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The Syrian Lebanese star
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Syrian-Lebanese star
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English
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Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1963.
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Title:
The Syrian Lebanese star
Alternate title:
Syrian-Lebanese star
Alternate Title:
Star
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ;
Language:
English
Publisher:
A.M. Coplan
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
May 1, 2006
Frequency:
monthly
regular

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Syrians -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Lebanese -- Newspapers -- United States   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1963.
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 16, no. 9 (Sept. 1978).

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 000579625
oclc - 05165391
notis - ADA7472
lccn - sn 79007351
issn - 0193-2578
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UF00028363:00051

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THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR
AN INDEPENDENT MONTHLY

SERVING AMERICANS OF ARABIC HERITAGE
Celebrating 44 Years of Service
MEMBER ARAB-AMERICAN PRESS GUILD
ESTABLISHED IN 1963
PTION www.syriarilebanesestar.com XLIV


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.BOi E Thle ALSAC Ton i, th fiirt hwJldig contumifr1 Jl
after the original hospital, has been renamed the Richard C.
Shadyac ALSAC Tower Attending the dedication ceremony
: ithl Shiahi'a (far i ili) were (It. to rt.): ALSAC Board of
Directors chair Talat Otrluan. Tom Shadyac, Tony THomas,
St. Jude Board of Governors chair George Simon, Marlo
Thomas, Rick Shald c, and Lynn Shadyac..


If you want to light a
cigarette and can't find a
match, burn down the
whole nation.
-Deltelv Mehlis


Deltelv Mehlis. is the
former head of the UN
International Independent
Investigation Commission
that was established to


(continued on page 6)


75th Anniversary

Celebration

1931 2006
The Diamond Jubile of the Southern Federation
'of Syrian Lebanese American Clubs
July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
San Antonio, Texas
at the
Marriott RiverCenter Hotel
Hospitality Room Olympic Games Reunions
Child Care & Children's Activities Youth
Activities & Game Rooms Young Adult Activ cities
& Mixers *Bingo, Zingo & Backgammon
Concert for Sittos & Giddps
Continued on Page 9


AUB Profits
up 54%
Bahrain-based Ahli
United Bank (AUB) has
announced a net profit of
$164.9m for the year ended
31 December -2005, an
increase of 54.8% over the
previous year. Its total
operating income increased
by 47.7% to $358.9m from
$243m in 2004.
,The bank, in keeping
with its strategy, continued
to expand both through
organic growth and mergers
and acquisitions. During
2005 it acquired a 27%
voting stake in the Bank of
Kuwait and the Middle East
(BKME) and entered the
Iraqi market through its
(continued on page 6)

Dubai Growth
Beats China
Dubai's economy
grew 16% last year and
is expected to beat that
of China, held to be
one of the fastest-
expanding. economies.
in the world with a
growth rate of 8.5%.
The emirate's Gross,
Domestic Products
(GDP) is estimated to
reach $37bn, according
to its Department of
E c o n o m i c
Development (DED),
whose director-general
Mohamed Ali Alabbar,
said its economic
growth would continue

(continued on page 6)


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Market
Bahrain-based
commercial and
investment bank,
Shamil Bank, has
launched the first
Islamic property fund
for investment in the
Chinese real estate
market, valued at
(continued on page 7)
Algiers to
Have Metro
Line
Alcier- is to build its first
metro line in a $456m, 35-
month project. The first
section of the 9km line will
run mainly underground
and will have 10 stops.
Extensions are already
being planned.
The metro will be built
by a consortium led by
Siemens Transportation
(continued on page 7)

Mobility
Gains 2m
Customers in
6 Months
Mobile phone operator
Mobility has established a
market share of more than
20% and a customer base
of 2m less than six
months after entering the
Saudi Arabian market.
The company puts its
success in the 24m-
people kingdom down to
an experienced
management team, a
customer driven
marketing policy and
strong branding.
Mobility hopes to
become ,the 'mobile
(continued on page 7)


