What were the Mossad with fraudulent New Zealand Passports doing in Iraq?

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By Jerry Mazza
Online Journal Associate Editor
Aug 11, 2008

In a July 16, 2004 article, Mossad spies’ jailed over New Zealand passport fraud, David Fickling of the Guardian reported, “The prime minister of New Zealand angrily denounced Israel and imposed diplomatic sanctions on it after two suspected Mossad agents were jailed for six months for trying on false grounds to obtain a New Zealand passport. The plot, which involved obtaining a passport in the name of a tetraplegic man who had not spoken in years, provoked a furious reaction yesterday.”

Peace Researcher editor Murray Horton in a March 2006 article, Israel Apologizes to NZ For Bungled Mossad Passports, noted what he had reported in his March 2005 article, Mossad Spies Imprisoned In New Zealand: Our Passports Valued For Use By Israeli Covert Killers, that “in 2004, New Zealand authorities became aware of a covert operation mounted by Israel’s external intelligence agency, Mossad, to secure NZ passports (which are keenly sought after by those who seek hassle free entry to most countries. Mossad has a long track record of using fraudulently obtained passports of friendly counties, such as Canada, for its agents to commit crimes, including several murders, in countries throughout the world).

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These Mossad agents were caught with IEDs (Improvised explosive devices), according to our source, and very sophisticated detonation devices to kill American soldiers and otherwise launch “terrorist attacks” wherever they wanted those bombs to go off.

Some of these “terrorist bombers” did not even know they had a bomb in their cars. It was planted by Mossad and then detonated when and where they wanted it go off to kill as many as they could. Some Iraqis noticed their cars were not handling right and stopped to find out what the problem was.

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h/t: CLG

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Are You Ready to Face the Facts About Israel? By Paul Craig Roberts

Divide and Conquer: The Anglo-American Imperial Project

BBC Elections Report 2001 – Where it all started by Greg Palast (vid)

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Greg Palast’s first report on America’s stolen elections.

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A Path to Peace in the Caucasus By Mikhail Gorbachev

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By Mikhail Gorbachev
ICH
12/08/08 “Washington Post

MOSCOW — The past week’s events in South Ossetia are bound to shock and pain anyone. Already, thousands of people have died, tens of thousands have been turned into refugees, and towns and villages lie in ruins. Nothing can justify this loss of life and destruction. It is a warning to all.

The roots of this tragedy lie in the decision of Georgia’s separatist leaders in 1991 to abolish South Ossetian autonomy. This turned out to be a time bomb for Georgia’s territorial integrity. Each time successive Georgian leaders tried to impose their will by force — both in South Ossetia and in Abkhazia, where the issues of autonomy are similar — it only made the situation worse. New wounds aggravated old injuries.

Nevertheless, it was still possible to find a political solution. For some time, relative calm was maintained in South Ossetia. The peacekeeping force composed of Russians, Georgians and Ossetians fulfilled its mission, and ordinary Ossetians and Georgians, who live close to each other, found at least some common ground.

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The Reality Behind Western Propaganda Regarding War In Georgia

Mosaic News – 8/11/08: World News from the Middle East

Medvedev orders end to military operation + Roadmap for Georgian peace

The Caucasus —Washington Risks nuclear war by miscalculation

RNN: Who’s to blame for the Russian Georgian conflict?

08/08/08: The Beginning of the Summer Olympics and the Third World War

Irresponsible Risk-Takers in Command by Rodrigue Tremblay

Russia-Georgia war could become nuclear!!

Georgian troops fire at refugees + burying their dead

What the HELL is going On?

Georgia’s aggression on South Ossetia is ethnic cleansing + Media briefing of Russia’s General Staff

From Stupid to Moronic to Evil By Paul Craig Roberts

Bush’s War in Georgia; Will it be the Flyswatter or the Blunderbuss? by Mike Whitney

War in the Caucasus: Towards a Broader Russia-US Military Confrontation?

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The Reality Behind Western Propaganda Regarding War In Georgia

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By Damian Lataan
08/12/08 “ICH”

For many the war in Georgia may have seemed as though it came from nowhere; as if it just suddenly erupted without any warning. And, if one were to believe what the pro-western mainstream media are telling us, one could be forgiven for believing that it did. The US and their western allies have taken full advantage of this anomaly and turned it to their advantage for propaganda purposes. They have been busy telling the world that the Georgians have been overwhelmed by the Russian ‘bully boys’ to their north when in reality the Russians were and are merely reacting to the murderous bully boy tactics of the Georgian army and their supporting band of US and Israeli mercenary thugs that ruthlessly attacked the civilian population of south Ossetia in an effort to force them to give up their demands for autonomy.

