Archive for the ‘Realpolitik’ Category
Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Posted by abu ameerah on Monday, September 17, 2007
Today, the survivors of the Sabra and Shatila massacre will recall a dark moment in history. It was today, Sept. 17th 1982, that a Lebanese Christian militia (supported by Israel) invaded a Palestinian refugee camp and went about the process of methodically killing all civilian inhabitants. The few survivors who did manage to escape this act of genocide 25 years ago are again reminded of the past when looking at the recent destruction of the Nahr al Bared refugee camp by the Lebanese military. The reality is that in a world of dirty politics, where allegiances can easily shift or be bought & sold at a moments notice, it is the civilian who often pays the ultimate price. I wonder how much media attention this
won’t will get?
Robert Fisk visited the scene of the massacre…
Posted in Crime, general, genocide, history, Human Rights, In The News, Lebanon, makes me think, mercenaries, Muslims, occupation, Palestine, politics, poverty, private armies, Realpolitik, war, War on Terror | 1 Comment »
Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, September 16, 2007
Did former FED Chairman Alan Greenspan just say a mouthful? I think he did…I think he did. I don’t expect much to come of Greenspan’s recent thoughts. After all, he is a private citizen now and is entitled to his own opinion like any other American citizen — or that might be the argument of the Whitehouse as they’ll likely be doing some damage control to counter Greenspan. Ultimately though, Greenspan’s thoughts amount to a political “wedgie” given to the Commander in
Chief Thief…not much else.
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Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, September 13, 2007
So much for democracy in Pakistan, huh Busharraf supporters? I suppose, former cricketer, Imran Khan recently joined forces with the Taliban. Talk about persona non grata! Subhanallah, when will Muslims wake up?
Posted by abu ameerah on Saturday, September 8, 2007
A historical look at the intersection between mental instability and true religious fanaticism. Ivan Vasilyevich IV, or “Ivan the Terrible” as he later came to be known, plunged Russia into one of its darkest periods in history. Ivan IV gained notoriety, and infamy, for being Russia’s first Czar (Tsar) as well as one of the most brutal rulers in its history. Ivan’s cruelty toward his enemies, and his own people, almost seems something of legend. After all, history is indeed full of countless dictators and ruthless leaders.
However, Ivan the Terrible’s “iron fisted” rule seemed to take tyranny and human savagery to rarely (before) seen depths in early modern times. With disturbing precision, Ivan personally oversaw the torture and execution of tens of thousands of Russians that he percieved as his enemies. Ivan’s bloodthirstiness only grew with each day of his nightmarish reign and the executions he participated in turned more and more into sadistic orgies of violence, torture and brutal inhumanity. Ivan’s “purges” of Russia were cruel, yet calculated, and were designed to instill the utmost level of fear into his subjects. Enemies weren’t simply slated for execution by the Czar…but they were to be tortured and so violated that Ivan would forever be regarded as something more than a mere despot or iron fisted ruler. Ivan would ultimately be regarded — by many of his terrified subjects & political rivals — as the bringer of death for 16th century Russia.
His enemies, which included an enormous list of nearly every cross section of 16th century Russia, were eliminated in some of the most horrendous ways. Ivan’s tortures seemed to be rooted in his obsessive reading of the Bible. One might even argue that, in a strange way, his Biblical tortures were an affront to the very religion he claimed devout adherence to. In that sense, Ivan the Terrible’s awful reign presents us with a number of contradictions. What is certain though is that Russia was never to be the same after the death of Ivan Vasilyevich IV.
A few thoughts I was left with after watching these videos:
1. Ivan the Terrible comes across as more than histories “usual” despot. Rather he seems more like what we might describe today as a serial killer. Only this serial killer had the legitimacy of political rule.
2. Ivan’s seige of Kazan marks one of Russia’s earliest campaigns against Muslims. I could be wrong here.. and I probably am. However, I am correct in stating that Ivan IV was the first Czar to have ever fought against Muslims in any territory.
