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Sunday, 4 December 2011
Metro, Boulot, Philo, Or Philosophie Dans Le Boardroom And Workplace
Cycle de conférence sur la philosophie et le travail à l'ESC Pau
La philosophie peut-elle sauver l’entreprise ?
L’ESC Pau ouvre ses portes aux chefs d’entreprise et aux cadres dirigeants dès le 29 novembre, pour une semaine de philosophie appliquée notamment au monde du travail. Alors, en temps de crise, la philosophie peut-elle sauvée l’entreprise ?
A quoi sert la philo, au boulot? A donner du sens à son job. Par exemple, à ce que l’on vend, ce que l’on produit. « La philo doit permettre aux managers d’être dans l’action sans oublier de réfléchir à la réalité des faits et d’acquérir un esprit critique », souligne Patrice Cailleba, directeur académique et professeur à l’ESC Pau. Aujourd’hui, les managers doivent être bons techniquement (marketing, RH, finances…) mais aussi responsables, vis à vis des clients, des collaborateurs, de leur environnement. « La philosophie est donneuse et porteuse de sens », résume-t-il.
Philosopher au travail
Pas question de se poser un quart d’heure par jour pour philosopher. La philo c’est une démarche, une posture intellectuelle, plus qu’un exercice quotidien. « Ca permet de changer d’attitude pour trouver des solutions.
En acceptant de ne pas tout maîtriser, on s’ouvre au questionnement, au doute et donc au dialogue », explique Damien Goy animateur du blog L’Agora du management, auteur de Socrate, un philosophe au secours de l’entreprise paru la semaine dernière (Maxima).
Par exemple, prenons le dicton suivant : « Les chiffres parlent d’eux-mêmes ». C’est souvent derrière cette petite phrase que les managers se retranchent pour acter leurs décisions. « Pour eux, c’est une manière de se désengager de leurs responsabilités. Cela bannit également tout dialogue socratique autour des valeurs et des émotions », constate ce dernier. Or malgré une apparence scientifique, les chiffres ne sont pas toujours aussi fiables qu’on voudrait le croire. Une utilisation excessive de ces données ferme la possibilité d’un dialogue qui est nécessaire à leur validité.
La philo et la crise
En tout cas, c’est le moment ou jamais pour les entreprises de s’interroger sur leurs valeurs et leur fonctionnement. « La crise a mis deux choses en évidence : des dysfonctionnements économiques mais aussi des comportements inadaptés dont la cupidité, une vision court-termiste… Les décideurs ont répondu par des lois. Or l’éthique morale ne peut pas être réglée par voie législative mais par des débats publics. La philosophie peut y contribuer car elle implique de se poser, pour revenir aux fondamentaux », argumente Damien Goy.
Mais les entreprises sont-elles réceptives ? « Malheureusement très peu », confirme-t-il. Car en temps de crise, les organisations ont tendance à se crisper et à se refermer sur elles-mêmes. Pour elles, l’heure n’est pas au questionnement mais plutôt à la solution miracle. Celle qui impactera rapidement et efficacement le chiffre d’affaires, la marge nette, le cours de bourse… « Pour que les choses évoluent, il faudrait aussi que les philosophes parviennent à sortir de l’université et investissent davantage le champ de l’entreprise », remarque ce dernier.
Sylvie Laidet © Cadremploi.fr
Gilles Lipovestsky, Albert Jacquard, Marcela Iacub… Tous ces penseurs vont s’exprimer librement jusqu’au vendredi 2 décembre dans le cadre de la Semaine de la philosophie organisée par l’ESC Pau.
Posted on 12/04/2011 10:08 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 4 December 2011
"Write On My Tombstone: This Is The Grave Of The One Who Wanted To Annihilate Israel,"
From The Christian Science Monitor:
Why Iran lashes out at West
Is Iran pursuing a systematic strategy to provoke its enemies? It's not always that simple.
By Scott Peterson, December 4, 2011
Members of the Basij militia wait outside Tehran's Mehrabad airport to welcome diplomats expelled from Britain Saturday. All Iranian diplomats left Britain on Friday, expelled by the British government in response to protesters storming its embassy in Tehran, hardening a confrontation between Tehran and the West.
Amid rising clamor in Israel, the United States, and Europe to stop Iran's nuclear program – possibly with military action – a brief but incendiary news item emerged in Iran.
It purported to quote from the last will of the architect of Iran's missile program, "martyr" Maj. Gen. Hassan Moghaddam, who died when a mysterious explosion hit a Revolutionary Guard base last month.
"Write on my tombstone: This is the grave of the one who wanted to annihilate Israel," the obscure Student News Agency reported on Nov. 30, in apparent contradiction of the official line that Iran's missile program is purely defensive.
The decision to publish Moghaddam's final sentiments just a day after hundreds of ideological basiji militants stormed the British embassy – tearing down the Union Jack, stealing portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, and temporarily trapping six diplomats – will be seen by some in the West as further justification for conflict, or at least far harsher sanctions.
What might appear to be part of a systematic strategy by Iran to provoke its enemies, however, may instead be the latest episode in a decades-long pattern of Iranian factions and even "freelancers" using violence and provocative acts to undermine rivals at home – even at the risk of making Iran more vulnerable to attacks from abroad.
The Nov. 29 attack on the British embassy has been cast by analysts as part of a power struggle between Iran's archconservative factions, with some trying to undermine President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
"The argument that Iranians are very strategic is [wrong]. They are very tactical: They think very much in terms of the next move, and not where they want to end up," says Shahram Chubin, an Iran specialist based in Geneva for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
All critical debates in Iran today are among ruling but fractious conservatives, with almost no input from the emasculated liberal opposition, he says.
"There's no one to say: 'Hey, have we thought through what this means, because if we alienate the international community, and antagonize the EU all over again, won't we be more vulnerable to an Israeli attack?' " says Mr. Chubin.
Also there is a tradition of freelancing.... In this case I wouldn't be surprised if it's the Qods Force," he adds, referring to the branch of the Revolutionary Guard that handles covert operations beyond Iran's borders. During the attack on the embassy, portraits of the Qods Force chief were held aloft, and some who breached the gates were identified on Farsi-language websites as Qods Force officers.