In fact the tensions in and around Georgia, once part of the Soviet Union, have been simmering for years.

The Georgian state is made up of many ethnic groupings many of whom feel more comfortable being part of Russia than having to be subservient to Georgia. Over the years, since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the birth of present day Georgia in 1991, two regions of Georgia in particular, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, have evolved, against the wishes of the central Georgian government, into semi-autonomous regions whose status has been protected and supported by Russia. This has caused massive resentment from the Georgians who insist that these regions come entirely under Georgian control.

Every now and then the undercurrent of animosities between the Georgians and the Russians over these two regions well up to the surface and become a source of potential conflict. In the past Russia, simply by twitching a military muscle, which, if push really came to shove, could flatten Georgia in a flash, usually has seen an end to any further serious posturing by the Georgians.

As well as the existence of these animosities, the old Cold War animosities that existed between the US and her western allies and the Russians still linger on long after what most people believed was an end to the Cold War in 1991. As the War on Terrorism replaced the Cold War as a vehicle for US imperialism in its projection of hegemony into a resources-rich region of our world, so some of those resentments have re-emerged as the new political battles for increasingly diminishing resources intensify. The old East-West polarisations of the post-Second World War are actually beginning to replicate themselves almost as it was in the Cold War days. The all-important difference this time, however, is the new places where the East meets the West – and Georgia is one of those places.

Georgia has recently been making strong moves to become part of NATO and has ambitions to become part of the EU. Russia is not very keen, and, given that the US would like to put their anti-missile shield system into NATO countries to protect them from the so-called threat of Iranian nuclear weapons, understandably so, to limit the number of NATO nations it has on its doorstep. As a result of Georgian aspirations about becoming part of NATO, the Georgians have become close allies of the US and the West and also of Israel who have ties to the small but influential Jewish community in Georgia with some of those members having close links to Israel being in the Georgian government including Georgia’s Integration Minister Temur Yakobashvili.

It was because of their strong relationship with the US that the Georgians considered it safe to have another go at asserting its will over the breakaway regions in the belief that the Russians wouldn’t dare to counter any Georgian moves against South Ossetia with Russian military action and, if they did, the US and the West would immediately come to their aid in the event of a Russian backlash against Georgian moves into South Ossetia. Certainly, Georgia would not have made any such move into South Ossetia without the backing of the US. It now seems, though, that both the US and Georgia have badly misjudged the Russian reaction and the US are unable to move. If they do, it will be the first time that the US and Russia have ever directly confronted each other in face to face open warfare – and we all know where that would eventually lead. As it is, American ‘advisors’ (mercenaries), have in all likelihood been in combat with Russian troops in this conflict as have Israeli ‘instructors’ (mercenaries).

The US and, to a lesser extent, the Israelis have painted themselves into a corner. Neither can afford to upset the Russians too much because they need Russian support over their stance on Iran’s so-called nuclear weapons program. Open hostility toward Russia, a veto-wielding power in the UN Security Council, would mean the end of UN support for any moves toward a UN endorsement of further sanctions against Iran. While Israel could pre-emptively attack Iran and would get support from the US in doing so, without UN supported sanctions in place there could be no reasonable casus belli for such an attack. (With sanctions in place, Israel could always claim that sanctions aren’t working and attack anyway.)But if the UN were to deny sanctions because of a Russian veto this would be tantamount to the Russians saying it does not believe the Iranians need to have sanctions against them because they do not have a weapons program and, since nobody would know better than the Russians about what programs the Iranians do have in place, they are, after all, the main suppliers of the Iranian nuclear equipment, then bang goes any casus belli the Israelis might feel they can use.

The geo-political reality, as we can see, is a far cry from the propaganda and rhetoric the US and their western allies are trying to put out in the mainstream media. And in this day and age of blogs and the internet which is often nowadays keeping one step ahead of the mainstream media, the propaganda and rhetoric is becoming increasingly more transparent in its blatancy.

Damian Lataan is an aeronautical Engineer and Historian. http://lataan.blogspot.com/

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Medvedev orders end to military operation + Roadmap for Georgian peace

The Caucasus —Washington Risks nuclear war by miscalculation

RNN: Who’s to blame for the Russian Georgian conflict?

