Cheney as the Smirking Man

Political life after 9/11 often seems to imitate fiction. Increasingly, pulp fiction, alas.According to Seymour Hersh--who's probably the most respected investigative reporter of our time and who has sources in government that would make a James Bond criminal syndicate green with envy--the US government entered into the assassination business big time after 9/11, and without any oversight or legal guidelines.  It really sounds likes something out of "The X-Files", only with … [Read more...]

The realities of fighting terror in Pakistan

The article below illustrates why I think Washington demands of Pakistan are often not only unfair, but seriously unrealistic given the challenges the country faces on multiple fronts today. And world powers looking the other way as conflicts continue to rage in Kashmir and elsewhere doesn't aid the cause, either.AP IMPACT: Pakistan police losing terrorism fight - Yahoo! NewsBADABER, Pakistan – Brothers Mushtaq and Ishaq Ali left the police force a month ago, terrified of dying as their c … [Read more...]

Zbigniew Brzezinski on the GWOT idiocy

A snippet from a great op-ed by Zbigniew Brzezinski, whose name I need to learn to pronounce one of these days.Terrorized by 'War on Terror' - The "war on terror" has created a culture of fear in America. The Bush administration's elevation of these three words into a national mantra since the horrific events of 9/11 has had a pernicious impact on American democracy, on America's psyche and on U.S. standing in the world. Using this phrase has actually undermined our ability … [Read more...]

Juan Cole on ‘Combatting Muslim Extremism’

While I'm at it, a month earlier Juan Cole had wrote an astute assessment of "Combating Muslim Extremism" and  how abysmally Washington is failing in this area for all the tough talk, also The Nation. Some notable excerpts:The Republicans are playing Russian roulette with America's future with their bigoted anti-Muslim rhetoric. Muslims may constitute as much as a third of humankind by 2050, forming a vast market and a crucial labor pool. They will be sitting on the lion's share of the … [Read more...]

The menace of ‘Islamofascism” in Europe, small potatoes beside the resurgence of real Fascism

There's an insightful article in the January 7, 2008 issue of The Nation by Gary Younge entitled "In Europe, Where's the Hate?" on the abject hypocrisy of some of the shrillest voices in Western societies baying for Muslim blood...err, I mean... speaking out against 'Islamofascism'  The article begins as follows: Over the past year or so the rural Italian idyll of Colle di Val d'Elsa has played host to a bitter battle for Enlightenment values. On one side, the hamlet's small … [Read more...]

The eerie familiarity of Ehud Olmert’s problems

Doesn't this report about embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have an eerily familiar ring to post-9/11 American ears? IPS : Peter Hirshberg - Noose Tightens Around Olmert It [a government report] accused him of going to war "hastily", of lacking a "detailed military plan", and of "a serious failure in exercising judgment, responsibility and prudence." Political leaders, public figures and most of the country's leading columnists have repeatedly called on the prime minister to resign. … [Read more...]

What about the threat from Christians in our midst?

Thought I'd share this inspired quip from Freedom Rider (emphasis added): The right wing are going nuts because of a poll that showed 8% of American Muslims approving of suicide bombing in some cases. So, a majority of Muslims are opposed to terrorism. They certainly aren't like Christians. A majority of them are in favor of torture and a majority of them are in favor of deliberately targeting civilians in warfare.  Thank God for Muslims. Hopefully they will keep those crazy Christians in … [Read more...]

Reflections on Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, let us all stop for a moment to thank and pray for those who've given their lives (or sacrificed their health) to protect us. Let us also pray for the many innocent people who have tragically found themselves in the crossfire. In their honor, let us also resolve to 1) support our troops in the future by actively opposing all unnecessary wars and 2) punish all leaders (whether in government or in the media) guilty of misrepresenting the facts in order to sell war to a … [Read more...]