Wednesday, January 06, 2010

"UN Condemns Revenge Killings Of Handcuffed Afghan Students " /Iraq Turns On US Public Relations Move?

Even Republican John McCain is calling for recharging Blackwater Thugs. Though McCain doesn't say anything about CEO Erik Prince and Blackwater/Xe Services. Charging these five should not be the end of this. What this amounts to is either a complete whitewashing of the incident or "just a few bad Apples " ploy as the US government did in its cover-up of widespread prisoner abuse and torture like Abu Graib . And unfortunately Obama is too concerned with being a nice guy to go after the previous administration of Bush & Cheney to prosecute them for War Crimes. The United States government since shortly after 9/11 announced that "the gloves were "off and that they were working "the Darkside" and characterized the Geneva Conventions and other international agreements as Condoleeza Rice announced "quaint". no international body or international rules ie the Geneva Conventions, or rules of engagement , and the treatment of the civilian population and the POWs do not apply to America but only to other countries.

And beyond that Obama seems incapable of standing up to the Pentagon and the Republican and Democratic Hawks who believe in perpetual war and keeping the War Industry booming. Is Obama naive enough to believe the Hawks care about continuing an insane and illegal war . This all should have been dealt with by the international intelligence agencies and the cooperation of a number of countries not to butcher or torture these terrorists but to arrest them if possible and bring them to justice. Instead America, Britain, Canada and NATO have fallen into the trap set by Osama Bi Laden-a few years before 9/11 Bin Laden told a reporter that he would defeat America by making the Americans come to him in full force in Afghanistan .

"America is a crippled giant" Bill Moyers
New Afghan-Vietnam Real Time 2009

Anyway more allegations of US war crimes for killing innocent students who were in handcuffs.

Shooting Handcuffed Children By davidswanson - at Let's Try Democracy, Jan2, 2010

The occupied government of Afghanistan and the United Nations have both concluded that U.S.-led troops recently dragged eight sleeping children out of their beds, handcuffed some of them, and shot them all dead. While this apparently constitutes an everyday act of kindness, far less intriguing than the vicious singeing of his pubic hairs by Captain Underpants, it is at least a variation on the ordinary American technique of murdering men, women, and children by the dozens with unmanned drones.

Also this week in Afghanistan, eight CIA assassins (see if you can find a more appropriate name for them) were murdered by a suicide bombing that one of them apparently executed against the other seven. The Taliban in Pakistan claims credit and describes the mass-murder as revenge for the CIA's drone killings. And we thought unmanned drones were War Perfected because none of the right people would have to risk their lives. Oops. Perhaps Detroit-bound passengers risked theirs unwittingly.

The CIA has declared its intention to seek revenge for the suicide strike. Who knows what the assassination of sleeping students was revenge for. Perhaps the next lunatic to try blowing up something in the United States will be seeking revenge for whatever Obama does to avenge the victims (television viewers?) of the Crotch Crusader. Certainly there will be numerous more acts of violence driven by longings for revenge against the drone pilots and the shooters of students.

In a civilized world, the alternative to vengeance is justice. Often we can even set aside feelings of revenge as long as we are able to act so as to deter more crime. But at the same time that the puppet president of Afghanistan is demanding the arrest of the troops who shot the handcuffed children, the puppet government of Iraq is facing up to the refusal of the United States to seriously prosecute the Blackwater assassins of innocent Iraqis. Justice will not be permitted as an alternative to vengeance -- the mere idea is anti-American.

and :

"UN says Afghans slain in troop raid were students " By DUSAN STOJANOVIC, AP, Dec 31,

KABUL – The United Nations said Thursday that a weekend raid by foreign troops in a tense eastern Afghan province killed eight local students and warned against nighttime actions by coalition forces because they often cause civilian deaths.

The Afghan government said its investigation has established that all 10 people killed Sunday in a remote village in Kunar province were civilians. Its officials said that eight of those killed were schoolchildren aged 12-14. . . .

UN special representative in Afghanistan Kai Eide said in a statement that the preliminary UN investigation showed "strong indication" that there were insurgents in the area at the time of the attack.

But, he added, "based on our initial investigation, eight of those killed were students enrolled in local schools." . . .

Eide said the UN remained concerned about nighttime raids by coalition troops "given that they often result in lethal outcomes for civilians, the dangerous confusion that frequently arises when a family compound is invaded." . . .

A statement issued Thursday by the Afghan National Security Directorate said the government investigation showed no Afghan forces were involved and "international forces from an unknown address came to the area and without facing any armed resistance, put 10 youth in two rooms and killed them.

