South Korea vows caution over ship but North sees war

[No matter how unlikely it seems, someone besides N.Korea could have fired a stolen torpedo, to incriminate the North.  recently the press reported that S. Korea had captured a rogue torpedo running in circles after being fired by a Northern sub. Turkey, Greece and South Africa, Israel and South Korea use German submarines. Under the Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative, the US has been leasing German-built Type 209 submarines from Sweden and Peru for training purposes since 2005.]

South Korea vows caution over ship but North sees war

Jack Kim and Rhee So-eui
SEOUL

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(Reuters) – South Korea said after a rare emergency security meeting on Friday it would respond prudently to the sinking of one of its naval ships by the North, but Pyongyang warned the peninsula was being driven to war.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington strongly condemned North Korea’s action and called for an international response.

The South announced on Thursday that it had overwhelming evidence a North Korean submarine had entered its waters in March and attacked the Cheonan corvette, killing 46 sailors in what President Lee Myung-bak called a “military provocation”.

North Korea denied the accusation and said it was ready to tear up all agreements with the South, with whom it remains technically at war under a truce that ended fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War.

“It was a military provocation and violation of the U.N. Charter and the truce agreement,” Lee, whose 2-½ years in office have seen relations with the North turn increasingly frosty, said in a statement.

“Since this case is very serious and has a grave importance, we cannot afford to have a slightest mistake and will be very prudent in all response measures we take,” his office quoted him as telling a rare emergency National Security Council meeting.

Lee is expected to announce his response early next week.

CLEAR MESSAGE, INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

Clinton, speaking in Tokyo after talks with Japan’s foreign minister, said there must be a clear message to North Korea that provocative actions have consequences.

“We cannot allow this attack on South Korea to go unanswered by the international community,” Clinton said after talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada.

“So, we will determine our best options and send a clear, unmistakable message to North Korea regarding the international community’s and most particularly, its neighbors’ concerns about its behavior.”

Clinton did not specify what sort of international action she would like to see. Such steps could range from fresh U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea, although those might be opposed by China, to a simple statement of condemnation by the world body.

South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said Seoul would work with the international community to come up with non-military sanctions against the reclusive state.

In the past, both sides had put a limit on their hostility.

“North Korea has surpassed these limits. For those acts, the government will definitely make sure North Korea pays,” Kim said.

Yonhap news agency reported South Korea and the United States were considering raising the alert status on North Korea as tensions build.

“PHASE OF WAR”

North Korea was typically defiant.

“From this time on, we will regard the situation as a phase of war and will be responding resolutely to all problems in North-South relations,” the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said in a statement.

“If the South puppet group comes out with ‘response’ and ‘retaliation’, we will respond strongly with ruthless punishment including the total shutdown of North-South ties, abrogation of the North-South agreement on non-aggression and abolition of all North-South cooperation projects.”

Seoul has repeatedly said it would not strike back at the North, aware that would frighten away investors already jittery about the escalating tension on the divided peninsula.

Apart from international sanctions, there is little else it can do. Economic relations have come to a near standstill since Lee became president, apart from a joint factory park just inside impoverished North Korea which now has to rely almost entirely on China, its only major ally.

Yonhap News reported citing government sources Seoul may shut down sea routes that allow North Korean vessels sail through South Korean waters near its southern end and save costs.

North Korea has frequently threatened to attack Seoul but most analysts say that, in the face of a much better equipped South Korean army backed by some 28,000 U.S. troops on the peninsula, any major confrontation would be suicidal for the Pyongyang leadership.

Some analysts still warned the more the North’s now frail leader Kim Jong-il is pushed into a corner, the greater the risk of clashes. Kim is also trying to secure the succession for one of his sons.

China has so far maintained its support of the North and said it would make its own assessment of the investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan.

North Korea said it would send its own investigators to the South to look into the incident. But Yonhap news agency quoted a South Korean defense ministry source as saying it had no intention of allowing such a delegation.

(Additional reporting by Jonathan Thatcher in SEOUL; Arshad Mohammed and Isabel Reynolds in TOKYO; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

Religion as a panacea for Baloch nationalism

By Malik Siraj Akbar

Striking Quetta’s Civil Hospital on April 16, 2010, a young Baloch suicide bomber, Haq Nawaz Baloch, killed at least eleven people, including two top police officials and a television journalist. This attack was dissimilar from ones previously carried out by Baloch nationalist guerrilla fighters against government installations and its security forces. Thus the largely secular Baloch society was introduced to an uncommonly new phenomenon of religious extremism and one for which it is almost totally unprepared to respond.

Unfortunately we cannot regard this suicide bombing as a unique occurrence. Just three days before two teenage sisters were acidified in the Dalbandin town of Chagai District in Balochistan by unidentified persons riding a motorbike. The girls were punished for the “crime” of not observing strict Islamic Hijab. Hailing from an extremely poor family, the girls were rushed to a Quetta hospital. Their faces are burnt but due to the lack of proper medical facilities their medical treatment is unsatisfactory.

An underground militant group calling itself as the Baloch Gharatmand (Honored) Group had, days before launching the first staggering attack, circulated a leaflet warning women in the area that they should leave their homes without being accompanied by a male family member. According to the interpretation of the shadowy group, being unaccompanied by a male family member is “un-Islamic” and should therefore be “punished” by those who ignored the warning.

Initially not many residents of Dalbandin took the threat very seriously as there had been no precedence of throwing acid on women. In Baloch society women usually work independently on their farms, fetch water and visit neighbors without being necessarily accompanied by male members of the family. But on April 29 in Kalat District three sisters, Sakina Bibi, 14, Saima Bibi, 16 and Fatima Bibi, 20, were attacked with acid by masked assailants.

For a province like Balochistan that has fought against Islamabad’s control on at least five occasions news about violence is not surprising. Nonetheless what is striking about these developments is the fact that they are marked by religious objectives and have been carried out by young Balochi males.

This wave of unprecedented attacks on girls indicates an abrupt fundamentalist religious radicalization in the Baloch society. Baloch nationalists, reacting vociferously to the latest shocking developments, know where such plans are masterminded and can pinpoint who is exploited to execute these suicide bombings.

There cannot be two views about who sponsors these radical elements. Baloch nationalists insistently argue that these developments are ultimately the culmination of covert state patronage extended to thousands of registered and unregistered religious seminaries set up to counter the progressive, liberal and secular nationalist forces in the province.

Over the years Islamabad has attempted to impose an unappealing Islamic identity on the Balochs. These religious seminaries propagate an Islamic-cum-Pakistani national identity and view Balochi nationalism as a shallow ideology imported by the “infidels”.

Around 95% of religious schools spread all over Balochistan are owned and administered by leaders of the pro-Taliban Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI). These religious schools gave birth to an alternative political force countering nationalistic politics. Soon the JUI emerged as a major power center in the province and today the JUI is an integral part of every coalition government. In the 2002 general elections the JUI took 16 seats in the Balochistan Assembly and currently the JUI has at least 11 seats in the provincial legislature. These representatives serve as a shield to conceal the suspicious activities of the religious schools operating across the province. The JUI platform also demands that the provincial government not take action against the Taliban; thus the province has become their sanctuary.

