8/24 Same New World Order; 'Biden's' US Exit Strategy; Saakashvili's NGO Puppet Masters; Police-State Denver: No 'HR Activists

"...For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced. . . . “
Frederick Douglass - July 4, 1852

Go search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival. - Frederick Douglass - July 4, 1852

911, Greenlight for U.S. World War
Report Says Fire, Not Explosion, Felled 7 W.T.C.
The report says evidence does not support the speculation that explosives or fuel fires were responsible for the building's collapse on Sept. 11, 2001.

Views of WTC7 collapsing 9/11: http://www.wtc7.net/videos.html Recorded eyewitness testimony and video evidence http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5864an4_w6Q heard led to claims that WTC7 was brought down with explosives in a controlled demolition and demands for an immediate investigation...

Federal agency declares 'new phenomenon' downed WTC 7, architect & engineer activists cry foul
The building's demise occurred some seven hours after the twin towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, and has been the source of numerous conspiracy theories key to the "9/11 Truth" movement, most of which argue that the symmetrical, seven-second collapse was brought about by a controlled demolition.Dr. Shyam Sunder, director of Institute's building and fire research laboratory, oversaw the government's three-year research efforts. The report aims to disprove the controlled demolition argument.
However, Richard Gage, founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth and a member of the American Institute of Architects...which has swelled to over 400 architectural and engineering professionals, immediately responded to the Institute's claim in a press conference. "Tons of [molten metal] was found 21 days after the attack," said Gage in an interview with a Vancouver, Canada television station. "Steel doesn't begin to melt until 2,700 degrees, which is much hotter than what these fires could have caused."
"There are holes in this story that you can drive a truck through," Gage added during the press conference. His group asserts that thermite, a steel cutting agent, was used to bring the building down... Further details from the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth press conference are forthcoming.

revolting puppets 'protest'...
Afghan Leader Assails Airstrike He Says Killed 95
Hamid Karzai strongly condemned a coalition airstrike he said killed up to 95 Afghan civilians.

"Collateral" Women And Children: Airstrike Kills 76 Civilians In Afghanistan
Winter Patriot
When you're busy exporting "democracy", this sort of thing happens: Coalition air strikes kill 76 Afghan civilians: government KABUL, Aug 22 (AFP) - An operation by international forces in western Afghanistan Friday killed 76 civilians, most of them women and children, the Afghan interior ministry said... Military spokesmen call it "collateral damage", sufficiently vague to cover all manner of atrocities... when the citizens of an occupied country strike against the occupying foreigners, that's called "terrorism"....

as if this is just future possibility & not an old bone of contention with Musharaff getting public flack for it...
Pentagon considers independent operations in Pakistan: report:
There is a growing belief within the US government that the new leadership in Islamabad has proved to be ineffectual in the fight against the militants.

u.s. gets their man...for the moment
Fractious Coalition in Pakistan Breaks Apart
Nawaz Sharif, the head of the minority party, said his members would leave the alliance, citing broken promises by the leader of the major party.It is expected that Mr. Zardari will prevail in the presidential vote.... Mr. Sharif released an accord signed by him and Mr. Zardari on Aug. 7.The document shows that they agreed that all the judges would be restored by an executive order one day after Mr. Musharraf’s impeachment or resignation. But Mr. Zardari stalled. Mr. Zardari has consistently opposed the reappointment of Mr. Chaudhry since the coalition came together after parliamentary elections on Feb. 18. Mr. Zardari’s objection appears grounded in a fear that the judge would undo the amnesty granted to Mr. Zardari on corruption charges when he returned from exile after the death of his wife. Mr. Zardari served in the government in the 1990s, when Ms. Bhutto was twice prime minister. He spent more than eight years in jail on various corruption charges that were dropped on his return... Mr. Zardari has emerged as the chief political force in Pakistan, and he appears to have the backing of the Bush administration as he moves toward the presidency. In the past two days, Mr. Zardari’s statements have increasingly coincided with Washington’s policies, particularly on the campaign against terrorism...http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/26/world/asia/26pstan.html?8au&emc=au

pivotal pick-a-Pakistan-puppet problem
After Musharraf, U.S. Struggles to Find New Pakistan Ally Against Taliban
...Asif Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and Yousaf Raza Gilani are less than ideal for Washington....

By Pepe Escobar
The plan [to break up Iraq] allegedly conceived by David Philip, former White House adviser working for the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)[...]

Historically Speaking: A 'Plan B' for Iraq
By Brig. Gen. John S. Brown, U.S. Army retired
A benign partition of Iraq is unlikely to occur without our help. We could start by redesigning assistance to the Iraqi Army along ethnic lines, fielding units prepared to police and defend their own ethnic enclaves. We could deal with the ethnic leadership as it now exists, providing the reasonable assistance and advice... This could include aid to militias we have heretofore spurned—or even fought. Fortuitously, the ethnic leadership that has risen to the top does have some electoral legitimacy, which we should encourage. We could assist in identifying sensible zones of separation and assist in developing the defenses that will secure them... Since the Shiites and Kurds will get far more oil than the Sunnis, targeted economic assistance would be part of the equation as well. We could remove our soldiers from the streets of Iraq and as far into inaccessible deserts and mountains as possible. Their jobs would be to train Iraqis in secure locations, foray against identifiable international terrorists and respond to requests to bring massive firepower to bear on those who violate zones of separation or international boundaries... foreigners should not be allowed to preclude the right to national self-determination within Iraq. If in 10 years oil flows and three stable Mesopotamian nations are tied to the United States by gratitude and dependency, is that not a victory of sorts?

as if it's about politicians' personal preferences, positions and decisions
Obama Chooses Biden as Running Mate
Mr. Obama’s selection ended a two-month search that was conducted almost entirely in secret. It reflected a critical strategic choice by Mr. Obama: To go with a running mate who could reassure voters about gaps in his résumé, rather than to pick someone who could deliver a state or reinforce Mr. Obama’s message of change.
Mr. Biden is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and is familiar with foreign leaders and diplomats around the world. Although he initially voted to authorize the war in Iraq — Mr. Obama opposed it from the start — Mr. Biden became a persistent critic of President George W. Bush’s policies in Iraq.
“There has been no harsher critic of Barack Obama’s lack of experience than Joe Biden. Biden has denounced Barack Obama’s poor foreign policy judgment and has strongly argued in his own words what Americans are quickly realizing — that Barack Obama is not ready to be President,”...The choice...in some ways mirrors the choice by Mr. Bush of Dick Cheney as his running mate in 2000...Chief among Mr. Biden’s strengths is his familiarity with foreign policy and national security issues, highlighted just this past weekend with the invitation he received from the embattled president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, to visit Georgia in the midst of its tense faceoff with Russia....

Biden: “On the Threshold of the New World Order: A Rebirth for the United Nations,”
..."Thus, in setting an American agenda for a new world order, we must begin with a profound alteration in traditional thought,"... Biden said the United States should "buttress stable democracy in the former Soviet empire" and "champion the cause of democracy in China...." the United States should deliver more "educational and professional" assistance to the countries of the former Soviet Union. The goal to "foster the conditions and institutions necessary for a free economy and a free body politic to thrive."...Very little money would be needed from the American government to make great strides toward assisting in the privatization of the former Soviet Union, Biden said....
"NATO should abandon its anachronistic posture-the defense of allied territory against direct attack-to make a great leap forward and adopt peace-keeping outside NATO territory as a formal alliance mission," he said. Biden also attacked Bush's handling of human rights' violations in China... "The president has opposed every congressional effort to impose serious sanctions or even link trade to more reasonable Chinese policies on human rights and the sale of dangerously destabilizing arms," he said.... American foreign policy should leave no doubt-and the Bush administration has left much doubt- that the United States stands squarely on the side of China's brave and aspiring democrats-to whom power will ultimately flow." ... University of Delware http://www.udel.edu/PR/UpDate/93/9/19.html UpDate - Vol. 12, No. 9, Page 1 October 29, 1992. http://www.infowars.com/?p=4140

Unity Through Autonomy in Iraq
Published: May 1, 2006
America must get beyond the present false choice between "staying the course" and "bringing the troops home now" and choose a third way that would wind down our military presence responsibly while preventing chaos and preserving our key security goals. The idea, as in Bosnia, is to maintain a united Iraq by decentralizing it, giving each ethno-religious group — Kurd, Sunni Arab and Shiite Arab — room to run its own affairs, while leaving the central government in charge of common interests. We could drive this in place with irresistible sweeteners for the Sunnis to join in, a plan designed by the military for withdrawing and redeploying American forces, and a regional nonaggression pact.[...]
Joseph R. Biden Jr., Democrat of Delaware, is the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Leslie H. Gelb is the president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations.

