lördag, januari 21, 2006

Fisk om Afghanistan..de svenska argumenten och RAWAs



Officeren Wistedt kritiserar i Upsala Nya Tidning föreningen Afghanistansolidaritets ordf Stefan Lindgrens syn på den svenska ISAF-styrkan i Afghanistan och får sedan svar på tal. Men först Independents Robert Fisk 01/20/06


Osama bin Laden: Is it him? Almost certainly (utdrag)


How much longer can this nonsense go on? President Jacques Chirac warns that France - of all countries - might use nuclear weapons, if attacked. On whom, I wonder?

America blows Pakistani children to pieces and claims it has killed five wanted men, including a bomb-maker. But there’s absolutely no evidence.....

And so we go on. Blame foreign fighters - even if 158,000 of them in Iraq happen to be wearing American uniforms - blame Syria, blame Iran. And blame Spain of course. Blame anyone who is not "with us".

In truth, it will need Iran and Syria to help get the US and Britain out of this shameful adventure. Yet what do we do? Raise the stakes on Iran by claiming that it intends to make nuclear weapons. And why Iran?

Why not that infinitely more unstable Islamic state called Pakistan which has nuclear weapons? Because its dictator, President General Musharraf is on "our side".

Why not attack North Korea, whose leader is more unstable than any Iranian cleric? Because he also has nuclear weapons.

In Afghanistan, the Taliban are slowly returning. Outside Kabul every woman wears a burqa. Weren’t they supposed to have taken them off?

Weren’t women now "free" in Afghanistan? US troops are being killed at an increasing rate there. Weren’t they supposed to have won?

Now Canada has split its troops and sent a battalion to Kandahar to fight the Taliban and al-Qa’ida. What are the Canadians now doing in combat operations?

What risks does this now pose for the Canadian nation which kept out of Iraq?

It was only a few months ago that Bin Laden was bombarding us with explanations for his movement’s attacks.

Why did noone ask, he said, why Sweden was not assaulted? And so, I suppose, we can indeed fear more attacks on the United States, more bombing raids, further chapters in the "war on terror".

..The text of Osama bin Laden’s message-My message to you is about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and how to end them.....Our situation, thank God, is only getting better and better,while your situation is the opposite..


Wistedt insändare

"ISAFstödjer den s k SSR-processen, vilken syftar till att ge det afghanska folket de medmänskliga rättigheter som FN har som mål för världens befolkning. SSR står för Security Sector Reform och syftar till att på fem olika områden skapa reda i Afghanistan, nämligen:


1) Kamp mot narkotikahanteringen 2) Reformering av rättssystemet 3) Avväpning av illegala grupper 4) Uppbyggnad av en nationell afghansk armé 5) Uppbyggnad av ett nationellt afghanskt polisväsen.


Projektets mål är att den afghanska staten skall ges stöd så att den på sikt själv kan styra sitt land och att befolkningen skall åtnjuta mänskliga rättigheter.


En stat bildas inte i ett nafs ur mer än 20 år av ockupation, inbördeskrig och kriminalitet, det borde även Lindgren förstå.


De väpnade styrkorna ur drygt 30 länder säkerställer att olika hjälporganisationer (t ex Sida) kan arbeta utan att i onödan utsättas för övergrepp från lokala krigsherrar, religiösa extremister och illegala grupper.


Drygt 300 svenska soldater ställer upp för det afghanska folket i deras strävan att uppnå fred och demokrati och är beredda att ta konsekvenserna av det genom att utsättas för risken att bli skadade eller dödade! Vad gör du för det afghanska folket, Stefan Lindgren?


Stefan Lindgrens svar

Beträffande "SSR-processen" vill jag bara säga att en ockupation av en suverän stat inte blir mer moralisk för att man ger den en förkortning och talar om en "process" istället för om massmord som jag finner mer adekvat.


Ta bara förra veckans amerikanska bombningar där 18 pakistanare omkom för att USA-kommandot misstänkte att en al Qaida-ledare fanns i byn!


Hur kan det komma sig, om syftet med Afghanistanockupationen var att bekämpa narkotikahanteringen, att opieodlingen enligt FN ökade med 1800 procent redan första ockupationsåret?


Hur ska "illegala grupper" kunna avväpnas när regimen bygger på dessa grupper, såsom Norra alliansen och krigsherren Dostums privatarmé?


Mänskliga rättigheter är inget som kan införas utifrån, allra minst med bomber, tortyr och utomrättsliga avrättningar som sker idag. Dessutom är den version av "mänskliga rättigheter" som används för att försvara ockupationen minst sagt stympad.


Det räcker med att läsa några rader i FN:s förklaring om de mänskliga rättigheterna för att inse att USA bryter mot snart sagt varje punkt (artikel 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 - till att börja med!).


Hur stora tidigare regimers övergrepp än var kan de på inget sätt ursäkta att USA invaderat en suverän nation. Afghanistan är en gammal kulturnation, som lyckades undgå kolonialisering av britterna och som nyss tagit sig igenom en lång och smärtsam sovjetockupation. De kommer säkert att kunna lösa sina problem den dag inblandningen upphör.


Kliv ner från de höga piedestalerna, sluta med försöken att omyndigförklara en hel nation och vrida klockan tillbaka till kolonialtiden. Av med mössan för afghanerna - och ta hem de svenska soldaterna.



RAWA, berömd afghansk kvinnoorganisation, i raseri över fuskvalet till landets parlament hösten 2005 och hur Bush-partiets kvinnliga observatör skildrat det

The “Miracle” or a Mockery of Afghanistan?
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A few days ago Ms. Tebelius returned to the United States from Kabul, I am writing these notes as a response to her dreadful article from inside my trampled country.

As a member of RAWA, I had to be in several provinces to meet as many people as possible regarding the elections. Tebelius can enjoy the luxury of sitting in her house and so easily call the disgusting mockery of an election “the miracle of Afghanistan”, while I am crying from among the people in the hell of the Taliban and Northern Alliance (NA) terrorists and their “westernized” accomplices.

Tebelius and other election observers with their bullet-proofs and body guards were in the hands of the American soldiers and Afghan agents. She might have been told about “swift spreading democracy”, “prosperity”, “complete security” and other “miracles” in our land of warlords and payees of foreign powers.

On the other hand since she was selected by the U.S. government that brought Karzai and the Northern Alliance to the scene, it comes as no surprise she is not calling a spade a spade.

One of her miraculous statements is: “The Afghan people see Americans as liberators.”

A distorted proclamation! As we have repeatedly asserted and shown, all of the fundamentalist bands including Taliban were created, funded, and trained by the CIA turning a blind eye to the higher interest of the Afghan people and to the consequence of such sinister support to the fate of freedom and democracy in our country.

Thus, the US war on the Taliban is nothing but a family fracas between the father and his rogue children. The US started the fracas by not replacing religious tyranny with democracy, by not relying on the people, but rather by siding with the NA, the very worst enemies of our people. It goes without saying that Afghans will not see as their “liberators” those who drove the Taliban wolves through one door and unchained the rabid dogs of the NA through another.

How a nation “sees as liberators” those who have blown to shred not the terrorists but thousands of innocents? How can simple Afghans “see Americans as liberators” while the “liberators” are going to woo their men in the government and in the parliament to approve the establishment of the US bases on our soil for decades, which obviously goes contrary to the independence of the country?

Our people say that if Americans were their liberators, they should have not allowed about 200 criminals and arch enemies of democracy to pave their way to the parliament and provincial council. After four years the people see that the “liberators'” promises for them were all lies.

And bear it in mind, Ms. Tebelius, that our ruined people have no doubt that those with the disgraceful stories of Abu Ghraib cannot be their “liberators”. Do we need to recite abuses of the “liberators” in Afghanistan?

Even high-salaried government spokespersons do not have the courage to utter such nonsense openly before the people of Afghanistan. But Ms. Tebelius as a U.S. agent and good friend of one of the two most corrupt governments in Asia can and has to throw dust in the eyes of Americans.

Now let’s see more of her “miraculous” words: “I am convinced, now more than ever, that spreading of democracy is the only long-term strategy to defeat global terrorism.”

Nice maxim! But were Americans or Karzai & Co. “spreading democracy” since 2001? After 9/11 when the U.S. resorted to bomb our wounded country and take the lives of several thousands innocent civilians it helped the bloodthirsty NA seize power.
The NA is comprised of those millionaire rapists busy in the opium trade under the very nose of the US troops. They are the people behind the insecurity, kidnappings, embezzlement of billions of dollars of foreign aids, injustices, anti-women constraints, covering up of the day light murders, and so on and so forth.

They include the likes of Dr Abdullah, Younis Qanooni, Zia Massud, Karim Khalili, Burhanuddin Rabbani, Mohaqiq, Sarwar Danish, Ms. Mosouda Jalal, Nematullah Shahrani, Ismail Khan, Ms. Sediqa Balkhi, Rasul Sayyaf, Ikram Masoomi, Rashid Dostum, Mullah Fazil Hadi Shinwari, Ms. Amena Afzali and others are stained with the blood of tens of thousands of Kabul residents.

All of these ladies and gentlemen have the disgraceful scar of inhuman brutalities against our people in the blackest years of 1992-1996. They are “our” ministers, vice presidents and advisors to the president. Most of the Afghan ambassadors, governors, secretaries and other high ranking officials are also affiliated with NA mafia.

Don’t you know them, Ms. Tebelius? Just months ago The New York Times and The Los Angles Times named some of them including one of Karzai's brothers. Of course Human Right Watch (HRW) and other organizations have disclosed many more names.

However, you Ms. Tebelius are making painstaking efforts to portray these criminals and spies as honorable persons under whose rule “democracy” will “spread” and an electoral “miracle” has already been performed!

In any case, as one living in Afghanistan I shall mention the following parts of the “miracle” which obviously show only the tip of the iceberg:

- For the presidential election about 70 percent of eligible voters went to the polls. The real figure of the turnout at the “miraculous” elections however is less the 40 percent and in some areas even lower than 30 percent.

- A report by the HRW stated: “In addition to fear of Taliban and other insurgent forces, found primarily in the south and southeast, many voters and candidates voiced concerns to Human Right Watch about their sense of vulnerability at the hands of warlords forces, de facto or official militia forces ostensibly allied with the government:

“Across the country, candidates and political organizers complained to Human Right Watch of cases in which local commanders or strongmen, or local government officials linked with them have held meeting in which they have told voters and community leaders for whom to vote. In some cases, candidates and their supporters allege that direct threats have been communicated.” [1]

- Filthy figures of the Taliban including their foreign minister and the head of their dreaded religious secret police, notorious for executing and abusing thousands of men and women, criminals figures of the infamous terrorist band of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, high level members of the Soviet backed puppet regime were allowed to stand as candidates, a major factor of disappointment of people to go to the polls.

A conservative EU observer mission said shortcomings during the campaign included intimidation, intervention by officials, inadequate voter lists and “deplorable” killing of candidates and election workers.

- The so-called Electoral Complaints Commission received hundreds of notes about crimes of the fundamentalist leaders, but except some scapegoats, none of them were disqualified. And you know Ms. Tebelius who is the head of the Commission? Bismullah Bismil, an infamous fundamentalist and close relative of Ismail Khan!

- Different kinds of rigging were so blatant that even pro-government and pro-fundamentalist papers couldn’t help but to hint at them.

- In many districts no women could participate in the elections due to security problems. Nevertheless thousands of votes of the women were somehow managed to be cast into the ballot boxes.

