Where the Crimes Go Unpunished- Who Cares About Gaza?

December 17, 2009 at 12:41 am (Global Issues, Politics) (, , , )

By Brian Cloughley

Gaza?  Where’s that?  Have you heard about it recently?  It doesn’t figure on the list of important matters for consideration by the world’s presidents and prime ministers.  It has vanished from the media.  Most people couldn’t care less about a generation of Palestinians who are subjected to viciously inflicted privation by an imperialist nation that has lost touch with humanity.

Most countries, most human beings, with predictable exceptions, condemned Israel for indulging in frenzied savagery during its blitzkrieg on Gaza last December and January. There is no doubt that many of its actions were criminal. For example, there are well-documented instances of use of white phosphorus artillery shells against civilians. Poison gas, in other words – if a bit more hi-tech than the venomous vapors that exterminated so many millions of innocent Jewish men, women and children in Nazi concentration camps.

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Defeating the Taliban in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

December 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm (Pakistan, Politics) ()

By Brian Cloughley

When the Taliban insurrection in Pakistan began in earnest, in 2005, the Pakistan army did not have enough troops in North-West Frontier Province to combat the growing menace. It was not possible for the army and the paramilitary Frontier Corps to conduct operations without considerable reinforcement. In any event, the role of the lightly-armed Frontier Corps has always been more akin to policing than to engaging in conventional military operations. Dealing with inter-tribe skirmishes and cross-border smugglers is very different to combating organised bands of fanatics whose objective is total destruction of the state.

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Capitalism in crisis

November 22, 2009 at 12:40 am (Economics) ()

By Brian Cloughley

Daily Times

Capitalism is in crisis, courtesy of greedy amoral American bookies and their evil associates around the world. Let them be the ones to be penalised. Why the blazes should anyone else suffer?

Capitalism is wonderful, or so we are told by those who prosper mightily by using other people’s money to gamble in financial markets to make immense profits. But capitalism hasn’t been working so well of late, and countless thousands of ordinary people are poorer or even ruined because they were sucked into disaster by sleek, fast-talking con-men.

In the film Trading Places, one of the leading characters tells a pair of self-satisfied, pompous, scheming, amoral money-manipulators that “you’re nothing but a couple of bookies”, and rarely have more appropriate words been uttered to describe the frantic antics of those whom Tom Wolfe so ironically dubbed ‘Masters of the Universe’. You and I would call them squalid spivs — those who, according to the dictionary, “make a living by underhand dealings or swindling”.

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Training the Afghan army

November 22, 2009 at 12:18 am (Global Issues, Pakistan, Politics) ()

By Brian Cloughley

Daily Times

In Afghanistan the training course is ten weeks, and 90 percent of recruits are illiterate and language-incompatible with their peers, let alone the foreigners. Afghan instructors are keen but barely effective and the logistics system is a tattered joke

In Kabul last week, “an American service member and an Afghan police officer got into an argument because the American was drinking water in front of the Afghan police, who are not eating or drinking…because of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan…[The policeman]

shot the American and seriously wounded him, while other American troops responded and seriously wounded the [policeman].”

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Weapons, Oil and South America

November 22, 2009 at 12:17 am (Global Issues, Politics) ()

By Brian Cloughley

Daily Times

Exxon Mobil is a classic case of rampant corporate greed. Its executives and shareholders prosper mightily, while citizens of the many countries which the company exploits are kept in direst poverty

On September 4, the US Congressional Research Service published details of US arms’ sales worldwide. It reported that the United States was responsible for 68.4 percent of global sales of arms in 2008, making $37.8 billion, up from the previous year’s former record of $25.4 billion. Weapons deals for the first half of 2009 totalled $27 billion.

That’s an awful lot of weaponry being sold around the world — and enormous profits for America’s arms manufacturers.

