Saturday, April 08, 2006

Spreading freedom in new ways UPDATED



George W. Bush and his neo-con cronies are planning the next war in the Middle East. This time they’ll try out another new weapon, the so-called Bunker Busters, which are small atomic bombs that can destroy underground facilities. The enemy is Iran and the nuclear weapons program they claim the country is working on. According to British The Independent, which quotes the American reporter Seymour Hersh:

One option under consideration, Mr Hersh reports, involves the possible use of a B61 nuclear "bunker-buster" bomb against Iran's main centrifuge plant, at Natanz. Last week the Federation of American Scientists alleged that a weapons test to be carried out in the Nevada desert in June was designed to simulate the effects of just such a bomb. Conventional explosives would be used, it said, for "a low-yield nuclear weapon ground shock simulation against an underground target".
The US Defence Threat Reduction Agency told The Independent on Sunday that the test, codenamed "Divine Strake", was intended "to assess the capability of computer codes" to predict the effects of the explosion. The experiment aimed to improve "warfighters' confidence in their ability to plan to defeat hardened and deeply buried targets". It did not refer to tactical nuclear weapons like the B61.
According to Mr Hersh, some officials are shocked at what they describe as "operational" planning which goes far beyond the usual work on hypothetical scenarios. One former defence official is quoted as saying the planning was based on a belief that "a sustained bombing campaign in Iran will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government". (The Independent April 9th)

To legitimize the attack the clique in Washington have been demonizing the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He has made some questionable statements on Holocaust and this seems to be one of the justifications for considering him a potential Adolf Hitler. The holocaust remarks are semi fascist, but otherwise any comparison with Hitler and the nazis is off the mark. The Iranians are not a threat to anyone else's freedom the way Hitler was. That means there are some ulterior motives for starting a new war in violation of international law.

The Iranian regime is considered a threat to Israel, and with the newly won strength of the Shiites in Iraq the Middle East is experiencing a build-up of too much Shiite power, in the eyes of the Americans. Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney have shot at their own precious feet, and now they're on their way to making an even bigger blunder that'll cause hatred of the West all over the Middle East and the poor South. It'll beat the cartoons!
Now is the time when the Europeans should find out what their real interests are!!

It has not been verified by the IAEA that the civic atomic program of the Iranians is to be used for illicit fabrication of nuclear bombs. In all likelihood the Americans are planning a new WMD expedition, with concomitant lies and violation of international law.

It’ll be interesting to see how European leaders will react. France, Germany and Belgium were opposed to the Iraq war, much to the chagrin of the Americans. But this time Bush seems to have got them safely on board. In the Iraq war the Americans tested new heavy bombs in the initial "Shock and Awe" campaign. They failed, however, to bomb Saddam Husein to pieces. The Americans paid a heavy price for this: NATO cooperation was almost destroyed in Rumsfeld’s divisive talk of “Old” and “New” Europe.
Since then the Europeans' weakness has been exposed. The EU constitution that was meant to boost a common foreign policy and introduce a reinforced defence policy with a weapons agency that could foster technological renewal in the Old World, was rejected in the referendums in Holland and France. The economic giant had to admit it is a political mouse that has started cooperating more fully with the Americans out of fear of the consequences if it does not do so. - Bark poodle, bark - tyranny is in sight!!

11 Comments:

Blogger Sophia said...

Cosmic Duck,
''Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney have shot at their own precious feet, and now they're on their way to making an even bigger blunder that'll cause hatred of the West all over the Middle East and the poor South. It'll beat the cartoons!
Now is the time when the Europeans should find out what their real interests are!!''
That is correct and I wish the Europeans could see that the neo-cons ideology is to wage war against Islam and the middle east in order to weaken more these countries and to halt any just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that in the long run, other countries will pay for the neo-con wars, not only irak and Iran but also European countries, Spain and Engalnd have already had their part of terror related to the neo-con wars.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Duck said...

Sophia.

