Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: August 10, 2011

10 August 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Gruesome Trophies: Britain Brings ‘Civilization’ To Afghanistan Again
  • They Died in Vain; Deal With It
  • Finland’s Defense Minister: Savings Lead To NATO Membership
  • Russia Warns NATO On Missile Shield
  • U.S. Troops In Europe ‘Closer To Current Battlefields, Future Fights’
  • Pakistan: Another NATO Oil Tanker Set Ablaze
  • NATO Planning Military Attack On Iran
  • NATO Membership: Georgia Will Be ‘Protected And Cannot Be Conquered’

Gruesome Trophies: Britain Brings ‘Civilization’ To Afghanistan Again

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/08/09/54413615.html

Voice of Russia
August 9, 2011

Afghan keepsakes of British soldier
Sergei Sayenko

The British Defense Ministry is investigating hair-raising claims that a soldier of the Royal Regiment of Scotland sliced fingers off dead Taliban fighters to keep as souvenirs while on duty in Afghanistan, the BBC reports.

Suspicion fell on a soldier of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders battalion. From September 2010 until April this year, the battalion was deployed in the southern Afghan Helmand province, tasked with training local policemen. Douglas Young, executive chairman of the British Armed Forces Federation that provides legal and moral support for soldiers involved in disputes with their superiors, said that he was shocked to learn of the accusations. He added that the facts still needed to be verified and even if it turned out that there was nothing behind them, the Defense Ministry should treat the matter seriously.

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders battalion is the 5th battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Although recruited in Scotland, it is quartered in Canterbury in the Anglo-Saxon part of Britain.

The Defense Ministry declined comment pending the probe’s findings because of the seriousness of the allegations. It’s not clear whether the soldier in question had been suspended. Even if the claims about the desecration of enemy corpses prove untrue, the damage to the military operation in Afghanistan may be huge, considering the angry outcry from the Taliban and ordinary Afghans, which would mean new risks for 9,500 UK troops in Afghanistan.

The gruesome trophies collected by the Scottish soldier call to mind reports of American servicemen who killed Afghan civilians, dismembered their bodies and took bones and teeth as keepsakes, while not shying away from taking pictures of or videotaping the horrid desecration scenes.

Last autumn, the British Royal Military Police launched a probe into media allegations of British servicemen using military helicopters to smuggle large batches of heroin out of the Helmand and Kandahar provinces. The results of the investigation have never been published in an apparent sign that the military don’t want to wash their dirty linen in public.

Several years ago, most electronic archives of British troops’ stay in Iraq were mysteriously deleted in what rights defenders claimed was an attempt to hide evidence of misconduct and abuse after dozens of Iraqis filed lawsuits against British soldiers.

Now it looks like the same thing may happen again as possible corpse desecration lawsuits loom up.

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They Died in Vain; Deal With It

http://original.antiwar.com/mcgovern/2011/08/08/they-died-in-vain-deal-with-it/

Antiwar.com
April 9, 2011

They Died in Vain; Deal With It
by Ray McGovern

Many of those preaching at American church services Sunday extolled as ‘heroes’ the 30 American and 8 Afghan troops killed Saturday west of Kabul, when a helicopter on a night mission crashed, apparently after taking fire from Taliban forces. This week, the Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) can be expected to beat a steady drumbeat of ‘they shall not have died in vain.’

But they did. I know it is a hard truth, but they did die in vain.

As in the past, churches across the country will keep praising the fallen troops for protecting ‘our way of life,’ and few can demur, given the tragic circumstances.

But, sadly, such accolades are, at best, misguided — at worst, dishonest. Most preachers do not have a clue as to what U.S. forces are doing in Afghanistan and why. Many prefer not to think about it. There are some who do know better, but virtually all in that category eventually opt to punt.

Should we fault the preachers as they reach for words designed to give comfort to those in their congregations mourning the deaths of so many young troops? As hard as it might seem, I believe we can do no other than fault — and confront — them. However well-meaning their intentions, their negligence and timidity in confronting basic war issues merely help to perpetuate unnecessary killing. It is high time to hold preachers accountable.

Many preachers are alert and open enough to see through the propaganda for perpetual war. But most will not take the risk of offending their flock with unpalatable truth. Better not to risk protests from the super-patriots — many of them with deep pockets — in the pews. And better to avoid, at all costs, offending the loved ones of those who have been killed — loved ones who can hardly be faulted for trying desperately to find some meaning in the snuffing out of young lives.

