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“The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”  –Nahum 1:3

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I’ve discovered a great blog — Sabbah’s blog — which has this to say about the above images:

The US-led occupation forces in Iraq face violent attacks and suicide bombings, but nature has its hazards as well – like this dramatic desert sandstorm.

The storm hit on Tuesday, at the former Iraqi airbase at al-Asad, about 180 km (110 miles) west of Baghdad, now home to a US marine corps unit.

The sandstorm approaching at around 60 mph (95 km/h) engulfed people, buildings and equipment. The sky turned orange as the storm approached, until total darkness blanketed the ground.

Experts say such storms are extremely rare in Iraq, and can spring up almost without warning. Pictures taken by Gunnery Sergeant Shannon Aldredge, US marine corps photographer. [source: BBC]

More about Sabbah:

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usIt’s your prerogative to ignore what I have to say. It’s not your prerogative to keep me from saying it, nor to keep me from hearing what someone else has to say. There is a point. Don’t expect to understand it yet. You’re still in kindergarten. So am I. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep trying to understand.

It’s all about me!

I believe that everyone should do at least one thing in his life that is completely out of character – it’s a good way to test one’s limits – and making this blog was mine.

The Short Form:

My name is Haitham Sabbah; Husband and a Father of an active 2 boys and 1 little girl.

Pointy-haired sales support manager for a major mobile telecom company.

Electronics & Communication Engineer from Birla Institute of Technology.

Born at Kuwait on 1969. Jordania national with Palestinian origions.

This Blog:

So what is this blog? At the moment, nothing much. I’m interested in everything, but my chief interest is in the intersection between advanced technologies, polotics and individual liberty. The vast majority of my posts touches on this in one way or another.

One thing this will not be is a “warblog.” I don’t intend to concentrate on war in general, or any war in particular. However I’m tied down to my Palestinian origins and Arab side in general. Depending on who is pissing me off most at any given moment, i might criticize some (specially West).

For the time being, this will be a blog under construction. I won’t comment every day – this is a diary, not a career – but new articles will appear on a regular basis. Also, as time and my poor HTML skills permit, I’ll add a comment section and links to sites that I find of interest, including newspapers, Israeli and Palestinian blogs, friends’ journals and the other things that make the Web such a rich tapestry. I hope you’ll stay with me, and join the conversation.

Shallow Thoughts:

  • I read a lot. Mostly science.

  • I watch an odd mixture of TV. Very little on a schedule. A lot of re-runs.

  • I write. Not as much as I’d like or I should. I used to draw a lot, too. Not enough time in the day…

  • I blog, therefore I am.

Some of the above are delved into further in my weblog.

Deep Thoughts:

  • I dislike whiners, easy-answerers, and opportunists on all ends of the political spectra.

  • With great rights come great responsibilities. …

Read all of his “deep thoughts.”

I’ve invited Sabbah to post here. If you’d like, write to him too and ask him to come on over: haitham [at]

I told him he’s a heck of a writer.

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