"They conducted this operation on their own without informing any security or local authorities of Afghanistan," the statement said.

More concerns raised in Pakistan concerning American covert operations. Operatives enter with false ID & refuse

Americans operating in Pakistan sans visas' By: Syed Fawad Ali Shah,The Nation, January 06, 2010

PESHAWAR – Most of the American government officials working in Pakistan have arrived here without getting proper visas, a senior security official on condition of anonymity told TheNation here on Tuesday.

They have stopped seeking permission from Foreign Office before leaving the City for another, the official said. He said many American officials detained briefly on suspicion by police lacked any endorsement made in their passports by competent authority allowing the bearers to enter Pakistan.

The foreigners apparently engaged in war against terror have some other motives, which are contrary to the national interests of Pakistan, an intelligence official told TheNation. “Gone are the days when foreigners, especially those from Western countries, would ask permission from Foreign Office to visit another city,” he said. They consider Pakistan as a state where every law can be violated easily. Top political leaders seem more interested in serving US interests than locals who elected them to the corridors of power.

Every American working in Pakistan on whatever assignment gives false appearance of being a diplomat that amounts to deceit, he said. They carry weapons, bombs, and fake number plates but a criminal case has never been registered against them. Brief detention by police is a ploy to please masses that are against increasing US involvement in important matters, he added.

“Officials of other western countries are following suit which is a great insult to sovereignty, integrity and self-respect to the government as well as people of Pakistan,” he added.

Elaborating about the visa issue, he said that Americans land at airport from where they call Interior Ministry and that is all. The FIA officials take care of the rest. Their documents, passports, and baggage are not checked. They are escorted safely to US embassy or to the destination of their choice.

“Soldiers of fortune belonging to notorious Blackwater (XE Worldwide) enjoy the status that is equal to diplomats guaranteed by Vienna Convention which is a national shame,” security sources said.

“West is subjecting Pakistanis to stringent checks and procedures on the command of US and our people living there are facing 9/11 everyday, while we are relaxing every rule and regulation for them which is a disgraceful act,” a top official remarked when asked for a comment. They are just scaring and killing Pakistanis across the world and in their own countries, he added.

“The attitude of important politicians is adding to US influence in our internal matters which is very dangerous for future of the motherland,” he further said.
When contacted, the press attachT of US Embassy Richard Snelsire said that all US diplomats and US government personnel enter Pakistan with valid visas issued by the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

However, a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when contacted, did not deny the developments. Requesting anonymity he said that many high-level meetings have taken place to discuss these issues. “There are various matters which have been taken up on different levels and we hope that all outstanding issues will be resolved in a few weeks time,” he said. “We are also dealing with Ministry of Interior for streamlining things, he added without elaborating his point.

Iraq Government turns on Its Puppet Master (America) ?

Iraq is seeking compensation from Israel over the 1981 bombing of a nuclear reactor it was building, according to an Iraqi MP.

Mohammed Naji Mohammed, an MP from the United Iraqi Alliance coalition, told the al-Sabah newspaper on Tuesday that the cabinet had approved a plan to seek redress through diplomatic channels including the United Nations.

"Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the ministry of foreign affairs petitioned the United Nations and the UN Security Council to demand that Israel pay compensation ... for the 1981 bombing an [Iraqi] nuclear reactor," he was quoted as saying.

The cabinet was reported to have approved the move on November 25 and agreed to form a "neutral" committee to assess the value of the reparations it would seek.

A UN security council resolution passed after the attack on the Osiraq reactor in June 1981 "strongly condemns" Israel's air raid.

It says that the security council "considers that Iraq is entitled to appropriate redress for the destruction it has suffered, responsibility for which has been acknowledged by Israel".

Israeli officials said at the time of the attack that they were concerned that the reactor could be used to produce nuclear weapons.

But the security council said after the air raid that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had testified that its safeguards had been "satisfactorily applied" in Iraq.

Rather, the security council said, the Osiraq attack constituted "a serious threat to the entire safeguards regime" of the UN nuclear agency.

In subsequent years, the security council would censure the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein, the executed former president, for not complying the IAEA inspections.

Meanwhile, Iraq commerce minister was reported as telling the AFP news agency that Baghdad would file lawsuits in the US against foreign firms for alleged fraud in a UN oil-for-food scheme under the government of Saddam Hussein.

"We have asked an American lawyer to prosecute the companies that violated the law regarding the oil-for-food program," Safaldin al-Safi said, but did not give any further details.

French newspaper Liberation said on Tuesday that the Iraqi government has demanded a total of $10 billion in compensation from 93 companies for alleged violations of the terms of the programme.

and so it goes,

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