The deluge of killing in Libya having subsided (but only for now), storm clouds are now gathering over the ancient Arab capital of Damascus.
Syria is on the verge of all-out civil war and we're on the verge of being dragged into it by our leaders. Like the Libyan rebels before them the Syrian opposition has moved decisively to demand from the "international community" our old friend the "No Fly Zone".
This was the trail which led us ineluctably into the war with Iraq and then with Libya and may qualify for an Orwell Prize for "Doublespeak" one day. It means anything but "no-flying" of course, indeed quite the opposite. It means lots of flying, and bombing, by us of the people down below.
Sunday, 30 October 2011
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Iran it seems, at least in the script, planned to blow up the Saudi Ambassador to Washington in a restaurant frequented by American senators and scores of other diners. And it contracted, through an Iranian-American citizen ( who appears to have been convicted long before his presumably forthcoming trial) guided by a named "member of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard", a Mexican Drug Cartel to do the job for a price of $1.5 million. Only the hired assassin was in fact an FBI operative, turned by them from his drug-dealing past into a sting operator. Thus the $100,000 down payment the Iranian-American allegedly paid into the agent's bank account goes to the US Treasury to reduce President Obama's deficit. Which may, of course, be where it came from in the first place.
Saturday, 8 October 2011
How different it all seemed a decade ago - the Taliban were routed, women's rights were coming to Afghanistan along with democracy and Kabul was to be redeveloped as the jewel in the crown of a country now rescued from decades of neglect and war.
Some of us said at the time that it was bunkum. We said it again five years ago when British forces were deployed in Helmand - to Helmand, of course, because the much-routed Taliban had regrouped across the Pakistan border and were now firing an insurgency across the south and east.
Saturday, 1 October 2011
He says there should be checks to find out whether jury members are “tainted” by an affiliation to certain football teams, organisations such as Freemasons or are religiously motivated in any way.
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At last it is here, the story of last season's sectarian and racist campaign to drive Neil Lennon out of Scotland. Open Season: The Neil Lennon Story by George Galloway explodes the history of Scotland's shame, anti Irish Catholic racism and bigotry, and the culpability of the Scottish establishment in attempting to sweep it under the carpet.
Sparing no reputation, no hallowed institution, Galloway holds a mirror up to the political cowardice, rank opportunism and prejudice that is every bit as entrenched in Scotland's culture today as it was over 100 years ago.
Galloway's reputation for saying what needs to be said has never been more deserved. Open Season is required reading by everyone with an interest in knowing what happened last season and why.
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