af....g..han..is..tan.....a too many sill a ball word for me...
they got the afgan...big old dog...remember someone in SF years ago, many years ago found one wandering up and down Polk Street, took it in and loved it...dont know if he married the dog or not...and Timothy Leary...they went into Afganistand...and arrested him with the concent of the then government...amazing how things remain the same...still smoking pot, snorting crack after all these years...sit on the couch and shove carrots up my rear end...easier than grinding them for the juice...
Why so upset about bumbling into Iraq based on incorrect information and fear?
Our country, divided in half, would yield 50% of the population being below average intelligence. Those people deserve to be represented as much as anyone else. Thank you, W.
This just in - and what a coinkedink -
Israel's Ehud Barak and Benjamin Netanyahu tell US Sec of Defense: 'no need to talk to Iran... just bomb now!'
The two most dangerous countries in the world are debating how soon we should start the next war. Wow that military-industrial complex!
If Saddam were still around he could relate what happened to him when he decided to take on Iran. What he thought would be a waltz in the park turned into a WWI-like 8+ year hell in which Iran threw human wave after human wave of suicide soldiers at his overwhelming firepower. In the last years of the war - after he had used up all his bullets, bombs and tanks - he had to rely on gas attacks (kindly provided by Reagan and Rummy). Final death toll 1.5+ million soldiers, untold millions of civilians killed and the economies of both countries totally devastated.
The person who was President of Iran and the effective strategic and tactical leader of the Iranian army during that war is now the Supreme Leader of Iran (yes that's his actual title), Ali Khamenei. He hasn't forgotten the lessons of that war.
There will be plenty of neocons to tell you why what happened to Saddam couldn't possibly happen to us, but they won't be around when the fighting starts.
Be careful what you wish for.
Now que that MJ video! It should be a wonderful war.
I'm really beginning to wonder at the level of these posts. My personal observations are that the American people have just totally checked out on reality. Just que the MJ video and they become totally gullible.
A quick review:
Iraq: had no WMD, had no connection whatsoever to Al Quaeda. First the UN's Hans Blix went in, couldn't find the WMD and the moron right made all kinds of fun of him. Then Bush/Cheney, after strong urging from Israel, ignored every other country in the world and deceived this country into war. They sent in not one but two generals with orders to find those WMDs. David Kay and Charles Duelfer. Both went in guarantying they would find the WMDs and both came back with the well publicized finding that there were none and had never been any. Now that the big oil companies have signed contracts to drill and process the oil in Iraq, we see the real purpose of the war.
Conclusion: Iraq was no threat to anybody, much less "the peace of the world" until the Limbaugh, Cheney and Fox News led idiots allowed them to drag us into a war that has now claimed the lives of over 4,300 American soldiers and probably over 1 million Iraqis.
Iran: Also has no WMDs, nor any nuclear devices and are years away from creating any. They are a signatory to the NNPT and are literally the most IAEA inspected country on earth. See my post of 3/28/09 for documentation of those two statements and for a description of how our MSM is attempting to again deceive Americans into war. Unfortunately, they do have a whack-o of a dictator. Personally I don't think the people of Iran will allow this to continue for very much longer if we just stay the hell out of their way. The absolute worst thing we could do would be to attack Iran as Israel wants us to. This would force all Iranians to rally to the aid of their country and would practically guarantee that Ah-mad-in-the-head could retain his rule.
Conclusion: Iran is no real threat to "the peace of the world" and if we'll just stay out of its way may very well soon make internal changes that will enhance the chances of long term peace.
N. Korea: Are you kidding?
There are however two countries in the world today that are actively engaged in one illegal war, one of dubious legality and are strongly advocating to start a third: the United States and Israel.
That's what I call a threat to "the peace of the world."
Iran, Iraq and North Korea an Axis of Evil that needed to be stopped before it threatened the peace of the world.
Stupid Bush to call out these peace loving countries? (As FDR did with Japan, Germany and Italy prior to WW2) It seems to me that two of the three countries Bush named are still the top threats to world peace. I'm not sure what happened to the third.
