A story that caught my eye was former Archbishop's Carey's speech and the anger it created -
Muslim dismay at Carey speech
Islamic world is violent, says Carey
plus a really great anaylsis of it
The right answer or the wrong question?
Plus an article written by Michael Meacher on our new friend Colonel Gadafy
The path to friendship goes via the oil and gas fields
This whole Libyan issue is just pure politics
The relationship boils down to this: Gadafy needs to sell his oil. British and US companies want to buy it (just incase Saudi Arabia goes tits up with its own homegrown fundies).
So the Colonel is happy to take the rap for Lockerbie (when we all know it had nothing to do with Libya) - and surrened his Airfix missle system to the US.
Bush and Blair wil overlook the absence of Libyan human rights and democracy. Business as usual.
Even by our 'Dear Leaders' standards this is just the lowest of the low, sucking up to corporate power and jettisoning principles, it is shamless and shameful.
I would really like to believe that Gadafy is a reformed man and he has made an effort to give up his wmds but has he ever shown repetant of his past, Gadafy has never accepted personal responblity for the terror he comissioned.
Gadafy today is absolved of his past crimes and honured for being "courageous" scant justice to his victims.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983.
and a really funny poster
Nothing new of course, American history is littered with violence, death and misery (source Bowling for Columbine doc, Michael Moore)
Fun Facts of America’s Involvement during the Cold War in Foreign countries
1953: U.S. Helps Britain overthrows Prime Minister Mossadeq of Iran
US/Britain install Shah as dictator
1954: U.S. overthrows democratically elected President Arbenz of
30 000 civilians killed
1963: U.S. backs assassination of South Vietnamese President Diem.
1963-1972 American military kills 4 million people in Southeast Asia.
September 11, 1973: U.S. stages coup in Chile
Democratically elected President Salvador Allende assassinated.
Dictator General Augusto Pinochet installed (Kissinger involvement)
5 000 Chileans murdered
1975: U.S. backs military rulers of El Salvador
70 000 Salvadorans and 4 American nuns killed
1980: U.S trains Osama bin Laden and fellow terroists to kill Soviets
CIA gives them $3 billion.
1981: Regan administration trains and funds "contras". $3 billion on aid is given.
30 000 Nicaraguans die
1982: U.S. provides billons in aid to Saddam Hussein for weapons to kill
1983: White House secretly gives Iran weapons to kill Iraqis
1989: CIA agent Manuel Noriega (also serving as President of Panama)
disobeys orders from Washington.
U.S. Invades Panama and removes Noriega
3 000 Panamanian civilian casualties
1990: Iraq invades Kuwait with weapons from U.S.
1991: U.S. enters Iraq
Bush reinstates dictator of Kuwait
1998: Clinton bombs "weapons factory" in Sudan
Factory turns out to be making aspirin
2001-01: U.S. gives Taliban-ruled Afghanistan $245 million in "aid"
Sept. 11, 2001: Osama bin Laden uses his expert CIA training to murder 3 000 people