Sam Hamod: Are we so dumb?
- 33 Things You Should Know About the Middle East and America:
How can America ask for a "nuclear free Middle East" and still allow
keep its atomic and hydrogen bombs? Does this make sense to you? Are
we so dumb?
33 Things You Should Know About the Middle East and America
Sam Hamod, Ph.D.
03/04/05 "Information Clearing House" - - Some Thoughts on the
Middle East and America: 33 Things You Should Think About
What right has President Bush or Conde Rice to dictate to the
Why is it that the "demonstrators" in Beirut, Lebanon, had all their
signs in English?
Have you considered that they were playing to the American TV
audience? In fact, the "big crowds" the American media spoke about
were less than 3000 people, but the cameras shot the crowed for
Did you realize that according to the VA, 1 in 6 troops coming back
from Iraq need mental help from what they've seen and felt in Iraq?
Did these few thousand Falangists speak for all of Lebanon, or are
they "for hire" street people mixed with some students who made up
Who forced Karami to resign as PM? How much influence did America
have in this situation and what business was it of Bush's?
Did you realize the Falangists took their name from Franco's
Falangist/Fascists? The Gemeyal family, head of the falangists, had
close ties to the dictator, Franco.
Did you realize that the suicide rate among our American troops in
Iraq is now up 29% in the last two months? Health professionals in
the continental US are alarmed, but the Pentagon refuses to take
responsibility for these deaths.
Why is America so anxious to get Syria out of Lebanon? Is it so that
both Lebanon and Syria will be vulnerable to one front attacks by
Have any of you considered that the oil pipeline the Israelis want
opened between Baghdad and Israel runs through Syria and Lebanon? It
Why is America constantly doing the bidding of Israelare we Israel?
Why did America not stop aid to Israel when they found out that
Israel was selling high tech American secrets to China? Why has
America not stopped this by now? What has Israel done for America
lately, other than selling its military secrets to the highest non-
Are you aware that more of our military in Iraq have come home with
stress disorders than any time in American historyeven
outdistancing the Viet Nam war? This according to therapists at Camp
Have any of you considered that Israel wants the oil, but also wants
the water, electricity and hashish that is grown in the southern
part of Lebanon?
Suppose Syria told us to get our troops out of Iraq, their neighbor
would we listen?
Who gave America permission to invade Iraq? Certainly not the UN,
though Bush keeps claiming the UN gave him authority. If this
continues, then we will have a dog eat dog world, with the UN losing
all authority and only the strong will surviveand that means that
in the near future China will overrun America or its power in the
world or both.
Why should more Americans and Iraqis get killed, or get traumatized
for life by Bush's illegal and immoral war in Iraq?
Why is it that Bush, an AWOL chicken-hawk can sends so many of our
troops to their death in Iraq, with no progress in sight. Even
General Abizaid admitted last night, on the Newshour on PBS that the
resistance in Iraq will go on for years, with no predictable end in
sight? Would you like to go serve in Iraq? Would you like one of
your loved ones to go serve in Iraq or Afghanistan?
Has Bush or the American troops brought more peace or more suffering
Is America bringing more stability to Lebanon, or is he, in league
with the Falangists making more civil unrest, and possibly civil
war, in Lebanon? You can see it coming, can't youjust admit it.
Most likely, if this continues, it will lead to civil war because
the Muslims in Lebanon will not tolerate the Falangists taking over
the government by "demonstrations."
Why doesn't Bush send his daughters as volunteers to Iraq, Rumsfeld
his kids, Cheney his children, Wolfowitz his, and let's see how long
this "democratizing " of Iraq will continue.
Are you aware most Lebanese hate the Falangists because they allied
themselves with Israel, and gave intelligence to Israel, in its
1980s invasion of Lebanon, wherein most of Beirut was destroyed,
thousands killed and the country made into a basket case. The
Falangists also are the ones who committed the atrocities at the
Sabra and Shatilla Refugee Camps wherein women, children and old men
were slaughtered as the Israeli army stood guard to stop anyone from
interfering with the massacres. Check it out in your history books
if you don't believe it, or check UN recordsit's all there.
