INN: The former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Ahmed Qureia, said Monday that the Israeli-PA peace process is "no more than a waste of time."
Qureia insisted that Israel's decision not to halt construction in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem for a second time made peace talks impossible.
“If this is the policy, I think it is a big lie to talk about the two-state solution,” he told The Associated Press. “They are killing the opportunity of two-state solution. If it dies ... one state is one of the choices.”
He implied the PA may drop the “two-state solution” outlined in the 1993 Oslo Accords that would result in two states — Israel and Palestine —existing next to one another.
Instead, he said, the PA might seek "a multi-ethnic state covering all of historic Palestine, including Israel."
Israeli officials reject that settlement construction is a so-called "obstacle to peace," saying PA preconditions are aimed at forestalling talks in which they would have to make unpopular compromises.
They note that a previous 10-month construction freeze in the 'disputed territories' aimed at meeting PA demands was not only rebuffed, but met with more preconditions and a unilateral statehood bid at the United Nations in violation of existing agreements.
At present, PA officials insist Israel agree to the indefensible pre-1967 lines for future borders, halt construction in the 'disputed territories,' and release all Arab terrorists from its jails before talks can begin.
Observers note that seeking a state that would eliminate Israel is consistent with PA/PLO policy.
Article 9 of the PLO charter continues to assert, "Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine. This it is the overall strategy, not merely a tactical phase.”
It also maintains “Palestine” is defined by the British Mandate and is “indivisible” – thus leaving no room for Israel, or Jordan, to exist at all.
PLO officials have refused to amend their charter numerous times since the 1993 Oslo Accords were signed.
In December 2011, the PLO announced it had decided on "a strategy based on continuous efforts along with the international community to secure full recognition and full United Nations membership, pursuing internal reconciliation, and keeping up the popular resistance."
Who Is More An Organic Part Of The West, Who Is Militarily More Useful -- Turkey, Or Israel?
Turkey says Israel not welcome at NATO summit
Mon, Apr 23 2012
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has refused to allow Israel to take part in a NATO summit next month because the Jewish state has not apologized for the 2010 killing of Turkish activists in a raid on a ship taking aid to Palestinians, a Turkish official said on Monday.
Relations between the regional powers deteriorated sharply after Israeli commandos raided the Mavi Marmara aid vessel in May 2010 to enforce a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and killed nine Turks in clashes with activists.
Last September, Turkey expelled Israel's envoy and froze military cooperation after a U.N. report on the raid failed to prompt an apology from Israel.
"We did not give our consent on that issue," a Turkish official told Reuters when asked if Turkey was blocking Israel's participation in a NATO summit in Chicago on May 20-21.
He said Turkey was still seeking an official apology and compensation for the victims of the Mavi Marmara raid.
"NATO is an alliance and even though Israel is not a member its attendance means ... positive dialogue with NATO and all its members and without sorting this issue out we deem it not appropriate for Israel to be around," the official said.
Turkish media reported that some NATO members had sought Israel's participation in the summit as part of the alliance's partnership cooperation program, designed to strengthen relations with non-member countries.
Israel is a member of the Mediterranean Dialogue, a NATO outreach program, along with six other non-NATO countries.
The Turkish official rejected the description of the move as Turkey "blocking" Israel's attendance, saying the NATO secretariat and NATO allies would not bring the issue to the agenda officially, knowing Ankara's stance on the issue.
A NATO spokeswoman said there had not been a discussion on inviting Israel to the Chicago summit.
The United States has tried to encourage a rapprochement between Turkey and Israel in the face of turmoil in the Middle East.
The issue of Israel's participation was brought up at a NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels on April 18 attended by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News said.
It said ministers from some NATO countries, including the United States, France and Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, indirectly criticized Turkey for bringing its bilateral problems with Israel to the NATO platform.
"You are talking about being partners and partnership values. But partners, first of all, should act like partners, so that we'll treat them accordingly," the paper reported Davutoglu as telling his NATO colleagues.
Police have swooped on homes in Luton and arrested five men on terrorism charges. The men - aged 21, 23, 24, 25 and 30 - were arrested on suspicion of commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
The raids took place at 7am in the town in Bedfordshire and involved scores of police. The arrests were part of a "pre-planned, intelligence-led" operation by the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism command. The five men have been taken to a central London police station for questioning.