Thank you so much for
coming tonight. I am glad
to have this opportunity to
address some of your
concerns regarding
USAID, democracy, Syria
and Hezbollah but before
I start I want to thank the
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Diners eat at a fast-food restaurant in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia,
April 3. Under religious law, no unmarried men and women
eat together, no pop music plays and service with a smile is
frowned on.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia shit off the TV that was
-I was still looking over airing a female pop
the menu when the singer's video clip.
commotion began. The Another waiter hastily
waiter sprinted in and
(continued on page 8)
Remarks by Walid Malout
Director, Public Diplomacy for Middle
Eastern & MEPI Affairs
U.S. Agency for International Development






Page 2 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR May 2006


Jacksonville
News
Weddings


Obi-Brennan
Susan Brennan and David
Obi Jr., both of Jacksonville,
were married at 8 p.m. Friday
at The Hilltop.
The bride, daughter of
Sharon Goff Cook, Caphne,
Ala, and Charles E. Brennan
III, St. Augustine, graduated
from Wolfson High School
and Jones College. She is the
owner of Susie Homemaker.
The bridegroom, son of
Yvonne Sabido-Obi and
David Obi Sr., both of
Jacksoville, graduated from
Ed White High School and
the Jacksonville Academy of
(continued on page 10)


Finding
Suggests New
Diabetes
Treatment
Researchers at St.
Jude, working with
teams from the Salk
Institute in California
and Osaka University in
Japan, may have
discovered a new
treatment for reducing
blood sugar levels in
people with diabetes.-
When a protein
known as TORC2 moves
from the cytoplasm of a
cell (the jelly-like
substance that accounts
for 80 percent of cells)
into the cell's nucleus, it
triggers a reaction that
increases glucose levels
during fasting. The study
showed that novel
compounds that percent
the protein from moving
(continued on oane 10)


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small. Nothing is greater
proof of that than St. Jude
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Hospital.
From its beginning as a
vow from the lips of
struggling entertainer
Danny Thomas as he
sought a sign from the
patron saint of hopeless
causes, St. Jude Thaddeus,
to its role today as a leader
in the research and
treatment of catastrophic
childhood diseases, St.
Jude has continuously
grown and in the process
rewritten medical
textbooks on childhood
leukemia.
On April 2, Bostonians
got a chance to show their
support for the hospital's
cause at the appropriately
titled Big Dreams Start
Small gala that was held at


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SPage 3 .THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR May 2006


Jesus is the
Living Word
of God; the
Bible is the
Written Word
of God



We read in the prophet
Isaiah 53:1 "Who hath
believed our report? And
to whom is the arm of the
Lord revealed?" The
Muslims believe that their
Coran is the last message
from God. My answer to
the Muslims is that they
must understand that God
is God. He is Almighty. he
knows the end from the
beginning. He is not a God
of confusion or a man to
forget to give the world
two books. God said -in
Revelation 22:18-19 "For
I testify unto every man
that heareth the words of
the prophecy of this book.
If any man shall add unto
these things, God shall
add unto him the plagues
that are written in this


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book. And if any man
shall take away from the
words of the book of this
prophecy, God shall take
away his part out of the
book of life, and out of the
ho;y city, and from the
things which are written in
the book." God doesn't
change His
commandments or change
His mind to correct a
mistake. I know for sure
that 75% of the Coran is
taken from the Bible to
deceive the world that the
Coran and the Bible are
the same. Also, 25% of the
Coran is myth and curses
upon the infidel. We are
not infidels! The prophet
Mohammed, said in his

(continued on page 10)


Why the Fuss
about Angels?
Mention of angels
abounds in both the Old
Testament and the New
Testament. Christians do
not look to pop news to
learn more about the
angels.
The word angel comes
from the Greek angels,
which means messenger,
In the Old Testament, the
Hebrew word mal'ak is
rendered angels, and
refers to both human and
heavenly messengers.. In
several instances in the
New Testament angels
refers to humans, but the
word usually means
heavenly beings. Though
our focus is on angels as
heavenly beings, the
Bible itself employs a
wider use of the term.
The angels serve are
messengers of the Lord
and servants of the Lord.
They help to bridge the
gap between humans and
God.
Note that the names
often given to angels


