USA is not a banana republic – not yet, anyway – and Obama is the head of a superpower and supposed to be the most powerful man in the world; the man who in 2009 went to Cairo and convinced us all that he was going to engage positively with the Muslim world from the Middle East to Asia. Looking back at that historic day all I can visualise is a fox being heralded and saluted by his victims as he walks up the ramp into the chicken coop. We don’t know how many people Barack Obama has ordered to be killed, but according to the New York Times he has “placed himself at the helm of a top secret ‘nominations’ process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical”.
CHANGING HISTORY, DESTROYING A NATION
by Yvonne Ridley
WHO IS YVONNE RIDLEY?
Note for WoP readers: Yvonne is a reporter. She sneaked into Taliban controlled Afganistan in Sept 2001, disguised in a full length burqa. The Taliban police captured her and threw her in prison to await a death sentence.
The food served by the prison cook was, in terms of her taste, atrocious. But that cook guy did not know how to cook food to her taste. So she was on a virtual hunger strike. She was afraid that some prison guard would enter her cell and commit an outrage. So they gave her a key to lock her cell from the inside. She did not like being looked at by passing guards. So they gave her a big piece of cloth (not too clean) to hang up on the cell door as a curtain.
What she did not know was there was an uproar in the world press against her capture and imagined torture. The British High Commissioner in Islamabad met with the Taliban Ambassador and demanded her release. The same week British started bombing Afghan targets as part of the Operation Enduring Freedom. It was feared these attacks would further endanger her life. On the contrary, Mulla Omer ordered her release on “humanitarian grounds”. On 9 October 2001, her Taliban captors escorted her from the Kabul prison to a Pakistan border post at the foot of the Khyber Pass and dumped her.
At the time of her release she was told there was a condition for her release. She had to promise she will read the Quran! Once free, she promptly forgot the promise: there was so much else to do in life other than reading the Quran. But, in time, she thought better of it. As a woman she had been treated with so much respect by her captors. Had that something to do with the Quran? Why not find out? She came to the surprise conclusion that the Quran was a “magna carta” for women. She compared her time in prison to the ugly and degrading treatment met out to female prisoners’, such as Afia Siddiqui in the American prisons. She converted to Islam in 2003.
WHO WAS TRAYVON MARTIN?
Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old African American who was unarmed. On February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida, United States, he was fatally shot by Gorge Zimmerman, a 28-year-old community watch coordinator for the gated community where the shooting took place. Initially though, there was confusion about the nature of this shooting, more is now coming out over what happened to poor Trayvon Martin, while he was returning home from the store back in February.
Police didn’t arrest Zimmerman yet, because he claimed self-defense, but then the FBI and U.S. Justice Department finally investigated the murder as a possible hate crime. The 911 tapes were released over the weekend which gave everyone just a taste of what really happened that night, but ABC News got a hold of call logs on Trayvon’s phone that show he was talking to his 16-year-old girlfriend seconds before he was killed and she heard everything that happened firsthand.
The circumstances of Martin’s death, the initial decision not to charge Zimmerman, and questions about Florida’s Standnd Your Ground law received national and international attention. Allegations of racist motivation for the shooting and police conduct contributed to public demands for Zimmerman’s arrest. A Special Prosecutor was appointed to take over the investigation and on April 11, 2012, she chose to file charges of murder in the second degree against Zimmerman. Zimmerman then turned himself in and was placed in custody. On April 20, the judge approved Zimmerman’s bail on a $150,000 bond. He was released from jail on April 23 and is required to wear an electronic monitoring device until trial. That was by way of introduction. Now read the article. [Nayyar]
The fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin shocked a nation, inspired tens of thousands to march for justice and even prompted the US President to declare, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon”It took nearly six weeks for George Zimmerman, the Florida man accused of killing the teenager, to be arrested and charged with second-degree murder after enormous pressure from the public.
Zimmerman – the captain of a Neighbourhood Watch group – pursued Trayvon because he said that he thought he was acting “suspicious” and “up to no good”. And that is exactly the same excuse used by President Barack Obama as he justifies ticking off names on a “kill list” for drone attacks.
While Obama called on federal, state and local authorities to work together as part of the investigation into the killing of Trayvon, just who is going to investigate the President for his extra-judicial killings? He is a man out of control, and while his predecessor justified his actions with a catch-all “God told me to do it”, this president thinks he is God, making decisions about who should live and who should die.
If he was the head of a banana republic the UN Security Council would be meeting as I write to bring about regime change, with the International Criminal Court on standby with a writ to charge Obama with war crimes.
But the USA is not a banana republic – not yet, anyway – and Obama is the head of a superpower and supposed to be the most powerful man in the world; the man who in 2009 went to Cairo and convinced us all that he was going to engage positively with the Muslim world from the Middle East to Asia.
Looking back at that historic day all I can visualise is a fox being heralded and saluted by his victims as he walks up the ramp into the chicken coop.
We don’t know how many people Barack Obama has ordered to be killed, but according to the New York Times he has “placed himself at the helm of a top secret ‘nominations’ process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical”.
There is huge hypocrisy in the media and from the so-called liberal left when it comes to this particular White House incumbent. The tame journalists who make up the Washington press pack ignore the fact that several times a month around 100 members of the government’s sprawling national security apparatus gather, by secure video teleconference, to discuss who should live and who should die.
This murderous secret nomination process was the invention of the Democrat Obama Administration, just as the Democrat Bill Clinton Administration brought kidnap and extraordinary rendition flights to the world. Republicans must look on enviously at how the Democrats get away with breaking international laws and conventions without being challenged.
It is almost beyond belief that this kill list has been sanctioned by a man who won the Nobel Peace Prize and ran his US Presidential campaign on a human rights platform. Remember Obama’s declaration that he wanted to close down Guantanamo, end torture, stop secret renditions and raise the bar in fairness and justice? He clearly doesn’t.
In Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan, Obama’s killing machines are not even clinical or always on target; thousands of innocent men, women and children have been taken out by his drone attacks. Their blood is on the US President’s hands, and even his own people are sickened by the hypocrisy and double standards coming out of the White House.
America’s outgoing Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, a man with more backbone and guts than his predecessor, has revealed that he regards the drone strike-driven policy of his government unacceptable. Rather tellingly, he has complained to colleagues that “he didn’t realise his main job was to kill people”.
This was revealed in another article published this week in the New York Times, one of the few US media titles finally to adopt a critical stance over Obama’s foreign policies. I can only assume that Obama’s killing spree has gone largely unchecked by ordinary Americans because they haven’t a clue what this president is doing in their name. This is sad, because Americans do care about justice and fair play; they showed this when they rallied and demonstrated after the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin by a man who thought he was “up to no good”.
Trayvon’s killer will now stand trial for his actions and his fate will be decided by a judge and jury looking at openly presented evidence. That is real justice, not the shoot and kill version which is coming to define Obama’s presidency.
Many of us who cheered when the first non-white president moved into the White House were hoping for a new era of peace and justice, but we have been conned. The true Barack Obama is an out of control psychopathic killer with a loaded God complex, and he’s running America. This makes him the most dangerous man in the world as well as the most powerful. And that should make every right-minded person in America and beyond shudder with disbelief. Yvonne Ridley is a patron of the London-based human rights NGO, Cageprisoners
More from Yvonne Ridley on Wonders of Pakistan
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the ‘Wonders of Pakistan’. The contents of this article too are the sole responsibility of the author (s). WoP will not be responsible or liable for any inaccurate or incorrect statement / s contained in this post.
YOUR COMMENT IS IMPORTANT
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF YOUR COMMENT