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Larry Piltz

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  • In Massive Intel Error, US Kills 80 Syrian Troops, Helps ISIL Advance
    • Dr. Cole, why have you concluded that the U.S.-led attack was accidental? Don't U.S. policymakers want to poke 'The Bear' so to speak and signal that they still are in charge and want to dump Assad?

    • Professor Cole, why do you assume the air strikes were accidental and not intentional? Aren't U.S. policymakers wanting to send Russia a signal that it had better not assume they will be getting entirely what they want in Syria, and aren't those same U.S. policymakers wanting to show American neocons and the public that it is serious about removing Assad from power? I just don't believe that the strike was accidental, given the cynical game the U.S. is playing there.

  • Top 8 Syrian-Americans whom we'd miss If Trump had Kept them out
    • Danny Thomas and Marlo Thomas!

    • Obama was actually much less neocon-ish and way less 'invasive' than Bush-Cheney or any GOP candidate since (except white supremacist Ron Paul), Obama having successfully fought and resisted a high percentage of the neocon agenda during his two terms. And yes, Hillary's a neocon, but you can't seriously say that anyone but Bush-Cheney is the progenitor of and responsible for blowing up the Middle East starting with Iraq, and then negotiating and signing the treaty with the new Iraq government to withdraw all of the American forces after he left office. Obama and no president could have renegotiated that deal with Bush's Shia Iraqi government. So if you don't want Hillary, and seem to not want Trump (you didn't say for sure, so you may be a soulless Trump shill after all), but sure go ahead and vote for Gary Johnson. That'll help the world, right?

  • Israeli opposition leader warns of 'uprising of hatred' in Israel
    • Israel is too weak and afraid to practice actual democracy. It's too weak and afraid to be its actual best self. As an Isaiah or Jeremiah might say today, woe is to a people who falsely believe in their superiority while amorally acting from their worst instincts, because their punishment will be great and relief not forthcoming.

  • The Turkish Coup -- Real or Imagined?
    • Cynicism is not necessarily thought, David, and in your case I'd say that's even more true than usual.

    • I say moosaraza's comment above is a false flag comment. And I have as much evidence to back it up as he has for his mindless assertion that the coup was a false flag operation.

  • Is Kerry Right? Are Freemen of Syria and Army of Islam Radical Terrorists?
    • The U.S. and Britain have allied with and otherwise actively used such terror groups (even helping create them as well as supply, train, and fund them) since the 1950s, starting in Egypt, though there may have been earlier or other such support elsewhere as well. Blowback was never supposed to blow as far back as the United States itself, as in 9/11. U.S. and British adherents of using this extremist paramilitary anarchy to gain advantage and continue power in western Asia however merely used the 9/11 blowback as a cynical rationalization to intensify and expand their unholy sadistic alliance with terror 'over there'. U.S. and British "State Terror" therefore is used both directly and indirectly to assert hegemony against made-up and cornered 'enemies'. The so-called homeland U.S. and Britain can just go to hell as far as these U.S. and British manipulators are concerned.

  • Clintonites in Democratic Party Back Settler Colonialism (Not a 1905 Headline)
    • Yes to all Juan says. Also, ultimately Israel's violent appropriation of others' lands and sadistic treatment of the people they've isolated and oppressed, leaving them also stateless and without any true legal recourse whatsoever, will spell Israel's downfall and doom in one way or another, and for all the right reasons.

  • Why you can't explain the Iraq War without mentioning oil
    • This is why I referred to the Bush-Cheney cabal from the beginning as Oily Bubba and the Corporate Thieves.

      Global power requires controlling the oil and its delivery routes.

  • A new American Century or a Century of Wars and Refugees?
    • What Erik above says, and this alternative quote for Tacitus', They make a desert and call it peace:

      They took deserts, made them even less habitable, and carved them into pieces.

  • Putin's Winning Hand in Syria, as Turkey Apologizes and Obama Deals
    • It's a Russian chess grandmaster versus American 11th-dimensional checkers, but with a more evenly matched hybrid meta game of Risk on The Grand Chessboard.

      It's amazing how blinded by propaganda are Americans to the U.S.-led western hegemonic geopolitical encirclement campaign against Russia, which began long before the Syrian tragedy and also before the CIA/State Department Ukraine coup. Again, chess versus checkers. American King took Ukraine, and Russian Queen took back Crimea.

