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Film: Terrorist in Town

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The Confession + Q&A 15
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From supporting the Bosnian Mujahideen to being imprisoned in Bagram and Guantanamo, from the rebel training camps in Syria to the prison cells of Belmarsh in Britain, Moazzam Begg has experienced a generation of conflict. This is his first-hand account, a chronicle of the rise of modern jihad, its descent into terror and the disastrous reaction of the West.
Moazzam Begg’s ISIS familyThis documentary looks at some of the most significant events of our times through Moazzam Begg’s eyes. His life has been an epic journey, thought-provoking, terrifying and profoundly revealing. His story gives a unique insight into three key strands of British experience: the origins of global jihad and its moral decline into terrorism; the decision of British governments to sacrifice some of their core values to fight it; and the disintegration of multiculturalism in the face of a supposedly generational conflict between the West and Islam. Intercut with archive that illustrates, balances and, at times, challenges Begg’s narrative, The Confession is a riveting journey into one man’s experience and how it reflects on a generation of conflict.

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In the 1990s, Moazzam Begg, the son of a retired bank manager in Birmingham, emerged from a youth spent fighting neo-nazis on the streets of Sparkhill into the heart of the Islamic Awakening. Visiting Bosnia during the bloody war in which Serb forces massacred Bosnian Muslims, Begg became fascinated with the ideas of jihad expressed by the Bosnian Mujahideen, the international fighters who had journeyed to former Yugoslavia to protect their fellow Muslims. As a supporter of jihad, he became a witness to some of the conflicts that defined the decade for many Muslims, he emerged onto the radar of British intelligence agencies who, in the aftermath of the Cold War, were beginning to focus on the rising threat of a radical Islam.

In 2001, Moazzam Begg decided to move to Taliban-run Afghanistan, a controversial decision that has haunted him ever since. After 9/11 and the ensuing war in Afghanistan, he was separated from his family and fled across the border into Pakistan only to find himself abducted and transferred into US military custody, falsely accused of being an Al Qaeda terrorist.
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He was held and tortured in detention sites in Kandahar, and then Bagram. When he was finally moved to Guantanamo Bay, he came into contact with genuine Al Qaeda operatives and had the opportunity to discuss with them their strategies (and their crimes) first hand. Begg was living through the sharp end of the War on Terror.

After being released from Guantanamo Bay in January 2005, Begg was arrested again in 2014 after he travelled to Syria and charged with terror offences. He spent 7 months in Belmarsh, only for the case against him to fall apart, with the police* confirming that he is an innocent man.
Award-winning filmmaker Ashish Ghadiali met Moazzam Begg and completed two full days of in-depth interview, capturing the entirety of Begg’s story, his experiences, his contradictions and his testimony for the first time. The Confession explores the profound conundrum our society is currently grappling with; whether there is space for people like Begg, who believe in jihad but condemn terrorism, and question the actions of the West in the name of the War on Terror.

 

Will we ever find out what really happened in the case of Moazzam

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NY organ trafficker admits buying kidneys in Israel for $10,000… and selling them in U.S. for $120,000

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  • First ever U.S. federal conviction for organ trafficking
  • His lawyers claimed he was providing life-saving service

Lawyers for a man who pleaded guilty Thursday in the first ever federal conviction for illegal organ trafficking say he was performing life-saving services for severely ill people.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, from New York, admitted in a Trenton federal court to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for desperate New Jersey-based customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more.

He also pleaded guilty to a conspiracy count for brokering an illegal kidney sale.

Convicted trafficker: Levy Izhak Rosenbaum , 60, before entering the courthouse in Trenton, New Jersey, on Thursday

Convicted trafficker: Levy Izhak Rosenbaum , 60, before entering the courthouse in Trenton, New Jersey, on Thursday

Attorneys Ronald Kleinberg and Richard Finkel say Rosenbaum never solicited clients.

He simply agreed to help desperately ill people by finding them kidney donors, they said.

The lawyers claim the surgeries occurred in prestigious American hospitals and were performed by experienced transplant experts.

They did not, however, name the hospitals involved, the Associated Press reports.

The lawyers claimed that the donors he arranged to give up kidneys were fully aware of what they were doing.

But anthropologist and organ trade expert Nancy Scheper-Hughes, who described Israel as a ‘pariah’ in the organ transplant world, has said in the past that many of the donors were desperately poor immigrants from eastern European countries such as Moldova, Romania and Russia.

They say the recipients are leading healthy lives thanks to Rosenbaum.

The 60-year-old was arrested two years ago following a huge investigation into corruption in New Jersey.

The probe led to 46 arrests, including several rabbis, the New York Daily News reports.

‘I am what you call a matchmaker … I’ve never had a failure.’

He was nabbed after an FBI informant who was pretending to be a businessman told him he was looking for a new kidney for a sick uncle

Rosenbaum was caught on tape boasting that he had brokered ‘quite a lot’ of illegal transplants.

He told the informant: ‘I am what you call a matchmaker.’

‘I bring a guy what I believe, he’s suitable for your uncle … I’ve never had a failure.’

Prosecutors said he bought the organs from vulnerable people in Israel for as little as $10,000, then sold them here for a minimum of $120,000.

New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said: ‘A black market in human organs is not only a grave threat to public health, it reserves lifesaving treatment for those who can best afford it at the expense of those who cannot. We will not tolerate such an affront to human dignity.’

Caught in a sting: Rosenbaum is handcuffed and arrested in 2009 after a huge probe intro corruption in New Jersey

Caught in a sting: Rosenbaum is handcuffed and arrested in 2009 after a huge probe intro corruption in New Jersey

Rosenbaum faces a maximum five-year prison sentence on each count, plus a fine of up to $250,000. He also agreed to forfeit $420,000 in property that came from the kidney sales.

He is a member of the Orthodox Jewish community in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, where he had told neighbors he was in the construction business.

Under 1984 federal law, it is illegal for anyone to knowingly buy or sell organs for transplant.

The practice is illegal just about everywhere else in the world, too.
But demand for kidneys far outstrips the supply, with 4,540 people dying in the U.S. last year while waiting for a kidney, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Evil plan: Rosenbaum's home in Brooklyn where the matchmaking was masterminded

Evil plan: Rosenbaum’s home in Brooklyn where the matchmaking was masterminded

As a result, there is a thriving black market for kidneys around the world.

Art Caplan, the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania and a co-chairman of a United Nations task force on organ trafficking, said kidneys are the most common of all trafficked organs because they can be harvested from live donors, unlike other organs.

He said Rosenbaum had pleaded guilty to one of the ‘most heinous crimes against another human being.’

Mr Caplan said: ‘Internationally, about one quarter of all kidneys appear to be trafficked.

‘But until this case, it had not been a crime recognized as reaching the United States.’

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Doctor admits Israeli pathologists harvested organs without consent …
report: israel caught harvesting palestinian organs again
Israel ‘organ-harvesting’ Palestinian bodies

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Is Trump a Political Terrorist?

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By Sajjad Shaukat

Some western psychiatrists believe that many terrorists have had a difficult childhood producing narcissistic wounds, resulting in “projecting the hated parts of the self onto the outside world”.

