Arkiv for 23. februar 2011

Video: Johan Galtungs sære univers

Venstrefløjser emeritus. Ren fantasi og dagdrømmeri i fjerde potens. En umådelig omgang sludder:

Fall of Empire, End to Wars: Johan Galtung Predictions

Some analysts say the US – bogged down in wars and pressed by emerging powers – will have to rethink its role in world affairs. Norwegian sociologist Johan Galtung, a peace and conflict expert, goes further by predicting the fall of the “US Empire”. “Iraq is not at all turning out the way they hoped, certainly not Afghanistan either. The same will happen in Yemen and Somalia and a number of other countries where they now have undercover operations,” he told RT. Moreover, the sociologist believes what is going to happen in those areas – for instance, in Afghanistan – is not even decided in Washington.

Fra Russia Today den 21. februar 2011:

Opdatering:

Norsk fredsprofessor chokerer med jødehad

Af Bent Blüdnikow – 2. maj 2012

Johan Galtung har længe været den norske venstrefløjs stjerne. Det er muligvis slut nu, efter han har fremsat stærkt antijødiske bemærkninger.

Mere HER i Berlingske Tidende.

Andre kilder: Ynetnews,

Video: Edward Luttwak om USA og Mellemøsten

Fra Russia Today den 23. februar 2011:

“Democracy is not something you can buy in a shop”

“Democracy is not something you can buy in a shop” – US military strategist

US military strategist and historian Edward Luttwak has given RT his insight into the continuing unrest across the Arab world.

Edward Luttwak has published works on military strategy, history and international relations. He recently wrote in The Wall Street Journal: “If Mubarak leaves now, the result is likely to be an anarchical or Islamist Egypt, or some of both until another dictatorship emerges.”

The strategist told RT it is because democracy takes centuries to develop.
“You cannot create it, you cannot jump ahead,” he said.

Edward Luttwak added that the US government is always in a state of embarrassment when its friends “are not democratic.”

“On the one hand, Mubarak is a friend. On the other hand, he is a dictator. And the rule is that once America is your patron, you can not shoot at the crowd,” Luttwak said.

“The US has always to manage a contradiction. On the one hand, we are normal American people, we like friends and we don’t like enemies. On the other [hand], we also want democracy, so when you become a friend of the United States and you are not democratic, you are in a difficult situation.”

The strategist told RT that the uprisings in the Arab world are “popular insurrections” and nobody is pulling the strings.

“This is a crowd action, a popular insurrection. It’s not a revolution, it is not a coup,” he said. “People are living under a government, and one day they all get up, because of an incident. This is a true popular uprising – quite a special event.”

Edward Luttwak also claims that the center of real world politics is far from the Middle East.

“The Middle East lost its importance with the end of the Cold War. It generates a lot of headlines, but the real politics now is in the Pacific, and it is China and anti-China. That’s where the world politics is,” he said. “The Middle East is just pictures – the pictures of shouting people. But what’s going on there? Nothing. You talk about the countries that don’t really produce anything, they don’t invent anything, don’t develop anything. They are not important. Some of them have oil. That’s it.”

Desuden link til Edward Luttwaks artikel i Wall Street Journal HER. Det kan blive nødvendigt at gå ind via Google her.

Om demokrati og nationalstater i Mellemøsten

En fordom er en (statistisk) kendsgerning, som ikke er politisk korrekt. Sådan er det jo blevet nu om dage:

It is not prejudice or racism to suggest Arabs ‘can’t do democracy’

By Ed West – February 23rd, 2011

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David Cameron has attacked the idea that Middle East countries “can’t do democracy” or that they need “highly controlling” regimes to ensure stability.

In a speech to the Kuwaiti parliament, the Prime Minister dismissed the belief that Arab or Muslim countries cannot cope with free and fair elections, and said: “For me, that’s a prejudice that borders on racism.”

That’s a curious phrase. The dictionary describes “prejudice” as:

a. An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts.

b. A preconceived preference or idea.

Mere HER i The Telegraph.

Nation State

Nationalism plays a vital role in Egyptian life, and its influence—despite Arab nationalism’s frequent association with dictatorial regimes—could be a key bulwark against religious extremism there

By Yoav Fromer | Feb 23, 2011

While thousands of angry Egyptians swarmed into Cario’s Tahrir Square late last month and began the 18-day standoff that would eventually force the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, several dozen of their countrymen had other things on their mind. Instead of protesting for their freedoms, these Egyptians were protecting something of equal if not even more value to them: their heritage. After looters attempted to take advantage of the ongoing pandemonium and break into the Egyptian Museum, which houses many of the country’s priceless artifacts from its ancient past, a group of concerned Cairo citizens mobilized to secure the premises and formed a human ring around the museum. “Egyptians love their history,” explained Egypt’s minister of antiquities, Zahi Hawass. “It’s the one thing that unites the country.”

