A duplicitous state: An orphaned nation

By Shireen M Mazari
Perhaps, the most reprehensible part of the Davis saga was the manner in which it appears the lives of Pakistanis were apparently traded for a “better” ISI deal from the CIA! Clearly, ordinary Pakistani lives are not worth anything – but then that should have been clear from the complicity of the military leadership in the drone attacks. One general even went out to declare that most drone victims are militants, despite evidence to the contrary from multiple sources. How a general can tell who is a militant by looking at a dead and often mutilated body is even more intriguing, but there is no stopping the urge to prove more loyal than the king for some!
Of course, the lethal drone attack that killed over 40 innocent people of a tribal jirga immediately in the aftermath of the Davis departure left no room for any claims of militants being targeted and killed. This was the US gift to a Pakistani state that has in fact sold out its citizens’ lives to the Americans, who have been given a license to kill. The protests from the COAS and Prime Minister lacked credibility. After all, both can simply withdraw support from the drone policy and then bring one down, if the US continues to use them in FATA – the PAF Chief had declared over a year ago that Pakistan had this capability.
Unfortunately, no one within the state seeks to let go of the murderous US hand and it is no use isolating who is the major culprit – they are all guilty of abandoning the Pakistani nation. Worse still, they are insulting the nation’s intelligence by talking of a dependency on the US, which has been artificially created, especially the military one. Since 1967, when the US cut off military supplies and spares to Pakistan formally, the Pakistan military has moved towards indigenous production as well as acquisition of major weapon systems from alternate sources. There is now not only an indigenous conventional capability, but also missile capability with the Hatf series now solid fuelled. The army’s tanks, APCs and other conventional weapons have no US component. We got some helicopters during the Zia dictatorship, but then they had to be grounded when their sensitive rotors caught dust and US spares were not forthcoming. Now again, we have some US weapons systems for the army in support of the counter terrorism “war”, but these are not essential for our offensive strategies.
The PAF may feel it has a greater dependency on the US in terms of acquiring F-16s, but here also we have developed alternatives with Chinese assistance such as the JF-17, the A5 (close support), F 7P (interceptor fighter), and the various Mirage 3 and 5 platforms, purchased from France and Australia, but now totally updated with advanced Italian avionics packages. Certainly, the F-16s add to the strength of the PAF, but for decades we maintained a credible air force without US components. Also, F-16s come at a high cost – both financial and political, as we learnt the last time we paid for the F-16s, but eventually got wheat and soya beans. Our air launched cruise missiles also have no US dependency factor. As for the navy, the main offensive weapon system is the submarine and the subs are French in origin, but we are in the process of acquiring indigenous capability.
In terms of training, given the disastrous record of the US in fighting asymmetric conflicts from Vietnam to Afghanistan, we hardly need their trainers! Also, unlike a domestic production industry, which has hi-tech spin-offs for the civilian sector, importing US weaponry creates an artificial dependency with no local spin-offs. So, the myth of military dependency is only being propagated by vested interests amongst the military and lobbyists and defence contractors. We also have to wait to see the intrusive conditionalities on our nuclear programme become operationalised under the Kerry-Lugar Act.
Even on the economic front, the dependency is more of a myth because if some of our Pakistani elite can hold millions in property and bank accounts abroad, much of it ill-gotten, then there is sufficient national wealth and resource for development, if corruption was weeded out and the stolen wealth brought back. Again, if only those who should be paying taxes actually paid them, including our political, agricultural and business elite plus all those professionals whose incomes are not taxed at source, we would generate national revenues. It is all a matter of national will, but that is nowhere to be found within a state that has lost all credibility in its subjugation to the US will.
In The Myth of Independence, Bhutto warned against being in the grip of a unidimensional US-centric approach to external policy, with one chapter entitled “American policy to bring Pakistan under Indian hegemony”! He recalled Pakistan’s first military dictator Ayub’s loyally stating to the US Congress (1961) that Pakistan was the only country in Asia where the US forces “could land at any moment for the defence of the ‘free world’”; and proudly admitting that the U2 aircraft took off from Pakistan! Are our military and civilian power holders any different today? That is why the people of Pakistan have been orphaned in their own land.

Scientists lack complete answers on radiation risk

Scientists lack complete answers on radiation risk

By The Associated Press © 2011 The Associated Press

— Thyroid cancer for sure. Leukemia, probably. Too much radiation can raise the risk of developing cancer years down the road, scientists agree, and the young are most vulnerable. But just how much or how long an exposure is risky is not clear.

Those are among the unknowns scientists are contemplating as the crisis unfolds at Japan’s stricken nuclear power plant.

In Japan, the Science Ministry said radiation levels about 19 miles northwest of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant rose at one point Friday to 0.15 millisieverts per hour, about the amount absorbed in a chest X-ray. But levels have been fluctuating, and radiation at most sites that distance from the facility have been far below that.

Long term, it is clear radiation can induce cancer. But researchers can’t just count cancer cases after a disaster and declare radiation responsible. Rates before and after must be compared to know if more cases occurred than would be expected.

That is why, 25 years after the Chernobyl accident, there is still controversy over its effects beyond the undisputed 6,000 cases of thyroid cancer. Of these cases, only 15 had proved fatal as of 2005, even though the Soviets were slow to treat victims of the catastrophe.

The records necessary to spot trends in other types of cancer as a result of Chernobyl are poor, said Dr. Fred Mettler, a University of New Mexico scientist who led a United Nations-sponsored team investigating Chernobyl’s health effects.

“At the end of the day, the scientific data isn’t there. My instinct is, there probably is an increase there, but it’s too small to see,” he said.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that no amount of radiation is absolutely safe above the 3 to 6 millisieverts a year that most of us get from normal living. In contrast, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says that low doses — less than 100 millisieverts spread out over years — are not harmful. Researchers have not documented danger from such low levels, said Kelly Classic, a radiation physicist at the Mayo Clinic and a spokeswoman for the Health Physics Society, an organization of radiation safety specialists.

High doses — over 500 millisieverts — can raise the risk of leukemia, breast, bladder, colon, liver, lung, esophageal, ovarian and stomach cancers, and the blood cancer multiple myeloma, government scientists say.

In between the high and lower levels, the picture is murky. Much depends on the type of radiation people are exposed to, how old they are, and how well each person’s body repairs any DNA damage the radiation may cause.

“There’s no linear relationship to say if you got this amount, it would cause a certain percent of cancer down the road,” said Dr. Clifford Chao, chief of cancer radiation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Children are the ones at risk for radiation’s most obviously related cancer — thyroid. Radioactive iodine collects in the thyroid gland in the neck. Potassium iodide pills can block its absorption and minimize harm, but they must be given within 12 hours of exposure to do much good.

When Chernobyl exploded, health workers “had millions of square kilometers to cover and it was all rural areas and they didn’t really have anything stockpiled,” Mettler said. Children also drank milk from cows that grazed on contaminated grass for weeks after the disaster, compounding their exposure and risk. More than 6,000 thyroid cancers have been documented in people who were children in the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia when the disaster occurred. But In Poland, where the antidote pills were given out, there were no higher rates of thyroid cancer.

Properly treated, thyroid “is one of the least deadly cancers,” the American Cancer Society says. And low levels of radioactive iodine exposure have not been shown to increase thyroid cancer risk in studies of fallout from nuclear weapons testing in the western United States during the 1950s, the society says.

