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David Moore

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  • What's Religion Got to do with it? German Co-Pilot as Terrorist
    • I remember in the 70s when a Japanese pilot intentionally slammed his 747 into a mountain. It turned out he was depressed and suicidal. I had a number of friends as pilots and all were pulled in for psychological evals, which then became the norm. Obviously, some fall through the cracks. This is all it seems to be; no conspiracy, no terrorism.

  • The Trial of Richard Bruce Cheney
    • Yes, satire. We already know ruined this country through unnecessary war and torture, and Wall Street ruined us financially through fraud, and nothing will be done. But...sell cigarettes without paying taxes and you get strangled to death. We've got standards, you know!!!

  • ISIL Grew out of Bush's Destruction of Iraq's Socialist Economy
    • I am sure many will dismiss this, but it is spot on. I am basing this on my own insurgency research and experience in Vietnam. (Two weeks ago Juan published an article by me on my thesis.) The vacuum of a weak government is always filled by "insurgents" looking to create either their own base or take over the entire country. As this article states, it is not only the rebuilding of the economy and government services, but the re-legitimizing of the government that will solve these problems.

  • Why it Isn't that Important Whether ISIL Leader was Killed
    • What few realize is that Israel has based its assassination policy on a CORPORATE study. The initial study was to find out how many managers can be fired before the corporation collapses. Israel admits now that (see Gatekeepers) such a misguided policy leads to much more radical and homicidal leadership. ISIS is already following the al-Qaeda theory of "management of Savagery," so I don't see any change there. This is why I disagree with Yasser (above).

  • Only Mideast Democracy? In Midst of War, Israel Clamps Down on Dissent
    • This is only slightly off topic. Looking at the reaction of the Ferguson, Missouri, I thought "this looks like IDF responses to West Bank protestors." Little did I know the Ferguson police had been trained by Israelis. Michael Chertoff, while at DHS, mandated training by Israeli companies. Chertoff, by the way, is a dual-national Israeli. (His family history with Israeli is quite fascinating.) I am including a link by a blogger (a bit strange, to be sure) who has compared some overreactions by police to specific training by Israelis. The two Houston Police who had just finished training ended up killing a one-armed man in a wheelchair. I think it means it is time to not only de-militarize the police, but end Israeli training as inappropriate. I am a Vietnam Vet, so I really laugh at these fat cops in "combat" gear, but there is no laughing at what they do. LRAD, rubber bullets, armored cars, etc., in Ferguson--with citizens treated like Palestinians--is nothing to laugh at. link to

  • Stop Saying 'If X fired Rockets at U.S.': It's Racist, & assumes we're Colonial
    • Juan: This is actually a valid question. We actually did have this happen: the US Embassy in Baghdad. We received fire almost daily, a fact noted many times in the MSM. (Yes, how quickly they forget.) So...did we send F16s in to bomb the neighborhoods the fire came out of? No. Did we send in tanks? No. I have mentioned this numerous times, but it never gets repeated in the media. I also recommend Spike Stephenson's book "The Golden Hour" on the first year at the US Embassy. I booked him as a speaker once, plus he is a Vietnam Veteran like me.

  • In the Deaths of 3 Israeli Teens, Likud Policies are also Implicated
    • When the kidnappings happened, I noticed at least some of the settlers were Americans. As an American who lived and worked in Israel, these are the worst racists I ever met. Those kidnapped are from settlements in Hebron. Hebron is where American Dr. Goldstein murdered dozens of Palestinians. He and Kahane are buried under a 10-foot tall monument. This monument is actually illegal under Israeli law, but, yeah, Netanyahu is on it I am sure. I am not saying these settlers "deserved" to die, but their own rabbis incite murder and violence. All I can say is you have to live there and meet these people. I wrote a letter to Obama before his visit and asked him to visit Hebron and, like Reagan, tell the Israelis to "tear this monument down" as a first step towards peace. I'm still waiting for a reply.

  • Fox News asks Rand Paul if Reid is right to "call Americans" "Domestic Terrorists"
    • [Ed. note: The reader has mistaken a satire for a real event]

      Juan: Actually a black variant has just recently happened. In Harlem, a parade ground belonging to a defunct armory was turned into a garden. The neighborhood lost in court. When the GSA showed up with bulldozers, hundreds blocked their path while Black Panthers took up positions on the buildings as snipers. The GSA backed off for now. I have said it dozens of times before, even here, that what is happening now happened in America during the early part of the Depression.

  • 5 Ways Nevada Rancher Militia Resembles Pakistan's Taliban
    • As a historian, we really are reaching the same tipping point as 1933-35 in the US. After machine-gunning union strikers, Bonus Army, coal miners, etc., the US government was quite unpopular during that period. We even had a near coup, financed by bankers, exposed by Gen. Smedley Butler. If we don't get an FDR to help restore a sense of justice, this is just a prelude. History does repeat.

