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ARAFAT'S FLUNKIES

June 20, 2001

MID-EAST REALITIES - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 6/20: There are many reasons the Palestinian people are suffering so terribly, worse by the year in fact, and are now endangered by the possibility of a second "nakba" (disaster). We have dealt with most of the reasons over the years, and indeed there are so many. But among these reasons are some the Palestinians themselves usually cover-up, whispering among themselves but never in public or in print, and certainly never taking the situation in hand and doing something about it.

Yasser Arafat, going back a very long time, has a now tragic history of appointing yesmen and flunkies to represent him in key locations. The main reason seems to be that he fears risking in a role representing the Palestinians in important places any who might either outshine him or have differing opinions and views than his. It's a trait Arafat shares of course with some of the other dictators and clients of the region. Loyalty -- and not to the Palestinian cause but to the leader personally -- is far more important than competence and integrity when it comes to those Arafat annoints.

This is the situation that has then led to such a coterie of flunkies and yesman "representing" the Palestinian people -- mediocre individuals at best who are dressed up these days in expensive suits and paraded from one appearance to the next babbling one repetitious inanity after another. Most tragic of all, over quite literally decades now, great amounts of money and even more precious time have been quite literally wasted by these Arafat "representatives" who have not managed at all to even begin to accomplish what should have been their major task. For the most important thing that should have been done all these years is building up strong personal and working alliances with groups and individuals beyond their own incestuous circles, preparing for the day when these allies would be needed to speak up and act up in serious ways.

That day has come of course. But the failures of these yesman and flunkies are so notorious that there's not a lot more to say about all their failures, their incompetence, their mediocrity, and in the case of the long-time U.S. representative, Hassan Rahman, his corrupt and self-serving ways (plus of course his personal fat bank accounts).

The private stories about Hassan Rahman are legend in Washington, but few who are Palestinian dare to speak up publicly, and the Arab League all these years has not only tolerated but encouraged Rahman's stupidities and various forms of petty corruption. So just one sadly telling and typical story of recent vintage about Hassan Rahman at the moment.

Earlier this year a monthly newspaper that goes to the Diplomatic community and circulates to official Washington did a story about what is happening in the Middle East and featured on the cover none other than the Israeli Ambassador, a man with quite a notorious past which of course was mostly sanitized and applauded. Toward the end of the cover article the publisher noted that they had repeatedly attempted to contact the Palestinian representative in Washington to discuss the situation in the Middle East, but he never even troubled himself to return their phone calls!

Now as we said, this is typical Rahman and typical Arafat regime -- no accountability, no professionalism, in the end no dignity and no allies. But then maybe there is some method to this madness after all, for maybe Rahman was afraid the publication was in fact trying to be even-handed and would then want to do a cover article about him and his career and accomplishments in some future issue!

Palestinian representation in Canada is another example of this sorrowful tale that has lead to such a squandering of Palestinian funds and a tarnishing of Palestinian reputations:

In Ottowa Arafat's rep is a busy typist who spends most of his days forwarding all kinds of often-times nonsensical and laughable commentaries apparently designed to present an illusion that he is a busy man doing something of great import. Baker Abdul Munim is his name, and here is what he actually said recently, apparently thinking he was defending his boss and no doubt his cushie job (complete just as he wrote it): "Oslo has not stopped Israeli expansion, but slowed it down a bit, which in itslef is an accomplishment. Oslo brought with it some form of self government which we didn't have before, Oslo brought a small armed forces to the occupied territories, which has given us some strength. Oslo brought home some 40,000 exiled Palestinians, etc. A flawd process, but one that moved the situation which was getting us deeper and deeper into exile and loss of land. If the cards are played well, we can turn things around and establish our own state which a few years ago seemed a mere fantasy."