  • Is the Mideast disintegrating or just being Auctioned Off?
    • "...these years have, that is, seen a remarkable reversion to religious, ethnic, and tribal identity, to movements that seek to establish their own exclusive territory by the persecution and expulsion of minorities." Cockburn's article is important analysis of the underlying realpolitick of neoliberalism and continuing western colonialism in action. The West is ultimately a plague unto the world. Regarding the quote, what is left out of this essay is Israel's further reversion to violent racial purging and intensified oppression, which itself is part of and parallel to the west's vile influence.

  • US Elites Abandoned their Workers: Trump is their Revenge; & You ain't seen Nothin' Yet
  • America's First Communal Muslim Funeral: Muhammad Ali
    • Thanks for the well-deserved acknowledgement of Muhammad Ali's beneficence and accomplishment, as well as his funeral and its significance.

      BTW, I'm American and Jewish, and it would never occur to me to think about or consider Jerusalem when I choose to pray, and Israel is not on my list of good company. Also, I don't need any religion whatsoever nor religious background in order to pray, if I choose to do so.

  • 6 Policies Obama wants Saudi Arabia to Change
    • "The Saudi government was not behind 9/11 or in the know about it." Maybe so, but years ago and just yesterday I read in credible sources that the two 9/11 plane hijackers living in San Diego had received payments from a bank account belonging to Bandar. Do you know about this? Is it more nuanced and plausibly deniable than what I describe?

  • How the US went Fascist: Mass media Makes excuses for Trump Voters
    • Nel, not meaning to offend you, but your ... parroting of some ... ignoramus' assumption that the U.S. has lost soverereignty is ridiculous. The only sovereignty threatened is that illegal and unfair advantage held within the U.S. by white male bullies including rich ones like Trump since the inception of this country...

    • To paraphrase Lewis' book title: American Journalism: Fascism Can, Has, and Does Happen Here.

  • Clinton and Sanders on Mideast War and Kissinger's Legacy (PBS Debate)
    • Good recounting of a vital aspect of the two candidates to help consider which one to support. I think associating with Kissinger and giving him credibility like Clinton does shows the kind of dangerous leadership she'd bring, even though I sincerely sympathize with her candidacy. I suppose there's a chance she wouldn't be a provocateur warmongering president though the chance would be a small one. Surely it was Clinton's State Department that began plotting to overthrow the duly elected government of Ukraine to install a rightist, neo-nazi-laden coup regime in its place. And yes the Ukraine government before the rightist coup was 'duly elected', just like the less Soviet-friendly government duly elected previous to the overthrown one was. The elections there aren't perfect but each side has one an election or two, showing that Ukrainian democracy had been evolving toward credibility. The U.S.-led overthrow of Ukraine's government - just to stick it to Russia and to try to comandeer Russia's historic and current Crimean naval base (as well as to 'win' Ukraine for western banking monopolies, of course) - was a sadistic tragic and genocidal intentional horror that has killed thousands of innocent people and caused deprivation and suffering where before there was little of those horrific conditions. That's why I would never prefer an imperial neocon such as Clinton unless she were the only one running in a general election against the even more amoral monsters of the Republican Party.

  • Flash Point: Could Turkey block Russian access to Mediterrranean?
    • ...and the possibility of non-state terrorism against Russian ships plying the straits or Sea of Marmara, and it exacerbating Russian-Turkish enmity, or cloaked Israeli terrorism...

  • Is Daesh/ ISIL a modern Raiding Pirate state?
    • William, you neglect to point out the similarities to the Great Pirates of 'The West', whose ideology primarily embraced armed conquest of areas where resources could be extracted and which installed colonial trading regimes, dividing local peoples between a few self-interested abetters and everyone else - as still exists around the world to a very large extent, and which has been the primary form of government (corrupt dictatorship still supported and overly influenced by the colonial/occupying/and now 'trading partner' Western power. It's just as brutal initially as anything ISIS has done, and only in time does it settle down into a semi-barbaric routine under the watchful diplomacy of Western gunboats. Get it? The West was just as bad, if not worse, and ISIS is a parallel invention, barbaric in its desperation (the best defense is a good offense) to maintain its territorial gains. Sure, some piracy similarities exist, and they're important strategically, but mostly its a Western-style (with cultural differences) invention of a new territorial power, as was Israel at its gestation and later birth. Only with ISIS, it's the Saudis and Gulf allies doing the funding and recruiting, as opposed to England, the United States, and other European colonial/imperial powers doing the preparatory work. Get it? ISIS doesn't equal Israel, but the genesis is the same, and ISIS is the antimatter that has evolved finally to oppose Israel in a region where the United States and England have generally exploded the old order, which England and the U.S. (and France) had created in the first place. It's all to make Israel and "our" oil safer, but the antimatter was created as a byproduct. And now The West is trying to strangle ISIS in its cradle. ISIS is dangerous but has already begun to flail around to help sustain its momentum and try to guarantee some sort of survival for itself. Wither and whittle and eventual dissipation is The West's strategy against it.

