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Peter King is bigoted and ineffective

Peter King’s Islamic radicalization hearings against Muslims is meaningless and ineffective. He leaves out discussion of the United States long history of collaborating with Jihadis, propping up dictators and toppling democratic regimes (like in Iran in 1953). Robert Dreyfuss, author of Devils Game, discusses history of US and Middle East.

Dreyfuss’ book is just the tip of the iceberg. How many people are aware that the United States spent millions of dollars on violent, extremist textbooks that were given to Afghan Children? See From U.S., the ABC’s of Jihad in The Washington Post (Saturday, March 23, 2002; Page A01)
The United States funded and supported Islamic extremists during the Afghan-Russian War in order to give the Soviet Union its “Vietnam.” The US could have supported pro-democracy Afghan groups, but instead chose the most brutal extremists from around the world to create death and destruction in Afghanistan.

While people accuses CAIR of supporting Hamas, people forget how Israel allowed Hamas to flourish as a rival to the secular Palestinian Nationalist movement. See “How Israel and the United States Helped to Bolster Hamas” from the Democracy Now program for more about this issue.

So basically, while the United States preaches human rights and democracy, it supports kings, dictators and extremists who do its bidding. And just so that we can live comfortably, Muslims are supposed to accept and be happy about being oppressed and killed by their leaders (that we armed and supported).

I’d like to see people put their money where their mouth is and demand USA stop accepting billions of dollars in investment money from the Saudis.

There are 9/11 victims families that are demanding a reopening of the 9/11 investigation. But Peter King is ignoring them http://rememberbuilding7.org/ King chooses to place all the blame on voiceless and powerless Muslims because it is the easy and cowardly thing to do.

Peter King thinks that it was OK to support Irish terrorists because the terrorist acts did not occur in the United States. How does that look to the world that our elected politicians have double standards. What does Britain, an ally on the war on terror, think of our government supporting people who commit terrorists in their country. Peter King should be made to step down as head of House Homeland Security Committee.

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June 19, 2011 Posted by | 9/11, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Christianity, CIA, democracy, Islam, Judaism, media, Muslim, news, NYC, Peter King, politics, religion, terrorism, Uncategorized, United States, war on terror | Leave a comment

From the U.S., the ABC’s of Jihad

It seems it’s okay to teach children hate and violence when it serves the United States interest.

From the U.S., the ABC of Jihad
By Joe Stephens and David B. Ottaway
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, March 23, 2002; Page A01
From http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A5339-2002Mar22?language=printer

In the twilight of the Cold War, the United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation.
The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books, though the radical movement scratched out human faces in keeping with its strict fundamentalist code.
As Afghan schools reopen today, the United States is back in the business of providing schoolbooks. But now it is wrestling with the unintended consequences of its successful strategy of stirring Islamic fervor to fight communism. What seemed like a good idea in the context of the Cold War is being criticized by humanitarian workers as a crude tool that steeped a generation in violence.
Last month, a U.S. foreign aid official said, workers launched a “scrubbing” operation in neighboring Pakistan to purge from the books all references to rifles and killing. Many of the 4 million texts being trucked into Afghanistan, and millions more on the way, still feature Koranic verses and teach Muslim tenets.

Look at this hilarious part of the article where it says,

A 1991 federal appeals court ruling against AID’s former director established that taxpayers’ funds may not pay for religious instruction overseas, said Herman Schwartz, a constitutional law expert at American University, who litigated the case for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Ayesha Khan, legal director of the nonprofit Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said the White House has “not a legal leg to stand on” in distributing the books.
“Taxpayer dollars cannot be used to supply materials that are religious,” she said.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State were concerned about money being spent on religious books but they were not too concerned about the millions of Afghans killed or disabled by a war that was instigated by the U.S. so that the Soviet Union would get its “Vietnam.” This is why the mainstream political left is no better than the political right. Neither is conscience enough to recognize the great suffering of others. The United States recruited and trained Muslim extremists to fight its proxy war against the Russians. (See http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/BRZ110A.html ) With the defeat of the Russians came the collapse of the Soviet Union, making the United States the number one superpower in the world, but the U.S. did nothing to help reconstruct Afghanistan

July 7, 2008 Posted by | Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, education, Islam, news, politics, Soviet Union, terrorism, United States, war on terror, Zbigniew Brzezinski | Leave a comment

China Inspired Interrogations at Guantánamo

By SCOTT SHANE
Published: July 2, 2008

WASHINGTON — The military trainers who came to Guantánamo Bay in December 2002 based an entire interrogation class on a chart showing the effects of “coercive management techniques” for possible use on prisoners, including “sleep deprivation,” “prolonged constraint,” and “exposure.”

