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1.

Cheney, US Hawks Seek Anti-Russia Axis On Moscow’s Borders

Posted by: „Rick Rozoff“ rwrozoff@yahoo.com rwrozoff

Thu Sep 4, 2008 7:24 pm (PDT)

http://www.regnum.ru/english/1050664.html

Regnum (Russia)
September 4, 2008

Cheney chief Russophobia-inciting ringleader around
Russia — Kosachev

-According to Kosachev, Cheney is, by all accounts,
the “chief generator“ of all recent events in the
post-Soviet space.
The results of his exploits are expecially vivid in
the case of Georgia which, in Kosachev’s words, has
become “a rather blind instrument in his hands, in
hands of the US hawks.“

The Chairman of the Russian State Duma on Foreign
Affairs Konstantin Kosachev charged US Vice President
Dick Cheney with attempts to create anti-Russian axes
near Russian borders.

A REGNUM correspondent reports Kosachev to have
commented on September 4 on Mr. Cheney’s latest trip
to countries bordering Russia. “Each time he does it,
his aim is obvious: to create anti-Russian axes in our
closest environment.“

According to Kosachev, Cheney is, by all accounts, the
“chief generator“ of all recent events in the
post-Soviet space.

The results of his exploits are expecially vivid in
the case of Georgia which, in Kosachev’s words, has
become “a rather blind instrument in his hands, in
hands of the US hawks.“

In this context, Kosachev says, it is difficult to
speak of Georgia’s sovereignty. What about other
countries which Cheney has already visited or where he
is heading, this is “a most serious test for their
own sovereignty.“

Speaking of the situation in Georgia, Kosachev says he
is convinced that Tbilisi will attempt to reiterate
action that killed so many people.

However, he warns, the reiteration can only bring a
result quite sad for Mr. Saakashvili in the aftermath
of his previous military assault.

The support of Geogia by the USA will not stop at
providing humanitarian assistance.

Tbilisi will receive the most powerful support of the
West, first of all aimed at the restoration of the
Georgian economy, but also serious help in developing
Georgian armed forces — “allegedly for maintaining
that very mythical sovereignty, allegedly, for the
defense purposes,“ Kosachev comments.

“But we know already how these weapons were used
recently, and we have no doubt that the weapons will
be further used in a similar manner, at least as long
as the regime of Saakashvili rules in Georgia.”

This is exactly why Russia will make every effort,
including those of a military character, to protect
security in the Caucasus region, the committee head
said.

“The words of the Georgian regime are not trusted any
longer,“ he stated.

Whatever Tbilisi’s exertion to boost its armed forces,
Russia’s potential will always prevail by several
orders of magnitude, the State Duma committee head
stated.

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Pakistan: Parliament Unanimously Condemns NATO Attack

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Thu Sep 4, 2008 7:25 pm (PDT)

http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=17030

Daily Jang (Pakistan)
September 5, 2008

Senate, NA blast US incursion
By Asim Yasin

ISLAMABAD – The Senate and the National Assembly on
Thursday in their separate resolutions condemned
incursion into Angoor Adda by ISAF [NATO’s
International Security Assistance Force] forces and
termed it a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

In unanimous resolutions that were adopted by both the
houses in their separate sessions, it was stated that
the attack was unacceptable and demanded of the
government to take practical measures to stop such
incidents and repulse such attacks with full force in
future.

The resolution was moved in the National Assembly by
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmud Qureshi that was signed
by all the parliamentary leaders of the political
parties while the resolution in the Senate was moved
by leader of the House Mian Raza Rabbani.

The resolutions also called upon the government to
take up the matter in strongest terms with the
ISAF-member countries. It also recommended the
government should convey in clear terms to ISAF forces
that such violations of their sovereignty would force
it to bring fundamental changes in the foreign policy.

Both houses of parliament expressed full solidarity
and complete sympathy with the people of Fata
[Federally Administered Tribal Areas], who continued
to bear the brunt of terrorism in all its forms and
manifestations. They also reiterated the resolve of
the people of Pakistan to combat all forms and
manifestations of terrorism that constitute threats to
the people and vital interests of the country.
….
Earlier, Fata legislators led by their parliamentary
leader Muneer Khan Orakzai staged a token walkout from
the National Assembly followed by the PML-N
legislators. Meanwhile, giving a policy statement,
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmud Qureshi, condemning the
incursion, said the nation was united and Pakistan
would not compromise on its territorial integrity.

The foreign minister said the government condemned it
on the diplomatic level in the strongest terms and it
was made clear to the United States that violation of
Pakistani territorial sovereignty would not be
tolerated.

He said Pakistan was a frontline partner in the war on
terrorism and it had played a key role in curbing this
menace but violation of its territorial integrity by a
partner in this war was shameful, as it was against
the rules of engagement they all had set for this war.

The foreign minister said innocent people had been
killed in this attack while there was no high profile
target there and it was strange that a NATO spokesman
had even expressed his ignorance of this attack.

He said this attack was uncalled for and could not be
ignored in any term and made it clear that Pakistan
had never backed terrorist activities in any way;
therefore, it also could not allow anyone to violate
its borders.

The foreign minister said Pakistan had put in
tremendous efforts to block the way of terrorists and
extremists and it should not be blamed for internal
conflicts of Afghanistan. He said it was an admitted
fact by the donors that there were serious issues of
governance, law and order and narcotics smuggling in
Afghanistan, which should be looked into.

He said accusing Pakistan and attacks like the one on
Angoor Adda could make matters worse. The foreign
minister, recounting Pakistan’s efforts to curb
activities of the terrorists said, Pakistan offered
fencing on the Afghan border, besides it had deployed
over eighty thousand troops on the border with over
one thousand check-posts.