The British were an easy target for a regime incensed with increasing pressure from the West.
"There isn't an American embassy to attack," he says. "If you've got a shadow war going on with Israel and the United States, in which people are getting killed and bombed, and facilities are getting attacked, and then they put more pressure on you through the [United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency] and the EU and US sanctions – well, you lash out."
The response was severe: Britain shut down the Iranian Embassy in London and expelled Iran's diplomats; the European Union slapped sanctions on 180 more Iranian entities and people; and the US Senate voted unanimously in favor of sanctions against all who do business with Iran's central bank.
Those were predictable results, but they are leading to an unpredictable endgame. And they fit a long-established pattern that stretches back to 1979, when militant students – acting without the knowledge or even the tacit approval of Iran's revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini – seized the US embassy.
Khomeini later endorsed the move, which was aimed at liberals in the fledgling government but also helped forge a generation of mutual US-Iran hostility.
"It is common for competing groups to sacrifice national interests – such as Iran's international credibility – to achieve their own goals," writes Mehdi Khalaji, an Iran expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, in a recent analysis.
He quotes the 1988 resignation letter of then-Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, who complained that his authority had been "taken away" by interference from the supposedly weaker president.
Mousavi wrote that military and intelligence operations were taking place abroad without his government's knowledge. "Only after an airplane is hijacked are we made aware of it. Only after a machine gun opens fire in one of Lebanon's streets and its noise echoes everywhere do we find out. Only after [Saudi police] find explosive material in Iranian pilgrims' baggage am I informed."
The president in question, Ali Khamenei, soon succeeded Khomeini as supreme leader, a post he retains today.
A number of actions, apparently have since contributed to the tarnishing of Iran's regime.
One involved the Karine A cargo ship, which was seized by Israel in 2002 while en route to Gaza – or possibly to Hezbollah in Lebanon – and carried 50 tons of weaponry including Katyusha rockets, which were loaded onto the boat in Iranian waters.
Iranian sources told the Monitor that when then-President Mohammad Khatami sat all of Iran's security and intelligence chiefs around a table and asked for an explanation, none admitted a role.
President George W. Bush soon there-after labeled Iran part of an "axis of evil."
Another freelance operation may be the alleged assassination plot claimed by the US Justice Department in October, which accuses the Qods Force of using an unlikely used-car salesman in Texas to hire Mexican drug-cartel assassins to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington.
"So unlikely are the details that only a power struggle in Iran could justify it," suggests Mr. Khalaji. "If so, the plot's target likely was not [the ambassador] himself, but rather those elements in the regime that seek a diplomatic opening to the US – namely, Ahmadinejad and his circle."
Indeed, the alleged plot prompted US lawmakers to ratchet up their rhetoric against Iran, with some calling for the "killing" of Iranians to avenge what they called an "act of war" and past killing of Americans.
From the Iranian side, are these all signs of deliberately arousing regime enemies, or the fallout from settling their own scores?
“The attack on the British Embassy was not only illegal and disgraceful, it was also a sign of how statecraft has deteriorated over the past years as a result of internal bickering,” writes Trita Parsi, author of the forthcoming “A Single Role of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran,” in the Huffington Post.
“Key actors within the regime are willing to take excessive risks on the international stage through reckless actions in order to score points in their petty domestic rivalries,” writes Mr. Parsi.
Posted on 12/04/2011 9:21 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Advent Pub sign 4
The Bell in Ingatestone Essex, taken on a dull day, hence the lack of colour to the sky. An example of the Shepherd Neame house style of black and white, surrounded by red, which has produced some attractive signs by virtue of employing competent artists. The original name of the village (and famous hall) was Yenge-atte-stone. Atte is an old Essex name component, as in Stratford-atte-Bow (Chaucer's Prioress) Leyton-atte-stone, and the only one which is still commonly used to my knowledge is Havering-atte-Bower, where a house remains on the site of the Royal Dowager's retirement lodge (or bower).
Leytonstone only has one stone to its name; I was taught that it was a Roman milestone. It has been moved several times, most recently when the M11 link road pierced the town. Ingatestone has six but I have only managed to find three. One now in the side of the parish church; the other two in the High Street, either side of Fryerning Road. The others are in the churchyard somewhere.
Posted on 12/04/2011 2:54 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Afro-Trini Muslims are zealots
This is an interview in the Trinidad Guardian with a Ahmadiyya iman on the subject of Militant Islam in Trinidad and related topics.
A few quotes
Q Imam Hydal, are you of the opinion that Trinidad and Tobago is in danger of being run over by Islamic extremists?
A . . . one of the problems (furrowed brow) with the history of Islam in this country is that when our forefathers came here they came from India. Their knowledge of and practice of Islam according to the Indian tradition is what had been handed down to us.
In recent years, Rabita (a Saudi Arabia-based international Muslim organisation) held a conference and a number of young Trinbagonians have gone to that country in order to learn Arabic in particular. And having come back with their newly acquired knowledge, each one seems to think they know Islam better than the others, so that some of the older Imams who have been trained around that generation who came from India, sometimes are ignored. . .
Our forefathers came from India with a very docile Islam in the sense that those who went to the Middle East met certain groups who are very militant in their understanding of Islam, in a very important aspect of Islam known as Jihad. But our view is that the majority of Muslims in Trinidad and Tobago accept that Jihad means a struggle, an internal struggle for us to achieve betterment of our spiritual values and so on.
Does your organisation sanction that aspect of defending your religion?
No we do not, definitely don’t, because we believe the Jihad of this age is with the pen and that is why I do so much of writing and host a radio programme.
One theory is that Muslim scholars from India and Pakistan have or are influencing the growth of Muslim militants or extremists in this country?
(A doubtful countenance) I am not of that opinion because most of our scholars go to the Middle East, not to India or Pakistan.
Don’t we have scholars from India and Pakistan coming here?
Very rare. The connection I feel is more in the Middle East.
Have you drawn this to the attention of the local authorities?
(Shrugging his shoulders) They do not listen to us. For example, when the matter of the IRO came up.
What precisely was that?
Since 1986, we applied to the Inter-Religious Organisation and we were told in no uncertain terms that we were not Muslims among other reasons that they came up with, and that if we were admitted other Muslim groups would pull out of the IRO.
