Archive for August 6th, 2011

Sick Abu Ghraib Photog Released From Jail

Sick Abu Ghraib Photog Released From Jail

Israeli interrogators in Iraq:
Can see the same Israeli torture tactics in the recently released ‘Miral’ film:
No wonder we are hated in the Middle East as conveyed via the following article by Arnaud de Borchgrave as well: 

DEBORCHGRAVE Commentary: Black swans galore

Commentary: Black swans galore By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE
UPI Editor at Large
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A mid-summer poll in Arab nations Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates by the Arab-American Institute found the “Arab Spring” isn’t good news for the United States.

Sample Zogby poll results:

— U.S. and President Barack Obama’s favorable ratings are at an all-time low.

— Obama is less popular in the Middle East than Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

— Killing Osama bin Laden hasn’t improved U.S. relations with the region.

— Far from seeing the United States as a leader of the post-Arab Spring movement, the countries surveyed viewed “U.S. interference in the Arab world” as the greatest obstacle to peace and stability in the Middle East.

— Top concern is the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian Territories is blamed on the United States.

— In five of the six countries surveyed, the United States was viewed less favorably than Turkey, China, France — and Iran.

— Iran’s policies are viewed more favorably than America’s.

The U.S. administration’s ability to influence events in the Arab world in the wake of the “Arab Spring” is severely curtailed by the widely held view in the U.S. Congress that the strategic interests of the United States and of Israel are identical.

The Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the yet to materialize Palestinian state is the common leitmotif of Islamist terrorist groups.

The Mideast peace process is moribund with no early hope of progress, which reinforces the extremists. For a Palestinian state to be recognized at the United Nations next month, it would have to be voted by the U.N. Security Council where the United States wields a veto. The latest plan to bypass the veto is to submit a “non-state” Palestinian state to the General Assembly, where it would be approved 192-2 (Israel and the United States).

One of Egypt’s most prominent liberal voices, speaking privately, sent this reporter a message that said, “Those who for weeks kept saying all will be well are either naive fools or have their own power play and agenda.

“But those of us who can still focus on Egypt objectively and analyze what is happening,” the message continued, see the following:

— The rise of political, militant Islam (not religious Islam) in its different forms.

— The chaotic debacle of the liberals.

— A weak and ineffectual government with personal agendas that are chiefly the work of wannabes.

— A mob mentality and a media frenzy.

— Is any of this to Egypt’s benefit? A loud NO.

— The question is can there be a strong third way, one in which realistic Egyptians take the political process away from political Islam and chaotic liberals to a realistic center that is credible for Egypt’s future? A center that is wise and prudent that puts Egypt on the map as an example of a successful and sustainable change to benefit the people — and not a slice of interested zealots?

This prominent Egyptian liberal concluded, “We are at the abyss staring at Zimbabwe.”

Shortly after sending this message, the man who had been head of the Egyptian air force, vice president to President Anwar Sadat for six years and then president for 30 years was wheeled into a cage on a gurney, along with two sons, to be charged with corruption and the killing of demonstrators when he ordered the revolution suppressed. The trial was postponed to Aug. 15.

Egypt is at a crossroads. One road looks to the future with vision, leadership, courage and the ability to promote the changes demanded by the overwhelming majority. The other road looks to the past with hatred and vengeance and to the future by seizing power to redefine Egypt as a political Islamic state.

For Islamist extremists, bin Laden’s death isn’t the loss of a hero but the ascension of a martyr who gained a place in paradise.

Al-Qaida’s Capo did Capi since June 16, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is the son of an aristocratic Egyptian family who was arrested as a suspect in the 1981 assassination of Sadat. He was tortured but wouldn’t confess to any wrongdoing and was released after three years.

A medical doctor, he then made his way to Peshawar, Pakistan, with a medical team for the mujahedeen guerrillas fighting the Soviet army in Afghanistan.

Like bin Laden, Zawahiri believes they defeated the Soviet empire and can now do the same to the United States.

To avoid perceptions of a weakening movement, any direct attack on the United States would have to be more devastating than 9/11 and there is no indication they have that kind of capability.

The oil-rich Arab states of the Persian Gulf are the most likely priority targets. Millions of poor laborers, many from Pakistan, provide the bulk of the heavy lifting labor throughout the Persian Gulf states.

The image of the United States as the planet’s sole superpower is beginning to fade. The Iraq, Afghan and Libyan wars, costing so far $1.5 trillion, and the perception that they are partly to blame for the current world economic and financial chaos, have turned U.S. public attention to more pressing domestic priorities.

Since perceptions are the new reality, the 27-member European Union teeters on the edge of collapse as individual members like Greece, Portugal, Spain and Ireland blend budgetary profligacy with political dysfunction.

