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An open letter to Azmin Ali, Menteri Besar of Selangor -TMI (Semoga sentiasa dibimbingi AlLah..)

September 23, 2014

Mohamed Azmin Ali, the PKR deputy president, is expected to be sworn in as the new Selangor menteri besar today. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 23, 2014.

BY THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Published: 23 September 2014

Mohamed Azmin Ali, the PKR deputy president, is expected to be sworn in as the new Selangor menteri besar today. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 23, 2014.Mohamed Azmin Ali, the PKR deputy president, is expected to be sworn in as the new Selangor menteri besar today. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 23, 2014.Dear Azmin Ali,

Selangor gets a new menteri besar today in you and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) gets to continue running the country’s wealthiest state after a messy nine months of politicking that has left people wondering why it even happened.

How different will you be from the previous occupant of the office in Shah Alam, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim?

You cut your teeth in politics, serving Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from early in the PKR de facto chief’s political career, while Khalid has been a corporate man for most of his life and burst into the political limelight in the 2008 general election.

In the past six years, we have seen Khalid turn from political greenhorn to a man who shook his own party and coalition, sacked his allies, made deals after years of rejecting them, and hurt PR from the inside.

Here is what we expect from you as you make your debut as the leader of the state government of Selangor.

1. You must avoid back room deals with powerful individuals. One theory floating around is that some powerful lobby was always concerned that Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail would have been a stumbling block to one-sided transactions, etc.

2. You must consult the Selangor people on major projects and be willing to explain the rationale on controversial deals such as the Kidex expressway.

3. You must be fair and even-handed in dealing with minorities in Selangor. For example, instead of staying on the sidelines, you must be willing to speak out and act when the rights of others are trampled upon. The Khalid administration did not cover itself with glory in the handling of the seizure of Bibles earlier this year.

4. You must be prudent in using the RM3 billion funds in the state’s coffers. This money belongs to the rakyat, and not PR.

5. You must remember that you owe your allegiance and loyalty to the rakyat, the same small men and women who have supported PKR since its inception and have stood by you and your party even during the most trying days, when it was unfashionable and costly to be a PKR supporter.

The powerful and the connected may demand a pound of you but ultimately, you are where you are today because of that housewife in Sekinchan or that teacher in Subang Jaya.

6. You must remember that this is PR’s one shot – the last chance to show Malaysians that it has the ideas and policies to run not just the wealthiest state in Malaysia, but the country also. After all, the “Kajang move” was all about removing the insipid Khalid and replacing him with the dynamic Anwar, who was going to use Selangor as a frontline state for inclusive and just policies.

7. There is no honeymoon period. You have to hit the ground running and do well from Day One. Unfair? Not really.

The people in the state have had to put up with a lot of nonsense of late. This is the laundry list of shame: betrayal by a coalition partner; seeing the Constitution and the rule of law trampled; witness a menteri besar refuse to walk away from his position gracefully; seeing PKR stumble with one snafu after another.

There is little patience among voters for more dithering and mistakes.

8. You are a public official. There is no aspect of your life that can be nicely carved aside as private.

For example, if there is a deal brokered between you and a financial institution or another business entity, it has to be declared to your political party and to the state assembly.

9. You risked arrest and were part of thousands of Malaysians who marched in favour of free and fair elections.

You have been threatened with detention without trial and other draconian laws by a regime that has shown little respect for freedom of speech and disdain for the rule of law. You have been fighting the establishment for more than 20 years.

Being the MB does not make you part of the establishment.

10. It is better to be remembered for doing the right thing and for standing up for the right principles than amassing wealth and influence. Would you rather be Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, or Marcos?

11. Your report card will be marked by the voters in three or four years, and not by Jais or Mais or Umno power brokers or Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad or Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Getting a ringing endorsement by Utusan Malaysia or any of the mainstream media is a death knell and not something to write home about.

12. Your promise is to the people of Selangor. All of them, not just the civil service or your own party. You are the MB for all of them. Serve them well. Praise will come from all quarters, not just the civil service or other vested interests, when it is due.

Azmin, you carry a heavy burden after what has happened the last nine months and even from PR’s second term as the Selangor government from 2013.

Most of the issues have been self-inflicted, either by your party, some officials or even allies. Make the most of the remaining mandate left to show that you are the right choice and that the Selangor Sultan has chosen well.

All the best, to you and the people of Selangor. – September 23, 2014.
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The numbers that tell a different story – Dzulkefly Ahmad

September 15, 2014

The numbers that tell a different story (TMI)

So what do Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 6.4% growth number and Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar’s RM5,900 a month average household income have in common? We shall later see.

Malaysia’s economy grew faster than expected at 6.2% in the first quarter and 6.4% in the second quarter this year. Growth is said to be driven by stronger expansion in domestic demand and a turnaround in net exports.

Najib concluded that the economy was “on the right track” and wanted the Umno leadership “to go down to the grassroots and explain the country’s economic success so that the people understand and appreciate it better”.

But the government didn’t quite realise that the rakyat are still reeling from the rising cost of living following the double whammy of subsidy rationalisation and the cascading effects of petrol and utility tariff hikes on so many goods and services.

While the link between economic growth and human well-being seems obvious, there has been a rising disconnect between a country’s per-capita GDP and its citizens’ well-being due to “unsustainable development”. To paraphrase the Nobel laureate Simon Kuznets (1934), “the welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measure of national income”.

This is not, however, to deny the fact that GDP provides valuable information about a country’s production, expenditure and income stream, much as it measures the flow of goods and capital across borders.

Additionally, Wahid’s announcement that the average household income has surpassed RM5,900 a month according to the latest statistics, if not well explained, could be another “meaningless” number that is neither significant nor relevant to the immediate life of the ordinary rakyat.

Many could very well feel “alienated” as they are nowhere near the household income of “average” Malaysians.

Incidentally, 80% or 7.9 million households were reported to be recipients of BR1M 3.0 in 2014, while 5.3 million were beneficiaries in 2013. Only households with incomes of less than RM4,000 are eligible. That is very telling indeed of the “average income” of many Malaysians.

While Wahid could mean well, he should not overlook the fact that the 2012 Household Income and Basic Amenities Survey (HISBA) in 2012 had already registered that the average Malaysian household was RM5,000.

Yes, it has indeed registered an 18% increase or a 9% average annual growth increase going by his revelation. Yes, the number looks good too and certainly above GDP growth of 5.1% for 2013. But so what, many income earners may ask?

the average income figure is skewed by the very rich.

Going by the 2012 HISBA, the median monthly household income was RM3,626 (as compared with RM5,000 as average). However, the top 20% has an average income of RM12,159, the middle 40% has RM4,573 and the bottom 40% has RM1,847.

Wahid would have been seen as more honest and cool had he been more willing to disclose the actual median monthly household income for 2014. But could he?

Presumably, he couldn’t because these statistics would only be available by year end. So why rush to announce the average income?

Perusing the 2012 data, it is hardly surprising for Malaysians to be told that we have one of the worst income distributions in the region.