3. The striking similarities of Ivan’s reign compared with the brutal grip on power held by the Communists during the Cold War. While there are similarities that I will briefly mention in a moment…there is at least one basic difference (I think). Ivan IV’s reign of terror over his subjects reflected, to some degree, his sadistic personal desires. Ivan, after all, was known to not only have personally participated in the gruesome torture and execution of his victims — but he was known to take pleasure and delight out of it as well. The Communists on the other hand, though equally as ruthless and brutal as Ivan, saw executions as something more political and routine in nature. Theirs was a job that involved the elimination/extermination of any, and all, enemies of the state as part of a national duty (or broader national strategy) and not necessarily as part of any personal agenda (this may be a point of contention for some who will raise the spector of Joseph Stalin whose paranoia and ruthlessness seems to have rivaled that of Ivan). Communists’s saw their role in forever silencing all opposition as part of a noble goal — the establishment of a utopian Socialist society in Russia (formerly USSR) and beyond. ANYWAY…I could ramble on…here are the possible similarities:
a. The employment of a secret force to eliminate political opposition…
b. The use of “purges” to eliminate any, and all, opposition…
c. Paranoid leadership…
d. “Iron fisted” rule…
Ivan the Terrible – Part 1
Ivan the Terribe – Part 2
Ivan the Terrible – Part 3
Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, September 2, 2007
Saturday’s resignation of Senator Larry Craig highlights what has loomed over the GOP for quite some time now…Hypocrisy. The “H” word almost seems to be a running theme amongst conservatives with the most recent controversy surrounding Larry Craig. To be fair though, both sides of the isle have had their fair share of – shall we say – unsavory moments. Think back to Rep. William Jefferson who the FBI discovered had $90,000 stashed away in his freezer. You know, for those “rainy days” when a Congressman simply wants to splurge on a new tie or leather briefcase. Or think about the Kennedy’s for a moment — a political family known for having skeletons in the closet. So, while such contraversy is not necessarily limited to one political party … it just seems so much more fun to point it out among Republicans.
Unfortunate for them, Republicans have had (and continue to have in some cases) a somewhat unique tendency to constantly bark about everything from “family values” to “weapons of mass destruction”… the problem is that they can’t help but fail on such issues when all of the political dust settles and the lies are exposed. Larry Craig, having reluctantly resigned from the Senate, now belongs to a new fraternity of brothers whose members include the likes of Tom Delay, Mark Foley (who was even later avoided by Scientologists if you can believe that), Alberto Gonzales, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, and David Vitter just to name a few. While the circumstances in the cases of these political figures may differ — their eventual fall from grace seems to strike an all too similar note. A once powerful politician racked by scandal…now beleaguered — by an opposition out for blood — and on the defense while fighting to restore a tarnished reputation…only to end up being forced out of office and marginalized by former allies and party officials.
Posted by abu ameerah on Saturday, August 4, 2007
Tom Tancredo shows us the real face of Patriotism…
Actually Ann Coulter already said a similar statement years ago — she then got the support of FOX News as well. Anyway, while most seem to have been shocked and expressed some level of disapproval … here are the reactions of (just some) of those who agree with Tancredo:
BRAVO! FINALLY, SOMEONE WITH GUTS!
Posted By Anonymous
Honestly I can not think of another deterrant that would hold such power over the Islamo-Fascist terrorists. Im like him, If theres a better way Im all ears but until then hit them where it hurts the most. It took an atom bomb to bring the Japanese into submission during WWII. They were fighting for their “religion” and were fanatics as well. What is going to be todays “atom bomb” for the Islamic terrorists?
Posted By Kyle Massey Blue Springs Mo
I’m not so sure. These so called “people” seem to understand only violence and fear. Perhaps this is one method we should try before we succumb to the ol’ polical corrdctness which is already ruining this country!
Posted By Brooklyn, NY
Sounds right by me. Just start with the most militant mosques/clerics and work your way out from there. Does this mean that there ARE people in Washington that still have the ability to THINK?
