Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Liberal interventionism

"The Bloody Disaster of Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan is Laid Bare" by Simon Jenkins:
"In each of these cases Britain and its allies, chiefly America, intervened to overthrow the army, disband government, dismantle the judiciary and leave militias to run riot. Little or no attempt was made to replace anarchy with a new order. "Nation building" was a fiasco. The British bombs that flattened government buildings in Kabul, Baghdad and Tripoli did not replace them, or those who worked in them. Those who dropped them congratulated themselves on their work and went home.

It is hard to exaggerate the misery and chaos created by so-called "liberal interventionism". It is hard to think of a more immoral foreign policy, roaming the (chiefly Muslim) world, killing people and sowing anarchy. That is why the blood-stained consequence should be splashed across headlines. Those who seek political kudos by visiting violence on foreign peoples should never be allowed to forget their deeds."
"Tony Blair: never in the field of human history has one man earned so much from the deaths of so many"

"Enough conspiracy theories about Yasser Arafat's assassination" by Asa Winstanley:
"With so much evidence, how can anyone rational doubt Arafat was poisoned? Don't underestimate the lengths some in the establishment media will go to to absolve Israel of any crime.

Poisoning with polonium alone does not prove it was Israel that did it. But it certainly makes it the prime suspect. Polonium is lethal doses is expensive to produce artificially, and only a small handful of states have the nuclear facilities to do so. Israel is certainly one of them. The others had no interest in killing him.

Israel on the other hand has a long history of assassinating Palestinian leaders, writers and fighters. The bungled 1997 Mossad attempt on the life of Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal was carried out with a poison quite unknown at the time. If the Israeli agents had remained undetected, and not been caught by Meshaal's bodyguard in the way they were, the press would probably have ended up reporting Meshaal died from a "mysterious illness" in a similar way that they did for Arafat at the time - when no autopsy was done."
It's simple really. Israel was the only actor who had access to the poison used and access to the Palestinians around Arafat who could have administered the poison. If you couple that with a long history of assassinations and attempted assassinations conducted by Israel - and gloated over by Israel - including against Arafat, and a stated intention by Israel to kill him, plus motive (which we can see in what has happened to the Palestinian people under the Palestinian Authority since Arafat died), there is beyond-a-reasonable-doubt proof that Israel did it. The polonium is the key. Other state actors might have has access to polonium, but none of them also had access to high Palestinian officials to administer the poison.

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