And here's what one of the on-line Palestinian activists had to say back to another of Arafat's flunkies, "Dr. Munim": "...We know what Oslo made of the PA. Oslo tried to achieve, via the negotiating table, what Israel could not achieve militarily and diplomatically: i.e defeating the Palestinian quest for self-determination, and sapping their will to resist. Arafat and the PA fell in that trap. As soon as they gave up their military option, they had nothing to bargain with. Israel is not going to give the palestinians their land back out of a sense of justice or a sense of pity. It has to be forced to. Colonisation has to be made so costly to them that they will be in a hurry to move out. I can't tell if Arafat and the PA intended to be corrupt (certainly, Arafat has always been a sucker for Western recognition), but this is what Israel and the Us intended it to be. A corrupt leadership, dissasociated from their people's sentiments, and reliant on US and European funding. A leadership that does what it is told, AND WHOSE SOLE MISSION IS TO POLICE THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIANS. The only thing the PA has been allowed to establish are security services, prisons and spies among their own people. Why do you think Sharon and the US are adament in putting so much pressure on Arafat (it's almost comical) and the PA when the whole palestinian people are furious? They are treating Arafat as THEIR LIEUTENANT. Nobody is calling a cat a cat, but since 1993 Israel has succesfully managed to make the PA an integral and effective component of Israeli expansions, thefts and crimes. Whether the PA intended it or not, I think we should leave it to the historians. The important is to learn the lessons and swiftly move on."


June 2001


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TURKEY HEADING TOWARD "SOCIAL EXPLOSION"...i.e., "REVOLUTION"
(June 30, 2001)
In geostrategic and military terms, the unnamed U.S.-Israel-Turkish military alliance that emerged full-blown during the last decade -- of course with the Turks using the "peace process" as the excuse for such close relations between Turkey and Israel -- was one of the most important developments.

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTIONS EMERGING
(June 29, 2001)
In a sense there is an arms race under way at this time of a different kind -- a race for whether weapons of mass destruction will be used in a serious and ongoing way should a new war break out first in the Subcontinent over Kashmir or in the Middle East over Palestine.

LABOR AND LIKUD MORE ALIKE THAN DIFFERENT - MER FLASHBACK
(June 29, 2001)
Long before what was to happen with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (remember him?), MER was informing who he really was and what to really expect. Same with regard to Shimon Peres. Expect the same cutting-edge information and analysis in the months ahead.

Washington Scene: THE HISTORICAL MOMENT
(June 27, 2001)
The Middle East region totters now between further repression and oppression, terrorism and war. The outcome in the short term is indeterminate of course. But the winds and directions are clear; however much camaflouged by the politicians and the usually gullible mass media.

THREATCON DELTA ORDERED TODAY
(June 22, 2001)
One day they will probably get Osama bin-Laden, former confident of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia, former CIA asset against the once mighty Soviet Empire, now arch nemesis of the American Empire.

"ALGERIA IS IN CRISIS"
(June 22, 2001)
"The Battle of Algiers" left North Africa biggest country terribly bloodied and traumatized. This time it was French imperialism and the French military that did the dirty horrifying deeds.

EGYPT ARMING WHILE REGIME IS SHAKING
(June 21, 2001)
Arab States, including Egypt, are arming at a growing pace. Even combined they are still no match to defeat Israel. But their detterence capabilities are growing, they might be able to seriously bloody Israel in years ahead...

ARAFAT'S FLUNKIES
(June 20, 2001)
There are many reasons the Palestinian people are suffering so terribly, worse by the year in fact, and are now endangered by the possibility of a second "nakba" (disaster).

"THE SECOND HALF OF 1948"
(June 20, 2001)
Official declarations and many reports in the Israeli media indicate that the Israeli military and political leadership are aiming, eventually, at a total destruction of the Palestinian authority, and, with it, the process of Oslo, which is now dominantly considered by them a 'historical mistake'.

TELEGRAPHING WHAT I S TO COME
(June 19, 2001)
Arafat had two roles he had been assigned. That's why none other than former "terrorist" Arafat was the most frequent visitor to the White House during the years 1993 through 2000.

