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April 15th 2009 in 2009 April, Daily Times, English Columns

The world’s most dangerous prime minister —Brian Cloughley

There is an “apocalyptic cult” controlling over 100 nuclear weapons. It is a cult commanded by Binyamin Netanyahu, a psychotic warmonger who also exercises control over US foreign policy

One of the more intriguing international headlines last week was “Growing Anger at US Killings in Afghanistan: Unborn Baby Shot in the Womb Definitely Not a Militant”; and I began to write about the foreign cowboys whose slaughter has alienated so many citizens of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and encouraged countless young men into the welcoming explosive jackets of the barbaric Taliban.

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By BRIAN CLOUGHLEY

Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt were pretty close, politically and personally. They led the fight against fascism in the early 1940s, and although they had their disagreements they got on very well. They were both blunt in expressing their views, but there was no doubt who was the more powerful : Roosevelt called the shots, although Churchill had a lot of influence on him. But it would have been unthinkable for Churchill to have behaved in the way that the present (though not for long) prime minister of Israel did with the present (though not for long) president of the United States.

Prime minister Olmert of Israel, who has been forced to stand down because of allegations of corruption, telephoned President Bush to make the latter alter his orders to his Secretary of State to support a mild resolution in the UN Security Council that called for a ceasefire in Gaza. The barely believable transcript of Olmert’s boasting of his success is on public record. He said:

“I [Olmert] spoke with him [Bush]; I told him: You can’t vote for this proposal. He said: listen, I don’t know, I didn’t see, don’t know what it says. I told him: I know, and you can’t vote for it! He then instructed the secretary of state, and she did not vote for it.”

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Taliban and traitors —Brian Cloughley

The Taliban are traitors to Pakistan. They must be tracked down and brought to justice for their actions. But to imagine their blinkered viciousness might be supported or condoned by the army’s most senior officers, whose honour and loyalty are beyond question, is stretching credulity far too far
Last July, the New York Times published an article stating that “Stephen R Kappes, the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, accompanied Admiral Michael Mullen, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff on a secret visit to Islamabad on July 12. This visit was aimed at confronting Pakistan’s most senior officials with new information about ties between [the Directorate of Inter Services Intelligence] and militants operating in Pakistan’s tribal areas… According to one senior [and, as usual, anonymous] US official, Mr Kappes delivered a very pointed message, declaring that ‘Look, we know there’s a connection, not just with Haqqani but also with other bad guys and ISI, and we think you could do more and we want you to do more about it’.”

What ignorant arrogance.

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from Daily Times

Obama’s policy is clear: drone-launched missile attacks will continue inside the territory of any nation because he considers that international custom and law do not apply to America. He is endorsing a dreadful precedent, and may well come to regret his decision to permit these illegal forays

During the Bush regime, we became accustomed to the United States dealing contemptuously with the world. Patronising insults and brutal military assaults were the norm, and no attention was paid to those who protested against destruction of people and property if these were in some manner deemed a threat in the absurd ‘war on terror’. Bush’s Washington thought it had a heaven-sent right to declare that countries were “with us or against us”, and Israel, which was especially “with us”, had total support for its vicious treatment of the Palestinian people.

When Barack Obama was elected president, it was expected that the era of the kill-crazy cowboys would end. The CIA would be reined in and illegal killings within the territory of foreign nations would cease. There would be an end to torture as state policy, and international law and custom would apply — and respect for America would at least be partially restored.

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