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The “Manifest Destiny” of America and its long-term consequences (Written in May 5, 2008)

The late Pakistani writer, Eqbal Ahmad, said: “Osama Ben Laden is the sign of the times to come.  The USA has sawed the seeds of extremist Islam in the eighties in the Middle East and South Asia and now the poisonous seeds have germinated.”

I am inclined to think that the US authorities have sawed these grains on purpose, but didn’t spend much time evaluating their long-term consequences; much less that extremism might strike inside the USA territories, regardless of religious affiliation and the color of the skin.

In general, the common American public doesn’t strike us as cultured, or cares that much about foreign politics:  The US public figures, even those in the Foreign Services, do not sound that hot on details on overseas matters, or care to invest time comprehending other cultures and traditions, or learn the language.

One fact is clear: the US political administrators, since the independence of the USA, had a deep sense of their “manifest destiny” to spreading their dominion around the world.

The American pioneers first displaced and exterminated the indigenes in the North-East.

After their independence from England, the “pioneers” acquired and conquered territories by any means possible. The US administrators purchased the “Louisiana Territories” from France during Emperor Napoleon, this vast region now called the Mid-West and including Louisiana State.  Bonaparte needed cash money to finance his war campaigns in Europe.  The irony is that English banks financed the transaction.

The US  tried to expand to the west but failed in the first attempts around 1840, though the campaign set the ground for weakening the customs of the Indian tribes and their cohesion.

The US expanded into Florida and pushed westward and displaced and exterminated the original Indians after the civil war in 1865 in order to find jobs for the returning soldiers and displaced people: They slaughtered the bison to deny the Indian their regular food at the season of bison migration…

The next expansion phase was directed southward and evacuated the Mexicans from Texas and the South-West.

The US administrators purchased Alaska from Imperial Russia.

At this stage, the US administrators infiltrated South America and North America and then acquired colonies in the Pacific like the Philippines (displacing colonial Spain) and many islands.  The nearby island of Cuba in the Atlantic was also “reclaimed” from weak Spain for defaulting on sovereign debts.

The US administrators used the first and second world wars to tighten their grips on Europe and steal the remaining colonies under the French, English and Spanish colonial powers in the Middle East, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Arabic Gulf, Iran, and Viet Nam.

Now, the US administrators are focusing on Africa and its natural resources and affirming their dominion in the Middle East for the exploitation of oil.

The USA has a definite strategic policy regardless of which political party is in power.

The US thinks that it can afford wasteful decisions in resources and manpower as long as the objectives have potentials to be realized. The US navy and aircraft carriers are present in all Oceans and Seas and they were deployed even before the Soviet Union put in orbit Sputnik and exploded its first atomic bomb.

The gamut of excuses for exercising strong-arm policies are varied and long, but are always disseminated as well-meaning policies to safeguarding liberty for all, free flow of goods, money, human rights, free speech, and so on.

Only the US could dare invent a new excuse based on spreading democracy; this fuzzy doctrine that does not suit US interests abroad and around the world and is not practically applied in the US either.

Unfortunately for us in the Middle-East, the convictions of the 40 million neo-conservative Christians who elected so far 3 Presidents (who share their conviction such as Reagan, Bush father and Bush son), believe in all the Jewish prophecies and the apocalypse of St. John.

Worst, the archaic Christian conservatives staunchly believe that Armageddon (Herr Megiddo or Mount Megiddo, a strategic town in Palestine where many ancient battles between the Jews and the people of Canaan took place) would happen during their lifetime. Thus, the need to hasten the repatriation of all the Jews to Palestine as the prophecies dictates.

The US administrators cannot accept any criticisms from foreigners, much less from the UN, and they feel bold to affirm that whatever group of nations sign on a treaty under the UN auspices is not necessarily valid for the unique US superpower to follow or abide in.

The UN laws on prisoners of war is not applicable to the US, the climatic changes and their remedies are not applicable to the US, the unilateral declaration of wars against sovereign States are within the US rights, the total and unconditional supports for Israel’s cruel and inhuman deeds to the Palestinians is sanctioned regardless of the protests of the US citizens.

