Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Thursday, March 31, 2005

A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

"The Young Communists of America" reps appeared on Fox News this morning spouting their vitriol about Whitehouse and Lawmakers who tried to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case. They felt it was an act an odds with the constitution, and the "height of hypocrisy" from a gov't created for "the people about the people by the people", a gov't that "doesnt support abortion, or stem cell research that would allow humans to improve their quality of life, and that "sentenced 100k people to death in Iraq". They contend that Pres. Bush's "culture of life" rationale to support gov't and lawmakers intervention in Terri's case is the "height of hypocrisy", and gov't interference with the "law of the land" is reprehensible.

They also claim that the war in Iraq and, by fiat ,the war on terror is based on lies. Interesting! What they seem ignorant of is that this pro abortion law that they support aka as Roe V Wade , was founded on muliple lies, the first lie being the lie of rape, and that both attorneys used these two women (Roe and Doe)to further their personal liberal agenda.

Had the Supreme Court not intervened with the "law of the land" 25 years ago, but rather upheld the "law of the land" at the time, then Roe V Wade would not be a part of the Constitution and the right to murder an unborn child, a position they support, would still be illegal in most states.

Its okay to o pull a feeding tube from a living human being who's only crime is that she is mentally handicapped, yet sentient and cognizant, simply because the husband's right to decide her future is protected by an archaic law, (he has no hidden agenda huh...???), but its NOT okay to rid the world of a man who was in violation of a UN resolution agreed upon by the entire world, who lied, and who was still doing business in violation of that resolution with key members of the security council, resulting in a nation being rebuilt and the liberation of millions of Iraqi's who braved the not so idle threat of death to vote in their first ever free election for the right to determine their future and create a gov't for "the people about the people by the people"( to quote that wingnut communist on Fox News this morning), and its NOT okay for lawmakers and the gov't to keep Terri alive until due process can determine Michael Schiavo's true motives???

So who's position now is "the height of hyprocrisy"?

The height of stupidity is what I use to describe this group of fools.
Their website states their positions and goals. Here's one of my favorites:

They feel that ILLEGAL immigrants are entitled to all the rights and protections afforded any legal citizen of the US under the US Constitution! They seem to suffer from some kind of collective and individual synaptic misfires when attempting to grasp and understand what the Constitution says, and to whom it applies.

Hint: it doesnt apply to ILLEGAL immigrants who sneak into the country for any reason and terrorists!!

They also despise capitalism ( no surprise there! ) and they distain democracy !

Distaining democracy while using the Constitution that is the very cornerstone and foundation of a democratic nation, a nation that upholds the ideals of DEMOCRACY, not Communism, to support their communist platform and ludicrous contention that illegal immigrants be entitled to the same rights and protections guaranteed to LEGAL citizens under said Constitution of said democracy they profess to despise, is the HEIGHT OF HYPOCRISY.

And of course, they are spreading their hypocritical messsage to liberal University campuses! No surprise there either since liberals, especially in Universities across the country, share many of the same ideals and values as these "Young Communists of America".

A mind is a terrible thing to waste!

Monday, March 28, 2005

I'd like to play with his gun :)

Ma Deuce Gunner is another Milblogger....who totally rawks!
His pics are awesome ...talk about Heavy Metal!
Hella kewl!

(Hat Tip: Assumption of Command)

Saturday, March 26, 2005

A Fallen Angel

Blackfive pays tribute to Spc F.G.Martinez

Spc Martinez kept a blog, and his entry dated August 4th, 2004 and titled "This is my Last Transmission" is poetic, insightful, honest, evocative and prescient.

I encourage you to read it, and to follow his request.

Godspeed, Spc Martinez. Hasta Luego!

Friday, March 25, 2005

Jeremy Dinzman Denied Asylum


Jeremy Dinzman, liar, coward, idol to the Terrorists, was DENIED asylum in Canada. He, his wife and child will be deported back to the US...where he faces charges for desertion.

This may be one of the few honourable acts the Canadian gov't has done recently. They saw through his lies and understood that he had no legitimate claim to his "CO" status!

Buh bye, so long, c-ya, wouldn't want to be ya, au revoir, get the fuck out of my country, good riddance!!

You can read about that cowardly liar in an earlier post of mine.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Lives Are Changing Here

Great letter from LtCol D.G. Bellon, USMC to his Dad!

