U.S. Department of State Watching Sabbah’s Blog!

More Updates Below! Mr. Blaschke joins the discussion online. Just got the fourth email. I’m starting to enjoy this.

Following my previous post today, I was expecting to get some rants and hate emails from Zionist and pro-Zionist, as always. However, this time the surprise came from U.S. Department of State.

Following email is self explanatory:

From: Blaschke, Brent E [[email protected]] To: [haitham .[email protected]] Date: Thursday, February 1, 2007, 8:34:18 PM
Subject: allegation

You state that the pictures you posted February 1 depict victims of terrorism by the . The U.S. does not use terror. You have no evidence to support your claim and are intellectually dishonest in doing so. If you are truly concerned about the plight of the Palestinian people you will lend your support to the “Roadmap” – which represents the fastest path to an independent Palestine – rather than making baseless and inflammatory charges.

Brent Blaschke
U.S. Department of State

My reply was the following:

No I’m not!

If you read well, you can see that text below the photo album posted there is of “Beit Hanoun” massacre, committed by Zionist of Israel.

As for evidences of U.S. terror acts, I’m not going to argue with you about this. Just watch your Fox or CNN and you will get the details of latest war crimes committed by your country soldiers in Iraq. And if you missed the news, here are some links to refresh your memory:
http://tinyurl.com/2yx535
http://tinyurl.com/ygb3qf
http://tinyurl.com/qrmux

Unless you call the above a “bachelor party”, I find no name other than terror acts by U.S. Army!

Last but not least, you ask me to support the legend “Roadmap”, I ask you first to stop your government support to the “terror state” called Israel, then only peace will be reached by default.

PS. Your email and my reply will be published in my blog.

–
Haitham Sabbah
An Uprooted Palestinian Blogger!
http://sabbah.biz/
http://palestineblogs.org/

This is what we call “ignorance and denial!”

Anyway, at least now I can confirm that Sabbah’s Blog is in the watch-list (black-list) of the U.S. Department of State, which proves the power of and Graphic images!!!

Update 1: A friend of mine send me more info about Brent Blaschke. According to U.S. Department of State records, Blaschke, Brent E. (202) 647-5267, SCA/AR – Office of Afghanistan Affairs, United States Department of State. Go ahead… give him a call.

Update 2: Confirmed from the RFC-822 headers of the original email that it came from vance.state.gov. I hold the full details in safe!

Update 3: Ok, this is going to be interesting. Part two – A follow up email from the same person:

From: Blaschke, Brent E [[email protected]] To: [[email protected]] Date: Thursday, February 1, 2007, 11:41:17 PM
Subject: allegation – part two

Sir: you are quick to use terms like ignorance and denial but let us review your own words.
“Graphic images of crimes present disturbing, yet factual documentation of what terrorism is, and here, I’m not talking about Al Qaeda terrorist acts only, but terrorist acts such as those committed by Zionists in Palestine and US and its allies in Iraq.” Any reasonable reader of that passage would believe that at least some of pictures relate to the United States.

The links you offer refer to cases in which individual U.S. soldiers were charged with crimes. An important point to note is that these soldiers were held accountable by U.S. authorities and were punished for their reprehensible acts. If any thing, it proves the opposite of what you allege.

And you failed to truly address my point on the “Roadmap”. It is the best option available to achieve a permanent state of peace and the creation of a Palestine state. Do you favor a two-state solution or permanent conflict?

Brent Blaschke

U.S. Department of State

Sir: Terrorism is a crime. Any crime against humanity is a form of terrorism. Occupation is terrorism. Torture is terrorism. Sanctions against civilians is terrorism. Boycotting a democratically elected government is a terrorism.

Definitions of Terrorism: (Source: United Nation)

    1. League of Nations Convention (1937):

    “All criminal acts directed against a State and intended or calculated to create a state of terror in the minds of particular persons or a group of persons or the general public”.

    2. UN Resolution language (1999):

    “1. Strongly condemns all acts, methods and practices of terrorism as criminal and unjustifiable, wherever and by whomsoever committed;

    2. Reiterates that criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or other nature that may be invoked to justify them”. (GA Res. 51/210 Measures to eliminate international terrorism)

    3. Short legal definition proposed by A. P. Schmid to United Nations Crime Branch (1992):

    Act of Terrorism = Peacetime Equivalent of War Crime

    4. Academic Consensus Definition:

    “Terrorism is an anxiety-inspiring method of repeated violent action, employed by (semi-) clandestine individual, group or state actors, for idiosyncratic, criminal or political reasons, whereby – in contrast to assassination – the direct targets of violence are not the main targets. The immediate human victims of violence are generally chosen randomly (targets of opportunity) or selectively (representative or symbolic targets) from a target population, and serve as message generators. Threat- and violence-based communication processes between terrorist (organization), (imperilled) victims, and main targets are used to manipulate the main target (audience(s)), turning it into a target of terror, a target of demands, or a target of attention, depending on whether intimidation, coercion, or propaganda is primarily sought” (Schmid, 1988).

So, here you go. Call them whatever you want. Crimes, War Crimes, whatever… equal to terrorism! How can this be denied now?

As for your question about two states solutions, the answer is, NO! I don’t believe that two states solution will ever solve the conflict. Only one state for all will be the solutions. Other than that, Roadmaps are just a waste of time, specially that you are asking only Palestinians to implement their part.

On the other hand, can you please explain the roadmap, and what it means in terms of the ending of the occupation, leaving the settlements (ALL the settlements), the borders of 1967, the right of return, etc. U.S. is the superpower and asking us, the Palestinians, to implement the Roadmap while the U.S. can’t convince Israel to even stop the Wall, or building new settlements on new stolen lands!!!

Update 4: Third email from Mr. Blaschke:

From: Blaschke, Brent E [[email protected]] To: “Haitham Sabbah” [[email protected]] Date: Friday, February 2, 2007, 8:16:38 PM
Subject: allegation – part two

Sir: Following your broad definitions, almost any crime anywhere would be called terrorism. If everything is terrorism then nothing is terrorism. Those criminal acts committed by individual soldiers was not directed or condoned by the United States Government – that is why those soldiers committing those acts were sent to jail.

You say NO to a two-state solution. You claim you care about the decades of suffering which the Palestinian people have endured. However, your vision would subject them to even more decades of the same suffering through an endless cycle of an eye-for-an-eye. What is the point of that?

The Roadmap does not call for only the Palestinians to make concessions – the Israelis have many obligations as well. The international community – in the form of the Quartet – is ready to assist in that process. I am providing some links which provide more details on the Roadmap.

http://usinfo.state.gov/mena/Archive/2004/Feb/04-725518.html
http://tinyurl.com/2bs27u
http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2007/78693.htm

Sir: The definitions are not mine, they are from UN. It is unfortunate that you see that these definition “broad”, but I understand that the reason is because U.S. Army crimes in Iraq (as well elsewhere previously) just fits all of the definitions. I can see that USDOS is defensive now and throwing the blame on the “poor” terrorist who commit these crimes in Iraq. So, instead of U.S. government taking the blame and responsibility of the terror acts of its soldiers, you prefer to put it on the soldiers. That’s why I call them “poor” terrorist. I really feel sorry for the American people and the families that are losing their loved ones because of the mistakes of their administration, which is now washing its hands from the responsibility.

Will, let me tell you this. No matter what you call them (your terrorists in Iraq), no matter what you do with them, even if you put them behind bars, they and those who support them and send them, are still terrorist!

As for the two-states solution: because I respect all the life that were lost because of this conflict, I have no doubt that the “Roadmap” (which you avoid to explain and answer to me) will not save any life. Only one state will, unless that you can guarantee that I can return home and take back my land and occupied house inside Israel!!! Can you? I guess you can’t. I don’t accept any compensation for my home and land stolen by the Israeli, and I have the “right to return”, can you guarantee with your Roadmap that I will return home and live in my grandfather house? I’m afraid you can’t, although I will be happy to hear the opposite.

Update 5: Fourth email from USDOS:

From: Blaschke, Brent E [[email protected]] To: “Haitham Sabbah” [[email protected]] Date: Friday, February 2, 2007, 11:51:04 PM
Subject: FW: allegation – part four

Sir: Your quotes and definitions (and to be accurate you only use one definition from the UN) make the definition of terrorism extraordinarily broad. You state, “Any crime against humanity is a form of terrorism. Occupation is terrorism. Torture is terrorism. Sanctions against civilians is terrorism. Boycotting a democratically elected government is a terrorism.” Your #4 quote states that “… violent action … for idiosyncratic, criminal or political reasons” is terrorism. By this definition, someone who earns their living robbing banks is a terrorist. No, sir, they are simply a criminal.