- Anti-fundamentalist and anti-government candidates of the parliament and provincial councils of Kapisa Province issued a joint statement condemning irregularities in the elections, desisted from campaign.

- In all areas under the warlords, tens of thousands of ballots have been marked in favor of certain candidates and youth under the age of 18 were brought to vote.

- Ballot boxes were kept for 48 hours or more before being transferred to the polling stations.

- Ms. Shokria Barekzai a participant from Kabul alleged that just in front of her own eyes, ten votes for her were cast for another candidate.

- In Kunduz province, 260,000 votes were cast, but 6,000 of them were excluded in favor of a pro-fundamentalist candidate.

- In some ballots, voters had written words like “he is a murderer”, “he is a bandit”, “he is a foreign agent”, “He is a Talib”, etc. against some candidates, but they were all counted as valid votes.

- Thousands of votes for independent candidates were burnt and thousands of fake votes were cast for the pro-fundamentalists/ pro-Karzai candidates.

- Supervisors and vote counters were forbidden to carry pens. But during a check in a polling center in Nangarhar province, more than 200 pens were found from the mentioned workers. When I asked a middle-aged teacher which candidates is her favorite, she replied: “How can I vote for Engineer Ghaffar, or Hazarat Ali and the like who have blood on their hands?”

- In a constituency in Paktia province, the number of voters was ten thousand, but at least twenty thousands ballots were cast there.. A 30- year-old man from Paktia who was not willing to vote told me: "When I see a traitor like General Shahnawaz Tanai that is so openly is active in election campaign, I can understand how anti- democratic and ridiculous the present election is."

- In Farah province, Naim Khan Farahi, the biggest landlord of the province, directly backed by the government, by the United Nations’ UNAMA and his gunmen became the “first winner” by committing every kind of irregularity. A nephew of this person is the head of UNAMA in Farah. In Farahrod district another nephew of his (Zabet Jalil) was forcing people by use of his armed henchmen to vote for his uncle.

- Most of the people in Farah are of the opinion that if there were not so much fraud in the elections; Malaali Joya would have garnered at least fifty percent of all votes.

- As in Herat and Nimroz provinces, the regime of Iran had also a hand in Farah. Its intelligence agencies gave 100 millions Toman (about $117,000) to Haji Taimor Shah. His huge color posters were unmatched by others.

- nmatched nt, UNAMA and his gun The stink of the elections spread so wide that even the terrorist Al-Zawahiri talked about them in his statement of 20 September: “The election have been conducted under the terror of [Afghan] warlords.

The elections were a masquerade more than anything else, as various regions of the country are under the control of highway men and warlords, and international observers …even the ballot boxes remained in the hands of warlords, bandits and the US agents before they were deposited at the polling centers.”

To get another idea about the scale of corruption and the Karzai regime, we draw your attention to a confidential document recently disclosed by Dr. Ramazan Bashardost. As soon as Dr Bashardost was assigned as the minister of planning he tried to stop activities of 2,000 suspicious and money-maker NGOs, but was soon forced to resign.

According to the document, presidents' spokesperson, ministers and high ranking officials, in addition of other allowances get up to $36,000 annually from a British company. Whereas the disabled get $6 and ordinary government employees get $60 per month only.

The overwhelming corruption has risen to the highest organs. “The President had asked me to assume the responsibility of the Administration of Fight against Corruption,” says Bashardost, “I however told him that I would undertake it provided to start from thePresidentialPalace.”

In an interview with Reuters on Aug.30, 2005, he says:
"Government members, the NGOs, the big embassy staff, the United Nations staff ... they made a mafia system and you can see the result." [2]

"We received about $12 billion since three years, where is the money?" he said, referring to international aid since the overthrow of the Taliban in late 2001.”

"The Afghan people are against warlords, why does the international community, why does the Afghan government supports warlords?"

"In the provinces, all governors are former warlords, all chiefs of police, and the Afghan people don't accept this situation."

- And so on.

It is not difficult to predict what will be the result of the “miracle” election about which you take comfort. A parliament filled with the most cruel, misogynist, anti-democracy, and reactionary fundamentalists headed by such disgusting drug traders as Sayyaf, Qanoni, Rabbani, Mohaqqiq, Pairam Qul, Hazrat Ali, and their likes.

These U.S. backed religious fascists will never “spread democracy”, but rather try to “legitimate” and perpetuate their bloody domination on our people by sitting in the legislature as “lawmakers”.

Ms. Tebelius, anybody who wants to be regarded as a friend of the people of Afghanistan and not of the present regime, she/he has to expose the fundamentalists and their dangerous agenda and avoid to dance to the tune of the US government or its blue-eyed boys in Afghanistan.

As Aldous Huxley wrote, “The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human”. Please don’t play the role of a propagandist.

Moreover by naming the most scandalous elections in the world “the miracle of Afghanistan”, you have insulted millions of Afghans who didn’t vote for the murderers of their beloved ones. Can’t you feel how painful and disgusting it is to propagate such nonsense?

We hope to recognize you in the future as a sincere friend of our people.

Mehmooda Shekiba, RAWA
Kabul October 25, 2005

tisdag, januari 17, 2006

Tariq Ali om Iraks framtid - Guardian 16 jan


Lögner och undertryckta sanningar har blivit vardagsmat i Väst

By year three of Iraq's occupation, for most western citizens the fact that they live in a world protractedd by lies, half-truths and suppressed facts has become part of everyday life.

Kommer irak att överleva eller splittras?

In Iraq, a preoccupation for many of the country's citizens, including some who initially supported the war, is whether their country will survive or whether the result of western recolonisation will soon be disintegration. A Hobbesian landscape today could lead to a tripartite division tomorrow.

Den gamla kända irakiska poeten hade en tro på den irakiska nationalismen

In the last half of the preceding century, the great Iraqi poet, Muhammad Mahdi al-Jawahiri, himself the son of a Shia cleric and born in the holy city of Najaf, could express his detachment from religious sectarianism and affirm his faith in an Iraqi nationalism:

Detta verkar idag vara mycket avlägset

ana al-Iraqu, lisani qalbuhu, wa dami furatuhu, wa kiyani minhu ashtaru (I am Iraq, her heart is my tongue, my blood her Euphrates, my very being from her branches formed). It seems a very long time ago.

USA är starkt beroende av Iran-shias

What lies ahead? The US occupation is heavily dependent on the de facto support of the Shia political parties, especially Sciri (the Supreme Council for the Revolution in Iraq), Tehran's instrument in Iraq.

Sistani ville i början ha ett enat Irak, men saker har förändrats

Ayatollah Sistani, who, soon after the fall of Baghdad, told Iraqis of every hue that he favoured an independent and united Iraq, may have meant it at the time, but events have moved on.


När han förhindrade (irakiska) alSadres shiauppror, då hindrade han också enigheten

When Sistani prevented Shia groups from waging their own struggle and persuaded Moqtada al-Sadr to cease resistance, he also dented the unity of the country.


En förenad motståndsrörelse från två flanker

A unified resistance fighting on two fronts could have led to a unified government later.

Unsurprisingly, Thomas Friedman, of the New York Times, has demanded that Sistani be awarded the Nobel peace prize.


Om de från början istället motsatt sig ockupationen skulle det hela kunna vara över

Had the Shia parties decided to resist the occupation, it would have been over a long time ago, if indeed it had taken place at all.


Men dessa shia gjorde i eget syfte klart att de inte tänkte motsätta en irakisk regimförändring, men detta var ett farligt spel

The clerics in power in Iran made clear to Washington that they would not oppose the overthrow of the Taliban or of Saddam Hussein. They did so for their own motives and in their own interests, but theirs was a dangerous game.


Hade inte motståndet skapat en förtroendekris för Bush och Blair

Had the Ba'athists and military nationalists not resisted, instead denying Bush and Blair the glory of which they dreamed and creating a crisis of confidence in Washington and London,


kunde regimförändring i Teheran ha kvarstått på USAs agenda, trots Irans USAsupport

regime change in Tehran might have remained on the agenda, despite Iranian support for the US.


Ironiskt nog omöjliggjorde motståndet detta och höga USAmilitärer vill nu dra sig ur

Ironically enough, it is the resistance in Iraq that has made any such adventure impossible in the medium term. The US army high command, overstretched in Iraq, is seriously divided on the war and there is little doubt that some senior figures in the Pentagon favour a rapid withdrawal for purely military reasons.


Kunde det tilltufsade Imperiet klara en politisk triumf, att bryta upp motståndsfästet Irak? Ja utan tvekan

Could the empire, stalemated militarily, pull off a political triumph? A break-up of Iraq, which besides its cousin Syria was the only state resisting US domination, would mean a victory of sorts. There should be no doubt on this score.


Kurdledarna har tjänat mest på ockupationen och fick pengar av USA för att kunna ha området som bas

The Iraqi group that has benefited the most from the occupation is the Kurdish tribal leadership. The Kurds received a great deal of funding for 12 years prior to the war, and US intelligence agencies utilised the region as a base to penetrate the rest of the country.


Kurderna dominerar armén och polisen samt politiken med en ultrafederalism och en egen etnisk rensning

The Kurds dominate the puppet army and police; they have determined the ultra-federal character of the constitution and make no secret of the fact that they favour an ethnic cleansing of Arabs and other non-Kurds in Kirkuk, including those born in the city.

En epoks förtryckta kan i nästa epok lätt bli förtryckare själva, vilket Israel visar

Oppressed minorities in one epoch can rapidly become oppressors in another as Israel continues to demonstrate to the world. The Kurdish leaders, with Kirkuk in their bag, are happy to become a western protectorate.


Om den religiöst påtvingade shiaenigheten i Irak kollapsar och detta är möjligt om stöd saknas från USAs trupper och flyg, kan en ny uppgörelse ev förhindra balkaniseringen av Irak

If the clerically enforced unity of the Shia groups collapses, and it could if denied the luxury of American troops and air support, a new deal might be possible to prevent the Balkanisation of Iraq.


Samma gäller om Teheran beslutar att ett oberoende Irak är i regionens intresse. Men ett dylikt starkt slut ligger ändå inte inom synhåll.

The same could happen if Tehran decides, that a genuinely independent Iraq is in the best interests of the region, but rational calculation has not always been the mullahs' strongest suite. A happy ending is not in sight.


Och oljan? Dagens modell kostar irakierna miljarder i förlorade intäkter medan de multinationella företagen skördar frukterna, med upp till 162% i avkastning

And the oil? The model being prepared at the moment will cost Iraq billions in lost revenues while global corporations reap the harvest. The contracts being prepared would provide them with returns of 42% to 162% in an industry where the minimum returns are in the region of 12%.


Medan oljan förblir statsegendom får utländska bolag koncessioner i Halliburtons favör.


While the oil will remain the legal property of the state, the production-sharing agreements (PSAs) will give the concessions to private companies. This too would be seen as a victory by Halliburton and its political patrons.


Så länge som den irakiska regeringen backar upp avtalen kan USA och britterna dra tillbaka sina trupper och utropa sin seger

As long as an Iraqi government backs the PSAs, the US and Britain could withdraw their troops and claim a victory.


Frihetens triumf återspeglas i oljekontrakten. Ytterst lite annat räknas. Men kan överenskommelsen upprätthållas utan dessa imperialistiska trupper på plats? Sannolikt inte. Grundproblemen kvarstår och kampen för oljan kan bli en utdragen historia

The triumph of freedom would be reflected in the oil agreement. After all, little else counts. But could such a deal be maintained indefinitely without the presence of imperial troops? Unlikely.