    • Yes, including not only the Republican Party, with near-unanimity as a warmongering right-wing ideologic force, but including also a portion of the Democratic Party, its substantial conservative wing that votes with Republicans more times than not for revanchivist issues across the board, especially the jingoistic ones, And I say that as someone who votes Democratic. My wing is the progressive/pro-peace one.

  • With Ahmad Chalabi's Death, Passing of an Age of Lies
    • And let's remember forever, with all the deserved sneering and denouncing they earned, the major news media liars - all of them except Knight-Ridder - all of whom couldn't have been bothered to learn the truth or actually cared less that they were handmaidens and joiners of the Lies. If they'd cared, they'd have known better, as did you, me, and the rest of the world easily learned because we sought the truth, Professor Cole.

      And look around today, and you see the same pack of ignorant self-glorifying news media jackals and their newer career-worshipping accomplices lying down and taking it up their corrupted 'information' channels about Ukraine, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, et al, and the suffering people, animals, and land therein.

    • A rare oppositional point, Professor Cole -- The authors of the lie are named Bush/s, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice, Wolfowitz, Kristol/s, Perle, Wurmser, Feith, Kagan/s, Pipes, et al. The age of [Those] Lies won't pass until they are all welcomed into hell and not a minute sooner. And their chief enablers too, such as Judith Miller, Michael Gordon (STILL primary NYT liar and now chief military correspondent), oh yeah and the Sulzberger nest of lying warmongers.

      Also, any age of lies won't end until the still-ongoing damage ends that was spawned (intentionally) by the authors and propagaters of the lie. The destruction and suffering wrought by the lie has already lasted 12 years, and it will take 20-30 more years for it to lose its inertia.

  • Iran helping build "New Syrian Army;" ISIL fighters Fleeing to Iraq from Russian Airstrikes
    • Respectfully and in the spirit of inquiry: You said Iran's support for Assad is shameful. But wouldn't Iran and the rest of the world allowing extremist ISIS, et al, adherents of Middle Ages 'justice' and mass murder and enslavement of opposing religious and secular groups come to power be more shameful, and a worse outcome? And I'm no supporter of barbaric 'Greater Israel', by the way.

  • What is Russia's Strategy in Syria & Why does Egypt Approve?
    • U.S. warmakers are closely observing and analyzing Russian military actions and capabilities and folding this current information into its own strategic and tactical assessments of Russian power estimates and projections. The U.S. wastes no opportunity to turn lemons into shrapnel. This has nothing to do with the military/political goals of Russia in Syria - for now.

  • Deal with Saudis? Why does the US care if Russia bombs al-Qaeda and its Allies in Syria?
    • Dr. Cole, would you please use a post to dissect what the United States government's actual intentions and preferences are in Syria? There's so much rhetorical smokescreen and omission from news reporting - even alternative news reporting - that getting a clear picture of U.S. intent is. For instance, I've read that now in Iraq the U.S. is not really bothering to bomb ISIS targets for the most part, even ignoring ISIS' frequent oil tanker truck traffic deliveries that they derive significant income from, even though those trucks are greatly exposed for hundreds of miles in open ground. Is a negotiated stalemate in the cards in both Iraq and Syria?

  • With Iran deal, & Russia in Syria, is Israel being Boxed In?
    • It's always good to see a bully constrained.

    • Austria and the U.A.E. don't have 100's of nukes. I wish it weren't the case but Israel's nukes are its guarantor of being taken seriously out of proportion to its size. It will remain the regional hegemon. It will continue getting away with slow-motion gradual mass murder.

