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15 years ago
drak1
Hi Steve Just to put a different slant on the topic. I came to the UK in 1980 - a time when skinheads and Paki-bashing was just about falling out of fashion. To me there was a strong link between the union jack and those right wing thugs. Things have improved greatly since the 70s and I accept that the Union Jack doesn't have quite the same connotations to a non-white in this country as it did
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15 years ago
drak1
Hi Briffits I couldn't find the link though I came across a piece by Miachael Niman about Abu Ghraib. Interestingly he is the only person I have seen articulate my view that the pictures we have seen are reminiscent of the lynchings - he writes - "There’s also an issue of context. One person exclaimed to me in anger that the Abu Ghraib photos lacked context. If we knew what had transpire
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15 years ago
drak1
Hi GHFan Interesting article. As a muslim, I would like to respond to some of the points you make - some good - many inaccurate, and some plainly paranoid. I hope you will have the patience to read through these comments. GHFan wrote: > > In April of 1991 a conference was held in Khartoum, Sudan. > Islamic politicians and intellectuals from 55 countries and > three contine
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15 years ago
drak1
Hi all Having not yet cleared one mess up, the farsighted USG gets the wheels in motion for the next stage of the Pent-omime. Syria is clear favourite for the next stage of this War Of Terror Regards Ahmed US begins sanctions against Syria The gap between Washington and Damascus is widening even further The US has imposed economic sanctions on Syria after long accusing the Arab stat
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15 years ago
drak1
The US soldiers actions in Iraq was a boon to al-Qaeda And this story is a boon to Bush and co - what a relief this must be to them. Could it be a set up considering the poor quality of the tape? If not it is a pretty sick and stupid move - all that is going to happen is that the situation is going to resemble Israel - with both sides becoming more and more extreme. It is well overdue for a U
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15 years ago
drak1
Briffits wrote: > > Hi Ahmed, > > drak1 wrote: > > > > That is a good point - perhaps these acts were staged > > deliberately to 'break' the Iraqis. However that still does > > not explain the zest which the troopers in the pictures > > displayed and the fact that some of the soldiers are alleged > > to have carried out acts of anal rape - an act
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15 years ago
drak1
Hi Mark Mark Staab wrote: > > Hi Ahmed, > > Thanks for your reply and welcome clarifications. Aside from > its overly zealous -- zealous that exist in every family, > tribe and culture, Islam seems to me a sharp reminder to the > West of sensibilities long since cauterized in their > exposure, as you note, to rampant, unrestrained, God-less > capitalism. That is
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15 years ago
drak1
Hi Briffits Briffits wrote: > > Hi Drak, > > I took John's question to be rhetorical. I subscribe to the > truism that all armies descend into evil. I think that no absolutes are ever true - except this one :-) Either way, there are different levels of evil - not all armies will reach the level of Pol Pot for example. You also have to draw a line between the action of those
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15 years ago
drak1
Hi John Artificer wrote: > > Hi Ahmed, > Thank you for your gracious, considered > response. I hope I can respond with equal courtesy. (I have > a terrible habit of glibness, but your well-considered > answers warrant my sincere effort). This is going to take me > awhile. > I wish I had stuck with Mavis Beacon's regimen. :-) > First, Ahmed, please don't apolog
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15 years ago
drak1
Hi Stephanie ArmchairObserver wrote: > I agree that it would be easy to perceive the US as being > "hypersexual". However, that is just what the media puts out > on the air. The media attempts to cater to what it thinks we > want because we're the consumers. The thought has been that > we want such raunchy stuff to be on our shows but, in > actuality, it became ve
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15 years ago
drak1
Hi Mark Mark Staab wrote: > > Greetings Ahmed, > > >>The point I am making is that some of these actions would > have been acceptable in the US if they were carried out by > consenting adults in the privacy of their own space. > According to Islamic values these actions were wrong - > period. Now you could call this unyielding view 'extreme' - > but this just e
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15 years ago
drak1
Citizen Attorney wrote: > > I'm not a big supporter of President Bush, but I am proud of > the way he has come out against the type of abuses shown in > photos of Iraqi prisoners of war. He has promised that > justice will be pursued against all involved officers. With him wanting to stay in power, was there anything less he COULD say? I find it incredible to believe that Bush
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15 years ago
drak1
What about the many who were innocent ? Your justification of violence as the means to an end sound like the ideas of a terrorist . . . ?