Oil has, in the past, revitalised nationalist movements and transformed politics in Iran and Iraq. Times are different today, but the basic problems remain, and the struggle for the oil could be a protracted one.

måndag, januari 16, 2006

Finns fredliga alternativ? Den högre skolan om att ha vaggat oss till sömns om "alliansfriheten"

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Fredsrörelsen sitter idag i en fälla. Delar av den har tidigare drivit på för att lägga om det svenska försvaret till ett nytt insatsförsvar. Det innebär att ingå i EUs insatsstyrkor som under NATOs befäl snabbt kan rycka ut i världen där det "brinner".

Det fredsälskande svenska folket lugnas med att EUs insatsstyrkor skall vara "fredsskapande". Men i realiteten kommer de att fungera de som städgummor efter USAs framfart ute i världen.


"Then the Europeans will come and clean up the mess", därefter kommer europeerna och städar upp, sa NATO efter det att Kosovo flygbombats under Balkankriget på -90talet.

Människor drevs då på flykt. och sedan dess har någon lag och ordning knappast infunnit sig trots alla "städgummor", snarare tvärtom. Däremot har USA hunnit bygga upp en jätteslik militärbas i Kosovo och en oljepipeline därifrån ner till Svarta Havet.

Något liknande gäller även för Afghanistan, där de gamla krigsherrarnas opiumodlingar numera blommar som aldrig förr. Många av dessa herrar sitter numera i den politiska ledningen i landet, så därför ger nu NATO en särskild instruktion att dessa odlingar inte får förstöras


Nu trycker försvarspolitiker på för att ge även den officiella doktrinen om svensk alliansfrihet dödsstöten. DNdebattartiklarna nedan i ämnet skrevs i DN den 15-16 jan och i GP den 15 jan.

UTDRAG UR DN debatt 15 jan

"Sätt in försvaret i kampen mot brott som hotar landet"

UTDRAG Tidigare påstods att försvarspolitiken tar vid där utrikespolitiken misslyckats. I dag kan vi konstatera att försvaret av Sverige börjar i näringspolitiken och i kommuner och myndigheters och regeringens förmåga att omedelbart hantera kriser.

Det behövs också ett nationellt säkerhetsforsknings-program och Sverige behöver en samlad strategi för hur vi ska kunna skydda oss mot angrepp i våra informationssystem.

Liksom i övriga nordiska länder bör det vara möjligt för polisen att begära stöd från Försvarsmakten för att möta terrorism eller annan svår brottslighet som hotar vårt land.

KOMMENTAR Blir det så att polis och militära funktioner slås ihop är det riskabelt

DN debatt 16 jan

"Vi kan inte försvara Sverige utan att offra alliansfriheten" av Mike Winnerstig FOI

UTDRAG "Dessutom har Irakkriget inte inneburit att folken i de länder som deltog i den USA-ledda invasionen generellt röstat bort sina regeringar - vare sig inom EU eller resten av världen".

KOMMENTAR Artikeln bäddar i praktiken för den av USA önskade inriktningen på EU (där de flesta redan är medlemmar i NATO).

Att EU som på Balkan släpps in för att agera städgumma efter USAs härjningar, efter bombningar, nybyggda militärbaser, pipelines och att "demokrati" införts i de länder som inte är av det rätta märket...."Then the Europeans will come and clean up the mess".

UTDRAG "Visserligen har EU sedan 2003 genomfört militära operationer, något som var helt otänkbart bara för ett tiotal år sedan.

Men dessa har inte (i Makedonien, Kongo och Bosnien) letts av EU som sådant, eftersom EU inte har några egna militära ledningsresurser.

Det som nu står i fokus för EU:s militära arbete, EU:s snabb-insatsstyrkor, är ett betydligt mera modest koncept.

Från att ha varit skeptisk till både EU och Nato har den nuvarande amerikanska administrationen tydligt tagit ställning för Natos primära roll inom den transatlantiska säkerhetspolitiken.

Detta har stor betydelse både för Nato och de EU-medlemmar som är beroende av amerikanskt stöd och samarbete."

KOMMENTAR Nästa steg enligt PNAC är för USA att ersätta FN med NATO

UTDRAG Det senare gäller även Sverige, som officiellt har samma negativa linje som USA vad gäller synen på EU som en framtida försvarsallians.

..Tvärtom finns det en stor mängd krishärdar i världen där civila insatser, snarare än militära, är både de mest efterfrågade och de mest behövda.

Inom EU:s gemensamma säkerhets- och försvarspolitik (EUBG) har EU också genomfört ett tiotal civila insatser, och en titt i den säkerhetspolitiska kristallkulan ger vid handen att det är detta som är EU:s stora tillväxtpotential

KOMMENTAR Det vill jag lova..Försvarsmakten stakar ut sin marknadsnisch.

UTDRAG Det rör sig om renodlade civila missioner, till exempel polis- och räddningsmissioner, men också om skydd av humanitära operationer, stabiliserings-insatser efter konflikt, säkerhetssektorreformer och militärt rådgivningsarbete

Konfliktförebyggande insatser, populära i de diplomatiska middagstalen men av många skäl ofta sällsynta i praktiken, kan också vara en nisch för EU:s operationer

KOMMENTAR Så kom då till slut ordet "nisch"

UTDRAG Civila insatser är också i hög grad efterfrågade i till exempel Afrika, inte minst eftersom de ses som mindre "belastade" än vad före detta kolonialmakters militära EU-operationer skulle vara.

För svensk del kan man hävda att den utveckling inom det svenska försvaret som nu sker, framför allt avseende den svenska EU-snabbinsatsstyrkan är kompatibel med detta.

Det är inte politiskt sannolikt att denna styrka kommer att sättas in i stora militära stridsoperationer.

Mer sannolikt är att den kommer att användas som stöd vid olika former av civila insatser, något som styrkan också skall övas för.

EUBG-konceptet bygger också i praktiken på Natostandard vilket gör att de svenska förbanden blir mer interoperabla med Nato.

KOMMENTAR Se USAs målsättning ovan, där Sverige hittat en "efterfrågan"

UTDRAG Skulle vi förutsättningslöst kunna diskutera ett avskaffande av alliansfriheten, kommer den försvarsreform vi nu genomför att framstå som synnerligen rationell

KOMMENTAR Visst - allt är ju redan klart, bara formaliteten demokratiskt beslut fattas..

UTDRAG Kombineras detta med en ökad satsning på civil krishantering inom EU skulle vi som omväxling få en heltäckande och koherent säkerhetspolitisk doktrin både för dagens och framtidens utmaningar.

KOMMENTAR Se första debattartikeln om krishantering. Så har alltså hela marknaden för det svenska försvarsföretaget täckts in

DÅ SKULLE JU INTE HELLER NÅGON TUNG SVENSK VAPENINDUSTRI BEHÖVAS ..ELLER?

lördag, januari 14, 2006

Vem kan låta bli att fälla tårar..... Riverbend

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I've spent the last two days crying. It is said he lived long enough to talk to police and then he died. Thank You for the Music...


When I first heard about the abduction of Christian Science Monitor journalist Jill Carroll a week ago, I remember feeling regret. It was the same heavy feeling I get every time I hear of another journalist killed or abducted. The same heavy feeling that settles upon most Iraqis, I imagine, when they hear of acquaintances suffering under the current situation.


I read the news as a subtitle on tv. We haven't had an internet connection for several days so I couldn't really read about the details. All I knew was that a journalist had been abducted and that her Iraqi interpreter had been killed. He was shot in cold blood in Al Adil district earlier this month, when they took Jill Carroll... Theysay he didn't die immediately. It is said he lived long enough to talk to police and then he died.


I found out very recently that the interpreter killed was a good friend- Alan, of Alan's Melody, and I've spent the last two days crying.

Everyone knew him as simply 'Alan', or "Elin" as it is pronounced in Iraqi Arabic. Prior to the war, he owned a music shop in the best area in Baghdad, A'arasat. He sold some Arabic music and instrumental music, but he had his regular customers - those westernized Iraqis who craved foreign music. For those of us who listened to rock, adult alternative, jazz, etc. he had very few rivals.

He sold bootleg CDs, tapes and DVDs. His shop wasn't just a music shop- it was a haven. Some of my happiest moments were while I was walking out of that shop carrying CDs and tapes, full of anticipation for the escape the music provided. He had just about everything from Abba to Marilyn Manson. He could provide anything. All you had to do was go to him with the words,"Alan- I heard a great song on the radio... you have to find it!" Andhe'd sit there, patiently, asking who sang it? You don't know? Ok- was it a man or a woman? Fine. Do you remember any of the words? Chances were that he'd already heard it and even knew some of the lyrics.

During the sanctions, Iraq was virtually cut off from the outside world.We had maybe four or five local tv stations and it was only during the later years that the internet became more popular. Alan was one of those links with the outside world. Walking into Alan's shop was like walking into a sort of transitional other world. Whenever you walked into the store, great music would be blaring from his speakers and he and Mohammed, the guy who worked in his shop, would be arguing over who was better, Joe Satriani or Steve Vai.

He would have the latest Billboard hits posted on a sheet of paper near the door and he'd have compiled a few of his own favorites on a 'collection' CD. He also went out of his way to get recordings of the latest award shows- Grammys, AMAs, Oscars, etc. You could visit him twice and know that by the third time, he'd have memorized your favorites and found music you might be interested in.

He was an electrical engineer- but his passion was music. His dream was to be a music producer. He was always full of scorn for the usual boy bands - N'Sync, Backstreet Boys, etc. - but he was always trying to promote an Iraqi boy band he claimed he'd discovered,"Unknown to No One". "They're great- wallah they have potential." He'd say. E. would answer, "Alan, they're terrible." And Alan, with his usual Iraqi pride would lecture about how they were great, simply because they were Iraqi.

He was a Christian from Basrah and he had a lovely wife who adored him- F. We would tease him about how once he was married and had a family, he'd lose interest in music. It didn't happen. Conversations with Alan continued to revolve around Pink Floyd, Jimmy Hendrix, but they began to include F. his wife, M. his daughter and his little boy. My heart aches for his family- his wife and children...

You could walk into the shop and find no one behind the counter- everyone was in the other room, playing one version or another of FIFA soccer on the Play Station. He collected those old records, or 'vinyls'. The older they were, the better. While he promoted new musical technology, he always said that nothing could beat the soundof a vintage vinyl.

We went to Alan not just to buy music. It always turned into a social visit. He'd make you sit down, listen to his latest favorite CD and drink something. Then he'd tell you the latest gossip- he knew it all. He knew where all the parties were, who the best DJs were and who was getting married or divorced. He knew the local gossip and the international gossip, but it was never malicious with Alan. It was always the funny sort.

The most important thing about Alan was that he never let you down. Never. Whatever it was that you wanted, he'd try his hardest to get it. If you became his friend, that didn't just include music- he was ready to lend a helping hand to those in need, whether it was just to give advice, or listen after a complicated, difficult week.

After the war, the area he had his shop in deteriorated. There were car bombs and shootings and the Badir people took over some of the houses there. People went to A'arasat less and less because it was too dangerous. His shop was closed up more than it was open. He shut it up permanently after getting death threats and a hand grenade through his shop window. His car was carjacked at some point and he was shot at so he started driving around in his fathers beaten-up old Toyota Cressida with a picture of Sistani on his back window, "To ward off the fanatics..." He winked and grinned.

