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Middle East conflicts spark fiery discussion
'Teach-in' at Student Union invites arguments, viewpoints on region's crises
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Media Credit: Luke Cunningham
Emad Yahya talks about the U.S. involvement in Iraq and guarantees that none of the presidential candidates who might take office will reduce the number of troops in Iraq below 100,000 after two terms in office.
Perspectives clashed Tuesday in the Engineering Auditorium when speakers gathered to lecture on Middle Eastern issues, including the war in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Each speaker at the "teach-in" delved into the controversial topics and presented information that was suited to their arguments. David Meir-Levi, a history lecturer at SJSU who taught in Jerusalem in the 1960s and '70s, said Israel offered to give back land taken from Palestinians and Arab nations in exchange for peace, but it was always met with refusal and conflict.
"When a group refuses peace, then pressure is needed," Meir-Levi said.
Salem Ajluni, an SJSU alumnus who served as a United Nations economist in the Palestinian territories, said the Oslo Accords in 1993, agreements which created the Palestinian Authority to self govern the semi-autonomous group, allowed Israel to no longer be responsible for Palestinians.----
Ted Rudow III,MA Students of how the Bush administration led the nation into the Iraq war can now go online to browse a comprehensive database of top officials' statements before the invasion (www.publicintegrity.org), connecting the dots between hundreds of claims, mostly discredited since then, linking Saddam Hussein to Al Qaeda or warning that he possessed forbidden weapons.
Researchers Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith say their work has documented "at least 935 false statements" on hundreds of occasions, particularly that Iraq had unconventional weapons, links to Al Qaeda, or both.
The database shows how even after the invasion, when a consensus emerged that the prewar intelligence assessments were flawed, administration officials occasionally suggested that the weapons might still be found.
There were 935 lies? It's hard to believe there were so few! Bush and Cheney and their crew lied day after day, week after week, month after month, and the media flooded the U.S. and the world with their lies about weapons of mass destruction--which they claimed they knew the specific amounts and locations of--with lies about Iraq producing atomic bombs, with lies about Iraqi drones that could carry bombs and chemicals all the way to the U.S, on and on and on!
It's disgusting that Bush could lie his way into the Iraq War, causing the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and the death of 4,000 American soldiers, not to mention the tens of thousands wounded on both sides, and not suffer any consequences for it! Congress hasn't impeached him--after all, they lie as much as he does--and the American people are either ignorant, apathetic, powerless, or figure they can't do anything about the whole affair, so they don't even try.
Well, I'll tell you, Bush and his cronies will suffer the consequences one of these days when they have to face the Lord and explain themselves, and lies and excuses won't work with Him!
Ted Rudow III,MA
Class of 1996
The Stanford Daily
Thursday May 1, 2008
Obama supporters canvass Democratic primaries
May 1, 2008
By Alan Guo
Although the California primary is long over, a few students from the Stanford community are still directly engaged in the ongoing nomination process of the Democratic Party, particularly Obama supporters.
Three students left campus this week to work on the Obama campaign in Indiana: Jonathan Jourdane ‘08, Sean Augenstein and Dan Berkenstock, both graduate students in Aeronautics and Astronautics.
In the week prior to the Pennsylvania primary, six students flew out to participate in the Obama campaign effort there. Angelina Cardona ‘11 and Sarahi Padilla ‘11 shared their experience canvassing in Pennsylvania with The Daily.
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Ted Rudow III,MA
"Well, let me try to respond in a non-bombastic way. If you heard the whole sermon, first of all, you heard that I was quoting the ambassador from Iraq. That’s number one. But number two, to quote the Bible, “Be not deceived. God is not mocked. For whatsoever you sow, that you also shall reap.” Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
You cannot do terrorism on other people and expect it never to come back on you. Those are biblical principles, not Jeremiah Wright bombastic, divisive principles."
He is right! Her cruel and unjust wars against others!
Ted Rudow III,MA