Friday, April 8, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
"The US-Saudi Libya Deal
by Pepe Escobar
You invade Bahrain. We take out Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. This, in short, is the essence of a deal struck between the Barack Obama administration and the House of Saud. Two diplomatic sources at the United Nations independently confirmed that Washington, via Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave the go-ahead for Saudi Arabia to invade Bahrain and crush the pro-democracy movement in their neighbor in exchange for a "yes" vote by the Arab League for a no-fly zone over Libya -- the main rationale that led to United Nations Security Council resolution 1973.
The revelation came from two different diplomats, a European and a member of the BRIC group, and was made separately to a US scholar and Asia Times Online. According to diplomatic protocol, their names cannot be disclosed. One of the diplomats said, "This is the reason why we could not support resolution 1973. We were arguing that Libya, Bahrain and Yemen were similar cases, and calling for a fact-finding mission. We maintain our official position that the resolution is not clear, and may be interpreted in a belligerent manner."
As Asia Times Online has reported, a full Arab League endorsement of a no-fly zone is a myth. Of the 22 full members, only 11 were present at the voting. Six of them were Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, the US-supported club of Gulf kingdoms/sheikhdoms, of which Saudi Arabia is the top dog. Syria and Algeria were against it. Saudi Arabia only had to "seduce" three other members to get the vote.
Translation: only nine out of 22 members of the Arab League voted for the no-fly zone. The vote was essentially a House of Saud-led operation, with Arab League secretary general Amr Moussa keen to polish his CV with Washington with an eye to become the next Egyptian President.
Thus, in the beginning, there was the great 2011 Arab revolt. Then, inexorably, came the US-Saudi counter-revolution."
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
There was one incredibly tragic scene that made up the best part of the movie, in which the platoon torches a village and some of them are complete assholes to the Vietnamese villagers. Additionally, the most depraved members of the platoon kill two Vietnamese and a pig without considering that the pig helps feed the village (open your eyes and ears dogmatic vegetarians). As a result, this clearly shows the brutality of our imperialistic war of aggression against Vietnam, but ultimately, the movie uses the incident to explore the depths of what war does to individual soldiers. Again, Platoon is a bunch of military self-loathing bullshit that prefers to explore the suffering of the poor, poor American soldiers in the war than it does the Vietnamese victims, who were far greater in number, and suffered far greater atrocities which included the horrors of Agent Orange and chemical warfare as a whole.
The tragedy, in short, ends up being the antagonisms between the platoon rather than the Vietnam War itself. The Vietcong are depicted as the aggressors due to their ambushes on the platoon, and the movie hyper-focuses on the Americans themselves. One part of the movie explores the unjust nature of the Vietnam War a little, wherein Chris (Charlie 'WINNING' Sheen's character) has sincere dialog with one of the more veteran soldiers. The veteran soldier expresses his doubts about his mission, and ponders whether it's time that America get its ass kicked for once. Wait, hold on a second. Did Vietnam bomb America? Why are we so fucking self-loathing about Vietnam just because we didn't manage to make it our proxy state? Somehow, I think the families who lost their homes and suffered napalm attacks felt a greater sense of "loss" than American civilians did at home, unless we're really that fucking self-loathing.
Oliver Stone, I like you and all, but Platoon is a shit movie that should never have won an Oscar. It had one tearjerking scene, but the rest of the two-hour movie was just garbage. You did better with Salvador.
Fuck American self-loathing bullshit.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
What I find funny here is that Glenn Beck actually gets a few things right by complete accident. There is good reason to believe that some Al-Qaeda presence exists in the Libyan opposition, and furthermore, that Israel would be more happy with Gaddafi than with a new government. However, Cenk actually quotes a NATO commander to prove Glenn wrong. I suppose when Democrats lead America into imperial bloodbaths, it's liberals who become the biggest mouthpieces for the state and conservatives who become critical in their own variety of ways.
Pathetic. We're seeing ideological spinelessness at its worst from both sides at the moment. I thought that two nearly decade-long wars and poor economic well-being at home would have taught us better.