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Photi

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  1. Irishman, you have failed to demonstrate where you have to the right to call for revolution. It is one thing to observe a revolution and another thing entirely to incite a revolution. Liberal interventionism is another word for imperialism. 'Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.' Tell me, who is more free in Palestine?
  2. my thoughts exactly. The fates of Lebanon and Palestine will rise and fall with Syria and Egypt. I was listening a to a news report a couple months back which stated the outlook PM Erdogan of Turkey has towards the region is "Evolution, not Revolution." Good little slogan but i have since not been able to find any quotes with the PM saying such things. Good slogan nonetheless.
  3. There is good reason to believe Bashar al-Assad is right there with you. It is not as if the 'Old Guard' does not exist, peaceful change is a generational project. Some people around here are so quick to call for revolution in other peoples' societies. WE DO NOT HAVE THAT AUTHORITY. See Brother Ya Aba 3abdillah's comments over the last several pages. oh, and see Schrodinger's comments as well. Sounds like he has it all dialed in.
  4. It means treating humanity with dignity and respect. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/IranP Speech given in 1987 at the UN by then President Khamenai of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Thanks to the Race for Iran blog for directing attention to this speech. I am only half way through so far, but it appears to be worth listening to several times. The imperialist [Edited Out]s have been up to their game now for a great many years, it is time now to face a reality based on Truth.
  5. Salam alaikum, Thanks for posting that brother. Jazakallah Khair.
  6. you've pegged me wrong Mo Irishman. I am a pro-capitalist, anti-imperialist, libertarian-leaning american Muslim. I also believe the will of the people plays an important part in the legitimacy of any government at any time in history. The jig is up. When people learn to think rationally then maybe the world will find peace.
  7. Yusuf101, do you have any references for that assertion?
  8. Whose payroll are you on Irishman? I used to think you were somewhat impartial and principled in your own way. Now i see you have been a lurker all along. Did you finally get the call to instigate?
  9. I do not recall stating that the Syrians do not have a valid reason to protest. The question to me is whether or not the people themselves wish to actually oust the regime. There is reason to doubt this prospect given Saudi, US, and Israeli plans for the region. I am giving weight to both sides. You, on the other hand, seem to doubt Israeli or Saudi involvement. Given the history of the region, this does not make sense.
  10. There are conflicting reports all over the media beyond those which are state-controlled. Agents provocateurs can easily be inserted into a group of well-meaning protesters, and now with the Washington post publishing so-called secret cable proof of USA covert investment in destabilizing the government of Syria, the events on the ground are not exactly clear. To deny the imperial game is going on would be to not fully commit to understanding (or at least attempting to understand) these events. Wouldn't it be great for the Zionists to get a new face in Damascus willing to concede the Golan Heights? Protests do not equal calls for Regime Change.
  11. Qaim, MacIssac and Zareen, If the will of the Syrian people is not to revolt, then do we the right to call for revolution there?
  12. that's exactly why i posted it, i find him generally credible and he is saying the opposite of what i have been led to believe. i wish he would have commented on the current violence, not just the protests.
  13. here is fisk's take. he thinks the protests are legit, but he does not say much about the violence except for the institutionalized violence of the security police over the years.
  14. There is no reason to believe these protests speak for the majority of the Syrian population. In Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia, there is good reason to believe the revolts speak for the will of the people. Supporting human rights and democratic reforms is not the same thing as supporting revolution. By most accounts, the People of Syria still think reform is the way forward. what i meant about considering the area politics, do you really think foreign meddling is not taking place in Syria?
  15. I am usually more inclined to reform than revolution, but how long can Iran stand idly by and not act in Bahrain? Anyone, even the Americans, would be better ruling the two Holy cities than is al-Saud.
  16. Irishman, Considering the importance of Syria in Levant area politics, and considering your apparent knowledge of the area, you sure seem to lack the required cynicism to analyze events in their proper contexts.
  17. The false hope of revolution in Syria quote from article:
  18. Blissful and AKF, When you have a fatwa from a mujtahid, you will need to come up with an argument better than that. http://english.bayyn.../qa.aspx?id=148 Also note that vinegar comes from alcohol, is vinegar haram? a proper understanding of "Isthalah" should first be had before one takes it upon him- or herself to issue fatwas.
  19. what else would it be besides gelatin? animal fat (other than from dairy) is not an ingredient of any yogurt i am aware of. chill man and enjoy your smoothies. when you become aware that it is speaking of something other than gelatin, then worry.
  20. what is the animal by-product that is haram in youghurt? i am going to guess it is gelatin, but gelatin in halal even if made from a pig.
  21. here's a decent analysis on saudi in the context of the current uprisings. http://mideast.forei...r_king_abdullah Diffferent article than above link is what follows: Iran says it "cannot stay indifferent" on Bahrain Iran has called on the UN Security Council to protect opposition activists in Bahrain, where, it said, unrest and suppression could destabilise the entire region, the official IRNA news agency said on Friday. Tehran has been outspoken in its criticism of the Bahraini ruling family's violent suppression of pro-reform protests. Bahrain's Gulf Arab allies, some of which intervened militarily and sent troops to the island state to bolster government forces, have accused the Islamic Republic of interference. In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi called for "a serious and immediate action by the Security Council over suppressing people's demands in Bahrain using military force". "The Islamic Republic of Iran cannot stay indifferent towards events in Bahrain and their consequences, because the situation could be uncontrollable if the current situation goes on," Salehi wrote. "Such consequences would destabilise the Persian Gulf region and of course its aftermath would affect the world." Bahrain has launched a security crackdown after its police forces quelled weeks of pro-democracy protests which it accuses Iran of fomenting. The opposition says hundreds have been arrested and four have died in police custody over the last two weeks. The Bahrain crisis has accentuated tensions between non-Arab Iran and its Arab neighbours across the Gulf, particularly Saudi Arabia which provides 12 percent of U.S. crude imports and is seen by Washington as a counterweight to the Islamic Republic. Salehi complained to the United Nations last month after Saudi troops entered Bahrain as part of an effort by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to help quell the protests, saying Riyadh was using the protests as a "pretext for intervention". At Friday prayers in Tehran, hardline cleric Ahmad Jannati backed Salehi's comments and warned Saudi Arabia against provoking Iran. "Hatred towards Saudi Arabia is spreading," Jannati told worshippers. "People really hate these Wahhabis," he added, a reference to the dominant form of Islam in Saudi Arabia. Gulf Arab countries are concerned over what they see as the ambition of Iran, a Shi'ite power, to extend its influence in Arab countries mostly under Sunni rule. Kuwait said this week it had expelled three Iranian diplomats for involvement in a spy ring, and in a tit-for-tat move Tehran gave three Kuwaiti diplomats 10 days to leave Iran. Last month, a Kuwaiti court sentenced two Iranians and a Kuwaiti to death for being part of the alleged spy ring. Iran denies the accusations of spying or interfering in other countries' affairs. http://english.ahram...News/10086.aspx
  22. I agree. I think we may not have seen anything yet. It may be time for the spineless saudis to be planning their escape route.
  23. thanks bro, i hope things are good

  24. Quote from this blog entry about foreign meddling in Syria's current unrest:
  25. As if the Muslims are still arguing about the existence of Israel anyway. Even Hamas has said it will accept a 2 state solution based on 1967 borders, so take you lying propaganda elsewhere please. It is israel who does not want peace.
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