8/22 Learn from Libya; 'Arab Spring' Angles; US Staying in Iraq & Afghanistan; UK-US Desperate Fear of Uprisings

“...the masses, without waiting for the chairs to be placed around the negotiating table, take matters into their own hands and start burning…”
Franz Fanon

"If you're not careful the newspapers will have you hating the oppressed and loving the people doing the oppressing."
Malcolm X

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"
George Orwell

digest commentary
Celebrate the Libyan peoples' heroic 6 month struggle that prevented the most powerful, predatory military forces in the world from gaining control of Libya. This magnificent achievement exposes the cowardly hypocrisy of 'comfortable' liberals who claim to 'oppose' US global aggression and destruction, but say what can be done?
What can and must be done is to mobilize, strategize and fucking fight! Look what it took the ruling gangsters and their thug agents in Libya...and the battle is not over.
Imagine what's possible if the US and its western imperialist partners had to confront resistance - instead of shameless, silent complicity in 'their homelands'!
Do you truly despise the unspeakable lies and crimes against humanity? If you genuinely do, Libya must inspire and motivate us urgently. Break out of 'safe' silence, tell what you know is the truth, expose the most deadly state terrorists in history, stop the miniscule minority from escalating its political-economic-military world war for global supremacy.

revolutionary Black nationalist analysis
"Libya, standing alone, withstood the full force of NATO attacks for six months"
Libya's Finest Hour.... NATO Presses Conquest
Black Star News Editorial
A genuine and legitimate domestic uprising is one thing; a USNATO Western financed "rebellion" another --- a monster, usurping and corrupting home grown insurrection....
Libya, standing alone, withstood the full force of NATO attacks for six months. NATO never would have invaded a unified Africa with a single army as envisioned by Nkrumah. Africa's fate, as it was during the Berlin Conference and partition of Africa in 1885, is still determined today in Western capitals. As early as the 1960s the visionary Kwame Nkrumah declared that the independence of Ghana and of individual African countries had no meaning unless all Africa unified and created a continental army and command....otherwise African countries would not be able to protect their independence and resources. Nkrumah's warning fell on deaf ears; al-Quathafi was even more detested because of his drive in recent years for African unity. African countries should ponder the lessons of Libya. Libya offers a great lesson for the entire continent. Remain divided at your own peril.
With superior firepower more than a century ago Italian invaders mowed down Ethiopians, mostly civilians and drove emperor Menelik II into submission.... newspapers of the day including The New York Times celebrated "Italy's Great Victory" in Africa, saying the defeat of the Abyssinians meant "civilization" had prevailed over "barbarity." Africa would now be opened up to profitable Western commerce, the Times opined. Then in 1896 Menelik II and his wife Empress Taytu leading the charge struck with ferocious power and courage...vanquishing nearly half of of the original Italian10,000 troop army...
That was Ethiopia's greatest hour and indeed Africa's finest moment against European imperial aggression. Today NATO forces, including Italy, again press Western conquest poised to seize control of Libya through proxy "rebels", and its tremendous wealth--more than 44 billion barrels of known proven oil reserves and vast quantities of natural gas.
Italy was once also colonial power in Libya, where occupier genocide of Libyans was carried out; Libyans valiantly fought back led by Omar Muhktar who was captured and executed. Eventually the Italians were thrown out. Muammar al-Quathafi might meet a similar fate, possibly at the hands of the NATO "rebels."...
U.S. President Barack Obama, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicholas Sarkozy were determined to oust Muammar al-Quathafi....civilian lives saved by NATO's 24 x 7 bombardments? The pretext collapsed with reported atrocities including the massacre of 85 civilians, including children, in Zlitan. The Transitional National Council Mustafa Abdel Jalil told The Financial Times oil concessions, post-Quathafi, would be doled out to the West based on th amount of help each country gave the so-called "rebels" in deposing al-Quathafi.

