Posted by: quiscus | August 14, 2010

August 14, 2010

1. “Israeli Generals and Intel Officials Oppose Attack on Iran

But the article provides new evidence that senior figures in the Israeli intelligence and military leadership oppose such a strike against Iran and believe that Netanyahu’s apocalyptic rhetoric about an Iranian nuclear threat as an “existential threat” is unnecessary and self-defeating.

Although not reported by Goldberg, Israeli military and intelligence figures began to express their opposition to such rhetoric on Iran in the early 1990s, and Netanyahu acted to end such talk when he became prime minister in 1996. ”

http://original.antiwar.com/porter/2010/08/13/israeli-generals-and-intel-officials-oppose-attack-on-iran/

2. “Talk of War Crimes as Polish Troops Blow Up Afghan Home ‘for Fun’

Blowing up civilian homes is quite obviously a violation of the Geneva Convention and a potential war crime.”

http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/13/talk-of-war-crimes-as-polish-troops-blow-up-afghan-home-for-fun/

3. “Military Suicides and Guilty Consciences

American statists and imperialists are coming up with all sorts of explanations to explain the epidemic of suicides among U.S. military personnel. The most popular explanations are war stress and stress at home.

I’ve got another possible cause: guilt, arising from the wrongful killing of other human beings.


consider the moral issue involved here. The statists and imperialists are telling U.S. soldiers that it’s okay for them to kill other human beings in the attempt to bring a better life to the rest of the citizens in that society.

What moral or religious creed justifies killing another human being under that sort of welfare rationale? Certainly not Christianity.

Aggravating this entire situation is the fact that U.S. soldiers have killed people in a war that violates the U.S. Constitution, the document that soldiers took an oath to support and defend. It is undisputed that Congress never declared war on Iraq, as the Constitution requires.”

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2010-08-05.asp

4. “Dead Fish Are Washing Up Everywhere . . . Is It Due to BP Oil Spill and Dispersants?

For example, numerous dead fish washed ashore in Massachusetts a couple of days ago”

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/08/dead-fish-washing-up-everywhere-due-to.html

5. “Obama defends “ground zero mosque”

What makes this particularly commendable is there is virtually no political gain to be had from doing it, and substantial political risk.

The campaign against this mosque is one of the ugliest and most odious controversies in some time. It’s based purely on appeals to base fear and bigotry. There are no reasonable arguments against it, and the precedent that would be set if its construction were prevented — equating Islam with Terrorism, implying 9/11 guilt for Muslims generally, imposing serious restrictions on core religious liberty — are quite serious. It was Michael Bloomberg who first stood up and eloquently condemned this anti-mosque campaign for what it is, but Obama’s choice to lend his voice to a vital and noble cause is a rare demonstration of principled, politically risky leadership. It’s not merely a symbolic gesture, but also an important substantive stand against something quite ugly and wrong. This is an act that deserves pure praise.”

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/08/13/mosque/index.html

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