Archive for January 8th, 2009

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Things I read today – Jan 8, 2009

January 8, 2009

Two main topics today: the ‘cut-off’ of gas to Europe by Russia, and Internet surveillance. The other side of the headline. Or, The blogs we post today may not be allowed tomorrow.

Russia Halts Gas Supplies To European Nations

Russia, Ukraine resume talks on gas dispute
MOSCOW, January 8 (RIA Novosti) – Russian energy giant Gazprom and Ukraine’s national energy company Naftogaz resumed talks early on Thursday to resolve the current crisis around gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine, Gazprom’s spokesman said.

Gazprom CEO arrives in Brussels for talks with EU officials
There is the other side of the story (as you might suspect). Ukraine won’t pay Russia so Russia cuts off supplies. Because pipeline to Europe is through the Ukraine, Ukraine decides to steal from the pipeline. Russia cuts off pipeline to the Ukraine. A little bit different than mainstream interpretations, eh?

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More Evidence of Pentagon War Against the Internet
Further evidence has emerged revealing how the Pentagon is in the business of responding to blog posts critical of the U.S. government. Noah Shachtman, writing for Wired, posts an Air Force flowchart used for “counter-blogging” purposes. (See source for chart close-up)


Barack Obama’s ‘Black Widow’ : The Super Spy Computer
‘The NSA’s colossal Cray supercomputer, code-named the ‘Black Widow,’ scans millions of domestic and international phone calls and e-mails every hour. . . . The Black Widow, performing hundreds of trillions of calculations per second, searches through and reassembles key words and patterns, across many languages.’

Vets Sue MK-ULTRA CIA Over Mind Control Tests
For two decades or more, the CIA and the military allegedly plied the unwitting with acid, weed, and dozens of psychoactive drugs, in a series of zany (and sometimes dangerous) mind-control experiments. Now, the Vietnam Veterans of America are suing the agency and the Pentagon for perceived abuses suffered under the so-called “MK-ULTRA” and other projects.

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Why feed them between bombings?

January 8, 2009

At the beginning of the Iraq invasion, I recall listening to the radio as the USA announced that the bombing would cease and food and medical supplies would be air dropped in the afternoon. What incredible absurdity! At the time I was working for a local paper and thought what a shame that the publication’s topic did not include such unbelievable events.

Shocked this morning at Israel’s allowing humanitarian supplies into Gaza for three hours daily, the horrible irony of ‘Bomb ’em, Feed ’em, Bomb ’em’ washed over me like a rogue wave on the beach.  It is insanity.  The hostility would end with a bomb-bomb stratedy; or with a feed-feed option (this option being the true solution for all but one that would be inconceivable for Israelis).

Let’s see now….why not just Bomb ’em, Bomb ’em? The answer to this would reveal the types of international power cartels most of us don’t know about and which will not be revealed on mainstream news. Whatever stays Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza, is a mystery. Consider the following:

1. Israeilis have already announced they don’t give a flying fart about world opinion. And I think they are telling the truth here.
2. Perhaps Israel has had an epiphany of conscience? It feels badly for Gazans and wish to make up for some of the damage of the past half century? And act decently toward the undeserving terrorists?
3. Or perhaps Ohlmert feels guilty about the injured Palestinian children?
4. How about this one? “Bomb ’em, Bomb ’em” has become unpopular with Israelis and is hurting Ohlmert’s political status? I doubt this from reports I have read; all show that most Israelis support the bombing of Gaza.
5. Israel has decided the ‘lesson’ to Gaza is sufficient and now wishes to ease off? It’s possible, I suppose: depends on what the orignial motive for the invasion is (and we don’t know that).

I am still left with the gruesome question, ‘Why feed and provide medical supplies to Palestinians between bombings at all?’  It is clear Isreal wants to slaughter Gazans: do Israeli soldiers need a three hour nap in the afternoon to have strength for the evening slaughter?

Taking as certainty that Israel never does anything that is not in its own self-interest, what stays the hand of the savage bully between torture and murder sessions? Israel has a reason for this action and, since it would be safe to rule out altruistic motives, why the change of tactics?

Cui Bono? Israel first of course. How? This is the question that haunts me.

I have few facts to go on but some are safe assumptions:

  • Russia has been actively pressuring Israel
  • EU and UN ditto
  • USA stands behind Israel
  • British Government in support; British people mostly against the bombing.
  • China? Who knows?
  • Arab countries? Differences.
  • Big Dogs (Creme de la creme, Rothschilds, Rockefellars etc.) have been silent in the media

What occurs to me is that from among these influences, Israel has been given a hearty incentive to switch to a “Bomb ’em, Feed ’em” strategy. It could be positive or negative and from any source or combination of powers as listed above.

Someone perhaps, has threatened Israel with some consequences, in either the economic, military or political arenas; and, it is in Israel’s self-interest to listen. Most* would approve of humanitarian aid entering Gaza, even if the Israelis will continue to slaughter them three hours later. Where there is life, there is hope.

But Israel does not act from this motivation; in fact, Israel wants Palestinians to have NO hope.
Most agree this will only make the resolve of the Palestinians hotter than ‘Molten lead’. Again, this is certainly not the reason Israel has agreed to a three hour ceasefire for humanitarian aid.

So what is Israel’s motive? I am left puzzled in the mystery and absurdity of it all. I have learned one thing though:  If I keep asking the tough questions again and again, sometimes over decades, eventually I get an answer.  The worst thing is though, I don’t always want to know the answers I get; and the only way to screen out the horror, is to not ask such pesky questions to begin with.


*Most:  I refer here to readers of this blog.