Studies of atomic bomb survivors have found higher rates of cancer. But those disasters involved different radioactive elements than the type emitted from the Japanese nuclear plant so far.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer also commissioned a study of more than 400,000 nuclear industry workers in 15 countries to estimate cancer risk following protracted low doses of radiation. The 2007 study found a dose-related higher risk of cancer death, but questions have been raised about its methods.

The results also were driven largely by higher rates in Canada; once that country’s results were excluded, no increase is seen, Mettler said. There have been questions about the data from Canada, Mettler said. Also, the authors of the study say they need to do more work to assess how smoking and other factors affected their estimates.

So for now, the clearest information on cancer risk from a nuclear plant accident may come from Chernobyl. That disaster exposed 5 million people in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to large amounts of radioactive material for 10 days, according to the 2008 report that Mettler helped write for the United Nations’ Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, which represents 22 nations on nuclear safety.

Exposure to cesium was a big concern because it affects the whole body, not just the thyroid gland. And exposure among cleanup workers and emergency responders ranged as high as a few hundred millisieverts over the following few years. Evidence suggests a higher rate of leukemia in these workers, “but it’s not certain,” Mettler said.

Research is continuing in that group, and longer follow-up should establish that more clearly, he said.

“Leukemia increases have not been seen in the children” who are now adults, he said. Nor have increases in breast, lung, stomach or other cancers been documented, though this population became very mobile after Chernobyl and the breakup of the Soviet Union, so the true rates are hard to establish, and rates before the accident in some cases are unknown, Mettler said.

As bad as Chernobyl was, the average radiation dose over 20 years to people who live in contaminated areas was “relatively low” — 9 millisieverts, nearly the equivalent of a CT scan — once the short-term doses to the thyroid were subtracted, the UN report said. That means there should not be “substantial health effects in the general population that could be attributed to radiation,” the report concludes.

The NRC has said that typical annual background exposure to radiation shaves 18 days off the expected lifespan. Working in a nuclear plant under ordinary conditions — not in a crisis like the one unfolding in Japan — shortens life expectancy by 51 days. By comparison, being 15 percent overweight cuts two years; smoking a pack of cigarettes a day costs six years of life.

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Online:

Chernobyl: http://chernobyl.cancer.gov

http://www.unscear.org/unscear/en/chernobyl.html

Thyroid cancer: http://tinyurl.com/5t5vpfu

Nuclear Meltdown?–It’s Just Our 19th Nuclear Meltdown

Nuclear power plant accidents with multiple fatalities and/or more than US$100 million in property damage, 1952-2011
Date Location Description Deaths I-131
Release
in 1,000Ci[18]
Cost
(in millions
2006 $US)
INES
level
[19]
January 3, 1961 Idaho FallsIdahoUS Explosion at SL-1National Reactor Testing Station. An additional 1,100 Curies were released as fission products to the atmosphere, but due to the remoteness, most of it was recovered and buried. 3 0.08 22 4
October 5, 1966 Frenchtown Charter TownshipMichiganUS Partial core meltdown of the Fermi 1 Reactor at the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station. No radiation leakage into the environment. 0
December 7, 1975 GreifswaldEast Germany Electrical error causes fire in the main trough that destroys control lines and five main coolant pumps 0 443 3
February 22, 1977 Jaslovské Bohunice,Czechoslovakia Severe corrosion of reactor and release of radioactivity into the plant area, necessitating total decommission 0 1,700 4
March 28, 1979 Middletown,PennsylvaniaUS Loss of coolant and partial core meltdown, see Three Mile Island accident and Three Mile Island accident health effects 0 0.017 2,400 5
September 15, 1984 Athens, AlabamaUS Safety violations, operator error, and design problems force six year outage at Browns Ferry Unit 2 0 110
March 9, 1985 Athens, AlabamaUS Instrumentation systems malfunction during startup, which led to suspension of operations at all three Browns Ferry Units 0 1,830
April 11, 1986 Plymouth,MassachusettsUS Recurring equipment problems force emergency shutdown of Boston Edison’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant 0 1,001
April 26, 1986 Pripyat, Ukraine Steam explosion and meltdown (see Chernobyl disaster) necessitating the evacuation of 300,000 people from Kiev and dispersing radioactive material across Europe (see Chernobyl disaster effects) 53 7000 6,700 7
May 4, 1986 Hamm-Uentrop,Germany Experimental THTR-300 reactor releases small amounts of fission products (0.1 GBq Co-60, Cs-137, Pa-233) to surrounding area 0 0 267
March 31, 1987 Delta, PennsylvaniaUS Peach Bottom units 2 and 3 shutdown due to cooling malfunctions and unexplained equipment problems 0 400
December 19, 1987 Lycoming, New York,US Malfunctions force Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation to shut down Nine Mile Point Unit 1 0 150
March 17, 1989 Lusby, MarylandUS Inspections at Calvert Cliff Units 1 and 2 reveal cracks at pressurized heater sleeves, forcing extended shutdowns 0 120
February 20, 1996 Waterford, Connecticut,US Leaking valve forces shutdown Millstone Nuclear Power Plant Units 1 and 2, multiple equipment failures found 0 254
September 2, 1996 Crystal River, Florida,US Balance-of-plant equipment malfunction forces shutdown and extensive repairs at Crystal River Unit 3 0 384
September 30, 1999 Ibaraki Prefecture,Japan Workers at the Tokaimura uranium processing facility added too many buckets of uranium directly into a precipitation tank, causing it to go critical, killing two, and exposing one more to radiation levels above permissible limits 2 54 4
February 16, 2002 Oak HarborOhioUS Severe corrosion of control rod forces 24-month outage of Davis-Besse reactor 0 143 3
August 9, 2004 Fukui PrefectureJapan Steam explosion at Mihama Nuclear Power Plant kills 5 workers and injures dozens more 5 9 1
March 11, 2011 Ōkuma, Fukushima,Japan Cooling failure in 4 reactors following an earthquake, tsunami and multiple fires and Hydrogen explosions at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant 1 5[20]

 

Obama Claims That Nobody Wanted To Blow-Up Libyans–Who Made Him Do It?

“This is not an outcome the US or any of our partners sought,” Mr. Obama said

Libyan TV claims 48 killed in allied attacks

AP

Libyan government soldiers wave at Muammar Qadhafi's Bab Al Azizia compound in Libya on Sunday.
AP  Libyan government soldiers wave at Muammar Qadhafi’s Bab Al Azizia compound in Libya on Sunday

The U.S. and European nations pounded Muammar Qadhafi’s forces and air defences with cruise missiles and airstrikes, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising that had seemed on the verge of defeat.

Libyan state TV claimed 48 people had been killed in the attacks, but the report could not be independently verified.

The long-time Libyan leader vowed to defend his country from what he called “crusader aggression” and warned the involvement of international forces will subject the Mediterranean and North African region to danger and put civilians at risk.

The U.S. military said 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from American and British ships and submarines at more than 20 coastal targets to clear the way for air patrols to ground Libya’s air force.

French fighter jets fired the first salvos, carrying out several strikes in the rebel-held east.

British military spokesman Maj Gen John Lorimer said British fighter jets also had been used to bombard the North African Nation.

President Barack Obama said military action was not his first choice and reiterated that he would not send American ground troops to Libya.

“This is not an outcome the US or any of our partners sought,” Mr. Obama said from Brazil, where he is starting a five-day visit to Latin America. “We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy.”

Thousands of regime supporters, meanwhile, packed into the sprawling Bab al-Aziziya military camp in Tripoli where Mr. Qadhafi lives to protect against attacks.

