Wikileaks lack of revelations concerning Israel has always made me slightly suspicious about their integrity but putting that aside , I support Julian Assange’s campaign to avoid being extradited to Sweden. The Swedish authorities have already had the chance to interview him previously. After the allegations were initially made about sexual misconduct, Assange remained in Sweden for two weeks and even asked them if he would be required to be interviewed further and if not , would he be free to leave Sweden. He was given permission to leave and it wasn’t until after he left that the investigators decided they did want to interview him after all. He has previously offered to be interviewed in the UK by Swedish police but more importantly has offered to go to Sweden of his own free will if they give him a guarantee that he will not be subsequently extradited to a third country (US).
It appears that Sweden will not give that guarantee. I presume the reason he can’t be extradited from the UK directly is because the UK Government will not allow extradition to a country where there is even a slight chance that the suspect may be executed. I can only speculate that the US can not give such reassurances in the case of Assange and so it would appear that despite being very low key over Assange , the US authorities are itching to get hold of him.
Quite a few Muslims in the UK will know what it’s like to be associated to alleged terrorists. They are routinely arrested and questioned over attempted terrorist atrocities because they have been an acquaintance or friend of a suspect.
The US try to prosecute people with tenuous links to the most unlikely terrorist attacks , usually inspired by a shady instigator who disappears as soon as the attempted crime is revealed. They need no such tactics to prosecute William Hague. He’s openly admitted to donating £5 million (of UK taxpayers money) to a variety of extremist factions bringing chaos to Syria. On the day he announced it , there was a ministry of defence statement confirming the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan. I wonder how the soldiers family feel knowing that the extremist ideology (from the British government point of view**) that prevail amongst the Taliban was being rewarded in Syria to acquire ‘none lethal’ support to attack Assad’s government troops. Hardly a cigarette paper can be placed between the Taliban and the Free Syria Army philosophically speaking , although it could well be argued that the Taliban are defending their lands from invaders. If we try to stand in the shoes of the Afghanistan people , how would we respond to invaders? Offer them cups of tea and scones?
The message from Hague is absolutely clear. Terrorists are fine if they do something we (the UK and allies) approve of. For what it’s worth Mr Hague , i do not approve. It disgusts me that my taxes are being given to the animals purporting to be the Free Syria Army. It’s unlikely I would ever have the wealth or power to do anything about this crime …You’ll be well and truly in the shit if I do , Mr Hague.
** The Taliban are terrorists from the British governments perspective , but I don’t regard them as being such. I might not approve of some of their crazy ideas regarding the role of women in society and their extremely odd religious zeal but I do support their right to defend against any invading army , just as we would do if were invaded. The excuse that ‘we’ were going in to find Bin Laden wasn’t true. We went in because of a pipeline deal and the fact that the Taliban had very recently prohibited the cultivation of opium because it was deemed to be against Islam. If you don’t believe me , do some research on opium production levels.
Despite being continually labelled as demonic by western media and governments alike , Iran have taken the initiative to hold a Syrian peace conference aimed at stopping the violence and bringing both sides to the table for discussions.
Compare this to the US/UK/Saudi and Qatar initiatives of arming and paying the salaries of mercenaries drawn to Syria and insisting Assad doesn’t respond to the provocation.
The chief foreign correspondent for the Telegraph , David Blair sums up all that is wrong in the British media. He claims that Iran has been the reason Syria has fallen into a civil war and fails to mention support for the rebels from those beacons of democracy Saudi Arabia. He claims that Syrian troops (using Iranian supplied weaponry) slaughtered the peaceful protesters at the start of the troubles. It’s unproven as to who killed many of those protesters however it is fair to say that the Free Syrian Army quickly became more than a nuisance to Assad. How long does it take to procure an army capable of even trying to make inroads on such a capable army as that of Syria? My theory is that they were already well organised before the conflict erupted and who knows …Maybe involved as the catalyst to provoke such worldwide headlines.
David Blair is a willing accomplice to those trying to throw Syria into chaos …All from the safety of his own plush office. It would be a pleasure to debate Mr Blair on the facts related to Syria. Even though he has vast resources to ascertain the truth of events he fails miserably to use them. Is he lazy or simply a warmonger and propagandist for whoever craves to be rid of Assad no matter what the cost to Syrian people?
I used to really enjoy the Olympic games but London 2012 games have shown just how corrupt and commercial they have become. I’m sure the clean athletes are still as dedicated as they have ever been and i don’t underestimate the enormous sacrifices they make for their chosen sport.
In their efforts to pander to the corrupt Olympic authorities and I’ve no doubt to boast about their own superior coverage and viewing figures for the games , the BBC have allowed their Assad propaganda machine to take a little rest. NATO must be so disappointed.
I wonder if Kofi Annan has resigned to make way for a more belligerent critic of Assad? Time will tell , i think….
A report from the BBC reads:
Footage posted on a social media website shows Syrian rebels summarily executing captured men, apparently loyal to President Assad’s regime.
The killings of the men – said to be from the Berri clan – have been condemned by human rights activists.
Just as claims that Assad’s forces executed civilians and committed other atrocities , circumstances surrounding this claim haven’t been verified… But if all things were equal , Mrs Clinton would have already condemned this wicked act and perhaps called for the resignation of the Free Syrian Army leaders.