What must they think of us?

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The sacking of US commander General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, received an immense amount of media coverage last week. The narrative basically focused on the disrespectful ways McChrystal talked about the Obama Administration.

Unfortunately the news media never got around to asking what the Afghanistan people thought of McChrystal being sacked. It turns out that their take on the event wasn’t just different, it didn’t even resemble the story that the American media was selling us.

 Head of Press TV’s office in Kabul, Mohammad Ruhi, says US commander General Stanley McChrystal was sacked for acknowledging NATO’s connection with the executed leader of the Pakistan-based Jundallah terrorist group, Abdolmalek Rigi.

Whoa! That certainly changes things.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us  Abdolmalek Rigi was executed by Iran a little over a week ago. He was arrested back in February under very interesting circumstances.

 Moslehi said Rigi had been in a US military base 24 hours before his arrest and was carrying an Afghan passport supplied by the US.

 After that Rigi confessed to one of the most open secrets in southern Asia.

In the tape, Mr Rigi alleged that the US had promised to provide his group with military equipment and a base in Afghanistan, near the Iranian border.

  He says he was on his way to a meeting with a “high-ranking person” at the Manas US military base in Kyrgyzstan when he was captured.

The Jundallah isn’t just your standard, every day terrorist group. These guys are ruthless and fanatical.

In 2007, Dan Rather went to southern Pakistan for a first-ever interview with Abdolmalek Rigi. During the episode, a video of Rigi personally cutting off the head of a prisoner was shown. The same year they proudly claimed to have bombed a girl’s school.

The terrorist group is most known for the 2009 suicide bombings of the Zahedan Mosque that killed 20 civilians and the Pishin bombing that killed another 43 people.

Rigi and many of his followers in the Jundallah grew up in the same madrasahs that the Taliban went to. Iran has accused them of using the opium trade to fund their weapons purchases.

Reports of U.S. support for Jundallah have been circulating since 2007. McChrystal’s crime was that he confirmed it.

Make no mistake about it, Jundallah is an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group that is on friendly terms with the Taliban.

…and then you wonder why McChrystal might have some choice words for politicians in Washington.

Of course, supporting “good” terrorists has become official policy in Washington.

 A bipartisan group of House members last week unveiled a resolution in support of the Iranian “resistance,” a code word for an opposition group known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) that has been on the State Department’s list of international terrorist organizations since its inception in the late 1980s.

During the period leading up to the 1979 revolution, the group proudly murdered U.S. military officers and civilians working in Iran. And while the group’s current leadership and its apologists claim that those attacks were carried out by a splinter group no longer associated with the MEK, eyewitnesses tell me that the MEK continued to celebrate the anniversary of those murders in ceremonies and song in their training camps inside Iraq all through the 1980s.

More recently, MEK operatives inside Iran have carried out hit-and-run terrorist attacks on regime officials and have planted bombs in urban areas that have randomly killed civilians.

Exactly who are we fighting and why? I can no longer tell, which probably gives veterans of the Vietnam War deja vu.

The most despicable of crimes

One of the most tragic, immoral and disgusting symbols of Africa’s pain is the child soldier. 12 and 14 year old boys, brainwashed and probably on drugs, armed with machine guns and terrorizing civilians.

It’s a symbol of hopelessness and corruption, and now its also a symbol of America’s foreign policy.

 The United Nations lists the Somali government as one of the “most persistent violators” in the world of using child soldiers, and this week The New York Times documented several child soldiers, some as young as 12, toting assault rifles and working for the Somali transitional government in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital.

While the American government has expressed concern about the matter, it has given the Somali military millions of dollars in arms and paid soldiers’ salaries.

Think about that for a moment. Your tax dollars are going to pay for an African government to employ 12 year old boys to shoot people.

At what point do we finally admit that our bankrupt and immoral foreign policy towards Somalia has failed?

On Wednesday, Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, said that assistance might violate the Child Soldier Prevention provision of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008; the Durbin-Coburn Child Soldiers Accountability Act; and the Durbin-Coburn Human Rights Enforcement Act.

Carolyn Vadino, a State Department spokeswoman, said, “We continually press the Transitional Federal Government to make certain that they do not use child soldiers.” She also said the American government took “appropriate steps” to verify that the Somali soldiers it was helping pay were 18 or older.

It looks like the Obama Administration has picked up from where the Bush Administration left off – when confronted with an obvious violation of the law (see torture) simply deny that it is happening and don’t enforce the law. The law in question is Child Soldier Prevention Act.

