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Many Arabs fear McCain would continue Bush policy

March 24, 2008
By Nadim Ladki

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Arabs keen to see the end of George W. Bush‘s presidency fear that a win for likely Republican candidate John McCain will bring little change to U.S. policies they blame for destabilizing the Middle East.

For Arab politicians who have gained from U.S. policy in countries including Iraq and Lebanon, continuity may be a good thing.

But Bush’s many critics in the Arab world worry that McCain will continue current U.S. policies, which they fault for unleashing chaos in Iraq and providing unflinching support for Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians.

McCain wants to keep troops in Iraq until it is more stable, setting him at odds with Democratic rivals who want to withdraw from a country which has been wracked by violence since U.S.-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein five years ago.

During a Middle East tour this month, McCain’s statements on Israel also sounded alarm bells for Arabs who have long criticized Washington for not exercising enough pressure on the Jewish state to withdraw from occupied Arab land.

“The first time McCain started to catch attention was when he visited … Israel and committed himself to recognizing Jerusalem (as its capital) and not pressuring Israel,” Mohamed al-Sayed Said of Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies told Reuters in Cairo.

“This confirms the natural inclination of Arabs to think that whatever the next administration is, it will be a tool of the Israelis.”

But while Arabs see little difference between candidates when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict — with all repeatedly committing themselves to Israel’s interests and security — Iraq is seen as a different story.


The 2003 U.S.-led invasion, which was opposed by Washington’s Arab allies including Egypt, empowered Shi’ite factions such as the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council — a group with longstanding ties to Shi’ite Iran.

Jalal al-Din al-Sagheer, a cleric and senior member of the group, said a McCain presidency would be a good thing. “I believe it is a positive matter if the Republican candidate wins in the coming election. We know now how the Republicans think.”

“McCain is so close to the Bush administration and they both adopted the same policy.”

McCain, speaking during a visit to close U.S. ally Jordan, said that a premature withdrawal from Iraq would enhance Iran and Sunni Islamist militant group al Qaeda — both foes of America — and endanger the region.

But Mudhafer al-Aani, a senior member of the largest Sunni bloc in Iraq’s parliament, urged a correction of “the great mistakes of the administration.”

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Pelosi: Our Candidate for “Catch and Release”

October 17, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
October 17, 2007

“Catch and release” refers to the popular fishing practice of releasing the hooked fish so that he can live and participate in that great sport another day. It has also been applied to our overcrowded prison system. Often judges release prisoners convicted of misdemeanors and minor crimes, sentencing them to something other than prison time like community service.

If only we had “Catch and release” for politicians. We often elect people to high office that turn out to be, let us say, releasable.

We’d nominate Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for Catch and Release.

Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi

Ms. Pelosi has put her own self and the interest of her small congressional constituency ahead of the national interest.

Last spring, Ms. Pelosi embarked upon what she called a “peace mission” to Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian territories. She was widely criticized for overstepping her authority as Speaker of the House and meddling in the job of the Secretary of State.

These past few weeks, Ms. Pelosi has championed an idea floated by her Armenian-American constituents to brand Turkey as a nation that fosters “genocide.” Sounds harmless enough. But the atrocities some call genocide started in 1915 and were committed by the now defunct Ottoman Empire.

Turkey took umbrage.

In fact, Turkey, though which some seventy percent of U.S. Iraq and Afghanistan war logistics flow, told its Ambassador in Washington DC to come home for “consultations.” Then Turkey threatened to stop support for the U.S. in the war. Now the Turkish parliament will apparently vote to invade Iraq to wipe out the troublesome Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki warned Turkey that any incursion into Iraq would be unwelcome and “destabilizing.”

Ms. Pelosi, to satisfy a small local constituency, has muddled international relations on a grand scale.

If only we had catch and release for politicians.

Pelosi: Stumbling On Armenia

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Russia defends weapons sales to Syria

September 24, 2007

NEW YORK, 24 (UPI) — Russia Monday rejected U.S. contentions weapons sales to Syria are further destabilizing the Middle East.“We are doing exactly what many other arms producers are doing,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in New York.

Lavrov said Russia mainly supplies Syria with defensive weapons and then follows up with inspections to be sure the weapons are not resold, RIA Novosti reported.

“All of our sales are completely transparent and in line with both our international obligations….

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