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Welcome and thanks

I'm just spending some time this morning thanking the newer/returned people who have been doing work on the wiki lately. So, thanks, nice to have you here! --Larry Sanger 09:39, 17 November 2007 (CST)

Lebanon nominated

Hey Steven, just wanted to drop by and let you know I nominated Lebanon for CZ:Article of the Week. Good work! --Todd Coles 20:29, 1 April 2008 (CDT)

Thanks!Steven Clark Bennett 21:49, 1 April 2008 (CDT)


Hey Steven-- There was a discussion going on at the moment at the Talk page for Usama bin Laden. We were trying to figure out the proper way to transliterate his name. Have you done any work with MSA or the Arabic dialects? Thanks, Brian P. Long 15:47, 4 May 2008 (CDT) I'm afraid I haven't studied Arabic (though I plan to start this fall).Steven Clark Bennett 15:55, 4 May 2008 (CDT)


I'm never sure whether to put replies on your page or mine -- I rather like to have them in one place. My detailed response was on my page, but, basically, let's talk.

Your plans of study are interesting -- the daughter of a friend is going into her senior year of high school, but is very interested in studying Arabic. She's less interested in the culture, which may turn out to be a problem -- although she's also interested in a computer science major, and possibly working on natural language recognition.

Howard C. Berkowitz 22:12, 25 May 2008 (CDT)

OK. Right now, there's some material on Syria in the CIA activities in the Middle East and South Asia article. As I remember, there isn't so much there that I wanted to break out the Syrian article from the regional level.
I can contribute some of the more specific warfare details with Israel. There's some general material in air warfare planning and suppression of enemy air defense, but perhaps I can put together an article linking the major strike, some years ago, in which the Israelis originated the use of drones to draw radar so that it could be attacked. There's a brief discussion, in Schwarzkopf's book, about the political compromises to keep Syria in the 1991 coalition (most of my library is in storage, but I have that one here). It's a good question as to whether there is enough material to discuss either WMD proliferation, or the mystery Israeli attack on the alleged North Korean provided nuclear facility.
Are you planning to get into the competition between Syria and Iran with Hizbollah, and relations with Lebanon? Howard C. Berkowitz 12:08, 26 May 2008 (CDT)

Planning to make a return?

Greetings Steven,

I am planning on making a return now. I was went on a spiritual journey, and I'm about to declare myself as a member of the Baha'i faith. God willing, I will be able to contribute more on Islamic topics. I loved your article on Lebanon, btw.