Category War

Who would have thought?

Who would have thought when I wrote this that six years later a leading contender for nominee as Republican U.S. presidential candidate would be arguing the same thing in his campaign.

He sums up the problem with U.S. foreign policy nicely: “We don’t mind our own business!”

Fun fact: U.S. military veterans have given more money to Ron Paul’s campaign than all the other campaigns put together.

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.

Senior New Zealand Defence Ministry officials spying for the U.S. is reporting this morning on U.S. cables, obtained by WikiLeaks, that reveal senior New Zealand Defence Ministry officials have been spying for the U.S., in this case secretly briefing the United States embassy on Cabinet discussions about the Iraq war.

I would hope they are tracked down and kindly relieved of their duties. Count me as an indignant “other-worlder.”

What is Tony Blair’s excuse for invading Iraq now?

In 1980 Iraq invaded Iran. In response the United States, Britain, France, Germany and the Soviet Union provided Hussein the means to build a chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programme.

In 1986 the United States with Britain blocked all Security Council resolutions condemning Iraq’s use of chemical weapons, and on 21 March the United States became the only country to refuse to sign a Security Council statement condemning Iraq’s use of these weapons.

Iraq failed to defeat Iran and in 1988 a cease fire was declared.

In 1990 a U.S. Ambassador met with Hussein under instructions “to broaden and deepen our relations with Iraq” and declared “we have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait.” No explicit go ahead was given for the invasion of Kuwait but a month later Hussein invaded, under the assumption that the United States would not respond.

Hussein had been cut loose.

The Security Council imposed a brutal near-total financial and trade embargo, killing half a million Iraqi children.

When the World Trade Centre was attacked in 2001 they tried to pin it on Hussein. Then there was the whole ‘Saddam could nuke Britain in 45 minutes’ thing. Then they tried to link Saddam to Al-Qaeda. When all of these excuses crumbled Tony Blair and his ilk were left to proclaim that they invaded Iraq because Saddam was a bad man, a torturer and murderer.

Thanks to WikiLeaks, and some brave whistleblower, we now have a very clear portrait of a United States and Britain complicit in the torture and murder of Iraqis. Blair has run out of excuses.

In the mean time Iraq’s oil reserves have been handed over to the markets.

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?

Taliban Could Defeat NATO in 30 Days

Matthew Nasuti, for Kabul Press:

The paradox for NATO and the Americans is that in September, 2010, they will have deployed the largest number of troops they ever had in Afghanistan, and yet that is when they are the most vulnerable, as the supply needs for this huge force are potentially crippling.

Free Bradley Manning

Free Bradley Manning website.

Dylan Ratigan interviews Daniel Ellsberg—the guy who blew the whistle on the Vietnam War in 1971—about WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning.

And Ann Wright, retired US Colonel and Diplomat, says Bradley Manning should be praised.

Hey hey Tony hey, how many kids have you killed today?

Tony Blair has penned a six-page introduction to the American version of his blood money memoirs, in which he had this to say about recent U.S. presidents:

‘Mere mortals are still inspired by a certain awe,’ he gushes.

Bill Clinton is ‘an extraordinary mixture of easygoing charm and ferocious intellectual capacity. Probably . . . he is the most formidable politician I ever met.’ President Bush ‘has great intuition.’ And of Barack Obama, he says: ‘The personal character is clear: this is a man with steel in every part of him.’

Stay classy Blair.

Meanwhile he’s been pelted with eggs and shoes at a book signing in Ireland:

Skirmishes broke out between protesters and police at the first public signing for Tony Blair’s memoirs, with shoes and eggs hurled at the former prime minister.

Protesters shouted … “Hey hey Tony hey, how many kids have you killed today?”

“It really is shameful that somebody can be responsible for the death and destruction that he was responsible for in Iraq and Afghanistan and walk away without any accounting for that and become a very wealthy man off the back of it.”

Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah ‘worse than Hiroshima’

America, kicking ass:

Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.

Dr Busby says that while he cannot identify the type of armaments used by the Marines, the extent of genetic damage suffered by inhabitants suggests the use of uranium in some form. He said: “My guess is that they used a new weapon against buildings to break through walls and kill those inside.”

Hero: Inbar Michelzon

Inbar Michelzon:

I felt very alone in the army. I couldn’t talk about the things I felt were misplaced … I didn’t have strong views but I felt uncomfortable about the talk, about soldiers hitting Arabs and laughing. I thought everyone else was normal and I was the one who wasn’t. I felt an outsider to the group experience.