Rebels Request NATO Apache Attack Helicopters For Assault On Tripoli
Agence France-Presse August 21, 2011

Obama: Rebel government in Libya must step up now
As rebel forces poured into Tripoli, the White House called for Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi to recognize publicly that he is no longer in control and called on the rebel leadership to prove it will be a competent and inclusive leader of a new Libya.
8/21/11 9pm In a conference call with National Security team members from an advisor's house in Oak Bluffs, a resort town on Martha's Vineyard where he is vacationing, President Obama House called on the TNC to protect civilians, protect the institutions of the Libya state, and ensure human rights, inclusiveness, and democracy as it takes over power. "Going forward, the United States will continue to stay in close coordination with the TNC. We will continue to insist that the basic rights of the Libyan people are respected,"

ground troops are ready...
EU, NATO Set for Major Libya Role
Insight and analysis from The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones team in Brussels
In Brussels, diplomats and analysts said Monday the overthrow of Col. Moammar Gadhafi offers, with the U.S. taking a back seat, a new place at the top for the EU and NATO. “In the Balkans, it took years for the EU to take a leadership role,” Ian Lesser of the German Marshall Fund said in a phone interview. “It’s very notable that EU resources played a determining role here.” Sept. 1, Mr. Lesser will take over as the new director of the key think tank’s Brussels office. Libya will immediately be a top item on his agenda, he said.NATO will “try from an institutional point of view to capture this as a success for the coalition...But there is a second phase of NATO involvement.” Just because Col. Gadhafi “is on his heels, doesn’t mean the potential for ongoing instability isn’t very high.”And it is the EU, Mr. Lesser said, which “is going to feel the brunt of the pressure” of paying for rebuilding Libya....“We have post-Gadhafi planning going on… a number of scenarios we have worked in terms of our assistance post-Gadhafi,”

Germany Prepares Troop Deployment For Libya

Sarkozy Summons Libyan Rebel Chief To Paris
Monday, Sarkozy condemned Moamer Gaddafi's "irresponsible and desperate" calls to his loyalists to fight on...Sarkozy said he had spoken with Jibril by telephone and invited him to Paris
Wednesday. France led the diplomatic campaign in March for international military intervention in Libya and for the rebel council to be recognized as Libya's
legitimate government. France also airlifted weapons to rebels fighting Gaddafi's forces in the Nafusa mountains, a move believed to have been central to rebels gaining terrain.

HRW: major US/SOROS soft power henchmen, also the 'unconfirmed sources' of most US strategic information aka 'news'
"Everyone should be ready for the prospect of a very quick, chaotic transition."
Tom Malinowski, director, Washington D.C. Human Rights Watch, on the turmoil in Libya
U.S. Surveillance and Coordination With NATO Aided Rebels
...American aerial surveillance in and around the capital city [cited] as a major factor in helping to tilt the balance after months of steady erosion of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s military...officials said coordination between NATO and the rebels...had become more sophisticated and lethal in recent weeks, even though NATO’s mandate was merely to protect civilians, not to take sides in the conflict. NATO’s targeting grew increasingly precise, one senior NATO diplomat said, as the United States established around-the-clock surveillance using armed Predator drones to detect, track and occasionally fire at [Libyan government] forces. At the same time, Britain, France and other nations deployed special forces on the ground inside Libya to train and arm the rebels...
Through Saturday, NATO and its allies had flown 7,459 strike missions, or sorties ... after the initial [USAFRICOM] bombardments in March, NATO routinely flew 60 or more sorties a day] .attacking thousands of targets, from individual rocket launchers to major military headquarters. The cumulative effect not only destroyed Libya’s military infrastructure but greatly diminished the ability of Colonel Qaddafi’s commanders to control forces, leaving even committed fighting units unable to move, resupply or coordinate operations...
The United States is laying plans for a post-Qaddafi Libya. Jeffrey D. Feltman, an assistant secretary of state, was in Benghazi over the weekend for meetings with the rebels’ political leadership about overseeing a stable, democratic transition. The administration was making arrangements to bring increased medical supplies and other humanitarian aid into Libya.... Human Rights Watch cautioned NATO to guard against the kind of bloody acts of vengeance, looting and other violence that followed the fall of Saddam Hussein’s government. “Everyone should be ready for the prospect of a very quick, chaotic transition,” said Tom Malinowski, the director of the Washington office of Human Rights Watch.