Please answer me this simple question: were the two individuals who set off suicide vests killing dozens of people in a market in Hillah, Iraq this week terrorists?

And I’m afraid I don’t follow your logic on the Roadmap; you state that the Roadmap will “not save any life” but you support a path (towards one state) that will without a doubt kill many people over many years. I hope you were not serious in suggesting that you reject the Roadmap because it will not guarantee your personal property. Hopefully the leadership of Palestine will have national – not personal – welfare in mind in the coming months. Lastly, I did give you three links which contain many details on the Roadmap. Here they are again:

http://tinyurl.com/2onaz3
http://tinyurl.com/2bs27u
http://tinyurl.com/2nr4m2

Mr. Blaschke:

1. If you are trying to tell us that UN definition is not correct, appreciate that you provide us with more accurate definition, however, don’t waste you time if the definition is not adopted by UN because that means it will be one man vision, which majority didn’t accept, so it applies on the owner only.

2. You ask “…two individuals who set off suicide vests killing dozens of people in a market in Hillah, Iraq this week terrorists?”
Very much they are terrorists. However, if suicide bombers are targeting occupation forces (and that goes everywhere), then that is not terrorism. That is called “resistance.”

3. You said: “… I hope you were not serious in suggesting that you reject the Roadmap because it will not guarantee your personal property.”
Of course not. I’m talking about millions of Palestinians refuges around the world. Can you guarantee their return to their homes and land?

4. I’m very much aware of the details of the roadmap. What I’m trying to say is very clear. Although if, and only if, the Roadmap is implemented, then we might end with two-states solution. However, my point is that this type of solution will not end the conflict as millions of Palestinians will not accept the compensation for their homes and lands and will still insist on the “right of return.”

Here is one of the emails I got from an American citizen as a reply to your emails:

From: John [[email protected]] To: “Sabbah’s Blog” [[email protected]] Date: Saturday, February 3, 2007, 6:04:59 AM
Subject: Sabbah’s Blog

Of course arguing with this official is a waste of effort. However you could point out to official accounts from Israeli media which show Israel has both dumped the Roadmap, and in fact never truly committed to it since they added a set of conditions which violated the very core of the roadmap. The roadmap, as we know, is just fiction for US politicians to roll out when they want to.

I must commend you. You have gotten more attention from my government than I. Of course now you are probably on the US no-fly and terror-watch lists.

Congratulations,
John

Thanks, John. I’m sure Mr. Blaschke knows very well that Israel washed its hands from the Roadmap long time ago. He is just doing his job, but Mr. Blaschke should know that we are not ignorant of what is going around us.

Update 6: search at state.gov reveals that Brent E. Blaschke served as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, May 1995-Aug 1996 after Carl Burton Stokes – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
Source: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/po/com/11217.htm

OTOH, is seems that Mr. Blaschke is Director, Digital Outreach Team – Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP)!!!
Source: http://foia.state.gov/Phonebook/OrgDirectory/OrgDir.asp?ID=38

WARNING: There are reports that commenters who fill in their blog/website address in the comment form where visited (and maybe now watched) by someone from the United “States Government.” Example here. So, unless you are okay with this, stay away from commenting or don’t include your blog address in the comment form.

Following is a copy of all the comments that followed this post before I lost them all due to Hard Drive crash on Mar 23rd, 2007.

82 Responses to “U.S. Department of State Watching Sabbah’s Blog!”

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    mo Says:

    dear brent,

    1- our support for the roadmap is irrelevant since israel rejects it in the first place .. so you should be telling that to the israeli government instead of some blogger on the internet.

    2- you said the US does not use terrorism .. guantanamo? .. abu ghraib? .. what do you call that?

  2. 2

    izzi Says:

    This also means that you are doing a great job because you are angering the right people… I am so proud of you for always speaking out truthfully no matter what. The audacity of Mr. Brent Blasche is not acceptable. If he thinks he is addressing ignorant people that are not aware of what’s happening in the because Of America’s bloody hands that are choking it, he is quite mistaken. US vetoed all of the UN resolutions that were pro Palestinian. That alone is a clear and direct act of terrorism.

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    David Says:

    I am shocked that the State Dept. is engaged in this kind of public relations campaign. As Mo said, it’s pretty unsophisticated and unlikely to convince anyone informed about the situation, but I expect they will get better at it. This time they explicitly identified themselves as the U.S. government, but will they they next time?

    This story shows the direction they’re headed–
    US PLANS TO ‘FIGHT THE NET’ REVEALED
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4655196.stm
    “It seems to see the internet as being equivalent to an enemy weapons system. ‘Strategy should be based on the premise that the Department [of Defense] will ‘fight the net’ as it would an enemy weapons system,’ it reads.”

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    SakuraPassion Says:

    My God, I would think the US Department of State would have better things to do than harass people about their blogs. I guess they don’t. :/

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    J Says:

    SInce Israel is always looking to the past to protect itself perhaps someone ught to give it a mirror.

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    izzi Says:

    This also means that you are doing a great job because you are angering the right people… I am so proud of you for always speaking out truthfully no matter what. The audacity of Mr. Brent Blasche is not acceptable. If he thinks he is addressing ignorant people that are not aware of what’s happening in the Middle East because Of America’s bloody hands that are choking it, he is quite mistaken. US vetoed all of the UN resolutions that were pro Palestinian. That alone is a clear and direct act of terrorism. . .

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    Sami Says:

    Haitham, did you verify that this Brent is from the USDOS? I’d be delighted to know that he is truly with the USDOS.

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    Robin Says:

    INFO: Brent Blashke WAS (I don’t know if he still is article from 2005), the regional coordinator for the Regional Embassy of the Al-Hillah in Iraq. I found that information here http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/56811.pdf on page twelve. It is in pdf format (begins page 10) but it is titled “WELCOME TO BAGHDAD: Can-do Attitude Defines Once in a Career Experience”

    Need I say more?!!!

    “And the beat goes on…..” (That was Sonny and Cher if I recall correctly :) )

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    Haitham Says:

    Sami,

    Looking at the RFC headers of the email, it is very much coming from U.S. Department of State. I have the records, but will not publish them here unless I need to.

    If it was him or someone claiming to be him, that I can’t verify. But if someone can send emails with RFC headers of state.gov, then it can’t be but him. Otherwise, USDOS is in big trouble and need someone to fix the hacked system they have :-)

    Izzi,

    It was always because of your post :-)
    I’m glad that you triggered me to write that post which pissed USDOS. Honored to be on your reading list and hearing from you, always ;-)
    PS. Sorry about the glitch you had while posting your comments. It is fixed now (tip: leave minimum five minutes between a comment and next one)

    David,

    They are up to ‘FIGHT THE NET’, and I’m glad that they are exposing there ignorance!

    Robin,

    Suspicions if BIG BROTHER is watch, now confirmed :-)

  10. 10

    Global Voices Online » Blog Archive » Palestine: Blogger Gets Rapped by US State Department Says:

    […] Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah engages in a tongue in cheek tirade with the US State Department, after accusing the US of commiting acts of terrorism in Iraq. Amira Al Hussaini […]

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    Big Brother Says:

    This is an image of Mr. Blaschke. It comes from a publicly available online .pdf of the October, 2005 issue of State Magazine which is an in-house publication of the US State Department.

    The caption from the magazine reads:

    Brent Blaschke,regional coordinator, Regional Embassy Office Al-Hillah,poses by the Lion of Babylon. The REO is only a five-minute drive from the ruins of ancient Babylon.

    Later that day, this lion statue was airlifted to a private collection in upper New York state. (kidding)

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    Qwaider قويدر Says:

    Very interesting progress here. I seriously admire your courage man. It’s going to be even more interesting to see how things are going to progress in the upcoming few days. You SHOULD keep up updated, (you know why)

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    Sami Says:

    I am glad that the guys at the USDOS watch/read anything else beyond Fox! Keep them exposed Haitham!.

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    Sari Al-Hiari Says:

    I think we need to appreciate the existence of people like Brent, who indirectly point us in the right direction.

    Haitham, your blog now is a credible source of information as far as I am concerned if only for its commanding a response from a US official in Afghanistan affairs.

    In a hundred years, when all this is well behind us, history will show which state killed the largest number of men, women and children in the name of democracy and justice. In my view, a new term to will be coined to separate these heinous crimes from the rest of non-state funded terrorism.

    Horrorism comes to mind.

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    Sean Says:

    “intellectually dishonest”?

    Stop trying to be the the “Global Policeman” Mr Brent Blaschke…if you are truly concerned about the US and it’s “bullying” relationship with the rest of the World, then you would “lend” your support to Mr Bush and give him some advice about his foreign policies being “intellectually dishonest”…

    At the present rate, Mr Bush’s policies are the fastest path to global destruction – the term, “sweep your own doorstep first”, come to mind, Mr Brent Blaschke.

