Free the Shoe Warrior!

 

 

 

citiezen-international

 

 

18 December 2008

 

His Excellency the Ambassador of Iraq                 

Iraq Embassy
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

 

Dear Sir,

 

 

SUB: FREE IRAQI PATRIOT MUNTATHER AL-ZAIDI

 

 

We are proud of Muntather Al-Zaidi for hurling his shoes at President Bush, shouting: “You dog! This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.” The throwing of the shoes symbolizes the anger of the Arabs, the Muslims and all peace loving people of the world at the atrocities committed by Bush and his Iraqi stooges against the Iraqi people, and the continuing illegal occupation of Iraq.

 

It is an act of great heroic defiance to power that will inspire millions of youths throughout the world to stand up and oppose United States imperialism and its local agents. It’s a message to the oppressors that all your cruise missiles and weapons of mass destruction cannot destroy the spirit of the Iraqi people to resist occupation and win freedom and justice.

 

The flying shoes aimed at Bush and his stooges symbolizes the victory of the poorly armed Iraqi Resistance over the heavily armed American Forces and the local traitors. Muntather’s brave act, knowing that he will be caught and tortured and may even be killed, has redeemed the honour and dignity of the Arabs and Muslims which have been bartered away by the despots and dictators of the  Arab and Muslim world.

 

We understand from news reports that Muntather has been tortured and wounded by the Iraqi and American security forces. The torturers and their Western masters must realize that they will have to pay for their crimes when the people of Iraq end the occupation and achieve liberation and freedom.

 

It has also been reported that he may be sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for insulting Bush. The one who should be in prison is not Muntather but Bush, the war criminal, who is responsible for the deaths of 1.5 million Iraqis and 4200 U.S soldiers, and the displacement of 5 million Iraqis.

 

We join hands with millions of people throughout the world and demand that the Iraqi Government immediately and unconditionally release the Iraqi patriot Muntather Al-Zaidi and bring to justice his torturers. 

 

 

Yours truly,

 

S.M Mohamed Idris

Chairman

Citizens International

 

 

 

Mumbai Terror Attacks: The Mossad Angle

They killed Hemant Karkare, chief of the police anti-terrorist squad in Mumbai, to send a message that you cannot investigate the Mossad-RSS angle


by Amaresh Misra


MUMBAI, INDIA 4:00AM — Mumbai is under attack. People and forces who killed Mahatama Gandhi, who demolished the Babari Mosque have triumphed. More than 16 groups of terrorists have taken over Taj, Oberai and several hotels. Hundreds of people are dead. For the first time no one is blaming Muslim organizations. The Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare and other officers of the ATS have been killed. These were the same people who were investigating the Malegaon Blasts – in which Praggya Singh, an army officer and several other noted personalities of the BJP-RSS-Bajrang Dal-VHP were arrested. Karkare was the man to arrest them. Karkare was receiving threats from several quarters. LK Advani, the BJP chief and several other prominent leaders of the so-called Hindu terrorism squad were gunning for his head. And the first casualty in the terrorist attack was Karkare! He is dead – gone – the firing by terrorists began from Nariman House – which is the only building in Mumbai inhabited by Jews. Some Hindu Gujaratis of the Nariman area spoke live on several TV channels – they openly said that the firing by terrorists began from Nariman house. And that for two years suspicious activities were going on in this house. But no one took notice.


Our worst fears have come true. It is clear that Mossad is involved in the whole affair. An entire city has been attacked by Mossad and probably units of mercenaries. It is not possible for one single organization to plan and execute such a sophisticated operation. It is clear that this operation was backed by communal forces from within the Indian State. The Home Minister Shivraj Patil should resign. The RSS-BJP-VHP-Bajrang Dal should be banned. Advani and others ought to be arrested. Today is a day of shame for all Indians and all Hindus. Muslims and secular Hindus have been proven right. RSS type forces and Israel are all involved in not only destabilizing but finishing India. India should immediately snap all relations with Israel. We owe this much to Karkare and the brave ATS men who had shown the courage to arrest Praggya Singh, Raj Kumar Purohit, the army officer and several others.


A photograph published in Urdu Times, Mumbai, clearly shows that Mossad and ex-Mossad men came to India and met Sadhus and other pro-Hindutva elements recently. A conspiracy was clearly hatched.


