10/28 U.S. v. "Foreign Fighters": "Expansive Definition": U.S. Wars Now "Self-Defense"; CIA Drones Kill 20 in Pakistan


[note:Even the army apparently is not quite up to speed on emerging - definitions, announcing U.S. military helicopters carried the now-non-US military special forces "self-defense" attack on Syria]

US special forces launch rare attack inside Syria - U.S. Army
U.S. military helicopters launched an extremely rare attack Sunday on Syrian territory close to the border with Iraq, killing eight people in a strike the government in Damascus condemned as "serious aggression."A U.S. military official said the raid by special forces ... "We are taking matters into our own hands," the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of cross-border raids.
The attack came just days after the commander of U.S. forces in western Iraq said American troops were redoubling efforts to secure the Syrian border, which he called an "uncontrolled" gateway for fighters entering Iraq The U.S. military in Baghdad did not immediately respond to a request for comment after Sunday's raid

U.S. Officials Confirm Commando Raid on Syria
...The timing was startling, not least because American officials had praised Syria in recent months for its efforts to halt traffic across the border.

10/27 WAR: U.S.Attacks Syria, and Pakistan Again; Mitigation Myth; Biden: Prepare for Deeply Unpopular Decisions


U.S. official confirmed attack by Special Forces to NBC's Richard Engel -- "al qaeda" the usual pretext

DEBKAfile’s military sources report: This was not the first US military incursion of Syria. Previous US strikes on Syrian soil in 2004 and 2005 targeted al Qaeda exit points to Iraq and involved bombardments and clashes with Syrian border units. These US attacks were discontinued for three years. Sunday’s operation was an extension of the US-Iraqi offensive to purge the northern Iraqi town of Mosul and northern Syria of al Qaeda elements, the jihadists’ last two strong bastions in the region.
According to eye witnesses, 8 US troops dropped by at least 2 helicopters stormed a farm house in Sukkariya and killed 8 people before flying back to Iraq. Damascus announced it held US forces responsible for “this aggression and all its repercussions.” It called on the Iraqi government to launch an immediate investigation into “this serious violation and prevent the use of Iraqi territory for aggression against Syria."...
DEBKAfile’s political sources note that the northern Syrian operation bears strongly on the US presidential campaign 10 days before voting. Both candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, will no doubt comment and if the attacks continue and meet with Syrian reprisal, they could become a focal campaign theme.[digest: apparently candidates not yet authorized to speak]

US cross-border incursions from Afghanistan drones firing missiles at Taliban and al Qaeda havens in Pakistan are ongoing. The latest attack took place Sunday night killing up to 20 insurgents.

Pakistan: Another Suspected U.S. missile strike reported

Palestine Solidarity Principles of Unity

In April of 2008, NECDP held a conference entitled "Struggle for the Land: Imperialist Zionism and the Repression of Anti-Colonial Movements." The following document is a product of the workshops and the series of discussions that followed. We send it out as a call to organizers in movements for social and political change to adopt anti Imperialist-Zionist principles as part of their work.


Palestine Solidarity Principles of Unity

* Confront Racism and Colonialism! : Imperialist Zionism is a form of white supremacy and European colonialism. "Israel" was founded on Zionism and is therefore an unjust and illegitimate state.

* Right to Return and Reclaim Land: Palestinians have a right to return and reclaim all of their historic land. All of historic Palestine should be decolonized.

* Right to Resist: Palestinians have the right to resist colonization and genocide and the theft of their land and resources. This includes the right to resist settlers (the primary genocidal force in Palestine) and the military. The struggle of the Palestinian people is part of a regional struggle against US, European, and Zionist imperialism.

Fighting Imperialist Zionism

Why should movements for social and political change adopt anti-Imperialist-Zionist principles as part of their work?

10/24 The Treachery of Noam Chomsky & Liberal Imperialist-Zionism

from Arabian Sights....

“...a few years later [after the establishment of the state] I spent several very happy months working in a Kibbutz and for several years thought seriously about returning permanently. Some of my closest friends, including several who have had a significant influence on my own thinking over the years, now live in Kibbutzim or elsewhere in Israel and I retain close connections that are quite separate from any political judgments and attitudes. I mention all of this to make clear that I inevitably view the continuing conflict from a very specific point of view, colored by these personal relationships. Perhaps [??!!] this personal history distorts my perspective.”