According to another similar reasoning, “The desire to destroy the establishment is driven by the terrorist’s search for identity.” This dynamic could result in operatives taking unauthorized vengeance against society for their own reasons unrelated to the group’s cause; such acts are equivalent to military officers making politically unauthorized use of their weapons.

In his book, “The Readiness to Kill and Die: Suicidal Terrorism in the Middle East.” a professor of psychology, Ariel Merari who provides a comprehensive analysis of suicide attacks and terrorism by showing how personality characteristics interact with group pressure and public atmosphere, points out, “Most suicide terrorist attacks are carried out by sub-state groups, whether organized as terrorist groups or as self-starter cells…this is because it is easier for groups to transform susceptible individuals into terrorists by radicalizing, recruiting, indoctrinating and training them to become suicide bombers and then videotaping their commitment to martyrdom. Such groups receive their oxygen from religions and societies that glorify martyrdom into an afterlife in paradise.”

Besides mentioning other causes of terrorism, a number of writers, authors and researchers agree by remarking, “Terrorists recruit mentally unbalanced youths to carry out suicide missions.”

However, some depressed operatives may follow instructions in carrying out suicide missions.

Since the US started fake global war against terrorism, after the 9/11 tragedy, various political experts have opined that terrorism comes in a variety of forms such as religious terrorism, secular terrorism, economic terrorism etc., but its main aim is to achieve political, economic and Bruce Hoffman, in his book “Inside Terrorism” writes: “For the religious terrorism, violence is the foremost divine duty executed in direct response to some demand or imperative…the secular terrorist sense leads to a sanctioning of limitless violence against a virtually open-ended category Besides, in various countries, including America, laws have been enforced to cope with the problem of terrorism.

For example, in case of Pakistan, almost all the political parties unanimously had agreed on a draft of legislative measures—the 20 points National Action Plan—the bill as 22nd (Constitutional) Amendment was enforced soon after its approval from the parliament. Now, individuals will be punished in accordance with the National Action Plan which includes countering hate speech and extremist material, choking financing for terrorists and terrorist organizations, taking effective steps against religious persecution, ban on glorification of terrorism and terrorists organization through print and electronic media, measures against abuse of internet and social media for terrorism, dealing firmly with sectarian terrorists Judging in these terms, the character of the Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump has emerged as a political terrorist.

In order to win the presidential race of the Republican Party, Trump had started exaggerating the threat of Islamophobia by manipulating various terror attacks in the US and Europe.

Trump manipulated the terror attacks which occurred in Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino, Orlando, Nice and Munich which were, in fact, false flag operations, conducted by Israeli Mossad and CIA who were playing the double game by using the terrorists of the Islamic State (Also known as Daesh, ISIS, ISIL) in this respect, while, some incidents were not linked to ISIS, but were the result of self-radicalization of the individuals.

Donald Trump used each terror assault and the shooting at San Bernardino, California in fueling anti-Muslim racialism in America and to get the sympathies of a majority of the ordinary Americans and those of Europe, who did not have much time to go into depth-analysis and have been misguided by his emotional speeches, statements and false hopes. The more he exploited the threat of Islamic militants, the more popularity he got among general masses of America, who have been impressed by his stereotypes. After the incident at San Bernardino, which resulted in the deaths of 14 persons by a Muslim couple, Donald Trump had called for a ban on Muslims, entering the United States.

The Washington Post in an article, under the caption, “Trump’s reckless, dangerous Islamophobia helps the Islamic State”, wrote on June 13, 2016, “Trump’s standards, his comments about the Orlando shooting have been reckless and self-serving. They are also dangerous for the country…the strongest remaining force that propels the Islamic State is the Islamophobia of Trump and his European counterparts, argue senior intelligence strategists for the U.S.-led coalition. Inflammatory, xenophobic statements about Muslims reinforce the jihadists’ claims that they are Muslim knights fighting against an intolerant West. Trump unwittingly gives them precisely the role they dream about.”

In this regard, Khaled A. Beydoun pointed out on the Aljazeera multimedia network on March 13, 2016, “The world brand Trump is becoming synonymous with expansion of racism and incitement of Islamophobia…I think Islam hate us, said  Donald Trump, 24 hours before the Republican presidential debate in Miami…is a call to his voting base, to further galvanise them around a disdain for Islam that not only heightens hateful fervour at his rallies, but incites violence on American blocks and pushes bigots to the ballot box…the statement is rooted in the very ignorance and hate which made him the darling of bigots and surged him up the polls…Islamophobia-the suspicion and fear of Islam and its 1.7 billion adherent-is political Anti-Muslim rhetoric of Trump could be judged from his several other statements.

Trump’s opposition to Muslim refugees, especially from Syria is very well known. During his appearance with the National Border Patrol Council’s Green Line radio show on May 15, 2016, Donald Trump predicted that refugees with ISIS-funded cell phones will conduct another 9/11-like terrorist attack in the US. During a GOP debate in December, 2016, he had already expressed similar thoughts by giving “Americans wake-up call about border security and to take it seriously,” elaborating that he had “no doubt, the attackers were already entering the country.”

On February 14, 2016, CIA Director John Brennan warned that ISIS attacks on “U.S. soil is inevitable.” However, these warnings were exploited by the Israeli Mossad and its affiliated CIA operatives to target the night club of Orlando, (Florida) so as to provide Donald Trump with an opportunity to accelerate his campaign against the Muslims.

After the shooting at the gay night club in Orlando, he also criticized the US President Obama to resign, slamming him for having “disgracefully refused to even say the words “Radical Islam.”

Calling on his opponent-candidate Clinton to get out of the general election race for the same reason, Trump said, “Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen…we cannot afford.” Trump again remarked that he would decrease immigration from the Middle East because “since 9/11, hundreds of migrants and their children have been implicated in terrorism in the United States.” He, once again, asked for the ban of any Muslims, entering the US. On June 19, 2016, during his interview with the CBC News, he called for racial “profiling of Muslims inside the United States to combat terrorism.”He reiterated his call for more surveillance of mosques and warned that radical Muslims were trying to take over our children.

Trump continued move against Muslims. In this context, toughening immigration checks for the French and Germans in the US, questioning NATO obligations and hinting at an exit from the World Trade Organization, Donald Trump said on July 24, this year, “We have problems in Germany and we have problems in France…they have totally been compromised by deadly Islamist attacks in Nice and last year in Paris…you know why? It’s their own fault…because they allowed people to come into their countries.”

Nevertheless, the incident of shooting at the gay club in Orlando not only exposed this false flag operation, but also endorsed other false flag terror-attacks in the US and Europe. In this regard, in an interview with Brazilian TV on June 14, 2016, the ex-wife of the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen Sitora Yusufiy revealed that American FBI pressurized her to keep quiet about his homosexuality.

While, Mateen had been dubbed as an Islamic terrorist by the American politicians, senior officials and commentators, following reports that he had pledged allegiance to the ISIS, but FBI wanted to downplay the personal and self-hating nature of the assault. Even, President Obama stated on June 12, 2016, “Federal authorities had made no definitive judgement on the killer’s motivation, and whether he was inspired by or directed by Islamic State or other terrorist groups. Obama clarified by explaining “Orlando shooting was the result of Mateen’s personal resentment in relation to the gay club.”

