By Jeremy Scahill
A federal jury in Washington, D.C., returned guilty verdicts against four Blackwater operatives charged with killing more than a dozen Iraqi civilians and wounding scores of others in Baghdad in 2007.
The jury found one guard, Nicholas Slatten, guilty of first-degree murder, while three other guards were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter: Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard. The jury is still deliberating on additional charges against the operatives, who faced a combined 33 counts, according to the Associated Press. A fifth Blackwater guard, Jeremy Ridgeway, had already pleaded guilty to lesser charges and cooperated with prosecutors in the case against his former colleagues. The trial lasted ten weeks and the jury has been in deliberations for 28 days.
The incident for which the men were tried was the single largest known massacre of Iraqi civilians at the hands of private U.S. security contractors. Known as “Baghdad’s bloody Sunday,” operatives from Blackwater gunned down 17 Iraqi civilians at a crowded intersection at Nisour Square on September 16, 2007. The company, founded by secretive right-wing Christian supremacist Erik Prince, pictured above, had deep ties to the Bush Administration and served as a sort of neoconservative Praetorian Guard for a borderless war launched in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.
Continue reading “Blackwater Founder remains Free while former Employees go down for Murder”
By Rod Such
“Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof — the smoking gun — that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud,” President George W. Bush said in 2002 as he set the stage for an invasion ofIraq.
The premise he invoked was that if a country believes it faces an imminent threat, a preemptive attack against that threat is tantamount to an act of self-defense.
An earlier use of this “anticipatory self-defense” doctrine occurred when Israel tried to justify its 1967 war against Egypt, Syria andJordan. Many people still believe Israel’s claim to self-defense was justified when actually it was just as fraudulent as the Bush administration’s “evidence” that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
In The Six-Day War and Israeli Self-Defense (Cambridge University Press, 2013), John Quigley, professor of international law at Ohio State University, examines what actually happened in 1967 and how the misrepresentation of events resulted in giving credence to the doctrine of pre-emptive war. Quigley’s re-examination follows the release of documents declassified in recent years by the governments of France, Russia, Britainand the United States, all of which were involved in monitoring the simmering conflict between Syria, Egypt and Israel.
Continue reading “Did America adopt their “War on Terror” strategy from Israel?”
By Myriam Francois-Cerrah
Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy once said, “There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.”
Her words seem particularly apt this week in light of Bill Maher’s recent opening of the Islamophobic floodgates during his “Last Word” interview with Sam Harris and Ben Affleck. In the now infamous segment, Harris argues “Islam is the mother load of bad ideas” and that “We are misled to think the fundamentalists are the fringe.”
Muslim American academic Reza Aslan was subsequently called on by CNN to comment on Maher’s views, which he demurely dismissed, but what was most interesting was comparing the treatment of Aslan and Affleck, both voices arguing against anti-Muslim prejudice, by mainstream American TV anchors.
Continue reading “Bill Maher’s illogical excuse for Islamaphobia”
By Mohammed Abdullah
One of the things that scares me the Most is the knowledge the West has of our desire for the return of the Khilapha. If you look at the past 100 years of Imperial Western Rule in the Middle East, there is a two fold tactic that many Anti-Islamic organizations employ.
1.) Is to fund and empower the so-called Muslim Secularists who secretly hate Islam and tend to be extremely violent towards religious Muslims.
(This is generally because they are really Hypocrites who don’t fear God and so they have no problem killing thousands of Muslims.)
2.) Is to create oppressive and overtly extreme Religious groups that makes Islam seem completely irrational and inapplicable in Modern Day Society.
They do this in hopes to sway religious Muslims and possibly their offspring to develop a distaste for anything Islamic. And so they set up a system of Government which only applies Shariah Law at face value and partially in most cases. Essentially making the application of Islamic Law seem barbaric and unjust.
Continue reading “Why Muslims should be more afraid of ISIS than the West”
If you head over to the Loonwatch website you’ll find an article there entitled: “Jews and Christians Way More Likely than Muslims to Justify Killing Civilians.” In it the writer presents the results of a Gallop Poll in the US which found that Muslim-Americans (21%) were far less likely than their fellow Jewish (52%) and Christian (58%) countrymen to think it is sometimes justifiable to target and kill civilians. (For the record, these numbers were 64% in Mormons and 43% in people with no religion/atheists/agnostics.)
Continue reading “Christians and Jews are twice as likely to justify Terrorism than Muslims”
By Adam Horowitz
Last Thursday Rabbi Shalom Lewis of Congregation Etz Chaim in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia gave what can only be understood as a call to genocide in his Rosh Hashanah sermon to welcome in the Jewish new year. The sermon, republished in full below, calls for a war on Islam and Muslims worldwide. Lewis says a “holy crusade” against Islam is needed to”exterminate it utterly and absolutely.”
Rabbi Lewis’s bio on the Etz Chaim website says his “religious services are a stimulating, uplifting blend of the past and the present. Whether on the bima or in his office, he generates a caring warmth.” Yet, this is not his first foray into racist and inciteful rhetoric. Three years ago Rabbi Lewis gave a very similar sermon on Rosh Hashanah, again attacking Muslims and comparing them to Nazis. In fact he fashions this speech as a sequel to the earlier one:
The enemy has eyes and ears. Fingers and toes. Speaks with lips. Runs with legs. Eats. Drinks. Has the face of a human being – but, has a much different heart and a much different soul. Three years ago on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cried out, “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming.” 3 years later on this bima, on this very same day, standing at this podium, I cry out not “Ehr Kumpt – they are coming,” I cry out, “Ehr daw – they are here.” The fury of ultimate evil is upon us and we must act – not to contain it. Not to degrade it. Not to manage it. Not to tolerate it, but to exterminate it utterly and absolutely.
Continue reading “Atlanta Rabbi calls for Genocide of Muslims”
The president of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces Hadi al-Bahra just recently was a guest on the very popular News Satire program “The Daily Show.” In his interview, Hadi explained to the viewers how the organization we know as ISIS was actually created by the Syrian Government. Over the past few years there have been a number of unexplainable incidents where the Syrian Government has either completely ignored ISIS, or even supported them indirectly in their ongoing battle with other Syrian Rebel Factions.
As the world sits and watches in horror the murderous rampage of ISIS, Hadi explains that the methods employed by the Terrorist Organization are actually part of a broader strategy of the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. In creating such a vicious organization what the Syrian President hopes is that the International Community will believe that he is the lesser of the Two evils when it comes to ruling the country.
The answer lies in human psychology. And probably like the old observation about history, people who refuse to understand human psychology are doomed to be victims of psychological manipulation. How is it that even members of peace groups have now come to support US bombing? One lady framed the issue like this: “I request that we discuss and examine why the videotaped beheading of a human being is understood to be more egregious than the explosion (almost totally invisible to the public) of a human being by a missile or bomb fired from a drone.”
There are at least four main reasons that explain why Americans care far more about the beheadings (thus far) of two Americans and one U.K citizen, than they care — here’s the polling — about the thousands of foreign victims of US drone bombing. Here’s how people are likely being manipulated into believing that more US bombing is the answer to such terroristic killings even when almost all military experts have admitted that it won’t work and “there’s no military solution”:
Continue reading “Why Americans focus on the 3 Beheadings by Islamists, but ignore the Millions Murdered by Secularists”