Bombing Syria

by SHAMUS COOKE

Now that U.S. bombs are falling in Syria, will Islamic extremism be stopped in its tracks? Such a question is an insult to the intellect, yet it’s the dominant theory in Washington D.C., where years of Middle East war have taught politicians nothing.

Bombing yet another Middle East country will create yet more extremists, while broadening an already-existing proxy war in Syria between regional rivals. Obama’s strategy to combat ISIS purposely excludes key players that, if included, could actually help stop the fighting. The strategy of exclusion will thus intensify the regional proxy fight, leading to the likelihood of even deeper U.S. involvement in the Syrian war and a broader conflagration.

Iran, Syria, and Russia were not invited to join the war against ISIS, since the broader regional proxy war is a war between the U.S. and its allies versus Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia.

Syria cannot join the anti-ISIS coalition even though Syria has been fighting ISIS for over two years. Obama’s reason is that the Syrian government has “no legitimacy.” But Obama’s “coalition” of Gulf states are composed of totalitarian dictatorships that, in comparison, make Syria look like the bastion of democracy.

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Obama’s Speech: a New Moral Low

by JAN OBERG

Lund, Sweden.

President Obama’s  speech was a record low in terms of moral and intellectual analysis: What it boils down to is war – i.e. killing every single ISIS person anywhere, people who he compares to cancer cells.

The war on terror has always been about killing terrorists but you can not kill an ism – terrorism. To do something about the causes that compel people to become terrorists would be much more efficient.

The President has said repeatedly that a lasting solution is political, not military. The speech, however, is exclusively military – not a word of political, psychological or other insights: No, we kill people because we think it is wrong to kill people…

More: Obama’s Speech: a New Moral Low » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.

 

The US, ISIS and Al Qaeda

by BARRY LANDO

The major reason that President Obama gave last night for escalating the U.S. battle against ISIS is to protect America from terrorist attack. “This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

The irony is that, instead of protecting America, Obama’s new actions may actually trigger the very attacks against the U.S.  and Americans (and America’s western allies) that his policies are supposed to prevent.

More: The US, ISIS and Al Qaeda » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.

Time to end the bloody Ukraine conflict

The Washington Post.

By Katrina vanden Heuvel

If the United States and Europe were thinking rationally, the NATO summit in Wales last week would have been an opportunity to discuss a lasting resolution to the violent crisis in Ukraine, which has claimed thousands of lives and crippled the country’s economy. Instead, amid a fragile cease-fire agreement between Kiev and pro-Russian rebels in the east, the assembled world leaders used the summit for more belligerent talk and reckless saber-rattling, with their ultimate goal increasingly unclear. The goal seemed more preparing the NATO alliance for a new Cold War with Russia than exploring how to make peace, even as Moscow was helping to bring about the cease-fire agreement.

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Kiev must withdraw troops from southeastern regions of Ukraine and rebels must stop offensive to stop bloodshed, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says. He and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko discussed “a ceasefire regime.” READ MORE: on.rt.com…

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Rejecting an Alliance with Syria to Counter the Islamic State is Madness

CounterPunch: Rejecting an Alliance with Syria to Counter the Islamic State is Madness 2014-09-03[span class="blockquote">Despite the prevailing war-weariness of the American public, Barack Obama has pledged a renewed commitment to long-term military involvement in Iraq to counter the Islamic State. Remarks made by administration officials suggest that the US is preparing for wider military involvement in the region.[/span]

Facism Grows in Israel

Hurriyet Daily News: A bitter fact: Fascism in Israel 2014-07-25 Keywords: ‘Gideon Levy is a prominent Israeli journalist and a leading voice within the Israeli liberal left.

Press TV: Fascism in America 2014-08-21 Sinclair Lewis once opined that if fascism ever comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.

Alternative Information Center (AIC): Gaza will rise from its ashes: Will Israel recover sanity? 2014-08-20 Michel Warschawski: The Israeli national consensus behind the massacre in Gaza is the result of a fifteen year old process of deterioration of Israeli society, both politically and ethically, a process that cannot be defined other than one of evolving fascism, from top to bottom.

