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August 07, 2006

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so...

Why hasn't there been more resistance, as you are putting it, beyond protestations?

all well and good

Is anything happening?

DC this weekend...

More protesting...

Bombs over Baghdad continue. Beirut. Gaza. Kandahar. Tehran? Damascas?

They are mad.

Khalid al Sidon

Burningman -
I've consistently found basic errors in "A World To Win's" essays, enough to make their analysis of very dubious quality. Let me give just one example from what you posted:

"Bush and his ilk have tried to tie Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran into a single package. There are connections, but they are not at all what the US government claims. These regimes and organizations are not tied together by religion, and still less by any desire to wage war on the US. In fact, their interests are often contradictory, and they don't really want to be tied together at all."

The story of Hamas and Iran is quite complicated, but the relations between Hezbollah and Iran, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad are very deep and mutually beneficial. Iran and Hezbollah are indeed tied together by Shi'a Islam and revolutionary Khomeneism.
One of the premier Western experts on Hezbollah is Magnus Rastorp, whose reporting and studies have been fair enough by Hezbollah's OWN standards that they keep inviting him back for further chats - after all they have their own story to tell the "West" too. (In a strangely similar fashion, The New Yorker's Jeffrey Goldberg also established press contacts with Hezbollah, even though Goldberg served in the IDF). Rastorp has the following to say about Hezbollah's decisions making process, which you can read here:

http://counterterrorismblog.org/2006/07/inside_hizballahs_decisionmaki_1.php

"Hizballah's decision to kidnap the two IDF soldiers was taken by Sheikh Hassan Nasserallah and the other six members of the Shura Karar, its supreme decision-making body. Additionally there are two Iranian representatives (from the Iranian embassy in Beirut/Damascus) that provide a direct link on matters that require strategic guidance or Iranian assistance or arbitration. The file for handling special operations of this kind is usually left to Imad Mughniyeh, the elusive terrorist mastermind for Hizballah, who stands with one foot within Hizballah (reporting to Nasserallah directly) and with one foot in Iran inside the architectures of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and the al-Qods unit within the Iranian Pasdaran. Mughniyeh is strictly reserved for special occasions (like the Buenos Aires bombing in 1992 to avenge the Israeli assassination of the previous leader Sheikh Abbas al-Musawi) and his primary mission over the last decade has been to forge qualitative 'military' guidance to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives inside Gaza and the West Bank."

I invite you and your readers to examine this information and pose the question as to how these well established ties between Hezbollah and Iran complicates AWTW analysis. Should Iranian President Ahmadinejad's threat to wipe Israel of the map be factored in?

Chavez breaks with Israel

Venezuela 'to sever Israel ties'
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BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5258722.stm

The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, has said his country is likely to sever ties with Israel in protest at its military offensive in Lebanon.

Mr Chavez said he had "no interest" in maintaining relations with Israel, whom he has accused of committing genocide.

Venezuela recalled its charge d'affaires to Israel last week, prompting Israel to withdraw its ambassador to Caracas on Monday.

Mr Chavez recently expressed his support for Israel's arch-foe, Iran.

In a televised speech, Mr Chavez said he had "no interest in maintaining diplomatic relations, or offices, or businesses, or anything with a state like Israel".

Mr Chavez rounded on Israel at the weekend, accusing the Jewish state of committing a "new Holocaust".

"Israel has gone mad. It's attacking, doing the same thing to the Palestinian and Lebanese people that they have criticised - and with reason - the Holocaust. But this is a new Holocaust."

The Venezuelan president has also angered Israel by showing support for Iran, which backs Hezbollah and has said the answer to the crisis in Lebanon is the elimination of Israel.

During a visit to Tehran at the end of last month, Mr Chavez said Venezuela would "stand by Iran at any time and under any condition".

Israel said it had withdrawn its ambassador to Venezuela "as an act of protest against the one-sided policy of the president of Venezuela and in light of his wild slurs against the State of Israel".

Regular Joe

I can see the passion to do "something" for the people of Lebanon, especially as their story is being totally ignored by politcians, the media etc, but will blocking traffic do anything real? First off there is not nearly enough people to pull it off, and it will likely only bring in the already convinced "professional" activist.

A lot of Arab-Americans who are not "professional" activists will likely not take part in or feel comfortable in taking direct action.

What about taking this opportunity to really build a grassroots movement. Even CNN has been balking a bit at the amount of terror the Israeli invasion has caused the people of Lebanon. Can't we start a popular education project, show how much influence AIPAC has over our elected officials.

When the right is upset, they start think tanks, mobilize voters and start their own media. When left is upset they build puppets, and yell "our streets" at bewieldered passers by. Guess who is winning. Can't we start thinking more creativly and start changing mass opinion instead of yelling at people?

a comment

every day, every weekend, we are out in various neighborhoods and events getting Revolution out.

Online we are posting articles on message boards and other places that reach significant numbers of people.

You can sign up people for online subscriptions -- at http://revcom.us

(Make a list of everyone you know -- and give them an online gift!)

We have a powerful and convincing newspaper in our hands -- that needs to be gotten out on a whole new level.

So let's get really creative -- including with the wielding of that.

Star man P

Hey,

Who is driving to Burningman from Seattle. No wheels, but definatly chip in for gas and the like. Pretty flexible about goin and leaving. Drop me a line.

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