In this respect, on June 28, 2016, The New York Times wrote, “The mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12 included a curious phrase: false flag…the victims in the shooting? They were “crisis actors” hired to promote the story as a pretext to impose tighter gun restrictions, the theory goes…the term false flag relates to naval warfare when a ship would fly a flag that would conceal its true identity as a way to lure an enemy closer. Today, it is commonly a shorthand for an act of deception…conspiracy theorists have applied the label to high-profile attacks, including the shootings by a husband and wife last year in San Bernardino, Calif, that killed 14…the phrase has even been used to doubt the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.”

Similarly, the teenager Ali David Sonboly who killed 9 people in Munich had no connection with the ISIS. Police investigation revealed that he was “a mentally troubled person” and police also discovered extremist material, linked to the attack by Andres Behring Brevik, the white supremacist who murdered 77 persons in Norway in 2011. And the shooting in the French city of Nice was also a false flag terror-act, as CIA-Mossad arranged it with help of ISIS which used homegrown terrorists of France.

However, through these false flag operations, the US-led Israel achieved its several sinister designs. Like the drastic aftermath of 9/11 tragedy, rulers and politicians of the US-led Western countries, especially of Europe, including their media have been misguiding their general public by creating chauvinism against the Muslims. They are propagating the so-called threat of Islamophobia.

In one way or the other, the Muslims are being persecuted in the US and other Western countries. Owing to the irresponsible approach of Western leaders, far right-wing parties and “Stop Islam” movement in the West, especially in Europe are becoming popular by largely attracting their people. Besides, Muslims in the continent are facing severe backlash in form of attacks on them and threats in wake of anti-Muslim protests. Without caring for human rights, several Muslim refugees have been expelled from various European countries.

Trump remains silence about the American homegrown militants who have killed more innocent persons than those massacred by Al-Qaeda and ISIS inside the US. He has also set aside the assaults by the extremist Americans on mosques. In this connection, Veterans Today quoted a report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and University of California, Berkeley, released on June 20, 2016 which said, “The number of recorded incidents in which mosques were targeted jumped to 78 in 2015, the most since the body began tracking them in 2009. There were 20 and 22 such incidents in the previous two years, respectively. The incidents include verbal threats and physical attacks.”

While, such a discriminatory policy towards Muslims is already annoying Islamic community in the multicultural societies of the US-led West and is causing more recruitment in the militant outfits like Al-Qaeda and especially ISIS, Donald Trump has left no stone unturned by providing new ammunition to these terrorist groups. He has, deliberately, taken his anti-Muslim rhetoric to a climax, inspiring the moderate Muslims to join the extremists or terrorist outfits.

In the recent days, political character of Donald Trump has become more controversial and dangerous for America. In his first response to at the Democratic National Convention from Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim soldier-US Army Capt. Humayun Khan who was killed in 2004 by a car bomb in Iraq, Trump stated, “He sacrificed nothing for his country…Khan’s wife, Ghazala Khan, didn’t speak at the convention because she was forbidden to as a Muslim and questioned whether Khan’s words were his own.”

Earlier, Khizr Khan reprimanded Trump for seeking to bar foreign Muslims from entering the country, saying their son would not have been able to serve under a Trump presidency. He added, “Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America…you will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no Criticizing Trump, President Barack Obama stated on August 3, 2016, “Republican nominee Donald Trump is unfit to be president, and questioned why his party still supports the New York billionaire’s candidacy…the notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that made such extraordinary sacrifices…means that he is woefully unprepared to do this job.”

Both the Republicans and Democrats also condemned Trump’s foolish statement. Taking note of Donald Trump’s discriminatory speeches and statements, several prominent Republicans, including some congressman have decided that they will not vote for Trump by arguing that “he is unfit to serve as president of the United States.”

It is mentionable that as part of the anti-Muslim approach, and with the support of its Western allies, American President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama deliberately created chaos in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria, including other Islamic countries such as Somalia, Yemen etc. where Washington was indirectly involved to obtain the illegitimate political and economic interests of the Zionist Jews and Israel.

In case elected, as the US president, Trump who wants to complete the unfinished agenda of Israel will continue anti-It is of particular attention that the most important cause behind the suicide attacks is that when real brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, parents and the fellows of the Muslims, demanding independence from the Zionist-Israeli- led colonialism, and neo-imperialism are being killed due to state terrorism, extremism develops in the concerned persons who feel psychologically compelled to commit violent acts (or suicide attack) and the political objectives they espouse are only a rationalization.

Psychologically speaking, when a person crosses the stage of fear towards non-fear in these adverse circumstances, the previous one can never be achieved and in such a case, even a coward person becomes bold to commit suicide or any violent acts. A number of suicide missions in Iraq (During occupation), Afghanistan, Israel and the Indian-held Kashmir verify this fact. Particularly, some events of women committing suicide also testify this fact.

It is because of these reasons that human lives themselves become bombs, supplying the requisites of Like other religions, Islam is a religion of peace and Jihad does not permit acts of terrorism or suicide attacks. But, it is religious fervour, created by Trump against the Muslims that the militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIS and their affiliated terror-outfits will further misinterpret the concept of Jihad to motivate the common Muslims to target Christians, Westerners and especially Americans.

It is worth-mentioning that in the past, Russia faced a number of terror-acts, conducted by the Chechen militants, which killed several innocent persons and personnel of the security forces. In one of the major assault on September 1, 2004, Chechen terrorists took more than 1200 people—most of them children as hostages in a Russian school in Beslan, and thus killed over 400 people when Russian special troops conducted a military operation to free the hostages.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin and top officials of the Russian government did not blame all the Muslims for the acts of a few.

Although the presidential nominee of the Democrats Hillary Clinton is also Israeli agent, yet her criticism about contributions of election-campaign from Wall Street backers, email-scandal, drone-scandal etc. have weakened her position. Hence, Trump best suits the interests of Tel Aviv. Notably, in an interview with the Daily Mail on May 2, 2016, Trump stated that Israel should continue construction of illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank.

It is mentionable that by following the double standards of the US in its worst form, Trump also intends to favour India, while opposing the nuclear weapons of Pakistan, as he stated in the recent past. He has brushed aside the ground realities that Indian Prime Minister Narindra Modi led by the ruling fundamentalist party BJP has been implementing anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan agenda, while encouraging Hindutva (Hindu nationalism). Besides Muslims, BJP and other extremist outfits have also been targeting the Christians and their places of worship.

Donald Trump has further encouraged Hindu terrorism inside India where other religious minorities are living under perennial fear.

It is notable that in case, America’s anti-Muslim, pro-Israeli and pro-Indian Donald Trump becomes American president, he would continue the US phony war on terror by targeting more Muslims countries, while backing the reactionary policies of some Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia. Thus, Trump will destabilize the entire Middle East, including more Muslim countries, especially Pakistan to please the BJP-led fundamentalist government of India and Israel, as Pakistan is the only nuclear country in the Muslim world, which irritates India, Zionist Jews and Israel.