Anti-aircraft guns could be heard firing overnight in Tripoli. The strikes, which were aimed at enforcing a UN-mandated no-fly zone, were a sharp escalation in the international effort to stop Mr. Qadhafi after weeks of pleading by the rebels who have seen early gains reversed as the regime unleashed the full force of its superior air power and weaponry.

Libyan TV quoted the armed forces command as saying 48 people were killed and 150 wounded in the allied assault. It said most of the casualties were children but gave no more details.

China Also Simulates “Regret” Over the Great Crime It Allowed To Happen In Libya

[SEE: India Feigns Sorrow Over Failure To Block the Appalling Libyan Travesty ]

China calls for stability in Libya after attacks

BEIJING

(Reuters) – China wants stability restored to Libya as soon as possible, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday after Western forces launched strikes against Muammar Gaddafi’s troops.

Expressing regret about the attacks, the Chinese foreign ministry said that it hoped the conflict would not escalate and lead to greater loss of civilian life.

China had the chance to veto last week’s United Nations Security Council resolution that authorized “all necessary measures,” a term for military action, to protect civilians against Gaddafi’s forces. Instead, it joined Russia, Germany, India and Brazil in abstaining.

China has been trying to balance its worries about allowing military action with the demands of Arab and other governments angered by Gaddafi’s unyielding response to uprisings demanding an end to his rule.

“China has noticed the latest developments in Libya and it expresses regret about the military attacks,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website.

“We hope that Libya can recover stability as soon as possible and that an escalation of military conflict leading to more civilian deaths can be avoided,” it added.

China’s comments came just hours after French planes fired the first shots in what is the biggest international military intervention in the Arab world since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Western forces hit targets along the Libyan coast. Libyan state television said 48 people had been killed and 150 wounded in the air strikes.

Throughout the recent tumult across the Middle East and North Africa, China has sought to avoid becoming deeply enmeshed and has little appetite for turning the regional upheaval into a point of confrontation with the United States.

Libya is considering offering oil block contracts directly to China, India and other nations it sees as friends in its month-long conflict with rebels, Libya’s top oil official said on Saturday.

(Reporting by Simon Rabinovitch and Huang Yan; Editing by Alex Richardson)

India Feigns Sorrow Over Failure To Block the Appalling Libyan Travesty

[India could have easily cast a no vote at the UN, if it had any concern at all about how the West would handle Qaddafi, just as soon as the ink on the documents had dried.  The entire world has sold its soul to the insatiable Beast that never regrets, rolling their dice that The Beast will conquer and that they and their kindred might sit at the devil's table at the great feast set above the carpet of dried bones.

We are all sorry too.]

India regrets air strikes by U.S.-led coalition forces in Libya

SUJAY MEHDUDIA

India on Sunday regretted the air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition forces in Libya and called upon all the parties to abjure use of force and resolve the differences through peaceful means.

“India views with grave concern the continuing violence, strife and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Libya. It regrets the air strikes that are taking place. The measures adopted should mitigate and not exacerbate an already difficult situation for the people of the country,” Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement here “Spoke to Ambassador (M) Manimekalai in Tripoli a short while ago. She is cool and calm. Harrowing Saturday night though with jets screaming above, she says the Ambassador,” Foreign Secretary, Nirupama Rao said in her tweet.

Further more, the Ministry said India hopes that the air strikes would not harm innocent civilians, foreign nationals and diplomatic missions and their personnel, who are still in Libya. “India calls upon all parties to abjure use of or the threat of use of force and to resolve their differences through peaceful means and dialogue in which the U.N. and regional organisations should play their roles,” it added.

The U.S.-led military coalition today hit Libyan defence targets with cruise missiles and launched air attacks as Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi vowed to open his arms depots to the people to retaliate against the Western aggression. French jets fired the first shots in ‘Operation Odyssey Dawn’, the biggest international military intervention in the Arab world since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, destroying tanks and armoured vehicles in eastern Libya, Al-Jazeera reported.

They were joined by the U.S. and the U.K. who fired over 110 Tomahawk missiles from American and British ships and submarines, hitting about 20 Libyan defence targets in the capital Tripoli and along the Mediterranean coast, U.S. Navy Vice Admiral, William Gortney said at a Pentagon briefing.

The U.N. Security Council had on Thursday adopted a resolution, calling for an immediate ceasefire and authorised all necessary measures for protecting civilians in Libya from Gaddafi’s forces.

WWIII: One Nation at a Time

WWIII: One Nation at a Time

The globalists are infiltrating, corrupting, and turning the entire planet, one nation at a time in a combined scientific-geopolitical dictatorship that will be effectively impossible to reverse once it is completed. The latest Western-fueled conflagration in the Arab world indicates an accelerated regional strategy of destabilizing and taking over target nations. Nations like Russia and China, whose interests are being directly threatened and stripped away in this malicious melee, appear powerless and unprepared.

Some nations succumb in silence behind the scenes, others are invaded, mercilessly brutalized, and assimilated into the globalist combine. The civil society overlay the globalists use to establish what amounts to a subversive shadow government is always creeping forward no matter how hard a target nation may try to ward it off. Only in the most extreme cases, such as Qaddafi’s Libya has civil society been uprooted entirely – making military intervention an acceptable and inevitable alternative from a globalist perspective.

Indeed there is a battle raging between the corporate-financier oligarchs of New York and London and their ever growing collection of globalist stooges and vassal states worldwide against the rest of free humanity. Each nation that falls to the globalists, however far from our own shores it may be, empowers and emboldens them and is one nation closer to their ultimate goal of one world government.
They have created a perfect system, a strategy of tension, where we wrestle with one battle after another, work to head-off one war after another, expose meddling and subversion in one nation after another all while their agenda moves ever forward.

We all to one degree or another help advance the globalists’ strategy of tension by playing into these contrived crises and by failing to focus on the source of our torment. The alternative media has made gains in exposing and delegitimizing the “international community” however, we must understand that the myriad of pet agendas we keep and nurture are in many ways dividing and distracting us – playing directly into the globalists’ theatrical productions.

The tragedy playing out between the duped and misled people of Israel and the besieged Palestinians is an example of where the globalists have created the perfect, unsolvable conflict from which they can perpetually wring out leverage to advance their agenda. The very fake “War on Terror” is another example. We get caught up in the details, we pick sides, we expend energy fighting these battles and we lose sight within this puppet theater of the men pulling the strings above. We become blinded and cannot understand the necessity of leaving the puppets behind, climbing up above the stage and throttling the puppet masters themselves.

We must recall how these corporate-financier oligarchs got so much unwarranted power in the first place – by controlling and regulating our lives from far above. They got it by us paying into their corrupt system for generations, as we’ve traded personal responsibilities in for corporate ready-made convenience. They will keep their power as long as we keep paying into their system, kidding ourselves that if we dance with their puppets long enough we will become the masters.

While activism, protesting, and campaigning is noble indeed, it is entirely futile until you identify and target the very source of your torment. In every case, be it Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, the unending “War on Terror,” starving children, or even the bungling response of the “international community” over the disaster emanating from Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, the source of torment is the same: the unwarranted power wielded by myopically obsessed megalomaniacs, leveraging and squandering that power to enrich themselves at the cost of the rest of humanity.