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point away from the angel
and back to God. Michael
means "Who is like
God?" Raphael means
"God heals." Gabriel
means "God is strong."
These angels are
representatives of God's
active presence in our
world.
Are angels a fad, a
trend, or are they real?
Angels seem to appear in
so many aspects o our
lives today jewelry,
postage stamps, stories,
television shows,
literature, historical
anecdotes, art, religious
practice, biblical studies.
Attention to angels seems
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(continued on page 11)


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SPage 4 THE SYRIAN-LEBANESE STAR May 2006


About Our Heritage


Does Your
Mother Look
Like This?
Ours Doesn't Either
BUT SHE CAN CO00


Debutantes
Presented in
Louisville
Five Federation Belles
were formally presented
by their'fathers at the
Debutante Ball and Hafli.
They are, standing
from left to right: Leah
continued on page 12


The following
.information came from
the Sunday, August 7th
Garden Section of the
Miami Herald. The
Herald article concerned
trees which provide shade
at George Washington's
Mount Vernon Estate. The
section which is relative
to our heritage reads as
follows:
A Cedar of Lebanon
was planted December
15th, 1899, to
commemorate the 100th


Finally...


anniversary of
Washington's death. It
was a sapling obtained
from the U.S. Botanical
Garden and brought to
Mt. Vernon by a Masonic
delegation. (I am sure that
you have seen a portrait of
our first president dressed
as a Mason). The tree,
which is native to the
Middle East, is 70 feet tall
and with a circumference
of 156 inches. It is located
adjacent to the first
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FLORIDA/GEORGIA


Ideology
(continued from page 1)
investigate the assassination
for former Lebanese Prime
Minister Rafik al-Hariri; the
above quote comes from a
theater script that was later
adapted or rather
maliciously modified for
political purposes into a
stage comedy with an
alleged collaboration
between Syrian poet and
playwright Mohammed al-
Maghout and a fellow
Syrian author Mahmoud
Abd al-Karim. In fact, al-
Magout wrote the original
script well before Hariri's
assassination, which means
that this provocative quote
and other lines that refer to
Lebanon were added
perhaps by the "co-author"
of the newly revived script.
For this reason, those who
are familiar with al-


Magout's intellectual works
balk at the use of his name,
especially when the original
script had nothing to do
with Lebanon or Hariri.
While the quote is from
the comedy "Qiyam, Jlour,
Skout" (Stand Up, Sit
Down, Shut Up), the
metaphor of burning down
an entire nation if you can't
find a match to light your
cigarette has been widely
used by those sympathetic
to the Syrian cause,
including politicians and the
media, to attack the Mehlis
.Report, which accuses Syria
of being involved in the
assassination of Hariri.
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merely a line of comic
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VIRGINIA / MARYLAND


Saudi Dining
(continued from page 1)
put up a wooden
partition to screen me
from the male diners.
Saudi Arabia's
religious police were on
the prowl.
Eating out in. Riyadh
is an unusual experience,
apt on occasion to give
the diner indigestion.
The restaurants are
trendy and serve all
rianner of local and
foreign delicacies. But
they are subject to the
austere mores of an
Islamic kingdom no
unmarried men and
women together, no pop
music, not even service
\ ith a smile.
Saidis in the capital
take the extremes of the
muttawa, or religious
police, in stride. But
among expatriates,
they're a favorite topic
of conversation.
They tell of the
inspector who tried to


yank the TV set's wires
out of the wall because
the Lebanese singer
Maria was on the TV
screen sitting in a
bathtub full of milk and
cocoa puffs singing Play,
Play.
And the waiter who
has made to rinse the gel
out of his hair because
he was suspected of
trying to look good for
the ladies. And another
whose sin was to serve
dishes directly to
women. He was marched
to the inspector's car and
made to sign a pledge to
hand meals to the diners
from behind a screen.
That's not all.
Restaurants and cafes
must shut their doors for
prayers, five times a day
for 30 minutes at a
stretch.
I once found myself
sitting on the.steps of a
coffee shop. with two
women an American
and a Canadian after
(continued on page 12)


