What Syria is Really About

If you listen to the religious wackos, war in Syria is about prophecy. Isaiah 17:1 states:

“See, Damascus will no longer be a city
but will become a heap of ruins.”

Thankfully, those nutjobs are few, and Syria is about something else.

The Syrian civil war has been ongoing since the start of the Arab Spring in Winter 2010/2011.  Recently Assad has started to gain the upper hand, so why risk international reprisal now? I think the proof of chemical weapons use is incontrovertible, the proof of who used them is what is ambiguous. If it was not in Assad’s interests to use chemical weapons, then “cui bono” from drawing the US into the conflict?

The rebels in Syria are reported to be 10-20 percent Al Quida allies, they have committed uncounted atrocities against non-combatants particularly Christians.  They would benefit from gaining the US as their de facto airforce.

Israel and Syria have been at war (of varying degrees) since 1948, with 3 major conflicts during that period. Borders, water, weapons transfers and support for terrorism are all at play.  Israel took the Golan Heights from Syria and has made numerous, if periodic, airstrikes into Syria since then. Israel would benefit from a US attack on Syria.

Obama is under fire. Attention is focused on the continuous leaks of documents related to the NSA’s extra-Constitutional actions under the current (and previous) US regime.  Diverting attention must be a primary subject of any Obama strategy meetings. With active troops out of Iraq and our defeat in Afghanistan, numerous psychologically scarred and battle hardened troops are preparing to join the US unemployed. What do you think will be the result of this on domestic tranquility? There is little doubt that Obama will gain in numerous ways from an attack on Syria (and even more from a prolonged occupation).

If chemical weapons is really what the current saber rattling is about, the logical reaction would be to insert a strike team and isolate, secure, and extract the chemical stockpiles.  But of course, you can’t do that with cruise missiles.  Then again, this was never about chemical weapons. Cui bono?

How Obama Led Me to Hate the Left

(really it is the so-called left…the US doesn’t have a left, just a bunch of anti republican democrats who pretend and pay lip service to being left)

During the Bush years, the American left was alive and well, protesting US imperialism, contesting US global hegemony, and generally voicing dissent against policies that discriminate and punish the down trodden.  Good leftists, one and all.  Code Pink, Move On, etc…

Then with much flair and pageantry Obama came to power.  We held our collective breath, anticipating with hope the changes that were coming.  Instead Obama surrounded himself with Wallstreet bankers, gave a bazillion in bailouts to corporate crooks, and expanded our foreign wars into far off lands.  Holy cow!  In most ways Obama is indistinguishable from Bush…the color of his skin is different, but policy wise…not much difference.  His signature achievement is healthcare, but even that is a boondoggle.  He took single payer off the table before he even started negotiating, and hoped for change was lost in the shuffle…most of it hasn’t taken effect, and the way things are going now…never will.  Bush’s expansion of Medicare was more meaningful that any alleged improvement under Obama.

So it is clear, the Obama presidency is a failure, he is a useful idiot for the moneyed class.  So obviously, the left should be up in arms, only they aren’t.  Nobody raised a whimper when he extended the Bush tax cuts, now known as the Bush/Obama tax cuts.  No one raised a cry when he expands war to a new muslim nation on a monthly basis.  No hue is heard when Obama puts out hit squads for American citizens who have never been charged let alone convicted of any crime.  Guantanamo is still open for business, the rich continue to get richer, and poverty increases unabated.  All of this is expected from any corporate shill that gets elected president, so why should it make me hate the left?

No one complains, the so called left is compliant, complacent, and apologetic.  They are still whining about the Bush tax cuts long after they have segued into the Obama tax cuts.  The left is only opposed to wars started by people with an R after their name.

Let’s be clear, Bush is gone…he is a historical footnote.  Let’s quit blaming him.  The prisoners in Guantanamo are there by executive order, they could be removed by executive order, if the president had the will.   Where is code pink?  Why aren’t they throwing paint on this administration?  I guess war is OK as long as it is a democratic war.  Imperialism is evidently OK as long as it is democratic imperialism.

