As I predicted based entirely on the cartoons I draw, the Persian Kitty Cat keeps raking the British Poodle's nose and now we hear, the poodle has stopped barking and is now whimpering. Olmert wants to bark at Gaza's ghetto residents but is worried about a bloody nose, too. And the USA is again accused of torturing prisoners. How very true.
After more than a week of mounting confrontation over its 15 captured sailors and marines held in Iran, Britain sounded a more conciliatory tone on Saturday, saying it had responded to a diplomatic message from Tehran and was ready to peacefully resolve the issue.
The British foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, also indicated for the first time that Britain regretted the incident.
“The message I want to send is I think everyone regrets that this position has arisen,” she said after a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Germany. “What we want is a way out of it.”
But the overtures seem to have been rebuffed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, who was quoted by Iranian state radio as saying that Britain had not followed the “legal and logical way” to defuse the crisis.
Oh, does this ever remind me of the spy plane crisis with China! After making ridiculous threats, after going to our belligerent allies in Japan and Europe, trying to condemn China, the Chinese kept this on the front burner and forced events along, demanding concessions and a formal apology.
Back then, Bush refused. Then he had Powell 'regret' the Chinese incident, still blaming them for everything. Then the Chinese demanded a specific apology which included a strong promise to cease the in-their-face spying.
In the end after all the western media ran one propaganda story after another, each time talking about how 'isolated' China was and how 'wrong' China was and talking about how China was losing face, in the bitter end, Bush had to apologize several times and then they sent the plane back in small pieces after studying our spy equipment thoroughly.
Even after this obvious defeat that clearly showed the world that Bush was a blundering loudmouth loser, our media praised him for being astute and strong, etc. Then 9/11 happened. America was shown to be a nation with its nose up every ass overseas and zero protection at home. A situation that has gotten much worse in the last three years.
Ahmad Khatami, Tehran's thickset leader of Friday prayers, gesticulated in the air as he rebuked Britain. The thousands of people sitting before him are regime loyalists, representing the fifth of Iranians who always vote conservative.
A thundering salavat, an invocation of God, his prophet and the imams, greeted Mr Khatami's more robust statements, followed by chants of "Death to America! Death to England!" As the crowd poured out, the worshippers expressed their defiance and anger at America's smaller ally, nicknamed "the little Satan".
"The British should get it out of their heads to act like they used to," said Hassan Asghari, an angry middle-aged man in a green felt jacket. "They have a very bad record here but must learn the colonial days are over. Now they're so weak all they can do is follow America."
This article goes on to find anonymous people elsewhere in Iran who wish for no wars and are scared of the British barking poodle but it seems to me the guys we must fight, the ones screaming for us to die, are itching to fight and and see us die. So pretending the President of Iran is weak and unpopular (pray tell, compared to whom?) is useless when a slightly unpopular leader in Iran is confronting a hugely unpopular leader in either the USA or UK!
I know of few outside of the Zionist lobby who want war with Iran. Most sane people wanting disarmament want to disarm the USA even more than they want Iran disarmed. The farce over disarmament is all about turning Muslims into victims or slaves. As Mao said, 'Power grows out of the barrel of a Silkworm DU tipped missile' or something along those lines.
It is nice to see the British poodle backing down but Blair won't get out of this fix so easily. Now he must practice the art of petting a very claw-happy Iranian pussy cat. Meow, hisss.
- Israel's prime minister said Saturday he's not ready to order a large-scale military operation in Gaza, despite the military's warnings of a Hamas arms buildup in the coastal territory.
Israel fears that the Islamic militant Hamas is trying to copy the tactics of the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah, which fought Israel to a draw in last summer's war in Lebanon.
The clever attempts at splitting apart Islamic unity is failing. The USA pretended we would protect everyone under our nuclear umbrella and big navy. Now that Iran has forced the USA/British/French imperial fleet to exit the Persian Gulf (wonder why it is named after that cat, heh) the rest of the Islamic rulers know they stand naked to Iran's counter-attacks if they dare allow so much as a wren to fly over with bombs from either Israel or the empire's axis at sea.