He made it clear the nation and all political forces
were united on the issue of protection of the
country’s territorial integrity and no one could cast
an evil eye on our borders. He said the government
would take into confidence the opposition to build a
national consensus to protect national integrity.

Earlier, speaking on the issue, Awami National Party
(ANP) leader Asfandyar Wali, while condemning the
attack, called for discussion on the foreign policy in
the National Assembly. “We will not tolerate incidents
like this. We have to review our foreign policy
vis-a-vis Afghanistan,” he added.

PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal said all policies should be
discussed in parliament and people of Pakistan should
be taken into confidence about attack in Angoor Adda.

Parliamentary leader of the Fata MNAs Munir Orakzai
said Fata members condemned the US attack in Angoor
Adda and asked the government what its stance would be
if such incidents occurred in future.

He also announced that they would not cast their votes
in favour of Zardari. MQM’s member National Assembly
Wasim Akhtar said blamed the attack on the wrong
policies of the previous government but opined that
Pakistan could do nothing other than lodge a
protest….
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http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=132944

Online News (Pakistan)
September 5, 2008

Pakistan condemns US attack near Afghan border area:
Sherry

* Information minister says Pakistan will not allow
any violation of its territorial sovereignty

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan strongly condemns the United
States forces’ attack on Zulahi village near Angoor
Adda on the border with Afghanistan, Information and
Broadcasting Minister Sherry Rehman said on Thursday.

Sherry said that the United States ambassador was
summoned to the Foreign Office and given a strongly
worded demarche.

The Pakistani ambassador in Washington had also lodged
a protest with the State Department.

Violation

Referring to a policy statement by the foreign
minister in the National Assembly and the Senate over
the attack, she said Pakistan would not allow anyone
to violate its territorial sovereignty. „The
government of Pakistan, its citizens, the National
Assembly and the Senate have all condemned the
attack,“ she said.

Sherry said that Senator Asif Ali Zardari had already
ordered the provision of relief goods to the displaced
people of Bajaur Agency. She also said that the
Ministry of Health had sent medicines to the camps in
Bajaur and Kurram agencies.
….

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3.

US, NATO Ground Attack Sends Shock Waves Through Pakistan

Posted by: „Rick Rozoff“ rwrozoff@yahoo.com rwrozoff

Thu Sep 4, 2008 7:26 pm (PDT)

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=133892

Daily Jang (Pakistan)
September 5, 2008

Editorial:
Ground realities

The first US ground action against militants staged by
forces that landed in Waziristan has sent shock waves
through the country.

The audacious assault is a blatant violation of
Pakistan’s sovereignty.

At least ten, and possibly up to 20, civilians,
including women and children, are reported to have
died.

The reports say they were gunned down as troops burst
into a house and then opened fire on other bewildered
villagers who had gathered around it.

There is no news of any deaths of militants, though
some reports say several unidentified persons have
been whisked across the border into Afghanistan.

The ISPR has condemned the ‚completely unprovoked‘ act
of killing, and confirmed two US helicopters had
landed early Tuesday morning in South Waziristan.

Senior security personnel have denied intelligence was
shared.

The customary condemnations have come in, a protest
lodged with the US embassy in Islamabad and complaints
made to military commanders based across the border.

It is unlikely these will have much impact.

Similar gestures made by Pakistan in the past have
simply been brushed away as minor irritants. The
country has repeatedly failed to defend its territory.

The situation now seems to be worsening with the US
apparently no longer sharing advance information about
predator strikes or other aerial offences. (In this
context, the issue of intelligence is also important
because going by the public stance of the government
it would be fair to assume that Islamabad is not
supplying intelligence to the Americans and NATO for
such attacks.)

Of course Washington is at fault. We have all seen how
its arrogant actions in invading Iraq and Afghanistan
have added manifold to the difficulties of these
nations.

The same disregard for interests other than its own is
dictating US landings within Pakistan.

But it is also true the situation is, in part at
least, of Pakistan’s own creation. Washington, like
many within the country, is convinced intelligence
agencies or elements within them are linked to
militants. These concerns have repeatedly been
expressed, irrefutable video and audio evidence placed
before top officials including the prime minister. Yet
Islamabad seems unwilling, or unable, to do anything
about this. Such paralysis can only encourage
unilateral action.

This having been said, there can be no doubt the
killing of civilians in such fashion and the illegal
invasion of a sovereign country, can only aggravate
the situation.

Hatred for the US is bound to increase in Musa Neeke,
the village that saw the pre-dawn raid, and in areas
around it.

This in turn will fuel more rage, more militancy. The
task of Pakistan in tackling the problem will become
even harder, the perceptions that this is a war fought
on behalf of others more strongly rooted.

Pakistan’s leadership, as it ponders means to defend
its borders, must somehow convey these realities to
Washington and also take measures to strengthen its
own internal resolve to battle terror, lessening the
temptation for external forces to step in.

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4.

Afghans Demand Punishment For Deadly US/NATO Raid

Posted by: „Rick Rozoff“ rwrozoff@yahoo.com rwrozoff

Thu Sep 4, 2008 7:27 pm (PDT)

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=200895\story_5-9-2008_pg4_11

Daily Times (Pakistan)
Agencies
September 5, 2008

Afghans seek punishment for civilian deaths

AZIZABAD – Hundreds of Afghans gathered near a village
bombed by US-led coalition forces to call on the
government to punish those responsible for civilian
deaths in the raid.

