Tag Archives: middle east

SHOULD THE WORLD CONTINUE TO PUT UP WITH THESE ASSHOLES?


If we are to keep up the pretense that we really give a rat’s ass about the poor people in Syria who are  being murdered by their own government, then we have to stop such ridiculous things as “strongly condemning” the shoot-down of a Turkish jet, and considering sanctions for the murders of innocent civilians.  Among other things, indiscriminate shelling of civilian populations is a clear-cut violation of the Geneva conventions.  Are we concerned about humanitarian rights, or are we just concerned with political posturing?

On the other hand, the last time we got deeply involved in this sort of thing, we managed to trash a modern, industrialized country and kill hundreds of thousands of civilians as “collateral damage.”  

Maybe the only thing worse than political posturing is the idea that NATO might actually do something.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/nato-condemns-downing-of-turkish-jet-by-syria/2012/06/26/gJQAjZqs3V_story.html?wpisrc=al_comboNP

Syrian Unrest Raises Fears About Chemical Arsenal


 

Skull & Gas Mask by Bogdan Calciu

“By early in the last decade, some weapons experts ranked Syria’s chemical stockpile as probably the largest in the world, consisting of tens of tons of highly lethal chemical agents and hundreds of Scud missiles as well as lesser rockets, artillery rockets and bomblets for delivering the poisons.

Syria’s preferred poison is not mustard gas but sarin, the nerve agent that killed 13 people and sickened about 1,000 during a terrorist attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995. Sarin, which is lethal if inhaled even in minute quantities, can also be used to contaminate water and food supplies. Although many analysts doubt that Assad would deliberately share chemical bombs with terrorists, it is not inconceivable that weapons could vanish amid the chaos of an uprising that destroys Syria’s vaunted security services, which safeguard the munitions. …”   Read the article…

A Supreme Leader Loses His Aura as Iranians Flock to the Streets


Dark smoke billowed over this vast city in the late afternoon. Motorbikes were set on fire, sending bursts of bright flame skyward. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, had used his Friday sermon to declare high noon in Tehran, warning of “bloodshed and chaos” if protests over a disputed election persisted.

He got both on Saturday — and saw the hitherto sacrosanct authority of his office challenged as never before since the 1979 revolution birthed the Islamic Republic and conceived for it a leadership post standing at the very flank of the Prophet. A multitude of Iranians took their fight through a holy breach on Saturday from which there appears to be scant turning back. …  Op-Ed Columnist – A Supreme Leader Loses His Aura as Iranians Flock to the Streets – NYTimes.com