Imam Hydal, I am hearing some underground grumblings about strong differences, to use a mild term, in the practice of Islam between Afro-Trinis and Indo-Trini Muslims?
Clevon, you must understand that Afro-Trinis were converted into Islam, it is not that they were born into Islam and like in any other religion once you are converted you become a zealot. . .
It is a very strong word, yes, but that is what has led to what we are seeing today . . . Because if you look back carefully, you would see all of them are converts and even what we are seeing now they are converts to Islam, many of them. They went to shed off all that they have learn from Christianity. They want to make sure they become more zealous rather than zealots if you want to use that word.
Posted on 12/04/2011 4:19 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Bomb Explodes Near UK Embassy In Bahrain
From Sky News
A bomb has exploded outside the British embassy in the Gulf nation of Bahrain, the country's interior ministry says. There were no casualties in the explosion, which took place on a bus parked outside the mission in the capital Manama, the ministry and the embassy confirmed.
"Given the strength of the explosion and the debris it scattered, it was a highly-explosive substance that was used," a ministry spokesman said. It was not immediately clear if the British embassy was the target of the bombing.
Security has been boosted across the Gulf kingdom amid fears of violence during the annual Shia Muslim ceremony of Ashura. Cars belonging to Shia worshippers taking part in a procession in Manama had there windows smashed and tyres slashed on Saturday night. A small number of people also threw stones at the marchers.
The Financial Times says that Pro-government analysts in Bahrain are likely to see the hand of Iran behind the blast. The government has long blamed the Islamic republic for interference in the state. They point out that an independent inquiry found that the Bahraini police have used excessive violence and torture against Shia demonstrators. However the inquiry states that it found no discernible evidence that Iran was behind the unrest of February. Other members of the Sunni minority blame the British government for 'interference'.
Posted on 12/04/2011 6:41 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Our Muslim Enemy Pakistan
U.S. Begins Pulling Drones From Pakistan Air Base
December 04, 2011
Following an alleged NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last month and dropped U.S.-Pakistani relations to a new low, U.S. military personnel have started leaving Shamsi air base in Pakistan, a senior Pakistan Army official confirmed to Fox News on Sunday.
According to the official, U.S. cargo planes arrived at Shamsi air base to take equipment and other gear used by U.S. personnel out of the country. The move comes after Pakistan told the U.S. last month to leave within 15 days following a drone attack that Afghan officials say was ordered to protect troops being fired upon at the Afghan-Pakistan border.
Shamsi is used as part of the CIA Predator drone program, and officially the U.S. military is not there. Predator drones were allowed to land at Shamsi when they couldn't make it back to Afghanistan but the U.S. has reduced its dependency on the site since tensions with Pakistan began to rise a year ago.
According to English-language Samaa TV in Pakistan, all roads to the air base have been sealed and Pakistani security troops deployed near the base were put on high alert as the U.S. began its departure.
After the Nov. 26 incident, the U.S. was told to vacate Shamsi by Dec. 11. Islamabad also pulled out of a Dec. 5 conference in Bonn, Germany, on the future of Afghanistan and stopped convoys from sending supplies to U.S. military in Afghanistan from Pakistan.
The U.S. offered condolences for the loss, though it has not admitted guilt for the attack, and sources said Friday that the U.S. military asked the Pakistani military for permission to fire on two outposts on the border with Afghanistan.
According to three senior U.S. military sources who spoke to Fox News, a U.S. military patrol composed of about 20 special operators leading about 80 Afghan special operations forces came under fire on Nov. 26. Within the hour, the forces reached out to a Pakistani colonel at a joint border coordination center and asked if Pakistani military were located in the vicinity where the fire came from. They were told they were not and were given permission to engage, which resulted in three air strikes.
However, the strikes resulted in the Pakistani military engaging, which led to two more air strikes. According to multiple sources, the two additional strikes were not a "deliberate attack" on the Pakistanis. One source said that the U.S. did what it was supposed to do -- coordinate with one of the three border coordination centers manned by Pakistani, U.S. and Afghan forces.
"The process worked," one source told Fox News. "They called the coordination center and gave the Pakistani contact specific coordinates and were told there was no Pakistani military in the vicinity."
Posted on 12/04/2011 9:41 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 4 December 2011
And Tariq Ramadan, With His Boughten Professorship? (In French)
J’ai récemment posté un article paru dans le Oxford Student sur Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, l’élève du bourreau [l’ayatollah iranien Rafsanjani, son père], ou tout du moins son fils.
Et nous apprenions il y a quelque temps que la London School of Economics avait honoré d’un doctorat (Ph.D) ce grand connaisseur de la condition humaine, Seif al-Islam, le fils du défunt Mouammar Kadhafi, et que la thèse du doctorat en question avait été écrite par d’autres que lui (dans la veine du scandale, dans les universités de tout le monde occidental, de ces riches Arabes, Perses, ou Pakistanais qui font appel à des plumes pour écrire leurs papiers) ; cela nous porte à croire qu’aucun de ces diplômes ne peut être pris au sérieux, qu’aucun de ces supposés lettrés n’a travaillé par lui-même, et qu’on doit les en soupçonner tant qu’il n’auront pas apporté la preuve du contraire, la preuve qu’ils ont effectivement étudié, et la preuve, dans une moindre mesure, qu’ils ont été effectivement formés à quelque chose.
Mais le pire scandale, c’est avant tout la nomination d’un certain propagandiste comme titulaire d'une chaire créée et payée par un sombre roitelet arabe (Ce dandin d’émir du Qatar ? Ce si photogénique sultan d’Oman, tout en folklore avec son faucon sur la main ? J’ai oublié lequel…), chaire créée dans le but précis de lui offrir le bon ascendant grâce auquel il peut mener sa campagne douceâtre et sinistre de promotion de l’islam dans tout le monde occidental.