U.S.-Iraq forbids attacks against Iraq's neighboring countries
The Iraqi foreign minister on Thursday said the deal between his country and the U.S. would not allow attacks against Iraq's neighboring countries.Speaking at a joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Iraqi FM Hoshyar Zebari said "the security agreement with the U.S. states Iraq will not be used as launchpad for attacks against other countries."...

The United States Institute of Peace
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to link to the Iraq Study Group report from your Web site, http://www.usip.org/isg/iraq_study_group_report/report/1206/index.html

Review of Other Plans for Iraq
Here is a review of some of the plans that are currently relevant to the situation. It is helpful to understand the strengths and weaknesses in each of them.
Iraq Study Group Report (ISG report)
Joe Biden’s and Leslie Gelb’s Plan For Iraq
New York Times, May 1, 2006

NYT 'forgot' Biden's 'ending Iraq' contribution: promoting the bipartisan think-tank strategy to eliminate Iraq by dividing it into 3 parts
U.S. Considers Dividing Iraq Into Three Separate States After Saddam Is Gone
FORECASTS & TRENDS, Oct 1, 2002 http://www.profutures.comarticle.php/91/%20
Stratfor.com http://www.stratfor.com/ reports that one of the leading long-term strategies being considered by US war planners is to divide Iraq into three separate regions. Under this plan Iraq would cease to exist. [...]

2004 Rand study “U.S. Strategy in the Muslim World After 9/11”suggests exploiting Sunni, Shiite and Arab, non-Arab divides to promote US policy objectives in the Muslim world[..]

Iraq's Partition Underway
The discussion within the U.S. foreign policy establishment on the future of Iraq has come to a conclusion. The U.S. will, now officially, work to dissolve the Iraqi nation and state into three independent statelets under a powerless sham national government and, of course, total U.S. control (...) As Col. Lang emphasizes, the seeds for partitioning were laid with order to disband the Iraqi army and the de-Baathification of the Iraqi government, i.e. its total annulment. The idea of partitioning Iraq may have been the very reason for the war. The New Middle East expression goes back to the "Clean Break" document (below) prepared 1996 by U.S. for Israel's Netanyahu government. So, three (or more) states will exist around the three major cities: Basra, Baghdad and Mosul, and Shi'ite areas in the south will separate from the Sunni and Kurdish north. http://www.israeleconomy.org/strat1.htm
Following is the policy blueprint prepared for incoming Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu by The U.S. Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies "Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000." The main substantive ideas in this paper emerge from a discussion in which prominent opinion makers, including Richard Perle, James Colbert, Charles Fairbanks, Jr., Douglas Feith, Robert Loewenberg, David Wurmser, and Meyrav Wurmser participated.

as if it's a personal belief...
Shalom TV 04 aprile 2007

The U.S. plan to divide Iraq on ethnic and religious lines and control its wealth was prepared years before the war. It was no secret.
The invasion and occupation of Iraq: premeditated murderous aggression
By Ghali Hassan
From the big lie of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) invented in Washington and London to the big lie of Abu Mussab Al-Zarqawi, the alleged Al-Qaeda mastermind, resort to deception is the art of Western powers. Despite mounting evidence that Al-Zarqawi was killed in northern Iraq at the beginning of the war, his phantom is used to justify the ongoing atrocities in Iraq. "[Al-Zarqawi's] family, in Jordan, even held a ceremony after his death," said Jawad Al-Khalessi, a Muslim Imam in Baghdad. "Abu Mussab Al-Zarqawi is thus a bogyman used by the Americans, an excuse to continue the occupation. He's simply an invention by the occupiers to divide the people," added Al-Khalessi.

The alleged presence of Al-Zarqawi has two important purposes for the U.S. Occupation: it provides a way to distort the image of the legitimate Iraqi Resistance; and it allows the occupying forces to present the war of Occupation as a war against Al-Qaeda, the created enemy. Al-Qaeda has replaced Communism...Just before the destruction of the city of Fallujah, in which thousands of innocent men, women and children have been murdered, U.S. forces justified the assault as a necessary step to "enhance democracy" and "flush-out" Al-Zarqawi and his men. After Fallujah was destroyed, and a large number of its people were slaughtered by U.S. forces, Al-Zarqawi was not found—because he died a long time ago. Fallujah has since become the symbol of Iraqi Resistance. During the U.S. attacks on Mosul, Ramadi and Al-Qaim, the phantom of Al-Zarqawi continues to play an important role in Western propaganda. It was reported that Al-Zarqawi had survived the assault on Fallujah and is fighting the U.S. forces on many fronts. Nothing could be further from the truth. The attacks were directed primarily against members of the Iraqi Resistance and the Iraqi population at large. "Al-Zarqawi is nothing more than a weapon of mass deception in the hands of the US army, which enables the latter to hide its 'black propaganda' activities, used to mount the population against the [Resistance]," said Mohamed Hassan, a former Ethiopian diplomat and Middle East specialist. The U.S. attacks on the city of Tal Afar have also been justified as a "necessary operation against Al-Zarqawi and his groups of foreign fighters." A sole journalist from the Iraqi daily Azzaman, who was the only journalist in town, refused to support the U.S. version...

We know who is waging a war of terror on the defenceless people of Iraq. It isn't Al-Qaeda or Al-Zarqawi: it is the U.S. and Britain terrorising the Iraqi people on a daily basis. Iraq is not the frontline of terrorism; the Iraqi people are defending themselves and their country against terrorism. Iraqi sources argued rightly that the U.S. forces and their collaborators are behind every major sectarian killing and kidnapping in the country. The promotion of Shiite-Sunni conflict is the creation of U.S. forces. The attacks on specific religious groups, such as on Shiites, were aimed at provoking sectarian strife among Iraqis. After every large killing of civilians, the U.S. and mainstream media are deliberately blaming the Iraqi Resistance for the violence. The main aim is to distort the image of the Resistance and weaken its popular support in Iraq and abroad... The U.S. plan to divide Iraq—on ethnic and religious lines—and control its wealth was prepared several years before the war.[...] http://www.onlinejournal.org/Special_Reports/092405Hassan/092405hassan.h...

Iraq Study Group: America ponders cutting Iraq in three
Sarah Baxter, Washington
The Sunday Times
October 8, 2006

state terrorist means to the end...
"We all know the U.S. military is using the name of al-Qaeda to cover attacks against our national resistance fighters and civilians... "
Hilmi Saed, Iraqi journalist to Ali al-Fadhily ,Baghdad-based partner of correspondent Dahr Jamail

P20G: Into the Dark: The Pentagon Plan to Foment Terrorism
From the Moscow Times, Nov. 1, 2002.
Darkness Visible: The Pentagon Plan to Foment Terrorism is Now in Operation (2005)
From the Moscow Times, Jan. 25, 2005. This is the follow-up to "Into the Dark."

The Pentagon is Fomenting the Civil War in Iraq
. . . the Salvador Option has been invoked in Iraq. This is the campaign of terror by death squads armed and trained by the US, which attack Sunnis and Shias. The goal is the incitement of a real civil war and the break-up of Iraq, the original war aim of Bush's administration. The ministry of the interior in Baghdad, run by the CIA, directs the principal death squads. Their members are not exclusively Shia, as the myth goes. The most brutal are the Sunni-led Special Police Commandos, headed by former senior officers in Saddam's Ba'ath Party. This unit was formed and trained by CIA "counter-insurgency" experts, including veterans of the CIA's terror operations in central America in the 1980s, notably El Salvador. . . .

