because the US intervention in Iraq went so well
“This book is issued (see top, right) by the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is titled: “Jihad for God” and includes essays by Abu Al-A`la Al-Mawdudi, Hasan Al-Banna, and Sayyid Qutb. It is hilarious to see Saudi papers AND Western newspapers talking about the historical enmity between the Saudi Kingdom and the Muslim Brotherhood.”
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“The historical analogies to LBJ’s specious Gulf of Tonkin resolution were quite striking, at least to me, and they should have known better.”
They probably did know better, but they most likely concluded supporting the war was better for their short-term interests. There was a report that Bob Schrum, Democratic Party “consultant.” told Kerry if he wanted to become president he would have to vote for the war. I haven’t been able to get any solid proof of this, just indications it probably happened. As for McCain, he seems to get a thrill out of wars while being oblivious to their horrendous costs.
‘President Obama is trying to prevent Ukraine from becoming the single policy issue that defines his presidency. However, the perception is rising in the White House that, rightly or wrongly, the crisis has become a personal contest which can only be settled between Obama and President Putin. NSC officials tell us that this is both an advantage in that it lends weight to the exchanges between the two men and a drawback in that it involves Obama more intensively in the management of the crisis than he would otherwise wish. This week he has attended for example to budgetary matters and to the Middle East Peace Process. However, with a visit looming to Brussels at the end of the month for EU and NATO meetings, the White House knows that all eyes are on the Ukraine crisis. As an NSC official commented to us: “Against all the odds, Obama continues to believe that he can do a deal with Putin. His telephone exchanges lead him to conclude that Putin is intent on building a position of strength from which he will then negotiate.” From talking to other high-level contacts in Washington, our sense is that Obama’s conviction that a deal is doable is not widely shared. Even in the State Department there are senior officials who are much less optimistic that Putin is interested in negotiating. The Pentagon is also skeptical, but its military moves in the Baltics and Black Sea should not, as a senior strategist there commented to us, be seen as preparations for belligerence (See Dempsey’s comments). “We are supporting diplomacy, not undermining it,” was his comment. In summary, therefore, Obama remains committed to diplomacy but is facing rising discontent at home, with pressure increasing to be tougher. Ironically, in the P5+1 negotiations on Iran, Russian experts are taking part in ongoing exchanges with the Iranians alongside US officials. State Department official tell us that they remain cautiously optimistic that an end agreement is possible. On Syria, by contrast, Intelligence Community analysts are worried that the focus on Ukraine is allowing the regime to make substantial military gains. As one commented to us: “The price of maintaining Crimea in Ukraine may be losing Syria.” Obama is due in Saudi Arabia at the conclusion of his European visit, so attention is back to the mideast’
Banksy’s two girls: #WithSyria campaign (L) and “There is always hope” (R)
by Hisham Ashkar, on/off..but mostly off, March 7, 2014
Ahead of the third anniversary of the Syrian uprising, a coalition of international organizations was formed, #WithSyria, urging people around the world to hold vigils on 15 March, with the aim to “show our leaders that we will not give up on the people of Syria, that they must act to bring an end to the bloodshed and to get aid to all those who need it.”
Among the organizations, we can find Amnesty International, Save the Children, Reporters Sans Frontières and the Church of England.
In their mobilization effort, they recruited Banksy, and indeed the famous anonymous British graffiti artist didn’t fail to impress us once again. He produced an original Banksy for the campaign, that Amnesty proudly twitted it.
This new Banksy reminds us of an old Banksy: A young girl losing a heart-shaped balloon to the wind. Behind her on the staircase is written “There is always hope.” The graffiti was made in 2007.
For #WithSyria campaign, the little girl was given a veil. Well yes, it’s very logical! Syria is a Muslim country. Muslim women are dotted with veils. So to be politically correct , and to take in consideration and not to offend the feeling of Muslims, the little girl wears a veil.
Maybe Banksy didn’t thought much of that while drawing his work. But this reveals an unbearable amount of ignorance, stereotyping and orientalism, not only from Banksy, but also from the organizations in #WithSyria camapign.
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It sounds to me as though Bill O’Reilly feels that our choice of presidential candidates should be subject to Sharia law…