The so called ‘elite’.

The extraordinary clamour to drop bombs on an already embattled region in Syria tells us all we need to know about politicians. They are supposed to be the most intelligent amongst society, wanting to do their best, not just for people here but around the world.

Despite their supposedly privileged education, it seems they learnt nothing, especially in their history classes. Iraq and Libya are recent disasters we can learn from. Both are effectively failed states and neither need an educational degree to know that the foreign policy not only failed on these two countries but was a catastrophe for the inhabitants. It’s true that Saddam and Gadaffi were both dictators, sometimes very brutal and a peaceful removal of them wouldn’t have created any complaints from me. However both attacks created events that are much, much worse than the original civilian societies that were in place. The persecution of a few should never be solved by the persecution of all.

Iraqis and Libyans, instead of just avoiding the brutal security services don’t know who is a friend or who is an enemy. Keeping the status quo didn’t have to be the only option. The politicians should have done what they are paid to do, negotiate to try to end the cruelties inflicted on the few, not bomb ALL of them. International sanctions don’t have to have such a disastrous effect on the general population as they did, particularly in Iraq. Instead of banning medicines which affects the poorest in society, restrictions should be inflicted on the leaders. Turn their country in to a prison for the wealthy, restrict their business opportunities (without the insane sanctions the US inflicted on Iran). There are probably plenty more astute methods but then again, I’m not paid an extremely good wage every week to solve these problems, politicians are.

Dropping bombs only has a detrimental effect on the population and considering Iraq and Libya are still fresh in peoples mind, we have the perfect reminders why we shouldn’t use a military solution. Politicians on all sides should bear this in mind. Blair is regarded as extreme low life by most in this country… Today’s leaders could well be the ‘Tony Blair’s’ of the next decade or two.

Politicians tell us of the wonders of democracy, they need to have one eye on the future because people can and do use the ballot box for payback.

 

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Craig Murray nails Cameron.

A post by Craig Murray on his blog today exposes the lies that UK Prime Minister, David Cameron is using to obtain parliamentary permission to bomb Syria. The UK public have already rejected this proposal and their regional representatives voted against it. Cameron is having another attempt, only this time he’s using a pack of lies to try to convince members of parliament. Another defeat might well put his position in jeopardy so I suspect he already knows he’s going to win.  Because Craig Murray encourages everyone to use his writing, I’ve posted some excerpts here:

‘Cameron is in serious trouble at Westminster after overreaching himself by the claim that there are 70,000 “moderate rebels” willing to take up the ground war with Isis. Quite literally not one single MP believes him. There are those who believe the lie is justified. But even they know it is a lie.

‘The truth is the military tends to be much more honest about these matters than the spooks. Rather than make the same mistake again, parliamentarians should be calling Laurie’s successor, Air Marshal Philip Osborn, to ask him the truth about the nature, composition and availability of the 70,000. I happen to know that signals of dissent from Osborn’s staff – quite probably with his blessing – are reaching not just me, but many Tory MPs.

Meantime we can ourselves deconstruct the 70,000 figure and work out the various civil service sleights of hand that produced it. We have Cameron’s written response to the Foreign Affairs Committee in which he sets out his case for war. This document is of course extremely carefully written.

The 70,000 figure is at page 18. It does then give the breakdown of who these 70,000 are.

The very first group listed are the Kurds, and they are indeed the best organised and most numerous group. But there is a trick here – the paper includes them in the 70,000, despite going on to accept that they are not available to fight in Isil territory because it is Arab not Kurdish land. So that already knocks the largest and best contingent out of the 70,000.

Why were the Kurds included in the total when the paper itself acknowledges they are not available?

After that, Cameron is really struggling and the paper becomes vague. The paper talks (p.19) of rebel forces who defended the Syrian-Turkish border near Aleppo from ISIL attack.

This is perfectly true, but their leading fighting component is Jabhat-al-Nusra, an open al-Qaida affiliate. They cannot conceivably be described as moderate, and are armed and equipped by Saudi Arabia. Their principle martial activity is looting and raping in Shia villages. There are in fact about two dozen rebel groups around Aleppo – here is a good snapshot – who often fight each other and for the last few months have been losing ground to Assad forces. They are also a primary target of the Russians. It is simply nonsense that they could march on ISIS in Raqqa.

Cameron’s paper then goes on to reference the southern front of the Free Syrian Army, and paints a rather rose-coloured picture of its military prowess. The Free Syrian army can legitimately be painted as less extremist than other groups, with some important reservations, but nobody has ever assessed the strength of its southern branch at over 10,000 fighters. It is completely pre-occupied with fighting Assad and Hezbollah.

After that, the paper is seriously stuck, and goes on to enumerate policemen, “white helmet” humanitarian workers and even local authority engineering workforces as part of the evidence of the existence of moderate forces. Whether any of these groups is included in that amazing 70,000 total is unclear.’

.The moderate rebels, as Murray indicates, simply do not exist. Many attempts to ascertain the credentials of these rebels simply disintegrate under scrutiny. The US themselves have admitted that their moderate training program has been an expensive failure. Any trainees that have been produced have joined Al Nusra or ISIS or handed themselves and their weapons over to them.

The countries intent on Assad’s removal are dependent on the existence of moderates. The truth is, they have never existed.

Who benefits from military acts of aggression?

The disturbing attack by Turkey on a Russian jet is a very worrying escalation. Putin has definitely upset ISIS and Erdogan too. Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have their own agenda, primarily to stop Iranian influence and support for Hezbollah and Syria. Israel wants the same but for different reasons. A weak or better still, fractured Syria would be unable to resist Zionist expansion plans.

