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Thursday, January 22, 2004

In an otherwise unremarkable and predictable recitation of tendentious drivel and misrepresentations in Gulf News , Dr. Hussein Abdulmunin Amery, an Associate Professor at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi and a professor of Geo-politics and of Hydro-politics at Colorado School of Mines, offers this trenchant commentary about the 1973 Yom Kippur War (he calls it the Ramadan War):

It is natural for Israeli politicians and journalists to describe the various wars and developments in the region in their own words. The west happily went along, using Israeli terminology. An example is the Ramadan War of 1973.

Arabs refer to it as the October or Ramadan or 1973 War. Israel, and therefore the western world use the term "Yom Kippur" war, clearly implying that the deceitful and disrespectful Arabs launched a war during the Jews' most holy of days.

"Clearly implying," eh? Fascinating analysis, to be sure, but in 1973 Arab states did indeed launch a war against Israel during the Jewish High Holy Days. In fact, they launched their war on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar; so the reference to Yom Kippur isn't an implication but a simple statement of fact in reference to the day on which this massive sneak attack against Israel was launched. And to say this attack was deceitful and disrespectful is a bit of an understatement. Stick to hydro-politics, doc, if y'know what I’m clearly implying….

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