December 18, 2014

Holiday Hiatus

 
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to all.



December 17, 2014

Editorial From Pakistan On Peshawar Attack: This "country is reaping what it has sown"

An excerpt from, "For Our Children" The Nation, December 16, 2014:
Some say that at a time like this, it is not wise and appropriate to blame the government or state institutions. Such a tragedy calls for unity, and criticism doesn’t help to achieve that purpose. But no consensus can be built, no wrong can be corrected, no problem can be solved by deciding against speaking the truth. And the truth is this: Not just terrorists, but everyone, from the wider population to the civil and military leadership is responsible for the barbarity our children were subjected to. 
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, your government has contributed absolutely nothing towards building a narrative against extremism. Operation Zarb-e-Azb started without your permission, and it continues absent meaningful political ownership. You have refused to act against seminaries funded through Saudi money, which are poisoning the minds of our youth and turning them into zealots. Instead of putting them behind bars, the Punjab government protects sectarian elements as they return the favour by not attacking you and taking out rallies in your support.

Chairman Imran Khan, you are the most mainstream and consistent Taliban sympathiser in the country. Despite the murder of 132 children in the capital of the province where your party is in power, you couldn’t muster the courage to name the Taliban. You have done a great disservice to this nation by repeatedly justifying the murder of your fellow countrymen and pushing a toxic narrative based on factual inaccuracies and ignorance.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, despite all that has happened, despite the many sacrifices of the brave soldiers who have died fighting terrorists, you refuse to employ a blanket policy against non-state actors. While the military conducts operations against bad Taliban in FATA, it continues to protect sectarian elements in Quetta, the Afghan Taliban and other ‘jihadi’ organisations such as Jamat-ud-Dawa. The country is reaping what it has sown over decades.

Taliban Chickens Are Coming Home to Roost in Pakistan

Who would've guessed that arming and financing religious crazies against Afghanistan would someday backfire on Pakistan?

Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and other countries in the region that are supporting ISIS terrorists in Syria to destroy that country will also experience these kinds of horrific attacks against their schools, markets, and other public places in the future.

Those who support terrorism suffer terrorism in return.

Syria has had the resolve and the allies to withstand the tsunami of terrorism that was engineered to fall on its shores back in 2011.

Will Saudi Arabia and Jordan have the same resolve and strong backing from its allies? Probably not.

At the first sign of trouble in Saudi Arabia and the other oil kingdoms Washington will head out the nearest door, as it should. This alliance of convenience will shatter, and the world will be better for it in the long run.

Washington will chase its tail in the war on terror like a dog gone mad so as long as it counts Pakistan and Saudi Arabia as its allies. The corrupt rulers of these two countries have less morals and less integrity than the Taliban that they're both backing in Afghanistan. History won't be kind to them.

They took Washington's money and arms when times were good, but Washington will dump them when times get bad.

Saudi and Pakistani leaders have made their beds. It will be funny to watch these arrogant fools complain that Washington abandoned them. They should have had the foresight and vision to figure out long ago that getting in the good graces of a rotting and diseased empire is never a good strategy.

Schools in Pakistan are being attacked for target practice, their children are being massacred, and what's their response? More of the same failed policies.

The biggest regional backers of the Taliban, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, are still sending terrorists to Syria and Afghanistan with the old delusion that they will shape the politics of those countries. But that will never happen. All they're doing is causing destruction, mayhem, chaos, and terrorism.

II.

An excerpt from, "Peshawar school attack: Has Pakistan ISI 'secret support for Taliban' backfired?" By Gianluca Mezzofiore, International Business Times, December 16, 2014:
The horrific attack on an army-run school in Peshawar that left at least 126 people dead, mostly children, has been claimed by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Pakistani Taliban, in revenge for the army offensive in north Waziristan. "We selected the army's school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females. We want them to feel the pain," said Muhammad Umar Khorasani, spokesman for the militant group. 
The long-awaited military operation to wipe out the Islamist militant safe-haven from Pakistan's western border plays into a complex political relationship with its troubled neighbourhood Afghanistan.

Mistrust between the two countries stems from Afghan accusations that Pakistan is ultimately responsible for the violence in their country. A special focus is reserved for Pakistan's military and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), accused by the US and Afghanistan of nurturing, training, supporting and equipping Afghan Taliban fighters.

Experts believe that the surge of domestic terrorism has pushed Pakistan's military to change its murky approach to the Taliban, thus explaining the military operation in north Waziristan.

Now, jihadists are taking revenge and turning the guns against their former founder and supporter.