Cet homme, avec sa titularisation achetée clés en mains, c’est Tariq Ramadan. Il est le petit fils d’Hassan El Banna, le fondateur des Frères Musulmans. Chacune de ses sorties publiques est l’occasion d’une nouvelle démonstration de taqiya et de kitman, d’un empilement de mensonges et de demi-vérités débités à un tel rythme qu’on ne peut les réfuter tous, que ce sera difficile de rétorquer, même pour l’adversaire le mieux préparé. Il a pendant un temps enseigné à Genève. Mais avec la publication du livre de Caroline Fourest (« Frère Tariq ») et sa mise en pièces lors de deux émissions à fortes audiences (l’une avec un Nicolas Sarközy à son meilleur, l’autre avec Alain Finkielkraut), il a été temps pour Tariq Ramadan de quitter les contrées francophones où bien trop de gens le connaissaient, et de filer vers les territoires anglophones du Dar al-Harb, à savoir l’Angleterre, et au-delà, le jackpot, les Etats-Unis. Mais tout d’abord, il a tenté sa chance aux Pays Bas. Il a réussi, à force d’argent arabe, à se faire créer une chaire dans une université des Pays Bas. Mais il a vite compris que cela ne marcherait pas, qu’il allait devoir rejoindre l’Angleterre, et donc Oxford ou Cambridge (même si l’Université de Londres, par le SOAS [School of Oriental and African Studies], l’aurait volontiers accueilli).
Tariq Ramadan ne s’est jamais résolu à n’être qu’un humble chargé de conférence au St Antony’s College [d’Oxford], où le département du Moyen Orient (contrairement à ceux, légitimes depuis toujours, de l’Europe de l’Est et de la Russie) était tenu d’une main de fer par Albert Hourani, qui en avait fait un moulin à diplômes pour les Arabes (parmi lesquels Rachid Khalidi), et s’y prélassait du haut de ses responsabilités, y dispensant ses faveurs à la façon d’un abbé gras en son monastère. Et donc il s’est fait créer une chaire à Oxford, une chaire instituée pour lui, et après un « recrutement international », une chaire qu’il a investie comme professeur, lui, Tariq Ramadan. Et est-ce que les responsables d’Oxford, ceux des départements d’études arabes, du Moyen-Orient, ou des études islamiques, ceux qui dépendent tant des contributions financières de ces riches arabes qu’ils courtisent sans cesse, ceux-là, est ce qu’ils se sont élevés contre ce titre de professeur acheté rubis sur l’ongle ? Non. Soit ils n’ont rien dit, soit, bien pire, ils sont tombés en pâmoison devant la justesse et la valeur d’une telle nomination. Tout cela donne la nausée.
Et pendant un temps, Tariq Ramadan a continué sa campagne, celle où il disait « nous [les musulmans] sommes là » et « nous sommes là pour rester » et « il n’y a rien que vous puissiez y faire », pour mieux montrer ensuite le visage de l’extrême affabilité, jusqu’à ce que des gens comme Ibn Warraq ou Ayaan Hirsi Ali ne le mettent KO à l’occasion d’un débat. Il a bien meilleur jeu à débattre avec ceux, occidentaux, qui tremblent à l’idée de croire ce qu’ils apprennent de l’islam, qui se refusent à le croire vraiment, qui aimeraient tant ne pas y croire, se convaincre qu’il n’y a en fait aucun problème, ou que, s’il y en a un, il pourra être facilement résolu.
Mais voilà dix mois que Tariq Ramadan a été exceptionnellement – pour lui – silencieux. Pourquoi ? Et bien, qu’a-t-il à dire sur les événements d’Egypte, son pays d’origine ? - quand bien même se croit-il fondé à se considérer comme européen, car il se trouve qu’il est certes né et a été élevé en Europe mais comme le fils fanatique d’un père fanatique, qui était lui-même le fils d’un grand père encore plus fanatique. Et bien, qu’a donc à dire Tariq Ramadan sur l’Egypte ? Peut-il prendre le parti de cette minuscule opposition laïque et libérale, qui a si peur des Frères Musulmans ? Bien sûr que non. Peut-il se faire le porte-voix de la persécution, des attaques meurtrières envers les coptes ? Non, il ne le peut pas. Il ne le fera pas. Donc, il fait profil bas pour le moment.
Le Oxford Student devrait examiner les sources de financement de Tariq Ramadan, examiner comment il a été nommé titulaire d'une chaire à Oxford, examiner ses soi-disantes « brillantes études ». Cela exigerait un travail de journalisme d’investigation de haut niveau. Mais cela en amuserait certainement plus d’un. Cela serait utile à toute la sphère académique de voir exposées au grand jour la pourriture et la corruption dues à cet argent arabe, cet argent qui n’afflue pas seulement pour construire des centres d’études islamiques dans des endroits comme Durham et Exeter, mais aussi pour que seuls y prévalent ceux qui souhaitent défendre la foi de l’islam, et éviter de subir des critiques émanant d’Arabie Saoudite, du Koweit et des Emirats - c'est-à-dire émanant des donateurs qui surveillent minutieusement qui est nommé aux postes clés de ces centres, et qui s’assurent qu’aucune voix indépendante ou critique n’y soit entendue.
Oui, il faudrait publier le feuilleton du « Comment Tariq Ramadan a-t-il obtenu sa chaire universitaire ? » - à commencer par sa décision de quitter le monde francophone, par son faux départ aux Pays Bas, par son poste de chargé de cours au St. Antony ‘s College, et enfin ce stratagème de lui acheter une chaire, stratagème qui a si bien marché pour lui, et a fait tant de tort à l’image d’Oxford, et au moral des professeurs qui y méritaient leur nomination, et au moral de ceux qui n’ont jamais obtenu de titre de professeur mais étaient parfaitement au courant du scandale sous-jacent à la nomination de Tariq Ramadan.
Le scandale de ceux qui ont été admis comme étudiants a été traité comme il se doit (intéressant de noter d’ailleurs cette coutume des musulmans riches et puissants de vouloir étudier, ou faire étudier leurs enfants, autant qu’ils le peuvent dans le monde occidental – et pourtant ils ne se demandent même pas pourquoi les élites musulmanes, dans leurs propres pays riches mais misérables, cherchent tant à mettre leurs enfants dans des écoles chrétiennes ou occidentales, ou à les envoyer dans le monde occidental pour leurs études). Ici le fils Rafsanjani, là le fils Kadhafi, et encore là des dizaines de princes et princesses d’opérette – c’est si facile !