Best to Just Praise and Pray

Far better to pray for those already killed and those who in the future will ‘give the last full measure of devotion to our country.’ In sum, by and large, American preachers are afraid to tell the truth. They lack the virtue that Thomas Aquinas taught is the foundation of all virtue — courage. Aquinas wrote (to translate into the vernacular) that all other virtue is specious if you have no guts.

Writer James Hollingsworth hit the nail on the head: ‘Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.’ Like the truth.

Those who often seem to ache the most in the face of unnecessary death are mothers. Many mothers do summon the courage to say — and say loudly — ENOUGH. Yes, my son (or daughter) died for no good purpose, they are strong enough to acknowledge, painfully but honestly. He (she) did die in vain. Now we must all deal with it. Stop the false patriotism. And, most important, stop the killing.

Cindy Sheehan, whose 25-year-old son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004, is one such mother. She and others have tried to put a dent into the strange logic that attempts to translate unnecessary death into justification for still more unnecessary death. But they get little air or ink in the Fawning Corporate Media. Rather, what you will hear in the days ahead from the FCM is well-honed rhetoric not only about how our troops ‘cannot have died in vain,’ but also that Americans must now redouble our resolve to ‘honor their sacrifice.’

President Barack Obama set the tone on Saturday:

‘We will draw inspiration from their lives, and continue the work of securing our country and standing up for the values they embodied.’

Gen. John R. Allen, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, also primed the pump for the FCM, saying Saturday, ‘All of those killed in this operation were true heroes who had already given so much in the defense of freedom.’

And the Joint Chiefs chairman went even further in professing to know ‘what our fallen would have wanted’ us to do — namely, ‘keep fighting.’ Adm. Mike Mullen added that ‘it is certainly what we are going to do.’ All this was duly reported in Sunday’s Washington Post and other leading U.S. newspapers —without much comment.

Over the next several days, TV viewers will get a steady diet of this kind of disingenuous logic from talk show hosts feeding on the grist from Obama, Mullen, Allen, and others. After all, many pundits work for news organizations owned or allied with some of the same corporations profiteering from war.

Too bad CBS’s legendary Edward R. Murrow is long since dead, and the widely respected Walter Cronkite, as well. Taking the CBS baton from Murrow, who had challenged the ‘red scare’ witch hunt of Sen. Joe McCarthy, Cronkite gradually saw through the dishonesty responsible for the killing of so many in Vietnam. He finally spoke up, and said, in effect, any more who die will have died in vain.

(The very long hiatus between Cronkite and Scott Pelley, newly appointed CBS Evening News anchor, has been particularly painful. The jury is still out, but I harbor some hope that Pelley may try to follow CBS’s earlier, prouder tradition, if by some miracle his corporate bosses allow him to. Given today’s prevailing atmosphere of obeisance to establishment Washington, Pelley certainly has his work cut out for him. We shall have to wait and see if he has it in him to take the risk of rising to the occasion.)

Corporal Shank & Specialist Kirkland

Five years ago I was giving talks in Missouri, when the body of 18-year-old Cpl. Jeremy Shank of Jackson, Mo., (population 12,000) came home for burial. He was killed in Hawijah, Iraq, on Sept. 6, 2006, while on a ‘dismounted security patrol when he encountered enemy forces using small arms,’ according to the Pentagon.

Which enemy forces? Two weeks before Shank was killed, Stephen Hadley, George W. Bush’s national security adviser, acknowledged that the challenge in Iraq ‘isn’t about insurgency, isn’t about terror; it’s about sectarian violence.’ Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki added, ‘The most important element in the security plan is to curb the religious violence.’

So was Shank’s mission to prevent Iraqi religious fanatics from blowing up one another? What do you think: was that worth his life?

On Sept. 7, 2006, the day after Shank was killed, President Bush, in effect, mocked his unnecessary death by drawing the familiar but bogus connection between 9/11 and the ‘war on terror,’ of which he claimed Iraq was a part. Bush said, ‘Five years after September 11, 2001, America is safer — and America is winning the war on terror.’

Flowery Funeral Words

Back at the First Baptist Church in Jackson, Mo., Rev. Carter Frey eulogized Shank as one of those who ‘put themselves in harm’s way and paid the ultimate sacrifice so you and I can have freedom to live in this country.’

Correction: It was not Cpl. Shank who put himself in harm’s way; it was those who used a peck of lies to launch a bloody, unnecessary war — first and foremost, Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, not to mention the craven Congress that authorized it and most of the FCM that led the cheerleading for it.