Posted By Danny Houston, TX
I support the idea of publicly stating that if another terrorist act takes place in the US, some facilities considered sacred in Islam, will be destroyed.
Posted By Art, Mobile, AL
Since Tom Tancredo is the only one with any guts on this issue, which is the primary issue of our times, he gets my vote for president.
Posted By C Glenn
He’s correct, if we keep backing off, they will keep advancing, time to take a stand and say no more, you attack us, we will attack what you love. More power to him!!!!
Posted By Dean, Niles Ohio
100% agree. If these nut case islamic fundamentalist want to even think of attacking us we should make it perfectly clear to them that if you even attemp to attack us and suceed, we will turn all your holy sites into a super sized craters.I suggest we wait until they are all at Mecca then bomb it. They showed no mercy for us on 9/11, so we are just returning the favor.
Posted By Chris
Right on! If they know Mecca will be wiped of the earth and still attack they have only themselves to blame. George Bush is the only reprehensible and crazy one in the issue.
Posted By Henry Greenville Virginia
It is what these jihadists do in the name of Allah that is reprehensible. When are we going to wake up and realize that you cannot fight a “Holy War” on a political basis? Israel also should take Tancredo’s advice and launch a rocket into the Dome of the Rock for every rocket that lands on their soil. This is the language that these hate and fear mongers understand.
Posted By Mike, Worland, Wyoming
I agree and we should also atteack their women and children as they are part of the problem too, the children will turn to terrorists and if you think the women are not as crazy and dangerous as their terrorist husbands and sons, then this country is in more trouble than i thought.
Posted By Scott Harris, San Diego, California
I absolutely agree with everything he said. We’ve got to do something. As bad as Hiroshima and Nogasaki were, maybe we need to repeat some history. People in the middle east are obviously crazy, and haven’t been pursuaded thus far. We’ve tried to help them and it hasn’t worked. And if they’re going to keep killing themselves and attacking our country then we might as well send them a message they can understand.
Posted By Greg Topeka ks
YES!!!!Thank God for Tom Tancredo. Bombs Away! This is a Christian-Muslim conflict, whether you like it or not, andamerica is a Christian country, whether you like it or not
Posted By Jeff, san Diego Ca
He has the guts to stand up, and call a spade a spade. It is this “political correctness” which has landed us in this “war on terrorism”.
Posted By Spade
Good for Tancredo! This is a great idea, however, the politically correct elite will feel this is too “extreme” to deal with attacks on N.A.
Posted By Susan, Alberta, Canada
I agree, bomb their holiest cities.
Posted By AC, Tampa, FL
I agree with Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo’s assertion that the U.S. must be able to attack holy sites and/or any other target that matters most to terrorists as a way of life. They attack our way of life. They attacked the American people. The United States must be able to make Muslims, or any other group, think twice about attacking U.S. interests. Having been deployed in Iraq for 30 months straight, the U.S. military is fighting with one arm tied behind their backs, because of bad foreign policy and politics. The current foreign policy and tactics of the U.S. is a failure in Iraq and against terrorism in general, period. Enough politicking. More action is needed that not only protects the integrity of our Constitution and way of life, but the future of our children and the rest of the world. As long as the American government is seen as weak in responses to catastrophes against the U.S., the more attacks will be given birth.
Posted By Mike. Atlanta, Georgia
Tancredo’s policy would also ensure that planning any such attack is almost impossible, as fellow Muslims would give up their compatriots to prevent such retribution
Posted By Roger, NYC, NY
Outstanding; it is about time somebody had the courage to stand up and suggest something that the silent majority would support! Before Vietnam, wars were fought by the military; not by the media and ignorant government officials. What are those currently opposed to this war going to say when it truly reaches our shores and endangers THEIR lives?
Posted By Michael E Blackmore, St. Cloud, FL
Treat the Islamic fundamentalists like Japan of the 1940’s. Blunt force trauma is the only thing that they will respect and understand. Good call Tom.