Huffington Post Canada: Is Part of Toronto’s Jewish Community Promoting Racist Militarism? 2014-08-12 While one might want to believe that the warmongering promoted by dominant Jewish organizations is not widely shared by the community they claim to represent, I’ve seen too many sizable pro-war rallies and witnessed too many outbursts of anti-Arab ra…

Dissident Voice: Canadian Jewish Politics: From Anti-fascism to Zionism 2014-08-07 But perhaps the reason Jews defended other minorities against “fascist thugs” is because it was in their interests to do so. Perhaps that’s why many of them support “racist militarism” today — so long as it’s Jewish racist militarism. A consistent sense of Jewish ethnic identity would lead to strong opposition to white supremacists, and strong support for Jewish supremacists. The most economical explanatio…

abna.ir: Fidel Castro slams Israel’s “disgusting form of fascism” 2014-08-05 Fidel Castro slams Israel's disgusting form of fascism Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has compared Israel's terror campaign against Palestinians in Gaza to a disgusting form of fascism that its ally, the United States, is unable to control.

Dalje.com…: Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Israel of «Hitler-like fascism» 2014-08-01 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stepped up his verbal attacks on Israel on Thursday, comparing the Jewish State to the Third Reich. …

OpEdNews: America’s Nazi Allies in Israel and Ukraine 2014-07-26 The U.S. is now the chief sponsor of two nazi, ethnically cleansing, nations. In one of them (Ukraine), the U.S. President, Barack Obama, himself placed nazis into control there; the nazi control was imposed by him, via his agents. In the other (Israel), nazis have controlled for decades, and Obama merely extends their control by continuing American support. | The difference between nazism and mere fascism is that, as exemplified…

Israeli Genocide In Palestine Continues

The People’s Voice: Israel Murders Journalists 2014-08-24 Israel threatens press freedom. Repressive Knesset legislation targets speech, assembly, association, and the right to dissent. So does Kafkaesque justice. | Military censorship bans, buries or sanitizes information about its crimes of war and against humanity it wants suppressed. | It willfully suppresses what everyone needs to know. It does so on the spurious pretext of national security.

Daily Sabah: Jewish survivors of Nazi Genocide condemn Israel’s massacre on Gaza 2014-08-23 International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network(IJSN) has published a letter on Saturday condemning Israel’s massacre on Gaza and calling for an end to genocide of the Palestinian people. It has been stated in the letter, which was signed by 327 Jewish survivors…

MWC News: The grand failure of Israeli hasbara 2014-08-22 Jamil Khader: Israeli attempts to shape the narrative of the Gaza war have failed in the face of global solidarity with Palestinians.

Amsterdam News: From Ferguson to Gaza: We charge genocide 2014-08-21 Those standing up against police brutality and state repression in Ferguson, Mo., are leading one of the most important human rights struggles of our time.

Alternative Information Center (AIC): PACBI: growing number of BDS activists following Gaza attack 2014-08-21 PACBI salutes all people of conscience who have recently adopted BDS. Accelerate the boycott! End Israeli colonialism and genocidal aggression!

CounterCurrents.org…: How Liberal Zionists Enable Israel’s Genocidal Ambitions 2014-08-21 On 1 August, the Internet erupted in outrage at The Times of Israel for publishing a blog post titled “When genocide is permissible.” | Authored by Yochanan Gordon, the piece suggests that genocide against Palestinians is an acceptable price to pay for protecting Israel from rockets.

Scoop.co.nz: ‘Moral blackmail’ still stifles debate on Israel 2014-08-21 Israel’s latest attempt to subdue the Palestinian resistance by putting its systematic genocide on high gear has yielded in some unintended consequences: international media interest in Gaza; challenge to the blind toeing of the extreme right party…

TheTower.org…: Day 44 – Rocket Fire Continues; Yazidis Against Genocide; Free WiFi in Israel 2014-08-21 Today was the forty-fourth day of Operation Protective Edge. | According to the IDF, the terrorist organization Hamas has launched more than 175 rockets into Israel since it broke the ceasefire at 4 PM yesterday. | It remains unclear whether or not terrorist mastermind Mohammad Deif was killed in last night’s attack on his house. | Today The Tower covered a Yazidi demonstration against genocide in Geneva.

Alternative Information Center (AIC): ACT! Demand opening of Rafah crossing 2014-08-20 End Egypt’s complicity in Israel’s genocide! Demand that Egypt open the Rafah crossing with Gaza, permanently and unconditionally!

International Solidarity Movement: Action alert: Open Rafah now 2014-08-18 In response to calls from human rights defenders in Gaza who ask that we bring an end to the Egyptian government’s complicity in Israel’s genocide of the people of Gaza an urgent call to action was issued. | The pictures and communications will be posted on the Facebook page Open Rafah permanently and unconditionally.