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    OmAr Says:

    We should all be proud of you Haitham, you hit the mother load! The problem with Mr.Blaschke is that he’s convinced that the crap his administration propagandize actually works! If his own citizens are crowded in thousands protesting against the acts of their own state, if after all the deception committed by this administration the Americans are awake, how on earth does he expect someone from the Middle East who seem very informative and enlightened like Sabbah to buy his crap?! The whole administration needs a total makeover!

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    mo Says:

    US terrorism …

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jundi/375961544/

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    Haitham Says:

    Thanks everyone for the words support!

    While I feel sorry that we are far from finding just solutions for the Middle East conflicts, I’m happy that we are having a dialogue with officials from the USDOS.

    I hope we can have similar talk with officials from our countries around the blogs, each in his concerned part of the world and interest.

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    David Says:

    I don’t think there would have been the least thing wrong with Mr. Blaschke’s letter if it had been sent as Mr. Blaschke — that is, in his capacity as a private citizen. Unfortunately he sent it in his capacity as an employee of the U.S. government.

    I think we have to assume that he is fulfilling his job requirements by posting to Sabbah’s from the USDOS. In other words, we have no way of knowing what his personal opinions really are. He is just a professional propagandist.

    Good, and honorable, jobs are tough to find here in America. But I had no idea that they were THIS tough.

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    Fadel Abdallah Says:

    Dear Haitham:

    I am glad you got this honor from this State Department ugly guy. State Department guy, an ugly spy, a propaganda agent, baby killers and rapists are all the same in the service of the evil government headed by evil Bush and gang. They stole two elections, and they are serial liars, so what do you expect from those types?!

    You should wear this communication from these types of sources as a badge of honor, for it indicates that the truths you post on your blog are making them uncomfortable. Those who were not born yesterday or are not under the influence know well that truth hurts the enemies of the truth.

    I am proud of you Haitham, for your “Jihad by Pen” is mightier than their weapons of mass destruction!

    Keep up the good work bother, and remember the Arabic proverb that says:
    “Clouds, high in heaven are not bothered by the barking of dogs.(La yadurru as-Sahab nubah al-kilab.”

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    David Says:

    BTW, I’m surprised Mr. Blaschke didn’t manage to sneak in something snide about Iran. If his bosses see that, he’s not gonna get his annual bonus! :)

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    The Arabist » Anti-US blogger gets State Dept. email rebuke Says:

    […] This is bizarre: Sabbah, a Palestinian blogger, is getting emails from an official at the State Dept. responding to her criticism of US policy (which she equates with state terrorism.) The official (apparently from the Afghan bureau) is using his “state.gov” email address. Surely not official policy? […]

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    zazou Says:

    Sabbah,

    This is hilarious! While I know not all at the State Department are like this, I have dealt with others (ex: the Haiti Desk) who have been quite reactionary. I agree with you that it is very odd he should be so intent on engaging you in what is such an bizarre exchange- you might ask him if he considers what the US soldiers did in Haditha and other places to be war crimes- one could also point out to him, that in terms of punishment, most got pretty much a slap on the wrist- Stateside, they would have been in for a lot longer that a year or two for pre-meditated murder. I think your USDOS friend is having a problem with the concept of a state committing terrorism v state-sponsored terrorism v so-called terrorist groups. The US has cut out the middlemen in Iraq and cut straight to the chase in some of its behavior.

    Have fun with this! I doubt this is the last you have heard from this guy, but now that the blogosphere has picked it up, it will be interesting to see what he does/says next.

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    US Citizen Says:

    Someone earlier said that while they disagree with what Mr. Blaschke is saying, he is just doing his job.

    God, I hope this isn’t his job! The State Dept directory said he is in the Office of Afghanistan Reconstruction. If chasing down bloggers is the job of the Office of Afghanistan Reconstruction at the State Dept than its no wonder why Afghanistan has not been rebuilt and bin Laden and his group are still operating there.

    If this continues, I am going to demand a refund from my taxes in the amount that covers the time, electricity, internet connection, and cost of the computer Mr. Blaschke is waisting by harassing you.

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    bernarda Says:

    Sabbah, do you realize that one of Blaschke’s statements could be a hidden threat?

    “I hope you were not serious in suggesting that you reject the Roadmap because it will not guarantee your personal property.”

    More on Mr. Blaschke,

    http://osce.usmission.gov/archive/2001/09/hdim-humlaw.htm

    “Finally, as the United States and like-minded nations undertake our joint objective of bringing to justice the perpetrators of September 11’s horrific attacks, we will categorically forsake the use of terror and will honor international law..”

    Since when? What does Serbia have to do with 911? Basically Blaschke is a lying progandist hack.

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    Haitham Says:

    I hope he starts answering the questions and concerns here so that everyone gets the chance to debate with USDOS!

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    Duried Says:

    Sabbah,

    I applaud you! Congratulations. I wish that we are all on this watch list. Every singly person who cares about Palestine and basic human rights should be watched!

    This after all, is what those people from the US state department are paid to do. Violating people’s freedom and making sure that they are never held accountable for their Zionist ideologies.

    Keep up the good work.

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    Sophia Says:

    Sabbah,

    I am all for the ROADMAP except that I don’t believe in miracles neither in reincarnation because the road map is dead. Although this official should explain what the US and Israel mean by this word instead of trying to lure commentators to some official links, I bet that he has not much to say. What the US and Israel have done since 2000 for the road map ? Nothing. Any serious person should know by now that the road map is dead and all is left is the one state solution or extermination of the palestinians, the latter of which Israel is pursuing right now under the watch of the US and the world. There is civil war in Gaza and zionist commentators on my blog, I didn’t publish their comments but I have them in my mailbox, are cheering. What about infighting in Gaza they are asking me ? Why don’t you write about it ? They are also sending me the figures for the daily killings resulting from this fighting. Although one should put the blame at the factions fighting right now in Gaza because they are helping Israel. They are most irresponsible.

    I should highlight to all commentators on this blog that one of the intentions of this official from the US state department might be to have their IP adresses by putting links to official documents on this blog. Did anybody think about that ?

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    Haitham Says:

    Never thought of that, Sophia! Is it really worth is that they have their state links published and spread between bloggers? I’m not sure about that, but worth thinking of the intentions.

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    Sabeur Says:

    When he talks about two states, isn’t Israel getting more land than Palestine?

    Anyway Sabbah you rock, keep the great work and be careful.

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    Haitham Says:

    Now don’t start talking like my wife, Sabeur (just kidding)! :-)

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    Esra’a Says:

    Sabbah, you make us all proud! Keep up the great work.

    The U.S and Israel employ a huge PR machine and we should never be victims of it.

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    kimmy Says:

    I bow before you.
    The US government is worried about your site.
    Logic and the truth scares the US.
    You have a great way with words to tell the US that they are wrong.
    Eventually Bush will stutter about how bad you are.
    Keep up fighting for the Palestinians with words.
    “The word is mightier than the sword.” Who said that was smarter than me.

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    Sami Says:

    Sophia, the U.S. intelligence knows the IP addresses of everyone on earth, if god has IP address they know it. And that doesn’t scare even a little child, because it doesn’t need that much of a computer literate to track the IP address of any internet users, nothing is deep hidden…

    besides I wouldn’t call what’s happening in Gaza a civil war, it doesn’t have the nature neither the scale of civil war (and there are many other reasons that Palestinians cannot be engaged in any form of civil war), you can view what’s happening in Gaza as a small group of people working according to the Israeli/American agenda and others trying to come up with their own Palestinian based agenda. It’s a fight between few hundreds of mercenaries against the legitimate rights of the poor, devastated, occupied, beleaguered, … people, for no reason just because the lost their control and power. However, the other side of the fight clearly is not able to block that effect of those corrupt people, they are trapped between sticking to their view of a Palestinian struggle for their legitimate rights and face all kinds of siege and fighting or securing the food and fund for the people and give up their rights. These two options, the sweetest among is way bitter than colocynth… Nonetheless, compromise with some diginity is the way out of all this, but the problem is that “Israel” doesn’t see that the Palestinians deserve to live in dignity, and that crap called “Roadmap” is just another implementation of Oslo accords that brought us to this situation of internal fightings…after all we lost more than we gained, if indeed we had gained anything from Oslo…

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    Sophia Says:

    Thanks Sami and Sabbah for adressing my comment. Just a precision here: there is no doubt in me that blogging is a powerful tool to get out the truth and to present readers with a more open alternative than mainstream news outlets which are the mouthpieces of the government. This is particularly when it comes to the Palestinian tragedy, and Haitham is making a remarkable difference.
    I want to mention that a recent canadian study of the two most read national newspapaers, The National post and the Globe and Mail, found that between 1998 and 2003, the percentage of journalistic pieces and articles relying on official sources (government, spokeperson, etc…) rose from 70 to almost 90 %. And Canada is still bettter off than the US. Investigative journalism is dead. Honest journalism is dead, long live blogging !