Posted By Steve, Oakville, Ontario
Finally! Yes! The perfect deterrent. Absolutely! I am behind this idea 110%. Since they hold no value on human life, but only on “holy” places, I can’t think of anything that would be a better deterrent than this.
Posted By Janet, Corpus Christi, Texas
finally someone who wants to stick up for the USA- we should of done this sooner, like right after 9/11, vote for this guy if you wanna save our country!
Posted By mike
Finally….someone who understands the mentality and the true nature of the threat we face as Americans. This, along with other drastic measures, should be implemented in order to make these people understand that we mean business!
Posted By B. Black, Houston Texas
I concur. The only effective deterrent to another attack is to guarantee that it will result in the destruction of something the loss of which the enemy will not risk.
Posted By Ralph Egleston, Lee’s Summit, MO
Man this guy just hit the nail squarely on the head. This is my guy for President. We are tired of feeling threatened and we need to promise the ultimate payback. Fair game I say.
Posted By Jay Memphis TN
I would vote for Tancredo.
Posted By Dave, Leesburg, VA.
First, anyone who think s saudi arabia is our ally is woefully uniformed. We’ve been way too hands off with these guys, the Muslim world – MANY of whom wouldn’t think twice about nuking us – for way too long. It’s time we really meant business. They do. I’ve lived in the middle east and believe me, this kind of thing is the only thing they’ll pay attention to.
Posted By Matt, Boston, MA
I swear, I’ve been saying this for years. It’s called a deterent, all of you crybabies. It’s called, you “F” with me, I’ll “F” with you ten times worse. I bet the Muslim world runs out of holy sites before we run out of bombs.
Make Mecca glow in the dark for the next 2,000 years and see who wants to play tough with us again.
And if we bomb Pakistan into the stone age, killing ever man, woman, child, goat, and blade of grass, who do you think is going to try anything? No, instead, you have your own elected officials trying to withdraw from battles because their political success is tied to us being defeated and they spend more time worrying about the rights of terrorists (you know, you call them “insurgents”) and whether or not we should eavesdrop on them to protect this country.
Needs someone with a pair of stones to keep the whiney liberals’ right to be whiney liberals’ safe. And they just don’t realize it’s the right that fights the fights to help protect their freedom to be on the left. Go to the Middle East and see how well liberals fare, then moan about the U.S. government.
Posted By Jason, Las Vegas NV
Good for him! It’s about time a politician made sense. This is the only kind of reason these people understand.
Posted By Mike N. Lebanon, CT
Im with you Tom. Kill them all!
Posted By John Bosa, Stuart, Florida
Considering the Saudis have been the primary sponsor of terrorism around the world since the early seventies and are actively involved in undermining western civilization. I think this would send a loud and clear message to the Islamic fundamentalists there that there is a great price to be paid by them for trying to undermine and destroy our civilization.
Posted By Canadian Infidel, Ontario, Canada
Maybe this is a bit extreme, but he has got the right idea. After Pearl Harbor was attacked were we supposed to sit around and sing Kumbyeya (sorry, spelling)? If this country is attacked again, SOMETHING HAS to happen beside sitting around debating and talking about it. Haven’t you realized … this isn’t working. BTW. the Saudis truly aren’t our allies.
Posted By Suzanne, Charlotte, NC
I’ve just become a Tancredo fan.
Enough with the white flag waving Dhimmicrats and the elitist mealy mouthed PC Incompeticans.
If some brain dead jihadist wants to
try for his 72 raisins, then it is time
to Rock and Roll big time.
Don’t Tread On Me.
Posted By DES, LV, NV
I totally agree with Tom. If a Bully attacks hit them where it hurts. You cannot reason with these insane fanatics. Being a pacifist sounds nice but it doesnt seem to ever accomplish anything.
Posted By Jim Surprise, Az
I agree! That’s a powerfull threat & one they most likely will take seriously! It’s about time for some tough talk from Washington. I’m sick of these whiners, including our current president. Could weadopt this guy to run for president? PLEASE!