2 analyses by Stratfor & US Army War College clarify US geostrategic objectives in the counter-revolutionary arab spring
STRATFOR: strategic intelligence on global business, economic, security and geopolitical affairs. Barrons called it "The Shadow CIA"
Libyan Rebels' Immediate Security Concerns
August 22, 2011, http://app.response.stratfor.com/e/es.aspx
Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, head of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC), and the other top-ranking NTC official, Mahmoud Jibril, have issued several statements since NTC forces entered Tripoli Aug. 21.... meant to temper the behavior of the rebels, who feel victory is at hand, and allay international concerns that Libya could soon descend into chaos.... also to assure residents of areas that were until recently under Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s control that NTC forces mean them no harm. Re-establishing security is the NTC’s main goal, but obstacles remain...
Assuming Libyan rebels prevail, the Benghazi-based National Transitional Council will face a whole new set of problems in trying to relocate its political authority to Tripoli...
The main problem of the National Transitional Council is that it’s an umbrella group that brings together several different groups of people, who really only have two things in common. They’re collectively referred to as the Libyan rebels, and they all share a desire to oust Moammar Gadhafi from power. The second you take that common mission away from them, you immediately open the door to in-fighting...
It is possible the most highly trained Libyan soldiers in Tripoli have retreated to entrenched urban positions from which they plan to conduct urban insurgency. Were this to happen, it would be very difficult for NTC forces to pacify them, as the Gadhafi forces have access to large amounts of heavy weaponry and know the city’s terrain. But an insurgency in Tripoli likely would not duplicate what happened in Iraq after the U.S. invasion; Tripoli has no deep lines of supply, like those that ran into Iraq via the Iranian and Syrian borders, and there is no foreign occupier to use as a point to rally massive numbers of people.
So rather than an Iraqi-style insurgency, perhaps a bigger concern is that the situation in Libya could become similar to those seen after the overthrow of the regimes in Somalia in 1991 and Afghanistan in 1992. In those cases, the factions that took down the incumbent governments began fighting with one another — and some of the remnants of the former regimes — in a free-for-all battle for control after failing to agree on a power-sharing formula.

August 20, 2011 2333 GMT Reports of explosions and heavy gunfire in Tripoli on Aug. 20 indicate rebel fighters may be beginning an attempt to lay siege on the Libyan capital with the aim of removing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi...it does not appear the rebels are in a position to wage a final assault against Gadhafi....
The rebel disinformation campaign is in full swing. Reports are being spread of anti-Gadhafi residents in Tripoli coming out into the streets and engaging in celebratory gunfire in preparation for the fall of Gadhafi. Notably, the reports of anti-Gadhafi rallies in eastern Tripoli neighborhoods of Souq al-Jomaa and Tajoura are also areas that have witnessed clashes between pro- and anti-Gadhafi demonstrators since the beginning of the crisis and have been known to harbor anti-Gadhafi sentiment.
Reports of anti-Gadhafi rallies, along with rumors of Gadhafi stepping down and more high-level defections, are designed to trigger an uprising from within the capital to facilitate the rebel invasion. Reports out of the Libyan rebel media must be met with a great deal of suspicion given this reality.
What is happening now is the movement of the forces into attack positions, logistical support being brought in, preliminary targeted artillery fire and air strikes with special operations teams already in place doing careful targeting, and psychological warfare against the defenders. The most important thing to study now is the situation in Tripoli. So long as the troops remain loyal, it will be impossible to take the city. But if they break, then it can be done. Right now, everything is being done to reach subordinate commanders and try to convince them to refuse to resist and turn on loyalists. A lot of loose talk a lot of explosions in Tripoli can be expected in the meantime
Strategic Forecasting, Inc., known as STRATFOR, is a global intelligence company founded in 1996 by George Friedman, chief intelligence officer, and CEO of the company. Fred Burton is STRATFOR's Vice President for Counterterrorism and Corporate Security. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratfor

