by Gore Vidal
H. G. WELLS
October… the month when the US expects a nasty surprise from ‘al Qaeda’, which is the claimed reason (i.e. the excuse, not the real reason) they are killing civilians on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border areas in a seeming attempt to keep the ‘al Qaeda’ amongst them from executing their terror plans in America this month and in Afghanistan the rest of the time.
a Marriott Hotel… in September in Pakistan one hosted some Marines and their mysterious metal luggage just before being the object of a devastating terror attack blamed on ‘al Qaeda’, thus helping to legitimize “America’s war” becoming more accepted as ”Pakistan’s war” now too; in October in America one will host a gathering of civilian and military terror experts and politicians discussing:
- The Iranian Nuclear Threat
- Radical Islamic Infiltration into Western Society
- Defusing the Oil Weapon
(McCain and Obama have both been invited to attend because Islamophobia truly is bi-partisan, as this “Intelligence Summit” is claimed to be.)
2 Videos… one from ‘al Qaeda’ media-man Adam Gadahn Pearlman, the other from Christian Action Network’s Martin Mawyer. The latter will be featured at the Intelligence Summit mentioned above. It’s called “Homegrown Jihad: The Terrorist Camps Around U.S.” It will likely not receive the ridicule it likely deserves. The former was just pre-released by ”Laura Mansfield” (not her real name) and might be discussed or even shown, but it’s not on the published schedule. (How could it be since no one knew about it yet? *wink wink*)
1 Traumatized and Wounded Female Pakistani Captive… disappeared in Pakistan with her 3 children, missing for 5 years, and suddenly reappeared in Afghanistan just in time to prove useful to US endeavors at home and abroad; rumored but never proven to be an al Qaeda operative; said to have been carrying terror plans, lists of potential targets and sleeper cells in the US, maps, unidentified liquids and instructions for making explosives, all while loitering about suspiciously before the Ghazni governor’s place until noticed and caught; accused of shooting at US miltary and intelligence agency personnel with one of their own weapons while detained for ‘questioning’; transferred to America to stand trial but now placed in the notoriously horrific Carswell FMC for ‘psychiatric evaluation’.
an Economic Meltdown… lost money, lost jobs, lost homes on the bottom and in the middle; spending sprees and golden parachutes and bailouts at the top.
and the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team… “Beginning in October, the Army plans to station an active unit inside the United States for the first time to serve as an on-call federal response in times of emergency. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent thirty-five of the last sixty months in Iraq, but now the unit is training for domestic operations. The unit will soon be under the day-to-day control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command. The Army Times reports this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command. The paper says the Army unit may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. The soldiers are learning to use so-called nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds.”
I’m not drawing any conclusions.
I’m just noticing a few current happenings and trying to call attention to the disasters already unfolding, here and abroad. I can’t say where it’s all heading, but it don’t look good…even without any big(ger) surprises being cooked up.
Details Details (an addendum):
highlighted what I found most interesting
The Homegrown Jihad video which will be shown at the Intelligence Summit in Washington D.C. this month comes from
Christian Action Network
Founded in 1990 by Martin Mawyer–longtime editor of Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority Report.
….Martin Mawyer of the Virginia-based Christian Action Network claims that there are more than 35 Muslim terrorist camps operating inside the United States. He comes up with that figure by assuming that any and all Muslim religious centers are actually terrorist training facilities. He has dedicated himself to a battle “between God and Satan” to eliminate the Muslim presence before something terrible happens. His pamphlet “Terror in Our Schools: the Jihadist Threat to Our Schoolchildren” explains that “Muslim literature states clearly that the killing of children is not only permitted in Islam but is approved by Mohammed.” The Jihadis are reportedly planning a mass attack on America’s schools, producing rivers of blood, in which they “will probably pick middle schools… where the girls are old enough to rape but the students are not big enough to fight back effectively.”
That Hagee and Mawyer are taken seriously by many Americans is unfortunate, particularly when politicians endorse their views. (source)
Also see his Hillary ad:
As outrageous as all that sounds, Martin Mawyer should still find find himself right at home among the Intelligence Summit crowd, whose motto could be “You don’t have to be right, you just have to make people think that you are.” They’re pretty good at that, with alot of combined experience and a fairly obvious agenda uniting them.