Was separating Shia from Sunni a mission worth what is so facilely called the ‘ultimate sacrifice,’ or — for other troops — the penultimate one paid by tens of thousands of veterans trying to adjust to life with brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and/or missing limbs?

Despite the self-serving rhetoric about ‘heroes,’ the young, small-town Shanks of America stand low in the priorities of establishment Washington. They are pawns in the war games played by generals and politicians far, far from the battlefield.

Even in the Army in which I served, troops were often referred to simply as ‘warm bodies’ — that is, at least before they became cold and stiff. But that term was normally not accompanied by the mechanistic disdain reflected in the memo by a Fort Lewis-McCord Army major that came to light last year.

On March 20, 2010, Spc. Derrick Kirkland, back from his second tour in Iraq, hanged himself in the barracks at Fort Lewis-McCord, leaving behind a wife and young daughter. Kirkland had been suffering from severe depression and anxiety attacks, for which he had to bear severe ridicule by his comrades.

Expendable

As for his superiors, it was Army policy to do everything possible to avoid diagnosing PTSD. And so, Kirkland ended up becoming a new entry on a little-known statistical table, namely, the one that shows that more active-duty soldiers are currently committing suicide than are being killed in combat.

Not a problem for Maj. Keith Markham, executive officer of Kirkland’s unit, who put the prevailing attitude all too clearly in a private memo sent to his platoon leaders. ‘We have an unlimited supply of expendable labor,’ wrote Markham.

And, sadly, he is right. Because of the poverty draft (aka the ‘professional Army’), more than half of U.S. troops come from small towns like Jackson, Mo., and the inner cities of our country. In both these places, good jobs and educational opportunity are rare to nonexistent.

I suspect that one factor behind the very high suicide rate is a belated realization among the troops that they have been conned, lied to — that they have been used as pawns in an unconscionably cynical game. I would imagine that corporals and specialists, as well as high brass like the legendary two-time Medal of Honor winner, Marine Gen. Smedley Butler, often come to this realization belatedly, and that this probably exacerbates the pain.

Butler wrote War Is a Racket in 1935, describing the workings of the military-industrial complex well before President Eisenhower gave it a name. It is not difficult for troops to learn that the phenomenon about which Eisenhower warned has now broadened into an even more pervasive and powerful military-industrial-corporate-congressional-media-institutional-church complex. Small wonder the suicide rate is so high.

And for what? Please raise your hand if you now believe, or have ever believed, that the White House and Pentagon have sent a hundred thousand troops to Afghanistan for the reason given by President Obama, namely, ‘to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat’ the 50 to 100 al-Qaeda who U.S. intelligence agencies say are still in Afghanistan.

And keep your hands up, those of you who fear you might throw something at the TV screen the next time Gen. David Petraeus intones that wonderfully flexible phrase ‘fragile and reversible’ to describe what he keeps calling ‘progress’ in Afghanistan.

Troops returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan know better. It must be particularly hard for them to hear the lies about ‘progress,’ and then be ridiculed and marginalized for having PTSD. It seems a safe bet that some of those have read Kipling, and on occasion wish they had found release by following his morbid advice — awful as it is:

‘When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
And go to your gawd like a soldier.’

The Establishment Church

I added ‘institutional church’ into the military-industrial-corporate-congressional-media-institutional-church complex coined above because, with very few exceptions, the institutional church is still riding shotgun for the system — and the wars.

I find that most men and women of the cloth avoid indicting ‘wars of choice,’ even though such wars were quite precisely defined at the post-WWII Nuremberg Tribunal as ‘wars of aggression’ and labeled the ‘supreme’ international war crime. They know that in such wars thousands upon thousands die — civilians as well as military.

But then fear seems to walk in, for preachers all too often fall back on platitudinous, fulsome praise for those who ‘have given their lives so that we can live in freedom.’ And, as the familiar phrase goes, they say/think, ‘I guess we’ll have to leave it there.’

And there continue to be relatively few outspoken folk like Cindy Sheehan, painfully aware that courage and truth are far more important than fear, even when that fear includes the painful recognition that the life of a beloved young son was ended unnecessarily. There are some who dare to point out that the mission given our troops has made us less, not more, safe at home, and ask what is so hard to understand about ‘thou shalt not kill’? The FCM ignores these justice folks, so all too few know of what they say and do.

It is a curiosity that the Bible and the teachings of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for example, seem to have become overtaken by events and no longer inform the sermons of many American preachers. Odd that the relevant teachings from this treasure trove seem to have become passé or, as former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said of the Geneva Conventions, ‘quaint’ and ‘obsolete.’

