The World’s Most Repressive Regimes Delight In U.S. Crack Down In Ferguson | ThinkProgress

After decades of preaching to the world about how to handle dissent among its citizens almost to the point of being some sort of superior authority…….the rest of the world can all gloat over the handling of the situation in Ferguson…..

Nice of Ferguson to give the authoritarian world something to talk about……right?

 

The World’s Most Repressive Regimes Delight In U.S. Crack Down In Ferguson | ThinkProgress.

America Helped Make the Islamic State | VICE United States

There has been much discussion on who did what, when and why……some of it is good discourse and some of it is manure wrapped in news reporting…..there have been oh so many people that have an opinion on what we should have done and when….but so far not one of those has been any where near the fighting….so their opinion is worthless.

I read this piece yesterday and think my readers that are interested in the rise of ISIS might find interesting……nothing is as cut and dry as the MSM wants us to believe……

 

America Helped Make the Islamic State | VICE United States.

Iraq’s Rescue Con Job

Thoughts from an empty room……

 

For weeks we have heard about the thousands upon thousands of people trapped on the top of the mountains in Iraq…..we have been dropping humanitarian supplies to them like water, MREs and such……..and these people were used to get the US to return to Iraq in a military way…..and then………

The only good news coming out of Iraq, so far, is that there are way less people trapped in the Sinjar Mountains by IS….the US was considering sending in the special forces to help these people be rescued and now that is been scrapped because the need is just not there.

The news say that people made their way off the mountain in darkness so there are far fewer than had been reported.  The question that has not been asked is….if they were trapped and made their way off the mountain….where did they go?  There has been no reports of more Yazidis showing up….so where did they go?  Or while distributing supplies NO one noticed the lack of massive amounts of refugees?  Or why there has been no reports of an influx of Yazidi refugees…seems that would have been a story that needed filing.

Now if they are not there is it possible that there were NEVER as many as 20,000 people trapped on the mountain?  If they were never there where did this story originate?  The Kurds seem to be the biggest beneficiaries of the aid to the region….could they have blown this out to gain even more?

The situation with IS has the world on edge and the Kurds are looking like the saviors of the region….makes a great narrative for what they really want….succession.

Now I have other questions….is the US being played by the Kurds?  Or is the US just looking for a fight?  What will the next “crisis” be that the US will be needed to solve?

This country is being played or it is possible that we want to return to Iraq and are just manufacturing crises to justify that return?

The prez has called our efforts to help the besieged people on the mountain a success……he is taking credit for all the ‘success’……he has stated that NO further operation will be needed………sounds like propaganda to me.

So I ask again….was this a fabricated humanitarian crisis?  If so, by whom?

To me it sounds like a con job……a con job like so many others….think Gulf of Tonkin and WMDs……..

Any opinions?

 

 

The Silence Of The Sand

Inkwell Institute

Middle East Desk

I have noticed that the Arab League is suspiciously silent on the Gaza violence….and I got to thinking why would they be so passive?

You would think that Arabs would stick together in this time of conflict….but not this time….what could be so toxic that the League would basically look the other way while Israel destroys so many lives, both physically and materially?

Then I ran across a piece that tries to explain this muteness……

(Newser) – As Palestinian bodies pile up in Gaza, where is the outrage from Arab leaders? Unlike during previous Israeli offensives, countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan have failed to condemn Israel and push for an end to the fighting, and fear of the political Islam that Hamas represents appears to be the reason why, the New York Times reports. “The Arab states’ loathing and fear of political Islam is so strong that it outweighs their allergy to” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, says former Middle East negotiator Aaron David Miller.

“I have never seen a situation like it, where you have so many Arab states acquiescing in the death and destruction in Gaza and the pummeling of Hamas,” Miller says. “The silence is deafening.” Egypt has continued to blame Hamas for Palestinian deaths, and it and other Arab states now find themselves on Israel’s side not just against political Islamic movements, but against Iran, analysts note. Meanwhile, the commissioner-general of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees calls the Israeli shelling of a UN school yesterday a “serious violation of international law,” the Guardian reports. “Children killed in their sleep—this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame,” he says. “Today the world stands disgraced.”

Basically, the League will forgo so many decades to struggle of the Palestinian people because they are worried about their own little power base.  Apparently change is not on the agenda of countries like Jordan, Saudi and others.  When they do break their silence and condemn the atrocities they seldom name the perpetrator.

The rise of radical Islam has driven these regimes into the arms of the West and most notably Israel……..for the fear of losing their stranglehold on power has made them make a decision that will ultimately be their downfall…….

War Crimes Approacheth

Okay the war on Gaza is taking a much needed break…..all sides can now go to their corners and re-arm…..thanx to social media broadcasting the war minute by minute there is now a loud call for Israel to face charges of war crimes…..that will be a large call and the wheels of accusations have been set into motion and Israel will ask and receive all the support that it needs from its puppet,  the US…….