The Intelligence Summit
–Consulting Economist, The Potomac Foundation; Formerly with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; President, Norman A. Bailey, Inc.; Former Senior Director of International Economic Affairs, White House National Security Council, 1981-1983; Former Professor, City University of New York; Former President of Bailey, Tondu, Warwick & Co., Ltd. (an investment banking firm) http://www.iwp.edu/faculty/facultyID.1/profile.asp Pakistan Link: he was the NSC official who analyzed reports on the BCCI’s connection to “prohibited nuclear technolgy deals” for Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Libya. –The Outlaw Bank by Jonathan Beaty and S.C. Gwynne
–USAF (retired); consultant and media analyst; founder of Government Reform Through Technology; former CEO and president of Business Executives for National Security; led the Pentagon‘s “reinventing government” effort, visiting more than 100 leading-edge commercial companies to assimilate their ideas about business re-engineering. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,37310,00.html Pakistan Link: “Pakistan is balancing on a razor’s edge….Pakistan’s future depends on its willingness to confront the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and other Islamist terrorist and terror-supporting groups within its own borders….The Pakistani army is the only national institution that has both the brains and the brawn to control Pakistan. Turkey’s military is the guarantor of a secular, democratic Turkey. Musharraf needs to follow the Turkish model and make the Pakistani army a bulwark against the radical Islamists….The ISI has outlived its usefulness to Pakistan, and if allowed to exist in its present form, has the potential to destabilize Pakistan as well as other countries in South and Central Asia….Finally, we have to think of how we would deal with the consequences of the unthinkable: the overthrow or assassination of President Musharraf and perhaps a consequent civil war with the ultimate prize being nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and the infrastructure to build more of them. America should work closely to safeguard Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal and keep nuclear warheads from falling under control of rogue commanders or Islamic terrorists.–Endgame: The Bluepring for Victory in the War on Terror, by Thomas McInerny and Paul Vallely.
–“aka Rogue Warrior”; US Navy SEAL; special operations expert; novelist; business instructor; corporate advisor to multi-national businesses. http://www.navyseals.com/richard-marcinko
–former chair of the British Joint Intelligence Committee; policy advisor to David Cameron, leader of the UK conservative party; something here about privitization of QinetiQ (of which she was chairman)and it being sold to the Carlyle Group in 2006. (source)
Gen. Paul E. Vallely–US Army (retired); Fox News analyst; advocates the final ethnic cleansing of all Palestinian citizens of Israel; Military Committee Chairman for the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Iran Policy Committee; co-author, with Thomas McInerney, of “Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror”, advocating military-led regime change in Iran, Syria and North Korea; first President of the National Psychological Operations Association; author of “From PSYOP to Mindwar: The Psychology of Victory”; described “MindWar” as using “electronic media — television and radio” in the “deliberate, aggressive convincing of all participants in a war that we will win that war.” http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Paul_E._Vallely Pakistan Link: same as for Gen. Thomas McInerney above.
Louis Rene Beres–his scholarship is generally known in both American and Israeli military and intelligence circles. Professor Beres is Strategic and Military Affairs columnist for The Jewish Press. (source)
Pakistan Link: “Can nuclear deterrence serve Israel if the Jewish State is faced with irrational nuclear adversaries, or would such irrationality immobilize the dynamics of nuclear deterrence? If Israel does need to undertake various forms of preemption, can it do so entirely with conventional weapons, or will it need to use nuclear weapons to ensure destruction of very hardened enemy targets? If the latter, could Israel continue to endure in the community of nations after embracing such an unpopular (however indispensable) strategic option?…For Israel, the Islamic Bomb exploded by Pakistan in May is more than just another warning. It is the Final Warning.”–Israel, Pakistan and the Islamic Bomb
Yossef Bodansky–(born in Israel); an Israeli-American political scientist; served as Director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare of the US House of Representatives from 1988 to 2004; Director of Research of the International Strategic Studies Association; has been a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University‘s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); served as a senior consultant for the Department of Defense and the Department of State in the 1980s; a senior editor for the Defense and Foreign Affairs group of publications; a Special Consultant on international terrorism for the Freeman Center for Strategic Studies; a contributor to the International Military and Defense Encyclopedia; is on the Advisory Council of The Intelligence Summit; his numerous articles have been published in Global Affairs, Jane’s Defense Weekly, Defense and Foreign Affairs: Strategic Policy and other periodicals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yossef_Bodansky Pakistan Link: Pakistan’s Islamic Bomb
Brent Budowsky–Legendary Washington Insider; columnist for The Hill.com and Clout’s Chief Political consultant; served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, responsible for commerce and intelligence matters, including one of the core drafters of the CIA Identities Law; served as Legislative Director to Congressman Bill Alexander, then Chief Deputy Whip, House of Representatives; left goverment in 1990 for marketing and public affairs business including major corporate entertainment and talent management. (source)
Pakistan Link: “Do you not agree that our commanders are deeply offended by the spectacle of the leader of one our major “allies”, Pakistan, making a deal that gives sanctuary to terrorists in parts of his nation…?”--Derelictions of Duty: How George Bush Has Direspected Commanders and Hurt Our Troops
Col. Gordon Cucullu–US Army Green Beret; a writer, a popular speaker, a business executive and a farmer; lived for more than thirteen years in East Asia, including eight years in Korea; worked on Korea and East Asian affairs at both the Pentagon and Department of State. http://www.colonelgordon.com/aboutgordon.shtml Pakistan Link: “RM: A lot of people criticize Pakistani President Musharraf for his unwillingness to implement democratic reform. But given the high level of anti-Americanism in Pakistan, shouldn’t we be hesitant to support widespread democratic reform there?
