Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Liars And Justice In Afghanistan - Inquiries Into British Army Conduct

Blair, Bush and Obama will ultimately find themselves in the dock at The Hague along with the CNN, BBC and MSM swine that lied and shilled the UK and U.S. into the illegal Afghan war  

By Brian Cloughly

A book titled Brigade Commander describes in stirring fashion the experiences of a British Army senior officer when fighting a war in Afghanistan. 

Bush attempting - and failing - to sanitise Blair
with phoney "Peace Medal"
It is a fascinating diary, which the publisher rightly states is "an essential book for anyone interested in warfare in Afghanistan."

Brigadier Henry Brooke recorded, amongst other perceptive observations, that "an Afghan is so natural a liar that no one thinks of believing them, and among themselves they are never weak enough to put any trust one in the other, and in this they are quite wise, as a more treacherous lying set of beings do not, I suppose, exist on the face of the world." He wrote this in April 1880, during Britain’s Second Afghan War, and was killed four months later, gallantly fighting for a lost cause. 

Britain’s First Afghan War (1839-1842) resulted in the deaths of 4,500 Indian and British Army soldiers and 12,000 camp followers (what would now be known as logistics support contractors), and the Third Afghan War of 1919 ended in a draw, with Afghanistan winning the right to conduct its own foreign relations without British interference.

Not much has changed in Afghanistan since then. Both invaders and Afghan citizens continue to be merciless and, most regrettably, there are compelling indications that British troops were involved in grave misconduct during the most recent conflict. The BBC reported on September 28 that "an independent policing unit set up to investigate alleged war crimes by British troops in Afghanistan has received around 600 complaints."

Blair is responsible for sending UK troops to Afghanistan and must be held accountable for each and every death, maiming and crime committed 

All in all, British military conquests in Afghanistan achieved little except increased distrust and hatred of foreigners who tried — and continue to try — to interfere in the affairs of a fiercely independent and ungovernable mixture of tribal fiefdoms.

It might be thought that the horrible experiences of its futile Afghan wars would have given Britain, of all countries, pause for thought when the United States invaded Afghanistan at the end of 2001. But no : the sacrifices and bitter lessons of Britain’s previous wars were ignored, which brings to mind the old saying that ‘the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.’

In 2001 the British government leapt to collaborate with the George W Bush Administration in Washington, and joined its insane foray into Afghanistan in which 3,520 foreign soldiers have died. 

Blair unquestioningly follows Bush 

Nobody knows how many Afghan soldiers have been killed, and nobody cares, except the thousands of grieving families. (On September 30 the Afghan news agency Khaama Press reported that another five Afghan soldiers had been killed in a US airstrike in Farah Province, but there was no mention of it in the western media, although, to be fair, the Washington Post carried a piece on September 30 revealing that "During one week in August alone, between Aug 22 and 29, Afghan [medical evacuation] recovered 125 Afghan troops killed and more than 280 wounded, according to US military documents.") 

In its Fourth Afghan War, Britain’s armed forces suffered 456 deaths for no clear reason. Nothing was achieved, and, as noted by the BBC, 448 of those who died were killed in Helmand Province where at the height of Britain’s involvement it had 9,500 troops. On April First 2014 Britain quit Helmand and handed over to the US Marines, and now, as stated in Britain’s ultra-nationalist Daily Telegraph (a sadly distressing but noisy shadow of its former responsible self), "British troops are facing a fresh wave of criminal investigations into alleged abuse after the Ministry of Defence quietly set up a new inquiry into soldiers’ actions in Afghanistan... new figures... show that more than 550 historic allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan are now under investigation by a special police unit..."

Responsibility for atrocities and crimes against the Afghan people must be laid squarely on Bush, Blair and their criminal administrations

The newspaper then quoted sources supporting its unshakeable belief that British soldiers would never be involved in war crimes. A former army captain, John Mercer, now a member of parliament, declared that "we are now prosecuting these same soldiers who we were asking to fire only when fired upon, to use the most minimal force necessary to preserve life, to bear huge personal risk of violent death and injury whilst fighting a violent insurgency on the Government’s behalf."