The Pentagon’s “Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG)” is behind many of the terrorist attacks in Iraq.... car bombings,assassinations, sabotage, kidnappings and attacks on mosques...designed to cause violence and discord between Sunnis and Shiites. P2OG in collusion with Israeli IDF and MOSSAD operatives are responsible for a series of secret covert operations to create an all out civil war in Iraq. The ultimate purpose is to dismember the country and make it easier for the USA achieve complete control...
As part of the Pentagon’s well funded programme, the CIA and Israeli MOSSAD have been training and arming the Kurds for terror raids inside Iraq. The Israeli operatives are also helping train US special forces in aggressive counter-insurgency operations, including the use of assassination squads against guerrilla leaders, prominent Iraqi academics, scientists, politicians and religious leaders. Their first major operation was the bombing on February 22, 2006 of the Shiite Askariya shrine in Samarra, also known as the Golden Mosque[...]

Civil war likely in Iraq, not necessarily negative
Tony Jones Interview with Daniel Pipes
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 02/03/06
DR DANIEL PIPES: ...should there be a civil war in Iraq, there are various trends which will be disrupted, trends which I think are negative... in the first place, there would be fewer attacks on our forces in Iraq as they fight each other. More broadly outside Iraq. There would be fewer attacks on us as the Shi’ites and the Sunnis attack each other. The imperative that the US Government, in particular, has been following would be shunted aside - an imperative which I think has led to negative results, because the victors in democracy, whether it be Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have in all these cases been our most extreme enemies - the Islamists. And I think as developments in Iraq slow down the democracy process, so it will elsewhere and we will be the better for it. …

Plan B for Iraq [Archive] - Armed Forces Journal Forums
Remember the old English rulers golden formulae of ‘divide and rule’.
The odds of Iraq surviving as a constitutional democracy with its present borders intact are down to 50/50. While it's still too soon to give up on the effort to let free elections decide the future of one Arab-majority state, 2007 will be the year in which the Iraqis themselves determine whether our continued sacrifice is justified, or if Iraq is fated to become yet another catastrophic Arab failure. http://www.armedforcesjournal.com/2006/11/2129512

Iraq: Divide and Rule, 'Ethnic Cleansing Works': Sunni, Shia violence, death squads, and civil war in Iraq
October 10, 2006
by Enver Masud, The Wisdom Fund
In a letter to President Clinton in 1998, the Project for the New American Century (PNAC),the global domination project of the neoconservatives, which includes elements of Israel's "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm", urged him to remove Saddam Hussein from power in order to secure "our vital interests in the Gulf" that holds "a significant portion of the world's supply of oil." This probably wouldn't happen, they said, unless "some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor" took place.

September 11, 2001 became the new Pearl Harbor.

The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, issued by the Bush administration in September 2002, said: "The events of September 11, 2001, opened vast, new opportunities." But the decision to invade Iraq had been made much earlier...Thus began a campaign to deceive the world, and in particular the American people -- the high point of which was Secretary of State Colin Powell's infamous presentation to the UN Security Council in February 2003 to justify the invasion of Iraq "evidence" of Iraq's possessing weapons of mass destruction conjured up by the Office of Special Plans in the Pentagon.

In May 2005, the Sunday Times revealed the secret Downing Street memo: "Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." In June 2005, the Sunday Times revealed: "MINISTERS were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal."

Now a U.S. commission is about to recommend carving up Iraq as the solution to Iraq's "sectarian violence". "Iraq's sectarian bloodshed is Made in the USA" say Erik Leaver and Raed Jarrar. Writing in Asia Times they say, "Iraq never had a history of sectarian conflicts. U.S. policy choices provided a perfect road map for starting one."

The policy choices appear to have been calculated, and deliberate.

Thomas H. Henriksen wrote in the Hoover Digest:
"From the founding of the United States, the federal government has relied on subterfuge, skullduggery, and secret operations to advance American interests. . . . The post-invasion stage in Iraq also is an interesting case study of fanning discontent among enemies, . . . Like their SOG predecessors in Vietnam, U.S. elite forces in Iraq turned to fostering infighting among their Iraqi adversaries on the tactical and operational level."

Investigative reporter and author James Bamford writes in "A Pretext for War":
"... among the things they were trained to do at Harvey Point was practice blowing up busses -- Palestinian-terrorist style. "We made a school bus disappear with about twenty pounds of U.S. C-4," said former CIA officer Robert Baer. . . . "We were also taught some of the really esoteric stuff like E-cell timers, improvising pressurized airplane bombs using a condom and aluminum foil, . . . By the end of the training, we could have taught an advanced terrorism course."

Pepe Escobar writing in Asia Times says:
"Pentagon financing of these myriad [Iraqi] militias and the active involvement of Allawi in all these operations suggest that the Pentagon itself is destabilizing the country it is supposed to control. Destination: civil war."

Robert Dreyfuss, who covers national security for Rolling Stone, says:
"Shiite death squads and about abuses by the paramilitary Badr Brigade, the secret army trained and run by Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Iraqi Sunnis and opposition leaders . . . have charged that the Iraqi government has been running assassination teams. The U.S., with its advisors, control of finances, and by the security it provides, controls the Iraqi government."...

So now we have this "independent commission" -- the Iraq Study Group, that wants to carve up Iraq into three regions.
The Iraq Study Group is led by co-chairs James A. Baker, III, a former Secretary of State, and Lee H. Hamilton, former Congressman. Other members of the study group include: Robert M. Gates, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Edwin Meese III , Sandra Day O'Connor, Leon E. Panetta, William J. Perry, Charles S. Robb, and Alan K. Simpson.
None among this group would appear to have a real appreciation for Iraq's culture and history, and the needs and aspirations of the Iraqi people. The group does have experience in covert operations, and in increasing profits for multinational corporations, and the military-industrial complex. In doing so, some have enriched themselves.

History leads us to believe that the recommendations of this "independent commission" will be designed to further the interests of their constituencies, and not of the Iraqi people.
Most of today's conflicts in present day Asia and Africa may be traced to imperial/colonial powers that occupied these lands, and carved them up for the benefit of the conquering Europeans. Carving up Iraq will continue this divide and rule.

"The de facto role of the US armed forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault. To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing", wrote Ralph Peters in the U.S. Army War College Quarterly in the Summer 1997.
In June 2006, Ralph Peters, writing in the Armed Forces Journal:
"As for those who refuse to 'think the unthinkable,' declaring that boundaries must not change and that's that, it pays to remember that boundaries have never stopped changing through the centuries. Borders have never been static, and many frontiers, from Congo through Kosovo to the Caucasus, are changing even now (as ambassadors and special representatives avert their eyes to study the shine on their wingtips). Oh, and one other dirty little secret from 5,000 years of history: Ethnic cleansing works",

Why the US Has Lost
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in1875
21 - 27 June 2007
By Abdul Ilah Albayaty and Hana Al Bayaty

The United States in Iraq is confronted by the force of a geopolitical society united for thousands of years. Resistance in Iraq is reported to be growing in size and spreading in its capacity to operate in an increasing number of provinces, blooming in further parts of the Iraqi territory. According to the US, it is by the intervention of foreign fighters. In reality, it is the revival of Iraqi nationalism and dignity. While the occupation and its lackey government continues to indiscriminately and massively incarcerate Iraqi citizens "suspected" of ties with the resistance, it seems unable to break its different expressions armed, political and popular, or to break the sympathy it enjoys from the population. Daily, ever larger movements of opinion express their rejection of the occupation and its puppet government. Despite spending billions in war funding and propaganda, how did the American imperial plan fail in Iraq?

First of all, its failure is due to the inability of the US administration to recognise the impossibility of breaking Iraq up into smaller conflicting states. The neocon adventure and miscalculation is based on several factors, including taking their wishes as realities, their blind and sole reliance on military force to achieve their agenda, the gathering of information from some marginal and alienated Iraqi exiles, and their avoidance of studying the historical, cultural and social characteristics of the country they were about to invade and aimed to control. Prior to the invasion, and throughout these four disastrous years of occupation, the US underestimated the strength and deep-rooted character of Iraq's nationalism and culture, which was bound to face US imperialist plans with steadfast resistance, emanating from all sections of Iraqi society, including the supposed bases of their allies.