GC: We have nothing to fear from genuine democracy. However, one man, one vote, one time is not democracy. A free and open Pakistan adjacent to a democratic India, a democratic Afghanistan, a democratic Iraq, and a future democratic Iran is in the world’s best interest. The trick is to control and guide reform and not let it be stolen away as has been the case in some countries.
I’m a big believer in democracy now, if it is real democracy. Historically no democracy has made war on another. Even if America is not liked in a genuinely democratic Pakistan (an achievement that may consume much energy internally to make happen) it is unlikely that a democratic Pakistan would ally itself with a non-democratic state to hurt America.”–Threat Assessment Asia: Interview with Colonel Gordon Cucullu
Col. Bill Cowan–US Marine Corps (retired); Fox News contributor; in the 1980s, was specially selected to serve as one of the first members and as the only Marine in the Pentagon’s most classified counterterrorist unit, the Intelligence Support Activity (ISA), a unit that to this date remains under the tightest security; served as a senior military operations officer and field operative on covert missions to the Middle East, Europe and Latin America; served two years on the staff of U.S. Sen. Warren B. Rudman as a legislative assistant and as the senator’s primary staff assistant during the Iran/Contra hearings; involved in numerous operations in the Middle East in response to terrorist incidents and the holding of Western hostages in Beirut and Kuwait; was directly involved in every facet of the Beirut hostages drama, including international negotiations leading to their release in 1991; a co-founder of the WVC3 Group, a company providing homeland security services, support and technologies to government and commercial clients. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,60314,00.html Pakistan Link: Pakistan Has ALOT of Problems–You Tube clip of Fox News appearance
–born an Egyptian Muslim, now an American Evangelical Christian; manages the website Arabs for Israel and has appeared on FOX News, on the website Frontpage Magazine, and in the film Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West; author of Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror; her father was Colonel Mustafa Hafez, head of Egyptian army intelligence in the Gaza Strip in the early ’50s, who was killed by an Israeli letter bomb in July 1956. http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9646.shtml Pakistan Link: “If this trend continues Bin Laden’s dreams of internal jihad within America will come true. If that happens America will never be the same again. We could see a large Muslim population congregate in London, Paris or Detroit demanding Sharia or else. If their demands are denied then they will demand a separatist movement; Chechnya can happen in the West. Islamic separatist movements are alive and well in Chechnya, the Philippines and other parts of the world. It caused India to split Pakistan away and give it to Muslims, but Islamic terrorism inside India has not stopped.”–America Beware! (Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week speech)
–”bio-defense expert“; “…claims that MI6 and the CIA want her “dead in the woods like Dr Kelly” because she critiques U.S. Mid-East policy. LOOK CLOSER. She does not offer an ANTI-war perspective. To the contrary: All of her associates have a neocon stench, and the firm employing her has been described as an “espionage front.” She says that Syria and Iran are stockpiling WMDs. Sound familiar…?” (source)
Under the name Jill Dekker-Bellamy she is referenced in 2005 as being “of the New Defense Agenda” which is listed elsewhere as a Brussels, Belgium think tank ”established in 2003 by [former journalist and veteran Brussels lobbyist Giles] Merritt, receives generous contributions from major arms producers, like Lockheed-Martin and BAE Systems, in return for promoting higher European military spending.”–Lobby Planet
Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld–Director of the American Center for Democracy; on the Board of Advisors of American Congress for Truth (formed by Brigitte Gabriel below); on the Board of Directors of the Committee on the Present Danger with James Woolsey and George Shultz; consultant to the Defense Department Threat Reduction Agency, the CIA, and Treasury, as well as other government, public and private entities; Her Ph.D. in Criminology is from the Hebrew University School of Law in Jerusalem; her latest book Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed – and How to Stop It led to the Libel Terrorism Protection Act, known as “Rachel’s Law“ in NY State, and to a new national bill for Free Speech, now pending before U.S. Congress. http://www.aeispeakers.com/speakerbio.php?SpeakerID=1301 Pakistan Link: “Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan was the first Arab ruler to understand the strategic importance of economic jihad71 against the West. He was first to use oil as a political weapon after the 1973 Yom Kippur War.72 He was also the major sponsor of the first international Islamic bank, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). The bank was created to serve as .the best bridge to help the world of Islam, and the best way to fight the evil influence of the Zionists.”73 BCCI, which was shut down in July 1991 by New York City district attorney Robert Morgenthau, 74 funded and otherwise facilitated terrorist organizations and states, including the Sandinistas, Hezbollah, abu Nidal, the PLO, al Qaeda, Syria, Libya, Iran’s Islamic revolution—as well as Pakistan’s nuclear program, to create the “Islamic Bomb.”75″–Jihad Economics and Islamic Banking by Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen
