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Jason Burke’s Bin Laden obituary perpetuates myth that Taliban refused to hand Bin Laden over

Jason Burke’s Osama bin Laden obituary for The Guardian perpetuates the myth that the Taliban never offered to hand Bin Laden over:

Faced with an ultimatum, the Taliban again refused to surrender Bin Laden, who initially denied involvement, and an American-led aerial bombing campaign followed.

In fact the Taliban publicly offered in October of 2001 to hand Osama bin Laden over to a third country, provided the U.S. halted the illegal bombing of Afgh­anistan and produced the necessary evidence about involvement of Bin Laden or any of his associates in the 11 September attacks. Would they have gone through with the offer? We’ll never know because Bush rejected it, put­ting an end to any possibility of a potentially peaceful, legal resolution to the events of 11 September 2001, and opened up the way for the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, along with the millions who have lost their lives or had them destroyed as a result.

Update: Jason Burke says he’ll correct obituary.

Obama perpetuates “wiped off the earth” lie

Barack Obama:

Understandably, Israel is very concerned when the president of a country, a large country near them, states that they should be wiped off the face of the earth.

Which is simply a lie. Is it any wonder Americans are so brainwashed?

Poll reveals: people are easily confused

Sharp decline in public’s belief in climate threat, British poll reveals:

The proportion of adults who believe climate change is “definitely” a reality dropped by 30% over the last year, from 44% to 31%, in the latest survey by Ipsos Mori.

What I don’t understand is that we’ve been here so often before. Why do people listen to the propaganda of oil companies and the like over scientific evidence? How many times do you have to have the wool pulled over your eyes by propagandists denying that smoking causes cancer, denying that CFCs lead to ozone depletion, denying that certain pollutants cause acid rain or denying that climate change is manmade (or, originally, that it even existed)?

This is a great time to be born, a great time to be alive. This generation gets to completely change the world we live in. We have a chance here to reimagine every single thing we do. But, no, perhaps we’d rather go down with the ship and listen to rich old men trying to squeeze every last dollar, euro and yen from their investments in outdated industries.

Chilcot Inquiry into Iraq War is a whitewash before it starts

The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war is already running a propaganda campaign that it “won’t be a whitewash.”

But you only need to realise that its members were appointed by Gordon Brown—one of the perpetrators—and read the terms of reference to realise this is a whitewash before it even starts.

The truth about Amersterdam vs. Bill O’Reilly 2

Bill O’Reilly being called out again out on what can only be described as his feeble fact-free attempt to paint Amersterdam as a cesspool of crime and corruption.

You can watch the original Bill O’Reilly clip here, and the Roberwter’s first response here.

(via Russell Brown’s Hard News)

Cheney: an evil person for evil times

The Guardian: ‘Memoirs to reveal Dick Cheney thought Bush had gone soft on war on terror.’

Who knows what dark place we’d all be in if this man had become U.S. President.

Want to be bemused?

Then try following the debate propaganda war on health care reform in the U.S.

Daring Fireball has a couple of pearlers:

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, Part One
You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, Part Two

Update: Stephen Hawking:

I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS,” he told us. “I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.

Colonel Julian didn’t get the memo

Ahh, yes, there’s nothing like a little American exceptionalism to get one going in the morning.

According to Reuters, Colonel Greg Julian, a U.S. military spokesman in Kabul, has been complaining that the Taliban is violating international law by parading a captured U.S. soldier on camera.

It seems Colonel Julian didn’t get the memo: the U.S. tore up international law a long time ago.

Not only did the U.S. commit the supreme war crime when it invaded Afghanistan and Iraq—supreme because of all that ensues from starting a war, including the crimes of your opponents—but this is the same country, of course, to have declared by presidential order that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to captured Taliban soldiers and has since been detaining Afghan prisoners without trial, sneaking them off to Guantanamo and its secret prisons and torturing them.

No, Afghanistan is not “a war we should be fighting”

Afghanistan is spun as a war we should be fighting.

In fact, a fact long forgotten by the Western media and others involved in the invasion of Afghanistan is that, on 14 October, 2001, the Taliban publicly offered to hand over Osama bin Laden to a third country, provided the U.S. halted the illegal bombing of Afghanistan and produced the necessary evidence about involvement of bin Laden or any of his associates in the 11 September attacks:

In Jalalabad, deputy prime minister Haji Abdul Kabir—the third most powerful figure in the ruling Taliban regime—told reporters that the Taliban would require evidence that bin Laden was behind the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US, but added: “we would be ready to hand him over to a third country”.

But, in his usual pissing-in-the-wind style, Bush blew this opportunity off, vowing to continue the bombing, adding:

There’s no need to discuss innocence or guilt. We know he’s guilty.

Subsequently, Milton Bearden, a former CIA station chief who oversaw U.S. covert operations in Afghanistan in the 1980s, is reported1 to have this to say:

We never heard what they were trying to say. We had no common language. Ours was, ‘Give up bin Laden.’ They were saying, ‘Do something to help us give him up.’ … I have no doubts they wanted to get rid of him. He was a pain in the neck.’

The Bush regime’s decision to continue the bombing put an end to any possibility of a potentially peaceful, legal resolution to the events of 11 September 2001 and opened up the way for the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, Iraq and the threat of invasion of Iran, along with the millions who have lost their lives or had them destroyed as a result.

Not a war we should be fighting. Just business as usual.

Notes:
  1. I had to link to a source other than the Washington Post as the Washington Post appears to have deleted that article from their archive for whatever reason. []

Neda’s death used selectively as a propaganda tool

Neda Agha-Soltan is a young women from Iran who was shot dead while protesting against repression in Iran. She has a page on Wikipedia. Photos and video and of her death have been widely broadcast by the Western media, with copious amounts of faux sympathy.

She deserves our sympathy because she appears to be a victim of the latest Western bogeyman: Iran. She, as Noam Chomsky might note, is a “worthy victim.”