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Israel’s war on Palestine

November 22, 2009 at 12:14 am (Global Issues) ()

By Brian Cloughley

Daily Times

Israel’s war on the Palestinians will continue with the support of Washington. Obama is a good, decent man. But with enemies like AIPAC and its Congressional pawns, he hasn’t a hope of achieving justice for Palestinians in the occupied territories of their own country

President Obama is trying to find a way out of the Israel-Palestine predicament. He can’t resolve it, because that is beyond anyone except Israelis, and they are not going to permit the problem to be dealt with in accordance with international law and human decency. Such a course would mean that Israelis would have to evacuate the 121 settlements, housing over a quarter of a million people, and scores of “outposts” they have built illegally on Arab-owned land.

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Wrecking Iran

November 22, 2009 at 12:11 am (Global Issues) ()

By Brian Cloughley

Daily Times

Determined to do the bidding of Israel, US legislators are intent on wrecking Iran by being even more malignantly coercive. The fact that sanctions will disadvantage America’s own devitalised economy does not matter to these grovelling puppets

India and Pakistan suffer from a lack of power sources. Their energy generation capabilities are being overtaken by consumer demand, and the trend will continue, perhaps to the point of crisis, if there is not swift action to acquire more energy sources.

The Delhi-based India Energy Portal records that “India’s consumption of natural gas has risen faster than any other fuel in the recent years…consumption has been met entirely through domestic production in the past. However, in the last 4-5 years, there has been a huge unmet demand for natural gas in the country.”

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No laws for drones

November 22, 2009 at 12:00 am (Pakistan, Politics) ()

By Brian Cloughley

from Daily Times

Obama’s policy is clear: drone-launched missile attacks will continue inside the territory of any nation because he considers that international custom and law do not apply to America. He is endorsing a dreadful precedent, and may well come to regret his decision to permit these illegal forays

During the Bush regime, we became accustomed to the United States dealing contemptuously with the world. Patronising insults and brutal military assaults were the norm, and no attention was paid to those who protested against destruction of people and property if these were in some manner deemed a threat in the absurd ‘war on terror’. Bush’s Washington thought it had a heaven-sent right to declare that countries were “with us or against us”, and Israel, which was especially “with us”, had total support for its vicious treatment of the Palestinian people.

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Who Runs America? The Power of AIPAC

November 21, 2009 at 11:57 pm (Global Issues) ()

By Brian Cloughley

Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt were pretty close, politically and personally. They led the fight against fascism in the early 1940s, and although they had their disagreements they got on very well. They were both blunt in expressing their views, but there was no doubt who was the more powerful : Roosevelt called the shots, although Churchill had a lot of influence on him. But it would have been unthinkable for Churchill to have behaved in the way that the present (though not for long) prime minister of Israel did with the present (though not for long) president of the United States.

Prime minister Olmert of Israel, who has been forced to stand down because of allegations of corruption, telephoned President Bush to make the latter alter his orders to his Secretary of State to support a mild resolution in the UN Security Council that called for a ceasefire in Gaza. The barely believable transcript of Olmert’s boasting of his success is on public record. He said:

“I [Olmert] spoke with him [Bush]; I told him: You can’t vote for this proposal. He said: listen, I don’t know, I didn’t see, don’t know what it says. I told him: I know, and you can’t vote for it! He then instructed the secretary of state, and she did not vote for it.”

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The world’s most dangerous prime minister

November 21, 2009 at 11:55 pm (Global Issues) ()

By Brian Cloughley  

There is an “apocalyptic cult” controlling over 100 nuclear weapons. It is a cult commanded by Binyamin Netanyahu, a psychotic warmonger who also exercises control over US foreign policy

 One of the more intriguing international headlines last week was “Growing Anger at US Killings in Afghanistan: Unborn Baby Shot in the Womb Definitely Not a Militant”; and I began to write about the foreign cowboys whose slaughter has alienated so many citizens of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and encouraged countless young men into the welcoming explosive jackets of the barbaric Taliban.