Mais le scandale de la nomination de Tariq Ramadan à la tête d'une chaire universitaire est d’une toute autre importance. Et il en va de même pour toutes ces manières qu’ont musulmans et non-musulmans idolâtres de l’islam de s’entraider, de s’embaucher les uns les autres, de se promouvoir les uns les autres, dans tous les départements académiques d’études islamiques ou moyen-orientales au Royaume Uni et dans tout le monde occidental.
Cela a été complètement dévoilé – entre autres par Martin Kramer.
Mais il ne faut jamais relâcher les efforts en la matière.
Pourquoi donc ne pas lancer une série d’articles, dans un grand quotidien de Londres plutôt qu’un journal d’étudiants d’Oxford, sur Tariq Ramadan et sa résistible ascension ?
Source : And Tariq Ramadan, With His Boughten Professorship?, par Hugh Fitzgerald, NER, 22 novembre 2011. Traduction par Olaf pour Poste de veille
Posted on 12/04/2011 10:22 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Holiday Wish List For Ambassador Gutman
Majid Khadduri, War and Peace in the Law of Islam
Antoine Fattal, Le Statut Legal de Musulmans en Pays d'Islam
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Infidel, Nomad
Wafa Sultan, A God Who Hates
Samuel Katz, Battleground
Bat Ye'or, The Dhimmi, Islam and Dhimmitude
Andrew Bostom ed., The Legacy of Jihad, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism
Posted on 12/04/2011 1:59 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Pick-Tsar Productions Doing Worse Than Expected At Ballot Box Office
From The New York Times:
December 4, 2011
Russian Governing Party’s Victory Looks to Be Much Smaller Than Expected
MOSCOW — Russian voters streamed to the polls on Sunday in a parliamentary election that has shaped up as a referendum on the governing party and Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin as he prepares to return to the presidency next year.
While there was little question that the party, United Russia, would win the most votes, given its huge structural advantages and weak opposition, the central question was how well it could continue to sell its message of stability to an increasingly weary electorate, now widely empowered by the Internet to gripe about the status quo.
With the results still being counted, United Russia declared victory on Sunday evening. “While the 2010-2011 elections in the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal saw the change of ruling parties, we can now say calmly that United Russia remains the ruling party, and I would to thank our voters for that,” Boris Gryzlov, the chairman of the party’s Supreme Council said.
But two exit polls suggested that the party was on its way to losing far more seats than anticipated, potentially redrawing the political landscape, with voters expressing a louder-than-expected message of frustration.
The party’s supporters said that preserving the current system, with Mr. Putin in charge, was the only prudent course.
Galina I. Popkova, 76, said she voted for United Russia to avoid political paralysis. “I think we need to allow one side to be stronger, so that we will move forward, even if that movement is slow,” she said, though she warned that the government needed to start showing results. “Russians, we are like bears, we are so patient,” she said. “But when our patience ends, then we begin to growl.”
Darya I. Mychkina, 96, held a United Russia poster showing the faces of Mr. Putin and President Dmitri A. Medvedev. “How can you not vote for these beautiful men?” she asked.
But a growing minority of discontented voters voiced their dissatisfaction in numerous ways: voting for any party but United Russia, spoiling their ballots by scrawling political messages on them or boycotting the election.
“Today, I am not voting for someone but against someone, because there is no one appealing to vote for,” said Sergei Tarakanov, 62, who stood in the snow in a leather coat and porkpie hat outside a school in central Moscow where he had just cast his ballot. “So I am a protest voter. Today, I am voting against the party of thieves and swindlers.”
Fatigue with United Russia has been building for years, and the election was expected to reflect that feeling. And Mr. Putin’s announcement on Sept. 24 that he intended to swap places with Mr. Medvedev next year seemed to annoy voters.
The party’s support dipped, and the Kremlin recently acknowledged that United Russia would almost certainly lose the two-thirds supermajority that allows it to make changes to the Constitution without consulting the opposition.
United Russia currently holds 315 seats in the 450-seat Duma, the lower house of Parliament, and the party had said it could lose as many as 75. While Mr. Putin is still expected to easily win a separate presidential election in March, a steep loss for his party on Sunday would reflect flagging support for him as well.
Final results were expected on Monday.
The election also seemed to mark a new chapter in Russian cyberpolitics. Throughout the campaign, voters used cellphones to record video of heavy-handed politicking, including bribery attempts, campaign law violations and other manipulations, and to then quickly distribute the evidence on the Web.
There were also several attacks on political Web sites on Sunday. Golos, the country’s only independent election monitor, which was fined about $1,000 by a Moscow court on Friday for breaking the law by publishing complaints of campaign abuses, had its Web site disabled by a cyberattack on Sunday morning.
Several other sites also reported crippling attacks, including Ekho Moskvy, a popular radio station, and LiveJournal, the country’s most popular blogging platform. United Russia reported that one of its Web sites, established to track campaign violations by its opponents, had also come under assault.
Experts said the most significant campaign violation may be the hardest to prove: United Russia’s use of government resources to help its political campaign.
United Russia has a huge structural advantage. Russia elects members of Parliament proportionally by party list. The United Russia lists are all headed by Mr. Medvedev, but they also typically include an array of well-known state and local politicians, and even celebrity athletes and performers.
Many of these candidates draw votes even though they may never serve in Parliament. Under complex rules, the parties can replace candidates who withdraw. Only United Russia has the resources to field strong lists in every region.
The opposition parties best-positioned to win seats from United Russia were the Communists and the nationalist Liberal Democrats. Some voters said the two parties’ historical baggage left them with a wrenching choice.
A 30-year-old bank clerk, who would give only his first name, Alexei, said he had voted for the Communists as a protest.
Ruman Urovlyov, 35, a nutritionist, said he would spoil his ballot. “These elections are illegitimate, and I plan to write several strong Russian words on my ballot,” he said.
A third opposition party, Just Russia, was also expected to gain at United Russia’s expense.
There were scattered reports of voting irregularities, a smattering of protests and some arrests. The police presence was heavy at many polling stations and on the streets in many cities.