So what do you get when you combine a messed up 12 year old with a machine gun? This event two weeks ago is a good example.

Fighting between Somali government troops and police has killed at least 13 people in Mogadishu…

“The clashes came after some of the government troops started to rob a civilian car and the police were trying to stop it,” Abdullahi Mo`alim Kerow, a police officer, told Reuters.

“This kind of clash among government troops is unfortunate and has been repeated so many times, claiming the lives of nearly 100 troops since January.”

Child soldiers shooting each other is on the increase.

A year ago the Obama Administration shipped 40 tonnes of weapons to the Somalia Transitional Government. It wasn’t long before there were reports that government officials were selling those weapons to insurgents.

This is a sad and ironic twist considering that America halted food and medical aid to Somalia because we were afraid that some rice would wind up in the hands of insurgents. This is during the worst famine in Somalia since 1991.

The message being that we don’t mind if the Somalians are heavily armed and killing each other while they starve.

It isn’t just our weapons that are going to the insurgents. It’s the soldiers too.

“The uncontrolled, predatory behaviour of the TFG’s police force against the civilian population has driven some Somalis to support Al-Shabaab out of fear and anger,” Prof Menkhaus said.

Most of the thousands of TFG troops trained and armed through US assistance have deserted or defected to Al-Shabaab, he added.

Somalia is home of the largest refugee crisis in the world. Few in America know this because, well, judging by what we send Somalia, few in America care.

Why should we care? After all, we didn’t cause it.

Oh wait. As a matter of fact, we DID cause it. The unprovoked military invasion from christian Ethiopia that rolled into Islamic Somalia thus causing the latest crisis was financed and directed by America.

The only thing that Americans know and care about Somalia seems to be the piracy problem. The fact that the islamic rebels are actively fighting the pirates, even while we try to kill the rebels, doesn’t seem to affect our sense of logic and morality.

Love that narco-terrorist money

A year ago the Pentagon released a report concluding that “Mexico is at risk of becoming a failed state” and beginning to resemble a narco-terrorist state.

It turns out that the reason for Mexico’s tragic condition was because American banks were financing the drug trade.

Wachovia, it turns out, had made a habit of helping move money for Mexican drug smugglers. Wells Fargo & Co., which bought Wachovia in 2008, has admitted in court that its unit failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers — including the cash used to buy four planes that shipped a total of 22 tons of cocaine.

Laundering drug money is a very lucrative business to be in. This also isn’t the first time that the banks have been caught with blood-and-cocaine-covered hands.

Every time it happens the banks cut a deal and pay a fine. No jail time. The authorities are after the drug runners, not the banksters.

No big U.S. bank — Wells Fargo included — has ever been indicted for violating the Bank Secrecy Act or any other federal law. Instead, the Justice Department settles criminal charges by using deferred-prosecution agreements, in which a bank pays a fine and promises not to break the law again.

That may sound insane to you and me, but the banks are merely following the example set by the largest banking regulator in America – the Federal Reserve.

(Bloomberg) — Last week the New York Federal Reserve made what may go down as the most misguided move in the history of the Federal Reserve system. They laundered money for North Korea.

As far as I can tell, no one suffered any punishment for laundering North Korea’s money, so why should anyone at a private bank do jail time?

Supporting international terrorists. Funding child soldiers. Laundering drug money. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get caught, and even if you do get caught, that doesn’t seem to make a difference either.

Why embrace conspiracy theories when the crimes are in the open?

What must the rest of the world think of us?

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    • gjohnsit on June 30, 2010 at 11:35 pm
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    • Edger on July 1, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Well, I think that is a matter of record, but very few ever listened to it, and instead the US government seems determined to intentionally create as many of what they will immediately “terrorists” as they can possibly create. But then, how can they have a war on terror unless they make as many “terrorists” as they can to drum up popular support for it?

    They need an enemy to rally and control the population by convincing them that only the government can save them from that enemy. So they create that enemy. And 12 years olds are easily malleable, I suppose, till they get a little experience at killing under their belts and figure out who they are really mad at…

          The events that affected my soul in a direct way started in 1982 when America permitted the Israelis to invade Lebanon and the American Sixth Fleet helped them in that. This bombardment began and many were killed and injured and others were terrorised and displaced.

          I couldn’t forget those moving scenes, blood and severed limbs, women and children sprawled everywhere. Houses destroyed along with their occupants and high rises demolished over their residents, rockets raining down on our home without mercy.