And that is why I hate the American left, because they are not left of center.  They are simple useful shills for the democratic party…if democrats opened concentration camps,  so-called left would help fill them. Disgusting, repugnant, and makes me ill.

Anybody but Obama 2012!

How Times Have Changed…

When the Viet Nam War expanded in 1970/71 to include strikes into Cambodia and Laos, the US anti-war movement was up in arms.  Mass walkouts and protests culminated in the Kent State shootings.  The expansion of the war led to Australia and New Zealand leaving the battlefield.  This was followed shortly thereafter with the release of the Pentagon Papers and subsequently  to the US retreat.

Fast forward 40 years.  Another president fighting a losing war not of his choosing decides to expand into other countries in a last ditch effort to stem the tide of insurgents.  Strikes in Pakistan and Yemen escalate sharply. Where is the outrage?  Where is the protest?  As in the past, government leaks expose the entire criminal enterprise, but there is nary a peep let alone a concerted effort to put an end to it.

The times have changed, but it is WE who have failed the test.

Obama: Damn liar or miserable failure?

I can’t tell which. A year and a half into his presidency…it is getting harder and harder to tell him apart from his predecessor.

Did he lie about wanting to close Guantanamo? Or does he lack the political cajones to get it done?

Did he lie about wanting to end the war in Iraq? Or is he too incompetent to get it done?

Did he totally make up the part about wanting to win in Afghanistan? Or is that another sign of his failed presidency?

His blanket support of Salazar sounds an awful lot like “Heckuva job, Brownie.”

The more I watch through the window, the less and less I can tell the people from the pigs. His “yes we can” mantra now seems as meaningful as “4 legs good, 2 legs bad.”

Rahm Emmanual is as bad as anyone from the Bush regime (excluding, of course, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Ashcroft).

I am thankful that I did not get caught up in the merriment of the election and vote for Obama. I would surely be feeling dirty and used by now if I had.

My only hope is that he stumbles further and gives someone on the left impetus to run against him.

Even his signature success, healthcare reform, is smoke and mirrors and may or may not have an impact…we might begin to notice in 5 years.

The only real thing that I can see that Obama has accomplished is the turning over of the public coffers to the Wall Street buccaneers.

If I have to listen to him or his surrogates blame his shortcomings on Bush one more time, I think I may scream.

What’s your take, Damn Liar or Miserable Failure?

Whatever your opinion, we can all agree that he is a war criminal. Assassination is against US and international law, and nobody can claim that the drone attacks in Pakistan are anything other than assassination. This makes him a war criminal, he should be put on trial and imprisoned.

It turns my stomach to see the Left fawning over him. These are nominally my allies… I thought their resistance of Bush was due to principal, now I see it as simple politics. How can one condemn Bush for a set of policies while supporting Obama who is pushing the same set of policies?

A Peaceful Nation… …?

