Gadaffi: Crazy Like A Fox


After Nasser’s untimely death in 1970 Gadaffi was never the same . He grew eccentric, then very odd. He styled himself a revolutionary leader, not  a head of state. Libya was to be in permanent semi anarchy, without any real government. As the craziness spread, oil billions poured in, allowing Gadaffi to romance foreign heads of state and influence Africa. Yet Italy, Libya’s former brutal colonial ruler, and now main oil customer, may be eager to get involved against Gaddafi. So, too, Egypt, France, and, of course, the US and Britain because oil remains the ultimate geopolitical aphrodisiac.
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STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

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by Eric  Margolis

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Events in Libya are moving very fast, and their outcome is uncertain. “Leader” Muammar Gadaffi is hunkered down in Tripoli, defended by army units from his tribe and mercenaries from black Africa.

Watching Col. Muammar Gadaffi deliver a bombastic, defiant speech last week from the ruins of Tripoli’s Bab al-Azizia barracks brought me back to 1987 when Libya’s leader led me by the hand through the wreckage of his former residence. (more…)

US-Pakistan Relationship: A geopolitical reality riddled with contradictions…


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US-PAK RELATIONS RIDDLED WITH CONTRADICTIONS

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[Are the US/Pakistani militaries preparing to clean-up the awful mess that they have made in Pakistan?]

http://www.stripes.com/news/u-s-pakistan-military-chiefs-hold-secret-talks-in-oman-1.135707

9/11, the Anthrax attacks, Al-CIAda, and the Infamous White House Murder INC,… are ALL inside Jobs wall to wall…..Made In USA/Israehell.

http://paleochristianity.org/blog/2010/02/06/an-attack-from-harvard-law-on-the-escalating-911-truth-movement/

This fourth installment of Central Asia News’ investigative series on the Empire’s plans for Pakistan and South Asia is most revealing, and shocking in the extreme. If all indicators are correct, then the big double-cross of Pakistan will likely occur sometime after July. The so-called US/Pakistani realignment, which allegedly gives Pakistan the winning hand in Afghanistan is merely a ruse, flattering the egos of Pakistan’s generals with this great sign of trust from their American benefactors.

Gen. Kayani and friends will forget how to smile when this trap in Baluchistan is sprung. The apparent big happenings in Central Asia are really just a distraction, misdirection to keep the world’s focus elsewhere. It is going to get very ugly, folks….

https://wondersofpakistan.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/final-solution-frenzy-iv/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&feature=player_embedded&v=mAVrCMpX1a8

http://www.thebalochhal.com/2011/02/security-forces-attacked-in-gwadar-khuzdar-nushki/

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/138996/crisis-confidence.html

The amazing “Sec/Def” Bob Gates…, acknowledges just how much the Pak Army has cooperated with American direction lately, moving six divisions from the eastern border with India to the Durand Line, in order to fight America’s terror wars….

With the sudden exposure of America’s underhanded war raging within Pakistan and Afghanistan, by the Raymond Davis double-murder charges, American hypocrisy towards USA’s most loyal ally is suddenly thrust to the forefront… The brutal killing of three or more Pakistani citizens by American CIA agents is something that happens nearly every day, in the hidden corners of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria….with the Infamous white House Murder INC, and its subsidiaries worldwide…., all the way to Argentina… (SEE: General Kayani Must Not Blink and Pakistan’s Taliban Are CIA).

Now that it is happening in the heart of Lahore, in broad daylight, the world gets to see with its own eyes, that American leaders are no longer concerned with keeping their criminal wars and extra-judicial assassinations secret….

Sources reveal that tracking chips (“sim cards,” SEE: Paramilitary Pretense, Who Controls the Predators?) were found on Raymond Davis…. These chips have been linked to Predator drones, used to assassinate targeted Pakistanis… The fact that one or more of these were in the US agent’s belongings, confirms that he was connected to the CIA murder program, which had stopped since Davis’ arrest.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/18/probe-finds-connection-between-davis-drone-attacks.html

Meanwhile, the USA is in deep secret negotiations with the Top Leadership of the Taliban….

http://janashah.com/2011/02/06/raymond-davis-had-contacts-in-south-waziristan-and-certain-madrasas/

Until the Sec/Def and his boss are ready to shut-down America’s secret war upon the people of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran etc, all patriotic citizens everywhere should stand together to guarantee that US/Israeli big wars and assassinations come to a halt….

