When it comes to Iraq, or the rest of the Middle East for that matter, America is operating on a number of assumptions rooted in fantasy. These false assumptions ensure that America will keep getting itself trapped in quagmire.
Andrew Bacevich, former US Army commander turned academic, knows a good deal about Iraq. The Columbia professor commanded US troops in Operation Desert Storm and his son was lost to an IED during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Inside the Beltway, policymakers, politicians, and pundits take Iraq’s existence for granted. Many can even locate it on a map. They also take (Read more…)
How ISIS and Syria drove a stake through the Arab Spring The rise of ISIS is a setback for reform in a region that is crying out for it
By Nahlah Ayed, CBC News Posted: Oct 03, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 03, 2014 5:00 AM ET
The fact is that like it or not, the Brotherhood won the democratic election in Egypt fair and square. The West’s response? Well, uh, democracy is fine for the rest of us, but obviously, Egypt ‘doesn’t get it’ and we can’t have a fundamentalist high-jacking our attempts to ‘democratize’ Egypt..so we’ll (Read more…)
In early 2003, there were no Islamic extremists in Iraq, or at least none that dared raise their heads above ground. Then the Americans and their “coalition of the willing” invaded.
Today, Islamic extremists so vile even al-Qaeda disowns them have taken control of a huge swath of the country including major cities and now threaten Baghdad. And, in a particularly unpleasant development, young
A Human Rights Watch investigation into the deaths of more than 800-protesters by Egyptian security forces at last August’s Rabaa massacre finds the slaughter was both planned and politically motivated.
“The 195-page investigation based on interviews with 122 survivors and witnesses has found Egypt’s police and army ‘systematically and deliberately killed unarmed protesters on political grounds’ in actions that ‘likely amounted to crimes against humanity’.“The report recommends that several senior individuals within Egypt’s security apparatus be investigated and, where appropriate, held to account for their role in the planning of both the Rabaa massacre and others that occurred last (Read more…)
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Like so many of you I am reading and observing the Palestinian onslaught from afar.
The positions seem to be so absolute, so tightly held that it is a challenge to grasp the sense of it sometimes.
This Uri Avnery piece was sent to me recently and makes as much sense as anything that I have read or heard. It was published in Haaretz two weeks ago but still is relevant today.
IN THIS war, both sides have the same aim: to put an end to the situation that existed before it started.
To put an (Read more…)
It's a trial that has caused outrage all over the world. The sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists, including a Canadian citizen Mohamed Fahmy, to long prison terms in Egypt.For the crime of committing journalism.But even though world leaders have been lining up to condemn that travesty of justice.Even though journalists all over the world have been muzzling themselves in solidarity with their jailed colleagues….
And even though the trial was an absolute farce. Stephen Harper has remained shamefully silent. And his government's actions have been totally PATHETIC.Read more »
That Egyptian general Abdel Fattah el-Sisi intends to return the country to military rule becomes increasingly clear. Leader of the July 2013 coup against then President Mohamed Morsi, Sisi is running in the May 26-27 presidential election which he is expected to win in a landslide. He is highly popular and is systematically eliminating the military’s major opposition, the Muslim Brotherhood.
I don’t know where it is headed to. More death and destruction. From Arab Spring to Arab tragedy and it is getting worse.
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A recent Tariq Ali article in Guernica – What is a Revolution – challenges misconceptions about the popular uprisings in the Middle East that some pundits characterise as the Arab Spring or more dramatically as “revolutions.” A key point in Ali’s article is that popular uprisings, however large, do not by implication constitute revolutions.
I’ve argued against the position that mass uprisings on their own constitute a revolution, i.e., a transfer of power from one social class (or even a layer) to another that leads to fundamental change. The actual size of the crowd is (Read more…)
If democracy is to have any chance of surviving in Egypt it’s up to the E.U. and the U.S. to move against the generals. The Egyptian army’s counter-coup is now a fait accompli. Expectations that toppling the democratically-elected Morsi government would pave the way for a secular, non-elected, democratic (???) civilian government have been dashed as the generals moved to consolidate their hold on the country.
It’s been suggested that Western governments and media demonized Morsi to condition the public for his ouster. If so, it worked.
Mubarak was released, Morsi imprisoned. When (Read more…)
The CIA’s recent public admission that it masterminded the 1953 military coup against Iran’s democratically elected government reminded me once again of the fickle U.S. support for democracy in the Middle East. American involvement was well-known—books have been written about it—but the publishing of previously classified documents by the U.S. National Security Archive amounts to a public
Any remaining shred of doubt that the Egyptian military is playing major league hardball on this coup d’etat is gone. It’s not just the killings of Egyptian Islamists. It’s not the release of their own capo, Hosni Mubarak. Now they’re after Mohamed ElBaradei, the liberal who served for exactly one month as vice-president briefly after the ouster of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.