Brigitte Gabriel–former news anchor for “World News” on Middle East Television; immigrated to the United States in 1989 and started a television production and advertising company; clients included ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, Discovery, TLC, History Channel, “Oprah Winfrey Show,” “20/20,” “World News Tonight” and “Good Morning America”; President and Founder of the American Congress for Truth, dedicated to educating millions of uninformed Americans about the threat of radical Islam to world peace and national security; author of the book Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America. http://www.americancongressfortruth.com/profile.asp Pakistan Link: “Despite our desire to bring democracy into the Islamic World, it hasn’t worked. The sectarian violence we have seen in Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt is ironically emboldened by Western concepts of democracy. In the Muslim world they don’t need it. They have the community of believers, the ummah and the mandate of strict Shar-ia Islamic law to establish a worldwide Caliphate with a strong Emir. The Jihad doctrine is incompatible with Western democracy. In Pakistan, if the US government makes the mistake of pushing the ideal of democracy over security, the untoward consequence could be the rise of an Islamic Republic under the Taliban and Al Qaeda.”–Pakistan in Agony: What Follows Could Be Important for America
Yoram Hessel–Intelligence Advisor on the Board of Simlat (UAV Training Solutions); former Head of Global Operations, Intelligence and Foreign Relations Division of the Mossad (retired in 2003); currently CEO, Vintage Crown Ltd., Israel, President, IntelTech International LLC., USA, Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee, Bank Otsar Hachayal Ltd., Israel, Co-Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors, DynaTrage Inc., USA, Member of the Strategic Advisory Committee, ELUL Group, Ltd., Israel, Member of the Board of Trustees and ICT Associate, The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Israel, Member of the Intelligence Summit’s International Advisory Council, USA., Member of the Board of Directors, Friends of Rabin Medical Center, Israel. http://www.simlat.com/?doc=151159
Tawfik Hamid–former member of “a Muslim terrorist organization”; claims to have predicted the destruction of the Twin Towers, Madrid bombings and London attacks due to his “insider understanding of the terrorist mentality”; initiator of Islamic reformation, “seeks to build new thinking within Islam“. http://www.tawfikhamid.com/
–Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt of India; former head of the counter-terrorism division of the Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW), India’s external intelligence agency; former member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) of the Government of India; former member of the Special Task Force of the Government of India for the Revamping of the Intelligence Apparatus; former member of the Working and Study Groups on Terrorism of the Council on Security Co-operation Asia Pacific (CSCAP); Honorary Editorial Adviser, “Indian Defence Review”, a quarterly published from New Delhi; author of two books “Intelligence–Past, Present & Future” and “A Terrorist State As A Frontline Ally”. Presently, Director, Institute for Topical Studies, Chennai. Columnist on terrorism and national security related subjects for the Indian media. On the guest lecturer faculties of a number of training institutions of India. (source)
Pakistan Link: Joins with those trying to make Pakistan a potential patsy “complicit” in regard to 9/11.
Wayne Simmons–former CIA operative, “frequent Fox News guest” who claimed in 2005 that if the Democrats came into power the US would see 9-1-1s unabated. http://mediamatters.org/items/200511170006 Pakistan Link: “In the city of Quetta, Pakistan we know the Taliban have recreated their organization. We have, I am informed, actionable intelligence that the Pakistanis refuse to act upon. We should do so, with or without their permission. To do that, CIA paramilitary groups like the one I served in, along with US Special Forces, can ally themselves with local opponents to the Taliban. And those locals aren’t likely to be found among the local Boy Scouts. Alliances of convenience, even with people we wouldn’t otherwise trust and certainly wouldn’t find, um, admirable, should be the rule not the exception.”–Use Every Tool
Robert Spencer–Director of Jihad Watch, author of The Truth about Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion (which was answered by Dr. Robert Dickson Crane in Fascist-Islamophobia) and Religion of Peace: Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn’t and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades); claims to be a scholar of Islamic history, theology and law. (source)
Pakistan Link: His book The Truth About Muhammad was banned in Pakistan.