“…The saga rolls on, while (as they used to say in the old pulp novels) the plot thickens. Davis remains in prison awaiting trial. Relations between Pakistan and the US continue to be quite strained. And the circle of collateral damage widens…. The facts of the incident that sparked all this are now fairly clear. Davis, in a rental car, was driving around in Lahore in areas where foreigners scarcely ever venture, tailed by two ISI auxiliaries on a motorbike. After an hour or more of trying to shake them off, they both came abreast at a stoplight. He pulled out a gun and, firing through his windscreen, shot them both. Accounts differ as to whether they made any threatening gesture, but one was killed as he was trying to run away.

The backup van that Davis called for came roaring up the wrong way on a one-way street, ran over a cyclist, killing him, then turned around and roared off. Davis was arrested, and weapons, ammo and other paraphernalia were found in the car.

On his cell phone were numbers that were later traced to phones in the tribal belt where the Taliban operate, while his camera had pictures of religious schools and military sites.

After some initial fumbling, the US embassy declared him a diplomat on staff with diplomatic immunity, and demanded he be turned over to them. When this didn’t happen, Washington jumped in with both barrels blazing, cancelling meetings and threatening all sorts of reprisals if Davis wasn’t released, including Congressional hints of aid being cut off.

The Zardari government, whose desire to please and placate the US comes second only to its agenda of robbing the country blind, wanted to comply but had to tread warily because of the public outcry over the matter (intensified by the suicide of the wife of one of the men killed). Its strategy was to have the foreign ministry certify to the courts that Davis did, indeed, have diplomatic immunity, but this ran into a roadblock when ministry staff refused to endorse this position, based on the record. (It is being said that the military’s opposition to his release stiffened their spines!)…

The US, concluding that playing the heavy wasn’t achieving much, sent in the ‘good cop’, in the person of Senator Kerry, co-author of the 7.5 billion Pakistan aid bill. He expressed public regret for the deaths, held out the assurance that Davis would be criminally investigated back in the US, and met with the principal Pakistani players.

His whirlwind one-day tour didn’t achieve much beyond smuggling out of the country on his plane the three Americans who had been in the backup van (and were being sought by the police and the courts).

Some mysteries still shroud the affair. One, the subject of considerable speculation in Pakistan, is: What was Davis up to? (There are two versions as to whether this is still a mystery to the ISI; one is that he ‘sang’ under interrogation, while the US claims that he made no statement). His undoubted links to people in Taliban territory have spawned the allegation that he was arranging Taliban bombings in Pakistan (it is a settled belief among most Pakistanis that the US wishes to destabilize the country in order to grab its nukes).

A more sophisticated version of this is that he facilitated the attacks that had taken place on some ISI targets and the army’s GHQ at the behest of former Afghan intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh (fired by President Karzai at Pakistan’s insistence). While most believe that this was done under CIA orders, some think Davis may have been freelancing for Saleh.

A more ‘innocent’ explanation for these contacts is not being considered, at least publicly. They may merely have been informants that he and his colleagues had set up in the tribal areas to relay information for drone targetting. Incidentally, ever since his arrest drone attacks in the tribal belt were temporarily suspended. This may be due to a US desire not to further inflame Pakistani public opinion, or it could be because target information has dried up, or both.

The second mystery in the affair relates to the very odd US reaction. The SOP in such cases is to say nothing in public while working backdoor channels to quietly sort out the affair and get your Joe back (even in kidnappings this is the standard practice).

Why did the US adopt such a public and heavy-handed approach? Conspiracy theorists incline to the belief that the US was petrified at the thought of what Davis might reveal under interrogation, and wanted to have him released immediately. Or, failing that, to at least make him feel that they were fully on his case, thus fortifying his resistance to questioning.

An alternative explanation is that the US thought that Pakistan and its government were so “bought” that an order (Jump!) would be enough to obtain compliance. When this didn’t happen, they got angry (!) and tried to browbeat them into submission. Considering some of the other US foreign policy moves, especially recently, this may not be too far from the truth. Viewed from the pinnacle of Washington, the world often looks very different from how it appears at ground level.

