We don’t know the motivations of the two brothers as of yet, but we can say that we should have known that Chechen terror groups aligned themselves with radical Muslim terror groups, such as Al Qaeda, over a decade ago. Yet many neocon analysts are busy feigning shock over this recent turn of events. It happens over and over again. They were friends with Saddam Hussein (when he fought Iran) before he was their enemy.They were enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran before they were secretly sort of friends (when they needed their help with South America) before they were enemies again. They were friends of the Mujhahideen in Afghanistan when they fought the Russians before they became the Taliban and fought with us. And they’ve been friends of the Chechens as they cause trouble for the Russians until now I guess when the worm turns again. It’s really hard to keep up with them. They leave me breathless as they dance in and out of friendships while mouthing bellicose statements against terrorists. Really? I guess others are terrorists when they’re against us, but freedom fighters when they support us. Honestly, it’s hard to keep up:
Whoever did the Boston Marathon bombings, lets make sure we don’t demonize a group of people, lump people into categories, or try to close ourselves off from the rest of the world. That would be the worst possible outcome I can imagine. Of course, we should protect ourselves and seek justice, but let’s make sure we keep our hearts and heads present and realize that we are living in a fragmented, broken, wounded world. We are all wounded. While we defend ourselves and seek to defeat terrorists, we also need to reach out to one another. It’s difficult to engage in battle and to reach out to others at the same time, but that is the task we have before us.
Now that the birth certificate is out, there are those who doubt that Osama bin Laden is dead. Sadly the wackos have some mainstream attention.
Former General William “Jerry” Boykin is busy promoting Christian dominionism, targeting Islam, and promoting “Christian warriors.” This is one wierd world. George Bernard Shaw was right when he said that “earth is the insane asylum of the universe.” I guess General Boykin and his allies are not very familiar with cultures and traditions other than his own. Just living in his own little isolation chamber, I guess
Erik Prince, the former head of Blackwater (now XE) is now working on building a mercenary force of mostly Latin American soldiers that will work on behalf of the UAE in order to put down internal revolts, defend pipelines, and combat terrorism. No Muslims need apply, because the leadership and Prince is convinced that Muslim soldiers will not shoot other Muslims. Prince is also associated with Christian dominionism. Meanwhile, is this legal? Can an American citizen hire out a mercenary force on behalf of a foreign nation without permission of the U.S. government? At the least, this will not make the United States look very good to the Arab/Muslim world.
Here is the harrowing, deeply moving story of Melissa Fung’s kidnapping in Afghanistan:
Torture destroys the torturer:
Hmm…It’s possible, but unlikely given the deal between the two countries. Still one has to plan for every contingency:
Even Donald Rumsfeld agrees that water-boarding was not important in the intelligence that identified the location of Osama Bin Laden:
I agree with Obama’s decision not to release the gruesome photos.
This an indication of at least some tension between the U.S. and Pakistan. Then there is “On the other hand”: Maybe this was part of the agreement concluded ten years ago. You know, it’s the Kabuki thing.
The U.S. and Pakistan agreed ten years ago that Pakistan would allow a U.S. attack on Bin Laden on its territory and that Pakistan would respond by lambasting the U.S. Ah, the ways of diplomacy.
This is a humorous account of a very serious event, including local twitter updates:
This is a window into some segments of Palestinian politics and its animosity toward the West and toward Israel:
Relations between the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are close, as this article indicates. And now Hamas has invited one of the charismatic leaders of the Brotherhood to Gaza, Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Egyptian Qaradawi has frequently called for jihad against Israel and Jews, the destruction of Israel, and has said that he himself looks forward to coming to Israel to personally shoot Jews.
For more on Qaradawi and his hatred of Jews, see the following:
http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=35&x_article=2000 (this discusses not only Qaradawi’s anti-semitism, his love for Hitler and his hopes for another even more successful Jewish holocaust, but also his support for female genital mutilation and wife beating, suicide killers, the fatwa ordering the murder of Salman Rushdie, the execution of apostates, and laws treating religious minorities differently. The author emphasizes the whitewashing of Muslim Brotherhood hatred and violence in the New York Times.
You would think with all the really dangerous terrorists running around, we would be focusing on them rather than on people who are actually trying to improve the planet. The vast majority of enviro activists are peaceful or engaging in civil disobedience. Why are we engaging in this madness? Do corporate interests own us lock, stock, and barrel?
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