Revolution is in the Air: 5/7/11: “While Bahrain demolishes mosques, U.S. stays silent”

INDEX (stories follow)

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Thursday, Day 110

from The Nation Blogs: Media Fix by Greg Mitchell
EVENTS

Chomsky on Bin Laden’s death


from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
IMPERIALISM IN WORD & DEED
HISTORY & ANALYSIS
from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)

Headlines for March 17, 2011

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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Thursday, Day 110

from The Nation Blogs: Media Fix by Greg Mitchell
EVENTS

Chomsky on Bin Laden’s death

“We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.” (thanks AK)

“While Bahrain demolishes mosques, U.S. stays silent”

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
“Nothing, however, has struck harder at the fabric of this nation, where Shiites outnumber Sunnis nearly 4 to 1, than the destruction of Shiite worship centers.  The Obama administration has said nothing in public about the destruction.  Bahrain — and its patron, Saudi Arabia — are longtime U.S. allies, and Bahrain hosts the headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet.” (thanks Basil)

Bahrain update

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
From one of my reliable sources:  “A few days ago, I sent you an email telling you that Matar Ebrahim Matar, member of the Al Wefaq political society in Bahrain was arrested. Well arrested is the wrong word – abducted or kidnapped are more like it. Here’s a profile of him in the Washington Post which briefly describes how he was abducted.”

US labor and Bahrain (I hope that do the same against Israel)

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
“The largest U.S. labor group wants President Barack Obama’s administration to suspend a free trade pact with Bahrain over human rights abuses in the kingdom’s crackdown on anti-government protests.” (thanks Shawna)

The new Egypt

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
“The new attitude echoes through recent statements by Egyptian officials. Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby has called “shameful” Egypt’s decision to close the Gaza border in 2007. Such a description would never have been publicly uttered under the Mubarak government. It is a sign the leadership is readjusting international policies to be more in line with public sentiment. The Rafah crossing is expected to reopen soon.   Cairo’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel remains unpopular in Egypt. Islamic ultraconservatives, whose voices have grown louder since the fall of Mubarak, have called for scrapping the treaty. That is unlikely given the shared economic interests between the two countries and the prospect that such a move could jeopardize the $1.2 billion Egypt receives in annual aid from the United States. But Israel has grown increasingly irritated by Cairo’s actions.”We are witnessing a sequence of Egyptian moves that do not bode well, including comments that the Camp David agreements have run their course and public opinion polls showing support for undoing the peace treaty,” Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told Israel Radio. “We must prepare for change in reality concerning Egypt and indeed the Middle East.””  Notice that Western journalists assume that only the fundamentalists in the Middle East are opposed to Israel.

Zionists will really freak out: Egypt’s new foreign minister

Hamas is on the U.S. terrorist list.
You want my answer? So was George Washington for the British. So was Nelson Mandela in South Africa. So were Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir. Begin was one of the biggest terrorists and was responsible for the bombing of the King David Hotel. Shamir was responsible for the assassination of Count Bernadotte. And they worked for peace after that. Allow someone who is fighting for a cause to see the light of day at the end of the tunnel and to enter into peace. That is the history of the world.
Didn’t they have a big Hezbollah cell aimed at Egypt a few years ago?
They are not an enemy. If you want me to say it — Iran is not an enemy…
I heard that some Arab countries were upset about the Mubarak situation. Is that true?
Some Arab countries, yes. They liked the guy, and they were not happy about him being prosecuted.Were the Saudis upset?
The king did express that he is loyal to his friends.”

PS I don’t like the guy, and I don’t trust him.  I don’t trust anyone who worked for Sadat or Mubarak regime.

Al-Qa`idah’s statement on Bin Laden’s death

The statement issued by Al-Qa`idah (or Qa`idah of Jihad–General Command, as it calls itself) reveals something to me: it reveals a new man (certainly not a woman).  There is a new literary style that I have not read before.  Certainly it is not the language of Aymand Adh-Dhawahiri.   The statement talks about a future audio message from Bin Laden and concludes with three lines of poetry that it said that Bin Laden concluded his message with:
“فقول الحق للطاغي — هو العز هو البشرى
هو الدربُ إلى الدنيا — هو الدربُ إلى الأخرى
فإن شئتَ فمتْ عبداً — وإن شئتَ فمت حرّا”