For example, when the Baloch and Pashtun nationalists in the province welcomed an expected expansion of U.S.-led drone strikes on the hideouts of Taliban in Quetta to hunt down their reclusive leader Mullah Omar and the members of the Quetta Shura, the JUI legislators worked to have the Balochistan Assembly approve an anti-drone resolution on October 13, 2009. As a result, the world was convinced that Balochistan supported the Quetta Shura.

Religious schools in Balochi-dominated areas, owned and administered by JUI leaders, have dramatically mushroomed in recent times. Foreign funding from various Arab sheikdoms has flooded the province. Seemingly unlimited funding has meant that both registered and unregistered religious schools promote Wahhabism. According to independent sources, they indoctrinate their students with hatred against Shias and non-Muslims. They also discourage visits by “outsiders.” They do not want anyone to observe the activities that take place on their campuses.

With the outpouring of foreign money, religious schools have expanded their constituency into the Balochistan’s interior. Charging low or nominal fees, they have also established English language centers and computer labs that attract students from local communities. Interestingly, the schools’ administrators motivate the introduction of computer and English language courses as necessary to promote Islam across the world and to convert non-Muslims. Thus all coursework is taught within the context of promoting Islam. They discourage nationalistic tendencies and emphasis the need for an Islamic identity.

Interestingly the religious schools and their mentors coordinate their work to a greater extent than do the relatively moderate governmental schools and colleges. For example, one would find hundreds of students from different districts of Balochistan or neighboring countries enrolled in a religious school based in a remote district of Balochistan. On the other hand, one would hardly find a single student from distant district in a similarly situated public college. Comfortable facilities, improved accommodations, free meals and a reasonable stipend greatly contribute to the coordination between different madrassas located across the province. This also assists them in building contacts with their counterparts in neighboring Iran and Afghanistan. According to some confirmed reports dozens of Balochi teenagers, if not hundreds, participated in the second Afghan war. Some lost their lives. Trips were facilitated by the frequent guests who came from other provinces to visit the schools under varying pretexts.

The wave of anti-Punjabi operations initiated by Balochi armed groups has claimed the lives of many Punjabi teachers and professionals in Balochistan. But this has not touched the religious schools. Teachers, preachers and students from all over Pakistan continue to flock to these madrassas, establishing a network of like-minded people throughout the country. Scores of inter- and intra-provincial exchange programs regularly take place between their students. While a host of non-local settler teachers have already left Balochistan in the wake of mounting nationalist attacks, this phenomenon has not affected the Tableegi Ijthemas (religious congregations) in Baloch areas.

Baloch towns have recently become major hubs of the Tableegi Jamaat’s gatherings in such districts as Panjgur, Gwadar, Khuzdar, Sibi, Turbat and Quetta. Mammoth congregations come together from time to time and are viewed with concern by Baloch nationalists. The Tableegi Jamaat’s harsh rejection of worldly life and non-violent approach has attracted many Baloch youth. In fact we now see many young men dedicate four months, or even a year, to being Islamic preachers and traveling to different cities throughout Pakistan.

On their return from a stint of preaching, many have reportedly turned hostile to photography, television and other forms of “worldly pleasures.” They consider them “un-Islamic” or elements of distraction. They also discourage women from being educated and seek to restrict their movement.

The April attacks on girls in Chagai and Kalat are concrete examples of this thinking. In the same way, an increase in the religious schools has given birth to more intolerance among youth who now refuse to coexist with the members of a rival religious sect. This religious militancy today overshadows a Balochi nationalistic movement of a secular hue. And now the media have turned their attention to reporting on both the acidification of girls and the increased killing of members of the minority Shia community.

Understandably, the Baloch society remains somewhat in a state of denial over its children’s’ involvement in growing religious violence. Yet the acceptance of different violent cases by organizations dominated by Baloch/Bravi-speaking outfits confirms the fact that militant religious groups are rapidly gaining a stronghold. In return, visibly disunited, fragmented and polarized Baloch nationalists do not seem to have an alternative vision to counter the expansion of militant Islam. For example, hardly any nationalist political party is even organizing study circles for its activists. Studying ideological literature and history has regrettably become anathema to many young Baloch activists. It is the targeted killing of Punjabi teachers, ironically by Baloch nationalists, that is likely to be a setback for a worldly and secular education in Balochistan.

The writer is the editor of the online newspaper The Baloch Hal. This article originally appeared in the first edition of View Point on its relaunch as an online magazine on May 21, 2010. You can read the View Point, a magazine dominated by leftist writers, on

Moscow and Beijing are trying to keep the Koreans from the war

Dangerous godsend. Moscow and Beijing are trying to keep the Koreans from the war

09:34 21.05.2010

A dangerous discovery
Moscow and Beijing are trying to keep the Koreans from the conflict

Moscow yesterday urged Pyongyang and Seoul for restraint in connection with the death of a South Korean investigation into the corvette “Cheonan. The two Koreas, according to Russian Foreign Ministry should exercise caution, “to strengthen the recent tensions on the Korean peninsula from becoming a conflict.” Corvette Cheonan “broke in half and sank March 26, 2010 near the border with North Korea in the Yellow Sea, which Pyongyang does not recognize. Killing 46 of the 104 crew members.

Vremya Novosti received from the Embassy of South Korea in Moscow conclusion of an international commission of inquiry into the incident: 74 experts from Korea, Australia, UK, USA and Sweden concluded that “Cheonan, died as a result explosion of a torpedo in the three meters from its turbine compartment. Fragments of a torpedo after a long search was found and raised to the surface. These torpedoes, carrying up to 300 kg of explosives, equipped with almost all the North Korean submarine, and the screw detected North Korean torpedo discernible markings. Win Pyongyang indirectly confirmed by the absence on March 26 in the tragedy of ships of third countries.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Seoul would take “severe retaliation” against Pyongyang than provoke the militant rhetoric of the North. He called the outcome of the investigation “trumped up” and threatened that if South Korea would insist on new sanctions against the DPRK, it is waiting for “full-scale war.”

But the threat should not be exaggerated, if we take into account the position of the key players in the region. In favor of a peaceful resolution to the conflict have already expressed China and Russia. Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai said that the maintenance of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula – a “common aspiration of the peoples of the region.” The head of Russia’s international affairs committee Mikhail Margelov described the Russian position as “restrained” and “accurate”: “We are opposed to increasing tension. The world does not need any new Korean war or a nuclear North Korea.”

Anton Ivanov
21.05.2010

Source – Time news

May 22, 2006–Iran, Cartoon Protests American Psyop?

[I must admit that I don't understand the cartoon, or the violent reactions to it, but tomorrow is the anniversary of the important event--part of Bush's "rape" policies for targeted pipeline countries.]

Iran: Cartoon Protests Signal Azeri Frustration

Jean-Christophe Peuch

Cartoon that started the controversy. The boy tries to address the cockroach using different forms of Soosk(Persian word for cockroach) and it answers Namana?(Azeri language, also Persian slang, for What?)
The cockroach also spoke in Persian
The past few days have seen a string of deadly protests in predominantly Azeri northwestern Iran. What officially triggered the turmoil was the publication in the 19 May weekly supplement to the Tehran-based ‘Iran’ newspaper of a controversial cartoon showing an Azeri-speaking cockroach.Although “Iran” is a government-owned periodical, authorities blame alleged ‘enemies of the country’ – a term generally used to describe the United States, Israel, and Britain – for the ethnic unrest. But regional observers believe the controversial cartoon served as a catalyst for Iran’s Azeris to press anew for social, economic, and political demands.
The publication of the controversial cartoon prompted a swift response from Iran’s central authorities. Cabinet ministers condemned the caricature, describing it as “an offense to the Iranian people as a whole”

A foreign plot?

