Wow, just wow.
Yasser Arafat was also killed by polonium and it's beyond reasonable doubt that Israel did that. Israel who pulls the 'we were almost killed off by the German' card so many times that people actually forget they are the occupying country. It was called Palestina for so many reasons. The land of Yeshua (give or take the spelling) wasn't even close to where it is now. If reporters and not citizens are a measure of how good or bad a country is, then no, Israel doesn't make the deadline, but hundreds and hundreds of Palestinian citizens killed for no other reason than they are not Jewish should be called as race murder.
The information that Snowden brought out, like the fact that the US of A spied on European leaders is of course very sensitive information. Because, it's no good that we in Europe know that a country that's supposed to be our 'friend' is actually spying on us. Should I refer to the act that was signed by Bush in 2002? That the US of A can and will invade the Netherlands (after all, it's only a fellow country in NATO) if an American is ever brought to trial for crimes against humanity? (Rule number 1 of NATO says that if one country of NATO is attacked all countries of NATO are attacked.
Assange was only prosecuted in Sweden after he had been outed for his other work. In fact, the women who were forced into filing, had no plans of doing so. But yet, that is not mentioned anywhere anymore.
Public Enemy, the band, has not been so much prosecuted in the US, but they have sure been harassed by politics, why? Because they were black and rapped about what the black community thought.
When Russia, The Soviet Union, had long found that there should be no distinction between race colours, America still had a division between black and white waiting rooms, toilets and a lot more. I welcome the fact that it might look America has grown up with a black president, but even that is challenged and questioned to this day and age. 'Is he really American?' Who gives a toss? Nobody on your side of the Atlantic is really American, unless they are of Indian origin, all others are imported.
I am very much against what Russia has done now with Nadia, what they did with Raoul Wallenberg in the past, Aleksander Solzjenetsin and many many many others, it is no fair game for you to point anything out to Russia, America is just as much at fault. Period.
So, it's okay to bring up segregation but I can't point out prior bad act on the behalf of the Russian government even over the last decade.? Nice double standard. .
Okay, the Arrafat 'poisoning'. One, chain of custody in that is very iffy. Two, they waited TEN years to do it? Sorry, guickie google, nine years. The woman who REFUSED an autopsy then has him dug up now? I'm sorry but I'm dubious till the Swiss do their FULL assessment which was still ongoing.
Do I have heartburn over the Isreali/Palastenian crisis? Yes. Do I wish the moderate parties would steer their government into supporting their following their own treaties. Yes.
Do I wish everyone in the Middle East would make both sides sit down, stop using the Palestians as their chess pieces in a fight? YES. Hell YES? I know that there are a lot of Persians, Arabs and others that would like nothing more than to fight Isreal to the last Palestians. NEITHER side in that conflict is clean.
I have repeatedly wished my own party would man up and ell the crazy conservative Isreali leadership to man up and obey the treaty conditions. I know about TEN moderate Jews here in the US, friends/teachers/former coworkers who pray daily that the reform movement ongoing in Isreal breaks the death grip the ultra orthodox and conservative factions have on the government.
As for Snowden's 'revelation' of US spying. Please , it has long been common assumption that we spy on our allies and vice versa. How about a source for that 'act' Bush signed to invade the Netherlands please. The thing is..Snowden's revealed it. That's it. I know that the US has in the past asked British and French 'diplomats' to leave for spying. It is the way of the world. Do I like it? no. Can I change it? Not much beyond writing to my elected officials and comparing about over reach. Which I've done. I think the vast scope of the NSA has been out of control since 9/11. Said so repeatedly. I think the NSA needs to be broke up and that the DoD should be coordinating drone strikes with the CIA providing intelligence,more oversight and a shit ton more on the Rules of Engagement. My take on the last decade and change in US intelligence actions? We need to de-privatize US intelligence, stick to rules engagement that are clear and defined, and put a shit ton of cash into rebuilding overseas human intelligence.
As for no racism in Russia? Please check your sources. http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2013/06/07/racism-russia-how-moscow-capitalizes-xenophobia
Google Yaya tourė while you're at it.
I'm just as hard on my country about issues like 'Rendition' and the atrocity they put in the 2012 NDAA where if you were linked to 'terrorist' elements, you could potentially lose your rights as a citizen. I have called, written and commented a LOT about it. It is WRONG to deny your own citizens their rights.
And that's MY issue with this. You start down that slope and you start thinking of the bullshit like its okay to 'outsource' interrogations to countries who have a 'flexible' outlook on 'enhanced' interrogation. 'Sequestering' problem prisoners means less accountability to what is done to them. Ask Nelson Mandela what he thought of that.
Do I claim the US is Lilly white in the actions of the lasted decade+? Fuck no. I'm terrified by the continuing failure of my fellow citizens to let go of the FEAR and realize that our actions are enabling our enemies. I served my country. I love it. I want it to return to a more reasoned and rational course. I want them to do the fight the RIGHT way. Unfortunately I'm in the minority. So I speak up and refuse to be silent about its sins. I respect Snowden for speaking up, BUT I also think a whistleblower should face the music. This NEEDS to be done publicly and openly. Daniel Ellsberg faced the music when he released the Pentagon papers after repeated attempts to go thru several elected officials. NONE of who would put those papers in the official record.
The right way is never the easy way. It has a cost in time, money, and blood. But it is one that should be done.
That is why I brought that original article up. Russia is not as well ground in the protection of dissent. Accountability is something everyone should hold out as a way to say 'see we are playing by the rules.' If they refuse to account for the whereabouts of a minor offender like this, what about the more politically dangerous prisoners?
I'm done for now and am stepping out for a day before I say something gets the thread locked