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Open Letter To Nancy Pelosi…

By on Nov 9, 2006 in Politics | 7 comments

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My name is Omar Kamel, and I am Egyptian.

I’m not a big fan of watching the news, but I couldn’t help notice all the coverage regarding your victory in the recent elections. In any case, I wanted to know where you stood on things, and despite reasonable positions on some issues, and despite what appears to be a relatively compassionate social agenda, I was shocked to see that your heart stopped short of compassion for the plight of my Palestinian neighbors – when I finally read the text of your speech to AIPAC, I admit, I was horrified.

In any case, and assuming this email has not by now been deleted and ignored, I’m asking you a favor. Low as it may appear to be, I beseech you as a mother, and as a grandmother, to inform yourself more…fairly regarding the situation. I write this as the news also informs me about the recent attack by Israel which killed over 20 people in Gaza, most of them women and children….and I ask you, a stranger whom I have never met and most probably never will, a favor.

I ask that you please read the accompanying document I’m sending you, an article written by the late Professor Charles Black of Yale. A simple document, and a relatively old one, but the truths I believe it contains have remained, unfortunately, relevant to the current situation in the Middle East.

I know you probably don’t have time for this, and especially considering the request comes from a man in Egypt who is most certainly not a constituent – but I spent the first few years of my life in the United States, and I still feel an affinity, and I am very sad for the horrors unleashed upon this world by people who should really know better.

The only guarantee of security, and I say this both to the US and to Israel – to whom you’ve promised support ‘Now and forever‘ – is the cultivation of good will. If the incredible funds used to nurture might were used instead to nurture good will, there would be no such thing as what you consider terrorism.

In any case, I am going off my main topic, and my main request.

As a human being, and a fellow citizen of this planet, I really do hope you could at least read Professor Black’s document.

Thank you,

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7 Comments

  1. AntonGarou

    November 11, 2006

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    May I ask why you continually point to Charles Black’s 1989 article?It was probably a good analysis for its time, but many facts on the ground have changed- maybe the most telling is the fact that Israel’s retreat from Gaza didn’t change a thing in the way Hamas leadership sees things.

  2. Omar

    November 11, 2006

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    I’ve pointed to Black’s article twice, and I do so for it’s heart, and not for its date of publication.

    Facts have indeed changed, and the changes have constantly been for the worse.

    Retreat from Gaza? Is this a joke? Since ’91, and in breach of Oslo, Zionism has done nothing but build new settlements and choke the Palestinians every step of the way, turning their daily lives into a malnourished, unhygienic, ill-equipped, and dizzying hell. They lack funds since your government has a choke on their taxes, their roads are destroyed daily, their homes flattened by bulldozers, their farms ruined, and their children shot and bombed.

    Need I mention the last so-called ‘accidental’ attack on Gaza? Killing over 18, mostly women and children?

    This has become a regular event in the life of Palestine, and it’s not funny. You want telling facts? You came into this region out of nowhere, you have raped a land, and a people, and a future, and you have done nothing but shape a murderous monstrosity into being, and no matter how many Nuclear Wielding ‘Super’ powers you can get to back you up, it is still you that is in the wrong. Still you that rapes, murders and destroys, still you that have failed to keep your word, still you that sends children to their early graves and forces their kin give their lives in resistance to your tanks, GPS guided missiles, and to your spying drones.

    You can talk it, however you want Anton, but hey – oh, gosh – that’s not even a semitic name, is it?

    Ungh.

  3. Hassan Khan

    November 11, 2006

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    Omar kamal. People like you should be killed. And you will be killed soon enough for the base agitator that you are.

  4. AntonGarou

    November 13, 2006

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    My actual name isn’t Anton, Omar, Anton is a nick I picked up when I started RPing(the name of my first on line character) and as these things do- it stuck.

    As to the “rape the land part”:Are you kidding me?my people started with about nothing here.My parents still remember the time people grew chickens in city buildings so they could have an egg a day, hopefully.Right now my country is among the most advanced, strongest economies in the region.

    The Palestinians are living through hell, agreed, but at least some of the responsibility lies with their own leaders- you know, all Hamas has to do to get those taxes is to acknowledge Israel has a right to exist and stop calling for the destruction of Israel, It chose not to do so and is at least partially to blame for the consequences.

    The Palestinians could stop launching rockets from Gaza the moment Israel retreated, but they continue doing so regularly.I challenge you to show me one country who will allow continual attacks on its citizens without any sort of retaliation.I would love to see an example, probably wouldn’t like much living in it though- it is likely to be extremely dangerous.

  5. Omar

    November 13, 2006

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    As for ‘all Hamas has to do to get those taxes is to acknowledge…’ – I couldn’t help but think of Kafka’s ‘A Little Fable’:

    “Alas,” said the mouse, “the world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when at last I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into,” “You only need to change your direction,” said the cat, and ate it up.

  6. Omar

    November 13, 2006

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    Ah…

    Hassan Khan said…”Omar kamal. People like you should be killed. And you will be killed soon enough for the base agitator that you are.”

    If Islam has many faces, I can only hope that this is not one of them.

    But hey, if I’m going to be called an agitator, I might as well be called a ‘base’ one.

  7. AntonGarou

    November 13, 2006

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    Why is acknowledging the fact Israel has a right to exist a trap?It doesn’t say the Palestinians have no rights, it says nothing about final settlement.All it says is that they acknowledge that Israel has the basic right to exist, as do they.

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