US Soldiers in Nepal on China’s Tibet Border, On a Reconnaissance “Humanitarian Mission”



A Nepalese Army’s senior officer is coordinating with American soldiers; but again the coordination could have been better with local public health experts who are more knowledgeable in these matters. Effectively, this ‘humanitarian mission’ appears to be strictly an army matter and it stinks.
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STRICTLY AN ARMY MATTER IN THE GARB OF A ‘HUMANITARIAN MISSION’ TO NEPAL AND IT STINKS

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by  Arun Shrivastava

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Note for WoP readers: 

The following post by Arun Shrivastava reminds me of the 2005 earthquake that hit most parts of Azad Kashmir including some districts of Northern Pakistan and the federal capital Islamabad.

After the earthquake that devastated major cities and towns in Pakistan, many teams arrived to help the people come out of the trauma, the devastation and deaths caused due to the terribly strong tremors that almost shook whole of Pakistan.

We the people of Pakistan are all full of love, praise, and thankfulness to those great sons and daghters of humanity who shared with us all those trials and tribulations. Among those who visited the calamity ridden places were also the rescue teams who had the necessary gear, the money and the expertise to help the people in the quake-hit places. 

We are still full of praise and appreciation also for those American contingents who worked day and night to help our brethren and sisters in the quake zones. But at the same time we feel a deep pain in our hearts when we learn that some of the guys who came in the garb of these rescue workers, were the men from American spy agencies.

It has been reported that some of these men actually had come to explore the areas to do the neccessary ground work for conducting surveys of strategically sensitive points in Pakistan in order to prepare for future successful military operations in the country. 

Later, another such dirty operation was conducted in the garb of the so called polio vaccination teams, of which Dr. Shakil Afridi was the principal tool.

Some friends may ask at this point: if there was no Osama living by May 2nd, 2011 [as this scribe has always maintained] why should have then the US gone for such operation that they had on that day.

Well friends, if we go through that grand project [PNAC] envisaged by the Neocons in the last decade of 20th century, it becomes clear that the Bush-Cheney cabal that occupied the White House in those days could go to any extreme to achieve their end.

A similr plan is now taking shape in the Himalayan state [Nepal] where one so called ‘Humanitarian Mission’ is on its job. This one is no different from the missions we already have seen in Libya, Syria and shorlty we might see in Iran as well.

The current Humanitarian Mission to Nepal is strictly a matter for the Nepalese people to handle, but which has unfortunately been entrusted to the Americans and their henchman in Nepal. As says Arun Shrivastava: Its strictly an army matter in the garb of ‘Humanitarian Mission’ to Nepal and it stinks. [Nayyar]

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A self-made illusion


Today US foreign policy finds itself at the bottom of a slippery slope. It has assumed many of the very features of the ‘rogue nations’ against which it has rhetorically and sometimes literally done battle over the years. The legitimacy of US action in Afghanistan has vanished.
Its war on terrorism has no support in the Islamic world and is fast becoming unpopular in the rest of the world. There is an old Russian saying: Once you let your feet get caught in a quagmire, your whole body will be sucked in. Today the United States seems trapped in a bad story, with no way to change the script.

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COLLECTIVE AMNESIA OVER THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

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by Roedad Khan

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Alexis De Tocqueville once said: “I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America”. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in his acceptance speech, did not say a word about the war in Afghanistan, as if it were a non-event, although the US still has about 90,000 troops in that country and over 2000 Americans have died fighting a totally unjustified war. (more…)

More Than A Single Silly Video


Protests against a recent anti-Islam movie as well as blasphemous cartoons rage on across and beyond the Muslim world, with people calling for the prosecution of the elements behind the blasphemous acts.
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USING  FREEDOM OF SPEECH AS A LICENSE TO DEFAME ISLAM & THE MUSLIMS

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 by Jim Taylor

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With all due respect to the innumerable pundits who have pontificated about the anti-American riots sweeping through the Islamic world – and beyond into Asia – I think they’ve missed the point.

