As US President Obama tries to get the Karzai regime in Afghanistan to "reconcile" with the Taliban in preparation for an American withdrawal, other countries are not obliged to go along with it. From Terry Glavin:
If all President Obama sees in Afghanistan is a place to put a residual NATO military force to more confidently reassure American voters that he’s keeping them safe from the jihadist mayhem of outfits like al Qaeda, that’s his business, but again, sorry, Mr. President. That’s not what Canadian taxpayers are for.
Canada never intended that the entire 50-nation International Security Assistance Force project in Afghanistan be merely the means by which the White House forces Afghans to “reconcile” with the Taliban. The exit strategy the White House expects its NATO allies to subsidize is not a strategy, unless that’s what you call a ruse by which the United States puts off its overdue reckoning with the extortionists and gangsters who run Pakistan and who have been the cause of Afghanistan’s agonies all along.
PAKISTAN. If you're not going to apologize for these violations of our sovereignty that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden and countless jihadist terrorists who would love to behead more of your citizens, I don't see how we can cooperate with you.
USA. Screw you. Open the damn supply coridoor to Afghanistan or we'll cut your $1 billion bribe, er, aid budget.
PAKISTAN. I have a better idea. We're now going to charge you $5,000 for every NATO truck that moves through our territory. What do you think about that?
USA. I think it might actually be cheaper to carpet bomb your Taliban-loving country into a pancake.
PAKISTAN. Give us the money, America. We deserve it for all that we do for you.
"The Iranian nation is standing for its cause and that is the full annihilation of Israel,” Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi said in a speech to a defense gathering Sunday in Tehran.
But wait! He doesn't speak for the Iranian regime! He's just a... high-ranking military general talking to a bunch of other high-ranking generals who are nodding their heads in enthusiastic agreement.
In case the daily chants of "Death to Israel" emanating from Iran's leaders and standing-room-only street rallies didn't tip you off before, perhaps this latest clear threat will nudge you in the right direction.
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First, Facebook. Now, Twitter. Just go the extra mile, Pakistan. Ban the Internet. Ban movies. Ban every book that isn't the Koran. Ban all modes of behavior that aren't already explicitly modeled by a 7th-century illiterate pedophilic warlord.
Eduardo Saverin comes to the land of the free and lives the American dream, becoming a big winner as an original business partner in Facebook.
Then he effectively tells America to go fuck itself.
He would deny that, but his argument thus far seems to boil down to this: "I'm a citizen of the world. And citizens of the world don't have to follow the same rules as everyone else. Just to make it official, I'm renouncing my American citizenship. Take that, tax man! Gee, I'm so clever and cosmopolitan. Open another bottle of champagne, my favorite little lingerie model. Hey, maybe after I've invested a couple of million bucks of my mad money on some tech startups that have a shot in hell of repeating Facebook's success, we'll go party in the Big Apple."
To which America's politicians respond: "OK. Keep all of your, ahem, hard-earned, cough, lucre that you made in our country... well, some of it. We still get that exit tax. But you're not welcome back here. No visits to Manhattan. No trips to Disneyland. No hitting the hot spots in Miami. You can go anywhere in the world -- just not here. Have a nice...More >>
It's nothing to do with the corruption of Arab regimes. Nothing to do with a pandemic of xenophobic and violent Islamic fundamentalism. Nothing to do with the starry-eyed incompetence of the few ostensibly democratic activisits when it comes to out-organizing the thugs who want to run their nations into the ground, sharia-style.
Nothing to do with the fact that these countries have never known a genuinely free and democratic civil society, since long before any Western diplomat, soldier or NGO rep ever had the power or inclination to muck about in this part of the world. Nothing to do with the utter contempt the one half of the population of this region that can grow a beard has for the other half that can't.
Prolific blogger Richard Millett was bullied by racist thugs at a meeting at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. Anti-Israel "activists" taunted and intimidated him, trying to take away his camera and other items, for the "crime" of recording a presentation that others present were also recording.
You’re a typical Israeli, you know that,” one idiot man-child grumbled at him. Whatever the hell that means.
The defining observation of this disgusting incident was this: "At no stage did anyone in the 40 strong audience come to my defence in any way."
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If you want to know why political, social and economic development in most parts of the Middle East has been so stunted for centuries, the answer is hiding in plain sight. Half of the population of the Arab world is hidden away, often beaten or raped when they dare to so much as walk the streets outside of the company of a male relative.
In a sea of humanity on the streets of Cairo, the Al Jazeera journalist and a single interviewed woman in a hijab are the only women to be seen.
Syrian anti-government protesters on the streets before shots are fired. Where are the women?
On the streets of Tunisia, where are the women?
On the streets of Amman, Jordan, the women are also missing.
Where are the women? Behind closed doors. Because the men want it that way.