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Remarks
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realized how unique and
generous the United
States of America and the
American people are
when it comes to
extending a helping hand.
As a newcomer myself, I
see that our children are
growing up in a much
better environment than
the one we experienced,
an environment of caring
and helping others.
And from this example


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Gala
(continued from page 2)
continue its life-saving
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sensation Alexa Melo
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Downs was recognized for
her platform on childhood
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honored for his many
years of supporting the
hospital.
Actor/comedian David
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show Empty Nest and as
Joe Isuzu in a string of
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event that featured a silent
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Jesus
(continued from page 3)
Coran that if you have, any
differences go to the
Gospel. Read Saurat the
table or El Maida chapter
45-47, and 67. To be more
sure read Exodus 32:15-16
and the. two tables of the
10 commandments. They
were the work of God and
the writing was the writing
of God graven upon the
tables with the finger of
God.

Diabetes
-(continued from page 2)
to the nucleus and keep it
in the cytoplasm reduce
the blood glucose levels.
"This finding suggests
that compounds that
block the entry of TOFC2


Wedding
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Colossians 1:15-19 "Who
is the image of the
invisible God, the
firstborn of every creature:
For by him were all things
created, that are in heaven,
and that are in earth,
visible and invisible,
whether there be thrones,
or dominions, or
principalities, or powers:
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production by the liver,"
said Paul Brindle, PhD,
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church: who is the
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NEVADA / ARIZONA


Angels
(continued from page 3)
in angels, is the general
population that this'
current interest borders on
angel mania.
Like the
commercialization of
Christmas and Easter,


Relationship
(continued from page 3)
displeasure." (Tirmizi)
6. "Father is the middle
door of the doors of. the
Paradise. It is up to an
individual to break that.
door by his disobedience or
keep that door by being
obedient to his father."
(Timizi)
7. Someone said to the
Holy Prophet, "I am rich as
well as have offspring. My
father is in the condition
that needs my help." The
Holy Prophet said "You,
yourself, and your wealth
belongs to your father. And
you offspring is a nice
earning. So utilize that


angel mania can serve to
draw out attention to the
reality and importance of
angels in God's creation.
Angels are no myth. They
are a very evident and
significant part of history
and spirituality.
Attention to our
Christian prayer-life


earning to your heart's
content." (Abu Daud)
8. The Holy Prophet said
three times: "Dust on the
nose of that person." The
people asked "Whose
nose?" And the Holy
Prophet replied: "He whose
parents are aged or one
being old, but he does
neither serve nor properly
takes care of them so as to.
make himself more
deserving of entering the
Paradise." (Muslim &
Timizi)
9. A person asked,
"Messenger of Allah! Who
is most deserving of
friendly care from me?
Holy Prophet of Islam
replied: "Your mother."


indicates that we
encounter the angels of
God not only in popular
and vocal prayers in
general, but we find them
prominent especially in
the Church's official,
liturgical prayer the
Liturgy of the Hours and
the Mass.


The person asked, "Who
comes next?" The Holy
Prophet replied, "Your
mother." The person-asked,
"Who comes next?" And
the Holy Prophet replied,
"Your father." (Bukhari &
Muslim)
10. "The best gift that a
father leaves for his son is
to educate him very well."
(Tirmizi)
11. According to another
Tradition "Properly
educating a child is better
than charity and alms-
giving." (Tirmizi)
12. "O my dear son! If
you can keep your heart
morning and evening void
.of deceit towards anyone,
do so, O my Son, that


Angels are an obvious
reality of religious history
and of biblical study. This
popular outburst of
interest in angels leads us
to learn the role of angels
in the Bible and their
meaning for us today.


pertains to my Sunnah
(Deeds of the Holy Prophet
of Islam). He who loves my
Sunnah, has loved me; and
he who loves me will be
with me in Paradise."
(Tirmizi)
13. "A man scolding of
his parents is one of the
serious sins" He was asked,
Messenger of Allah! Does
a man scold his parents?
And he replied, "Yes, when
a person scolds some other
person's parents, he scolds
his own parents." (Bukhari
& Muslim)
14. "When a person
dies, no further reward is
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Debutantes
(continued from page 4)
Alicia Coury, Lebanese
American Country Club
of Louisville, Kentucky,
Mary Katherine Buttross,
Cedars Club of Memphis,
Tennessee, Joanna
Medley Karem, Lebanese