Noam Chomsky

Protecting Israel: Chomsky's Way
Ghali Hassan

I've been involved in this since childhood in the 1930s. I was part of the Zionist movement, in fact, a Zionist youth leader, but I was opposed to a Jewish state, and that was part of the Zionist movement at the time. It was not the main part, but it was considered within the umbrella, so I could be an activist Zionist youth leader-the main thing in my life as a teenager- but opposed to a Jewish state, up until 1948.

Noam Chomsky

“Freedom is messy...Stuff happens...Free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things. They're also free to live their lives and do wonderful things, and that's what's going to happen here.”
Donald Rumsfeld
Donald R

Do you believe Israel should exist, why and in what form ? NICK HARRIS

10/23 Revealing Obama Endorsers; Rand: US Loses War with China; Robots to Detect Uncooperative Humans

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien: Obama's New Advisor Stands By His War Crimes
Chris Floyd
... Barack Obama's brand-new foreign policy advisor, Colin Powell, wants you to know that he continues to support the decision to launch a war of aggression against Iraq in March 2003 -- an act that, according to principles established by the United States and its allies at Nuremberg in 1945, is a war crime punishable by death. In fact, the only thing that Powell -- the wise and steady statesman, the "grown-up," the "moderate" -- can find to criticize in the conduct of the war he helped launch is the fact that it wasn't savage enough to begin with (...) The fact that a gang of militarist extremists -- including good old moderate Colin Powell -- murdered a million innocent people in a blatant war crime committed in America's name is not... "fruitful to pursue," to quote Obama's own ringing phrase about his adamant opposition to any impeachment proceedings against the Bush Faction. But beyond Powell's understandable anxiety to shift attention away from the period of his criminal complicity, look again at this passage from his statement. Meditate on it, let it sink in deeply: concern was not my past or what happened in Iraq, but where we're going in the future. His concern is not "what happened in Iraq." This encapsulates perfectly the view of the entire bipartisan foreign policy establishment.

First Colin Powell, Now…
George Packer, New Yorker Magazine
Ken Adelman, a lifelong conservative Republican...campaigned for Goldwater, was hired by Rumsfeld at the Office of Economic Opportunity under Nixon, was assistant to Defense Secretary Rumsfeld under Ford, served as Reagan’s director of arms control, and joined the Defense Policy Board for Rumsfeld’s second go-round at the Pentagon, in 2001... a bona-fide hawk ... intends to vote for Barack Obama.

10/22/08 "A Generated Crisis": What, Where, Whose and Why?

the digest: MICRO EVENT: First, Mr-foreign-policy- let's-eliminate-Iraq-Biden, announces a world crisis, then General- fabricator-Iraq WMDs--Powell further defined ('what we don't even know about right now') Biden's promise of a 'generated international crisis less than 6 months after Obama's election, by pinning down the VP's forecast that ('we can't even know about right now) "there's going to be a crisis which will come along on the 21st, 22nd of January that we don't even know about right now."

Colin Powell Echoes Biden Obama will be tested ".... on the 21st, 22nd of January that we don't even know about right now."
Steve Watson
Oct 21, 2008

10/21 Beware Biden's Crystal Ball "it will not be 6 months...we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis..."

as if 'THE WORLD' has been attacking U.S....
"Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."

The Bagman Cometh: Obama Embraces War Criminal's Endorsement
Chris Floyd
... it is not too much of a stretch to say that Colin Powell is more responsible for the mass murder spree in Iraq than any other person except George W. Bush, who gave the actual order for the hit... Powell's reputation as a wise, moderate, impartial statesman -- the very thing that made him the most effective shill for the war crime in Iraq -- was itself almost entirely a fiction. By the time he made his shameless UN appearance, Powell had already spent almost four decades as a bagman -- and frontman -- for some of the most vicious and ugly elements in American politics and government. From the My Lai massacre to Iran-Contra, from Washington's long and murderous collusion with Saddam to its long and murderous campaigns to remove him, Powell has been instrumental in perpetrating or covering up atrocities and abominations on a gigantic scale. [For details, see Robert Parry's investigation, "The Truth About Colin Powell."]...

10/20/08 The Genocidal History of the "First" World Parasite

from Arabian Sights.....