They’ve been looking at the situation through the lens of American culture. Or at least through the lens of western European culture. Where our highest values are abstract concepts, fostered by The Enlightenment in the 18 th Century, concepts like freedom of speech, individual rights, thinking things through….

Those concepts do not adequately describe the Middle East. Or Pakistan. Or the Philippines.

The places where anti-American riots have taken place all have honour/shame cultures. Their primary motivation is the honour – more precisely, the dishonour — of the entire family, the tribe, the clan, the nation. To dishonour any member of that culture is to dishonour the whole culture.

And obviously, to dishonour the culture’s iconic prophet is to dishonour everyone.

In that setting, there can be no moderate voices. You cannot distance yourself from the protest without being considered a traitor.

Although we in the western nations have theoretically moved past those honour/shame cultures, Federal cabinet minister Vic Toews invoked the same polarizing mindset against critics of his tough-on-crime bill: “You can stand with us, or with the child pornographers.”

So did G.W. Bush: “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”

MISLEADING METAPHORS

I would also suggest that the aforementioned pundits have misread the pent-up fury of the riots. With a few exceptions, they have focussed blame on a YouTube video that mocked Mohammed.

They described the offending video as the spark that lit the woodpile, the leak that broke the dike, the trigger that ignited the explosives….

These metaphors misdirect our attention. They incline us to concentrate on the spark, the leak, the trigger. We should be looking at the wood pile, the floodwaters, and the dynamite.

The assumption seems to be that if the video had not gone viral, none of this would have happened. Or perhaps that if Obama had blocked the video, the hostility would fade away. As if sticking a finger into the dike would make flood levels on the far side recede.

Before a spark can ignite the woodpile, you need a pile of wood.

A LAMENTABLE HISTORY

And that wood has been piling up for most of a century, in U.S. foreign relations. Consider some of the regimes that the U.S. has treated as its friends:

•  Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi , the Shah of Iran.

•  Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, in China.

•  Ferdinand Marcos, in the Philippines.

•  The land-owning oligarchies of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. The U.S. even trained their paramilitary death squads at the School of the Americas in Georgia.

•  Fulgencio Batista in Cuba.

•  The generals who seized power from elected governments in Pakistan, Brazil, Paraguay, and Chile.

•  Francisco Franco in Spain.

•  Prince Norodom Sihanouk in Cambodia

•  Ngo Dinh Diem and Nguyen Van Thieu in South Viet Nam.

Bluntly put, the U.S. has a track record of backing regimes that were later overthrown by popular uprisings, whether peacefully or violently.

The U.S. has also shown itself to be a fickle friend.

It supported Saddam Hussein when he fought against Iran, then turned against him when he threatened U.S. oil supplies.

It backed the mujahedeen in Afghanistan while they fought the Russians; then turned against them when they became the Taliban.

It cozied up to military dictators in Pakistan, while cold shouldering democratic governments in India.

It devised the Monroe Doctrine to protect newly independent nations in Central America and the Caribbean from their former European masters. Then it used that same doctrine to justify intervening in the internal affairs of those nations.

It even suppressed information about Stalin’s atrocities in Poland and the Ukraine to avoid offending a current ally — who later became its enemy during the Cold War.

This kind of history does not incline non-Americans to trust American good intentions.

THE CENTRAL ISSUE

But for the Arab world, America’s most offensive act has certainly been its unwavering support for the state of Israel.

Whether that support is right or wrong is beside the point. Right or wrong, America’s financial and military backing of Israel is the primary cause of anti-American sentiment among Arab and Islamic peoples.

Before you accuse me of anti-Semitism, imagine a parallel situation. Suppose a consortium of foreign nations decreed that southern Texas was the ancestral homeland of Mexican people, and arbitrarily transferred ownership to them. Would Americans meekly accept their loss of territory?

And suppose those Mexicans thrived, and brought in more Mexicans, who kept expanding into the rest of Texas, displacing Americans who already lived there. Would Americans take it lying down?

Not bleeping likely!