E. and I would stop by his shop sometimes after the war, before he shut it down. We went in once and found that there was no electricity,and no generator. The shop was dimly lit with some sort of fuel lampand Alan was sitting behind the counter, sorting through CDs. He was ecstatic to see us. There was no way we could listen to music so he and E. sang through some of their favorite songs, stumbling upon the lyrics and making things up along the way. Then we started listening to various ring tones and swapping the latest jokes of the day. Before we knew it, two hours had slipped by and the world outside was forgotten, an occasional explosion bringing us back to reality.

It hit me then that it wasn't the music that made Alan's shop a haven- somewhere to forget problems and worries- it was Alan himself.

He loved Pink Floyd:

Did you see the frightened ones?
Did you hear the falling bombs?
Did you ever wonder why we
Had to run for shelter when the
Promise of a brave, new world
Unfurled beneath the clear blue sky?
Did you see the frightened ones?
Did you hear the falling bombs?
The flames are all long gone, but the pain lingers on.
Goodbye, blue sky
Goodbye, blue sky.
Goodbye. Goodbye.


(Goodbye Blue Sky - Pink Floyd)

Goodbye Alan...
http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com

fredag, januari 13, 2006

3/ Iran - Next stop UN Security Cauncel - Whitney, Gerson, Watson

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Förord: Ingen "utlänning" vågar, vill, törs stoppa galningarna i Vita huset,

EU och IAEA i Wien jamsar med som vanligt och nästa steg blir, vilket tidigare bl.a Scott Ritter påtalat, att bomba Iran. Och USA har som vanligt pressat och pressat på FN och via sina taktiska steg få Säkerhetsrådet in i ett hörn, så att man till slut får det att låta som om det är OK att bomba Iran.


Det har också noggrant avslöjats hur USA fick Iran att gå i en fälla och även provokativt försökt placera "bevis" för Irans kärnvapenplaner. Bombningarna skall enligt plan ske tidigast i mars via israeliska ombud och ca 500 mini-bunkerbusters levererade av USA. Till hjälp mot det eventuella anfallet levererar emellertid Ryssland sitt högkvalificerade antirobotvapen.


Vid denna tid planerar samtidigt Iran att skapa sin egen oljebörs, ett drag som får president Bush att rysa vid blotta tanken på vad som då händer med dollarvärdet. Även Iraks president Saddam Hussein hyste liknande planer, men så kom Gulfkriget emellan..


Också under Saddams tid 1981 bombade Israel det nästan färdigbyggda kärnkraftverket i norra Irak. Som vanligt känner sig Israel nu förfärligt hotat av sina grannar, vilket istället borde föranleda dom att rannsaka sig själva och sin egen sionistiska erövringspolitik. Men tyvärr verkar hoppet för en fredlig politik vara ute, även när det gäller dessa dårar i regeringsställning.


Allt detta innebär en stor fara inte bara för läget och människorna i Mellanösrtern utan över huvud taget. Inte minst när det gäller det ev radioaktiva nedfall som sprider sig runt jorden via atmosfärsströmmarna och i koncentrerad form faller ner med nederbörden.


Det är troligt att USA inte vill ha sina mannar i närheten vid ett anfall, då det räcker med en fatwa från ayatollorna att man i så fall kommer till paradiset om man anfaller amerikanarna.


Annexing Khuzestan; battle-plans for Iran

By Mike Whitney

02/01/06 -- -- In less than 24 hours the Bush administration has won impressive victories on both domestic and foreign policy fronts. At home, the far-right Federalist Society alum, Sam Alito, has overcome the feeble resistance from Democratic senators; ensuring his confirmation to the Supreme Court.


Equally astonishing, the administration has coerced both Russia and China into bringing Iran before the United Nations Security Council although (as Mohamed ElBaradei says) “There’s no evidence of a nuclear weapons program.” The surprising capitulation of Russia and China has forced Iran to abandon its efforts for further negotiations; cutting off dialogue that might diffuse the volatile situation.


“We consider any referral or report of Iran to the Security Council as the end of diplomacy,” Ali Larijani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, told state television.


The administration’s success with Iran ends the diplomatic charade and paves the way for war. Now, UN Ambassador John Bolton will appear before the Security Council making spurious allegations of “noncompliance” that will rattle through the corporate media and prepare the world for unilateral military action.


The administration has no hope of securing the votes needed for sanctions or punitive action. The trip to the Security Council is purely a ploy to provide the cover of international legitimacy to another act of unprovoked aggression. The case has gone as far as it will go excluding the requisite “touched up” satellite photos and bogus allegations of unreliable dissidents.


We should now be focused on how Washington intends to carry out its war plans, since war appears to be inevitable.


Those who doubt that the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld team will attack Iran, while so conspicuously overextended in Iraq, are ignoring the subtleties of the administration’s Middle East strategy.


Bush has no intention of occupying Iran. Rather, the goal is to destroy major weapons-sites, destabilize the regime, and occupy a sliver of land on the Iraqi border that contains 90% of Iran’s oil wealth. Ultimately, Washington will aim to replace the Mullahs with American-friendly clients who can police their own people and fabricate the appearance of representative government.


But, that will have to wait. For now, the administration must prevent the incipient Iran bourse (oil-exchange) from opening in March and precipitating a global sell-off of the debt-ridden dollar. There have many fine articles written about the proposed “euro-based” bourse and the devastating effects it will have on the greenback. The best of these are “Petrodollar Warfare: Oil, Iraq and the Future of the Dollar” by William R. Clark, and “The Proposed Oil Bourse” by Krassimir Petrov, Ph.D.


The bottom line on the bourse is this; the dollar is underwritten by a national debt that now exceeds $8 trillion dollars and trade deficits that surpass $600 billion per year. That means that the greenback is the greatest swindle in the history of mankind. It’s utterly worthless.


The only thing that keeps the dollar afloat is that oil is traded exclusively in greenbacks rather than some other currency. If Iran is able to smash that monopoly by trading in petro-euros then the world’s central banks will dump the greenback overnight, sending markets crashing and the US economy into a downward spiral.


The Bush administration has no intention of allowing that to take place. In fact, as the tax-cuts and the budget deficits indicate, the Bush cabal fully intends to perpetuate the system that trades worthless dollars for valuable commodities, labor, and resources. As long as the oil market is married to the dollar, this system of global indentured servitude will continue.


Battle Plans

The Bush administration’s attention has shifted to a small province in southwestern Iran that is unknown to most Americans. Never the less, Khuzestan will become the next front in the war on terror and the lynchpin for prevailing in the global resource war.


If the Bush administration can sweep into the region (under the pretext disarming Iran’s nuclear weapons programs) and put Iran’s prodigious oil wealth under US control, the dream of monopolizing Middle East oil will have been achieved.


Not surprisingly, this was Saddam Hussein’s strategy in 1980 when he initiated hostilities against Iran in a war that would last for eight years. Saddam was an American client at the time, so it is likely that he got the green-light for the invasion from the Reagan White House. Many of Reagan’s high-ranking officials currently serve in the Bush administration; notably Rumsfeld and Cheney.


Khuzestan represents 90% of Iran’s oil production. The control over these massive fields will force the oil-dependent nations of China, Japan and India to continue to stockpile greenbacks despite the currency’s dubious value. The annexing of Khuzestan will prevent Iran’s bourse from opening, thereby guaranteeing that the dollar will maintain its dominant position as the world’s reserve currency. A


s long as the dollar reigns supreme and western elites have their hands on the Middle East oil-spigot, the current system of exploitation through debt will continue into perpetuity. The administration can confidently prolong its colossal deficits without fear of a plummeting dollar. (In fact, the American war-machine and all its various appendages, from Guantanamo to Abrams Tanks, are paid for by the myriad nations who willingly hold reserves of American currency)


This extortion-scheme is typically referred to as the global economic system. In reality, it has nothing to do with either free markets or capitalism. That is just philosophical mumbo-jumbo. This is the dollar-system; predicated entirely on the ongoing monopoly of the oil trade in dollars.


Invading Khuzestan

In a recent article by Zolton Grossman, “Khuzestan; the First Front in the War on Iran?”, Grossman cites the Beirut Daily Star which predicts that the “"first step taken by an invading force would be to occupy Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan Province, securing the sensitive Straits of Hormuz and cutting off the Iranian military's oil supply, forcing it to depend on its limited stocks."


This strategy has been called the “Khuzestan Gambit”, and we can expect that some variant of this plan will be executed following the aerial bombardment of Iranian military installations and weapons sites. If Iran retaliates, then there is every reason to believe that either the United States or Israel will respond with low-yield, bunker-busting nuclear weapons.


In fact, the Pentagon may want to demonstrate its eagerness to use nuclear weapons do deter future adversaries and to maintain current levels of troop deployments without a draft.


Tonkin Bay Redux

On January 28, 2006, Iranian officials announced that they would “hand over evidence that proved British involvement in bombings in the southern city of Ahvaz earlier in the week” that killed eight civilians and wounded 46 others. This was just one of the many bombings, incitements, and demonstrations that have taken place in Khuzestan in the last year that suggest foreign intervention.


The action is strikingly similar to the 2 British commandoes who were apprehended in Basra a few months ago dressed as Arabs with a truckload of explosives during the week of religious festival.


Coincidence?

Perhaps.

But, step by step, Iran is being set up for war. What difference does the provocation make? The determination to consolidate the oil reserves in the Caspian Basin was made more than a decade ago and is clearly articulated in the policy papers produced by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).


The Bush administration is one small province away from realizing the its dream of controlling the world’s most valued resource. They won’t let that opportunity pass them by



Joseph Gerson: Vad gör vi när det gäller Iran? Skriftlig intervju av Agneta Norberg

1. What should we do?

We should bear in mind that Iran does not yet have nuclear weapons, and the West’s "intelligence" services report that it could take three to five years or more before Iran could develop a nuclear weapon.


This crisis is an example of the truism that one reaps what one sows. It is a mistake to view this as simply and Iranian generated problem.


Iran received nuclear technology, training and materials from the United States when Iran was ruled by the Shah and played an essential role for the U.S. in helping to contain Nasserite and other Arab nationalism.


The situation has been greatly compounded by U.S. regional hegemony in the Middle East which has been enforced by at least ten U.S. nuclear threats, beginning in 1946 and continuing through Bush the Lesser’s implied threats on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.


Two other fundamentally important compounding elements have been the nuclear hypocrisy of the United States and other nuclear powers who have insisted that non-nuclear nations abide by the provision of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.


While they nearly flaunt their resistance to fulfilling their NPT Article 6 obligations - reinforced by the International Court of Justice’s 1999 advisory opinion - to negotiate and implement the complete elimination of their nuclear arsenals.


Unfortunately, both the clerical regime in Teheran and Kim Jung Il in Pyongyang are on solid legal ground when the assert their right under the NPT to enrich uranium for production of energy, not weapons production.


In this increasingly dangerous existential situation, the "West" needs to take a deep breath and be rather more imaginative in its diplomacy than the Bush Administration and Europeans have been.


Joseph Rotblat, the one senior scientist to quit the Manhattan Project for moral reasons, and who was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, posed humanity options clearly years ago: Humanity can either eliminate all the world’s nuclear weapons, or we will see their global proliferation and the apocalyptic wars that will follow.


The boldest move that George Bush, who tells us that God speaks directly to him, could take now would be to say that the Creator has sent him a new epiphany: The crises with Iran and North Korea have illuminated the wisdom of Joseph Rotblat.