The Arab Spring and Future of U.S. Interests and Cooperative Security in the Arab World
U.S. Army War College • Strategic Studies Institute
The Arab Spring is an ongoing deeply significant process occurring that will have important implications for the U.S government. In general, the spread of less corrupt and more democratic governments in the Middle East will be of tremendous benefit to the U.S. , since such governments are often more immune to radicalism and are more moderate, stable, and inclusive.
Arab Spring mass movements have been motivated almost entirely by domestic issues and the U.S. role in this region has not emerged as a central or even important part...1979 Revolutionary Iran could afford to break relations with the United States while providing massive subsidies to pacify the urban poor that played a crucial role in overthrowing the Shah. By contrast, post-revolutionary Arab Spring governments that fail to act with sufficient pragmatism may find it difficult to attract international aid and investment, especially vital to the economy of states that produce little or no oil. Put bluntly, newly emerging political leaderships will not have the political clout or repressive capability to demand more sacrifice from their populations in order to challenge the West....
Turning to individual cases, the US maintains good relations with the new governments in Egypt and Tunisia. In both cases, but especially with Egypt, there are strong reasons for both sides to continue cooperating on economic and defense matters. Cairo's... interests lie in maintaining strong ties to the West. Tunisia's interests also... if it is to avoid economic collapse and cope with the potential danger of domestic terrorism. Both... focused on dealing with the huge economic problems... not on a foreign policy that may antagonize foreign aid donors, frighten capital investors, or undermine the tourist trade vital to both countries...
At this time, Saudi oppositionists appear to be too weak and disorganized to challenge the monarchy in a serious way. Moreover, the Saudi leadership has dedicated huge sums of money to boosting benefits for their citizens in the apparent hope of providing them with economic reasons for supporting the government, but has not given an inch on political concessions. Should Saudi oppositionists gain a foothold in their efforts to either reform Saudi Arabia or replace the Saudi Royal Family with a different kind of government, they could well blame the US for helping prop up the ruling monarchy for years. Such charges would be true, although the opposition seems oriented toward Western style reform and may continue to support good relations with the US.. Any turmoil in Saudi Arabia is of exceptional interest to the United States....if true radicals seize control of Saudi Arabia in a scenario where Arab Spring demonstrators are re-energized, but pushed aside, this would be a major problem for the US...they could easily defy the United States without worrying about the economic consequences.
Since February 2011, the Yemeni government has unsuccessfully sought to manipulate or crush the sweeping political challenge by huge numbers of protesters, but many political and military leaders continue to defect to the opposition. Yemen is a country which emphatically needs help from its wealthier neighbors and international community if it is to survive as a unified political entity and perhaps even avoid mass famine. With its massive foreign aid needs, no Yemeni government will seek to indulge radical impulses that will alienate potential aid donors. Rather, the most serious danger in Yemen is...a number of autonomous political entities some of which could be controlled or influenced by terrorist groupss.... a major threat to U.S. interests, which both the government and political opposition have promised to deal with....
Algerian authorities are significantly more effective than those in Tunisia in suppressing, disrupting, and containing opposition efforts to organize large demonstrations. The Algerian population is also especially aware of the dangers of prolonged civil war. As a result no one in Algeria can reasonably believe regime change will be easy. U.S. interests do not appear to be threatened in Algeria by either the protesters or the government....
Jordan is one of the most resource-poor countries in the Arab World...able to establish an acceptable quality of life for most people by vigorously obtaining foreign aid... Palestinians with Jordanian citizenship comprise at least half the Jordanian population, and a democratic Jordan in which the Palestinian segment was dominant would be under constant pressure to renounce the peace treaty with Israel and to normalize relations with the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Group, Hamas. Such policies would probably halt U.S. aid and perhaps threaten European aid as well...
Jordan, a valuable U.S. ally, has played an important role in the struggle against al-Qaeda. Any successor government that followed the Hashemites would probably not be as friendly and could be quite hostile... It would therefore be a strategic loss for the United States to see the Hashemites ousted. Moreover, Americans could enjoy little ideological satisfaction if a populist democracy was established in Jordan followed by that country's collapse into an ocean of poverty, political instability, and confrontation with Israel....
The United States has maintained a productive relationship with Morocco for decades and is likely to continue to do so for the foreseeable future by working with the King and the new government. At the present time, the US does not seem to have much to fear from the opposition which appears moderate and secular....
In Libya, the possible ousting of the Qadhafi regime will probably be a highly positive development...Libyans have little experience with democracy... Under such circumstances, the United States should support the expected UN, European, and Arab role in rebuilding Libya but should not appear too heavy handed in attempting to define the Libyan future. U.S. leaders should also carefully consider any post-Qadhafi Libyan requests for counterterrorism support since the new leaders may require help in dealing with this problem. Thus, the ousting of the Qadhafi regime will probably be a highly positive development...Whatever policies the United States adopts toward the Arab Spring countries some risk will have to be assumed because of their uncertain future. This situation requires that a number of these countries (including Egypt, Tunisia, and possibly Yemen and Libya under new governments) be treated as partners while they are in the process of transformation so long as they have a reasonable chance of building a reformed government. Under these conditions, programs such as the U.S. Army Staff Talks Program, for the bilateral discussion of strategic level problems with local partner nations should continue unless some major change in relations occurs indicating that these nations are no longer viable partners. Senior leader participation in regional conferences remains a valid concept that is mostly subject to the same concerns that existed prior to the Arab Spring. There are however a few subtle nuances that must be considered. U.S. Army leaders would have to be careful about attending multilateral conferences where rebel movements that the United States has not recognized are represented.
Senior U.S. Army leaders should also continue to interact with attaches from Tunisia and Egypt, as well as other allied countries including Bahrain. Contacts with Syria will have to be minimized, which is not a difficult policy to implement since the Syrian government has sponsored a mob to attack the U.S. Embassy. With the U.S decision to recognize the TNC and the anticipated fall of the Qadhafi regime, it would be useful for U.S. Army leaders to engage in ongoing talks with the new Libyan government on strategic issues. The IMET approach should not be considered optimal for rebel movements until after the United States formally recognizes the newly established rebel governments (which still may be waging internal war). If U.S. leadership is willing to extend recognition to alternative governments such as planned with Libya, there is no reason to prevent them from participating in the IMET program because of ongoing conflict. It is also possible for the US to supply weapons to rebels in Libya since the formal recognition of the TNC, although it may not be necessary. France and Qatar are supplying weapons and trainers...
The United States should also continue to engage in a variety of multilateral exercises that include Egypt and Tunisia as well as other U.S. partners in the region.... Jordan is one of the most important U.S. regional allies, and its stability is vital to U.S. interests in the Middle East. To cancel exercises or training as a way of showing disapproval for the pace of reform would be a disastrous mistake. In the case of Jordan, it strongly makes sense to expand military cooperation, so that Jordanian facilities can be used to help train some of the militaries serving new governments in military professionalism and counterterrorism. Expanding U.S.-Jordanian coordination on national security planning, contingency planning, and doctrinal development is an extremely useful way to move forward. The King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC) is especially important in this regard. This state of the art Jordanian center built with U.S. funds can provide important training to elements of a post-Qadhafi Libyan military.

