How to Carjack a Country – Arab Style
“Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles.” … William Shakespeare, Hamlet’s soliloquy
… by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor … featuring Franklin Lamb
I watched in utter amazement last week as the so-called Arab League endorsed the external overthrow of a member state, which involves not only other member states funding of arms smuggling, but also supporting terrorism against the Syrian people.
Bashar al-Assad does not have a clean record there himself. But it was one the Arab League had no problem with previously. So why the change of policy now when both the League and the West have supported tyrannical regimes for decades, including themselves?
These Arab elites, many of them are highly educated. The Palestinians ironically rule the roost on that, having the highest number of Phds. per capita than any other people.
These League Arabs seem to suffer from the traditional elite disease, which is, “Do like I say, not like I do.” The monarchies ruling some of the member states are nothing more than thieves themselves, albeit well dressed ones, but they have historically limited themselves to robbing their own people.
I had a Moroccan by here (Atlanta) a few months ago who explained to me the Moroccan attitude toward not supporting the Communists.
“Why should we go through all of the trouble and dislocation for a communist revolution just to be robbed by Communists, when we can avoid all of that disruption by keeping the robbers we have now?” It was a refreshing admission.
I would have thought that these Arab elitists would have been smart enough to know the old adage of, “What is good for the goose is good for the gander”. They have just legitimized the same tactics being used against them. And I can guarantee them all I am not the only one who picked up on this.
And the West and NATO do not get off scot free here either. Those dummies are repeating the huge mistakes made by the CIA and Saudi Arabia in bringing the Mujaheddin in to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan and the Pandora’s box that opened which we are still paying for dearly.
Because no one was held accountable for that fiasco, it seems no one is afraid to repeat it.
Whatever happens to Assad, even if he left, a civil war would ensue immediately between the secular Syrians, the Brotherhood and the Salafists…continuing the nightmare on the Syrian people.
Assad did walk into this with a glass chin due to his initial repression of Syria’s Spring. But in his defense he certainly could have thought that the West and NATO had not had any problem with torture and repression in states they controlled. But as Shakespeare said in Hamlet, “Aye, there’s the rub.”
One of the reasons that new groups like the BRICS are ascending so quickly is they are not running around the world threatening and killing lots of people. And yes folks, using proxies to do it still puts the blame on the West’s doorstep.
American funding for the IDF, despite their long record of war crimes, makes us legally an accessory as a country. And not arresting dual passport holding American settler Jews for supporting terrorism on the West Bank is an even worse indictment.
Those who are suffering under offensive violent crime that we support have under international law the legal right to strike back. This includes the ‘bases’ from where such attacks originate.
You can forget having any of these obvious issues being covered in our corporate media. They continue to present themselves as what you would expect from the media of an occupation army.
The stain will not wash off, but it will be our blood and treasure that is being splashed all around the crime scene.
There is a need for revolution in many places, not the kind to take over and improve things, but the kind that is needed just to survive. But I worry that too many are too stupid to see this before it is too late.
One little clue that I read today was that Congressional inquiries to DHS as to their huge ammo and armour purposes are getting the stiff arm response…a very bad sign.
Government by the people, for the people? If you still believe that you have been reading too many comic books. Try contacing DHS about anything and you will discover quickly what their attitude is about serving the public…too often one of contempt.
It’s time to put dismantling Homeland Security on the table. Yes, it has become a Frankenstein in terms of a national security threat itself. It is acting like, and preparting to be, an occupation army.
I have to say I am surprised to see this happening under an Obama administration. Under Bush and Cheney and their gang of thieves I would have not been at all. I guess I am still learning…always a humbling experience.
If there are to be beheadings, I recommend the Jim Dean plan. You should shoot for having to take as few as possible. And the best way to assure that is to start at the top and work your way down. You will see reform instantly become the new Jihad.
Has the Arab League mortally wounded itself by declaring war on Syria?
… by Franklin Lamb
Damascus — Frankly, it never was much of a “League” of Arab states. And arguably it never really achieved a whole lot but two dozen lavish ‘summits’ offering inflated rhetoric, often calculated to assuage the Arab people about their central cause, Palestine.
This, despite high hopes across Arabia when its founders promulgated a Charter on March 22, 1945 and took a solemn oath to prevent the theft of Palestine by European colonists.
Yet, notions of fundamental fairness require that we all acknowledge, that to its credit, the Arab League has tried to achieve a modicum of pan-Arab cooperation on issues involving economic and financial affairs, commercial relations, customs, currency, questions of agriculture and industry, communications including railroads, roads, aviation, navigation, postal services, cultural affairs, nationality, passports, visas, execution of judgments, extradition of criminals and even a bit regarding social affairs and health issues.
Despite years of pledges to eliminate visas requirements, along the lines of the European Shengen Visa, it should be noted that only one Arab country has waived visas for their Arab sisters and brothers internationally. That would be the Syrian Arab Republic.
