Saleh al-Arouri: never forget, for many people, money trumps ideology every time.
A Hamas official who lives in Turkey has claimed that members of its militant wing kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers in June. The killing of the three was initially used by Israel to being its two-week-long bombardment of Gaza, killing 2,000 Palestinians.
Speaking at a conference in Turkey, Saleh Al-Arouri said the al-Qassam Brigades were responsible. The claim has been met with skepticism by many. Al-Arouri is the only member of Hamas to make this claim, and it stands in contrast to the statements of both the Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who is in exile in Qatar, and the Israeli police, both of whom stated that Hamas was not responsible.
Questions must be asked about Al-Arouri’s motivation for making this claim and whether or not he is in a position to make any authoritative statements about Hamas, or the operations of any other Palestinian groups or individuals in the West bank or elsewhere in the occupied territories. First of all, the Turkish government is no friend of the Palestinian people, so why is Al-Arouri living there? Read more »
The biggest problem in our world today is that the vast – and I mean vast – majority of people have no – again, I mean no – idea of how the world actually works and has been working for centuries. Let’s take Putin’s Russia as an example. Most people in the West, including those who are relatively well-informed about the geo-political context, see Putin as a ‘dictator’, a cold-eyed ex-FSB agent who is running Russia with an iron fist. There is only one reason why anyone can have ever formed this opinion: they are massively ignorant of how the world works. Putin is ex-FSB, and it is he, along with the upper echelons of Russian intelligence, that runs Russia. This is seen as ‘anti-democratic’ in the West and in those Russian minds infected by Western ‘values’ and propaganda. Yet US and British intelligence (among others) have been running not only the USA and UK for decades, but, indirectly, much of the rest of the world also.
It’s difficult (in a face-palm kind of way) to listen to people, even well-informed educated people and ‘experts’, opine on global politics when they are clearly ignorant of (or studiously ignore) this most important fact. There is no ‘democracy’ in this world, and there has not been for, oh… forever. Western populations are so damn dumbed down and dissociated that they actually can’t figure out that nothing of any significance changes with a change of government, despite all the evidence before them. In fact, it’s worse than that, things do change, but for the worse from the point of view of the average citizen. Who will argue that Western warmongering and the divide between rich and poor has increased dramatically over the past 40 years? How many administrations does that period comprise, about 10? Democrat, Republican, Democrat, Republican… Whoopee frickin’ doo. In the UK, it’s Conservative, Labour, Conservative, Labour… In both countries, the supposedly ‘bleeding-heart lefty’ Democrat and Labour governments fronted by Tony Blair and then Obama actually out-warmongered their supposedly traditionally uber-warmongering opposition parties.
How do you explain that? Easy. There is no difference between them because neither of them, as parties or Presidents or Prime Ministers, actually control anything of any significance. Someone else does. Read more »
Two Palestinian boys, murdered by the Israeli military
Dead women, dead children, dead babies. Limbs missing, brains missing, guts spilled out on the floor. It’s impossible to put a positive spin on those kinds of images, unless you’re Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Two days ago, Bibi sought to explain why, in the space of a few hours, Israeli soldiers, under his orders, had massacred 63 people, including 17 children, in the Shuja’iya neighborhood to the east of Gaza City. He said:
“We have to protect ourselves. We try to target the rocketeers, we do. And all civilian casualties are not intended by us but actually intended by Hamas who want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can because somebody said they use telegenically dead Palestinians for the cause. They want the more dead the better.”
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East Ukrainian rebels inspect the crash site of MH17
Is everyone enjoying the show? The ridiculously transparent attempt by the entire Western media and their political ‘elite’ masters to use the alleged shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 as part of their ‘asymmetric’ warfare against Russia and Vladimir Putin. Even the supposedly ‘leftist’ UK Guardian newspaper has been running headlines like World demands answers from Russia after Malaysia Airlines plane’s destruction over Ukraine and Hilary Clinton (wasn’t she fired?) wasted no time in declaring authoritatively that Russian rebels were responsible for the downing of the plane and that “Putin has gone too far”. Clinton’s statement clearly exposes her own and her former government’s complete lack of respect for due process, truth, and the extreme prejudice with which they both view the Russian Federation. It’s also clearly complete and utter BS because no one could possibly know who was responsible for the shooting down of Flight MH17 just a few hours after it fell out of the sky.