      The entire U.S.-British-Western deconstruction of the previously colonized Middle East has broken down the area into nearly powerless political cantons and military districts at odds with each other or in weak temporary alliances and all dependent on mostly Western arms. Israel and the West have won again, preserving hegemony for another 40-50 years to come (perhaps). Russia's increased entry into Syria is a boon for the West's hegemony as well, as it helps contain the West's deconstructing wild-card titular ally ISIS and also allows Russia to become part of the functional hegemony in the process.

      And Israel, as you mention, benefits from the Russian presence too, as Assad continues to be marginalized but the burgeoning eventual Salafi existential threat to Israel begins to be more contained. As long as Assad is greatly weakened, Israel and the West are happy enough.

      Now Iraq's gone. Iran is kept at bay by the agreement for years to come, until it either more or less politically capitulates or until the West upgrades its technological and logistical military advantages in the region such that it can successfully withstand an Iranian counterattack if the nuclear deal breaks apart. So the West wins again, and Israel, a Western colony that won a modified independence through military aggression and its nuclear weapon stockpile, wins as well.

      I strongly believe though that Israel's best chance to survive has always been through plowshares not war. Sooner or later someone's going to find a way to nuke Tel Aviv if Israel is not a crucial economic boon and partner with the entire region. Israel and Palestine need to become one state for all, with one-person-one-vote, and integrate its economy and its agricultural and hydro technologies with the region. The greater safety is still in numbes and in being indispensable - not a horrific declared enemy.

  • ISIL's Assault on History: Blows Up 1st Century Baal Shamin Temple in Palmyra
    • I know destroying historical treasures is self-refuting and despicable, an atrocity really. However, how about describing what the United States has done in Iraq (to mention only one of America's victim nations targeted) in the same terms, such as:

      The United States Assault on Modern Life Itself: Blows Up 21st Century Infrastructure for Health, Life, and Even Subsistence While Destroying Iraq.

      I think Professor Cole would agree with my assertion, but just posting to make the point clear.

  • Top 5 Ways Obama's 'All of the Above' Politics led to Sanders & Trump
    • I join your defense of Obama - even though I passionately wish he'd been the passionate progressive he campaigned as. I'll add that he added more wildnerness, national parks, and other preservations of nature and historic sites than any other president in the history of the country. He made 100's of positive changes, mostly through executive orders (because what was his alternative?). I beg to differ on your calling the Affordable Care Act originally a Republican plan. That's a common counterproductive misunderstanding. No Republican EVER formulated, advanced, or introduced into legislation a healthcare system or program that covers millions of people like Obama's Medicaid expansion has. Nor did any Republican offering ever include ending Big Insurance's policies of exclusion from healthcare, ending lifetime allowances for coverage, and many other people-first policies that Obama's ACA instituted and are now law. Let's let that 'Obamacare was a Republican program' myth die right now. The GOP doesn't want people to have fair and accessible healthcare, or they would have introduced and passed it long ago. The GOP has ONLY ever adamantly opposed healthcare for the people, including Medicare and Medicaid. They opposed Social Security too, of course, and still want to end it.

    • Marches don't move the 1%. Only threats to their economic dominance move them into action. Usually that action is violent repression. See Occupy. There is plenty of progressive organization and action. I don't know how you're missing it unless you're looking only on the front pages of papers for 'important' marches.

    • Trump is a media creation. He is a virtual character, a cartoon thought balloon vacuous through and through. He is seen through a filter of commercials, and he is one big self-promotion only. If America buys him as candidate, the system will intensify its disintegration. Trump is a fraud perpetrated by the 1% on the rest of us.

  • If Southerners want a Symbol, Why not the Moultrie Liberty Flag?
    • Dssmith, thanks for your excellent comment. Your last sentence made me think twice though. I really do not believe that "We are better than that", neither in your state of South Carolina, my original home state of Mississippii, nor my present home state of Texas, nor in any of the states in the nation that continue to discriminate against minority voters and others such as the elderly or ill by enacting cynical and unethical (if not amoral) restrictive voting laws. The same goes for state and federal laws that intentionally target minority citizens more than majority citizens, as well as the egregious unequal enforcement of even those awful laws, all tilted to commit as many minority citizens as possible to the prison systems for many years of their lives, both inside and outside of the walls. It's a reverse underground railroad, and it needs to be completely dismantled along with the symbols of racial oppression.