We cannot depend on Russia, China, the other BRIC nations, or rouge nations like Iran to stand up against this expanding evil empire. In many ways they play directly into the strategy of tension themselves and run a similar risk of being folded in if their own people do not make this fundamental realization. The answer is to undermine this unwarranted power by no longer paying into their system through a full-spectrum boycott and the systematic replacement of the globalist corporate combines with local solutions.

We need not pen lengthy manifestos or declare in lofty terms our independence, we simply must begin taking the reins of our own destiny back by identifying how horrifyingly dependent we are on the globalists and rectifying it day to day by how we spend our money, time, and energy.

As a cloud of radioactive fallout blows seaward from Japan, as the Middle East convulses in engineered destabilization, as oil and food prices are manipulated by Wall Street speculators, the excuse of it being “too difficult” to boycott and replace the comfort and convenience offered to us by the corporate-financier oligarchs is beginning to ring rather hollow. Your life and the future of humanity depends on boycotting and replacing the globalists – World War III has already begun and is consuming the world one nation at a time.

We literally have nothing to lose by boycotting and replacing the globalists besides our servile dependence on their system. We will find, no matter what our pet agenda is, usurping this unwarranted authority from the global elite will infinitely advance our cause. For our various agendas are addressing but puppets upon the globalists’ stage, and by boycotting their system and excising them from our daily lives, we climb up above the theater and throttle the puppet masters themselves.

The eighth anniversary of the Iraq war

The eighth anniversary of the Iraq war

David Krieger, Commondreams

On this eighth anniversary of the Iraq War, I feel a deep sense of sadness mixed with anger, along with regret for what might have been. We’ve had eight years of futile war in Iraq and nearly ten years of the same in Afghanistan.

The stickers have worn, but the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq continues.

Following September 11, 2001, the world stood with the U.S. We had a choice then: to respond legally, morally and with wisdom; or, like a helpless giant, to flail out with our vast arsenal of weapons. To our shame, our leaders, then and now, have taken the latter course.

Before this war began, many of us marched for peace. People all over the world marched for peace, but peace was not to be.

Dick Cheney said, “We will be greeted as liberators.”

Donald Rumsfeld said, in effect, that the war would pay for itself: “The bulk of the funds for Iraq’s reconstruction will come from Iraqis – from oil revenues, recovered assets, international trade, direct foreign investment….”

George W. Bush said, we will attack “at a time of our choosing.” He dismissed the United Nations, saying “The United Nations Security Council has not lived up to its responsibilities. So we will rise to ours.” He chose to attack Iraq on the evening of March 19, 2003, and he did so with shock and awe, but without legality under international law.

Less than two months later, Bush dressed up in a flight suit, landed on the aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, stood under a sign that said “Mission Accomplished,” and boasted with his usual shortsightedness, “In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.” The people of the world will have prevailed when Mr. Bush is on trial at the International Criminal Court.

The result of our Global War on Terror is that we have spent more than $780 billion on the Iraq War and more than $387 billion on the Afghanistan War, a total of over $1.167 trillion. These wars have cost California $147 billion, and have cost our 23rd Congressional District $2.6 billion. These numbers grow by the day. Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Laureate in Economics, has predicted that the total cost of the war in Iraq to the Federal government and to society will conservatively exceed $3 trillion.

It is long past time to end this drain of our resources, which might have gone instead of war and massacre to support the poorest among us, to schools, to health care, and to improve our infrastructure.

The Global War on Terror, along with other excesses of capitalism, including massive fraud, has resulted in some 400 families in the U.S. having assets exceeding those of the poorest 50 percent of Americans, some 155 million people. Four hundred families versus half our population. And many of our political representatives have fought for tax breaks for the very rich, while seeking to end the collective bargaining rights of the unions for public employees – teachers, nurses, firefighters and policemen. This is just plain wrong. But it is what we have become as a nation.

Across this nation, people still haven’t connected the dots to understand the toll war takes on our society.

Of course, the money wasted is only a part of the outrage that has weakened our country. More importantly, some 4,500 American soldiers have died in Iraq. Of these, 4,300 Americans died since George Bush dressed up in his flight suit and gave his victory speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln. But the death toll of Americans is dwarfed by that of Iraqis. By some estimates, more than a million and a half Iraqis have died in the Iraq War. Four million have been displaced from their homes.

In Afghanistan, 1,498 American soldiers have died and 2,361 total coalition forces have died. In 2010 alone, 2,777 civilians died in Afghanistan. Of these, 1,175 were children and 555 were women.

It is tempting to say that they all died because George Bush lied. But George Bush’s lies were only one factor. They also died because so many good Americans were silent in the face of these wars. They also died because, in the case of Afghanistan, Barack Obama escalated the war and made it his own.

Let me conclude with a poem I wrote about the war, titled “Worse than the War.”

WORSE THAN THE WAR

Worse than the war, the endless, senseless war,

Worse than the lies leading to the war,

Worse than the countless deaths and injuries,

Worse than hiding the coffins and not attending funerals,

Worse than the flouting of international law,

Worse than the torture at Abu Ghraib prison,

Worse than the corruption of young soldiers,

Worse than undermining our collective sense of decency,

Worse than the arrogance, smugness and swagger,

Worse than our loss of credibility in the world,

Worse than the loss of our liberties,

Worse than learning nothing from the past,

Worse than destroying the future,

Worse than the incredible stupidity of it all,

Worse than all of these,

As if they were not enough for one war or country or lifetime,

Is the silence, the resounding silence of good Americans.

When will we say that we’ve had enough? When will America try to regain its conscience, its soul, its decency and its honor? When will we become a force for peace in the world? The answer is: It’s up to us! It’s up to us to take back our country and put it on the path to peace.

HJ/KA

U.N. Human Rights Council Slams US State Terrorism, Citing 228 Incidences of Human Rights Abuse

US blamed for poor human rights record at UN

US blamed for poor human rights record at UN
Several nations demanded that the US carry out thorough investigations into alleged human rights abuses and publish the results

The United States was attacked for its human rights record on Friday at UN, as several nations slammed its failure to close Guantanamo Bay and its decision to maintain military trials for terror suspects.

The Obama administration, which two years ago joined the U.N. Human Rights Council shunned by the Bush White House, was in the dock at the Geneva forum, whose 47 member completed an examination of the U.S. record begun last November.

“The U.S. must close its secret prisons and Guantanamo Bay prison, stop human rights violations by its military forces abroad, bring to justice those responsible for war crimes and massacres against civilians as well as acts of torture carried out in U.S.-controlled prisons,” Iran’s envoy Seyed Mohammad Reza Sajjadi said.

Russia urged Washington to consider imposing a moratorium on the death penalty, while China called for it to investigate fully U.S. killings of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The U.S. delegation was scathing in its defence.

“Today’s session culminates a process that the United States has approached with great seriousness of purpose from the moment we joined the Council in 2009,” Harold Hongju Koh, legal adviser at the U.S. State Department, told the forum.

“We seek to focus on substance, matters that have their basis in universal human rights. We do not allow political provocations of some to undermine the credibility of the process as a whole,” added Koh, who led the U.S. delegation.

The U.S. delegation was responding formally on Friday to the 228 recommendations made by other states, rejecting many, but saying it had made great strides in civil rights and criminal justice. It said it would not tolerate torture of detainees in its custody.

The U.S. administration had carefully evaluated recommendations and was obliged to followed democratic processes to address underlying issues, according to Koh. “We urge all states who are here, including some of those who have criticised us, to hold yourselves to the same standard,” he said.

