Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Disgusting Piece of Shit


In April 2003, John Ashcroft's Justice Department disrupted what appears to have been a horrifying terrorist plot. In the small town of Noonday, Tex., F.B.I. agents discovered a weapons cache containing fully automatic machine guns, remote-controlled explosive devices disguised as briefcases, 60 pipe bombs and a chemical weapon — a cyanide bomb — big enough to kill everyone in a 30,000-square-foot building.
And Ashcroft downplayed and ignored the threat to the US. Here was the real live chemical bomb the administration had so long talked about and expected, but when it came it didn't interest them. When their own agents foiled this heinous terror plot, they were not interested. Why? Because this was a terror plot by a white supremecist, and not a muslim.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Psyops?


The grieving family of Paul Johnson, the US military contractor beheaded by Saudi extremists last week, was still awaiting word on the whereabouts of his body yesterday even as Saudi security forces claimed a major victory against al-Qa'ida with the killing of four of Mr Johnson's alleged abductors.
Psychological operations are part of any counter-insurgency war. Obviously one of the main aims of psychological operations is to influence the way people think. This is often done by using strong actions, strong images, strong talk with the aim of creating strong feelings. Sometimes these feelings are of terror; sometimes they are of revulsion; sometimes they are feelings of victory; sometimes they are feelings of defeat. Presented reality is not always what it seems. There are a lot of questions surrounding this Saudi operation. The only thing that is sure is that Mr. Johnson was an unfortunate victim of a particularly brutal slaying, and that the Saudi authorities are somehow presenting a victory from this.

Nice

Liked this editorial, but can't help thinking a few months in an unregulated jail might be the only thing to sort Rummy out.

Israel Kurdish Link

The New Yorker's Seymour Hersch does it again with an expose of Israeli-Kurdish links in Iraq. I suppose it is no surprise. We have seen reports of ethnic cleansing going on in the North for some time now. I guess the kurds have learnt well from their new allies as the geo-political face of the Middle East is rewritten. New alliances between those countries with Kurdish minorities are forming as Israeli-Kurdish links seemingly lead the way for either a de-facto oil rich Kurdish state, or a further destabilization of the region that would further the interests of Israel as the US faces unprecedented defeat and humiliation in Iraq.

Ehud Barak, the former Israeli Prime Minister, who supported the Bush Administration’s invasion of Iraq, took it upon himself at this point to privately warn Vice-President Dick Cheney that America had lost in Iraq; according to an American close to Barak, he said that Israel “had learned that there’s no way to win an occupation.” The only issue, Barak told Cheney, “was choosing the size of your humiliation.” Cheney did not respond to Barak’s assessment. (Cheney’s office declined to comment.)
Whatever is now going on between the Israelis and Kurds, it certainly seems as though another supporter of the war has now deserted the sinking ship.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Welcome Home and Thanks for Serving


CRIPPLED BY 'FRIENDLY FIRE' AND LEFT TO ROT

Surely you would think that at least the governments (British this time) would take care of those enforcing its flawed foreign policies. Think again. I doubt whether the Brits will be meeting recruitment targets either with stories like this.

Friday, June 18, 2004

War Crimes Exemption


The UN secretary general has urged the Security Council not to renew an exemption from prosecution for US troops on UN peacekeeping duties.

Surely this move is long overdue. Why should any country have its citizens exempted from war crimes law? To suggest that troops of the US would be open to politically motivated trials is at best hypocritical and at worst just a blatant admission that the US sees war tribunals as a means of exacting political revenge.To argue that any crimes commited by US troops could be dealt with by US justice has been shown to be completely ludicrous over the past few months. Do we really expect US courts to punish Rumsfield now that he has admitted breaking international law? Now maybe there is the real story. This is not about protecting US troops, but enabling a criminal administration to function without any fear of retribution.

War Criminal


An Iraqi has been held for the past seven months without the Red Cross being informed, on the orders of of the defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, the Pentagon said yesterday.


So it is official and from his own mouth. Rummy is guilty of breaking international law.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Long Live the King

A few hundred years ago wasn't there some problem with a King George leading to some form of altercation and a good few deaths followed by the adoption of a radical constitution and new form of government?
Interesting with the powers now awarded to himself by legal advisers welcome back King George.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Local Election "kicking" for Labour


Tony Blair suffered an electoral "kicking" as Labour limped into third place in the local elections, losing control of Newcastle and at least eight other councils

A "kicking". Good old British working class analogy. Most speculation is that he received the bloddy nose because of Iraq and not local politics. Historically, British local elections have usually been about national and not local issues. Blair will see his Labour party reduced to its worst local showing since the early 80's.
The question is will this bring him down? If Ken Livingstone fails to win a second term as Mayor of London, Blair will really be in trouble. At this time it looks like Livingstone will hold on. The left wing Livingstone remains a very popular politician in London across the political divide and will probably survive the Labour cull because of this.
Next week a lot of Labour MPs across the country will carefully be considering their position. If enough of them worry about next years election a gradual move against Blair could be seen although at the moment it seems as if their is no organised effort.
The next general election in Britain is due next year and may well be called about 12 months hence. With both the Labour party and the main opposition Conservatives backing the war(crime) in Iraq, the best that can be hoped for is no overall majority with the anti-war Liberal Democrats holding the balance. If they stick to their guns the main parties will face a choice of withdrawing troops to get a parliamentary majority.

State Sponsored Paedophilia?

Recently we have heard a lot about torture. However, this from Brad DeLong is, if true, certainly a crime against humanity by any measure.

If what it reports is true, then once again it looks like the Bush administration is worse than I had imagined--even though I thought I had taken account of the fact that the Bush administration is always worse than one imagines. Either Seymour Hersh is insane, or we have an administration that needs to be removed from office not later than the close of business today. The scariest part: "[Hersh] said he had seen all the Abu Ghraib pictures. He said, 'You haven't begun to see evil...' then trailed off. He said, 'horrible things done to children of women prisoners, as the cameras run.' He looked frightened.


Sickening. And to think the people who may have created the conditions for this regard themselves as Christians!

It's Started

Finally after years of rowing with right wing nuts, it is up and running. The Hammer will have his say.