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I was told by my school that i can even get a call after the orientation. Is this rare? The orientation is on Sunday, i.e. tomorrow and i still have no decision today on Saturday.

i've heard of this happening.  i've also heard of schools admitting folks a week or so after classes have begun.

Oh please i wish i am not one of those...  :)

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I was told by my school that i can even get a call after the orientation. Is this rare? The orientation is on Sunday, i.e. tomorrow and i still have no decision today on Saturday.

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i'm waitlisted at Thomas Jefferson...yes, very VERY sad about that.  i just want to go to law school!! will someone let me in please??? class starts next Wednesday and i haven't heard anything!  i called, e-mailed, even sent them a smoke signal (haha) and they don't call, they don't write.  what's going on?  i've been so hopeful but now i think i need to start thinking about the re-applying process.

Nice try...

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If you're on WL, does the LS have to notify you about a reject?  Or do you get to assume that once classes have started?

They are legally bound to tell you before the class starts. My school said they would only call if its an acceptance. So yes you can assume - no call = rejection. But you might wanna check this with your school.

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Orientation is on Sunday. My file is still in review...how long can this go on ??? Nice to see a thread for people like me. This waitlist is killing me. Would going to the school to meet the Admissions Director help at this moment?

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Isreal Takes Down the Terrorists
« on: August 10, 2006, 03:10:22 PM »
what other options are there?  before you say the UN, remember that the UN has been there and has done nothing.  Before you say negotiations, remember that a country that has been attacked generally doesnt want to negotiate with its attackers. 

Hizballah has said it will cease firing rockets if Israel halts the offensive and retreats back. The UN's role in the region is limited but why is it limited? The 2 superpowers, US and Israel (in middle-east) dont give a s***t about UN and hence the UN is impotent as far as solving the crisis is concerned - this is not speculation - who attacked the UN outpost in Lebanon after being warned for 6 hours and after giving the co-ordinates of the UN location? Its easy to blame the UN for not being an active player in conflict resolution but remember why the UN behaves the way it does. Who has violated the most UN resolutions in its history? Is it Iraq, Iran, Cuba.... No! its Israel.

Negotiations are possible if the hot headed mentality is dropped. Do you really think this war was about the 2 soldiers? Why would a country sacrifice 40-50 soldiers to get back 2 soldiers which by the way it still has not achieved. If a solution is to be attained, Israel would need to have direct talk with the regional players Syria, Lebanon, Iran etc and NOT the US. Now please dont say that Iran wants the destruction of Israel and so does Hizballah - talking and listening can heal some of the most deepest wounds and if parties on both sides sit face to face with a true intent to solve this crisis they can achieve even more than ending this conflict. They can achieve peace - the road to peace might be rocky because both sides would need to compromise but that is exactly what negotiations are all about.

Try to understand this conflict and others with your own mind, stop blurting out things fed by the media. The media no longer reports, it speculates and speculation is not what we need in such fragile times.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Isreal Takes Down the Terrorists
« on: August 10, 2006, 10:50:02 AM »
A) Israel is killing Hezbollah, but neither of us konw whether Hezbollah has actually replaced their dead fighters.  Even if Hezbollah is replacing fighters faster than Israel can kill them, Israel has no other choice but to use force against Hezbollah and Lebanon.  The UN has been in Lebanon but has done nothing to prevent Hezbollah from raiding the border.  When a country decides to use force, it must be of last resort and overwhelming force.

B)  Look, war is war and all targets are fair game.  In the old days, an army would kill every man woman and child.  That is Hezbollah's tactic but Israel is dropping fliers warning of destruction, making phone calls to warn people, and only destroying infrastructure.  The fact that Hezbollah uses airports, roads, trains and automobiles to receive thousands of rockets and other munitions, and would use the same to transport their hostage out of Lebanon makes those targets fair game.

You cant have it both ways and say Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, but Israel should have used less force.  If Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, then Israel is entitled to use all the force necessary to defeat Hezbollah. 

Lebanon is either a rogue state or not a sovereign country.  Sovereignty precludes a rogue army from operating within your borders to attack neighbors. 

C) A country should use overwhelming force in a war.   Of the levels of overwhelming force, Israel is using the least destructive method because they are not deliberately attacking civilians and they are giving plenty of warning.

We get it...using excessive force will help. I sooo wish that works but time will tell. I would reserve my comments and let the future events dictate your future opinions on this issue.

Julie you right...lets just kill!

It isnt excessive if there are no other options. Besides, Hezbollah doesnt want a cease fire for peace, they want it so they can reload and ready for their next attack.

...according to you.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Isreal Takes Down the Terrorists
« on: August 10, 2006, 09:19:07 AM »
A) Israel is killing Hezbollah, but neither of us konw whether Hezbollah has actually replaced their dead fighters.  Even if Hezbollah is replacing fighters faster than Israel can kill them, Israel has no other choice but to use force against Hezbollah and Lebanon.  The UN has been in Lebanon but has done nothing to prevent Hezbollah from raiding the border.  When a country decides to use force, it must be of last resort and overwhelming force.