Israeli War in Gaza - I much appreciate your viewpoint and comments. This paste is "out of sync" with that, but thought you could appreciate a tribute video that shows LOTS of MJ dancing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmKUb4gLYNc
From a post entitled "A Few Facts About the Honduran Coup by Ken Silverstein at Washington Babylon:
President Manuel Zelaya is no radical. He approved a big minimum wage increase, which was desperately needed in a country where so many workers are poor, but he otherwise has been a very cautious, ineffectual reformer. The intensity of the reaction against him by the Honduran elite as seen in the coup reflects the feudal mentality of the traditional economic and political leadership, not Zelayas politics.
Zelaya was not seeking to stay in power by unconstitutional means; even if his political reforms had succeeded, he would have been out of power within the year. The only side guilty of unconstitutional action is the coup plotters.
Zelaya reapetly violated the constitution and didn´t care, if you didn´t live last six months in Honduras you dónt understand the political unrest lead by Zelaya, you don´t know what he is capable to do, hear me today, the day he comes back (hopefully never) he will dismantle Congress and Judiciary branchs, eliminate de army, and create a new Constitution to have ilimited running terms (he would not care a mediation resolution), and creating a new false dictatorial socialism full with curruption that characterized his last 3 years in power (his nepehew is in jail for Latinnode case) , his son had a salary from presidential palace without having any duty,he used $ 30,000,000 for is referendum (with ballots printed in Venezuela) and he didn´t sen the 2009 budget, to approval in congress so he can use the goverment funds as he please.
Sad but true.
What a coinkidink!! Today Joe Biden comes out with the statement that it's OK with the US if Israel wants to start dropping bombs on Iran.
I don't think it's going to help the Iranian people or their democracy movement if Israel decides to start dropping bombs on them.
What I've been trying to get across for weeks here and elsewhere, is that all of this focus on the "beautiful fledgling Iranian opposition movement" by the press in the US, while at the same time it ignores completely the even worse oppression of opposition movements in dozens of other dictatorships, is a very transparent attempt to paint the Iranian government in such a way as to make it palatable for us to start a war with them.
All we are waiting for now is the 'spark' and by that I mean the inevitable false flag operation. Perhaps "Iranian" gunboats will sink an allied vessel, I have no idea about the specifics...whatever it takes. But it is inevitable.
I don't know what is more scary: The clearly obvious deceit that is going on at all levels with the media acting as the compliant mouthpiece, or the ease with which Americans can be goaded into blind, vicious and ultimately self-destructive aggression.
Think of it this way. If Israel drops a bomb on Iran, we will inevitably have to come to their rescue. That means if you are draft age, you...yes I mean YOU... will be suiting up. If you have relatives who are draft age...say your sons or daughters, then they will be going. Additionally, the US can't afford another war. This country is already bankrupt.
I'll take that as a 'No.'
Next question: Is anybody paying attention to all these reporting anomalies? Or are you all being led around by the nose, focusing in on just those areas and only those areas that mother news is telling you to?
Good perspective on the current situation in Iran. One question and one observation.
Question: Am I the only one noticing that of all of the dictatorial countries whose governments commit human rights abuses against their opposition party members, Iran is the only one getting any ink at all. Stories about the big bad Iranian Ayatollahs fill the airwaves and the internet. But countries like Burma, China, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, etc etc never get a mention and yet they are all abusing and murdering their own citizens. Why does Iran get all the attention? It seems like an anomaly. And if it is an anomaly, then why are all of the news outlets anomalizing on this one and only one case together as one voice?
Observation: Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the current 'darling of democracy' in Iran apparently was the person primarily responsible for blowing up the US Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983, resulting in the deaths of 241 American servicemen and 58 French paratroopers. Mr. Mousavi personally directed Imad Mughnihay in that operation and was also the mastermind of the 1988 truck bombing of the US Navy's Fleet Center in Naples, Italy that resulted in the deaths of 5 persons, including the first Navy woman to die in a terrorist attack. Both of these attacks were carried out by Hezbollah terrorist cells apparently under his direction.
But, oddly, none of that is reported in the MSM although it's out there if you care to look. Numerous experts - especially retired Admiral James Lyons who in 1983 was deputy chief of Naval Operations in Lebanon and is 'the father' of the Navy SEAL's Red Cell counter-terror unit and Bob Baer, a former CIA Middle East field officer and the guy played by George Clooney in "Syriana" - in the field have gone public about this but they just aren't getting any exposure.
