Friday, January 09, 2015

The Charlie Hebdo massacre: Martyrs to U.S. Endless War?

One sentence stood out in a NYT article on the two brothers --- not yet captured at the time of writing – who are allegedly responsible for the  terrible Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.

"Chérif’s interest in radical Islam, it was said at the 2008 trial, was rooted in his fury over the United States’ invasion of Iraq in 2003, particularly the mistreatment of Muslims held at Abu Ghraib prison."

What Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld did  by initiating massive war with their invasion of Iraq was horrible enough, made even worse in that their agenda has not been broadly understood. In a word, their purpose was to destroy the country and keep it destroyed as a means of fighting endless war. They (still do) believe that war fighting is the only legitimate foreign --- and domestic --  policy activity.

And thanks to President Obama, the U.S. has been continuing and expanding their work. The public watches as the U.S. pours oil onto the fires of many countries, either overtly with drone attacks and U.S. troops on the ground, or covertly where  reportedly dozens of countries suffer as U.S. special forces do their dirty work.

Is it not worth asking whether the Paris attacks would have happened if President Obama had brought significant change to the destructive U.S. policies  he inherited in 2009? Is it not a real question whether those poor victims and their families and their society, along with scores of millions of Iraqis, Syrians, Afghanis, Yemenis, Pakistanis, and others are not martyrs to President Obama’s  dedication to endless war?

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld had the excuse of their ideology. They believe war fighting is good – for Israel and for the United States.  But President Obama knows it’s wrong.. What’s his excuse?

13 comments:

Elizabeth Morley said...

What's his excuse? Could it be cowardice in the face of AIPAC? It's painful to recall that an American President was once still trusted by the Arabs to protect them against colonial ambitions when their confidence in Britain's pledges had been shaken. In 1919 Woodrow Wilson was the only Allied leader who agreed to send Commissioners [King and Crane]to ascertain the feeling in the newly liberated Arab regions to ensure that no regime would be set up in any of them that was not acceptable to the inhabitants.

Elizabeth Morley said...

What's his excuse? Could it be cowardice in the face of AIPAC? It's poignant to recall that an American president was once still trusted by the Arabs to protect them against colonial ambitions - when confidence in the pledges of 'perfidious Albion' had been shaken. In 1919 Woodrow Wilson was the only Allied leader to send Commissioners [King and Crane]to ascertain the feeling in the newly liberated Arab regions to ensure that no regime would be set up in any of them that was not acceptable to the inhabitants.

Ronald said...

Thanks Elizabeth. I don’t see President Obama as a coward. I see him as a hater; someone as determined as the previous administration was to make Palestinians suffer and die to the greatest degree possible. And as I said in my blog, unlike Bush-Cheney who hated the l the Arabs and Muslims on various grounds including an ideological/racial belief in U.S. exceptionalism, Obama knows what he is doing is wrong and devastating in the largest possible degree. How do we know he knows? From his rhetoric.

Elizabeth Morley said...


A very sad analysis - as is this important article by ANDRE VLTCHEK
http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/09/who-should-be-blamed-for-muslim-terrorism/print

Ronald said...

RE wrote:
Thanks for this, Ronald.
I agree completely.
There are several articles about the attack on Charlie Hebdo which may be of interest to you:
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-01-080115.html
http://www.leninology.co.uk/2015/01/charlie-hebdo.html
Not in our name - Muslims respond in revulsion to Charlie Hebdo massacre - Spectator Blogs
Beyond Nuclear - Home - Slain cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo were allies of anti-nuclear movement

Ronald said...

NC wrote:
I comepletely agree, Ronald.
Some people would see this as a justification, but it is not. It is an explanation. And we need such explanations to know why these things happen and how we can prevent them in the future.

Ronald said...

H.L. wrote:
Good morning, Ron. A well written piece. Somewhere I hear the Terminator saying: "It's in your nature to destroy yourselves." Still, here life goes on.

Ronald said...

PH wrote:
The world is a mess with no resolution in sight. The millions of innocent people which are dying is very, very sad. It's war; wars have always been. Is it humans just being humans? Just sayin'

Ronald said...

MF wrote
He has no excuse—He is a moral coward who is responsible, as you say, for continuing the USA’s wars and even expanding them. The hate engendered is massive and will last a long, long time.

Ronald said...