Dr. Robert Katz, Executive Director–??
John J. Loftus, President–”It is possible that John Loftus may know more intelligence secrets than anyone alive. As a former Justice Department prosecutor, Loftus once held some of the highest security clearances in the world, with special access to NATO Cosmic, CIA codeword, and Top Secret Nuclear files. As a private attorney, he works without charge to help hundreds of intelligence agents obtain lawful permission to declassify and publish the hidden secrets of our times. He is the author of four history books, three of which have been made into films, two were international best sellers, and one (Belarus Secret: The Nazi Connection in America) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2002, the SHOWTIME channel will begin filming “SECRET WARS,” the pilot of a television series based on Loftus’ life story, starring Jon Voight and Aidan Quinn. As a young U.S. Army officer, John Loftus helped train Israelis on a covert operation that turned the tide of battle in the 1973 Yom Kippur War….” http://www.john-loftus.com/bio.asp
Clare Lopez, Vice President–retired CIA senior Directorate of Operations case officer, and much more listed here–
–Consultant and International Relations for IsraCast (“an independent, multimedia broadcast and distribution network that focuses on Israeli foreign affairs and defense issues”); emigrated to Israel from the US; works in patrol and undercover units of the Israeli Police Reserves; Operations Officer for the Civil Guard, Zion Station, Jerusalem Region in a Reservist capacity; has worked in television, film and radio production in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; worked at the Jerusalem Post in various capacities; Director of Operations for Protect – Israeli Security Solutions, a not-for-profit organization that brings together intelligence agencies of the free world and the emerging democracies to share ideas in the common war against terror. http://www.isracast.com/about.aspx
–an investigative researcher; Director of International Voters Coalition. “Since November 10th 1997, Brent Beleskey has been fighting in the Ontario Courts and now throughout the world for and honest and true voting process.” http://www.votefraud.org/News/2000/3/032100.html “In Canada, Brent M.P. Beleskey of WorldGang and ONGIA has been compiling evidence of MS-13′s infiltration into local gangs and the local drug trade. Mr. Beleskey is currently working on a documentary detailing the spread of MS-13 and militant Islam and their influence on the mean streets of Ontario.” (source)
Is he helping build a false case against Islam, Muslims (whose beliefs threaten greedy and destructive neo-colonialist capitalism) and certain disliked South American states (that won’t sell their own people out to American interests) all in one go? That’s how it looks to me. update: “There is real danger that Islamic extremist groups such as al-Qaida and Hezbollah could form alliances with wealthy and powerful Latin American drug lords to launch new terrorist attacks, U.S. officials said Wednesday.” This also fits well with my earlier post “Next…?” Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? They do.
Constance Wilson Andresen–a global consultant on women’s health issues; on the Board of Directors of WAFE, the International Federation of Women Against Fundamentalism and for Equality; member of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group of Washington DC; member of The World Affairs Forum, The Asia Society, Camera, the American Jewish Council, the ACLU, the Three Forum, and the Society of International Development as well as a volunteer for the International Red Cross. Source
Ilana Freedman–When I tried to access her site I was automatically redirected here: http://www.gerardgroup.com/cthome.php “Ilana Freedman is an internationally respected expert in counter-terrorism and trend forecasting. As CEO of Gerard Group International, she has framed the mission to provide leading edge programs to prepare and protect American interests from the impact of terrorist attack….Freedman spent sixteen years in Israel, where GGi was founded. As head of the Jerusalem-based consulting firm, she served as advisor to both government and industry….Freedman writes a regular column on terrorism, civil defense, and security in the Metrowest Daily News, and a number of her columns have appeared in the New York Post, the Lowell Sun, and other publications. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and Inc. Magazine and has been a frequent guest on national radio, including FoxNews and others. Freedman is a Deputy Sheriff with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office and a participant on the Bristol County Homeland Security Task Force, working with first response agencies to identify anti-terrorism security vulnerabilities and to solve security and response issues.” http://politicalmavens.com/index.php/author/ilanafreedman/ She also ran for US Congress in Massachusetts in 2002. Gerard Group advertises books by Paul Vallely and Rachel Ehrenfeld (listed above).