Heritage
(continued from page 4)
president's grave site.
Dean Norton, who is in
charge of the horticulture
at Mt. Version said,
"There are very, very few
of these trees in this area,


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of Louisbille, Kentucky.
Seated: Kelly Nicole
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but boy are they
gorgeous! How nice it is
to have it here at the
tomb. It is just perfect to
have it here to shelter the
sarcophagus area. It is a
solemn area and the tree
fits quote nicely."


Scholarships The Birthplace of the
(continued from page 5) Souther Federation
Scholarship
Club of Mobile Donor: L'Monar L'
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Gift for Knowledge Arthur, Texas
Award

Ideology newspaper, Gebran
(continued from page 6) Tuweini, as well.. I find
myself more interested in
the popularization of this
communities, which insist reasoning than in the sick
on finding the killers of humor that marks the
Hariri and perhaps those comedy.
of journalist Samir Kassir, What immediately
political. activist George comes to m mind is
Hawi, and parliamentarian the chauvinistic
an ideology, the chauvinistic
and publisher of An Nahar (continued on page 13)

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Saudi Dining
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being ordered out during
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found it interesting that
in a country that takes
extreme measures to
shield the sexes during
meals, we were being
made to eat on the street.
Some Saudis are
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"I have the freedom to
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Faisal al-Badrani
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"I don't want this
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Both are 18 and in
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out they risk arrest.
"We're all scared," he
said. "But if the
girlfriend -loves you
enough she'll go out


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eating out. Men are at
least allowed to drive,
and on weekends they
ply the streets, flashing
their cell phone numbers
on large cards or laptop
screens at passing cars,
hoping to make contact
with female passengers.
Saudi Arabia is
perennially torn between
conservatives enforcing
a puritan strain of Islam,
and liberals who want
the country to ease up.
These days even Riyadh
is loosening the reigns a
bit. So many new
restaurants are opening
that there aren't enough
muttawa to police them.
More unmarried
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Relationship
(continued from page 11)
Sadqa; Knowledge from
which benefit continues to
be reaped; and the prayer
of a good son for his dead
father." (Muslim)
15. "Do not invoke
curses on yourselves or on
your children, or on your
possessions, for, it might
not be the Time when God
grants your request."
(Muslim)
-16. A resident of Yamen
immigrated and came to
the service. of the Holy,
Prophet of Islam. The
Prophet of Allah asked
him, "Do 'you hav any
relative in your native
land" The person
responded in affirmative
anid sais, "My parents."
The,Holy Prophet asked,
"Did they give you


permission for the
immigration?" And the
person replied, "No." The
Holy Prophet then asked
him to go back and seek the
permission from the
parents to participate in the
Holy War; and if granted
then come -and join the
Jehad; otherwise stay there
in attendance and in service
for them." (Aby Daud)
17. A person came to the
presence of the Holy
Prophet and requested
permission to be at his
service and said that he had
left his parents crying for
leaving them alone. The
Holy Prophet asked that
person to go back to his
parents and make them so
much "laugh" so as to
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Ideology
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nationalism that demotes
the individual and
subjugates him to the nation.
and the state. This ideology
is making a comeback,
despite its failure in many
Middle East and Arab
countries and despite major
changes on the world stage
that stress the importance of
individual freedom in the
face of state repression.
This ideology is back to
perform a cruel and
inhumane function; it is
providing a cover-up for
murder, deception, and
distortion of the truth, just as
it has in the past, in Syria
and elsewhere in the Arab
world. This ideology is
being used yet again to
justify assassinations in the
name of the national
struggle against imperialism
and Zionism.
What can explain the'
comeback of such an
ideology even after its
failure to inspire and guide