          The situation was like a crocodile meeting a helpless child, powerless except for his screams. Does the crocodile understand a conversation that doesn’t include a weapon? And the whole world saw and heard but it didn’t respond.

          In those difficult moments many hard-to-describe ideas bubbled in my soul, but in the end they produced an intense feeling of rejection of tyranny, and gave birth to a strong resolve to punish the oppressors.

          And as I looked at those demolished towers in Lebanon, it entered my mind that we should punish the oppressor in kind and that we should destroy towers in America in order that they taste some of what we tasted and so that they be deterred from killing our women and children.


  1. only “well managed economies”.

    “That had a lot to do with macroeconomic policies,” said Canuto, who cited Mexico, Brazil and Uruguay as being particularly well managed. “Latin America has learned a hard lesson on the benefits of cutting this serial default behavior.”

    • Xanthe on July 1, 2010 at 3:13 am

    it bubbles back up.

    Well, we’re told they hate us for our freedom – freedom of unemployment, freedom of unregulated rape of our land, freedom of marginalizing our elderly – freedom from healthcare – and the list goes on —

    Yeah they hate us for our freedom.  

    • banger on July 1, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I didn’t know about the McCrystal story. It’s plausible though I’m not sure I buy it.

    I’m convinced that the McCrystal story was basically a way for McCrystal to hope to extricate himself from a situation that, to a soldier, must appear absurd. Petraeus is a politician and that’s what they need for that situation–it isn’t a war at all anyway just some weird shit.

    As for Somalia, a country I actually lived in for a couple of months I can only be sad. I can’t even begin to tell you how much harm the West has done that country from NGOs to the American military all that has been “done” for the Somalis has been disastrous and yet another example of the horror of imperialism.  

  2. thrill seekers. If it wasn’t London opium deliveries to China via India, it was opium regulation in South East Asia via the French Foreign Legion. And lo and behold, it’s now the U.S. with its mercenaries in the old burial grounds of the English, Afghanistan; kind of like Vietnam revivalism by the Washington insiders for the embarassed Parisians. And now the big boy on the block, the USofA, has free rein to gather up all the remaining fossil fuels it wants: It’s just too hard to feed the military machine with anything but oil. J.D. Rockefeller would be proud. Oil has become the Standard again.

    Let’s face it, WWI proved that there was inexhaustable human flesh for the use by the elite. WWII, Korea, Vietnam etc. proves the point. And now our love of weapons is the greatest love story of all time, an erotic, murderous mania that feeds upon anything in its path. Future historian (pray there be) will look back at this time as

    the “great madness”. The monster must be starved, somehow.

     

  3. It seems to me that there is a world-wide effort to not only aid in impoverishing peoples, but to be rid of the impoverished, as well!  One thing seems quite certain, the US leads any and all such efforts under the guise of “wiping out terrorism?”  The “elitists”‘ response to overpopulation?  The wealthy have become the GOD!  

    But, I truly believe, there will be “recompense” somewhere down the line!  Will it be too late?

     

    • melvin on July 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    they laugh at us and consider us utter morons for allowing BP to stay in charge after all this time. There are few countries, certainly not even the UK itself, that are so in thrall to corporatism or Ayn Rand or whatever the hell it is that governs us now that they would simply lie back and let these goons run the show in the third month of their destruction of our future.

  4. Why are we there?

  5. Seriously, a whole cadre of fictional boogeymen with internet details from multiple places.

    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&s

    Blood Diamonds?  No Blood Electronics

    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q

    And finance?  Yes, I have no problem with waterboarding Ben Bernanke.

    • Xanthe on July 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    bill funding passed the house.  Embedded in that bill the house will vote on the cat food commission’s recommendations in the lame duck session if it passes the Senate – up and down vote.

    Passing around a hot potato – or some of that 394 dimensional chess going on?

    Who’s the legislative person here?  Hamsher says the “fix in in”  — Last night I got a legislative guy in Lipinski’s office – I asked him what did all this mean?  He said to call him today – he didn’t know it was in there – or said he didn’t.  

    Frankly, I am clueless and tired of the permutations of the Congress – the way they get votes.  But this is really frightening.  Anyone?    

  6. The U.S. government/corporate oligarchy, which by now is “of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations” can somehow find money to pay twelve-year-old children in Africa to terrorize and kill others, but cannot fund an extension of unemployment benefits for our own people.

    Metaphorically speaking, while Magellan reportedly proved that the fears of those embarking on long sea voyages might go over the edge of the what was believed to be a flat earth, it seems that our ship of state has plummeted over that very precipice.

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