imperialist 'human rights' agents for 'humanitarian revolution'
How 10,000 Protestors Multiply Overnight to 500,000
The Hama Affair
By PierrePiccinin http://www.counterpunch.org/piccinin08042011.html
This July, I travelled to Syria, with the purpose of finding out for myself the origins of the present political conflict. I was able to roam the country at liberty, from Dera, Damascus, Homs, Hama, Maraat-an-Numan, Jisr-al-Shigur, on the Turkish border, even Deir-ez-Sor, all places where the media had signaled outbursts of violence...July 15, I received news feeds from the AFP announcing a million protestors all over Syria, 500,000 in Hama alone. In Hama there could not have been more than 10,000. This ‘information’ was even more absurd due to the fact that the city of Hama counts only 370,000 inhabitants.... blatant disinformation, propaganda... 500,000 protestors can shake the very foundations of a regime, 10,000 are of no consequence. Furthermore, all the ‘information’ regarding the Syrian situation has been twisted similarly for months now.What sources does AgenceFrancePresse (AFP) cite? The same sources crop up systematically throughout the media...a monopoly in its own right regarding Syrian protests: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ... a political organisation based in London... for many months now, Western media have edited reality...The portrayal of a Syria in full scale revolution and a Baath party on the brink do not correspond whatsoever to the reality of the situation; the government holds control... protests have splintered and become considerably marginalized. However, the consequences of this latest case of disinformation are far reaching...

