And now, ladies and gentlemen, we have WMD free zones

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    And now, ladies and gentlemen, we have WMD free zones

    FOXNews.com - 43 Nations to Seek WMD-Free Middle East - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News

    PARIS Forty-three nations, including Israel and Arab states, pledged Sunday to work for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction at the close of a summit to launch an unprecedented Union for the Mediterranean aimed at securing peace across the restive region.

    In a final declaration, Israel, Syria, the Palestinians along with countries across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa agreed to "pursue a mutually and effectively verifiable Middle East Zone free of weapons of mass destruction."

    The countries committed to "consider practical steps to prevent the proliferation" of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their delivery systems. It was unclear, however, how the signatories who included Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Syrian President Bashar Assad would enforce the pledge.

    Israel is widely believed to have a stockpile of nuclear weapons but neither confirms nor denies it has them an ambiguity meant to scare potential enemies from considering an annihilating attack while denying them the rationale for developing their own nuclear deterrent.

    Recently, tensions between Israel and arch enemy Iran have risen over Tehran's nuclear program. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has often spoken of wiping Israel off the map. And Israel and ally the United States believe Tehran's nuclear program is aimed at producing nuclear weapons, despite Iran's insistence it is for producing nuclear energy.

    Syria, another Israeli foe, may also have nuclear ambitions. Last year, Israeli jets destroyed what U.S. intelligence officials said was believed to be a partially built nuclear reactor in Syria, though Syrian officials said it was part of a non-nuclear military program.

    While trying to unify the region, the summit laid bare the deep divisions that still slice through it and highlighted how hard it will be to parlay the meeting's goodwill and words into real progress. Syria's president refused to shake the Israeli prime minister's hand, and Morocco's king snubbed the meeting attended by the president of rival Algeria.

    Still, summit host Nicolas Sarkozy, France's president, reveled at having brought so many leaders to the same table for the first time.

    "We dreamed about a Union for the Mediterranean, and now it is a reality," Sarkozy said in closing the summit in a palace abutting the River Seine. He called it an "extremely moving, very important moment."

    The summit declaration also condemned "terrorism in all its forms" and announced six major projects, from a common university and easier travel visas for students to depolluting the Mediterranean sea and promoting solar power.

    It also spoke of democratic principles, human rights and fundamental freedoms values Western critics have accused such union members as Syria of violating.

    Sarkozy went to special efforts to bring Syria into the international fold for the summit: Assad met Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, separately, both for the first time. And he met Sarkozy after years of chill between their countries.

    Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, co-presiding at the summit with Sarkozy, called on the new union to tackle reducing the wealth "gap" between north and south, and cited other southern Mediterranean "challenges" as education, food safety, health and social welfare.

    He said the union has better chances of success than a previous cooperation process launched in Barcelona in 1995 because the new body focuses on practical projects parallel to efforts toward Mideast peace.

    The Union for the Mediterranean is Sarkozy's brainchild and was timed to coincide with the French presidency of the European Union. Paris holds the rotating post until the end of this year.

    But Sarkozy's ambitious plan overlapped with EU projects already in progress, and it was melded into EU efforts and expanded to include 27 members of the EU, not just those on the Mediterranean coast.

    The new union is to include at least 43 nations, nearly all of which sent a president or prime minister to the summit. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi objected to the whole idea and refused to come.
    I guess they work so well for guns, that the international community is going to start implementing WMD free zones. I feel safer already.
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    Let me get this straight a peace agreement where half the leaders won't shake hands or acknowledge each other and france thinks they really did something
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    Wow, guess I'm out of a job because we all know that this will work and we will have world peace.
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    Can someone please translate "Kum Bay Ya" into arabic?
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    They are trying to make a virtue of their incompetence. The bomb makers kill almost as many of themselves, their relatives, and their neighbors as the suicide bombers kill of Israel.

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    Well, sometimes they do work. For instance, in Marlboro, Massachusetts, there is a law on the books that "One may not detonate a nuclear device in the city."

    To this day, nobody has detonated a nuclear device in their city, so I guess it works, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    Can someone please translate "Kum Bay Ya" into arabic?
    Kumbayah in Arabic, courtesy of Stars21.com. Am assuming it's about as inaccurate as many such "automated" translations.

    كوم بكالوريوس yah ، ربي ، وكوم بكالوريوس yah!
    كوم بكالوريوس yah ، ربي ، وكوم بكالوريوس yah.
    يا رب ، وكوم بكالوريوس yah

    احدهم عن البكاء ، الرب ، وكوم بكالوريوس yah!
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    يا رب ، وكوم بكالوريوس yah

    أحدهم عن الغناء ، والرب ، وكوم بكالوريوس yah!
    أحدهم عن الغناء ، والرب ، وكوم بكالوريوس yah!
    أحدهم عن الغناء ، والرب ، وكوم بكالوريوس yah!
    يا رب ، وكوم بكالوريوس yah

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    احدهم عن الصلاة ، الرب ، وكوم بكالوريوس yah!
    احدهم عن الصلاة ، الرب ، وكوم بكالوريوس yah!
    يا رب ، وكوم بكالوريوس

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    What could be more beautiful than a room full of politicians, all lying to one another about their intentions, concealing their real stockpiles, signing documents which they have no intention of honoring, and taking full credit in front of the camera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lance22 View Post
    What could be more beautiful than a room full of politicians, all lying to one another about their intentions, concealing their real stockpiles, signing documents which they have no intention of honoring, and taking full credit in front of the camera?

    To be a politician is every criminal's dream - what the rest of us would be condemned for, they receive praise and acclaim.
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    No WMDs in the Med, huh? Yeah, right.

    Just sounds like the latest ineffective political stunt designed to grab some headline space by those wonderful appeasement-preachin', cheese eatin', Jerry-Lewis-lovin' surrender-monkeys...
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    Hey, the ultra-liberal enclave of Tacoma Park, MD has proudly declared itself a "nuclear free" zone for years. Always made me feel much safer when I was in town. Well, except for the dope dealers. And gang bangers. And robbers. And murderers.
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    This is hilarious!!! Riiiiight. A nuclear-free middle east. The fact that Israel, if all places, is backing this just shoots the credibility out of the water. I won't give my opinion of the country itself but that's merely a comment on what I believe about their nuclear capabilities.
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    When it happens I'll believe it . Who is going to tell the Arab war lords. Is this another one of the United Nations ideas like the one where they wanted to take away all guns. The governments of some of these nations might agree but they can't seem to control their own people.

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