The leader of Britain's left-of-government opposition has been barred from the White House. Conservative leader Michael Howard is considered too left wing by George W. Bush's adviser Karl Rove. Tony Blair, of course, is always welcome.
"The point is that Islamism comes in a variety of forms, yielding both left and right viewpoints. This is because the Koran and the Prophetic Tradition is an insufficient basis for creating any kind of society, good or bad. Consequently, Political Islam has always been leavened by traditions which arise from non-Islamic sources. Hence, the need for "itjihad" (reasoned interpretation).
I do not believe in theocracy, and do not support it. But it is palpable rubbish to say that Islamism can "only kill and oppress". It can also resist and revolt (pace the Mujahedin e-Khalq; Hizbollah etc). If Cohen were not drawing on common prejudice, and was cognisant of the diversity within Islamism, he could not make such a statement.
Incidentally, Cohen's Orientalism mimics the attitude of the fundamentalists: there can only be one Islamism, hermetically sealed, homogenous, always producing either paradise or hell..."
Now nobody can pretend that the so-called Roadmap is leading anywhere. But see how The Guardian's. Conal Urquhart uses terms like "disputed territory" to describe occupied territory. and cites Washington's "frustration with Yasser Arafat" to defend American support for the racist war criminals of the State of Israel. Once upon a time The Guardian. ran a headline "Israel simply has no right to exist". It was clearly a guest comment and no indication of where The Guardian. stands on the question of Palestine but the Zionists have hated it ever since, despite the best efforts of Conal Urquhart.
Check this link for Muslims for Nader/Camejo to see the full extent of the ADL's and the Washington Post's dishonesty. [In the wake of a comment from quite a hardcore racist I have to point out that the Muslims for Nader site simply quotes Nader in full and shows the Washington Post editorial in full together with Nader's response. They have links in place to check veracity (theirs not the ADL's). What it all shows is that the ADL deliberately set out to bracket Nader with neo-Nazis and only the dishonest or the stupid would fail to see that] . It doesn't take a conspiracy theorist to recognise a smear campaign by the ADL and Washington Post against Nader. Sadly such smears are such a habit to most Zionists, it doesn't even take a conspiracy to send deliberate falsehoods cascading through the media.
Who do you think? Look at the ADL site. It's much easier to find what the Zionists of the ADL are accusing Nader of than it is to find what he actually said. On their home page they have three headlines as follows:
Now the ADL website is very big and has various topics and news items. You may wonder why these three headlines are grouped together and away from everything else. A suspicious mind might believe that the anti-definition league is trying to suggest that the Green Ralph Nader is somehow in league with the very white Aryan Nations. Is this why Counterpunch ran the headline: Ralph Nader as David Duke?
Or when's a searchlight not a searchlight? It's a sad comment on how far Searchlight's star has fallen in anti-racist circles that so many people have failed to pick up on their "exposé", back in May 04, of "Israel Shamir" as a Swedish neo-Nazi. And people should use Searchlight with caution. Many people have expressed doubts about Shamir but I've never seen his existence being questioned before. He has his supporters and Gilad Atzmon even has a link to his site. But then Gilad moves a little beyond the pale (ouch!) with every speech and article. My enemy's enemy is not necessarily my friend. As far as I know Searchlight has been wilfully conflating Jews and Zionists for longer than this "Shamir" character and in so doing actually help him on his way.
This is edited 26/8/2004 and I'll probably revisit - Please see comments above but don't. send any money.
David Cross: "I don't think bin Laden sent those planes over to attack us because he hates freedom. I think he did it because of our support for Israel and our ties to the Saudi royal family, and all the military bases we have over there. You know why I think that? Because that's what he fucking said! What are we, a nation of six-year-olds? " I assume this quote has been doing the rounds for some time but I only just read it on LENIN'S TOMB so thanks for that Nikolai.
Bit of a departure from the usual fare but unless there's a net café in Broadstairs I won't be posting for a little over a week. If you're near the Kent coast between 6/8 and 14/8/2004 check out some of the musicians, singers and dancers who are well worth a look at.
Guacamoleville is a temporary blog chronicling the antics of candidates for the Hartlepool seat vacated by the twice (at least) discredited Peter Mandelson. Unfortunately it doesn't have a Comments facility so I can't be the first to explain why Dead Men Left is so called.
James M of Dead Men Left has left a comment on my previous post which I feel deserves more prominence. I had, at first, simply reported the winning of a council seat by Respect. Then, because I hate the stupid name (Respect) so much and I thought it was indicative of a lack of consultation, I linked to a letter from a chap - Tony Greenstein - who I have great respect. (ouch) for, bemoaning a lack of "democratic structure". He also described the group as "SWP-dominated". James M (in the Comments below) wrote of Tony Greenstein's letter: "Couldn't find anything substantive in it: a) "SWP dominated"? Where? The temporary (but elected) national committee has some 24 members, of which five or six are SWP members; b) local branches are already assembling democratic structures - discussions over this have already occupied a large chunk of Lambeth & Southwark's meetings, whilst local branches (Hartlepool, Birmingham, Leicester, Tower Hamlets) have so far made decisions about whether to stand candidates or not; c) a national delegate conference is called for October to sort out policy, elect a "proper" national committee, etc. Given the somewhat hastily assembled nature of the beast, I think we're doing pretty well."
My only hope is that they put NAME CHANGE on the agenda.
I read about this on Friday but I didn't think to blog it until I read about at Dead Men Left. This is the first seat that Respect has won, though two Socialist councillors have joined since the group was formed. Me, I still have misgivings about the stupid name. After a quick browse of the Guardian. on this I think Tony Greenstein's comment on the lack of democracy in Respect is a case that Respect should answer.