Posted By John R. Rochdale, MA
Actually, this may be an eventuality if things continue. We should never apologize to Islam, for Muhammad was a stone cold killer of innocent people—and WWMD (What Would Muhammad Do?) shapes Islamic thinking.
And their thinking, is their Achilles Heel. We should have already adopted a defillation policy if we weren’t so maddeningly PC…in other words, FEED TERRORIST BODIES TO HOGS; and that will deter them quite a bit by denying them access to Paradise.
Posted By Bobby, Atlanta, GA
They want to follow the Koran, ok, we’ll follow the bible, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
Posted By Anonymous
We should have hit Mecca and Medina on Sept 12 ,2001, just for a warm up.
Posted By Brad Nash Toronto On
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Posted by abu ameerah on Thursday, August 2, 2007
Much has been written over the past 4+ years with regard to the role that civilian contractors (aka “Mercs” or “Guns-for-Hire”) are playing in Iraq. The continued use and reliance on civilian contractors in Iraq has raised a number of legal and ethical questions for all of those who have investigated allegations of murder, fraud, and abuse by contractors. This article looks at the role of Blackwater in America’s war of shadows…
Civilian Military Contractors … Mercenaries … Guns-for-Hire … Private Security … The Coalition of the Billing …
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Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, July 1, 2007
Faux News (FOX) up to it’s old tabloid new tricks again. You silly guys! When are you going to learn that you could just kill every Muslim — one military invasion at a time — that’s all? What are us Mozzzlems going to do against your sophisticated military hardware? All we have are camels and cous-cous, right?! How could the Mozzzlems fund a sustained military campaign? The oil is gonna run out, eventually, ain’t it? C’mon FAUX News…get with the program.
Anway, here is a rather tasty article that I came across…
“In the third Hannity & Colmes segment Friday night (6/29/07) devoted to the London car bomb, the sole guest was Brigitte Gabriel, aka “The Shrieking Muslim Hater.” Whatever the question, Gabriel answers it by shrieking about how horrible and how dangerous Muslims are. Naturally, she’s a favorite of Sean Hannity. With video.
The chyron on the screen read, “Are Muslim extremists in London to blame for this plot?” One wonders why FOX News bothered to put it in the form of a question. With a single guest like Gabriel, there’s only one answer. And, just in case the audience doubted her opinion, the chyron under her name said, “Terrorism Expert.” However, the audience never found out what kind of credentials she had.”
After you read through the article in the link above. Why not check out these peaceful Zionists (that Brigitte Gabriel so fondly speaks of) in action:
Actually, the Palestinian girl is probably a terrorist. Well, at least she looks kinda mean. So she should feel greatful that she didn’t catch a sniper round to the head.
Posted by abu ameerah on Wednesday, June 27, 2007
The newly released papers titled “Family Jewels” document a nearly thirty year time period in CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) history. The papers highlight the secretive exploits of a Government agency that operated (and continues to do so) almost entirely outside the law. Wire taps, break-ins, and assassination attempts are just some of the illegal actions taken by the CIA from the 1950’s to 1970’s.
While much of the information contained in these papers was already known, or at least alluded to by Ex-CIA officers, and written about by media figures — the papers themselves were only declassified a couple of days ago. At the very least, I think that the Family Jewels make for interesting Summer reading. Check out the link to read more about CIA involvement in everything from Watergate to botched assassination attempts Mafia-style (against Fidel Castro) here:
Simply click on the link above and search through 700 pages of CIA history. Just type in the page number you would like to look at in the “Go To” area at the top of the page.
Or you can view the entire document here:
(Takes a few minutes to fully load)
Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, June 3, 2007
So, the President’s boy…his man-in-the-Kremlin…Vladimir “Stalin wasn’t so bad” Putin is trying to start another arms race is he? Wait a minute. Did you just say ARMS RACE? Yes, indeed. It seems that on the eve of the G8 Summit Mr. Putin just had to get some things off his chest. I mean, why hold it in? If you want to vent — just let if loose. In particular…it’s NUKE TIME baby! In “don’t mess with Texas” fashion Putin has announced that he plans on aiming nuclear missles at specific European targets should the United States install a ballistic missle shield in eastern Europe.