Dr. Gary Katz–Clinical-Social Psychologist, specializing in PTSD and victims of anti-Semitic terrorism. http://www.intelligencesummit.org/speakers/GaryKatz.htm
In considering some of the above persons’ views on Pakistan and what is happening now in Pakistan, please remember the influence of Israeli and American Zionists within and upon the US government. Also remember David ben Gurion’s words in Jewish Chronicle, 9 August 1967:
Musharraf has been blackmailed since Operation 9/11′s execution. ISI was made to play a role, knowingly or unknowingly, and Pakistan has been paying a price for that since then. We are not dealing with a rational person. We are dealing with mass-murderers, whose hands are soaked in the innocent blood. Musharraf and his Masters fear that truth may come out if there is rule of law in Pakistan or if a person like Ron Paul came to power in the US. See the following article and the mountain of evidence being pushed under the rug. That is why Musharraf regime was warning the Chief Justice to stay away from the issue of missing person. And may be that’s why Benazir had to give her life for the slip of her tongue when she said Osama was murdered by Omar Sheikh.
The Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, has called on European leaders to create a new world order that minimises the role of the US.
Confident that a spat with Europe prompted by Russia’s invasion of Georgia in August was over, Mr Medvedev arrived in the French spa town of Evian determined to woo his fellow leaders into creating an anti-US front.
Gone was the kind of war time rhetoric that saw Mr Medvedev lash out at the West and characterise his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Saakashvili as a “lunatic”. Instead Mr Medvedev spoke of a Russia that was “absolutely not interested in confrontation”.
Yet there was little doubt that Mr Medvedev was playing the divide-and-rule tactics of his predecessor Vladimir Putin by seeking to pit the United States against its European allies.
In a speech delivered to European leaders at a conference hosted by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to discuss the international financial crisis, Mr Medvedev sought to show that the United States was at the root of all the world’s problems.
He blamed Washington’s “economic egotism” for the world’s financial woes and then accused the Bush administration of taking Europe to the brink of a new cold war by pursuing a deliberately divisive foreign policy. He also maintained that the United States was once again trying to return to a policy of containing Russia.
“After toppling the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the United States started a series of unilateral actions,” Mr Medvedev said. “As a result, a trend appeared in international relations towards creating dividing lines. This was in fact the revival of a policy popular in the past and known as containment.”
While he called for a cooling of the noxious rhetoric that has blighted East-West relations in the past two years, Mr Medvedev clearly laid the blame for the deterioration on the United States, which he said was again viewing Russian through the prism of the Cold War.
“Sovietology, like paranoia, is a very dangerous disease, and it is a pity that part of the US administration still suffers from it,” he said.
To remedy Washington’s ambitions to play the global policeman, Mr Medvedev proposed an overhaul of the world’s security and financial structures.
In order to end the “unipolar” model in which the world depended on the United States, he proposed creating new financial systems to challenge the dominance of the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation, both of which had fallen under Washington’s spell.
Slamming the enlargement of Nato, which he said had advance provocatively towards the borders of Russia, he also proposed drafting a new European Security Treaty. While Russia has insisted it is not intending to supplant Nato, Mr Medvedev made it clear that the US-dominated alliance was partly responsible for the war in the Caucasus by its failure to rein in Georgian “aggression”.
If the tone was softer, the theme of the speech was familiar, and drew comparisons with an address by Mr Putin in February last year in which the former president, now prime minister, railed against US “hyperpower”. Many observers say that address heralded the beginning of a new era in East-West confrontation.
“Medvedev’s speech was more balanced than previous ones, but it was still permeated with criticism of the United States,” said Nikolai Petrov, a Russian foreign policy expert at the Carnegie Centre think-tank in Moscow. “He curtsies to Europe but what he proposes is ultimately anachronistic rather than constructive.”
To what extent Europe will warm to Mr Medvedev’s policies is uncertain. It is clear, however, that Russia’s diplomacy with Europe’s major powers – Britain aside – has been remarkably successful in the aftermath of a war that saw Moscow branded an international pariah, even by traditional allies like Germany.
The Russian president won fulsome praise from Mr Sarkozy after he announced that all Russian troops had been withdrawn from buffer zones around Georgia’s rebel enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhazia before Friday’s deadline for a pull out.
Describing his guest as a man who had “kept his word”, Mr Sarkozy immediately declared that talks on an EU-Russia partnership deal, suspended as punishment for Russia’s military operation in Georgia, could resume.
Russia has also mended fences with Germany, concluding a new bilateral energy deal and winning assurances from Angela Merkel, the chancellor, that Berlin would not support granting Georgia or Ukraine Nato candidate status when the alliance meets in December.
While Russia may have pulled out of undisputed Georgian territory, Kremlin critics fret that the EU has won a pyrrhic diplomatic victory. Russia has doubled its troop presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia in contravention of United Nations resolutions and in defiance of earlier EU calls, which now appear to have been dropped, to withdraw to pre-conflict positions.
