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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lethal mixture in world affairs – incompetence, cowardice, lawlessness, belligerent amorality – must end

Significant discussion surrounding Stepped up U.S. aggression in Middle East Today on Democracy Now
Excerpt, minor editing, commentary by 
Carolyn Bennett

Vijay Prashad

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Indian historian, journalist and commentator Vijay Prashad is George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut); author of Arab Spring, Libyan Winter; Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today; The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South; The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World.

Medea Benjamin

United States political activist and writer Medea Benjamin is best known for co-founding and activism representing Code Pink and Global Exchange; author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control and editor with Jodie Evans of How to Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism.

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Medea Benjamin on Democracy Now

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“The Obama administration is supposed to have been working for a binding resolution that we should be hearing about by the United Nations Security Council talking about cutting off the funding, cutting off the equipping of these extremist groups. That’s a positive thing.”

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However, showing its true face, the Obama administration at the same time has given only one week to Iraq’s new government “to show that it is no longer a sectarian Shiite government that is suppressing Sunnis but is actually going to be a government for all the people of Iraq…That takes time. One week is not enough to show that, and to have the Sunnis peel away from ISIS.”

The charge that ISIS threatens the United States “is a lie,” Benjamin said. “There is no imminent
threat to the United States right now.”

Considering the timing of U.S. officials’ saying, the Iraqis had “better get on with this” together with the U.S. choice of “partners” further proves that “political solutions have been put aside now for the military ones.”

The coalition brought together by the United States is composed of governments that are “among the most repressive governments in the Middle East.” The government of “Bahrain has been repressing its nonviolent, democratic uprising. The Saudis have provided the financing and the recruits for so many of the extremists.”
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This is U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s “diplomatic success,” Benjamin said.  “… Instead of coming to the United Nations to say that we have the world coming together to stop the recruiting and the financing and buying of the oil that ISIS has – we have the accomplishment of having repressive Arab regimes joining us in bombing another Arab state.”

Vijay Prashad on Democracy Now

“The United States government has decided to strike in Syria” and currently a major city called Kobane situated on the Turkish border and refuge to half a million people “is under siege” and “on the verge of falling.”

Wikipedia Note: Ayn al-Arab (Arabic: ‘Spring of the Arabs’) or Kobane (Kurdish: Kobanê): a city in Aleppo Governorate in northern Syria inhabited by Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, and Armenians. Its population 44,821 in the 2004 census (ref. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics) has been since 2012 under the control of Kurdish YPG (The People’s Protection Units commonly known as the YPG, the official armed wing of the Kurdish Supreme Committee of Syrian Kurdistan); and in 2014 was declared the administrative center of the Kobanê Canton of Syrian Kurdistan.

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“Tens of thousands of people from Kobane have crossed into Turkey,” Vijay Prashad said. “And these are Kurds so it is quite something that Kurdish refugees have been allowed into Turkey.

“…ISIS fighters have surrounded Kobane using heavy artillery they stole in Mosul.” And United States has attacked “symbolic targets inside Raqqa,” made to appear “like a major attack against ISIS [but in reality] is a demonstration of American strength” that is unlikely to “change the situation on the ground in northern Syria directly.”

Vijay Prashad posed a genuine solution to the violence and foreign aggression.

The current foreign aggression “is just Band-Aid … just a lot of loud noise. It will not provide the kind of political solution needed in the region for the long term.…

“…The real solution in the region,” Prashad said, “is going to come from some kind of grand bargain between Iran and Saudi Arabia. These two countries have been at each other’s throats since 1979. They have opened the region to entry of outside forces.

“…When these two countries decide that it is in their absolute self-interest to have some kind of grand bargain, we are going to see a de-escalation [of conflict and violence] in the region.”

He concludes with the “hope that the forces of peace will encourage more meetings with the Iranians, more meetings between the Iranians and the Saudis” that will provide what all sane people are calling for -- “political solutions.”
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hat sets human beings apart from barbarians (even wild animals have rules of society they abide by) is the capacity for reflection and reason. What we are witnessing in U.S. foreign affairs is barbarism, a nuclear armed, weapons-running reckless unconscionable cruelty rooted at the same time in incompetence, cowardice, lawlessness, cronyism, and a belligerent amorality that constitutes a lethal mixture abroad in the world. Americans must see it for what is and put a stop to it.

No government or head of state should commit violent aggression directly or indirectly against another sovereign nation, its land, its region or its people – especially when that nation or region presents no threat to or aggression against the attacking head of state or nation. The American people must put a stop to the carnage by their government officials and the cronies and “partners” of those partisans, ideologues and criminals.
I have said for a long time and this is still my view. The American people must clean house – without regard for any political party, partisan, or sect.

ecall, deselect, vote out of office ALL members of the U.S. House and Senate – public elective office should not offer lifelong endeavor or permanent employment for anyone. And based on the high crimes committed against humanity and gross negligence in purely domestic affairs; on a broader scale, the constant breach of U.S. and international laws and human rights declarations and conventions, the American people must push for a bill of impeachment against the current U.S. Executive and Cabinet. In my view, there is no other way to begin the hard work of recovering what is good about this nation and laying the foundation for (and holding accountable) a new and essential competency; a nonpartisan, law abiding, moral ethos in leadership and federal governance.

Sources and notes

Today on Democracy “Now Expanding U.S. Strikes to ISIS in Syria, Has Obama Opened New Phase of ‘Perpetual War?’” September 23, 2014, http://www.democracynow.org/2014/9/23/expanding_us_strikes_to_isis_in

Wikipedia reference on definitions, clarifications, biographical notes




A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent books in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora


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