Incidentally, our Gini coefficient, a measure of inequality of income distribution, is worse than that of Thailand and Indonesia while equal to that of the Philippines.

A better and more revealing measure of economic inequality is in fact that of “functional income distribution” – the percentage of GDP going to wages of labour compared with capital.

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century has compellingly argued that rate of return on capital (r) exceeds the overall rate of growth (g) over the last two decades in the US and elsewhere in the West to varying degrees.

The conclusion that r>g inevitably results in the concentration of both income and wealth on those who own capital as compared with those who mainly own labour. Studies in four of five selected Asian countries, for example, have shown that labour or wage share of GDP has declined over the last few decades.

Continue reading here…..

* Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad is executive director of the PAS Research Centre and former MP for Kuala Selangor.

* This commentary first appeared in this week’s issue of The Edge Weekly.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

Democracy is Alive and Kicking in PAS ….PasMA’s Forum

September 9, 2014
Anger at Hadi in forum by PAS’s pro-Pakatan faction

BY ANISAH SHUKRY

Published: 9 September 2014

Some 500 people filled a hall at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) last night to hear the newly-established PasMa, formed by PAS leaders who want the party to remain in Pakatan Rakyat. – The Malaysia Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, September 9, 2014.

Some 500 people filled a hall at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) last night to hear the newly-established PasMa, formed by PAS leaders who want the party to remain in Pakatan Rakyat. – The Malaysia Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, September 9, 2014.

 

Some 500 people filled a hall at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) last night to hear the newly-established PasMa, formed by PAS leaders who want the party to remain in Pakatan Rakyat. – The Malaysia Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, September 9, 2014.Newly-formed Persatuan Ummah Sejahtera Malaysia’s (PasMa) first forum last night saw audience members expressing anger towards PAS and its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang for his role in the Selangor menteri besar (MB) crisis.

“Since Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was expelled from PKR for defying the party’s orders, what kind of punishment will Hadi face for going against his party’s decision on the MB post?” asked one member of the audience, prompting applause from the packed hall at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH).

Panellists at the forum, titled “PAS and Umno: where are they headed?”, included PasMa president Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi, PAS central committee member Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa and constitutional law expert Dr Abdul Aziz Bari.

Others in the audience complained how “silly” PAS looked in its handling of the crisis, with one questioning why “moderate” faces of the party such as Mujahid, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Khalid Samad had to explain to the public problems caused by other party members.

Mujahid was careful in his answer, explaining to the 500 people present that PAS would not work with Umno, and that Hadi was not considered infallible by the party.

“You can assume all you want that PAS wants to be with Umno. But I want to say in front of everyone, PAS has no plans or intentions to ever ally itself with Umno,” he said to loud applause from the multi-racial crowd.

However, Phahrolrazi did not mince his words. He said PAS’s actions did not reflect the party’s constant reiterations that it wished to remain with Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

“Sometimes we see PAS reaffirming that it will always stay with PR, but this is not so clear in its actions,” he said to the crowd’s agreement.

“It cannot be denied that Umno’s agenda is to weaken PR, and that its tentacles have reached into PAS and influenced some of its members.

“We have seen this happening. (Former PAS deputy president) Ustaz Nasharuddin (Mat Isa), for example, is very intimate (with Umno) and follows the prime minister everywhere, but he has not been sacked yet.”

PasMa president Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi, PAS central committee member Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa and constitutional law expert Dr Abdul Aziz Bari at the forum in Kuala Lumpur, last night. – The Malaysia Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, September 9, 2014.PasMa president Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi, PAS central committee member Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa and constitutional law expert Dr Abdul Aziz Bari at the forum in Kuala Lumpur, last night. – The Malaysia Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, September 9, 2014.Phahrolrazi stressed that if PAS were to quit the pact and go it alone, it was enough to benefit Umno, as the people would no longer have an alternative government to turn to.

“PasMa is very concerned with PR’s fate. If PR falls, we will return to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s where only one party ruled and the people had no choice,” said the former Kedah PAS deputy commissioner.

“Politics can only be healthy if the rakyat have a choice, and those in power are aware that they can be removed from office by the people.”

The PasMa chief’s impassioned plea for PAS to remain with PR was greeted with roars of approval from the audience, many of whom were willing to sit cross-legged on the cement floor or stand up for three hours to hear what the newly-established organisation had to say.

PasMa, an initiave of PAS members who want the party remain in PR, was launched on August 31 in Kota Baru.

Last night’s event saw a multi-racial crowd, including voters from as far as Kedah.

However, Mujahid refused to be drawn in by the frustrations over Hadi’s role in the Selangor MB impasse, choosing not to criticise him outright.

“We know he is a figure who has played a major role in forming the political landscape in Malaysia and due credit should be given to him,” said Mujahid.

“However, we in PAS were taught the hadith that says loyalty towards other humans is not absolute, and that such loyalty should only be to Allah.

“No Islamist party ever views its leaders as infallible. If they do, they do not understand the concept of obedience towards the leader.”

Mujahid also evaded questions on whether or not Hadi would be punished for his “defiance”, and instead gave a general explanation over the process carried out when a party member was shown to have rebelled against party orders.

This prompted Aziz to say that his fellow panellist were being defensive of the PAS president, to which Mujahid denied.

Questioned about conflicting statements over the MB post, Mujahid reiterated deputy president Mohamad Sabu’s statement on Sunday that the party would reject the position even if it were offered to them.

“The PAS central committee’s stand in the last meeting is that even though we submitted our party member’s name, if the palace offers it, we decided in the meeting we will reject the post,” he said.

But later, Mujahid was unable to guarantee that Hadi would not use his discretion to override the central committee’s decision.

“It was announced in the press conference, so I think the president would respect all the decisions made by the committee,” Mujahid told reporters after the forum.

The PAS central committee had on August 17 decided to nominate both PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and her deputy Mohamed Azmin Ali for the Selangor MB post.

But Hadi disregarded the decision, and submitted to the palace the name of a PAS assemblymen alongside two from PKR for the state’s top post.

On Friday, Hadi told a special briefing for party members in Terengganu that he had used the discretion given to him under the party’s constitution in submitting the three names, a statement backed by the party’s powerful Shura Council who said the president had the final say in all matters concerning PAS’s interests.

For Mujajid, it was a “debatable issue”.

“The Shura Council has all the right to give their comments as it is within their jurisdiction but yet again it is a debatable issue because I think the president exercises his right within the limits of other provisions in the constitution,” he said. – September 9, 2014.
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Tentang transformasi PAS, dan kelompangannya – Wawancara (Roketkini.com)

September 4, 2014
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Tampak ada kerinduan kepada sosok penggerak perubahan Almarhum Ustaz Fadzil Noor ketika Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad menuturkan nama beliau. Setiap kali nama Fadzil Noor disebut, mata Dr Dzul nampak berkaca, dan ada senyum yang tersorok di bibirnya.

Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad bertanding buat kali pertama 1999, setelah menyertai PAS setahun sebelumnya, iaitu sewaktu gerakan Reformasi sedang rancak. Beliau tidak isi borang Parti Keadilan kerana katanya memang pemikirannya Islamis.

“Ketika itu sosok transformasional PAS adalah Fadzil Noor. Arwahlah sumber ketokohan, dengan pemikiran yang baik dan progresif. Saya dan kawan-kawan tertarik.”

Ketika itu PAS baru mahu bertukar katanya. “Kami waktu itu golongan profesional, termasuklah Hasan Ali dan yang lain-lain, mahu membuat perubahan besar dalam PAS.”

“Kita mahu mengarusperdanakan PAS, Hasan Ali pun datang dengan pelbagai idea; tak mahu PAS jadi parti tok lebai dan parti orang kampung. Itu yang diminta oleh Ustaz Fadzil,” ujar Pengarah Pusat Penyelidikan PAS itu.

Pencetus penglibatan Dr Dzul serta lebih penting lagi kemenangan besar PAS pada pilihanraya umum tahun 1999 memang gerakan rakyat pasca pemecatan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, dan menurut beliau itulah yang PAS kerap lupa.

_DSC2046Menurut Dr Dzul, PAS kerap lupa bahawa kemenangan pada tahun 1999 adalah hasil daripada peristiwa pemecatan, serta penolakan orang Melayu terhadap politik Umno dan kebobrokannya.

“Sebab itu ketika PAS silap menanggapi sebab kemenangan 1999, ada yang mengatakan bahawa umat Melayu Islam sudah bersedia menjadikan negara ini negara Islam. Itulah pembacaan paling salah terhadap situasi tersebut.”

“Dan kita pada pilihanraya 2004 telah diberikan satu pengajaran supaya bijak, teliti, dan cermat membaca politik negara,” ujarnya.

PAS pasca 1999

Selepas pilihanraya 1999, PAS diangkat mengetuai blok pembangkang setelah memenangi 27 kerusi. PAS juga dilihat sebagai parti yang berupaya menyaingi Umno. Namun amat malang sekali apabila pemikiran politik arus perdana tidak ‘masuk’ dengan kedudukan PAS di pentas utama.

Setelah sekian lama tersekat kiprahnya di negeri lingkaran Melayu, keupayaan dan sumbangan PAS membina Barisan Alternatif adalah pengalaman PAS yang sangat besar.

“Namun ia tidak berkekalan kerana dari sudut ideologi, PAS tidak mengalami satu perubahan minda dan worldview,” kata beliau.

Menurutnya, PAS sendiri mungkin terkejut dengan keupayaan memenangi kerusi sebanyak itu. Dan apabila hilang tokoh transformasi Fadzil Noor, segera PAS kembali beberapa langkah ke belakang apabila perubahan besar yang meletakkan PAS dalam politik arus perdana itu mengalami gendala dari sudut doktrin dan perubahan fikrahnya.

Sejurus selepas itu, PAS menampilkan Dokumen Negara Islam walaupun, menurut Dr Dzul, Almarhum Ustaz Fadzil Noor mahukan PAS menampilkan dokumen yang berbeza, iaitu sebuah memorandum rakyat bertemakan pemerintahan dalam politik alaf ke-21 yang berteraskan Islam.

“Memang benar mereka menolak politik kezaliman dan kebobrokan (pada tahun 1990). Tetapi untuk mendakap dan menerima seluruhnya politik Islam secara PAS itu bukan sesuatu yang semestinya.”

“Alangkah baik sekiranya PAS mengambil langkah-langkah yang lebih cermat seperti yang dicadangkan oleh Ustaz Fadzil Noor.”_DSC2052

Namun bagi beliau politik ini sangat kompleks, ia tidak semudah membaca sains politik di dewan kuliah.

“Politik itu perlu dilalui dan didepani dengan pelbagai situasi dan gendala serta perhitungan.”

Ketika PAS mengalami kekalahan dalam PRU tahun 2004 satu post-mortem secara lebih besar dilakukan, dipengerusikan oleh Datuk Mustafa Ali, manakala Dr Dzul setiausahanya.

Menurut beliau, post mortem itu sangat baik, bermaklumat dan menginsafkan. Post mortem tersebut menjelaskan bahawa antara punca besar kekalahan 2004 ialah pelancaran Dokumen Negara Islam “yang dilancar tetapi tidak diurus pencerahan dan penerangannya.”

Akibat daripada situasi tersebut sebahagian besar daripada pengundi, khususnya yang bukan-Islam dan bukan-Melayu merasakan PAS sudah kembali kepada asal dan mahu menekankan Islam ke atas semua. Kononnya juga PAS mahu menjadikan negara ini negara Islam, maka yang bukan-Islam jadi rakyat kelas kedua dan menjadi kafir dzimmi.

“Inilah akibat daripada tidak mengurus penerangan itu dalam jangkamasa antara 2002 sehingga 2004. Walaupun dengan konflik dan perbalahan waktu itu menenggelamkan isu negara Islam, tetapi orang ramai telah melekatkan dalam kepala mereka bahawa PAS ini kalau diberikan kuasa akan menubuhkan negara Islam dan bukan negara demokrasi berprinsip Islam.”

Hal itulah yang menjadi ketakutan, sehinggalah tahun 2008 apabila PAS dengan beraninya membuat transformasi kali kedua yang, menurut Dr Dzul, “kali ini dibuat secara sedar.”

Transformasi sedar PAS kali kedua

“Transformasi pertama pada tahun 1999 itu dibuat secara kurang sedar. Ia hanya wujud dalam peribadi diri tokoh arwah presiden itu sahaja yang membawa perubahan-perubahan itu.”

Dalam pergerakan sosial, kerap kali gagasan tercetus dahulu, baru datang pergerakannya. Namun ada kalanya terbalik. Contohnya sewaktu Revolusi Industri, ideolog yang membawa faham liberalisme bercakap tentang posisi individualisme dan hak memiliki harta itu semua datang sebagai justifikasi kepada revolusi tersebut.

Manakala Marx pula datang membawa pencerahan yang jelas mengapa kapitalisme itu mesti dirombak dan diperangi kerana manusia seandainya diberikan hak dan kebebasan individu akan mengumpul segala kuasa dan wang ringgit untuk menindas yang lain.

“Di sini Marx sebagai ideolognya menurunkan idealismenya itu sebelum berlaku Revolusi Bolshevik, contohnya.”

“Justeru apa yang saya maksudkan sekarang ini ialah perubahan perlu didahului idea dan penjelasan tentang apa yang sebenarnya yang perlu ditampilkan oleh gerakan Islam dan Islam politikal atau “Politica Islam”.

Beliau mengira bahawa perbezaan Ikhwanul Muslimin dan Rashid Ghannouchi adalah sangat ketara dan perlu diambil perhatian oleh PAS.

“Ghannouchi, ketika mengambil suaka politik di UK, menulis dan memperturunkan pemikirannya tentang demokrat Islam dan sebagainya, dan berlaku pencerahan tentang bagaimana Islam yang politikal akan berperanan dalam perjuangan gerakan Islam seterusnya di Tunisia.”

