29 Apr 2010

The Sources of Arab Shame: Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia

Today I stumbled across an article published by the BBC about four Palestinians, who had lost their lives in a smuggling tunnel, under Egypt's border with the Gaza strip - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8650468.stm.

"Some reports said the tunnel collapsed after an explosion on the Egyptian side, but this has not been confirmed. Another report quoted a Hamas official as saying the tunnel had been filled with gas. Egypt has not commented."

I soon found out that their Egyptian brethren had in fact been aiding and abetting the Israeli blockade by trying to shut down the only remaining lifeline for the impoverished Gaza strip, a Gulag for the 21st century, snuffed out to augment "Greater Israel's" lebensraum (vital space) - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8405020.stm. Just before Israel's indiscriminate attack started, it had begun constructing a huge underground metal wall along its border.

"When it is finished the wall will be 10-11km (6-7 miles) long and will extend 18 metres below the surface. The Egyptians are being helped by American army engineers, who the BBC understands have designed the wall."

"The plan has been shrouded in secrecy, with no comment or confirmation from the Egyptian government. The wall will take 18 months to complete."

So much for Arab solidarity... Disgusted by this abject piece of real politik, I eventually found Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar's article, which can be accessed by clicking on the title.

Though it was written just two weeks into the killing of Palestinians by the Zionist army of occupation, when less than half the dirty work had been accomplished, I could not help myself placing it on top of the pile.

Notwithstanding Iraq's notable absence from this list, which may be attributable to the fact that it is under direct American occupation, it seems he was oh so right in quoting Arthur Miller: "Betrayal is the only truth that sticks"!

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