Mr Mercer forgot that three years ago "two British soldiers have been sentenced for abusing civilians, including children, during the war in Afghanistan." Sky News further reported that sexual violation of young children resulted in negligible punishment, in that "a 22-year-old former serviceman was fined £1,000 for two charges of conduct to the prejudice of good order and service discipline, while a 23-year-old [corporal] was reduced to the ranks for a racially aggravated offence." 

A massive cover-up of illegal Afghan and Iraq wars is still in progress

The old military charge of "conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline" is all-embracing and can be farcical because no matter the gravity of the offence, the sentence is subject to the whim of the military judge. In this case the Judge Advocate "said he accepted there was no sexual motive behind Soldier X's behaviour when he held a child of around five on his knee and told him to touch his privates," and ordered that the names of the two criminals should not be made public because that "would result in their names ending up on Jihadist forums on the internet."

The judge said the offences were committed during a "demanding operational situation with risk of attack... Many soldiers develop their own strategies for dealing with the pressure of life on operations. The boundary between what is acceptable and what trespasses into unacceptable behaviour is sometimes unclear and difficult to distinguish."

So if you’re a British soldier under pressure in Afghanistan it’s all right to develop your own strategy and hold a little boy on your knee and tell him to "touch your privates." Your conduct, as declared by a senior legal dignitary, might possibly "trespass into unacceptable behaviour" and you will be fined one thousand pounds and walk free out of the courtroom.

We noted that Brigadier Henry Brooke wrote about Afghans that "a more treacherous lying set of beings do not, I suppose, exist on the face of the world." That’s true about Afghan politicians and the CIA-supported warlords and the drug-barons and the Taliban and the tribal leaders and almost everyone, in fact — BUT the defenceless five year-old Afghan boy who was held on the knee of British ‘Soldier X’ was not lying, because Soldier X "admitted pulling the hand of an Afghan child towards his crotch while saying ‘touch my special place’." And it has to be asked if all the 150 Afghans who have said that they were subject to abuse by British soldiers are lying, too?

Most British newspapers are trying hard to stop the Westminster government ordering an independent inquiry into atrocities in Afghanistan. They are determined to have the whole thing dropped. And they’ll probably win — which tells us a great deal about New Modern Britain.

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Moscow Delivers S-300 Missile System To Syria

An insane Obama and his Pentagon maniacs push the envelope with Russia in Aleppo, provoking Putin while setting the stage for WWIII  


A battery of Russian S-300 air defense missile launchers has been transported to Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement. Its sole purpose is to defend a Russian naval base and warships, the ministry added.

The information about the S-300’s deployment was confirmed by ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

“Indeed, the Syrian Arab Republic received an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. This system is designed to ensure the safety of the naval base in [Syrian city of] Tartus and ships located in the coastal area [in Syria]…” he told the media.

Konashenkov said it is unclear why the deployment of the missile system has created such a fuss in the West.

“The S-300 is a purely defensive system and poses no threat,” he said.

He recalled that before the deployment of S-300, Russia had delivered Fort air defense missile systems to Syria.

The statement comes after a report by Fox news that a Russian S-300 was deployed to Syria. The media cited three US officials who claimed that Moscow “continues to ramp up its military operations in Syria.”


In November 2015, Moscow deployed its newest S-400 air defense missile system to Khmeimim in Syria as part of a security boost following the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey near the border with that country. At the time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the S-400 systems are not targeting Russia's partners, “with whom we fight terrorists in Syria together.”

The S-400 is the most advanced anti-aircraft defense system in Russia.

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Syria - The U.S. Propaganda Shams Now Openly Fail

CNN, WSJ, NYT propagandists must ultimately be held accountable for their roles in perpetuating Obama's illegal war in Syria with his CIA/ISIS proxies  


The Obama administration, and especially the CIA and the State Department, seem to be in trouble. 

They shout everything they can against Russia and allege that the cleansing of east-Aleppo of al-Qaeda terrorist is genocidal. Meanwhile no mention is ever made of the famine of the Houthis in Yemen which the U.S. and Saudi bombing and their blockade directly causes.