This is a moment of reckoning especially for Hindus of India. The killers of Gandhi have struck again. If we are true Sanatanis and true Hindus and true nationalists and true patriots we have to see this act as a clear attack by anti-national deshdrohi forces. Praggya Singh, Advani and the entire brand is anti-national. They ought to be shot. Any Hindu siding with them is hereafter warned of serious consequences.


This is a question of nationalism. If no one else, the Indian army will not take this lying down. Communal, anti-national forces have attacked the very foundation of the Indian constitution and the nation. We will fight a civil war if need be against the pro-Hindutva, communal forces and their Israeli backers.


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Dr. Amaresh Misra is an historian/journalist. His most recent book “War of Civilizations: India AD 1857” was released in March 2008 by the Vice President of India Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari.

Quranic wisdom for Men and Women

Al-Ahzab (The Confederates)
Chapter 33: Verse 35

Equal Footing
For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in charity, for men and women who fast, for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah’s praise, for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward.

Initially, Quranic verses used only the masculine plural form to refer to the women and men in the new faith community. For years, “believers” (al-muminun), and “the truthful” (as-sadiqun), either referred specifically to men or to the men and women who constituted the Prophet’s first Companions. Once, a woman (or several, according to the different traditions) asked the Prophet why women were not explicitly mentioned in the revealed message. The Book – which, while revealing a universal message, also included responses to the questions asked by the Men around the Prophet – was later to mention women and men distinctively, as in the above verse.

This evolution of the message is part of divine teaching in the process of revelation carried out over twenty-three years: the faithful are thus led to evolve in their understanding of things and critically reconsider some of their cultural or social practices. The status of women, who were sometimes killed at birth because of the shame they might bring, was to be reformed in stages, as verses were revealed.

It thus appeared more and more clearly that the Quran’s message and the Prophet’s attitude were apt to free women from the cultural shackles of Arab tribes and clans and from the practices of the time. The Creator addresses women as being on an equal footing with men, their status as beings and believers is the same as men’s, and the requirements of worship are absolutely identical.

Compiled From:
Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation” – Tariq Ramadan, pp. 209, 210

Deputy Speaker’s Rejection of Motion on Gaza Condemned

 

 

 

Press statement

by S.M Mohamed Idris

27 November 2008

 

 

 

 

Deputy Speaker’s Rejection of Motion on Gaza Condemned

 

Citizens International strongly condemns the Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat Datuk Ronald Kiandee for rejecting the emergency motion to urge the Government to take action against the closure of the Gaza border in Palestine by Israel.

 

We express our full appreciation of Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi (BN –Batu Pahat) for raising the motion and the Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as well as all the Members of the Dewan for supporting it.

 

The international public will construe the rejection of the motion as an expression of pro-Zionist sympathies and anti- Palestinian prejudice. It has brought great shame to our Parliament, Government and Nation.

 

The rejection goes against the sentiments and wishes of the Malaysian people who have been urging the international community to take urgent steps to lift Israel’s siege of Gaza and end the humanitarian disaster there.

 

 

 

 

The reason given by Datuk Ronald for rejecting the motion, that is, that it is not urgent is absurd. He obviously has not been reading newspapers or watching T.V on the plight, suffering and misery of the Palestinians in Gaza. Or is his decision based on a prejudiced view of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict?

 

The following statistics highlight the desperate humanitarian situation in Gaza and the need for urgent action by governments, the United Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Conferences (OIC) and all those who believe in defending and upholding human rights and the rule of law.

 

·         Around 80% of Gaza populations live under poverty line. 

·         1,100,000 people depend on humanitarian aid provided by UNRWA, Arab, Islamic and foreign organizations.   

·         Unemployment ratio has reached 65% 

·         60% of Gaza’s children suffer from malnutrition. 

·         About 97% of factories and workshops have stopped working, specifically 3900 factories. The industrial zone of Gaza is completely closed. 

·         Individual income: $650 per year or $2 a day. 

·         Freedom of movement from Gaza to the West bank, Jerusalem and outside world is being blocked. 

·         Around 260 people have died due to lack of medicines or because of being prevented from traveling outside for treatment.  

·         Nearly 40% of siege victims are children. 