RA wrote:
You are right on target with the assertion that Obama knows better and you ask why he conducts such a foreign policy of unending violence against the Muslim world. One likely explanation. He, as other presidents before him, is expected to create at
the end of his terms in office a presidential library and museum, probably in Chicago.
Who but the Zionist moneybags who financed his path to the White House and the
totalitarian Saudis are likely to provide the bulk of those needed hundreds of millions in contributions? Check out Penny Pritzger and the Crown family of Chicago as particularly relevant in this regard.
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Ronald responded:
Thanks Bob. Interesting idea about a presidential library.
I’m wondering if there’s something deeper, more sociopathic; more like Clarence Thomas’s bitterness embodied in a smooth politician.
Meanwhile we and much of the rest of the world are chopped liver.
Reminds me of a 20th century dictator with even more deadly power.
Best wishes,
Ronald

Ronald said...

GG wrote:
I concur!
Steven Jonas wrote:
VERY well said, Ron. Indeed, the roots of this tragedy were planted by Cheney/Bush and their drive to Permanent War (http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/dr-js-commentary-the-cheneybush-war-policy-connecting-the-dots/1680-dr-js-commentary-the-cheneybush-war-policy-connecting-the-dots).
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Ronald responded:
Dear Steve:
Thanks so much for this. I had no idea we were so exactly on the same page.

Unfortunately I missed your article when it came out. I could have used it for my own article.May 2007

The Bush-Cheney Regime and U.S. Middle East Policy: Radical Nihilists Driving Permanent War
http://desip.igc.org/bushperm_war_agenda.html
Jeremy and me
Around the same time – give or take a year or so – I got a chance to buttonhole Jeremy Scahill just as he was leaving at the end of a Left Forum panel – in a hurry, it seemed, with his girlfriend.
I asked him if he didn’t think the U.S. had deliberately created civil war in Iraq as a pretext for endless war.
In ten words or less he said, no, he didn’t think so.
I gather Chomsky, Finkelstein et al are just as ………. –what’s a good word?
Best,
Ronald

Ronald said...

Ronald responded to PH
Thanks, Peter. Food for thought.
Some wars are necessary relief valves for all the potential explosive buildup, like WWI.
Other wars didn't have to happen: Like WWII and the post 9/11 wars. \
They are wars of misguided, ruthless and cruel leadership.
Best to all,
Ronald
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PH responded:
Hi Ronnie
Wars are a normal occurrence I've come to understand. While big wars get our attention, dozens of others are being played out all over the place all the time. The list of reasons are well known, mostly economic I've also signed on to.
In reading history I can't find a time when one group was not at another's throat. Just horrible.
To lighten up a tad :)) six weeks to pitchers and catchers.
Best,
Peter

Ronald said...

PT wrote:
Ronald,
I haven’t followed this event. But terrorist attacks are going to happen because terrorism is an international-intelligence/CIA/NATO black operation and the war on it an Elite protection racket. Even if the two brothers (sounds eerily like the Marathon false flag) are found “responsible,” and the scenario is detailed, it makes no diff. Look at the “uprising” in Syria. Totally rigged. Arab Spring too. ‘They’ can get to anyone they want with agents. They also brainwash, mind-control and so on, even ply with drugs. Also can use microwave weapons to project audible voices right into people’s heads. Terror SUITS the global Agenda.


The FBI routinely incites terror, then steps in and says it “prevented” it. Except in the Murrah Building and the ’93 bombing of WTC, where, “somehow,” the Egyptian guy ended up with real explosives. Precursor to “Islamic” terror was Operation Gladio out of Turkey post WW II, a CIA/GB/NATO terrorist operation that was moved to Islam when it started losing its cover. Western money poured in to build mosques, develop/enhance the Sunni/Shiite schism, and incite hate.


Endless war is a motive, but the big motive in the ME is hard-resource control of “Eurasia,” as Obama’s Elite handler Zbig wrote in his book “The Grand Chessboard.” The Elite love war not just for the money. They are satanists who thrive on the energies of fear, pain, and violence.


In 2002, the Washington Post (!!) exposed that for 20 years the US shipped violent Islamist schoolbooks to Afghanistan. Jared Israel shows that although George W. denounced the old books, his government shipped millions more, only slightly revised. Unbelievable, but true. http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/jared/jihad.htm
Happy Same-Old Year :-)
P.