08/08/08: The Beginning of the Summer Olympics and the Third World War

Irresponsible Risk-Takers in Command by Rodrigue Tremblay

Russia-Georgia war could become nuclear!!

Georgian troops fire at refugees + burying their dead

What the HELL is going On?

Georgia’s aggression on South Ossetia is ethnic cleansing + Media briefing of Russia’s General Staff

From Stupid to Moronic to Evil By Paul Craig Roberts

Bush’s War in Georgia; Will it be the Flyswatter or the Blunderbuss? by Mike Whitney

War in the Caucasus: Towards a Broader Russia-US Military Confrontation?

Georgia vs. South Ossetia: a story of genocide + See the ugly face of war

American says US & Georgia to answer for violence

Russia’s Defence ministry spokesman press-conference

A Dirty Adventure – Parts 1 & 2 by Richard Estes

Shelled city is living hell + Did mercenaries help Georgia? + Withdrawal of Georgian troops confirmed

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Mosaic News – 8/11/08: World News from the Middle East

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“Georgia’s President Urges US Diplomatic Intervention in Conflict,” Al Jazeera English, Qatar
“More Kassam Rockets Hit Israel,” IBA TV, Israel
“Palestinians Mourn Mahmoud Darwish,” Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
“Stuck in Rafah,” Dubai TV, UAE
“Hamas Censors Press,” Palestine TV, Ramallah
“Westernizing Afghanistan’s Educational System,” Al Jazeera Tv, Qatar
“A Village Suffers Identity Crisis,” New TV, Lebanon
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Georgia

Medvedev orders end to military operation + Roadmap for Georgian peace + We saw no bombing in Gori

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RussiaToday

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an end to the military operation in Georgia. He said the objective – “to compel Georgia to peace” – has been achieved. Medvedev also ordered the Russian military to “eliminate the aggressor” in the event of Georgian forces resuming hostilities.

Roadmap for Georgian peace drafted in Moscow

A roadmap to stop all hostilities in Georgia and ensure continued security in the country’s breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia has been brokered in Moscow. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gave a joint media briefing to comment.

‘We saw no bombing in Gori’ — witness

‘We were surprised by footage of bombed Gori — we were there and saw nothing like that’ — says RT correspondent Mikhail Lebedev who has just returned from the conflict zone and witnessed the events.

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McCain, Obama react to Caucasus crisis + CNN caught using wrong footage

The Caucasus —Washington Risks nuclear war by miscalculation

RNN: Who’s to blame for the Russian Georgian conflict?

08/08/08: The Beginning of the Summer Olympics and the Third World War

Irresponsible Risk-Takers in Command by Rodrigue Tremblay

Russia-Georgia war could become nuclear!!

Georgian troops fire at refugees + burying their dead

What the HELL is going On?

Georgia’s aggression on South Ossetia is ethnic cleansing + Media briefing of Russia’s General Staff

From Stupid to Moronic to Evil By Paul Craig Roberts

Bush’s War in Georgia; Will it be the Flyswatter or the Blunderbuss? by Mike Whitney

War in the Caucasus: Towards a Broader Russia-US Military Confrontation?

Georgia

The Caucasus – Washington Risks nuclear war by miscalculation

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by F. William Engdahl
Global Research, August 11, 2008

The dramatic military attack by the military of the Republic of Georgia on South Ossetia in the last days has brought the world one major step closer to the ultimate horror of the Cold War era—a thermonuclear war between Russia and the United States—by miscalculation. What is playing out in the Caucasus is being reported in US media in an alarmingly misleading light, making Moscow appear the lone aggressor. The question is whether George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are encouraging the unstable Georgian President, Mikhail Saakashvili in order to force the next US President to back the NATO military agenda of the Bush Doctrine. This time Washington may have badly misjudged the possibilities, as it did in Iraq, but this time with possible nuclear consequences.

The underlying issue, as I stressed in my July 12 Global Research article entitled Georgia, Washington and Moscow: a Nuclear Geopolitical Poker Game, is the fact that since the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact in 1991 one after another former member as well as former states of the USSR have been coaxed and in many cases bribed with false promises by Washington into joining the counter organization, NATO.