·         About 150 types of essential medicines are not available in Gaza. 

·         The only medical factory in Gaza has halted production due to shortage of raw materials. 

·         Projects for constructing and developing hospitals, clinics and educational bodies have been suspended. 

 

 

Given this grim situation it is preposterous that Datuk Ronald rejected the motion on the ground of lack of urgency.

Thousands of people are braving their lives to break the siege. Civil society organizations have been sending shiploads of medicine and food to Gaza to break the siege, despite the threats from the Israeli Armed Forces. Is it not a shame that our Parliamentarians, sitting in the air-conditioned comfort of their ostentatious chambers, cannot even adopt a paper resolution in support of the efforts to lift the siege.

We call on all Malaysians to:

·         Write to Datuk Ronald Kiandee protesting against the rejection of the Motion on Gaza.

·         Write to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to jointly move a motion in the Dewan Rakyat on lifting the siege on Gaza

·         Hold demonstrations in front of Parliament House urging our Parliamentarians to adopt a motion on lifting the siege on Gaza

·         Write to President Hoseini Mubarak through the Egyptian Embassy here urging the Egyptian Government to open the Rafah Crossing to allow for free flow of people, goods and services.

·         Hold demonstrations in front of the United States and Egyptian Embassies calling for an end to the siege of Gaza.

 

 

 

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

S.M.Mohamed Idris

Chairman

Body Language

The scanner in action at a Western airport. source: AFP

 

The western politicians are having bad time. The new project to place body scanners at the airport has received a very negative support from them. They try to rule out the elligibillity of the machine under the pretext of ” invasion of personal privacy”.

 

From this story, we can decipher lot of discourses that has surrounded it. The prime issue why the scanners need to be there in the first place would be about the threat of terorrism. 

 

It seems, the Western world has been brainswashed heavily with the word “terrorism”. Yet, they seem naive to understand the origin of the cause why terrorism happen. 

 

But this is not merely about terrorism. It has something to do with another form of element that worth to ponder about.

 

 

The another element is about morality. The politicians knew that the machine violates their personal morality, yet in the Western hemisphere, prostitution had long been legalized  just like how McDonad is selling its Big Mac for public consumption.

 

Brothels are being open everywhere as long as the demand can come in. In the same way, behind the scene, human traficking is being considered a legalized activity too as the demand is highly intertwined with the prostitution activity. A particular “close one-eyed” case.

 

Now, let us think deeply why do the politicians behave like this. Why they are flip-flopping their thoughts on this morality stuff?

 

It has something to do with their mode of thinking. Its all boil down upon their world view that has long being shaped by various mode of thinking through out the history of western civilization that, to borrow Prof. al-Attas words as always in the state of ‘becoming’ rather than ‘being’.

 

One of the most central problem is dualism in thinking. Perhaps due to the influences of Aristotelian mindset as well as Cartesian division between mind-body.

 

The results of this mindset creates this kind of mess. The dichotomy between society and individual, sacred and profane.

 

For the politicians, their personal morality must not be jeopardised by this scanner machine. But the society’s  morality can be nullified in the name of prostitution that nicely being packaged as an industry.

 

They called it as a sex industry just like what computer, or heavy machinery industry being defined in our economic world.

 

The logic behind this notion that carries the word industry is for rationalization purposes. By rationalizing the activity, people will view it as a legitimate subject of economic rather than a morality-based scenario. In a secularized-capitalistic society, morality has no decent place. For the sake of improving a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), an immoral acitivty like prostitution can become an industry just like what happen in Amsterdam of Netherlands. A multi-billion industry. 

 

The power of language as a cognitive tool to rationalize day-to-day phenomena must not be look down. In the case about the scanner, the problem goes beyond the technicalities of the legitimacy of the act in terms of morality and economic matter but more upon the world view that has dominated the westerners for centuries.

 

If the Western world still could not seek to understand their root cause, they could be destroyed from the inside of their own comfort zone. This case just perfect to show and indicate the pervasiveness of chaotic (anti-thesis to Tauhidic) world view that the Western world has embraced since the era of Aristotle.

 

A very dangerous one indeed.

 

P/S: Maybe in future I will try to view more on this kind of problem under the lenses of Gramsci, Foucault and al-Attas by using their philosophical framework.

