Posted by: quiscus | March 21, 2011

March 21, 2011

1.  “The biggest takeaway, the biggest foreign-policy fact, of the past decade is this: America has to be very careful where it goes in the world, because the minute it’s there — the minute there are boots on the ground, the minute we leave a footprint — there will spring up, immediately, 15 reasons America cannot leave. The next day there will be 30 reasons, and the day after that 45.”

http://patriotpost.us/opinion/peggy-noonan/2011/03/19/you-cant-go-home-again/

2.  “For instance, there’s the parallel hypocrisy in Washington’s tepid reaction to the invasion of Bahrain by military forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, supporting a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators by Bahrain’s king. Where are the warnings of a muscular Western response in the home port of the U.S. Fifth Fleet?

Indeed, many Washington policymakers and pundits quietly justify the Saudi/UAE military action by noting that the protesters are part of Bahrain’s Shiite majority who might favor closer ties to Shiite-ruled Iran if some form of democracy came to the island kingdom.

Since Iran is considered a U.S. adversary – and because the Sunni-run Persian Gulf sheikdoms provide lots of oil to the West – Realpolitik suddenly takes over. The principles of majority rule and human rights are shoved into the back seat.

Similarly, when Yemen, a key U.S. ally in the “war on terror,” opens fire on pro-democracy protesters, there’s only a little finger-waving, no international clamor for a military intervention.”
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2011/032011.html

3.  “Palestinian anti-wall activist tortured, threatened with rape and execution by Shin Bet”

http://mondoweiss.net/2011/03/report-palestinian-anti-wall-activist-tortured-threatened-with-rape-and-execution-by-shin-bet-because-of-bds-activities.html#more-38961

4.  “New Oil Spill in Gulf … 100-Mile Slick

 

A new 100-mile slick has been confirmed in the Gulf, only 30 miles from the site of the Deepwater Horizon. See this, this, this, this, this and this.

As I noted after the Deepwater Horizon spill, big oil spills will keep happening if we go for harder to get to oil reserves without increasing safety regulations.

Indeed, the oil spills in the Gulf and the existence of unsafe nuclear power plants follow the exact same pattern as the financial crisis: As long as big companies know the government will bail them out if there’s a “meltdown” and will help them cover up the scale of the accidents, as well as the fraud and corner-cutting which led to the disaster, they’ll keep doing dangerous things which put our economy, our environment and our health at risk.

As long as there is corporate socialism for the too big to fails and “tough love” for the rest of us, the big boys will continue to get into trouble.

As long as the government uses claims of “national security” to protect the big energy companies and big banks, there won’t be the transparency needed to ensure a free market and reasonable public accountability.”

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/03/new-oil-spill-100-mile-slick-in-gulf.html

5.  “Libya: Largest Military Undertaking since the Invasion of Iraq. Towards a Protracted Military Operation

The bombing of Libya has been on the drawing board of the Pentagon for several years as confirmed by former NATO commander General Wesley Clark.

Operation Odyssey Dawn is acknowledged as the “biggest Western military intervention in the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq began exactly eight years ago.” (Russia: Stop ‘indiscriminate’ bombing of Libya – Taiwan News Online, March 19, 2011).

This war is part of the battle for oil. Libya is among the World’s largest oil economies with approximately 3.5% of global oil reserves, more than twice those of the US.

The underlying objective is to gain control over Libya’s oil and gas reserves under the disguise of a humanitarian intervention.

The geopolitical and economic implications of a US-NATO led military intervention directed against Libya are far-reaching.

“Operation Odyssey Dawn ” is part of  a broader military agenda in the Middle East and Central Asia which consists in gaining control and corporate ownership over more than sixty percent of the world’s reserves of oil and natural gas, including oil and gas pipeline routes.”

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23815

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