Because of Israel, all the Arab peoples feel dishonoured. They feel like victims of a home invasion. Their birthright has been besmirched, their household vandalized.

Their resentment is not reasoned. Rather, it is a deep gut anger that has been simmering for generations.

In that situation, it takes very little extra heat to make the pot boil over.

Jim Taylor is a Canadian author and freelance journalist, with over 50 years experience in radio, television, magazines, and newspapers. He is the author of 17 books, and continues to write two newspaper columns a week. 

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Peace Be Upon You


Anti-American rallies expanded across the Islamic world over the past week. Take a look through the angry demonstrations held specifically at the gates of U.S. embassies and consulates. Here, clashes between protesters and police intensified Thursday in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Thousands gathered there, 350 yards from the fortress-like U.S. embassy, breached earlier this week. 
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INTERNET VIDEOS WILL INSULT YOUR RELIGION. IGNORE THEM.

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 by William Saletan

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You’re living in the age of the Internet. Your religion will be mocked, and the mockery will find its way to you. Get over it.

If you don’t, what’s happening now, will happen again and again. A couple of idiots with a video camera and an Internet connection will trigger riots across the globe. They’ll bait you into killing one another.

Stop it. Stop following their script.

Today, fury, violence, and bloodshed are consuming the Muslim world. Why? Because a bank fraud artist in California offered people $75 a day to come to his house and act out scenes that ostensibly had nothing to do with Islam. Then he replaced the audio, putting words in the actors’ mouths, and stitched together the scenes to make an absurdly bad movie ridiculing Prophet Mohammed (pbuh).

He put out flyers to promote the movie. Nobody—literally nobody—came to watch it.

He posted a 14-minute video excerpt of the movie on YouTube, but hardly anyone noticed. Then, a week ago, an anti-Muslim activist in Virginia reposted the video with an Arabic translation and sent the link to activists and journalists in Egypt. An Egyptian TV show aired part of the video. An Egyptian politician denounced it. Clerics sounded the alarm.

Through Facebook and Twitter, protesters were mobilized to descend on the U.S. embassy in Cairo. The uprising spread. The U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed, and violence  engulfed other countries.

When the protests broke out, the guy who made the movie claimed to be an Israeli Jew funded by other Jews. That turned out be a lie. Now he says he’s a Coptic Christian, even though Coptic Christian leaders in Egypt and the United States despise the movie and want nothing to do with him. Another guy who helped make the movie claims to be a Buddhist.

The movie was made in the United States, yet Sudanese mobs have attacked British and German embassies. Some Egyptians targeted the Dutch embassy, mistakenly thinking the Netherlands was behind the movie. Everyone’s looking for a group to blame and attack.

The men behind the movie said it would expose Islam as a violent religion. Now they’re pointing to the riots as proof. Muslims are “pre-programmed” to rage and kill, says the movie’s promoter. “Islam is a cancer,” says the director. According to the distributor, “The violence that it caused in Egypt is further evidence of how violent the religion and people are and it is evidence that everything in the film is factual.”

HATE VIDEOS/FILMS: DON’T LET YOU FALL INTO THE TRAP

Supporters of Jamaat ud Dawa (JD) shout anti-US slogans during a rally against the anti-Islam videos in Lahore, Pakistan on September 16, 2012. – AFP

Congratulations, rioters. You followed the script perfectly. You did the propagandists’ work for them.

And the provocations won’t end here. Laws and censors won’t protect you from them. Liberal democracies allow freedom of expression. Our leaders and people condemn garbage like this video, but we don’t censor it. Even if we did, the diffusion of media technology makes suppression impossible.

The director of this movie was forbidden, under his bank-fraud probation rules, from using computers or the Internet without approval. That didn’t stop him. Nor did it stop the Arabic-language distributor from reposting the video and disseminating it abroad.