In Moscow, the police broke up a few protests by members of marginal leftist parties and a group representing people who lost money in real estate frauds. The organizers were arrested. At Revolution Square, a few protesters milled about in the cold drizzle and yelled, “Free elections!” before the police dispersed them.
Eduard Limonov, a poet and politician who founded the now disbanded National Bolshevik Party, invited journalists to his apartment to lay out complaints against the election, not wanting to wait until a protest later because he is typically arrested right away.
“It’s totally manipulated in advance, a total manipulation, a total lie,” he said. “It’s a show, a macabre, stupid show.” As expected, he was arrested after stepping out of his car at Triumfalnaya Square, a traditional protest spot.
At Moscow State University, there were long lines and some administrative confusion, but voting mostly proceeded without incident.
Lilia Yapparova, 21, said she had settled on the Yabloko party. “I think Yabloko can bring young politicians to the Duma,” she said, adding that her main concern was the possibility of stagnation given Mr. Putin’s plans to return as president. “For the next 12 years, I will live like it’s not for real,” she said.
Of 14 people interviewed after leaving the polling station in a working-class neighborhood in north Moscow, 6 said they had cast their vote for the Liberal Democratic Party, 2 said they had voted for United Russia, 2 for the Communist Party, 2 for Yabloko and 1 for Just Russia.
Vladislav Voronkov, 21, said the makeup of the next Duma will send a warning that voters will push back if their demands are not met. “If nothing changes, there will be mass dissatisfaction,” he said. Of Mr. Putin, he added, “The population is giving him one more chance.”
Posted on 12/04/2011 2:12 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Omri Ceren: Where Ambassador Gutman Goes Wrong
Well-degreed, eager to well-liked in Belgium as its "favorite ambassador," Ambassador Gutman is not about to start reading Qur'an, Hadith, Sira, or for that matter any of the books I've just listed for his Wish List -- that is, our wish list for him, for his taste probably runs to the latest effusion by that cheat-and-charmer Bill Clinton, or perhaps a biography of Nelson Mandela, or something.
Here at Contentions Omri Ceren describes what is wrong with Gutman's view -- a view that perhaps comforts him, Gutman, because to understand, to recognize, the immutable source of Muslim antisemitism that has nothing to do with israel would be too painful for him. That's understandable. But it's still not acceptable for him to take his psychological need not to believe in what is staring him in the face, and from that turn things topsy-turvy and blame Israeli acts, designed to protect the people of Israel, as the cause of Muslim antisemitism.
It’s Israel’s fault:
Growing global anti-Semitism is linked to Israel’s policy towards the Palestinians, the American ambassador to Belgium told stunned Jewish conference attendants in Brussels earlier this week…. [Howard] Gutman told participants he was apologizing in advance if his words are not to their liking. He then proceeded to make controversial statements about his views on Muslim anti-Semitism, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Friday. A distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism, which should be condemned, and Muslim hatred for Jews, which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Gutman said. He also argued that an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty will significantly diminish Muslim anti-Semitism.
In no particular order:
(1) As a sheer historical matter, of course, he’s demonstrably wrong.
Muslim anti-Semitism stretches back centuries. Just last week we passed the 70th anniversary of the meeting between the Mufti of Jerusalem and Hitler, where the two of them conspired to wipe out European and Middle East Jewry. The Mufti, citing Muslim dogma and history, committed to helping the Nazis fulfill their genocidal ambitions. A few decades later, then-Secretary of State John Foster Dulles was explaining to Congress why the U.S. was withholding war planes from Israel while selling them to Saudi Arabia, and he explained that Muslim states “have felt for a long time – it goes back centuries – a very particular animosity toward the Jews because they credited the assassination of Mohammed to a Jew.”
It could be Dulles just didn’t realize that Muslim anti-Semitism had only existed for a couple of decades, and that the Mufti just didn’t know he was supposed to wait for the creation of Israel to become anti-Semitic. Although given how Muslim anti-Semitism is eschatological, and involves precise roles for Jews during the end-times and reserves an explicit place for them in hell, it’s more likely he hated Jews for religious reasons and that Gutman is making things up.
(2) The Obama administration is going to have to get creative about walking this one back. It’s gracious that Gutman told attendees in advance they wouldn’t like what he was about to say, but rhetorically and argumentatively it makes things more complicated. Usually when the White House tries to walk back its anti-Israel gaffes, officials roll their eyes and insist the controversy is just being manufactured to smear Obama. It’s going to be hard to claim Gutman’s words weren’t meant to be controversial, inasmuch as he began his speech by noting he was about to say something controversial.
(3) It’s also going to be hard for the administration to say Gutman’s views do not reflect Obama’s broader approach to Israel and the Israeli-Arab conflict. Quite the opposite, they fit perfectly into the linkage dogma embraced by Obama and the foreign policy left, where pathologies in the Arab world are the result rather than the cause of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Pseudo-sophisticated experts insisted for years that Sunnis wouldn’t mobilize against Iran because of Israel, a myth that was debunked by Wikileaks. They emphasized the idea that the Israeli-Arab conflict prevented Arab democratization, something the Arab Spring disproved. And now apparently centuries-old and world-wide Islamic anti-Semitism is the result of a sliver of a state fighting for its existence on the Eastern Mediterranean.
(4) These outbursts are becoming something of a capital T “Thing” for Obama donors, of which Gutman – having raised more than $500,000 for the president and the Democratic Party – is one. George Sorosâ€‹ also expressed the view on multiple occasions. One more time and it becomes a trend! Soros’s 2003 statements, by the by, went viral on hate sites like Stormfront, conspiracy hubs like AboveTopSecret, and progressive forums like Democratic Underground. Gutman’s statements will undoubtedly do the same, this time with the imprimatur of an Obama-appointed U.S. official.
(5) Just for completion’s sake, it’s worth noting that even if Gutman wasn’t simply inventing history, the idea of Israeli concessions as a salve for Muslim anti-Semitism is backwards. Islamists put theological priority on humiliating and extracting concessions from Jews, such that vaunted “confidence-building measures” are more likely to fuel rather than dampen Muslim anti-Semitism. Scholar Richard Landes keeps an entire archive on the phenomenon, and you can see here and here and here for some recent examples. There might be other reasons to coerce Israel into making security and territorial concessions to Arab entities. But decreasing Muslim hatred for Jews can’t honestly be described as one of them.