“Sebaliknya kita lihat Ikhwan di Mesir sekadar membawa idea-idea Al-Banna yang lama; yang tidak ada pencerahan atau perubahan besar dari sudut menggarap demokrasi dan cabarannya.”

Inilah dia yang beliau kira satu kelompangan. Namun PAS berbeza dengan gerakan Islam yang lain kerana diletakkan dalam satu negara yang sifatnya sangat plural dan membawa kelainan cabaran dan peluang bagi sebuah perjuangan Islam.

“Kemajmukan itu adalah cabaran yang berbeza jika dibanding dengan Morsi, Ghannouchi, PKS di Indonesia dan juga yang lainnya.”

“Di sini, pemikir-pemikir gerakan Islam perlu menurunkan, antara lain, cara-cara untuk memahamkan Islam dalam bentuk ‘PAS for All’, khasnya dalam satu pendekatan Koalisi atau Muafakat Politik.

Baginya slogan “PAS for all” itu sangat memerlukan pengisian; dan baginya juga penterjemahan itu ada dalam tahalluf siyasi bersama DAP dan PKR.

“Langkah tahalluf itu bukan sahaja satu kemudahan politik tetapi juga jalan untuk menterjemahkan ‘PAS for All’.”

“Kalau PAS mampu untuk bersama dalam satu muafakat politik bersama DAP yang punya ideologi yang berbeza dan PKR yang juga tidak mempunyai ideologi yang sama, bermakna ia sudah pun mampu berhubung dengan pemain-pemain politik yang satu hari nanti akan mampu mengambil alih negara.”

_DSC1959Namun dalam keadaan sekarang ketika kelihatan seolah-olah ada pihak dalam PAS yang tidak selesa dengan “PAS for All” dan tahalluf-nya. Dr Dzul mengharapkan supaya berlaku dalam PAS sendiri satu proses kesedaran dan keinsafan (Conscientisation and Enlightment) untuk memahami apa itu Islam yang politikal, dalam konteks cabaran, perjuangan, dan tuntutan, termasuk tuntutan tahalluf sebuah pakatan politik yang terkadangkali sifatnya sangat rencam dan kompleks.

“Mesti ada satu tinjauan semula ilmu dan ditafsirkan ke dalam konteks perjuangan hari ini. Kalau tidak, banyak halangan-halangan dan hujah ‘tidak boleh’ dari segi akomodasi politik dalam tahalluf.”

“Ini yang sedang berlaku sekarang ini apabila begitu mudah orang mengatakan ‘kalau tahalluf siyasi tidak menguntungkan PAS, kita akan keluar.’ Persoalannya, apa maksud ‘menguntungkan’, apa yang bercanggah, apa yang bertembungan dengan prinsip dan apa pula prinsip yang tidak boleh dikompromikan.”

Baginya, semua ini tidak melalui satu wacana pemantapan ideologi yang memerlukan gandingan ulama dan pemikir serta ilmuan Islam.

“Saya kira Ghannouchi sangat ke depan dalam hal ini, dan PAS memerlukan itu. Inilah dia lompangnya. Ia memerlukan trajektori pemikiran baru dalam erti “Islah dan Pembaharuan”.

“Kita tidak boleh menangani cabaran perjuangan hari ini dengan kembali kepada fikrah 60-an dan 70-an seperti kembali mengangkat “Ketuanan Melayu” atau pun satu sintesis Doktrin Supremasis “Melayu-Islamist” atau “Malay-Islamist Supremacist”. Sangat kusut dan bercelaru. Perlu ada ijtihad-ijtihad baru.” – Roketkini.com

The Challenges in Defeating ISIS – John Esposito

August 29, 2014

John L. Esposito, THEWORLDPOST

Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Georgetown University
Updated: 08/27/2014 2:59 pm EDT
ISIS

 

Containing and ultimately defeating ISIS will require both short and long-term response. ISIS expansion has been made possible by political conditions in Syria and Iraq, ethnic-religious/sectarian divisions and violence and terror in the region, and the failures of the US and international community.

Bashar al-Assad’s unprincipled and disproportionate military response to the “threat” of the democratization wave, the Arab Spring, with the slaughter of Syrian opposition groups both radicalized the situation and heightened sectarian (Sunni-Shia or Alawi) divisions. The inability or reluctance of the US and EU to respond early on with significant assistance to the moderate Syrian opposition’s and the opposition’s failure to unite or work effectively together enhanced the ability of foreign jihadists.

In Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki’s installing of a Shia-dominated government, political marginalization of Sunnis increased an already polarized situation and sectarian violence that would result in alienated Sunnis welcoming ISIS.

ISIS’s expansion so far has been mostly in areas of Iraq that are either primarily Sunni or have important Sunni populations in them. The situation was compounded by Gulf funding of militant Salafi jihadists, including ISIS, to fight a proxy war in Syria against Assad. At the same time, the failure early on in Syria of the US and EU, to become significantly engaged and work closely with regional allies like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to support moderate anti-Assad forces had a ripple effect. The U.S. and EU underestimated the threat from Syria in 2011, so too it did so in Iraq more recently.

What about ISIS “Islamic pedigree & vision?”

Like Al-Qaeda and other militants, ISIS offers a militant warped and distorted Salafi ideology/religious rationale or rationalization to justify, recruit, legitimate and motivate many of its fighters. Much of what they do violates Islamic law, its unabashed acts of terrorism: slaughter of civilians, savage use of beheadings, killing of innocent Muslims and Christians. While there are similarities between ISIS and other terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda in their ideological worldview and tactics, there is also distinctive difference. ISIS seeks to create a state, to occupy and control areas, to govern, not just to dream of or speak of but to create and impose their version of a transnational caliphate, with its harsh version of law and order.

At the same time, they are far more ruthless in driving out, suppressing and executing Shiah and Kurds, Sunni imams/religious leaders and others who disagree, as well as minorities such as Christians and Yazidis, demanding conversion to their warped and extraordinarily violent brand of Islam. Having populations forced to publicly pledge their allegiance (baya) to the caliphate in exchange for which they are offered security, a mafia like version of “protection” and social services.

But is religion (Islam) the primary driver of this so-called Islamic caliphate?

While religion/Islam, a particularly harsh and distorted version, does play a role to legitimate, recruit, and motivate, studies of most jihadists and movements, like ISIS, show that. As in the recent past, so too today, the primary drivers are to be found elsewhere this has remained true for Europeans and Americans who have joined ISIS.