It seems that democracy means the election for a term, so that all decisions are reserved to the elected President, the modern, all-powerful monarch wrapped under the disguise of democracy, of “In God we…”

The attacks on The World Trade Towers and the Pentagon were crimes, simply because the organization behind it failed to preempt these attacks with a clear message that should enlighten the American people to the consequences of their constant violence perpetrated against the Arabs and Moslems for many decades.

The message should have been propagated that actions against the US would take effects because the US flaunted the UN resolutions for the rights of return of the Palestinians and other political refugees, the persistent vetoes of the US against any resolution condemning Israel’s actions contrary to human rights and protection of the civilians under a colonial power, the continuous support of the US to the oppressors of the monarchs and dictatorial regimes in the “Greater Middle-East” which is contrary to its proclaimed adherence to democracy, liberty and equality under the international laws.

Failing to preempt the attack with a political message is tantamount to claiming metaphysical rights emanating from God, and the response of the US of taking up metaphysical rights renders the two sides as two back cheeks in the same pair of pants.

At least, the attackers of the September 11, 2001, should have accepted responsibility with a clear political message and not leave it to the American people to deduce a message of convenience as if this terror is the act of Satan and perpetrated by fools and death mongers.

This attack was planned and executed by people not in desperation or lacking the education or means to responding to B-52, but by people whose objectives have shifted to the metaphysical realm, and do not give a hoot to suffering and pain and indignity for man.

Anyway, there are plenty of indications that the planners and facilitator of the Twin Tower attack were masterminded by insiders in the US and Israel.

It dawned on me that the strategy of putting all the blame of our plights as Arabs and Palestinians, solely on the successive US administrations, did not generate any change of venue to the total and unconditional support for the State of Israel.

It is time to change strategy. Our governments and intellectuals have to target the American people as true racists and hate-monger of the Arabs.

The basis of this strategy is that the American people are very patriotic and react vigorously to any proclamations that defame their cherished foundations as free and friendly people.

We have got to rely on the strong reactions of the American people for being treated as the malefic enemy of peace, so that they start questioning their representatives and pressuring their administrations and press for fair and equitable policies.

Nations during the intermittent period between successive wars, also called peace time, try valiantly to diplomatically differentiate between the people and their governments.  This policy during peace time is evidently a policy of appeasement.  Otherwise, why is it that during war periods such a differentiation does not take holds?

When a people obey the order of their government to joining the army and fighting for the interest of the elite classes, they are agreeing to the policy of war, and it does not matter in what capacity the citizens are participating in the war.

Personal responsibility is reduced to an active involvement of every citizen against the government that decided on an offensive war; good intentions and lukewarm verbal opposition on the theme that we are ignorant and have not the full arrays of facts and motivation for the war because we are not into politics would never cut it.

You might retort that the Israelis have the rights to kill the civilians because they are at war with the Palestinians, that Israel has the right to preempt wars on every Arab State that didn’t sign a shameful peace treaty with the Zionist State.  I would say that the Palestinians do not form a State and they are under colonial occupation since Israel is in reality a USA colonial extension.

The Palestinians should be under the protection of the UN against occupation. The modern Palestinian holocaust, daily humiliation and evident racism, apartheid policies, and the formation of Bantustans should have long time ago raised the consciousness of the US people.

So far, the UN has been treating the Palestinians as refugees but was helpless in overcoming the frequent US vetoes.

You might say that the USA has legitimacy in killing over one million Iraqis since 2003 (directly and indirectly) and I would reply that the US is an invading country that didn’t enjoy even the UN mandate for its war.  The Iraqis must consider the whole US population as its enemy if they intend to succeed in their endeavor of getting rid of the nasty occupation.

I am convinced that our civil wars in Lebanon from 1975 till 1992 is the planning and decision of the USA and I will not forgive that people for their lies by claiming that our civil war was too complex to understand or put and end to it.

Note:  Was it the “Manifest Destiny” of America to becoming the worst cheater in the history of civilization?  Manufacturing worthless dollars to pay-off 14 trillion in public debt?

Was it the “Manifest Destiny” of America to becoming the most “democratic” brutal country, waging preemptive wars in order to renew its huge reserves in ammunition and military hardware?

Was it the “Manifest Destiny” of America of becoming the most powerful country to displacing the God of valuing human life and dignity and replacing it with the “God of the green money” at any cost of moral standards?