SHARON'S LONG MARCH: NEXT TO WASHINGTON THEN TO THE ATTACK
(June 19, 2001)
Ariel Sharon is proving what others before him, including Generals Patton and MacArthur of American legend, learned about modern warfare. There's a heavy messure of political theatrics and personal legend involved in making war, more so now than ever in this age of instant TV and the Intenet.

SHARON Coming To US Again To Coordinate War Plans
(June 19, 2001)
Sharon is coming to the States again next week. Only a firm "absolutely not" from the Americans is likely now to prevent much further brutal subjugation of the Palestinians; quite possibly the exiling again of Yasser Arafat.

SON OF IMPORTANT ISRAELI FAMILY REFUSES OCCUPATION MILITARY SERVICE
(June 17, 2001)
Coordinated non-violent but serious civil disobedience -- there in the Middle East, in Europe, and in the United States -- that is what today's situation desperately calls out for.

ARIEL SHARON - WAR CRIMINAL?
(June 15, 2001)
Years ago the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kurt Waldheim, was brought before a mock international court through a joint effort of Home Box Office (HBO) in the USA and a major British TV network. The question before the court was whether Kurt Waldheim was possibly guilty of war crimes ...

PREPARING FOR DESTRUCTION
(June 15, 2001)
"If a cease-fire does indeed take hold, then all the better... If Arafat rejects the document or professes to accept it, but does not fulfill his part of the bargain, Israel will win more points in the court of world opinion and a more conducive political backdrop will be created for a military response to Palestinian violence."

ALGERIANS FIRE INTO DEMONSTRATING CROWDS TODAY
(June 14, 2001)
The Berbers in Algeria, the brutal civil war in Sudan, the Palestinians in the once Holy Land, the Kurds in Iraq and Turkey, the ongoing Kashmir crisis -- all conflicts exploding throughout the greater Middle East region today in 2001, all conflicts the legacy of Western colonial policies of yesteryear and American imperial policies of today.

MARCH TO WAR CONTINUES: ISRAEL WARNS IRAN AGAIN
(June 14, 2001)
There are major historical and military reasons why Ehud Barak and Bill Clinton (representing of course huge constituencies who at the time pushed them to pursue the policies they did) pressed Yasser Arafat so hard to sign an agreement at Camp David.

THE SO-CALLED "AGREEMENT"
(June 13, 2001)
There is no real "agreement". There is a dictate. Yasser Arafat is in no position anymore to do much other than what his American handlers tell him to do; a day of reckoning he brought on himself by so many mistakes and so much corruption over such a long time.

Another Muslim Rep Foolishly Plays To The Cameras On Behalf of the Regimes
(June 13, 2001)
A week ago outside the State Department one of the latest Muslim organization reps to grab for the cameras -- Khalid Turaani -- declared in loud tones how the time had finally come for "civil disobedience" and how he and the other leaders of the assembled Muslim "client organizations" were going to get arrested in a peaceful protest ...

HASHEMITE KINGDOM CLOSES BORDERS TO PALESTINIANS
(June 13, 2001)
The Hashemite Regime has always, right from the start, been in deep collusion with the Israelis and since World War II with the CIA. This latest step to close off Jordan to Palestinians -- to essentially put a seal on the jar which now contains the Palestinians ...

CIA TELLS ARAFAT WHAT HE HAS TO DO AND WHAT IT WILL DO FOR HIM
(June 12, 2001)
When the Director of the CIA is himself involved so extensively, goes on site half way around the world for a lengthy stay, and the situation is so critical he has to publicly acknowledge his role ...

CLOVIS MAKSOUD DID IT TWENTY YEARS AGO, APPEARING WITH SHIMON PERES
(June 11, 2001)
Those who know Raghida Dergham know what she is, and its certainly not a truly independent journalist. She's been an opportunist for a very long time, and she's used her sexuality to climb the ladder with backing from one influential Arab diplomat or royal along the way for a long time now.

