Middle East

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The Middle East is a region of the Earth encompassing several countries, including Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, and others. It is notorious both for its massive reserves of crude oil and for its religious (mostly Islamic) strife.

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  • 2008-02-04 [Talk|Index] Connecting The Many Undersea Cut Cable Dots § [2]by Richard Sauder: “The last week has seen a spate of unexplained, cut, undersea communications cables that has severely disrupted communications in many countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. As I shall show, the total numbers of cut cables remain in question, but likely number as many as eight, and maybe nine or more.”
  • 2007-12-08 [Talk|Index] How They Stole The Bomb From Us § [2]by Uri Avnery: “Until this week, we have been regularly hearing that - any minute now - the Iranians will produce a bomb that threatens our very existence. Nothing less. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the new Hitler of the Middle East, who announces every second day that Israel must disappear from the map, was about to fulfill his own prophecy. ... And lo and behold - no bomb and no any-minute-now. The wicked Ahmadinejad can threaten us as much as he wants - he just has not got the means to harm us. Isn't that a reason for celebration? ... So why does this feel like a national disaster?”
  • 2007-03-05 [Talk|Index] The Redirection § [2]by Seymour M. Hersh: “Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” Points out that the Iraq War benefits Iran, but seems to assume that nobody could have foreseen this -- when it was in fact predicted by David Brin (and possibly others), who suggested at the time that this fact should be used to obtain concessions from Iran thus making the present situation less likely. The fact that this was not done adds to the case that the Bush administration is actually looking for excuses to go to war rather than trying to prevent it.