Monday, May 23, 2005

From blog member Samer al-Batal
US military to build four giant new bases in Iraq
"They appear to [sic] settling in a [sic] for the long run, and that will only give fuel for the terrorists," said a spokesman for the mainstream Sunni Iraqi Islamic party.
Congressman Shays speaks against Syria at conference
[An] audience member, who described herself as a Syrian lawyer, said Syria is a tolerant country with a large Christian population. The country has become a safe haven for Iraqi’s fleeing a grinding guerrilla war, especially Christians escaping anti-Christian violence that has wracked Iraq in the wake of the US-led invasion.

“We are Israel’s strong ally,” Mr Shays said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It would be foolish for people to think that somehow we are neutral.”
S al-B: Israel’s ally, but sadly, not America’s.

A follow-up on the Dead Sea report:

Israel, Arabs agree to save Dead Sea
S al-B: They plan a feasibility study of the proposition of transferring water to the Dead Sea from the Red Sea. But could this work? From the report linked to from a few blog entries back about a couple of days ago:

According to Amos Bein of the Geological Survey of Israel, chemical and biological reactions produced by mixing Dead Sea water with seawater could change the blue color of the Dead Sea to white or red or create deadly gases.

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