Part of Pratt City, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama
According to General (Ret.) Wesley Clark, that was the Neocon (and CIA) plan in the immediate aftermath of the September 11th 2001 attacks. After Iraq, the countries slated for being “taken out” were, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran. But the best laid plans of mice and psychopaths often go awry, and Iraq was no cake-walk and the masses of humanity weren’t entirely as hoodwinkable as people like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz et al liked to believe. But what is interesting is the fact that we are currently seeing a major NATO i.e. (US) operation against Libya, and now the British, French and Italian oligarchies are urging “sanctions” against Syria, and there have been “anti-government protests” in Lebanon and Iran.
In the much- quoted 2004 New York Times Magazine article, journalist Ron Suskind described a 2002 conversation with a senior Bush advisor — widely assumed to be Karl Rove:
“The aide said that guys like me were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’ I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ‘That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.’ “
It’s probable that, given their belief that they “create their own reality”, the Neocons believed that they actually could orchestrate “regime change” in seven countries in five years with US troops on the ground. The actual reality, as we have seen, has been radically different. “Quagmire” just doesn’t get it and the truth of the matter is that all normal human beings will always recognise and resist occupation and corporate plunder and slavery, regardless of the extent or sophistication of the propaganda and lies. Read more »
Alitalia flight crew were forced to overpower a man who pulled a knife on their passenger flight and tried to divert it to Libya.
As 131 passengers looked on in terror, the would-be hijacker held a knife to the throat of an air-stewardess and ordered the Paris to Rome flight diverted to Tripoli.
‘The man grabbed the stewardess from behind her back and pointed the knife. She was in difficulty and tried to turn around,’ a passenger named Sofia told reporters.Stefanie, a French woman who lives in Italy, said the man laughed when the stewardess asked him to go the front of the plane with her.
‘He held her for just a few minutes and then the other flight attendants intervened and passengers helped hold the man to the floor,’ she said.
After the would-be hijacker was subdued the plane landed safely at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport, where he was held.
Iraqi civilian being beaten by British soldiers in 2003
“Operation Iraqi Freedom”, that’s what they tried to sell it to us as. Some, in fact most, of us knew right from the beginning that the Bush regime et al were exporting death and occupation, not freedom and democracy, and importing oil and natural resources. That’s why at least 36 million people around the world (the real figure probably being much higher) demonstrated in March 2003 against the illegal invasion of Iraq, with 3 million Italians on the streets of Rome constituting the largest ever anti-war protest. Even in the culturally, socially and politically isolated US of A, it only took two years of the Iraq ‘war’ to convince a majority of the population that they were being (badly) lied to by the smirking chimp spokesman for big business.
It’s been over 8 years since Iraq’s sovereign nation status unofficially ended on the day 100,000+ US and British troops (and many more plain clothed psychos) landed on Iraqi soil. ‘Time heals all things’, they say, but that’s mostly a bunch of crap. The only thing time really does is allow for the lies on which the vast majority of major world events are based, to be slowly revealed. Sometimes very slowly.
Operation Iraqi occupation and plunder then. How exactly do you go about invading, subduing and occupying an entire nation?
Why do Palestinian armed resistance groups consistently make such a hash of effective resistance? Such groups regularly launch impotent rockets towards Israel, supposedly in an effort to win freedom from Israeli occupation, only to have said ‘rockets’ land (almost always) harmlessly in the desert. To add insult to injury, such attacks are then used by the Israelis as justification to respond, in a massively disproportionate way, with their deadly US-made missiles against the Palestinian population as a whole.
On virtually every occasion when a ‘Middle East peace deal’ has provoked a bout of existential jitters among the Israeli elite because it looked like it might actually force them to the negotiating table, some ‘armed Palestinian group’ has obligingly carried out some misguided attack against an Israeli target, or launched a few Qassam’s at the Israeli desert. Who then can argue that, overall, the Palestinian’s long struggle for independence has been a lesson in how to shoot oneself in the foot, over and over again.