Online propaganda is speech. But it’s also part of the global rise of lethal empowerment. It’s easier than ever to kill people. In Muslim countries, mass murderers favor bombs. In the United States, they prefer guns. In Japan, they’ve tried sarin nerve gas. The Oklahoma City bomber used fertilizer. The Sept. 11 hijackers used box cutters and passenger planes. Then came the letters filled with anthrax.

Derision is that much harder to control. The spread of digital technology and Internet bandwidth makes it possible to reach every corner of the globe almost instantly with homemade video defaming any faith tradition. It can become an incendiary weapon. But it has a weakness: It depends on you. You’re the detonator. If you don’t cooperate, the bomb doesn’t explode.

This isn’t just a Muslim problem, though that’s been the pattern lately. On YouTube, you can find videos insulting every religion on the planet: Jews, Christians, Hindus, Catholics, Mormons, Buddhists, and more. Some clips are ironic. Others are simply disgusting. Many were posted to bait one group into fighting another. The baiters are indiscriminate. The promoter of the anti Islam/anti prophet (pbuh) movie founded a group that also protests at Mormon temples.

The hatred and bloodshed will go on until you stop taking the bait. Mockery of your prophet on a computer with an Internet address somewhere in the world can no longer be your master. Nor can the puppet clerics who tell you to respond with violence. Lay down your stones and your anger. Go home and pray. God is too great to be troubled by the insults of fools. Follow Him.

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Will Saletan covers science, technology, and politics for Slate and says a lot of things that get him in trouble.

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New US Envoy In Libya Reaps What O-Bomba and NATO Have Sown


U.S. envoy Chris Stevens listens during a news conference held by leaders of Libya’s rebel leadership after talks with representatives of the African Union in Benghazi April 11, 2011.
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US AMBASSADOR KILLED IN BENGHAZI, LIBYA

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 by Nayyar Hashmey

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First a note from Peter Chamberlin:

[Resentment over what we have done there may cause a wave of reprisal killings and militant actions.  In this case, embassy guards came under heavy, concentrated fire.  This were not merely the actions of an enraged mob; this was a military action.] 

The film named ‘Innocence of Muslims’ is a hotchpotch of such nasty matter that a person like me (essentially a secularist by temperament), could not feel like having even a glimpse of the shit they have put in the film.

I abhor what our maulvis do in the name of Islam, yet the videos put on the net as clipss from this so called movie, have such stench that I did not feel like watching this garbage at all.

My immediate reaction was to send an SMS to all my friends carrying the following text:

A US/Israeli estate owner has produced a film which depicts our holy prophet (pbuh) in a manner no Muslim can accept.

I myself though do not believe in the interpretations of Islam by mullahs, yet to depict our holy prophet, the blesser of mankind in such manner is beyond acceptability.

However, instead of burning US flags, attacking and burning our own properties or the ones belonging to foreign nationals, diplomatic missions, foreign NGO’s, foreign aid workers, or Europe/US based charities, let’s join hands in condemning this satanic act by staging peaceful demonstrations and conducting interfaith dialogue with our non Muslim friends.

And showing even satans of the like of Terry Jones and Sam Bacile that Islam is a religion of peace for Muslims and non believers alike – as was the practice of the holy prophet whenever the Kafirs tried to throw mud on his person or character .

For its was mostly his peaceful overtures to the Kafirs of Mecca that they accepted his message, the message of Allah he brought to us humans.

Normally, I do check whenever something comes in the media against Muslims, Islam or Pakistan. Because in this age the media has been laced with such scientifically perfected falsehoods that many a  time the falsehood appears more truthful than the real truth.

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THE FILM TRIGGERS OUTRAGE AND DEATH

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To Muslims, the making of this film first came to light when in Benghazi which was the centre of anti Qaddafi forces (mainly funded, trained and physically supported by US), protests started which later culminated in attack on the US consulate thereby causing the death of US ambassador in Libya Mr. Chris Stevens and three other US officials.

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AND THE FILM IS A COMPLETE FLOP

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It is being said that this film cost the producer $5million but the people who have seen the trailer of this film on the net and those who saw it in film theaters [which again seems to be a hoax, because there has been perhaps no movie made at all] think this is an exaggerated claim. because the quality of dubbing and other features which make a film popular is so poor that the time it was released, it proved a complete flop.

