January 2007 archive

The Third way?

I have always maintained that neither Hamas nor Fatah are the solution to the palestinians problems. That in order for this situation to get resolved, a third way has to present itself, and none has presented itself so far. Between Fatah the corrupt and Hamas the suicidal, the palestinians seem eternally screwed and their statehood in doubt. This op-ed piece takes it a bit further and claims that based on the region's history for the past 60 years, a sovreign palestinian state has no chance of existnace or success! I am not sure I agree, but he does have some very valid points!

The "Divine Victory" perfume

It exists, and it's now sold in Lebanon, and if any of you are coming from Lebanon to Egypt, please make sure to bring me one. I want to know how Divine Victory smells like. I have a theory that it smells like Khameini's Ass, but I could be wrong!

On Saddam's execution

Ok, I personally can't say that upon hearing the news of Saddam's execution, my first reaction was happiness that Justice has finally been served. The Butcher of Baghdad finally paying for what he did. That's a good thing. But…

Ok, so the timing made me a bit queasy. To kill him on the feast of sacrifise is disturbing and offensive. Think of it as Hitler getting crucified on Christmass Morning. Not exactly celebratory, is it?

And then I saw the video of his execution, and it just turned my stomach: They pulled the lever as before he finished the recitation of faith, as if to gurantee that he doesn't go to Heaven on something. The people executing him were screaming to Hell all the way through, and then started screaming Muqtada's Al Sadr's name afterwards. It looked like A Shia lynch mob more than anything. Add to this the fact that the people executing him, supposidly representing the legitimate authority of the Iraqi government were hiding their faces under masks but had the courage to chant to hell as they killed him, well, yeah. Not good.

This wasn't a professional execution of a man by the power of a state. This was personal. I am more and more convinced that the story that the US tried to delay the execution for 2 more weeks so it wouldn't co-incide with the feast to be true. This was Muqtada's little party. It was his men in the government who pushed for it, his men who hung Saddam and he is the one who now owns the rope Saddam was killed in. The message is clear: There is a new leader in town who is as crazy and brutal as the one he just killed. Hell, he had the former one killed on the Eid. What more proof do you need, really?

The US got Saddam, and good for them and the world for it. They now have to get Muqtada, or they will be leaving an Islamist Saddam behind them as they evacuate Iraq, and it will be all on their hands.

Just saying…   

I am back ..again

Yes, I am here again, kinda!

I know it's been a while now, but trust me, it wasn't a vacation. I have the physical and mental bruises to prove it. Let's jusy say that I was reminded, yet again, that you can not try to do something in this country without getting punished for it by the authorities or the people. There was a fatal car accident where people died, a miscarriage, Police harrassment, corruption, redicilous amounts of alcohol, Beatrayals, friendships probably forever strained, a dirty underground war utilizing bouncers and bribes and a group of people who literally fell apart by the end of the week from the insane amount of pressure they got placed under. Sure, there was fun and it was had by all, but goddamn it, I am just not sure it was worth it.

The experience has left me numb for now. Maybe I will tell the story later. Probably not. Who knows?

All I want to do now is to forget about it all.

Maybe I will escape through blogging.

Yep, sounds like a plan! 

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