  • Israel's KKK: Violent Squatters increasingly Attacking Palestinians
    • I lived and worked in this area years ago and would never go back. Most people are unaware that Hebron is the stronghold of the American followers of Meir Kahane and Baruch Goldstein. Both were childhood friends, the latter murdering 29 Arabs at prayer in 1994. Both men have shrines in Hebron venerating them--against Israeli law. It's a pilgrimage site for these racist Jews. Americans need to understand that dual-citizenship American Jews are the heart of the problem of racist settlers who refuse to live with Arabs as neighbors. It is still shocking to me how disgusting these Americans are when I had my first encounter with them.

  • American Public Pushes back against AIPAC Senators seeking Iran Conflict
    • Exactly, but I would also like to remind others of the rhetoric of the times (I am 61 and fought in Vietnam). We were referred to as "main enemy" (glavni vrad I think) with them boasting where their missiles were pointed. They were very aggressive militarily. I lived and worked in Israel and the Likud and their settlers are just plain crazy.

  • CIA Drone Kills Pakistan Taliban Leader on Eve of Peace talks with Islamabad
    • Juan: This became the case with the Phoenix Program in Vietnam. It was a simple way for an INDIVIDUAL to get revenge, take over a business, etc. For my thesis in 1982 I had a former SF intelligence sergeant who paid the informants. All a TRIBE had to do was declare their enemies as "communists" during Vietnam and now "al Qaeda" today. This theory of counterinsurgency didn't work then and it doesn't work now. (My thesis oddly predicted this for Afghanistan if war came to that area and we used the same theory.) I believe Brennan is a dangerous man, but Obama is not being played. Brennan was allegedly running an operation behind the backs of Stevens and Petraeus.

  • America's Secret 4th Branch of Government: The NSA kept even Obama in the Dark
    • Juan. Great article and analysis as usual. Whenever a writer brings up Spitzer and others as possible victims I point to a program used by the Nazis. Look up Salon Kitty. The bordello was used by the SS to blackmail and get rid of certain diplomats and German officials. Sound familiar?

  • Al-Qaeda as Fringe Cult: 12 Years Later, Heretical Text of 9/11 Hijackers Still Withheld by FBI (Kurzman)
    • Since McVeigh's was brought up, I would like to add to that. It WAS questioned, since he associated with Christian Identity members, whether or not he also belonged. Christian Identity followers were indeed engaged in anti-government actions and bank robberies, hence the questioning of his membership. As noted, however, McVeigh claimed to have had sex with an associate's (sent to jail for the bombing) wife, who was from the Philippines. Christian Identity members justify the murder of inter-racial couples through one passage of the Old Testament regarding the killing of a Jew who intermarried. I have to say I find the convoluted "logic" of radical fringe "religious" groups absolutely fascinating. Speaking on the main topic, as an Arabic speaker (ahem, Presbyterian), I remember reading the (partial) Atta letter and immediately thinking what a flake he was. Not only the heretical opening, but instructions on how to wash his body. Yes, I want to see and read the whole thing as well.

  • Everybody Leaks in Washington: What the Bradley Manning Trial Tells us about a Broken System (Schanzer)
    • Amy: You and I agree totally. See my response to Schanzer. The system broke down when I was in Vietnam. In WWII, nearly 1,000 GIs were executed, all but one for criminal behavior. Yet not one GI was executed in Vietnam or Iraq for murder or rape of civilians. Not even when they raped and murdered their fellow female soldiers. I have stated in writing so many times that a few firing squads, made up of men and women in the murderer's company, would have put an end to all that. I am sure Schanzer does not care to perform any research as he simply has an agenda. I have "known" Juan Cole for years and am a bit puzzled what he sees in this guy.

    • You weren't in Vietnam in 1971, so you don't know. Vets wore the VVAW (Vietnam Veterans Against the War) patch openly. I was involved in a number of mutinies, one which got Senator Kennedy to intervene. Some were written in Stars and Stripes, plus many underground newspapers (Grunt Free Press comes to mind) were circulated. The Army was refusing to fight a losing war. That is why you last sentence comes across as rather pompous. You also fail to agree on how My Lai was exposed--not by Major Powell.

    • It is obvious Mr. Schanzer never served in the military. As a Vietnam Veteran, I know reporting anything through military chain of command is ridiculous. Don't take my word for it, Manning tried to tell his supervisor, who only shrugged. Regarding Vietnam, look at Ridenour and Hugh Thompson and My Lai; see the movie "Casualties of War," based on a real event that was published--which the movie followed completely, even the opening shot on the bus. Look at the war crimes in Iraq, even the soldier who tried to save the kids in the Collateral Murder video Manning leaked. If you want to do something positive Mr. Schanzer, use your connections to insist Hagel prosecutes all officers involved, starting with the generals.

  • O'Donnell would have Joined Hare Krishnas
    • I don't know if that was a Blue Hair attempt by the Kerry campaign. I believed they were just trying to show the hypocrisy of Cheney and GOP "family values." It was telling that the Cheneys did not appear with their famly at the convention, and it was obvious why: questions about what he thought about his lesbian daughter. BTW, I worked on the Kerry campaign in Virginia--if you could call it that. No effort and no organization. They even wanted to charge me four dollars for one Kerry sign. I refused, and you saw the results.