Trump will encourage every possible techniques of state terrorism, being employed by India and Israel in the occupied territories of Kashmir and Palestine. Notably, there are already governments of the religious extremists in India and Israel. So, if succeeded in the forthcoming presidential election, the fundamentalist and impulsive politician Trump will not bother for dangerous implications of the US flawed strategy—America and its Western allies have already been entangled in a prolonged war in Afghanistan, and especially double game of American military and CIA has badly failed in Syria, despite support to ISIS, Al-Qaeda (Al-Nusra Front), and rebel groups who are fighting to oust Syrian President Assad’s government to obtain the aims of a greater Israel. With the assistance of Russia and Iran, Syrian and Iraqi forces have successfully retaken a number of cities which were in control of ISIS, Kurds and rebel groups.

Besides, if elected, the presumptive American president Trump promised to stop immigrants from Mexico by erection of a boundary wall, while calling the Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists”. Trump is fueling racism between the Muslims and Christians—the black people and the white people. And if he becomes the US president, he is likely to move America towards autocracy, while American public is already protesting against the curtailment of liberty.

His racist approach could cause a civil war in the US. Trump’s political character is an amalgamation of the traits of Louis XVI, the king of France, Prince Metternich, the Austro-Hungarian emperor, Rasputin, Russian spiritualist, Germany’s rulers William II (Kaiser) and Adolf Hitler who brought about unrest in their own countries and also devastated Europe through World War I and World War II. Wavering between fact and skepticism, the Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump shares a number of similarities with these famous persons like ungoverned temper, rashness, self-egoism, unrealistic idealism, lack of pragmatism, ignorance of ground realities and especially religious prejudice.

At this juncture, the world has already been dividing on religious lines owing to the flawed policies and double game of the former President George W. Bush and President Obama. It will be misfortune of the US and other Western countries, including the whole world, if Trump becomes American president, as he will take the US, Europe and the entire world to the era—from 1511 to 1648 when Europe witnessed a prolonged arena of barbarism, religious bigotry and intolerance, resulting into beastly violence, and the Treaty of Westphalia was concluded in 1648 in order to maintain the nation-state system whose basic purpose was to honuor the dignity of human beings.

Even, in the coming months, if more false flag terror attacks are being arranged by the Mossad and CIA, Trump will again exploit them by further dividing the international community on religious lines. So, past scenario of religious wars could be seen before Trump becomes American president.

Taking cognizance of Trump’s political follies—terror-hysteria, religious bigotry and racialism which are well-penetrated in his personality, some writers and researches, including American politicians call him a “crazy person” and some call him, a “mad man.” Returning to our main discussion and earlier causes of terrorism that terrorists recruit “mentally unbalanced youths to carry out suicide missions,” we may conclude that Donald Trump is a

 

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations.
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Book: ` Texe Marrs- Judaism is not a Religion

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holy_serpent_cover.jpgJudaism does not believe in God, says Texe Marrs in his new book Holy Serpent of the Jews. 

You cannot pretend to be a religion without God. Neither atheism nor Satanism are religions.

Jews and goyim alike have been hoodwinked by Judaism, a satanic cult masquerading as a religion. Texe says: “The ultimate goal of World Jewry [is] global domination, meaning sex, money, and power on an unparalleled scale.”  If the world is turned upside down, they can be on top. 

(Makow comment– God is the Moral Intelligence behind creation, synonymous with spiritual ideals like love, truth, goodness, justice and beauty. The point of religion is to discern and obey His Plan. Therefore, to say there is no God, or he is unknowable is half-way to Satanism. To usurp God’s place, as Masonic Jewry is doing, is arrant Satanism.)

By Texe Marrs

“Nothing Sacred- The Truth about Judaism” (Ch.4)

(Excerpt by henrymakow.com) 

 A fascinating book by a Jew, Douglas Rushkoff entitled Nothing Sacred–The Truth About Judaism (2003) states that God is not part of Judaism. “Most Jewish thinkers have understood God more by what he is not than by whatever he is.” …

886098._UY200_.jpg“For all practical purposes, he (God) does not exist…God is just not something Jews are supposed to worry about… Jews focus on an external master whose edicts they need to obey is replaced by an emphasis on peoples’ duty to one another.” …

What we see in Rushkoff’s elemental explanation … is that, bluntly spoken, Judaism is an expression of atheism. Yes, Jews are atheists. Their god is unknowable, unnamed; He has “recessed” from human affairs. He doesn’t need worship; in fact, He “shuns” it. He has “no emotions.”

As Rushkoff states, “For all practical purposes, God does not exist…God is just not something Jews are supposed to worry about.”

What a monumental display of hubris by Jews! Rejecting a loving, personal God, the Jews say that “God” is an abstraction, something they do rather than serve and worship. Their fealty and loyalty is to each other as human beings–they believe the right word for Jews is human “gods”–and refer to their own “internally felt divinity.”

This is the New Age Lie: evolved humans are as gods, exercising right and wrong as only they see fit. It is the Crowleyian motto once again, “Do What Thou Wilt Shall be the Whole of the Law.”

quote-goyim-were-born-only-to-serve-us-without-that-they-have-no-place-in-the-world-only-to-ovadia-yosef-58-99-21 (1).jpgThe only requirement for the individual Jew is that he or she must serve “Social Justice.” He must perform and “do” a mitzvah, a good work. But good works are reserved primarily for other Jews. The Gentile deserves no good works. The Gentile, the Goyim, are like cattle, and their existence, says Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the late Chief Rabbi of Israel, is meant only to serve the Jews, their masters.

This, then, is a recipe for great evil. A narcissistic religion without a god, self-based, without faith and with works only for the limited members of one’s blood kind.

It is, moreover, a religion in which its adherents do not look to the hereafter. There are no heavenly rewards. Thus the greedy attitude of take everything you can in this life is fostered. The focus of Judaism, Rushkoff reveals, is “on human beings and life itself as the supremely sacred.”

NO GOD TO HEAR PRAYERS

Nor is there a God in heaven who hears ones prayers and petitions. “There’s no one around to pray to,” says Rushkoff. This creates a feeling of hopelessness, as the Jew realizes he is all alone in the here and now. Since there is no real God in heaven to pray to and turn to in time of need, the Jew has invented the many lesser deities of Kabbalah, even the Holy Serpent. Worse, Lucifer is often the object of prayer and Jews pray alternately both to a kabbalistic god (or goddess) or to Lucifer, considered a “helping angel” in Judaism.

To put it in stark terms, since there is no God to turn to, Jews pray to whatever entity that will provide solace and real help in time of need. This is a prime example of dialectical thinking, of Maimonides’ idea of “negative theology.”

 

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Indian Home Minister’s Failed Visit to Pakistan

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Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh

 

By Sajjad Shaukat

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Pakistan on August 3, this year to participate in the 3-day conference of the interior ministers/home ministers and other delegates of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member states, held in Islamabad.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit came at a time, when the tensions between Pakistan and India is running high in the aftermath of weeks-long violence in India-occupied ‘held’ Kashmir.