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    LuLu Says:

    Well Haitham first of all I absolutely LOVE your blog, whether or not I agree in general, but I have to say that receiving an email from a person who works for the state department doesn’t indicate the “department” is watching. It could be nothing more than this person’s way of learning about the Middle East and expressing his personal opinion. In any case, the DOS has thousands of employees & has a Middle East section so it’s normal that some of those employees go online and comment on blogs. That said, I agree with the other comments that you are making difference, since it’s definitely a good sign that Americans are starting to follow and listen to Arab views.

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    Sabeur Says:

    If he wants to express his feelingss then why not use his Gmail or Hotmail why use state email address. Americans don’t want to listen to Arab views they fight them with fear and toture.

    Peace

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    SakuraPassion Says:

    Not all Americans Sabeur, please don’t lump us all together. There are some Americans who are interested in Arab views.

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    Haitham Says:

    I don’t “lump all Americans” all together, SakuraPassion. I always said that I respect the American nation. In fact, most of my best friends online (as well many offline) are Americans. They all understand where I come from and that what I express in my blog about America is related to its administration and pro-Zionist groups. No hard feelings to Americans in general, relax :-)

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    ramind Says:

    as far as i’m concerned, the USA has a long history of state terrorism, of supporting, enabling, financing, encouraging and sheltering terrorists as long as the bastards are “their” bastards. the ‘road map’ was nothing but a series of talks held in bad faith in order to extract concessions from the palestinians by lies, deception, coercion and outright threats of violence. that is more or less what i know from somebody who was involved on the israeli side and was stupid enough to brag about what went down.

    blaschke must be a newly hired water-carrier at state who believes the propaganda of the moral superiority of the US and that ’shitty little country’ so 200% that he disregards good advice which any person with more than a week at state.gov would heed: never ever engage in open, fair and fact-based confrontation with people who are against US policies because you’re going to get jumped and you’re going to lose big time any discussion, and you’re gonna look like crap on top of that.

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    Haitham Says:

    In fact he is not a newly hired… quick search at state.gov reveals that Brent E. Blaschke served as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, May 1995-Aug 1996 after Carl Burton Stokes – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
    Source: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/po/com/11217.htm

    OTOH, is seems that Mr. Blaschke is Director, Digital Outreach Team – Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP)!!!
    Source: http://foia.state.gov/Phonebook/OrgDirectory/OrgDir.asp?ID=38

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    George K Says:

    YOU KICK BUTT!!!! GO SABBAH GO!

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    zazou Says:

    Actually, I think that in this case, given Blascke’s position and background, he is either a)extending the policy or b) using the cover of the State Department to throw his weight around. The tenor of teh exchange is hardly that of a bored State Department employee who is dropping by.

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    Zionism = Racism Says:

    Thanks for your work; I have added your blog to my favorites list.

    Please forgive the length of this comment but I have something important to say and I hope the bastards in my government are listening because they don’t respond to my e-mails.

    I am a citizen in the United States, I am not Arab, Persian nor Muslim but I can tell you that we certainly are a terror state. We also support and initiate terror activities in other lands and likely will continue to as long as there is an interest for us there and corporations and lobbies manipulate our Congress, AIPAC for one with its control of our foreign policy in the Mid-East. For once the stooges in Congress should grow a spine, say no to AIPAC and stop all aid to the Zionist apartheid terror state of “Israel”.

    The only way that I am able to live here is with the knowledge that I am just one of millions in the United States of Terror that disagree with the “official policy” of the government and protest constantly.

    Can you imagine how we feel knowing that our taxes support the massacres and genocides in Palestine, Iraq and other places around the world? It makes most of us sick. It forces us to the streets and halls of Congress. It makes some go to places where they otherwise would not go. While I am ashamed to be an American I will not give up on the political process.

    Millions of us in America have heard your voices and adopted your struggle for freedom as our own. And why shouldn’t we? We come from a colonial past and we have read how British guns were once turned on our women and children. We cannot forget the genocides our government committed against the indigenous people of America or the massacres that were committed against our own via the civil war. We will not forget the faces of Palestinian, Lebanese and Iraqi children killed with our tax dollars.

    I hope the world knows that the people of the United States do not have control of their government, lobbies and corporations do. There is a two party system in the United States that ensures victory by only one of either of them. If there is a viable third party candidate on the ballot like Ralph Nader for example, the candidate will likely just split the votes of one party and thus aid to the victory of the other.
    The government likes this two party system; key operatives say that it ensures stability or the status quo.

    Demanding policy change with regard to Palestine has taken a back seat to lobbies like AIPAC and the politicians are eager to speak at their conferences in an effort to court the Jews who do everything in their power to suppress information about Palestine and “Israeli” apartheid terrorism in the mainstream media.

    I love Palestine. When I think of Palestine I recall a once completely beautiful landscape unmarred by grotesque illegal settlements that have leveled entire hilltops. I think of the rightful owners of Palestine, the Palestinians, who respected the historical integrity of the land and it’s Holy places. These rightful owners would never have dumped nuclear waste in Nablus or built ugly thirty-foot tall wall monstrosities around Bethlelem or turned Gaza into a giant prison.

    I have examined every so-called U.S. initiated peace resolution and every one of them would allow “Israel” to bypass international law. The only thing that will work in my opinion is the resolution proposed by the Arab League of Nations.

    Until then, we will continue to work for the liberation of Palestine. Palestine forever.

    Below is a post I found in an online forum…

    JOIN US IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ISRAELI APARTHEID TERRORISM

    Take Action, sign on to the letter at http://www.cflweb.org/ political action and tell Congress to stop using your tax dollars to support apartheid terrorism.

    For further political action and information see:

    http://www.cnionline.org — http://www.endtheoccupation.org/ — http://www.stopthewall.org/ — http://www.rachelcorrie.org/action.htm — http://www.astandforjustice.org — http://www.palestinesolidaritymovement.org/ — http://bigcampaign.org.uk/

    Important informational websites:

    http://www.voicesofpalestine.org/ — http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/ — http://www.washington-report.org/index.htm — http://www.al-awda.org/ — http://www.palestineremembered.com/index.html — http://electronicintifada.net/new.shtml — http://www.globalexchange.org/countries/mideast/palestine/ — http://www.stop-us-military-aid-to-israel.net/ — http://zionismexplained.org/ — http://www.pchrgaza.org/ — http://www.rafah.vze.com/ — http://rafah.virtualactivism.net/news/todaymain.htm — http://www.americanintifada.com/ — http://www.ifamericansknew.org/ — http://www.ussliberty.org/ — http://www.nowarforisrael.com — http://www.ipsc.ie/ — http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/am/publish/ — http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/ — http://www.ipc.gov.ps/index.asp — http://www.imemc.org/ — http://www.stopaipac.org/ — http://www.monabaker.com/ — http://kurtnimmo.com/ — http://www.rense.com/ — http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/index.php — http://www.a-mother-from-gaza.blogspot.com/ — http://bethlehemghetto.blogspot.com/ — http://www.democracynow.org/index.pl — http://bodyontheline.blogspot.com/ — http://peacepalestine.blogspot.com/ — http://www.umkahlil.blogspot.com/

    Donate to Gaza:

    Palestine Tees
    Buy Palestine T-Shirt from Sabbah Store
    Browse more Palestine T-Shirts

    Israeli terrorism in pictures …
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14069.htm

    Christian organizations that oppose the Zionist apartheid terror regime:
    http://www.cmep.org/ — http://www.hcef.org/ — http://www.hcsn.org/ — http://www.al-bushra.org/ — http://www.cpt.org/hebron/hebron.php —

    Jewish organizations that oppose the Zionist apartheid terror regime:
    http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/ — http://www.nkusa.org/ — http://www.nimn.org/ — http://www.jewsnotzionists.org/ — http://www.btselem.org/English/index.asp — http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/ — http://www.icahd.org/eng

    The Israeli lobby AIPAC counts on your ignorance. Iraq, Palestine, Neoconservatives – how all of it ties together can be found in this report entitled “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy”. A condensed version can be found here at the London Review of Books.
    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/print/mear01_.html

    Sign the Petition Opposing An Attack on Iran! http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/iran

    What CNN and FOX would rather you not see or know anything about… http://www.robert-fisk.com/iraqwarvictims_mar2003.htm

    Note: The mainstream media refuses to address and fairly report on the tragic events in the Holyland which is Palestine, this in spite of the fact that it is the most important issue on the global stage.