"This morning's operation had not involved armed officers," a police spokesman said. A Bedfordshire Police spokeswoman said: "Full consideration has been given to treating those arrested, and especially their families, with appropriate respect for cultural and religious identity as far as is possible". And as the police don't say that about members of any other religion I am quite confident that the men arrested are Muslim.
The homes were all in the Bury Park area of the town - in Bishopscote Road, Maidenhall Road, Crawley Green Road, Cornel Close and Shaftesbury Road.
Okay, let me get this straight. Christians are being attacked and murdered in Iraq, Egypt and Nigeria and a whole bunch of other places. And Bob Simon's big reveal on 60 Minutes is that the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren called his boss? Are you kidding me?
Dance To The Music Of Time For, In Syria, The Beat Goes On
Blast rocks central Damascus
April 24, 2012
(CNN) -- Reports of carnage and widespread violence in Syria continue to grow despite the U.N. Security Council's agreement to boost the number of monitors in the country.
A huge explosion rocked central Damascus on Tuesday, according to the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The group had no immediate information on possible casualties.
Syria said a bomb was attached to a car and injured the driver. On state-run news agency SANA, the country blamed an "armed terrorist group." The attack took place in the neighborhood of Merja, SANA said.
Throughout the Syrian uprising, authorities have blamed violence on "armed terrorist groups."
On the opposition side, at least 11 people were killed in Syria Tuesday, including two who died as a result of torture, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria. Two of the dead are women, the LCC said.
Six of the deaths were in the beleaguered city of Homs; three were in Damascus, and two were in Damascus suburbs, the group said.
Regime forces pummeled Homs and Hama with heavy shelling, the LCC said, just days after U.N. observers left those cities. At least 50 of the 80 deaths across Syria on Monday took place in Hama, the group said.
Farther south, tank artillery and mortar rounds rained Tuesday on the city of Douma, said an opposition activist identified as Fateh for safety reasons.
In Idlib, security authorities moved 20 corpses from a hospital to an undisclosed location coinciding with news of observers arriving in the area, the LCC said.
In the Damascus suburb of Douma, a huge explosion was reported, the LCC said. In another suburb, Karafbatna, several activists were reported to have been arrested, apparently at random, at a checkpoint in the center of the city, the LCC said.
Meanwhile, in Damascus, a government intelligence officer was assassinated Tuesday morning, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Syria, meanwhile, said armed terrorists assassinated a retired officer and his brother in the province of Damascus Monday night, in the neighborhood of Fadel.
A SANA report also said the "bodies of seven army and law-enforcement martyrs" were buried Tuesday.
U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan is expected to brief the Security Council on Tuesday as the peace plan he brokered appeared so far unable to quash the bloodshed that has plagued Syria for more than a year.
Only a handful of U.N. observers are in the country, but the Security Council recently authorized sending up to 300 monitors for 90 days.
"It is our hope that the deployment of observers will help to stop the killing and consolidate the calm," said B. Lynn Pascoe, U.N. under-secretary-general for political affairs. "The objective, however, is clearly not to freeze the situation but to create the conditions for a serious and credible political process."
The monitors are tasked with observing a cease-fire imposed on April 12, part of a six-point peace plan laid out by Annan and accepted by the Syrian government.
International leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, are ratcheting up pressure on the Syrian regime.
"I have signed an executive order that authorizes new sanctions against the Syrian government and Iran and those who abet them for using technologies to monitor and track target citizens for violence," Obama said Monday. "... It's one more step that we can take toward the day that we know will come -- the end of the Assad regime."
In addition, European Union foreign ministers agreed to ban the export of goods and technology that might be used by Damascus to produce chemical or biological weapons.
"Despite the urgent need for Assad to end the violence immediately, he and his close supporters continue to lead comfortable lives," Hague said.
Though they agreed to beef up the observer mission, Russia and China, two permanent countries on the 15-member Security Council, have vetoed attempts to take tougher action against the Syrian regime.
Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin defended his country's position.