The Post-Modern Coup in Malaysian Politics

Today is the 13th of September. I believe, most Malaysians would either feel nervous or don’t care less regarding the current political turmoil that we currently experience in our own backyard ( Thailand is far worse). Pak Lah is looking frailer than ever. Sometimes I wonder what actually he has been thinking all this while. Of course the real subject of the ‘next big thing’ in Malaysian politics will not going to be focusing on him rather on none other than the return of Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim in his quest for getting on the seat of power (read: Putrayaja).

 

Pragmatically, his ideas are being favoured by almost all Malaysians as they have grown tired on Barisan Nasional’s political antics. But I believe, as a responsible citiizen, we need to assess all areas of this coming post-modern coup de’tat for the sake of preserving our backyard from any kind of Machiavellian and oportunistics politicians.

 

Why did I say this 16th September as a coup rather than just ‘hopping’ from one party to another? First, the act, eventhough has garnered a lot of supports from various segments of our society is still far from democratic in its process. Well, what can you expect from those defaulters later? Politics, for most of them is their shortcut ticket for success. 

 

We all know how ‘short minded’ our politicians have beeen, be it from Barisan Nasional or even Pakatan Rakyat itself. Our politics is immature and very shallow in nature. Almost all the time the battle would be about ‘us versus them’ rather than ‘proposal versus refutation’. All I can say that our politics carry a heavy burden of relativism in finding the proper solutions for various problems. Relativism sometimes can be good but in a porous society like us, it can turn into a hideous creature that could wreck havoc among the ethnics.

 

We can never survive in a long run if we continue to play this political game under the shade of post modernity where relativism in finding Truth runs rampant. I believe how much some of you disagree that politics is free from any religious intervention,  the philosophical question for Truth must always be in the limelight in order for us to come close to the best solution for our society be it in economics, sociology and any other important fields that had and continuously shaped our life as Malaysian.

 

Wisdom ( or knowledge in its simpler form) is what we should acquire first before anyone of us would like to be a leader for their constitutions. That means, our politics must always be central upon knowledge as a source of arguments, refutations etc. Not like what we have today whereby emotions, antics and theatrics are the most efficient tools to garner support from the public. It reminds me about a bunch of people who being labeled as ‘Sophist’ ( in Islamic tradition they were labeled as Sufastaiyyah ) by Socrates during his time for being obsess in toppling down their opponent’s argument rather than debating to find truth on the issues concern. I believe in Malaysia we have more Sophists than any genuine ‘politician cum philosopher’ who would and should serve us better in this political drama. 

 

I have no qualm about Anwar Ibrahim and I will be very happy to perform my duty as a good citizen in helping him performing some check and balance activites upon his ideas and policies if he is really going to be the next PM. He is indeed an intelligent, charismatic and sensible leader at this moment. Alas, I don’t put too much hope on him because I belief the real problem that we currently have ( national unity, poverty) can never be solved under one prime minister as it involves more than just a political will but most importantly intellectual will in order to find solutions that could lead all of us to the real Truth (al-haqq).

 

I think we need, in Derrida’s word, to “deconstruct” most of the modern myths and the socio-condition of our people in order for us to have a proper foundation in, if I may use this word, ‘re-building’ our society back. The challenges are far complex than what we have ever hoped for especially regarding this coming 16th September. If you have read civilizational history perhaps you will understand what I have meant.

 

A post modern coup indeed.

Putin’s Winning Hand

Once the Atlantic Alliance is shattered, America’s lifeline to the world is kaput

By Mike Whitney

16/08/08 “ICH” — – There are no military installations in the city of Tskhinvali. In fact, there are no military targets at all. It is an industrial center consisting of lumber mills, manufacturing plants and residential areas. It is also the home to 30,000 South Ossetians. When Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili ordered the city to be bombed by warplanes and shelled by heavy artillery last Thursday, he knew that he would be killing hundreds of civilians in their homes and neighborhoods. But he ordered the bombing anyway.

There was no “Battle of Tskhinvali”; that’s another fiction. A battle implies that there is an opposing force that is resisting or fighting back. That’s not the case here. The Georgian army entered the city unopposed; after all, how can unarmed civilians stop armed units. Most of the townspeople had already fled across the border into Russia or hid in their basements while the tanks and armored vehicles rumbled bye firing at anything that moved.

