Seven killed as Taliban ‘shoot down’ US chopper

October 20, 2008

The military sources based in Angoor Adda, a border town between Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region and Afghanistan’s Paktika province, also said they had also heard similar reports of shooting down of the US chopper by Taliban just across the border.  >>>>>


Taliban Kill Dozens in Bus Ambush, Officials Say

October 20, 2008

The attack was on the main road running from the southern city of Kandahar to the western town of Herat, General Qati said. It took place in Maiwand District, which is known as an area with a significant Taliban presence, where attacks on military convoys are frequent. The road is also the main route for British and Afghan army troops traveling to Helmand Province, where the insurgency is strongest.  >>>>>

Not denying its authenticity, it would have been more credible if there were something more concrete from the side of the Taliban to verify such a claim.  It would not be the first time that friendly fire on suspected Taliban recruits or prisoner releases is set up where the massacre is blamed on the other side.  It would serve the purpose of the killers on many levels, to include offsetting the propaganda gains the Taliban may have had in the taking down of the U.S. chopper.  Even Sun Tzu writes about this tactic in the ‘Art of War’.

The reason for the hesitation in accepting this article as truth is that the War on Terror has been fought with many lies.  Even the ‘inadvertent’ mass killing of innocent civilians is denied by the West and the Afghan forces, until the evidence is overwhelmingly undeniable.

Israel not among nations getting visa waiver from U.S.

October 20, 2008

President George W. Bush announced a decision over the weekend to exempt the citizens of seven more countries from the need to apply for U.S. visas; Israel was not among the seven.

The U.S. is also supporting the same measure for an additional six countries – Israel, again, is not one of them. The countries that received the exemptions are Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and South Korea. >>>>>

This piece is designed to make Israel, therefore Israelis, seem like victims or having been left out.  However, Israelis enjoy far greater privileges than countries of Muslim nations, before and post 9/11.  Israeli citizenship, unlike one from Saudi Arabia, also seems not to be something to preclude dual-citizenship holders of Israeli-US, for example, of holding high-level governmental jobs and posts.  This is clearly not the case with other countries.

There may be other arguments to the reason for this.  Since Israel wants Jews to return to Israel, maybe they lobbied against this privilege.  Israel has produced many fake passports, to include European, in order to operate in foreign countries.  There is nothing stopping them from continuing this effort and getting into the US to do something dastardly, while leaving the name Israel out of loop.  If someone gets caught, they were ‘not’ Israeli, but rather Latvian, for example.

But if there is doubt or the consideration that I am just speculating; then I’ll settle for the argument that the best friend of Israel (US) is simply aware of their participation in 9/11 and frankly are tightening the screws a little to have greater control.

Muqtada al-Sadr urges rejection of US-Iraqi pact

October 19, 2008

Waving Iraqi flags and green Shiite banners, protesters chanted slogans condemning the pact. The demonstration in the mostly Shiite eastern part of Baghdad was staged under tight security, with soldiers and police manning checkpoints along the route.

“I am with every Sunni, Shiite or Christian who is opposed to the agreement … and I reject, condemn and renounce the presence of occupying forces and bases on our beloved land,” al-Sadr said in a message read to the crowd by a senior aide.  >>>>>

This demonstration is in Baghdad; where the US has purportedly given them freedom.  There are many in the West who don’t believe that Christians are opposed to anything related to the U.S. occupation.  Very few asked the Christians in Iraq or anti-War activists of the West.

Iraq War Appears Over in Most Provinces, Pentagon Data Show

October 17, 2008

As a result of the troop surge throughout 2007 and the “awakening” in the Anbar Province, al Qaeda operatives apparently have been ejected from former strongholds in the Baghdad Province and the Anbar Province. Military campaigns directed against al Qaeda are now focused in the northern-most regions of Iraq.  >>>>>

‘Muslim’ shouldn’t be a slur

October 15, 2008

In a “don’t worry, be happy” tone, I breezily noted that although the stoking of racial fear and xenophobia was a cherished tradition of American politics, I really didn’t think that this time around the candidates would permit the wholesale slander of Islam or Muslims.

Apparently, I was wrong. The undertones have become screaming overtones. And it is past time to object.  >>>>>

This is by design, in order to help keep the excuse(s) to continue the war on terror alive.  It helps that even the opposing party’s candidate also reject any future potential of exonerating Muslims in the public eye while at the same time, forcing the hand of democrats to continue to maintain their position on the Islamophobic bandwagon.

Pak warns US against border violations

October 14, 2008

Pakistani Government sources were quoted by the Dawn News channel on Monday as saying that Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari had told British officials on the same day that violations of Pakistan’s frontiers would not be tolerated...

Islamabad says the strikes are an infringement of its sovereignty and are counterproductive in the battle against militants. Pakistani civilian and military leaders have frequently protested over the US incursions into Pakistan’s tribal region, with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani terming the attacks as an ‘act of terrorism’. >>>>>