March 16, 2005

Dear Dad -

Last night was my last spent in the city of Fallujah (at least for this tour). We came out of the city today and are back on our base. Our replacements have arrived and we are now waiting to rotate home.

Today was a perfect example of how far we have come on the backs of the incredible young Marines, Soldiers and Sailors who have been a part of the Regiment since we arrived in February 2004.

More on this story......

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Manning The Barricades

*Since this will be unavailable from NY Times Online within a week*

I 've posted the entire Op - Ed written by former Marine Capt. Nathaniel Fink, whose Recon Team led the mission into Iraq, and is the subject of a great book by Evan Wright, "Generation Kill".

Capt Fink is a student at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and author of the forthcoming "One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer."

This is the OP -ED that appeared in today's New York Times:

" On March 4, a car carrying several Italians - including the journalist Giuliana Sgrena and a military intelligence officer, Nicola Calipari - raced along the notoriously dangerous highway leading to Baghdad International Airport. A plane was waiting to carry Ms. Sgrena home to Italy following her release after a month as a hostage. They never made it. American soldiers opened fire on the Italians' Toyota Corolla, killing Mr. Calipari and wounding Ms. Sgrena.

This tragedy resonates with me because I led Marine platoons in Afghanistan and Iraq. Standing in the dark at highway checkpoints, I've often had to make split-second, life-or-death decisions. A couple stand out.

One ended well. On the night of March 30, 2003, my platoon was one of the northernmost American units spearheading the blitz to Baghdad. As darkness fell, we set up a checkpoint on a highway north of Al Hayy, in central Iraq. Other marines were attacking from the south, and our mission was to play the anvil to their hammer, to block the escape of Baathist guerrillas. The problem, we knew, was that innocent people would also flee the American onslaught.

We strung a piece of concertina wire across the highway 100 yards ahead of our position to warn drivers to stop. Three times, I exhaled in relief as approaching headlights slowed and turned around. The fourth set of headlights was higher off the ground: a tractor-trailer. I heard mashing gears as it accelerated. At 60 miles per hour, the truck sped nearly 100 feet closer to our position every second. It crashed through the wire, still picking up speed. Even if the truck wasn't a bomb, I knew it would kill my marines and destroy our vital equipment. I ordered the platoon to fire.

Streams of red tracers poured into the cab, but still the truck hurtled toward us. I was bracing for the impact when the truck jackknifed to a halt 20 feet from our position. All night it sat, smoking, in the road. The next morning, men, women and children from Al Hayy came and danced and cheered around the bodies in the yellow truck. Only then did we know for sure that we hadn't killed innocent people. There was no satisfaction in making the "right" decision. It was the only decision.

Two days later, we had a similar experience, but a very different result. It began when my platoon was ambushed by Syrian jihadists wearing civilian clothes. Their bullets shattered our Humvee windshields, shredded tires and hit two marines. After evacuating our wounded, we received reports that other foreign fighters were trying to get a car bomb close to us.

Soon after, I noticed four men in a blue sedan circling our position near a small-town crossroads. Minutes later, the car turned toward us. My marines waved at the driver to pull over. The car continued forward. A short, warning burst rattled from a machine gun. The car never slowed. When it was only a second or two from our position, we aimed for the car's engine block, trying to disable the car without shooting the men. The sedan stopped, and I was momentarily grateful that we'd protected ourselves without hurting anyone. Then I trained my binoculars on the car.

A bullet had entered the driver's skull through his eye. He was pitched back in his seat, moaning and bleeding from his fatal wound. We found no weapons and no explosives in the car. The other men had no explanation for why they'd charged toward us, except that they'd been frightened and confused.
It is in the murky distinction between those two events that the significance of the Sgrena incident lies. Americans know that their troops have a right to defend themselves. But they may not know that military leaders at every level, from general to corporal, have an even stronger responsibility for the defense of those under their command. It is more than a right, it is an obligation.
The Army is conducting an investigation into this latest shooting, but I suspect that the young officer or soldier commanding that checkpoint fired at what he thought, in good faith, was an imminent threat to himself and his soldiers. The real issue is this: How can our troops address such threats without killing noncombatants?

Unfortunately, instead of helping to answer that question, the uproar after the shooting has focused on two distractions. From her hospital bed, Ms. Sgrena hinted that the Americans had tried to kill her to protest Italy's policy of negotiating with hostage-takers. Her assertion begs the questions of what the United States could possibly gain from such an act and, why, after approaching her car, the soldiers apologized and called for medical help rather than finishing the job.