    Resist The Corporate Owned Pro-War Zionist Media’s 24/7 Campaign To Brainwash And Manipulate The American Public. Render Them Irrelevant. Get Your News Uncensored and Unfiltered From Independent Sources.

    http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/indx.php

    http://www.democracynow.org/index.pl Listen to Amy Goodman’s show everyday… a must.

    http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/index.html

    http://www.freespeech.org/fscm2/genx.php?name=home

    http://www.americanfreepress.net/

    http://www.counterpunch.org/

    http://english.aljazeera.net/HomePage

    http://www.imemc.org/

    Important and Vital: Find A Pacifica Network Station Near You. Listen to Democracy Now with Amy Goodman and support the station that carries it…
    http://pacificanetwork.org/radio/content/blogsection/7/83/

    SPOON-FED NEWS CAUSES BLINDNESS

    FOX and CNN 24 / 7 propaganda machines are undermining objective media.
    Take action: Call your cable provider and tell them that they have 30 days to carry the Al Jazeera “English” Channel on “basic cable” and if they refuse to, boycott them by cancelling their service.

    “If everybody watches CNN, what does CNN watch? The Al Jazeera English Channel.”
    Friends of Al Jazeera
    http://www.friendsofaljazeera.org/
    http://english.aljazeera.net/HomePage

    BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT PARTIES SUPPORT ISRAELI APARTHEID TERRORISM AND THEIR MEMBERS RECEIVE MONEY FROM AIPAC INFLUENCED PRO WAR PRO ISRAEL PACS.

    See AIPAC Influenced Pro-Israel, Pro-War PAC Contributions to 2006 Congressional Candidates…

    http://www.washington-report.org/index.htm

    Vote for the Party of Peace and Justice. The
    Green Party USA … http://www.gp.org

    See the Stop AIPAC site… http://www.stopaipac.org/
    It bears mentioning that no Green Party USA candidate is supported by the Neo-con pro war AIPAC lobby. See http://www.gp.org

    The Israeli lobby counts on your ignorance. Iraq, Palestine, Neoconservatives – how all of it ties together can be found in this report entitled “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy”. A condensed version can be found here at the London Review of Books.
    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/print/mear01_.html

    David Ben-Gurion told Nahum Goldmann, the president of the World Jewish Congress:
    “If I were an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country . . . We come from Israel, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been anti-semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that?”

    Must reads: Beyond Chutzspah, Finkelstein. A Pretext For War, Bamford. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Simons. Must see: Rachel – An American Conscience, Barakat.

    Please copy, e-mail, re-post and distribute this as widely as possible. Also for those without Internet access.

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    Leah Says:

    So the Great Satan decided to send one of his minions to remove a throne stuck in his ars. Nice poking Sabbah :) keep needling the bastards.

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    Sean Says:

    Haitham,

    I actually quite enjoyed the discourse. I don’t believe Mr. Blaschke is neccessarily ignorant or idiotic, but believes fundamentally in a diffrent version of the future than you do. The actual meaningful and insightful discussion on the future of Palestine/Israel/Iraq without degradation to the other side is quite commendable to you both.

    Also, I don’t think the US State Dept. has anything better to do than this. I actually think this is the best thing they can do. Haitham, your blog reaches the masses (Look at the number of hits you get) and you reach the masses whom the US State Dept. cannot reach (english speaking people from the Middle East). The US State Dept. should be having conversations with people who do not agree with them. It is through these conversarions that both sides get glimpses into the thinkings of the other, and hopefully, some middle ground may be eventually found. Just some thoughts during my lunch hour. Great discourse Haitham, and I look foward to the next post.

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    Brent Blaschke Says:

    Sir: The UN has often struggled to find a commonly agreed definition of terrorism and I am not aware of any official UN document which flatly states that a particular definition is the UN’s formally accepted definition. If you read the UN’s Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy it does not specify a definition but does contain the following language:

    “Reiterating its strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes, as it constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,”

    The clear point of this language is to disavow those who excuse certain acts of terror because these acts are in service of a legitimate political goal.

    I am glad to see that you accept that the Hillah market bombing on February 1 was an act of terror. I would then assume that you would also agree that the numerous other market bombings in Iraq over the last three years were acts of terror, along with the many bombings against Ashura pilgrims, bus stations, voting stations, hospitals, Iraqi government ministries, UN officials, mosques, high schools, gas stations, universities, trash collectors and labor recruiting stations. The persons who carry out these horrendous attacks on a daily basis hide behind the false label of “resistance”. Is someone who carries out acts of terror Monday through Friday suddenly a freedom fighter on the weekend when he attacks Iraqi or U.S. security forces?

    Let me pose this question as well: was the recent bombing of a bakery in Eilat an act of terror or a legitimate act of resistance?

    The Israelis and Palestinians both have obligations under the Roadmap – neither has fully fulfilled these. Both sides must undertake steps to build confidence on the other side. Nevertheless, the framework laid out by the Roadmap is the only viable path available and it would tragically short-sighted to abandon it. There are responsible leaders on both sides, and in the international community, who recognize this. As with all negotiations both sides will need to accept compromises. Those compromises ultimately will be up to the negotiators.

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    Haitham Says:

    I’m glad you made it here, Mr. Blaschke.

    1. UN failed to adopt official definition of terrorism because few members what to impose their own definition. Therefore, as U.S.A. have its own definition, other have the right to have theirs too. However, all the definitions I quoted above sound logical, unless you have better definition. We will be happy to hear it.

    2. You said very interesting point; resistance and terrorism! Now, all the cases you mentioned are terrorist acts, however, that does not mean that they are conducted by resistance! In Iraq, there is FOUR wars. a) Shia vs. Shia, b) Sectarian war, c) Resistance vs. Occupier, d) and last but not least, terrorist vs. everyone (including occupiers). So, how come that everyone and everything happening in Iraq is act of terrorism? Did you ever hear about and occupation without resistance? Let me ask you this: Is there Iraqi resistance in Iraq or not?

    3. Eilat event is an act of terror. Now let me ask you: Beit Hanoun is a state terror or not? Qana massacre is a state terror or not? The thousands of Palestinian civilians (including elders, women and children) killed by Israel, is a state terror or not? and the list can go on endlessly…

    4. Roadmap: no comments! U.S. is not a fair negotiator or mediator to conduct or help anyone in getting to peace.

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    Sean Says:

    This is the best discussion concerning two alternative views of world events I have ever been a part of. I do not agree with either view point totally but I find the discourse to be unsurpassed. I will send this thread to all my friends, those on the right, left and in the center.

    Thank you gentlemen.

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    zazou Says:

    Haitham, interestingly enough, I’ve discussed some of this exchange on my blog and now the State Department is dropping by more than usual…wonder if they are learning anything…(hey SD, tell the Haiti Desk I said hi, and tell the North Africa Desk to get their act together-thanks)

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    Haitham Says:

    Sean,

    I respect other’s vision as long as they are not inforced on me. It is unfortunate that this is not the case with U.S. administration. Their vision is not based on just, but on profit and loss, black and white business module. Bush once said, “either you are with us, or against us.” So it is only two parts in this world, either Bushism or Qaedism, which is not the case.

    I’m an example out of millions and millions around the world who do not support Al Qaeda and terrorism, at the same time, I don’t agree or support Bushism. It is not black and white, and if it is, then, both Bush and Bin Laden are the black and the rest of the world is the white. One of the main issues that the western media failing to represent is the other side of the coin. Take for example Eilat suicide bomber, the whole world condemn the attack, including the Palestinian authorities and Arab countries, however, not a word was said when the Israel army shot and killed Palestinians in the same day. Did you hear any word from any officials condemning the killing of the Abir Aramin or any other Palestinian civilian?

    Anyway, I agree with you about U.S. official need to talk to English speaking people from the Middle East. I think this is a good move as long as it remains healthy and open.

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    Haitham Says:

    zazou,

    It is great opportunity to discuss in public. I hope that this spread more all around.

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    zazou Says:

    Haitham,

    I agree! Unfortunately, Mr. Blascke seems disinclined to address the issues of wilding US marines, cluster bombs dropped throughout Iraq (the type of terrorism that gives and gives), etc- the kind of thing that is direct State-committed terrorism as opposed to State-sponsored terrorism. I would be very interested in a discussion about that, as well.