Table of Contents

1.  After the Retreat of the Syrian Troops, What Then?  What Social and Political System?  What Electoral System? (Dec. 5, 2004)      

2.  Do We All Agree on the Meaning of Freedom, Self Determination and Independence? (December 7, 2004)    

3.  A Regional Power in the Making in the Near East (December 18, 2004)

4.  Big Rodents Leading the Assault for Mother Freedom (March 1, 2005)        

5.  What Next after the Nasr Allah’s Speech? (March 7, 2005)        

6.  What Mortal Sins Did the Syrian Regime Commit? (March 9, 2005)      

7.   How can we implement UN resolution 1559 without a representative government? (March 12, 2005)

8.  How could we get out of this impasse and have a running State? (March 13, 2005)

9.  Did Hezbollah Make his Case between February 14 and March 14? 

10.  What Case Does the Opposition Have? (March 16, 2005)      

11.  Are We Exercising Good Judgments? (March 23, 2005)      

12.  Let Us Cut Out the Crap, Who Killed Hariri? (March 31, 2005)      

13.  More Than A Million Souls Flooding Downtown Beirut (April 2, 2005)    

14. Public Relations: Hariri versus the Moustakbal (Future team) (April 5, 2005)

15. General Aoun is planning to return to Lebanon.  Will he be allowed to step in? (April 19, 2005)

16. Where the Shiaa’s populations in Lebanon stand in this interim period before the Parliamentary election of May 29, 2005?  (May 13, 2005)

17. What are the Shiaa populations’ positions who do not take allegiance to either of the Amal or Hezbollah parties?  (May 20, 2005)

18.  Our triumph, our zeal toward the neighbors (September 17, 2005)

19.  The Recognition of Israel? Which one? (September 18, 2005)

20.  What’s that Greater Middle East Strategy of the United States? (Dec. 29, 2005)?

21.  What sort of Democracy the Greater Middle East plan has for the Moslem World? (Dec. 30, 2005)

22.  Prognosis of the long term outcome of the Greater Middle East plan (January 3, 2006)

23. The process of a written confessional Constitution in progress and Live (Jan. 9, 2006)

24.  A Political Paradigm Shift for Human Development (Jan. 21, 2006)

25. Dialogue around a conference table among confessional rodents (March 2nd, 2006)

26.  Is the assassination of Pierre Gemayel the signal for the second civil war in   Lebanon? (November 22, 2006)

27.  What are the consequences of the July war? (November 24, 2006)

28.  Are the Lebanese expatriates wearier of the political standstill than the citizens? (December 12, 2006)


29. The Sunny Monarchs threatening to rejuvenate the “Hilal Al-Khassib” nationalist concept (March 20, 2007)

30. Why the invasion of Iraq? Because of China! (May 3, 2007)

31. For once Lebanon has the opportunity that can contribute to preventing the destabilization project in the Near-East (May 6, 2007)