Rather than initiate discussions after the 1991 dissolution of the Warsaw Pact about a systematic dissolution of NATO, Washington has systematically converted NATO into what can only be called the military vehicle of an American global imperial rule, linked by a network of military bases from Kosovo to Poland to Turkey to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 1999, former Warsaw Pact members Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic joined NATO. Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Slovakia followed suit in March 2004. Now Washington is putting immense pressure on the EU members of NATO, especially Germany and France, that they vote in December to admit Georgia and Ukraine.

The roots of the conflict

The specific conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia and Abkhazia has its roots in the following. First, the Southern Ossetes, who until 1990 formed an autonomous region of the Georgian Soviet republic, seek to unite in one state with their co-ethnics in North Ossetia, an autonomous republic of the Russian Soviet republic and now the Russian Federation. There is an historically grounded Ossete fear of violent Georgian nationalism and the experience of Georgian hatred of ethnic minorities under then Georgian leader Zviad Gamsakhurdia, which the Ossetes see again under Georgian President, Mikhel Saakashvili. Saakashvili was brought to power with US financing and US covert regime change activities in December 2003 in what was called the Rose Revolution. Now the thorns of that rose are causing blood to spill.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia—the first a traditional Black Sea resort area, the second an impoverished, sparsely populated region that borders Russia to the north—each has its own language, culture, history. When the Soviet Union collapsed, both regions sought to separate themselves from Georgia in bloody conflicts – South Ossetia in 1990-1, Abkhazia in 1992-4.

In December 1990 Georgia under Gamsakhurdia sent troops into South Ossetia after the region declared its own sovereignty. This Georgian move was defeated by Soviet Interior Ministry troops. Then Georgia declared abolition of the South Ossete autonomous region and its incorporation into Georgia proper. Both wars ended with cease-fires that were negotiated by Russia and policed by peacekeeping forces under the aegis of the recently established Commonwealth of Independent States. The situation hardened into “frozen conflicts,” like that over Cyprus. By late 2005, Georgia signed an agreement that it would not use force, and the Abkhaz would allow the gradual return of 200,000-plus ethnic Georgians who had fled the violence. But the agreement collapsed in early 2006, when Saakashvili sent troops to retake the Kodori Valley in Abkhazia. Since then Saakashvili has been escalating preparations for military action.

Critical is Russia’s support for the Southern Ossetes. Russia is unwilling to see Georgia join NATO. In addition, the Ossetes are the oldest Russian allies in the Caucasus who have provided troops to the Russian army in many wars. Russia does not wish to abandon them and the Abkhaz, and fuel yet more ethnic unrest among their compatriots in the Russian North Caucasus. In a November 2006 referendum, 99 percent of South Ossetians voted for independence from Georgia, at a time when most of them had long held Russian passports. This enabled Russian President Medvedev to justify his military’s counter-attack of Georgia on Friday as an effort to “protect the lives and dignity of Russian citizens, wherever they may be.”

For Russia, Ossetia has been an important strategic base near the Turkish and Iranian frontiers since the days of the czars. Georgia is also an important transit country for oil being pumped from the Caspian Sea to the Turkish port of Ceyhan and a potential base for Washington efforts to encircle Tehran.

As far as the Georgians are concerned, South Ossetia and Abkhazia are simply part of their national territory, to be recovered at all costs. Promises by NATO leaders to bring Georgia into the alliance, and ostentatious declarations of support from Washington, have emboldened Saakashvili to launch his military offensive against the two provinces, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Saakashvili and likely, Dick Cheney’s office in Washington appear to have miscalculated very badly. Russia has made it clear that it has no intention of ceding its support for South Ossetia or Abkhazia.

Proxy War

In March this year as Washington went ahead to recognize the independence of Kosovo in former Yugoslavia, making Kosovo a de facto NATO-run territory against the will of the UN Security Council and especially against Russian protest, Putin responded with Russian Duma hearings on recognition of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria, a pro-Russian breakaway republic in Moldova. Moscow argued that the West’s logic on Kosovo should apply as well to these ethnic communities seeking to free themselves from the control of a hostile state. In mid-April, Mr. Putin held out the possibility of recognition for the breakaway republics. It was a geopolitical chess game in the strategic Caucasus for the highest stakes—the future of Russia itself.

Saakashvili called then-President Putin to demand he reverse the decision. He reminded Putin that the West had taken Georgia’s side. This past April at the NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania, US President Bush proposed accepting Georgia into NATO’s “Action Plan for Membership,” a precursor to NATO membership. To Washington’s surprise, ten NATO member states refused to support his plan, including Germany, France and Italy.

