Friday, October 21, 2011

October 21 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Another 'End OF The World' Kind Of Day For The Planet And There's Nothing We Can Do

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Cabale News ServiceOctober 21 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Another 'End OF The World' Kind Of Day For The Planet And There's Nothing We Can Do

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«o» It would be a worldwide headline disaster if there weren't so many other headlines... Central America is recovering from a six day wash-out from a hurricane with 100 mile an hour winds that destroyed railroads and infrastructure in the region.

«o» The headline making all the news is, of course, the death of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gadaffi, who apparently WAS alive when captured after a US drone hit the convoy he was traveling in with a Hellfire missile. But it's claimed he escaped to a drainage pipe where he was captured, and apparently somewhere in transit to Misrata, summarily executed with gunshots to the temple and chest. His burial in the Islamic tradition has been delayed until international agencies verify that the corpse is that of the former Libyan leader, and investigate how his death occurred.

More from Foreign Policy:
Questions surround Qaddafi's death

While Libyans celebrate the end of nearly 42 years of rule by Muammar al-Qaddafi, questions remain surrounding the circumstances under which the mercurial leader met his end.

As it became clear the city of Sirte was soon to fall, yesterday morning, Qaddafi apparently began to flee the down in an armed convoy. The convoy scattered after it was attacked by a U.S. predator drone. Qaddafi fled his vehicle and was taken by fighters out of a drainage pipe after a gunbattle with his guards. A video taken a short time later shows a still-alive, but bloodied Qaddafi, in custody, seemingly begging for mercy. The former leader was reportedly then taken by ambulance to Misrata.

Later photos and video show him dead with bullet wounds to his chest and temple. When he was finally shot remains unclear. The official version of events, that he was hit by stray bullets in the cross-fire, does not appear to be supported by the facts.

Libya's transitional government says Qaddafi will be buried according to traditional Muslim rites within 24 hours. It is not yet clear where.

Qaddafi's son Mutassim was also reportedly killed in the battle. There have been unconfirmed reports that son Saif al-Islam was also killed, but Libya's transitional prime minister says he is still on the run. [In Full, with links]
Meanwhile someone else at Foreign Policy whom no one's ever heard from before named 'Blake Hounshell' had the audacity to ask "Does it really matter if Qaddafi was executed?". Yours truly would suggest that considering the West has already broached the idea of the Libyan 'rebels' becoming the police and military of the country, that having murderers fill those roles CERTAINLY DOES matter.

Speaking tangentially of murder, the 'murder' of Libyan society, a society that a few short months ago had one of the highest living standards in Africa for all of it's citizens, has Foreign Policy Morning Brief pondering whether Libya will turn into another basketcase nation like Somalia.
Mogadishu on the Mediterranean

Muammar al-Qaddafi is dead. Now comes the hard part -- preventing Libya from turning into another Somalia.


While fireworks light up the skies of Tripoli and Libyans dance in the street, a note of caution is now in order. Simply removing a dictator is not an automatic cure-all for a society long terrorized. Yes, toppling a tyrant can pave the way toward viable democracy; and there are many examples -- from Chile to the Philippines.

But there are also less inspiring ones. In 1991, the man who had ruled Somalia in brutal style for 22 years -- Mohammed Siad Barre -- fell from power. He died four years later in exile in Kenya, by then completely irrelevant to the fate of his country.

Somalis took little consolation in his departure. The collapse of Barre's highly personalized tyranny gave way to a power vacuum that continues to this day. Long-suppressed rivalries of clan and tribe broke into the open and tore the place apart.

Mogadishu is a good distance from Tripoli, of course. But that hasn't stopped some people from worrying about possible parallels.
"One of our biggest concerns is Libya descending into chaos and becoming a giant Somalia,"
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee back in early March -- a note struck by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in his own Capitol Hill testimony a few days later, when he worried aloud about a "Somalia-like situation" ensuing in place of Qaddafi's rule.

It is understandable why the comparison presents itself... [More, with links]
More news from the "Basketcase Nation" of Somalia (Of course on the assumption the people who live there WANT TO be 'a nation'), where the West in collusion with certain African nations, most notably Somalia's traditional enemy Ethiopia, continue to bomb-and-bullet their way towards BIG "D" 'Democracy' and show us what a "Somalia-like situation" looks like:
(Editor's note: I have to use proxy to view Press-TV Iran from the coffeeshop wireless connection I'm using in California or I get a 'server not found' error. So much for freedom of information on the internet.)
At least 26 people have been killed and 31 others wounded in the latest strikes by a United States' unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in southern Somalia, Press TV reports.

Somali military officers said a US drone carried out attacks Thursday morning near the Taabto and Bilis Qooqani districts in southern Somalia, resulting in the casualties.

Meanwhile, Somali troops have said that they have collected the remains of two US drones that crashed near Bilis Qooqani within the last 24 hours.

On Wednesday, at least 46 people were killed after a US drone struck a city in southern Somalia near the Kenyan border.

The unmanned aircraft fired several missiles into the outskirts of Kismayo, a port and capital of the Lower Juba region located some 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

Thousands of local residents are fleeing Kismayo city in face of the American UAV attacks, as the Somali people are already struggling with famine in their country... [Press-TV Iran]
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«o» The Republicans have blocked a vote in the Senate and killed the part of Obama's jobs bill that would have distributed federal money to the states intended to keep police, firefighters, and teachers from being laid off.

But in reality, at the end of the day, they're ALL playing games with the US economy. Both parties are holding your government hostage:
Senate Republicans get enough votes to block Obama bid to create 400,000 jobs for teachers, first responders

(Reuters) - Senate Republicans blocked a popular piece of President Barack Obama's stimulus plan -- one to raise taxes on millionaires to create or protect 400,000 jobs for teachers and firefighters.

The vote was 50-50 on Thursday evening, 10 short of the 60 votes needed to clear a Republican procedural roadblock.

The action came shortly before Democrats were expected to block a Republican bid to stimulate the economy by repealing a pending 3 percent business withholding tax.

The opposing positions underscored the difficulty of finding common ground on job creation, which is certain to be a key issue in the presidential and congressional elections in November 2012. [IOn Full @ Reuters]
Vote them ALL out. It's time for a "Reset!"

«o» The Greek Parliament passed the second vote on economic austerity measures for the nation. But now they will have to try to enforce them even as the unions and other workers throughout the country who have been engaged in a 48 hour general strike plan further actions. Greece has a large work force employed by the government and they're about to see a 20-30% pay cut.

Just so the #Occupy demonstrators 'get the picture'... This is what Democracy looks like:

That photo from the riots in June this year.
Guess which one is the Athens Greece police officer?

This is Razer Raygun saying 'Happy Motoring America...' Enjoy it while you can.

You can see what class war war looks like if you pay attention:

(PLEASE try to keep your government from killing all the dusky natives...)


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