Democracy Lessons from a Minority PM

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Democracy Lessons from a minority Prime Minister:

Lesson #1:  Syria cannot bomb Syria; only US, France and UK can.

Lesson #2:  Assad need to go because he is not a democrat.

Lesson #3:  Theresa May do not need any one’s approval to bomb Syria, because she runs a minority government supported by DUP 😳🤐

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Why do our leaders fail to learn from past mistakes?

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It was only a couple of days ago in BBC Newsnight the Conservative MP & Chair of the Defence Committee Julian Lewis and Labour peer Lord Falconer very clearly advised NOT to bomb Syria.

Julian Lewis also stated that the opposition whom US, UK and France try to side with are “overwhelmingly led by Jihadists”.

If you missed the program, I urge you to watch it; here is the link.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09zbf11/newsnight-10042018

 

Current situation in Syria is horrific and extremely alarming.

Chemical, or for that matter ANY attack, on civilians and children are unpardonable.

The culprits should be tried in court of law and punished.

Though not proven, world leaders indicate Assad is the prime culprit.

Even if the chemical attack was carried out by Assad, does that horrific act give permission for USA, UK and France to attack Syria?

Then what?  What next, after bombing?

Western powers to come out and leave Syria to anarchy and to the will of the extremists?

 

It is very clear that public in UK do not want to attack another country.

UK’s parliament too indicate the same mood.

May knows that she will not get enough votes in parliament to attach Syria.

Yet, this minority government’s confused Prime Minister appears to side with a war-mongering US President.

Trump, Macron and May are making the same mistake by Bush, Blair, Sarkozy and Cameron.

Why do our leaders fail to learn from past mistakes?

 

There is no doubt that Assad is not innocent.

There is no doubt that things are not pretty in Syria.

But issues like Assad and chemical weapons cannot be resolved by bombing an already war-torn  country.

Instead, the UN and rest of the world should put pressure on Syria – and on Russia who supports them.

Only a strong political process could resolve the issues like Syria.

Iraq War, Chilcot Inquiry … and Clare Short

Sir Chilcot has officially released his findings on Iraq war Inquiry along with recommendations on how a similar situation could be better handled in future.

Full report available at http://www.iraqinquiry.org.uk/

Some of the main findings to quote BBC as follows:

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It took Sir Chilcot more than

  • 7 years
  • 10 million pounds
  • 12 volumes and
  • 2.6 million words

to confirm what Clare Short gave as her reasons to resign from Bliar’s Government.

It’s an irony that the person who manipulated the parliament was appointed as the Middle East Peace envoy.

It’s criminal that even after 13 years of Iraq war, 250+ innocent Iraqi citizens died in Baghdad this Sunday.

What peace has been achieved by the Iraq war and the Peace Envoy?

Should the responsible person(s) come out of these offences lightly?

It appears the 12 volumes of 2.3 million words do not contain answer for these queries.

What is your opinion?

 

 

 

 

Well done UK…! But what Next?

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On Thursday, UK parliament has done the right thing by voting against David Cameron’s motion towards military action in Syria.  UK  Parliament clearly declared that it is not in the interest of UK to take unilateral (war) decisions without acknowledging UN and respect what it stands for.

Government motion was defeated by 285 against 272 – no doubt, a humiliating defeat for David Cameron.  Of the 304 conservative MPs, 30 decided to go against Cameron’s plans to attack Syria.   – that is almost 10% of his own party members showing no-confidence on Cameron’s foreign and defence policies.

9 of the 55 LibDems too voted against the Government.  But hey, do you hear anything about / from Nick Clegg / LibDems these days?  They are not even half strong as what their shadows used to be, prior to 2010 general election.  Remember Clegg’s performance on pre-election live TV debates?  Is it the same guy who currently “adorns” the Deputy PM’s chair?  From all talk to pathetic silence, what a transformation!

Now, look at why Defence Secretary Philip Hammond feels “disappointed” about.   Per Mr Hammond, results of Commons vote would harm Britain’s “special relationship” with Washington!  Mr Hammond is more worried about what US will think of, rather than what UK MPs and common public urge the Government to do.  The Defence Secretary sounds more like he belongs to the US Capitol than to Westminster!

What Next?

The UN inspectors are yet to deliver their conclusion whether chemical weapons (CW) were used in Syria.  Even if the usage is confirmed, it still needs to be established who used the CW.  Prima facie it looks highly unlikely for a government to use CW on its own civilians – particularly when the government is gaining over the rebels.