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15 years ago
drak1
Briffits wrote: > Hi Drak, > > Okay I see I misunderstood your contention. I still disagree > though. I think that MI has people who understand the Arab > mind to some degree and these tactics have been carefully > chosen for the purpose of breaking the spirit. I heard > someone (forget who) discussing this last night and they said > the western mind is motivated by guil
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15 years ago
drak1
Thirdwave wrote: > > Hi Ahmed > > You wrote: > > "It is clear to see that the media, TV and films are becoming > far more expressive/creative/deviant in their depictions of > sex. " > > That's true. But things have a habit of going around, and I > wouldn't be surprised to see an eventual backlash against > this type of low-life media activity. >
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15 years ago
drak1
Briffits wrote: > > Hi Ahmed, > > drak1 wrote: > > > IMO these events are simply a more extreme version of the > > plummeting morality that is evident in the media of the > > 'civilised' world - some TV and film and the trashy > > tabloids for example. > > I have to disagree with this contention. Torture is nothing > new and for maximum effect
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15 years ago
drak1
ArmchairObserver wrote: > > Trust me, Ahmed. This kind of thinking is not acceptable to > the average everyday American. You should see the news > here. Every 20 minutes, they're broadcasting the pictures > with condemnations of the soldiers involved in these acts. > This is not what the American people want and not what we > believe in at all. Hi Stephanie I hear wh
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15 years ago
drak1
SunSword wrote: > > > Shoot me down if you will . . . > > Sure, if you want. > > (1) As the details come out, it becomes clear that the abuses > took place in a "special cell block" that was being run by > the CIA and military intelligence. That is, the military > police were directed by MI and CIA to "soften up" a selected > group of priso
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15 years ago
drak1
Hi All Just for the record - we have all heard about the barbarity of the Taliban and their coarse and unrefined ways. However, I would like to put forward that the scenes of depravity being forced on the Iraqi prisoners by those American soldiers is more vile in my books - particularly as the perpetrators come from what is thought of as a 'civilised' nation - and more so as the witnesses, phot
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15 years ago
drak1
I know there is some software out there which helps you to retrieve data that has been deleted or overwrittten - and this is available quite freely. A copy of this software was included in a free software bundle in a recent PC magazine
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15 years ago
drak1
Hi John Interesting questions and difficult to answer with my limited knowledge of history. I am sure that those with a greater konwledge of history would be able to give more facts that would illuminate the subject. I would guess that Briffits with his encyclopaedic knowledge would have an opinion. Artificer wrote: > Has there been at > anytime in history a civilized army? One famous
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15 years ago
drak1
According to this article these abuses have been known for a quite a while and extend beyond the army to the intelligence services. Is torture an integral tool for the US army? These findings clearly show the false pretext with which the US took up this invasion. I wonder if there are wtill those that believe those noble motives were genuine? Torture and abuse is policy at all levels in the Ame
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15 years ago
drak1
The pictures of Americans gloating over the inhumane treatment of others is reminiscent of those taken several decades ago when lynching was popular. These American soldiers seem keen to take home similar souvenirs of their form of entertainment as those lynchers did. That this was done does not surprise me. Is it not true that American soldiers would watch pornographic material en route to bat
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15 years ago
drak1
First head scarves - now this! Sounds like it's the French that are racist
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15 years ago
drak1
Briffits wrote: > You could be right, but I have my doubts. The sort of people > and agencies that consider the various contingencies of an > action were the ones opposed to this thing from the very > beginning. Even the published scenarios of the cia and state > departments pointed to this kind of chaos as likely and were > routinely ignored. The neocons bypassed the usual cha
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15 years ago
drak1
Hi Guy I work as a general practitioner - and practice a bit of acupuncture too. I am currently doing a course in homeopathy and if succesful may do more of this in the future. I may be looking at getting into some form of business in the future Mossad Internet entrepreneur - sounds interesting. What does this entail? - there seem to be so many divcerse business opportunities on the internet
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15 years ago
drak1
With pleasure :-)
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15 years ago
drak1
Nejc wrote: > > Hi Ahmed, > > Sorry again for that post. I was in a bad mood that day (flu > and all that)... Been there - done that :-) Cultural and civilisational diversities are > there to make the world more interesting, not to build walls > between us.. I agree > About bad experiences...there were... on the other hand, if > you travel around it is reccomen
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15 years ago
drak1
Hi Druid The theory you put forward is interesting, but I have heard of any muslim who thinks in these terms nor have read anything that approximates it. I would thnk it is very unlikely to be true. The ideas you put forward sound more likely to suit the intellectual minds that you get on this MB rather than those of political extremists. If the attacks were that well thought out it could be
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15 years ago
drak1
Hi nejc I am sorry that you feel the way you do. Is this because of personal experience? Should I dislike the English because of some of the yobs around and because I may have been treated unfairly by some? Or should I put things into perspective It is thought that what you see in your mind manifests before you. Contrary to what you say, Westerners are extremely well treated in parts of the M
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