CALAMITY AHEAD
(June 10, 2001)
"A whole nation is now huddled around one tribal bonfire to lament its bitter fate, mourn its dead and ignore the dead of the other side. As usual, it views itself as the victim, turns the enemy into Satan and waits, inactive and bravely unthinking, for the calamity that is about to befall it and for which it is in no small measure to blame."

WAR POSSIBLE WARNS TOP SAUDI
(June 10, 2001)
Normally one of the last places one would turn for truthfulness, integrity, and information would be the Saudi royal family. Currently headed by a former playboy who drank, gambled, and womanized his life away in Beirut and London -- before assuming the throne -- it is the Saudi "royal family which epitomizes the "client regime" realities that have so fractured, weakened, and prostrated the whole region once known as "the Arab world."

CHRISTIAN LEADERS: WRONG TIME, WRONG ADVICE, WRONG REASONS
(June 8, 2001)
"Be assured of our prayers for you and the President and all others in the Administration as you seek to forge a fair and just policy for the two peoples and three faiths who share a common religious heritage in the land we hold as holy."

THE CRUEL REGIMES OF ARABDOM
(June 7, 2001)
There are huge cultural gulfs between East and West, old world and new world. And of course the West is extraordinarily dominant these days not only it terms of financial and military might, but also in terms of cultural influence and "moral" standards.

SHARON'S RISE
(June 7, 2001)
"In reality the Zionist and Hashemite leaderships continue to plot how to control and repress the Palestinians in ever more crafty and ever more duplicitous ways."

ARAFAT 4 YEARS AGO - MER FLASHBACK
(June 6, 2001)
Last year MER first carried information about the increasingly close CIA, Shinbet, and Mossad connections with Yasser Arafat's "Palestinian Authority".

MUSLIM ORGS EMBARRASS THEMSELVES AT STATE DEPT
(June 5, 2001)
With much press fanfare (they just love to play to the cameras) leaders of half a dozen Muslim American groups held a press conference gathering across from the State Department today.

DESPITE THE LULL, WAR CLOUDS LOOM
(June 4, 2001)
Despite the lull, there are many ominous signs of impending major attacks against the occupied Palestinians about to take place; and there is a real possibility of regional war.

EGYPTIANS THREATEN WAR!
(June 4, 2001)
When the American Secretary of State cancels long-planned foreign travel and publicly warns of the "abyss" from which "there may no return" you can bet the situation behind-the-scenes is far more dangerous and explosive than is publicly realized.

SHARON'S HAWKS PLAN FOR WAR
(June 3, 2001)
Peter Beaumont, foreign affairs editor, reports on Israel's growing mood for full-scale hostilities in the aftermath of 17 deaths in a nightclub suicide bomb attack

24-HOURS AND COUNTING
(June 2, 2001)
"Americans should not travel to Gaza at the present time and those who live there should depart to a safer location when they can do so." U.S. Embassy, Israel

HATED RAJOUB GETS READY
(June 2, 2001)
With the days of Yasser Arafat maybe coming to an end one way or another, with Feisal Husseini passed from the scene, with the other Palestinian tough guys bottled up in Gaza, the frontrunner strong man to "control" the Palestinian people throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem appears to be Jibril Rajoub.

ARAFAT'S LEGACY
(June 2, 2001)
Yasser Arafat was hired, courted, and well-paid to control his own people and lead them, however much they tried to resist, to the Apartheid-style arrangement the Israelis always had in mind with the so-called "Oslo Peace Process".

ISRAELIS PLANNING BLITZKRIEG?
(June 1, 2001)
For a long time now we have been desperately warning about what the true Israeli intentions are. We have also been warning that the Palestinians are not at all prepared for these eventualities, neither with the terrible leadership provided by the "Palestinian Authority" nor for the world-wide information and public relations battle that accompanies all major developments in our world these days.




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