And together with Russia and China the U.S. will be convening a gathering of the most senior officials of the declared and non-declared nuclear powers - including Israel - to negotiate a time bound and completely verifiable nuclear weapons convention to eliminate the gravest sources of insecurity – nuclear weapons – where are spurring the proliferation that threatens humanity’s very survival.


That announcement should be linked to an appeal to Iran, North Korea, and all other nations which are exploring the development of nuclear weapons to freeze their programs - with IAEA monitoring - while the negotiations among the nuclear powers proceed.


Bush should also add that he has become aware that the growing reliance on nuclear power generation by "advanced" nations is dangerous for the planet, both because the plants’ wastes poison the planet and they lead to the creation of weapons grade nuclear fuel.


In addition to reaffirming the need for the world’s nations to close this loophole in the NPT, he should indicate that this will be on the agenda of those negotiating the nuclear weapons convention.


The U.S. should state publicly that there is little chance of preventing other nations in the Middle East from going nuclear until Israel dismantles its secret nuclear weapons arsenal in a verifiable manner. Then, much as it did during its nuclear alerts at the end of the 1967 and 1973 Israeli-Arab wars.


Privately, both Republican and Democratic U.S. leaders should communicate to all of the candidates for the Israeli presidency that if Israel does not move toward complete nuclear disarmament, the U.S. will sharply cut back on its economic and diplomatic assistance.


Will this happen? Very unlikely! But unless it does, after the crisis with Iran - whatever its outcome - we’ll be facing crises with twenty or more nations from Japan and Taiwan, to emerging powers in South America.


2. What can we expect: In the world of Realpolitik, a more likely approach is that the Northern powers and their allies will do what they can to further disengage from Iran


And to isolate it economically while encouraging Russia and to a lesser extent China - important suppliers and markets for Iran - to take the lead in brokering an agreement, much as China has done in the Six Party Talks with North Korea. Will this succeed? Who knows?


The U.S. is now pressing the IAEA to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council where the U.S. and the Europeans will press for economic sanctions, and the Russians and Chinese will determine whether such sanctions have the imprimatur of the U.N.


The U.S. will accelerate and deepen its efforts to engineer "regime change" through covert means.


Planning for a possible military strike - aerial bombardments, possibly including tactical nuclear weapons - against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure will deepen.


Just as India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel secretly developed nuclear weapons, I think there is a better than even chance that within a decade Iran will emerge as nuclear power. The Iranian President’s rhetoric about wiping Israel off the map makes this a particularly horrifying prospect.


But we should not forget that under the current U.S. Nuclear Posture Review Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and Syria are named - explicitly threatened - as targets of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Such nuclear attacks would certainly “wipe” these nations “off the map.”


3. Will the U.S. or the U.S. and Britain, or possibly even Israel attack Iran?

Here in the United States there are credible reports that planning for military strikes against Iran, as described above, began early in 2004 and are well advanced. There are also credible reports that these attacks will take place before the end of March, 2006.


At the same time, popular wisdom is that the dispersal of the elements of Iran’s nuclear program to more than 250 sites means that such attacks would ultimately be ineffective.


We should remember that even the use of so-called "conventional" weapons against nuclear reactors would be a form of nuclear war, spreading radiation across populated areas and poisoning thousands if not millions, of people.


Finally, it should also be anticipated that if the United States attacked Iran, it would lead to widespread reprisals across the Islamic world and to countless devastating terrorist attacks - possibly including "dirty bombs" in urban settings - against the United States and its allies in such attacks. Hopefully this reality is being considered in the highest councils of power in Washington, D.C. and corporate boardrooms across the planet.


We’ve hit a very nasty time. Its seeds were planted before many of us were born. And it will take wisdom and commitment from the world’s peoples and governments to see humanity through its nuclear crisis - of which Iran is but its newest incipient dimension.



US set to clinch nuclear deal with India

By Paul Watson in New Delhi
January 14, 2006


AS WASHINGTON steps up pressure on Iran and North Korea to abandon suspected nuclear weapons programs, US officials are completing a nuclear deal with India that critics says is a threat to non-proliferation efforts.


India has agreed to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor civilian nuclear plants. But it will decide which of its sites are civilian, and any designated military will remain off-bounds and free to produce more nuclear weapons as India builds the sophisticated missiles to deliver them.


After meeting the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, on Thursday, John Kerry, the former Democratic presidential hopeful who sits on the powerful Senate foreign relations committee, said he supports the deal, which is still being negotiated, in principle and called it "a very positive step forward". But he echoed concerns that it allows India to keep producing the weapons-grade nuclear material.


The same day the foreign ministers of Germany, Britain and France declared that more than two years of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have hit a "dead end", and called for the matter to be brought before the United Nations Security Council for tougher action, setting the stage for a long-awaited international showdown.


It was also revealed that Israel has drawn up plans for strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities with bunker-busting bombs supplied by the US, but analysts say it has no intention of carrying them through while diplomatic pressure is growing on Tehran.


Israel regards Tehran as the single greatest threat, a view sharpened by the call by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran for the Jewish state's destruction and his denial of the Holocaust.


Iran said yesterday it would end voluntary co-operation with the UN over its nuclear program, including snap checks of atomic sites, if Tehran was referred to the Security Council for possible sanctions.


The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, said on Thursday that the Iranian Government had carried out a "deliberate escalation" of the nuclear dispute as she joined condemnation of the Islamic republic by Britain, France and Germany. Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, also warned Tehran could lose Moscow's support if it did not re-impose a moratorium on sensitive nuclear research.


Japan added its voice to the chorus of disapproval yesterday. The Chief Cabinet Secretary, Shinzo Abe, said: 'Unless Iran changes its behaviour, there is no option other than to report to the UN Security Council".


The US's nuclear deal with India goes back to July, when President George Bush and Dr Singh agreed to resume nuclear co-operation in energy and other civilian fields, even though India refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Under the Atomic Energy Act, Mr Bush needs congressional support to initiate nuclear co-operation between the US and India.


The US led international moves to isolate India after it tested a nuclear bomb in 1974, when India was a close ally of the Soviet Union. Sanctions were tightened when India and neighbouring Pakistan carried out a series of tit-for-tat nuclear weapons tests in 1998.


But the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and India's growing economic and military strength, have radically changed Washington's views of South Asia.


The Bush Administration has moved quickly to forge a close "strategic partnership" with India, which includes accords for closer co-operation in high-tech fields such as space flight, satellites and missile defence.

onsdag, januari 11, 2006

Kalendarium - Efter tre år av krig i Irak

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MOT KRIG OCH HETS - TILLSAMMANS FÖR EN VÄRLD I FRED


TISDAG 21 Februari kl.19.00
Hörsal Dragonen, Sprängkullsgatan 19

Talare:
Fredsforskaren och Mellanösternexperten Gösta Tompuri
Shaista och Sofia Khan, guider på utställningen 99 namn för Gud
samt Kaleem Shaitch, Islamska kulturcentrat


8 mars kl 12 - 19 har Världskuturmuseet olika program under Internationella kvinnodagen. En filmslinga går runt hela dagen också 23 textade minuter från liv, död och kvinnor i Falluja.



13 maj kommer chefen för Iraks Nationalmuseums i Bagdad, Donny George, till Göteborg för att tala om Iraks plundrade kulturskatter. Han kan även berätta vad som i övrigt hänt i landet på ett mycket bra sätt. George kommer att delta i olika programpunkter i regionen innan han åker iväg till Stockholm runt 20 maj



Var med och mobilisera för
18 MARS - DEMONSTRATION PÅ TREÅRSDAG AV IRAKKRIGET


kl 13 från Götaplatsen till Gustav Adolfs Torg med huvudparollen


USA UT UR IRAK - INGET SVENSKT STÖD TILL USAs KRIG
ERKÄNN IRAKERNAS RÄTT TILL SJÄLVBESTÄMMANDE OCH MOTSTÅND MOT OCKUPATIONEN
NEJ TILL RASISM OCH INSKRÄNKTA DEMOKRATISKA RÄTTIGHETER I USAs KRIG MOT TERRORN
INGA SVENSKA SOLDATER I AFGHANISTAN NEJ TILL KRIG MOT IRAN

Den 18 mars är årsdagen för tre år av Irak ockuperat. Det krig som lett till oerhörda mängder civilas död genom våld och bomber. Bara under juli månad år 2005 rapporterades 1100 civila dödsfall från Bagdads bårhus enbart genom våld skriver Robert Fisk i Independent 08/16/05, vilket betyder 180 000 dödade idag är fullt rimligt

TILL ER som vill en bra demonstration, en styrkedemonstration den 18 mars inför treårsdagen av Irakkriget.. Att vi bland miljontals andra bidrar till att stoppa Bushadministrationen innan det blir för sent. För det räcker nu med Afghanistan, Irak, Syrien och Iran...och muhammedbilderna.

Vi har tidigare från högt uppsatt håll uppmanats att "aldrig glömma förintelsen" - vilket borde göra att även breda grupper nu ansluter sig..

100 kr i bidrag till våra utgifter mottages tacksamt på postgiro 4064380-1

Märk talongen med 18 mars och tack för att ni finns!


Nu är det Syrien och Irans tur att hotas av den amerikanska krigsmaskinen. Detta sker enligt den plan som redan år 2000 lades fram av PNAC, Projekt for a New American Century, tankesmedjan där kretsen kring president Bush ingår.


Även inrikespolitiskt är detta en farlig väg för USA, en utveckling som spiller över även på EU och vår egen svenska lagstiftning i "kriget mot terrorn". Det är bara Martial law som fattas, så är hela USA en fasciststat.

Det brinner alltså runtom oss och kriget är på kort sikt samtidigt den värsta miljöförstöraen. Små minikärnvapen kan komma till bruk om USA genom Israels försorg bombar "Irans möjlighet att utveckla kärnvapen", enligt mönster från Irakkrigets inledning. Stoftet kan komma att sprida sig med atmosfärsvindarna och även nå oss i koncentrerad form via nederbörden.


Samtidigt har Iran undertecknat Ickespridningsavtal (NPT) och installerat IAEAs övervakningskameror och instrument samt tillåtit inspektioner och med det enligt avtalet har rätt att utveckla civil kärnkraft. Särskilt som kärnvapenlandet Indien utan att ens ha undertecknat NPT fått klartecken från USA att utveckla sin egen kärnkraft. Däremot planerar Iran införa en PETRO-EURObörs i mars, vilket ses som det verkliga hotet av USA med sitt nuvarande dollarmonopol på oljespotmarknaden.


Vi behöver alltså idag ett bredare och djupare fredssamarbete. Många ideella organisationer och kyrkor har tidigare gjort ett mycket bra arbete. Däremot såg man inte särskilt mycket av det som kallas den "etablerade fredsrörelsen" vid tiden för den stora mobiliseringen i Sverige och övriga världen inför Irakkriget år 2003.


Denna etablerade fredsrörelse har applåderat utvecklingen av dagens internationella insatsstyrkor med hänvisning till att de då kunde utföra insatser för freden i all världens krishärdar.


Redan idag har realismen i detta förslag visat sig vara nog så ihålig. Sverige har sedan 2002 efter förfrågan från Storbritannien satt upp en svensk ISAFstyrka under NATOs befäl i Afghanistan, där tre soldater ur den Särskilda SkyddsStyrkan fått sätta livet till.


