Global war on "terrorism"
In 1980s, the United States and Israel created the concept of "international terrorism" to discredit the national liberation movements, accusing them of being tentacles of the Soviet beast. After the September 11 attacks, responsibility for quashing terrorism was taken away from the police and shifted to the military domain. For the Anglo-American ruling class, the "war against terrorism" had been envisaged as a means of affirming its control over trade routes (free maritime and air circulation), but it served the Bush administration and the Zionist movement to cloak their mistimed colonial adventures (Palestine, Afghanistan, Irak).
The same concept is used by the West to justify the setting up of an Orwellian surveillance society and by the Shangai Cooperation Organisation (Russia, China) to stymie the intrusion of the nomadic populations of Central Asia and to stabilise them by force.
The French news daily Le Monde Published last week an article entitled “The British multicultural model in crisis”. Many British people seem to agree with the idea. The July attacks in London prompted a wave of criticism against multiculturalism.
Some politicians have suggested measures after the attacks. Some of the suggestions are justified like scrutinizing more carefully the files of alleged foreign supporters of terrorism who request to enter the country. However, most of the suggested (...)
Karen Hughes works in Washington in the “War of Ideas” against the “evil ideology” best described as Islamofascism. Hughes’ starting point is that not all Muslims are adherents to Islamism and that to defeat it it is necessary to join forces with Muslims who reject the objectives of the Islamists. That is a good approach.
However, alter the attacks in London, the government of Tony Blair has faced the same difficulty faced by the Bush Administration after September 11: how to distinguish (...)
After a terrorist attack perpetrated by jihadiists two kinds of reactions are expected: some affirm the attacks have their roots in Islam whereas the others, especially the Muslim and the political correct westerners, affirm terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. Both sides are right.
Perhaps, terrorism has nothing to do with Islam but it is inspired by Islamism, that is, a political analysis of Islam. The very same jihadiists consider himself non-state combatants who have an irregular (...)
Due to the attacks in London, Westerners have begun to widely discuss the problem of the radical Islam. In many European countries, they wonder what is tolerable or not in the attitude of Muslims, but measures are still too few. Last week, the same day, two important western politicians went beyond that.
The Minister of Education of the British Conservative Party, David Cameron, referred to the concept of British identity as the definition for “freedom with regard to right” and compared (...)
Our friends from the British 9/11 Truth Campaign had the simple idea of comparing the official chronology of the facts with the traffic schedules and real timetables of the trains on July 7, 2005, kindly provided by the company that runs the London railroad network, and here they came across an inconsistency.
The British police said that the “suicide bombers” had boarded the train at 7:40 in Luton towards King’s Cross, where they would have arrived at around 8:20. But the only train that (...)
The debate in the international press about Iraq’s Constitution has nothing to do with the Iraqi rights but with the future fragmentation of the country. Whether the reasons to desire or pretend to fear such fragmentation may diverge, everything else seems to coincide as to its unavoidable nature. Pro-Kurdish lobbyist Peter Galbraith thinks that Iraq’s division is much more desired by Washington as it is the only way to hinder any control of Iraq from Iran.
On April 2003, just after having finished combats in Iraq, George W. Bush promised the Iraqis that their country would develop preserving its unity, independence and sovereignty, but after two years and 4 months, Iraqis have understood that Bush’s promises were but castles in the air. On the other hand, the new constitution submitted to Iraq’s Parliament makes legal the collapse of a country that for years was a stronghold for strategic balance and stability in one of the hottest and most (...)
The agreement on the Iraqi draft constitution should have been a reason to celebrate but it was not the case. On the contrary, criticism has emerged about issues like women’s rights, federalism and the role of Islam. In fact, the text makes a good balance between federalism and centralization and between Islam and democracy.
However, the problem is not the text but those who support it. The Sunnis feel they have been left aside and they could make the process fail. However, the Iraqis can (...)
Iraqi leaders have a tentative constitution but they have not answered a fundamental question: Does Iraq really exist as a nation? The Kurds and Shiites negotiate between them leaving the Arab Sunnis aside which increases divisions. Washington wants to build a new Iraq but it spends blood and money to preserve a country that no longer exists. Iraq would be closer to democracy if everyone would reject the fiction of a unified Iraq. However, the United States finds it hard to admit that (...)
On June 4th, Jalal Talabani, first democratically elected president of Iraq, attended the inauguration of the Kurdish National Assembly in Erbil. However, in that city of one million inhabitants, you can not see a single Iraqi flag and many parliamentarians that had to swear loyalty to the unity of the Kurdistan region of Iraq dropped the phrase “of Iraq”. Simultaneously, the representative of the Iranian intelligence services in Erbil expressed satisfaction for the assumption of power in (...)
The new Iraqi constitution is the main issue discussed by various Iraqi groups, with each calling for some changes in the articles of the document that will become the supreme law of the country. The debates are taking place in the Iraqi National Assembly but certain elements, both inside and outside of Iraq, are trying to make amendments to the draft constitution. That is the case of the Wahhabis and Salafis.
These sectarian groups oppose every aspect of the western civilization. This (...)
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24 August 2005
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EXTREMISM: RULES OF THE GAME HAVE CHANGED AND WE NEED TO RESPOND
Britain is proud of its global and deserved reputation as a tolerant, multi-cultural society where people of all nationalities, backgrounds and faiths live in peace and friendship.
The unified and calm response of the British people to the terrorist attacks in London last month – in which the victims were of all faiths and none – underlined the tolerance and strength of our society. While there have been isolated and (...)
On the request of German authorities, the Alliances has deployed its special surveillance aircraft, AWACS, to help guard the Pope’s visit to the World Youth Day in Cologne, 20-21 August.
Pope Benedict XVI will address some 800,000 young Catholics, who are expected to attend the festival, which takes place at different locations every few years. Protecting major events
The AWACS are special aircraft, equipped with a radar dome capable of detecting air traffic at great distances, including (...)
As shown by the British House of Commons, the immediate response to a tragedy like the attacks in London, should be, first of all, the empathy with the victims and their bereaved. They pass a painful test, especially because it is difficult to explain what has happened. Who could ascertain that such bloody carnage was done because of a cause? At the time of writing, no group has explained why they launched the assaults. There is no other reason than an excessive fundamentalism. In these (...)
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