February 2008 archive

On Super Tuesday

I am too lazy to write a post about it, so I am quoting this convo between me and Roba:  
Roba: what happened with super tueday

Sam: hehehe

No one can make heads or tails of it

Roba: yeah

i read

Sam: this is what I know

obama won 13
hillary won 9
but she won new york and claifornia
big votes
however, thanks to democratic primary rules of "reward all
the kids for playing"
Obama will get many of her delegates as well
this will leave the situation almost unresolved
with them having comparatively equal number of
Obama will claim he got the delegate vote
hillary will say she got the popular vote
she will boast about masschusetts, where Obama was endorsed
by Kerry and the kennedy's
and he will talk about winning the south, especially
which no one thought his black ass could win
in the end, nothing got resolved as expected
it will carry on until the convention
and that's when Hillary will probably shut down Obama with
the number of superdelegates (votes given to party members only that count as
much as regular delegates do)
and she will become the nominee
to which Mccain will beat her ass like a pimp does to his
hoes come november, and that is all she wrote.
Or am I missing something? 

I am not alone

Memz has something to say about this:

So over the last 15 days and many years the media describes the
Palestenian people as starving and unemployed. Living in the dark under
the evil forces of the occupation. In parallel, the Nasserist and the
Egyptian left wing hippies in Egypt demanding from the Egyptian
government to step in to support "our" poor stricken occupied brothers
in the Arab nation. While the Islamist and the Muslim Brotherhood
saying we need to support "our" wrongly vilified brothers in Islam. Of
course the Islamists, Nasserists, left wing hippies were happy to hear
"credible" organizations, like the good people at OXFAM and other
independent human rights groups saying the Palestinians need aid and

Meanwhile, Egyptian nationalists are described as
pro-Israel, pro-American Zionists traitors, for just wanting the focus
of their government be the well being of the citizens of Egypt. Of
course, you know all is fair game in the name of politics.

over to domestic and regional pressure (I mean you Al Jazeera), the
Egyptian government, "accepted" the breach on our borders; the purchase
of goods with forged money, the attempt to raise the Hamas flag on
Egyptian soil and government building, the attacks on our soldiers, and
the infiltration of terrorists to our lands, among many other things
that I would consider serious acts of war. This was all done in the
name of supporting "our brothers".

Anyhow, all that sounded sweet and dandy to me. Until yesterday, when Sandmonkey brought up an interesting point yesterday about how really un-poor the Palestinians are. So I decided to do some research!!

Read the rest of it here.  

The Changing Tide

"It's like someone owns a house, and then his neighbours come with guns and try to take it over."

A Taxi Driver yesterday on the Gaza situation

"It's strange, everybody, besides the Islamists and the leftists, watching it had the same attitude, one of annoyance at the protesters and the Gaza situation. The general attitude was 'Those people received better treatment from the egyptian government then we ever did and they receive more money than us, why protest over their rights? Shouldn't our rights take precedent?' "

A journalist friend of mine covering a Pro-Gaza protest at the Book Fair

"So yeah, we received a high alert warning. The Police said that they are looking for about 30 hamas and islamic Jihad elements that made it through and they are looking for them all over Egypt. Great being me today, huh?"

A manager friend of mine who works at a prestigious 5 star hotel. 


An egyptian, Christian and very patriotic female friend of mine's response when I asked her how she feels about the Gaza Border situation. 

"You know what's going to suck about all of this? You will turn out to be right about this all along and we will never hear the end of it."

A Pro-Gaza friend of mine, his support wavering of late. 

"We have long sufferd from Having Egypt play ' the Big Sister', and we are against this humiliating role that forces on Egypt obligations and sacrifises without any compensation in return. On the contrary, in the  countries of his alleged brothers, the egyptian received an almost racist treatment apart from all the other nationalities. And we are willing to give up the role of the 'Big Sister'- which has caused us great poverty- to anyone who wants it, and we hold on to one principle only: Egypt is for the Egyptians! "

Ahmed Ragab, Al Akhbar Newspaper, yesterday 

Consequences & Opprutunities

Consequences of the border breach… 

According to Hamas' announcement last night, the two
terrorists responsible for yesterday morning's attack in Dimona set out
from Hebron. At the same time, the original and reasonable assumption
that the bombers had moved from Gaza, via Sinai, to the Negev was based
on the profusion of intelligence warnings that had multiplied following
the breach of the border between Gaza and Egypt. These warnings are
still current, and continue to concern the security establishment.