The Afghan government says more than 90 people, mostly
women and children, were killed in the August 22 raid
in western Herat’s Shindand district, an allegation
backed by the United Nations.

The US military says its investigation showed five to
seven civilians were killed in addition to 30 to 35
Taliban insurgents.

“There were no Taliban in the area, I don’t even have
a weapon at home,” Sayed Ahmad, who lost his wife and
two children in the attack, said. “We want President
Karzai and the government to punish the guilty.”
….
Meets relatives

Karzai, who met relatives of the dead near the airport
in Shindand, later flew over the village, which was
struck in the raid.

Gul Ahmad, representing an estimated crowd of 1,000,
said that false information about the presence of the
Taliban in the area had been fed to the coalition
forces which led to the raid. “We want those people to
be punished,” he said….

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US Envoy: American Elites United Behind NATO Expansion

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Thu Sep 4, 2008 7:29 pm (PDT)

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/564ae3ae-7a96-11dd-adbe-000077b07658.html

Financial Times
September 4, 2008

Baptism of fire for US envoy to Nato
By James Blitz in Brussels

-[NATO] is at the heart of the dispute over Russia; it
is driving the fight against the Taliban in
Afghanistan; and, with France now set to join the
integrated military structure next year, Nato’s
importance is being greatly enhanced.
-Mr Volker said Nato was firmly committed to defending
the Baltic states from attack because they were
signatories to the alliance’s Article 5, which commits
countries to come to the defence of fellow members.
-“When you look at the two [presidential] campaigns
they have both been no less strong on the issue, be it
[John] McCain or [Barack] Obama. The US has a very
unified position on this across the spectrum. Nato has
always been an area that has bi-partisan political
support – be it Nato enlargement, operations in
Afghanistan or operations in Kosovo.”
-Mr Volker said Nato was beginning to look at how to
get the Georgian military back on its feet after the
blow it had suffered in the recent
conflict….[Measures] included helping Georgia to
define a national military strategy and structure for
a professional defence force; helping to re-establish
strong command control and communications in the armed
forces; providing military leadership training; and
helping to establish strong co-ordinated airspace
management.
-His hope is that France’s move – and the range of
geopolitical crises now hitting the headlines – will
make Europeans think harder about boosting defence
spending.

Kurt Volker, the new US ambassador to Nato, hit the
ground running when he took over the job in August.

Arriving at Nato headquarters in Brussels on August
12, four days after the Russia-Georgia conflict broke
out, he was rushed straight into a meeting of Nato
ambassadors to discuss the crisis. At the end of a
hectic day he finally got to see the inside of his
official residence – only to find US secretary of
state Condoleezza Rice’s office on the phone.

Even so, if there is one man likely to be unfazed by
such a baptism of fire it is the 43-year-old Mr
Volker. He is no stranger to Nato. As an adviser to
Lord Roberston, the former Nato secretary-general, he
got to know the institution well and its significance.
It is at the heart of the dispute over Russia; it is
driving the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan;
and, with France now set to join the integrated
military structure next year, Nato’s importance is
being greatly enhanced.

In an interview with the Financial Times this week, Mr
Volker’s focus was very much on how the defence
alliance responds to the crisis in Georgia.

One issue he raised, for example, was that Nato must
begin looking at ways to enhance its military
commitment to defend the three Baltic states from
attack following Russia’s incursion into Georgia.

Mr Volker said Nato was firmly committed to defending
the Baltic states from attack because they were
signatories to the alliance’s Article 5, which commits
countries to come to the defence of fellow members. He
said that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were concerned
by Russia’s actions in Georgia. The alliance, he said,
must therefore send signals in the area of military
“planning and exercising” that it intended to help to
shore them up.

Mr Volker said: “Those countries are members of Nato.
So if there is any attack on those countries we will
all respond . . . But they are
feeling a little rattled by seeing Russia use military
force to invade a sovereign, small neighbouring
country. We do need to send signals to shore them up a
little bit.”

He added: “We will have to make sure Nato is postured
the right way so that the Article 5 commitment is
realisable, not just as a political matter but as a
military matter too. We need to do what Nato ought to
do, not in a provocative way and not in a rushed and
hasty way. But Nato being credible is what’s
important.”

Mr Volker said the weeks since the August 8 incursion
had shown the US and European Union working closely.
“Everyone is committed to sticking together,” he said,
noting the outcome of this week’s EU emergency summit
had been well received in Washington. “Even if there
is a nuance or difference between this person or that
person we are consciously avoiding emphasising the
differences and emphasising the commonality.”

However, he said the US would make the case for
Georgia and Ukraine to take another big step towards
Nato membership in December – joining the alliance
Membership Action Plan….

“When [Nato] leaders met in April, they not only said
Georgia and Ukraine would become members of Nato but
that MAP was the logical next step; and we will review
this in December. Since April, what we have seen has
increased in Georgia’s mind why it [MAP status] is
important to them. And it has also become a higher
political symbol, I think, to say Nato is moving ahead
in its relationship with Georgia.”

Some diplomats argue that the US may not be able to
press home the case for MAP membership because the
Bush administration will be on the verge of leaving
office. But Mr Volker insisted there was support
across the US political divide for bringing Georgia
and Ukraine into Nato.

“When you look at the two [presidential] campaigns
they have both been no less strong on the issue, be it
[John] McCain or [Barack] Obama. The US has a very
unified position on this across the spectrum. Nato has
always been an area that has bi-partisan political
support – be it Nato enlargement, operations in
Afghanistan or operations in Kosovo.”

Mr Volker said Nato was beginning to look at how to
get the Georgian military back on its feet after the
blow it had suffered in the recent conflict.

