Adapted from The Gaurdian Trevor Timm, September 27 2014 (Emphasis mine) 1. Mr President, the White House sent a letter to Congress indicating that you believe the Iraq War Resolution gives you the legal authority to bomb Syria. How is this possible? Why has your administration yet to publicly release a detailed legal opinion? How is this new war legal?
From time to time I will publish a relatively short, modestly documented post which I intend, at some future time, to expand and use in my “historical backgrounders” series. This post is one of them.
Extract from the the Swedish Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (Emphasis Mine) Danish F16s to Fight ISIS By Jan Oberg, TFF Lund, Sweden September 26, 2014 What’s your image of Denmark? Apart from the Little Mermaid, Carlsberg beer and H.C. Andersen perhaps something with decency, welfare, development aid, equality and peace? Unfortunately, that image is outdated. During the last good 15 years Denmark has participated in wars on/in Yugoslavia and Afghanistan, it was an occupying country in Iraq for four years and a main bomber nation of Libya.
At the UN, yesterday, another US President expanded USG’s perpetual wars yet again. Why? Apparently because a video posted on line supposedly showed two westerners having their heads sawed off.
Extracted from From Time Magazine Sept `23 2014. Emphasis mine How Obama’s War Against ISIS Just Keeps Growing It was six weeks ago, on Aug. 7, that the President announced his first airstrikes against the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). …
Archbishop Oscar Romero Liberation theology began as a movement within the Catholic Church in Latin America in the 1950s–1960s principally as a moral reaction to the poverty caused by social injustice in that region. The USGovt and the Vatican saw it as an extension of Marxism. The CIA and the US State dept set about training local militia to eradicate “leftists” it. Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, one of the principal proponents of “liberation theology” was assassinated by US trained militia in 1980. For decades the Vatican has blocked moves towards canonization for Romero. Comes now Pope Francis:
It is easy to claim that US Main Stream Media has become an organ of the state whose news items and op eds are chosen to engineer the consent of the American people to the foreign policies of the USGovt, or to hide from them the effects of those policies. It is quite another thing to provide facts to back up that claim. This is the first of my posts to do just that, and to try to provide some measure of US MSM mendacity.
Comments by Hans-C. von Sponeck
Former UN Assistant Secretary General, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq at UK House of Commons
(4000 words) Adapted from John Pilger’s Edward Said Memorial Lecture, delivered in Adelaide, Australia, on 11 September 2014
“If you want to bomb a country every time an evil group murders people in a gruesome manner, you’ll have to bomb a lot of countries including our own. ISIS draws its strength in Iraq from resentment of the Iraqi government, which bombs its own cities using U.S. weapons, and which beheads people,..” –David Swanson As we all know by now, the US dogs of war are braying for more blood in the Middle East. The US MSM have again managed to terrify the American people about our “imminent danger”. Obama has responded. He has little choice.