The US naively thought that it could use the richness of Iraqi society, characterised by its historic cosmopolitanism and multi-confessionalism, in the attempt to divide it along sectarian lines and in order to control the entire society. It is running after a mirage. Iraq has been for thousands of years composed of numerous ethnicities and religious confessions living in solidarity with each other regardless of their differences: the Christians, the Sabbits, the Yeziidies are equally as attached to Iraq as Muslims, and they are as Iraqi as their Muslim brothers. All Iraqis, whatever their ethnicity, religion, sect or social appurtenance, are inheritors of all successive Iraqi civilisations and their history. The values of a common life in a geographical area called Iraq or Mesopotamia unifies them. Those who know Iraq, its unifying Arab Muslim identity and its history, are aware that those who wish to divide Iraq and subjugate it to the will of foreign powers will be confronted by the force of thousands of years of a united society, in addition to the geopolitical united interests of its regions and of its social constituents. Never in history could two states cohabitate the basin that is now called Iraq. It has always been in the interest of the people settling in this basin, throughout successive civilisations, to unite in a common geopolitical future. If, in the past, the two rivers were the unifying factors of all aspects of life in this entity called Iraq, now are added the role of culture, geopolitical interests and the common ownership of the land and its riches.

It is true that in Iraq there were several political groups who opposed the leadership of the Iraqi government prior to the invasion and destruction of Iraq. They have, as all oppositions, the right to oppose their national government. But some proposed themselves as collaborators with the imperial US and allies and their criminal plan of dividing their land, either by ignorance, greed, or for personal or sectarian reasons. They will be thrown with their paymaster's plan into the rubbish of history. They ignored Iraq's ancient and complex relation to its identity and its common relations to its neighbours, as well as its contemporary experience regarding imperialist policies towards its progress and development, especially those of the United States after being subject to 13 years of US-led crippling sanctions. Unlike these sectarian groups, the population itself, regardless of its confessional, ethnical or political affiliations, as has been proven by its heroic resistance to attempts to break up and divide Iraq, was not opposed to the unity and integrity of the Iraqi state....

Iraq is the area that used to be called Mesopotamia. All Iraqis are the daughters or sons of this history and are inheritors of all the successive civilisations that emerged in this land. Where the Sumerians invented writing, the Babylonians invented law; the Assyrians unified the region, followed by the Abbasid who introduced the advance of the "state of all its citizens" and of social solidarity in society, opening the path for the unifying Arab Muslim civilisation that survives proudly to this day. Since then, being Iraqi is based not on ethnicity or religion or sect but on being Iraqi. The Iraqi people are the expression of this heritage, regardless of their religion or ethnicity. Whenever Iraq could live in peace and have a stable state it proved it could participate in the enhancement of human culture and development and created great civilisations and regional orders. Baghdad is the cradle of the Arab Muslim civilisation. Iraq's destiny continues to be one of the markers that will decide Arab destiny. For Iraqis and Arabs in general, to destroy Baghdad is in fact an attempt to destroy their memory, identity and interests.

The geopolitical characteristics of Iraq have been, and will always be, a great influence on Iraq's history. It is of no surprise that the US chose to occupy Iraq in order to try to ensure its regional and world domination. By occupying Iraq, the US thought it could control the entire region and by extension maintain its unipolar hegemony. First, Iraq is a country rich in natural resources, whether in oil, gas or water. Second, it enjoys a median geographical position in the region. This position has always made it the centre of outside ambitions. No regional power could be considered as such without attempting either to control or weaken Iraq. Indeed, Iraq is a crossroads. Its land provides the necessary route and influence for Iran to access Syria, Jordan and the Mediterranean, and for Syria and Jordan as they look towards Iran and the Arabian Gulf basin. It is also the natural path from Turkey to the Gulf, and vice versa. Consequently, while being the centre of foreign designs, the security, stability and unity of Iraq are also a necessity for all these countries. Indeed, the slightest deterioration in relations between Iraq and any of its neighbours is automatically a setback for cooperation throughout the whole region while, on the other hand, any hegemony of one neighbour over Iraq is a setback for Iraq and all its neighbours.

What the US occupation and its allies did to Iraq does not only constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity; it will always be remembered as the first genocide of the 21st century. That the world, due to the bias of international media, is currently unaware of this does not change the reality that all Iraqis and Arabs know it. In perpetrating civilisational genocide, the US has committed moral suicide. Without attempting this genocide, American plans could not succeed. While perpetrating genocide, the US announced its moral ruin, and its plans will not succeed.

In order to divide Iraq, an ancient society existing for thousands of years, into three or more weak and conflicting protectorates, the US has to destroy all that unites the Iraqis; in other words, to conduct a policy that amounts to tabula rasa. This intended destruction necessarily encompasses: the state, culture, history, material heritage, society, economic sustainability, institutions, army, education system, health system, judicial system, infrastructure, communication facilities, national identity, indeed the very essence of Iraq. It must disrupt and destroy the existence of the living people and its moral values. It must ruin them for generations, if not all of history. It even needs to destroy the physical forms of cities. The occupation has offered nothing to the Iraqi people but an organised project of extermination based on the insanity of "creative chaos".

No statistic can embody the destruction the United States brought to Iraq. It decimated the Iraqi state and an entire popular classthe progressive middle class of Iraq that had proven its capacity to manage Iraqi resources independently and to the benefit of all, thereby saving Iraqis from poverty, disease, backwardness and ignorance; it pushed civil liberties, of men and women alike, back 50 years, destroying social guarantees; it killed more than a million while sending millions more into exile; it orchestrated death squads and looting and invented new horrors in torture and rape; in the name of bringing democracy, it brought material destruction on a mass scale to a people, aiming also to efface their psyche, culture, memory, social fabric, institutions and forms of administration, commerce, and everyday life; it even attacked Iraq's unborn generations with the 4.7 billion-year death of depleted uranium. The occupation resulted in the complete breakdown of public services, leaving unavailable even those as basic as water and electricity. In a land with a natural patrimony of 210 billion barrels of oil, under occupation Iraqis suffer shortages in fuel. It created a state of terror ...

Why all this waste? American strategists, while building their model for Iraq, missed or disregarded the fact that social movements are based on solid realities and lived experience, and cannot just be created on the whim of a political decision, through insidious forms of pressure or by an all-out military assault on a poor population. By thinking that they could win in Iraq, US administrators, think tanks, strategists and tacticians have only proven their simple arrogance and ignorance. They should read history, and analyze the objective realities. No foreign power was ever able to control Iraq... a small country with great dignity, a sophisticated ancient civilisational legacy, and a very experienced national patriotic movement. The US cannot break this people's will to live free and sovereign on its land, and over its resources, as all other peoples in the world.

The Occupation Of Iraq Is Not A Technical Issue
By Kamal al-Kisi, Translated By A. Sullivan
August 14th, 2008
Iraq - Kitabat - Original Article (Arabic)
It is the duty of the elites to work hard "for the sake of the homeland" in order to achieve the adjustment, correction and agreement that is required by the American administration. "Iraqi elites" view the occupation as if it were an everlasting, inevitable fate, impossible for the Iraqis to escape without the blessing of the Americans themselves.... viewing the troubles and tribulations of the occupation as, in essence, technical crises that need some corrections and modifications on the military, political, economic, and financial fronts...viewing the occupier as sincere in his desire and actions to establish a democratic Iraqi state with an impartial elected government headed by free, patriotic politicians. Many of the elites have come not to see in the existing occupation the appropriation of a free nation, the destruction of a country, and the subjugation of its people. Indeed the invasion and occupation of Iraq, its destruction, and the subjugation of its people is considered, by the United States of America, a technical matter which can be summarized as controlling the oil reserves of Iraq and the Middle East in order to exert its influence in dominating the world. Before and after the invasion, in a technical manner, the American administration set up a web o f military, economic, political, and financ! ial plan s and programs to control Iraq and completely annex it. Among the main components of this network: its exploitation of the oil resources and undermining of the standing ruling groups by "daylight robbers" appointed to dismantle the political, economic, social, and humanitarian systems which the Iraqis had established throughout their contemporary history. The American schemes in Iraq have produced networks of Israeli intelligence, mercenary companies, "political contractors", warlords, militias, and consultants, who have designed, implemented, and imposed an abominable sectarian, ethnically-fragmented constitution and oppressive, demeaning laws (the laws of Bremer, the oil law, the law for the election of provincial councils, the long-term agreement)...Iraq is an occupied country… one which the occupier invaded, enslaved, colonized, destroyed, killed, displaced, widowed, abandoned, divided, tore apart, raped, buried, condemned, imprisoned, pawned, despised, degraded, humiliated, and plundered. And after all that, it wants us to sign a truce, be accepting, work hard, obey, sanction, feel pride, laugh, and rejoice. No, it will not be… we will fight and pray and scream and slap and mourn and write and sing. We will drive the oppressors of the Iraqi land out by coming together to crush the fortress of the heretical tyrants.: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=46638