What the trainers did not say, and may not have known, was that their chart had been copied verbatim from a 1957 Air Force study of Chinese Communist techniques used during the Korean War to obtain confessions, many of them false, from American prisoners.

The recycled chart is the latest and most vivid evidence of the way Communist interrogation methods that the United States long described as torture became the basis for interrogations both by the military at the base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and by the Central Intelligence Agency.

rest of article at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/02/us/02detain.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

July 7, 2008 Posted by | Afghanistan, CIA, Guantanamo Bay, human rights, Iraq, news, politics, United States, Vietnam, war on terror | Leave a comment

The Tragedy of Aid to the Third World

From The Tragedy of Afghan Aid by Andy Rowell at http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2008/04/the-tragedy-of-afghan-aid/

… in September 2002, the United States launched what would become an aggressive effort to build or refurbish as many as 1,000 schools and clinics by the end of 2004. However, Congressional figures showed that they managed to finish and hand back to the Afghan government only 40 schools by late 2005.

As Ben Jackson wrote in his book Poverty and the Planet published in 1990, “Aid is commonly thought of as handing over money to Third World governments for development. In fact, aid largely consists of funding from Western governments for services, machines, technical experts and consultants to be supplied by companies in rich countries, frequently their own.” The bottom line was that “most aid money is actually spent in the rich world.” Of the $20 billion the World Bank handed out in 1988, $15 billion went to its own contractors or consultants.

… there is a huge disparity between what America spends on war and what the international community spends on aid. The US military currently spends nearly $36 billion a year in the country, some $100 million a day; yet the average volume of aid spending by all donors since 2001 is just $7 million per day. Whilst the military budget is vast, 2.5 million Afghans face severe food insecurity, and one in five children still dies before five. Life expectancy is woefully low at 45 years. Thirdly, over half of all aid to Afghanistan is tied, by which donors often require procurement of services or resources from their own countries. Rather than go to help Afghanistan, the money just lines the pockets of Western contractors and companies. So of the aid actually spent, a staggering 40% has returned to donor countries in corporate profits and consultant salaries.

The report notes: “Vast sums of aid are lost in corporate profits of contractors and sub-contractors, which can be as high as 50% on a single contract … A vast amount of aid is absorbed by high salaries, with generous allowances, and other costs of expatriates working for consulting firms and contractors — each of whom costs $250,000-$500,000 a year.” In contrast, an Afghan civil servant is paid less than $1000 per year.

April 27, 2008 Posted by | Afghanistan, Africa, aid, charities, media, natural resources, news, politics, war | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From Iraq to Burma Hypocrisy Rules the West

by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

October 1, 2007

Shame has vanished from Western “civilization.” Hypocrisy has taken its place.

On September 28, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown could be heard on National Public Radio decrying the use of violence against democratic protesters by the government in Burma. Brown declared the British people’s revulsion over the violence inflicted by the Burmese government on its people. But Brown said nothing about the violence the British government was inflicting on Iraqis and Afghans.

George W. Bush also struck the blameless pose when he declared: “The world is watching the people of Burma take to the streets to demand their freedom, and the American people stand in solidarity with these brave individuals.”

Bush and Brown do not have the same sympathy for the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan. Neither Bush nor Brown stand in solidarity with those who are demanding their freedom from foreign occupation by American and British troops. Indeed, Bush and Brown, as commanders in chief, are on a killing spree that makes the government in Burma look extremely restrained by comparison.
Complete article at http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m36826&hd=&size=1&l=e

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com

October 5, 2007 Posted by | 9/11, Afghanistan, Britain, Burma, genocide, George W. Bush, human rights, Iraq | Leave a comment

Jimmy Carter: a liar or a puppet president?

In this interview with former President Jimmy Carter, on amazon.com( Click here and scroll down to see interview ) about his book Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, his answer to this question

Q: What has been the importance of your own faith in your continued interest in peace in the Middle East?

is

A: As a Christian, I worship the Prince of Peace. One of my preeminent commitments has been to bring peace to the people who live in the Holy Land. I made my best efforts as president and still have this as a high priority.

But here is an interview with (National Security Advisor to President Carter) Zbigniew Brzezinski at http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/BRZ110A.html (from Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, 15-21 January 1998 )

Brzezinski says

According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

and

That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter. We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.

