January 14, 2009

A Conversation with Nizar Rayyan

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January 13, 2009

Does “Black Hawk Down” Portray an American War Crime?

Jeffrey Goldberg and Mark Bowden discuss the infamous battle in Mogadishu where 24 American soldiers and 1,000 Somalis -- 800 of them civilians -- were killed in 24 hours.

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January 12, 2009

Don’t Forget to Vote

Don't forget to vote for me in the 2008 Weblog Awards. The Best Middle East or Africa Blog category only has two serious contenders left, and I'm one of them. You can vote every 24 hours, and it just takes a second. Don't let Juan Cole win.

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Hamas is Responsible

Steven Erlanger wrote a revealing article in the New York Times about the methods of urban warfare used by the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas in Gaza. He shows that Hamas is committing war crimes against both Israelis and Palestinians, and that Hamas knows better than most that Israelis take great care to avoid harming civilians despite propaganda saying otherwise.

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January 11, 2009

Somebody Gets It

A Palestinian government official in the West Bank calls Hamas "a black and bloody militia" and hopes to put its leaders on trial for war crimes.

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Hamas Rigged a School and a Zoo to Explode

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Publishing Schedule

I have a massive amount of material from my recent trips to Iraq and Lebanon to write up, but the war in Gaza is sucking up my time and attention. It's the biggest story by far in the Middle East right now, and nothing I have from the other countries is time-sensitive. I hope you don't mind if I stick with this a little bit longer before I return to my usual beat. I have a few more analysis pieces I need to write, one of which will contrast the 2009 war against Hamas in Gaza with the 2006 war against Hezbollah in Lebanon.

I doubt this conflict will last very much longer, and I'll get to the other material as soon as it winds down. If it does last a lot longer (and I really hope that it doesn't), I will get to work on my Lebanon and Iraq material anyway.

PS - Don't forget to vote for me in the 2008 Weblog Awards. You can vote every 24 hours until the poll closes on Tuesday. Juan Cole is slowly catching up, so I need your help. It only takes about two seconds to go over there and click on my name. Thanks in advance.

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Well, Isn’t That Interesting

U.S. thwarted Israeli plan to bomb Iranian nuclear facility.

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January 10, 2009

A Warning from Hamas

Hamas refuses to stop firing rockets at Israeli civilans and threatens to kill international peacekeepers.

Specifically, Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Maashal threatens to treat international peacekeepers as an "occupying entity," but we all know what that means when a Palestinian terrorist leader says it. This may just be bravado and posturing against the Egyptian cease-fire plan on Maashal's part, but those working on crafting a resolution to the war in Gaza would be irresponsible if they didn't take his warning into account.

Don't forget that United Nations personnel were car-bombed in Iraq and that American peacekeepers were truck-bombed in Lebanon. And almost as many Lebanese Army soldiers were killed in 2007 in the Nahr al Bared Palestinian refugee camp as the British lost in Iraq since 2003. Everyone is a potential target in the Middle East.

If a peacekeeping force goes into Gaza with more authority than UNIFIL has in South Lebanon, it could happen. I slightly doubt it, but I don't know, and I could be wrong. Gaza very well may be populated with more terrorists per square mile than any other place in the world. It is not a place where international forces should tread lightly.

I'd also like to point out, as an aside, that Israel isn't leveling even empty threats at international peacekeepers.

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