He said no decisions had yet been taken, but the US
would want Nato to look at a range of concrete
measures. These included helping Georgia to define a
national military strategy and structure for a
professional defence force; helping to re-establish
strong command control and communications in the armed
forces; providing military leadership training; and
helping to establish strong co-ordinated airspace
management.

On Ukraine, meanwhile, he said Nato must offer broader
support. “The political signal to Ukraine has to be
one that is positive. Similarly, Moldova needs to know
that we are interested in their sovereignty and
independence. Territorial integrity is important for
these countries because their borders were drawn under
the Soviet Union and [Vladimir] Putin has called a lot
of them into question.”
….
Alongside Russia, Nato’s military effort in
Afghanistan is a central focus for the new ambassador.
Mr Volker said there had been a huge surge in the
military commitment to Afghanistan this year, but that
there was still much to do. He acknowledged, for
example, that the level of activity by insurgents was
higher this year than it was in 2007 – and touching
areas that were a little calmer.

“There has been a big surge in capability. But it
hasn’t been enough and we still need to have more
success on the military side, the civilian
reconstruction side and the counter narcotics side –
and stronger efforts from the Afghan government
itself,” he said.

If there was good news on the Afghan front it was that
public opinion across Nato members states was far more
sympathetic about the war than it was this time last
year….
….
What cannot be denied, however, is the growing profile
for Nato epitomised by France’s decision to join the
integrated military structure next year.

The French move had less impact militarily than one
might think, he said, because they were already doing
a lot operationally. “But politically it is critically
important because we have France choosing to invest
politically in Nato. And parallel to that you have the
US and others saying we fully support the EU taking on
security tasks.”

His hope is that France’s move – and the range of
geopolitical crises now hitting the headlines – will
make Europeans think harder about boosting defence
spending.

“I think in the 1990s and early 2000s there was a
diminishing awareness in Europe of the connection
between the well-being and prosperity that Europe
enjoys and the need for continued investment in
security. Defence budgets were sinking, Nato was off
the radar screen, there was a sense that Europe was
simply prosperous and democratic and the security
elements were less important.

However, that has changed. “The fact of the French
integration as well as the events we are seeing in the
world – be it Afghanistan and Georgia – are probably
reminding people that this investment in security is
important.” He hoped, at any rate that this will be a
message that comes out of next year’s 60th anniversary
summit for the Nato alliance.

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Carnage From South Asia To Caucasus: NATO Is Insult To World

Posted by: „Rick Rozoff“ rwrozoff@yahoo.com rwrozoff

Thu Sep 4, 2008 7:45 pm (PDT)

http://www.thefrontierpost.com/News.aspx?ncat=ar&nid=396

Frontier Post (Pakistan)
September 5, 2008

The unfathomable war on terror
Ghulam Asghar Khan

-The hundred killed included 7 men, 19 women and about
76 children less than 15 years of age. Most of the
village dwellings were raised to the ground in this
dastardly missile and bomb assault.
-[W]ill they ignore the facts, as the Bush regime did
when Georgian Saakashvili’s US-trained armed forces
butchered 2,000 Ossetian civilians in one night and
Bush and Rice did not have the decency to mention that
even once?
-Of late, the NATO forces have embarked upon a vicious
campaign of killing Afghan children and women.
-„Lots of houses have been destroyed and more than 90
non-combatants including women, children and elders
have died.
„So far it is not clear to us why the NATO murderers
conducted the air strikes.”
-The big question is, does Karzai care more for the
Afghans, or care more for the Americans who let him go
to the Olympics in a big jet, so that the NATO forces
could play with their missiles and bombs to kill more
than hundred innocent Afghans in one go?
-Allied warplanes are dropping a record number of
bombs to annihilate the Afghan populace. In the first
half of 2008, their aircraft dropped 1,853 bombs, more
than they released during the 2006 and 2007 total for
the same period.
-When the Nazis dropped 50 tons of explosives on the
Spanish city of Guernica in 1937, the world called it
barbaric. Today, such pummelling of a hapless Third
World country is routine, transformed by an embedded
and co-opted media into the humdrum of triteness.
-Winning the hearts and minds of the people through
massacres has all along been NATO’s hallmark to bring
peace in the world.
-[NATO] is a supra-national, grey, faceless
organisation that overtakes each and every fibre of
democratic control, placing Washington above the
national governments and is unanswerable and
unaccountable even to the peoples of its member
states.
The continuation of NATO as a military bloc is an
insult to the citizens of Europe and the rest of the
world.

The people of Afghanistan took part in a hate protest
holding guns up after US-led NATO covertly leashed air
strikes on Friday, August 22 in Azizabad of Herat
province that killed around 100 civilians, the
majority of them being women and children.

It was initially denied and now admitted by the US
Armed Forces after a callous attempt to downplay the
tremendous carnage caused by another bombardment that
went tragically wrong.

The US armed forces initially denied responsibility
for this flagrant act of terrorism and then started
disseminating disinformation, as is the norm, saying
that only 30 militants were killed as a consequence to
the military operation in the area.

If the truth was self evident, then there was no need
for magniloquence.

Now they admit the loss of life. What next? Will they
use Israel’s excuse during its massacres in Lebanon
(which Washington failed to condemn even once) and
said, “Well they should not have been there”?

Should they? Or will they ignore the facts, as the
Bush regime did when Georgian Saakashvili’s US-trained
armed forces butchered 2,000 Ossetian civilians in one
night and Bush and Rice did not have the decency to
mention only that even once?