Studies by the EC’s European Network of Experts on Violent Radicalization (of which I was a member) on radicalization in Europe as well as those by terrorism experts like Marc Sageman, a forensic psychiatrist and former CIA officer and the University of Chicago’s Robert Pape) on global terrorism and suicide bombing have found that in most cases religion is not the primary source of most extremist behavior. In many cases terrorists are neither particularly religiously literate nor observant. Drivers of radicalization include moral outrage, disaffection, peer pressure, the search for a new identity, and for a sense of meaning, purpose and belonging. For many it is the experience or perception of living in a ‘hostile’ society, disenfranchisement and heightened political consciousness, anti- imperialism and social justice, emancipation and the personal search to be a good Muslim or the headscarf as liberation, bringing together a constellation of narratives. The vast majority of the Muslim populations of Europe are also members of a visible ethnic minority. Their experiences are therefore likely to be shaped by experiences such as xenophobia, lower employment and educational levels and, more recently, Islamophobia.

Mehdi Hassan in a recent (Aug 21, 2014) Huffington Post blog post cited a MI5 briefing report on radicalization (2008), which noted, “far from being religious zealots, a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practice their faith regularly. Many lack religious literacy and could… be regarded as religious novices.” Analysts concluded that, “a well-established religious i∂dentity actually protects against violent radicalization.”

In July, 2014 Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed, two jihadi wannabes, both pled guilty to terrorism offenses in July. Before they set out from Birmingham to fight in Syria last May, they ordered two books online from Amazon, Islam for Dummies and The Koran for Dummies. This anecdote underscores a very important point, many jihadists have very little knowledge of Islam and the primary drivers of modern jihadist movements are grievances rather than religious fervor.

ISIS & Beheadings

Historically, beheading has been an all too common form of punishment and instrument to “set an example” and to terrorize in Europe and Asia, and more recently used by Mexican cartels. It has been a primary tool to terrorize both populations in areas they have captured and to gain international coverage, attention and ransom.

Execution videos released (October 2006-April 2013 via its Al-Furqan Media Foundation) when ISIS called itself the Islamic State of Iraq show that political grievances outweigh religious justifications for executions: foreign military invasion and occupation, and killing of tens of thousands of civilians as well the “crimes” committed by individuals/groups (Iraqi soldiers, police, and government workers). Moreover, ISIS’s use of Islamic texts as well as its savage and disproportionate slaughter of military and civilians, among its many other policies, fly in the face of the prescriptions of Islamic law.

ISIS will continue for some years to be a threat. Its capabilities will be enhanced by its alliance with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. It will also be very difficult for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to recapture most of the lost territory from ISIS, especially in areas where Iraqi Shiah-dominated government and the Kurds are viewed as enemies rather than allies. Thus, it is critical that the new Iraqi government form a significantly more inclusive representative government and policy.

Given the current momentum of ISIS and stated intentions to expand its caliphate, it may well attempt to increase its activity in northwest Syria and southern Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and southern Turkey.

However, at the same time, ISIS will be tested on its ability to hold the areas now under its control while attempting to expand its territory.

At the end of the day, the peoples of the region (Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Gulf states) will have to deal with their problems. However, a substantial international commitment and involvement by the US in consort with its European and Middle East allies (especially Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and the UAE) is also needed. As Mr. Obama considers new strikes, the White House began its diplomatic campaign to enlist allies and neighbors in the region to increase their support for Syria’s moderate opposition and, in some cases, to provide support for military operations.

But, in the long run if we wish to brake the cycle of global terrorism and its movements that have existed in recent decades, as Graham Fuller, notes in “Avenging James Foley,” the basic conditions and the enduring grievances in Muslim countries that jihadist terrorist movements have exploited in recent decades must also be addressed:

 

foreign boots on the ground, dictators supported by the US out of convenience, a failure to end a half century of Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, the treatment of Palestinians as a paradigm for treatment of other Muslims, the US employment of the region as an eternal cockpit for proxy wars — all of this is still ongoing.

 
 

 

The Challenges in Defeating ISIS – John Esposito

August 29, 2014

John L. Esposito, THEWORLDPOST

Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Georgetown University
Updated: 08/27/2014 2:59 pm EDT
ISIS

 

Containing and ultimately defeating ISIS will require both short and long-term response. ISIS expansion has been made possible by political conditions in Syria and Iraq, ethnic-religious/sectarian divisions and violence and terror in the region, and the failures of the US and international community.

Bashar al-Assad’s unprincipled and disproportionate military response to the “threat” of the democratization wave, the Arab Spring, with the slaughter of Syrian opposition groups both radicalized the situation and heightened sectarian (Sunni-Shia or Alawi) divisions. The inability or reluctance of the US and EU to respond early on with significant assistance to the moderate Syrian opposition’s and the opposition’s failure to unite or work effectively together enhanced the ability of foreign jihadists.

In Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki’s installing of a Shia-dominated government, political marginalization of Sunnis increased an already polarized situation and sectarian violence that would result in alienated Sunnis welcoming ISIS.

ISIS’s expansion so far has been mostly in areas of Iraq that are either primarily Sunni or have important Sunni populations in them. The situation was compounded by Gulf funding of militant Salafi jihadists, including ISIS, to fight a proxy war in Syria against Assad. At the same time, the failure early on in Syria of the US and EU, to become significantly engaged and work closely with regional allies like Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to support moderate anti-Assad forces had a ripple effect. The U.S. and EU underestimated the threat from Syria in 2011, so too it did so in Iraq more recently.

What about ISIS “Islamic pedigree & vision?”

Like Al-Qaeda and other militants, ISIS offers a militant warped and distorted Salafi ideology/religious rationale or rationalization to justify, recruit, legitimate and motivate many of its fighters. Much of what they do violates Islamic law, its unabashed acts of terrorism: slaughter of civilians, savage use of beheadings, killing of innocent Muslims and Christians. While there are similarities between ISIS and other terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda in their ideological worldview and tactics, there is also distinctive difference. ISIS seeks to create a state, to occupy and control areas, to govern, not just to dream of or speak of but to create and impose their version of a transnational caliphate, with its harsh version of law and order.

At the same time, they are far more ruthless in driving out, suppressing and executing Shiah and Kurds, Sunni imams/religious leaders and others who disagree, as well as minorities such as Christians and Yazidis, demanding conversion to their warped and extraordinarily violent brand of Islam. Having populations forced to publicly pledge their allegiance (baya) to the caliphate in exchange for which they are offered security, a mafia like version of “protection” and social services.

But is religion (Islam) the primary driver of this so-called Islamic caliphate?

While religion/Islam, a particularly harsh and distorted version, does play a role to legitimate, recruit, and motivate, studies of most jihadists and movements, like ISIS, show that. As in the recent past, so too today, the primary drivers are to be found elsewhere this has remained true for Europeans and Americans who have joined ISIS.

Studies by the EC’s European Network of Experts on Violent Radicalization (of which I was a member) on radicalization in Europe as well as those by terrorism experts like Marc Sageman, a forensic psychiatrist and former CIA officer and the University of Chicago’s Robert Pape) on global terrorism and suicide bombing have found that in most cases religion is not the primary source of most extremist behavior. In many cases terrorists are neither particularly religiously literate nor observant. Drivers of radicalization include moral outrage, disaffection, peer pressure, the search for a new identity, and for a sense of meaning, purpose and belonging. For many it is the experience or perception of living in a ‘hostile’ society, disenfranchisement and heightened political consciousness, anti- imperialism and social justice, emancipation and the personal search to be a good Muslim or the headscarf as liberation, bringing together a constellation of narratives. The vast majority of the Muslim populations of Europe are also members of a visible ethnic minority. Their experiences are therefore likely to be shaped by experiences such as xenophobia, lower employment and educational levels and, more recently, Islamophobia.