I have this vision of Stephen Decatur smiling from the afterlife as he watches more and more acceptance being given in recent years to his famous dictum: ‘Our country, right or wrong.’

Let me suggest that preachers consider drawing material from yet another source in thinking about the wars in which the U.S. is currently engaged. Instead of fulsome encomia for those who have made ‘the ultimate sacrifice,’ they might be directed to Rudyard Kipling for words more to the point, if politically and congregationally incorrect.

Two passages (the first a one-liner) shout out their applicability to U.S. misadventures in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, and — God help us — where next?

‘If they ask you why we died, tell them because our fathers lied.’

and

‘It is not wise for the Christian white
To hustle the Asian brown;
For the Christian riles,
And the Asian smiles
And weareth the Christian down.
At the end of the fight
Lies a tombstone white
With the name of the late deceased;
And the epitaph drear,
A fool lies here,
Who tried to hustle the East.’

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Finland’s Defense Minister: Savings Lead To NATO Membership

http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2011/08/defence_minister_more_savings_lead_to_nato_membership_2778292.html

YLE News
August 9, 2011

Defence Minister: More savings lead to NATO membership

Finland’s Minister of Defence, Stefan Wallin, has told the newspaper Savon Seudun Sanomat that all extra funding cuts planned in the defence forces increase the need to join NATO.

‘If continuous savings reduce our defence ability, this will in turn lead to a defence deficit which must filled in other ways. In practice, this means that all additional savings increase the need to join the alliance,’ Wallin said.

In his view, the currently planned defence saving target is too extreme. This requires a cut in the defence budget of 200 million euros by the year 2015.

Wallin does not favour a shortening of compulsory national military service. He does not believe conscripts could get thorough training in a period of, say, four months.

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Russia Warns NATO On Missile Shield

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/193067.html

Press TV
August 9, 2011

Russia warns NATO on missile shield

Russia has warned the United States and its NATO allies against plans to extend the deployment of missile defense systems in the north European waters, calling them provocative.

At a Tuesday press conference in Norway, Russia’s ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin slammed the alliance’s failure to guarantee that American warships equipped with anti-missile systems would not be deployed in the waters of north Europe, AFP reported.

‘The very fact of deploying US military missile defense infrastructure in the northern seas is a real provocation with regard to the process of nuclear disarmament,’ said Rogozin.

Moscow fears that the anti-missile system would undermine its nuclear deterrent, and thus has been seeking legally binding guarantees to check it.

‘Why is no one giving guarantees that a US fleet equipped with Aegis interceptor systems won’t be deployed in the northern seas?’ he added.

The Russian government has long opposed NATO’s disputed plan of deploying an anti-missile shield in Europe, arguing that the would-be system in its ‘back yard’ is not to secure Washington’s European allies but is effectively aimed at Russia.

‘I’m sure that if there were no such plans in reality, then I would have been given a very definite negative answer. I didn’t get any firm answer to this question,’ the Russian envoy pointed out.

Moscow has also called for sharing control of any anti-missile shield, saying the aim of the so-called defense shield is to encircle Russia. Washington refuses to share the responsibility for protecting NATO member states with any third party.

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U.S. Troops In Europe ‘Closer To Current Battlefields, Future Fights’

http://www.stripes.com/news/usareur-commander-says-european-mission-is-still-vital-1.151632

Stars and Stripes
August 9, 2011

USAREUR commander says European mission is still vital
By Nancy Montgomery

-It was McHugh’s first visit to the command as secretary, and Hertling took him to Grafenwöhr and Hohenfels, where the first thing McHugh saw was a Bulgarian unit in counter-IED training…Then, McHugh saw a Georgian unit training on MRAPs (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles).
-The Army secretary met with the Romanian army chief, who cut short his Italy vacation for the meeting and went to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, instead of Kosovo because of Kosovo-Serbia border tensions.
Then McHugh and Hertling hopped over to Ukraine to watch troops from 13 countries jump out of old Russian aircraft in the Rapid Trident exercise.
-Because security threats in the region are routinely downplayed, Hertling said, most Americans don’t realize that some nations, such as Poland and Georgia, have ‘fear of their neighbors, and sometimes, it’s justified.’

HEIDELBERG, Germany: U.S. Army Europe’s annual cost to American taxpayers: $1.2 billion; benefit provided to taxpayers: ‘Priceless,’ according to USAREUR commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling.