Liknande trupper utgör grundbulten i dagen svenska insatsförsvar som också ingår i EUs insatstrupper, fullt utbyggda till år 2008. Frågan är hur mycket "fred" dessa representerar. 97% av dem tillhör samtidigt NATO och, vilket Sverige gör i Afghanistan, står under NATOs befäl i USAs krig mot terrorn.


Efter att USA i "självförsvar" anfallit Afghanistan efter terrorattentatet den 11 september år 2001 är krigsherrarna-knarkbaronerna-talibanerna i landet numera väl representerade i den afghanska politiken. Idag blommar opiumodlingarna som aldrig förr i landet och NATO har förbjudit att de förstörs.


På grund av den utländska ockupationen av landet har talibanerna idag fått allt större vind i seglen och planerar en storinvation mot US-NATOstyrkorna från trakterna vid pakistanska gränsen. Och som alltid är det civilbefolkningen som lider mest i stormaktsspelet. Alltså USAs kontroll över UNOCALs planerade gaspipeline ner till Pakistan och vidare.


Vad kan vi göra för att få vår egen regering och våra riksdagspolitiker att gå emot en fortsatt USAledd våg av krig och terror som den i Mellanöstern? Enligt PNAC syftar USAs väldiga militärapparat idag till att säkra den egna hegenmonin och kontrollen över världens energiresurser.


Det gäller då att vi utvecklar den egna kreativiteten för att trycka på politikerna och skapa en så bred mobilisering som möjligt inför de stora demonstrationer som äger rum i världen den 18 mars på treårsdagen av ockupationen. Inte bara för att hindra en mörk och oviss framtid, utan också för att visa vår solidaritet och medkänsla med alla de miljoner människor som genom krigen får sina liv ödelagda i ett enda långt och mörkt lidande.


Genom att vi ställer upp i demonstrationerna visar vi samtidigt befolkningen i världens idag farligaste land Irak, att de har vårt stöd, vår solidaritet och medkänsla, och på så sätt kan bidra till att hålla livsgnistan uppe för att de orkar leva vidare.


From Iraq Dispatches Dahr Jamail


January 5:

-At least 130 Iraqis and 11 US soldiers die (highest number of US soldiers killed in one day since August) in one of the bloodiest days in Iraq since the invasion.


January 6:

-A medical source at Al-Ramadi State Hospital [speaking on condition of anonymity] reports that 14 civilians, including three children, “were martyred at the hands of US snipers today.” The source added that “the snipers stationed on roof tops of high buildings in Al-Ramadi, killed those victims in the Al-Ma’arid district in the city center this morning”.


Al Sharqiyah correspondent adds that “Al-Ramadi has witnessed massive protests against the presence of US snipers who have been deployed throughout the city, spreading fear among residents.” Al-Sharqiyah says that the US armed forces have yet to comment on this incident.


-For security purposes, Iraq has suspended its daily pumping of 200,000 barrels of crude oil to major oil refineries in Bayji, north of Baghdad.


-A US convoy came under attack in Samarra when an explosive device planted near a petrol station was detonated. Four children were injured in the attack and were rushed to Samarra State Hospital.


-A doctor at Nasiriyah Hospital reported that two Iraqis were killed and 23 were injured today as clashes between demonstrators, who were protesting against unemployment, and Iraqi police continued in Nasiriyah in southern Iraq.


January 7:

-Fierce clashes broke out between resistance fighters and US forces in Fallujah when armed men battled with the US troops in al-Tharthar Street in the eastern part of the city as the latter tightened security measures, blocking all main entrances to the city. Local residents also reported fierce clashes between US soldiers and resistance fighters on Arba’ien Street in central Fallujah.


-Earlier in the day, a roadside bomb went off at about 7:30 a.m. (0430 GMT) in eastern Fallujah as a US military patrol was passing by, destroying a US Humvee, killing or wounding the soldiers aboard, the source said. An Iraqi doctor from Fallujah General Hospital was killed by a US sniper, according to residents.


A recent email from a good friend in Baghdad sums up life for Iraqis in their new “democracy”:


“We are living in a very critical situation now, for the ING [Iraqi National Guard] are covering every corner around us wherever you go inside Baghdad. The killings are ongoing everywhere inside and outside the city.”


“Everybody in my family is safe for now only because no one is interested in putting themselves in danger. Demonstrations are going on all over Iraq for different reasons; price of fuel, lack of security, jobless people are having demonstrations as well as those who do not accept the presence of the Badr Brigades or the American forces. [Meanwhile others are demonstrating in support of the Badr Brigades but against the Americans.]”


“This is some kind of situation around us. The last four nights without electricity…only half an hour every six hours. Fuel prices prevent people from running their generators at home. Fuel on the black market is fifty times the price what it used to be, and nobody can stand waiting at the pumps for days anymore. The minister of oil resigned for this, and Ahmed Chalabi is now the minister…everybody is frustrated yet life is still going on as if the people are hypnotized.”


“Nothing has changed except that we see US Humvees and pick-up trucks full of Iraqi National Guard everywhere [in Baghdad,]” he concluded.



Ockupationen av Irak går nu in på sitt tredje år


då läget är värre än någonsin i landet. Trots det kan man från den svenska regeringens sida inte märka av något egentligt arbete till stöd för den irakiska befolkningens överlevnad. Från EUs sida kan man däremot se ett intresse av att vara med och delta i den amerikanska utplundringen av landets resurser, och där verkar även den svenska regeringen vilja vara med på ett hörn.


Regeringen har heller inte fördömt den amerikanska ockupationen med allt dess lidande för det sedan decennier tillbaka fasansfullt drabbade irakiska folket. Tvärtom har regeringen istället brutit mot svensk lagstiftning och nyligen godkänt export till USA av granatkastaren Excalibur för omedelbart bruk i Irakkriget. Något som helt strider mot förbudet mot export av vapen till länder i krig och representerar ytterligare en skymf mot den drabbade irakiska befolkningen.


Vi levererar alltså svenska vapen till ett av historiens grymmaste krig med över 100 000 dödade civila (Lancet) och en utstuderat genomförd tortyr i de irakiska fängelserna men även på andra håll i världen. Den största delen av landets befolkning lever idag i ett rent helvete där även amerikanska unga soldater får sätta livet till. Ett krig där skolbarnen totalt saknar hopp för framtiden och andelen undernärda småbarn ligger på Burundis nivå. Allt detta i det tidigare mest utvecklade landet i Arabvärlden, där man innan dess inte kunnat se några konflikter mellan "folkgrupperna".


Ett land vars befolkning idag har den högsta andelen posttraumatisk stress i världen. Detta sedan decennier tillbaka pågående stormaktsspel med den då mot Väst lydiga Saddam Hussein, har nu resulterat i att det irakiska folket slag i slag drabbats av Iran-Irakkriget, Gulfkriget, de tolvåriga FNsanktionerna - och nu Irakkriget. I det gamla Mesopotamien, tvåflodslandet och civilisationens vagga. Landet med världens näst största oljereserver. Där står nu människor och köar halva dagarna i den bistra vinterkylan för bränsle till uppvärmning av sina kalla stenhus och bensin till sina transportmedel.


Ett köande för att kunna ta sig in till de numera allt fåtaligare anständiga arbeten som finns i landet. Ett land som efter Världsbankens diktat höjt bränslepriserna minst tre gånger. Samtidigt som den avskydda storskojaren Chalabi numera basar över oljeministeriet. En av CIAs rådgivare med fängelsedomar på tiotals år hängande över huvudet efter att ha förskingrat någon miljard av den jordanska Petra Bank´s tillgångar


Idag lider de irakiska barnen av både undernäring och en förorenad miljö. Ovanliga former av missbildningar och barncancer kom fram redan efter Gulfkriget -91. Barn med cyklopögon eller utan något huvud alls och med atypiska cancerformer. I första hand genom det tusentalet ton radioaktiva DU-bomber som fällts över området.


Vid en promenad i ett av Bagdads bostadsområden år 2003 kom jag att fråga några kvinnor om vägen, varpå de bjöd mig in till sig och en inte alltför ovanlig familjetragedi uppenbarade sig för mina ögon.


I en säng låg en 12-årige pojke som föddes i början av Gulfkriget 1991. Han var fullständigt handikappad både till kropp och tankeförmåga. Modern var änka eftersom mannen samtidigt dödats i Gulfkriget och äldsta sonen skjutits till döds genom magen. Änkan tvingades därför flytta in till sin systers familj, där hon bott sedan dess och dygnet runt skött den gravt handikappade sonen.


I dagens krigshärjade områden vittnar psykologer om traumatiserade skolbarn som inte längre ser något hopp för framtiden. Livet är grymt för de ärliga, för dem som vill leva ett hederligt liv och ändå kunna ta hand om sina familjer. Detta gör att självmordsvågen numera växer bland befolkningen.


Samtidigt ökar gerillaattackerna mot ockupationsmaktens trupper, särskilt efter det för fusk kritiserade valet nyligen. I sunniprovinsen har nämligen befolkningen inte erkänts något verkligt inflytande och heller inte någon tillgång till landets olja. Det fick däremot området i norr (som förfogar över USA-Israel-tränade kurdiska Peshmergamiliser) och det i söder (med USA-Iran-tränade Badremiliser och al Sadres shiitiska Mehdiarmé)


I norr hjälper bl.a Peshmergas till att etniskt rensa den oljerika staden Kirkuk för att genom en senare omröstning kunna inlemma staden i Kurdistan. Och i söder fortsätter shia-miliser att överta makten. Dessa miliser är också under USAs överinseende involverade i terroraktioner gentemot befolkningen i den mellersta sunnidominerade delen av Irak, och utgör stommen i det irakiska Nationalgardet.


Allt detta bidrar till att öka den inre splittringen i Irak och våldet inom landet. Kidnappingar äger dagligen rum följda av avrättningar eller dödlig tortyr i det shialedda Inrikesministeriets fängelsebunkrar. Där man idag inte ens är främmande för att borra i offrens huvuden.


Allt detta understöds av USA och chefen för 80-talets dödsskvadroner i Latinamerika, Jim Steele, som även i Irak utbildat terrorgrupper av modell salvadoranska dödspatruller.


Detta för människor i landet omänskliga lidande har man alltså låtit ske, och det bara för att personer i president Bushs neokonservativa nätverk skall kunna fullfölja sin ultrahögerrevolution enligt doktrinen "Konstruktivt kaos", som den amerikanska utrikesministern Condolezza Rice en gång beskrivit.


Det innebär en omvandling av världen till i första hand Bushadministrationens och sådana som tortyrexperten Jim Steeles favör. Alltså till fördel för de multinationella storföretagen och deras kontroll över världens samlade resurser.


Så har alltså detta till döden härjade land Irak kommit att halka ner i ett stort svart hål, där de är i stort behov av vår hjälp för att lyckas ta sig upp igen. Det hänger alltså mycket på oss om detta skall ha utsikter att lyckas. På vårt eget aktiva fredsarbete och säskilt på opinionen inom USA, där fredsmamman Cindy Sheehan vars son stupat i Irak, har gjort en enastående insats.


Att vi genom vårt starka opinionsarbete kan hjälpa irakerna att få landets ockupanter och våldsverkare att slutgiltigt dra sig ur deras land. Och därigenom också ge oss andra och jorden självt en ny chans att kunna överleva. //Ingrid Ternert


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The Iraqis don´t believe in any Zarkawis. They know that even if they have written a sign for the TV channels with the name of the group making some retaliation against USsoldiers for exemple those doing raids in mosques during fridayprayers. Even then the media will say it´s Quaida behind.