Basically, they are suing for peace now and have decided to return to the nettlesome issue of Palestine. Condi was not even allowed to darken the latest meeting of Arab leaders. And they gave Israel an ultimatum which Olmert tossed aside. Quickly, Hezbollah is rearming and getting ready for another round of fighting and the Leader in the House in Congress is over in the Middle East bouncing between Syria and Israel trying to find some sort of deal which Israel has zero intention of making or honoring. So long as money flows from Congress to the Knesset, the present stand-off will continue to spark wars and destroy our entire foreign policy initiatives nearly everywhere there are Muslims.
A high-level al-Qaeda suspect who was in CIA custody for more than four years has alleged that his American captors tortured him into making false confessions about terrorist attacks in the Middle East, according to newly released Pentagon transcripts of a March 14 military tribunal hearing here.
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who U.S. officials believe was involved in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998 and who allegedly organized the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000, told a panel of military officers that he was repeatedly tortured during his imprisonment and that he admitted taking part in numerous terrorism plots because of the mistreatment.
And all the sudden 'confessions' of all the people we have illegally and unconstitutionally and against the Geneva Conventions, held in eternal imprisonment are turning into dust as all the victims of our neo-Stalinistic gulags claim they were tortured.
And they were. Worse, the confessions are pure Stalinist crap. Many neo-cons were once Stalinists or studied in college with renegade Troskyites. Whatever they were, they were police state totalitarians. I used to debate them in college. They usually resort to threats of violence which is why I loved debating them because back then, I loved fighting a great deal. Throwing chairs or punches could be vastly amusing. I knew when they gained power via the GOP they would lead us into wars that they themselves can't fight, they are all cowards. Like Bush and Cheney and all the GOP leaders.
Like the murder of Saddam's sons and nephew then the vicious executions after kangaroo court trials have back fired, so have these confessions. Everyone knows the USA tortures prisoners. The kid from Australia that we are soon to release is forbidden to talk about the nefarious and illegal torture we inflicted upon him. Of course, the minute he escapes from our grip and is no longer in our gulags, he will tell the truth. Then we will watch our lying politicians lie about the charges. Arrest them all. Torture is illegal and amoral. And agaisnt the damn Constitution of the damn United States.
Just seven days after Pat Tillman's death, a top general warned there were strong indications that it was friendly fire and President Bush might embarrass himself if he said the NFL star-turned-soldier died in an ambush, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press.
It was not until a month afterward that the Pentagon told the public and grieving family members the truth — that Tillman was mistakenly killed in Afghanistan by his comrades.
The memo reinforces suspicions that the Pentagon was more concerned with sparing officials from embarrassment than with leveling with Tillman's family.
After Bush and the political operatives used Tillman as a tool of propaganda, they blamed the generals trying to run wars for the mess. Well, I always say, never throw away any paperwork or emails! For out of the dark chambers of the Pentagon comes proof the generals were not at fault and the ones that did flack this death as a hero story were forced to do this by the political neo-con apparatchiks put in charge of the Pentagon. How Soviet Union does it get, anyway? Heh. Arrest Rove.
The U.S. military death toll in March, the first full month of the security crackdown, was nearly twice that of the Iraqi army, which American and Iraqi officials say is taking the leading role in the latest attempt to curb violence in the capital, surrounding cities and Anbar province, according to figures compiled on Saturday.
The Associated Press count of U.S. military deaths for the month was 81, including a soldier who died from non-combat causes Saturday. Figures compiled from officials in the Iraqi ministries of Defense, Health and Interior showed the Iraqi military toll was 44. The Iraqi figures showed that 165 Iraqi police were killed in March. Many of the police serve in paramilitary units.
Another Stalinist neo-con propaganda story has been how we are training the Iraqis to fight (oh, do they ever!) and the story line has been, we are helping them in this surge, not leading it or doing everything ourselves.
Well, there goes yet another fairy tale told by fools. All the police that died this last month were, to a man, blown up at their stations, not while on patrol. And the people pumping this swill should be arrested for lying to the public and Congress. Send them all to Gitmo and then return it to Cuba. Heh.