The Aug. 22 carnage, somehow, coincided with Karzai
enjoying the fanfare at the closing ceremony of
Olympic Games in Beijing on August 24, 2008, while his
people were being butchered at Azizabad.

The hundred killed included 7 men, 19 women and about
76 children less than 15 years of age. Most of the
village dwellings were raised to the ground in this
dastardly missile and bomb assault.

On Aug. 30, an Afghan political leader told the AFP
how he had helped dig out the bodies of women and
children after the attack on Friday.

He saw bodies of over 50 children killed in the
strike.

Of late, the NATO forces have embarked upon a vicious
campaign of killing Afghan children and women.

The hapless puppet Karzai, more as eyewash, has
persistently been protesting over the overwhelming
killing of the innocents, and there the matter ends.

The seriousness of the Aug. 22 massacre rattled him to
take some action against the perpetrators.

He did take action by sacking an Afghan General and a
Major, because he couldn’t possibly fire the Americans
who commanded the carnage.

Interestingly, both the General and the Major were
fired not for killing the children, but for neglecting
their duties and concealing the facts.

Afghan religious affairs minister Nematullah Sharani
said, “We went to the area and found out that the
bombardment was very heavy. Lots of houses have been
destroyed and more than 90 non-combatants including
women, children and elders have died.

„So far it is not clear to us why the NATO murderers
conducted the air strikes.”

The big question is, does Karzai care more for the
Afghans, or care more for the Americans who let him go
to the Olympics in a big jet, so that the NATO forces
could play with their missiles and bombs to kill more
than hundred innocent Afghans in one go?

The reason for killing women and children to bring
peace has no bounds.

There is no excuse for such barbaric action.

All Western European and other countries that have
troops in Afghanistan, propping up a US-imposed puppet
government, are guilty of war crimes.

Allied warplanes are dropping a record number of bombs
to annihilate the Afghan populace. In the first half
of 2008, their aircraft dropped 1,853 bombs, more than
they released during the 2006 and 2007 total for the
same period.

The deaths have just been multiplying without there
being any explanation or excuse for these barbaric
acts.

The New York Times had earlier given an account of the
July 6 bombing of an Afghan wedding party in which the
bride and more than 20 guests were killed.

It is un-debated, unreported and unquestioned if this
policy was conceived with the vacuous
single-mindedness of serial killers.

“At least 500 civilians were killed or wounded during
the five-day US-led troops’ ground and air operation
in Sangin district of Helmand province,” said Dad
Mohammed Khan, a member of the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower
House of the Parliament.

“The dead and injured were scattered over the area and
there was no one to bury the dead or even to move the
injured.

„I raised this issue in the parliament but the
government didn’t do anything,” he said.

When the Nazis dropped 50 tons of explosives on the
Spanish city of Guernica in 1937, the world called it
barbaric. Today, such pummelling of a hapless Third
World country is routine, transformed by an embedded
and co-opted media into the humdrum of triteness.

Taliban hunting with bombs and missiles has been
commonplace in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Winning the hearts and minds of the people through
massacres has all along been NATO’s hallmark to bring
peace in the world.

Is this how NATO wins hearts and minds? Today a child,
tomorrow a terrorist, is that the norm? And what is
NATO anyway?

Set up on 4th April 1949, it is an anachronism from a
different era.

Sensing the growing aggressiveness of this belligerent
organisation, the USSR raised the Warsaw Treaty to
allay the fears of the Eastern Bloc to keep an
effective check on US aggressive designs in Europe.

When the Soviet bloc disintegrated after the debacle
in the Afghan War, so did the Warsaw Pact end in 1991.

So what is NATO, other than an out-of-date, lying
terrorist organisation that serves one purpose only,
to serve as a marketplace for the arms lobby in
Washington and Tel Aviv?

How democratic is NATO? Does the organisation ask the
citizens of its member states about its policies?

No, it doesn’t. It is a supra-national, grey, faceless
organisation that overtakes each and every fibre of
democratic control, placing Washington above the
national governments and is unanswerable and
unaccountable even to the peoples of its member
states.

The continuation of NATO as a military bloc is an
insult to the citizens of Europe and the rest of the
world.

It is time to grasp the gauntlet and stand up for
ourselves once and for all.

Drunk with the delusions of grandeur and
self-adulation, the Bush cabal made a bad choice in
Afghanistan, as the launching-pad of their dream by
ignoring the warning of Sir Olaf Caroe, the last
British Governor of the NWFP, who said, “Unlike other
wars, Afghan wars become serious only when they are
over.”

But they failed to understand, and still do not
understand.
….
They failed to study enough, of which the British knew
only too well, but chose not to inform their gullible
partners.

They tried to defeat with brawn what could have been
conquered with brain. The rise and fall of Taliban was
but one brief twist of history in this rugged part of
the world.

Taliban or no Taliban, resisting occupation of their
land has been a way of life to them.

The Bush administration missed the vital point that
the Afghans might have been subdued for brief spans of
history, but had invariably bounced back on their
predators with renewed strength and malice.

They are renowned as equally for their loyalty to
their friends as for their fierce blood-feuds and
hatred of enemies.
….

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PPP’s Zardari Condemns NATO Attacks Inside Pakistan

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Thu Sep 4, 2008 7:51 pm (PDT)

http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=133869

Daily Jang (Pakistan)
September 5, 2008

Zardari condemns Nato attacks in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman
Senator Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday condemned the
ground assault by the coalition forces on a village in
the South Waziristan Agency near the Afghan border,
killing over 20 people, mostly women and children.

In a statement, the PPP co-chairman said the attack on
the innocent villagers was an outrageous and
unacceptable violation of the territorial integrity of
the country.

