Libya

Former CIA spook endorses Clinton! WaPo!

(Achtung! I despise Donald Trump. Maybe even more than you. I've despised him for many, many years, since long before he decided to run for POTUS. This is not a pro-Trump piece. I discuss here what I believe to be the actual situation.)

Achcar: Left confused about Syria. Me: Oh, really?

Is the "left" confused about Syria? Are we overlooking the revolutionary possibilities in the Syrian "uprising"? According to Gilbert Achcar, we are. He's just published a piece in Jacobin magazine...

Does this video explain the refugee crisis "perfectly"? Not even close.

According to truthdig.com (a web-site of which I'm a big fan), this video explains the Syrian refugee crisis "perfectly."

This is perfection? Don't think so.

More on the Kurdis: The NDP Rides the Bandwagon

No sooner did I publish my weblog piece on the deaths of the three Kurdish refugees in the waters off Turkey, I received in my e-mail inbox a missive from my MP, the New Democratic Party's Craig Scott (Broadview-Danforth).

As predicted, MP Scott has nothing to say about all the other refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean, many of whom Canada is directly responsible for. (See Libya.)

I replied.

Alan, Ghalib, and Rehanna Kurdi, and the Cynicism of the West

The mainstream media in the "West" have their R2P knickers in a twist. All of a sudden, the refugee crisis in Europe must be solved.

But why just Syrian refugees?

Bombs, drones, people, disasters

Currently the United States military/industrial/financial/political complex is engaged in a campaign of "drone strikes" on suspected Islamic militants in Waziristan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan.

RIP, "blowback"

We're in the process of losing a really good word: "blowback."

How are we losing it? A lot of writers think it's a pretty cool word, and writers like to use cool words. Unfortunately, they don't know what it means. They think it means "reaction."

It doesn't. It's a word invented by CIA operatives to describe the negative, often surprising, consequences that rebound on an actor because of things that actor does in pursuit of their own objectives. It's a very special type of reaction. Here're some examples:

No-fly zone in Libya—did it prevent a massacre?

(Following is the text of an e-mail I sent to Avaaz.org today, commenting on their continuing to claim credit for having "prevented" a massacre of civilians in Benghazi in March. I also include the e-mail trail below.)

Dominick et al, I want to thank you for the e-mail below. While I disagreed with it intensely, I did appreciate it that Avaaz put an effort into explaining its positions, and that it was a thoughtful reply, and not a bunch of buzzwords/key messages.

Accusations of "rape as a weapon of war" as a weapon of war

Here's a letter I wrote to NDP leaders shortly after they voted to approve extending the war in Libya. (Someone who used to be a colleague at my workplace got himself elected to Parliament recently. I'm sure he didn't think he'd be a pro-war voter within weeks of the election!)

I must say I was taken aback by the NDP's voting for more war in Libya. And I'm sure you think it was a big victory that you got some kind of a promise from the Harperites to prosecute "rape used as a weapon of war."

Nothing good can come from continuing to stoke rebellion in Libya

A few days ago, I typed out the following to the Globe and Mail in response to this article.

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I hate to break it to our Fearless Leaders, but the revolution in Libya has been lost, and has been lost for some time now. It's clear that the rebels are no match for the Libyan army-the only territory they can occupy is whatever's been cleared for them by NATO bombs.

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