"As a matter of principle, we believe that the U.N. Security Council is not about regime change," Churkin told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Monday. "We believe that ... if there is crisis in a country, the role of the international community should be to help the parties involved to find a political, peaceful way out of this crisis.
"And when we saw some of the resolutions -- which included sanctions -- we knew that those were resolutions which were heading in the direction of regime change by force, which would, in turn, lead only to much more bloodshed in Syria."
The Annan peace plan calls for the government and the opposition to end the violence, provide access for humanitarian groups, release detainees and start a political dialogue.
Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, expressed doubt that al-Assad's regime would follow through with Annan's plan.
"The regime's long track record is one of dependable deceit and deception," she said. "We will work to ensure there will be consequences should the Syrian regime continue to ignore this council's decisions, press ahead with its murderous rampage and flout the will of the international community."
On Saturday, Syrian U.N. Ambassador Bashar Jaafari said security forces will exercise the "utmost degree of restraint" but remain prepared to defend their national interests against terrorists.
CNN cannot independently verify reports of violence and deaths within Syria, as the government has restricted access by international media.
Syria has been engulfed in violence since March 2011, when the government started started cracking down on demonstrators who were peacefully protesting the regime of al-Assad. The president's family has ruled Syria for 42 years.
The United Nations estimates at least 9,000 people have died since the protests began, while activist groups put the death toll at more than 11,000. Rice put the total at 10,000.
Canadian PM Harperâ€™s National Holocaust Remembrance Day Speech in Ottawa Versus President Obamaâ€™s in Washington
Canada's PM Stephen Harper at Ottawa National President Obama and Elie Wiesel at US Holocaust Holocaust Remembrance DayMemorial Museum
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Monday, was Canada’s National Holocaust Remembrance Day in Ottawa. According to a report in the Ottawa Citizen, Canada’s PM Stephen Harper gave a speech to an audience composed of the country’s Parliament MPs of all parties, Shoah survivors and Israel’s Ambassador to Canada and leaders of Canada’s Jewish community. A close friend, Rabbi Jonathan Hausman was in Canada for Israel Truth Week (ITW) and invited to attend yesterday’s ceremony in Ottawa. The venue for National Holocaust Remembrance Day was Canada’s National War Museum filled with WWII military equipment and memorabilia. Harper spoke and lit a memorial candle at the Yad VA Shem candelabra.
In his speech, Harper noted the anti-Semitic threats to Jewish citizens on Canada’s college campuses, annihilationist threats the Jewish state of Israel faces from nuclear Iran and Salafist and Muslim Brotherhood groups both domestically and in the Middle East:
It is an undertaking of a solemn responsibility to fight those threats.
We see it in the manifestos of organizations which deny the right of Israel as a Jewish state to exist.
We see it most profoundly and clearly in the ravings of a ruthless leader who threatens to wipe Israel off the map, while violating his country’s international obligations and pursuing the development of nuclear weapons.
We see it in the slaughter of Jewish children and other innocents, just last month, by a man born and raised in a tolerant, Western country.
And we see it here at home, every year on some university campuses, in the unconscionable slur that is the so-called Israeli Apartheid Week.
Ladies and gentlemen, while the Holocaust stands alone, it does not stand isolated.
It is but the most hellish chapter in the long and continuing history of anti-Semitism.
We must face this history unflinching.
Anti-Semitism is a sickness, a deadly moral sickness.
Anti-Semitism kills the lives and security of its victims, the consciences of its perpetrators, and the integrity of those who fail to speak out, of those who counsel a false peace, of those who seek refuge in moral equivalence.
As history and present controversies tell us all too well, anti-Semitism is a threat not only to the Jewish people.
It is a threat to us all – a sickness that quickly morphs into a hatred and a desire to destroy anyone – anyone who is different than its perpetrator.
Rabbi Hausman who attended yesterday’s commemoration in Ottawa had been as invited by the organizers of this past March's ITW forum, to participate as a member of its delegation. ITW, organized by Canadian non-Jews to counteract Israel Apartheid Week activities on Canadian college campuses, had asked Rabbi Hausman to be a keynote speaker in March on Ontario campuses in Hamilton and London. Hausman returned this week to speak at an ITW event in Hamilton. According to Hausman, the chief organizer of ITW (Mark Vandermaas) was one of many honored with lighting a candle during the Ottawa Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremonies, yesterday, for his pro-Israel work.
