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Excess personified (kind of) 7, October 2008

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Qatar.
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A Qatari national has, apparently, paid around $1 Million for a phone number. As in the number. Not some swanky, gold plated, diamond infested phone, just the number. Having said that it is 6666666 (or so the story goes) so whilst it is quite nice (though it would be better if it was six sixes…) I’m still not totally sure it’s worth the full one million Dollars . And here’s the bright side: email this article to as many people as possible, and hopefully together we can all plague him/her with phone calls so as to render the absurd number useless. Houra.

Yemeni security services in outlandish claim 7, October 2008

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Yemeni authorities are maintaining that they have captured a terrorist cell with links to Israel. The clear insinuation being that Israel are in some way, shape or form, funding terrorist activity in Yemen. This seems highly implausible. Aside from the fact that Israel have infinitely more pressing concerns far closer to home, Israel’s main weapon, so to speak, in currying sympathy in the wider world rests on the fact that whilst they too my well kill civilians, they do this accidentally. They are, thus, wholly more moral than terrorists who often specifically aim for such deaths. If they are sponsoring terrorism, then they are implicitly sanctioning the knowing killing of civilians. Without doubt, we are talking about petty, semantic differences and indeed Israel have employed a number of legally and morally questionable tactics in the past, but to resort to the literal sponsoring of terrorism would be beyond the pale, even for the often hawkish Israelis.

A couple more quotes… 7, October 2008

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A few more good ones from the same Times article.

There are neighbourhoods in Baghdad where you and I could walk through today.

John McCain visits a market in the Iraqi capital in April 2007, during which he was flanked by 22 soldiers, ten armoured Humvees, and two Apache attack helicopters

Why was there a banner that said “Mission Accomplished” on the aircraft carrier? I have said for a long time that reconstruction of Iraq would be a long, long, difficult process, but the conflict, the major conflict, is over, the regime change has been accomplished, and it’s very appropriate.

McCain on Fox News, June 2003

ran, Cuba, Venezuela – these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us.

Barack Obama, campaign rally, Oregon, May 18, 2008

Let me be absolutely clear: Iran is a grave threat.

Obama, campaign rally, Montana, May 19, 2008

I think it’s time for us to end the embargo with Cuba… [It] has failed to provide the sorts of rising standards of living and has squeezed the innocents in Cuba, and utterly failed in the effort to overthrow Castro… it’s time for us to acknowledge that that particular policy has failed.

Obama, to a university audience, Illinois, January 2004

As president, I’ll maintain the embargo – it’s an important inducement for change.

Obama, to a Cuban-American audience, Miami, August 2007

A tactful quote… 7, October 2008

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Too much democracy leads to homosexuality, moral decay, racial intolerance, economic decline, single-parent families and a lax work ethic.

Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s no-nonsense and longest serving Prime Minister (The Times)

Glad that’s been cleared up.

(Do i really need a caveat saying that this is not my opinion…guess it can’t hurt.)