Meanwhile, President Obama and US Secretary of State John Kelly continue to prove that US has no respect for UN and rest of the world.  Obama continues his battle cry, along with Kelly who pitifully try – without any evidence – to convince the world that it is the Syrian Govt. who used the CW.

One thing is sure; it is almost impossible to prove who used the CW; and hence the US justification for an attack too.

If not an attack, what other plans are on table?  Sadly, none.

It is beyond doubt that current Assad Govt has lost its credibility.  The country and its citizens should be given the chance to decide whom they prefer to govern Syria.  Given the continuing civil war and reduced practice of democracy in Syria, at a very high level, something along below lines appears to be a valid, possible solution towards the crisis:

  • Both sides to immediately agree on cease-fire.
  • UN to send observers to Syria to monitor ongoing developments.
  • Syrian Government and rebel representatives – in presence of mutually agreeable mediators + UN representatives – to discuss, negotiate and agree towards an all-party committee which should plan, co-ordinate, mobilise and conduct election in next 12 months.
  • UN force to observe and ensure fairness during the election process.
  • All sides to accept the results and carry on.

Is Syria heading towards to become another Afghanistan/ Iraq/ Libya?  Or will the UK Parliament vote have the power to make US/France re-think?  I would love to believe latter will happen; but recent past’s history sadly, slowly whisper latter is what we are heading to.

Let us wait and watch.

UK Govt.’s military plans against Syria

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The war-hungry hooligans have started licking their bloody lips again.  This time they are hungrier, grown shameless and shows utter dis-respect towards rest of the world, UN Security Council and the UN itself.  

Latest news from UK confirms that UK Government is drawing up contingency military plans in response to the alleged chemical weapons usage in Syria.

What are the current ground realities?

  • Though it looks highly possible, usage of chemical weapons is not yet proven.
  • It is not known who used the chemical weapons.  But of course, US and UK require no proof to “confirm” it is the Syrian Government to be blamed.
  • UN Security Council has not agreed on any attack on Syria, which is a UN member state and a sovereign country.

Where is world politics heading to? 

When did it become a norm that an independent country could be attacked based on speculations and accusations? 

It is true that Syria is going through an intense civil war, with both sides doing all they could do to defeat the other.  But that does not give US or UK any excuse to intervene.  They are not world police.

Rebels in Pak-occupied-Kashmir – while conducting terrorist attacks – are crying for decades that India is oppressing civilians in the region.  Does that give rights to US/UK or any other war-obsessed nation a license to attack India? 

The world should join Russia and China to strongly oppose and condemn any plans of attack against Syria.  Military decisions, if any, is the very last option, taken at UN level, with full agreement and support from all members of UN Security Council.  Period.

Battle-cry against yet another foreign country – Syria

Britain’s Foreign Minister, William Hague, mentioned today that “Military action against Syria may be the only remaining response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country”.

Military action? Only remaining response? How sure the Foreign Minister is!!!

No doubt, this quick-fix is “elegantly” supported by previous military atrocities in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya! Hague seems impatient to add one more Middle-Eastern name to that list.

Of course, we all know that this is not Hague’s own idea. For that matter, it is not an original idea of his leader Cameron too. As always, these two are merely advertising the desires of US of A.

Please tell me, in which of the above mentioned countries was military action successful? Taliban is still not defeated in Afghanistan. Iraq is still burning, daily, in internal fights. And Libya? Just yesterday only Reuters blog reported that Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood is gaining influence amid country’s disarray.

What does all this show? A military action from US/UK warmongers does not resolve issues in any foreign country; they just increase the internal division in those very countries – and fan the fire of hatred in hearts and minds of locals against the Western countries.

Let us look in to the latest news from Syria. From available news, it appears that chemical weapons were used against civilians. [is the news true? Western media and politicians says so; few years ago they also “honestly” told us about Saddam Hussein’s “Weapons-of-Mass-Destructions”]

For time being, let us accept the use of chemical weapons. Still, certainty, if any, ends just there. Who used these weapons against civilians? Was it the Government, or the rebels? We do not know.

While rebels claim that Government was behind the attack, Assad’s Government insists rebels carried-out these attacks.

Whoever used it, bringing a third-party military on top of existing internal civil war is not going to defuse the situation. The ultimate sufferers will still be the civilians. US/UK/French military will surely pound the country, possibly bring down Assad, and hand-over the rule to a half-cooked amalgamation of anti-Assad political parties.