B)  Look, war is war and all targets are fair game.  In the old days, an army would kill every man woman and child.  That is Hezbollah's tactic but Israel is dropping fliers warning of destruction, making phone calls to warn people, and only destroying infrastructure.  The fact that Hezbollah uses airports, roads, trains and automobiles to receive thousands of rockets and other munitions, and would use the same to transport their hostage out of Lebanon makes those targets fair game.

You cant have it both ways and say Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, but Israel should have used less force.  If Hezbollah is a terrorist organization, then Israel is entitled to use all the force necessary to defeat Hezbollah. 

Lebanon is either a rogue state or not a sovereign country.  Sovereignty precludes a rogue army from operating within your borders to attack neighbors. 

C) A country should use overwhelming force in a war.   Of the levels of overwhelming force, Israel is using the least destructive method because they are not deliberately attacking civilians and they are giving plenty of warning.

We get it...using excessive force will help. I sooo wish that works but time will tell. I would reserve my comments and let the future events dictate your future opinions on this issue.

Julie you right...lets just kill!

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: The Forgotten Conflict - Iraq
« on: August 08, 2006, 09:44:09 AM »
1.  Iraq is a forgotten conflict only if you make it that way.  If you live anywhere near a military town or know any reservists, you can't forget Iraq. 

2.  How is the atrocity of a soldiers gang-raping an Iraqi girl any worse than gang rapes that occur every day in US cities?  I agree it's terrible, but don't act so shocked.  Does the military let some people in with less than perfect judgement?  Sure, but since Iraq is killing so many troops every day, less people want to sign up, and they're forced to take some less-than-perfect soldiers over there. 


Please only pass judgement after you've walked a mile in their shoes -- AKA volunteer for the military or convince the US govt to bring our troops home.

I thought we went there to liberate the country. Is this how we liberate the people of Iraq? Sure rapes occur in every part of the globe but when the US Army, so called beacon of peace enters a nation to spread democracy, freedom and human rights - much is expected from such an army of the lone superpower in the world. Remember this is an army with written codes of conduct - both military and humane NOT some rag tag militia or terrorist group that is capable of such an act.

Also by saying "after you've walked a mile in their shoes..." do you mean to say that if i as a soldier was in Iraq i would have done the same things...that is an erroneous assertion. If this was true then we would see more of such acts from our soldiers. Fortunately we dont because the majority of soldiers act in ways that make us proud...not feel shocked and RIGHTFULLY shocked. 

How are rapes done in the US different from that done in Iraq? Rapes in the US are rapes. Rapes performed in conflicts are psychological weapons of war not merely a rape. Remember the girl was NOT JUST raped she along with the family was shot dead. If this is not shocking what is...its time we adjust our moral compass before its too late.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: Isreal Takes Down the Terrorists
« on: August 07, 2006, 04:29:53 PM »
now the analogy is apt, and really, exactly what Israel is doing.  however, since savages hide amongst their woman and children, what is the responsibility of the Israeli gov't to protect her own civilians from the Religion of Peace (TM) will inevitably come with collateral damage, since the Religion of Peace (TM) does not abide by the Geneva Conventions.  Neither can Israel, if it expects to survive.

In order for us to agree about who bears the responsibility for the bloodshed and destruction, then, we would have to determine whether Israel's approach (a) has the potential of disabling Hezbollah; (b) is narrowly tailored to that purpose; and (c) is the least harmful feasible approach.  I would say no to all three.  Thus, I do not believe that everything that is happening in Lebanon is on Hezbollah's hands; it is much more complex than that.  Israel is responsible for some of the casualties of this war.

Did you read the Pape column I posted in the other thread?
I believe that (a) Israel already has put a large dent in Hezbollah; whether they can completely destroyed is irrelevant because the question is whether the threat can be minimized to an acceptable level.  If Israel cannot destroy Hezbollah completely, then pushing them into the mountains might be just as good. (b) Israel has narrowly taylored their strikes as much as is possible when fighting an enemy which hides amongst civilians.  (c) Israel's options include much more destructive means (nuclear, or total war), thus Israel has chosen the path of least possible harm.

A) What if Hizballah comes out even stronger out of this conflict, garners even more support among the Lebanese Christians, Sunnis and Shi'tes and becomes a symbol of resistance?
What if they are pushed into the mountains for now but re-emerge after the conflict ends and the world attention moves to other conflicts such as Iraq?

B) How do militias fight if not from civilian areas, are you suggesting that they all assemble on a land with their rockets and machine guns to face Israeli military machine?
 
C) Do you really think using those options would solve Israel's problem?

The solution to this conflict and any other conflict in the middle-east is as complicated as the middle-east itself. Simplifying the conflict in black and white terms just wont cut it.