On 23 May – the day after the first protests broke out in Tabriz – the country’s judiciary ordered the indefinite closure of “Iran” and the arrest of its editor in chief and its cartoonist.

But this did not help defuse tensions in the northwest.

As new protests were reported, President Mahmud Ahmadinejad alleged in a 25 May television address that the unrest was part of a foreign plot aimed at disrupting Tehran’s efforts to acquire “peaceful nuclear technology”.

On 28 May, it was the turn of the country’s supreme leader to enter the fray.

In an address to Iran’s parliament, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggested a link between developments in the northwest and a recent announcement that US President George W. Bush’s administration is seeking a multimillion-dollar bill in Congress to promote democracy in Iran.
“This tumult – these ethnic and religious instigations – are the last arrow left in the quiver of the enemies of the People’s Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said. “They are wrong when they plan to spend money with a view to stirring ethnic groups, social classes, and the youth. As a rule their plans are based on a wrong assessment of the situation. And now they’ve decided to turn to Azerbaijan.”

Stirring up Arabs and Kurds, too

This is not the first time Iranian authorities have blamed domestic unrest on foreign countries.
Tehran accused Britain last year of instigating bomb attacks in the southwestern Khuzistan Province, a region with a large Arab population. It also blamed the United States for allegedly stoking unrest among ethnic Kurds.

Touraj Atabaki teaches at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. This expert on Iran’s Azeri minority says there might be some truth behind Iran’s claims of a foreign plot. Yet, he tells RFE/RL he believes responsibility for the unrest lies first and foremost with the central government.

“Of course one cannot confirm that foreign agencies or [individuals] from [neighboring] Azerbaijan or Turkey, or from the US, are involved,” he said. “This is very difficult to [make such accusations]. There might be some foreign involvement. But one can neither confirm nor deny this. Yet, the [approach] of the Iranian [authorities] toward social protests is very security-oriented and based on conspiracy theories. They immediately come to the conclusion that protests are instigated by foreign powers and they don’t want to see the social, local [reasons] of these protests.”

Ever since Tehran quelled the short-lived autonomous government of Tabriz in 1946, Azeris – who make up to one quarter of the country’s population – have been demanding more rights in line with Iran’s constitution.

In the late 1990s, President Mohammad Khatami introduced reforms aimed at giving ethnic minorities more control of their respective regions’ political life. But Atabaki says Ahmadinejad, who took office in August of last year, is in the process of reversing this policy.

Ahmadinejad reversing previous policy

“What Khatami did was to try to bring more local people into the political establishment. Governors, mayors, and local officers were elected or appointed from [amongst] various ethnic groups and that was a trend that started some eight years ago. But now, [under] the presidency of Ahmadinejad, we see that those officials who were appointed [over] the past eight years [are being] replaced with people coming from [other] geographic areas. Those are mostly people who have links with the Revolutionary Guard.”

Ali Hamed-Iman is the director of “Shams-e Tabrizi”, a reformist electronic newspaper that has its office in the capital of East Azerbaijan Province. He tells Radio Farda the controversial cartoon served as a catalyst for the country’s Azeris.

“This caricature became an excuse for Turkic-speaking students and people all across Iran,” Hamed-Iman said. “It was a spark that blew up the gunpowder of the Azerbaijani national movement. It was like a knife stuck in the back of the [Azeri] people, or to put it differently, in the back of the Azerbaijani national movement.”

That Azeri protests are going beyond the cartoon controversy is confirmed by reports from Tehran.

As Khamenei was preparing to address the legislature on 28 May, dozens of Azeris marched on the parliament before being dispersed by police. Iran’s student news agency (ISNA) said they were demanding that their language be taught in Iranian schools and that an Azeri-language television channel be established.

Difficult to determine

Meanwhile, what really happened in Iran’s northwest remains shrouded in secrecy.
Authorities initially said the protests were limited to Tabriz and that one person was wounded and another 54 people arrested during the unrest.

Subsequent reports, however, suggest the disturbances were on a much broader scale.
On 28 May, the top security officer of West Azerbaijan Province, General Hassan Karami, said four people were killed in the town of Naqadeh, some 150 kilometers southeast of Tabriz.
Various accounts offered

This official death toll pales in comparison to that given by the Southern Azerbaijan National Awakening Movement (Guney Azerbaycan Milli Oyanis Harekati – or GAMOH).

The Baku-based GAMOH advocates unification of Azeris living on both sides of the Araxes River, which separates Iran from Azerbaijan.

The group says unrest spread across Iran’s north and that deadly clashes in Tabriz, Urumiyeh, Ardabil, Maragheh, Zanjan, Khvoy, Bukan, and other towns left at least 20 dead and scores of wounded. It also claims security forces made hundreds of arrests and sustained a few casualties at the hands of protesters.

The World Azeri Congress last week released a list of casualties that indicated that some of the deadliest clashes took place in Sulduz (Fesanduz, in Persian), a town GAMOH claims fell briefly into the hands of insurgents.

Given the political agenda of those two organizations, independent observers may find it hard to give credence to their claims.

Yet, Atabaki – who has just returned from Iran – says the protest movement “is spreading everywhere” and has reached Farsabad, near the border with Azerbaijan. He also says the government seems unable – or unwilling – to respond to the unrest other than through coercion.
“They have mobilized mobs against the crowds that took to the streets,” Atabaki said. “They also started mass repression, [with] arrests and imprisonments. They think this is the best way to tackle the crisis. The point is that the government did not expect such a [protest] movement, [that it would develop] on such a scale.”

Copyright (c) 2006. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036. Funded by the US Congress.

Hizbullah Mobilizes ‘Thousands of Fighters’ Ahead of Israel Drill

Hizbullah Mobilizes ‘Thousands of Fighters’ Ahead of Israel Drill

Hizbullah mobilized thousands of fighters in southern Lebanon on Friday in response to week-long Israeli military exercises due to kick off on Sunday, an official from the Shiite group said.

“The Hizbullah fighters have (been instructed) to be completely ready to confront Israeli maneuvers on Sunday,” Nabil Qaouq told Agence France Presse.

“Thousands of our fighters will not go to the polls (for municipal elections on Sunday) and will be prepared from today” for any eventuality, he added.

“In the event of any new attack on Lebanon, the Israelis will not find anywhere in Palestine to hide,” he said.

Israel estimates that Hizbullah has since the 2006 war stockpiled more than 40,000 rockets, some of which could reach major Israeli population centers.

And last month, Israeli President Shimon Peres accused Syria of providing Scud missiles to Hizbullah, charges that Damascus has denied.

Dubbed “Turning Point 4,” the defense exercises are designed to prepare emergency responses to rocket strikes on Israel, with sirens due to ring out across the country on Wednesday and Israelis head for shelters.

Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai emphasized last week that the exercises had been planned long in advance, and had no bearing on the Jewish state’s present relations with its northern neighbors.(AFP-Naharnet)

PROJECTILE DYSFUNCTION – IRON DOME, ISRAEL, TRIDENT, AND THE MEDIA

PROJECTILE DYSFUNCTION – IRON DOME, ISRAEL, TRIDENT, AND THE MEDIA

MediaLens

May 20, 2010

Last week, the BBC reported Barack Obama’s request to Congress for $200 million in military aid to assist Israel’s construction of a short-range rocket defence system, Iron Dome. The funding will be in addition to the $3 billion in military aid the US annually sends to Israel. A BBC online article explained:

“The system is designed to shoot down mortars and rockets from Gaza or Southern Lebanon with guided missiles.” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/ middle_east/8681919.stm)

Details were provided:

“Iron Dome was conceived and developed in Israel following the Lebanon war of 2006, during which Hezbollah launched about 4,000 rockets into northern Israel. Southern Israel has also come under fire, with thousands of rockets and mortars fired by Palestinian militants.”

The BBC failed to mention that during the 2006 war Lebanon was subjected to 12,000 Israeli bombing raids, 2,500 navy shells, 100,000 army shells and 4.6 million cluster bombs. (Jane’s Defence Weekly, ‘The war in numbers,’ August 23, 2006 and http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2008/02/17/ israel-s-use-cluster-bombs-shows-need-global-ban)

Even prior to the December 27, 2008 Operation Cast Lead offensive – when Israel attacked Gaza with hundreds of bombing raids and drone attacks, and thousands of artillery and tank shells – 14 Israelis had been killed by mostly home-made rockets fired from Gaza over the previous seven years as against 5,000 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces. Some 1,400 Palestinians were massacred in the Cast Lead assault.

The BBC reported the US administration’s “unshakeable commitment” to Israeli security, adding that Obama “recognised the threat posed by missiles and rockets fired by Hamas and Hezbollah”.

Obama did not recognise the threat to Palestinians posed by Israeli forces and expressed no “unshakeable commitment” to Palestinian security. This ought to be surprising, given that the mainstream media habitually present the United States as an “honest broker” in the conflict. In 2006, Channel 4’s Jonathan Rugman declared:

“If you think in the last week the US has given up its role as honest broker in the Middle East then now, it seems, they’ve taken it back.” (Channel 4 News, July 21, 2006)

In 2000, a BBC 1 lunchtime news report described then President Bill Clinton as “the man who has spent eight years trying to bring permanent peace to the Middle East”. (BBC1 Lunchtime News, October 16, 2000)

Edward Herman commented recently:

“U.S. officials repeat day-after-day that our ‘solidarity’ with Israel is an ‘unshakeable bond,’ that there is no ‘space’ between us and Israel on the issues, and that we have an ‘absolute commitment to Israel’s security’ (Hillary Clinton). A large fraction of congress and the Senate appear regularly at AIPAC [The American Israel Public Affairs Committee] annual meetings to virtually pledge allegiance to the State of Israel, and Vice President Joseph Biden has publicly declared himself ‘a Zionist,’ with Israel ‘the center of my work as a United States Senator and now as vice president of the United States…'”

“There is also no ‘honest broker’ in this fraudulent ‘peace process’ – honest brokering is inconsistent with complete ‘solidarity’ and a ‘central commitment’ to one side.” (Herman, ‘”Protecting Israel’s Ethnic Cleansing” – Deceptively Called “Protecting Israel’s Security”,’ Z Magazine, May 2010)

This is blindingly obvious, but is somehow not an issue, not a reality, for mainstream journalists. The powers that be pretend that honest brokering is consistent with massively funding and arming one side – the media generally go along with the deception. As with the above BBC report, the mainstream typically portrays Palestinian violence as dominant with Israel merely retaliating. This also, Herman explains, is a lie:

“In reality, the primary violence is Israeli dispossession, which has taken Palestinian land and water for decades, under U.S. and other enlightened states’ protection. Over the years the Palestinians have resisted, mainly peaceably, sometimes by violence, but with very much higher casualty rates suffered by the poorly armed Palestinians (over 20-1 prior to the second intifada, when the rate dropped to 3 or 4 to 1-rising to 100 to 1 in the Gaza war).”

No Logic Whatsoever

The BBC commented on the status of the Iron Dome technology:

“Israel completed tests on the system in January. Officials say the next phase in its development is its integration into the Israeli army.”

It seems there are no investigative journalists at the BBC willing to check the claim that tests on the system have been “completed” so that the system is ready for action. As for questioning who might stand to gain from hyping this expensive technology, that is also not within the remit of BBC journalism. By contrast, the Jerusalem Post quotes the view of Tel Aviv University professor and noted military analyst Reuven Pedatzur:

“The Iron Dome is all a scam. The flight-time of a Kassam rocket to Sderot is 14 seconds, while the time the Iron Dome needs to identify a target and fire is something like 15 seconds. This means it can’t defend against anything fired from fewer than five kilometers; but it probably couldn’t defend against anything fired from 15 km., either.” (http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=175042)

Pedatzur adds: “Considering the fact that each Iron Dome missile costs about $100,000 and each Kassam $5, all the Palestinians would need to do is build and launch a ton of rockets and hit our pocketbook.”

A second rocket system, David’s Sling, is even less workable, according to Pedatzur:

“Each one of its missiles costs $1 million, and Hizbullah has well over 40,000 rockets. This issue has no logic to it whatsoever.”

Venturing even further beyond the BBC sphere of thinkable thought, we can note that the whole issue of missile defence – which has so far cost US taxpayers alone $100 billion – has long been awash with fraudulent claims. As Greg Thielmann, Senior Fellow at the Arms Control Association, has noted:

“Getting to ground truth on strategic missile defense is a bit like looking for a faithful reflection in the distorted mirrors of a carnival fun house – nothing is quite what it seems.

“Performance details are shrouded in secrecy on both strategic ballistic missile defenses and the countermeasures that would be used to defeat them. Neither strategic ballistic missile offenses nor defenses have been used in combat. Many experts to whom the public has access have a vested interest in spinning evaluations of their capabilities.” (Greg Thielmann, Arms Control Association, ‘Strategic Missile Defense: A Reality Check';http://www.armscontrol.org/system/files/ TAB_StrategicMissileDefense.pdf)

During the 1991 Gulf War, the mostly male armchair generals of the media swooned before the power and precision of the Patriot anti-missile interceptor. The Guardian gushed:

“The Patriot, a surface-to-air missile, is first among equals of the equipment demonstrated in the Gulf conflict. Although Raytheon and the Pentagon credited the Patriot with only a ‘secondary anti-missile capability,’ it has succeeded against Iraqi Scuds on each occasion it has been called on. Its performance belies concerns which led the Israelis to decide against buying it.” (Francis Tusa, ‘War in the Gulf: Patriot makers race to keep pace with booming demand,’ The Guardian, January 22, 1991)

Robert Fisk wrote in the Independent:

“We are all beginning to feel rather fond of the Patriot missile… The Patriots have performed almost as well as the maker’s advertisements would have you believe. In Saudi Arabia, the best estimate of its success is 12 out of 16 Scuds destroyed.” (Fisk, ‘Crumpled stovepipe that could still break up the coalition,’ The Independent, January 24, 1991)

