August 15th, 2006

Chris Keeley

CNI Foundation Ad in New York Times--8/13/06

There follows the full text of a letter to the President from the
Council for the National Interest Foundation (of which I am proud to be
the current chairman) which was published in a full-page ad in
yesterday's New York Times as Page 8 of the Week in Review section
opposite the editorial page (Page 9). This is the third in a series of
six such ads that CNIF has contracted with the Times to be published at
two-month intervals throughout this year. The cost to CNIF is $45,000
per ad. They reach 1.8 million Times subscribers nationwide, and perhaps
three times that number of readers. The ads include a coupon section
appealing for financial support for this effort to change American
policy on the Middle East. If any of you cannot resist the urge to help
out, please send a check to CNIF at the address at the end of the
letter, or you can do it by credit card on the CNIF website: Be sure to make it payable to CNIF (and not to
CNI) because that is tax deductible by you as a contribution to a
non-profit educational organization.

What Next in the Middle East?

A Commission of Wise Men

August 13, 2006

Dear Mr. President,

We are Americans from all fifty states who are, frankly, ashamed and
puzzled by our policy in the Middle East. As Americans, we are sickened
that the region is in a state of humanitarian crisis with thousands of
innocent civilians needlessly suffering due largely to your inaction. We
believe that the absence of the United States in the period leading up
to the current crisis has been unprecedented in American diplomacy.

Upward of a thousand Lebanese and dozens of Israelis have died
unnecessarily and the crisis has been allowed to fester for far too
long. America and her allies could have negotiated a stand down by all
parties, including Syria and Iran, if realistic policies had been chosen
and the blame game avoided.

As Americans we are outraged at the sight of U.S. donated tanks, weapons
and advanced missiles being used without restraint on a civilian
population in violation of American law and agreements with Israel.

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Chris Keeley

Back in Action

Camera no longer on the Fritz

© Keeley 2006  Men having Coffee Ios Island 8.14.2006

Thanks to my Dad's suggestion I visited George Loukis at Platis Yalos
Camping and his magic fingers turned my camera back into operation.
Not that George did anything special, the God's were playing tricks on me,
for now I am forever grateful to having a camera that works to coninue in the never
ending of the daily dreatime social documentation of the on-going Paradise Life
Social Documentary experience by sharing my life digtally through the photographic process
keeping in mind the dadaists who founded the Surrealism movement.

Chris Keeley

Charlie Reese on Bush and Lebanon

     *Still Racist*

If you step back a moment and look objectively, you can plainly see that
the U.S. and most of Europe still have a racist, colonialist attitude
toward the Middle East and all its people — except, of course, the Israelis.

It's still difficult to tell if President George Bush is just a callous
liar or if he lives in his own little world, which bears no resemblance
to the real one. In his press conference in Texas last week, he
contradicted himself with a perfectly straight face.

Giving his usual lecture on the blessings of freedom and democracy, he
completely ignored the fact that when Hamas members were elected in a
free and fair election in Palestine, he refused to recognize them, cut
off all aid and refused to talk to them. Now, now, Mr. President,
democracy means you recognize the outcome of an election even if you
don't like the results. Hence, he contradicts himself when he claims to
be the Billy Graham of democracy.
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Chris Keeley

The Bush case for war against Iran

Subject:        The Bush case for war against Iran
Date:   Tue, 15 Aug 2006 16:50:06 EDT
From:  Ray Close

Dear Friends:

Despite vehement official assertions to the contrary, indications are
increasing every day that the Bush Administration has already decided
that conventional diplomacy will fail as a way to manage its
confrontation with Iran, and that military action against the Teheran
regime has therefore already reached the point of final countdown.  This
message is not an attempt to analyze all aspects of that highly complex
and controversial question, all the pros and all the cons, which are
numerous on both sides, but merely to toss a few small but perhaps
significant considerations into the balance.  Make your own judgments.

1.  First, some military realities that have not yet been fully
appreciated by the American public:

    A.  The Lebanon conflict substantiates pre-crisis intelligence that
Iran has apparently provided sophisticated “strategic” rockets to
Hizballah, such as the Fajr-5 (range: 75 km) and probably also the
Zelzal (range: 150 km).

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