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Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing

Posted in Iraq, White Supremacy with tags , , , on November 19, 2009 by marcg

Because the website is down and I believe this needs to be read, I am reposting this from the website of Imam Anwar’s blog about the actions of Nidal Hassan. It is a powerful statement that shouldn’t be ignored.

Nidal Hassan is a hero. He is a man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people. This is a contradiction that many Muslims brush aside and just pretend that it doesn’t exist. Any decent Muslim cannot live, understanding properly his duties towards his Creator and his fellow Muslims, and yet serve as a US soldier. The US is leading the war against terrorism which in reality is a war against Islam. Its army is directly invading two Muslim countries and indirectly occupying the rest through its stooges.
Nidal opened fire on soldiers who were on their way to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done? In fact the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the US army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal.
The heroic act of brother Nidal also shows the dilemma of the Muslim American community. Increasingly they are being cornered into taking stances that would either make them betray Islam or betray their nation. Many amongst them are choosing the former. The Muslim organizations in America came out in a pitiful chorus condemning Nidal’s operation.
The fact that fighting against the US army is an Islamic duty today cannot be disputed. No scholar with a grain of Islamic knowledge can defy the clear cut proofs that Muslims today have the right -rather the duty- to fight against American tyranny. Nidal has killed soldiers who were about to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in order to kill Muslims. The American Muslims who condemned his actions have committed treason against the Muslim Ummah and have fallen into hypocrisy.
Allah(swt) says: Give tidings to the hypocrites that there is for them a painful punishment –
Those who take disbelievers as allies instead of the believers. Do they seek with them honor [through power]? But indeed, honor belongs to Allah entirely. (al-Nisa 136-137)
The inconsistency of being a Muslim today and living in America and the West in general reveals the wisdom behind the opinions that call for migration from the West. It is becoming more and more difficult to hold on to Islam in an environment that is becoming more hostile towards Muslims.
May Allah grant our brother Nidal patience, perseverance and steadfastness and we ask Allah to accept from him his great heroic act. Ameen

For the cached version on google, here.

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G.I. Gangsta

Posted in urban unrest with tags , , , , on November 19, 2008 by marcg

After spending time in Iraq killing and maiming, veterans are bringing the training back to the US with a vengeance.  This reporting looks examines stateside gang members bringing their tactical military training back to the streets they grew up on and using it against the domestic enemy they grew up fighting, local police.

In a most ironic twist, urban gang members inside the US military are returning home as veterans with months of live, hot combat experience and turning the tables on the local security forces they grew up hating, city cops.

Some will say this is horrible.  Who wants violence and pain?  If this isn’t the realest manifestation of chickens coming home to roost I don’t know what is.  Extensive black market, as well as open market, firepower available on American streets combined with the requisite arms and advanced urban combat tactics training could mean increasingly tough times for cops and the civilians caught in the middle.  The costs of the current wars and war generally, continues to rise.

If economic collapse deepens in 2009 and 2010, resulting in significant increases in crime, gang enrollment and general urban unrest, there may be violence in this country beyond anything we’ve ever seen.  And when the shit goes down, state security forces will have to respond with deadly force.  The Pentagon knows this.  That’s Pentagon, not the cops.  Fat cops ain’t fit facing soldiers returning from military combat.

Maybe all of this is the actual reason the president’s bosses have him deploying combat troops inside the US to specifically be ready to fight in a major US city.  When the jinks goes down, what side will you be on.  I know who I’m with.

Smash and Grab

Posted in Global Politics with tags , , on July 1, 2008 by marcg

It took a while.

The US imperial military stormed in and destroyed one of the oldest civilizations on the planet.  Whenever it was called a war for oil the political pundits–all the mainstream political pundits–made the charge sound incredible.  Usually framing it with credibility draining phrases like Bush’s critics say and anti-war campaigners  claim.  Maybe it’s more credible now that London’s Financial Times is saying the same thing that regular people were saying more than five years ago.

The oil is being stolen.

The US population could give two shits?  They just wanna be able to drive their cars to water parks all summer without having to stop by the bank for a second mortgage.  Eyes have been turned toward Iran and the so-called push to stop the next war.  Meanwhile the imperial viceroys of the US distribute the resources belonging to the people of Iraq.

The Spoils of War

I mean if this wasn’t going to happen what really would have been the point to all of this?  Nation-building? Don’t you love to hear that term?  It’s a part of the vocabulary of the schizoid-pathological lying-white American.  The notion that this country that has killed so many people for so many of their resources, the notion that the psychopaths that do and that have from the beginning, run this country would actually have any real concern with the peoples of the world (beyond taking what they can from them) requires a person to have no critical thinking skills whatsoever.  A description which fits most citizens of the USA, particularly its citizens that can be identified as white.  Being that the ability to think critically about anything of significance has been destroyed, smash and grabs like the one perpetrated on the people of Iraq can be executed with little fanfare and without most folks inside the empire being able to identify what is even happening.