Even the man who produced or directed this film named Sam Bacile (which apparently is a pseudonym) is worried that the film had hardly a few viewers.

And the cast and the crew involved in filming this bullshit have doubts over veracity of film after having seen the poorly dubbed scenes and editing. So no more a surprise that all those involved in shooting of this film have distanced themselves saying they were ‘misled’.

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WHO IS SAM BACILE?

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Now something about this Sam Bacile. first it was said that he is an Israeli Jew living in California, but this identity began to crumble as it emerged that Israeli authorities had no records of him being a citizen, and there were no property, phone, license or court records of Bacile in California.

He also has virtually no footprint in the Hollywood community, has no agent listed on IMDBPro and no credits on any film or TV production.

Right: Steve Klein is reported as consultant on the film that sparked outrage in Libya and Egypt – but said the filmmaker worked under a pseudonym

Steve Klein, a consultant for the film, told the National that Bacile is not Israeli or Jewish and is in fact working under a pseudonym – but he does not know the man’s real name.

There are speculations that Bacile could be Morris Sadek, an anti-Islamic Coptic Christian from Egypt.

The strange turn of events came after a 13-minute trailer for this film, when it was dubbed in Arabic last week and immediately sparked outrage in Egypt.

There are questions over the real identity of the man behind the ‘offensive’ film and his motives for creating a movie that promised to spark outrage – and death.

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TERRY JONES’ CONFESSION: “I PROMOTED THE FILM”

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Terry Jones, the sinister Pastor who inflamed anger in the Muslim world in 2010 with plans to burn the Koran, said he had promoted ‘Innocence of Muslims’.

 ‘I am not afraid if these people tried to kill me, they would not be the first. I sleep with a 12 gauge shotgun by me and my wife sleeps with a 38 caliber pistol next to her.  He said:

‘I live in rural California with lots and lots of guns – I am not afraid to stand up for what I believe in.’

Consultant to this shit on celluloid, Mr Klein said that he had spoken to Mr Bacile on Tuesday night and that the director was ‘in fear of his life’.

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TERRY JONES, SAM BACILE & STEVE KLEIN ARE IN CONSTANT FEAR OF DEATH

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Klein said he warned him ‘you’re going to be the next Theo van Gogh’ – a Dutch filmmaker killed by a Muslim extremist in 2004 after making a film that was perceived as insulting to Islam.

There were fears ‘Bacile’ could become a target for this shitty act like Theo van Gogh, [pictured right], who was killed by a Muslim after making an anti-Islamic film

Klein further said: ‘He is scared and nervous. He didn’t say much. Going into this we knew something was going to happen, but we didn’t realise this. He is in hiding and I have no idea where he is.’

While he declined to give details, Klein said the film was paid for by ‘Middle Easterners, Jewish people, Christians and a lot of former Muslims’. Some money came from Britain, Scotland, France, Germany and Holland,’ 

But when it premiered in a cinema in Los Angeles three months ago, it was a ‘ complete failure’.

Epilogue:

It has now come to light that this anti-Islam movie (a propaganda hit piece) is no movie at all, but hoax. Some clips so crudely made, some shit put into these and then circulated on the net only to malign Muslims, and the Holy Prophet (pbuh).

It appears now that the videos have probably been created by the same Christian Zionist nutbags to which Romney and the right-wing echo chamber are now playing. But never mind… it’s all just a huge coincidence… right?

1) Enlist shady Christian Zionists to create an international incident with a propaganda film intended to enflame Islamists
2) Get innocent people killed
3) Blame it on Muslims/Obama’s foreign policy and smirk while doing it
4) Gear up right-wing fringe echo chamber
5) Vote Mitt!

Classic neocon fascist move.

A few factoids not to be disregarded: http://www.dailykos.com/story/…

And then some…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comm…
http://keller.blogs.nytimes.co…

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