Monday, October 6, 2008

Al-Arian Finally Heading to Trial?

With the United States Supreme Court refusing to hear Sami Al-Arian's appeal of a ruling interpreting his plea agreement, it looks as though the admitted terror supporter will have to stand trial. Al-Arian has argued that his plea agreement in which he admitted to providing support for Palestinian Islamic Jihad prevented the government from calling him to testify in other terrorism cases. His appeal to the Supreme Court came after lower courts determined he had to testify.

Now it's time to try Al-Arian for contempt. It's a long time coming.

See today's account in The Charlotte Observer.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Best Friend of Israel

That's a phrase we often hear from American politicians courting the Jewish vote. Joe Biden used it last night during his debate with Gov. Sarah Palin and it brought to memory a meeting I had with him a few years ago.
Ariel Sharon had just been elected prime minister and Biden was on a rant about how bad Sharon would be for Israel. I was able to get a word in edgewise, no mean feat if you know Biden's rep, and told him I wasn't worried about Sharon but that the senator might direct his attention to Arafat.
A few months later, Sharon announced his disengagement plans that fell within Biden's advice for Israel. I dropped Biden a note asking him if he still held the same opinion of Sharon. No reply.
It seems that Biden and other "best friends" are friends to Israel so long as the Israelis adhere to the line announced by these friends. Cross that line and there is hell to pay.