He also warned that such incidents undermined the
efforts aimed at curbing militancy and extremism. He
called for a thorough investigation into the incident
and adoption of foolproof measures so that such
incidents do not occur in the future. He also called
for compensation to the victims.

Senator Zardari said that for the fight against
militancy to succeed it was imperative that any action
on this side of the border was taken only by the
Pakistani forces and not by the coalition forces in
violation of Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty.

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Images: Georgian Army’s ‚Video Game‘

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Thu Sep 4, 2008 7:55 pm (PDT)

http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/29914/video

Russia Today
September 4, 2008

Targeting civilians‘ homes

Video:
http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/29914/video

This is actual footage of what Georgian troops were
doing in Tskhinvali when they entered the city after
shelling it all night on August 8.

A Georgian machine gunner shoots at civilian dwellings
and it seems he enjoys the process like a boy playing
a video-game.

But it is not.

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Analysis: Caucasus War As Lead-In To Nuclear Conflicts

Posted by: „Rick Rozoff“ rwrozoff@yahoo.com rwrozoff

Thu Sep 4, 2008 8:09 pm (PDT)

http://en.fondsk.ru/article.php?id=1591

Strategic Culture Foundation (Russia)
September 5, 2008

Georgia: the First Step Towards Chaos Control (I)

-Georgia’s provocation helped Washington accomplish
quite a few objectives in international politics. In
particular, one of the results is the legitimization
of the US efforts to build up its military presence in
the Caucasus on the eve of an operation against Iran,
at least in the eyes of the European public opinion.
Besides, judging by recent news, the US managed to
deploy its nukes in direct proximity of Russia.
-The second and the most important question is whether
the aggression launched by Saakashvili’s regime
against South Ossetia was an isolated act or a link in
the chain of the US activities aimed at exercising
chaos control in the world along the line from
Pakistan via Afghanistan, Iran, Georgia, and Ukraine
to Kosovo, fracturing the Eurasian geopolitical space
into conflict zones and preventing the leading
Eurasian powers from integrating the continent.
-The Pentagon plans that the active phase of the
operation against Iran will be as short as it has been
when the US attacked Iraq.
It is possible that the US would not stop short of
using low-power nuclear warheads under the pretext of
“protecting democracy”.

Over the past several weeks, the Russian-language
expert community has published a number of worthy
analytic papers addressing on a decent theoretical
level practically the entire range of aspects of the
conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia as well as
of the overall geopolitical and economic picture of
the world transformed by the August, 2008 five-day
war.

The particularly noteworthy texts were: The Situation
in South Ossetia, Geopolitical Consequences: A
Preliminary Report, Georgian Gambit, or A Realistic
View of an „Abkhazian Separatist“, Geopolitics of the
Georgian Offensive, Saakashvili Ruined the US Plan to
Attack Iran.
In Russian:
http://www.vrazvedka.ru/wv2/content/view/89/88888912 ]

Another remarkable paper to be mentioned in the
context is the one by Alexander Prudnik from the
Nizhny Novgorod Division of The Sociology Institute of
the Russian Academy of Science.

He laid out a fairly original and broad concept of the
evolving global political situation: „The analysis of
the global political developments which took place
during the past several days makes one suspect that
one of the purposes of the Georgian aggression against
the unrecognized South Ossetia was to distract
attention from the ouster of Pakistani President P.
Musharraf, which had been the most significant event
in August 2008.

„Considering that Pakistan is a nuclear country, its
destabilization can play a key role in the world’s
sliding towards World War III.“ (War is a Technology
of Disguising Information; in Russian:
http://www.polit.nnov.ru/2008/08/23/gruzzavespak ).

Particular attention should be paid to the paper by I.
Dzhadan The Caucasian Twilight. A Scenario published
on March 21, 2008, that is, quite a while before the
conflict in the Caucasus erupted.
[In Russian:
http://www.apn.ru/publications/article19525.htm ]

Let us summarize the conclusions concerning the
results of the conflict between Georgia and South
Ossetia on the basis of the available extensive
analysis and try to forecast the short-term evolution
of the international situation in their light.

The following two questions have to be answered as the
first step.

The first – though not the main – question is whether
the US Administration knew about the coming Georgian
aggression? Broadly known facts show that the US not
only was aware that it was going to be launched but
actively assisted in perpetrating it.

First, the last joint US-Georgian exercise was held
literally on the eve of the aggression.

Secondly, Ukrainian air-defense squads were deployed
in Georgia.

Thirdly, the OCSE representatives in South Ossetia
clearly knew about the coming attack as they left
their positions several hours before it was launched
and, consequently, the same information had to be
available to the US. Condoleezza Rice visited Tbilisi
shortly before the Georgian aggression against South
Ossetia. These are the facts.

Besides, the US involvement in the Georgian aggression
can be confirmed on the conceptual level.

Launching the offensive on the day of the opening of
the Olympics in Beijing was a way of addressing
several tasks of US foreign policy.

Distracting attention from the major sporting event,
the Georgian aggression thus targeted China with its
accomplishments which made it possible for China’s
capital to host the Olympic Games. The plan was that
China would be discontented but unable to voice its
discontent at least till the closing of the Olympics.

Moreover, Washington’s “strike in the Caucasus”
induced a slight division between Russia and China.

It was a manifestation of the division that China did
not express support for Russia, mainly due to
Beijing’s absolute rejection of anything in any way
related to “separatism”. Of course, the position is
somewhat tricky since integrating territories as an
empire Russia is actually fighting against separatism
inherited as a result of the breakup of the Soviet
Union (and China is also an empire). In any case, the
US managed to slightly split Russia and China.

