10's OF BILLIONS OF $'s & WE GET THE FINGERJuly 8 2012 at 9:55 AM
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10's OF BILLIONS OF $'s & WE GET THE FINGER
(& the Taliban gets rose petals -ho-hum!)
"LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Thousands of hardline Islamists streamed toward Pakistan's capital in a massive convoy of vehicles Sunday to protest the government's decision to allow the U.S. and other NATO countries to resume shipping troop supplies through the country to Afghanistan.
By K.M. Chaudary, AP
Pakistan closed the route in November in retaliation for American airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops. After months of negotiations, Islamabad finally agreed to reopen the route last week after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized for the deaths.
One of the reasons Pakistan waited so long to resolve the conflict is that the government was worried about domestic backlash in a country where anti-American sentiment is rampant despite billions of dollars in U.S. aid over the last decade.
"By coming out on the streets, the Pakistani nation has shown its hatred for America," one of the Difah-e-Pakistan leaders, Maulana Samiul Haq, known as the father of the Taliban, said in a speech on the outskirts of Lahore.
Supporters showered Haq with rose petals as he rode through Lahore in the back of a truck with other Difah-e-Pakistan leaders, including Hafiz Saeed, founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group; Hamid Gul, a retired Pakistani intelligence chief with a long history of militant support; and Syed Munawar Hasan, leader of Pakistan's most powerful Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami.
Many demonstrators rode on the tops of buses, waving party flags and shouting slogans against the U.S. and NATO. "One solution for America, jihad, jihad!" they shouted.
"The movement that has been started to reverse the government's decision to restore the NATO supply will go on until America leaves this region for good," Saeed said in a speech on the outskirts of Lahore. "The mission is noble because it is to save the country and the nation from slavery."
The U.S. announced a $10 million bounty earlier this year for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Saeed, but he operates freely in the country. Pakistan says it doesn't have enough evidence to arrest Saeed, but many suspect the government is reluctant to move against him and other militant leaders because they have longstanding ties with the country's military and intelligence service.
Although the army was outraged by the U.S. attack on its troops, which Washington said was an accident, it was eager to repair the relationship to free up more than $1 billion in military aid that had been frozen for the past year.
While the supply line through Pakistan was closed, the U.S. was forced to rely on a longer, more costly route that runs into Afghanistan through Central Asia. The route cost the U.S. an extra $100 million per month.
The U.S. also wanted to resolve the conflict because it needs Pakistan's help to strike a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan so that American troops can withdraw without the country descending into further chaos. Pakistan is seen as key to an agreement because of its strong historical ties with the Taliban and its allies."
Roses for the Taliban
and an open invitation to the West
to take their trucks and go home.
Oh well, what the hell,
and a hollower dollar
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|July 8 2012, 11:52 AM |
By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, July 8, 12:50 PM
DAMASCUS, Syria In a show of force, Syria began large-scale military exercises Sunday to simulate defending the country against outside aggression. Damascus staunch ally Iran warned of a catastrophe in the region if no political solution to the 16-month-old Syrian conflict is found.
Tehran is Syrias closest ally, and has stood by President Bashar Assads regime throughout the revolt against his rule despite a growing chorus of international condemnation. The relentless bloodshed has accelerated diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the crisis, and spurred some in the Syrian opposition to urge the West to intervene militarily to stop a conflict that activists say has left more than 14,000 people dead.
AP GOES AIPAC?
Why would the West intervene
when it is the West
that has sponsored
in an effort to destabize Syria
and remove Assad
and attempt another
unsuccessful take over
of another MENA country?
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|July 8 2012, 12:15 PM |
Everyone thinks that foreign relations should be simple. Never have been never will be.
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|July 8 2012, 12:31 PM |
And then there's more than a tempest in a teapot that is getting ready to boil over in Egypt
EGYPT'S NEW PRESIDENT CHALLENGES EGYPT'S MILITARY
"Cairo (CNN) -- Egypt's newly elected president announced Sunday that he's overriding a military edict that dissolved the country's elected parliament and calling on lawmakers back into session in defiance of the generals.
The move is likely to please President Mohamed Morsy's backers in the Muslim Brotherhood, which won the largest share of seats in parliament in elections earlier this year. In a statement issued to CNN, parliament Speaker Mohamed Al Katatney said he welcomed the decision and that lawmakers would convene "within the coming hours."
But it puts Morsy at odds with constitutional experts and Egypt's military, which assumed legislative power following a ruling by Egypt's highest court that threw out the vote. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will hold an emergency meeting to discuss Morsy's decision "and its repercussions," Lt. Col. Mohamed Askar, a council spokesman, said Sunday.
And Aly Hassan, a judicial consultant affiliated with the Justice Ministry, told CNN the order "will be met with objections from constitutional legal experts, and it may be the first test on the relations between Morsy and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces since Morsy took office."
Photos: Egypt's historic elections
Restoring parliament would take power away from generals who ran the country for more than 16 months after the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak. The Supreme Council asserted legislative authority in June, after Egypt's Constitutional Court ruled that a third of lawmakers had been illegally elected and invalidated the election.
Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said that under Sunday's order, new parliamentary elections would be held two months after voters approve a new constitution. The Supreme Council announced in June that it expected a new constitution to be written within three months -- a decision the leaders of Egypt's revolution protested extensively, calling it a limitation on presidential powers.
Hassan said that as president, Morsy "has the authority to take any decision, regardless if its right or wrong." But he added, "Overturning the constitutional court ruling and reinstating parliament is against the constitution, especially that there is no appeal on such court rulings."
And retired Gen. Sameh Seif Al Yazal, the head of the Republican Center for Political Research in Cairo, called Morsy's order "an insult to the hegemony of the judicial system in Egypt."
"I think this decision puts the judicial system in a crisis, and it's a message to the constitutional court," he said. "The president is a role model. How are the Egyptian people going to respect any court rulings after that?"
Morsy, Egypt's first freely elected leader, assumed office June 30. He took the helm of a deeply divided nation that is economically strapped and lacks a working government. He quickly indicated that Egypt's legislative power would return to civilian hands -- and while praising the generals, he said their job was "to protect the boundaries and security of the country."
Coming events are likely to show that from his standpoint, and from that of most Egyptians,
Morsy has acted timely, wisely and with assurance from the vote tallies,
so that his action in calling Egypt's duly elected legislature into session
will have appropriate voter response.
The thought that a supreme judiciary and an injudicious military
can hold in check the legitimate democratic aspirations of a nation
is nothing new---
for that has been true of the United States
almost from the moment of its beginning.
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