 32. So, who won; Israel or Hezbollah? Or are we asking the wrong question?   (May 14, 2007)

 33.  The International Tribunal for Lebanon (May 20, 2007)

 34.  Why Fateh Al Islam and why now? (May 26, 2007)

 35.  Is the name of Antoun Sa3adeh taboo in the Near East? (August 19, 2007)

 36.  Democracy or servitude in Lebanon’s caste system? (October 17, 2007)

 37.  Are there moderate Moslems? (October 26, 2007)

38.  An alternative version of Oriana Falaci’s apocalyptic interpretation of St. John’s (November 2, 2007)

39.  A complete model of the genesis of Earth and Man (November 4, 2007)

40.  Who cares about the next appointed/elected/chosen President of the Republic in Lebanon? (November 5, 2007)

41. Will the USA attack Iran?  Yes, the duo Bush-Cheney will! (November 13, 2007)

42. She let go of her suitor (November 17, 2007)

43. Fact is a bitch (November 24, 2007)

44. Rage and Pride in the Greater Middle East (November 26, 2007)

45. The sticky Sesame Street program that experimented with children’s learning. (November 29, 20007)

46. The Broken Window theory for crime epidemics (December 3, 2007)

47. Smoking is not cool; smokers are! (December 4, 2007)

48. The ya-ya sisterhood group context for spreading epidemics (December 6, 2007)

49.  Either you raise the curtain or I shall leave (December 7, 2007)

50.  Let us try an honorific Caliphate for the Presidency of the Republic (December 10, 2007)

51.  Hate and love in the army and of war and militarism (December 14, 2007)

52.  Romancing the Fatherland, Motherland, and God land (December 15, 2007)

53.  Struggling for life and fearing of death (January 4, 2008)

54. What liberty, what human dignity? (January 27, 2008)

55. Lebanon: An improbable Nation in the making (February 19, 2008)

56. Gandhi’s non-violent resistance guidelines (February 21, 2008)

57. Who are we, the inhabitants of the Mediterranean Sea shores? (March 1, 2008)

58.  Absolute power corrupts absolutely (March 12, 2008)

59.  The “Manifest Destiny” of America and its long-term consequences (May 5, 2008)

60.  An alternative historical account to the monolithic religions (May 15, 2008)

61.  Old time Beit-Chabab, Lebanon (July 6, 2008)

62.  Lions and lionesses along the Fertile Crescent Empires (August 16, 2008)

63. The catalytic manuscripts that cleaved the ancient off the modern times (August 31, 2008)

64.  An overview of Zionism and Christian-Jews mythology (September 5, 2008)

I Liked Nous (Written on Nov. 2002)

I need nous (we in French), of yester years,

Together, an extended family.

I liked nous, children and growing up.

Way before we became professionals,

Married with children

Scattered in the five corners of the world.

I am cozy within my new nous;

Of a newer generation:

A very restricted family

Of a new generation who abhors extended families.

A new generation who gets busy when called upon to be visited

By an older generation.

Some hide in the attic finishing a much delayed project

A few are locked in the computer room,

Riveted to a stupid monitor.

I woke up at four in the morning, read a book for an hour

And I went back to bed.

I’m now dreaming.

I read the title of this poem and its first “stanza” in my dream.

I remember in my dream, the four of us cousins sitting around a table,

Jihad, Hassib, Nassif and I.

It was morning in a well lit room, pretty untidy;

I think we were sitting in the kitchen.

Jihad was reading a newspaper, sipping his cup of coffee and smoking a cigarette.

Hassib was at the other side of the rectangular white table, a pipe helping his readings.

He was restless, acting unperturbed, aloof, and English.

Nassif was cheerful, carefree, not self-centered, an uncharacteristic Nassif.

Nassif is reading in silence, on a white napkin, a piece of poem;

A napkin like the one used in Pizza Huts.

He might have guessed the poem was meant to Hassib written by me.

Nassif handed Hassib the poem who faked to be unconcerned.

Then, while I was chatting with Nassif, the “English” surreptitiously read the poem and sets it aside.

Nassif is flipping through reams of computer pages,

Printouts we used ages ago, computer statements inputted on punch cards.

Nassif says “This is beautiful” and let me read a few scribbled lines

On one greenish printout.

I said “This is my handwriting. I don’t remember having written these lines”.

I was reading the title and the first stanza.

I woke up from my dream.

A sweet dream, sweet nous, of now grown ups.

Rachel’s Sixth Sense (Nov. 2002)

I used to swim at a Navy complex in Bethesda, 

At least three times a week, mostly around 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

She was a beauty by any standard.

I think she was a cadet in the Navy, 

Following swimming training and evaluation.

I wanted to get to know her but could not talk to her.

I wrote her a song and kept a copy with me for the next time I see her.

Here is the song:


Beautiful girls sense me.  They know for sure, 

    Exactly, what I’m up to.

They sense me in a split-second and get busy.

    She swims with energy, non-stop.

She swims fine, back strokes, crawl, in laps.

    I do all that too, leisurely.

She swims constantly and does not breathe.

    I have strong senses too:

She is not taking a break.  Not Today.

    I decide for a note, dropped on her towel.

It should say: “I think you are beautiful”.

    Everything I see in you is beautiful”.

I feel more at ease and then, hope takes the extra step.

    She must take a short break, any second now.

My brain is boiling and I am editing.

    My sentence should be reduced to bare essential.

“I think you are beautiful, everything I see in you is beautiful” is too long: 

    No time for her to hear me out.

 Just “Beautiful!” will not do: I know that by now.

    “You are beautiful!” is about right.

 I am swimming leisurely.  There is no movement around me.