Then what? Repeat Iraq? Repeat Libya? Repeat Egypt?

External military intervention from Western countries is hardly a solution in Middle East. These internal fights have centuries of histories behind them. Neither NATO, nor any other Western power could grasp the underlying politics, and deep-rooted religion based divisions. A free-and-fair election could resolve it – even if it is a temporary solution. That is what the rest of the world – under the banner of UN, and not led by US/UK – could help Syria aspire to achieve.

Not another war.

 

 

Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya

American ambassador to Libya, J Christopher Stevens, along with three other Americans have been killed in violent attack on US consulate at Benghazi, Libya. Media reported use of machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades during the attack. Attackers also burned down the consulate building almost completely.

It is a deeply regrettable act and I join the world in condemning this attack by religious extremists.

Not only in Libya, but the US consulate in Egypt too came under attack. It is grave that Egypt’s Islamist / Muslim Brotherhood supporter President has not yet condemned the attack happened in front of Cairo US embassy.

The root cause for attack was a cheap video (which insults Prophet Mohammed) created by a racist (Christian / Jewish?) fundamentalist in USA. Mere fact that the video was made in US does not mean Christopher Stevens agreed to its contents; yet it was him and his three colleagues who paid by their lives for this despicable video. It is ironic it was the same Christopher Stevens who supported and assisted Benghazi rebels in their fight against Gaddafi – the turning point in Libyan rebel movement, which ultimately resulted in end of Gaddafi era.

That said, it is very clear that yet another long head-ache has started for USA – a headache US indirectly allowed to happen in first place. It is not Gaddafi nor his loyalists, but religious fundamentalists – whom USA blessed and supported in their attack on Gaddafi, whom USA encouraged by providing guns and rockets – have committed this attack on US consulate.

Who has gained by pulling down the autocratic – but secular – regimes in Libya and Egypt? Who are the ultimate winners of Arab Spring? If you look deep, you could see that it is a clear gain for the religious extremists in Middle East. Egypt now has a Muslim Brotherhood supporter as its President. Libya has no control over law and order; extremists are let free on streets with latest war machines to terrorise the public.

Ordinary people of Egypt and Libya have not gained by the change in power. Not only they have not gained, they have much to lose.

Why so? Because we have seen what had happened in Afghanistan. When Najibullah Government was violently annihilated by Taliban, the Afghan citizens lost more than what they gained. It is now a historical fact that Taliban terrorized the nation, eliminated whoever stood against them and their extremist views, stopped education – and even medical care – for women.

Which country made the weapons that were used to attack the US consulate in Libya? Who provided these weapons to the extremists? Why did US keep quiet when the very same extremists brandished these weapons during war-cry for Gaddafi’s head? If one honestly answers these questions, we could see the selfish motive of US – which has backfired in many forms, latest of which is the Benghazi consulate attack.

This is not a new story; let me go back to the history of Afghanistan again. Decades ago while USSR was fighting against Taliban extremists in Afghanistan, it is this very same USA who mocked USSR and indirectly supported Taliban. The very same weapons USA gifted Taliban to fight against USSR and Najibullah Government were used – and being used even now – against US and NATO forces.

I am in no way diminishing the severity of attack and death of consulate staff; nor I am siding with extremists who committed this coward act. But we should realise that this attack is the latest reminder to USA on its rubbish, ignorant foreign policy. It is high time US and its war-hungry allies (including UK) listen to rest of the world and understand world politics and respect sovereignty of other countries. Let us hope the US will learn from its mistake and give the world a better chance for peaceful existence. Till then, the US Government only have itself to blame for this brutality.

My views on Libya and Col. Gaddafi – and few questions for Sabina Guevara

I have no faith in the administrators of http://vivalibya.wordpress.com to publish my reply in its entirety to their comments.  [for Sabina Guevara: I also do not believe suppressing links to other websites like you do!]  I feel I should have an honest hearing; hence posting my full views here:

To start with, I declare that I have not been in Libya and not experienced in first-hand the past/present Government and its politics.  Agree that all of my comments/posts are based entirely on newspapers/media – and thanks for the links from Sabina Guevara; appreciate and happy to receive the same and will go thru in coming days…

That said, I still don’t understand where in my post/comments I “insinuate that Saif is in some way guilty of crimes if not directly at least by being born as the son of Muammar Gaddafi.”  I did not say that anywhere!  I also did not say that Saif should feel guilty for being born as the son of Col. Gaddafi.  Where did I say that?  Please don’t put words in to others mouth to make yourselves right.