Thanks to comments such as these appearing right across the media, the US defence industry was “on a high”, Larry Black noted in the Independent:

“Each time the trading-room television monitors replay those videos of cruise missiles attacking a Baghdad bunker, demand for General Dynamics and McDonnell Douglas stock explodes. For every Scud knocked out of the sky by a Patriot missile, America’s defence-electronics contractors notch another dollar on their share prices.” (Black, ‘US defence industry on a high,’ The Independent, January 26, 1991)

Cynics might have put two and two – the claims of knocked out Scuds and the exploding stocks – together. The Patriot system was declared fully 98% successful in intercepting and destroying Scud missiles during the war. Professor Ted Postol of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was subsequently asked by Congress to investigate the 98% claim. Postol commented:

“It became clear that it wasn’t even close to intercepting +any+ targets, let alone some targets.” (Postol, Great Military Blunders, Channel 4, March 2, 2000, original emphasis)

Last year, Obama similarly hailed a new generation of antimissile defenses, as “proven and effective.” These comments were based on a Pentagon assessment that the SM-3 (Standard Missile 3) had intercepted 84 per cent of incoming targets in tests. Alas, an examination of results from 10 of the allegedly successful tests – again by Postol working with George N. Lewis – found only one or two successful intercepts – a success rate of 10 to 20 per cent. Postol’s comments were again sobering:

“The system is highly fragile and brittle and will intercept warheads only by accident, if ever.”
(http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/ world/18missile.html?th&emc=th)

In an article for the Arms Control Association, Lewis and Postol reviewed a key document published by the Obama administration in February: the Ballistic Missile Defense Review Report:

“… a review of the actual state of missile defense technologies reveals that this new vision put forth by the report is nothing more than a fiction and that the policy strategy that follows from these technical myths could well lead to a foreign policy disaster… the ground-based midcourse ballistic missile defense (GMD) system, which, according to the report, currently protects the continental United States from ICBM attack… has only been tested in carefully orchestrated scenarios that have been designed to hide fundamental flaws and produce appearances of success”.
(http://www.armscontrol.org/act/2010_05/Lewis-Postol)

The same ludicrous, but lucrative, deceptions surround much high-tech military spending. In Britain, the cost of replacing the Trident nuclear missile system and building and equipping two large aircraft carriers will be as much as £130bn. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/sep/18/trident-replacement-hidden-cost-revealed)

Just as it is clear that anti-missile shields are currently worthless, so it is clear that Trident is a Cold War folly. Last year, several retired military officers – Field Marshal Lord Bramall, the former head of the armed forces, and two senior generals – said that renewing Trident was a waste of money:

“Nuclear weapons have shown themselves to be completely useless as a deterrent to the threats and scale of violence we currently, or are likely to, face – particularly international terrorism; and the more you analyse them the more unusable they appear.” (Letter, ‘UK does not need a nuclear deterrent, The Times, January 16, 2009)

They added:

“Our independent deterrent has become virtually irrelevant except in the context of domestic politics. Rather than perpetuating Trident, the case is much stronger for funding our Armed Forces with what they need to meet the commitments actually laid upon them.”

Similarly, Lord Guthrie, the former Chief of the Defence Staff, has argued for the cheapest nuclear deterrent rather than a replacement for Trident. General Sir Richard Dannatt, who last year retired as head of the British army, agrees.

In reality, the logic of military spending has been reversed. It is not that awesome weapons are required to counter awesome threats – threats are needed to +justify+ high-tech weapons. There is no terrrifying Soviet, Muslim or Martian plan to conquer the West. There is despair and anger expressed using the poor person’s weapon of war – labelled “terrorism” by our own high-tech terrorists – that would vanish, instantly, if Western elites stopped inventing motives and machines for attacking innocent people. But as the leftist British musician Billy Bragg once sang:

“War, what is it good for? It’s good for business.”

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The Lion of Babylon and American Dogs

The Lion of Babylon & american dogs.

Layla Anwar

I received this just now. It was posted on Abutamam blog.

Watch the video well, and watch it several times…watch it several times as this video captures two things that are a truth, THE TRUTH :

- the coward rabid animals, dogs – believing they are human beings and who go by the name of americans

- and the true fearless and brave noble Iraqi spirit as embodied in this elderly unarmed man

more about “iraq“, posted with vodpod

This elderly man is in his own country – IRAQ – he is unarmed and he does not fear you…you the occupiers, who have crossed oceans to kill us and deprive us of our most basic rights and liberties ….he does not fear your guns, your weapons, your humvees, your tanks…he is fearless because he knows, just as I know, without the shadow of any doubt that Truth and Justice are on our side…

He does not fear you because he fears the One who is greater than all of you and that is Allah. You know what Allah means don’t you ? Allah is your obsession, whose faithful you want to obliterate…

Watch the video you motherfuckers, watch it….see how you dogs are scared, breathless and look at this unarmed elderly man full of Trust…

And look at your fucking dumbness because you are the most dumb shits that were ever created. At the end of the video, some filthy american son of a bitch shouts after the man has been killed by YOU — he shouts — “arrest him”…

Hahahaha, you want to arrest the dead Iraqis too ?! This is how scared, how petrified, you are…your lives are totally worthless just like you — totally worthless creatures, a waste of cells and oxygen — and this elderly man’s life was a life well lived…he resisted you and unarmed…like a lion, like the eternal Lion of Babylon.

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Link: arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2010/05/lion-of-babylon-and-american-dogs.html

Make the Israelis Build Their Own Settlements and Nothing Will Be Built

[This is the key to ending the settler/colonizer movement and possibly to the Jewish state itself--make the Israelis do their own physical labor and nothing will be built.  You must break the cycle by refusing to provide the "woodcutters and waiters."]

Who Succeeded in Frightening the Israeli Settlers?

Roi Katz, Walla News

AIC, May 20, 2010

The war of the Palestinians against settlements is currently focusing on the pocket, and in essence on the legitimacy of settlements. Roi Katz on the new direction of the struggle.

The response of the settler community to Palestinian threats to boycott goods of the territories highlights the panic the former are experiencing. “Enemy action” is how Chairperson of the Judea and Samaria Council Dani Dayan labeled threats of the (Palestinian) Authority to impose prison sentences on Palestinians who work within settlements, and unintentionally exposed the cracked backbone of Jewish colonialism in the territories of Judea and Samaria.

250,000 settlers beyond the Green Line live a quality of life about which other residents of Israel can only dream. Almost 0% unemployment, a well-funded education system, functioning local council and outstanding transportation infrastructures that were purchased with our tax money, but all of this suddenly dissipates before the Palestinian threat to halt the celebration and cease providing cheap labour and purchasing goods labeled with the Israeli occupation. An entire economic system is exposed as a house of cards. What began perhaps as a Palestinian spin has suddenly become a real threat.
So who will mix the plaster?