Do you realize that for the OPEC nations that denominate their oil
sales and receipts in dollars, that what was a $32.00 dollar barrel
of oil before the dollar slid so much in the past 2 years is now
equivalent to the $48-50 barrel of oil today. That is, to get the
same $32 in value, OPEC nations must charge $48-50 dollars per
barrel. That may help you understand why oil has gone up so high.
Those that pay in Euros are laughing all the way to the bank and we
are going broke, and shall go further into debt as more of the oil
pipelines are blown up because of our Middle Eastern wars and
interference in their domestic matters.
Did you realize there are very few functioning hospitals, electric
stations, water purification plants functioning in Iraq at this time
than there were in 1917? Is this "progress"?
What kind of "aid" is America giving to Iraq when they have
destroyed 90% of Iraq's infrastructure and not rebuilt it? Where is
that $9 billion dollars that disappeared under Paul Bremer?
Shouldn't we hold him financially accountable or imprison him for
graft and fraud?
Did you realize the American government and the right wing neo-cons
have shipped millions of dollars into Iraq to buy influence so that
their favorite dictator, Allawi, has a chance to become Prime
Minister? If he becomes PM, then he'll ask America to stay on, will
honor the illegal contracts signed by Paul Bremer to give all of
Iraq's resources to American companies and basically lengthen the
civil strife and resistance to America in Iraq.
Why is Conde Rice out dictating to the Palestinians to get
their "terrorists" under control, when Israel has killed more than
160 Palestinians, wounded hundreds more, and destroyed countless
houses and business buildings since the "truce" of November 2004?
By the way, Palestinian suicide people have killed less than 1 dozen
Israelis during that time until last week's attack.
Have you ever looked at the official UN records that show Israel has
killed and attacked Palestinians, their homes, their infrastructure
at a rate of 75 to 1?
Where are these billions of dollars, nay, trillions, coming from to
fight these "foreign wars" that Bush loves so much? We are paying
the bills through our increasing taxes.
Incidentally, the "defense contractors" like Halliburton, Brown &
Root, are getting rich off our backs. Do you love it?
Have you seen that Sharon, while allegedly "pulling of Gaza and the
West Bank," has approved over 6000 new Israeli homes in the West
Bank and the Palestinian area of Jerusalem? Check it out in Reuters,
BBC, China News, India Dailyyou won't find it on any American media
sites or in the rags they call "newspapers" in our country.
Did you know the IMF has put America on a "financial watch list"
because of the weakness of the dollar? That means our economy is
Do you realize that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
has reported that Israel has over 250 atomic and hydrogen bombs in
its arsenal, plus all the latest American stealth and military
technology? Why is it then that America is so keen on attacking Iran
and Syria to protect "tiny little" Israel?
What would you do if you had a city in America called "the city of
churches" and it was bombed by Iraqis and most of them destroyed?
That's what our troops did in Fallujah, destroyed most of the
mosques in the "city of mosques." Do you think the Muslim Iraqis
will love us for this?
How can America ask for a "nuclear free Middle East" and still allow
Israel to keep its atomic and hydrogen bombs? Does this make sense
to you? Are we so dumb?
Have you noticed that all the "news" from Iraq is from our military,
from media embedded with our troops, or from Allawi and his gang or
the Kurds, but never from the Shi'a, leading Sunnis or the anti-
American civilians? Don't you think this is a bit slanted. As a
former professor of mass media, I know it is slanted. Thus, we are
being fed only propaganda by our media, ala George Orwell's , 1984,
no real, honest "news,' just propaganda.
These are just a few things you should consider when hearing about
our "democratizing the Middle East"
Dr. Hamod was the founding editor of 3rd World News in Wash, DC;
Advisor to the State Department; Director of The Islamic Center of
Wash, DC; professor at several major universities; edits,
www.todaysalternativenews.com and appears on many websites,
newspapers and ezines. Sam Hamod, shamod @ cox.net
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