 (Speaking the truth to the tyrant, it is dignity it is (good) omen
It is path to life, and to afterlife
If you wish, die a slave, or die free, if you wish)
Who told Bin Laden that he is a poet? And who toled Saddam and Qadhdhafi that they are novelists?  Bin Laden insisted on writing poetry, as bad as it was.  It does not even reflect classical poetry, but modern (but not too modern, a la free verse movement).  I say that he is influenced by Egyptian poets of the early 20th century, people like Ahmad Shawqi (although he has none of this talents).  But this statement by Al-Qa`idah has a new literary influence.  There is a new person writing now, I feel.   The statement concludes with a warning to the American regarding any abuse of the body of Bin Laden.  Somebody needs to tell them that is body has been already tossed into the water.  The statement states that Bin Laden was not a prophet but then compares him to the prophet and to the rightly-guided caliphs.

Taliban, al-Qaeda Flee N. Afghanistan as Morale Collapses with al-Qaeda admission of Bin Laden’s Death

from Informed Comment by Juan
While Usamah Bin Laden’s passing will not destroy al-Qaeda altogether, it is a horrible blow to their morale, despite the bravado in al-Qaeda’s message acknowledging Bin Laden’s death at American hands.

(By the way, for those who insisted that President Obama had to release the photos of Bin Laden’s corpse for the reality of his death to be accepted: well, not so much.)

Some have suggested that the Taliban may sever their ties with al-Qaeda in the wake of the latter’s clear vulnerability and leadership vacuum.

There is evidence of a collapse of morale from Afghanistan. Pajhwok News Agency is reporting that in the wake of the death of Usama bin Laden at the hands of US Navy SEALs, Taliban guerrillas in the northeastern Afghan province of Qunduz are fleeing the province.

It appears that the Taliban were still linked to, and perhaps taking direction from, al-Qaeda, more than most analysts had suspected. It also appears that Bin Laden had more of an operational, strategizing role than we had thought.

If it is true that radicals are fleeing Qunduz, and indeed other provinces as well, and heading for safe havens in places like North Waziristan in Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt, it is likely primarily because they had direct contact with Usama Bin Laden and now fear that information about them is in American hands, since the SEALS captured his hard drives and thumb drives.

The Taliban and a few Arab al-Qaeda started being active in Qunduz about three years ago, in part in an attempt to block supplies for NATO and the US coming through Tajikistan.

Qunduz, with a population of about 800,000, is said to be about one third or more Pashtun in ethnicity, despite being in the north where most Afghans speak Persian. Qunduz city was among the Taliban’s last outposts in the north when they were forced to withdraw to Qandahar in late fall, 2001 as a result of the US air support to the Northern Alliance. Talibanism in Afghanistan has virtually no audience outside the Pashtuns or Pashto-speakers, who are Sunni Muslims, though it is also true that a majority of Pashtuns reject the Taliban and support the Kabul government of Hamid Karzai (a Pashtun) instead.

The strategic and anti-logistics character of the Taliban campaign in Qunduz raises questions about whether Bin Laden and some lieutenants were not actively directing a war against the US, NATO and Karzai.

Agence France Presse has a video report on the impact of Bin Laden’s death on Afghanistan:

Oman

Did you know that there were demonstrations in Oman yesterday? Neither aljazeera nor Western press would tell you.

The new generation of Egyptians

“Hundreds gathered before Israel’s embassy in Cairo on Friday to protest against the peace agreement with the state. Protesters waved Palestinian flags and called for another intifada on May 15, on which Palestinians in Israel mark the Nakba.  Both men and women were present at the gathering, and participants were mostly young.”

Amnesty International accuses Qaddafi forces of war crimes

from World War 4 Report blogs by Jurist
Amnesty International (AI) accused forces loyal to Moammar Qaddafi of committing war crimes in Misrata in areport issued May 5. According to the report, Qaddafi’s troops have employed excessive use of lethal force against unarmed protesters, turned sniper fire on civilians in residential areas of the city, and deliberately used civilians as “human shields.” “Shielding,” AI asserted, “is a violation of international humanitarian law and constitutes a war crime.” Additionally, according to AI, Qaddafi’s forces used cluster munitions, which are heavily criticized by international observers and have been the subject of international eradication efforts. Misrata appears to be targeted as a result of its declaration in February of allegiance to opposition forces. While many have been able to escape the widespread violence, those left behind continue to suffer:

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Yemen: US drones attack, protesters release balloons

from World War 4 Report blogs by WW4 Report
A US drone attack killed two al-Qaeda militants in southern Yemen May 5, days after the apparent killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The apparent target, Anwar al-Awlaki, leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), is said to have narrowly escaped. (Reuters, May 6) Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in th capital Sanaa May 6, releasing red, white and black balloons painted with the message “Leave, Ali,” with the hope that they would drift over the presidential palace. Near the palace, President Ali Abdullah Saleh was addressing a mass rally of his supporters, where he denounced his opponents as “outlaws, bandits and murderers.” (Global Post, May 6)

IMPERIALISM IN WORD & DEED

Ashcroft to advise Xe Services…on ethics

“John Ashcroft has been hired to work as an independent ethics advisor for Xe Services, the military contractor that used to be Blackwater Worldwide, the company announced Wednesday.” (thanks Ahmet)

If an Arab-American or a Muslim-American said that, he/she would have been taken to Guantamo

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
I don’t know if there is a link for this (and please send it to me if there is one), but the new stupid issue of Time magazine on Bin Laden has an interview with the lousy fascistic, Rudy Guiliani.  In it, he praised vengeance and revenge and said that it gives him satisfaction.  Now forget about the circumstances or the politics or the occasion, just think of the sentiment expressed.  Can you imagine the reaction if an Arab-American expressed such sentiments?  Wait.  The White Man is permitted to praise revenge and vengeance, and it is only primitive and atavistic and backward when expressed by the natives.

Israel stands with the Asad regime

“While Syria’s 40-year Assad regime has fought multiple conflicts with Israel, it has also been a stable neighbor – making Israelis uneasy about the prospects of Islamists gaining power next door.”

Ben Wedeman on Syria

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
“Good Egyptian source just back from Washington says israel is syrian regime’s most ardent advocate with congress, Obama administration.” (thanks Sam)
HISTORY & ANALYSIS

Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood

A comrade who wishes to remain anonymous (for reasons that I don’t understand–is he/she afraid of Turkish wrath?) sent me this:  “A quick follow up on your counter revolution and the MB post. I believe that
sectarianism is not being masked even for the sake of politeness and diplomacy.  If you look across the map in the Middle East, you’ll notice that the Turkish Islamists (whom you always rightly distrusted) are leading a whole sale initiative whereby they market the different Arab branches of the MB as possible allies to the West who can protect western interests -economically and politically – while at the same time keep the masses happy with “Islamic” rhetoric that gratifies some basic religious/sectarian/fanatic instincts within those wretched societies. I think this provides an explanation for at least five major political shifts: the Qatari turn against Syria while maintaining a laudatory tone towards Turkey, the Hamas-Fatah rapprochement and its indications regarding Syria’s regional stand, the Turkish sinister attitude towards Syrian developments, Turkey’s role in Libya and the Saudi sudden abstinence from criticizing Turkey as they violently did in the aftermath of the flotilla incident. In Egypt, it is still unclear how the MB are cooperating with the Turkish government, but I do think that they will be the middle ground between Turkish and Saudi influence in the face of other secular nationalist and pan-Arab trends there. It is not the only factor of course, but it does provide answers to otherwise inexplicable moves and shifts.”

Western human rights organizations (and other NGOs) have lost much of their credibility

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
It is clear to me.  That since the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006 and the assault on Gaza in 2008, Western human rights organizations (and other major NGOs) have lost much of their credibility.  You have a state that is an aggressor and those organizations now feel compelled to issue statements and reports that insist on maintaining “balance” (for fund raising purposes only and for political cowardice) by criticizing the aggressor state and whoever is fighting against aggression on the other side.  So the notion that there is an aggressor or occupier and victims has now been nullified in the human rights reports of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and other Western NGOs.  I don’t recall that Amnesty International issued reports criticizing the fanatical US/Saudi/Pakistani-supported Islamic extremists who were fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (and the communist era in Afghanistan now looks glorious in comparison of what followed).  Also, will Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch investigate reported cases of massacres and war crimes by the Libyan rebels?

To Dharfur groupies

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
Where are all those who feigned concerned about the people in Dharfur?  Why are they silent regarding the killing in Southern Sudan by militias loyal to the US and Western countries?  Or are killing in Africa permissible provided they are at the hands of puppets of West?

What Churchill said

from The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب by noreply@blogger.com (As’ad AbuKhalil)
“Later in life, Churchill writes that in order to counter guerrilla sabotage, “British military authorities found it necessary to clear whole districts of their inhabitants and gather the population into concentration camps. As the railways were continually cut, it was difficult to supply these camps with all the necessities of life. Disease broke out and several thousands of women and children died (1996 [1930], p. 350).” (thanks Laleh)
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