Posted on 12/04/2011 2:43 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Tunisians Firing On LIbyans
From the Kuwait Times:
Libyans protest attacks, thefts in Tunisia border
RAS JDIR: Libyans returning from neighbouring Tunisia said they were attacked and robbed there, as former rebel fighters showed readiness on Saturday to stay away from the troubled Ras Jdir border post. The crossing, 180 kilometres (115 miles) west of Tripoli, closed on Wednesday when Tunisian guards stopped work complaining of lack of protection against armed and unarmed fighters deployed on the Libyan side of the frontier.
On Friday, Tunisia closed a second border post in Dehiba after allegations of attacks on Tunisians inside the Libyan border. And Tunis Air has cancelled flights to Libya since last week. But on Saturday, Libyans entering their country from Ras Jdir complained of facing steady attacks from Tunisians while on their way home, often forcing them to drive through unknown terrain to avoid being robbed.
Around 10 people stopped my car near the Tunisian city of Madnin and robbed me and my friends," Suleiman Zahra, a businessman from Tripoli crossing the border post, told an AFP correspondent at the scene. "They threw stones at my car and shouted abuse at us. It was a nightmare as I was bringing back a friend who was treated in Tunisia after having been wounded in the fighting" that toppled Moamer Kadhafi's regime. The only traffic at the Ras Jdir crossing on Saturday was Libyans entering from Tunisia, man
y returning after months of taking refuge from the war. The border was closed to Libyans trying to cross into Tunisia.
Apart from returning Libyans, only armed former Libyan rebels in their cars and pick-up trucks were moving around the crossing which usually sees thousands of people criss-crossing between the two countries each day. Tension between the two neighbours was triggered after a Libyan rebel reportedly shot and wounded a Tunisian customs official as he forced his way across the border. Tunisian authorities closed the Ras Jdir and Dehiba crossings after the incident.
On Thursday, Tunis voiced its "deep concern" at the border incidents and called on Tripoli to manage its side of the Ras Jdir crossing with professional forces. A Libyan border official said the fighters who led the uprising against Kadhafi have been ordered to steer clear of the border with Tunisia.
There was a meeting by Libyan border officials and it was decided to ask the (former) rebels to move back two kilometres (over one mile) from the (Ras Jdir) border," said Colonel Mohamed Jarafa. "The decision is expected to be implemented later today or early tomorrow. We don't want this to be a problem between the two governments," Jarafa said. The official did not deny the incidents cited by Tunisian authorities but played them down. "Some rebels are unaware of the consequences of their actions," he sa
Another Libyan border official, Najmi Moamer, said the former rebels had been helping man the borders for several months by checking passports and car registration documents. On Saturday, fighters, mostly from the town of Zuwarah, remained in the border area. Regular blasts of gunfire could be heard and civilian pick-up trucks loaded with heavy artillery roamed the area.
Fighters who spoke to AFP said they were ready to move away from the border crossing but wanted Tunis to open the crossing. "We have no problem to move back and we took up arms only to liberate our country," said fighter Nader Mansur, a resident of Zuwarah. But Tunisia "must open the border" and halt attacks against returning Libyans. "They are attacking our people and we know who these attackers are. They are Tunisians paid by loyalists of Kadhafi who escaped to Tunisia during the early days of the revolu
Libyan businessman Osama Mohammed Hassan said he spent an entire night at a farm in Tunisia with his wife, mother and brother, before he could reach the border crossing. "They (Tunisian men) are drunk and are attacking any Libyan vehicle they see. My car was also hit between Madnin and Ben Gerden," another Tunisian city, he said. "We treat Tunisians like our brothers. They are the only ones allowed to visit Libya without visas and still they treat us like this." -
Posted on 12/04/2011 5:11 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 4 December 2011
"I Can Call Oil Prices From The Vasty Deep"
Iran says oil would go over $250 if exports banned
(Reuters) - Iran warned the West on Sunday any move to block its oil exports would more than double crude prices with devastating consequences on a fragile global economy.
"As soon as such an issue is raised seriously the oil price would soar to above $250 a barrel," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in a newspaper interview.
The comments come as Iran strives to contain international reaction to the storming of the British embassy last week, a move which drew immediate condemnation from around the world and may galvanize support for tougher action against Tehran.
Washington and EU countries were already discussing measures to restrict oil exports after the United Nations nuclear watchdog issued a report in November with what it said was evidence that Tehran had worked on designing an atom bomb.
Iran says its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.
The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to penalize foreign financial institutions that do business with Iran's central bank
-- which takes payment for the 2.6 million barrels Iran exports a day. The European Union is considering a ban -- already in place in the United States -- on Iranian oil imports.
So far neither Washington nor Brussels has finalized its move against the oil trade or the central bank amid fears of the possible impact on the global economy of restricting oil flows from the world's fifth biggest exporter.
But the British embassy attack dragged relations with Europe to a long-time low and Iran is now facing rising rhetoric about a direct hit on its main source of foreign earnings.
Until recently, Iran had dismissed as ineffective mounting sanctions aimed at forcing it to halt its nuclear activities. Mehmanparast's comments show a more defensive stance.
"No one welcomes the sanctions, we know that sanctions create obstacles, but we want to say we will overcome these obstacles," Mehmanparast told Sharq daily.
"Imposing sanctions on oil and gas is among the sanctions that, if one wants to do that, the consequences should be fully considered before taking any action," Mehmanparast said.
"I do not think the situation in the world and especially in the West today is prepared enough to raise such discussions."
Britain's embassy in Tehran was ransacked on Tuesday after London announced unilateral sanctions on Iran's central bank. London evacuated staff, closed the embassy and the biggest EU states withdrew their ambassadors in protests.
Rising tensions were enough to push up crude prices with ICE Brent January crude up 95 cents on Friday to settle at $109.94 a barrel.
Mehmanparast warned the EU on Saturday to avoid tying itself to British interests.
Posted on 12/04/2011 5:22 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 4 December 2011
A Cinematic Musical Interlude: That Ain't Right (Fats Waller, Ada Brown)
Posted on 12/04/2011 5:41 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Biden Promises American Help To Syria Once Alawites Are Overthrown -- But Why?