Mere HER i Tablet Magazine.

Arutz Sheva har lavet et overblik over hvad der sker i Mellemøsten land for land, men artiklerne er ved at være en uge gamle:

  1. The New Middle East at a Glance – Leader by Leader
  2. The New Middle East at a Glance – Leader by Leader

Andre kilder: The Daily Express,

Lee Smith om Israel og balladen i Mellemøsten

Stateless

Hosni Mubarak was a key U.S. ally who upheld the Arab world’s first peace treaty with Israel. By letting his regime fall, Barack Obama has threatened the survival of the Jewish state.

By Lee Smith | Feb 23, 2011

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With recent events in the larger Middle East—the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Iran—this seemed like an opportune time to reconsider Israel’s place in the region. This week I argue that Israel is in big trouble—indeed that it is in danger of being swallowed up by its neighbors. Next week I’ll make the opposite case: that Israel’s power and influence in the Middle East will only grow.

Things have been trending badly for Israel for some time now, but Hosni Mubarak losing control of Egypt makes the Jewish state untenable. That’s right: Israel is no longer feasible. I don’t mean that in the manner the international left usually does—that nationalism is passé and we must move on to higher forms of communal existence. I mean it in the old-fashioned way of nations and peoples who are vanquished when the balance of power tips against them. And I mean it strategically—a tiny country with a Jewish majority of 6 million can’t survive surrounded by enemies and forsaken by its superpower ally.

Artiklen ender med en dyster konklusion. Mere HER i Tablet Magazine. Og en til:

The President’s Deafening Silence on Libya

Feb 22, 2011 • By Lee Smith

After almost a week of escalating violent reprisals against protestors and soldiers who have joined the anti-regime forces, Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi and his sons have yet to quell the uprisings—and the White House has yet to take a public stand. Last night, Secretary Clinton released a statement, and pathetic as it was, it’s more than the president has offered—a president who has spent considerable energy burnishing his image for the Muslim and Arab public.

It is rumored that there are differences within the administration, but it is still unclear who could be counseling silence, or for what purpose. To be sure, the Bush administration neutered Qaddafi with the 2003 invasion of Iraq, leaving him to believe he was next on Washington’s agenda. He dropped his nuclear weapons program and stopped sponsoring terrorism—but Qaddafi is not a U.S. ally, and with his treatment of his Libyan citizens he has shown he is the same old Qaddafi, a danger to his own people as well as the rest of the world.

Mere HER i The Weekly Standard.

Walid Phares om Libyen

Libya: Between Civil-Society Groups and the Islamists

February 22, 2011- By Walid Phares

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As in all of the other revolts rocking the Arab region, Libya is witnessing what I have called a “Race in Middle Earth.” The revolts in these countries have a common pattern: In the center you have an authoritarian regime that, with the exception of Bahrain and the constitutional monarchies, shifted camps during and after the Cold War. Below you have diverse civil-society forces — dissidents, writers, lawyers, unions, women, students, and disaffected former members of the regime — all rising against the dictator. To the sides, you have a very well organized Islamist movement, led or inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The triangular struggle has one natural outcome: the collapse, sooner or later, of the authoritarian regime, as was the case in Tunisia and Egypt. But there is another possible outcome that could determine the future of the revolts and deflect the initial and stated goals of the revolution: a takeover, after the authoritarian collapse, by Islamists and an eventual transformation of the country into a jihadist state. The ongoing battle in Libya is no exception.

Mere HER i National Review Online.

Caroline Glick om USA, Israel og FN

Obama’s Problematic Mideast Messages

By Caroline Glick – February 22, 2011

Logo RealClearPoliticsFor better or worse, each passing day the Middle East is becoming more unstable. Regimes that have clung to power for decades are now being overthrown and threatened. Others are preemptively cracking down on their opponents or seeking to appease them.

While no one can say with certainty what the future will bring to the radically altered Middle Eastern landscape, it is becoming increasingly apparent that US influence over events here will be dramatically diminished.

This assessment is based on the widespread view that the Obama administration has failed to articulate a coherent policy for contending with the rising populist tides.

Mere HER i RealClearPolitics. Kan også læses under en anden overskrift her i Canada Free Press eller her på Caroline Glicks blog.

Andre kilder: Jewish World Review,

Video: Richard Perle om USA, Egypten og Iran

Her hører vi om det rod, der har været i Obama-administrationen, når det gælder håndteringen af krisen i Mellemøsten. Skarp kritik fra Richard Perle. Videoen er produceret af Newsmax TV og er fra 18. februar 2011 – intervieweren hedder Ashley Martella:

Perle: ‘Shocking’ That Obama Didn’t Side With Protesters in Iran

Feb. 18, 2011 — President Ronald Reagan’s assistant defense secretary tells Newsmax.TV that he’s astonished that President Barack Obama didn’t “identify” with the protesters in Iran. Richard Perle predicts that the regime will fall and discusses the turmoil elsewhere in the Mideast.