December 16, 2014

Parallels of History

"The torture report notes that at least three detainees were threatened with harm to their families. Interrogators implied to Nashiri that his mother would be brought in front of him and sexually abused. The report also notes one detainee was told his mother’s throat would be cut. It is not clear which detainee this references." - Oliver Laughland, "How the CIA tortured its detainees" The Guardian, December 9, 2014.
"Roy Medvedev tells the following two stories from the Soviet experience:
Stanislav Kosior's. . . captors, unable to break him with torture, brought his sixteen-year old daughter into the room where the investigation was taking place and raped her before her father's eyes. Afterward Kosior signed the entire "confession," and his daughter, having been released from prison, committed suicide by throwing herself under a train.
And:
When sadistic investigators in Butyrskaya prison did not obtain the testimony they needed from one Communist, they tortured him in front of his wife and then tortured her in front of him.
There were thousands of such stories." - Daniel Chirot, "Modern Tyrants: The Power and Prevalence of Evil in Our Age" 1994, Princeton University Press, p. 155.

It is said that history rhymes.

It is rhyming right now.

Anyone with eyes to see can see the parallels between the torture policies of the international-bankster owned Soviet empire and the international-bankster owned U.S. empire. Of course, the similarities don't end there.

Torture is a manifestation of political disease and weakness. Torture and tyranny always go together.

Tyranny by its very nature is politically fragile and ever on the edge of defeat and collapse. Torture, one among many forms of mass psychological intimidation, is one way of keeping the rebellious segments of the population in line. It is also a good way of securing politically useful testimonies that bolster the regime's narrative about its wars, its crimes, atrocities, and abuses.

Every modern ideologically rigid, and revolutionary regime takes it upon itself the moral authority to torture the undesirables, the dissidents, the demonized other.

Some regimes torture the innocent in the name of God, others do it in the name of freedom, or in the name of whatever motor that drives their boat.

Within tyrannical regimes you find oppurtunists, sadists, and psychopaths who rise and torture for pleasure. And they are always protected by the regime's benefactors and apologists because of their usefulness. Totalitarian regimes depend on human perversity and even encourage it.

The high amounts of pedophiles in the U.S. and U.K. establishments is not by accident. These regimes specialize in child abuse and its cover up, so torturing a few thousand Jihadists is the least of their crimes.

The victims of their torture won't always be Jihadists so those on the right who defend torture obviously have no clue what's in store for them. Otherwise, they would denounce torture as inhumane and evil.

The U.S. government is torturing Muslims today, but tomorrow the victims of torture will be Americans. This is a certainty if current trends are not stopped by an awakened and outraged public.

When the evil U.S. regime finds itself in a real crisis, it has all the tools and expertise to handle it. It takes one step to go from spying on a population to torturing it, and the folks in Washington are already halfway there.

Those who usurp power through terror, conspiracy, and deception and then subvert the morals, laws, and culture of the nation ultimately have no choice but to torture their critics and opponents to retain their ill-gotten power. The Communists in Russia and Islamists in Iran are history's most recent examples.

The Nazis were only in power in Germany for 12 years so the problem of retaining power in the face of national rebellion never surfaced for them. And when they were in power they served the German nation justly so they were popular.

The totalitarian regime in Israel doesn't apply in this case because its been torturing and oppressing Palestinians, not its own people. It too silences its dissenters very harshly, but there is only a few of them, plus they're mainly in the diaspora, so the Israeli regime has been fortunate.

Communist and Islamist rulers are unique because of the ideological nature of their regimes, and the fact that they're oppressing their own citizens. The Russian culture and Russian people suffered under Communism, as has the Iranian culture and the Iranian people under the Islamists.

To come back to the U.S. and its torture program. There is a reason the CIA is not torturing the Abu Baghdadis and Bin Ladens of the Muslim world. That's not what suits their interests. They're all about making the false legends of Jihad. They're arming them, funding them, guiding them, stroking their Jihadi egos, training their wide-eyed followers, and breathing life into their sick imaginations.

Instead of capturing and torturing the trained terrorists of ISIS, the evil U.S. regime is torturing the innocent and clueless villagers in nowhere Afghanistan who haven't even heard of the World Trade Center. They're too busy herding goats to watch the news.

That is the big crime here.

The big crime is not that torture took place in U.S. dungeons, but that the vast majority who were tortured were innocent.

December 12, 2014

Hugh Nibley - "The Human Condition"


Wikipedia:
Hugh Winder Nibley (March 27, 1910 – February 24, 2005) was an American author, Mormon apologist, and professor at Brigham Young University (BYU).

