"Who lost Syria and Iraq?"

There is a growing war advocacy being created in the form of  "who lost Syria and Iraq" attacks on the Obama administration for not being aggressive enough. We should be very concerned about this.

The PBS program below on the rise of ISIS had this as a running theme. Along with ex officials, the Soufan Group, a security firm, provided commentary. Nothing good for the people can come if the imps (imperialists) are the only ones setting the terms of this debate.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/rise-of-isis/

http://soufangroup.com/ali-soufan-and-richard-barrett-interviewed-on-pbs-frontline-the-rise-of-isis/

The beatings will continue until morale improves!

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Hong Kong:

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?

PopularResistance.org: US Role In Occupy Central Exposed

ThisCantBeHappening.net: Libeling a democracy movement and its activists - Accusing Hong Kong Activists of Being Tools of US Policy is Both Ignorant and Dangerous

Afghanistan:

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.

RAWA.org: Afghanistan still ruled by bickering warlords while Taliban eludes defeat

Veterans For Peace Calls U.S. and Afghanistan Agreement More of the Same - Time to Change Course: All U.S. forces must be brought home immediately

State of the War

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).

AWorldToWinNewsService.co.uk: The aims behind the U.S.’s new war in the Middle East

AntiImperialista.org: No to new US bombs on the Middle East!
The peoples of the region need to deal with dictatorships and sectarianism on their own

Aljazeera.com: Ode to Okmeydanı: Far-left group fights to save Istanbul neighborhood

 

Very good veteran's statement against war on Iraq and Syria.

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.

Veterans For Peace Statement Opposing U.S. Bombing of Iraq and Syria

WinWithoutWar.org: 53 National Religious Groups, Academics, and Ministers Urge Alternatives to U.S. Military Action in Iraq

Chelsea Manning Op-ed:
“How to make Isis fall on its own sword” Degrade and destroy? The west should try to disrupt the canny militants into self-destruction, because bombs will only backfire

 

Capitalism is fundamentally unable to deal with the climate crisis because it's basic law: expand or die.

Addressing this with eyes open means running into a real conflict with the capitalist--imperialist system.

VFP at Climate March, NYC

RevCom.us: Hundreds of Thousands Fill New York Streets to “Change Everything” and Save the Earth!

NSA data shared with Israel to target Palestinians was a factor in Edward Snowden taking the heroic stand he took.

We are regularly discovering new ways in which whistleblowers have been part of changing the world.

Mondoweiss.com: US gave surveillance data to a country ‘hostile’ to many Americans — Bamford

Obama's speech is outrageous. Blatant murderous aggression against people caught up in a mess the U.S itself created.

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:

HuffingtonPost.com: Obama ISIS Speech

TheNation.com: Obama Is Open to Ground Troops in Iraq, a Top General Says

News from occupied Palestine: 

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

see also:

Mondoweiss.net: Israeli refuseniks expose Occupation’s dark underbelly

 

From A World To Win News Service

Israel and the U.S.: who is whose tool?

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)

Read on…  RevCom.us: From A World To Win News Service
Israel and the U.S.: who is whose tool?

 

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