In his address to the SAARC interior ministers’ conference, like the past practice, India’s home minister made a direct taunt, aimed at the Pakistani government for its strong condemnation of the killing of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani by Indian forces.

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Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani

In response, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said, “use of excessive force to suppress protests in the Indian-held Kashmir…using torture against innocent children and violence against civilians qualifies as terrorism…there is a need to end an extremist mindset and instead try to solve regional issues with dialogue. Nisar added, “Like the attacks in Pathankot, Kabul, Mumbai and Dhaka…Pakistan too has lost many innocent lives due to terrorism…the use of blame game has not benefited anyone for the past six decades.”

Referring again to unrest in India-occupied Kashmir, the federal minister stated, “No country should suppress freedom struggles, while camouflaging them under the guise of terrorism.” Nisar reiterated the Kashmiri freedom struggle is sanctified by United Nations resolutions. As Indian government officials were feeling guilty in wake of continued state terrorism on the Kashmiris, hence, they made it clear that Singh will not have a separate meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

However, no bilateral meeting between the Indian home minister and his Pakistani counterpart took place on the sidelines of the ministerial conference of SAARC. Earlier, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assured the SAARC conference that Pakistan will stand alongside its South Asian neighbours to eradicate corruption, organised crime and terrorism from the region. He elaborated, “The National Action Plan and carrying out the operation Zarb-i- Azb…the success proves that Pakistan is committed towards wiping out terrorism from its territory…Pakistan wishes for peace in all countries across the region and has always supported SAARC in pursuit of its goals.”

In fact, It is due to Indian war-mongering policy, desire to become a super power of Asia, illegal occupation of Kashmir and delaying tactics in settling all outstanding issues with Islamabad, particularly the Kashmir dispute that SAARC could not achieve its real objectives.

Nevertheless, thousands of people thronged the streets across Pakistan to protest against the visit of Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, holding rallies, raising anti-India slogans and setting ablaze effigies of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi and Indian flags to condemn the Indian Army’s atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

In Islamabad, leaders and activists belonging to the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, the United Jihad Council and other human rights organisations chanted slogans against India for the recent acts of barbarism and human rights violations in Indian-held Kashmir. They said that there was no other way to resolve the Kashmir issue, but to paving the way for Kashmiris’ right to self-Kashmiri leaders urge the international community and the world human rights organisations to take notice of Indian state terrorism and aggression on the Kashmiris and exert pressure on India to withdraw the occupation forces from the Valley.

In Lahore, the main rally was held on the Mall road outside Masjid-i- Shuhada and participated by a large number of students, lawyers, traders, civil society and people from other walks of life. The protesters were holding placards and banners bearing inscriptions against India and in support of Kashmiris and were raising slogans against Pakistani rulers for receiving the representative of a killer government—carrying out genocide of the Kashmiri Muslims.

Addressing the a protest-rally, Jamaatud Daawa (JD) Ameer Hafiz Saeed said that Islamabad should have emulated the Kashmiri leaders from occupied valley, who had refused to meet Rajnath Singh when he visited the Indian Occupied Kashmir recently. He appealed to the world to send a caravan for Kashmiris carrying essential food and medicine supplies like on the pattern of Freedom Flotilla for Palestinians, since Kashmiris today are facing severe shortage of food and medicines because of complete blockade of the valley for the last four weeks.

Nonetheless, the visit of Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh was quite significant in the backdrop of boiling situation in the Indian-occupied Kashmir and Mehbooba Mufti’s demand from Indian government “to restart the peace process with Pakistan” initiated by former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. Ms. Mufti had tried to cool own situation in the Indian-controlled Kashmir on the sidelines of Peoples Democratic Party’s 17th foundation day by saying that she would have spared life of Burhan Wani in case, she had knowledge about his (Wani’s) presence during the encounter.

The statement is although a political stunt, yet its impact on BJP-PDP

coalition in the Indian-held Kashmir and Raj Nath Singh’s visit to Pak, seems immense.

The Indian-held Kashmir is bracing continued siege and prolonged curfew for more than 28 days, while Indian security forces have martyred more than 80 innocent persons in these days.

But, indigenous freedom movement by Kashmiri people against the Indian occupation forces have accelerated since the Indian forces martyred Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani.

It is notable that since the leader of the ruling party BJP Modi became Prime Minister of India, various developments like unprecedented rise of Hindu extremism, persecution of minorities even of lower cast-Hindus, forced conversions of other religious minorities into Hindus, ban on  beef and cow slaughter, inclusion of Hindu religious books in curriculum, creation of war-like situation with Pakistan etc. clearly show that encouraged by the Hindu fundamentalist outfits such as BJP, RSS VHP, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena including other similar parties have been promoting religious and ethnic chauvinism in India by propagating ideology of Hindutva (Hindu nationalism). Especially, assaults on Christians and Muslims including their places of worships and property have been intensified by the fanatic Hindu mobs.

While, New Delhi has introduced various laws and new battalions, but the same has failed in suppressing various freedom movements and uprisings all over India. As regards India’s relations with neighbouring countries and role in SAARC, there is no neighbour around India, which does not suffer from her arrogance. Whenever the situation is favourable for a meaningful dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi, RSS driven BJP creates conditions to cook up lame excuses to pollute the diplomatic ambiance.

BJP government‘s trademark allegations against Pakistan and incessant demand for probe or cooperation on various orchestrated issues by the Indian intelligence agencies are also noteworthy. In this respect, blame game against Pakistan for its failures has always been the favorite tactics and an easy way out for New Delhi. In this context, regarding terror attacks in Mumbai, Gurdaspur and Pathankot or any other incident, the blame on Islamabad came within minutes of the incident, forgetting the fact that a large numbers of separatist movements are active in India, in addition to its unruly extremist politico-religious elements.

Let us take the example of Pathankot incident, Indian demand for cooperation and probe is unjustified as no substantiated evidence has been shared with Pakistan, despite repeated demands by Islamabad. Pakistani media may highlight Samjhota express, Maligaon and such like other incidents which clearly indicated the involvement of Hindu extremist organization elements/ serving Army officers, but the culprits are either set scot free or exonerated by the India extremist influenced Judiciary.

Returning to our earlier discussion, Indian Home Minister’s Rajnath Singh’s visit to Pakistan has badly failed in wake of recent violence by the Indian occupying forces which keep on killing the innocent Kashmiris.

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Ex-CIA Chief and Torture Defender Endorses Clinton—Why Are Democrats Cheering?

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‘Whose endorsement would Democrats not treat as a benefit, at this point? How bad of an actor does someone need to be?’

Michael Morell swears in prior to testifying in front of the House Select Intelligence Committee in 2014. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In a New York Times op-ed, former CIA head Michael Morell on Friday endorsed Hillary Clinton by arguing that the former secretary of state is “highly qualified to be commander in chief” because “she will deliver on the most important duty of a president—keeping our nation safe.”

Morell went on to praise Clinton’s “more aggressive approach” to the conflict in Syria and to accuse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of being an “unwitting agent of Putin.” (Morell doesn’t disclose that he currently works for a PR consulting firm run by longtime Clinton ally Phillippe Reines.)

