leaves us no alternative.[…] Such was the case in the Six Day War, when Israel was forced to launch a preemptive attack or accept destruction. And when Menachem Begin decided to bomb the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981. And when Israel launched Operation Defensive Shield in Palestinian cities after the Passover Massacre of 2002. In each case, Israel tried every fashion of restraint, every plea to the international community to take action that would avoid the need for "extreme" measures, all to no avail. When the breaking point arrives, there is no point in taking half-measures. If we are going to be condemned in any case, we might as well do it right.
It's about time that the Palestinians were shown what happens when you call the other side "Nazis", "killers" and "barbarians" regardless of their actions and then commit every despicable act possible against them. Eventually they give up trying to prove that they're not like that and do what is needful.
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THIS JUST IN: Kyoto Treaty bad for first world economies

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This morning on the Belgian radio news: Fientje Moerman, minister of economic affairs, lamenting about the woes the Kyoto protocol is causing. Either it means very heavy investments in even further (minimal) polution reduction (which causes companies to run away and jobs to be lost) or it means sending large amounts of cash abroad for no good reason ('buying clean air elsewhere'). And some people in the government even want to put a cap on the amount of 'clean air' that can be bought elsewhere, thus forcing the loss of jobs. Oh, and since there is policy to 'get out of nuclear energy' in Belgium, the pollution reduction forced on the industry has to be more severe than it already was when the protocol was signed: Nuclear plants don't emit greenhouse gasses, but their future replacements surely will. Freya Van Den Bossche, the minister for the environment, refused to comment. Some in the current cabinet blame the cabinet of two governments ago for having made a bad deal: the Germans and the French, you see, are much better off... They just have to close some old plants they were already going to close anyway, and their commitment is fulfilled. Not fair!
Will you look at that. France and Germany got the rest of Europe in to a treaty that's good for France and Germany and bad for the rest of Europe. Who could have predicted that?
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