Washington succeeded in probing into Moscow’s
reaction. From this standpoint, the developments in
Georgia have been a sort of a reconnaissance
operation.

It made no difference to Washington and to the PR team
of G. Bush’s Administration in particular whether
Russia would intervene in the conflict.

Russia would have been lambasted under any
circumstances – for being weak if it did not help the
Ossetians and for being strong (for the
“disproportionate use of force”) otherwise, which is
what we have seen.

Thus, Georgia’s provocation helped Washington
accomplish quite a few objectives in the international
politics. In particular, one of the results is the
legitimization of the US efforts to build up its
military presence in the Caucasus on the eve of an
operation against Iran, at least in the eyes of the
European public opinion. Besides, judging by recent
news, the US managed to deploy its nukes in the direct
proximity of Russia.

The second and the most important question is whether
the aggression launched by Saakashvili’s regime
against South Ossetia was an isolated act or a link in
the chain of the US activities aimed at exercising
chaos control in the world along the line from
Pakistan via Afghanistan, Iran, Georgia, and Ukraine
to Kosovo, fracturing the Eurasian geopolitical space
into conflict zones and preventing the leading
Eurasian powers from integrating the continent?

In our view, the latter hypothesis is true and the
conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia was just
one step in a long combination planned by the US
neocons, who would do anything – even start a conflict
with Russia and Iran – to retain control over the
White House and to have McCain elected as the next US
President.

It is already quite clear that the US with its refined
strategic thinking is not going to stop short of the
next phase of the conflict in Georgia. We should
expect another invasion of South Ossetia and Abkhazia
and a parallel instigation of a conflict between
Russia and Ukraine. The US has President Yushchenko to
help drag Russia into a fatal conflict with its
nearest neighbor.

In other words, the US intends to replay the scenario
which materialized during the Vietnam War, when the
two main nuclear powers did not clash openly but
actually fought each other under the flags of other
countries.

McCain’s supporters are exactly the kind of people
susceptible to this type of logic, hence the surge of
his popularity over the past several weeks. He is a
Vietnam veteran, has been a PoW, and now hopes (and,
as the US voters are urged to believe, can) repay the
debt to Russia.

What is the objective set by the neo-conservative part
of the US elite?

In our view, the objective is to cause maximal damage
to the image of Russia in the international relations
sphere, to increasingly charge Moscow with imperial
ambitions and attempts to return to the Soviet era in
its worst – as seen in the West – Stalinist form.

In case the US accomplishes the objective, the
freezing of Russia’s assets abroad and a breakdown of
the emerging alliance between Russia and the “old
Europe” will follow.

Besides, Russia’s parallel involvement in two armed
conflicts in the same post-Soviet geopolitical space
(in the Caucasus and, let us say, in the Crimea) and
the inevitable threat of international isolation would
radically limit Russia’s diplomatic potential in the
case of an armed conflict between the US and Iran.

Under the circumstances, Russia will find itself not
in the attacking but in a defensive position over the
entire range of its international politics interests.

The US strategists expect that then it simply would
not have the resources to deal with the Iran issue.

The Pentagon plans that the active phase of the
operation against Iran will be as short as it has been
when the US attacked Iraq.

It is possible that the US would not stop short of
using low-power nuclear warheads under the pretext of
“protecting democracy” (already in December, 2007 we
discussed the possibility of Washington’s provoking a
nuclear conflict between two Muslim countries which
would position the US as the top arbiter in Eurasia in
the paper The Assassination of Bhutto – the US
Preparing to Launch a Nuclear Strike Against Iran).

Now let us examine several other aspects of the
international situation emerging as a result of the
brief August war in the Caucasus.

(to be continued)

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CSTO Backs Global, Strategic Stability, End To Nuclear Weapons

Posted by: „Rick Rozoff“ rwrozoff@yahoo.com rwrozoff

Thu Sep 4, 2008 8:20 pm (PDT)

http://www.belta.by/en/news/politics?id=265705

Belarusian Telegraph Agency
September 4, 2008

CSTO adopts statement on global security and strategic
stability

-The CSTO foreign ministers expressed their confidence
that the commitment to this agreement [U.S.-Russia
Strategic Framework Declaration] could secure the
stability and predictability of the strategic
relations between the major nuclear powers and
contribute to the promotion of the total elimination
of nuclear weapons.

The Council of Foreign Ministers of the Collective
Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has adopted a
statement on global security and strategic stability
on September 4.

The document was signed by the foreign ministers of
Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia,
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The statement attaches paramount importance to the
further development and expansion of cooperation
within the framework of the CSTO with a view to
strengthening global security and strategic stability,
providing a joint response to global threats,
including international terrorism and the
proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction.

At the same time the sides remain committed to the key
agreements on strategic offensive weapons that have
underpinned the international stability and security
over the last decades.

According to the CSTO foreign ministers, the
observance of the START Treaty is a significant step
on the path to the nuclear disarmament, a meaningful
contribution to the implementation of the goals
stipulated in article VI of the Non-Proliferation
Treaty.

„We welcome the April 6, 2008 U.S.-Russia Strategic
Framework Declaration which affirms the governments‘
commitment to reduce strategic offensive weapons and
develop a legally-binding agreement following
expiration of the START Treaty in December 2009,” the
statement runs.

The foreign ministers believe that this agreement
could inherit the best of the START Treaty and
simultaneously set new lower levels for strategic
delivery vehicles (intercontinental ballistic
missiles, ballistic missile submarines, heavy bombers)
and warheads deployed on them.