"it is about the power of the people"
Nuclear weapons are the weapons of the previous century - Ahmadinejad
Published: 14 August, 2011, 14:53 Edited: 15 August, 2011, 11:05
...Show me one place, one location in the world where Iranian military forces are present. There is no such place. The British forces, American forces, NATO forces, they are around us everywhere, they are surrounding Iran. And those same forces say Iran is interfering in the internal affairs of the region.... We do not want nuclear weapons. We do not seek nuclear weapons. This is an inhumane weapon. International equations are not determined by nuclear arsenals today. The Americans have nuclear bombs and nuclear weapons and could they win in Iraq and Afghanistan? Could nuclear weapons help the Israelis to gain victory in Lebanon and Gaza? Could nuclear weapons save the former Soviet Union from collapse? Nuclear weapons are the weapons of the previous century. This century is the century of knowledge and thinking, the century of human beings, the century of culture and logic. Nuclear weapons are not going to be a determining force in the world. It is about the power of people, not weapons. Our goal in the country and the goal of our people is peace for all. Nuclear energy for all, and nuclear weapons for none. This is our goal.

Iran: 'US main sponsor of terrorism'
09 Aug 2010 http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=138030&sectionid=351020101
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparastsays the US is the main sponsor of terrorism and that it tries to cover up this fact by leveling accusations against other countries.
The US State Department in its annual report released on Aug. 5, 2010 accused Iran of supporting terrorism. Ramin Mehmanparast rejected the State Department report and said, "Examples of US actions show that this country has been the biggest sponsor of terrorism over the past three decades but by leveling baseless accusations against other states it attempts to cover up its own actions.” .... that leveling such biased accusations against other countries could negatively affect international trust, which is essential to global security and stability....the Israeli crimes committed against the people of Palestine and Lebanon are examples of Washington's role in spreading terrorism...

big name 'smart power' imperialist analysts /strategists
Desperately Seeking "Defectors" to Make a Case for an Iran War
By Flynt Leverett, director, Iran Project of New America Foundation and publisher of The Race for Iran with Hillary Mann Leverett
July 19, 2010 | Monthly Review
Why is no journalist from a major media outlet in the United States asking why the Obama Administration drove the P-5+1 to push a new sanctions resolution against Iran, when there is such clear disarray, disagreement, and desperation in the U.S. Intelligence Community

Obama’s New Iran Sanctions: An Act of War
By Shamus Cooke
Iran must import the majority of its oil from foreign corporations and nations, since it does not have the technology needed to refine the fuel it pumps from its soil. By cutting this refined oil off, the U.S. will be causing massive, irreparable damage to the Iranian economy — an act of war.

