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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. 

Middle East Palestinian joy as Israel agrees Gaza truce

August 26, 2014

 

 

Hamas and Israel agree long-term deal which will ease Israeli blockade of enclave after talks brokered by Egypt.

Thousands of Palestinians are celebrating in Gaza after Israel and Palestinian groups agreed an open-ended ceasefire to end seven weeks of fighting in Gaza.

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said on Tuesday from the occupied West Bank that a formula had been accepted by all parties and that a ceasefire had gone into effect at 1600 GMT.

He hailed the agreement as a chance to “build a new nation and end the occupation”, before thanking Egypt, Qatar and the US for their roles in brokering the agreement made during indirect talks in Cairo.

The Reuters and AP news agencies quoted Israeli officials as saying that the Israeli government had accepted the deal. Israeli media reported the same.

Hamas’s exiled deputy leader, Moussa Abu Marzouk, said the agreement was a “victory for the resistance”.

Crowds took to the bombed-out streets of Gaza to celebrate the end of hostilities. Many used the v-sign to signify Palestinian victory over Israel.

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from Gaza, said that the deal agreed an immediate easing of Israel’s blockade of crossings into Gaza, and a gradual lifting of restrictions on fishing off the coast of the strip.

“The embargo will be lifted and the five border posts will see considerable changes, with the Rafah border crossing opening,” he said in reference to the crossing between Egypt and Gaza.

Discussions on the creation of a seaport and airport will take place in a month, when indirect talks betwen Israel and Palestinians are scheduled to resume.

Ofir Gendelman, the Israeli prime minister’s spokesman for the Arab world, said operations in Gaza were a victory for Israel. “Hamas gave in and accepted the same Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire it rejected until now. The reason for the change… air strikes,” he said.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told Al Jazeera that the bloodshed could have been “avoided” if Hamas had accepted the July 15 ceasefire agreement.

Several senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders made rare public appearances after the truce took hold.

Senior Islamic Jihad official Mohammed al-Hindi gave a victory speech to thousands gathered in a square in the Rimal area of Gaza City.

THE DEAL

* A multilateral ceasefire.

* Israel to open more of its Gaza crossings, Egypt to open Rafah.

* The Palestinian Authority to take over Gaza’s borders.

* The PA to lead rebuilding efforts.

* Israel to reduce security buffer inside Gaza, from 300m to 100m.

* Israel to extend fishing limit off Gaza’s coast from three to six miles, with the possibility of extending it further.

 

We’re going to build our port and our airport, and if they attack the port, they attack the port. But anyone who attacks the airport will have their airport attacked again,” Zahar said.

Raids end

Israeli air raids continued in the run up to the ceasefire on Tuesday, as jets attacked two Gaza City high-rise buildings, collapsing one and severely damaging the other.

One attack levelled the 15-storey Basha tower and severely damaged a 13-storey building known as the Italian complex, which was home to 70 families and dozens of shops and offices. 

Palestinian health officials said 20 people were wounded in the Italian complex attack. 

In Israel, one civilian was killed and two others seriously wounded by a mortar round fired from Gaza hit a kibbutz in the Eshkol regional council area.

A total of 2,142 people, most of them civilians including more than 490 children, have been killed in Gaza since war broke out on July 8. A total of 69 people have been killed on the Israeli side, nearly all of them soldiers.

Opinion On the UN and war in Gaza

August 21, 2014

How and why the UN has been sidelined in Palestine.

 
Last updated: 17 Aug 2014 15:13
Marwan Bishara
 
 
Marwan Bishara is the senior political analyst at Al Jazeera.
The UN secretary general can be effective only when the UN is united, writes Bishara. [AP]

When Ban Ki-moon called for an “end to the violence” in Gaza last month, his call fell on deaf ears. When he urged an “end to the madness”, Israel yawned. It wasn’t until the UN Security Council issued a mild presidential statement urging an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” that the Israeli government snapped.

Even though the statement fell short of Palestinian and Arab demands, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called UN chief Ban Ki-moon to protest the statement’s partiality towards Hamas. He lectured him about the rights and wrongs of its wordings, even though the statement never mentioned Israel or Hamas by name, and, besides, Ban Ki-moon is not responsible for UN Security Council Statements.

President Mahmoud Abbas made no such call to the secretary general, but a group of distinguished scholars and NGOs told him in an open letter that he should either stand for law and justice or resign.

They recalled how in a series of statements, Ban Ki-moon neglected to name Israel as the perpetrator of violence, making no distinction between occupied and occupier. 

A former Korean foreign minister, who was elected twice to the UN post, he has shown the public different faces: the angry diplomat who demanded that the parties must “stop, stop, stop fighting” and that “this madness must stop”; or the pragmatic diplomat who follows the US State Department lead; or the weak toothless secretary general that presides over the un-United Nations.