      Maybe someday we will "be better than that", but certainly we have not proven such a thing to any significant degree and are far from being "better than that" today.

  • Another White non-Terrorist Kills 9, Makes Bomb Threats
    • Good point, John. As you said, it has never shown respect for life. It even demeaned those who originally followed it. Those who still do are even further devolved and debased. Ignorance retreats nowhere but deeper and deeper into itself.

    • Exactly, super390. There are studies proving what you've described. It's a well-known strategy of a venal majority.

    • Pray in the streets, friend, with others.

    • Biil Bodden, yes, yes. We all know about what you're talking about. Gaza, Balkans, Central America. All truly tragic and all too horribly true. But an atrocity is still an atrocity. And for you to argue otherwise is regressive, counterproductive, and bizarrely contrary and without good reason. The readers at this blog know all this stuff you're talking about and have it in perspective. YOU are the one who has lost perspective. The Charleston shooting is an atrocity, both in and of itself, and especially now in the long and lengthening line of similar atrocites across the country these last especially six or so years, by cops or ordinary civilians. Please keep up! Find a place that could use your political erudition and use it, appropriately, there.

    • Michael, you can't wave your magic wand and make everyone else turn off TV. TV remains a huge part of the problem despite you personally opting out. I opt out. But you can't blame others for not doing so. Do you have an actually relevant point?

  • Washington asks, "Who lost Ramadi?" But Washington never had Ramadi
    • Robert, I agree with your thoughts and sentiments, but could you please quit pretending that any nation or people is responsible for the disaster Iraq has become other than the nation and people that perpetrated the whole fiasco, which is the United States through its illegal, amoral, deceitful, and unjustified invasion, occupation, and destruction of Iraq?

      And I think that given a vote, the people of Ramadi would rather have Daesh/IS/ISIL in power than the Shiite government in Baghdad, which has discriminated and persecuted Sunnis since its inception under American domination.

  • The National Security State gets Real: 9 Ways the US is becoming Bizarro World
    • Nice list. Thanks. Regarding #5, the U.S. invasion, occupation, and destruction of Iraq under Bush-Cheney is the original sin of the present-day dilemma and strife. Bush-Cheney proved the U.S. could destroy but not build or protect, and that the U.S. had no intention or desire to actually do so. If it really desired to do so, then the Iraqi Army would not have been utterly disbanded and its governing state apparati and its technicians and other human infrastructure would not have been likewise uprooted so entirely. Bush-Cheney proved that the U.S. is NOT A FRIEND OF THE PEOPLES OF THE MIDDLE EAST NOR EVEN OF ITS ALLIES IN THE REGION. Bush-Cheney and the subsequent regional chaos proved to the indigenous leaders in the region that it needed to discount U.S. interests in order to survive and also to make a show of defiance of U.S. interests so that their own populations wouldn't rise up as one mass against the regional leaders. The U.S., thanks to Bush-Cheney, are the #1 enemy of the region now and will be far into the future, and the regional peoples know this reflexively and instinctually now. Their regional leaders know they ignore this at their own peril. So of course Obama or any U.S. leader's calls for anything will be ignored and shunned. So calling Obama apparently toothless, by itself, is a sop to American ignorance and its pretend exceptionalism, in other words, just as much of the victim of propaganda as any false WMD argument was. Come out of the propaganda more fully when you make your otherwise excellent arguments, please.

  • How U.S. will monitor Iranian ships in Yemen
    • I guess this method could be interestingly used, but this video isn't an example of that. If anything, the 3D method will be used mostly to illustrate the glorious American 'defensive' Navy's awesome destructive bullying.

  • Top 5 Signs of the Decline and Fall of the American Republic
    • A strategic oligarchic Praetorianization of government has succeeded in purposefully precipitating an undermining delegitimatization of The Commons. Great private wealth has authorized and enabled a victorious predatory corporate usurpation of natural human rights. Money and technology have been supremely weaponized for enforcement purposes. Is there any coming back from this scenario that has played out in the shadows just beyond our ability to recognize it fully?