U.S. Must Confront Iran or give up the Middle East
By Natasha Mozgovaya, 7-23-10
Writing in the U.S. Army's "Military Review" journal, Amitai Etzioni, professor of International Relations at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., hypothesizes the only option available to contain Iran's atomic ambitions is a series of assaults on Iranian infrastructure that is not necessarily related to its nuclear program...President Obama's attempts at dialogue have failed, and drastic steps must be taken to prevent the U.S. losing its Middle East dominance to Tehran...We are talking about the U.S. as international power...you cannot remain.. superpower unless you deal with Iran one way or another.” Speaking to Haaretz on Wednesday, Etzioni concedes that such a move could be interpreted by Iran as a declaration of full-scale war.

cameron merely the current frontman for imperialist britain, as obama is for u.s.: politicians do not make bipartisan national security strategies
Riot, Rap and Racism in Cameron’s Britain
by Alexander Billet / August 20th, 2011, http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/08/riot-rap-and-racism-in-cameron’s-britain/#more-36193
Alexander Billet, a music journalist and activist in Chicago, runs the website Rebel Frequencies
... August 14th Pm David Cameron shifted his damage control into war footing, declaring at a press conference the ultimate culprit of the uprisings was the “slow-motion moral collapse that has taken place in parts of our country.”...British historian David Starkey appeared on the BBC’s “Newsnight” program to insist the problem is that:

The whites have become black. A particular sort of violent, destructive, nihilistic gangster culture has become the fashion… Black and white, boy and girl operate in this language together. This language, which is wholly false, which is this Jamaican patois that has intruded in England.

Even those on the other side of the political aisle have joined the chorus of racist cultural condemnation.... in the “liberal” Daily Mirror, Paul Routledge proclaimed:
I blame the pernicious rap music culture of hatred, which glorifies violence and loathing authority (especially police but including parents), exalts trashy materialism and raves about drugs…
Back on this side of the Atlantic, we’ve heard all of this before. After the urban rebellions that rocked the Bronx in New York City, Jimmy Carter stood in front of a burnt-out, tag-covered wall to declare how “impressed” he was with the people there before turning his back on the community for the next three years.
Ronald Reagan did the same thing during his first presidential campaign — even choosing the exact same wall and the exact same words of his soon-to-be-predecessor — before declaring war on the community centers that had barely kept the area buoyant through decades of neglect. In the wake of LA, it was Bush the First’s turn, followed by Clinton....


US troops will stay in Afghanistan till 2024
The US military contingent of several thousands will stay in Afghanistan till 2024...[NB: VOA neglects to mention that the US 'contingent' will include not only 'military 'trainers' but US Special Forces and air power]...under a new strategic pact prepared by US and Afghanistan for signing... The agreement was prepared on the initiative of Afghanistan which fears the aggravation of the situation after the withdrawal of US troops in 2014. Experts say the agreement is also advantageous for the US, which will retain its presence near Pakistan, Iran and China.

Afghanistan and the US are close to signing a strategic partnership agreement to allow U.S. troops, not only trainers, but also Special Operations Forces and aerial assets, to remain in the country through 2024

Panetta: U.S. forces to stay in Iraq into 2012
By Reid J. Epstein | 8/19/11 3:49 PM EDT
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Stars & Stripes, the military’s official newspaper, “My view is they finally did say, ‘Yes,’”... Iraq’s government agreed to extend the U.S. military presence in the country beyond 2011 — but Iraq quickly rejected the claim... a spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told Agence-France Presse that no deal is in place. The word from Panetta, during an interview
with Stars & Stripes, was the first official indication that some of the 46,000 American troops will remain in Iraq beyond the deadline for U.S. forces to leave...a 2008 security agreement that the entire American military would be out of the country by the end of 2011

