Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NATO, Inc. - Syraq FAQ

1. What is NATO's role in Iraq and Syria?

We're trying to figure it out.  Many of us are involved of course, but it is far from clear who's in charge.  Maybe nobody.  It's starting to feel like Libya without any Security Council resolution.

2.  What about Resolution 2178?

Well, the good news is that it was passed unanimously.  The bad news is that's about all you can say.  There was a lot of ranting about terrorism without any Chapter VII clause permitting any military action whatever.

3.  What would be the best possible outcome for NATO?

The best would be some proper military organization controlled from NATO HQ and then a lot of bombing.

4.  What will bombing accomplish?

Pretty much what bombing North Vietnam did. The population gets very pissed off for a very long time and those doing the bombing have to leave.  The human and cultural disintegration takes generations to heal.

5.  Isn't that a disaster?

Are you on the side of the terrorists?

6.  Is everybody being bombed a terrorist?

Of course, or we wouldn't be bombing them.

7.  What about the crisis for western civilization in the Ukraine?


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Canada's foreign policy is stupid

Warsaw Ghetto, 1945
Gaza, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

Security Council Resolution 2178 does not authorize any military activity anywhere

However, it does authorize persecution of anybody called a "terrorist" without defining the meaning of "terrorist".
Many political words are similarly abused. The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies "something not desirable." 
George Orwell
Politics and the English Language 

Libya was such a success, the Cartel's gonna bomb another civil war

...even if we don't know what side we're on

This time we're not even pretending to have a Security Council Resolution

"Owing to deteriorating security conditions, the ICRC temporarily moved its international staff to Tunis on 15 July. The organization is however carrying out its work in Libya through 130 local staff and is responding to emergencies and assisting internally displaced persons in cooperation with the Libyan Red Crescent and other local partners."
International Committee of the Red Cross report on Libya

Sep 17, 2014 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Government Girls

UN Charter 

Article 2

The Organization and its Members, in pursuit of the Purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following Principles.
  1. The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members.
  2. All Members, in order to ensure to all of them the rights and benefits resulting from membership, shall fulfill in good faith the obligations assumed by them in accordance with the present Charter.
  3. All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
  4. All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.
  5. All Members shall give the United Nations every assistance in any action it takes in accordance with the present Charter, and shall refrain from giving assistance to any state against which the United Nations is taking preventive or enforcement action.
  6. The Organization shall ensure that states which are not Members of the United Nations act in accordance with these Principles so far as may be necessary for the maintenance of international peace and security.
  7. Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter; but this principle shall not prejudice the application of enforcement measures under Chapter Vll.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

S/RES/2178 (2014) 24 September 2014 Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts

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UN 101

There is no UN definition of terrorism

The UN has no internationally-agreed definition of terrorism.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Putting them in their place

The Five Eyes Alliance against
 brown people with weird hats.

Australian Signals Directorate

Reveal Their Secrets – Protect Our Own

The Australian Signals Directorate, which has recently "rebranded" itself as something completely different, leads the Five Eyes with seriously creepy graphics and advertising slogans.

Who, for example, are "they"?  As opposed to "us"?

There is of course no end of "them".  John Baird, Canada's alleged Minister of Free Trade, Marketing, Resource Exploitation, Uncritical Israel Support and Foreign Affairs, has trouble keeping up with the most worstest threats to world peace:

Iran, Russia, Hamas, ISIS... all of these must be fought although we have trouble telling them all apart.  Except the Russians.  They're at least white guys, or most of them are, except for the Islamists in the Caucasus, who are brown, and therefore dangerous and incomprehensible.  The good news is they're being "suppressed" by the other Russians, the ones we know to be a hideous threat to world peace as shown by their resistance to NATO interference in the Ukraine.

The Five Eyes used to worry about the inscrutable Chinese, but they're now just as worried about the brown people in weird hats as the Five Eyes and parts of Russia are.

Fortunately, we won't be running out of "them" any time soon, and it's a growth industry.  There will never be an end to this war, never a victory, never the definition of "victory", and never the admission of responsibility for  policies that would have resulted in death by hanging at Nuremberg.

It's all good.