The graphic to the right can be found on the Financial Times website along with a poll of the readers as toBlueprint for the Heist whether this day should be deemed a national holiday in the US and UK.  While theft of the resources of Black and brown people usually does not merit particular celebration beyond the typical trappings, Thanksgiving, Columbus Day, etc.  This day in history, the armed robbery of Iraq by the white imperial powers surely justifies some kind of commemoration. Yes?  The readers must decide.

The graphic, with circles identifying the most rich fields, is quite well done and represents the level of care and concern and import to be associated by responsible people, with this moment.  This is 21st century capitalism in all its glory.

Iran, Venezuela and other resource rich states…take note.  If you wanna see your hometown get famous on a graph like this of your own, keep playing around with the UN and their games.  If you don’t wanna be immortalized in this way, do what others before you have done and get the only protection plan you can count on.

Condi Rice: Liar Extraordinaire

Posted in Psychological Warfare, US Politics with tags , , , , , on February 13, 2008 by marcg

To be named liar extraordinare is no small award if you exist in this time and have a job in the US government. Condoleeza Rice passes the test. Faceoff between her and Congressman Wexler from Florida. It’s not as nasty as some are claiming it is. I think it’s more a case of us Americans are used to not having any kind of confrontation or accountability whatsoever. Whenever we get even a whiff of almost, it seems like a big deal. Anyhow, here’s the clip. Is she the biggest liar in the administration? No. But she might be the best liar. Unlike the others who lie then allow you to point out the lie, Rice lies and just keeps lying, keeps talking. Doesn’t allow you to repeatedly point out her lies. She knows she’s lying. We all know she’s lying but she’s smart enough to not allow the Congressman to repeatedly point out where it is that she’s lying, thus she comes out not looking so bad. And there you go.

These people are so good at this that you begin to wonder if they actually believe what they are saying. Okay, they aren’t that good. It’s amusing to watch nonetheless.

Montel Williams Has A Fox News Surprise Party

Posted in big brother, Corporate Press with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2008 by marcg

This is just great. A good example of a few things. First off, Montel is making a lot of noise about a good thing but we shouldn’t confuse him with an anti-war protester. He has NOT utilized the many opportunities that he has had to discuss the war and has chosen to make money instead, just like the folks he has chosen to criticize in this particular appearance. So, as he does state once, he is a big part of the problem as well. But look at how the hosts handle him, or don’t handle him, to be precise.

They are initially shocked that he would bring up the war and then you can tell they think it will all go away if they deflect him so they try that a few times. Then it sinks in that he isn’t going to stop and that, determined, he is just as adept as they are at controlling the conversation, they begin asking him questions, attempting to put him on the hot seat.

It’s a circus.

They try and maintain some decorum but reveal their true colors. They are whores doing what they are told for a paycheck. And since most of them don’t know a thing about much anything in particular, they are closer to the profession than you think. They look pretty for the camera and read scripts written by people not pretty enough to be on that side of the camera. The writers and the models, together, put a pretty face on the ugly corporate monster that cuts their checks. The same corporate monster that owns the politicians that manage the war is the same corporate monster that wants you and me to spend our time smiling and thinking and talking about Heath Ledger everyday.

It’s called mind control and this train wreck is what it would look like all of the time if anyone attempted to inject the sanity of reality into it the machine.

Martin Luther King and US Antiwar Activists

Posted in antiwar, Iraq, Racism, White People with tags , , , , , , on January 21, 2008 by marcg

Every year at this time I, you, no one can escape a thousand quotes and references to the late Dr. If you hang out with antiwar activists, you’re probably thinking that I could be referring to any time of the year and you’d pretty much be right on. But the middle of January, even in antiwar activist circles, has a different character. in regards to King. What would Dr. King actually have to say to these folks that seemingly carry around a MLK quote book in their front pockets? Ever wonder what MLK would think about the people that evoke his name, message and legacy for this or that campaign they’re engaged in? Regarding antiwar activists, I think Dr. King would tolerate, not approve of, them.