Putin’s words should definately be cause for concern — at least for the Whitehouse. Putin, a former KGB Agent and Communist Party Apparatchik, has gone out of his way to consolidate political and economic power in Russia and has dealt with perceived enemies with a vengeance (let us not forget the murder of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko that had all the makings of Tom Clancy novel).
Putin, like many in Russia, believe in the power of a strong centralized government. Putin & Co. view a strong Kremlin as vital to — and above — all national interests. They believe that a thriving and prosperous Russia can only exist as a result of an increasingly powerful government. Finally, on Human Rights…let’s just say that Putin is a joke. However, it would be a laughing matter if it indeed wasn’t so sad. His war of attrition with rebels in the breakaway Republic of Chechnya has left thousands dead and thousands more among the missing. Mere “collateral damage” for Mr. Putin — the “bandits” as he refers to them would never be given a chance to succeed. Let us also not forget the murder of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko that had all the makings of Tom Clancy novel.
After destroying Grozny, and the very foundations of Human Rights in Russia, what is Putin left with? Well, the Iraq boat has sailed so to speak and he is no longer best buds with the Iranians. Europe (especially Great Britain) is looking at Russia with an increasing eye of contempt…and now he wants to tangle with the United States? What is Putin in search of? I believe that it is relevancy which Putin so desperately longs for. Relevancy in Europe and the rest of world. A relevancy that Russia once held during the Cold War.
With the fall of the Soviet Union and Russia in a state of economic flux throughout the 90’s — Putin is seemingly looking toward a new Russia that will yet again be a leader on the world stage — a new Russia that will yield greater influence in crucial matters of day. In the final analysis, however, I doubt we’ll learn what Putin is in search of with his latest gamble. Ultimately it may be his sanity perhaps.
Posted by abu ameerah on Sunday, May 13, 2007
The terrorist we tolerate
The administration’s botched handling of Luis Posada Carriles says a lot about Bush’s so-called war on terror.
LIKE PIRATES, terrorists are supposedly hostis humani generis — the “enemy of all mankind.” So why is the Bush administration letting one of the world’s most notorious terrorists stroll freely around the United States?
I’m talking about a man who was — until 9/11 — perhaps the most successful terrorist in the Western Hemisphere. He’s believed to have masterminded a 1976 plot to blow up a civilian airliner, killing all 73 people on board, including teenage members of Cuba’s national fencing team. He’s admitted to pulling off a series of 1997 bombings aimed at tourist hotels and nightspots. Today, he’s living illegally in the United States, but senior members of the Bush administration — the very guys who declared war on terror just a few short years ago — don’t seem terribly bothered.
I’m talking about Luis Posada Carriles. That’s not a household name for most U.S. citizens, but for many in Latin America, Posada is as reviled as Osama bin Laden is in the United States.
–Yeah….well Carriles is only living illegally in this country like approximately 12 million of his cousins. Also, why bother going after this guy? He isn’t Arab or from the Middle East … and most importantly … he isn’t Muslim.
The Cuban-born Posada was trained by the CIA at the School of the Americas in 1961. From Venezuela, he later planned the successful 1976 bombing of a civilian Cuban jetliner (apparently with the knowledge of the CIA). He was arrested for the crime, but he escaped from a Venezuelan prison before standing trial.
Posada later aided Ollie North’s illegal efforts to get arms to the Nicaraguan Contras, tried repeatedly to assassinate Fidel Castro and was behind a 1997 string of Havana hotel bombings. Recently declassified U.S. government documents suggest that, throughout most of his career, Posada remained in close contact with the CIA.