The US, Europe and Russia are all huge weapons manufacturers and in my view are the main beneficiaries of conflict. Russian assets in Syria and it’s long term support would suggest that arms sales aren’t a primary factor, however showcasing their impressive wares certainly won’t harm their weapons industry.

Tourism would be damaged the most as a result of conflict and disputes. It’s estimated Turkey will lose 450,000 Russian visitors due to the shooting down of their jet. Egypt will suffer in the near future because of the passenger plane disaster. Perhaps Erdogen believes it’s a price worth paying. We can safely assume that the Turkish leader doesn’t have investments in the tourism industries. It is of course the average Turk who will be adversely affected by fewer visitors, less jobs.

What he does have investments in is oil. The oil is transported from Syrian installations to Turkish refinement plants and Erdogen junior is reaping the rewards. That was until Putin’s air force obliterated  those tankers very recently. This might have resulted in the Russian jet being brought down and if it is, then Erdogen should be a very worried man. The loss of dozens of oil tankers will be the least of his worries.

Another aspect is Erdogens almost deranged insistence on Bashar Al Assad’s removal. Clearly the Turkish government have facilitated the rise of ISIS through their porous border and they appear to be looking to grab parts of Syria during the chaos.

The fanning of the flames by ISIS allies will result in more arms deals with Saudi and Qatar picking up the bill. I suppose it makes a change from the US, UK, French, etc taxpayers having to finance the bombing of countries that have done absolutely no harm to any of us.

American support for the Israelis (and Egypt) is the most interesting. Despite humiliating Obama countless times, their US aid has increased substantially. The reason Egypt gets so much US foreign aid is to make sure they keep the Gaza prison intact. Military assistance from the US in 2013 was $3 billion for Israel and $1.2 billion for Egypt. There are no special ties between the US and Egypt so why so much ‘aid’? It can only be for hush money to leave Israel alone. By the way, US aid figures that are above do not reflect the real cost. In reality it could be twice as much.

 

 

‘Turkey has the right to defend it’s airspace.’

Turkey has the right to defend it’s airspace, Obama stated with great authority. In stark contrast, the daily  incursions by Israel over it’s neighbours never seems to warrant such condemnation. Perhaps they need to shoot one down and see what the response would be from a man who takes hypocrisy to levels never before seen.

Considering his pathetic, error strewn presidency, Obama should just keep his mouth shut. He is unable to comment on anything related to international law because he breaks them with impunity.

His criticism of Russia has no legal basis and his own violation of Syrian airspace renders him ineligible to comment on other nations alleged discretions anyhow. His government has continually admitted to supplying ‘moderate rebels’ with weapons, training and finances , even though anyone with the remotest interest in US foreign policy knows that there are no moderate rebels. Yes, they might fight amongst themselves but it doesn’t make any of the factions moderate.

Someone should explain to him that just because he doesn’t like a certain government (or more likely they won’t do as they are told) it doesn’t give him the right to declare them illegitimate. More than twice as many Syrian refugees have sought protection under the Assad government than those that have fled abroad and even that doesn’t mean that those who have left  are against Assad. Bearing in mind much of the Syrian/Turkish border has been controlled by ISIS and Turkey have received more refugees than any other nation, it would be fair to estimate that many have been forced to leave because of ISIS.

Save your breath Obama, Putin has already made you look foolish enough as it is. You’ve achieved absolutely nothing of any significant importance throughout your time in power. All you have done is make people like Netanyahu look intelligent and that is quite spectacular, I suppose.

It will be interesting to see what Putin does about this escalation with Turkey, I suspect Erdogan was treading on thin ice before this latest incident and of course the fact that Turkey is an ally of ISIS could possibly mean that this attack on a Russian jet isn’t a concluded event. Far from it.

Hollande: Paris terrorism is an act of war.

Indeed Mr Hollande, it’s certainly not an act of friendship, which is a little odd, considering these are the very same people that you gave French air cover to in Libya and Syria. Ungrateful, aren’t they?

http://www.france24.com/en/20140821-france-arms-syria-rebels-hollande

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/14/france-active-policy-syria-assad-isis-paris-attacks-air-strikes

The French policy in Syria has been very consistent but before that, Hollande had used French jets to remove Gaddafi, which was fundamental in the creation of ISIS and the supply of weapons to Syrian rebels. Talking about declarations of war is a bit rich when you’ve just been supporting the removal of two leaders of sovereign states. Neither Libya nor Syria invited France into their air space. Yesterday’s attacks weren’t revenge by Assad or friends of the murdered Gaddafi, they were committed by the very same people the French have been supplying weapons to.

Of course, mainstream media will completely ignore these facts simply because most people are too lazy to find out for themselves. Collectively, we’ve only got ourselves to blame for the crimes of the elite which only ever affect the ordinary citizens. Blair, Brown, Hollande, or Bush, to name a few, never get caught up in these acts of ‘the terrorists’.

Yet more criminal Israeli aggression.

It’s been reported that Israeli jets have attacked a site close to Damascus claiming to stop the S-300 air protection system being delivered to Hezbollah. They have used this excuse before. If there are so many of these systems in circulation, how is it that Iran have been waiting ten years for theirs to be delivered by Russia? Moreover, I’m very disappointed that Russia did not warn the Israelis to stay away from Syrian airspace. After what they did to USS Liberty all those years ago, Putin should be worried they won’t screw up and attack Russian jets on the ground…. By mistake, of course.