Fearful of the growing international demand that Israeli officers be tried for war crimes committed during this last offensive against the Gaza Strip, the military has ordered a comprehensive internal probe of the army’s actions during Operation Protective Edge.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has also appealed to American legislators to help Israel stave off future accusations against military and political leaders of war crimes committed during the last israeli offensive against Gaza..

Netanyahu “wants the US to use all the tools that we have at our disposal to, number one, make sure the world knows that war crimes were not committed by Israel, they were committed by Hamas. And that Israel should not be held to a double standard,” he added.

Israel has NO problem using the US for all it is worth…..but will not cooperate with the US on much…….so here is Israel’s chance to do the right thing……the right thing?  We all know that Israel will play the victim card as it always does and will not have to answer for the destruction and death it brought to Gaza.

What will the world do?  Will they make a country that deals in death and destruction pay for their actions or will they roll over and play the blind man in the alley?

My bet is on the blind thing……how about you?

But then there is a ray of hope……..

If the Palestinians were to sign the ICC’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, the court would have jurisdiction over crimes committed in the Palestinian territories.

With Palestinian authorization, an ICC investigation could then examine events as far back as July 1, 2002, when the court opened with a mandate to try individuals for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

“If Palestine applies it will be admitted to the ICC,” John Dugard, international law professor and a former U.N. Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian territories, told Reuters.

“The U.N. has spoken and it has recognized the state of Palestine and it is now for the ICC to admit Palestine. I cannot see how that can be resisted.”

Dugard said the Palestinians could then ask prosecutors to investigate alleged crimes in July and August in Gaza, but also the legality of Israeli West Bank settlements.

“The settlements are an ongoing crime and it is quite clear that the settlements constitute a war crime under the Rome Statute and that is what Israel is desperately worried about,” Dugan said

If this were to happen we will see just how much the “rule of law” really means to the US……will they ignore a ruling they do not agree with or will they do the right thing?  Then we will see which is more important the law or the cash from Israel….my money is on the cash.

Iraq: Will Yugoslavia Be The Example?

Inkwell Institute

Middle East Desk

I am an old guy and have witnessed a lot of history in my time……and I am always looking for cycles in the international arena….now I think that maybe I found one when it comes to the future of Iraq.

Back in the 80’s the former communist regime of Yugoslavia started disintegration with the death of Tito……each of the federated states within the country started stretching out for freedom and independence and unfortunately it involved years of fighting one faction against another……..it erupted into the Yugoslav Wars beginning in 1987 first it was in Croatia and then it moved to a more serious conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina….resulting in  thousands of deaths mostly along ethnic lines….in essence a race war.  Eventually, the US and NATO had to intervene to prevent the ethnic cleansing and by 2000 the region was in relative peace but not before NATO had to bomb it into submission in 1999…….the UN stepped in and administered Kosovo until 2009.

Sorry but that is as simply put as I could without boring you guys into a coma.

My point is that Yugoslavia took a while to sort out it’s differences and yes it was bloody for a time but since those dark days the region is relatively calm.  Could this be a template for Iraq?

If it is it would require the US and its NATO friends to intervene…..but then the question is….on whose side?

But before they make that decision maybe they should spend a little time analyzing the situation…..and I do not mean from some Ivy League educated academic that is a lifer in the US diplomatic corps……these people may be knowledgeable but they lack a comprehension of the region.  Years behind a desk in DC does not mean they have a grasp on the situation other than cables from other Ivy League academics.  Without first hand knowledge any attempt to solve this conflict will be WRONG!

The options are very limited……the Arab states around Iraq will do very little for most of them are having problems of their own and cannot risk making their situation worse.  Without them who does that leave?  UN, NATO and of course the US.  As much as I would like to see the Iraqis work this out for themselves…..I am afraid it is looking more like some sort of intervention will be needed.  And as usual the US will have to lead the way.

The US biggest problem as I see it is that they have this unyielding desire to see countries stay intact even if it means more trouble down the road….in other words what is good for the US……maybe now is a good time to see what is best for the people of Iraq and make a determination from that line of thinking.

The hard truth is Iraq is three separate entities…..now the problem is to see just how a three can be made peaceful and prosperous.

As much as I may dislike the conclusion….the US may be the key to a stable Region.

What Have We Accoplished?

Opinion from the desk of the Editor:

The question before us these days is….just what if anything have we accomplished in the Middle East?

For more than a century the US has had the worst foreign policy when concerned with the Middle East….we have NEVER been able to grasp the complexities of the region.  To be truthful, the region was never much interesting until the need for oil became paramount and then we tried to formulate a policy of dealing with the region…..funny how the need to make profit can override everything.