More dangerous, because it sounds more plausible, is the claim that proper coordination between Italian and American authorities could have prevented the shooting. Gen. George W. Casey Jr. , the top American commander in Iraq, said Italian officials gave no advance notice of the car's intended route. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi disagrees. This dispute is a red herring. No high-level government coordination, short of an American military escort for Ms. Sgrena's car, would have changed the outcome on that highway. The pivotal players were the men on the ground.

A hallmark of modern warfare is what the Marine Corps calls the "strategic corporal." The immense firepower of our troops, the haphazard nature of the Iraqi insurgency and the ever-watching eyes of the global news media combine to place decisions of strategic consequence on the shoulders of the junior-most troops. Consider the videotaped shooting of a wounded insurgent by a marine during the fight over Falluja in November, or the atrocities committed by soldiers at Abu Ghraib referred to by some in the military as "the seven idiots that lost the war." The training provided to young marines and soldiers must be commensurate with the extraordinary demands we now make of them.
The fact is, checkpoint techniques can be taught. My platoon had to learn them on the fly, but that was two years ago. The lessons we and other troops learned should have been institutionalized long ago.

For example, we tried and discarded the three tactics that were used to warn the Italians as they approached the checkpoint: hand and arm signals, warning shots and shooting into the vehicle's engine block. We found that hand and arm signals were tough to decipher, and subject to different cultural interpretations. Warning shots are hard to hear or see, and frequently only panic the driver they're intended to warn. Shooting into engine blocks to avoid injuring passengers is Hollywood fantasy. Even my Marine snipers - some of the best marksmen in the world - couldn't do it consistently.

So we adapted. For example, once while driving through a town, we cut down a traffic sign - a bright, red octagon with the word "stop" written in Arabic - and used it at checkpoints. Who knows how many lives this simple act of theft may have saved? We also learned to shoot off highly visible smoke grenades and brightly colored flares when possible threats approached. We started putting our concertina wire at least two football fields away to give us more reaction time.

Every combat unit learns its own lessons from hard experience. The important thing is that they be passed on so they are not continually relearned at the cost of innocent lives.

Americans must understand that tragic mistakes in war are unavoidable, but that every legal, moral and strategic imperative demands that they be kept to a minimum. This is our obligation to Ms. Sgrena and to Mr. Calipari's family, to the thousands of Iraqi civilians who pass through military checkpoints each day, and to the Americans who must man them and live with their decisions."

Here's what's really happening in the Mid East

These were comments appearing in the Arab press prior to the Jan 30th elections in Iraq. I quote these to show you SOME of the proof that the changes we have brought forth in Iraq even prior to the lection have positive implications thoughout the ENTIRE Mid East:

"Some of the [Arab League] members maintain that the Baghdad government is not legitimate. Why? They argue that it is not elected and was appointed by the American occupation. This widespread view has some basis. However, the talk of the illegitimacy of the [Iraqi] government allows us to raise questions regarding most of the regimes in the region some of which emerged as a result of coups or internal conspiracies, when no one asked the people what it thought."Abdel Rahman al-Rasheddirector-general of Al Arabia TV, writing in the London-based daily Al Sharq Al AwsatNovember 24. (note: since the election the Arab League has concured that the elections were legitimate and any gov't in place is no longer an American appointed gov't, but instead a gov't chosen by the Iraqi people for the Iraqi people!)

"We are not being fair to the current Iraqi government. Not me, nor you, nor the other guest on this program, not even the viewers, but history will do justice to them. These people are establishing the first democracy in the Middle East. This country will be a platform for liberties in the whole region. In Iraq, the days of a leader who remains on his throne until he dies are gone. This is over. For the first time the Iraqi leader will be elected by Iraqi ballots"Egyptian journalist Nabil Sharaf al-Din, speaking on Al Jazeera TV about the future of Iraq,Nov 23

Arab regimes understand they have to start reforming. Yes, the U.S. invasion of Iraq made America some new enemies, but it also has triggered a huge debate about reform in the Arab world. For some people it forced the reform issue, because they said, 'Let's change ourselves before the Americans change us,' The Iraqi issue is forcing the issue of reform on everyone, and in some ways it is independent of what actually happens in Iraq,"
said Ammar Abdulhamid, who helps run DarEmar, a pro-reform NGO in Syria

The meme of democracy that was planted in Iraq on Jan 30th has had PROFOUND ,positive, exciting implications throughout the Mid East, and continues to grow:

"With a hero who gave his life for the elections, a revived national anthem blaring from car stereos and a greater willingness to help police, the public mood appears to be moving more clearly against the insurgency in Iraq"political and security officials said.