In an era of budget cuts and debt debates, with an expectation of at least $350 billion in cuts to the defense budget over the next decade, with critics charging NATO allies are not contributing their fair share, and with some in Congress clamoring to bring U.S. forces home from Europe, now that the Soviet threat is long extinct, Hertling has his work as an advocate for U.S. Army Europe cut out for him.

So, he welcomed last week’s visit from Army Secretary John McHugh, a moderate Republican from upstate New York appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009.

It was McHugh’s first visit to the command as secretary, and Hertling took him to Grafenwöhr and Hohenfels, where the first thing McHugh saw was a Bulgarian unit in counter-IED training.

‘That surprised him a little bit,’ Hertling said.

Then, McHugh saw a Georgian unit training on MRAPs (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles).

‘He’s like, ‘Holy smokes,’ ’ Hertling said.

McHugh, the former ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, had heard about security cooperation, of course, but seeing it was something else.

‘I think it opened his eyes,’ Hertling said.

The Army secretary met with the Romanian army chief, who cut short his Italy vacation for the meeting and went to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, instead of Kosovo because of Kosovo-Serbia border tensions.

Then McHugh and Hertling hopped over to Ukraine to watch troops from 13 countries jump out of old Russian aircraft in the Rapid Trident exercise.

‘He saw how USAREUR was right in the middle of that, building partner capacity, and the value of its role in building allied nations’ militaries,’ Hertling said.

All in all, a good visit.

‘He told me he firmly believes in our mission over here,’ Hertling said. ‘From a strategic viewpoint, he’s a fan.’

A spokeswoman for McHugh agreed with that assessment.

‘I believe he returned with a better understanding of the outstanding facilities and capabilities available at the JMTC (Joint Multinational Training Command) as well as a greater appreciation for our ability to build partnerships and strengthen relationships through combined training with our European Allies,’ Lt. Col. Anne Edgecomb said in an email. ‘Clearly, a continued U.S. Army presence in Europe will facilitate engaging our NATO Allies, building relationships with our new partners, and training our coalition partners for deployment to contingency operations.’

So how does Hertling justify the command’s mission? Let him count the ways:

• 40,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan, many of them trained in exercises with USAREUR soldiers and in Grafenwöhr classes. ‘They have, in fact, displaced 40,000 U.S. soldiers by playing with us,’ Hertling said. ‘I personally can’t put a price tag on that.’

• USAREUR soldiers are closer to current battlefields and potential future fights.

• Building trust with allies before the next fight – ‘It’s priceless,’ Hertling said. ‘The misunderstanding of other cultures is significant on the battlefield.’

• NATO isn’t perfect, but it is ‘the only active alliance we have,’ Hertling said. ‘I think, without U.S. leadership, NATO would be in significant trouble. We can’t have the secretary of defense tell NATO to pony up while we’re withdrawing.’

• The facilities are here. ‘Training centers back in the U.S. are booked. The facilities aren’t available,’ Hertling said.

• Because security threats in the region are routinely downplayed, Hertling said, most Americans don’t realize that some nations, such as Poland and Georgia, have ‘fear of their neighbors, and sometimes, it’s justified.’

‘If something happens in Lebanon or Libya, who gets the Americans out?’ he said. ‘We do a lot of things people don’t know about.’

Hertling took command of USAREUR in March, just before a decision was announced that it would hold onto three of its four combat brigades — instead of two as had been ordered in a round of military rebasing, and four that had been recommended by the Pentagon.

‘For right now, I think it’s pretty firm,’ Hertling said of the decision…

Because the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down and USAREUR will see far fewer of its soldiers deployed, Hertling said keeping three brigades – about 37,000 soldiers – was enough to accomplish the mission.

‘I’m saying what we’ll have here is actually perfect,’ he said.

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Pakistan: Another NATO Oil Tanker Set Ablaze

http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=182265

Online News
August 10, 2011

Another NATO oil tanker set ablaze

SARGODHA: Some unknown persons set a NATO oil tanker on fire near Sargodha. After the incident the driver and cleaner of the tanker escaped from the scene.

A tanker was taking petrol from Karachi to Afghanistan for NATO forces, but when it reached the Harnoli Mor Peeplan suburban village of Sargodha, some unknown persons suddenly set ablaze the vehicle. The drivers and conductor of the oil tankers managed to escape from the place.

The police and rescue teams reached the spot and controlled the fire with the continuous efforts of two hours. The law enforcement agencies have started investigation of the incident.