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    Sophia Says:

    Hi Haitham,
    I just wanted to know that I had a visit from Virginia, Alexandria, US state department on my blog yesterday. I find interesting the fact that Mr. Brent joined the commentators section. However, he falls in the zionist narrative, like most US officials commenting on the ME. I will not discuss Iraq because Iraq is in a state of total chaos and civil war, thanks to Mr Brent’s administration which, from day one in Iraq, didn’t show any willingness to protect Iraqis from this. The first division that entered Baghdad went straight to the ministry of Oil. And I think comparing Iraq to Palestine, as Mr. Brent does, is misguided since the only people who are seeing ’success’ in Iraq are the zionists (Mr. Olmert and Mr. Netanyahu have made declarations in this sense) and since the zionist project for the middle east is to divide it into little states based on sects and ethnies (Read Yinon), one has to assume that this comparison is designed to confuse issues and to make believe that Palestine is like Iraq in a state of Chaos (the financial and help with arms and weapons from Israel and the US for Fatah against Hamas is a proof for this). Even though the comparison is false, it produces the desired effect which is to start a discussion on Palestine in the present, forgetting more than sixty years of history of occupation. This has always been the main zionist strategy, is to reinvent the history of Palestine and erase the past. I wouldn’t compare Palestine to Iraq, I would say that Palestinians have lived under occupation for more than sixty years, that those who occupy them have resorted to terror to become the statesmen they are now, remember the terror of Jewish grouos against the British and Arabs ? I would say that suicide bombings are acts of terror but so are the acts that Israel perpetrates against the Palestinians and the Lebanese. I would define terror as any violent act that targets (willingly or unwillingly) civilian populations and takes place, in the case of state terror, outside the geographical limits of the state that perpetrates the act because in doing so it does not qualify as an act of resistance or defence. This does not imply that terror groups when they strike inside their own country are not doing terror, of course they are doing terror whenever they strike being inside or outside their own countries but for an organised army and a state to strike civilians who did not invade their countries or to merely introduce a state of chaos and armed terror inside a country having its main effect on civilian populations as Israel does in the territories and as the US is doing in Iraq, that is state terror.
    The only situation in which organised armies and armed groups are justified (and I am not the one who justify, I am against violence in all its forms but this is a legal and humanitarian definition) in resorting to violence, it is only when they are doing acts of defense, defense of the land or/and defense of the people, against other armed groups on their owm territories, in one case it is called national defence and in the other it is called resistance. The rest is terror. I think from a humanitarian and a legal point of view, the discussion is quite simple.
    Conflict about border issues should be resolved by political means and based on Justice. This is how the UN can promote peace and stability in the world.

    I am publishing here the IP of the visitor from the state department:

    Domain Name icz.gov ? (United States Government)
    IP Address 169.253.4.# (U.S. Department of State)
    ISP U.S. Department of State
    Location Continent : North America
    Country : United States (Facts)
    State : Virginia
    City : Alexandria
    Lat/Long : 38.7909, -77.0947 (Map)

    Language English (United States)
    en-us
    Operating System Microsoft WinXP
    Browser Internet Explorer 6.0
    Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.1)
    Javascript version 1.3
    Monitor Resolution : 1024 x 768
    Color Depth : 32 bits

    Time of Visit Feb 6 2007 1:05:30 pm
    Last Page View Feb 6 2007 1:05:30 pm
    Visit Length 0 seconds
    Page Views 1
    Referring URL http://sabbah.biz/mt…ate-watching-sabbah/
    Visit Entry Page http://lespolitiques.blogspot.com/
    Visit Exit Page http://lespolitiques.blogspot.com/
    Out Click
    Time Zone UTC-5:00
    Visitor’s Time Feb 6 2007 1:05:30 pm

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    zazou Says:

    Sophia,

    This is the same ISP that has dropping by my blog as well. Perhaps we should say hi in a post. That worked quite well for the CIA the last time they dropped by.

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    Haitham Says:

    Sophia, zazou, I’m sorry if this post caused you any trouble. I’m almost sure that the visitors your are receiving are from the same department.

    I think I should put a warning for commenters that they might be “watched” from that point forward if they include their blog/website address in the comment form.

    OTOH, I’m surprised (or should I say not surprised) that Mr. Blascke failed to answer any of the questions… so far!!!

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    Jamshed Ebrahimkhell Says:

    Dear Sabbah it seems like you have been studying the region quiet well for long, i think and i believe its a courage for other confused muslims around the world to see the face of a real evil.

    the uproar earlier this year over Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad (SAWS)stemmed from the gap that exists between Islam and the West.

    the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, and the extreme animosity of the United States toward Muslims was to blame for the rise Islamic fundamentalism and the corresponding decline in the rights of women and secular Muslims.

    “All reform efforts are out of the window. “The effect of the war is the exact reverse of what the U.S. intended to do and it’s so obvious who is paying for it. It’s all those men and women who are secular Muslims.”

    “I am drawn to this because I feel so strongly about the need for Westerners to look back in history

    “Most Westerners have amnesia beyond the Islamic revolution. They have very little concept of the foundation of the problems that we have between Islam and America, and Islam and the West.”

    There’s an incredible absence of education and knowledge, particularly in America. It’s really important that they don’t continue to think of themselves as the most rational, most superior and that their values are universal

    We (Muslims) are not barbaric people who go around killing each other or the Sunnis versus the Shi’ites, which is what President (George W.) Bush claims. This is the most inaccurate representation of history and it is really unjust to erase history.”

    Jamshed Ebrahimkhell
    Kabul, Afghanistan

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    Haitham Says:

    Jamshed,

    I agree with you that there is a great need for education all around, but that include Muslims too. In fact, I’m shocked that even some Muslims don’t know the difference between Al-Aqsa Mousqe and Dome of the Rock Mousque. Most mix between them and think the later is Al-Aqsa Mousque, which is not true.

    Even worse, believe it or not, I met thousands of ARABS who don’t know the difference between a Lebanese, Palestinian and Jordanian (some cases that include Syrians too). They think that they all come from the same place. So, we should not blame those Americans who think that Palestinians want to occupy Israel!!!

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    zazou Says:

    Hi Haitham,

    No problem regarding the State Depart. Not my problem if they’re bored and want to waste their time reading my blog. :)
    While I think Jamshed has a point, Islamic fundamanetalism did not start with the invasion of Iraq, etc. It has been a well-established presence in the Middle East back to the 50’s in Egypt and probably before that. A certain fomr of it got spread around with the retruning mujahadin( “Afghanis”) returning to their countries in the 80’s and 90’s after the Soviets left Afghanistan, and then continued to mestasticize. I do agree with Jamshed that the average Westerner is woefully ignorant about the West’s longstanding connection to the Islamic World and it would behoove her/him to learn something. On the other hand, many Middle Easterners are equally ignorant about their own history and geography as well as their long-standing history with the West (as in pre-crusades and pre-Islamic: Hannibal, for example, was not a Moslem or even Arab)- a little reading up on our mutual histories would not kill us…

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    Sophia Says:

    Haitham, no problem. On the contrary, I encourage the department of state to visit blogs from the middle east and the arab world. They will see people different from the typical stereotype protrayed by their government and the US media, and hopefully they will finally learn something…They will learn that we are not evil, that we are peaceful, that we long for justice and peace in the middle east but not the kind of justice they were able to deliver to Iraq and Palestine…They will also learn that we are not sectarian and that sectarian fighting is accomplished by few extremists who can silence the majority with terror. We have been living together for thousand years and will do so in the future and we will even be able to live with those who opressed us and brought misery upon us. We can compromise on everything, except Justice and our fundamental humanitarian rights.

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    Jamal Ali Hassan Says:

    Don’t you people realize that the job of these morons (State Department) is to be like the United Nations: just walk around, appeasing countries and individuals, hoping to gain their trust and then, whammo! They’ve got you where they want you. They want you to publically denounce the violence and not take a stand for what you believe…a nation divided against itself cannot stand – um, that looks liek the US right now.

    They want to scare you into “keeping quiet” because your silence is what they thrive on.

    I don’t know what this Brent guy with an Afghani job has to do with getting in the middle of Haitham’s blog, but perhaps this is on his lunch hour, when he’s, as someone said, b-o-r-e-d.

    Regardless, one thing this “war on terror” has created is a world of pacifists, who don’t take a stand, but appease their way through life: My favorite college professor taugt us, “If you can’t stand for SOME thing, you will most surely fall for ANY thing.” Is that how we want to be known? Spineless?

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    Jamal Ali Hassan Says:

    The term “freedom fighter” is ambiguous, at best. Everyone’s side is figthing for freedom (their own or someone else’s) so all in this “war on terror” are “freedom fighters.” Just admit it. Call them what they are: to the US, their Marines are freedom fighters, trying to liberate Iraq (which doesn’t wish to be liberated from the likes of the US) and the US doesn’t realize that calling the Iraqi mujahideen “freedom fighters” is a compliment!!!

    The term, “freedom fighter” was first mentioned to me by someone I didn’t know well who said he was going to Iraq (from America) to join the “freedom fighters to kill one GI a day.” [his quote] That was an American, in America, wanting to effect freedom on Iraq. He was willing to give up his life, his comfortable life, to go overseas and promote freedom [from Saddam?? from allied invasion?? We never got that far in our discussion - I don’t know] and restrict oppression [from Saddam?? from allied invasion?? I don’t know].