It is Syria, along with Palestine, out of all the 22 Arab League members, who most consistently and steadfastly have represented Arab Nationalism, Arab resistance to occupation, and the stated goals enunciated 66 years ago when the Arab League was established.
Many are asking why the ‘sanctions of its members-happy’ Arab League consistently fails to act on what is happening in Palestine and why it never has kept its pledge to suspend the AL membership of countries that host Israeli embassies against their people’s will.
There was once upon a time, now appearing far, far, away, that the Arab League countries were trying to achieve the liberation of Palestine. Or so they claimed. Then suddenly, the association morphed into twenty countries claiming to being committed to solving the issues of Palestine and Lebanon. Low and behold it was not so long after that the Arab League became nineteen countries trying to solve the questions of Palestine, Lebanon and Somalia.
How we all change with time. This week, during the 24th “Arab Summit” eleven countries, being pressured by outside interests with hegemonic geopolitical visions for the region, claimed they wanted to solve life’s problems on behalf of the other members.
If there is an Arab summit ten years from now, what will its agenda be like?
This week the global community saw that the Charter and by-laws of the Arab League, despite its mission to bring together Arabs, has been ignored with respect to the Syrian crisis from the beginning. Rather it has been actively working to prevent coming together especially with respect to Syria.
The organization was created at the time when a racist Zionist state was considered extremely unlikely by most countries but to make sure, an association of Arab states was organized to prevent, at all costs, the rumored project from becoming a reality. The first decision of the newly established
League of Arab States was to boycott any European-financed Zionist movement or organization that might assist in the theft of Palestine.
Today unfortunately, and perhaps fatally for the AL, the complete obverse has obtained. In countless ways the Arab League is supporting the occupation of Palestine, while allowing itself to be preempted and shaped into an instrument of Western foreign policy as it plots against its own members.
Far removed from its raison d’etre, which according to its Charter is to ensure a coming together of its members, it does everything that would promote the desires of the Zionist occupiers of Palestine while dividing the Arabs and preventing any kind of real union among them.
Much as the USA and its allies have corralled and preempted the UN Security Council, its agents have hijacked the League of Arab states and five other regional organizations. According to a congressional source who follows this issue, another international organization that has entered the sights of these Western hegemonic forces is the revitalized Non-aligned Movement (NAM), currently chaired by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Some Arab League analysts claim that here won’t be much left of the Arab League by 2020. One joke currently making the rounds on Capitol Hill is “Which will implode first, the Arab League or its master, the Zionist occupiers of Palestine?” Answer: “Too close to call.”
Last week in Doha, Qatar, the proceedings amounted to a self-inflicted, perhaps fatal wound for the Arab League when it essentially declared war on one of its founding members, Syria, and replaced it with a Western-funded, staffed, and armed group with not the faintest pretense of abiding by its Charter, including Article VIII, a main pillar of the concept of a League of Arab States:
“Each member-state shall respect the systems of government established in the other member-states and regard them as exclusive concerns of those states. Each shall pledge to abstain from any action calculated to change established systems of government.”
In summary, there is nothing in the Arab League Charter permitting that body to expel or even sanction Syria. In fact, doing so violates the Charter. As seen many times, most recently in Libya, foreign intervention is never humanitarian but rather is always geo-political.
Is it now left to the BRICS states — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — to stand up to the AL and to help halt the conflict in Syria? There is growing sentiment in Syria that this group of five emerging powers may become a major hope for the Syrian people suffering from blatant Western intervention in their affairs and from the Arab League acting against their interests.
The AL members who voted to expel or sanction Syria are merely channeling the geo-political interests of the United States and Israel, which, ironically, are increasingly being viewed among the Arab pubic as “unofficial members” of the Arab League.
On the other hand, It should be clear that if democracy is about anything, it’s about self-determination and that the best hope for peace in Syria is that it is the Syrian people, not outsiders, who should be left to solve Syria’s internal problems by themselves.
There is no escaping the fact that the result of the decisions made in Doha is that the Arab League has refused a peaceful settlement for Syria and that the AL recognition of the national coalition as the only legitimate representative of the Syrian people contradicts the Geneva Communique and, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointed out this week, makes irrelevant the mission of UN and Arab League mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.
Given that one of the founders of the mandate, the Arab League, proclaims that the national opposition is now the only legitimate Government of Syria, and advocates the arming of its forces to oust the regime, how can there be negotiations?
This decision to supply arms to the Syrian opposition not only violates international law, but again in the words of Lavrov, “is a blatant encouragement of confrontation of the irreconcilable forces on both sides to make them fight this war to the bitter end.”
Franklin Lamb is doing research in the Middle East and can be reached c/o [email protected]
Editing: Jim W. Dean