16 September 2005

How can government leaders be expected to control state run media?

[source, source]

Radio and television sermons by senior PA religious officials in the past week have presented the US as foremost among the “heretical” countries, and as an enemy trying to dismantle the Islamic world.

In the presence of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, one religious leader called for Iraqis to intensify terrorist uprisings against American soldiers.

This is right after the USA has agreed to give the PA $50 million. Now there’s a real question to ask President Bush: why are we giving foreign aid to people promoting the terrorists in Iraq? On the scale of “with us or against us”, where does such an organization fall?

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Maybe we just didn't ask nicely enough

[source, source]

Israel’s military does not envision major retaliation for Palestinian missile and rocket strikes from the Gaza Strip.

Israeli military sources said the General Staff has quietly assessed that the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would not approve any major combat operation in the Gaza Strip. The sources said the government would instead appeal to the United States and the Palestinian Authority to halt the attacks on the Jewish state.

Because that technique has worked so well in the past.

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