new site for Iraq satellite channel
>Somebody has written to tell me that one can view
>Iraqi TV at or via the following sites:
>I've tried both of them and neither seems to work.
>The second one came close, however. It is POSSIBLE
>that the reason was the hour. It's not yet 7:30 AM in
>Baghdad and their TV may not come on air until later.
I tried also. For brief moments I received an audio
signal but no video. It may be that due to cruise
missile attacks they are down to audio also. Transmission
wasn't good at all, but then I've had problems in peacetime
>One of those sites has an elaborate suggestion forI have checked it out. If this is good intelligence,
>getting a proxy server. I didn't try that either.
>I tried a proxy server once to do e-mail anonymously,
>but first of all it slowed everything down just
>terribly. Second of all, it wouldn't pull up some
>sites. It seemed to have some sort of built-in child
>protection or something or maybe virus protection that
>made it freak at Arabic (which sometimes shows up as
>"virus" to these programmes).
>I mentioned that long interview with Bashshar al-Asad.
> Down below are two questions and answers that I've
>translated containing his expectations on the
>direction of events.
>Syria has not been nearly as militant as I would like,
>but it's clearly the best regime after Iraq's and they
>have been moving closer to Baghdad. In fact it's not
>impossible that Damascus and Baghdad have worked out
>that Damascus should do diplomatically what is
>necessary to keep open and un-sanctioned and
>un-invaded so as to allow Iraq a window to the outside
>world through which to get supplies from Russia,
>China, etc. The Iraqi foreign minister recently
>attended the Arab league summit in Cairo, and since he
>stopped in Damascus on the way to Cairo (and nobody in
>the west expected he would get out of Baghdad) it is
>clear that Damascus is the way in and out.
>Bashshar's words are just words, of course, but if we
>use the analogy of a party, if some members are
>illegal and underground, it doesn't hurt to have
>others who are functioning legally.
>And what Bashshar says is extremely important. He
>doesn't "dis" the Iraqi regime. Also, notice that he
>didn't answer the part of the question having to do
>with Iran. (And the next question in the interview
>changed the topic.)
>Next, have you read the latest Russian intelligence
>report? Much better news than yesterday. It seems
>the Iraqis made good use of the sandstorms:
>I don't know quite what the deal is with that site.
>Normally countries aren't eager to share their
>intelligence, even the third-rate stuff and some of
>this is presumably from electronic intercepts.
>So it might be an attempt by Moscow to help Iraq
>indirectly, at least on the level of propaganda. The
>Russians stand to be totally displaced from Iraq if
>the US takes over. The French too, but they are
>sleazy and might squeeze in somewhere. The Russians
>would have a worse time and meanwhile NATO has
>slithered further east. Even Tsar Nikolai wouldn't
>like the looks of this scenario.
>So maybe Yura was right to hail the sailing of a
>Russian naval vessel to the waters near Iraq. That
>ship might be the source of some of the electronic
>spying. (Quite possibly Syria too.)
American and British casualties must be in the thousands
now! This is going to be hard for Bush to cover up!
>On Saddam Husayn's florid style -- I think it appealsAs always, many thanks for your translations and other
>to tribal and Islamic types. I can't make it clear in
>my translation, but there are many turns of phrase
>that are reminiscent of the Qur'an and so forth.
>Right now the Arab left is useless. But if there are
>any groups that have mass following AND some sort of
>organization (which is necessary if you want to go
>beyond protest to overthrowing regimes) they are the
>Islamist groups. So Saddam Husayn is right to tune
>into their wavelength, in my opinion. The tribes in
>Jordan are the power base of the King, if he can steal
>that away AND appeal to the Palestinians And the
>religious (which is a large percentage of the
>population) the chance that slogans and fist waving
>can turn into a mass revolution is that much higher.
>Contrary to what the western media report about
>Saddam's "oppression" and "fear of his people" he has
>for a long time made a practice of delivering weapons
>to the tribes, even the Shiite ones in the south.
>That makes tribal shaykhs like him and empowers them,
>and the tribes as well -- as long as they stay loyal.
>The tribes have already been doing some fighting
>There is now talk about "sleeper divisions" (like
>sleeper agents) that don civilian clothes and lie low
>until they can strike from the rear.
>Tonight al-Jazeera has come back. Evidently it was
>"hacked." I suspect it was US government "computer
sources of information!
>As-Safir, Beirut 27 March 2003.
>as-Safir: Were you surprised by the resistance in
>Bashshar al-Asad: No, not at all. So I say, based on
>our experience, that we were not surprised. The
>hardest experience of resistance is the experience of
>Palestine. Syria supported the resistance in Lebanon
>and participated in regaining the sovereignty in the
>greater part of it and the withdrawal of Israel and
>the defeat of Israel. But today the situation in
>Palestine is different. The Palestinian is
>surrounded. There are Arab states that participate in
>suppressing the intifada more than Israel itself. And
>yet when the people resolve on resisting, the results
>are clear. We see the results of the intifada on
>Israel after two and a half years in all spheres. The
>issue is not that a superpower is attacking. For sure
>the United States is a superpower that can occupy a
>relatively small state. But can it exert control over
>it? The United States and Britain will never be able
>to control all of Iraq. There will be much more
>intense resistance. All these things will expose the
>falsehood of the claims of some Arab officials who
>intentionally or unintentionally wanted to see and
>depict the reality as different from the situation the
>way it is now. This fact will redound upon the Arab
>people. It will be reflected in greater
>steadfastness, in a greater will to resist, and in a
>lack of faith in the proposals of some of the Arab
>as-Safir: In light of what you say, so you expect
>greater resistance to the American occupation on the
>ground? In your view of the development of the present
>situation, where are the effects of the military
>situation leading with respect to Iraq, and then the
>states of the region including Syria and Iran and the
>Bashshar al-Asad: From the beginning I have said that
>war would lead us into the unknown. Its ramifications
>depend on the response of the peoples. Until now the
>response of people is rejection. But nobody knows
>where this rejection will lead except the citizen
>himself. Will the reaction be only against the
>aggressor and the occupier, if there is an occupation?
>Will his reaction be against the verbal and material
>supporters of this war? Will his response be against
>the Arab neutrals in this war? Different reactions on
>the level of 250 million Arabs. It is difficult to
>anticipate perfectly where matters are heading. But
>the one thing that we can see clearly now is that they
>are heading in the direction of steadfastness and
>resistance. This language is once again being used.
>'We must stand up to them,' and 'We must resist.'
>Even steadfastness has beome a retarded stage in the
>current situation. There is a timely demand for
>resistance struggle coming from different strata of
>intellectuals, scientists, the average citizens, and
>others. All the strata are making this call. This
>matter depends on the military results of the war.
>Now there is very strong resistance being put up by
>the army and the people in Iraq. But if the American
>plan succeeds -- and we hope that it will not succeed
>and we doubt that it will succeed -- in any case there
>will be Arab popular resistance to the occupation, and
>it has already begun.
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