There are some men I wish they would choke everytime they say the word "Palestine." They are: Osama Ben Laden, Ayman al Thawahiri,and their side kick Abdel Bary 'Atwan, Al Quds Al Arabi's Al Qa'eda resident apologist.
Oh, and the Iranian president. I don't want to forget him.
As if the Palestinians don't have one disaster after another raining on their heads ...
But the one who bugs me most is the "intellectual" Abdel Bary 'Atwan. His eulogy of Abu Mus'ab al Zarqawi in Al Quds Al Arabi a couple of days ago should send him (that is 'Atwan) to the dust bin of history.
'Atwan does not hide his admiration and support for Al Qa'eda. He calls Ben Laden "Al Sheikh" الشيخ اسامة بن لادن and al Thawahiri "Dr." الدكتور الظواهري. Several times. I personally have never seen that in the Arab press.
He can hardly contain his admiration for al Zarqawi, whose fault was to be, in 'Atwan's words, a bit excitable and impulsive!!!!!! (I'd like to put as many exclamation points as the number of al Zarqawi's innocent victims, but...)
Here's some of the gems 'Atwan says about Al Zaraqawi:
"Abu Mus'ab al Zarqawi, whether one agreed with him or disagreed, represented a unique phenomenon in the extremist Islamic Jihad. For he emerged from the suffering and poverty in the city of Al Zaraqa in Jordan, to become a symbol for courage and heroism in the minds of many of his countrymen. Except for the hotel bombings in Amman, which killed scores of the innocent civilians, and the exploitation of these bombings by the Jordanian government to launch a media campaing against him and the Al Qa'eda, Al Zarqawi would have become a hero in the eyes of thousands, if not millions..."
ابو مصعب الزرقاوي اتفق معه البعض او اختلف، شكل ظاهرة فريدة في العمل الجهادي الاسلامي المتطرف، فقد خرج من قلب احياء المعاناة والقهر في مدينة الزرقاء في الاردن، ليتحول الي رمز للشجاعة والبطولة في اذهان الكثير من ابناء جلدته، ولولا تفجيرات الفنادق في عمان التي اودت بحياة العشرات من المدنيين الابرياء واستغلال الحكومة الاردنية
المكثف لها للتحريض ضده وضد تنظيم القاعدة، لأصبح بطلا في اعين الآلاف وربما الملايين
I mean think about it: Except for killing scores of innocent civilians (but come on 'Atwan: how innocent could they have been if they were having a wedding in a fancy hotel with men and women mixing?) and having his reputation been tarnished by the Jordanian government (his steller reputation that according to 'Atwan's own article included bombing Shi'ats and beheading innocent hostages), he would have been a hero.
Darn it! He was so close. One almost feels like blaming those innocent civilians for standing between Al Zarqawi and heroic glory. How dare they?