There are still 172 detainees at Guantanamo. About three dozen were set for prosecution in either U.S. criminal courts or military commissions. There were 242 detainess when Obama took office, promising to close it down. Many have been held there for more than nine years.

But Obama’s promise has foundered on political opposition. Earlier this month he lifted a two-year freeze on new military trials at Guantanamo Bay earlier this month, drawing criticism from human rights groups.

“The message from the international community is clear, impunity for torture and abuse, indefinite detention and unfair military trials at Guantanamo are unacceptable,” Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) told Reuters.

“The Obama administration should heed calls and ensure that the Department of Justice criminal investigation includes all senior civilian and military government officials who authorised and facilitated torture and abuse including former President Bush,” he said.

Reuters

Fukushima Radiation Expected to Blow Southward Today (3-20) Towards Tokyo

Radiation reaches Russia and US west coast

Simon Lomax

March 20, 2011

Map of radiation spreading from Japan to Russia and US coast.

RADIOACTIVE emissions from the stricken Fukushima power plant have been detected thousands of kilometres away in eastern Russia and the west coast of the United States, with experts predicting the radiation will travel south tonight.

Meteorologists predict the wind direction will change today, taking dangerous emissions across Tokyo, 250 kilometres to the south.

The area immediately surrounding the Fukushima plant has been evacuated due to high levels of radiation.

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Experts in the Philippines have also expressed concern that the radiation will reach their country.

Dr Romeo F. Quijano, professor at the University of the Philippines-Manila’s department of pharmacology and toxicology, advised Filipinos to be on alert.

”There is already a significant breach in the reactor core containment facilities, both immediate and secondary,” he said.

”There is no doubt that significant amounts of radioactivity had already been released into the open environment, exposing thousands of people within a several kilometres radius. It is highly probable that this radiation pollution will worsen in the next few days and will most likely reach the Philippines.”

Scientists in the US have downplayed the radiation, saying that only a ”minuscule” amount was detected at a California monitoring station yesterday.

The level of radiation registered in Sacramento, California, was about ”one-millionth of the dose” a person gets from rocks, bricks, the sun and natural background sources, and ”poses no concern”, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Department said.

A similar level of the radioactive isotope, xenon-133, was detected in Washington state on Wednesday and Thursday, the agencies said. It was ”consistent with a release from the Fukushima reactors in northern Japan”.

Neither EPA or Energy Department monitoring systems found ”radiation levels of concern”.

President Barack Obama said yesterday his nuclear advisers did not expect ”harmful levels” of radiation would reach the US.

Bloomberg

Obama: Get Out Of Jail Free For Saudi Arabia And UAE In Bahrain

Protester camp outside the main square. Photo: Yana Kunichoff/Truthout

President Barack Obama said on Friday that he was “deeply concerned by reports of violence in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen.” He said the United States condemns the use of violence by governments against peaceful protesters in those countries and wherever else it may occur.”

The he went on to say, “ We express our condolences to the family and friends of those who have been killed during the demonstrations. Wherever they are, people have certain universal rights including the right to peaceful assembly.”

He concluded: “The United States urges the governments of Bahrain, Libya and Yemen to show restraint in responding to peaceful protests, and to respect the rights of their people.”

But many observers said there was something missing from this picture: There was not a word about Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), whose troops earlier this week rumbled over the 26 km causeway separating Saudi Arabia from Bahrain, to help Bahrain’s ruling family to maintain its grip on power in the face of growing protests and demands for economic democracy.

In what has lamentably become characteristic Obama behavior, the President ignored the two 900-pound gorillas in the room. One of those gorillas, Saudi Arabia, is said to be close ally of the U.S., a major supplier of its oil, a recipient of much U.S. military aid, and a steadfast partner in the so-called “war on terror.”

The other gorilla is Bahrain itself, thought (until very recently) to be a reliable U.S. ally, like Saudi Arabia, an intrepid warrior on terror, and home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet. The United States provided around $20 million in military aid to Bahrain in 2010. The slap on the wrist Bahrain received from the American President today is not likely to require medical attention.

Prior to the “Arab Spring,” the U.S. viewed Bahrain as a reasonably enlightened Arab state. During a visit to Washington in December, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raved, “Bahrain has demonstrated that multi-ethnic, multi-confessional societies can address their challenges through peaceful reform and representative institutions.”

Cables by US diplomats claimed that King Hamad “understands that Bahrain cannot prosper if he rules by repression.” Several of the 2009 cables from the U.S. Embassy in Manama characterize King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa as an enlightened and deeply pro-American ruler who, since assuming the throne in 1999, has fostered reconciliation with the Shi’ite Muslim majority and has undertaken serious political and economic reforms,” Reuters reports.

As for The House of Saud, it evidently gets a pass on Obama’s assertion that “people have certain universal rights including the right to peaceful assembly.” In Saudi Arabia they have no such right. And the country’s aging king is currently in the process of trying to buy off his people with announcements of massive appropriations for job creation and job training, plus substantial individual money gifts for every Saudi citizen.

So far, that strategy appears to be working — despite some announcements and preparations for a “Day of Anger” in the Kingdom, and some minor skirmishes between police and would-be democracy demonstrators.

Should that strategy show signs of weakening, there is little doubt about what the Saudis would do to quell any rising sentiment for a more equitable, representative government.

Meantime, Reuters is reporting that Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy asked the State Department to probe whether Bahrain had broken a U.S. law that prohibits aid to foreign security forces who violate human rights. Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, is the author of that legislation.

Bahrain is now under a state of martial law, after fresh violence left as many as eight people dead.

Amnesty International revealed evidence of the Bahraini security forces’ systematic use of excessive force in cracking down against protesters. In a new report, “Bloodied but Unbowed: Unwarranted State Violence against Bahraini Protesters,” the organization documents how security forces used live ammunition and extreme force against protesters in February without warning and impeded and assaulted medical staff trying to help the wounded.

The report, which is based on first hand testimonies given to an Amnesty International team in Bahrain, comes as the country is gripped by further violence, after Saudi Arabian and UAE forces entered the small Gulf state three days ago and Bahrain’s King declared a national state of emergency.

“It is alarming to see the Bahraini authorities now again resorting to the same tactics that they used against protesters in February but on an even more intensive scale,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“It appears that the government has decided that the way to deal with protests is through violent repression, a totally unsustainable position and one which sets an ominous example in a region where other governments are also facing popular calls for change,” he said.

Dr. Hani Mowafi, a US medical doctor who was part of the Amnesty International team, found a pattern of fatal and serious injuries during February’s violence showing that the security forces used live ammunition at close range, and apparently targeted protesters’ heads, chests and abdomens.

They also fired medium-to-large caliber bullets from high-powered rifles on 18 February.

The worst violence before today took place early on the morning of 17 February, when five people were killed. Witnesses told Amnesty that, in scenes that would be repeated on 16 March, tanks blocked access to the Pearl Roundabout as police used shotguns as well as tear gas, batons and rubber bullets to disperse protesters, many of who were camping there.

One witness told Amnesty International that on 17 February riot police were shooting from different angles, including from a bridge over the roundabout, while protesters desperately ran for cover.

Among the injured were people clearly identifiable as medical workers, who were targeted by police while trying to help wounded protesters at or near the roundabout.

“All the actions of the security forces against protesters since February must be fully and independently investigated. Those responsible for ordering and unleash lethal force against peaceful protesters must be identified and held to account.”

“There must be no impunity for unlawful killings, assaults and other abuses against both protesters and medical staff.”