The CSTO foreign ministers expressed their confidence
that the commitment to this agreement could secure the
stability and predictability of the strategic
relations between the major nuclear powers and
contribute to the promotion of the total elimination
of nuclear weapons.

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INTERVJU PREDSEDNIKA DSS VOJISLAVA KOŠTUNICE POLITICI: VLADA BEZ SNAGE

http://www.dss.org.yu/newsitem.php?id=6598

INTERVJU PREDSEDNIKA DSS VOJISLAVA KOŠTUNICE POLITICI: VLADA BEZ SNAGE

04.09.2008.
Svaka stranka ima svoj politički stil i nije praksa da jedna opoziciona stranka sudi o retorici druge opozicione stranke. I opstrukcija i kletve – sve su to lažne teme u odnosu na činjenicu da je vladajuća većina dva puta prekinula rad skupštine i raspustila je na dva meseca

Nijednog trenutka posle izbora nisam pomislio da napustim politiku, a imajući u vidu ko je pokrenuo tu ideju u zemlji i van nje, ne pada mi na pamet da se odričem bavljenja politikom, izjavio je predsednik Demokratske stranke Srbije Vojislav Koštunica u intervjuu „Politici” koji će u celini biti objavljen u nedeljnom broju. „Ako politika nije bespogovorno pristajanje na svaku ucenu spolja, ako smatrate da bavljenje politikom ne znači isprazne govore i najpovršniju retoriku, ako dakle imate taj dubinski osećaj prema politici i borbi za očuvanje državnih i nacionalnih interesa, zašto biste se je odrekli”.

Kad već pominjete retoriku, zašto DSS ne osudi kletve koje radikali izgovaraju sa skupštinske govornice? Zar je takav govor primeren skupštini?

Svaka stranka ima svoj politički stil i svoju retoriku i nije praksa da jedna opoziciona stranka sudi o retorici druge opozicione stranke. Jedni govore na jedan način, drugi na drugi način, a skupština je pravo mesto da se to sve čuje i pravo mesto da narod do izbora i na samim izborima proceni da li je to bilo dobro ili nije. Sve to – i opstrukcija i kletve – sve su to lažne teme u odnosu na činjenicu da je vladajućoj većini palo na pamet da dva puta prekine rad skupštine i da je zatim raspusti na dva meseca.

Kolika je krivica opozicije za spor rad parlamenta?

Nema opstrukcije s kojom jedna vlada ne može izaći na kraj, pod uslovom da ima snagu. Ali imajući u vidu da za ovakvu vladu nije glasao nijedan građanin i da je ovakvim sastavom vlade izneverena ispoljena izborna volja, onda takva vlada nema snagu jer nema moralni autoritet i nema politički legitimitet. I zato ona stvari odlaže i prebacuje na drugu stranu. Nije opstrukcija nešto što se pojavilo u životu parlamenta sada, ona je postojala i ranije, a ja sam se i sam kao predsednik vlade u dva navrata suočavao s nečim što se sada kvalifikuje kao opstrukcija. S druge strane, navešću pravi primer opstrukcije, mnogo jači od ovog što imamo sada – to je Demokratska stranka koja dve godine bez ijednog valjanog razloga nije učestvovala u radu parlamenta. To je najviši stepen opstrukcije. Ali uvek možete stvari rešiti, možete sesti i dogovoriti se, jednostavno ima vremena i za teme koje vlada nameće i za teme koje opozicija nameće. Ako bežite od izazova, ako niste sigurni u sebe i nemate unutrašnje snage zato što niste ukorenjeni u biračkom telu, onda prebacujete odgovornost na opoziciju.

Ako ratifikacija energetskog sporazuma s Rusijom bude odložena ili je čak i ne bude, zar to neće biti i odgovornost opozicije?

Na to apsolutno ne utiče opstrukcija opozicije. Stvar je u onoj slici koja je otišla u javnost 25. januara ove godine – tada su predsednik Republike Srbije, predsednik Vlade Republike Srbije, predsednik Ruske Federacije i više ministara učestvovali u potpisivanju jednog sporazuma. U međuvremenu otvorila se priča o ceni NIS-a, ali je u vreme potpisivanja ta stvar bila potpuno jasna i iza nje su stali svi koji su tada prisustvovali u Moskvi. Ili je u tom trenutku nekome odgovaralo da bude prisutan, da bude na slici iz Moskve u vreme predsedničkih izbora koji su tada održavani u Srbiji, a onda su se stvari kasnije promenile. Ja ne znam nijedan drugi primer da je toliko vodećih ljudi iz dve države učestvovalo u jednom sporazumu, a onda krene priča u samoj vladajućoj koaliciji o tome da li nam je to potrebno ili nije. Grčka je ratifikovala gasni sporazum sa Rusijom i ocenjeno je da je to istorijski dan za Grčku. Mislim da bi i za Srbiju taj dan trebalo da bude istorijski, ali je očigledno da u toj vladi koja je komponovana tako kako je komponovana ima onih koji smatraju da to ne bi bio istorijski dan i da bi istorijski dan bio da ne dođe do tog sporazuma i da gasovod ode nekim drugim putem, da zaobiđe Srbiju.

Ruski ambasador je tražio da ratifikacija energetskog sporazuma bude prva tačka dnevnog reda skupštine. Zar to nije mešanje u unutrašnje poslove Srbije?

Nije mešanje, jer je ruski ambasador izneo nešto što je prosta činjenica – da je taj bilateralni sporazum vremenski najstariji kad je reč o poslovima koje skupština treba da obavi. Stariji recimo i od Sporazuma o stabilizaciji i pridruživanju koji je potpisan 29. aprila.