Global contention is setting the stage for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, China. There is the question of the relative weight of U.S. imperialist intervention in the protests. Are they principally based on the people's legitimate aspirations or on imp machinations?
The U.S. is facing a difficult situation-- a cobbled together power sharing between ruling warlords. The Status of Forces Agreement which even Karzai would not agree to now in place to allow indefinite U.S. forces in the country.
This war is blatantly illegal-- the second link documents this. Rules against bombing civilians are being relaxed-- see first link.
14 years after Israel stomped out the camp David agreement and 11 years since the Amerikkkan invasion of Iraq, the Middle East is like a box of grenades with the pins pulled. The good news is that Amerikkka vs Jihad isn't the only game in town (see third link). The bad news is that real anti-imperialism is no where near where it needs to be and some left forces may see no other option besides collaborating with imperialists (see second link).
It Links to the religious letter which has the problem of trying to tell the imperialists how to do their job. Won't work, at least for the people. Same problem with Chelsea Manning's suggestions in her article.
Addressing this with eyes open means running into a real conflict with the capitalist--imperialist system.
We are regularly discovering new ways in which whistleblowers have been part of changing the world.
When you violate a country's airspace to bomb its people, you lose the right to claim self-defense. I watched the speech live and saw McCain's setting the terms to justify aggression at a whole other level. Note: Obama lied as we can see from the second article below:
two sets of resisters we've heard about. Basic reservists mostly women who represent a diverse group of anti-war sentiment. Another more "professional" sensitive to global public opinion. At the same time torture under brutal apartheid laws continue...
Aljazeera.com: Israeli reservists refuse to serve
Dozens of reserve soldiers from Israeli intelligence unit publicly declare their refusal to operate in Palestine.
CourageToResist.org: We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve.
ElectronicIntifada.net: Israel tortures prisoners captured in Gaza invasion
28 June 2010. A World to Win News Service. The American international policy professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, who are critical of U.S. support for Israeli settlement expansion and its attacks on Lebanon and Gaza, argue that "the unmatched power of the Israel lobby" distorts U.S. foreign policy. Many people outraged by these crimes have been influenced by their still widely circulated article "The Israel Lobby" that first appeared in The London Review of Books in 2006 (available at lrb.co.uk) and was later expanded into a book published in 21 countries.
(at VVAWAI we've been grappling with the relationship between U.S. imperialism and Israel for a long time. This article is very helpful-- Anton, VVAWAI)