What took place in South Ossetia last Thursday, was not an invasion or a siege; it was a massacre. The people had no way to defend themselves against a fully-equiped modern army. It was a war crime.

In less than 24 hours, the Russian army was deployed to the war zone where it chased the Georgian army away without a fight. Journalist Michael Binyon put it like this, “The attack was short, sharp and deadly—enough to send the Georgians fleeing in humiliating panic.” Indeed, the Georgians left in such haste that many of their weapons were left behind. It was a complete rout; another black-eye for the US and Israeli advisers who trained the clatter of thugs they call the Georgian army. Soon vendors on the streets of Tskhinvali will be hawking weapons that were left behind with a mocking sign: “Georgia Army M-16; Never used, dropped once.”

By the time the army was driven out, the downtown area was in engulfed in flames and the bodies of those who had been killed by sniper-fire were strewn along the streets and sidewalks. Many of people who stayed behind were simply too old or infirm to leave. Instead, they huddled in their basements waiting for the shelling to stop. It was a bloodbath. The city’s only hospital was deliberately targeted and destroyed; another war crime. By day’s end, over 2,000 people were killed in an operation that was clearly engineered with the assistance of the Bush White House. Bush regards Saakashvilli as his main client in the region; they are friends. He is America’s cat’s paw in the Caucasus. Saakashvilli’s assignment is to try to get Putin to overreact militarily and demonstrate to European allies that Russia still poses a threat to their national security. Fortunately, many Europeans see through the ruse and know that the trouble originates in Washington.

For the most part, Americans are still in the dark about what really happened last weekend. There’s a great video circulating on the Internet by a Russian citizen that has been living in USA for the last 10 years. He sums up the role of the US media with great precision. He says, “The western media–especially CNN–is feeding you complete horseshit. Russia did not invade Georgia first.” The youtube can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c26Q-qxDEA

The coverage of the western media has been abysmal. Nearly every article and TV news segment begins with accusations of Russian aggression concealing the fact that the Georgian Army bombarded and invaded the capital of South Ossetia one full day before the first Russian even tank crossed the border. By the time the Russians arrived, the city was already in a shambles and thousands were dead.

These facts are not in dispute by those who followed the developments as they took place. Now the media is revising the facts to manage public perceptions, just as they did with the fictional WMD in Iraq. Many people think that the media learned its lesson after they were exposed for using bogus information in the lead up to the war in Iraq. But that is not true. The corporate media–especially FOX News, CNN and PBS (the smug, liberal-sounding channel)—continue to operate like the propaganda arm of the Pentagon. Its disgraceful.

In a 2006 referendum, 99% of South Ossetians said they supported independence from Georgia. The voter turnout was 95% and the balloting was monitored by 34 international observers from the west. No one has challenged the results. The province has been under the protection of Russian and Georgian peacekeepers since 1992 and has been a de facto independent state ever since. If Putin applied the same standard as Bush did in Kosovo, he would unilaterally declare South Ossetia independent from Georgia and then thumb his nose at the UN. (Sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander) But Putin and newly-elected Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have taken a conciliatory attitude towards the international community and tried to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels. So far, they have conducted themselves with restraint and avoided any confrontation.
Still, Russia’s operation in South Ossetia has ignited a firestorm in the US political establishment and Democrats and Republicans alike are demanding that Russia be “taught a lesson”. Condoleeza Rice flew to Tbilisi on Friday and ordered Russian combat troops to withdraw from Georgia immediately. Saakashvili topped off Rice’s comments by saying that the Russian troops were “cold-blooded killers” and “barbarians”. So much for reconciliation.

Saakashvili’s hyperbolic rhetoric was followed by a surprise announcement from Poland that they had approved Bush’s plans for deploying the Missile Defense Shield in Eastern Europe. The system is supposed to defend Europe from the possibility of attacks from so-called “rogue states” like Iran, but the Kremlin knows that it is intended to neutralize their nuclear arsenal. Political analyst William Engdahl explains the importance of the proposed system in his recent article, “Missile Defense: Washington and Poland just moved the World closer to War”:

“The signing now insures an escalation of tensions between Russia and NATO and a new Cold War arms race in full force. It is important for readers to understand…the ability of one of two opposing sides to put anti-missile missiles to within 90 miles of the territory of the other in even a primitive first-generation anti-missile missile array gives that side virtual victory in a nuclear balance of power and forces the other to consider unconditional surrender or to pre-emptively react by launching its nuclear strike before 2012.”