They argued that accepting the Georgians was problematic, because of the conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. They were in reality saying that they would not be willing to back Georgia as, under Article 5 of the NATO treaty, which mandates that an armed attack against any NATO member country must be considered an attack against them all and consequently requires use of collective armed force of all NATO members, it would mean that Europe could be faced with war against Russia over the tiny Caucasus Republic of Georgia, with its incalculable dictator, Saakashvili. That would mean the troubled Caucasus would be on a hair-trigger to detonate World War III.

Russia threatens Georgia, but Georgia threatens Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Russia looks like a crocodile to Georgia, but Georgia looks to Russia like the cats’ paw of the West. Since Saakashvili took power in late 2003 the Pentagon has been in Georgia giving military aid and training. Not only are US military personnel active in Georgia today. According to an Israeli-intelligence source, DEBKAfile, in 2007, the Georgian President Saakashvili:

“commissioned from private Israeli security firms several hundred military advisers, estimated at up to 1,000, to train the Georgian armed forces in commando, air, sea, armored and artillery combat tactics. They also have been giving instruction on military intelligence and security for the central regime. Tbilisi also purchased weapons, intelligence and electronic warfare systems from Israel. These advisers were undoubtedly deeply involved in the Georgian army’s preparations to conquer the South Ossetian capital Friday.”

Debkafile reported further, “Moscow has repeatedly demanded that Jerusalem halt its military assistance to Georgia, finally threatening a crisis in bilateral relations. Israel responded by saying that the only assistance rendered Tbilisi was ‘defensive.’” The Israeli news source added that Israel’s interest in Georgia has to do as well with Caspian oil pipeline geopolitics. “Jerusalem has a strong interest in having Caspian oil and gas pipelines reach the Turkish terminal port of Ceyhan, rather than the Russian network. Intense negotiations are afoot between Israel Turkey, Georgia, Turkmenistan and Azarbaijan for pipelines to reach Turkey and thence to Israel’s oil terminal at Ashkelon and on to its Red Sea port of Eilat. From there, supertankers can carry the gas and oil to the Far East through the Indian Ocean.”

This means that the attack on South Ossetia is the first battle in a new proxy warfare between Anglo-American-Israeli led interests and Russia. The only question is whether Washington miscalculated the swiftness and intensity of the Russian response to the Georgian attacks of 8.8.08.

So far, each step in the Caucasus drama has put the conflict on a yet higher plane of danger. The next step will no longer be just about the Caucasus, or even Europe. In 1914 it was the “Guns of August” that initiated the Great War. This time the Guns of August 2008 could be the detonator of World War III and a nuclear holocaust of unspeakable horror.

Nuclear Primacy: the larger strategic danger

Most in the West are unaware how dangerous the conflict over two tiny provinces in a remote part of Eurasia has become. What is left out of most all media coverage is the strategic military security context of the Caucasus dispute.

Since the end of the Cold War in the beginning of the 1990’s NATO and most directly Washington have systematically pursued what military strategists call Nuclear Primacy. Put simply, if one of two opposing nuclear powers is able to first develop an operational anti-missile defense, even primitive, that can dramatically weaken a potential counter-strike by the opposing side’s nuclear arsenal, the side with missile defense has “won” the nuclear war.

As mad as this sounds, it has been explicit Pentagon policy through the last three Presidents from father Bush in 1990, to Clinton and most aggressively, George W. Bush. This is the issue where Russia has drawn a deep line in the sand, understandably so. The forceful US effort to push Georgia as well as Ukraine into NATO would present Russia with the spectre of NATO literally coming to its doorstep, a military threat that is aggressive in the extreme, and untenable for Russian national security.

This is what gives the seemingly obscure fight over two provinces the size of Luxemburg the potential to become the 1914 Sarajevo trigger to a new nuclear war by miscalculation. The trigger for such a war is not Georgia’s right to annex South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Rather, it is US insistence on pushing NATO and its missile defense right up to Russia’s door.

Global Research Associate F. William Engdahl is author of A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order (Pluto Press) and Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation (www.globalresearch.ca. He may be reached through his website, www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net.

© Copyright F. William Engdahl, Global Research, 2008

The url address of this article is: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=9790

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RNN: Who’s to blame for the Russian Georgian conflict?

08/08/08: The Beginning of the Summer Olympics and the Third World War

Irresponsible Risk-Takers in Command by Rodrigue Tremblay

Russia-Georgia war could become nuclear!!