Amnesty says it has identified some of the ammunition found in the aftermath of the raid on Pearl Roundabout on 17 February. It includes US-made tear gas canisters, US-made 37mm rubber multi-baton rounds, French-made tear gas grenades, and French-made rubber “dispersion” grenades, which fragment into 18 pieces and produce a loud sound effect.

The organization called on governments who supply weapons to Bahrain to immediately suspend the transfer of weapons, munitions and related equipment that could be used to commit further human rights violations, and to urgently review all arms supplies and training support to Bahrain’s military, security and police forces.

Following the Bahraini security forces’ use of unwarranted force against protesters, the UK government revoked some licenses for arms exports to Bahrain, and the French authorities have suspended the export of security equipment to Bahrain.

Amnesty’s report charges that “mass peaceful protests demanding political reform have shaken the Gulf state of Bahrain since mid-February. In response, the security forces initially sought to suppress the protests with brutality, killing seven protesters, injuring hundreds of others and assaulting paramedics.”

It adds, “Proper, transparent investigations that ensure accountability and justice for the victims, and a strong government commitment to respect human rights are needed now.”

Bahraini protesters today told Amnesty of bloody scenes on the streets as government security forces stepped up their violent crackdown on demonstrations and blocked access to hospitals. Government forces also surrounded hospitals and attacked doctors trying to help the wounded.

At least six people were reportedly killed in the capital Manama amid continuing protests as the army used tanks to flatten the peaceful protest camps set up in recent weeks to demand reform in the Gulf state.

“The distressing reports and images coming out of Bahrain today provide further evidence that the authorities are using lethal and other excessive force to crush protests, with reckless disregard for human life,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director.

“Wounded protesters have also been prevented from accessing medical attention by government forces. The Bahraini authorities must immediately put a stop to this bloodshed,” he said.

Security forces attacked the mainly Shia protest camp at Manama’s Pearl Roundabout camp early on Wednesday.

Family members of those wounded at the roundabout and people trying to approach the area told Amnesty International that the army opened fire on them without warning.

“I was walking towards the Pearl Roundabout… We were 5km from the roundabout when we were shot with live ammunition – one shot came one meter away from me. There were two tanks in the street and a helicopter above us,” said Nabeel al Rajab, director of the banned Bahrain Center for Human Rights.

Amnesty is also receiving testimonies from medical staff who were prevented from treating the victims of violence. For example:

“We are waiting to do something and the army is not allowing us. We know there are hundreds injured and they are not allowing them to come here,” said one doctor at the central Salmaniya hospital who did not wish to be named due to safety fears.

“A doctor went to the gate this morning trying to come in and the army beat him. They also threw tear gas and another type of gas at the emergency entrance of the hospital.”

In a funeral procession today to mourn a dead Bahraini pro-democracy demonstrator, anti-government participants shouted, “down with King Hamad.” The crackdown that killed this activist was targeted to mainly Shi’ite protesters, which angered Iran.

Bahrain’s ruling family are Sunni Muslims, while a large majority of its people are Shia. The Shia majority contends it is discriminated against in terms of funds for public works projects and government jobs.

Virtually all reputable human rights organizations are condemning Bahrain’s violent military crackdown against pro-democracy protesters.

Neil Hicks of the New York-based Human Rights First group, said “The militarization of the conflict in Bahrain will lead to further violence and violations of basic rights and freedoms. It will not address the underlying causes of the unrest – institutionalized sectarian discrimination, the absence of representative government and the lack of legal protections for basic freedoms of assembly, and association.”

“Suppression of dissent in Bahrain with the backing of the Gulf Cooperation Council runs the risk of extending unrest to other countries in the Gulf region with sectarian tensions, including Yemen and the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia,” Hicks said.

The organization called on U.S. government officials to condemn the use of violence against unarmed protesters and urge the Bahraini government to initiate wide-ranging negotiations to implement necessary political reforms.

“In light of disturbing reports that security forces are blocking medical treatment for the injured, that interference in the provision of necessary medical treatment should stop immediately. In addition, the U.S. needs to intensify its outreach to the government of Saudi Arabia to make clear its objection to the violent suppression of dissent in Bahrain or anywhere in the Gulf region,” the organization said.

Hicks concluded, “Inflaming sectarian tensions in Bahrain will not ensure stability in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

For the past decade Bahrain has promoted itself as a liberal state in an authoritarian neighborhood, on the basis of reforms by King Hamad al-Khalifa, who took power in 1999. These reforms included holding elections – though for a parliament that lacked authority – and largely abolishing torture.

The Bahraini government insinuates whenever possible that its Shia citizens, upwards of 65 percent of the population, would turn Bahrain into an Iranian client state if so allowed.

But independent observers have for several years been raising concerns about the country’s return to the dark practices of the past.

In February 2010, Human Rights Watch released a report documenting the revival of torture. A trove of reports by government doctors backed up victim accounts that security forces were again suspending detainees by their arms and legs and using electro-shock devices.

In August, the government instituted a crackdown that began with arrests of opposition activists on charges of being part of a “terror network” and soon extended to the arrests of hundreds more, including children, many on vague or non-existent charges.

The government dissolved the board of a human rights group that had suggested detainees should not be abused.

Authorities blocked websites of opposition parties, including Al Wefaq, which won a majority of votes in the October elections.

As for the “terror network,” the testimony of government agents regarding information allegedly provided by unnamed sources made clear that the defendants were being tried for political opinions rather than for any criminal acts.

Authorities denied these defendants access to counsel or their families, and most defendants alleged that security officials abused them to elicit confessions.

The government denied these allegations, but hasn’t explained the defendants’ wounds displayed in open court.

William Fisher, a regular contributor to The Public Record, has managed economic development programs for the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Middle East, Latin America and elsewhere for the past 25 years. He has supervised major multi-year projects for AID in Egypt, where he lived and worked for three years. He returned later with his team to design Egypt’s agricultural strategy. Fisher served in the administration of President John F. Kennedy. He reports on a wide-range of issues for numerous domestic and international newspapers and online journals. He blogs at The World According to Bill Fisher.

My Countrymen:Stand Up and Be Accountable!

My Countrymen:Stand Up and Be Accountable!