            There is no towel.  She vanished.

 Hang it all.  I’ll write about that swim.

The next time I saw her in the swimming pool, 

I made sure that she saw me drop a piece of paper on her towel.  

Then, I left.

A week later, I asked her: “What’s your name?” 

She simply said: “It’s Rachel and I’m dating”.

That was all that was said between us.  

Not even a thank you or an allusion to the note.

I realized that her co-swimmers have been noticing me for quite a time after my note.

A lame recognition!  A bad poem, a good poem, still, a recognition!


I Should Have Told Barbara (Jan. 2003)

The day before my trip to Los Angeles in the summer of 1976

A girl friend of a dear friend of mine asked me to get in touch with her sister Barbara.

I were in the USA since June of 1975, my first ever trip outside my country.

The International Office at the University arranged a group trip, 

For one week to California, for some of us new international students.

We were to meet families in this exchange program.  

I did not care meeting any American families for the time being,

But I needed to get away in my first summer and wanted to see California.

The International student advisor knew about my origin.

The program matched me with an old Jewish couple in Pasadena, without warning me, 

At a time Israel was bombarding South Lebanon, every day, 

With the intention of emptying south Lebanon of its inhabitants.

They had a fourteen-year old boy and it didn’t cross my mind to ask if he was their grand son.

The husband was very helpful and friendly 

But his wife gave me the impression that she agreed reluctantly to join the program.

A student from Nigeria was assigned to the same family.

The house was large with a garden.  The interior looked old, traditional, gloomy,

Dark and smelling like it was never aerated and reeking of old people.

The same evening they asked the Nigerian student a few questions

But I was spared this torture, may be because I didn’t look that forthcoming.

It is a crime to surprise youth among old people.

Youth has to be forewarned, to be prepared on what to expect from elder people.

Youth has to be reminded that elderly can be wonderful and much active,

That elder people are great people, still very much living humans, 

Who could be funny, charming and could be very functional…

We had a general gathering the first day with all the families and various students,

Then we were given the daily program of places to see and I barely paid attention to.

We were to see Disney Land the next day for free.  I declined the invitation:

Disney Land is for kids. 

I remember that I had another chance to visit Disney for free, two years later.

I again declined. Disney was still just for kids.

Many years later, I discovered that everybody liked to see Disney, including kids. 

I never saw Disney in California, but the smaller version in Orlando with my nephews.

My little nephews and nieces, five in total then, loved Disney but may be less than I did. 

My host drove me for an hour to the meeting place with Barbara.

He drove two hours to pick me up three hours later.

Youth: ruthless, mindless, uncompromising, and unappreciative.

I still can visualize Barbra after thirty years, coming toward me,

In white shirt, long brown skirt reaching below her knees,

Almost touching her long brown cowboy boots.

Her boots must have added several inches to her stature.

She is shorter than me in an after thought, 

But the vision is always of a tall and grand lady.

She appeared taller than me but my pride increased correspondingly, by her side.

Her then long blonde-brown hair was raised over her beautiful head.

She was glamour incarnate.  

She hugged me and made me feel I was a dear friend, of long time, whom she missed.

She spoke with effusion and earnestness.

She wanted to know all that is to know, instantly,

About how her sister is doing, what about her sister’s boyfriend who was my friend,

About their relationship, about Oklahoma her home State, 

About everything, but nothing about me, or so I feel.

I was glad that I was not the object of the conversation then,

But not so glad now.

We walked together so close, and I was walking on air.                  

I felt that I must look the most envied guy,

A most glamorous guy in the whole wide world.

I asked permission from my host family to move at Barbara’s,

For the duration of the program, and they agreed.

I walked to Beverly Hills the next morning to see her in the fashion store she managed.

She received me like a VIP and was happy at my surprised visit.

I wanted to be with Barbara every second of my trip to California.

I accepted to attend a conference in Los Angeles a couple of years later:

Hoping to see Barbara again.

It was an important political conference but my heart was not in it.

My friends drove me through Beverly Hills

Where the rich and glamorous live but I was not impressed.

Finally, giving up, they gave me a lift from Anaheim to West Hollywood.

I called up Barbara and I invited myself to stay overnight at her apartment.

She had many friends.  

She was attached at the moment to a fashionable young man,

Working in fashion and with fashion, but they had problems.