Georgian troops fire at refugees + burying their dead

What the HELL is going On?

Georgia’s aggression on South Ossetia is ethnic cleansing + Media briefing of Russia’s General Staff

From Stupid to Moronic to Evil By Paul Craig Roberts

Bush’s War in Georgia; Will it be the Flyswatter or the Blunderbuss? by Mike Whitney

War in the Caucasus: Towards a Broader Russia-US Military Confrontation?

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Fun With War Crimes – Episode 5 “That Certain Feeling”

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Watch more episodes here:
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Episode 5 of 8, as the Bush trial continues. Condi evolves. Jesus stops by and global warming has the
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Fun With War Crimes: The Bush Bubble – Ep #4

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Inside Story: Musharraf’s impeachment

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AlJazeeraEnglish

Pakistan’s governing coalition is moving to impeach president Pervez Musharraf. They claim he’s plunged Pakistan into political and economic crises during nearly nine years of single-handed rule…

Leaders of the two largest parties in government met over the weekend to finalize what those charges will be.

more about “Inside Story: Musharraf’s impeachment“, posted with vodpod

RNN: Who’s to blame for the Russian Georgian conflict?

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Pepe Escobar: Georgia is a strategic client state of the US with close ties to the Bush administration

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08/08/08: The Beginning of the Summer Olympics and the Third World War

Irresponsible Risk-Takers in Command by Rodrigue Tremblay

Russia-Georgia war could become nuclear!!

Georgian troops fire at refugees + burying their dead

What the HELL is going On?

Georgia’s aggression on South Ossetia is ethnic cleansing + Media briefing of Russia’s General Staff

From Stupid to Moronic to Evil By Paul Craig Roberts

Bush’s War in Georgia; Will it be the Flyswatter or the Blunderbuss? by Mike Whitney

War in the Caucasus: Towards a Broader Russia-US Military Confrontation?

Georgia

08/08/08: The Beginning of the Summer Olympics and the Third World War

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by Earl of Stirling
http://europebusines.blogspot.com
Aug 11, 2008

The Olympics are what is right about the world. On this last Friday, the eighth day of the eighth month of the eighth year of the new millennium we witnessed a fantastic spectacle, a peaceful gathering of the many nations of our small blue planet; a competition of the best young athletes from all over the world. The Olympics make us proud to be humans; proud to be citizens of Earth.

Sadly on this same day, we saw what future historians will count as the day that the Third World War began. It was designed this way, by the evil people who worked hard to begin the war under the cover of the Olympics.

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The American supported, Israeli commando staffed, attack on the civilian population of South Ossetia ~ where Georgian troops conducted volley-fire artillery cleanings of a number of villages and settlements housing Russian citizens, destroying people’s homes and killing 1,500 civilians (and killing 10 lightly armed Russian peacekeeping troops and wounding 30) in the opening stages of the attack ~ is also not overlooked by the Russians.  This is the Russian 9/11.

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h/t: Dr. Zoidbergh

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Massive US Naval Armada Heads For Iran

Irresponsible Risk-Takers in Command by Rodrigue Tremblay

Russia-Georgia war could become nuclear!!

Georgian troops fire at refugees + burying their dead

What the HELL is going On?

Georgia’s aggression on South Ossetia is ethnic cleansing + Media briefing of Russia’s General Staff

From Stupid to Moronic to Evil By Paul Craig Roberts

Bush’s War in Georgia; Will it be the Flyswatter or the Blunderbuss? by Mike Whitney

War in the Caucasus: Towards a Broader Russia-US Military Confrontation?

On Being “Anti-American” by Michael Faulkner

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by Michael Faulkner
http://www.thepoliticaljunkies.net
Aug 10, 2008

On August 6th The Guardian published what I thought was an excellent article by John Pilger entitled “The Lies of Hiroshima live On”, in which he argued that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime. His case on the use of the atomic bomb against Japan followed the line of argument developed by US historian Gar Alperovitz more than forty years ago. In his classic revisionist study Atomic Diplomacy, Alperovitz showed convincingly that US leaders knew three months before the bombs were dropped that Japan was seeking surrender, and that the terms were acceptable. The main reason for using the atomic bombs against Japanese civilians was to cut the Soviets out of the Far East peace settlement. As such, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, may be considered the first act of the Cold War.

