Thursday, May 17, 2007

Chatham House Report: Iraq On Verge Of Collapse

From Tom Regan at NPR

Gareth Stansfield, author of the report, Accepting Realities in Iraq, also writes that there is not one civil war in Iraq, but many. And he writes that each of Iraq's three main neighboring states -- Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia -- have reasons of their own to see the current instability in Iraq continue ... Meanwhile, Agence France-Presse interviews an Iraqi tribal leader who says "the key to saving Iraq from the scourge of Al-Qaeda is to subject captured fighters to the swift and deadly rule of tribal justice."

As Pakistan goes, so goes a war

From The Christian Science Monitor

Pushing for democracy in Islamic countries was a key political weapon in President Bush's war on terror. Iraq is fumbling toward democracy while the US has little hope now that Iraq's key neighbors – Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Syria – will become democracies with an Islamic base, as Turkey or Indonesia are, anytime soon.

Blair, Steadfast To End, Stands By 'Fight We Cannot Afford To Lose'

Prime Minister Tony Blair's speech at Investors.com

"The forces that we are fighting in Iraq — al-Qaida on the one hand, Iranian-backed elements on the other — are the same forces we're fighting everywhere. Over these past few weeks you can see in different parts of the world — Morocco, Algeria, Pakistan, in Saudi Arabia recently — where this extremism is rearing its head, is trying to dislodge the prospects of stability and progress in so many different countries. There is no alternative for us but to fight it wherever it exists. And that is true whether it's in our own countries, which have both suffered from terrorism, or in Iraq or Afghanistan."

The second coming of Saladin

From Pepe Escobar of Asia Times (HK)

The House of Saud - for which the only thing that matters is its own survival - desperately wants a solution as soon as possible for the Palestinian tragedy, before they may be buried six feet under by the terrible sandstorms blowing from Mesopotamia (think of hordes of battle-hardened Salafi-jihadis coming home after fighting the US in Iraq) ... Saudis and Iranians want to prevent US-provoked sectarianism in Iraq from spreading regionally. And King Abdullah wants a better deal for Sunni Arab Iraqis (hence his identification of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as an Iranian puppet). While Cheney wants to pit Saudi Arabia against Iran, a discreet, behind-the-scenes Saudi-Iranian pact of no aggression may be all but inevitable, diplomats tell Asia Times Online.

Where Are You Winston Churchill?

From Lawrence Uniglicht at the Israel Hasbara Committee

The most effective way to implode the two competing major heads of the Islamic Medusa, Iran as well as Wahhabi madrassa financing Saudi Arabia, consequently cutting off funding to cells of metastasizing terrorists, is for Western and Eastern industrial nations to cease buying OPEC oil! ... What other rational choice is there? It is imperative that strong leaders, comprehending the plight radical Islam presents to the human species, ‘seize the day’. Feckless leaders, obsessed with other concerns, must not be obstructionists. Where are you Winston Churchill, when you are ever needed to coordinate this daunting plan of attack?

Sa’ada and other peculiarities

From Hassan Al-Haifi of the Yemen Times

Did you know that Sa'ada is reaching the magnitude of the situation in Iraq, in terms of the number of casualties and the heavy loss of resources being wasted? The antagonists are Yemenis against Yemenis ... It is amazing that our country should be concerned about the situation of African Moslems to the point of urging our schoolchildren to collect donations on their behalf. But what would happen if any of them raise the slightest cry for the sad plight of the civilians of Sa'ada, who are being strangled by an official siege and a blockade of all things coming and going out of the unfortunate forgotten province in all the official development programs, except those associated with the spread of the Salafi or Wahhabi sect?

Tatar historian Ishakov: No trace of extremism in the works of Nursi

From Faruk Akkan at Today's Zaman (Turkey)

In an assessment from the ongoing trial in Russia, Tatar historian Damir Ishakov argues that there is no trace of extremism in the works of Said Nursi. “While presenting my ideas to the court, I defended the contemporary interpretation of Islam against the primitive Wahhabi understanding ... The Turks make up a nation that has an interpretation of Islam that is at peace with the Western world. Turkish society has renovated itself socially through modern values, and it really succeeded in that. The concepts articulated by Said Nursi were all taken from the Holy Koran."