Mehdi Hassan in a recent (Aug 21, 2014) Huffington Post blog post cited a MI5 briefing report on radicalization (2008), which noted, “far from being religious zealots, a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practice their faith regularly. Many lack religious literacy and could… be regarded as religious novices.” Analysts concluded that, “a well-established religious i∂dentity actually protects against violent radicalization.”

In July, 2014 Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed, two jihadi wannabes, both pled guilty to terrorism offenses in July. Before they set out from Birmingham to fight in Syria last May, they ordered two books online from Amazon, Islam for Dummies and The Koran for Dummies. This anecdote underscores a very important point, many jihadists have very little knowledge of Islam and the primary drivers of modern jihadist movements are grievances rather than religious fervor.

ISIS & Beheadings

Historically, beheading has been an all too common form of punishment and instrument to “set an example” and to terrorize in Europe and Asia, and more recently used by Mexican cartels. It has been a primary tool to terrorize both populations in areas they have captured and to gain international coverage, attention and ransom.

Execution videos released (October 2006-April 2013 via its Al-Furqan Media Foundation) when ISIS called itself the Islamic State of Iraq show that political grievances outweigh religious justifications for executions: foreign military invasion and occupation, and killing of tens of thousands of civilians as well the “crimes” committed by individuals/groups (Iraqi soldiers, police, and government workers). Moreover, ISIS’s use of Islamic texts as well as its savage and disproportionate slaughter of military and civilians, among its many other policies, fly in the face of the prescriptions of Islamic law.

ISIS will continue for some years to be a threat. Its capabilities will be enhanced by its alliance with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. It will also be very difficult for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to recapture most of the lost territory from ISIS, especially in areas where Iraqi Shiah-dominated government and the Kurds are viewed as enemies rather than allies. Thus, it is critical that the new Iraqi government form a significantly more inclusive representative government and policy.

Given the current momentum of ISIS and stated intentions to expand its caliphate, it may well attempt to increase its activity in northwest Syria and southern Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and southern Turkey.

However, at the same time, ISIS will be tested on its ability to hold the areas now under its control while attempting to expand its territory.

At the end of the day, the peoples of the region (Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Gulf states) will have to deal with their problems. However, a substantial international commitment and involvement by the US in consort with its European and Middle East allies (especially Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and the UAE) is also needed. As Mr. Obama considers new strikes, the White House began its diplomatic campaign to enlist allies and neighbors in the region to increase their support for Syria’s moderate opposition and, in some cases, to provide support for military operations.

But, in the long run if we wish to brake the cycle of global terrorism and its movements that have existed in recent decades, as Graham Fuller, notes in “Avenging James Foley,” the basic conditions and the enduring grievances in Muslim countries that jihadist terrorist movements have exploited in recent decades must also be addressed:

 

foreign boots on the ground, dictators supported by the US out of convenience, a failure to end a half century of Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, the treatment of Palestinians as a paradigm for treatment of other Muslims, the US employment of the region as an eternal cockpit for proxy wars — all of this is still ongoing.

 
 

 

The US Failed In Hiding What the World Now Knows About Flight MH17

August 26, 2014

Beforeitsnews.com

((Updated 8/25/14)

The US Failed in Hiding What the World Now Knows About Flight MH17 Shootdown

Truth is always the first casualty of war.  Accordingly, the U.S. has been on a 13-year lying spree ever since 9/11 and Bush’s decision to invade Iraq “because it was doable” in the words of Bush administration officials.  In the Iraq War, as with Afghan War and every other U.S. invasion and occupation, every manner of war crime and crime against humanity that was committed or abetted by the U.S. was overlooked by the U.N. and the ICC.  Additionally, not only has the U.S. refused to abide by the ICC, it has likewise voted itself exempt from its strictures and the enforcement of international law.

 

It is painfully obvious that not only has U.S. influence corrupted the U.N and ICC so that international laws are made and enforced selectively, it has also made lying part of the institutional framework of these international organizations.  This is the reason for the protracted standoff between U.S. and Iran on the issue of the Iranian nuclear energy program.  In Washington truth is not recognized and good faith is not respected.

 

The US wants to be the world’s policeman, but it has become the type of cop that is an alcoholic wife-beater who stalks his girlfriend, will kill those who threaten to expose its corruption and protection of criminal rackets, shoots innocents out of rage for minor disagreements and creates long-lasting disputes and animosity by always siding with its partisans even when all evidence shows serious injustices to include mass murder being perpetrated against innocents.  It tries to fuel chaos by passing out weapons to those in dispute and then steals and strong arm robs from those who do not belong to its protection racket as it issues out IOUs printed on worthless paper for debts that it has no intention of honoring.  As it engages in all types of abuse everyone goes along because they fear what yet more chaos will be created if they buck the “system”.

 

Obama has said the downing of flight MH17 was “an outrage of unspeakable proportions”.  Perhaps that is why the media and US government are no longer speaking of it after it had been used as a propaganda tool against Putin and the Ukraine sepratists ad naseum.  Now that the US failed in hiding what the world already knows about Flight MH17, perhaps the EU will not be so eager to engage in economic warfare against Russia and understand why Russian-speaking Crimeans want nothing to do with the Kiev fascist government.  This type of ploy involving the killing of innocents is right out of Hilter’s Nazi Germany playbook.  The US should be internationally condemned for lying and encouraging more war on behalf of a criminal Ukraine government.

 

While German citizens denounce the US, especially after the US essentially stole all of their nation’s gold held in the US, the German people should not blame the US while they continually vote for Merkel who has made herself another poodle that belongs to the US master in much the same way Cameron and Blair sit up, shake paws and bark.  If Germany wants to be an enabler that march lock-step with the US as it did with Hitler, then the German people have only themselves to blame.  If the EU members want to tie themselves to raving lunatic imperialialsts with treaties reminicient of their pre-WWI entanglements, then let them suffer until they learn to stand on their own two feet.

 

The world now knows what happened to Flight MH17 even while it now acts as if the jury is still out and may never come back.  Flight MH17 was shot down by the Ukraine government who has hid the control tower tapes directing the plane over hostile terrritory.  It has hid the flight recorders.  It attacked with artillery barrages the crash site to destroy evidence and then lied and said the rebels were preventing international access.  It deported all foreign air traffic controllers who were present during the shootdown.   

It has relied upon the US to hide all the satellite intelligence imagery from an area that is the most surveilled place on the planet by national-level intelligence gathering assets tasked with monitoring possible missile launches, troop movements and artillery strikes.  The all-seeing eye of the US surveillance state knows exactly what happened when, and is now hiding the facts while it extolls the EU to wage economic war on Russia to protect the pertroldollar status and even be willing to attack Russia militarily for starting the BRICS investment bank and the Eurasian Trade Pact.