digest: NBC world news tonite summed up the Olympics, e.g. 'communist' China, on behalf of the u.s. govt. & its 'human rights activists', praising its glitter & gold but decrying its repressive regime, suppression and abuse of civil rights, protester pens.etc., no mention of the very timely terrorist breakouts Bush attributed to their 'hyper sensitivity about terrorism'. Next up, a fascist photo-op story of police state Denver, justified by 'threats' of disruption and earnest desire to protect the democratic process and national security.

Security With Advanced Technology Inc. will provide the weapons for the Denver Police Department with funding provided by a $50 million federal grant. The city plans to spend as much as half that amount on equipment, a senior adviser to Mayor John Hickenlooper said. Common Dreams

Suddenly, Denver ‘like a police state’
Tonda MacCharles, Toronto Star
August 25, 2008
Thousands of officers from more than a dozen city, state and federal law enforcement agencies move in
DENVER–They’re calling it “Gitmo on the Platte.”
With riot police on every downtown corner, security helicopters whomping overhead, news that police had secretly converted a northeast Denver warehouse into a detention centre enraged protesters and civil libertarians here yesterday who hoped for a different message with Barack Obama’s Democrats in town.
“It’s outrageous. All of this – it’s designed to intimidate us,” said Adam Jung, 28, a Missouri university student who led 2,000 demonstrators in a mostly peaceful anti-war march through downtown Denver.
Thousands of officers with more than a dozen federal, state and city security and law enforcement agencies are patrolling the site of the Democratic National Convention....
The city of Denver alone has spent $2.1 million on protective gear for police and passed bylaws to ban the hurling of feces or urine.Secret Service spokesperson Malcolm Wiley made no apologies for the overwhelming security presence, or massive makeshift jail that has civil libertarians crying foul. “That’s in place if folks decide to act unlawfully,” Wiley said in an interview with the Star. “Everybody’s rights will be considered there.”This is a security operation on a massive scale, akin to major international summits, that has been in planning since April 2007.
Wiley, a spokesperson for the joint information centre that is co-ordinating all aspects of security, won’t talk budget or staffing but riot police, canine units, airborne surveillance, nuclear weapons experts and intelligence analysts are all part of the mix.
The Associated Press reports the Secret Service budgeted more than $15 million for the Democratic and Republican conventions, but it will cost a couple of million more because of Obama’s decision to accept his party’s nomination at the open-air “Mile-High” stadium, Invesco Field.
Denver police have set up a security perimeter that closed traffic off for several blocks around the site of the convention, which officially gets underway today.
Two layers of metal grill fences surround the Pepsi Center, where 5,200 delegates and alternates will gather to hand Obama the official title of presidential nominee.
But the city has refused to disclose exactly how it is spending all the federal security money, which last month prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to file a civil lawsuit alleging the city is violating the Colorado Open Records Act.

China, Russia, Middle East, Oil & U.S. Geostrategy for Global Domination
1999 The Brookings Institution: China's Changing Oil Strategy and its Foreign Policy Implications
China's interest in preserving its energy security will remain the serious dividing line between the Chinese and the U.S. strategies in the region. Growing solidarity between Moscow and Beijing in their apprehension of the growing U.S. "hegemony" after the 1999 war in Yugoslavia will make these divisions even more difficult to surpass....the Middle East's share of China's oil imports, fluctuating roughly about 50%, could conceivably grow to 80% or more in the year 2010. Henceforth, with such a heavy dependence on the Middle East for oil, U.S. strategic domination over the entire region, including the whole lane of sea communications from the strait of Hormuz, will be perceived as the primary vulnerability of China's energy supply. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the key objective of China's oil strategy will be to avoid this strategic vulnerability.

''China's Distant Threat to U.S. Dominance in Asia''
NYT neoliberal mouthpiece: behind its vicious hypocrisy to mask U.S. state agenda, promoting the Brzezinski/Obama/Soros so-called 'soft-power' surge military complement
Beijing's Bad Faith Olympics
The Beijing Olympics still have one more day to run. But the final gold medal — for authoritarian image management — can already be safely awarded to China’s Communist Party leadership. Beijing got what it wanted out of this globally televised spectacular. It reaped a huge prestige bonanza that it will surely use to promote its international influence and, we fear, further tighten its grip at home. With these repression-scarred Olympics now drawing to a close, world leaders must tell Beijing that its failure to live up to its commitments will not be forgotten... In Beijing for the opening ceremony, Mr. Bush seemed eager to play the role of the apolitical sports fan, instead of publicly pressing China’s leaders on the ongoing Olympics crackdown...
To win the right to host these Games, China promised to honor the Olympic ideals of non-violence openness to the world and individual expression. Those promises were systematically broken, starting with this spring’s brutal repression in Tibet... as Human Rights Watch reported, they became a catalyst for intensified human-rights abuse. Mr. Bush has taken some note of China’s appalling human-rights record this summer — privately meeting with Chinese dissidents in Washington just before his visit to the Games and gently nudging his hosts on religious freedom while in Beijing. With these repression-scarred Olympics now drawing to a close, Mr. Bush and other world leaders must tell Beijing that its failure to live up to its Olympic commitments will neither be ignored nor forgotten. The medal count and DVD sales cannot be the last word on the Beijing Games.

from SPORTING IMPERIALIST POLITICS http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/84
The Olympic Charter ... introduced after American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos gave the Black Power salute on the podium at the 1968 Games in Mexico City.... bans any kind of “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda” in any Olympic venue or area. This includes the opening and closing ceremonies, the medal podiums and the Athletes’ Village....

u.s. olympic ideals: consistent with fascist amerikan history past & present
original 'Greek ideals' included slavery...
Aryan ideals, not ancient Greece, the inspiration behind flame tradition
Andy McSmith, 4/8/08
There is a two-word answer to those who think the Olympic torch is a symbol of harmony between nations that should be kept apart from politics – Adolf Hitler. The ceremony played out on the streets of Paris yesterday did not originate in ancient Greece, nor even in the 19th century, when the Olympic movement was revived. The entire ritual, with its pagan overtones, was devised by a German named Dr Carl Diem, who ran the 1936 Olympics in Berlin...He sold Josef Goebbels – in charge of media coverage of the Games – the idea that 3,422 young Aryan runners should carry burning torches along the 3,422km route from the Temple of Hera on Mount Olympus to the stadium in Berlin. It was his idea that the flame should be lit under the supervision of a High Priestess, using mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays, and passed from torch to torch along the way, so that when it arrived in the Berlin stadium it would have a quasi-sacred purity. The concept could hardly fail to appeal to the Nazis, who...saw ancient Greece as an Aryan forerunner of the Third Reich...The route from Olympus to Berlin conveniently passed through Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, and Czechoslovakia - countries where the Nazis wanted to extend their influence. Before long, all would be under German military occupation. In Hungary, the flame was serenaded by gypsy musicians who would later be rounded up and sent to death camps....
Despite its dark political overtones, the event was an unqualified success for the organisers, immortalised in a propaganda film by the Nazi director Leni Riefenstahl. The ritual has been repeated before each Olympics but not always with such organisational flair....Before yesterday, the flame had gone out just twice. It was extinguished by a sudden downpour in Montreal in 1976, when a worker scandalously relit it with a cigarette lighter, forgetting the pagan mystique involved; it should have been relit from a back-up torch. In 2004, it was blown out by a gust of wind. Yesterday's events pushed the number of such mishaps from two to five, making the President of the IOC, Jacques Rogge, furious. "Violence for whatever reason is not compatible with the values of the torch relay or the Olympic Games," he said. Someone should have told Adolf Hitler.

