Casting A Cynical Glance At Syria: It Sure Is Turning Into Libya Number 2

February 13, 2012

Casting A Cynical Glance At Syria: It Sure Is Turning Into Libya Number 2

Anton Goryunov writes from Damascus: Let’s be cynical about Syria for a change – and I mean no disrespect for the suffering of ordinary people there. Let me ask you this: how could it happen that a supposedly unarmed and disorganised opposition still manages to resist the highly trained Syrian army for more than 11 months? Take your time to answer. Roll that question with your tongue in your mouth, trying to find an explanation to this amazing development. Smacks of some fairy tale from 1001 Arabian Nights, doesn’t it? OK, let me take an educate guess here: someone has obviously been shipping arms to the Syrian opposition. I would even go as far as saying that these shipments have been growing in volume and frequency and at some point we would see some pretty heavy stuff arriving,... 

Will The UN Be Sanctioning Wars And Regime Change From Now On?

February 2, 2012

Will The UN Be Sanctioning Wars And Regime Change From Now On?

Anton Goryunov writes from New York: Let’s be controversial about Syria for a change. Serious goings on continue, in and around it, with the West and the dictators from the Arab League rubbing their hands in anticipation of another triumph of democracy and all the benefits that come with it for everyone concerned. Apart from the locals, that is, who would be paying the price for years to come. How do I know this? Well, I only need to cast a glance at Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, to figure out what awaits the Syrians if democracy is exported there. The beauty of the whole thing is that since Libya every invasion of a country would from now on be blessed by the United Nations that is run by a bunch of corrupt and incompetent diplomats who would do anything to keep their cushy jobs for as long... 

Of Wars Already Lost. And Yet To Be Lost

January 30, 2012

Of Wars Already Lost. And Yet To Be Lost

Ted Obvious writes from Kabul: First, a bit of breaking news: it turns out that American officials have secretly met the Taliban boys in Qatar, opening the way for formal peace talks between the Afghan government and the insurgents to start in several weeks’ time, possibly in Saudi Arabia. In case you’re wondering what the hell it all means, let me explain: it means that NATO is desperately trying to come up with some face saving arrangement, to cover up its humiliating defeat in Afghanistan. As in: yeah, sure, we’re pulling out soon, but we’re helping to bring former enemies together and it wouldn’t be out fault if they fail to work out an agreement. In case you have forgotten, the invasion of Afghanistan was launched by the US and Britain in 2001, with the sole aim of removing... 

Is Libya Descending Into Civil War? Yep, It’s Doing Just That

January 28, 2012

Is Libya Descending Into Civil War? Yep, It’s Doing Just That

Martin McCauley writes from Tripoli: Thing are not looking good in Libya, in case you’ve missed it. A bit of a civil war is brewing up here. So that you know, the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi based his power on the policy of divide and rule. He favoured his own tribe and its allies and discriminated against the rest. The uprising that eventually overthrew him was just the first act in the  Libyan drama. The next act is now being played out. Those who suffered under Gaddafi and during the uprising are now seeking revenge. The rebels’ primary loyalty was to themselves. There was no likelihood that afterwards they would lay down their arms and meekly accept a new civilian government backed by the West. The National Transitional Council does not really possess a proper army that could... 

How Come The Free Media Is So Shy About Covering Events In Libya?

January 23, 2012

How Come The Free Media Is So Shy About Covering Events In Libya?

Anton Goryunov writes from Benghazi: Pardon me for asking, but how come the free media is so shy about covering events in Libya? Or is it that all the attention has now been shifted to Syria and Libya is no longer of any interest, now that Gaddafi has been dealt with accordingly. (Incidentally, in Russia the view is that the war had been started by the West on request of several big banks that have squandered more than $100 billion of Libyan money that Gaddafi placed with them for investment purposes and couldn’t explain where it all went.) Anyway, the whole point of reporting about any war to introduce freedom to democracy starved nations, like it supposedly happened in the case of Libya as presented last year by the West, is not only to cover it during the build-up to hostilities and all... 

How About Making It Much Harder For Any Country To Start A War?