Rabbi Hausman noted this about Canadian PM Harper’s performance and delivery of his speech:
PM Stephen Harper's Canadian Friends of Yad VaShem address was infused with emotion, historical particularity and lessons for the Jewish world, as well as Canadian-Israeli relations.He spoke about the existential threats that Israel faces from her enemies, however inspired. He did not dismiss Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and what that would portend for Israel and the free world...as Iran is motivated the theology of Jew-hatred.
In contradistinction to Bob Simon's report on 60 Minutes on Christians in the Holy Land delegitimizing Israel, Harper praised Israel as a beacon of freedom and tolerance in the Middle East, a country in which everyone's rights are protected, a country with growing and thriving minority communities, be they Arab, Muslim or Christian.
Harper did not read a teleprompted speech. He spoke from some notes in English and French with passion, conviction, friendship and empathy Miriam Ziv, Israel's Ambassador to Canada expressed her sincere appreciation.
Hausman contrasted Harper’s speech with that of President Obama’s, yesterday, at another Holocaust commemoration in Washington at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Hausman said:”the actions of Obama belie his words.”
The President’s speech was criticized by Washington Post blogger, Jennifer Rubin as “disingenuous”. The President was accompanied by Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel as he lit a memorial candle at a Buchenwald niche, a reference to an American uncle on his mother’s side whose US Army unit participated in the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp.
President Obama chose the occasion to announce new sanctions against both Syria and Iran, previously authorized by Congress, and the formation of an Atrocities Prevention Board headed by one of Israel’s fiercest opponents on his National Security Council, Samantha Powers. Powers, while on the faculty of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government had advocated use of multilateral armed force for humanitarian purposes, one of which was allegedly an invasion of Israel to enforce the establishment of a Palestinian State. Watch this You Tube video of an interview with Powers.
Rubin commented in her Washington Post blog post on President Obama said about this new genocide prevention initiative:
Obama has now (after three-plus years) come up with another fig leaf: “We’re making sure that the United States government has the structures, the mechanisms to better prevent and respond to mass atrocities. So I created the first-ever White House position dedicated to this task. It’s why I created a new Atrocities Prevention Board, to bring together senior officials from across our government to focus on this critical mission. This is not an afterthought.” That’s it — another committee! But it’s not an afterthought, mind you. And another report! (“The intelligence community will prepare, for example, the first-ever National Intelligence Estimate on the risk of mass atrocities and genocide.” To those in the national intelligence community: The risk of mass atrocities is going up under this president.)
Given the bloodshed and slaughter in Syria and the declaration of Jihad warfare by the Islamist regime of Gen. Omar al-Bashir in Sudan against the Republic of South Sudan, we are skeptical of the Administration’s announcement and commitment to prevent genocide whether in Sub Sahara Africa or the Middle East. Words are meaningless in the face of consummate evil. Only meaningful action of the type Canada’s PM Harper spoke of yesterday at their National Holocaust Remembrance Day counts.
Taxin: Armenian Martyrs Day 2012: Armenian-Americans insulted by tepid Obama statement
Adam Taxin of the Philadelphia Jewish Armenian Relations Examiner has written movingly about the disingenuous statement issued by President Obama on this 97th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide that began in 1915. More than 1.5 Armenians were murdered in unspeakable ways by Muslim Turks and Kurds under the faltering Ottoman Caliphate during the First World War. This despite word of the Jihad conveyed to the world press by the American Jewish Ambassador to the Sublime Porte in Istanbul, Henry Morganthau, Sr. Congress and American Jews have become increasingly aware that the Armenian Genocide perpetrated as a jihad against Christians was the precursor to the murder of Six Million European Jewish Men, Women and Children by the Nazis during the Holocaust of WWII. Hitler cited the Armenian Genocide as a precedent of how indifferent the world had been to their plight and so, he argued he could do away with Jews with impunity during the Shoah. Obama’s nuanced statement on Armenian National Day as a "massacre' not a genocide is a reflection of his cultivation of the Islamist AKP of PM Recep Erdogan that began with his trip to Ankara in 2009. Obama values that relationship in the Muslim Ummah and has gone back on his word to issue a strong statement condemning this patent Jihad against Armenian Christians.