"Time's glory is to...unmask falsehood and bring truth to light...To wrong the wronger till he render right."
William Shakespeare

"...Say I was to stumble into your backyard, and then have the audacity to stick flag in the ground and give this 'new land' a name I see fit. That's ridiculous. So is celebrating Columbus Day...

Columbus: a hero? Yes, for Slavery, Colonization, Genocide, Racism, Religious Fanaticism, and Human and Environmental Exploitation.
Yet we do not only condone Christopher Columbus in the United States of America, we honor his life by celebrating and observing a holiday in his name. On second thought though, slavery and genocide are as American as apple pie..."
Max Kantar
Columbus Day: American As Apple Pie

This wasn't just the story of Hispaniola; the same has been done to indigenous peoples worldwide. Slavery, apartheid, and the entire concept of conservative Darwinian Economics, have been used to justify continued suffering by masses of human beings... The story of Columbus and the Taino is just one example... It is our way of life. It comes out of our foundational cultural notions..." Thom Hartmann


Celebrating Columbus is Blasphemy
Brian Willson
October 12, Columbus Day, 1999
The European invasion and domination of the "New World," i.e., the Columbus Enterprise, set the pattern for centuries. It continues. This pattern has produced the most egregious genocide of ancient native cultures in world history. Columbus revealed a new arrogant attitude in the hemisphere when he entered into his diary in 1492, upon being greeted by the Arawak natives on the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola: "They would make fine servants...With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want."

10/19 Pakistan's US dirty work in Afghanistan; Israel Says" Russia Destabilizing ME"; U.S.:Aid' Buys Israeli WMD

Civilian Dead a Trade-off in Nato's War of Barbarity
The killing of innocent Afghans by US bombs is the result of a calculation, not just a mistake. And it is fuelling resistance
By Seumas Milne October 16 2008
...This is the conflict western politicians and media continue to urge their reluctant populations to support as a war for civilisation. In reality, it is a war of barbarity, whose contempt for the value of Afghan life has fuelled the very resistance that western military and political leaders are now unable to contain.
In this year alone, for every occupation soldier killed, at least three Afghan civilians have died at the hands of occupation forces. They include the 95 people, 60 of them children, killed by a US air assault in Azizabad in August; the 47 wedding guests dismembered by US bombardment in Nangarhar in July - US forces have a particular habit of attacking weddings; and the four women and children killed in a British rocket barrage six weeks ago in Sangin.

By far the most comprehensive research into Afghan casualties over the past seven years has been carried out by Marc Herold, a US professor at the University of New Hampshire. In his latest findings, Herold estimates that the number of civilians directly killed by the US and other Nato forces since 2006, up to 3,273, is already higher than the toll exacted by the devastating three-month bombardment that ousted the Taliban regime in 2001. And over the past year civilian deaths at the hands of Nato forces have tripled, despite changes in rules of engagement.

10/17 US Weakest Link:Urban Slums; "Many confuse homeland security/HS with terrorism... terrorism Is one element of HS

Global credit crunch will hit developing countries - World Bank
IRIN News Service
Ahead of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meetings on 13 October, the World Bank reports that “countries already suffering food and fuel price inflation may now also see declines in exports, trade and investment as a result of financial turmoil that is becoming increasingly global.” “The stark reality is that developing countries must prepare for a drop in trade, capital flows, remittances, and domestic investment, as well as a slowdown in growth,” says Robert Zoellick, the World Bank Group president. Meanwhile, in their new report to be presented on 12 October entitled Rising Food and Fuel Prices: Addressing the Risks to Future Generations, the World Bank forecasts that “the number of malnourished people globally will grow by 44 million, to 967 million, in 2008 , after several countries experienced double-digit food inflation.”,,contentMDK:21931834~pag...

Pentagon Wants $450 Billion Increase Over Next Five Years
Pentagon officials have prepared a new estimate for defense spending that is $450 billion more over the next five years than previously announced figures. The new estimate, which the Pentagon plans to release shortly before President [sic] Bush leaves office, would serve as a marker for the new president and is meant to place pressure on him to either drastically increase the size of the defense budget or defend any reluctance to do so, according to several former senior budget officials who are close to the discussions.

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The New America Foundation: Time for a U.S.-Iranian 'Grand Bargain'

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