US involvement abroad just in my lifetime…

1965-1975 Vietnam Large commitment of military forces, including air, naval and ground units numbering up to 500,000+ troops. Full-scale war, lasting for ten years.
1965 Indonesia CIA-backed army coup overthrows President Sukarno and brings Gen. Suharto to power.
1965 Congo CIA backed military coup overthrows President Joseph Kasavubu and brings Joseph Mobutu to power.
1965 Dominican Republic 23,000 troops land.
1965-1973 Laos Bombing campaign begin, lasting eight years.
1966 Ghana CIA-backed military coup ousts President Kwame Nkrumah.
1966-1967 Guatemala Extensive counter-insurgency operation.
1969-1975 Cambodia CIA supports military coup against Prince Sihanouk, bringing Lon Nol to power. Intensive bombing for seven years along border with Vietnam.
1970 Oman Counter-insurgency operation, including coordination with Iranian marine invasion.
1971-1973 Laos Invasion by US and South Vietnames forces.
1973 Chile CIA-backed military coup ousts government of President Salvador Allende. Gen. Augusto Pinochet comes to power.
1975 Cambodia Marines land, engage in combat with government forces.
1976-1992 Angola Military and CIA operations.
1980 Iran Special operations units land in Iranian desert. Helicopter malfunction leads to aborting of planned raid.
1981 Libya Naval jets shoot down two Libyan jets in maneuvers over the Mediterranean.
1981-1992 El Salvador CIA and special forces begin a long counterinsurgency campaign.
1981-1990 Nicaragua CIA directs exile “Contra” operations. US air units drop sea mines in harbors.
1982-1984 Lebanon Marines land and naval forces fire on local combatants.
1983 Grenada Military forces invade Grenada.
1983-1989 Honduras Large program of military assistance aimed at conflict in Nicaragua.
1984 Iran Two Iranian jets shot down over the Persian Gulf.
1986 Libya US aircraft bomb the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi, including direct strikes at the official residence of President Muamar al Qadaffi.
1986 Bolivia Special Forces units engage in counter-insurgency.
1987-1988 Iran Naval forces block Iranian shipping. Civilian airliner shot down by missile cruiser.
1989 Libya Naval aircraft shoot down two Libyan jets over Gulf of Sidra.
1989 Philippines CIA and Special Forces involved in counterinsurgency.
1989-1990 Panama 27,000 troops as well as naval and air power used to overthrow government of President Noriega.
1990 Liberia Troops deployed.
1990-1991 Iraq Major military operation, including naval blockade, air strikes; large number of troops attack Iraqi forces in occupied Kuwait.
1991-2003 Iraq Control of Iraqi airspace in north and south of the country with periodic attacks on air and ground targets.
1991 Haiti CIA-backed military coup ousts President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
1992-1994 Somalia Special operations forces intervene.
1992-1994 Yugoslavia Major role in NATO blockade of Serbia and Montenegro.
1993-1995 Bosnia Active military involvement with air and ground forces.
1994-1996 Haiti Troops depose military rulers and restore President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to office.
1995 Croatia Krajina Serb airfields attacked.
1996-1997 Zaire (Congo) Marines involved in operations in eastern region of the country.
1997 Liberia Troops deployed.
1998 Sudan Air strikes destroy country’s major pharmaceutical plant.
1998 Afghanistan Attack on targets in the country.
1998 Iraq Four days of intensive air and missile strikes.
1999 Yugoslavia Major involvement in NATO air strikes.
2001 Macedonia NATO troops shift and partially disarm Albanian rebels.
2001 Afghanistan Air attacks and ground operations oust Taliban government and install a new regime.
2003 Iraq Invasion with large ground, air and naval forces ousts government of Saddam Hussein and establishes new government.
2003-present Iraq Occupation force of 150,000 troops in protracted counter-insurgency war
2004 Haiti Marines land. CIA-backed forces overthrow President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Info extracted from The Global Policy Forum.

A government we can support

News out of Iraq is not good. Now the barbarians gentlemen that we installed as the government are at it again. First the fiasco that was the Saddam hanging, now another hanging–this one complete with a decapitation. Is this the 1800’s? Why did we install these people as government?

And now the escalation surge…”let’s dig that hole a little deeper Georgie, I can still see the top of your head.”

Death of Saddam: Small Fish in a Big Pond

So Saddam Hussein has been murdered executed.  Without a doubt he was a truly evil man.  Unfortunately, when it comes to crimes against humanity, there is one that stands out above the rest.  His name is Henry Kissinger and he is not being executed, he is not even being judged.

Hell, that evil SOB is on the news shows giving his oppinion on world events as if we cared what a mass murderer has to say about world events.  Pol Pot in Cambodia; Pinochet in latin America; these were his proteges, his henchmen.  These are the embodiments of true evil, and they are but henchmen to the master.

If Saddam deserved to be murdered executed, then Kissinger deserves to be skined alive.

Global justice; Iraq, Darfur, Somalia; it is all a sham….as long as Kissinger freely walks the planet.

Saddam did his worst when he was the henchman  of US imperialism in the gulf.  He was but a bit player in Reagan’s death porn show.  We sold him the chemical weapons, it is no secret.  He was but a bit player in the death porn industry, an industry head quartered in the USA.

Rest in peace Saddam, it is my sincere wish that Henry Kissinger will soon join you in hell.