Then again, the US government never did let the facts get in the way of a good dose of propaganda, and to be fair, from the point of view of Clinton and her ilk, Putin has gone ‘too far’, but it has nothing to do with any Malaysian aircraft. Read more »
While much of the public was being distracted by news reports of the score line in the Germany-Brazil World Cup game, another, admittedly less important, high-scoring ‘game’ was playing out in Israel/Palestine. While Brazil lost 7 to 1 to Germany, so far, Palestinians losses to Israel are running at 81-0, with no end to the carnage in sight.
A week ago I expressed my suspicions about the timing of the kidnapping and murder of the three Israelis teens. Since then, more details have come to light that confirm that the kidnapping was most likely a carefully orchestrated Israeli government propaganda campaign designed to destroy the Fatah/Hamas unity government, demomize the Palestinians as ‘terrorists’, and, as always, give the psychopaths in Tel Aviv another opportunity to blow Palestinian women and children to pieces. Read more »
The 3 kidnapped and murdered Israeli teenagers
Ya gotta wonder…
About a month ago, a Fatah-Hamas unity government was sworn in. The Israelis warned/threatened the whole world not to recognize it because Israel has worked hard over the past 40 years to prevent any form of Palestinian unity from breaking out. But Netanyahu’s demands fell on deaf ears and several countries, along with the U.N., welcomed the development. Norway went as far as to ‘normalize relations’ with the new ‘interim government’. Read more »
Jihadi tanks! What’s next?!
In case you were wondering why, despite the sterling efforts of the Bush and Obama governments to bring ‘freedom and democracy’ to Iraq, life there appears to be worse than ever, a brief review of the nature of American and European largesse that has been bestowed on the Iraqi people over the past twenty-odd years may be instructive. Read more »
‘We’re the good guys!’ – Ukrainian soldiers hide from their own helicopters in Donetsk Province
At least 16 Ukrainian troops were reportedly killed and over 30 injured in an attack on a military checkpoint in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday morning in the worst loss of life for Kiev forces to date. The question is, who did it?
Troops from Kiev are said to have arrived and established a check point outside the village of Blahodatne, near the town of Ol’hynka. The unofficial capital of the breakaway People’s Republic of Donetsk, Donetsk city, is just 40kms to the North. The check point was therefore probably a part of a wider effort by the US-coup-installed interim government in Kiev to use troops loyal to Kiev to control access to the major hubs of Eastern Ukraine in advance of the Presidential elections on Sunday.
As has been the case in many other Eastern Ukrainian towns and villages, the locals of Blagodatnoe confronted the Kiev troops as they arrived. At that point, things get murky. Read more »
‘Al Qaeda’ in Ukraine? For decades, the US has relied on local or imported terrorist paramilitaries to win their ‘proxy wars’. Ukraine’s Right Sector is just the latest.
The US military hasn’t actually been involved in an overt “war”, in the traditional sense of a conflict between two mostly equally matched adversaries, since the end of the Korean war in 1953. As Col. Fletcher Prouty points out in his book JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy, US soldiers in Vietnam were mainly fighting against 1 million North Vietnamese villagers who were ‘deported’ to the South (by the US Navy) where, like any dispossessed people, they resorted to theft to survive. These were the bulk of the ‘Viet Cong’ that the US military raped, tortured, napalmed and shot en masse. Every other US military and/or CIA ‘adventure’ from the 1960s until today (and there have been many) has involved one of the following three approaches: Read more »
Russian president Vladimir Putin recently sent a letter
to 18 European countries that are consumers of Russian gas, telling them that, while Russia is eager to honor all of its energy commitments, the situation in Ukraine is getting to the “critical” point where supplies of Russian gas to Europe through Ukraine may be threatened. Speaking to reporters, Putin summed up the essence of what he wrote to his EU counterparts:
Russia is acting very neatly, very considerately and respectfully towards our partners. We will certainly guarantee in full the honoring of all our obligations to our European consumers. We are not the problem, the problem is ensuring transit via Ukraine …
What’s he talking about? Read more »