But more and more major news accounts support the Russian allegation that the "moderate rebels" the U.S. is coddling in Syria are actually in cahoots with al-Qaeda if not al-Qaeda itself.

Reuters reports (though only at the end of a longer story):

In Aleppo, rebels in the Free Syrian Army are sharing operational planning with Jaish al-Fatah, an alliance of Islamist groups that includes the former Syrian wing of al Qaeda.

Meanwhile, in nearby Hama province, FSA groups armed with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles are taking part in a major offensive with the al Qaeda-inspired Jund al-Aqsa group.

Traitor John McCain has been instrumental in arming ISIS scum with U.S. weaponry

The Wall Street Journal is more direct and headlining: Syria Rebels Draw Closer to al Qaeda-Linked Group:

Some of Syria’s largest rebel factions are doubling down on their alliance with an al Qaeda-linked group, despite a U.S. warning to split from the extremists or risk being targeted in airstrikes.

Some rebel groups already aligned with Syria Conquest Front responded by renewing their alliance. But others, such as Nour al-Din al-Zinki, a former Central Intelligence Agency-backed group and one of the largest factions in Aleppo, pledged allegiance for the first time to the front in recent days.

Indeed the al.Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham announced publicly that the CIA's Nour el-Din Zinki and Suqour al-Sham joined its Jihad.

As little back as August the State Department defended Zinki after some of its member abducted a Palestinian boy from a hospital near Aleppo and beheaded him in front of a video camera:

[I]n State Department briefings, [..] spokesman Mark Toner downplayed the incidents, or the possibility that the US would stop arming Nour al-Din al-Zinki just because they beheaded a child..

Toner insisted [..] “one incident here and there would not necessarily make you a terrorist group.”

CNN fraud Clarissa Ward is the CIA's spokeswoman in Syria

The new news reports follow after an interview by the German former politician and journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer with an al-Qaeda commander published in English on this site. The commander said that Nusra (aka al-Qaeda) were directly supplied, via a subgroup, with U.S. TOW missiles. He added about such groups:

They are all with us. We are all the al-Nusra Front. A groups is created and calls itself "Islamic Army", or "Fateh al-Sham". Each group has its own name but their believe is homogeneous. The general name is al-Nusra Front. One person has, for example, 2,000 fighters. Then he creates from these a new group and calls it "Ahrar al-Sham". Brothers, who's believe, thoughts and aims are identical to those of al-Nusra Front.

Another interview recently published by the former military Jack Murphy was with a Green Beret soldier who served in Turkey and Syria. The Green Berets are special forces of the U.S. army. They are specialists in training and fighting with indigenous guerrilla groups against governments the U.S. dislikes. The soldier interviewed was ordered to train "moderate Syrian rebels" in Turkey. Parts of the interview (paywalled) are quoted here:

"No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort”, a former Green Beret writes of America’s covert and clandestine programs to train and arm Syrian insurgents, “they know we are just training the next generation of jihadis, so they are sabotaging it by saying, ‘Fuck it, who cares?’”. “I don’t want to be responsible for Nusra guys saying they were trained by Americans,” the Green Beret added. 

U.S. military on the verge of mutiny
Murphy states bluntly: “distinguishing between the FSA and al-Nusra is impossible, because they are virtually the same organisation. As early as 2013, FSA commanders were defecting with their entire units to join al-Nusra. There, they still retain the FSA monicker, but it is merely for show, to give the appearance of secularism so they can maintain access to weaponry provided by the CIA and Saudi intelligence services."

The reality is that the FSA is little more than a cover for the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra. 

It is one thing when Russia says somesthing, but another when Reuters, WSJ, and independent German and U.S. subject experts report this as fact. The first can be shunned as "Putin lies" but the others are extremely hard to refute.

The Russians are right. The U.S. did not separate the "moderate rebels" from al Qaeda, as it had agreed to in the ceasefire agreement, because the "moderates" and al-Qaeda are the same. The "moderates" are al-Qaeda. This was not unknown. The 2012 Defense Intelligence Analysis said as much. The CIA of course knew this all along. But the Saudi tool heading the CIA, John Brennan, can not admit such as his masters in the Gulf are also the ones who finance al-Qaeda.