RIP Malachai Ritscher (1954-2006)

When a person reaches the point that they would self imolate rather than continue to live in silence with their government’s actions, it should be news. People should hear about it! When you make this final sacrifice, when you cry out in your loudest possible voice, with the ultimate personal sacrifice, your voice should not go unheard.

On November 3, 2006, Malachi (can I call you Malachi?) sat down near rush hour traffic, doused himself with gasoline and lit a match…when the fire department arrived they found a sign near his charred body, it read: “Thou shalt not kill.”

He left a suicide note, much of the indi-media asks can we believe the note? Or was it the action of a troubled mind? Is/was he a martyr or a nut? You can read his note here, then you can decide what you want to believe. For myself, I believe…

He also penned his own obituary, it is here.

I never heard of Malachai until nearly a month after his death. It was not covered on CNN, Fox, BBC, etc… While I never heard his cries, I believe he did not die in vain. Like a tree falling where no one can hear…like the sound of one hand clapping…I hear, and I believe, but did it make a sound?

Malachai was without a doubt troubled. However, in a time of national conflagration, it is the un-perturbed mind that is to be doubted (Epicurus aside). In his suicide martyr note he wrote: To the rest of the world we are cowards – demanding Iraq to disarm, and after they comply, we attack with remote-control high-tech video-game weapons. And then lie about our reasons for invading. We the people bear complete responsibility for all that will follow, and it won’t be pretty.

Two years before my birth, Thich Quang Duc–a Buddhist monk–set himself afire in Saigon in protest of US actions in Indo-China. I think his actions helped end the bloodshed there, even if it took another 10 years.

It is not a pleasant death to burn–it is not an action to be taken lightly–and we must not judge it lightly. If suicide was his intent, why not pass quietly into the abyss? Why not whiskey and valium? Who would choose a burst of flame and pain? Only someone with a message, perhaps one last message to mankind.

On another website, Malachi had previously posted the following words:

I believe that God promised us a happy ending, but I don’t remember if there is something that I’m supposed to do, other than just be a good person and turn the other cheek. Even with breathing exercises and a positive mental attitude, it’s getting hard to keep pretending that I don’t have blood on my hands. How many unnecessary deaths have my tax dollars paid for? I keep trying not to think about it. There are electronic gadgets to distract me, and yoga to repress the simmering anger, and sports, and movies, and snacks, and music, and shopping, and so much entertainment that I couldn’t watch it all with a thousand eyes!
But here is the big question, the one that really matters:
WHAT ABOUT YOU – WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

We now know Malachai’s answer to his self-imposed question…but the question remains:

WHAT ABOUT YOU – WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

Rest in peace dear Malachai, this world is a hard place for one who thinks and feels….you will be remembered…………….

Who will call off the dogs?

Ever since I was little and would watch boxing from my father’s lap, I have been taught to root for the under dog.  When I was younger, I would occasionally walk outof a bar and into a fight…I never had to ask what the fight was over, I only cared who was winning.  Then back in the 80s I watched Israeli tanks taking on crowds of rock throwing Arabs…tanks against rocks?  I knew whose side I was on.

As Israel currently dismantles Lebanon and makes threats against Syria, one can watch TV and know whose side is correct.  One side has a modern military…capable of chopping and dicing a nation like some modern convenience in an infomercial. While the other appears to have 50s tech missiles and curses.  Do I understand it?  Is it important to understand to know who is right?

As a devout athiest, I feel that I have a good grasp on whose side god would be, if She were here….the meek, the mild, the dispossessed, the frightened.  Would god take the part of a battalian commander? How about a tank commander?

While Bush and Co. are busy trying to instigate Armegedden in the mid-east, is it clear to Israel that they are but pawns in this larger game.  As Hezbollah and Lebanon are pawns of Iran, Israel is pawn to the US right…let’s call them what they are….Armegeddenists.

Is this my country?

Everything that was bad about the Soviets…concentration camps, unjust wars, walls seperating families, secret governmental spy programs, lack of public oversight, long lines, etc……….

Have been transferred to the US by the current regime.  Who woulda thunk I would see my country devolve like this.