Sep 24 2014

I hate to besmirch ignorance


Monsieur d’Nalgar (September 24, 2014 CE):  This bit of plagiarized bigotry appeared in today’s Sentinel Record, under the red, white, and blue title of “The American way”…


Dear editor:

During the Civil War, the nurses were nuns. They, along with Upjohn, developed the plasma system in the ’30s that saved so many lives in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and now in the Middle East.

Back when the church first started, there were no Catholic hospitals. Today, [more]

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Sep 23 2014

Sheer infantilisme

John Kerry’s rhetoric on Isis insults our intelligence and conceals the reality of the situation in Syria

By Robert Fisk, Sunday, 21 September 2014



John Kerry is becoming more and more like William McGonagall, the “worst poet in the world” whose horror at the 1879 Tay Bridge railway disaster yielded the imperishable observation that it “will be remember’d for a very long time”.

Like McGonagall’s verse, Kerry’s attempts to explain America’s crusade against its latest evil enemy are so … [more]

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Sep 16 2014

The Islamic State’s center of gravity

How to make Isis fall on its own sword

By in Fort Leavenworth, Tuesday 16 September 2014 11.00 EDT


The Islamic State (Isis) is without question a very brutal extremist group with origins in the insurgency of the United States occupation of Iraq. It has rapidly ascended to global attention by taking control of swaths of territory in western and northern Iraq, including Mosul and other major cities.

Based on my experience as an all-source … [more]

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Sep 15 2014

Resurrection, reinvention and linguistics

Bingo! Here’s another force of evil to be ‘vanquished’

By Robert Fisk, Thursday 11 September 2014


Resurrection, reinvention and linguistics. Barack Obama did the lot. And now he’s taking America to war in Syria as well as Iraq. Oh yes, and he’s going to defeat Isis, its “barbarism”, “genocide”, its “warped ideology” – until the bad guys are “vanquished from the earth”. What happened to George W Bush?

But let’s go through this with a linguistic comb. First, Obama … [more]

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Sep 14 2014

The harvest to come #2

Dear editor,

Have you been hearing a hollow clanging in the middle of the night? Faint, but growing louder in that gathering twilight before the fitful dreams of midnight’s slumber?  Could it be the sound of the dark lord himself, Darth Cheney, frenzied with blood lust, beating his bionic breast like a reborn King-Kong as the indelicate stench of unrequited war teases his flared nostrils?

It’s back to golden Babylon, boys!  Black gold, that is.  Bubbling crude and Blackwater mercenaries.  … [more]

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Sep 12 2014

The ideology, not the group

The sad legacy of 9/11: Isis and al-Qaida are stronger than ever

By , Thursday 11 September 2014


In the years leading up to the attacks of 11 September 2001, the west saw al-Qaida rising but didn’t address the threat in time. My colleagues and I in the FBI and over at the CIA had been focused on al-Qaida since the mid-1990s. The true threat, however, came from the ideology, not the group.

In the first years … [more]

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Sep 10 2014

The harvest to come

Dear editor,

Have you heard a distant clanging in the middle of the night?  It’s the sound of the dark lord himself, Darth Cheney, thumping his bionic chest as the scent of yet another bloody Iraq war reaches his flared nostrils.  It’s back to ancient Babylon, boys!  Bubbling crude, black gold.  Oil.  Halliburton.  Abu Ghraib.  And a litany of mangled words to make ugly almost sound purty.  Like collateral damage.  Like torturing folks is just an enhanced, practically pleasant something … [more]

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