They buy the weapons Brennan's people hadn over to al-Qaeda. The "end-user" according to this certificate for a weapon buy in Ukraine is Saudi Arabia. But who will believe that the Saudi dictators need for example 100 obsolete T-55 tanks? The weapons on the certificate, for an estimated $300-$500 million, are obviously for al-Qaeda in Yemen and in Syria. (Did Joe Biden or his son, both heavily engaged in Ukraine, get a provision from the deal?)

As the facts accumulate how long can the New York Times and Washington Post keep up with their propaganda claims. One has to admit, they really try their best. 

Unfortunately for them, their best is only mediocre. The NYT today found out that Vladimir Putin Relishes His Role as Disrupter. How does the NYT know what Putin "relishes"? The reporter did not ask Putin himself. But he did ask some knowledgeable experts with insight into Putin's inner mind and those assured the author that this is indeed the case. They know exactly how Putin feels. They are Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director and Robert Kagan, leading voice of of the neocons and Clinton promoter. Some "experts."

Add that to dozens of stories on how "Russia indiscriminately bombs civilians/hospitals/bakeries in east-Aleppo" but never hits any "rebels" because none occur in these stories at all. A recent NYT piece of that kind had 14 "voices" in it. Eight belonged to various propagandists associated with the "White Helmets", four were "western" diplomats, one Syrian government official and a Russian spokesperson were quoted at the end. No Russian military and no one from west-Aleppo, where by far most people in the city live under government protection and daily rocket hail by the "rebels", were even asked.

But all those tales we hear about the devilish Russians MUST be true! Even the 7 years old Bana Alabeb now tweets from east-Aleppo about her tragic fate under indiscriminate Russian assaults. This in perfect English and with an excellent WiFi and Internet connection as her many "White Helmets" photo attachments and her videos attest. But the whole city is devastated and in ruins she says, with phosphor bombs going off right in front of her house.

But Bana is a very responsible little lady:

Bana Alabed @AlabedBana

Dear world, it's better to start 3rd world war instead of letting Russia & assad commit #HolocaustAleppo

1:53 PM - 29 Sep 2016

Her "mother" phoned up the Daily Mail for an "exclusive" and assures us that this is all true. The Telegraph has her in a slideshow with sad music and the Guardian promotes her too. Another Gay Girl in Damascus media fail. In 2011 the Guardian also was part of that scam. If that 7-year old girl is in east Aleppo and not in Denmark or the UK, I must be on Mars. No sane reader will take such a stunt serious. What Public Relation company came up with this sorry flimflam?

"Holocaust" in Syria staged by the CIA and MI6, "reported" by CNN, WSJ, NYT, Reuters as fact

Like the "moderate rebels" fantasy, such tales and the nonsense the "White Helmet" propaganda outlet distributes, are starting to fail. The UAE's National, a well established international newspaper, recently dug a bit around the White Helmet's creator, a "former" British military agent working for Gulf defense interests. That does not sound charitable. This is noticeable report, even as it still lacks any details, as it is the first in a major paper that shows some auspiciousness against that outlet.

The Obama administration's lies about the "moderate rebels" are now openly discussed in major media. The propaganda of #HolocaustAleppo (isn't abusing the holocaust meme anti-semitic?) is turning into a laughing stock.

Russia is upping its stake in Syria. Additional Russian SU-24, SU-25 and SU-34 jets are arriving. Nearly 6,000 Russian soldiers are on the ground. The CIA's al-Qaeda "rebels" are losing in east-Aleppo and are in stalemate and under pressure elsewhere. They will be bombed to smithereens. A few new BM-21 multiple missile launchers and heavier anti-air artillery was delivered to them. But those are just band-aids on lethally bleeding wounds. Even MANPADs will not change the situation one bit.

The U.S., the Saudis and especially Brennan's CIA have lost that fight. Will Obama and Kerry admit it? Or will they throw another Hail Mary and do something crazy?

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