They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hague's values and Al Qaeda's values united

William Hague: this is a moment for democratic nations to live up to their values Link

Where were these values when over a thousand Brotherhood supporters were murdered for daring to protest when their vote and their leaders were removed by a deadly military coup? Where were they when al-Sisi's bulldozers shoveled the shrouded corpses of slaughtered MB supporters across Rabaa al-Adawiya Square - whilst the families screamed in horror; all documented on You Tube, just a search away, much like the terrible scenes in Ghouta which politicians prefer to describe in detail on our TV screens. 

Whilst Hague waits for the US to inform him of the British role in the forthcoming attack on Syria al-Sisi is consolidating his position and the primacy of Egyptian anti-democratic forces. Western democratic values will in the meantime bizarrely converge with the values of Al Qaeda and it's affiliates - our troops on the ground  - to 'punish' Assad with a very limited, proportionate, 'carefully thought out' attack. Will be over in a jiffy, nothing can go wrong.
Egyptian soldiers will no longer swear loyalty to president
Egyptian soldiers will no longer swear loyalty directly to the president of the republic, according to a published decree, a symbolic change analysts said underlined the military's independence from any civilian control.
Officers will vow to "execute the orders of my leadership", according to the amended oath of allegiance, that removes the phrase: "I will be loyal to the president of the republic". Link
Taking a well earned  break from war planning, William eats a filthy meat pie

Robert Fisk:
 Does Obama know he’s fighting on al-Qa’ida’s side?
[...] If Barack Obama decides to attack the Syrian regime, he has ensured – for the very first time in history – that the United States will be on the same side as al-Qa’ida.
Quite an alliance! Was it not the Three Musketeers who shouted “All for one and one for all” each time they sought combat? This really should be the new battle cry if – or when – the statesmen of the Western world go to war against Bashar al-Assad.
The men who destroyed so many thousands on 9/11 will then be fighting alongside the very nation whose innocents they so cruelly murdered almost exactly 12 years ago. Quite an achievement for Obama, Cameron, Hollande and the rest of the miniature warlords. Link