This situation was created by the helplessness of Egypt, which did
not hasten to close the breaches, and the permission it gave to Gaza
civilians to enter its territory. But it was also caused by
carelessness, or at least excessive complacence on the part of Israel,
which for years has not bothered to build a real fence along its long
border with Egypt. Those who until now have taken advantage of this
open border to smuggle refugees, women or drugs used it yesterday to
bring across the terrorists who carried out the attack. Anyone, then,
who is looking for a target for blame can find it equally in Egypt and

..present us with a unique Opportunity..

The Foreign Ministry is recommending that Israel
allow Egypt to double the number of soldiers it has stationed along its
borders with Israel and Gaza – something that Cairo has long wanted to
do, but that Jerusalem has hitherto vetoed.

Since the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty strictly limits the forces
that Egypt can deploy along these borders, any increase would require
Israel's consent.

Foreign Ministry Tzipi Livni plans to present her ministry's
recommendation Wednesday at a special meeting in the Prime Minister's
Office concerning the Gaza-Egypt border. 

Secure the borders people. by any means necessary! 

War at the borders

So..ehh..when the people next door try to cross your border and shoot at you when you try to stop them, that's like a declaration of war, right?

Palestinian gunmen and
Egyptian forces exchanged fire at the Gaza-Egypt border on
Monday, killing one person and wounding 59 others a day after
Cairo closed the breached frontier with the Hamas-run enclave.

At least 45 Egyptian policemen and 14 Palestinians were
wounded in the clash at the Rafah border crossing, which Hamas
Islamists blasted open on January 23 to let Gazans stock up on
supplies in defiance of an Israeli-led blockade.

The dead person was identified by local medical officials
as a Palestinian civilian. Two Egyptians suffered gunshot
wounds and one senior security official sustained fractures
from stone throwing, security sources and medical officials

Hamas denied any role in the fighting, which began after
Egyptian security men stopped the flow of people trying to go
back home and the crowd responded with stone-throwing, drawing
smoke grenades from the Egyptians, local residents said.


Egyptian security officials said Palestinians threw petrol
bombs at the police and border guards and at the border wall
separating Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

Yeah, no one could've expected this or seen it coming. No one at all! 

For some Perspective

Shamelessly stolen from here:

In other words, Palestinians are about in the mid-average range for
third-world countries, and rank almost the same as Mexico (the USA's
bordering country and trade ally) on the poverty index. Interesting.

For some perspective

Human Poverty Index (HPI-1) 2004
Palestinians have a better time than:

Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Yemen, Morocco, Africa and most of South Africa, Central America and Asia

Probability of not surviving past age 40(%)2004
Palestinians have a better time than:

Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Yemen, Morocco, Africa and most of South Africa, Central America and Asia

Adult illiteracy rate (%ages 15 and older)2004
Palestinians have a better time than:

Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Yemen, Morocco, Africa and most of South Africa, Central America and Asia

People without access to an improved water source (%) 2004
Palestinians have a better time than:

Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Yemen, Morocco, Africa and most of South Africa, Central America and Asia

Children underweight for age (% ages 0-5) 2004
Palestinians have a better time than:

Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Yemen, Morocco, Africa and most of South Africa, Central America and Asia

Zionists! *shakes fist in the air*

Check it out yourself here! 



to the newspaper, many of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who
poured across the border into Egypt to buy non-essential goods that
Israel has placed an embargo on used counterfeit Israeli money to make
their purchases.

Phony Israeli currency has reportedly been printed in Gaza since Israel withdrew from the territory in 2005.

But the Egyptians also failed to play fair, reportedly selling
food and other perishable goods to the Palestinians that were past
their expiration dates.

Serves them both right.. 


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