A prolific author and professor of Biblical and Mormon scripture at BYU, he was fluent in numerous languages, including Classical Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Egyptian, Coptic, Arabic, German, French, English, Italian, and Spanish. He studied Dutch and Russian during World War II. He also studied Old Bulgarian and Old English, and his fluency in Old Norse was reportedly sufficient to enable him to read an entire encyclopedia in Norwegian.

Nibley wrote and lectured on LDS scripture and doctrinal topics, publishing many articles in LDS Church magazines. His An Approach to the Book of Mormon was adopted in 1957 as a religious lesson manual by the LDS Church.
Video Title: Hugh Nibley, "The Human Condition" (Pearl of Great Price Lectures Series - 11). Source: themaxwellinstitute. Date Published: January 28, 2014. Description:
Lecture 11 from Hugh Nibley's Pearl of Great Price Lectures Series at Brigham Young University, Winter Semester, 1986.
"What we are and what we could be are so different. . . we don't use one thousand, one-tenth thousand of our brain power. We have it, we never use it. Think of the capacity we have for enjoyment. I lie on my bed and fret when I look up and see all the books on the wall there I would just love to read, but I don't have time. . . Well, it's pretty sad, isn't it? That you can't begin to use it. There must be a reason for this. The solution must be found in other times and places because the time is too short here. We can't play a game of baseball in three minutes, or in a closet. We don't have time enough in three minutes, and the closet doesn't give us space enough. And that's the situation we're in here. We're time-bound, we're in a time box. . . We can't think of everything at once. One thing at a time. We must always concentrate, this is what we're condemned to do in this life, is to concentrate always on just one thing at a time. And the rest, if you see it all, makes this sort of a background, side issues and so forth. You're aware of it of course, but you concentrate on only one object. And you concentrate on the object you choose to. That makes this life a time of probation. That shows what the desire of your heart is. For with the possibility of thinking of a billion things, you prefer to think of one particular thing." - Hugh Nibley. [7:17 - 8:57].

December 11, 2014

Forget The Torture Report, When Will The False Flag Terror Report Come Out?

"A limited hangout, or partial hangout, is a public relations or propaganda technique that involves the release of previously hidden information in order to prevent a greater exposure of more important details. 
It takes the form of deception, misdirection, or coverup often associated with intelligence agencies involving a release or "mea culpa" type of confession of only part of a set of previously hidden sensitive information, that establishes credibility for the one releasing the information who by the very act of confession appears to be "coming clean" and acting with integrity; but in actuality, by withholding key facts, is protecting a deeper operation and those who could be exposed if the whole truth came out." - Wikipedia
"How nice do you want to be to the murderers of 3,000 people on 9/11?" - Former Vice President Dick Cheney, commenting on the Torture Report.
The release of the Torture Report was a political act, and the report itself is a whitewash.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and others have given a pathetic and predictable defense of torture. By leaning on the false flag 9/11 events to morally, intellectually, and politically justify torture they have yet again revealed the emptiness of their arguments. They are using one crime to justify another one.

But Mr. Cheney is right about one thing. Politicians who make and articulate policies have no right to throw overboard the professionals who execute the policies and get their hands dirty.

It's easy to blame all this horror on the CIA, but it was Congressmen and Senators who passed the Patriot Act after the 9/11 crime without even bothering to read the damn thing. They want to distance themselves from the torturers and executioners of the CIA, but history tells a different story.

The only good the Torture Report has done is raise public awareness about the depth of the crimes that were committed in the name of defeating terrorism. Hopefully it begins a broader and global conversation about torture.

Only terror regimes and failed states have to resort to torture to achieve their political and security objectives, and the U.S. is both of those things. But it has a lot of company.

Over 50 countries collaborated with the U.S. in its illegal torture program! Countries with diverse traditions, histories, and values, such as Canada, Saudi Arabia, Poland, and Iran all assisted CIA torturers and executioners in one way or another.

These nations could have said "No, thank you, we have our own in-house torturers, we can manage ourselves" but they didn't. They could have isolated the criminal CIA and the Bush administration on the world political stage at a very crucial time in the false War on Terror by refusing to hand over prisoners to their dungeons but instead they chose to legitimize their lawless actions.

If you think Bush, Cheney, and the criminals in the CIA will ever be sent to the Hague to answer for their crimes or be hanged like Saddam, think again.

Justice would be them being chased out of their country and having to die in exile like the Nazis. Actually, that would be mercy.