Despite international condemnation, Russia has also unilaterally recognised the independence of both provinces, a fact that observers say could cause instability in the Caucasus for years to come.
THE President of Russia has called on Europe’s leaders to create a new world order that would minimise the role of the United States.
Confident that a row with Europe prompted by Russia’s invasion of Georgia in August was over, Dmitry Medvedev arrived in the French spa town of Evian on Wednesday determined to woo his fellow leaders into creating an anti-US front.
Gone was the kind of wartime rhetoric that saw Mr Medvedev lash out at the West and describe his Georgian counterpart, Mikheil Saakashvili, as a “lunatic”. Instead Mr Medvedev spoke of a Russia that was “absolutely not interested in confrontation”, and outlined plans for a new security pact to ban the use of force in Europe.
Yet there was little doubt that Mr Medvedev was playing the divide-and-rule tactics of Vladimir Putin, his predecessor and now Prime Minister, by seeking to pit the US against its European allies.
In a speech delivered to European leaders at a conference hosted by the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, to discuss the international financial crisis, Mr Medvedev sought to show that the US was at the root of all the world’s problems. He blamed Washington’s “economic egotism” for the world’s financial woes and then accused the Bush Administration of taking Europe to the brink of a new cold war by pursuing a deliberately divisive foreign policy.
He also maintained that the US was once again trying to return to a policy of containing Russia.
“After toppling the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the United States started a series of unilateral actions,” Mr Medvedev said.
“As a result, a trend appeared in international relations towards creating dividing lines. This was in fact the revival of a policy popular in the past and known as containment.”
While he called for a cooling of the noxious rhetoric that had blighted East-West relations over the past two years, Mr Medvedev clearly laid the blame for the deterioration on the US, which he said was again viewing Russia through the prism of the Cold War. “Sovietology, like paranoia, is a very dangerous disease, and it is a pity that part of the US Administration still suffers from it,” he said.
In order to end the “unipolar” model in which the world depended on the US, he proposed creating new financial systems to challenge the dominance of the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation, both of which had fallen under Washington’s spell.
Attacking the enlargement of NATO, which he said had advanced provocatively towards Russia, he proposed a new European security treaty.
The new European pact would include “a clear affirmation of the inadmissibility of the use of force – or the threat of force – in international relations” and would be built on the principle of the territorial integrity of independent nations.
While Russia has insisted it was not intending to supplant NATO, Mr Medvedev made it clear that the US-dominated alliance was partly responsible for the war in the Caucasus by its failure to rein in Georgian “aggression”.
The Russian President won praise from Mr Sarkozy after he announced that all Russian troops had been withdrawn from buffer zones around Georgia’s rebel enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhazia before today’s deadline.
Describing his guest as a man who had “kept his word”, Mr Sarkozy immediately declared that talks on an EU-Russia partnership deal, suspended as punishment for Russia’s military operation in Georgia, could resume.
Thursday 09 October 2008
by: Maya Schenwar, t r u t h o u t | Report
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Banking Chairman Barney Frank. After realizing that H.Con.Res.362 could lead to war with Iran, Frank – a cosponsor – has vowed to oppose the bill until its aggressive language is changed. (Photo: AFP / Getty)
Falling from shoo-in status to widely rejected legislation within the space of four months, a resolution that would have opened the door for a naval blockade on Iran was officially shelved at the end of September, after several of its cosponsors withdrew their support. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman has promised not to bring the bill, House Concurrent Resolution 362, before the committee until concerns about the text are addressed.
Given the scare-tactic-laden climate of the past eight years, 362′s journey is remarkable: it represents a forceful effort by members of Congress – prodded by grassroots groups – to turn back the tides of impending war.
“The game-changer occurred when lawmakers realized that the resolution would lead to a naval blockade and war,” Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, told Truthout. “The mood in Congress is similar to what it is in the country as a whole – the appetite for another war in the Middle East simply isn’t there.”
The Iran resolution, originally proposed in late May, would have imposed “stringent inspection requirements” on trade with Iran, making a military blockade and the legal use of force distinct possibilities. It quickly gained bipartisan support, even among some of Congress’s most progressive members, such as impeachment advocate Robert Wexler, Oversight Committee chairman and vocal Bush critic Henry Waxman, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, rated the most liberal Democrat in Congress by the nonpartisan vote-tracking project GovTrack.