In his article, Pilger raises a perfectly legitimate question concerning the selective nature of decisions about what constitutes a war crime and who should be considered a war criminal; why some are punished and others not. According to the criteria adopted at the Nuremberg Tribunal in 1945, the planning and waging of an aggressive war constitutes a war crime, as also do acts of mass murder and attempted genocide (crimes against humanity) carried out during wars. The tribunal’s failure to include the aerial bombardment of European cities and mass killing of civilians in the indictment of the Nazis as war criminals, was due solely to the fact that such acts were committed by both sides, culminating in the horror of Hiroshima, which preceded the opening of the Nuremberg trials by several months. However, by any reasonable  standard, the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima ranks as a war crime.

No-one seriously questions the Nuremberg judgement concerning the illegality in international law of waging aggressive war. Those who wage such wars are rightly regarded as war criminals. The invasion of Iraq falls into this category. It was an unprovoked war of aggression waged by duplicitous politicians on the basis of a deliberately falsified prospectus. Bush and Blair are war criminals who should face prosecution. Yet very few professional journalists are prepared to say so. Indeed, when surveying the past five years of journalistic commentary in the British press one is struck by the pusillanimity of so many supposedly liberal commentators when it comes to confronting unpleasant facts. A good example is the Guardian columnist, Martin Kettle, supposedly an opponent of the Iraq war, who nevertheless claimed that there was no alternative to Blair’s policy and welcomed the Hutton report’s blatant whitewash of the government. It is not uncommon for such people, when dealing with serious critics of US foreign policy and the Iraq war, to resort to the hoary old canard of “anti-Americanism”.

The accusation was thrown at John Pilger by a reader who accused him of indulging in an “anti-American rant”. This cheap trick is part of the armoury of those who prefer insult and slander to serious thought and debate. It is a favourite with Tony Blair, who a few years ago went so far as to accuse the BBC of anti-Americanism for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans. It is almost always used to imply that anyone who seriously criticises the US power elite and the exercise of US power in the world, must be motivated by a deep, subjective hatred of anything and everything American. This has nothing to do with rational argument. It is a shameful substitute for real criticism and it has a shabby pedigree which bears some examination.

To accuse a serious critic of US policy of being “anti-American” is to close discussion with an insult. It is similar in its intent to the accusation levelled against thousands of US citizens in the wave of hysteria that swept the United States in the early years of the Cold War, reaching fever –pitch during the Korean War. Communists, liberals, trade unionists, progressive academics and others who opposed US foreign policy were labelled “Un-American” by the HUAC. Many thousands were black-listed and hounded out of their jobs. The “Un-American” smear was intended to criminalise those so charged, to associate them with a supposed “world communist conspiracy” and relegate them to a pariah status, outside the “All-American” national entity. The label often carried racist, anti-foreign overtones. Who were the Un-Americans? They were Americans who were deemed by a dominant reactionary clique to be un-patriotic, disloyal to their notion of what it was to be a real American. Where did this mindless, reactionary-racist notion come from?

Less than twenty years earlier in Germany the Nazis were denouncing as “Un-German” (yes, this is precisely the term they used) those Germans perceived by them to be insufficiently patriotic, or, in terms of their fervid racist ideology, “non-Aryan”. Communists, socialists, liberals, trade-unionists – and of course, Jews, were hounded from their jobs and their homes into prisons, concentration camps and exile. They were denounced as exponents of the “un-German spirit”; “Un-German” books were burned, music banned, paintings destroyed in an attempt to eradicate “Jewish Cultural Bolshevism” – part of the World Jewish Conspiracy to undermine the purity of “Aryan” German nationhood. Quite apart from the terrible consequences for its countless victims, the effect of this nationalist hysteria was to brainwash the majority of Germans into becoming compliant tools of German imperialism in its drive to dominate Europe and the world. The imperialist ideology corrupted a generation and made possible the perpetration of crimes of mass murder, ethnic cleansing and genocide on a scale never before seen.

Imperial powers have always perpetrated myths of national superiority. Armed forces dispatched abroad to wage war against weaker nations and “backward” peoples, are always imbued to one degree or another with attitudes of racist arrogance towards the countries and peoples they are sent to invade. This is evident in the derogatory epithets used to demonise the “enemy”. “Gooks”, “wogs”, “rag-heads” have been the common currency of US and British forces in their various wars during the 20th and 21st centuries. It is interesting to note, that during the Second World War, in their repressive “actions” against the partisans and resistance fighters in the occupied territories, the Nazis claimed to be waging a heroic struggle against terrorism. The young heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, who fought to the bitter end, in the rubble of their destroyed homes against overwhelming odds, were described by the Nazis as terrorists.