  • Tom Friedman & funding ISIL: Israel/Iran Derangement Syndrome
    • The "West" is still fighting Saladin: "Jerusalem now and forever" is the inalterable mindset. American Jewry, which includes me, will lose a small but significant portion of support for Israel, but when push comes to shove an overwhelming existential urge for Israel to survive no matter what - despite medievally amoral Israeli standards and practices - will prevent their cooptation to an equitable, even rational U.S. approach to Israel. The Bible-story mentality of a large majority of Americans, and what happened to Jews in the 1930s and 1940s, is too strong and unchallenged culturally and politically to overcome. That is a permanent condition, unfortunately, I believe.

  • Bombing Iran: What would Happen if the Hawks got their Way?
    • Neocons love the idea of an ISIL-dominated northern & central Iraq and Shiite Iran and southern Iraq going to war against one another. Why wouldn't they? They fomented, supplied, and coordinated the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s. The Middle East is much more of a tinderbox now than it was then, so the consequences would be far worse, of course, as described above. Juan doesn't mention Hezbollah, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Turkey, and the Gulf States, but they would be affected too, if not directly involved. Obama and the sane party realize all this and are doing the right thing by trying to defuse the situation, while the insane GOP wants to explode it like they did with Iraq in 2003. The neocons and GOP and Likud are all sadistic opportunistic nihilists who think they'll profit from the absolute misery and destruction of an all-out war in the Middle East.

  • Jerusalem: This Is Why The Temple Mount Matters To one Israeli-American
    • I suppose many people have a primitive way of being in the world, wherein they need to have some anchor stabbing into a spot on the planet that they can call their own, and where they can identify with and relate to 'their kind'. Unfortunately, different people can stab their anchors into the same place, or create competing places even far apart, creating pain and harm where there needs be none. I consider it barbaric to let your primitive instincts - which everyone has - rule your thinking mind and create problems and suffering that need not exist. There's beauty in the real world as it exists every moment, and the past and its sects and divisions can be appreciated and even lauded without giving them full sway to carry the destructive impulse from generation to generation, ruining the chances for a good life for the greatest number of people and disallowing the greater good to exist more fully in a world desperately in need of it.

  • 3rd Possibility: Coming Civil War in West Bank/ Jerusalem?
    • The conditions are not perfect enough yet. The time is not right.

    • Surface-to-air missiles. Accurate long-range targeted rockets that some nations in the region possess. And more.

    • I think this has been the under-the-radar plan all along, outside of Israel's brief fling with Rabin's relative generosity of spirit. It's not destiny, but, to me, a more likely possibility, and definitely what the intentional ratcheting by Israel's organized destabilization has been leading up to.

  • 7 Surprising Reasons Turkey is entering war on ISIL
    • Thanks for this enlightening post. Your analyses help make better sense of what comes across the news transom. It's both satisfying to know more (and better) and helpful to one's sanity.

  • Tony Blair obsessed with Religious "Crusade" against Iraq, like Bush: Former British Dep'ty PM
    • Ah, right! I shoulda realized sooner that The Antichrist would speak with a British accent. Lord Blair, as journalist extraordinaire Robert Fisk calls him, fills the bill quite well. And we know as well that Blair is all a-Gog about Bush and Iraq.

  • Shock & Awe In Syria: It never Works
    • "There is no legitimate reason why the Free Syrian Army can not consolidate and build momentum once they demonstrate gains."

      The Free Syrian Army runs away when attacks. That's how Syrian Army soldiers characterize the so-called FSA, which is barely in existence and will never coalesce as a fighting force. You really need to do more than try and use correlation or your logic. Read more sources. You are either a hack or a fool. Your choice.

  • Shiite Militias of Iraq Reject US Return, Threaten to Attack US Forces
    • If the military situation dangerously deteriorated in Iraq, with or without U.S. airpower, with IS seriously threatening Baghdad and other Shiite cities and towns especially to the south, and the Iranian army entered in very substantial numbers, effectively defended the Shiite cities and towns, and then began encroaching on Anbar and Mosul (Sunni areas), what might Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states do or threaten? Could hostilities break out between Iran and Riyadh? Could the oil fields in each place come under attack and the Gulf become an all-out war zone? Do I worry too much?

  • Media, Politicians should stop Letting ISIL Manipulate them
    • You make an excellent point about the young jihadis reacting to shock and awe from earlier previous western imperial jihadis. Round and round it goes, and with news media stupidly blundering along with its usual witless standards.