In this article about the women of Afghanistan it says
from http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Women/RevolAfghanWomen.html

The USSR invaded Afghanistan in 1979 and occupied the country throughout the 1980s. The CIA hired the Mujaheddin (soldiers of God) to expunge the Communists from Afghanistan. The Mujaheddin were trained by Pakistan’s Interservices Intelligence Directorate, and funded and armed by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Egypt, France, Britain, Israel, Iran, Japan, and China. The U.S. spent $5 billion to support the rebels during the 1980s, and used Osama bin Laden, then an ally of the U. S ., to help recruit non-Afghan Muslims to the Mujaheddin.

RAWA has pointed out that there were several democratic-minded groups the U.S. and other countries could have supported if they had wanted to drive out the Communists and help restore independence to Afghanistan. Why did these countries instead back the fundamentalist Mujaheddin? RAWA member Sajeda told Said lt magazine in August that pro-democracy groups would have refused to act as “puppets” for other countries, and would have made it difficult for those countries to “maintain their economic and political interests in Afghanistan.”

When the Soviet Union withdrew its army in 1989, the Mujaheddin, under the command of the despotic Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, and still funded by the U.S., began shelling Afghanistan’s cities, killing thousands of civilians. After the Soviet’s puppet regime collapsed in 1992, the country was seized by civil war. Tens of thousands of civilians were killed in rocket attacks. The Mujaheddin stopped women from working and attending health courses sponsored by non-government organizations (NGOs). Amnesty International reported that armed groups beat, raped, and murdered women in their homes. Young women were kidnapped as wives for commanders or sold into prostitution. Some committed suicide to avoid this fate, like one young woman who threw herself off a balcony in her house when soldiers came to kidnap her. In March 1994, a 15-year-old girl was repeatedly raped after soldiers killed her father for allowing her to go to school. Many people were victimized for belonging to a certain religious or ethnic group.

September 9, 2007 Posted by | Afghanistan, Christianity, CIA, Communism, genocide, Islam, Osama Ben Laden, politics, President Jimmy Carter, Russia, Soviet Union, United States, Vietnam, war on terror, Zbigniew Brzezinski | Leave a comment

The U.S. has Returned Fundamentalism to Afghanistan

Malalai JoyaHere http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/04/12/468/
is a transcript of the speech given by Malalai Joya, member of the Afghan Parliament, at the University of Los Angeles on Tuesday April, 10th
. Here are two quotes from her speech.

Respected friends, over five years passed since the US-led attack on Afghanistan. Probably
many of you are not well aware of the current conditions of my country and expect me to
list the positive outcomes of the past years since the US invasion. But I am sorry to tell
you that Afghanistan is still chained in the fetters of the fundamentalist warlords and is
like an unconscious body taking its last breath.

The US government removed the ultra-reactionary and brutal regime of Taliban, but instead
of relying on Afghan people, pushed us from the frying pan into the fire and selected its
friends from among the most dirty and infamous criminals of the “Northern Alliance”, which
is made up of the sworn enemies of democracy and human rights, and are as dark-minded,
evil, and cruel as the Taliban.

The Western media talks about democracy and the liberation of Afghanistan, but the US and
its allies are engaged in the warlordization, criminalization and drug-lordization of our
wounded land.

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The gang-rape of young girls and women by warlords belonging to the “Northern Alliance”
still continues especially in the northern provinces of Afghanistan. People have staged
mass protests a number of times but no one cares about their sorrow and tears. Only a few
of the rape cases find their way into the media. One shocking case was that of 11 year old
Sanobar, the only daughter of an unfortunate widow who was abducted, raped and then
exchanged for a dog by a warlord. In a land where human dignity has no price, the vicious
rapist of a poor girl still acts as district chief.

The only protests in Afghanistan the mainstream media reports on are the ones involving the abuse of the Quran or those Muhammed cartoons. Much of the mainstream media does not care to portray Muslims as human beings, who have the same concerns as everyone else. How much attention has Malalai Joya gotten in the mainstream media or from Western feminists? It is because she criticizes both U.S. military actions and the Taliban that she is not well known.

August 11, 2007 Posted by | 9/11, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, civil war, feminism, genocide, Islam, Malalai Joya, Muslim, Osama Ben Laden, politics, terrorism, United States, war on terror, women's rights | Leave a comment

Response to Lady Vorzeha

 This is a reponse to Lady Vorsheva’s response to my comments on her blog about “Poll in Islamic countries about Al-Qaeda and the Global Caliphatehttp://toastedbread.wordpress.com/2007/07/14/encuesta-en-pases-islmicos-sobre-al-qaeda-y-el-califato-global/ 

For some reason is not appearing on her blog so I am going to post it here.