Morell has in the past defended torture, most publicly in a book published as a retort to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s torture program during George W. Bush’s presidency.

And while many in the mainstream media have focused uncritically on the op-ed’s Putin-phobia, progressives have expressed alarm that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party are not only celebrating an endorsement from a defender of torture, they are actually using such praise from neocons and war hawks to promote Clinton’s candidacy:

Indeed, earlier this week, the Clinton campaign released an ad in which neoconservatives describe why they will be voting for the former secretary of state in November. Watch:

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Melting Greenland Ice Cap Will Expose Military’s Cold War-Era Toxic Waste

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Study finds that rapidly melting ice will unearth radioactive waste, toxic PCBs, and raw sewage left behind by secret U.S. military base in the 1960s

The main entrance to Camp Century, the U.S. military base in Greenland known as “the city under the ice.” (Photo: Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

The rapidly warming climate will melt Greenland’s ice cap to such an extent that thousands of tons of hazardous waste left in the 1960s by a secret U.S. military base will be unearthed by the end of the century, new research finds.

The biological, chemical, and radioactive waste will then seep into the ground and the sea, endangering humans and animals alike.

“This stuff was going to come out anyway, but what climate change did was press the gas pedal to the floor and say, ‘it’s going to come out a lot faster than you thought.'”
—James White, University of Colorado
The study published Thursday in the journalGeophysical Research Letters discovered that if today’s rate of global warming continues unabated, within the next 75 years more ice will be melting than will be replaced by new snowfall.

“Once the site transitions from net snowfall to net melt, it’s only a matter of time before the wastes melt out; it becomes irreversible,” the study’s lead author,William Colgan, said in a statement from the American Geophysical Union.

The waste was abandoned by Camp Century, a 200-person camp that resembled a city built under the ice. Built a mere 800 miles from the North Pole in subzero temperatures, its construction was a remarkable feat of engineering. The base was ostensibly created for scientific research, but its top-secret reason for existing was to test the feasibility of a network of nuclear launch sites within the Greenland ice sheet, a task known as Project Iceworm.

The base was in operation from 1959 to 1966, and Project Iceworm was canceled—when it became clear that unpredictable and extreme shifts in the ice sheet made it impossible—in 1963.

After Camp Century closed, “the military removed a portable nuclear reactor that had helped power the 200-person base, but left the rest of the waste there, from gasoline to PCBs and nuclear coolant water,” Mashable noted.

Mashable reported that the study authors estimated that Camp Century “hosts approximately 9,200 tons of physical waste associated with abandoned infrastructure—equivalent to the mass of 33 Airbus A380s super jumbo jets, along with 20,000 liters of chemical waste associated with base fuel. This is about equivalent to the volume of a full-size tanker truck.”

The outlet continued:

In addition, [the researchers] calculated that there is likely about 24 million liters of biological waste (mainly sewage), along with radioactive coolant water from the reactor.

The total area of the facility sprawls across about 136 acres, the study found, or about 100 football fields.

The study indicates that the most significant threat to the Arctic environment from the buried waste are polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which do not break down naturally in the environment and can build up in plants and animals, potentially causing cancer in humans.

The U.S. military assumed that the region’s constant snowfall would entomb the waste in ice for many thousands of years.

“Two generations ago, people were interring waste in different areas of the world, and now climate change is modifying those sites,” Colgan noted.

Indeed, as James White, a University of Colorado climate scientist who wasn’t involved in the study, wrote in the American Geophysical Union statement: “This stuff was going to come out anyway, but what climate change did was press the gas pedal to the floor and say, ‘it’s going to come out a lot faster than you thought.'”

“The ice sheet that sits on Greenland is melting at an alarming rate, as much as 8,000 tons per second, said Colgan. This equates to 280 billion tons of ice melting and calving off into the ocean each year,” USA Today wrote.

And the resulting seepage of radioactive, biological, and chemical waste will not only be an environmental disaster, the researchers noted. The issue also creates a political quandary: Camp Century was allowed to exist thanks to a U.S.-Denmark treaty—but its nuclear missile experiment was kept secret from the Danish government. Moreover, today Greenland is an independent country.

In addition, while international law “is clear about responsibility for preventing future hazardous waste,” it is “ambiguous about who is liable for waste already discarded,” Jessica Green, a political scientist specializing in international environmental law at New York University, told the American Geophysical Union.

Thus, the looming threat of unearthed nuclear and other hazardous waste “represents an entirely new pathway of political dispute resulting from climate change,” the study authors observed.

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Baby Teeth of Iraqi Children Tell Troubling Tale of War’s Toxic Impacts

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New study finds exposure to heavy metals and other toxins having severe impact on generation who have grown up amid endless bombings and violence

Iraqi children watch U.S. Army soldiers climb to the roof of their school to get a high vantage point in Baghdad on April 15, 2007. (Photo: Getty)

In an effort to learn more about the impacts of long-term exposure to heavy metals and other toxins associated with warzone bombardments and military installations, a new study released Friday examined a sample of donated teeth and discovered that the children of Iraq are suffering from alarming levels of such substances, specfically lead.

The study—entitled Prenatal Metal Exposure in the Middle East: Imprint of War in Deciduous Teeth of Childrenfocused on Iraq, invaded by the U.S. and coalition forces over thirteen years ago, due to the amount of bombing its population has witnessed over the last thirteen years and the troubling level of cancers and birth defects now evidenced in the population that could be related to that relentless violence. The Iraqi teeth were compared to donated samples from both Lebanon, which has seen a more moderate level of bombing and warfare during the same time period, and Iran, which has experienced relative peace since the end of the Iraq/Iran War in 1988.

“In war zones,” the abstract of the study explains, “the explosion of bombs, bullets, and other ammunition releases multiple neurotoxicants into the environment. The Middle East is currently the site of heavy environmental disruption by massive bombardments. A very large number of US military bases, which release highly toxic environmental contaminants, have also been erected since 2003. Current knowledge supports the hypothesis that war-created pollution is a major cause of rising birth defects and cancers in Iraq.”

Scientifically known as a person’s “deciduous teeth,” what are also called “baby teeth” are useful to study, the researchers explain, because they “originate in fetal life and may prove useful in measuring prenatal metal exposures.” The researchers say their findings confirm the hypothesis that in war-torn Iraq the levels of contaminants found were much higher than in those countries that have seen markedly less violence.

“Our hypothesis that increased war activity coincides with increased metal levels in deciduous teeth is confirmed by this research,” reads the study. “Lead levels were similar in Lebanese and Iranian deciduous teeth. Deciduous teeth from Iraqi children with birth defects had remarkably higher levels of Pb [lead]. Two Iraqi teeth had four times more Pb, and one tooth had as much as 50 times more Pb than samples from Lebanon and Iran.”