The classic model of settlers was “live in a settlement and work in Petah Tikva,” (near Tel Aviv – AIC), and although some of them are attempting to shake off this image, the majority still get up in the morning to the views of Judea and Samaria but make a living in Gush Dan and Jerusalem. Only a tiny minority work the land and rely on “Hebrew labour,” with no foreign or Palestinian workers. If the Palestinians cease to build the red roofed settler homes and boycott the assembly line in the Barkan Industrial Area, they will expose the big bluff of industry in the territories. Even the captains of the settlers in Judea and Samaria admit that one of the primary reasons Israeli factories chose to work in the territories’ industrial zones is the proximity to the Palestinian human resource. In less laundered words, if the Arabs find it difficult to reach the factory in Netanya (city in Israel-AIC) because of security problems, let’s move the factory near the Palestinian village and continue to cheaply produce without the closure on the territories shutting down our conveyor belt. Economically, all sides benefit. The Palestinians make a living, the factory produces, the Jews are happy and the bottom line is impressive. Politically, it is an entirely different story.

The fear that gripped the settlers is reminiscent of the hardships of the farmers from Gush Katif following the withdrawal. Suddenly they discovered that within the Green Line there exist strict limits on migrant workers, water quotas are stingy and other stumbling blocks and laws that no one knew existed outside of the Kisufim Crossing. Come and see how many of the farmers from Gaza returned to work in farming and understand how profitable it was near Gaza and how problematic by Ashkelon. The margins of Israel are admittedly extremely narrow but that does not hamper two economic systems, at least, to act one alongside the other.

Palestinians Change Direction
However, a hole in the pocket does not alone explain the panic. It apparently derives from the fact that settler leaders understand that this is a hole in the dam and if they do not stop it in time, a flood will result. This tactic of the Palestinian struggle focuses on the soft belly of Israel, in its weak points of the occupation system and its security propaganda. The popular struggle in Bi’lin through the economic boycott, these are moves that garner international sympathy, do not cost human lives and leave Israel with no response. Rubber coated bullets, tear gas and tanks don’t help here, neither do settling in (people’s hearts) (a settler public relations campaign within Israel – AIC).

This article originally appeared in Walla News on 5 May 2010.

Translating Boycott: Translated to English by the Alternative Information Center (AIC) in support of the Palestinian-led campaign for BDS.

North Ossetia’s Russian Mufti Under Fire

North Ossetia’s Russian Mufti Under Fire

Russian Council of Muftis Chairman Ravil Gainutdin it was necessary to determine whether Ali-hadji Yevteyev's early statements were hypocritical, or whether his statements in the recent interview were distorted or taken out of context.Russian Council of Muftis Chairman Ravil Gainutdin it was necessary to determine whether Ali-hadji Yevteyev’s early statements were hypocritical, or whether his statements in the recent interview were distorted or taken out of context.

May 20, 2010
On May 2, the news agency Regnum circulated what it billed as an interview with North Ossetia’s mufti, Ali-hadji Yevteyev. Yevteyev himself subsequently claimed that it was in fact a “discussion” and not intended for publication.

Some of Yevteyev’s statements, in particular his revelations about his contacts with two men who subsequently became leading members of the Islamist underground, have been roundly condemned by Muslim clergy in the North Caucasus and elsewhere in Russia. The North Ossetian prosecutor’s office has tasked experts with determining whether any of Yevteyev’s statements are “extremist,” and whether his disparaging comments about unnamed Orthodox priests who “have blocked people’s path to God” fall under the category of “inciting interconfessional enmity.”

Yevteyev is a Russian who was baptized a Christian and converted to Islam in late 1996 at the age of 22. He admits to having held “radical” Islamic views and having “dreamed of laying down my life for Allah,” but rejects the label “Wahhabi.” He says he studied at a radical madrasah in Karachayevo-Cherkessia, and traveled with other students from that Islamic religious school to Chechnya to spend time at the training camp in Serzhen-Yurt run in 1997-99 by Khattab, an Arab who joined the Chechen resistance during the 1994-96 war.

Together with radical Chechen field commander Shamil Basayev, Khattab led the incursions into Daghestan in August-September 1999 that triggered the renewal of hostilities between Russia and Chechnya.

Yevteyev also admits to having studied at an Islamic institute in Nalchik in the 1990s under young theologians Anzor Astemirov and Musa Mukozhev. He then spent eight years studying abroad, first in Egypt and then in Saudi Arabia. After his return to Russia he was named deputy mufti in North Ossetia in 2007 and mufti one year later.

Yevteyev’s professed connection with Astemirov and Mukozhev, both of whom later joined the ranks of the radical armed resistance and were killed by Russian troops, was decried by several commentators as evidence of his unreliability, even though at the time of Yevteyev’s contacts with them neither man had broken the law.

Yevteyev later explained that he never got to know Khattab personally, and that he regarded as “a mistake” the subsequent decision by Astemirov and Mukozhev to join the armed resistance. Kabardino-Balkaria’s mufti, Anas Pshikhachev, denied that Yevteyev ever studied at the Islamic institute in Nalchik.

Elsewhere in the discussion/interview, Yevteyev expresses admiration for the concepts of an Islamic state and Shari’a law, and says he will do all in his power to ensure that sometime, somewhere, they will become reality. But he acknowledges that this will not happen in Russia: “I live in a country that is not Arab and not Islamic.”

Yet despite the negative reactions to some of Yevteyev’s statements, he pinpoints several key issues that other members of Russian’s senior Muslim clergy are apparently either unwilling or unable to address. He notes, for example, how the younger generation systematically surfs the Internet for information about Islam, specifically about the finer points of theology. Because that older generation of Muslim clergy is not competent to explain and expound upon such points, young believers are increasingly attracted to, and fall under the influence of, Salafi Islam. Yet the older generation, according to Yevteyev, refuses to step aside to enable younger and better educated imams take over.

Yevteyev also implicitly condemns the argument that the Islamic insurgency in the North Caucasus can be countered only by the use of brute force. (The same message was reiterated by most of the NGO leaders and human rights activists who met on May 19 with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to discuss the situation in the North Caucasus.)

In that context, Yevteyev admits that he sometimes remains silent when a militant fighter returns “from the forest” and proves to have repented. He argues that putting militants who surrender on trial and condemning them to death is counterproductive and only alienates further both those still “sitting in the forest,” and those with whom the “brothers in the forest” maintain contact with via the Internet. Yevteyev explains that “we are as lenient as possible with young people. We have taken upon ourselves the task of trying to prove that this state is not hostile to them, but we need corroboration, we need the state’s support.”

“We talk to young people not as bureaucrats as some religious leaders do, and not from a position of force as they do in Daghestan. We know how a Muslim should behave and try to convince them of this,” he added.

Yevteyev further condemns the tactic routinely resorted to by police and security forces in the North Caucasus of gunning down law-abiding young men and then planting grenades or syringes next to their bodies to “prove” they were degenerates and members of the insurgency.

It is not clear from the very general denunciations of the interview whether it is statements such as this that are considered “extremist.” It is noteworthy that very few of the published condemnations focus on pronouncements that reflect a dubious command of Islamic teaching, such as Yevteyev’s assertion that there are 14 gradations of jihad.

The chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia, Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin, said Yevteyev initiallymade a good impression when proposed as mufti in March 2008, and swiftly won the respect of North Ossetia’s Muslims and promoted dialogue among them. But Yevteyev’s recent pronouncements were totally at odds with the initial good impression he made, Gainutdin continued, and it was necessary to determine whether his early statements were hypocritical, or whether his statements in the recent interview were distorted or taken out of context.