She appeared depressed and disappointed and not in the mood for me.

Her TV was on 24 hours.  I slept and woke up with the TV on. 

I visited her six years later during my second extended trip to the USA:

Barbara’s sister had told me that Barbara was married and living in Oklahoma City.

I met Barbara and she did not look the Barbara of my vision.

Her skin looked darker, her face emaciated,

Down to earth, resigned and decked in simple blue jeans and an old black sweater.

She was married to a full-blooded American Indian, herself a half-blooded,

A soft spoken husband, a polite artist who toured the USA exhibiting his paintings.

She stayed at home designing jewelry and managing her man’s business.

I accepted her invitation for a Thanksgiving lunch.

I went down to Oklahoma City for an important and specific purpose of mine:

I was determined to tell Barbara my secret.

I went down with my steady girl friend at the time.

Barbara’s eyes had an ironic shine looking at my oriental short friend.

She asked my friend all kinds of questions about our relationship,

How we met and what are our plans.

She said to me: “You know someone needs news about your friend”.

She meant that her sister needed to know the whereabouts of her ex-husband.

I had lost track of the whereabouts of my friend too and could not be of much help.

Barbara was entitled to know the truth,

That the first time she walked with me,

She made me feel that I was the most glamorous guy in town.

But I did not tell Barbara the truth.  

I don’t recall that I talked during my two hours stay at Thanksgiving.

Maybe it did not feel right at that moment

But I should have persevered on my initial decision:

This truth is hers no matter what.

She could be eighty, but age does not erase the feeling,

That to my young eyes, 

She was the most glamorous woman I set my eyes on.

She could be a hundred, but age does not change the fact,

That Barbara made me once walk on air.

Easy Going: There is no Palestinian baby

(written in 1998)

Part I:

There is no Palestinian baby, no Palestinian child.

There is no Palestinian youth.

They are Arabs. Bad Arabs.

Indonesia is mostly Muslims.  They invaded Timor, East and West.

Indonesia is not on the Black List.  It is a big nation.  Huge interests, stupid.

Bosnia has suffered immensely.  Peace missions finally in place.

War criminals?  La Hague tribunal is ready and waiting.

We don’t meddle.  They are no Arabs.

Somalia is mostly Muslims.  At long last, compassion landed.

Starvation ended.  Can’t talk bad: they are blacks.

Farrakhan is black and a Muslim.  He is no Arab, yet.

Bandustans in South Africa are no more “A la mode”.

Freedom, Liberty, Equality, Human rights, please.

Bandustans in Palestine are essential, and created for all the above values.

Security and Safety of the Jews in Israel are at stake.

The Chosen people, remember?  Surrounded by Arabs, mind you!

The harem of the Sultan of Brunei is, technically, not one.

The girls are, mostly, professional consultants for tourism.

The bad harems are purely Arabs.  The Sultan of Brunei is no Arab.

The original American Indians were bad.

Wish they were Arabs.  No clear conscience.

The Mexicans in Texas were bad too.

Wish they were Arabs.  Conscience a tad clearer.

The Iraqi people are bad:  they call themselves Arabs, not our media.

The Iranians are not really that bad:

They are too proud and Muslims all right, but no Arabs.

The Turks are a little better now:  Certainly not Europeans.

Not as much as the Israelite.  Definitely no Arabs.

Part II:

We are a compassionate people.  We adopt babies from all over the World.

From Latvia, Estonia, Romania, even from Africa and Asia.

Arab babies are off limit; off the media.

There is no Arab baby.  No Arab child.

No Arab youth.  Just Arabs.  Bad.  Arabs.

The Jewish American rapist is socially dysfunctional.

The genuine rapist is Arab.

The Jewish American Baruch, of the Hebron massacre, is a madman.

A nerve snapped.

Arabs nerves can’t snap: made of stainless steel, tightly wired,

For mischief.

The Maryland Jewish murderer chopped a man’s head.

He is a juvenile delinquent and a psychotic.

Arabs are born, adult criminals.

The peace makers with Israel are Egyptians, Jordanians, or Moroccans.

Their leaders are. Who cares if they are dictators or absolute monarchs…

Who cares for the opinions of masses?

One of their leaders, the Egyptian dictator Sadat, was awarded

A joint Nobel peace laureate with the famous assassin Begin.