This is a PAKPOTPOURRI Exclusive and a 23rd March Special

By: Jawad Raza Khan
It leaves me shell shocked, when in our drawing room discussions by the so called civil society members, play down the binding effect of a national ideology.
More than 2/3 rd of the century has gone – when an ideology, on which existence of a nation rests, was revealed to the world. It was an official birthday of the famous Two Nation Theory, which had the power of truth to change the world map, and as in the case of every truth this ideology has also been attacked, brutalized, high jacked and also cut to half but still breathe in Pakistan.
The young Pakistani minds have been pounded and bombarded by a school of thought totally in collision course with the concept of this indispensable foundation . Every now and then the words of Mr. Jinnah in relation to minorities was distorted by the pseudo intellectuals of our country. Not to be left behind, it has also been horrifyingly abused by the rightist element. Resultantly,our young generation is in a bona fide frightening dilemma, where they are more than suspicious about the struggle of one of the greatest leadership ever produced by Muslim World on this globe.
If we as a nation are mindful of the said confusion, some sort of an intellectual accountability has to be done, more than ever today and for that a very small but vital part of the Pakistan Movement is needed to be read again……………………………………
Election results of British – India (1937) sent a strong statement by All India Congress after defeating Muslim League in nearly all its strong holds – Muslim League was not even able to gather majority to form government in any province of India – The Indian National Congress was in majority in Madras, U. P., C. P., Bihar and Orrisa and were able to form a coalition government in Bombay and N. W. F. P (Now KPK) -  To some extent they also proficiently secure political importance in Sindh and Assam, and formed the ruling coalition there as well.
In those elections Congress was successful to muster power in nine out of eleven provinces.  On the other hand, Muslim League failed to form government in any province. Quaid-i-Azam offered Congress to form a coalition government with the League but the Congress rejected his offer. The canvas was dejected, hopeless and frightening for the Muslim community.
All the apprehensions came true, as after taking charge in July 1937; Congress declared Hindi as the national language and Deva Nagri as the official script; The Congress flag was given the status of national flag, slaughtering of cows was prohibited; it was made compulsory for the children to worship the picture of Gandhi at school; Band-i-Mataram, an anti-Muslim song taken from Bankim Chandra Chatterji’s novel Ananda Math, was made the national anthem of the country; Religious intolerance was the order of the day; Muslims were not allowed to construct new mosques; Hindus would play drums in front of mosques when Muslims were praying.
The situation was so worse that even the biased Westerner political thinkers had an in-different opinion about the Congress era (1937-1940).
Sir William Barton writing in the “National Review” in June 1939 also termed the Congress rule as “The rising tide of political Hinduism”.
Differences between British and Congress lead to the resignation of the Government, which came as a sigh of relief for the Muslims of sub continent. Quaid-i-Azam asked the Muslims to celebrate December 22, 1939 as a day of deliverance and thanksgiving in token of relief from the tyranny and oppression of the Congress rule.
Point here to contemplate is this: what made a disunited community of Muslims in sub continent to pass Pakistan resolution, just after three years of big election defeat and merely three months after the end of cruel Congress rule?
The speech made by Quaid-i-Azam at Minto Park, Lahore on March 22, 1940. In this speech, he stated that “Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religious philosophies, with different social customs and literature. They neither intermarry, nor eat together, and indeed belong to two different civilizations whose very foundations are based on conflicting ideas and concepts. Their outlook on life and of life is different”. He emphasized that “in spite of the passage of about 1,000 years the relations between the Hindus and Muslims could not attain the level of cordiality”.
The only difference between the writings of Al-Biruni and the speech of Quaid-i-Azam was that Al-Biruni made calculated predictions, while Quaid-i-Azam had history behind him to support his argument. Prediction which was made by this renowned philosopher of his time around 900 years before creation of Pakistan and narrated by Mr. Jinnah cannot be taken as an incident and especially when it made history of his time.
Pakistan was born . A country based on an ideology. An understanding that Hindus and Muslims were like chalk was to cheese. It was certainly through resolute leadership of Pakistan Movement which  snatched Pakistan out of the jaws of British and Indian Congress leadership, but why have we, relegated our ideology, on which rests the very foundations of our country, to the back burner?
A comparison of Pakistan and the Jew State draws some interesting contradictions.
Israel’s 1953 Law of State Education specified aims for the education system.
To base education on the values of Jewish culture.
On love of the Homeland and loyalty to the State and the Jewish People. (Mar’I, 1978, P 50)
Over 50 years have passed since the enactment of this law, but the aims it specified remain central to current Israeli public educational policy. Though the law was amended in 2000, it maintains educational objectives for public schools that emphasize Jewish values, history and culture, while ignoring Palestinian values, history and culture (Adalah, 2003) (The legal center for Arab minorities in Israel).
In June 2001, Minister of Education, Limor Livnat, stated that she would like to see that “there is not a single child in Israel who doesn’t learn basics of Jewish and Zionist knowledge and values” (Fisher-Ilan, 2001, p.4B). The Ministry of Education operationalized these goals though programs such as the “100 Basic Concepts” curriculum unit that was introduced to the middle schools in the 2004/05 school year.
On the other hand in the same era we were busy in making up a new face of Pakistan more acceptable to US in particular and westerners in general.We were making efforts to establish ourselves away from the very ideology that created Pakistan.
Today, as we stand as a nation, on the cross road of destruction and humiliation, we need to go back to square one, where one Jinnah clogged the British Empire and opportunist Hindu mentality to create another Palestine in the lap another Israel ( India) and made us Pakistanis. I cannot, but recall, one of my teachers with great reverence, Mr Nadvi, a worker of Pakistan Muslim League ,who taught me Pakistan Studies.A flowing river of knowledge on what all our elders sacrificed to attain Pakistan, he would tell us,“Don’t open your books, till I am alive you don’t need them, I am Pakistan, listen me, you will come to know what a great nation we are”. We require hundreds of Nadvis now, to keep those books closed, as now, they have been disgustingly tampered with, as well.
According to famous historian Stanley Wolpert, “Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.”
My fellow countrymen, let us salute the man who was Jinnah,appreciate the gift of a free country he gave us,and move ahead, from this point onward with the national ideology with which he carved out Pakistan!
(Jawad Raza Khan is a writer.He resides in Islamabad).

China, Brazil, India, Germany and Russia–Not One of Them Voted No

The Security Council Thursday voted to ban flights in Libya’s airspace and authorised military action to implement the ban, Xinhua reported.

The 15-nation council voted 10-0 to authorise the no-fly zone. China, Brazil, India, Germany and Russia abstained. The measure was backed by Bosnia, Colombia, France, Gabon, Lebanon, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa, Britain

Qaddafi Threatens Mediterranean Targets, Announces Opening of Federal Armories for Homeland Defense

[Judging by our fellow Americans total disregard for the multiple war crimes that American forces are now in the process of committing, even worse, are those who revel in the carnage now being unleashed against the citizens of Libya.  No one bothers to deny why we are bombing Libya, for its oil, or shows any signs of remorse for what American pilots and soldiers are doing to save a failing CIA operation that has been reported as a "popular rebellion."

The whole world has been set-up for this day of global mass-murder (Libya is just the beginning), because the people of the Western countries just didn't give a shit about anyone else in the world, as long as we had cheap gas, cheap, uninterrupted electricity, steady jobs, health insurance and a million other things, only some of which were anything that any of us really needed.  Fully half of the people of the United States are completely immoral and could care less about anyone else.  Out of the other half, those who care about both halves of the race, only a very few care enough to put themselves out even a little, to help humanity. ( I have noticed this attitude all around me my whole life, the majority of the human race does not understand people who are understanding.  We are strangers adrift within seas of hostile individuals who see us as the aberration in human development.  People who care are ostracized their whole lives because they care, making them weak, or worse, "freaks.")

Most of us here in this end of the blogosphere have spent substantial amounts of time pursuing the idea that ours is a psychopathic society, where a gang of psychopaths dominate every facet of our lives.  But this may only be true because there is no one else to lead society.  There is no corresponding equivalent force to counter the pathocracy, because there is no organized group of "do-gooders," to counter the world's "evil-doers."  There are a lot of idealists who could  lead such a theoretical force, but they are so few in number that they would mostly stand alone.  If all of the lone wolf idealists who wanted to change the world, would band together in common cause, then perhaps they could awaken and motivate the consciences of Americans who have not yet buried their consciences in the service of Empire.

Until Americans become enraged at what is now going on, the "Land of the Free" will remain the final home base for global Nazism.]

Gaddafi Threatens To Attack Mediterranean

Colonel Gaddafi has threatened to attack military and civilian targets in the Meditarranean in a phone call to Libyan state radio.