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of the Baathis regime in the
face of international
pressure and the lack of
viable political alternatives
to deal with its situation.
Syrain officials and
Lebanese apologist have
resorted to ideology as a
weapon to wad off
international pressure on
Syria for its alleged
involvement in the Hariri
assassination; this speaks of
desperate measure in
desperate times. Syria is
doing whatever is needed to
ensure the survival of the
regime. Unlike the former
Iraqi regime, which
abandoned secular
nationalism and Baathism
in 1990 after the first Gulf
war and embraced Islamic
ideology because the
Baathist leadership has been
warring with Sunni
opposition for more than
three decades.
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believe in more than one
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claim. In the Coran it is
mentioned that Mary
conceived by the Holy
Spirit and'that Jesus is the
son of Mary. How foolish
you are. Please ask God to
open your eyes to see the
truth. You and I know that
the first son must be called
after his father's name.
Once I met in Africa a
truck driver, I stopped him
and said, Mary conceived
by the Holy Spirit and she
gave birth to a son, whom
Joseph named "Jesus"
whose son is he? He
answered me fast, "Jesus
is the Son of God." I told


Saudi Dining
(continued from page 12)
year-old housewife,
refused to be shut away
while dining recently. "If
hI had wanted to sit in a
tiny enclosure .behind a
curtain I wouldn't have
come to a restaurant to
eat. I \\ would have stayed.
home," she.said.
SAt Riyadh restaurants,


him he would go to
Heaven because he
confessed Jesus as the Son
of God. Recently I met an
Arab from Jordan and
speaks Arabic. He was
happy to meet me. After a
long conversation, I asked
him the same question:
Mary conceived by the
Holy Spirit, whose son is
he? He answered, "The
Son of God." I see
blindness because of
unbelief. Satan's aim is to
deceive Islam and the
world so that they will be
with him in Hell. Please
tell me the name of the
angel -that appeared to
Mohammed. Do you
know?' God has allowed
me to preach on television
22 years to tell the truth

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Ideology
(continued from page 13)
Reform and openness,
which are demanded by
some of the Syrian
opposition, could be an
alternative to adopting this
intolerant ideology, but
these steps would strike at
the heart of Assad rule,
which remains a closed
authoritarian regime that
resists any attempt at
political liberalization. This,
with Islamism and political
liberalization out of the
picture, chauvinistic
nationalism becomes the
only alternative, Syrian
officials hope it will wash
away the regime's sins and
seal the ranks of the
population with the
collective goal of fighting
Western imperialism.
A second explanation of
why a chauvinistic ideology
remains useful to the Syrian
regime is found in the Arab
and Islamic culture. This
-culture, according to Adonis
in a lecture he delivered at


the American University of
Cairo in November 2005,
remains monotheistic. This
monotheistic tradition
reproduces itself in other
ideologies, including pan-
Arab nationalist ones that
legitimize themselves
through Islamic Arab
culture.
The utility of
nationalistic ideology has
been maintained through
exclusion and the use of
violence. In. the same
lecture, Adonis notes a
correlation between
violence. and monotheism
that exists in all
monotheistic religions,
including the Islamist is
subject to that of the nation
- and -that the leaders,
naturally, embody the
nation. The Syrian regime,
meanwhile, benefits from
almost a half century of rule,
during which they
propagated one idea, one
party, and an infallible
system of government that
rationalized killing the
Other-the opposition-under


the pretext that the
dissenters threatened the
harmony and balance of
society and diverted the
state's energies away from
the external "enemy."
But, is the future of
Lebanon and Syria
predetermined by this
political and cultural
predicament? Michel Kilo,
a Syrian author, answers
this question indirectly in
an article published in the
Beirut-based Al Mustaqbal
newspaper on the first
anniversary of Hariri's
assassination. He implies
that whatever the
conditions that empower
the killers, the
effectiveness of future
political assassinations
will never be the same. In
some cases, "political
killing transcends the
intentions of the killers,
especially if those who are
killed remain alive in
people's memories." This
happens when the person
who died "represents not
just himself, but rather an


idea or a higher interest, a
public trend."
Political assassinations
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