 

The US lied about a Russian invasion when the Ukraine-Russian treaty allows 25,000 Russian troops in Ukraine in the same exact manner that the US claims it was granted permanent rights to maintain its eternal base now used as a torture chamber in Cuba.  The US claimed to have all this intelligence, but now has to even hide the flight recorder for fear the world’s people will all become aware that the US has tried to cause WWIII.  And, as Russia would not allow itself to be conquored after losing many tens of millions in WWII, any invader from NATO or the US can expect the deployment of defensive tactical nuclear weapons on Russia soil.  Should the war then escalate with invading forces using tactical nukes on Russian cities, you can expect to say goodbye to New York and D.C.  The world is allowing the US to place it on the precipice of nuclear annihilation while Western governmments are derelict in their responsibilties to the people.  Europe should understand that the US is playing an imperial game and is willing to wager the prosperity and lives of millions of foreigners on its bets they now serve to leverage.

 

What makes the U.S.’s position regarding the shoot down of Flight MH17 so reprehensible and hypocritical is that after supporting Saddam’s invasion of Iran and providing him chemical weapons during the 7-year Iran-Iraq War, in a case of open belligerency the U.S. then downed Iran Flight 655 killing 290 Iranians, including 66 children and 16 crew members.  An investigation of the shootdown of IR Flight 655 proved every single assertion made by the U.S. to be a lie.  This crime only added insult to the injury of the US providing Saddam with chemical weapons to wage an illegal war against Iran and kill over 600,000 Iranians. 

 

The U.S said IR Flight 655 was in international airspace, but the black box proved the flight to have been in Iranian airspace.  The U.S. maintained the plane was descending toward its warship, the USS Vincennes, while the black box and recorded radar proved the plane was climbing.  The U.S. claimed the plane did not have its commercial beacon on, but an international investigation proved the transponder for commercial flights was operating, fully functional and was providing its signal.  The U.S. initially claimed to have been in international waters, but Admiral William J. Crowe Jr. finally admitted in Senate testimony that the U.S. was in Iranian territorial waters conducting a covert war against Iran to bolster Saddam’s war effort that was proving to be a losing cause in which Iran began to press its advantage. For this crime the U.S. refused to offer an apology and awarded the ship’s weapons officer military honors. This shootdown was just one instance of covert warfare the US has waged and continues to wage against Iran.  They destroyed Iranian oil platforms that were in the ocean.  They also assassinated Iranian retired generals and scientists, and the US funded and supplied various terorist groups inside Iran.

 

The US now uses social media as its evidence in assigning blame to the shootdown of MH17, but when literally dozens of people saw a missile take down TWA Flight 800, the US assured everyone it was not the US Navy that was conducting war games in the vicinity, but that the missile tracks were merely the illusion of conspiracy-minded goofs.  It was, according to the US, the result of a system failure that had never happened before nor since.  Even while key investigators and military whistle-blowers provided more and more evidence, the US media, the most self-censoring on the earth, excluded all evidence otherwise from the public’s consciousness.  It is now a joke and anyone who allows this charade to continue is more guilty than the US or Ukraine government because they are willing to place the lives of millions into harms way to allow the US to save face and to allow Ukraine to continue its slaughter of defenseless women and children.

 

Absent from Western media and US vitriole is any mention of the Ukraine government’s shootdown of a Russian passenger plane Siberia Flight 1812.  Do ahead an look it up.  In fact, I would bet my life that less than 10,000 people out of 330,000,000 Americans know about this fact, that is how controlled and propagandizing the US media has become.  This fact alone ought to make every EU politician expose and denounce the US’s psychopathic drive for global domination.  The entire world see the US as the greatest threat to human life, but it is unwilling to do anything about it.  Moreover, EU media seems to be following the same tack of becoming a propaganda tool of belligerant neo-imperialists.  The vibrant Euro-media informed Americans used to cherish is dead and gone.  Europeans need to ask themselves how this happened to them now before they laugh at the “ignorant, ugly Americans”.

 

How can the world all the US to determine for it that Crimea now needs to be attacked by a combined alliance of NATO, the U.S. and Ukrainian fascists spearheaded by the terrorist “Right Sector” after the downing of a commercial plane over which not only has blame not been determined, but for which the incident is now being purposely obscured by the US?  It is now assured that the attack was by Ukrainian forces.  The fact that Crimean defense forces did not have long-range anti-aircraft capability, and the fact that the Ukrainian military did, is muddying the U.S.’s propaganda narrative and still truth may once again become a casualty of war.  But, the exposed lies are not stopping Obama from being broadcast on every single U.S. news network 24/7 making baseless accusations backed by absolutely zero evidence even as the US hides evidence.

 

Rebel forces do not have the Buk anti-aircraft system (NATO designation SA 11), nor do they have the personnel capable of operating such a sophisticated piece of military hardware.  But, Ukrainian forces were caught on Russian imaging intelligence gathering surveillance equipment deploying this system near rebel-held territory.  This left Russia to question Ukraine as to why it was deploying such sophisticated anti-aircraft assets against rebels who have no air force and not a single plane. .

 

Here is why we will never know the truth about Flight MH 17: During the Syrian War against al Qaeda and al Nusra Front, Takfiri fighters claimed Assad used chemical weapons.  This claimed use by Assad would have meant that Assad decided to use chemical weapons in areas where he specifically invited international inspectors to prove he had not used chemical weapons while the inspectors were in the process of carrying out inspections.  When crude chemical weapons not of the specifications in chemical composition or delivery systems consistent with what was in the Syrian arsenal were used immediately after U.N. inspectors were deployed to those same areas, the U.S. then sought public support in waging war against Assad while foregoing preliminary yet conclusive scientific forensic evidence that it was not the Syrian military who had used chemical weapons.

 

When the U.N. investigation of chemical weapons usage began, its goal was to assign blame as al Nusra and al Qaeda claimed a Syrian war crime.  Yet, when it became clear and certain that the attack was proving more and more to have been a false flag operation by anti-Assad forces to garner U.S. attacks on Syria’s military, the U.N. suddenly changed the scope of its investigation from one of assigning blame to merely determining whether chemical weapons were used.  Suddenly, the U.N. did not seek to assign blame or investigate the crude ad hoc delivery system that was only capable of about a 2-kilometer flight trajectory in a launch from an area occupied by al Qaeda and al Nusra forces.  The purposeful dereliction of determining culpability was accomplished without a single mention of these facts in the U.S. media.  To this day 99% of Americans believe that Assad used chemical weapons in this false flag attack and U.S. politicians and media continue to promote this lie.

 

In the Ukraine, where the U.S. spent upwards of $6 billion USD to fund the fascist overthrow an elected government, foreign officials were caught on an intercepted phone call in which it was discussed that fascist snipers had killed unarmed police and then killed Ukrainians to make it look as if this was the government killing protesters and the fascist protesters defending themselves. 