Since national elections, police officers and Iraqi National Guardsmen said they have received more tips from the public, resulting in more arrests and greater effectiveness in their efforts to weaken the violent insurgency rocking the country.

Officials in Baghdad said a relative lull in violence in the capital has fueled the sense that something has fundamentally changed since the vote. A change of attitudes in Baghdad could make a crucial difference in the battle against the insurgency, and a "buoyed sense of civic pride is already beginning to change the way the public treats the police", authorities say.

"They saw what we did for them in the election by providing safety, and now they understand this is their army and their sons," said Sgt. Haider Abudl Heidi, a National Guardsman wearing a flak jacket at a checkpoint in Baghdad.

Reports from Iraqis reflected a similar shift in attitudes in large areas of the north and south, although authorities acknowledged that in some parts of the country, people remain hostile to the emerging Iraqi authority and supportive, to varying degrees, of the insurgents.

The insurgency began to emerge soon after the toppling of Saddam Hussein on a tide of anger over the so called U.S. occupation. But in interviews over the past weeks, officials and Baghdad residents cited what they called a renewed nationalist pride since the elections that they say may be dampening anti-American sentiment, and may be starting to dispel Iraqi tolerance and support for the insurgents.

"I feel very optimistic that things will change for the better because of the strong turnout in the elections. That reinforced our faith and gave us a sense of change for the better," said Ali Jassem, 32, the manager of a bakery in Baghdad.

"You can feel the situation has changed," said Haider Abdul Hussein, 30, a pharmacy owner. "People seem to linger on the street longer. You can feel the momentum, the sense of optimism."

Part of that mood change is credited to Abdul Amir, Iraq's newest national hero. On election day, Amir, 30, a policeman in Baghdad, noticed a man walking toward a polling station who appeared to be carrying something heavy under his coat. Amir wrapped his arms around the man and dragged him away from the crowd. A belt of explosives wrapped around the man blew both men to shreds.

Members of Iraq's interim cabinet have touted Amir as a symbol of national pride. Newspapers have been filled with stories about him. A statue is being planned, and the elementary school that served as the polling station where he died may change its name to honor him.

"It's too simple to say what he did was heroic," said Najat Abdul Sattar, the principal of the school, where bright-eyed children study in dim concrete classrooms just yards from where Amir was killed. "What more honor could we give the man?"

"When people saw what he did, they said we will not let those violent people intimidate us, and they went to vote in even greater numbers. Where there were three or four in line, after the blast there were 30 or 40," said Mohammed Hadithi, who lives near the school.

The change has also been evident in the recent popularity of "My Homeland," a mournful song that was banned by Hussein but has been revived as a national anthem. Iraqis sing along to the paean to Iraqi glory and nationalism as it blares from radios and from speakers propped up outside storefronts in the capital.

Adil Abdul-Mahdi, the interim finance minister and a powerful figure in the Shiite-led coalition expected to dominate Iraq's new National Assembly, contended that the elections created a sense of solidarity that helped dissolve an Iraqi aversion to trusting neighbors, a habit ingrained during the Hussein era.

( Very interesting insight as to why Iraqi's behave as they do...DISTRUST as a result of Saddam NOT distrust of American forces...but DISTRUST OF THEIR NEIGHBORS! This distrust meme is embedded in them from years of abuse under Shitdam....this is very important for us to remember in dealing with Iraqi's and Arabs in general)

"People know their neighbors now. They know they are on the same front as their neighbors -- they all went out and voted," he said in an interview Saturday. "I think this has uncovered the terrorists and insurgents. They are less legitimate now."

The elections also appear to have renewed public confidence in Iraqi security forces, who were on the front lines of a largely successful effort to protect 5,000 polling centers from violence.

In the weeks before and since the Jan. 30 elections, Iraqi forces have claimed increasing success in arresting ringleaders of the insurgency.
"We are arresting more terrorists than ever before," said Iraqi National Guard Sgt. Kathem Hanish in Baghdad. "The people are coming to us with information. They are cooperating."At the station where Amir had worked in the Yarmouk neighborhood of Baghdad, policemen said they were encouraged by the reaction to their colleague's heroism.