The new “shield” will be integrated into the larger US nuclear weapons system placing the world’s most lethal weapons just a few hundred miles from Russia’s capital. It is a clear threat to Russia’s national security and it must be opposed at all cost. It is no different than nuclear weapons in Cuba. The timing of the announcement is particularly troubling as it only adds to the tensions between the two superpowers.

President Medvedev made this statement after hearing of Poland’s decision: “This decision clearly demonstrates everything we have said recently. The deployment of new anti-missile forces in Europe is aimed at the Russian Federation.”

It was President Ronald Reagan, the darling of the neoconservatives, who decided to remove short-range nuclear weapons from the European theater. Now, ironically, it is his ideological heir, George W. Bush, who is on track to restart the Cold War by putting a high-tech nuclear system on Russia’s perimeter. The younger Bush has already broken his father’s commitment to Mikail Gorbachev to never expand NATO beyond Germany. Presently, Bush is pushing to gain NATO membership for two former-Soviet states; Ukraine and Georgia. If they are approved, then any future dispute with Russia will pit the United States and Europe against Moscow. It’s no wonder Putin is trying to derail the process.
The Bush administration has been planning for a confrontation with Russia for more than a year. In fact, Raw Story reported on operations that were conducted by the military on July 14, 2008 which were probably a dress rehearsal for the current conflict. According to Raw Story:

“US troops on Monday (July 14) began military exercises near the Russian border in ex-Soviet Ukraine and were poised to launch them in Georgia, amid tense relations between Moscow and Washington. A ceremony inaugurating the Sea Breeze-2008 NATO exercise was held off Ukraine’s Black Sea coast against anti-NATO protests and a hostile reaction from officials in Russia. Sea Breeze-2008…includes forces from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Macedonia and Turkey…’The US-Georgia joint exercises will be held at the Vaziani military base’ less than 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the Russian border with a total of 1,650 servicemen taking part.”

So, it appears the Bush administration, working in conjunction with the Pentagon, did have contingency plans for dealing with a flare-up with Georgia. The real question is whether or not they planned to initiate those hostilities to advance their own regional agenda? No one knows for sure.

Now that Georgia’s American-trained army has been humiliated in front of the world, Bush is trying desperately to save face by demanding that Russia allow the US Air force to deliver humanitarian aid via C-17 military aircraft to the tens of thousands of Georgians who were displaced in the fighting. It is worth noting that, as yet, Bush has never delivered as much as a bag of rice to the 2 million Iraqi refugees living in Jordan and Syria due to his war in Iraq. Bush’s magnanimity is not only suspect, it also creates real problems for Putin who will have to decide whether the offer is sincere or just a ploy to open up the ports and airfields so that more weaponry and ordnance can be delivered. As Barry Grey suggests in his article “Bush Dispatches US Military forces to Georgia” the humanitarian operation could be a scam:

“This is a formula for an injection of US military and naval forces into Georgia of indeterminate scope and duration. It will certainly involve the presence of hundreds if not thousands of uniformed US military personnel on the ground, and a substantial number of warships in the region. The US is introducing this military force into a situation that remains highly unstable and combustible, raising the possibility of a direct military clash between the United States and Russia.”


Grey is right, but what choice does Putin have? His task is to avoid a military confrontation with the United States while demonstrating to his Europeon partners that their future lies with Russia not America. That’s the real goal. To achieve that, he needs to expose Bush as reckless, petulant, and incapable of being a responsible steward of the global system. Maybe Putin will have to back-down at some point and swallow his pride; it makes no difference. What matters, is the endgame; showing that Russia is strong and dependable and will provide its European allies with oil and natural gas in a businesslike manner. That’s the winning hand. Meanwhile, the United States will be forced to take a long-overdue look in the mirror and revisit its strategy for perennial war. Unfortunately, once the Atlantic Alliance is shattered; America’s lifeline to the world is kaput.

Source: Information Clearing House

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