The unborn baby story is terrible, but it didn’t get much international coverage, and none in the United States. One account was that “When the killings were reported…US forces claimed they had killed ‘four militants’ and wounded another. It was only later that they were forced to acknowledge that the house they attacked belonged to a Afghan Army officer, and that the people killed were his wife, a brother, and two of his children…the wounded woman [described] in the initial report was nine-months pregnant, and the attacking US forces shot the unborn baby in her womb. The troops now say they don’t believe the people they killed were involved in militant activities.”

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Violations of Sovereignty: U.S. Raids on Pakistan

November 21, 2009 at 11:46 pm (Pakistan, Politics) ()

By Brian Cloughley

Henry Kissinger was no amateur when it came to illegally bombing and invading countries that he and the evil President Nixon considered did not meet American requirements of unconditional servility, but even he must be intrigued about the latest antics of Washington’s finest. The vice president of the United States, a charmless and despotic bully, and his president, he of the close-set eyeballs and pretensions to dignity, recently excelled themselves in self-delusion concerning their unlawful invasion of Iraq and their fury with nations whose governments fail to toe the Washington line.

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Land of the Free (To Torture and Imprison Without Trial)

November 21, 2009 at 11:39 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

By Brian Coughley

There are some happenings that are surreal to the point of engendering total astonishment, and a recent official US pronouncement concerning human rights violations is a prime example. The statement about Uzbekistan by the State Department that “We are deeply disappointed about the serious deficiencies of due process . . . and about the allegations of torture” would be extremely serious was it not so bizarrely in line with what the entire world is saying about American torture in Guantanamo Bay and other hideous persecution parlors around the world.

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The Fifth Aghan War: Tilting at Afghan Windmills

November 21, 2009 at 11:36 pm (Global Issues, Politics) (, , )

By Brian Cloughley

Don Quixote, the main character in a novel by the Spanish writer Cervantes in 1605, spent a lot of time on horseback, armed with a lance, attacking windmills which he thought were menacing giants.

“Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills . . . And no sooner did Don Quixote see them that he said to his squire, “Fortune is guiding our affairs . . . Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them. With their spoils we shall begin to be rich, for this is a righteous war and the removal of so foul a brood from off the face of the earth is a service God will bless.”

“What giants?” asked Sancho Panza.”

President Eisenhower inherited the Korean war from his predecessor and then negotiated a cease-fire. President Lyndon Johnson took over Vietnam from his predecessor and committed his country to eventual humiliating defeat. And almost fifty years later President Barack Obama has been gifted the Afghan debacle by a moron who spent most of his catastrophic eight years tilting at windmills in “righteous wars.”

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Iran’s Nuclear Program: Where’s the Proof?

November 21, 2009 at 11:32 pm (Global Issues, Politics) (, , )

By Brian Cloughley

“The facts and Iraq’s behavior show that Saddam Hussein and his regime are concealing their efforts to produce more weapons of mass destruction . . . These are not assertions. What we are giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.”
– Washington’s official justification for America’s war on Iraq, announced to the United Nations Security Council in February 2003.

Then in July 2003 the US Secretary of State reiterated that there was “very strong intelligence . . . that Saddam Hussein had biological and chemical weapons.” And there were many more unequivocal and detailed statements about the reliability, the certainty, of intelligence, notably from the British prime minister, Tony Blair, and Washington’s Dick Cheney.

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PAKISTAN’S ARMY, THE TALIBAN, AND WASHINGTON

November 21, 2009 at 11:20 pm (Global Issues, Pakistan, Politics) (, , , )

Brian Cloughley writes in a guest op-ed for IC:

Pakistan’s army continues to face challenges, not the least of which is the growing insurrection by Taliban and Taliban-supporting tribesmen in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) abutting Afghanistan. There has of late been much international criticism of the army for allegedly failing to take action against militants, and according to London’s Financial Times on April 26, Hillary Clinton “expressed bewilderment that one of the world’s largest armies appeared unable to confront dozens of militants.”

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