    So, just remember when you use the term, you might be giving someone praise! “Freedom fighter” is not a dirty word!

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    Sophia Says:

    Hi Haitham,

    I am sorry to intervene in this way but do you know this Jamal Ali Hassan ? Either the guy is genuine in what he says and he must have a problem or he is not and he looks to me like all these fake Muslims who infiltrated alleged ‘terror groups’ plotting to conduct terror operations, US, UK and Canada. This kind of discourse is not even for 15 years old Mr. Jamal Ali Hassan, those whom the US and the UK want to lure into ‘plots’ in order to justify their ‘war on terror’.

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    Jamal Ali Hassan Says:

    Tell Sophia, with all due respect, which she did not afford me, that I’m 30 years old, not 15 years old and seek not to be a part of any terror missions – my the point PRECISELY was that the media and in this blog, the state departments use of the word “terror” is very ONE-SIDED, when they don’t think their own invasion of other people’s countries (uninvited, I might add) amounts to terror. If Iraqi women and children shiver in their boots at night because there are American military patroling their streets and these women and children FEEL terrorized, then THIS IS TERROR. I’m free to have my opinion based on media reports and other people’s postings, as are you and those who have the same freedom. THANK YOU for affording me that.

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    Brent Blaschke Says:

    Sir: regarding a definition of terrorism, I can offer the following:
    Section 2656f(d) of Title 22 of the United States Code defines terrorism as follows:
    (2) the term “terrorism” means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against non-combatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents;

    Perhaps not perfect but as good or better than others I have seen in the past.

    Regarding the resistance in Iraq, No, I don’t consider it legitimate. The national government in Iraq was elected from among the votes of over 12 million Iraqis. You earlier stated that “boycotting” a democratically elected government is “terrorism”. Yet you appear to believe that blowing up Iraqi policemen or government officials is “resistance”. You can’t have it both ways. I would remind you that this democratically elected government asked U.S. forces to remain for the time being to help it defend itself against terror attacks (which you rightly agreed were terrorism), many of which mercilessly target citizens trying to go about their daily lives. And it shouldn’t be a surprise that these terrorists are so merciless because these same thugs were merciless when they slaughtered men, women, and children during the Anfal campaign and during the 1991 uprising. That is why the U.S. must help to ensure that those thugs do not return to power. Frankly speaking, in reading the Internet many of those around the region appear sympathetic to the “resistance” because its prime targets are Shia.

    As for the Roadmap and the U.S. not being worthy, in your view, to act as a mediator, please let me remind you that the Quartet includes the UN, the European Union and Russia – not just the U.S. I say again there is no viable alternative available now to the Roadmap if your goal is achieving an independent Palestinian state. Certainly that is the U.S. goal.

    Regarding the horrible incident at Beit Hanoun, the U.S. said it was terrible tragedy. If the Israelis deliberately intended to kill non-combatants at Beit Hanoun, that would be a violation of international humanitarian law. While I am not privy to Israeli planning, I personally doubt that the Israelis intended to kill those who died – I don’t see how that would benefit them in any way. In fact the incident hurt them. In the final analysis, we must quickly get to a political solution that ends any rationale for these attacks and counter-attacks.

    A few more words about the Eilat bombing. We both agree it was terror but to paraphrase Talleyrand, “It was worse than a crime, it was stupid”. Several lives were lost for no worthwhile gain whatsoever – and less than nothing for the Palestinian cause. However, that did not stop a Hamas spokesperson from defending the attack as “logical”.

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    Sophia Says:

    Mr Blaschke,

    1- ‘’(2) the term “terrorism” means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against non-combatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents’’. Does this mean that ‘’premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against non-combatant targets’’ by governments is not terrorism ?

    2-’’That is why the U.S. must help to ensure that those thugs do not return to power. Frankly speaking, in reading the Internet many of those around the region appear sympathetic to the “resistance” because its prime targets are Shia.’’ Does this mean that the shia government installed in Iraq by the US (I remind you that the Iraqi constitution was written in the US) does not have militia that target Sunnis ? Who is killing sunnis in Iraq Mr. Blaschke ?

    3- ‘’I say again there is no viable alternative available now to the Roadmap if your goal is achieving an independent Palestinian state. Certainly that is the U.S. goal.’’ Mr Blaschke, what did the US do during the last six years for the road map ?

    4-’’While I am not privy to Israeli planning, I personally doubt that the Israelis intended to kill those who died – I don’t see how that would benefit them in any way. In fact the incident hurt them.’’

    Mr.Blaschke, what about applying this same logic to the other side of the conflict ?

    What about saying the following: ‘’While we are not privy to Palestinian planning, we personally doubt that Palestinian suicide bombers intended to kill those who die in suicide bombings – we don’t see how that would benefit them anyway. In fact, suicide bombings hurt Palestinians.’’

    And yet both Palestinians and Israelis still resort to acts that hurt them. Your argument about Beit Hanoun is logically false.

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    Haitham Says:

    Mr. Blaschke,

    Perhaps not perfect but as good or better than others I have seen in the past.

    As I expected, you want us to adopt the one and only “not perfect” definition just because it is the American one. It is absolutely not “perfect” one. This definition is designed to protect its inventor while accuse all others for crimes the inventor himself might commit.

    Regarding the resistance in Iraq, No, I don’t consider it legitimate.

    Never expected that you will…

    The national government in Iraq was elected from among the votes of over 12 million Iraqis. You earlier stated that “boycotting” a democratically elected government is “terrorism.”

    There are plenty of reports that the elections was fabricated. Five minutes search in google will bring you endless links to such reports.

    Yet you appear to believe that blowing up Iraqi policemen or government officials is “resistance”. You can’t have it both ways.

    Don’t put words in my mouth. I never said that blowing Iraqis is “resistance”, but blowing occupier is. In this case, US and allies are the occupiers.

    I would remind you that this democratically elected government asked U.S. forces to remain for the time being to help it defend itself against terror attacks (which you rightly agreed were terrorism), many of which mercilessly target citizens trying to go about their daily lives.

    No sir, this sectarian government asked U.S. occupiers to remain to protect their party, not Iraqi civilians in general. Last example is Zarqa massacre!!!

    And it shouldn’t be a surprise that these terrorists are so merciless because these same thugs were merciless when they slaughtered men, women, and children during the Anfal campaign and during the 1991 uprising. That is why the U.S. must help to ensure that those thugs do not return to power. Frankly speaking, in reading the Internet many of those around the region appear sympathetic to the “resistance” because its prime targets are Shia.

    Now this is the most “racist” comment I heard from you. You are assuming that those many who sympathy with resistance are all supporting sectarian war. No sir, we are Arab and Muslims before being Sunni and Shia. The sectarian war is stirred by the occupation. No one will benefit from a sectarian war in Iraq except the U.S. occupier.

    As for the Roadmap and the U.S. not being worthy, in your view, to act as a mediator, please let me remind you that the Quartet includes the UN, the European Union and Russia – not just the U.S. I say again there is no viable alternative available now to the Roadmap if your goal is achieving an independent Palestinian state. Certainly that is the U.S. goal.

    Give me a break… even my 7 years old kid don’t believe this story anymore. BTW, since you support the “democratically” elected government in Iraq, why not supporting the Palestinian one? Double standards?!

    Regarding the horrible incident at Beit Hanoun, the U.S. said it was terrible tragedy.

    That’s it… everyone’s crime is a terrorist but Israeli crimes are “terrible tragedy.” Excuse me, but this sucks. Double standards again.

    If the Israelis deliberately intended to kill non-combatants at Beit Hanoun, that would be a violation of international humanitarian law. While I am not privy to Israeli planning, I personally doubt that the Israelis intended to kill those who died – I don’t see how that would benefit them in any way. In fact the incident hurt them. In the final analysis, we must quickly get to a political solution that ends any rationale for these attacks and counter-attacks.

    Hurt them? Can you enlighten us how did it hurt them? Are you cutting military aids to Israel this year? And how did you know that they did not deliberately intend to kill all these civilians? When you bombard a building full of sleeping families, what are you expecting to gain? pop corn? What about all other crimes against civilians? Israel violated international humanitarian laws thousands of times and resolution after resolution were issued from the UN, what did you do about them? How many times did U.S. veto resolutions against Israel? C’mon… you are not talking to morons here!

    A few more words about the Eilat bombing. We both agree it was terror but to paraphrase Talleyrand, “It was worse than a crime, it was stupid”. Several lives were lost for no worthwhile gain whatsoever – and less than nothing for the Palestinian cause. However, that did not stop a Hamas spokesperson from defending the attack as “logical”.

