Daesh-allied militants attacked a European city this week, setting off three bombs in Brussels that killed 31 and injured 260. In the United States, the response was immediate, first with the outpouring of support from the public, then, unsurprisingly, with a flurry of bellicose pronouncements from most of the remaining major-party presidential candidates.
Thanks to Amy & Denis. Glad to see the use of "Daesh-allied" rather than the term in any iteration including "Islamic" - the terrorists are a depraved aberration.
The opening of Cuba is welcome after so many decades of embargo and hostility - I found the words in Obama's speech those of arrogance and defense of capitalist usury and oppression, not respect and rapprochement!
I remain highly skeptical and deeply suspicious of Obama's actual motives given his pro-corporate trade deals, war, and other destructive actions on so many issues. End the embargo and US occupation of Guantanamo now!
USA: unrepentant state of America
Puerto Rico to Cuba, may everyone take some time this Easter weekend reading John Perkins' "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man."
Amy Goodman quotes one Frank Barat as saying:
"What’s happened in Syria in the last few years is a total betrayal, on
the part of the Western world. People rising to fight its oppressor and
the West sort of turning its back on them, allowing slaughter, this
created so much anger, so much rancor.”
The missing words in this statement are "People rising to fight its oppressor [Assad]... ... the West sort of turning its back on them, allowing slaughter, this created so much anger, so much rancor." [In other words, the West neither created a 'no-fly zone' nor allowed significant weapons - like anti-aircraft weaponry - through to the rebels, to the revolutionaries fighting against the brutality of Assad and his regime.]
I wonder whether Amy will deal with this on Democracy Now! It is not the political viewpoint that sections of the American Left are comfortable with since from their point of view sympathy with those fighting Assad, who is responsible for the vast majority of those slaughtered in Syria, is equivalent to being in favour of bombing Iran, or being in favour of 'regime change', against 'peace'. It is very confusing - at the very least - for those Syrians who want neither Assad nor ISIS, but feel that the Left betrayed them by not allowing them the means to defend themselves.
The acid test of true solidarity with the Syrian people will be when Amy Goodman interviews Robin Yassib-Kasab in his US-wide tour to talk about his book Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War co-authored with Leila Al-Shami. It would be just the right thing to do for her to invite him on Democracy Now! in the next few weeks.
" torture is permanently purged from the policy prescriptions of those who would be president"
Perhaps those who would be President and have prescribed policies that include torture should be purged from being President, or indeed any government officer or emloyee.