amerikan human rights
Tommie Smith and John Carlos extend their black gloved fists skyward during the playing of the "Star-Spangled Banner" after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200-meter run in the 1968 Olympics... Avery Brundage... iron-fisted boss of the International Olympic Committee... told Douglas F. Roby, the American committee’s president, that if Smith and Carlos weren’t removed from the team then the entire United States track and field team would be banned from the rest of competition. Roby didn’t dare defy Brundage; he told the two athletes in person that they could keep their medals but they had to leave the Olympic Village....American critics are scoring points right now on the subject of Chinese civil-rights abuses: In 1936, German athletes made the Nazi salute when awarded their medals Brundage, then president of the United States Olympic Committee, made no objection, and rejected any proposals for boycotting the Berlin games.... PO-ED, Allan Barra, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/23/opinion/23barra.html?th&emc=th

confessing connections...
"Georgia's young democracy" has "come under siege" by Russia, and connected the conflict in the Caucuses with the battle against terrorists and US efforts to aid the rise of free societies.

Cheney to Visit Georgia
Vice President Dick Cheney will visit Georgia next week, the highest level diplomatic visit by the United States to the region since Russia's military operations began....he will also stop in Azerbaijan and Ukraine, which like Georgia are former Soviet states with close ties to the West. Mr. Cheney will also stop in Italy, where Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi — like leaders in France, Germany, Belgium and other European countries — is eager to maintain good relationships with neighboring Moscow. By contrast, the countries of Central Europe, like Poland, supported by the Nordic countries, the Netherlands and Britain, want a more confrontational stance toward Russia, to show Moscow that aggression has costs. But “old Europe” wants to help ease Russia out of its predicament and not create a long-term animosity with a country that has a strong energy, trade and cultural relationship with Europe.

Georgia Vows to Unite 2 Enclaves
25 August 2008
By C.J. Chivers New York Times News Service
TBILISI, Georgia -- President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia said Sunday that he planned to rebuild his country's shattered army, and that even after its decisive defeat in the war for control of one of Georgia's two separatist enclaves he would continue to pursue a policy of uniting both enclaves under the Georgian flag. http://tinyurl.com/62lkn6

u.s. psyops threat employs combination of counter-communism & counter-terrorism
Putin in the Shadow of the Red Czar
The real mastermind behind Russia's invasion of Georgia is Stalin.
History offers no neat repetitions, but Russia’s power gambit in the Caucasus and challenge to the post-1991 order would be entirely familiar to Stalin. After World War II, Stalin seemed at the height of his prestige after years of revolution, terror and war — just as today Mr. Putin’s Russia seems muscular and resurgent after the humiliations of the 1990s. Stalin had Eastern Europe; Mr. Putin has an imperium of oil and gas. And they share the same confident swagger combined with a feeling of seething resentment toward Western hypocritical sanctimony. It isn’t just a question of spheres of influence; it’s about domination... http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/24/opinion/24sebag.html?th&emc=th

Who is this acclaimed 'historian' of Russia & Stalin?
Vanity Fair:...At the start of the 19th century, playing the markets on intelligence about the Battle of Waterloo, the Montefiores became banking partners of the Rothschilds.... English banking scion with a playboy reputation who gave up finance for war reporting... Simon quit banking and moved on to journalism. In December 1996 he made headlines when he interviewed the Spice Girls,... Ultimately, though, domestic journalism bored him. He preferred foreign affairs.... Montefiore’s books are admired by the likes of Sir Elton John and Sir Mick Jagger, who wanted to produce a movie of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar....“We Jews always have a suitcase packed … ”http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2008/01/montefiore200801?printable=true&currentPage=all

Simon Sebag Montefiore
His next history book is Jerusalem: the Biography, a fresh history of the Middle East.
He has recently selected his heroes from history, published as 101 World Heroes: Great Men and Women for an Unheroic Age, and his anti-heroes published as Monsters: History's Most Evil Men and Women.

guided missile missionary's military message
In a move likely to heat up tensions between the United States and Russia, a US Navy warship sails through the Turkish straits with humanitarian relief for Georgia...The guided missile destroyer USS McFaul passed through the Dardanelles and the Bosporus, and two other ships, the US Coast Guard cutter Dallas and the command ship USS Mount Whitney, will follow... A Polish ship also passed through the Turkish Straits yesterday, but Turkish diplomatic sources emphasized that the ship was headed to the Black Sea to take part in a NATO task mission sources said had been planned months ago.... http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=151006&bol...

NATO using aid as 'cover' for Black Sea build-up: Russia:
"Under the cover of needing to deliver humanitarian goods, NATO countries continue to boost their naval grouping," Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of general staff, told a news conference in Moscow.

Georgia praises Iran’s stance on Caucasus conflict
Tehran Times
The Georgian Ambassador to Iran, Levan Asatiani, has praised Iran’s position which had called on Georgia and Russia to stop war and settle the conflict over South Ossetia peacefully. "The Islamic Republic of Iran’s position on this crisis was very important to us and we appreciate Iran’s effort in asking the sides to declare a ceasefire and to start negotiation to resolve the problems," Asatiani told IRNA in an interview published on Wednesday... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=46643

NYT psyops: belated admission of aggression cover-up of u.s./NATO strategy
Despite Pullout, Russia Envisions Long-Term Shift
It is becoming clearer that Moscow has no intention of restoring what was, on the ground or diplomatically....
...The war started late on Aug. 7 when Mr. Saakashvili ordered his small, American-trained military to attack and seize Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia ..necessary to prevent a Russian assault,. The region has been out of Georgia’s control, and under Russian support, since a brief war in the 1990s... In response, NATO foreign ministers have sent civil emergency planning teams to help Georgia rebuild civilian infrastructure and restore its economy......dangers loom for the Kremlin, especially if it falls victim to its historical tendency to overreach. For now, the West has shied from severe steps to punish Russia, such as ousting it from the Group of 8. But should Russia be perceived in the coming weeks as actively trying to overthrow Mr. Saakashvili or retake parts of the country, it could set off new penalties that might threaten its robust economic revival. Already, Russia’s financial markets have evinced concern about that, with the stock market falling since the conflict began and capital flowing out of the country at a fast pace.

The Saakashvili Experiment
Bush and Saakashvili react to the cheering of thousands of Tbilisi citizens in Freedom Square, May 10, 2005.
By Ramzy Baroud
Just as the world's attention was focussed on China's Beijing Olympics, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, on 7 August, invaded the tiny breakaway province of South Ossetia. The initial attack on the South Ossetian capital, Tskninvali, soon extended to an all out war, which eventually invited Russia's wrath, and the death of thousands of innocent civilians on both sides....
Georgia, situated strategically between Russia, the Black Sea, Turkey and Iran, deserved due attention. The US became keenly interested in ensuring the inclusion of Georgia into its sphere of influence. Through dedicated efforts, a pro-Western leader, Saakashvili, came to power through a highly televised "Rose Revolution". While the integrity of the elections that followed and the role of the CIA in concocting and ensuring the success of the "revolution" are still intensely debated, the fact is Georgia fell into a new sphere of influence. Saakashvili is a man desperate for European-US validation. He too sought NATO membership and heedlessly invited Israeli military "specialists" to modernise his country's armed forces in anticipation of a battle with Russia.... Georgia's leader knew well that a victory against Russia was unattainable. By embarking on a war against a tiny province, because, as he claimed, he ran out of patience, Saakashvili was following a script that was hardly of his own writing. The logic behind the war was to test Russia's resolve, and the readiness of its newest president, Dmitri Medvedev. A hesitant Russian response would be taken as another sign of weakness or lack of political and military decisiveness in Moscow, which might also inspire more such experiments. Too harsh a response could also be decried as "genocide" and war crimes and could be exploited to compel Russia's weaker neighbours to seek the protection of NATO.