I think he would agree with their vision of a world where huge war chests were turned loose on projects that really do speak to the common good; public education, equitable wages, doctor visits, good, affordable transportation accessible for everyone. I can’t imagine, however that Dr. King would approve of the tactics of the antiwar movement. Martin Luther King spoke out against the US war on Vietnam, something that wasn’t a particularly difficult thing to do, being one of a people that for centuries, suffered the casualties of war from the same enemy as the Viet Kong. Antiwar activists make a lot of hay over King’s opposition to the war. His principled stand against the war wasn’t what made him such a threat. Then, as now, the country’s rulers were very willing to contend and tolerate principled, nonviolent civilian objection to their destruction of Vietnamese society. Some have argued that they even liked and approved of the social democratic character antiwar dissenters gave to a society functioning no more democratically than dictatorship. But with our existence today under an almost complete and total US corporatocracy, elites now much more than in King’s day enjoy, if not require, the presence of antiwar activists as a part of the US cultural and communications landscape.

A thousand separate antiwar protests mean the same thing as our presidential elections. Nothing. But they both carry a huge and quite significant psychological payload, therefore they are both tolerated and in some instances, encouraged. I believe Dr. King would understand this. I think he understood it then. Which is why he met his death, not speaking against the US military destruction of the Vietnamese but standing with the sanitation workers in Memphis opposing US enslavement of workers inside the United States.

Speaking beautifully about a just world where Pentagon budgets were used for human and not corporate needs was not what got Dr. King shot and killed. Doing something about it was.

And this is why he would only tolerate the antiwar movement of today. And while King would, I believe tolerate antiwar activists, I don’t believe they would think even that kindly of Dr. King were he alive today. Of all the King quotes bandied about, the most fitting and appropriate is the one I have not once seen on a single antiwar activist leaflet and never will.

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for someone else’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time

King’s crucial insight, borne inside the walls of a jail cell in Birmingham are the most on target, the most profound statement explaining the milieu then and now. Of all the ink spent in the last two or three years criticizing the US antiwar movement hardly worth the name, Dr. King, almost half a century ago, made the definitive statement identifying the mortal flaw of this movement. So while we march, hand in hand, today and enter into that period of the US year in which King Day and black history month come together for a month and a half long orgy of King quoting and eulogizing, perhaps the antiwar movement can make a change this year and begin remembering all the important lessons left behind by the good Dr. and not just the most convenient ones.

Ron Paul and the International Criminal Court

Posted in '08 Elections, Global Politics, Militarism with tags , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2007 by marcg

Two days ago I wrote about the political phenomenon of Ron Paul as it related to black people and a few things that troubled me about his policy positions in his run for President of the United States. The responses were interesting and at times troublesome. But the response for the most part was muddled. The muddled nature was largely my fault for including too many issues in the post and for the way in which I presented them which distracted from the core issues.

One of the issues that I mentioned was the International Criminal Court and Ron Paul’s praise of George W. Bush for rebuking the ICC. The United States not being in the ICC is problematic for me. As a six year veteran of the US military and I am perhaps more than most US citizens, aware of what our military engages in overseas. It acts as the police arm of a US empire that is military, economic and cultural in nature. The ICC is an international body that seeks to hold international criminals accountable.

Rep. Ron Paul has expressed a vision of a world where the ICC wouldn’t apply to the US because we would not engage in international military affairs. While this is admirable this isn’t the current reality. So in fact just the other day, right here in the state of Georgia, a US soldier, accused of international crimes but sheltered by the US govt from international accountability for those crimes, was let off the hook. The US Army’s investigating officer reported to the Army,

there was “overwhelming evidence presented” that Corrales “did with the intent to kill, shoot at and hit the detainee multiple times with an M-4 rifle.”

but after concluding that, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Army investigator added that,

no evidence existed that linked the shots fired by Shore to the detainee’s death two days later.

The multiple shots from the M-4 rifle aren’t evidence enough apparently. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the prosecution of the invasion and ensuing occupation against a largely defenseless country. I’d be interested in hearing how Ron Paul explains this. Did the soldier get justice? He shoots a general during interrogation, the general dies, the US soldier gets the charges dismissed because the evidence can’t link his shooting of the general to the general’s death. This seems highly unjust to me and it is made possible, in part because of the efforts of the Bush regime to remove international accountability for international crimes that US acknowledgment of the ICC would bring. If a soldier from another country killed a US soldier, no less a US general, in interrogation custody we would demand extradition of the criminal to the US for trial and brand the country that refused extradition as a rogue state.

Ron Paul’s support of this travesty of justice seems highly problematic and contradictory to his proclaimed stance of anti-imperialism as well as contradictory to the Libertarian philosophy of accountability and responsibility. It is also disappointing to see so many of his followers and supporters that seem to champion those same ideals stand idly by and not challenge him on the issue of the ICC as it relates to the current imperial regime led by George Bush.