However, Obama did not at any point in the statement use the term "genocide."
That did not, to put it mildly, go over well with the Armenian-American community.
The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) took Obama particularly to task because of promises he had made while running for President in 2008.
According to an ANCA statement released earlier today: "President Obama, once again, used euphemistic language and verbal gymnastics to characterize the murder of 1.5 million Armenians in his annual April 24th Remembrance Day statement, breaking his pledge as Senator and Presidential candidate to properly recognize the Armenian Genocide as President."
The statement continued:
"President Obama today completed his surrender to Turkey, shamefully outsourcing U.S. human rights policy to a foreign state, and tightening Ankara's gag on American recognition of the Armenian Genocide," said ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian. "The President's capitulation to Turkey - on this, the last April 24th of his term - represents the very opposite of the principled and honest change he promised to Armenian Americans and to all the citizens of our nation. President Obama's pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide stands today as a stark lie, a painful promise etched on the hearts of all who had hoped and worked for change, but who, today, have been betrayed by a politician who failed to live up to his own words."
Local Armenian-Americans had harsh words for Obama.
According to Philadelphia attorney Antranig Garibian, "It is extremely disappointing to all Armenians that President Obama has so blatantly broken his campaign promise to put truth ahead of political conveniences. He stands in direct contrast to the co-chair of his campaign, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who has been a courageous and steadfast supporter of Armenian Genocide recognition."
"The finessed statement issued today by President Obama on the occasion of Armenian Martyrs Day is nothing but a dissapointment and a far cry from his campaign promises," said Kim Yacoubian, Co-Chair of the 2012 Philadelphia Armenian Genocide Walk (which takes place from noon-3 PM this Sunday in Center City).
Yacoubian added: "On the solemn occasion of the 97th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide, in which 1.5 million Armenian souls perished, we expect more from the United States Government. The Armenian-American community regrettably, though, has become accustomed to American politicians kowtowing to the Turkish government, and this is more of the same."
It should be noted that, notwithstanding the insult of failing to use the term "genocide," Obama did offer hopeychangeysunshiney language that might, for readers who are familiar with "The Godfather Part II," bring to mind the character Senator Pat Geary.
According to Obama: "... the legacy of the Armenian people is one of triumph. Your faith, courage, and strength have enabled you to survive and prosper, establishing vibrant communities around the world. Undaunted, you have preserved your patrimony, passing it from generation to generation. Armenian-Americans have made manifold contributions to the vibrancy of the United States ..."
Lebanon's most wanted Islamist terrorist 'killed planting bombs for Syrian rebels'
Abdel-Ghani Jawhar, Lebanon's most wanted militant Islamist terrorist, has been killed while planting bombs for the rebel movement in Syria, raising fresh concerns about the growing influence of radicals in the opposition to the Assad regime.
Jawhar was said by security sources quoted in the Lebanese media to have been killed in Qusayr, near the embattled city of Homs.
According to one report, he blew himself up when a bomb he was preparing detonated prematurely.
He was the head of Fatah-al-Islam, a militant group that had fought the official Lebanese army and other militias. It is alleged to have loose ties with al-Qaeda, and is certainly part of a wider network of militant Sunni groups whose involvement in the Syrian opposition has alarmed not only potential western backers but also the opposition itself.
“They are growing quickly, it’s true,” Bassma Kodmani, principal spokesman of the Syrian National Council, told The Daily Telegraph. She said groups of fighters from outside the country were coming in with “a different agenda”.
Jawhar, believed to be in his 30s, originally joined the Muslim Brotherhood but became progressively more radical, becoming leader of Fatah-al-Islam two years ago. An expert bomb-maker, he was said to have masterminded attacks on both the Lebanese army and United Nations peacekeepers.
A second leader, Walid Boustani, who escaped from prison in Lebanon in 2010 and also went to Syria, is said to have been killed by members of the Free Syrian Army after an argument.
Qusayr has been bombarded by the Syrian regime’s forces for months, but half remains under rebel control, despite a major tank assault which was beaten off last Thursday.