US Army chief says US will stay in Iraq despite agreement to withdraw troops
Army chief says US ready to be in Iraq 10 years
5/27/09 www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/26/army-chief-casey-us-ready_n_207897.htm...
The Pentagon is prepared to leave fighting forces in Iraq for as long as a decade despite an agreement between the United States and Iraq that would bring all American troops home by 2012, the top U.S. Army officer Gen. George Casey, the Army chief of staff said .. the Pentagon must plan for extended U.S. combat and stability operations in two wars. "Global trends are pushing in the wrong direction," Casey said. "They fundamentally will change how the Army works." He spoke at an invitation-only briefing to a dozen journalists and policy analysts from Washington-based think-tanks. He said his planning envisions combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for a decade as part of a sustained U.S. commitment to fighting extremism and terrorism in the Middle East.

not 'surprises'

Israel sets up "September Commands" for worst-case scenarios
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
12 Aug. Israel's military, police and Shin Bet security service are drilling extreme scenarios of possible Palestinian disturbances, mass rallies or even terrorist attacks in September – although there is no specific intelligence of a security threat in the offing. The authorities have also set up "September Command Centers" so as not to be caught off guard. The intelligence updates fed them on Palestinian activities contain no signs so far of organized Palestinian preparations for disorders beyond some talk at local Fatah cell level.
All the same, DEBKAfile's military sources report the three security organizations have established "September Command Centers" for coordination in case of an extreme event, such as violent Palestinian demonstrations backed from Syria, Lebanon (Hizballah) and the Gaza Strip with cross-border terrorist and military attacks and incursions.

'Israel prepares for war in Sinai desert':
Uzi Dayan told Israel's Channel 7 Friday that Israeli military and security forces should prepare for a period different from the past in dealing with the new Egyptian government... the military effort would target those that represent a threat to Israel. "This is the time for the Israeli army to prevail in its control inside Sinai" http://www.presstv.com/detail/194803.html

Attacks in southern Israel kill 8, wound 40
The attacks against civilian and military targets near the Israel-Egypyt border raise concerns about instability in Egypt's Sinai peninsula and a possible resumption of Palestinian terrorist attacks.
By Edmund Sanders, from Jerusalem August 18, 2011, 2:24 p.m. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-israel-attacks-20110...

USrael immediately used this as pretext to escalate war against the Palestinian struggle for liberation, as Hamas predicted, and, to put pressure on US and Egypt's 'democratic' military dictatorship to stop the huge Egyptian protests supporting Palestine and demanding government stop Mubarak-era support for israel
Israeli politicians call for major military action in Gaza
Thursday gunmen infiltrated Israel killing six civilians and two soldiers near the resort city of Eilat...since then, Israeli airstrikes against militants in Gaza, blamed by Israel for the initial attack, have killed more than two dozen people. Rocket attacks against southern Israeli towns have killed one person and wounded more than 20...
Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said Israel should take decisive military action to discourage future Palestinian strikes."The deterrence of Cast Lead has exhausted itself," he said. "We're not ruling out the possibility of a ground operation."... "You must use force against terrorism," said opposition leader Tzipi Livni, whose Kadima Party was in power during Operation Cast Lead...some warned against another large-scale military campaign, saying the 22-day Operation Cast Lead in late 2008 failed to dislodge Hamas from power, instead led to a groundswell of international criticism over Israel's use of deadly force. More than 1,200 Palestinians were killed in the operation...many experts said the military is more likely to bomb selected militant strongholds and attempt to assassinate top leaders. The diplomatic strain with Egypt's interim government has narrowed Israel's ability to launch another military campaign, analysts said...
"Israel's ability to make a major campaign against Hamas is limited by this new strategic situation between Israel and Egypt...It's a huge dilemma for Israel."

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Prosecutor Officially Seeks Dismissal of All Charges Against Strauss-Kahn
Prosecutors in DA Cyrus R. Vance Jr. office filed "dismissal on recommendation" papers officially requesting all charges be dropped against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the IMF ...
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