Menahim Begin, this prime minister and a staunch Jewish Jihadist, the precursor of Bin Laden.

That is beside the point.

The enemies of Israel are Arabs, not their leaders.

We have high hope in the people.

The criminals of the Oklahoma City bombing

Should have been Arabs.

Exceptions do occur.  Human nature you know.

Sirhan Sirhan assassinated Robert Kennedy.  He is a Palestinian of dual citizenship.

No motives:  Just bad Arabs attitude.

If push comes to shove, if a motive is needed,

Why, Sirhan is a hatemonger of the defenders of Civil Rights!

The most famous heart surgeon, Michael Debaky,

The poet of “The Prophet” and much more, Gebran Khalil Gebran,

The founder of St. Jude hospital for children with cancer, Danny Thomas,

Said they are Arabs from Lebanon.  The media beg to differ:

They are all, at best, of Lebanese descendants.

The bombers of the World Trade Tower are the Arabs.

The perpetrators of the Achilles Loro are the Arabs.

Literature Nobel prize winner, Nagib Mahfouz,

Says he is Arab.  Ask him.

The media insist that he is just Egyptian.

Those who shoot down commercial airplanes are Arabs.

Israel strikes Arab refugee camps.

Israel retaliates for Arab suicide bombings.

Israel lodges a cannon shell, inadvertently, on a UN compound in Qana of South Lebanon.

About three hundred Arabs died.  Give or take fifty Arabs.

Apology to the UN.

Arabs were massacred in the camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut.

Arabs killing Arabs.  Israel could care less.

How dare you blame Israel Defense Force!

They just happened to be there;

Completely cordoning off the Palestinian camps of civilians.

Freeing Lebanon by devastation, crimes against humanity and highway robberies.

There are no Arab babies.  There are no Arab youths.

Just Arabs.  Bad.  Arabs.

Definitely there are no Palestinians to bad mouth the people of Palestine.

Note:  Since I wrote this poem in 1998, many atrocities came alive.  The attack on the Twin Towers, the preemptive wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, the Israeli genocide in the Palestinian camp of Jenine, the barbaric preemptive war on Lebanon in 2006 that lasted 33 days, the genocide war on Gaza, the embargo on Gaza, the building of the Wall of Shame in Israel…

Table of contents

Short stories on women (started in 1998)

1.  Songs for women

2.  Raines’ my initiator   

3.  Twenty kitties around Josephine

4.  Decked in black

5.  You’re hungry, eh!?

6.  I could break your eyeglasses

7.  An inch taller than her country girls

8.  Chica Lupita

9.  I should have told Barbara

10. I’m in love with you kid

11. “Marie”, she said

12. What’s wrong with you men?

13. Smiling for three

14. Rachel’s sixth sense

15. Eve doesn’t mix sex with business

16. Taking a full bath is taboo for her

The ancestor of all the Gods that were created since antiquity is this
scary total Silence before a coming major natural cataclysm.  It is
the silence of death when the whole earth is still and the atmosphere
suffocating, no breezes of any kinds, that generates in all living
creature a terrible reaction of wholesome anger of pure revolt against
the sense of death in this universal silence.  It is the silence and
quietude before tornadoes, cyclones, sand desert storms and all the
kinds of whirling at great magnitude in the atmosphere, the seas,
deserts and the bowel of earth in volcanoes.

There is no avoiding the silence of coming cataclysms as there is no avoiding death, a
correlation that people noticed and prayed for their own God of Total Silence to keep chatting through winds, birds, animals, rains,thunderstorms, shouting, crying and anything that can be heard, lest miseries, devastations and evil spirits hovering over the land befall their region.
The same behavior is applied to the starting of wars and their ending.
It is no wonder that men shout stupid songs, curse loudly at fictional
enemies like if drunk, bang on batteries and metals, light and heavy
metals, blow on air instruments and all the hysterical trepidations at
the announcement of a major war, an ancient psychic custom within our
deepest pre-historic brain to ward off the cataclysm wrapped into
maddening songs of patriotism and cursing at the evil enemies.
Indeed, heavy silence is the root of our fundamental fear and dealing
with fear should pass through learning to accept silence as a
necessary step to investigating our soul.




September 2008

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