Like most of his predecessors, the secretary general can be effective only when the UN is united. Alas, the organisation, which has proved particularly indispensable in various parts of the world, is terribly dysfunctional when it comes to Palestine.

The UN jargon

Over the last few decades, Israel has disregarded hundreds of resolutions, “censuring”, “deploring”, “urging against”, “recommending against”, or “condemning” its attacks, settlements, deportations, occupation, etc. 

 

In the jargon of UN diplomacy, it seems that a resolution that “urges” means “we aren’t happy but won’t move a finger”; “deplores”, means “we don’t approve, but you’re free to continue with your mischief”; “condemns” means “we’re very unhappy but won’t do anything about it, nada”; and, “cease” means “if you don’t stop we’ll remind you if someone reminds us the next time around.”

Alas, the latest UN Security Council statement does not even add up to a criticism: : “The Security Council expressed its grave concern regarding the deterioration in the situation in the Middle East as a result of the crisis related to Gaza and the loss of civilian lives and casualties.”

Moreover, the statement hardly scratches the surface let alone begins the process of ending the occupation of Gaza and Palestine, which acquired an observer status at the UN in 2012.

Palestine as a diplomatic football

No cause has consumed as much UN paper work as the plight of the displaced and occupied Palestinians. But after six decades, hundreds of its resolutions on Palestine are yet to be respected or implemented.

Nowhere has the UN ideals been more mired in power politics than in Palestine. Cold War rivalries have also contributed to UN paralysis in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which explains why more than half of the 690 resolutions adopted by the General Assembly from 1947 to 1990 have been ignored. But what justifies sidelining the UN ever since?

INTERACTIVE: Gaza Under Attack

The US has championed efforts to neutralise UN intervention to end the occupation in Palestine; Washington has vetoed more than 40 UN Security Council resolutions critical of Israel’s policies some of which were drafted by its European allies.

Such obstruction succeeded in lowering and even diminishing all expectations that the UN can play a major role in ending the occupation and resolving the conflict. Alas, the end result has served neither party, nor has it helped peace and security in the region.

It’s instructive that most of the major post-Cold War conflicts have seen direct UN involvement including: Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria/Lebanon, and as of late, South Sudan. But not the oldest among them, Palestine.

Likewise, all pleas and demands for humanitarian and political interventions fell on deaf ears. The only time the UN was allowed to act was in 1997 when it sent few international unarmed observers to the occupied city of Hebron. Alas, they weren’t even mandated to speak publicly about the ongoing violations.

Only after the terrible failure of Washington’s sponsored peace process, was the UN “allowed” to play a political role; it became a junior partner of the US in the International Quartet along with the EU and Russia.

Shameless impotence

For the past four decades, Israel has violated all relevant UNSC council resolutions such as the resolution 465 of 1980 that strongly deplored all measures taken by Israel to change the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure of status of the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem.

It has also rejected Resolution 476, which reaffirmed the necessity to end the Israeli occupation of Arab territories since the 1967 war. The only UN Security Council Resolution that was accepted by the US and Israel as the basis of the diplomatic process, i.e. 242 of 1967, was also systematically violated. Israel has been expanding its settlement activity when the resolution notes the “inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force”.

But the so called “international community” which entered the diplomatic jargon about the same time that Israel became a reality and Palestine became a tragedy, has been neither “international” nor behaved as a “community” when it comes to Israel and Palestine.  Worse, those who tend to speak for the “international community”, namely in the West,  are the powers that obstructed the implementation of the UN resolution in Palestine.  

In that context, Israel was created by a UN recommendation, and was accepted as a member on the basis of its commitment to respect UN resolutions, and specifically UNGA 194 regarding the return of the Palestinian refugees. More than a million of those refugees continue to linger and suffer under Israeli siege of the Gaza strip.

It takes a lot of nerve for the UN Security Council to address another Israeli war on the Palestinians of Gaza as if it were between two equal partners and without recalling the bitter fact that it has let down Palestinian refugees for decades.

As former Secretary General Kofi Annan argued, its failure to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and end decades of occupation will “continue to hurt the reputation of the United Nations and raise questions about its impartiality.”  

More importantly, its failure continues to lead to more suffering and instability in Palestine and beyond.

Marwan Bishara is the senior political analyst at Al Jazeera.