"It was a turning point," Capt. Muthana Latif said. "People saw that there weren't any Americans or foreigners there. Only policemen. The suicide bomber was just after Iraqis."

( this is an important revelation for the Iraqi's - a real shot of cold water in their face- they now understand that these insurgents are NO BETTER THAN SADDAM- they are killing Iraqi's just like Saddam did)

"Policemen did not have a role in this country," police Col. Katham Abbas Hamza said. "Now we are considered number one guardians of the country." ( This is very important..builds trust and confidence and deflects the anger at America troups right back where it belongs IN THE INSURGENTS FACE)

On a board at the Yarmouk police station, the daily shift notices are penciled in next to a handwritten list of funerals: Patrolman Bilal Jassim, shot; Patrolman Mushtaq Talib, ambushed in patrol car; Patrolman Luay Ubaid, killed by roadside bomb. The list has now grown to nine names, including Amir's.
"But if we opened up the recruiting right now, we would be swamped," Latif said.

In Baiji, Iraqi forces arrested 10 people in a raid on Sunday, without triggering an angry public reaction. ( this is hella awesome! The shift as a result of the election is fundamental on so many levels)

"Even though he was taking my son away, he was so nice," an 80-year-old woman who identified herself as Um Younis said about a hooded Iraqi security officer.
"We were surprised because they had very good manners, so polite, and respected everybody," said Anwar Zuhair Khalaf, 38, whose 21-year-old brother was among those arrested. "They asked me, 'Where are the women's rooms?' and when we pointed at their rooms, they did not enter these rooms even though we have a AK-47 in one of these rooms."
(The importance of this last comment is not lost on me....the Iraqi's understand each other..they know what lines not to cross...and under SHITDAM...the Iraqi police would have pillored and pillaged...instilling anger and fear in the Iraqi citizens to keep them under their control. These last two paragraphs are VERY important in understanding the fundamental change that has occured in Iraq.
If more ING can conduct these "search and seizure type arrests" in this same manner....this will help these frightened beaten down Iraqi's (who are that way ONLY because of Shitdam) to become less fearful, more open, more able to trust the security force, and stop seeing Security Forces as evil-as they were under Saddam-and they in turn will cooperate more with them.)


Thank you Pres. Bush for being steadfast and committed to these elections against such world opposition! Thank you to all the men and women of the U.S. Military for also being steadfast and committed to helping transform Iraq and the hearts and minds of Iraqi's even as you faced the greatest dangers and threats and a special thank you to all the fallen hero's.

This proves that they did not die in vain; that their deaths were meaningful and served a higher purpose.

I know that they are ALL smiling down from Heaven proud of their brothers and sisters who saw this through and continue to do so!

A new Iraq starts with a transformed Iraqi and clearly this election has brought about a fundamental shift within their very beings, within their minds, their hearts, their souls.

This transformation is contageous and is spreading faster and taking hold stronger than the hate and fear that the insurgents are so desperately clinging to and hoping to spread.

All the comments and observations that I mentioned are coming from the Iraqi's and Arabs themselves, and prove that the newly planted meme of achievable democracy and freedom in the Mid East has taken hold and is spreading!

You'll rarely hear about all this in the MSM...and when you do (some of this came from the AP) you will never hear this being discussed, shared and celebrated 24/7, instead you hear about a psycho communist loving American hating Italian journalist's lies about being deliberately targeted by American troups.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Shaken and Sadly Mistaken

Great Commentary in the Chicago Sun Times about left wing communist loving american hating Guihana Sgrena. Heres an excerpt:

The world is fertile ground for anti-American sentiment, no matter how wild and improbable. The most recent example: left-wing Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena's reckless charge that American forces deliberately fired on her car shortly after she was released by abductors, because of the United States does not agree with her government's negotiations with her kidnappers. Few governments do -- it only encourages more kidnapping. But the point is this nonsensical accusation follows a template for these conspiracy theories.

To read it in its entirety, click on "Link"

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Take That You Asshat!

I just came across this and I had to post it rather than link to it!
Even though its from last Sept, the same effect that occurred in Iran ALSO occured in those Arab countries now showing the film to its citizens. Oh man...in what is a rather ironic twist of fate Michael Moore has done more to foster democracy and to make the world LOVE America than Pres Bush did!
So now Arabs, Iraqi's and Iranians, just like most Americans, can't stand Micheal MooreON!! ROFLMAO..take that you asshat!

