Saturday, November 30, 2002
" came from an Arabic country and, as we wake up every day to hear about new bloodshed, I really feel shame at what is going on. What is happenning is affecting and putting pressure on us. I have spoken to a lot of Arabs recently, in the UK and in the Arab world. There is a big resentment and disgust at this Bin Laden madness (Kenya terror attacks, November 29). We consider him a maniac, using our problems, especially the Palestinian dilemma.
What the west has to do to solve the problem is to look at the roots and try to act in a proper way, different to Bush's, which only brings fanaticism on both sides. We in the Middle East are tired of wars more than anybody, and we are not all guided by Islam, as there are many, many people who are not Islamic or are non-believers.
We need a normal life; we want to see Israel abiding by international law and giving Palestinians their rights. But it is not up to Bin Laden or Bush to decide how we live.
Writer in residence, Hammersmith council
Sure, it blames Bush a little, but it's pretty good...
I say: no tax regulation without representation.
Make Spain live up to its EU treaty commitments, give residents of Gibraltar votes for the EU Parliament, then you ask for anything. Til then....
"Do - is what i spend on beer
Re - 's the man behind the bar
Me - myself, I drink his beer
Fah - how far to the pub?
So - I'll think i'll have a beer
La - ger, guiness or bitter?
Te - I'd rather have a beer
which brings me back to do...."
"My Sharia Amour, good enough for some emir
My Sharia Amour, I'm the guy you like to fear"
My Sharia Amour, pretty little girl in your chador
One of only four that I beat sore
How I wish that I had five."
""The U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to bear machetes, be it for recreational or self-defense purposes," said NMA executive director Wayne Manning, speaking at the organization's annual national convention. "For Big Brother in Washington to deny Americans this right is a rejection of the very principles upon which this great nation was founded."
Manning then hoisted a 22-inch machete over his head and exclaimed, "Out of my cold, dead hands.""
Friday, November 29, 2002
"For those of us opposed to Bush’s war plans on anti-interventionist grounds there is no comfort in today’s peculiar anti-war mood. Its rather loathsome character was summed up for me by a letter we received at spiked-online.com, arguing that those killed in the Bali nightclub could not really be considered innocent victims, since they were rich Western tourists who had ‘decided to enjoy themselves at the expense of folks in a Third World country’. Those killed in New York on 11 September were, it added, even less innocent, since they had chosen to ‘work in the generic cause of global imperialism’ on Wall Street. Our sympathetic correspondent concluded, ‘The only truly innocent are babies and the mentally challenged — the rest of us share all kinds of guilt.’"
My thought - at least they recognise that suicide bombings in Israel (and also many attacks on settlements) are grotesque attacks on the truly innocent. (as if...)