So, how is it all going to end? The Pakistani government may be able to get its foreign ministry to tell the courts that Davis enjoys diplomatic immunity, and should be set free. Whether the courts will accept this is another matter; already the former FM is threatening to appear in court and contradict that. Another possibility is a ‘prisoner exchange’ with Dr Aafiya Siddiqui (jailed by a US court for 86-years, but widely believed in Pakistan to have been railroaded). This may mollify public outrage at Davis’s release.

A third possibility is that Davis will go to prison for the murders but, after a suitable interval, will develop a life-threatening ‘malady’ (that seems to afflict sensitive prisoners in Pakistani jails when it becomes inconvenient for the government to hold them) thus leading to his repatriation on ‘humanitarian’ grounds.

As for the long-term fallout from this sorry saga ‒ stay tuned….

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If Raymond Davis is Freed, Islamabad Will Not Be Forgiven


The anger in Pakistan over the arrest and detention of U.S. Consulate employee Raymond Davis seems boundless. According to this editorial from Pakistan’s Frontier Post, if the country’s leadership is seen as caving into Washington and frees Davis, who killed two and caused the death of a third person in Lahore last week, President Zardari’s future is likely to be most unpleasant.
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Frontier Post
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Pakistan anger knows few bounds in the case of U.S. Consulate

employee Raymond Davis. All sides agree that he shot and killed

two people there last week, and a third was killed by Consulate

employees speeding to the scene of the shooting.

 

“If Musharraf turned Pakistan into a sprawling game park

for American adventurers, President Zardari has turned it

into a Wild West where cowboy Yankees can poach.”


This couldn’t be a slip-up by Fauzia Wahab, the information secretary of the [ruling] Pakistan Peoples Party: She read out the relevant passages of the Vienna Conventions to establish that American double murderer Raymond Davis enjoys diplomatic immunity. After all, she couldn’t be so naïve as to mistakenly issue such a categorical assertion on such a sensitive issue. There was obviously a method to her madness. Hers was unmistakably a choreographed act: she would make the statement, and then the movers and shakers would immediately jump in, refuting her pronouncement and asserting that neither was it her party’s stance nor that of the government’s. The clear intent was to sound out public opinion on releasing the American double killer.

Right:  Spokeswoman for the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party, Fauzia Wahab: Her assertion that American Raymond Davis is protected by the Vienna Conventions may have made her the most despised woman in the country. Fauzia Wahab has in the meanwhile been removed from her current post as secretary information, Pakistan peoples Party.
 

 

But why is the Islamabad leadership so hell-bent on playing with fire? The issue is clearly an emotional one, charged with boiling public sentiment. If the slayer is let off under some ruse, such as a contrived diplomatic immunity, public anger will in all likelihood burst into a storm, to the great woe of the leadership. Now that the case is before the courts, Islamabad must l forego any hanky-panky in their own interest and let them decide.

A court decision, whatever it is, will be accepted by the people, though if Davis is freed – grudgingly. Already, the public is greatly frustrated by the leadership’s not-so-deft moves to somehow set the American slayer free. They’ve shown no regard for the grief of the families of the two Pakistani nationals whom he put to death, let alone the third unfortunate victim. That man, who the slayer’s pals crushed under the speeding wheels of their vehicles, has become a forgotten nonentity, even to our own politicos, media and commentators who are playing to the gallery.

Despite his admittedly heinous crime of double murder, the Americans are so concerned about their citizen that they have employed every type of bullying, blackmail and coercion. Seeing that, it really hurts to watch our leaders show no such concern, let alone compassion or sympathy, for our own dead. As was previously pointed out, one of the victims has been forgotten by our politicians and media celebrities, his death disregarded as though he were a worm crushed underfoot, and the widow of another has taken her life in despair.

But why are our leaders so intent on burning every boat and committing themselves to uncertain shores? History shows that Americans are always the first to jump a sinking ship. For 30 years, Hosni Mubarak played their errand boy in the Middle East. Despite that, they batted not an eye at abandoning him once they found the going rough in the face of his people’s popular revolt. For decades, the Shah of Iran was their blue-eyed boy and much-eulogized hatchet man in the region. But when the crunch came and a furious people’s revolution overthrew him, they refused to grant him asylum and left him seeking refuge in Morocco, the Bahamas and Panama, only to die in Egypt.