ElBaradei, long-serving former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, lawyer and diplomat, winner of the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, is being accused by the Egyptian military of a variety of misdeeds arising out (Read more…)
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U.S self-interest and why it will not interfere to stop Egyptian military from massacring the civilians.WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is heavily dependent on Egypt to move personnel and equipment to Afghanistan and around volatile parts of the Middle East, complicating U.S. efforts to place pressure on the Egyptian military in the wake of its violent crackdown on protesters.“Egypt has been a cornerstone for the U.S. military presence in the Middle East,” said James Phillips, an analyst at the Heritage Foundation.During the past year, more than 2,000 U.S. military (Read more…)
This video was posted on YouTube 15 minutes ago. It is very sad. Another 50 people killed according to an NBC report.
There’s a reason the Muslim poor flock to radical Islam, several reasons in fact. They’ve been discussed at length before but Chris Hedges, in light of the massacres ongoing in Egypt, recaps:
Radical Islam is the last refuge of the Muslim poor. The mandated five prayers a day give the only real structure to the lives of impoverished believers. The careful rituals of washing before prayers in the mosque, the strict moral code that prohibits alcohol, along with the understanding that life has an ultimate purpose and meaning, keep hundreds of millions of destitute Muslims from despair. The (Read more…)
Obama puts Egypt on notice after clashes kill 525 U.S. president urges Egypt to end state of emergency day after clashes with police-Morsi supporters The Associated Press Posted: Aug 15, 2013 3:28 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 15, 2013 11:17 AM ET
If Obama and the rest of the West would just stay out of it, quit supporting the status quo, and let the Egyptians work it out for themselves, the world would be a better place.. What will Obama do, send in some drones to arbitrarily kill a few hundred civilians and then act as if US security (Read more…)
Mostafa Darwish / EPA, Egyptian security forces move in to clear one of the two sit-in sites of supporters of ousted president Morsi, Wednesday.
It is sad to read about the turmoil in Egypt. People gave their lives to get rid of a military dictator. There was an election and Morsi did win. Then there were more demonstrations and the military took over the reigns of power again. Now demonstrations are against military rule. It is still ongoing. 149 killed and over 1400 injured. The rest of the Middle East was looking towards Egypt as a model when elections took (Read more…)
I don’t understand what is going on in Egypt. First Egyptians did not want a military government. There were violent demonstrations until people succeeded to topple Hosni Mubarak. He was charged with criminal actions of killing Egyptians and sentenced to jail.However he was ill and instead ended up in a military hospital.
Election were held in 2012 and Mohamed Morsi was elected fair and square. However, after few months Egyptians were unhappy again and more demonstrations were held. Mohamed Morsi was toppled too and the military took over again with the support of public. Yes military has appointed a (Read more…)
I appointed you …
Fascinating report from a journalist who claims he heard the conversation between Generalal-Sisi and Morsi: “And if I don’t want to go?” Morsi inquired.
“It’s a done deal,” al-Sisi answered. “Try to retire with dignity. Demand of those you say are your supporters to go home and prevent bloodshed, instead of using them to threaten the people.” ”But this is a military coup and Americawill be all over you,” Morsi said, to which al-Sisi replied, “We care about the people, not about America.” Al-Sisi added, “I’ll be honest with you – we (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Egypt – Morsi to the General: "Can I leave the country?"
David Kirkpatrick has an interesting analysis in the New York Times about how badly Morsi miscalculated in the months and days leading up to his ouster as president of Egypt by the Army, including his faulty information: Inside Mr. Morsi’s office. Mr. Morsi’s team checked the official crowd count, sent their own observers, monitored the gathering on Google Earth, and even (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Egypt: How bad information cost Morsi his job
Tahrir Square in 2011
In the early hours of 12 April 2002, with massive anti-government protests filling the streets, members of the Venezuelan military abducted President Hugo Chávez and, promising new elections, installed an interim leader of their own choosing in his place. Large swaths of respectable international opinion praised the action — which was not called a coup — with The New York Times crowing in a now-infamous editorial that “Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened by a would-be dictator.”
When Chávez, with the assistance of military loyalists and massive street protests of his own, returned triumphantly (Read more…)
The hope that the Arab Spring gave to tens of millions of people throughout the Middle East is being revived in Egypt. The Morsi defiance of the Egyptian army has proved fruitless, with the Army moving to enforce its own program. In essence, the Revolution that forced out Mubarak has now been reset, and is getting a second chance. One of the mysteries of the past few weeks has been the discipline shown by the anti-Morsi groups. When Mubarak was toppled, younger Egyptians flooded the streets, forcing a showdown. And then they splintered, while the more disciplined Muslim Brotherhood (Read more…)
With my blood
The Army stepped in, sending five helicopters with the Egyptian flag dangling below them, to fly over the packed Tahrir square in Cairo, and helicopters – sans flags – to fly over a pro-Morsi gathering. Earlier, the Army had leaked its own plan for the next few months: A retired army general with close ties to the military confirmed the news agency report’s version of the road map.
Hossam Sweilam said a panel of experts would draft a new constitution and the interim administration would be a presidential council led by the Supreme Constitutional Court’s chief (Read more…)