I think I read somewhere that EU is stopping funding for the Palestinian authority, - or at least cutting down on it. That is a short-sighted policy that is probably partly due to pressure from the Bush administration. The Europeans have difficulty finding their own feet in this matter.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Duck said...

Sophia.

I think I read somewhere that EU is stopping funding for the Palestinian authority, - or at least cutting down on it. That is a short-sighted policy that is probably partly due to pressure from the Bush administration. The Europeans have difficulty finding their own feet in this matter.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Constant opposition said...

Cosmic Duck, EU and EU member states are still giving dozens of millions of dollars/euros to the Palestinian cause but redirecting it to NGOs instead of the terrorist-led government. What's so wrong about that? And how many Palestinian bureaucrats' salaries could for example Arafat's widow pay if she opened her bank account for supporting her countrymen instead of a luxury lifestyle in Paris? PA is rife with corruption.

Furthermore, are rich Arab countries supporting the Palestinians except for in words? If the US and EU rightfully stop supporting a terrorist organization, why don't Muslim countries simply step in? Ah yeah, would be too bad. That would mean supporting with money, not words, and then they would have less money to invest in American businesses and gain some greasy $$$ themselves. Ah so sad.

The Palestinians are still very much supported and kept alive by countries who are thanked by the people they support by burning flags and death threats. Besides, I think not a single other nation receives so much Western support per capita than Palestinians do. They are far from being the worst-off people in the world. Why not direct the money to people who need it even more (Congo, Darfur, Western Sahara, Nepal, all Sahel countries, Zimbabwe etc.)?

CO

12:06 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Duck said...

CO.

This proves they did right in getting rid of the corruption ridden Fatah government.

The West should listen to the conciliatory tones from Hamas. The EU, however, has come under the influence of Uncle Sam and are thus not able to think and act independently of Big Brother across the pond. Otherwise they would have used the chance to prop up a conciliatory Hamas with appropriate funding.

2:35 AM  
Anonymous Constant opposition said...

CD, the fact remains that the few conciliatory tones Hamas has ever said are just PR. I don't want my tax money to go them.

As for what the evil, infidel West has done and is doing to help Palstinians, check Sandmonkey's blog:

http://www.sandmonkey.org/2006/04/08/contradiction/

But now that you love Hamas so much, why not just donate some money to them yourself? You might, of course, end up in a list of terrorism supporters and perhaps in Guantanamo, but if you think Hamas is that great, wouldn't that be worth the price? Just wondered.

CO

4:25 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Duck said...

CO.

The money should be given to the Palestinian Authority, not to Hamas as an organisation. I do not support the basic aims put forth in the charter of that organisation of destroying Israel. To solve the Middle East conflict, however, you have to show some kind of understanding of the views of both parties. Israel must keep international agreements and Security Council resolutions (for instance 242) and withdraw behind the borders before the 1967 war.

5:25 AM  
Blogger Sophia said...

CD and CO, I have been searching the web site of the palestinian center for information (given to me by a blogger) in three languages, arabic, french and english. There is absolutely nothing in Hamas's declarations that might even allude to the destruction of Israel. Clearly, they will be satisfied with the 1967 borders. When they speak about 1948, they don't mean borders but it is clear that 1948 is related to the refugee issue.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Constant opposition said...

CD and Sophia,

You can read the Hamas chapter for example here:

http://www.mideastweb.org/hamas.htm

CD,

If you demand that Israel follow the UN Resolutions, how can you support Hamas which is not satisfied if Israel follows only the UN Resolutions but wants more?

And back to the money question then. If the money, in your opinion, should be given to the PA, not Hamas directly, what prevents you from doing so?

Below are the contact details of the Palestinian General Delegation in Copenhague:

http://www.um.dk/NR/rdonlyres/4A55EB95-39A0-4A93-B955-B9996B868FBE/0/OtherMissions.pdf

Just call them or visit. They are surely happy to receive your bank draft or even better cash (the latter is easier to use outside bookkeeping). Why not support them yourself instead of relying on your hated American neocon puppy government to do that?