To further explain the context and implications of the newly-published researchers, it is worth quoting the study at length:

In war zones, the explosion of bombs, bullets, and other ammunition releases multiple neurotoxicants into the environment, adding to the burden of childhood exposures. Recent studies in Iraq indicate widespread public exposure to neurotoxic metals (Pb and mercury) accompanied by unprecedented increases in birth defects and cancers in a number of cities (Savabieasfahani 2013). Current knowledge supports the hypothesis that war-created pollution is a major factor in the rising numbers of birth defects and cancers in Iraq.

The Middle East has been the site of a massive environmental disruption by bombardments. In 2015 alone, the USA dropped over 23,000 bombs in the Middle East. Twenty-two thousand bombs were dropped on Iraq/Syria (Zenko 2016). US military bases also produce and release highly toxic environmental pollutants in the Middle East. Though our knowledge is limited, a recent report by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) offers a conservative estimate of two million killed in the Middle East since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Around one million people have been killed in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan, and 80,000 in Pakistan. A total of around 1.3 million, not included in this figure, have been killed in other recently created war zones such as Yemen and Syria (Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)).

It may seem callous to focus on the “long-term” effects of war while these horrific consequences of war are here and now. Nevertheless, long-term public health consequences of war need to be better examined if we are to prevent similar wars in the future (Weir 2015). To that end, here we report the results of our last samples from a growing war-zone.

Deciduous teeth of children from Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran can show a continuum of high to low war-related-exposures in children. Measurements of environmental samples in the areas of our interest are rare in the literature. Therefore, we deduce that a continuum of high to low war-related exposures can be detected in children of the selected areas based upon the knowledge of the number and length of wars fought in each country in modern times. We do know that Iraq continues to be the target of repeated bombings and military activity, that Lebanon has been the site for multiple wars, and that military activities have occurred in Lebanon intermittently up to 2016 (Haugbolle 2010). In contrast, Iran has been the site of only one war in modern times, which ended in 1988 (Hersh 1992). Our aim is to evaluate deciduous teeth for their suitability to serve as markers of prenatal exposures to neurotoxic heavy metals.

Metals are one of the main components of bombs, bullets, and other weaponry. Buncombe (2011) offers a historic account of the very large number of bombs and bullets that were dropped in the Middle East post-2003. Additionally, 1500 US military bases and facilities—with their associated toxic pollutants—have been erected in the Middle East since 2003 (Nazaryan 2014; Vine 2014). It has been suggested that US military bases are among the most polluting operations on earth (Nazaryan 2014; Broder 1990; Milmo 2014).

In Iraq, there are currently over 500 US military bases (Kennedy 2008; Vine2014). Pollutants released from these bases have reportedly harmed human health (Institute of Medicine, IOM 2011). Metals are released in the environment in large quantities during and following wars, either by direct bombing or as a result of waste generated and released by military installations (IOM). Metals are persistent in the environment (Li et al. 2014), and their adverse effects on health—especially the health of sensitive populations (i.e., pregnant mothers, fetuses, growing children)—have been established (Parajuli et al. 2013; Grandjean and Landrigan 2014). Public exposure to war-related pollutants intensifies as wars become frequent and as the environmental release of waste associated with military bases increases. Metal exposures and toxicity are frequently reported in children, particularly those living in areas of protracted military attacks in the Middle East (Alsabbak et al. 2012; Jergovic et al. 2010; Savabieasfahani et al.2015).

“As prenatal exposures become more severe and common in war zones,” the authors write, “the accurate measurement of those prenatal exposures becomes more urgent. The use of deciduous teeth, which originate in fetal life, as a biomarker of prenatal exposure, is worthwhile if we are to protect children from such exposures in the future.”

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Afghanistan: The Campaign’s Forgotten War

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Afghan forces in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan on July 29. (Photo: EPA)

Although hardly news, it bears repeating that the Afghanistan War stands as the longest in all of United States history. By election day, it will have entered its 16th year. Our next president will surely inherit the war there, just as Barack Obama inherited it from George W. Bush. Here is a situation where the phrase “endless war” is not hyperbole; it accurately describes reality.

Given this depressing fact, one might think that those aspiring to the office of commander in chief would have something to say about how they intend to win or at least curtail that conflict, or perhaps why the U.S. should persist in such a costly endeavor. But in their lengthy convention speeches, neither Donald Trump (who spoke for 75 minutes) nor Hillary Clinton (who spoke for 66) found the time to even mention Afghanistan.

Their silence hints at what we can expect in the weeks between now and November: a campaign in which the opposing candidates will vigorously impugn one another’s qualifications for high office while dodging any serious examination of core national security issues. Of bellicose posturing and the insipid recitation of platitudes, there will be plenty. Of critical analysis probing the recent failures and disappointments resulting from U.S. military interventions, expect very little.

For a long time now, Americans have displayed a tendency to sanitize, marginalize, or altogether forget wars that resist incorporation into the preferred triumphal narrative of U.S. history. Afghanistan falls into the category of the best forgotten.

Yet however inconvenient, Afghanistan demands attention. For here the United States first set out to test the proposition that has formed the cornerstone of our national security policy since 9/11: That the deft application of U.S. military power can not only eliminate those threatening to do us harm, but also install in their place a stable political order conducive to liberal values.

In Afghanistan, the United States and its allies have succeeded on neither count, despite considerable sacrifice and expenditures exceeding one trillion dollars. Notwithstanding many years of Western tutoring, the Afghan government, currently dependent upon international donors for 70% of its operating revenue, has shown little capacity to stand on its own. Efforts to root out pervasive corruption have gone nowhere. Opium production flourishes, with Afghanistan persistently supplying 90% of the world’s heroin. Although no longer at the helm in Kabul, the Taliban persists and by some estimates is growing stronger. Hardly less troubling, Islamic State has established a local Afghan franchise.

The operation once grandly known as Enduring Freedom now goes by the bland name Resolute Support, the restyling itself a de facto admission of expectations ratcheted downward. The mission objective is now, in essence, simply to hang on.

Taken in toto, the present-day situation in Afghanistan represents a policy failure of staggering dimensions, matched in recent years only by the equally abysmal results achieved by U.S. efforts in Iraq, site of another long war that shows no signs of ending anytime soon.

Political calculation may provide Trump and Clinton with a continuing rationale to avoid subjecting the Afghanistan War to close scrutiny.

Because Trump’s candidacy is fundamentally idiosyncratic, divining the reasoning behind his silence is necessarily a speculative exercise. But one real possibility is that he is oblivious to the events that have occurred in Afghanistan since U.S. forces began arriving in the fall of 2001 and so has nothing to say. Another is that there are other issues — Libya offering a prime example — that he can more readily hang around Clinton’s neck.

As for Clinton, she may be reticent to remind voters that it was during her husband’s presidency that Islamist militants in Afghanistan first laid the basis for the 9/11 conspiracy. In that sense, the less said about that country the better. Then there is this additional factor: Clinton has gone out of her way to emphasize her cordial relations with senior military leaders, no doubt hoping thereby to bury a residual impression of the Democrats as an anti-military party. For her to focus critical attention on Afghanistan will necessarily call into question the performance of senior officers who commanded U.S. and NATO troops there and came home without getting the job done. As the prominent role allotted to one of those commanders at the Democratic convention suggests, Clinton appears less interested in holding generals accountable than in securing their endorsement.

