"The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy."
~ Woodrow Wilson.
~ Woodrow Wilson.
Turkey is upset about some alleged Israeli aircraft fuel tanks were found along Turkey's border with Syria. Maybe that's tit-for-tat for Turkey's allowing Iran to ship weapons through Turkey to Syria.
Nine DTP politicians have been arrested for referring to HPG's şehîds as "şehîds." This is the same kind of thing that Ferhat Tunc will be tried for in October. Meanwhile, Sebahat Tuncel defended Kurdish attitudes toward the gerîlas:
"Nobody should expect us to call our children terrorists," she told a gathering in the southeastern town of Batman.
"We want to live in these lands keeping our own differences. This is the first time the Kurds are represented to this degree (in parliament). The ruling party must assess properly this chance," Tuncel said in televised remarks.
The fascist Ankara regime has also extended the OHAL in Culemêrg, Sêrt, and Şirnex until December. Expect unlimited future extensions of the State of Emergency, especially since the regime's new president, Abdullah Gül, will begin a tour of Turkish-occupied Kurdistan this week in order to visit the TSK and have discussions with it. That's right, this is the same Abdullah Gül that the Turkish military ostensibly opposed, but at least it's clear that there is something the Islamist fascists and the secular fascists can agree upon--continued brutal repression of the Kurdish people.
CIA asset Osama bin Laden, who's been instrumental in furthering the War on Terror, Inc.,has a new video out and it's already been denounced as faked due to video freezes. From Booman Tribune via Cryptome:
Osama Bin Laden's widely publicized video address to the American people has a peculiarity that casts serious doubt on its authenticity: the video freezes at about 1 minute and 58 seconds, and motion only resumes again at 12:30. The video then freezes again at 14:02 remains frozen until the end. All references to current events, such as the 62nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan, and Sarkozy and Brown being the leaders of France and the UK, respectively, occur when the video is frozen! The words spoken when the video is in motion contain no references to contemporary events and could have been (and likely were) made before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Britain's neoconservative Sunday Telegraph tries very hard to make the video sound legit, even quoting the incredibly stupid CIA director, Michael Hayden:
The tape contained no direct threats, but Michael Hayden, the CIA director, gave a speech on Friday, after he was briefed on its contents, in which he said: "Al-Qaeda is focusing on targets that would produce mass casualties, dramatic destruction, and significant economic aftershocks."
A more accurate rendering of Hayden's Friday speech to the elitist Council on Foreign Relations can be found in an analysis by Scott Horton at Harper's:
CIA Director Michael Hayden came to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Friday afternoon to deliver remarks and to field some questions. It quickly became apparent that General Hayden has never been put through that SERE training program that the Air Force uses to prepare its pilots for hostile interrogation. He did a fine job trotting out his speaking points in his main presentation. But he collapsed into a flustered mass of contradictions as soon as he faced critical questioning. Indeed, check out the podcast that the Council has put up on its website, but go straight to the last 12 minutes of the hour-long appearance—that’s where Hayden faces the tough questions–and where the tires come off.
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The real question in the end of the day is simple: are the strategies that Hayden is pursing making the country more or less safe? I have a very clear sense of that question and of the answer. The introduction of torture and torture techniques by this administration has been akin to a group of juvenile delinquents lighting a fire in a living room. The drapes and rug have caught on fire and there is every reason to believe the whole house will burn down if it’s not put out by an outside intervention. We expected that Hayden would be a fire marshal on the scene, putting out the fire and removing the matches from the hands of the offending juveniles. Instead, it turns out that Hayden is just another delinquent.
Our nation’s reputation has been trashed around the world. We are now despised and distrusted by populations which only a few years ago were close allies. We have provided the necessary fuel to resurrect and spread Islamic radicalism around the world. Are we safer as a result of these practices? No, our country is far less safe. The Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden remains free to tape his appeals and recruit. And our sense is that Al Qaeda is at least as strong as it was on 9/11. Those are the measures of a widespread failure–it’s a failure of leadership, of vision, of ideas.
Amen. We might as well take the video for what it's intended to be: A propaganda prop to stir up new vigor in the War on Terror, Inc., so that all those benefiting financially from this bogus "war" will continue to benefit unopposed.
Finally, McDonald's has officially become a supporter of the Ankara regime's repression of the Kurdish people by opening a restaurant in Amed (Diyarbakır). At least McDonald's will be incapable of offering any serious competition to local restaurants.