Thousends of strange people from Saudi, Marokko etc came over the borders and embarressed the Iraqi people. Strange stories about etnical killings of some sort were spread by some arabic satellitechannels which were mere lies, just to scare people up and divide people from each other.

Then thousends of thousends of spies from Iran, flooded the open borders in the south

Ingrid Ternert
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Chefen för de amerikanska dödsskvadronerna
Jim Steele is an expert in the areas of security and counterterrorism. He is the president of J&D International, a consulting firm specializing in corporate and personal security with offices in Houston and The Woodlands, Texas. In addition, Jim serves as the chairman of the executive committee of the RC Group, a business development firm in Washington, D.C. Jim continues to work periodically in Iraq with the U.S. Department of Defense to assist in building effective Iraqi security forces.


Jim returned from Iraq in September 2005, having served over two years there. From May 2003 until assuming the position of senior counselor to Ambassador Bremer for Iraqi security forces in November 2003, he was the senior police advisor with the Iraqi police SWAT unit in Baghdad. He headed the advisory team that organized, trained and operated with this special unit. He personally led the unit on a series of highly successful operations that netted former high-ranking members of the Saddam regime as well as numerous other criminal and terrorist elements.


During one such operation, despite intense fire, he and his team successful overpowered the terrorists and rescued two hostages that had been kidnapped, brutally beaten and tortured by their captors. In March 2004, he participated in the raid that resulted in the capture of Saddam’s former Minister of Interior, General Mohammed Zimam Abdul Al-Razzaq, the four of spades with a bounty of one million dollars on his head.


In April 2004, prior to the Marine offensive in Fallujah, Jim led a small group of Iraqi police and U.S. advisors on an undercover operation into the city to recover the remains of the Blackwater contractors that had been ambushed and killed there, determine exactly what had occurred and assess the enemy situation.


Because of an increasing threat throughout the country, Jim also assumed responsibility for the security of Iraq’s most senior government officials, the members of the Governing Council. In the execution of this mission, he organized and supervised the training and equipping of over 300 members of the personal security details for members of the Governing Council and key ministries.


The success of this mission was repeatedly demonstrated by the superb performance of these protective security details under fire. In November 2004, the Iraqi commando unit that he was advising came under attack by a large insurgent force in Mosul. Jim’s actions during the battle were instrumental in defeating the enemy and saving the lives of both Iraqi commandos and U.S. soldiers. For his heroic actions, he was awarded the Special Forces Gold Medal by the Government of Iraq.


During the Iraqi elections in January 2005, the Iraqi commandos with which he was operating were a key force in protecting the polling sites in Baghdad and pivotal in the overall success of the election process. His efforts in Iraq received substantial press coverage and favorable mention in Congressional testimony. During hearings by the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, the Deputy Secretary of Defense described Jim as having “incredible bravery and also incredible expertise about police forces in third world countries.


He characterized his work with the Iraqi police as “heroic.” In December 2004, Secretary Rumsfeld presented Jim the Department of Defense Medal of Valor for his actions under fire and the Distinguished Public Service Medal for his extraordinary service in Iraq. In a recent article in The New York Times Magazine, he was described as “one of the United States military’s top experts on counterinsurgency.


Prior to April 2003, Jim was the president and CEO of TM Power Ventures, an independent power company with operating power plants in North America and Europe. He also served as chairman of the board of Commonwealth Chesapeake Company, which built the largest power plant on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He was also the chairman of the advisory board of RPM, an international security company headquartered in Pinehurst, Texas.


Jim retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of distinguished service. He was consistently promoted ahead of his peers culminating in his selection for promotion to brigadier general, the youngest officer of his branch to be selected at that time. His promotion was pending Senate confirmation at the time he left the Army to join the private sector. He served briefly as a vice president in Enron Power Corp. and later as a managing director in Enron Development Corp.


In early 1995, he was asked by Texas oilman and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Robert Mosbacher, to join the Mosbacher family of companies and form a new independent power company. In May 1995, Jim became President and CEO of Mosbacher Power Group. In 1998, he also became President and CEO of TM Power Ventures, a joint venture between TECO Power Services and Mosbacher Power Group.


During his military career, Jim served in a series of leadership positions ranging from a recon platoon leader in Vietnam to the deputy commander of U.S. Army South. His regimental commander in Vietnam, General George Patton Jr., described Jim as the best small unit combat leader he had witnessed during two wars.


In November, 1968, Jim’s small recon patrol came under fire from a large North Vietnamese force. During the ensuing battle, Jim was shot twice attempting to aid a fallen comrade. After being evacuated to Japan to recover, Jim returned to Vietnam to command another recon unit in combat.


As a colonel, he commanded the U.S. Military Group in El Salvador during the height of the guerrilla war. In addition to administering one of the largest US military assistance programs in the world, he was credited with training and equipping what was acknowledged to be the best counter-terrorist force in the region.


He was instrumental in the rapid response and negotiations that resulted in the safe return of President Duarte’s daughter after she was kidnapped by FMLN guerillas. Upon his departure, the Salvadoran Government awarded him the Gold Medal of El Salvador for his extraordinary service. During the Cold War, he also commanded the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment stationed along the Czech and East-West German borders.

fredag, januari 06, 2006

2/Scott Ritter skingrar dimmorna över utvecklingen både hemma och i Irak

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The Military Recruiter's Lament AlterNet, Jan 18, 2006 (Utdrag)


Rekryterarna borde inse att det inte är själva militärtjänsten som amerikanarna är emot utan snarare att den inte är värd uppoffringen. Samtidigt som de kämpar för att överbrygga denna nationella aversion mot militärtjänst kämpar de överordnade för att undertrycka orsaken till detta misslyckande.

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I frankly couldn't think of a greater insult to the American people than to put forward an argument along those lines (about "a sense of duty to this nation") When one examines the employment picture in America today, firefighting is listed as one of the most dangerous vocations.


And yet America's youth are lining up to compete for firefighting jobs, despite the dangers. The reason for this is that danger aside, firefighting is seen as an honorable profession, one worthy of the sacrifice entailed.


Americans aren't afraid to put their lives on the line for a worthy cause. It is not military service that is being rejected, but rather military service in support of a cause not deemed worthy of the sacrifice expected.



The military today has degenerated into an entity that is viewed by many in the American public as no longer serving the larger interests of the American people, but rather the play toy of a political elite who use the U.S. military as a tool to impose their ideology on others around the world, as opposed to "upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States," the mission assumed when one is sworn into military service.


It is not just the fighting and dying in Iraq that creates an image problem. The military today is involved in a variety of activities that not only insult American sensibilities abroad (such as the illegal invasion of sovereign states, and the illegitimate occupation and oppression of sovereign peoples), but also assault at home the very Constitution they are sworn to uphold and defend.


Americans should not overlook the fact that the agency at the heart of the illegal warrant-less wiretaps that have been ordered by President Bush is the National Security Agency, or NSA, run out of the Department of Defense.


Likewise, a lesser known but equally disturbing attack on the individual civil liberties enjoyed by American citizens -- the ongoing collection of "domestic intelligence information" by a Department of Defense agency known as the Counterintelligence Field Activity, or CIFA. CIFA has, for several years, been operating a new reporting mechanism known as TALON (for Threat and Local Observation Notice).


TALONs report on "non-validated domestic threat information" derived from a variety of means, including a process known as 'data mining' -- a similar process used by the NSA to spy on American citizens as part of the president's illegal warrantless eavesdropping campaign.


"Data mining" allows the agency involved to access as much data as it can from any and all available sources -- emails, internet chatter, phone calls, newspapers, etc. -- in an effort to collate and correlate information on suspected potential threats.


To date, the data mining efforts of CIFA have targeted such high-priority targets as university students and concerned Americans expressing their constitutional freedom of speech through participation in anti-war discussions and demonstrations.


It should come as no surprise to Gen. Cody and others in the U.S. military that American citizens might very well balk at joining an organization that ostensibly is supposed to protect the constitutional freedoms of Americans but in reality serves to violate those freedoms.


The Pentagon's recruitment problems have spilled over into the political realm as well. Rep. John Murtha, D-Penn., who was thrust into the center of the Iraq war debate when he declared last fall that the Iraq war (of which he was once a fervent supporter) was no longer winnable, and that America needed to leave Iraq immediately, added fuel to the fire when he recently noted that if he were a young man today, he would not join the U.S. military.


The Pentagon immediately attacked Rep. Murtha's remarks. Gen. Pete Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took the lead. Murtha's remark, Gen. Pace said, was "damaging to recruiting. It's damaging to morale of the troops who are deployed, and it's damaging to the morale of their families who believe in what they're doing to serve this country."

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Gen. Pace said young people should be encouraged to join, not shun, the military, "especially when we're in a war where our enemy has stated intention of destroying our way of life."


It is very curious that Gen. Pace likened the war in Iraq to a struggle against a foe who has stated its intention to destroy the American way of life. The only "way of life" being destroyed today in Iraq is the Iraqi way of life, and the force responsible for this devastation is the U.S. military.


The insurgency being waged in Iraq today is not anti-American, but rather anti-occupation. The more Americans reflect on the nature of the occupation ongoing in Iraq, the more they wrestle with the notion of how they would respond if a foreign power put its troops on the ground here at home.


The answer, of course, is obvious. It is hard to recruit Americans who know that if they were in the shoes of the Iraqis, they would be doing the exact same thing as the insurgents -- fighting with every tool available to drive out the foreign occupier.


Gen. Pace and others miss the point completely when they appeal to American patriotism in trying to draw recruits to a U.S. military that is engaged in activities in Iraq that can only be seen as inherently un-American.


The very fact that the War in Iraq does NOT threaten the American way of life is the main reason why Americans, by and large, are refusing to walk away from the comforts afforded by the American way of life to join a military system comparatively Spartan in nature.


While economic incentives have always played a role in rounding out the numbers in the all-volunteer force of the post-Vietnam War era, the fact is that military service was for many (including myself) a calling, a reflection of a desire to serve a higher cause than simple economic self-interest.

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The colonel said the American people should be very proud of U.S. service members in Iraq, noting that they and their coalition and Iraqi partners have "the enemy on the run." The Iraqi people should know that America is "going to stand by them" until the insurgents have been defeated, McMasters said.


If one were ignorant of Col. McMasters' curriculum vitae, one might be excused for thinking that Gen. Pace or one of his clones had given the briefing, so in lock-step was the briefing with the political message being issued from the White House.


According to McMasters' simplistic briefing, one would believe that the "terrorists" had imposed themselves on the people of Tall Afar, and not the U.S. military. Tell that to the Hassan children, orphaned by the U.S. Army in January 2005, when their car was shot up at a U.S. military roadblock inside Tall Afar.


"If it were up to me, I'd kill the Americans and drink their blood", 14-year-old Jilian Hassan, who survived the shooting, is quoted as saying afterwards. The Hassans were Turkmen, natives of Tall Afar.


I'd like to ask Col. McMasters what his sentiments would be if foreign troops shot up his car while he drove home in his own hometown, killing members of his family. I'm certain they would echo that of young Jilian.


But McMasters will be the first to tell you that there are unforeseen consequences to war, first and foremost being the tragic reality of what the military euphemistically refers to as "collateral damage" among the civilian population.


But I will tell you that another casualty of war is the truth, and McMasters, the man who took the Joint Chiefs of Staff to task for their lack of honor when it came to selling the Vietnam War, seems to have taken a page directly from his own book.


