Wednesday, November 19, 2003

An Arab Woman Driving Is Too High A Price FOr Saving Lives, Some Arabs Say

Saba Abu Lisan, a young Saudi woman, rescued seven people, including her two sisters, after the Al-Muhaya Compound bombing in Riyadh on Nov. 8.
Wounded and bleeding herself, she transported the victims to King Faisal Specialist Hospital in her father’s Mercedes.

Seems like a no-brainer, right? This woman is a hero.

Not really. Noura Abdallah said: “As much as I see the positive side of Saba’s reaction, as much as I know that — not only would I not have been able to do what she did but also neither would many other Saudi women. She took a big risk because things could have gone very wrong.”

Yes, things could have gone more wrong than seven people dying, according to Noura.

Umm Rayan, a housewife and mother of three, said: “Had she been my daughter, I would have preferred that she stayed in place and waited for help. It actually troubles me to think that one of my daughters might one day take such a bold step. Saba was lucky that nothing happened to make things worse. No, I wouldn’t have done such a thing nor would I encourage anyone else to.”

Umm does not seem to recognize that two of her three daughters would have been dead if Saba stayed in place and waited for help.

Luckily, most Arabians see what she did as the perfectly correct thing, even in a country where women are not allowed to drive.

“Saba’s action was a natural act, very humanitarian and something Islam is in favor of,” said Sulafah Hasan. “Islam values the human soul, giving it topmost priority. Nothing comes before human life. So Saba, driven by such a humane spirit and courageous character, did right. She was well-driven and — thank God — drove well. Well done, Saba!”

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Monday, November 17, 2003

British Paper Invents Facts, Says US Will Turn Over Military Control To The EU

The British will write anything to sell a paper.

'The United States accepts that to avoid humiliating failure in Iraq it needs to bring its forces quickly under international control and speed the handover of power, Javier Solana, the European Union foreign policy chief, has said.'

Heh ... nice try though. In other news, anonymous sources in Britain claim Emeril told them Britain has the best food.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Arafat Says Israel Has Right To "Live In Security"

That's the closest he'll come ( in Arabic ) to saying that Israel should not be driven into the sea. Of course, his stance has recently been that 'security' means letting 4 million Arabs take over Israel.

"The time has come for us to get out of this spiral, this destructive war, that will not bring security to you or us," added the terrorist leader.
He's right there. Where he's wrong, and has consistently been wrong, is his unwillingness to clean up the mess he has created. He denies responsibility for the Intifada of 2000, even though his speeches ( in Arabic, not English, of course) called on Palestinians to kill Israelis.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2003

BBC Denies Pro-Arab Bias, Hires 'Mid-East Monitor'

Not that I think a British Royal Charter buys objectivity anyway, but the BBC can't turn a blind eye to charges of bias any more. To those who read multiple sources, BBC coverage bias was nothing new. Heck, no one who listens to Peter Jennings thinks they're getting straight news if they have a brain ... but the BBC got so far out of control, buoyed by European anti-Semitism anyway, that even they had to do something about it.

So they brought back Malcolm Balen, a former editor of the Nine O'Clock News. Well, it's unlikely that an aging Brit who worked for the BBC during its anti-Israeli heyday is the guy to make sure things stay balanced, but at least they're acknowledging the problem. Not that they had a choice, since they were tired of being shut out of Israeli news conferences.

Relations between the BBC and the Israeli government hit a low point this summer when the latter "withdrew co-operation" in protest at a BBC documentary about the country's weapons of mass destruction.

Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, later barred the BBC from his meeting with the British press during a visit to London.

The BBC has also been the target of Downing Street accusations that it toed a pro-Baghdad line over the Iraq war and that it influenced the Today program's handling of the dossier story that is the subject of the Hutton Inquiry.

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Shocking News That Arafat is Funnelling Palestinian Money Into His Own Accounts

CBS' "60 Minutes" is going to claim what many have known for a long time -- that Yassir Arafat, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, transfers $100,000 a month from funds directed to the Palestinian Authority to his wife Suha.

No kidding? You think he would let his family live in the terrorist morass he has created? You think he would encourage his daughter to strap a bomb on herself and kill Israelis? Of course not ... they live in ( surprise ) Paris, France.

According to the report, Arafat has accumulated in his private accounts more than $800 million from aid originally appropriated to the Palestinian authority.

PA Finance Minister Salam Fayad aided in the CBS investigation. Fayad is currently trying to track down all the PA-allocated money that
never reached its intended destination.

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