  • Eyewitnesses Confirm Israeli Gunplay;
    Egypt's lifting of the Blockade likely Temporary
    • I am sorry to see you decided to inject a personal attack into your reply: "yours excepted apparently." Your assumption is nobody in my family was moved to join you and nobody in my family was killed. You are also assuming I am white and everybody in my family is white. To specifically reply to your post, while participating, evidently you did not hear this statement by Stokely Carmichael: "What you want is the nation to be upset when anybody is killed, but it seems for this to be recognized, a white person must be killed." He was angry the media had made a big deal over the murder of Rev. James Reed (white) while ignoring the murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson (black). Unfair as that is, it enabled King to get his message out to a much broader audience--my family excepted to correct you.

    • Thanks to A Berns for stating what and how a boarding party are "supposed" to do. I tried stating the same thing on a Salon posting and was attacked and called a "dipshit." Forget, as I stated, the legal arguments of the Law of War whether or not Israel had the right--all experts disagree; they all agree, though, that the killing and violence violated the law. I believe that the Gaza Flotilla has found the magic to end the occupation. Compare this to the Civil Rights movement in the US. Israel is acting like racist Southern police and Klan types wanting to keep the status quo. CORE and others hit upon the strategy of recruiting white college kids. Seeing them beaten and shot brought the story to the point of change. Like the Southern cops who thought they had the "right" to kill the white kids the same as local blacks, Israeli soldiers think they have the right to treat Europeans the same way. Reports state they beat the passive passengers who had surrendered--sound familiar to those old enough to remember the scenes of the Civil Rights movement shown on TV? I was so outraged I and my wife gave money to the Flotilla. We support Israel, but this behavior has to end.

  • Lieberman's Modest Gulag Proposal
    • Since Lieberman is a Jew, I found his "knowledge" about stripping a bit weird; for instance, didn't he know what happened to John Demjanjuk? Also, the Constitution notes there need be only two witnesses for treasonous statements. Doesn't he remember Aaron Burr? Now that we have video, this could be easier to prove to a legal standard. We do have a process, and it works very well when followed. As for the warmongering charge, as a Vietnam veteran I notice the draft dodgers like Lieberman, Cheney, Bolton, et alia always talk tough to over compensate for their personal cowardice. Just read the names on the New Hampshire Gazette's "Chickenhawk Database" to see what I mean.

  • Israeli Settler Terrorists Plan more Mosque Burnings
    • I am really curious to know how many churches have been destroyed or damaged by settlers. Having lived and worked in the West Bank in the 80's I was shocked at how racist these mostly American settlers were. I just want some facts, though, if they are targeting only mosques. Anybody here know?

  • I want My Country back from Big Oil
    • When I served in Vietnam in 1971 I think I saw three air-condtioning units. Two were for the 1/7th Cav's CO (a colonel) and the XO (a major). They both had trailers brought in so they could be comfortable. I also remember somebody burned down one of the trailers. I still think energy independence is possible in maybe 10 years. What everybody needs to eventually have is at least a hybrid for driving. (Sort of a cash for clunkers.) I hate to say fat chance, though.

  • Apartheid in Israel, Showing Papers in Arizona
    • Not so odd, really. When individuals or states criticized Nazi Germany's anti-miscegenation laws directed against Jews, Nazi officials pointed out they had modelled their laws after America's anit-miscegination laws directed against Blacks.

  • Taliban Resemble Successful Insurgencies
    • In 1982, ten years after I served in Vietnam as a soldier, I wrote a thesis for my Anthropology MA. Originally "The Effects of Unconventional Warfare on Tribal Populations: Case Studies From Vietnam." (It is at Amazon as "Tribal Soldiers of Vietnam.") I mention this fact only to point out I do know something about what I am talking about. Just as one fallacy, "experts" always trot out the local militia concept. I have a short section how this always leads to crime, corruption and criminal organizations. Vietnam, expecially the Tai HIghlands in the First Indochina War, was a leading opium producer. Sound familiar? Opium is a winter crop so keep your eye on when military offensives happen. The Viet Minh used the opium to fund their war, so the French tried to purchase it--using the Corsican Mafia--to keep it out of their hands. Yeah, that worked; been there done that. My second major complaint, as an anthropolgist, is that counterinsurgency experts always overlook the insurgents' use of "parallel hierarchies." Hamas and Hezbollah, just like the Taliban, have thier own courts (efficient), hospitals (cheaper and better) and parallel government. After Israel bombed Lebanon, notice how Hezbollah had a rep out there immediately paying people for damage, months before the Lebanese government? I used a combination of Barth's New Elite Theory as well as Clifford Geertz's theories of assumed and primoridal blood ties, in which the latter included the Kurds, Baluchis, etc. Whenever we get involved in counterinsurgencies, there are three typical outcomes: 1) the tribe (or group) becomes incorporated into the larger society, usually at the low end, 2) accept minority status and probably become assimilated, 3) emphasize ethnic identity, thereby creating a new movement (or a new state.)

      I see no good coming out of this war at all.

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