Obama’s Drone War Drives Terrorism

What has been a concern for many years, namely that Obama’s (who infamously had bragged that he was “good at killing people”) largely expanded drone war with its disproportionate number of civil casualties, has been addressed by four former US air force service members in an open letter to President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, and CIA Director John O. Brennan. The drone war drives terrorism and ultimately serves organizations like ISIS (Daesh).

One whistleblower signatory is well known, Brandon Bryant, who has spoken out some time ago after not being able to carry on his murderous business anymore. He was recently awarded with a Whistleblower Award by Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler (Federation of German Scientists) and the German Section of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. See their statement here [pdf].

The other whistleblowers having signed former Staff Sergeant Bryant’s open letter are airmen Cian Westmoreland, Stephen Lewis and Michael Haas. They are legally represented by Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project, who has legally represented, among others, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake.

If so-called western values are time and again emphasized in the fight of terrorism, eventually drone assassinations as largely unsuitable means of targeting certain individuals with unacceptable collateral damage, be it horrendous numbers of civil casualties or resulting in suicide terror operations like that in Paris last week, has to be debated publicly.

As Bryant and his comrades write,

“We cannot sit silently by and witness tragedies like the attacks in Paris, knowing the devastating effects the drone program has overseas and at home.”

19 November 2015 @ 7:40 am.

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Solidarité – But Not With Hollande

Paris attack

While thoughts are with and prayers for mass murder victims, survivors and surviving loved-ones of the second Islamist terrorist attack on Paris this year, concern must be expressed as regards French president François Hollande’s claim of a “war declaration” by these maniacs. Daesh (or IS, ISIS) is a terror organization, as was, or is, al-Qaeda which have essentially been created by Bush junior, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, when indirectly supporting widespread export of Saudi Wahhabi Salafism. When Bush junior, a Christian fundamentalist “new-born”, has opened Pandora’s box when invading Iraq with his coalition of the willing. Ostensibly spreading Democracy in brazen violation of international law.

French contributions in the current frenzy in Syria/Iraq has comprehensively been compiled here. So, reaction follows action, and so forth.

What Hollande might want to say is that NATO has to step in. But Bush’s global war on terror is not and must not become a world war. That’s what murderous Islamist fundamentalists may desire, an apocalyptic clash of two religions. As regards determined secular France, that’s a misconception anyway.

This war has to end, not perpetuated.

As regards revelations by whistle-blower exiled Ed Snowden years ago, has Orwellian surveillance of each and every citizen ever prevented a terrorist attack of this kind?

15 November 2015 @ 7:10 am.

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Desecrated Mecca


The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulazis, will be held responsible for the 700 plus fatal casulaties of another stampede at Mina and hundreds more seriously injured during this year’s hajj. The safety of altogether three million pilgrims cannot be granted even when the faithful are driven like cattle from one holy place to the other. After last week’s crane crash in Mecca’s Holy Mosque with 107 dead people one gets the impression that the destination of millions of pilgrims has been desecrated in recent years just for economic reasons. Is there any place where muslims who have prepared themselves for years, saved almost a fortune to finally get there, can gain spiritualism?

Jihad has first and foremost the meaning of spiritual struggle, to strive for serving better the purpose of God. Rather than to finance jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq or relentlessly bombard Houthi rebels in Yemen, the poorest country of the region, Salman is better advised to better serve 1.5 billion muslims who just want to gather in peace, and safe, in Mecca once in a lifetime. And not deny millions of muslim refugees shelter after years-long civil wars in neighboring countries in which the Kingdom is at least partly involved.

24 September 2015 @ 4:37 pm.

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The Music of the 20th Century

Today 70 years ago, the first atomic bomb had been dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killing 70 or 80k humans at once. Three days later, Nagasaki was annihilated by another atomic bomb. Both bombs were commissioned by the US American government under President Harry S. Truman. They were meant to end WWII.

What followed, until 1998, was an incredible overkill testing of nuclear bombs by the USA, the UdSSR, China, UK, France, India, Pakistan, Israel and, lately, North Korea. It is necessary to watch the video with some patience in the first couple of minutes to experience afterwards the real horror of kind of music of the 20th century.

6 August 2015.

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Twenty Years of War


Twenty-five years on, the situation in Iraq is even more dire. The chaos former president George W. Bush and his VP Dick Cheney (not to forget Condoleeza Rice) have generated and left behind has spread to the entire Middle East.

Originally posted on Freelance:

Operation Desert Storm

When the Soviet Empire gradually collapsed between 1989 and 1991, the remaining sole superpower United States faced a new situation. The Cold War was over. What to do with the military-industrial complex? In August 1988, the eight-year long Iraq-Iran war had ended with hundreds of thousands casualties on both sides. Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s brutal dictator had been sort of an ally in taking revenge after Khomeini had humiliated the U.S. during the 444 days in 1979-1981 when the American Embassy in Tehran had been taken hostage by revolutionary students.  Well, support for the dictator in Baghdad was not confined to humanitarian help as some historians want us to believe. And it was not confined to the U.S. While poison gas was employed by Saddam to mass murder both Iranian combatants and Kurdish rebels, the West turned a blind eye to it.

Saddam’s claim to ultimate power was largely underestimated when…

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