Lady Vorzeha,

If it came across as if though I was lecturing you I did not mean to but I think that the way you use the statistics is unfair and demonizing a whole group of people. Muslims sometimes see Westerners as lecturing them because the Mainstream media will have so called experts on Islam to talk about Muslims, but they hardly ever invite Muslim to express their point of view. The media often portrays Muslim in a one-dimensional way: the bearded man burning the American flag and the submissive women dressed in black, from head to toe. Here is the original website of the organization that polled Muslims http://www.pipa.org ; the way it is being presented in the media is distorted. It is interesting how you express a fear of the spread “burqas/niqabs for women, stoning for adulterers, death penalty for homosexuals, crucifixion for Muslim converts to Christianity and death for the Muslim converts to other religions, women’s rights totally diminished -no job, no education, no freedom-,” The United States accepts hundreds of billions of dollars in investment money from Saudi Arabia. The U.S. places sanctions against other countries when they violate human rights, but when it comes to Saudi Arabia that issue doesn’t matter, money is more important. The same with Saddam Hussein; the U.S. helped to bring Saddam Hussein into power and supported him strategically and financially when he was committing his worst atrocities. It was only when Saddam began to do what was in the best interest of his own people and not in the interest of the United States that there was this condemnation by the U.S. of his past actions. The Iraqi people are paying the price for U.S. foreign policy.

No one had a problem when the U.S. recruited and trained Muslim extremists to fight its proxy war against the Russians in Afghanistan. The defeat of the Russians facilitated the break up of the Soviet Union, making the U.S. the number one super power in the world. In the meanwhile, Afghanistan was left in ruins and millions had died.

You say kidnapping a soldier is an act of war. Israel has done worse to Palestinians and Lebanese but they have not inflicted as much damage on the Israelis as the Israelis have done onto them.

You say you are a supporter of Israel, are you a supporter of an independent country for the Basques? If you say no because they commit terrorist attacks, than I can point out that Israel was created by terrorist attacks.

Regarding your saying “Bin Laden has insisted repeatedly that both Sept 11th and July 7th were Al-Qaeda made,” many question the authenticity of all those video and audio tapes that keep on popping up. Are you aware that the FBI’s webpage on Osama Ben Laden makes no mention of 9/11? See http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/terrorists/terbinladen.htm  Why wouldn’t an attack which killed 3,000 people be specifically mentioned?
A journalist named Ed Haas’ contacted the FBI and asked them about it, he writes

On June 5, 2006, the Muckraker Report contacted the FBI Headquarters, (202) 324-3000, to learn why Bin Laden’s Most Wanted poster did not indicate that Usama was also wanted in connection with 9/11. The Muckraker Report spoke with Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI. When asked why there is no mention of 9/11 on Bin Laden’s Most Wanted web page, Tomb said, “The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.”

 See complete article at
http://www.teamliberty.net/id267.html

July 22, 2007 Posted by | 9/11, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, FBI, Iraq, Islam, Israel, Madrid 3/11 bombings, Osama Ben Laden, Palistinians, petroleum, Saudi Arabia, Spain, terrorism, Uncategorized, United States, war on terror | 2 Comments

Green-Eyed Afghan and Sudanese

The first image is the cover of a book about Sudan. The second image is of an Afghan girl from the cover of 1985 National Geographic magazine

I couldn’t help noticing the similarity in their eyes and the simliarity in their situation. The photo of the Afghan girl was exploited commercially all over the world, but what good did it do to help the people of Afganistan?

She was one of the world’s most famous faces, yet no one knew who she was. Her image appeared on the front of magazines and books, posters, lapel pins, and even rugs, but she didn’t know it. Now, after searching for 17 years, National
Geographic has once again found the Afghan girl with the haunting green eyes.
from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/03/0311_020312_sharbat.html

Sure there are charities that “help” the Afghan people but nothing to stop the mass bombings and occupation of Afghanistan by the United States. No acknowledgement of the millions who died during the Afghan-Russian war.

The same is being done with Sudan. The picture of the Sudanese child is from the cover of a book called “Not On Our Watch” by Don Cheadle and John Prendergast. John Pendergast is on the Board of Directors of SaveDarfur.org

The two authors were recently interviewed on Democracy Now http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/03/1357220 .

Here is a scathing commentary by Keith Harmon Snow about the interview. He is angry about the fact that Amy Goodman did not bring up the past and current role of John Prendergast in Africa.

allthingspass.com/uploads/html-194THE%20FAILURE%20OF%20WBAI’s%20DEMOCRACY%20NOW.htm

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Here are some additional articles by Keith Harmon Snow about the Sudan and other countries in Africa

July 1, 2007 Posted by | Afghanistan, Africa, Darfur, genocide, National Geographic, Not On Our Watch, SaveDarfur.org, Sudan, Uncategorized, United States, war on terror | Leave a comment