Der er en ledsagende artikel på Newsmax TVs hjemmeside her:

Dry Bones 23. februar 2011 – Muammar al-Gaddafi

Dry Bones February 23, 2011

Douglas Murray om balladen i Mellemøsten

If You Are With Us, We Are Against You

The West’s response to the Mideast’s anti-regime protests is rather perplexing

February 23, 2011 – By Douglas Murray

The Wall Street JournalYou’re either with us or against us, George W. Bush once said. A simple statement of political fact.

Some nations tend to be broadly favorable toward your world view and thus broadly favorable to you. Others can be said to be broadly hostile to your world view and therefore hostile to you. But how people laughed back then.

To many people in Europe and America, saying “You’re either with us or against us” was just impossibly ridiculous. How un-nuanced. How basic.

Mere HER i Wall Street Journal. Man kan blive nødt til at gå ind via Google her.

Andrew C. McCarthy om voldtægt i koranen

Denne artikel kan høres som mp3 her:

Who Attacked Lara Logan, and Why?

The answer is obvious — but nobody talks about it.

Andrew C. McCarthy – February 22, 2011

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For the world’s billion-plus Sunni Muslims, al-Azhar University in Cairo is the center of the theological universe, its faculty and scholars the most authoritative voice on the meaning of Islam. It is not very far from Tahrir Square, ground zero of Egypt’s revolution.

It was in Tahrir Square last Friday that the Muslim Brotherhood began shunting aside other opposition leaders, including Google executive Wael Ghonim. The million Muslims jamming the square hadn’t turned out to hear a good corporate citizen of the Left. In this nation, where a strong majority of the population desires the implementation of sharia, Islam’s legal and political system, the throng turned out to hear and hail Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, the Brotherhood’s top adviser — who, with his al-Azhar doctorate in Islamic jurisprudence, is sharia personified.

Mere HER i National Review Online.

FN: Totalt absurd teater

Tjek lige denne artikel. Vanvid. Vanvid!

A Snapshot of Today’s United Nations

United…in bashing Israel.

February 22, 2011 – by Anne Bayefsky

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Here are some vital statistics on the current crisis in the Arab and Muslim world and the role not being played by the “global leader,” the United Nations.

The UN Security Council job description

(The Charter of the United Nations)

The Purposes of the United Nations are: (1) To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace…

Mere HER i Pajamas Media. Kan også læses her hos Ruthfully Yours.

Andre kilder: Wikipedia,

Interview med Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson: ‘Westerners don’t understand how vulnerable freedom is’

Niall Ferguson is one of the world’s leading historians, but his pro-colonial views have been heavily criticised. Here, he explains why he’s now targeting a younger audience

William Skidelsky – 20 February 2011

Logo The GuardianMy first thought, on meeting Niall Ferguson, is that he looks too smart to be an academic. It’s a Wednesday afternoon, and the Philippe Roman chair in history and international affairs is sitting in his shoebox-shaped office in the Ideas centre at the London School of Economics. Though the setting is hardly glamorous, Ferguson is dressed in the informal-but-smart get-up of a movie executive or hedge-fund manager: suave blue suit, pressed white shirt, gleaming Chelsea boots. His skin is ruddy and his hair is coiffed. Somehow it seems improbable that he has spent the day supervising seminars or reading dissertations. He begins by asking me to wait a few moments. “I’m afraid I have to write a cheque,” he says, reaching for his fountain pen. “One of life’s more tedious burdens.” I stifle an urge to lean over his shoulder and try to catch a glimpse of the number he is etching. Ferguson, one suspects, is used to writing big cheques.

Mere HER i The Guardian.

Ibn Warraq følger situationen i Marokko

Protester og demonstrationer kører åbenbart forholdsvis roligt:

Moroccan Protests – Update

By: Ibn Warraq

Logo Lonely PlanetApart from some reports of vandalism, it appears that the protests in Morocco went off without any violence. The police and security forces did not intervene. In Marrakech the numbers appear to have been quite low with only 5000 people attending. According to some reports, however, vandals besieged a Marrakech McDonald’s restaurant and a clothing store in spillover unrest. This was reported in the Huffington Post who said that a security official gave the information on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

And in the northern city of Larache, roaming bands set upon the regional governor’s house and set fire to a gasoline station, prompting firefighters to intervene to put out the blaze, the official said.

Mere HER hos Lonely Planet. Kan også læses her på The View from Fez.

Andre kilder: Lonely Planet,


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