All I said it my post was Saif should be given a proper trial at ICC, as SAIF HIMSELF HAS REQUESTED!  It is extra-ordinary and amusing for VivaLibya to argue with someone who is taking their side!

Let me re-iterate; I am no Gaddafi fan and I do not agree with all of his actions.  But who agrees in entirety to anyone else?  [Stephan Gowan from first link will agree with me! Stephan’s words – “’I’m not saying Gaddafi’s Libya was a model society”]

That is my understanding, and if proven otherwise I am ready to accept it and will feel happier about it.  For my belief and understanding, I do not need a certificate from Sabina Guevara that I am an imperialist, thank you very much!  Let us not insult each other but try to use better language!

I dare VivaLibya to publish my reply in its entirety – even though I know they would not do so.  Why?  Because my previous posts too were edited and some words were swallowed.

Sabina Guevara / VivaLibya, few questions for you:

  1.  Where in my post/comments I said that Saif should feel guilty for being born as the son of Col. Gaddafi.  I did not said this; show me proof where I said it.
  2. Why are you afraid of others comments, especially of those who are on your side on most of the issues?!  Why don’t you publish my entire reply which in no way insults Libya, its Government, or Gaddafi family?   Or is it because you are against an honest conversation?

English is NOT my first language, and can see words/sentences where I could be mis-represented.  Let me re-iterate:

•  I extremely value the sentiments of Libyans and understand their emotions.

•  I strongly protest / disagree with assassination of Gaddafi.  It was a barbaric act and those who did it should face trial.

•  I am not against Gaddafi, his family or a free Libya.  [I hope this is clear from my comments, but let me say it again for absolute clarity!]

•  I believe Col. Gaddafi was true and courageous man, who stood , followed and fought for what he believed – against western invaders, capitalists and hooligans.

•  I humbly stand with Libyans against the invaders and western powers which ransacked Libya.

Let me wish all the best for all who fights for a just and free Libya. I sincerely believe and am convinced that there are enough strong-willed and able souls who can hold discussions/ conversations and will bring justice for Libya and its people. I sincerely believe true Libya will rise like Phoenix from ashes.

Saif al-Islam to face trial in Libya in September

Trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of murdered former leader of Libya, Col. Muammar Gaddafi will start in Libya in September.   Under current Government and circumstances, it is highly unlikely that Saif al-Islam will get a decent trial.  It is almost certain that Saif al-Islam could face death penalty.  The killers of his father are now the rulers of Libya and the way Senior Gaddafi was murdered, no one should expect much justice.

Saif al-Islam has said he wants his trial to be conducted at The International Criminal Court (ICC), at The Hague.

Why the ICC and international media is so quiet on this trial?  Why there is no hue and cry on this upcoming trial?  Where are the so-called US and UK “humanitarian advocates”?

It is reported that Saif al-Islam’s lawyers quoted him as saying this month: “I am not afraid to die but if you execute me after such a trial [in Libya] you should just call it murder and be done with it.”

There is no doubt in what Saif al-Islam’s sentiments.  As said earlier, I am not a Gaddafi supporter; nor I support the mistakes and atrocities over past few decades.  But if Saif al-Islam is not given a fair trial, this murder is bound to happen in very near future.

Bullies on the street… this time against Syria

Obama has warned Syria against the use of chemical weapons.  UK too joins US in warning Syria.

Bullies are out again, against yet another sovereign middle-east country.   The lie has been started by US President; head of 51st US state, Cameron, is singing along.

World has seen this duet before – last time, the lyrics contained “WMD”; this time the followers of Goebbels chant “chemical weapons”.

Please note: it is only a week before that Syria has assured the world that it will not use chemical weapons against the rebels!  Obama took cue from this statement and realised that a war cry against a far-way Muslim country is a good boost for his election campaign.

The world CANNOT afford another Iraq and Afghanistan.  Instead of sorting out the mess they created, how can US and UK think of starting yet another invasion?

Of course, I am not against a solution for the Syrian crisis – but please, not by Western intervention!  The issue should be resolved peacefully by UN mediation – and it should start with a ceasefire, urgently put in place by UN leadership.  It is high time UN live up to its responsibilities and stop bullies from bullying around.