In Britain there is also a history of chauvinistic nationalism which has manifested itself in blind support for imperialist wars and contempt for “lesser breeds”. I recall, as a teenager, the sheer racist hysteria that was engendered by sections of the press in this country against Egypt’s President Nasser in the weeks preceding the invasion of Suez in 1956. Those of us who opposed the invasion were often accused of being anti-British. As a conscripted member of the Royal Air Force at the time it was extremely difficult to defend Nasser’s right to nationalise the Suez Canal without running the risk of being assaulted. This was the last gasp of British imperialism, but to hear some people talk one would have thought that it was still the high tide of empire. Curiously enough, at that time much of the British press was very critical of the US. The Eisenhower administration did not support Eden’s Suez adventure. This was because the US government sought to fill the vacuum which would be left by the decline of British power and influence in the Middle East and didn’t want to push the Arab world into the arms of the USSR. Since that time, successive British governments have sought to retain something of the prestige of Britain’s imperial past by cultivating the “special relationship” with the US.

Just as opposition to British imperialism and the wars and conquests associated with it, does not make one anti-British, so opposition to the US war against Vietnam and invasion of Iraq does not make one anti-American. Those who oppose such wars and interventions, and the mass movements associated with such opposition, express more profoundly the real interests of their respective countries. The millions who marched against the Iraq war and continue to demand the withdrawal of the invaders’ armies from the countries they occupy act and speak in the national interest of the US and Britain.

Two hundred and thirty four years ago that great Englishman and internationalist, Thomas Paine, arrived in Philadelphia from England. A few years later his explosive pamphlet, Common Sense helped to launch the American Revolution against the British Crown. He was later denounced by Britain’s aristocratic rulers as a traitor to King and Country. In 1776 he sketched the first outline of a Constitution for the “United States”. He was the first to use the term. When asked where the King of America would feature in this constitution, he said: “The Law is King”. Paine was a republican and a democrat; an Englishman who fought for American freedom and supported the French revolution. The kind of people who regarded him as anti-British then would regard him as anti-American now. The world he fought for has still to be created.

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Massive US Naval Armada Heads For Iran

Dandelion Salad

by Earl of Stirling
http://europebusines.blogspot.com
Aug 7, 2008

Operation Brimstone ended only one week ago. This was the joint US/UK/French naval war games in the Atlantic Ocean preparing for a naval blockade of Iran and the likely resulting war in the Persian Gulf area. The massive war games included a US Navy supercarrier battle group, an US Navy expeditionary carrier battle group, a Royal Navy carrier battle group, a French nuclear hunter-killer submarine plus a large number of US Navy cruisers, destroyers and frigates playing the “enemy force”.

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McCain, Obama react to Caucasus crisis + CNN caught using wrong footage

Dandelion Salad

Going to turn off your TV now?  ~ Lo

RussiaToday

The conflict in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia has prompted the U.S. Presidential candidates to respond. Both Barack Obama and John McCain have had their say on the crisis in a bid to persuade voters of the strength of their foreign policy.

CNN use footage of Tskhinvali ruins to cover Georgian report

In one of its news bulletins CNN has shown Russian tanks and ruined buildings which they claimed are in the Georgian town of Gori. Russian cameraman of the Russian TV channel, who did the footage in reality in South Ossetian city of Tskhinvali says CNN aired footage of Tskhinvali district close to former Russian peacekeepers headquarters, nearly all of them were killed by Georgians after the footage was made.

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Irresponsible Risk-Takers in Command by Rodrigue Tremblay

Russia-Georgia war could become nuclear!!

Georgian troops fire at refugees + burying their dead

What the HELL is going On?

Georgia’s aggression on South Ossetia is ethnic cleansing + Media briefing of Russia’s General Staff

From Stupid to Moronic to Evil By Paul Craig Roberts

Bush’s War in Georgia; Will it be the Flyswatter or the Blunderbuss? by Mike Whitney

War in the Caucasus: Towards a Broader Russia-US Military Confrontation?

Georgia

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How the BBC is deliberately distorting the News from the Georgia Region h/t: InI

Israel and the US behind the Georgian aggression? By Shraga Elam
h/t: InI