Instead, the drum beats for war intensify. And judging from the comments elsewhere in the blogosphere, the majority of blogos are primed and ready for the inevitable 'spark' (read: false flag operation) that will light the conflagration to come.
I'm just saying it could happen that way.
But I'm still in the dark as to why Iran is getting all of this specific attention to some details and complete blackout as to some other details and on the other hand worse situations exist in the world that are getting no mention whatsoever.
Anybody got any ideas?
Yes, the right wing idealogues were totally reactionary. Who cares? I do find the above comment about the settlements not being in Israel interesting. Are you saying that the settlements are not within Israel's established borders? Is that a reference to the pre-1967 borders? Help me here, I don't quite get it.
Be careful quoting Prez. Obama. Although Barry wasn't terribly guilty of it in the Cairo speech, he's good at getting the soundbite line, followed soon thereafter by a horrendously contradictory statement.
Generic example: "I'm going to cut spending....blah....then we're going to do X, Y, and Z [which implicitly require astronomical amounts of spending]"
NY Times coverage the next day: Obama vows to cut spending! Saves kitten!
As a Jewish American, who lived in Israel, I agree with Obama.
Nichw - Probably even more important than cutting off aid (which Israel can do without) is to cut off its lifeline in the UN. The only thing saving Israel from world condemnation is the US Security Council vote - its only support on the SC. The threat alone of doing that would bring Israel to the light toute suite.
Only the US can force the creation a Palestinian state. Israel will never voluntarily give up lands they have stolen from the Palestinians and the Syrians. In 1948 the Jews deliberately drove hundreds of thousands of Palestinians off their ancestral lands seizing their homes, businesses , and farms. Now they are colonizing the rest of Palestine that they conquered with the help of hundreds of billions of dollars in US military and economic aid. The Palestinians are the vicitims and it can only change if the US cuts off aid to Israel and pressures them into ending their apartheid system and occupation.
Fortunately Obama is not as vulnerable as past presidents and all congressmen are to intimidation used by US Jewish groups.
Ok Andisheh this whole Creation Loafing thing is a bug joke. So I say like that Neil Young song, you a coin that cant git tossed., eh?
Anyway, I vote for drunk! (No N. Korean nookyullar skientist in his ?right? mind, trying to impress what?...even N. Korean scientists know there's no future in that, eh?)
And since I'm drunk right now I can tell that detonating a nookyullar device would be the perfect start to a great weekend on Wednesday night. So hey, here you go.....BOOM! up No Dong's Ass, eh? OH YEAH!! If I had one, I'd sure as hell detonate it right about......NOW!
Old man take a look at my life...rolling home to...whatever... BOOM! take that No Dong.
I just realized I rule the world. And not only that, I'm invisible. BOOM! OHHH YEAH!
But that's way different from Iran. They don't have any nukes at all right now, but pretty soon they might, just maybe, not sayin' they will but they could be as stupid as No Dong. But we better let him just totally do his thing and meanwhile kill everybogy in Iran just in case.
Pick your poison my brethren (and sisterin) it's the street or the ditch! As for me, I'm goin' down in a blaze of.... ??
OHHH YEAH! BOOM! BANG!! SLAM!!!!
Life is good
Last week, the Israeli parliament passed legislation - and it wasn't close - making it a crime punishable by a year in prison to make a statement denying that Israel is a Jewish and democratic state. Among other things, this is a good way to get Palestinian-Israeli representatives out of parliament - there is no way any self-respecting Arab is going answer the question in the affirmative. Of course, that this 'democracy' would pass such an oxymoronic law says it all.
Actually, Netanyahu has three goals - the third - actually the first - is to stall on peace negotiations as long as possible until Israel has absorbed so much of what remains of Palestine that the world can foreclose on the possibility of statehood.
Lieberman may be a psychopath but I would not say that this is his modus operandi. He comes out a very authoritarian, anti-humanitarian, and racist Soviet regime - and his forebears, like that of most European-descended Israelis, were raised with disdain for the political notion of the liberal democratic state. Let's remember that the ancestors of today's Likudniks were open admirers of 'Blood and Soil' Fascism -even Nazism. Where they differed from the German version was on who was to be the victim. Lieberman is now free to pursue those historical goals.
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