Although the FSA, which answers to the Syrian National Council, is largely a mixture of defectors and local residents without political affiliation, some semi-independent units have been formed of more radical Islamists, including the Farouq Battalion, which operates in Homs and Qusayr.
These have been increasingly accused of persecuting residents in pursuit of a religious agenda beyond the uprising’s goal of unseating the regime. On occasion it is overtly sectarian – targeting the non-Sunni, Alawite minority from which the Assad family comes.
One Sunni businessman, who called himself “Abu Salah”, said he had fled Homs with his family after members of the Farouq battalion beat him for not attending Friday prayers at the local mosque, or protests afterwards.
“Three times men with long beards came to my house,” he said. “One said to me: ’The people running the country are Alawites, they have no religion. Why don’t you come and join your Sunni brothers?’ He was holding a machine gun. When I told him I did not want to be part of it, three men beat me.”
Abu Salah said he had noticed a change in the sermons preached in the Old City where he lived.
“I was brought up a moderate Muslim. Now many of the mosques are Salafi. Some of the speeches I heard called for Syria to be an Islamic emirate.”
The regime has claimed the rebels are “terrorists”, blaming bombings in Damascus and Aleppo on al-Qaeda. Opposition groups claim the bombings were the work of Syrian intelligence, designed to discredit them, and that the regime is turning a blind eye to foreign jihadists entering the country for the same reason.
A bomb in Damascus yesterday injured three people, while three security officers were killed, all in apparent defiance of the current ceasefire. On Monday, scores of civilians in Hama were killed in an assault by regime forces, apparently in retaliation for protests made in the presence of ceasefire monitors.
There is little doubt that the Islamist presence – from the more moderate Muslim Brotherhood to radical Salafis – has grown as the uprising has dragged on. Probably only a small minority among the Islamists are aligned to the wider, al-Qaeda-led militant agenda, but even leaving that minority aside the presence of Salafis and other radical elements threatens the emergence of the pluralistic democracy demanded by the opposition’s leaders.
Sheikh Hashem Minkara, a Salafi leader in northern Lebanon, said he knew followers were crossing to fight ’jihad’ in Syria. “I had a lot of people come to me and tell me they want to go to fight in Syria. I know for sure there is money. The family of FSA fighters from here are being given $330 per month.”
Mrs Kodmani said that there was a difference between “home-grown” Islamists who the SNC was trying to ensure remained subject to their control, and foreign fighters.
She said that without efforts to unify the opposition, such groups would play a bigger role.
From Homs, a prominent activist, Waled al-Fares, issued his own warning: “If the world’s countries leave us and don’t care about us, we will ask all fighting Arabs to enter Syria.
A few weeks ago I made a resolution. I would re-read three of the last four plays of Shakespeare -- Cymbeline, A Winter's Tale, even Pericles with all its signs of divers hands -- and so I found my Arden editions, and piled them expectantly in the bedroom.
Last night, the night of April 23, I went to bed feeling vaguely guilty. And I knew why. There had been no mention of Shakespeare at NER, no hint of any recognition of his birthday. That may be the first April 23 that that has happened. And I could have gone to the computer, and made amends, but I didn't.
In the middle of the night, that is on the morning of April 24, I woke with what I am sure must have been acid reflux.
There was no point in trying to get back to sleep.
I knew that I would have to prop myself up to lessen my anguish. If I was going to be awake, and propped up by pillows, of course it made sense to read.
I got out of bed, went over to the pile of books that are heaped on a table in the bedroom, and picked up, without looking, the book on top of the pile. It turned out to be my copy of Cymbeline.
I took it back to bed. I didn't feel like reading it from the beginning, but instead, just opened it, somewhere near the middle.
And my eyes fell immediately on a passage, and the only words I read were these:
What’s in’t is precious.If you are sick at sea
Or stomach-qualmed at land, a dram of this
Will drive away distemper.
Thus Pisanius to Imogen, in Act III, Scene 4, of Cymbeline.
It was this description of the elixir, the dram that drove away distemper, that was the only dram for me. My stomach-qualmed condition ceased; I was suddenly better.
That night I read no further. A Galen was the book, and he who wrote it.