  • Russia denounces Obama Plan for Syria Air Strikes as Violation of Int'l Law
    • Oh, man. If this wasn't an American-led Crusade in 2003, it's sure turned into one. Just superimpose, paper doll-like, chain mail and swords on the players, and substitute flying machines for cavalry, and we've got ourselves some real fine Medieval imagery to entertain us from afar. Maybe the problem is that we're both too bored and too insecure.

  • In 1948, Jewish Forces in Palestine outnumbered Palestinian and Arab Fighters
    • Thanks to you Dr Cole for presenting William Polk's very excellent summation of the situation in 1948 and the years leading up to it. I read this just after viewing "The Violence of Architecture" which is about Israeli building patterns in the West Bank. This Polk essay and that 25-minute video make for a good juxtaposition. link to aljazeera.com

  • The Cruel Jest of American "Humanitarian Aid" to Iraq
    • Joel, knowledge comes easy these days. You should try it. You don't think the 12 years of very severe sanctions crippled Iraq, left it hanging on by a thread? Killed a couple hundred thousand of its children (as Sec. of State Madelaine Albright admitted) through 12 years of bombing water purification plants and other infrastructure, barring crucial medicines, and such? Plus the no-fly zones, which had real on-the-ground consequences? Well, it most certainly did, including its armed forces. We left it vulnerable to invasion and collapse, which was the intention. Bush Sr. thought he'd invade his second term, but Clinton won and refused to invade, "only" bombing and sanctioning. That's how it went down. Do you know what's easier than "blaming America"? It's easier to just be ignorant. Unfortunately, that makes you part of the problem and someone to blame.

    • Yes, good point, Tony. Seeing this in full is important. It's describing the entire 'elephant'. First it was bait and attack in 1991. Then siege warfare for 12 years. Then full-scale invasion-occupation. Now withdraw and retain some control. It's classic how to manage an empire of war and resource plunder.

    • To me, it seems there's a chance that way down the list of important reasons why Obama chose to aid the Yazidis and other Iraqi minorities is that he wanted to send a signal that shows the Israeli government and people, however subliminally, that there was a limit to how much ethnic cleansing he could allow and tolerate - in Gaza and in the West Bank - before doing something to deter it.

      Obama wouldn't attack the IDF, but he might cut off military resupply if the long-threatened expulsion of Palestinians from Palestine begins to occur.

    • Yes to all you wrote. The American neocons intended to destroy the area for generations to come, and they've succeeded. What they couldn't control, they were more than content to destroy. Israel's supposed to feel safe now that the neocons have succeeded, but I think the opposite will come to pass.

  • ABC News' Diane Sawyer Mistakes Stricken Palestinians for Israelis
    • Look at all that damage! It's astonishing that Sawyer would think for even a millisecond that the rockets from Gaza could have caused it. The breadth of blindering ignorance would be unthinkable, and she would be instantly fired, if the U.S. press had any interest in actual journalism. The bible story version of reporting is an incredibly destructive fairy tale, and it shows the U.S. is just as primitive as the people the news media frame as savages. I think the photo used for your posting show who the real savages are. It's not exclusive to Israel, of course, but U.S news reporting would have us think it was universal across the Arabic-speaking world. Thanks for highlighting this example of U.S. cultural bias, Juan. It's sick, and it's a huge problem, as you know.

  • Fox News A ‘Fanatical Terrorist Propagandist Organization’ According To Russell Brand (VIDEO)
  • Does our and Obama's Paralysis on Global Warming come from American Exceptionalism?
    • I'd say exceptionalism is mostly useful myth, useful to the powerful wealthy whose purse strings expand and contract the economy at will and do double duty as marionette strings for our leaders and at least half our citizens, probably a lot more.

  • Is the US Mil. Training of African Special Ops a prelude to disaster?
    • There should be no surprise and no doubt as to the ultimate purpose of these training programs. The eternal and unchanging U.S. aim is to have the most radically pro-U.S. leadership in power in any given country. Mr. Polk describes how its training of indigenous special operations forces creates the very thing the U.S. desires the most. It's an organic Lord of the Flies zero sum game that is propagated both intentionally and unconsciously from the American establishment bureaucracy and among the establishment leaders, in every generation and of either major party.

  • Pharrell's "Happy" - Gaza Style
    • Thank you for this, Juan. I'm crying after this Happy video. The sheer and unbelievable and massive missed opportunity since 1948 is just heartbreaking. People are people; period.

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