U.S. ready to help Syria after Assad falls: Biden
By Alister Bull
(Reuters) - The United States and Turkey are reviewing how to help Syria if pro-democracy protests drive President Basher al -Assad from power, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday, but the two allies have not discussed concrete "next steps".
Washington and Ankara have both called for Assad to go, but both worry it could deepen instability in a region already rocked by the Arab Spring, and as U.S. troops leave Iraq by the end of the month.
Biden, in an interview with reporters travelling with him to Athens from Istanbul, said the collapse of the Assad regime would not necessarily spark a wider regional sectarian conflict, which some see pitting the Sunni-dominated west of neighboring Iraq against Shi'ites in that country and in Iran.
"There was a sense in our discussions that it would be able to be handled without any conflagration going beyond Syria, and that it could be localized to Syria," said Biden, characterizing his meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday.
Turkey has joined the Arab League in slapping tough sanctions on Syria, once a close friend, in response to Assad's bloody crackdown on protests, and has talked openly about the need to be ready for any scenario, including setting up a buffer zone to contain any mass influx of refugees.
France has separately talked about a "humanitarian corridor" to help civilians caught in the violence that has killed over 3,500 people.
Biden, speaking to reporters in his private cabin on Air Force Two, said the issue of a buffer zone had not come up in his two hour meeting with Erdogan.
"(To) the extent we talked about any 'what-next' steps, there were generic discussions about having to go in and provide some help and possibly economic assistance and stability, not militarily, but helping the Syrians," Biden said. "We're in this to see Assad come down and then determine what would be the most helpful thing for the international community to do to establish stability in that country." [if Assad -- and the Alawites -- "come down" then it's very bad for the Christians, Syrian and also those who have fled to Syria from Iraq. Does the Administration not realize this? Does it realize, and not care, preferring at all costs "democracy" and "getting on the right side of history" as in Egypt, as in Tunisia?]
Biden's eight day trip began in Iraq, and he spent much of his time with Erdogan and Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who he met the day before in Ankara, talking about the country's future after U.S. troops have pulled out. Biden said his main message was to emphasize that although the American war in Iraq was over, the United States remained engaged.
Washington and Ankara have kept in close touch over Syria but differ in their approach to Iran. Washington wants Ankara to adopt tougher sanctions against Tehran, but that is hard for the Turks, who get about 30 percent of their imported oil from Iran. Biden said the United States and Turkey might disagree "tactically" about sanctions on Iran, but shared the same strategic goal.
"The United States is going to maintain its leadership role in the entire region, from Iraq to Iran, to the Arab Spring, and it just makes sense we coordinate as closely as we can with our friends and allies who have the same overall strategic interests we have," he said. [no truly Muslim country can be either a friend or an ally or have "the same overall strategic interests" as the largest Infidel land; occasionally the perceived interests may overlap, as now when Saudi Arabia wishes to see Iran weakened and the Iranian threat diminished, and so does the United States, but for different reasons]
Posted on 12/04/2011 7:33 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Americans Spent $120 Billion This Year In Afghanistan; Afghanistan Wants Outside Aid Until 2025 - All In Favor Say Aye
From The Washington Post:
Afghanistan says it will need outside aid until 2025
BONN — Afghanistan expects to remain dependent on international economic assistance until 2025, according to projections President Hamid Karzai will deliver to global partners at a conference here Monday.
Together with ongoing costs to support the Afghan army and police forces, at least $10 billion in assistance will be required annually after the scheduled departure of foreign combat forces by the end of 2014.
“At first glance, this figure may look enormous,” a final draft of the Afghan report said. But its total cost “will be lower than a single year of current military expenditure” by the international community of about $140 billion, it said. [why should the primitive collection of tribes, living for centuries in the most remote and most impoverished part of the world, receive anything from us? Why not return to the antebellum status quo, with only occasional forays by drones and special forces, as the case may require? What claim do the primitive Muslims in Afghanistan have on Infidels? If Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Emirates, Qatar, et al want to support them, by all means let them. But after having spent a trillion dollars on the Afghan madness, why waste a dollar more?]
The United States and the World Bank anticipate that Afghanistan’s economic growth of up to 11 percent in recent years will drop by more than half as security responsibility is transferred to Afghan forces over the next three years.
“This decline, if left unmitigated, could have a serious effect on stability, particularly in those regions and sectors that have been most bolstered by external funding,” according to an Obama administration assessment sent to Congress on Friday. [why is "stability" in the Muslim lands desirable? Permanent instability is more likely to serve our purposes, forcing the locals to fight each other, and not to have resources left to attack Infidels].
The Bonn conference, chaired by Afghanistan on the tenth anniversary of the international gathering here that established an interim Afghan government following the overthrow of the Taliban, will seek broad donor commitments to not abandon their support after the end of military operations.
All donors are under severe budget constraints. The fear is that as their military efforts decrease, they will begin to withdraw economic assistance. The United States, by far the largest contributor, will spend about $120 billion in Afghanistan this year, less than a tenth of it in nonmilitary aid.
The continuation of economic assistance “is an obligation that has to be met to ensure that we don’t throw away 10 years of blood and treasure” spent fending off a Taliban return, said a senior official of one of the several international organizations with major roles in Afghanistan. [the colossal waste in Afghanistan is apparently to be followed by even more colossal waste, so that the initial idiotic waste will not have been.....wasted.]
NATO agreed at a summit last year that it would end its combat role in Afghanistan in December 2014. In July, President Obama announced an initial withdrawal of 33,000 U.S. troops by next September, leaving about 68,000.
In an ongoing transition process, the Afghans have now assumed security control for more than half the country, although foreign forces continue to provide advice and backup in those areas.
Posted on 12/04/2011 8:03 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Waste Must Be Wasted In Order That The Previous Waste Might Not Go To Waste
From the article on Afghanistan posted just below:
The continuation of economic assistance “is an obligation that has to be met to ensure that we don’t throw away 10 years of blood and treasure” spent fending off a Taliban return, said a senior official of one of the several international organizations with major roles in Afghanistan.
Posted on 12/04/2011 8:35 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald