Wednesday, March 23, 2011
March 23 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The Northern European Missile Defense Program - Like The Abrams Tank A Useless Piece Of Crap
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March 23 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The Northern European Missile Defense Program - Like The Abrams Tank A Useless Piece Of Crap Your Tax Dollars Pay For
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» In Libya, the civil war complicated by a Western invasion continues as NATO takes control of the UN's action against Libya. al-Gadaffi's army is currently in control of the crossroads town of Ajdabiya and whoever's NOT in control travels in sand. Government forces have also made forays into city of Misrata which is problematic for the invaders supporting rebel forces as it's hard to commit to an air strike on, let's say a tank, when there's a day care center sitting right next to it. An aviation academy and a vacant lot next to a hospital under repair have been bombed...
...but it's only a matter of time till uninvolved civilians begin getting killed, and that time is now.
Yesterday your truly conjectured that the so-called 'humanitarian intervention' in Libya would end up killing and injuring more civilians than Muammar al-Gadaffi's army ever would. It has begun:
March 22, 2011 - Six Libyan villagers are recovering in hospital after being shot by American soldiers coming in to rescue the U.S. pilots whose plane crash-landed in a field. The helicopter strafed the ground as it landed in a field outside Benghazi beside the downed U.S. Air Force F-15E Eagle which ran into trouble during bombing raid last night. And a handful of locals who had come to greet the pilots were hit - among them a young boy who may have to have a leg amputated because of injuries caused by a bullet wound... [Daily Mail (UK)] H/t: UrukNetAnd just in case you're wondering where the Libyan government got all those weapons they use to kill civilians... They got them from the same people who invaded them and as seen will also be killing civilians by the score soon.
"In 2009 alone, European governments -- including Britain and France -- sold Libya more than $470 million worth of weapons, including fighter jets, guns and bombs. And before it started calling for regime change, the Obama administration was working to provide the Libyan dictator another $77 million in weapons, on top of the $17 million it provided in 2009 and the $46 million the Bush administration provided in 2008." [Source]Here's an excellent analysis of the "state of the Libyan internal state" and the West's so-called "democracy" which is bought with bombs, unmarked money delivered by the pallet-load, and corrupt dealings with ruthless people:
STRATFOR's analysis: Libya, the West and the Narrative of Democracy» In Tokyo the entire municipal water system contains twice the nuclear radiation as previously noted due the ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant where there is now electricity to all of the reactors but no pumps are running yet to cool the burning rods or shield the atmosphere from radiation.
"The West has been walking a tightrope of contradictory principles; Libya became the place where they fell off."
As we have pointed out, the Libyan uprising consisted of a cluster of tribes and personalities, some within the Libyan government, some within the army and many others longtime opponents of the regime, all of whom saw an opportunity at this particular moment. Though many in western portions of Libya, notably in the cities of Zawiya and Misurata, identify themselves with the opposition, they do not represent the heart of the historic opposition to Tripoli found in the east. It is this region, known in the pre-independence era as Cyrenaica, that is the core of the opposition movement.
United perhaps only by their opposition to Gadhafi, these people hold no common ideology and certainly do not all advocate Western-style democracy. Rather, they saw an opportunity to take greater power, and they tried to seize it. [More @ Stratfor] H/t: UrukNet for the tip and the link in the excerpt.
» In Yemen the puppet Parliament has voted for martial law as two more government officials join the 19 generals who have defected to the democracy movement. Yemen's president says there will be civil war, but the people of Yemen don't pay much attention to the government.
» Congressman Dennis Kucinich will introduce a bill on Monday in an attempt to cut off funding for the US invasion of Libya but the Pentagon says they can do it with the funds already available... Unlike federal programs for social services which have been cut so dramatically over the years that the programs often don't even have enough money to make it through the year without unforeseen events (The federal program to help low income folks with their electric bills often runs out of funds half way through the allocation period, and it's been that way for years). Those 160+ missiles fired at Libyan forces and ground installations cost approximately $1.2 million dollars each, not to mention the literally 10s of millions of dollars a day just to have an operational military presence there.
In OTHER current and upcoming news:
» In Afghanistan
Hamid Karzai names areas to be handed to Afghan forcesAbout Lashkar Gah... There was a US presence there a long time ago:
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai names the areas of the country expected to be handed over by foreign troops to Afghan forces in July.March 23 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The Northern European Missile Defense Program - Like The Abrams Tank A Useless Piece Of Crap Your Tax Dollars Pay For
They are the relatively peaceful provinces of Kabul, Panjshir and Bamiyan, the cities of Herat and Mazar-e Sharif and the town of Mehterlam.
But he also named Lashkar Gah, capital of the volatile Helmand province. [More @ BBC]
“Little America” in Afghanistan: Is the US Repeating a Failed 1950’s Experiment in Social Engineering?» So much for the U.S. 'stand up' for women's rights. Malalai Joya, despite having visited the United States numerous times as a former female member of Afghanistan's Parliament, with five failed assassination attempts in her history, was just denied a visa which would have allowed her to tour the United States for her newly published memoir "A Woman Among Warlords" and speak in the US.
When you look at footage of the fighting in Helmand today everyone assumes it is being played out against an ancient background of villages and fields built over the centuries.
This is not true.
If you look beyond the soldiers, and into the distance, what you are really seeing are the ruins of one of the biggest technological projects the United States has ever undertaken.
Its aim was to use science to try and change the course of history and produce a modern utopia in Afghanistan.
The city of Lashkar Gah was built by the Americans as a model planned city, and the hundreds of miles of canals that the Taliban now hide in were constructed by the same company that built the San Francisco Bay Bridge and Cape Canaveral... [More, with links, @ Firedoglake]
The reason? "...because she was “living underground” and “unemployed.”. "Think about it: As a female political activist in Afghanistan, how could she possibly live a “normal” life?".
Or perhaps it could be due to her role as "a vocal critic of the Taliban, the administration of President Hamid Karzai and the U.S.-led war in her country." Naaaah! More at AllGov.
(...and try not to let your government kill too many 'dusky natives' in the process OK?)
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