Coordinating Center of Muslims of the North Caucasus Chairman Ismail Berdiyev was even morecategorical. He said Yevteyev “has shown his true face,” and that the center will set about replacing him as mufti with “a worthy Muslim.”

In light of the lack of clarity about the circumstances in which Yevteyev spoke to Regnum’s reporter, the possibility cannot be ruled out that he was set up by persons out to discredit and undermine his moderate and informed approach to countering the insurgency.

Tags: North CaucasusIslamNorth Ossetia

Two US Bases Under Construction In Western Balochistan

[SEE: ‘Final Solution’ Frenzy – Part Four: Final Solution for Pakistan ]

US proposal for new consulate in Quetta a ‘security risk’

* Law enforcement agencies present report to Foreign Office

By Iqbal Choudhry

ISLAMABAD: Law enforcement agencies have declared the US proposal for opening a consulate in Quetta a “security risk” in a report presented before the Foreign Office, official sources told Daily Times on Thursday.

According to sources, the Foreign Ministry had informed law enforcement agencies’ administrators about Washington’s desire to open a consulate in Quetta. “After gathering comprehensive information, the law enforcement agencies opposed the proposal and declared it a ‘security risk’,” the sources said.

According to experts, Balochistan is rich in natural resources like coal, natural gas, gold, oil, silver, iron and several other minerals. Owing to the Gwadar port, this part of the world has become a gateway for Central Asia and Afghanistan to reach out to the Middle East and Europe. Keeping in view the minerals and its geographical position, the officials said that many world powers, especially the US, were thinking of settling in Balochistan.

Geological experts said that the oil in the region flows from Iran into Iraq, from where it is drilled and supplied to the world. Due to the law and order situation, foreign companies are reluctant to invest in exploration in Balochistan, which is the only reason why law enforcement agencies have opposed the US proposal. Local diplomats said that the US was constructing an air base in Ormara Creek, while another base was being built at Bochik in the Chaghi area, from where the US security experts will be able to monitor developments in Iran and keep an eye on the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda.

Obama Trying To Make Rape Look Like Seduction

Obama Trying To Make Rape Look Like Seduction

By:  Peter Chamberlin

Thanks to Bush, Cheney and Condi Rice, the complex plan for world domination, which has been produced over several generations by the earth’s most advanced minds, teeters over the chasm of total defeat.  Obama’s mission is to keep us out of the chasm, while ramming through the central elements of the plan.

Bush’s heavy-handed policies have been described in the Russian press as “rape,” compared to Obama’s policies of “seduction” (SEE:  Turkey will show us how to play gambit with the West? Part 2).  Obama must persuade the people of central and south Asia to open wide and accept the American intrusion into their lives, despite the enormous anti-American resistance that has been created by previous Bush intrusions.  It would be only fitting if, in the end, America’s self-inflicted wounds proved to be fatal.

Obama’s foreign policy is clearly a reversal of Bush policies, backing-up, while staying in the same tracks and laying down a heavy cover fire.  Those tracks lead deep into central Asia.  While it now looks to us like nothing has really changed in the Western military campaign in Afghanistan, it will soon become apparent that there is a new military focus—central Asia.

Obama’s reversal undercuts basic Republican neoconservative ideology, as originally spelled-out in the PNAC (Project for a New American Century) document—“deterring any potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role.”    Elevating Turkey to a regional power is a new twist, due to its strategic location, but even more, because of the role that it has played in the plans up until now.

Turkey’s role in Bush’s attempted rape of the Caucasus and in southern Russia has previously been described by FBI whistleblower Sybil Edmonds.  Turkey’s moderate Islamists of the Fatullah Gulen movement have operated out of Saudi financed mosques throughout the former Soviet Republic, indoctrinating locals in their Wahhabi-lite version of Islam.  These “Islamists” have stirred-up a lot of animosity in the region.

Bush created a series of global proxies to take actions on America’s behalf, giving some of them the impression that they were to be the next great power in the Middle East of Asia.   It was enough for some of the minor players that they were just a part of the “winning team.”  The leaders of Turkey, India, Israel, Pakistan, even Georgia, were all convinced that they were America’s “indispensible partners” in the new global alliance.  Each of these national leaders became key regional players in the pipeline drama, even though they were all considered expendable in an ever-changing pipeline scheme (In truth, the neocons planned a classic “double-cross” for most of their partners.).

In the endgame, it was never American intentions to empower a real competitor in the Middle East, key allies like India and Israel were being set-up for a major double-cross just like Pakistan has been going through on a daily basis for several years.  Pakistan surely has its faults, but the American manipulation of those fault lines within Pakistan to warrant outside military intervention is the cause of most of their major problems today.  They have been set-up for a very hard fall

As the leaders of these patsy nations have come to realize the big set-up that they are in (mostly because of the shock of America’s ongoing economic collapse), they have begun to wise-up to America’s ways of forced penetration.  It is rapidly becoming clear to more and more of them that the policies of Bush/Cheney amounted to “rape” on a national scale.  Universal revulsion to this perception is fuelling the global epidemic of anti-Americanism.

In order to reverse the damage done in this penetration, without losing ground in the pipeline wars, a way had to be found to capitalize on the gains made previously by Turkish assets.  The solution was to transform Turkey into the latest false adversary of America.

The quickest way to create the impression in people’s minds that Turkey and America have parted ways is for the Turkish Prime Minister to publicly pick a fight with Israel.  No one comes between the Zionist American administration and Israel.  What better way to send a false signal to the world?

Turkey next cancelled the yearly war games with Israel.  The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives next passed a resolution accusing Turkey of “genocide” for the slaughter of thousands of Armenians in WWI.  These acts created the impression that the Turkish position had really changed.  Erdogan was considered from that time to be his own man, freed from US clutches.  Nothing could have been further from the truth.

Turkey, the world’s only “moderate Muslim” state, would play its new designated adversary role, even while serving as Obama’s proxy.  The Empire’s battery of behavioral scientists determined that the Muslim countries of the former Ottoman Empire would not likely push away the more familiar Turkish suitor.  Recep Tayyip Erdogan would serve as Barack Obama’s Miles Standish, sent forth to woo the Muslim world on his behalf.

Mr. Erdogan is a maverick.  He is a “moderate Muslim,” a living example of “democratic Islam.”  Only Turkey could have produced this “new Muslim man,” living proof that democracy and Islam are not incompatible.  The children of Ataturk have endured a split society for generations, part of it secular, but most of it very religious.  Turkey has been for isolated for decades, sandwiched between East and West, ostracized by the Muslim world for embracing secularism, while its leadership hungered for NATO membership.   This awkward relationship between two civilizations has made Turkey an incubator for “political Islam.”

It is possible that all of this speculation is dead wrong—that Erdogan really has turned against the United States.  But in this American-dominated capitalistic world, it would be political suicide in the international arena to defect from the American side.  It is more likely that mafia rules apply for national political leaders just as much as they apply to the real “Cosa Nostra”—the biggest, meanest thug gets whatever he wants.  It may not be apparent to the naked eye, but Barack Obama will prove to have been the biggest “thug” on the planet.  Blackmail and not profit is a more probable explanation for Erdogan’s sudden behavior change.   He may simply be trying to save Turkey from American blackmail over the Armenian “genocide” issue (an explosive issue with the real potential to cause Turkey’s self-destruction).