The Libyan leader called the radio station to threaten retaliation for Western air and sea strikes on his country.

He declared the attacks “an assault against a sovereign state, an assault against Libya” and claimed the Mediterranean had been turned into a “real battlefield”.

The leader went on to inform civilians that “arms depots” had been opened so they could defend Libya.

It had been rumoured that Colonel Gaddafi was to make a television address, but an appearance in person could reveal his location to UN allies.

The statement followed a television address by Libyan congress leader Mohamed Al-Zwai, during which he claimed UN forces had attacked civilian targets.

Pentagon: 110 missiles fired on Libya thus far

Pentagon: 110 missiles fired on Libya thus far

Posted by Joshua Norman
Sites of coalition missile strikes in LibyaSites of coalition missile strikes in Libya on Saturday, March 19, 2011.

(Credit: CBS News)

In initial United Nations-authorized action against Libyan military targets, thus far French jets have struck military targets inside Libya and about 110 Tomahawk missiles have been fired from U.S. and British ships against air defense systems.

Obama Is an Embarrassment To the Human Race–He is also killing Libyans.

U.S. Launches Cruise Missiles Against Qaddafi’s Air Defenses

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March 19: A rafale jet fighter seen shortly after take off at the military base of Saint Dizier, eastern France.

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March 19: A rafale jet fighter seen shortly after take off at the military base of Saint Dizier, eastern France.

The U.S. Navy fires the first U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles against Libyan leader’s Muammar al-Qaddafi’s air defenses Saturday, a military source tells Fox News.

The U.S. military strikes clear the way for European and other planes to enforce a no-fly zone designed to ground Qaddafi’s air force and cripple his ability to inflict further violence on rebels, U.S. officials said.

Hours after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attended an international conference in Paris that endorsed military action against Qaddafi, the U.S. was poised to kick off its attacks on Libyan air defense missile and radar sites along the Mediterranean coast to protect no-fly zone pilots from the threat of getting shot down.

“We have every reason to fear that left unchecked, Qaddafi will commit unspeakable atrocities,” Clinton said.

A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive military operations, said the Obama administration intended to limit its involvement — at least in the initial stages — to helping protect French and other air missions.

French fighter jets fired the first shots at Qaddafi’s troops on Saturday, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising that had seemed on the verge of defeat. The French military says warplanes have carried out four air strikes, destroying several armored vehicles of pro-Qaddafi forces, according to AFP.

In the hours before the no-fly zone over Libya went into effect, Qaddafi sent warplanes, tanks and troops into Benghazi, the rebel capital and first city to fall to the rebellion that began Feb. 15. Then the government attacks appeared to go silent.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said after an emergency summit in Paris that French jets were already targeting Qaddafi’s forces. The 22 participants in Saturday’s summit agreed to do everything necessary to make Qaddafi respect a U.N. Security Council resolution Thursday demanding a cease-fire, Sarkozy said.

“Our consensus was strong, and our resolve is clear. The people of Libya must be protected, and in the absence of an immediate end to the violence against civilians our coalition is prepared to act, and to act with urgency,” President Barack Obama said in Brasilia, Brazil, on the first day of a three-country Latin American tour.

The rebels, who have seen their advances into western Libya turn into a series of defeats, said they had hoped for more, sooner from the international community, after a day when crashing shells shook the buildings of Benghazi and Qaddafi’s tanks rumbled through the university campus.

“People are disappointed, they haven’t seen any action yet. The leadership understands some of the difficulties with procedures but when it comes to procedures versus human lives the choice is clear,” said Mustafa Gheriani, a spokesman for the opposition. “People on the streets are saying where are the international forces? Is the international community waiting for the same crimes to be perpetrated on Benghazi has have been done by Qaddafi in the other cities?”

A doctor said 27 bodies had reached hospitals by midday. As night fell, though, the streets were quiet.

Libyan state television showed Qaddafi supporters converging on the international airport and a military garrison in Tripoli, and the airport in Qaddafi’s hometown of Sirte, in an apparent attempt to deter bombing.

In an open letter, Qaddafi warned: “You will regret it if you dare to intervene in our country.”

Saturday’s emergency meeting involved 22 leaders and top officials, including Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the foreign ministers of Jordan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. It was the largest international military action since the beginning of the Iraq war, launched almost exactly eight years ago.

Earlier Saturday, a plane was shot down over the outskirts of Benghazi, sending up a massive black cloud of smoke. An Associated Press reporter saw the plane go down in flames and heard the sound of artillery and crackling gunfire.

Before the plane went down, journalists heard what appeared to be airstrikes from it. Rebels cheered and celebrated at the crash, though the government denied a plane had gone down — or that any towns were shelled on Saturday.

The fighting galvanized the people of Benghazi, with young men collecting bottles to make gasoline bombs. Some residents dragged bed frames and metal scraps into the streets to make roadblocks.

“This city is a symbol of the revolution, it’s where it started and where it will end if this city falls,” said Gheriani.

But at Jalaa hospital, where the tile floors and walls were stained with blood, the toll was clear.

“There are more dead than injured,” said Dr. Ahmed Radwan, an Egyptian who had been there helping for three weeks.

Jalaa’s Dr. Gebreil Hewadi, a member of the rebel health committee, said city hospitals had received 27 bodies.

At a news conference in the capital, Tripoli, the government spokesman read letters from Qaddafi to Obama and others involved in the international effort.

“Libya is not yours. Libya is for the Libyans. The Security Council resolution is invalid,” he said in the letter to Sarkozy, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

To Obama, the Libyan leader was slightly more conciliatory: “If you had found them taking over American cities with armed force, tell me what you would do.”

In a joint statement to Qaddafi late Friday, the United States, Britain and France — backed by unspecified Arab countries — called on Qaddafi to end his troops’ advance toward Benghazi and pull them out of the cities of Misrata, Ajdabiya and Zawiya. It also called for the restoration of water, electricity and gas services in all areas. It said Libyans must be able to receive humanitarian aid or the “international community will make him suffer the consequences” with military action.

Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa said that Libyan officials had informed the U.N. and the Security Council that the government was holding to the cease-fire it had announced Friday and called for a team of foreign observers to verify that.

“The nation is respecting all the commitments put on it by the international community,” he said, leaving the podium before answering any questions about Benghazi.

In the course of the rebellion, Libya has gone from a once-promising economy with the largest proven oil reserves in Africa to a country in turmoil. The foreign workers that underpinned the oil industry have fled; production and exports have all but ground to a halt; and its currency is down 30 percent in just two weeks.

The oil minister, Shukri Ghanem, held a news conference calling on foreign oil companies to send back their workers. He said the government would honor all its contracts.

“It is not our intention to violate any of these agreements and we hope that from their part they will honor this agreement and they will send back their work forces,” he said.

Italy, which had been the main buyer for Libyan oil, offered the use of seven air and navy bases already housing U.S., NATO and Italian forces to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya.

Italy’s defense minister, Ignazio La Russa, said Saturday that Italy wasn’t just “renting out” its bases for others to use but was prepared to offer “moderate but determined” military support.

A French fighter jet fired Saturday on a Libyan military vehicle, the first reported offensive action in the international military operation against Qaddafi’s forces, French Defense Ministry spokesman Thierry Burkhard said.

Warplanes from the United States, Canada, Denmark arrived at Italian air bases Saturday as part of an international military buildup. Germany backed the operation but isn’t offering its own forces.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said after the summit: “The time for action has come, it needs to be urgent.”

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