Thursday, August 31, 2006

Iranian Nuclear Chief Mohammad Sa'idi Explains Why Iran Produces Heavy Water: Drinking It Helps Fight Cancer and AIDS

Why have heavy water production in Iran?

It cures AIDS and cancer.

Interviewer: "You just said that in some cases, heavy water can even be used for drinking."

Mohammad Sa'idi: "Yes."

Interviewer: "Could you elaborate on this?"

Mohammad Sa'idi: "One of the products of heavy water is depleted deuterium. As you know, in an environment with depleted deuterium, the reception of cancer cells and of the AIDS viruses is disrupted. Since this reception is disrupted, the cells are gradually expelled from the body. Obviously, one glass of depleted deuterium will not expel or cure the cancer or eliminate the AIDS. We are talking about a certain period of time. In many countries that deal with these diseases, patients use this kind of water instead of regular water, and consume it daily in order to heal their diseases.

"In other words, the issue of heavy water has to do with matters of life and death, in many cases. One of the reasons that led us to produce heavy water was to use it for agricultural... medical purposes, and especially for industrial purposes in our country."

Whew. That's a relief. We thought for a minute they might want to build bombs.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Wait ... Hezbollah WON???

Why am I just getting this message? I thought when you were overwhelmed militarily and you're only saved by UN interference and Israeli leadership being a little confused about what they wanted to accomplish it didn't really count as a win ... but I left out my handy MID-EAST TO WEST translator.

The folks at Reason aren't misled so easily but you may not want to read that whole article so I will use my MID-EAST TO WEST translator and help you out.

Hezbollah, 2006 - a million refugees, 1,000 dead, Lebanon's economy bombed back to the stone age = VICTORY.

PLO, 1964-2004 - claims that Israelis poisoned chewing gum to make Arab women promiscious and used radioactive bullets while having a GDP worse than Cuba = VICTORY.

Iraq, 1991 - bounced from Kuwait in minutes, humiliated on the world stage but still in power = VICTORY

Lebanon, 1982 - terrorists bounced from West Beirut = VICTORY

Yom Kippur War, 1973 - Arabs almost take back some occupied land but call in the UN before they can be bounced back out = VICTORY

I guess we can keep going back to pretty much every engagement that the Arabs have been in since 1500 but I don't want to bore you. It's no secret that culture and language prevents westerners from fully understanding some concepts in Arab nations but I think just this once Arabs can bend a little and start using a different word. I just don't think 'victory' applies.

The BBC Handbook On Bomb-Site Prioritization

If you find a 1000 lb. bomb in the remains of a destroyed home ...

1) Make sure you are out of harm's way.
2) Place a child in harm's way.
3) Capitalize on the ensuing photo opportunity.

The BCC made the world safe for satire though slightly more dangerous for children with this rather ridiculous story about their efforts to get a good picture of some destruction.

There's a good reason journalists are taught to keep ego - and themselves - out of stories. Otherwise they get debacles like this:

"When Um Ali Mihdi returned to her home in the southern Lebanese city of Bint Jbeil two days ago, she found a 1,000lb (450kg) Israeli bomb lying unexploded in her living room.

"The shell is huge, bigger than the young boy pushed forward to stand reluctantly next to it while we get our cameras out and record the scene for posterity."

The italics are mine. The insanity is theirs.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

France Reads My Blog Too

I guess they didn't like me making fun of them for insisting that there be a UN-enforced cease-fire, bleating about their strong ties to Lebanon ( though they let Syria make it a vassal and Iran funnel money and bombs in )and then adding only 200 troops to the cause.

Now they have increased it to 2000 total. Still well below Italy's contribution but at least France looks slightly less ridiculous.

Hezbollah Reads My Blog

No sooner do I make fun of the Germans for only being willing to patrol the coast of Lebanon after insisting the UN be allowed to put troops between Israelis and Hezbollah, then pictures appear of Hezbollah sinking boats.

I can imagine the conversation:

German Ambassador: "Durka, durka. Mid-East Watch is making fun of Germany for only being willing to patrol the coast of Lebanon. They say that, as an Iranian-terrorist organization, you have no Navy. You need to blow something up."

Hezbollah: "Durka, durka. We actually don't have a Navy and we're still trying to figure out how to make good on our promise to spend billions to re-build the homes that were destroyed by the Israelis. You know, since we don't have any money of our own. Can you send some?"

German ambassador: "Of course not. That almost blew up on us in Iraq. And don't pull the 'we have a nuke' strategy either. With Clinton, that would have sent them running for the hills but that crazy Bush guy used it as a reason to attack. You can try it again in 2008. Americans are pissed because Democrats told them it was all about cheap oil and then oil got more expensive so they will take it out on the party that said it wasn't about cheap oil."

Hezbollah: "You lost me."

German ambassador: "It doesn't matter. If you can't blow up a German boat to make it look like we are in harm's way too - and you can't, because we can't be in harm's way - then what can you do?"