This is what indeed transpired since Russia called off military actions 13 August. First, leaders of pro-US countries in the region -- namely, Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia -- attended a rally in support of Georgia's Saakashvili on 14 August in Tbilisi. The televised event was accompanied by a flood of experts pedalling Russia's evil intents to the world media while promoting a larger US role to ensure the independence of these nations and to preserve their fragile democracies. "They're all seriously worried that it's Georgia today and one of them tomorrow," surmised Krzysztof Bobinski, director of the Warsaw-based Unia & Polska Foundation.

Second, the Russian response to Georgia's war in South Ossetia has resulted in a remarkable breakthrough in negotiations between the US and East European countries regarding the Bush administration's plans for a new missile defence shield. On 14 August, "Poland and the US signed a deal to build a controversial missile defence shield in Eastern Europe," reported the British Telegraph newspaper. "The agreement highlights how Russia's invasion of Georgia has prompted a swift reappraisal of the region's security and alliances. The US and Poland have been talking about the missile shield for a year but rushed to cement their alliance in the wake of this week's conflict."

It's interesting how a controversial and unpopular plan that has raised the ire of the Polish people -- 70 per cent of the country is against it -- was overcome within days of war and is now embraced as a necessary deterrent. One cannot help but question the relationship between the decision to invade South Ossetia, certain to compel some Russian response, and the rush to embrace Bush's military designs in that region. The plan to place missiles in Poland seemed like a resounding failure as late as last month when US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "tried and failed just before leaving for Europe on Monday [7 July] to seal a deal to place missiles in Poland, the State Department said," according to CNN. Now Poland is all for it. It return, Poland would receive US assistance in overhauling its military, reminiscent of the Israeli-US efforts in aiding Georgia's military, which emboldened the latter to pursue war with Russia.
While Russia's decisive response to Saakashvili's war may have temporarily reaffirmed Russia's military readiness, it has already provided the needed justification for greater US-NATO intervention in Georgia, Poland, the Czech Republic and elsewhere....
The ceasefire between Russia and Georgia, achieved through French mediation, will hardly be the end of the new Cold War underway in an area too accustomed to cold wars. The fact is that Russia will fight to break away from the pro- US ring of former Soviet states that promise to undermine its influence in a Eurasia, and the US will do its utmost to maintain a level of tension, if not hostilities in the region, for without it neither a missile shield nor the 270 billion barrels of oil in the Caspian basin can be brought within Washington's reach.
-Ramzy Baroud (www.ramzybaroud.net) is an author and editor of PalestineChronicle.com. His work has been published in many newspapers and journals worldwide. His latest book is The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle

why opposing u.s. imperialist aggression and domination should never mean supporting its capitalist state victims: our enemies enemies are not necessarily our friends
Russia says NATO needs its help on Afghanistan:
Russia's foreign minister told NATO that both sides benefited from joint cooperation and he pointedly raised the issue of Russian transit support for Alliance forces in Afghanistan.

US Ambassador to Moscow: Russia Was Justified in Responding to Georgia Attacks:
The former US Ambassador to Bulgaria John Beyrle, in charge of the American Embassy in Moscow, said Russia was justified in responding to the Georgian attacks on the Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia.

Saakashvili asked the U.S. to send him a plane in the heat of the conflict
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili planned to leave the country
Vladimir Vorsobin — 21.08.2008
The information barrier in Georgia has complicated the local population's ability to understand how the events truly unfolded in South Ossetia. For over two weeks, the Georgian intelligence has maintained control over foreign news sources. All Russian sites and "enemy TV" have been blocked. However, the government's official propaganda was dealt a serious blow yesterday when the country's only Russian-language newspaper Vecherniy Tbilisi published an interview with renowned political scientist Ramaz Klimiashvili.
Klimiashvili said that "based on information from the presidential chancellery and U.S. governmental structures, Mikhail Saakashvili requested that a plane be sent in for him when the threat neared of Russian forces taking Tbilisi." The political scientist says Saakashvili wouldn't have launched a full-scale military operation without U.S. consent.
"Was the U.S. really unaware that Russia would respond just like they did years back in Kosovo?" he asks. "I don't exclude the possibility that to a large extent Bush was interested in seeing Russia's reaction — whether the country was ready to utilize the Kosovo option...

Abkhazia asks Russia to back independence from Georgia:
The parliament in Georgia's separatist region of Abkhazia voted Wednesday in favour of asking Russia to recognise the province as an independent state.... Russia has long stationed peace-keeping troops in South Ossetia and Abkhazia but earlier this month sent in thousands more after Georgian forces attacked South Ossetia...

Moscow Is Likely to Recognize Breakaway Republics in Georgia
Russian legislators expect the parliament to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, pro-Russian republics that have long wished to break away from Georgia...
"After the blood that has been shed in South Ossetia, we are once more convinced that we cannot live together with Georgia," Sergei Shamba, Abkhazia's foreign minister said ...

"Russia has no intention of placing the advanced Iskander missile system in Syria"
He made his comments in the wake of an offer by Syrian President Bashar Assad to allow Russia to deploy the short-range solid fuel missiles in his country. The export model of the Iskander is difficult to shoot down and has a 280-km. range. If stationed in Syria, the missiles could deliver conventional explosives to almost anywhere in Israel. "Why would we do that?" Yurkov asked of such a deployment, adding that Russia had no interest in upsetting the strategic balance in the region.

Friction With Russia May Spell Trouble for U.S.
Washington fears that a newly emboldened but estranged Moscow could use its influence and its arms industry to undermine American interests around the world.... Yet Washington’s menu of options pales by comparison to Moscow’s. Masha Lipman, an analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center, said “there’s a lot more” that the United States needed from Russia than the other way around, citing efforts to secure old Soviet nuclear arms, support the war effort in Afghanistan and force Iran and North Korea to give up nuclear programs. “Hence Russia has all the leverage,” she said.
Michael McFaul, a Stanford University professor and the chief Russia adviser for Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said Russia appeared intent on trying to “disrupt the international order” and had the capacity to succeed. “The potential is big because at the end of the day, they are the hegemon in that region and we are not and that’s a fact,” Professor McFaul said....
Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, wants to throw Russia out of the Group of 8 major powers. Such a move would effectively admit the failure of 17 years of bipartisan policy aimed at incorporating Russia into the international order....
“Ironically, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, there’s always been the concern about Russia becoming a spoiler,” said Ms. Stent, of Georgetown, “and now we could see the realization of that.” http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/22/world/europe/22policy.html?8au&emc=au

The Puppet Masters Behind Georgia President Saakashvili
By F. William Engdahl
21/08/08 "ICH" -- - The controversy over the Georgian surprise military attacks on South Ossetia and Abkhazia on 8.8.08 makes a closer look at the controversial Georgian President and his puppet masters important. An examination shows 41 year old Mikhail Saakashvili to be a ruthless and corrupt totalitarian who is tied to not only the US NATO establishment, but also to the Israeli military and intelligence establishment. The famous ‘Rose Revolution of November 2003 that forced the ageing Edouard Shevardnadze from power and swept the then 36 year old US university graduate into power was run and financed by the US State Department, the Soros Foundations, and agencies tied to the Pentagon and US intelligence community.

Mihkail Saakashvili was deliberately placed in power in one of the most sophisticated US regime change operations, using ostensibly private NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations) to create an atmosphere of popular protest against the existing regime of former Soviet Foreign Minister Edouard Shevardnadze, who was no longer useful to Washington when he began to make a deal with Moscow over energy pipelines and privatizations.

Saakashvili was brought to power in a US-engineered coup run on the ground by US-funded NGO’s, in an application of a new method of US destabilization of regimes it considered hostile to its foreign policy agenda. The November 24 2003 Wall Street Journal explicitly credited the toppling of Shevardnadze's regime to the operations of "a raft of non-governmental organizations . . . supported by American and other Western foundations." These NGOs, said the Journal, had "spawned a class of young, English-speaking intellectuals hungry for pro-Western reforms" who were instrumental laying the groundwork for a bloodless coup.