For whatever hidden reasons, he is now riding a wave of anti-Americanism while playing foil to America.  In this role, he is not only helping the US to get its way with the Muslim world, but also to obtain Russian help in breaking through the national social barriers to the multiple pipeline projects that have so far proven to be unsolvable.   By entering into partnerships with Russia, it is hoped that he can become the key to unlocking the impasse between Armenia and Azerbaijan, over Nagorno-Karabakh, so that more economical southern pipeline routes from Baku to Turkey (which bypass Georgia) can be opened.

For the most part, there is already full cooperation on pipeline development.  We are understandably mistaken to believe that news reports on energy-related issues which concern both Russia and America are about real areas of conflict or confrontation between East and West.    The conflict arises from efforts to integrate the separate pipeline plans of Moscow and Washington.

The integration of systems of political control and supply creates friction which is vented in social protests which erupt whenever locals (who have always been accustomed to state-controlled prices) experience real capitalist inflation.

In many ways, Russian/Soviet systems of supply and security have already found integration into the Western UN security structure (SEE:  The Implications of UN-CSTO Cooperation):

[Beginning in March] “the Russia-dominated security group and the United Nations would henceforth cooperate in countering terrorism, transnational crime (including illegal arms trafficking), and in settling conflicts.”

Confrontations occur whenever the security arrangements of East and West overlap, as they do in Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and Ukraine.  Development of Asian fuels will require the breaking-down of borders and the simultaneous maintenance of security; this cannot happen if both sides keep throwing-up new military boundaries that impede progress.

American and Russian leaders have come to a quiet understanding, arriving at a common strategy, intended to persuade the people of the world to accept the globalist plans.  Their idea was to maintain perceptions of an “adversarial relationship,” while quietly entering into joint projects together through third parties.  They would ease East and West together by focusing their merging strategies upon a leader who is a product of both worlds, Turkish P.M. Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  He truly represents both sides.

Instead of open conflict over any of these national issues, the US and Russia can now defuse regional tensions.  Erdogan has been made into a lightening rod for outrage, as well as a grounding force to pull all things together.  By carefully following the American military science of the “strategy of tension,” explosive potential conflicts can be defused or turned into opportunities.   Threat levels are elevate at first, then allowed to play-out in a controlled manner, keeping deaths to an acceptable level.  We see this process see at work in the political conflict zones, playing-out in little psycho-dramas intended to captivate and misdirect the locals into manageable conflicts.

These political dramas often cross the lines separating political action from outright terrorism, enabling their misinterpretation by the population at large as real outright conflicts.  Deception and misdirection of the target population accomplish the task of creating a “false trail,” to throw-off any real investigations of the hidden big picture.

The hidden picture is this—There are no real wars anymore; there is only profit.  “Enemies” are not really military adversaries; they are either assets or competitors.  Russia and America do not really work against each other’s interests—ANYWHERE.  If we think that Putin and Obama (or even Brzezinski) are head-to-head in a “chess match” for world domination—guess again.  There is only the illusion of competition; it is useful for misleading the locals.

Consider the Armenian/Azerbaijan contest—where alleged competitor pipeline projects Nabucco and South Stream vie for access to Caspian Sea gas.  Even though both sides use Turkey in an apparent contest between competing pipelines, both pipelines will transit Turkey on their way to Europe.  The big illusion is that Russia is seriously trying to break the impasse over Nagorno-Karabakh in order to cut America’s throat.   There is zero chance that Putin will turn against Armenia to force a resolution, considering that Russia’s only military base in the S. Caucasus region is located there.

Everyone wants to see the energy harvested from central Asia.  The United States and Russia both want to gain total control of the world and together put an end to the endless cycles of petty conflicts which deplete limited resources.  The US wants control of every market.  Russia wants to be accepted as the world’s primary energy supplier, selling gas, oil and nuclear energy to the developing world.

All media-driven disputes in this region should be considered political theater.  Having said this, some major media events are not driven by the media, but by the events themselves, or by the players in them.  Sometimes, one side in these violent political dramas goes too far, requiring the “false opposition” to suddenly become very real.  One such event was the Georgian war on S. Ossetia.  Mikhail Saakashvili went way too far, threatening to cut Russian supply lines through the Caucasus Mountains at the Roki Tunnel.

The latest case of one side going too far in central Asia is the United States in Kyrgyzstan.  US pressure to take control of the country to secure the northern end of the NDN (Northern Distribution Network) drove Putin and Medvedev to act.  In spite of all the happy talk coming out of Washington and Brussels lately about a “reboot” of American/Russian relations, Vladimir Putin is playing to win in Kyrgyzstan, just as he was in South Ossetia.  While Obama may be turning away from the brutish tactics of Bush and Cheney, Putin seems to be ready for an old fashioned fist fight.

Neither Obama nor his mentor Brzezinski (not to mention the conventional forces of the United States), appears to be in shape for a knock-down, drag-out in the Ferghana Valley.

The Kyrgyz people, who are trapped in ringside seats, have no way of escaping the turmoil that these antagonists may have planned there.

Yesterday, anti-Uzbek, anti-government violence escalated into open street war, with each side fielding several thousand combatants.  This pent-up tension exploded when Naftogas cut the gas going to south Kyrgyzstan by 50%.  Rioting centered around the Uzbek university in Osh, the one city which also happens to be the location of the only Russian military base in that country.  It is no coincidence that the communist-inspired riots focused upon Russia’s allies the Uzbeks, occured near a Russian air base.  Any communist agitator will tell you that the quickest way to gain properly motivated allies to your cause is to stage attacks upon your own people or allies—a traditional “false flag” attack.  By bringing-down rage upon the Uzbeks within Kyrgyzstan, support for Bakyiev’s cause was given stimulus to grow.

So, even if the Kyrgyz situation does represent a point of disagreement between Putin and Obama, it still comes full-circle, with the rioting bringing support to the Kyrgyz opposition.  By building the forces of opposition, it also pushes the country to civil war.  Civil war destabilizes the entire region—good for American plans.

With America playing the “bad cop,” instead of Russia, the historical antagonisms between the former Soviets and their former clients is temporarily pushed aside.

Learning to see.

Civilization is simply a cowed population.  Americans are the most cowed of all human livestock.

The New World Order will come about, but only when East and West come together.  That merger will either result in a harmonious world of limitless opportunity, or it will bring-about the global police state; it is within our power to choose the happy ending and the new beginning.

We the People of Planet Earth must assert our people power to ensure that the order which comes out of this coming together is respective of all of our God-given rights as human beings.  Failure to stand together to protect all human rights in any global agreements which come about will lead to a world where there are no protected individual rights against the power of the almighty “Corporation.”

Our leaders are not fools; they know the same things that we know (and so much more).  They understand that humankind stands on the threshold of the great awakening.  In their eyes, that new day can only come about through selective intelligent application of force, to establish total control over all our lives.  What they fail to understand or to accept is that the keys to our survival lie within us.  It is human creativity that holds the power to effect all change, and it, above all, must be set free.

Human nature itself must be changed and that cannot come about through force.

peterchamberlin@naharnet.com