If the candidates don’t turn to Afghanistan on the stump, we may hope — indeed, should insist — that the upcoming presidential debates oblige Trump and Clinton to address questions like these: What specific lessons do you take away from this longest of American wars? Please explain how you will apply those lessons once in office. As for Afghanistan itself, where do we go from here?

To evade such questions would be an abdication of responsibility.

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The Propaganda War With Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, meets then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the APEC summit in Russia in 2012. (Photo: Mikhail Metzel/Associated Press)

If it had not already been apparent, the net effect of the DNC email hack  has been to kick open the door to a deep American antagonism towards Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In what has become an old fashioned American pile-on, President Barack Obama, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party and what seems the entire political establishment as well as the MSM, have united to undermine Putin as if to prime the American public for war with Russia.

War is, after all, more successful when the people have been thoroughly programmed.  For instance, for a war-weary American public ‘we are bombing civilians out of a humanitarian necessity’ may work well.  If necessary, a little hysteria wouldn’t hurt but most of all, a necessary requirement is to efficiently tutor the public consciousness to despise the adversary.  In this case, Clinton has identified Putin as the adversary and that he is one evil reincarnation of Adolf Hitler.

Among media outlets, Politico, once considered a ‘liberal’ magazine ran Inside’s Putin’s Information War” whose author has found a lucrative book deal on the subject and yes, this is the same Politico that requested DNC permission to publish re the Sanders/Clinton primary.  The Times of London joined the effort to demonize Putin with several anti Russian articles over the weekend including Putin’s Information War which ran on July 30th followed by Inside Putin’s Info War on America’ in the Wall Street Journal on July 31st.   Keep your eyes peeled as the “Putin Info War” concept is sure to catch on.

As part of the effort to synchronize public antipathy to an appropriately belligerent level, the Associated Press recently published an article for wide distribution entitled  Clinton v. Putin: Russian television shows what Kremlin thinks of her.” Perhaps the AP presumed to rouse the American public in defense of Hillary Clinton.

The first paragraph began with the admission that Clinton’s entire acceptance speech had been broadcast live on nationwide television in Russia.   If anyone yearns for the day when a Putin speech will be broadcast across American television, forgetaboutit. A good guess is that the intellectually-lazy American public including many liberals who have forgotten how to think, would not make the effort to inform themselves of world events.

Thereafter, the AP article followed with a series of assertions that dazzled the reader with its irony such as:

Viewers were told that Clinton sees Russia as an enemy and cannot be trusted” and “theDemocratic convention was portrayed as proof that American democracy is a sham.”  The story added that Channel One introduced Clinton “as a politician who puts herself above the law, who is ready to win at any cost and who is ready to change her principles depending on the political situation.”

If the AP reporter wrote with the intention that the American public would rise up en masse and demand satisfaction; how unfair of those Russkies to write like that about our Gal Hill – that reporter was dead wrong.

What the reporter did not mention was that a significant number of Americans, including some of those who plan to hold their collective noses while voting for Clinton in sheer terror of Trump, agree with those quotes. What the reporter did not mention was that the Sanders and Trump campaigns have been largely based on those sentiments giving Clinton an unexpected run for the money which explains why she has had to pull out all the stops to beat Trump, a candidate who, by any standard, should have been a piece of cake.

Giving a wink and a nod to the MSM, Clinton formalized her accusations on Sunday Fox News that ‘Russian intelligence” was responsible for the DNC hacking and linked her opponent Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin.

Using the DNC hack issue as an opportunity to further hammer on Putin, Clinton asserted during the Fox interview that ‘we KNOW that Russian intelligence services hacked into the DNC and we KNOW that they arranged for a lot of those emails to be released and we KNOW that Donald Trump has shown a very troubling willingness to back up Putin, to support Putin.”

A good follow up by an engaged journalist might have been what does Clinton know, how does she know it and when did she know it? If the proof exists, why the reluctance to provide specifics to the American public – but that might require initiative, transparency and some candor? While challenging Trump on his commitment to the Constitution (who clearly could use an Intro 101 class), wasn’t Clinton trained, as an attorney, to understand that evidence comes before the accusation?

This is not the first time that Clinton has personally attacked Putin. In March, 2014 before a University of California audience, she said he was  “thin-skinned,”  was trying to “re-sovietize Europe while threatening instability and the peace of Europe.” In citing ‘Russian aggression,” she is smart enough to know the difference between protecting ethnic Russians who have centuries of deep cultural roots in Ukraine and Crimea as compared to Hitler’s invasions of eastern Europe.

An impartial observer can only assume Clinton has knowingly skewed the chronology of events in the Ukraine which began with the US-initiated overthrow of a democratically elected President on February 22, 2014; followed by an overwhelming vote on March 16th by Crimean citizens to reunite with Russia which was then followed by the legal annexation of the Crimean peninsula to Russia on  March 18th. What is so difficult to understand?

Thanks to Clinton’s repetitive disinformation campaign, accusations of ‘Russian aggression’ are now widespread; repeated without regard to the evidence throughout the mainstream media and by Members of Congress, many of whom choose to remain uninformed.

Back to the Fox interview, she could not resist adding, with mock indignation, that “I think laying out the facts raises serious issues about Russian interference in our elections, in our democracy.” And as if the rest of us were asleep at the wheel and could not distinguish fact from fiction, she further added that “For Trump to both encourage that and to praise Putin despite what appears to be a deliberate effort to try to affect the election I think raises national security issues.” 

Does she not see that ‘interference in our elections, in our democracy’ is exactly what the DNC did to the Bernie Sanders campaign?

And has no bright eyed, eager beaver staff person yet pointed out to Clinton that if Russia and Putin had been intent on disrupting the American presidential election, why wouldn’t they have gone after Clinton’s ‘classified’ State Department emails on her personal server that were subject to an FBI investigation and with the potential of criminal charges? Then again, an educated assumption might be that Russian intelligence does have those emails in their possession. Now there’s a real national security issue.

In her eagerness to further aggravate US – Russian relations, apparently Clinton is not only unfamiliar with the State Department’s Foreign Service Protocol for the Modern Diplomat  guidelines for rules and process of diplomatic protocol (or perhaps it does not apply to her), but appears she did not receive the memo from the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper.

Responding to the DNC-Russian furor in a more blasé and introspective manner than might be expected, Clapper stepped in as a calm voice of reason stating that he was ‘somewhat taken aback by the hyperventilation on this” and that the US was in “reactionary mode” regarding cyber-attacks. Clapper further indicated he was ‘not ready’ to identify Russia as the hacker “I don’t think we are quite ready yet to make a call on attribution.”

Interestingly, Clapper commented that “cyber warfare is not ‘terribly different than what went on during the Cold War” suggesting that it is ‘just a different modality.” He further suggested that the American people ‘need to accept’ and ‘become more resilient’ since cyber threats are a major long term challenge. Americans should ‘not be quite so excitable when we have yet another instance.” Hmm…wonder to whom he was referring.

In other words, we spy on them, they spy on us – all’s fair in love and war and that there is a certain level of honor among (cyber) thieves.

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