The resulting geopolitical chaos can only spawn extremism. China, with almost 6 million workers building projects and developing future markets in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and South, Central and Southeast Asia and Australia, while bringing its military up to 21st-century standards, keeps making magazine covers all over the world as the “Next Superpower” — followed by a question mark.

Arab countries see Israeli occupation and US interference as greatest threats to peace in Middle East (not Iran):

Even General David Petraeus (now head of the CIA) conveyed that US support of Israel against the Palestinians is a threat to US troops!

General Petraeus Leaked Emails about Israel:

Israel and 9/11 (General Petraeus mentioned as well):

What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers? See testimony most didn’t!:

See Los Angeles Times article near the top of following URL:

US support for Israel against Palestinians motive for worst attack on CIA

European Union slams Israel’s settlement activity

Following was received today from General (Ret) James David who is mentioned on the cover of the third edition of former Republican Congressman Paul Findley’s ‘They Dare to Speak Out’ book about the power/influence of the pro-Israel lobby on the US political system and media:

European Union slams Israel’s settlement activity

Saturday, August 6, 2011 12:38 PM
From: James David 
Israel’s repeated violations of International Law, and it’s policy of land confiscation and illegal settlement construction is condemned by the European Union but silent in Washington. 
We got the news of a Chinook CH-47 helicopter being shot down in Afghanistan today killing 31 U.S. special operation troops.  This devastating news might not have ever happened if it were not for U.S. support of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians and Lebanese which was the leading motivation for the attack on 9/11.  And it was because of this attack that the United States went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan but the controlled media and U.S. politicians will have us believe otherwise.  The U.S. has paid dearly for supporting such a criminal state.  It’s time to clean up Washington.
Published 00:59 06.08.11 Latest update 00:59 06.08.11

EU slams Israel’s decision to build new East Jerusalem housing project

Catherine Ashton says timing of decision particularly regrettable, undermining the international community’s recent attempts to reestablish trust between the sides.

By Akiva Eldar and AFP Tags: East Jerusalem Israel settlements Middle East peace


EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton condemned Israel’s approval of 900 new housing units in East Jerusalem, AFP reported on Friday, saying the new move damaged Israel’s prospects for peace.

The housing project will expand the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa which is within what is defined as Jerusalem’s city limits, but is directly adjacent to the Palestinian town of Bethlehem.

Ashton - Reuters, July 1, 2011 EU High Representative Catherine Ashton speaks in Vilnius July 1, 2011.
Photo by: Reuters

“The European Union has repeatedly urged the government of Israel to immediately end all settlement activities in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem. All settlement activities are illegal under international law,” AFP quoted Ashton as saying in a statement.

“Continued settlement undermines trust between the parties and efforts to resume negotiations. This is especially true with regard to Jerusalem,” the EU chief said, adding  “I believe there can be no sustainable peace in the Middle East without a two-state solution with the state of Israel and a viable and contiguous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security.”

“Settlement activity damages this prospect,” she cautioned.

Talks between Israel and the Palestinians hit a standstill in September

EU diplomats: Israel’s national security adviser reprimanded us over our critical policy

See the recently released ‘Miral’ film as the illegal Jewish settlements on Palestinian land (in the West Bank) are shown:

31 more Americans die (because of Israel) in Afghan quagmire

Helicopter crash kills 31 U.S. soldiers

Taliban claim responsibility for Afghan chopper crash:

Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan killing 30 Americans including 22 NAVY SEAL members, and as Elizabeth Palmer reports, early indications are the Taliban is to blame

Helicopter apparently shot down by Taliban as Afghan quagmire gets even worse for US (Navy Seal unit hit):

CNN Neocon Propagandists Blame Iran For Attack On American Helicopter In Afghanistan

Via Twitter: @STWuk Is this Obama’s “progress”? 31 US troops killed in #Afghanistan, worst loss for US forces since 2001 invasion

They Died in Vain, Deal With It (by Ray McGovern):

Keep in mind that the US invaded Afghanistan (and Iraq) because of 9/11 and 9/11 tragically happened because of US support for Israel against the Palestinians:

What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers? See testimony didn’t!:

See Los Angeles Times article near top of following link:

Even General David Petraeus conveyed that US support for Israel against the Palestinian was/is threat to US troops in theater:

General Petraeus Leaked Emails about Israel:

Israel and 9/11 (General Petraeus mentioned): 

US support for Israel against Palestinians motive for worst attack on CIA

Unconditional Support for Israel is Profoundly Damaging to Americans

Unconditional Support for Israel is Profoundly Damaging to Americans

US support for Israel against Palestinians motive for worst attack on CIA

The High Cost of Subservience to Israel (by Paul Findley):

NATO readies for military operation in Syria – envoy

NATO readies for military operation in Syria – envoy

US neo-cons seek war on Syria, Iran

“If there is a military intervention is Syria, then we are in for an extended war, which goes from the Mediterranean right to the Chinese border”