–Wait a minute. Are you trying to tell me that the CIA might have aided this criminal in terrorism against another sovereign nation? NEVER! The CIA would never do such a thing. Actually, they would … and have … and will continue … but hey, as long as we have our Starbucks Crapuccino in the morning, it’s all good. Think about the unsavory cast of characters we work with right now…including the likes of:
1) Ahmed Chalabi – Made the initial erroneous case of WMD in Iraq. Also, a wanted fugitive in Jordan.
2) Abdul Rashid Dostum – Former Uzbek Communist who killed thousands of Afghans in the past under orders from the Soviet Union. Currently, a warlord (and govt member) who continues to kill Afghans.
Posada entered the U.S. illegally in 2005. Human rights groups and the Cuban and Venezuelan governments urged that he be tried or extradited for his terrorist activities, but for several months the Bush administration denied that Posada was even in the United States.
On May 17, 2005, the Miami Herald shamed the administration into action by publishing a front-page interview with Posada (who sipped his peach drink on his Florida balcony, described his leisure reading and commented cheerfully that at first he “thought the [U.S.] government was looking for me” but eventually realized that U.S. officials had no interest in finding him). Only then did the administration detain Posada — but on immigration charges, not terrorism-related charges.
Since 2005, the administration seems to have done everything in its power to botch the immigration case against Posada, mishandling it so blatantly that on Wednesday an exasperated federal judge declared herself “left with no choice” but to throw out the indictment. Although a different judge previously ordered Posada deported, Posada can’t legally be extradited to Venezuela because the court concluded that he might be tortured there.
So for now, Posada’s a free man — even though the administration has sufficient evidence to arrest him for his role in either the 1976 airliner bombing or the 1997 Havana bombings. For that matter, Posada easily could be detained under Section 412 of the Patriot Act, which calls for the mandatory detention of aliens suspected of terrorism.
The administration’s approach to Posada contrasts jarringly with its approach to suspected Al Qaeda terrorists. With the latter, the administration wastes no time on legal niceties. Foreign nationals have been illegally “rendered” to countries where they faced torture, interrogated in secret CIA prisons and sent to languish at Guantanamo, sometimes on the flimsiest of evidence. Even U.S. citizens suspected of terrorist activities have been dubbed “unlawful enemy combatants” and deprived of their constitutional rights. So why is the administration dragging its feet on arresting and charging Posada?
It’s not as if the evidence against Posada is seriously in dispute. In 1998, for instance, he “proudly admitted authorship of the hotel bomb attacks” to the New York Times, “describ[ing] them as acts of war intended to cripple a totalitarian regime by depriving it of foreign tourism and investment.” He dismissed the civilian casualties as “sad” but assured the reporter that he slept “like a baby.” (When asked about these admissions in 2005 by the Miami Herald, he coyly replied, “Let’s leave it to history.”)
If all this sounds eerily familiar, it should. We’ve heard the same callous justifications for terrorism from Bin Laden and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.
The administration’s failure to make serious efforts to prosecute Posada is hypocritical but politically expedient. A trial might expose past CIA misdeeds and risk alienating Florida’s hard-line Cuban exiles, a voting bloc the administration has long cherished.
After 9/11, the phrase “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” went out of fashion. But though no one will openly admit it, the idea still seems to hold some currency within the Bush administration.
Mrs. Brooks: Are you a “wahabi terrorist”? A “salafi cultist”? Or, are you a “jihadi nutter“?
Posted by abu ameerah on Tuesday, January 23, 2007
• Israel’s President Moshe Katsav will be indicted on rape charges
• Katsav denies wrongdoing, his lawyer says he is victim of blackmail
• Investigation began after former employee alleged he forced her to have sex
i also found this a bit interesting….
Saying that Israel has an “epidemic” of corruption as the BBC link contends is like saying fat people like Oreo cookies! Tell us something new for goodness sakes!
How about we just blame some Palestinian militant group for Israel’s corruption problems…or perhaps we could blame the Sunni Insurgency in Iraq. Maybe, “UBL” did it!?!? 8)