 

In the famous WikiLeaks’ release of the top secret Iraq War video that has come to be named “Collateral Murder” in which an unarmed camera crew was slaughtered and later a rescuer with his two children came under attack by the same U.S. helicopter crew, the helicopter gunner after being told they had killed children said, “Well, it’s their fault for bringing their kids to a battle.”  What battle is there when a helicopter attacks an unarmed news crew and then an unarmed Iraqi civilian rescuer and his two young children?  For exposing this war crime PVT Manning endured torture and is spending decades in a military prison while Julian Assange has spent years hiding in an embassy to avoid extradition to the U.S.

 

What does all this past history of the U.S. downing Iran Flight 655, the mistakem takedown of TWA Flight 800 by the US Navy. the Ukraine shootdown of Siberia Flight 1812, providing Saddam with chemical weapons to use against Iran, the UN engaging in purposeful dereliction in determining culpability for al Qaeda chemical attacks in Syria, the slaughter of Iraqi civilians in the “Collateral Murder” video and the fascist snipers killing Ukrainians and unarmed police have to do with the shootdown of Flight MH17?  It proves the U.S. does nothing but lie, kill and engage in war crimes and crimes against humanity with complete and utter impunity while even garnering EU support.  It also proves that just about everything that comes out of the mouths of U.S. government functionaries and media are lies.  It proves that the exact same crimes and collateral damage that the U.S. regularly engages in, which the U.S. demands the world disregard when committed by the U.S., are the exact same excuses the U.S. uses to promote, wage and escalate war against other countries when waging war is in the U.S.’s imperial ambitions even when the US knows that the nation it is attacking is innocent of any acts its seeks to falsely blame.  We now see the effects of bearing false witness as it assumes its place as another tool in the cornerstone of US foreign policy along with torture, murder, aggression, invasion and occupation.  How anyone could stand to look at someone so disgusting and obscenely reviling as Hillary Clinton as she laughs about waging war at the Council on Foreign Relations without being sickened amazes me.  She personally degrades every international organization even by only speaking with them.  She and Kerry ought to be turned away by every government with which they attempt to meet.      

 

The hypocrisy of the U.S. is turning the entire world against it.  The U.S. bemoans its lack of support in waging more wars when it is exactly the waging of wars that has gotten the U.S. government in a position in which it believes it must spy on its allies as even its allies seek to distance themselves from U.S. calls to war.  The more the U.S. attempts to act unilaterally, the more the rest of the civilized world continues to balance themselves against its onslaught.  While Obama seeks to blame Putin for this tragedy, the truth is that the Malaysian flight can again be directly attributed to years of providing a multi-billion dollar U.S. intervention into Ukrainian politics specifically for the purpose of overthrowing an elected government. What ought to amaze the world is that the U.S. is willing to risk nuclear war over a piece of land that was historically part of Russia and only became part of the Ukraine when it was seceded to the Ukraine by the USSR as a reward for them joining the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union. One has to ask what right the Soviet Union had to surrender Russian land and people to Ukraine. Surely if Israel can steal all of Palestine, the Russian Crimeans have the right to have their land and people repatriated with mother Russia.  It should be noted that the Ukrainian fascists now in power are direct blood descendants of the Ukrainian fascists who fought with the Nazis against the Russian people. The Right Sector boasts of this fact and has stated its intended goal is ethnic cleansing of Russians from Ukraine.

 

There is evidence on YouTube that the supposed intercepted script for this shootdown, that Ukrainian officials claim is authentic, has been proved to have been pieced together and was accidentally released prior to the incident by the Ukrainian government.  The initial posting was deleted to hide the fact that it was a staged forgery and it was removed prior to the shootdown.  However, the post and the date/time stamp was cached and Ukraine was caught red-handed posting what now is looking like a false flag event.  The video is located here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28MrASx-RiM.  This video proves that the U.S. does not care about the truth, but instead has decided to blame Putin and begin a coordinated propaganda campaign in order to get the EU to line up behind the U.S. in sanctioning Russia.  Calls to sanction Russia over Crimea have so far been resisted by European business interests but most politicians are more concerned with power than the viability of their constituents’ businesses.  The fact is that Putin has everything to lose and the U.S. has everything to gain by the plane shootdown, which ought to make the entire world suspicious. And, Putin is not stupid like Washington politicians and rarely works against the interests of his nation and does not betray their trust for Western banking concerns.  If the Ukrainian fascists will snipe and murder their own protesters to promote their political agenda, they are surely willing to shoot down a foreign plane to blame it on Russia, and the U.S. is surely willing to sponsor this lie to get EU support.  This atrocity has too many layers of plausible deniability that could not have existed without prior coordination, but it is the hiding of information by the US that is now the most telling.  Those who understand US modus operandi can see right through the lies and propaganda.   It is very likely that this is a CIA plot because it is Putin who is blocking the U.S.’s “New World Order”.  As the U.S. seeks to send in a task force of its choosing to survey the crash site, Putin begs for an international investigation to preserve and expose the facts.  He does not seem like a man with anything to hide.

 

It remains to be seen if the video exposing this transcript as a forgery is real or not, but more and more mainstream media outlets are beginning to take notice even as they continue to march lockstep with Obama.  The fact that the U.S. has not addressed the video speaks for itself.  But, what is provable is that the U.S. lies incessantly and will use any incident to promote or escalate war.  As the Washington elites escalate war, they feign outrage as they blame others for the carnage they have wrought.  Seriously, can anyone in the world now trust the U.S. as it maintains its drive for global domination?  Does anyone think psychopathic people like Obama, Clinton, Kerry, Bush or Cheney have one shred of integrity?  The political class in Washington exudes malevolence. The world needs to understand that cooperating with such malevolent people is not in its interests and usually leads to even greater unforeseen tragic events borne not by the U.S. government or its people, but by the people of other nations whose interests do not lie in global domination.   

 

In a despicable act of mendacity the U.S. media used a picture of a rebel taken from a video to claim looting and trophy picture taking.  The leader who when after picking up a stuffed teddy bear and placing it next to other objects and after taking off his hat, bows his head and makes a Christian Catholic sign of the cross while bemoaning the incident and stating he can’t wait until the world finds out the truth about who shot down the plane.  The U.S. media used a still photo taken from a video of this incident to claim separatists were looting and taking “trophy pictures”.  This clearly demonstrates the U.S. media is pining for war in a most disgusting, vile, opportunistic and corrupt manner.  The Western media continues to prove to be nothing more than a tool for the elite to control the masses and get the masses to support their own extermination.  The network media is hopeless and worse than useless.  Proof of this media deception regarding the propaganda campaign directed against the American people and the supposed “looting” shows the entire incident and is provided here: Western Media Perverts Truth

 

The Russian government has provided open detailed Russian military briefings that were being conducted at its highest levels of government which include detailed Russian imagining intelligence (IMINT) products. 

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