Nov. 24, 2008: While the capital-rich and financially liquid Arab states of the Persian Gulf are among few in the world that can view the current crisis and see potential opportunities, there are a couple of notable exceptions. Geopolitical Implications.
Febr. 24, 2009: Iran and the Protest in Saudi-Arabia Today. The Shi’ite-Suni Devide.
Case Study: Shi'ite Lebanon and Hezbollah
August 30, 2007: Wednesday, Aug. 29, Adm. William Fallon, chief of US Central Command and the war on terror paid an unannounced visit to Beirut, although for years US generals have given the Lebanese capital a wide berth. He left after three hours, the longest time considered safe for him to stay. He reviewed with Lebanese leaders US preparations for military intervention should the September presidential election descend into civil violence or elicit an attempt by Iran, Syria or Hizballah to seize power by force. Such an attempt could leave Lebanon dangerously stranded between two rival administrations. The posting of the Kearsage and a marine force within reach of Lebanese shores today, is intended as a deterrent and indicator of Washington’s willingness to send the military over to prevent Lebanon’s takeover by Iran or Syria.Portents of coming unrest were seen last week in the hasty departure from Beirut of the Saudi and UAE ambassadors under threats to their lives. Most Arab and European missions have cut down staff in the Lebanese capital.Lebanese police are investigating the re-appearance of a sick videogame in Beirut whose goal is the murder of the prime minister, cabinet members, Jumblatt and Maronite leader Samir Geagea, who are designated “thieves and traitors.” Its name, “The Battle of the Seraya,” refers to the government building. The game, which has been removed from stores in Beirut, depicts underground tunnels leading from the government building to the US embassy, echoing Hizballah’s reference to the Siniora government as “the Feltman Cabinet.”
Hezbollah praises victory over Israel. As a jab to the UN force
in Lebanon Nasrallah announced;
Hizballah is stronger than
ever before we still have more
than 20,000 rockets:
Hezbollah trains children to be
martyrs, Egyptian paper says Hezballah has recruited
more than 2,000 children 10-15 years of age to
form armed militias. Unknown to most we
checkep up who and what
Hezbollah really is:
Who/What Hezbollah really is: The Larger Picture.
November 14, 2006: Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Nov. 14 the government of Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora will be overthrown.
In spite of the rhetoric by millions of Muslims worldwide-- of a Western religious crusade, the new conflict between the post-Christian West and Islam-- is more a clash between secular materialism and a revived religion. Case Study:
Where the only moment of meaningful contact was the last two years of the Clinton administration, with the advent of the Bush administration, the two political cultures were increasingly defined by a shared belief in confrontation. Politics, therefore, define Iran-US relations. Populist and rich with emotion, this narrative of confrontation has permeated the popular imagination and driven the elites. The first step, therefore, must be to confront these myths, recognize their importance and potency, and begin their deconstruction. (Research Report) The Iran US Conflict.
As we have seen also in the case of China, among the more pernicious of myths is the political myth of victimization. It also, tends to empower through the removal of moral responsibility. Where the hostage crisis and Iran-Contra had an impact on US perceptions vice-versa happened during the Iran/Iraq War when the US in turn leant towards support for the Iraqis. (Research Report)The Iran US Conflict Today:
Iranian President Ahmadinejad on IRINN TV: 'Lebanon is the scene of an historic test, which will determine the future of humanity'.
Truth is generally the first casualty in war on the battlefields of the Middle East, especially when Israel is involved. For neither Israel nor the Jews are seen — whether by themselves, by their friends, or by their foes — as a nation and a people like others. One form of irrationality, shared by some evangelical Christians and (some) Jews, has it that Israel is the 'Zion' of prophecy, part of God's plan.
Following recent media doctoring, now the war of Arab TV. Anyone with access to a television has the illusion of direct access, forgetting that the mass media itself determines what we see and how we see it. We frequently pointed out, how nations and populist politics are rooted in foundation myths that underpin their historical identity. The mass media’s avowed intention of exciting emotion, however compounds and extends rather than explains and scrutinize. (Case Study) Pan-Arabist Media:
The strengthening that Arab-Islamic groups, including al-Qaeda, Hizbollah and Hamas have offered powerful cultural productions as the bastion
of secular Pan-Arabism and individual policies of Arab
transnational, to offer new visions of
Arab identity. The New Pan-Arabism
Not to long ago hardly a day wents by without a massacre carried out by either a Shiite death squad or an extremist Sunni group. The Occupation and its Legacy, P.1.
Iraq Confidential: Explaining how the three main Iraqi communities, the Kurds, the Shia and the Sunni, responded to the growing conflict, and occupation that followed, we answer ‘what next’. The Occupation and its Legacy, P.2.
Iraq in Fragments: Iraq's civil war is the messy end of a country that never worked as a voluntary union and that brought misery to most of its people most of the time. By invading Iraq and mismanaging the aftermath, the United States precipitated Iraq 's collapse as a unified state but did not cause it. Partition-the Iraqi solution-has produced stability in most of the country and for this reason should be accepted. In Baghdad and other mixed Sunni-Shiite areas, the United States can not contribute to the solution because there is no solution, at least in the foreseeable future. It is a tragedy, and it is unsatisfying to admit that there is little that can be done about it. But it is so. No purpose is served by a prolonged American presence anywhere in Arab Iraq. The war's architects believed they could change the Middle East. And so they did. The Occupation and its Legacy, P.3.