Iraq: Situation Whose Time Has Come

For some time now there has been a call for those people in the Bush admin to stand for their decisions to invade Iraq…..to answer for the lies and misinformation……

There is a situation brewing in the UK that could be a template for any such investigation…..

Tony Blair should stand trial on charges of war crimes if the evidence suggests he broke international law over the “illegal” Iraq war in 2003, the Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Corbyn called on the former prime minister to “confess” the understandings he reached with George W Bush in the run up to the invasion.

Asked on BBC Newsnight whether Blair should stand trial on war crimes charges, Corbyn said: “If he has committed a war crime, yes. Everybody who has committed a war crime should be.”

The veteran MP for Islington North was a high-profile opponent of the war and became a leading member of the Stop the War coalition. He said: “It was an illegal war. I am confident about that. Indeed Kofi Annan [UN secretary general at the time of the war] confirmed it was an illegal war and therefore [Tony Blair] has to explain to that. Is he going to be tried for it? I don’t know. Could he be tried for it? Possibly.”

Corbyn said he expects the eventual publication of the Chilcot report will force Blair to explain his discussions with President Bush in the runup to the war.

He said: “The Chilcot report is going to come out sometime. I hope it comes out soon. I think there are some decisions Tony Blair has got to confess or tell us what actually happened. What happened in Crawford, Texas, in 2002 in his private meetings with George [W] Bush. Why has the Chilcot report still not come out because – apparently there is still debate about the release of information on one side or the other of the Atlantic. At that point Tony Blair and the others that have made the decisions are then going to have to deal with the consequences of it.”

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Please weigh in…….should those that lied us into war be held accountable?

War, What Is It Good For?

That was the question asked in a protest song from the 60’s…..and it still remains  an excellent question.

We know that war is not good for life or health or to massage an economy back to health…..not good for food production….then what is it good for?

The US is involved in the fight against ISIS    and with that comes all the deaths, destruction and violence…….what good could come out of this war?

The BBC is reporting the only good thing to come out of war…….

Researchers say that in countries like Syria and Iraq, levels of air pollutants have fallen dramatically.

The amount of nitrogen dioxide in the air over Damascus has fallen by up to 50% since start of the civil war.

The authors believe their work has important lessons for projections of global emissions.

Since 2004, scientists have been able to monitor atmospheric pollutants with high levels of precision thanks to the deployment of the Ozone Monitoring Instrument onboard the Nasa Aura satellite.

Say what?  Yep the air quality is getting better where the fighting is engaged……what about the other countries that are not “at war”?

But in nearby Lebanon, there was a “drastic” rise of up to 30% of the same pollutant, thanks to the influx of refugees. The scientists say that this was very unusual as economic growth in Lebanon declined significantly at the same time.

Even in a relatively calm country like Israel…..the air quality is sucking also…..

What conclusion can we draw from this news…..

Other scientists welcomed the study, saying that it followed on from previous research carried out during the Iraq war. They say that it highlights the critical role of accurate satellite information. It also highlights the scale of destruction across the Middle East and the huge impact on people.

“It is very sad that we have on the borders of Europe this huge conflict,” said Prof John Burrows from the University of Bremen, Germany.

“But perhaps scientific information like this helps our understanding. It’s proportional to people, so if emissions have gone down in Syria by 50%, I’d expect that 50% of the people might have been displaced, as indeed they have.”

It is sad that the only ‘benefit” found for war is……the quality of the air we breath gets better……I think the people in Iraq and Syria had rather worry about dying from bad air than a barrel bomb……whatcha you think?

Coalition ISIS ‘successes’ show no signs of halting terrorist group — RT News

WE Americans hear on occasion the successes of our air campaign against the brutality of ISIS……we hear about the bad guys killed or the number of vehicles destroyed or thew locations that are hit with C&C support for the group……

So according to the reports in our media we are holding our own against the savagery of ISIS…….

Hate to tell my readers this but we as news consumers are not always given the whole story…..just the parts that are positive……I know you are shocked right?

So really how are we doing against ISIS?

 

Coalition ISIS ‘successes’ show no signs of halting terrorist group — RT News.

Sonali Kolhatkar: Why Are We Ignoring the War on Yemen? – Sonali Kolhatkar – Truthdig

I am a watcher of international events…..so should all Americans if they care about the future….the problem is those in power do not want us to be aware of the ‘friends’ and their violent nature…..

There is a world of death, destruction and violence all in the name of national security that most Americans choose to ignore….I try to change that…..

It seems that Saudi Arabia has decided that it is time to use some of the weapons they get from the US and attack their neighbor to the South Yemen……a country with NO air force an army that is ineffective and a country that has lacked stability for decades……in other words it is a turkey shoot for the Saudis against a small group of resisters…..kinda reminds me of the devastation that Israel inflicted on Gaza…..basically a helpless neighbor……which by the way is also carried out with weapons supplied by the US……..

 

Sonali Kolhatkar: Why Are We Ignoring the War on Yemen? – Sonali Kolhatkar – Truthdig.

Shifting Priorities: The Rise and Fall of Arab Revolutionary Discourse by Ramzy Baroud — Antiwar.com

About 5 years ago the world was a fire with the situation in the Arab world….it appeared that a case for democracy was breaking out all over the place…….what began in Tunisia quickly moved through the region…..to Algeria and Jordan and Syria and Egypt and even to a smaller extent to Saudi Arabia…..but all this quickly broke down into regional conflicts involving violence and death…….

But what happened to that desire for democracy…….for freedom and security…..what happened?

 

Shifting Priorities: The Rise and Fall of Arab Revolutionary Discourse by Ramzy Baroud — Antiwar.com.

Some Things Never Change

Back during my war, the Vietnam War, it was not uncommon for the kids of the wealthy to buy their deferments….kids like me either waited for the draft call to come or we got the jump on it and enlisted….

Now that we have an unending war……somethings never change……

 

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For me…..if we must fight wars then everybody needs to participate……because after 50 years ….NOTHING has changed.

The wealthy go to college and the poor go to war…….

Scorecard on US Interventionism by Ivan Eland — Antiwar.com

Today and tomorrow is my days with the doctors….so I will be a bit light in the post area…..most of them will be presses and thin on original posts…..I apologize but I am usually not in the best of moods when I return from my visits…..please bear with me.

Since the end of World War 2 the US has not had a good scorecard on the inventions that we have ventured into…..Korea could be a good one….but it was a draw….Vietnam was a disaster…..Grenada was moronic….Panama was a waste…..Somalia was a horror show…..Iraq has been a nightmare that has NO end……

There is always the future and the way we are flexing our muscle around the world more interventions are coming…..and how many of those will be worthless and disastrous?

 

Scorecard on US Interventionism by Ivan Eland — Antiwar.com.