Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
I;ve done some study on MEMRI and I have no problem with it. The majority of it's work is translations from MIddle East press. It's interesting to see what they are saying, and what their readers are being told, in that part of the world. Some of their topics paint Islam in a favorable light while others don't. It is not all one-sided and, as Jim and the site points out, none of their translations have proven to be anything but accurate. Several articles caught my eye....
Saudi Daily Arab News: The Saudi Woman Is Always To Blame for Her Problems
This article condemns the Saudi woman as always being guilty, no matter what, due to her being born in a male-dominated society. We have seen evidence of this lately in the case of the Saudi woman sent to prison for being raped. The article ends with this statement "She is guilty when others confiscate her property or real estate by impersonating her, and her greatest sin is that her identity stems from her guardian. The Saudi woman is always guilty and anyone who thinks of dealing with her humanely is a criminal." Interesting, no?
In the article Al-Qaeda Commander in Northern Iraq: We Are in Dire Straits, it is revealed that the top commanders acknowledge that Al-Qaeda is losing positions all over Iraq, due to Iraqis joining forces with the Americans. It also speaks of their decrease in popularity. The article hardly portrays Al-Qaeda in the light they want to be thought of.
Mar 7 SD# 1864 - Arab-American Psychiatrist Wafa Sultan Clashes with Egyptian Islamist Tal'at Rmeih, Program Host on Al-Jazeera TV translates a heated discussion involving Islamist beliefs and actions. It does publish the comments of Wafa Sultan, which are not favorable concerning Islam at all. I find this to be fair treatment.
"Burn Down the Offices Of The Newspapers That Affronted Our Prophet... Bomb Them so Body Parts Go Flying, and With These Body Parts, Allah Will Quench the Believers' Thirst for Revenge"
excerpts from a press conference held by Abu 'Abir, spokesman for the Salah Al-Din Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committee, in Gaza. The press conference aired on Al-Jazeera TV on February 18, 2008. I think every non-Muslim should read this article. It speaks of..
"First of all, we call upon the Islamic nation to rise up, and not make do with a futile economic boycott, in the face of this affront to our honorable Prophet. We call upon them to drive out the Danish embassies and ambassadors from the lands of the Muslims, and to expel them from the Muslim countries. They should take serious and immediate action to burn down the offices of the newspapers that affronted our Prophet, and to bomb them, so that body parts go flying, and with these body parts, Allah will quench the believers' thirst for revenge."
"We Call Upon Muslims All Over the World to Bomb The Embassies, Kidnap Danish Ambassadors, and Kill Them [at] the Tomb Of The Prophet"
All of this over the publishing of cartoons? Americans ( and other infidels) should recognize the true hatred and insanity behind extremist Muslim beliefs.
Finally, for my good pals Obama, Clinton and Democrats in office, we have this...
Libyan Leader Al-Qadhafi: In America, "A Candidate Who Wants People To Vote For Him Keeps Talking About Change... They Want to Change America and its Current Political System"; "The Whole World Will Return to the Libyan Model" of Government
Every once in a while, American politicians should take their heads out of their butts long enough to realize that what they say and do has world-wide implications and results. Obama and Clinton decide to use CHANGE as their mantra, nothing really new since it has been used before, but there they are, screaming CHANGE as loudly as they can. Doe they really want change? Oh yes...the change in leadership in the Oval Office. That's it. Other countries, though, will take this and run with it to the detriment of the US.
The whole world will return to the Libyan model. I have watched the world and the people in it. I've seen that in America, a candidate who wants people to vote for him keeps talking about change. They all keep saying 'change, change.' They want to change America and its current political system. They want to make a change in their lives. They say their system is a failure, that their government is a failure, and that their elections are a failure. An American who wanted to get elected said: 'I will make a change.'"
Thanks, Obama. You're doing good.
To this day, there is no ideal ruling system in the world, which can resolve the problems. There are conflicts everywhere. They are still asking: 'Who won the elections - Al Gore or Bush?'
Thanks, Democrat hard-liners so unable to accept defeat that they make it a world-wide issue that others can use against us. You done good, too.
One thing that has been consistant in our past is that America has always put on a united front to the world. Those days are over and we are poorer for it. I'm reminded of the scene in the Godfather where Brando takes James Caan aside and warns him never to show dissention in the family to outsiders (which, incidentally, was the first step in the destruction of the family). Should we have dissention, checks and balances? Of course,,,,but to the world we should be united, especially against the enemy. We throw that away on political slogans to get votes. This article illustrates that.
Let me add that this practice is not limited to Democrats. It just happens to be their year for doing it. Republicans in the past have done the same, I'm sure.
Maybe the next time Obama's preacher goes to visit Qadhafi, he can mention that to him
[This message has been edited by Balladeer (03-16-2008 04:46 AM).]