Follow him on Twitter: @marwanbishara

Hadi’s absence at Pakatan meet ‘not silent protest’

August 18, 2014

By Lee Long Hui (MKini)

Claims that PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s absence at the Pakatan Rakyat presidential council meeting was a silent protest against the candidate for the post of Selangor menteri besar have been rejected.Hadi, who is suffering a health problem, decided to delegate party deputy president Mohamad Sabu and secretary-general Mustaffa Ali to the meeting.This was done after Hadi chaired the PAS central committee meeting yesterday morning, PAS central committee member Dzulkefly Ahmad (right) said today.“We were together with him (during PAS central committee meeting) and when we had decided that  the menteri besar candidacy issue), our president asked to be excused from the Pakatan meeting as he was not well.“He delegated the task to Mohamad Sabu, as the party deputy, and the secretary-general, and then said that he wanted to be excused from the press conference as well.

“And in the afternoon, during the Pakatan meeting, he was not feeling well, so that was what I was told.

“But that does not mean that he is against (the decision). He trusts fully his deputy and secretary-general to carry the duty,” Dzulkefly said when contacted by Malaysiakini.

Hadi had raised eyebrows over the difference stands taking by factions within the Islamic party as to who should take over as Selangor menteri besar.

Hadi had openly supported current Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to continue holding office, before PKR expelled Khalid from its membership.

Yesterday morning, the PAS central committee meeting proposed Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and her deputy president, Azmin Ali, as candidates to take over from Khalid.

Later yesterday, the Pakatan presidential council meeting unanimously decided to nominate Wan Azizah as the sole candidate to be the head of the Selangor government.

The joint statement on the announcement was signed by Mohamad Sabu, or Mat Sabu, as he is better known.

‘Hadi made the two-candidate proposal’

According to Dzulkefly, the proposal of two candidates was from Hadi himself and it was accepted unanimously during the party central committee meeting.

“We were quite anxious on what he was going to say, you know. Just imagine, if you say something that could be unacceptable to us, then it will create a debate again,” he said.

Nevertheless, Dzulkefly said, the differences of opinion among PAS leaders and grassroots members over the Selangor menteri besar issue was not a serious matter.

He described the differences in opinions as normal and acceptable as they showed that PAS is a “dynamic” political party.

“PAS has more thinking people, more professionals and more ulama leaders. I think the check-and-balance and the dynamics of the party are becoming more vigorous now.

“I think that is good. Moving forward, I don’t think this is negative… I think this is the essence of the dynamism of a political party,” he added.

Abdul Khalid bagai harimau cedera

August 17, 2014

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NIZAM ZAIN, JURUVIDEO: YUSRIZAL YUSOF . SINAR HARIAN ONLINE
16 Ogos 2014

[VIDEO] SEHINGGA 17 Ogos ini atau esok, semua pimpinan Pas khususnya di Selangor diarah untuk tutup mulut dan tidak mengeluarkan sebarang pendirian dan kenyataan terhadap krisis politik di Selangor dan pada masa ini juga mereka perlu patuh kepada keputusan Majlis Syura Ulama Pas memutuskan untuk mengekalkan Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim sebagai Menteri Besar Selangor.

Namun kurang tiga sebelum tarikh itu, Lajnah Politik Pas pula bermesyuarat dan memutuskan untuk menolak cadangan supaya Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail dilantik sebagai Menteri Besar Selangor menggantikan Abdul Khalid.

Ikuti temu bual Sinar Harian Online bersama Ahli Jawatankuasa (AJK) Pas Pusat merangkap Pengarah Eksekutif Pusat Penyelidikan Pas, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad untuk mengulas lanjut kemelut politik yang dihadapi Pas untuk terus kekal relevan dalam landskap politik di negara ini.

SINAR HARIAN ONLINE: Bagaimana Pas melihat krisis politik di Selangor memberi kelebihan atau bencana kepada Pas untuk kekal menjadi sebahagian daripada kerajaan negeri Selangor selepas dirampas oleh Menteri Besar dari Adun Bebas, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim?

DZULKEFLY: Saya telah nyatakan pada mulanya krisis ini saya sangat tertekan dengan cara kesemua komponen dan pimpinan parti dalam PR mula menembak sesama sendiri.

Ketika itu saya mengeluarkan beberapa kenyataan menyebutkan istilah sebagai PR dalam kemelut memusnahkan PR sendiri.

Lalu saya menekankan betapa pentingnya Majlis Presiden bersidang atau bermesyuarat untuk segera menangani kemelut itu.

Alhamdulillah esoknya itu keluar kenyataan mengingatkan semua pimpinan supaya berhenti daripada menembak sesama sendiri.

Setelah Tan Sri Khalid dipecat, berlaku krisis (pemecatan enam Exco PR Selangor) yang saya istilahkan sebagai ‘ribut yang sempurna’.