    So does the Zionist. They call everyday, everywhere in public, and in front of media, that, “Kill All Arab,” what did you do about it? Ooh.. they are Israelis…

    Anyway, I think I gave you enough space to talk here, hoping that we will hear something good or new (I was dreaming), but unfortunately, you are just repeating what we all hear on Fox and CNN. Sorry, but this is not a space for warmongers and pro-Zionists administration!

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    Jamal Ali Hassan Says:

    When individuals or groups not appreciated by the UN and it’s follies, engage in [any] action, that action is considered to be ‘terrorism,’ (according to US law). However, when a government (not an invidivual or group) takes action upon people or targets where civilian casualities are expected to result, (and do indeeed result, by the masses), that is not called, ‘terrorism?’ The US needs to come up with a few new ‘pat’ answers; these are getting old.

    This following statement, worth repeating, I must comment on, was very well constructed and researched – too bad when the US makes up its mind about Izrael, it never changes course, even if that course is a road-map to self destruction. Bravo:

    “What about saying the following: ‘’While we are not privy to Palestinian planning, we personally doubt that Palestinian suicide bombers intended to kill those who die in suicide bombings – we don’t see how that would benefit them anyway. In fact, suicide bombings hurt Palestinians.’”

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    Haitham Says:

    Well guys, I have the feeling that we are talking to programed robots. Can’t you see that Mr. Blaschke is going in circles around himself? He has not said any word that convince anybody here in changing his understanding or views of the U.S. administration because their logic lacks the basic principles of justice and international humanitarian laws.

    How can you preach human rights, freedom and justice when you (U.S.) are the biggest offender of all that?

    We have a saying in Arabic: “The carpenter door is broken!” This is exactly where the U.S. administration stands now… their doors are broken and they claim they can (and will) fix other’s.

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    zazou Says:

    First of all, I think Mr. Blascke’s definition (and that of the US, for that matter) is extremely limited, and has little or no place for State-sponsored terrorism. Perhaps Mr. Blascke would like to address the activities of John Negroponte and the issue of US trained death squads in El Salvador and other places. Those definitely fall under the heading of “terrorism.” And perhaps he might want to look at Israel’s behavior in Lebanon this past summer. I would suggest straffing a UN post is excessive, hitting ambulances a clear problem, and straffing refugees- aka civilians- is hardly sporting and might, dare I suggest, fall under the rubric of war crimes.
    As for the “democratic” elections in Irq, he might want to refer to reporting by Dahr Jamail, the Independent, AFP and other entities that suggest that first elections were not so much a vote for democracy but a vote against the occupation and that, as the occupation continues to wear on, many people have a lot less faith than they used to in the so-called Irqi government- which, and let’s not kid ourselves here- if it were truly soverign- would have kicked the US out, and held over those responsible for Haditha and other atrocities for trial. And I would beg Mr. Blascke not to embarass himself by suggesting the recent military trials are anything close to justice since nearly all involved have plea-bargained, earning far lighter sentences than they would have had they simply kidnapped and massacred their fellow Americans in some nice, little American town.

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    Haitham Says:

    zazou,

    Mr. Blascke is doing his job in spreading lies. That is what he is paid to do – supporting his boss agenda, no matter what it is. I don’t expect that he or anyone from this administration will ever have a logical theory to save the world. But they will always have one to suck the world resources and feed war and conflicts all around.

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    zazou Says:

    It’s too bad, because he doesn’t seem that stupid. Surely at some point he must have had greater ambitions than to serve as altar boy to the new Gospel According to St. Dick (Cheney), presided over by the Vicor of Crawford.

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    Sabbah’s Blog » Blog Archive » Israel=Zionism=Terrorism? God forbid!! Says:

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    Jamal Ali Hassan Says:

    Haitham: Our saying of “the carpenter’s door is broken” seems most appropriate here. It’s very difficult to find someone who works for the government to have a novel thought of their own. But, perhaps he must speak “PAT” answers because he’s writing on the job and so in an official capacity. I’d give him that much latitude. However, when someone who doesn’t have the capcity to embrace new ways of thinking, even just for a moment, it makes me feel as if we started a good dialgue w/ this Brent guy, which ended up like a merry-go-round. Government officials only know how to spew out the pages of THEIR history books.
    They are “repeatists.”

    Too bad they can’t see that America’s friendship and loyalty to the Zionists is misguided and not in the safety of the American people (though it’s surely helping the American economy). Oh! Let’s not mess with that financial friendship!

    That’s all this is about – not one of them cares about one Arab killed while walking down their streets, or at Jummah salat, or a child playing innocently, alone with a toy, or living next door to a country who uses misguided missles as if it were the accepted NORM. Ha! And yet, they don’t call that terrorism? They call it the Zionist’s right to defend themself.

    What’s good for the goose, politically NEVER seems to be good for the gander.

    “The carpenter needs a carpenter to fix his door.” Ameen!

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    Haitham Says:

    I couldn’t agree more, Jamal!

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    Robin Says:

    Here is the “Roadmap” http://www.un.org/media/main/roadmap122002.html,
    Let’s start there with the problems in this approach.
    Now I choose this as just ONE of the inherent problems:

    “At the outset of Phase I:
    * Palestinian leadership issues unequivocal statement reiterating Israel’s right to exist in peace and security and calling for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire to end armed activity and all acts of violence against Israelis anywhere. All official Palestinian institutions end incitement against Israel.

    * Israeli leadership issues unequivocal statement affirming its commitment to the two-state vision of an independent, viable, sovereign Palestinian state living in peace and security alongside Israel, as expressed by President Bush, and calling for an immediate end to violence against Palestinians everywhere. All official Israeli institutions end incitement against Palestinians.

    Now here’s the real map of the roads: Roads for Jews only going through occupied lands to illegal Israeli settlements. A 20 meter wall ILLEGALY constructed on occupied lands making a contiguous Palestinian state an impossibility, cutting through daily Palestinian life like a knife soaked in blood. Checkpoints, strangulization of ecomomic sustainability of the Palestinian people, refusal to accept a democratically elected government (Hamas, which I am not a fan of but it is NOT mine or ours to choose), closing of the harbors and airports, after all, those ARE roads for transportation.
    There is absolutely nothing new in this one-sided approach: in it’s simplest form, all Palestinians must learn to be well-behaved occupied people, accept the state which has occupied their land in Israel proper and in the West Bank and Gaza and VOILA, you have peace. PLEASE note who is asked to make the first move, NOT the oppressor, but the victim.

    Mr. Blaschke, you have visited me too already, now as an American citizen I sure feel I have the right to address you in an open forum which Haitham has provided here. You decided to drop in here out of the blue, you decided to check everyone out who comments here, now it would be only polite of you to answer the questions directed to you here. None of us have the power to control this situation (well, perhaps you have some input) but this is a GOOD opportunity to see what you are working with in reality and LISTEN. This is simply a matter of MORALITY Mr. Blaschke, and the lack thereof on the part of our country in its financial and military support of an oppressor nation, Israel. Now that is my opinion, and you can take it or leave it, but God help this country if it does not stop throwing OUR tax dollars into an illegal occupation. THAT Mr. Blaschke, is IMMORAL!!!!

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    Jamal Ali Hassan Says:

    I’m believing that Robin said it very succinctly – the problem with the road map is that it’s fostering ILLEGAL acts and IMMORAL acts. Choose which is your guide: abiding by legal doctrines or personal moral values. You’ll see that BOTH are violated by enforcing this road-map-to-peace-which-benefits-the-US-as-much-as-it-ever-would-Izrael-but never benefit Palestine!

    And yet another election is right around the corner, which means more Zionist $$ will be flowing into campaigns and more campaigns will be influenced by those dollars. Whose footing the bill for this? Amercians, with dollars and blood. Whose footing the bill fro this? Palestinian children, who have no say-so in the matter. I can’t encourage voting in kuffar elections, but those that are set to do so should be mindful of those they choose which are spilling the blood of Palestine by supporting the friends of Zionists.

    Don’t close the dialogue – pray for those reading to be open to new ideas and moral ideas. Change. Reverting back to the days when America didn’t side with the enemies of Palestine. Remember those days?

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    david Says:

    This thread is hilarious.

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    Sari Al-Hiari Says:

    David, It would make you laugh if it didn’t make you cry. We think so too.

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    Haitham Says:

    It was good when started. I thought we can talk logic with some US official, but shortly realized that I’m talking to tape-recorder: “Record-Play-Rewind-Play-Rewind…”

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    Imran Says:

    I’m afraid I don’t understand the word “Israel” but I do understand the word “Occupied Palestine”.

    Imran,
    Dar Es Salaam,
    Tanzania

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