Iranian Citizens Trash Fahrenheit 9/11
By Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi FrontPageMagazine.com September 29, 2004

A few weeks ago, Mamoun Fandy, a media analyst, syndicated columnist and former professor of Arab Studies at Georgetown University, was interviewed on the subject of Michael Moore. Fandy stated that Iraqis who were familiar with the film found Moore’s portrayal of them to be exceedingly racist; he went on to say that Moore’s callousness to the plight of the Iraqi people and to the unbelievable human rights devastation in Iraq was outrageous.

And that was only the verdict of the Iraqis.

I have also been asked to express the judgment of a number of Iranians who saw the film in Iran. They sent e-mails, faxes and even phoned me to ask me to report their reviews.

First, other than David Lynch’s film, ‘The Straight Story’, Iranians have not really been exposed to any western films in their cinemas. The Mullahs’ film board forbids the display of women’s uncovered hair and all the other “corruption” Western filmmakers spread. For Iranians, therefore, viewing Michael Moore’s film was a tremendously novel experience.

After 25 years of living in a virtual concentration camp, Iranians have become exceedingly socio-politically savvy. Moore’s anti-American propaganda did not attract anywhere near as many viewers as the Mullahs had hoped for. Tehran’s despots had hoped the film would challenge the Iranian people’s favourable notion of President Bush and promote John Kerry.

But Iranians are too smart.

A group of 12 university students, for example, composed of both men and women who had seen the film, collectively wrote me and signed an e-mail which said: “Wow, this guy complains that Bush lied once. What would this windbag do if he lived here where our president lies to us once an hour?”

Another comment was: “This guy gets to publicly accuse Bush of lying and becomes famous and adored worldwide. We, here, complain about some decrepit and inconsequential government lackey and we not only go to prison but some of us get death sentences. He ought to thank his lucky stars he lives in a country where he’s allowed and even encouraged to be this obnoxious…”

Someone else quipped: “If he thinks that the U.S. is so bad, he’s welcome to trade places with us…since he’s so forgiving of brutal Middle Eastern dictators!”

Another young man said: “They are showing this film to erase from our minds the idea of America being the great liberator; maybe Americans themselves don’t appreciate what they have but we sure do!”

Another comment was: “Outside such pathetic ideological schemes, Moore’s fixation to reprimand and castigate his own society is so great that he is BLIND to the fact that our ancient land and society cannot be regarded and dealt with in the same fashion; therefore he has fallen pray to the Mullahs for whom he is nothing more than a tool to discard when his mission for them is completed.”

My father, Siamak Pourzand, a 75-year-old Iranian journalist, film historian/critic/promoter has been a political prisoner since November of 2001 in the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he has experienced severe torture. During this time, not one member of the self-involved, international film community, to whom I reached out about his plight, responded. When in the fall of 2002 I called Michael Moore’s office, (like I did many other Hollywoodites) I was told: “Sorry, but Mr. Moore is too busy AND just can’t get involved in these types of matters because we can’t be sure who you are and what your agenda is.”

I am sure Moore is a busy guy, but with all the blowhard exposing of “evil” that he proclaims to be doing, I’m sure he could have asked someone on his team to find out who I was and what my so-called “agenda” was. But unfortunately, he cannot even be bothered to contact the brilliant Ray Bradbury to get permission to use Mr. Bradbury´s copyrighted title, let alone contact some random Middle Eastern wretch like me, who’ll challenge his myopia and force him to cast a critical eye outside the little box that he so cozily lives in.

Most intelligent and politically savvy people from my part of the Middle East and the vicinity, with whom I network, believe that Moore is not qualified to address our issues; he is simply not familiar with our cultures, history, mentalities or peoples’ needs; NOR does he have to right to impose his diatribe on our exhausted and abused peoples.

Mr. Moore and his mindless and greedy distributors thought that they could manipulate the Iranian people; but this goes to prove a crucial point: Moore thinks he speaks for his audiences but he does not know them. Otherwise, he would not have agreed to screen his film in a country whose citizens’ collective, real-life experiences drowns the clamor of Moore’s vapid bitching.

He May Have Got It Right

Great article in The CSM "The Iraq Effect: Bush May Have Had It Right"

"Something remarkable is happening in the Middle East -
a grass-roots movement against autocracy without any significant "Great Satan" anti-American component"

"He MAY have had it right".................. Ya think??!!