January 11, 2012

How About Making It Much Harder For Any Country To Start A War?

Dan Majestic writes from New York: Yeah, sure, everybody likes to talk about world peace and how wars suck. The United Nations talks endlessly about it and politicians like to give us their take on it and anti-war campaigners are at it and even trigger-happy generals from NATO and the Pentagon mention peace a lot, especially when asking for more money to produce new weapons to protect it. The only problem is that nobody really suggests anything sensible, to make starting wars more difficult. Sure, international treaties are signed and are supposedly abided by and all sorts of gatherings take place, to exchange ideas on how to make our planet safer. But it doesn’t really work because starting wars has become easy. Several big countries get together, push a resolution through the UN Security... 

How To Succeed On Social Media: Tips For Aspiring Bloggers

January 10, 2012

How To Succeed On Social Media: Tips For Aspiring Bloggers

Anton Goryunov writes from Tripoli: Yes, Social Media, the means for millions to try their luck at becoming famous and getting as many followers, friends and admirers as possible, to then boast about it to everyone including total strangers at every given opportunity. Just look how Social Media has benefitted the anti-Gaddafi rebels in Libya, who used it cunningly to create an impression of a popular uprising, even though it was all about groups of armed men coming from God knows where ousting the hated dictator and taking control of all the oil and establishing their own dictatorship. With a bit of help from NATO, obviously, that actually used the evidence as proof that an invasion from air was the only way to save innocent civilians from slaughter. But I digress. Anyway, the first and most... 

More Pearls Of Wisdom. From The Boys At Stirring Trouble

December 26, 2011

More Pearls Of Wisdom. From The Boys At Stirring Trouble

Today we present more humorous pearls of wisdom and witty observations from the boys at Stirring Trouble. On all sorts of subjects, mostly politics, banking and sex. Christmas is that time of year when everyone suddenly becomes tolerant of Christianity, for the sake of making a buck or buying something on the cheap. All Muslim regimes persecute Christians, yet Muslims living in the West demand special rights for themselves. How does that work? Political opposition in Russia consists of opportunists and yesterday’s men who should be the last people to be demanding anything. Having replaced one ruthless regime, Gaddafi, with another one, the current lot, the West is pretending that it helped liberate Libya and turn it into a democracy. A sick joke. Behind every successful politician there’s... 

Yeah, Sure, Leaving Libya In A State Of Total Lawlessness Was A Great Idea

December 13, 2011

Yeah, Sure, Leaving Libya In A State Of Total Lawlessness Was A Great Idea

Anton Goryunov writes from Tripoli: I sometimes wonder: who it is exactly that runs NATO and takes all the important decisions when it comes to the military side of things? We know about that odd looking Anders Fogh Rasmussen, known as ‘Andy’ in the bars and nightclubs in Brussels, and we regularly catch a glimpse of some psychopaths in uniform, who are supposedly doing a great job in Afghanistan and Kosovo, but we never actually see the military brains behind the whole NATO set up. And judging by what is going on in Libya at the moment, these people are not exactly brilliant at what they do. How on earth did NATO top brass conclude that it was a great idea to pull out of Libya when the country was, and still is, overflowing with weapons, smuggled into it, I should add, with suspicious... 

What Was That No Fly Zone Over Libya All About? Looks Like One Big Contract Hit

November 23, 2011

What Was That No Fly Zone Over Libya All About? Looks Like One Big Contract Hit

Anton Goryunov writes from Tripoli: So now that the dust has settled a bit and all the Gaddafis are either dead, awaiting a hangmen or living in hiding abroad, the big question that raises its ugly head is this: what was this whole UN authorised no-fly zone over Libya stunt all about? I mean, who on earth still believes that it was all about saving innocent Libyan civilians? It sounds like a joke now, as we see Western companies fighting with each other over oil and gas contracts in Libya and no one even bothering to mention the fate of about $150 billion in Libya’s foreign reserves and its 150 tonnes of gold. This whole ‘democracy project’ stinks, all the way to the UN that had unleashed it on Libya. The UN Security Council resolution 1973 was ignored by NATO that started bombing Libya... 

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