Intense lobbying efforts by the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee propelled the bill forward, and in late June, sources close to Congressional leadership expected it to be ushered onto the House floor under suspension of the rules. A place on the suspension schedule – usually reserved for uncontroversial legislation – would have meant very limited debate and a quick vote for 362.
AIPAC framed the bill as a necessary escalation of tactics toward Iran. In a statement on the legislation, AIPAC announced, “Iran poses a growing threat to the United States and our allies as it continues rapidly advancing toward a nuclear weapons capability. Sanctions are having an impact on Iran, but more needs to be done now to persuade Tehran to change course.”
Pressure from AIPAC and similar groups weighed heavily in some members’ decisions to support the legislation, according to Jim Fine, legislative secretary for foreign policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). He added that the force of the lobbyists sometimes took the place of careful consideration.
“In some cases, members clearly signed on without reading or understanding the implications of what they were signing on to, in part because the resolution’s supporters presented it as nothing more than an incremental increase in sanctions against Iran and stressed that nothing in the resolution authorized the use of force against Iran – a red herring, since a nonbinding resolution never authorizes anything,” Fine told Truthout. “But even when they understood the resolution’s implications and didn’t agree with them, some offices reported they were receiving so many emails and phone calls urging them to cosponsor, they didn’t feel they could refuse.”
Yet, just as the bill was poised to sail through the House, another lobbying effort staged a counterattack. A widespread coalition of peace groups, religious organizations, Iranian Americans and Jewish Americans coordinated phone-ins, email campaigns and visits to Congressional offices. They stressed that, though the language of the bill may imply that it simply strengthens sanctions, it actually could only be implemented by military means.
Prominent military experts and military personnel concurred with the grassroots movement, and made their voices heard.
“The blockade is not a step short of war; it is war. It virtually guarantees military confrontation causing unnecessary casualties on both sides,” stated University of Minnesota Professor Cyrus Bina and Col. Sam Gardiner (ret.) in an early July op-ed, in the Washington Times.
The sponsors of 362, Congressmen Gary Ackerman and Mike Pence, responded to the accusations of activists and experts in a letter to their colleagues, stating, “These assertions are absolutely false and, frankly, utter nonsense.”
But military experts continued to challenge 362. Vice Admiral Jack Shanahan, US Navy (ret.); Dr. Lawrence Korb, former assistant secretary of defense, and Lt. Gen. Robert G. Gard Jr. (ret.) responded to the sponsors’ retorts in a letter to House members. “Despite the protestations of its sponsors, we believe that implementation of inspections of this nature could not be accomplished without a blockade or the use of force… Without a Security Council Resolution, implementation of these measures could be construed as an act of war,” they wrote.
Meanwhile, grassroots efforts crescendoed, with thousands of messages sent to Congress about the resolution. National advocacy organizations’ alerts were picked up by local groups, prompting an unusually large number of constituents to request personal meetings with their representatives, according to Fine.
Congress’s response was unprecedented: five co-sponsors officially withdrew their names from the bill, while several more, including Wexler, voiced firm opposition to the bill’s current language and vowed to push for changes.
“None of us at FCNL can remember another time when five members withdrew from a resolution they had agreed to cosponsor,” Fine said.
It is also unusual for cosponsors of a bill to belatedly object to a substantial component of it – especially in an election year. Co-sponsor Congressman Barney Frank, who now opposes the resolution as it stands, even admitted to constituents that he’d made a mistake.
“I agree that this should not be our policy, and I regret the fact that I did not read this resolution more carefully,” Frank wrote in a letter to an activist with Peace Action. “I’m going to consult with the authors to see if a change can be made that would omit this language, and if they are unwilling to do that, I will make very clear my disagreement with this in the most appropriate form. I apologize again for not having read this more carefully.”
Ackerman has vowed to resume pushing for 362′s passage later in the year, saying that the resolution continues to gain support among others in Congress. However, the past few months’ backlash will make a renewed effort more difficult, according to Parsi – especially since grassroots groups are not giving up.
“There will likely be other attempts, but I don’t think it is likely that language calling for a blockade – i.e. war – will pass easily,” Parsi said. “We are prepared to work with all parties to make sure that a new and more constructive policy on Iran is put together that effectively meets the Iranian challenge.”
In a broad sense, the rejection of H.Con.Res.362 paves the way for a new outlook on Iran, according to Fine. He points to the National Intelligence Estimate report released in December 2007, which encouraged diplomacy with Iran, as a guidepost for governmental action.
“Engaging with Iran to try to resolve dangerous conflict is common sense,” Fine said. “Five former US secretaries of state have just repeated their call for direct talks with Iran, including Henry Kissinger, who says talks should begin at the secretary of state level. Congress is beginning to hear the message.”