Hezbollah: "Ummmm, well, I have these pictures of someone scuttling an Australian boat. Australia sounds kind of like Austria, which is German, right? We could say it was an Israeli boat. Reuters will publish anything."

German Ambassador: "Perfect! Then it looks like we are taking a hard line on you and defending Israelis. Durka durka ... errrr .... wiedersehn."

And there we have it, one Israeli warship destroyed ... maybe even twice, since the first time it in was the Australian navy and they sank it themselves. I can't speak for any of you but I have newfound respect for the Germans' willingness to bring peace to the mid-east. Thanks to Germany for taking one for the team!!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Summing Up Where UK Muslims Go Astray

From Europhobia:

The Muslim Public Affairs Committee, who I don't think I've ever heard of before but who have orchestrated this little witch hunt, apparently aims to

"open an avenue for rational dialogue and re-education of the individual on the street regarding Islam and Muslims. The aim is make the all-too-common misrepresentation of Islam a thing of the past."

All very well and good - but considering that one of the most common representations of Islam is that it is intolerant of nonbelievers and far too quick to over-react when criticised, you'd think that they'd realise that by going to Wilson's employers (who, lest we forget, have nothing to do with his article or with the Conservative Home blog on which it appeared) rather than to Wilson himself or his online publishers, they've just stirred up a wonderful bit of negative PR that makes them out to be just as intolerant and quick to take offence as the "Islamophobes" they want to "re-educate" always make them out to be.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Europe Wants To Stop The Fighting ...

... unless it means someone besides Arabs and Israelis might die.

"All the countries are saying what Germany is saying: We need the right rules for the deployment" and the approval of the Lebanese government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Except the Lebanese government is not bombing Israel. It would be best to remain skeptical about European offers. They may want the fighting to stop but they aren't willing to stop Hezbollah from terrorist attacks and they would be out of their minds to try and prevent Israel from going after Hezbollah.

So Germany won't send any troops - but they will patrol the coastline. You know, to contain that dreaded Hezbollah Navy we hear so much about.

Italy, at least, is willing to sack up and put people on the line. "The Middle East is close to us, and a great nation like Italy cannot shirk its duties," Piero Fassino, who leads the largest party in Premier Romano Prodi's center-left coalition was quoted as saying. "You cannot only invoke peace and security, you have to build them."

Indeed you do. It's time for the UN to stop thinking that harshly-worded letters will keep people apart. They created the mess in the mid-east with their 'splitting the difference' solution and have balked at responsibility ever since.

"Europe has an aversion to sending troops to places where long-term stability is not ensured," said Jana Hybaskova, the European Parliament's main expert on the Middle East.

Let me see if I understand this correctly; you only want to send troops where it's already peaceful? This explains all of the French troops garrisoned in Monaco. Oops, my bad. They did offer to double their contingent of 200 troops because they have such close ties with Lebanon.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Mufti of Egypt: The True Face of the Blood-Sucking Hebrew Entity has Been Exposed

In an article in the Egyptian government daily Al-Ahram, Egyptian Mufti Sheikh Dr. 'Ali Gum'a expressed his support of the resistance in Lebanon and stated that the lies of the "Hebrew entity" expose "the true and hideous face of the blood-suckers... who prepare [Passover] matzos from human blood." [1]

The following are excerpts from the article:

"Greetings to the Lebanese people, to the Lebanese government, and to the Lebanese resistance - to the small and beautiful country that has proved to the world that the ideals of determination, bravery and self-dignity still exist in this era that has been taken over by the blood-sucking murderers.

"Anyone who follows the news will discover that the Hebrew entity has turned into a [source] of [empty] talk, while the Arab discourse, which was characterized in the sixties [as empty talk], has developed significantly. [The Arabs] have learned a lesson and have moved from talk to action, and from the fostering of illusions to honesty, transparency, realistic goal-setting and ability to change. The Israeli discourse, [on the other hand], has turned to false declarations based on illusions, with wishful thinking taking precedence over facts."

Read the rest here.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Baby Bombers Are Nothing New

Some in Britain are surprised that suicide bombers were going to use children to hide them but this isn't anything new. No terrorist leader has walked in public without being surrounded by children in decades. To some it might look like public relations - especially because there's always a Reuters reporter around to take ( or Photoshop ) a picture that looks positive to terrorists. But it's also practical ... terrorists know that Israelis won't shoot children to get to a terrorist ( and terrorists regard that kind of thinking as weakness ) and if they do shoot children, the helpful Reuters photographer would be there to capture it all.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

UN Passes A Resolution To End Fighting In Lebanon

Whew ... that was a close one. As long as the UN agrees they should stop fighting, everything will be okay.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Reuters Admits To Publishing Doctored Photo

Enhanced damage of Lebanon courtest of a Reuters photographer ( now suspended ) here.

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