CO

9:52 AM  
Blogger Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

Dear Stellar Scandi Wild Goose,

As I said elsewhere (think it was Sophie’s blog) Re: Europe’ decision to cut funding and sever ties with the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority, I’m not sure this is a durable paradigmatic shift in the EU’s Middle-Eastern policy…
At least I hope not.
At this (early) stage, this looks more like a token alignment of Brussels with TeX-Aviv: it shouldn’t last very long… if the prudish Gaza strippers don’t overreact e.g. say by starting to issue some anti-Euro fatwas.
These bearded Salafi zealots are capable of the worst kind of dogmatic jingoistic gesticulation: in that, as in many other aspects, they are the ideological brothers in arms of the Neocons and of the Israeli far right!
In the long run, I think Europe might be tempted to retract into a “splendidly isolationist” stance to avoid being caught in the bloody Amerikka vs. Ummah crossfire…

Now that the new Hamas-dominated Palestinian government has been sworn in, many analysts and Middle-East experts are trying hard to assess the “true nature” of Hamas…

But there’s no need to look up their official website, or try to interpret Ismaïl Haniyyeh’s latest double-entendre cryptic press conference- always short on substance and long on pseudo-paradoxical witticism such as “we will never recognize the wicked Zionist entity, but on the other hand we’re willing to sign a peace treaty with our beloved neighbors” or vice versa or something.

The truth is easy to find: Hamas is just the local Palestinian branch of the “Muslim Brotherhood” (MB) a neo-Hambali totalitarian movement that gave birth in the past 80 years to a multitude of local organizations and franchises from Al-Qaeda’s South-Asian “Jihâdi” activists to the more presentable “quietist” Islamist technocrats now ruling Turkey and knocking politely on Europe’s (rightly closed) door.

Throughout the Cold War and even until the late 1990s when Bosnian and Albanian Islamist terrorists received generous shipments of weapons and ammunitions from NATO bases, Washington and Tel-Aviv have systematically helped, funded and trained legions of Muslim Brotherhood-type Islamist fundamentalists in order to fight the (much inflated) threat coming from the perceived enemy du jour be it “international Marxism” or “Baathist Pan-Arabism”, or even worse, “terrorist organizations” combining both ideologies such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine led by US-educated Palestinian and Jordanian Christians such as George Habash and Nayef Hawatmeh…

But, as the Neocons have “won the Cold War”, or so they think, the Prophet’s crescent seems to have replaced Lenin’s sickle as the instrumental incarnation of evil in the minds of paranoid Pentagon planners and on the TV screens of America’s living rooms: the Neocons are now desperately trying to close the Islamist Pandora Box they had deliberately opened in the first place.

Clearly, this is bad news for the bearded bigots now in power in the West Bank and Gaza strip. These days, Hamas views itself as a “centrist” Islamist organization laying somewhere in the middle of the MB ideological spectrum, as the movement’s self-deluded leaders still believe they can be both Erdogans in the West and Talebans in the Orient, an increasingly untenable positions as their (former) Israeli benefactors have started calling their bluff, using a deadly mix of financial strangulation and “targeted” mass killings to convey their message to the newly-elected Palestinian government.

As usual, innocent Palestinian civilians will be caught in the crossfire while America’s Neros pursue their geopolitical “great game” and Europe’s Pontius Pilates wash their hands and courageously look the other way.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Sophia said...

Victorino,

I agree with you. However, Hamas is the only politically credible organization in Palestine right now, the less corrupted and in my opinion the more ready to negociate a peace where palestinians don't have to give up everything. I think also that Hamas is capable of political transformations just because it knows vey well that its electorate are not only Hamas fanatics but people fed up with the previous administration. You are right when you mention that it views itself as a centrist organization.
The muslim brotherhood affiliation will make it easy for Hamas to collect aid from main MB funders, the saudis and some gulf arab countries in exchange for some legitimacy that the rulers of these countries are seeking to calm their ever growing angry populations and alienate Al-Qaida. I think Hamas is willing to play this card and this is what makes it different actually from other islamist organizations.

4:27 AM  

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