Since those dark days following World War One we have been struggling to find a one size fits all policy……and there is the biggest problem…..we have NEVER realized that one size fits all policy will NOT work in the Middle East.  In short, we have NO idea what to do in the Middle East.

Now ask, what have we accomplished in the Middle East in the last 20 years?  How about in Iraq?  And then in Libya?  Now in Syria?  And as always the Palestine-Israel conflict, what have we actually accomplished?

We have the leaders that we do not like….for whatever reason.  Look at Iraq…..we hated Saddam so we decided that the best way to control the region was to get rid of him.  Our first choice for the new leader was a guy named Chalabi convicted felony in Jordan for bank fraud…a FELON!  Not once did we consider the tensions between the different ethnic regions.  We execute Saddam and the country went into a tailspin that has resulted in its partition into 3 parts and the rise of ISIS…..which show NO signs of weakening.  I would say a job well done by a crackerjack State department (that is sarcasm in case it was missed)…….

Now move on to Libya.  Qaddafi was not a leader that we approved of at any time in his long reign…… then with the first successful insurgency against him we threw our support behind the rebels……Qaddafi was eliminated and all was well…..no it wasn’t!  The rebel factions have been battling for control ever since the dictator’s death…..with NO way out of the cycle of violence.  Another dynamite decision by that same crackerjack State department.

Now there is Syria, it is not as important or newsworthy as other stories but it still remains and it is still a bloody mess…….the Assad family have been in control of Syria for many years and recently there was a challenge to that rule…..and what did the US do?  We waited for the situation to disintegrate to the point that it needed fresh resources……..and then BAM!  in waltzes the Us to support the rebels…..the problem was the rebels…..we did not know enough about them to use our support successfully and now it is a damn bloody mess and it seems that the Assad family is making head way against the rebels we support…..another fine example of the US State department missing the boat.

That brings us to the most bloody and persistent situation in the Middle East…..Palestine/Israel situation…….this one the US will NEVER get right…..why?  We still cannot grasp what the two sides are truly after.  Is it peace?  Maybe it is the genocide of the opposing state.  Now because we cannot grasp the complexities of this situation or for that matter any situation in the Middle East we are doomed to keep making one bad decision after another.

Name one decision that we have made regarding the Middle East that has turned out well for us and for the people of the region…….(I will pause here for some reflection if needed)………

Time’s up!

The only successes in the Middle East have been from the Arab Spring, as it was called in the media, and why?  We pretty much stayed out of it and let the people handle their own lives and situations.

Is there an answer?  You betcha!  We, the US, need to revamp the State department and hire people that know the region and not because they went to school with someone’s mother or brother or father.  It will not be a quick fix but it would be a good start.

All Around The Horn

Inkwell Institute

East African Desk

When I mention the Horn of Africa I get some unusual looks….most Americans only know of the region from a movie night when they watched “Black Hawk Down”………It refers to the countries of Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia and the area around the mouth of the Red Sea…..Americans sent a bunch of troops into Somalia to try and head off the rise in militancy…….it was a disaster and we pack up and headed for home…only after many Americans had lost their lives…..

Recently the Somalia militants have attacked the presidential palace and a mini battle took place……..

Militants have stormed the presidential palace in Mogadishu, though the BBC reports that Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is not there today. A police official said the attack started when a car bomb exploded outside the presidential complex. Gunmen then entered the palace, their entry apparently made easier because many members of the military police were traveling with Mohamud. A firefight is still ongoing. The Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which lost control of the Somalian capital in 2011, has vowed to step up attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

They were beaten off……since the military is a weak entity and the militants seem to always have the upper hand…..who could have put together a successful operation to thwart the militants attack?

U.S. military advisors have secretly operated in Somalia since around 2007 and Washington plans to deepen its security assistance to help the country fend off threats by Islamist militant group al Shabaab, U.S. officials said.

The comments are the first detailed public acknowledgement of a U.S. military presence in Somalia dating back since the U.S. administration of George W. Bush and add to other signs of a deepening U.S. commitment to Somalia’s government, which the Obama administration recognized last year.

The deployments, consisting of up to 120 troops on the ground, go beyond the Pentagon’s January announcement that it had sent a handful of advisors in October. That was seen at the time as the first assignment of U.S. troops to Somalia since 1993 when two U.S. helicopters were shot down and 18 American troops killed in the “Black Hawk Down” disaster.

Now I ask again…..who do you think would have the expertise to successfully thwart a militant operation?

The Two-State Solution Is Dead by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett — Antiwar.com

Since 1967 the Us has been searching for a way to have peace in the Middle East….we have tried to make both sides of the argument happy……and because of that we have failed miserably….

The most popular solution is the two state one……we have been trying to push that since the beginning….but is it a doable solution?

 

The Two-State Solution Is Dead by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett — Antiwar.com.