Posted by: quiscus | September 27, 2009

September 27, 2009

1.  “Is Afghanistan going to be a base for continued war against the United States, even if we pull our troops out?  If so, wouldn’t we have the right to erase them from the face of the Earth using capabilities we have long had, ones that exist for just such an occasion?”

This kind of mass murdering insanity should be opposed by any sane people, anywhere.

Answer: NO. No matter what racist bullshit you spin you have no right whatsoever to bomb people into oblivion, you fucking Nazi goon.

This is the discourse that passes around here nowadays? Calls for nuclear holocausts in Afghanistan?

2.  Good:

“Iraq Steps in to Protect Iran

American and Western discussions of what to do about Iran almost completely ignore Iraq. But no economic sanctions can effectively be placed on Iran without Iraqi support. A gasoline embargo would fail completely if Iraqis smuggled gasoline to Iran (which they certainly would, both for economic and religious reasons). Jalal Talabani, the president of Iraq, said Saturday that new sanctions on Iran “would not work” and that Iraq would never allow its airspace to be used for an aggressive attack on Iran “by any country” (he’s looking at you, Israel and US).”

3.  “Operation Trojan began in February 1986 when the Mossad secretly installed a communications device known as a “Trojan” in an apartment in Tripoli. The Trojan received messages broadcast by Mossad’s LAP on one frequency and automatically transmitted them on a different frequency used by the Libyan government. “Using the Trojan,” Ostrovsky writes, “the Mossad tried to make it appear that a long series of terrorist orders were being transmitted to various Libyan embassies around the world.” U.S. intelligence, as anticipated by the Israelis, intercepted the bogus messages, and believed them to be authentic — especially after receiving confirmation from the Mossad.

Within weeks of the Trojan being installed, two American soldiers were killed in an explosion at La Belle Discothèque, a nightclub in West Berlin frequented by U.S. servicemen. Assuming that Libya was responsible, nine days later the U.S. dropped 60 tons of bombs on Tripoli and Benghazi. Few suspected that the Americans had been tricked into the “retaliation” by Israel, whose subterfuge had punished Qaddafi for his support of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and further alienated the U.S from the Arab world.

Not all Americans are oblivious to Israeli wiles, however. Commenting on the Israeli intelligence service’s penchant for deception, Andrew Killgore, a former U.S. ambassador to Qatar, wrote in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, “Mossad’s specialty was dirty tricks…Its modus operandi had always been the same: pull off a dirty trick but make it appear somebody else had done it.”

4.  “Should any Iraq lessons be applied to Iran?

Remember Scott Ritter — the former Marine and weapons inspector who (a) had actual expertise on Iraq; (b) was right about everything he said prior to the war, and — therefore — (c) was mocked and marginalized as an ignorant quasi-traitor by the likes of Jonah Goldberg, Peter Beinart and most of the American media when they weren’t ignoring him?  He has a lengthy analysis of Iran today in The Guardian; maybe it’s worth listening to what he has to say

His entire column should be read as a crucial antidote against the hysterical, characteristically uncritical and one-sided media melodrama being churned out from virtually every corner.”


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