A) that is why Israel is trying to destroy them comletely.  if they reemerge, Lebanon will be sent back to 1950 again.
B) They can fight from civilian areas, but should be precluded from complaining of civilian casualties.  Sorry, cant attack Israel with impunity, no matter what you hide behind.
C) There is nothing Israel can do to solve their problem because there is nothing the other side wants besides the destruction of Israel.  It isnt land for peace, it is dead Israelis for peace.

A) Israel is trying...will is accomplish? If Hizballah is destroyed wouldn't there be some other militia to take their place? Would Iran abandon its sinister plot to secretly harm Israel?

B) Do you really think Hizballah is taking the cover of civilians to fight this way? Have you seen Lebanese cities and towns on TV - reporters call them "ghost towns" because majority of civilians have left the fighting areas. Who remains in the cities? Poor people, children, people with no means of transportation or assistance. Hizballah is fighting from civilian areas FOR its civilians, why would it use the cover of same people who support its very existence is Lebanon? Wouldn't that hurt Hizballah?

Also do you mean Lebanese blood is inferior to Israeli blood? I thought killing innocent civilians was against the international law.

C) Do you really think the other side wants "death to Israel and jews"? Does Hizballah attack jews anywhere else in the world? I think no one in this world wants to live under the rule of the gun be it Israel or Hizballah.
A) Oh, so there was no point in killing the Nazis in WWII because there was someone else to take their place? I guess Israel has no option but to let Hezbollah proliferate. ::)

B)  You admit that Hezbollah is fighting from civilian areas.  That is their choice, but htey shouldnt then complain when Israel bombs those areas.  Killing innocent civilians is not necessaryily against international law, if it were, then every war in history would be against international law.  Hezbollah's tactic of targeting civilians is against international law.  Bombing specific areas from which the enemy attacks is not against international law.

If you think that Hezbollah was defending Lebanon when it raided the border and kidnapped two soldiers, then you have let your passions subordinate your reason.

C) The other side has been quite clear in word and deed about wanting death to Israel.  Israel gave Gaza to the Palestinians, but just a few days later, the Palestinians were launching rockets from that land.  Imagine if Israel gave all of the West Bank too.  The Palestinians would just arm themselves (as Hezbollah did) and attack Israel later (as Hezbollah did).  What is the point of a cease fire, if the enemy is just going to rearm and attack later?

A) Nazis Vs Hizballah -----> A Terrible Comparison. Nazis fought wars, wars can be won/lost thus destryoing Nazis. Hizballah is a militia that fights skirmishes, gets hurt, melts back, reinforces, re-emerges. If the "Cause" dies, a militia dies. Let Hizballah Proliferate ?!?! Did i say that? Israel has only one weapon in its arsenal of diplomacy, i.e. a hammer. Unfortunately that ain't working...

B) The whole discussion falls apart if "Killing innocent civilians is not necessaryily against international law..." Then why discuss conflicts, death tolls on either side? Let people die because people will die anyway and lets happily watch the bloodshed because "hey its a war dude."

Indiscriminate shelling of cities constitutes a foreseeable and unacceptable targeting of civilians. Similarly, the bombardment of sites with alleged military significance, but resulting invariably in the killing of innocent civilians, is unjustifiable. International humanitarian law is clear on the supreme obligation to protect civilians during hostilities. This obligation is also expressed in international criminal law, which defines war crimes and crimes against humanity. International law demands accountability. The scale of the killings in the region, and their predictability, could engage the personal criminal responsibility of those involved, particularly those in a position of command and control.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0720/dailyUpdate.html

C) Terrorists in Afghanistan keep rearming, hence lets keep carpet bombing its cities, towns and mountains. Terrorists and militias keep on rearming in Iraq so lets keep bombing Baghdad. We wouldn't be living in this world today if there was not a concept of "cease-fire." Talking i believe is more important that shelling. Listening is more important than killing. Sitting on the table with a clean intent to solve the conflict is better than engaging in outright war and destruction. Tom Friedman, U'S's leading foreign policy journalist recently has acknowledged that the US policy in the middle east is flawed. Essentially that means U.S's indescriminate support for Israel and outright rejection of Arab opinion is hurting US reputation in a fragile world while at the same time hurting Israel.   

NOTE: You might feel i am supporting Hizballah. I am not. I am however supporting a FREE and FAIR DISCUSSION which is lacking in our media today. Fortunately the world sees our TV Channels and gets to see our views firsthand. Unfortunately we are not able to see what the world media has to say about us and most importantly our policies. Why are we not able to see Al-Jazeera, Al Arabiya and other channels - yes those channels show images we might not like but lets face it we need to understand the other party, their grievances to really know how they feel and what they feel. Israel must defend itself, so should Hizballah. Capturing soldiers was not a smart tactic. And finally true diplomacy does work....if given a chance.   



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