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Jordan Says Abbas Must ‘Wage a War’ on Hamas

May 30th, 2003

Jordan Says Abbas Must ‘Wage a War’ on Hamas

Abu Mazen should listen to Jordan — they had a PLO problem once. They don’t anymore. (For further reading look up Black September.)

“It’s very important to give the new prime minister the support that he requires in order to fight terrorism. He needs to wage a war within against Hamas and against Jihad al-Islami (Islamic Jihad),” said Jordanian ambassador Karim Kawar.

Kawar, speaking at the Israel Policy Forum, said Abbas could succeed against the militants only if Israel enhances his credibility by making gestures to the Palestinians.

This one is a no brainer, really. Israel has never been very reluctant to make concessions. Look at Sadat and Egypt — if you agree to the basic principles, Israel will work with you. In the end, there really can’t be a better ally in the Middle East for a secular government. Egypt has done well with peace with Israel. They got back the land that they wanted (Gaza tends to be more trouble than it is worth) and they have gotten tons of aid from America for it.

The Jordanian ambassador said a “power struggle” between the authority and the militants was inevitable and Palestinians must recognize Abbas as sole leader.

In other words, remember Black September.

The bipolar nature of Middle-East diplomacy

May 30th, 2003

A very good concise essay on why the so-called Roadmap to Peace in the Middle East is doomed to failure, just like Oslo. It boils down to a few points:

  1. There can be no peace between Israelis and Palestinians without the elimination of fanatical anti-Semitism in the Arab world.
  2. There can be no peace between Arabs and Israelis without a fundamental re-orientation of the Palestinian people toward acceptance of the Jewish people’s historical and spiritual ties to the land.
  3. There can be no peace without a Palestinian disavowal of the right of return.
  4. There can be no peace in the Middle East without the death of Yasser Arafat.
You don’t have to agree that this is the way that it should be; you just need to recognize that this is how it is.

Video games boost visual skills

May 29th, 2003

Video games boost visual skills

The general principle isn’t that arcane; the correlation was noted after Desert Storm in that the pilots who grew up on Defender and Centepede were much better at handling smart weapons than the ones who just had baseball and golf. Now, they are getting hard evidence of how video game training effects the way the mind forms:

Male undergraduates who played driving or shoot-em-up games such as Grand Theft Auto and Medal of Honor several times a week for at least six months beat non-gamers in lab vision tests, found Shawn Green and Daphne Bavelier of the University of Rochester in New York state.

Game-players react to fast-moving objects more efficiently, explains Bavelier, and can track up to five objects at a time – 30% more than non-players. “They can process more information more quickly over time,” she says.

GTA3 and Vice City are my two favorite games, especially Vice City. I also enjoy MoH, but it didn’t hold my attention like the GTA franchise.

2 trailers deemed biological arms labs

May 29th, 2003

The Washington Times: 2 trailers deemed biological arms labs

It was only a matter of time. I wish it hadn’t taken so long, but this does tend to show how idiotic “you didn’t find any evidence” arguments are now.

The CIA yesterday concluded that two truck trailers seized by coalition forces in northern Iraq were designed by Saddam Hussein’s regime to produce biological weapons agents.

A six-page agency white paper said an examination of the trailers’ equipment showed that “BW [biological weapons] agent production is the only consistent, logical purpose for these vehicles.”

The assessment is the clearest indication yet that Baghdad was in violation of U.N. arms resolutions that required it to disclose all aspects of its weapons of mass destruction programs.

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