Here in Pakistan, although he was their servile lackey, when Americans found he had turned into a liability, they turned away from Pervez Musharraf. If conditions take a similar turn, which they certainly will if our leaders continues to slap our own people to earn America’s favor, will the results be any different? Going even further than Musharraf in this frailty, the servility that the government humiliatingly shows Americans has lost them much of our people’s respect and credibility. If Musharraf turned Pakistan into a sprawling game park for American adventurers, President Zardari has turned it into a Wild West where cowboy Yankees can poach. To our people’s great anger, their adventurous exploits here have witnessed phenomenal growth under Zardari’s watch.

If Zardari earns the people’s scorn and indignation by acting outside the law of our land by releasing the murderer Davis to please America in the short term, he may rue it later. Doing so may also place him in a very difficult confrontation with the judiciary. He would do well to sit back and let the courts rule.

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NEW U.S. STUDY – The Taliban have nothing to do with Al-Qaeda 4/4


Al-Qaeda is a fundamentalist movement advocating use of violence in the world. But we must understand that dictatorships, which foment fundamentalism or patronize such movements in the Muslim world were created by American Islamism itself.
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FOR US AL-QAEDA IS THE MOST CONVENIENT WORD


by Agora Vox

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Personally, I recommend one of Dr. House, whose two brothers are well known today, a little thanks to me, I confess. It’s not every day that a writer of Hollywod has two brothers who are fortunate to be rabbis, authors of the making of a DVD to Geert Wilders …

With this as HP, I admit it’s enough as a beautiful ghost. And if we do not believe enough, a short interview to Voice of America radio Islamist as everyone knows, would improve the image of the most famous ghost of the planet.

An interview in which he paid himself royally GW Bush’s head ” who says he can find us wherever we hid on this earth … we’ll see who is right, “he assures: such defiance against the military, the most powerful of the earth, admit that there was this specter of another stature than Casper!

A Mullah quietly recalling how ending the latest U.S. disputes, namely the defeat of Vietnam after the intensive bombing of entire regions where the Viet Cong were buried 15 m deep, sometimes admit that it is enough to tickle the U.S. military chiefs, always willing to use the method on May Curtis; i.e. carpet bombing aimed at both civilian and Defence, “to” break “in the first all support the idea of resistance. Omar, would he preach in the desert? Certainly not, read the report which concludes that the opposite effect produced by carpet bombing: that whole generations of young Taliban outrage at the massacres of civilians and the deliberate abuse … about how one of the most wanted men on the planet has managed to be interviewed in the studios of radio U.S. propaganda. (more…)

NEW U.S. STUDY – The Taliban have nothing to do with Al-Qaeda 3/4


Is CIA following the age old policy? For its failures, being a stronger party passes on the buck to weaker ones!

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CIA PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK IN PAKISTAN

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These individuals, the Americans, in fact, have been playing hide and seek for more than thirty years now with Pakistani ISI, the latest case being the recent serious incident in Lahore of a U.S. embassy employee, Raymond Davis, who ruthlessly cooled two Pakistanis in the street, too curious, but too obvious, and which has a third innocent person who was crushed by another US consulate employee who was trying to help Davis escape from the scene.

Such incidents are symptomatic of a US attitude known for ages: U.S. embassy employees are above all law and nothing else matters for them.

That the case is obvious is too obvious, Washington has done everything at the beginning of the case to get its nationals exempted from the clutches of the local police as usual. An embassy employee who is a criminal, in the eyes of the U.S. still enjoys diplomatic immunity. Even James Bond would not have desired to indulge in such a cold blooded kill! Except this time, it was not entirely the case … and that Davis himself has felt abandoned …  what kind of diplomat is he who walks with a loaded gun ” , The Telegraph wondered ….

According to the newspaper, he works for the Hyperion Protective Consultants , LLC, a company of “consultants” in Orlando, Florida, in fact a company of mercenaries … Calamitous!

The website is under investigation, and it appears Davis is perhaps not his real name, Lashkar-e-Tayyabad he already visited Pakistan ten times… and this reminds us of some…. Michael Headley and his fruitful contacts with thean…

But for him, it seems there is another problem: The story seems to come straight from a novel by John Le Carré. And it’s probably good that it is spying, even if the United States remains the least discreet about the identity and activities of Raymond Davis. (more…)