Lalu ketika itu juga tindakan parti-parti komponen itu jelasnya nampaknya sedikit berbeza, Pas semacam agak terasing daripada DAP dan PKR.

Tentunya ia telah mencetuskan pelbagai persepsi yang gusar dan khuatir, tidak memahami kenapa Pas mengambil tindakan-tindakan seperti ini.

Saya mahu jelaskan terdapat dua perkara sebagai penjelasan dan pencerahan daripada saya untuk memahami apa yang berlaku.

Pertama saya ingin tegaskan, meskipun dalam tindakan setelah berlaku pemecatan dan Tan Sri Khalid menghadap Sultan Selangor seraya mengatakan bahawa beliau masih mendapat sokongan dan Tuanku memperkenankan Tan Sri Khalid terus memerintah sekaligus PR telah hilang kerajaan ketika itu.

Kerajaan negeri Selangor itu sudah menjadi kerajaan Tan Sri Khalid dan ketika itu jugalah empat Exco dari Pas mengambil pendirian yang agak berbeza.

Undang-undang Tubuh Negeri mensyaratkan sekurang-kurang empat Exco, maka mereka boleh meneruskan pentadbiran kerajaan negeri Selangor.

Saya memberikan tafsiran ini meskipun dilihat sebagai satu yang negatif kepada Pas tetapi saya pernah menyebut dalam penulisan awal bahawa dengan ‘campur tangan langit’ sahaja dapat mengelakkan PR daripada hancur apabila pimpinan PR mula menembak sesama sendiri.

Bagi saya langkah ini walaupun tidak nampak sebagai satu cemuhan daripada rakan-rakan dalam PR, saya berani menyatakan bahawa langkah ini sangat penting untuk mengelakkan kerajaan negeri Selangor ini dirampas kuasa mengikut pintu belakang (back door coup d’etat).

Apabila empat Exco kami ini menyatakan sokongan kepada Tan Sri Khalid dengan meletakkan syarat supaya Tan Sri Khalid tidak akan melantik mana-mana Adun dari Umno sebagai Exco, sekiranya berlaku maka mereka akan letak jawatan serta-merta.

Langkah ini saya fikir sangat berani dan konvensional sekaligus mencetuskan pelbagai persepsi terhadap Pas, namun saya berani mengatakan bahawa langkah itu telah menyelamatkan Pas daripada dirampas kuasa oleh Umno.

Saya juga mendengar daripada sumber-sumber sahih bahawa ada pihak mengatakan Umno akan dilantik oleh Tan Sri Khalid untuk mengambil alih kesemua kerusi Exco yang dikosongkan oleh wakil PR itu.

Ketika episod kedua berlaku yang diambil oleh PKR, kita dapati sekali lagi Pas menyelamatkan keadaan dengan pintu depan.

Dua Adun Pas Selangor yang mempunyai komitmen dan keyakinan diri mereka bahawa mereka bertindak dengan semangat dalam lingkungan dasar yang diputuskan dalam Muktamar Pas untuk mengukuhkan PR.

Mereka membuat ijtihad dan mereka berdepan dengan kecaman dan pelbagai tuduhan dari luar dan dalam, maka saya anggap satu tindakan itu tidak konvensional, tidak dijangka dan sangat luar biasa.

Dengan itu sekaligus mengizinkan PR membuka ‘pintu depan’ kepada apa yang ada pada hari ini nyata menjadi satu cabaran kepada Tan Sri Khalid bahawa kononnya bahawa dia dapat suara ramai (majoriti) dalam Dewan Undangan Negeri (Dun) Selangor.

Jadi tinggal 30 suara Adun jelas kepada Tuanku bahawa ia membuka isyarat jelas mengikut Undang-undang Tubuh Negeri, kita tahu siapa kerajaan di Selangor ini.

Walaupun kenyataan Tan Sri Khalid sangat mengejutkan yang mengatakan bahawa tiada kerajaan PR dan tidak wujud PR di Malaysia kerana tidak berdaftar kononnya.

Selama ini dia (Khalid) berdiri di atas apa ya? Itu perkara yang ditanya oleh rakyat. Sekali gus penafian Tan Sri Khalid itu tidak mengizinkan Sultan Selangor membubarkan Dun Selangor.

Dua perkara itu sangat penting bagi kami dalam Pas yang mahu difahami kerana banyak cemuhan kami terima kononnya kami telah keluar dari PR, kami menyokong orang yang sudah dipecat dan sebagainya.

Politik sangat kompleks bukan boleh dibaca selapis tetapi beberapa lapis, beberapa strategi yang “multipronged”.

Akhirnya yang penting bagi PR ialah melakukan transisi kepada pertukaran Menteri Besar Selangor dan PR kembali memerintah Selangor. Read more…

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