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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Discouraging signs

While Hamas looks to Latin America for possible sources of future funding, a new poll, conducted by Zogby International and covering people in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon and UAE, offers some unsurprising results:

"One of the significant findings of his latest poll was that Arab citizens, by a margin of 75 percent, did not believe that democracy was the real objective of American efforts to promote reform and change in the Arab world. A full 58 percent of Arabs thought that the Iraq war resulted in less rather than more democracy in the region. Very large majorities of Arabs - three out of every four persons - believed that the main motives of American policies in the Middle East were 'oil, protecting Israel, dominating the region, and weakening the Muslim world."

As Daily Star commentator Rami G. Khouri rightly says, the Arab world is closely watching how the US reacts to Hamas, "as a litmus test of its attitude to promoting democracy in Arab lands."

Initial impressions are not encouraging.

8 Comments:

Blogger Melanie said...

And of course because the Arab street says it is so, it must be!!
Arab street also says the Holocaust was a hoax, Jews control the worlds finances, Mossad planned 9/11 etc.

Monday, February 06, 2006 1:42:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Who could argue with anyh of those sentiments. I woudl imagine that most non Arabs in teh world woudl be inclised to agree with those undurprising results.

Let's face it, if you are to look at the facts, few of the them support any of the claims Washington is making about it's foriegn policy. Not that this is new. The Bush adminstratino is just maintaining a foreign policy that was set in motion a half a century ago.

Monday, February 06, 2006 11:14:00 am  
Blogger Ros said...

Interesting Hamas report. The notion that Hamas has a presence in South America has been around for a while, though as Worldnetdaily is the major source, I assume it is dismissed by all right thinking lefties. These reports are interesting however, Columbia

“Contradicting the claims of U.S. officials, acting Colombian Attorney General Jorge Armando Otalora insisted that his country's detectives uncovered evidence that the criminal gang may have supplied false documents to members of al-Qaida and Hamas terrorists.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060127/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/colombia_passport_ring
and
http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=48525

Will be interesting to see how they go. Brazil not looking good .

"Brazil is ready to cooperate with any Palestinian government which seeks, among other things, the formation and consolidation of an economically viable Palestinian state, which at the same time wants to contribute to peace and recognizes the existence of Israel," Foreign Minister Celso Amorim was quoted by wire service reports as saying.

http://www.washtimes.com/world/20060203-111451-2459r.htm

Monday, February 06, 2006 11:41:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Not looking good? Are you feeling ok Ros? HWhat is looking bad about Brazil wanting to contribute to peace in the area?

What is your problem with this quote? Are you opposed to a Paelstinia State? Are you opposed to the recognititon of Israel?

The Hamas link to Latin America smakcks of the Communist scare mongering of the 80's. But yes, it will be interesting too see if there is any validity to this.

Monday, February 06, 2006 12:11:00 pm  
Blogger JohD said...

Let's face it, Hamas does deny the right of Israel to exist ... on property stolen from the Palestinian people.

Let me let people in on a secret, the non-European, non-american world world is disgusted by the hypocrisy demonstrated by the 'civilized' world. Don't be disheartened however, it is not all non-white people; Micronesia does not feel the same about such things.

Monday, February 06, 2006 1:31:00 pm  
Blogger orang said...

True, but it takes a lot of money to keep them thinking that way. Maybe that's the answer to the rest of the non-white world.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006 8:18:00 am  
Blogger Ros said...

Comunication is a difficult human activity adamo. I got the message that Brazil is of a like mind with the majority view currently, that a state of Palestine should happen alongside the state of Israel. But that the price of support from Brazil was the rejection of violence and the recognition of that state of Israel.

I also found interesting the view of Colombia for one that Hamas was involved in criminal funding activities, and possibly attempts to get Terrorists into the US via Colombia.

That terrorist groups are into the illicit drug trade, people smuugling and even wildlife smuugling
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2003/s966730.htm
appears to be generally accepted as a fact. Look at what the IRA has become.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006 8:33:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Drug trades are exploited by just about everyone, not just terrorist groups. Drugs and arms are one of the favourite means for the CIA to fund clandestine activities.

The article you link to is pretty thin on anythign beyond wildlife smuggling and given that Colombia enjoys a snug relationship with the US, the notion of Hamas smugling terrorists via that country seems pretty far fetched.

Hamas is not Al Qaeda. Their activities have been very much specific to the ME.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006 4:36:00 pm  

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