Coup by NGO
But there is more. The NGOs were coordinated by the US Ambassador to Georgia, Richard Miles, who had just arrived in Tbilisi fresh from success in orchestrating the CIA-backed toppling of Slobodan Milosevic in Belgrade, using the same NGOs. Miles, who is believed to be an undercover intelligence specialist, supervised the Saakashvili coup.

It involved US billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Georgia Foundation. It involved the Washington-based Freedom House whose chairman was former CIA chief James Woolsey. It involved generous financing from the US Congress-financed National Endowment for Democracy, an agency created by Ronald Reagan in the 1980’s to “do privately what the CIA used to do,” namely coups against regimes the US Government finds unfriendly.

George Soros’ foundations have been forced to leave numerous eastern European countries including Russia as well as China after the 1989 student Tiananmen Square uprising. Soros is also the financier together with the US State Department of the Human Rights Watch, a US-based and run propaganda arm of the entire NGO apparatus of regime coups such as Georgia and Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution. Some analysts believe Soros is a high-level operative of the US State Department or intelligence services using his private foundations as cover.

The US State Department funded the Georgia Liberty Institute headed by Saakashvili, US approved candidate to succeed the no-longer cooperative Shevardnadze. The Liberty Institute in turn created “Kmara!” which translates “Enough!” According to a BBC report at the time, Kmara! Was organized in spring of 2003 when Saakashvili along with hand-picked Georgia student activists were paid by the Soros Foundation to go to Belgrade to learn from the US-financed Otpor activists that toppled Milosevic. They were trained in Gene Sharp’s “non-violence as a method of warfare” by the Belgrade Center for Nonviolent Resistance. (...)

Since coming to power in 2004 with US ["Rose Revolution"] aid, Saakashvili has led a policy of mass-scale arrests, imprisonment, torture and deepened corruption. Saakashvili has presided over the creation of a de facto one-party state, with a dummy opposition occupying a tiny portion of seats in the parliament, and this public servant is building a Ceaucescu-style palace for himself on the outskirts of Tbilisi. According to the magazine, Civil Georgia (Mar. 22, 2004) until 2005, the salaries of Saakashvili and many of his ministers were reportedly paid by the NGO network of New York-based currency speculator Soros—along with the United Nations Development Program.

Israel US military train Georgian military
The current military assault on South Ossetia and Abkhazia, in violation of Saakashvili’s pledge to seek a diplomatic not military solution to the territorial disputes, is backed by US and Israeli military “advisers.” Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that on August 10, Georgian Minister of Reintegration, Temur Yakobshvili, “praised the Israel Defense Forces for its role in training Georgian troops and said Israel should be proud of its military might, in an interview with Army Radio. ‘Israel should be proud of its military which trained Georgian soldiers,’ Yakobashvili told Army Radio in Hebrew, referring to a private Israeli group Georgia had hired.”
One of the targets of Russian bombs near Tbilisi was, according to IsraelNN.com, “a Georgian military plant in which Israeli experts are upgrading jet fighters for the Georgian military… Russian fighter jets bombed runways inside the plant, located near Tbilisi, where Israeli security firm Elbit is in charge of upgrading Georgian SU-25 jets.”
Israeli Foreign Minister and candidate to succeed ousted Israeli Prime Minister, Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, proclaimed on August 10 that “Israel recognizes Georgia’s territorial integrity,” code for saying it backs Georgia’s attempt to take South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The reported 1,000 Israeli military advisers in Georgia were not alone. On July 15, the Reuters news wire carried the following report: “VAZIANI, Georgia - One thousand U.S. troops began a military training exercise called “Immediate Response 2008,” in Georgia on Tuesday against a backdrop of growing friction between Georgia and neighboring Russia. The two-week exercise was taking place at the Vaziani military base near the capital Tbilisi, which was a Russian air force base until Russian forces withdrew at the start of this decade under a European arms reduction agreement... Georgia has a 2,000-strong contingent supporting the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, and Washington provides training and equipment to the Georgian military. The United States is an ally of Georgia and has irritated Russia by backing Tbilisi’s bid to join the NATO military alliance... “The main purpose of these exercises is to increase the cooperation and partnership between U.S. and Georgian forces,” Brig. Gen. William B. Garrett, commander of the U.S. military’s Southern European Task Force, told reporters.”

With Russia openly backing and training the indigenous military in South Ossetia and Abkhazia to maintain Russian presence in the region, especially since the US-backed pro-NATO Saakashvili regime took power in 2004, the Caucasus is rapidly coming to resemble Spain in the Civil War from 1936-1939 where the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and others poured money and weapons and volunteers into Spain in a devastating war that was a precursor to the Second World War...
Although as of this writing Russian President Medvedev has announced Russia is halting its military response against Georgian targets, the situation is anything but stable. The insistence of Washington in bringing Georgia into its geopolitical sphere and backing an unstable regime around Mikhail Saakashvili may well have been the straw which broke the Russian camel’s patience if not his back.
Whether oil pipeline disputes or Russian challenges to Israel are the proximate trigger for Saakashvili’s dangerous game, it is clear that the volatile Georgian and his puppet masters may have entered a game where no one will be able to control the outcome. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20569.htm

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Kosovo secession linked to NATO expansion
by Heather Cottin
Global Research, February 3, 2008
The U.S. calls it “Operation Status.” The United Nations calls it “The Ahtisaari Plan.” It is the U.S./NATO “independence” project for Kosovo, which has been a province of Serbia since the 14th century. With NATO’s 17,000 troops backing it, Kosovo’s government is set to secede on Feb. 6, declaring itself a separate country. Kosovo’s president Hashim Thaci was the leader of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK for its Albanian initials), which U.S. diplomat Robert Gelbard called “terrorist” in 1998, just before the U.S. started funding the UCK to use it against Yugoslavia. Thaci, whose UCK code name was “Snake,” and his UCK cronies are well funded by drug running and the European sex trade.
In a series of wars and coercive diplomacy in the 1990s, the U.S. government and the European NATO powers backed the secession of four republics of Yugoslavia, a sovereign socialist state. It took another 78 days of NATO bombing in 1999, aggression that President Bill Clinton described as “humanitarian,” and a coup financed by the National Endowment for Democracy and other imperialist agencies in 2000, to install a pro-western regime in Serbia that was open to Western intervention and privatization. State resources were privatized. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was almost totally dismantled politically and economically....the U.S. then moved to break up the rest of Yugoslavia. Through lies and raw military power, the U.S. supported a pro-imperialist group of gangsters—the UCK—in the war against Yugoslavia, and this gang then took over Kosovo. Then the U.S. supported UCK moves to detach Kosovo, where the U.S. had built the massive military base “Bondsteel.” Washington and its NATO allies allowed this criminal element to drive over 200,000 Serbs, Roma people and other minorities out of Kosovo, and terrorize the impoverished Albanian population.[...]

criminal justice by and for capitalist crimes
Three More Banks Settle Cases Over Bonds
The Massachusetts secretary of state said that Merrill had agreed to settle a case involving its sale of auction-rate securities. Three major investment banks — Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank — will soon buy back at least $12.5 billion in auction-rate securities and pay $162.5 million in fines as part of separate settlements reached Thursday with state regulators. The deals are the latest to emerge from state and federal investigations that have entangled about 30 Wall Street firms, from global banks to discount and regional brokerage firms. Investors were told that auction-rate debt was as safe and liquid as cash, but after the market collapsed earlier this year, they were unable to sell the securities.
In earlier settlements, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Wachovia agreed to buy back $35 billion of the securities and pay more than $360 million in fines. Several other firms, including Bank of America, are negotiating deals....
Merrill Lynch’s chairman and chief executive, said he was pleased to reach an “amicable resolution” with regulators and glad that the bank’s “clients would have the certainty of a favorable resolution to this unprecedented liquidity crisis.”...“We have certainly addressed the bulk of the crisis here in terms of the number of people and established a strategy for the total resolution of the problem,” the attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, said in an interview....

FBI May Start Spying On Americans "Without Any Basis For Suspicion" New Guidelines Give F.B.I. Broader Powers
A Justice Department plan would loosen restrictions on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to allow agents to open a national security or criminal investigation against someone without any clear basis for suspicio http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20574.htm