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31579Today's LUV News: 6 November, 2013

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  • scotpeden
    Nov 6, 2013
      The last Article, is an excellent example of the fine art of Diplomatic
      Hypocrisy, as used by bullies from School yard to mass murder status.

      So as we say, not as we do, or the violence will increase.

      The first article is much the same though more directed at population
      control at a local level.


      other links to read this online are at the bottom.



      *George Monbiot goes into how the Transatlantic Trade and Investment
      Partnership is a "full frontal assault on democracy
      <http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/05-3>." Some European
      leaders, upset about NSA spying on their nations, are hesitant to resume
      these trade talks, but Secretary of State Kerry says trade is
      independent of spying
      and the issue can be worked out separately. The important thing is to
      make sure democracy doesn't break out, the primary purpose of the
      Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, he seems to be saying,
      so why be concerned about a little spying?*



      **In the following piece, Robert Scheer shows the hypocrisy of our State
      Department, saying it supports democracy and human rights, then doing
      nothing of the kind when it comes to client regimes --Jack Balkwill

      Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

      *by Robert Scheer*

      *What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing
      short of despicable. He, and the president who appointed him, managed to
      honor both a vicious military dictatorship and a totalitarian medieval
      monarchy as examples of progress toward a more democratic Middle East,
      as if neither stood in contradiction to professed U.S. objectives for
      the region.*

      *"Egyptians Following Right Path, Kerry Says
      read the /New York Times /headline Sunday trumpeting the secretary of
      state's homage to ruthless military dictators who the very next day were
      scheduled to stage a show trial of Egypt's first democratically elected
      president. *

      *This was all part of a "road map" to democracy "being carried out to
      the best of our perception," Kerry intoned, apparently embracing the
      calumny that the destruction of representative government in Egypt was
      always the American plan.*

      *Kerry's perception did not extend to the court farce the next day when
      Egypt's duly elected president, Mohamed Morsi, held incommunicado for
      four months and denied access to his lawyers, was put on trial on
      accusations of causing violence among protesters in the streets,
      violence that paled in comparison to the deliberate killing of civilians
      by an Egyptian military trained and financed by the government Kerry

      *Indeed, the Obama administration has refused to categorize the Egyptian
      military's overthrow of the Morsi government as a coup, for fear that
      would automatically trigger the legal requirement of a cutoff of most of
      the $1.5 billion in annual aid to the Egyptian military. Kerry was at
      great pains to assure Egyptian reporters that even the temporary hold on
      some weapons that the U.S. had implemented was not intended to penalize
      the Egyptian military for destroying Egypt's experiment in democracy.*

      *"It is not a punishment," Kerry said. "It's a reflection of policy in
      the United States under our law." Drat that law that says we should not
      be rewarding military dictators who jail freely elected presidents.*

      *At the moment Morsi was denouncing "this criminal military coup" from
      his courtroom cage, Kerry was off in Saudi Arabia paying tribute to "a
      true relationship between friends (that) is based on sincerity, candor
      and frankness, rather than mere courtesy." But not so frank that Kerry
      would answer questions concerning the recent protest by Saudi women
      attempting to obtain the right to drive a car. Certainly never so frank
      as to get to the bottom of why this great U.S. ally funded the most
      virulent anti-American Islamic fanatics throughout the world; was one of
      only three nations to recognize the Taliban-run government of
      Afghanistan when it harbored al-Qaida as it directed terrorist attacks
      aimed at the United States; and was home country of 15 of the 19
      hijackers who attacked America on 9/11 as well as bin Laden, their leader.*

      *If there is logic to the U.S. position, it clearly has nothing to do
      with the stated goals of American policy to prevent terrorist attacks on
      the U.S. while somehow advancing human rights as a means of creating a
      more stable, peaceful world. Were that this government's objective,
      Kerry would not have traveled to Saudi Arabia to assure the monarchy
      that the U.S. still favors the Saudi-financed opposition in Syria that
      includes a considerable contingent of fighters the American intelligence
      agencies have labeled as Islamic terrorists. Nor would he now embrace a
      deeply corrupt military oligarchy in Egypt that can continue to enjoy
      the perks of its disproportionate power only by denying political
      freedom to the people of Egypt.*

      *There is nothing new in this ugly embrace of the dark side of Mideast
      life. Cynicism of purpose and contempt for the well-being of most of the
      region's inhabitants have underscored centuries of Western imperial
      intrusion, and the current U.S. example is of that pattern. Indeed, the
      backdrop issue driving the current drama, the role of Iran, has its
      origins in past Western machinations when the U.S. overthrew Mohammad
      Mossadegh, the last freely elected leader of Iran, when he was
      threatening to nationalize Western oil interests. *

      *In Saudi Arabia, Kerry said that President Obama had dispatched him to
      assure the monarchy that the United States remained committed to protect
      the Royal Kingdom against external threats. That presumed threat refers
      to Iran, and Kerry is out to assuage Saudi, Egyptian and, most
      important, Israeli fears that peace might break out between Iran and the
      United States. Sadly Israel, which long has cultivated an image as
      providing the only democratic presence in the region, favored the coup
      in Iran, as it has this year in Egypt, preferring the security of
      totalitarian regimes to those that might be more responsive to popular
      sentiment, including support for the human rights of occupied Palestinians.*

      *The problem with this all too familiar game is that it has consequences
      that at some point will spiral out of control. The entire region
      desperately needs modernization for its stability or the eruptions of
      violence that have affected the world will become ever more commonplace.
      But modernization without representation is a contradiction all too long
      apparent in this most tempestuous region. That is the sad consequence of
      the imprisonment of Morsi, who was elected with more than 50 percent of
      the vote of Egyptians, and the U.S. acceptance of the military that
      ousted him along with the Saudi royalty who detest everything that is
      post feudal in the country's culture.*

      *John Kerry, despite his democratic pretense, has sent a message to the
      disenfranchised of the Muslim world that the call for representative
      democracy on the part of the United States is nothing more than a public
      relations gimmick.*

      ** http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/11/05-0


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