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NATO Planning Military Attack On Iran

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/august092011/libya-attacks-adv.php

Salem News
August 9, 2011

NATO Planning Military Attack on Iran
Adrian De Villiers

Last month, former CIA agent Robert Baer said he is almost certain that such an attack has been scheduled for September ahead of a UN vote on recognizing a Palestinian state’

SEOUL, Korea: Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin says the NATO is planning a military strike against the Islamic Republic to overthrow the Iranian government.

Rogozin said in an interview with Russia’s Izvestia daily newspaper published on Friday that the NATO was pursuing a long-reaching goal of preparing an attack on Iran, adding that the alliance intends to change governments whose views do not coincide with those of the West.

‘The noose around Iran is tightening. Military planning against Iran is underway. And we are certainly concerned about an escalation of a large-scale war in this huge region,’ Rogozin added.

The Russian envoy further pointed out that Syria and later Yemen could be NATO’s last steps on the way to launch an attack on Iran.

This comes as there are speculations that Israel is preparing for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities to divert attention from Palestinian efforts to join the United Nations.

Last month, former CIA agent Robert Baer said he is almost certain that such an attack has been scheduled for September ahead of a UN vote on recognizing a Palestinian state’.

The mind boggles at the insanity of Nato leaders, who have under false pretenses of ‘protecting civilians in Libya’ have tried to get rid of Gaddafi while killing the civilians they are supposed to ‘protect.’ We the public need to with one voice condemn Nato wanting to take any form of military action against Iran.

The world seems to look to America for leadership and direction, but one thing is for sure, the American’s aren’t leaders, if you want to make a complete mess of things, then look to America for guidance; e.g., America didn’t like how the former Iraqi President Mr Kassim and how he was making sure Iraq was looking after its oil and changing policies that did not favour America, so they assisted in getting rid of him in 1963 and helped bring the Baath Party to power with Saddam Hussein taking charge, only for Saddam Hussein to lead a war against Iran and Kuwait and years later to no longer to be favoured by America under Bush II because of ‘nuclear weapons that can be dispatched within 45 minutes’, and so it was time for regime change only to make an even bigger mess of Iraq.

American leadership also orchestrated regime change in Iran in 1953. The C.I.A. had secretly helped topple Iran’s prime minister and restore the Shah to his throne, only to see this lead to a revolution to bring about an Islamic Republic against America. Then there’s Vietnam and the recent world recession brought about by the corrupt American banking system with Bush II and Alan Greenspan having led the boom by dropping interest rates to ridiculous lows to see ‘everyone own a home’ only to bring about a bust scenario and a world recession, and then 9/11 because of American biased policy with Israel at the expense of the Palestinian land and water, breeding injustice, leading to the war in Afghanistan & Pakistan and so the list can go on.

Today nothing has changed, America lead the no-fly zone against Libya, only to make a bigger mess of things in a time of increasing oil demand due to the Chinese becoming flush with cash because of America printing hot new cash to pay off its Chinese debt and see an even bigger shortage of oil supplies because of the mess in Libya, then America has the cheek to tell other oil-producing companies to produce more oil.

And now the cherry on top, amidst Nato military intervention in Libya that has gone beyond it’s mandate according to Jacob Zuma, dropping bombs on Gaddafi’s family home and killing some of his family as a legitimate military target to protect civilians; re effect regime change. Now America and Israel want to effect regime change in Iran.

History seems to teach us nothing! The point I’m trying make is stop looking to America for leadership, they haven’t got it, plain and simple. There are decent people in America, but collectively their leadership is corrupt, and Israel is simply beside itself with fear and prejudice driving them to insanity and a war that will see Israel attack Iran with nuclear ballistic warheads and in return see Iran strike Tel Aviv with full-scale, surface-to-surface ballistic missiles. Israel is so small, you don’t need a nuclear bomb to obliterate it, just some serious long-range ballistic missiles that look like space rockets they are so big. Does Israel know this!!!!

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NATO Membership: Georgia Will Be ‘Protected And Cannot Be Conquered’

http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/110431/

Interfax-Ukraine
August 9, 2011

NATO membership will help Georgia maintain dialogue with Russia

Moscow: Georgia will become a member of NATO to demonstrate that it is protected and to finally resolve the territorial issue with Russia, said Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for European Integration Giorgi Baramidze.

‘We are making our way to NATO for everyone to see that our country is protected and cannot be conquered,’ Baramidze said in an interview with Kommersant Online, posted on Tuesday.

Membership in NATO would be a good prerequisite ‘for conducting a normal dialogue with Russia, and also for settling the territorial issue, if it remains unsettled until then,’ he said.

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