McMasters failed to mention that his operation was an eerie repeat of a similar operation fought in Tall Afar almost exactly one year prior by members of the U.S. Army's Stryker Brigade in September 2004.


As with that effort, Operation Restore Rights found virtually no foreign fighters in Tall Afar, only Iraqi Turkmen native to the city. Almost all of those killed or captured during the battle for Tall Afar were native Turkmen.


McMasters also glosses over the reality of the Iraqi military, which fought alongside the U.S. soldiers in Tall Afar. Drawn primarily from the ranks of the Kurdish Peshmergh, who were (and are) waging their own pogrom of ethnic cleansing against Turkmen in the area of Kirkuk,


the Iraqi military was engaged in nothing less than the wholesale terrorizing of an innocent civilian population which the U.S. military, including McMasters, allowed to be categorized as "criminal."


Iraqi Defense Minister Sadoun al-Dulaimi, a former lieutenant colonel in Saddam Hussein's army who fled Iraq in 1986, commenting on the "battle" of Tall Afar, said that it would be used as a model as his forces attacked other insurgent-held cities in quick succession.


"We are warning those who have given shelter to terrorists that they must stop, kick them out, or else we will cut off their hands, heads and tongues as we did in Tall Afar," al-Dulaimi said.


Within a month of McMasters' press conference, U.S. forces in Tall Afar were trying to win over the deeply traumatized Turkmen population. Meetings were held with local school officials on how to reopen schools closed since the fighting in September.


Most of the schools had been destroyed or damaged in the fighting, and those that remained intact served as barracks for the occupying U.S. military forces that remained behind in Tall Afar.


School officials asked when the Americans might leave, so that they could return to a sense of normalcy. The U.S. military made it clear that the security situation in the city will dictate when the soldiers will leave the schools. "We hope we can leave those schools as soon as possible, but we do not want to do so too early and allow the criminals to come back," a U.S. military officer said.


Left unsaid was the reality that the "criminals" the officer referred to are in fact the very citizens he claims to be protecting. As McMasters and others know, the vast majority of the "terrorists" killed and detained during the fight for Tall Afar were natives of that town simply fighting to defend their homes.


Like young Jilian, however, there can be little doubt about what will motivate them for the foreseeable future -- a burning desire to drive out an occupying force, that destroyed their homes and slaughtered their fellow townspeople.


In an effort to win back the "hearts and minds" of the citizens of Tall Afar, Col. McMasters' 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment participated in a program in mid-November 2005 to distribute blankets to help ward off the cold of the coming winter.


This action was reported by the Department of Defense's new "Defend America" website, part of a propaganda effort to feed to the American people the "good news" coming from Iraq.


Tell that to the citizens of Tall Afar, who know that a few blankets and repaired schools can't undo the damage done by a brutal occupation run by officers like Col. McMasters who have lost all sense of history or responsibility when it comes to waging war in Iraq.

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All of this only serves to solidify my endorsement of Congressman Murtha's statement encouraging America's youth to avoid service in the military today. America's youth would do well to enlist in an armed forces led by men not afraid to put their careers on the line when it comes to telling the truth about a war in which these same youth are called upon to give their lives in increasing numbers.


As Congressman Murtha knows, it is not the number of casualties that presents the problem. Marines lost thousands on Iwo Jima and other islands in the Pacific during the war to defeat Imperial Japan. Hundreds of thousands of Americans gave their lives to defeat the forces of fascism and empire. These were losses justified by the cause.


In Iraq, it is not the numbers, but the cause. If the Iraq war were just, then America should (and I believe, would) be prepared to lose as many as it takes to get the job done. But since the Iraq war is not a just war, one soldier, sailor, airman or Marine is too great a price, let alone more than 2,270...



Scott Ritter: Elections in 2005, Civil War in 2006? (utdrag)
...Inga artiklar om de djupa sprickor som finns i dagens Irak
kan dölja att Irak numera är förlorad som nationalstat.


När Paul Bremer signerade lagen som dikterade att Baathpartiet skulle bannlysas glömde han att fienden också har en röst. I detta fall två miljoner medlemmar inte minst ur Baathpartiet, vars legitimitet plötsligt försvann trots att dessa också ville ha sitt ord med i laget vad gäller Iraks framtid....


Tillsammans med Sunni -islamister och -klaner består de av nära fem miljoner människor som utestängts från makten bl.a genom tillämpningen av majoritetsval.


Den andra gruppen kapabel till en snabb politisk organisering är den Kurdiska Unionen, särskilt majoriteten i KDP och minoriteten i PUK. Unionen skapades då läget verkade passa, trots att man år 1987 varit inbegripna i ett fullskaligt krig med varandra.


Det är inte en önskan om ett fritt och enat Irak som förenar dessa kurdledare utan snarare en strävan efter ett oberoende Kurdistan. Ungefär som under valet i januari 2005 då kurderna hade en egen omröstning om sitt oberoende där ca 90% röstade för. Sedan dess har målet varit att fortsätta den nationella utvecklingen både politiskt, ekonomiskt och militärt.


Militärt har man uppmuntrat en amerikansk träning och uppbyggnad av kurdiska bataljoner lojala gentemot Kurdistan. (anm: också en israelisk militär elitträning)


Ekonomiskt har kurderna varit aktivt involverade i att driva ut icke-kurder från området runt Kirkuk som härbergerar ett av de viktigaste oljefälten i Irak och därmed utgör första prioritet för ett framtida kurdiskt ekonomiskt oberoende.


Kurderna utgör ca 20% av den irakiska befolkningen och var entusiastiska inför det "demokratiska" valet år 2005 som då fick en särskilt kurdisk profil i syfte att ytterligare fördjupa de sprickor som uppkommit efter Saddam Husseins styre.


Den tredje och sista organisation som är kapabel att verka på en nationell nivå är SCIRI. En av Iran uppbackad och finansierad organisation vars rötter ligger i det Shi'a-islamistiska motståndet mot Saddam Hussein's styre. SCIRI har också positionerat sig som den mest inflytelserika enskilda grupperingen i dagens Irak.


Genom att erkänna det inflytande som SCIRI åtnjuter i varje "demokratisk" process baserad på en person, en röst (Shi'a i Irak utgör 60 procent av befolkningen), har SCIRI manövrerat ut sina politiska motståndare inom den Irakiska Shi'a kommuniteten, eller när detta misslyckats, förödmjukat och våldfört sig på dem genom bruket av sin militära gren, Badr Milisen. Och har nu blivit den dominerande Shiamakten bakom den politiska scenen.



SCIRI har varit noga med att inte verka se ut som regeringarnas ansikte utåt, som om de tjänat en impopulär ockupationsmakts intressen. Samtidigt har SCIRI inte stött motståndet mot den USA-ledda ockupationsmakten och heller inte spritt antiamerikanska känslor i landet.


Omkring 80 percent av Shi'a i dagens Irak vill ha ut de amerikanska inkräktarna och använder samtidigt den amerikanska militärmakten till att undertrycka all inre opposition. SCIRI har idag kontrollen över de viktigaste ministerierna i Irak, antingen direkt eller genom ombud. Liksom kurderna har SCIRI låtit hundra- eller tusentals Shias lojala till Badr Milisen få en amerikansk militär träning.


Alltmedan interimregeringens alla misslyckandena kunde skyllas på sekulära Shias typ Iyad Allawi, eller shias som inte tillhör SCIRI, typ premiärminister Ibrahim Jafari (Dawa), så opererade SCIRI bakom scenen för att kontrollera processen fram till Iraks nya konstitution (inför omröstningen i oktober 2005) och den nya regering som efter det baserades på konstitutionen (valet i december 2005).


Men de flesta irakier som röstade i decembervalet var illa informerade om dynamiken i denna interna politiska process, vilken de då istället kom att legalisera. USAs snabba rush för att skapa ett fritt och demokratiskt Irak har alltså kreerat det rakt motsatt. Man ersatte helt enkelt en form av tyranni (Saddams) med en annan (teokratin under SCIRI)


Det nya SCIRIstyret har legaliserat våldtäkt, mord, tortyr och brutalitet som legitima sätt att regera på (fråga bara kvinnorna i Basra och Bagdad vad det innebär att leva under teokratiska sharialagar, eller vilka verktyg Badr Milisen använder för att tvinga på sin egen lag) och har på så sätt skapat sin egen rättvisa gentemot de som opponerat sig mot diktaten.


SCIRI har använt sig av ett demokratiskt verktyg (alltså ett öppet val) för att få fram ett helt odemokratiskt resultat. Det är inte första gången i historien som ett sådant förfarande ägt rum. Det fanns fria val också under Weimarrepubliken i Tyskland under 1930-talet. När de en gång hade stämplats som legala hade tyrannerna en förmåga att använda dylika val som ett sätt att legitimera den egna makten.


2005 må vara året då det hölls demokratiska val i Irak, men historien kommer att döma detta år som året då grunden lades för ett storskaligt inbördeskrig. Ingenting om de allvarliga sprickor som finns i post-Saddams Irak kan dölja detta faktum, att dagens Irak är förlorat som nationalstat.


I Irak finner man inte bara Sunni mot Shi'a och Araber mot Kurder utan också sekulära Sunni gentemot islamistiska Sunni, Kurder inom KDP mot Kurder inom PUK och Iranuppbackade Shia inom SCIRI gentemot Mokhtar al-Sadrs irakiska Shia.


Irak av idag är en krutdurk som bara ligger och väntar på att explodera. Hittills har de amerikanska soldaterna fungerat som dynamitarder som ser till att hålla elden pyrande innan allt slutligen exploderar utanför varje kontroll.


Men därigenom har man också öppnat luckan till de lager av pyrande bränsle i form av hämndbegär, girighet och politiska handlingar, vilka framkallar en brand som ingen amerikansk styrka av vad slag det vara mån är i stånd att bemästra.


…År 2006 blir det år då USA får skörda vad man själva sått. Denna "demokratiska regering" av SCIRIs teokratiska och tyranniska modell kommer slutligen att slita denna tragiska nation kallad Irak i bitar. I ett kattrakande där alla dras med i ett inbördeskrig på liv och död. Mer likt en präriebrand än varje annan känd politisk process.


Där i mitten kommer USAs militära styrkor att befinna sig, oförmögna att stoppa de strider som briserar runt omkring dem. Utan möjlighet att undvika att bli svedda i lågorna av det inbördeskrig som man själv varit med om att skapa.



Flammorna som uppslukar Irak kommer inte bara att hota amerikanarnas närvaro i landet utan också grannländernas territorium. Utifrån det faktum att den amerikanska inblandningen i Iraks inre angelägenheter inte bara saknar syftet att installera en verklig demokrati i landet utan också var en del av en övergripande strategi av regionala regimförändringar, inte bara i Irak utan också i Syrien och Iran och på andra ställen i världen.


Den stora faran är hur Bushadministrationen kommer att reagera på utvecklingen i Irak och den instabilitet detta medför även utanför Irak. Med tanke på krigsretoriken från Vita Huset om Syrien och Iran nyligen, är det inte svårt att föreställa sig även om det är omtumlande, vart vi är på väg i Mellanöstern år 2006....



(anm: Sedan åratal har både iranier och sunniirakier vittnat om hur oerhört skickliga de iranska ayatollorna är att bedra både den egna landsbygdsbefolkningen och att spela dubbelt gentemot USA. Samtidigt som man skor sig något rent kriminellt)