‘War on terror’ NOT answer to Brussels atrocities, Belgian says

This video from the USA says about itself:

Hedges: “We Bomb Them, They Bomb Us

24 March 2016

Chris Hedges, ​journalist and senior fellow at The Nation Institute, discusses the Brussels attacks.

By Michel Collon in Belgium:

Brussels attacks: no, Mr. Prime Minister!

Yesterday, like so many of my fellow Brussels [people], I spent hours checking the location of my close ones. Who, by misfortune, could have been on the subway, a line which I myself take to come to the headquarters of Investig’Action? Who, by misfortune, could have been on the airport Starbucks where I have the habit of having a break while waiting for a flight? The clogging of the communication channels made the waiting for connection even more distressing.

In short, like so many of my fellow people from Brussels, I’ve lived one day what Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians and before them Algerians have been living for years. Because I have been many times to sites bombarded by Westerners, I know what the scene looks like: body parts lost everyone making it impossible to the family to depart with loved ones. I have seen the pain of those who will never see their husband, wife or child.

Like so many of my fellow people from Brussels, I’ve cried and felt like striking the criminals who took so many innocent lives. But we are not born criminals, we become [them]. And the most important question is: how did they get there? To the point of denying the value of the lives of so many innocent people! Of making them suffer and terrorize them, instead of fighting with those innocents against the injustice that strikes us all? Who has intoxicated these young men? Who has taught them violence to the point of despair and most of all who has armed them? Criminals, no doubt, but aren’t they also the victims of some sort, even if the word may cause shock.

When I heard Prime Minister Charles Michel declare during the press conference [that] people of the country should unite and that he avoided carefully the central question of “how have we arrived to this point and who is to be held responsible?”, I felt anger against this hypocrite who proposes to us simply to continue life as before when the question is precisely “How to avoid this to begin again soon? Apply which policies to end this infernal mechanism”?

Do you really believe surveillance and repression will avoid new attacks? Some, yes, but not all because it is just impossible. To do so we need a change of policies. Of your policies.

Einstein said: “We can’t solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”. Indeed, we will not stop terrorism if we don’t fight its deep causes and work on prevention.

Mr. Prime Minister Charles Michel I do not thank you. Because you have avoided asking the important questions: Did the Saudis and Qataris finance the terrorists? Yes, the reports from the US service say. The US created al-Qaeda? Yes, Hillary Clinton has recognized. The CIA organized a training camp in Syria? Yes, the American journalist Seymour Hersh has proved. Did France’s former foreign minister Laurent Fabius encourage terrorism by saying “al-Qaeda does a good job”? Yes, take a look at his video from December 2012 in Marrakech.

This is that video of Fabius praising al-Qaeda.

Generally speaking, has the US made use of the so-called Islamic terrorism from Bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1979 till today’s Syria, including Bosnia, Kosovo, Caucasus, Algeria, Iraq, Lybia and other countries? Isn’t it urgent to create a commission to investigate the links of the US to the terrorism and the background strategies of all this drama? You and Europe, will you continue to follow Washington as a small dog? You are happy like a little kid to receive a call from Obama. … Mr. Michel, when I think of all the suffering that could have been avoided, I do not wish to thank you.

It is true you are not alone in practicing political cant.

Foreign minister Didier Reynders, I do not thank you either. You have declared yesterday terrorists attack “our way of living”? Exactly the words of George W. Bush on September 11th, before attacking Iraq and Afghanistan under untruthful pretexts. Mr. Reynders, why haven’t you recalled your April 2013 declaration boasting “these youngsters (to whom) we may build a monument as heroes of a revolution”?

Why have you refused my invitation to participate in a debate “Youngsters in Syria, how to stop them from leaving?” ? The subject did not concern you? Did you think to “change the regime“, as you say, all means were good, even terrorism? Haven’t you considered encouraging them to pursue theses acts in other territories some would perpetrate them here? Mr. Reynders, I do not thank you.

Ms. Milquet, I also do not thank you. You were minister of Interior at this time. You have also refused to participate on the debate, always with a new excuse only to silence yourself later. Embarrassed to have turned a deaf ear to the cries of distress from mothers watching their boys — kids of 16, 17, 18 yo — to leave towards hell without any action from Belgium doing anything to stop them. Do you feel any regrets now you see the consequences? Ms. Milquet, I do not thank you.

Isn’t it about time to start a major discussion on the consequences of international politics conducted by Belgium for years?

3. Should Belgium prostrate itself in front of Saudi petro-dollars (stolen from the Arab people instead of used to fight poverty as in Latin America) when we know Saudis finance the poisoning of young spirits with a falsified version of Islam?

4. How can we justify the refusal of asylum to the victims of «our» wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan?

5. When will we finally open the debate on the humanitarian intervention in Lybia, when Otan [NATO] allied with al-Qaeda to overturn Kahdhafi, violating the Charter of the United Nations, which forbids such practices? The consequence we know today: Lybia is a nest of the international terrorism.

Isn’t it time also to open a major debate on the consequences of social politics — more likely anti-social — conducted by the Belgium government for years?

1. Can you wear away the education budget non-stop? Fabricate the school-parkings where teachers do not have the adequate formation and means to face the complex questions of nowadays?

2. Can you wear away the prison and rehabilitation budgets non-stop, if the consequence may be the small delinquents becoming unrecoverable?

3. Can you wear away the audio-visual media budget non-stop, the consequence being journalists without time to deepen their stories (as stated by people from RTBF) and condemned to copy and paste and fast-info? Not to mention leaving people being subject to believing in conspiracy theories or worse being subject of fanatic preachers and unscrupulous recruiters?

4 Can you continue to give banks and multinationals the gift of not paying taxes and throw your deficit in the hands of the local authorities, where the responsibles do not dispose of means to help the young people? Isn’t it this way you produce municipalities \without hope such as Molenbeek? (Not only but also Vilvoorde, Verviers, Antwerp and let’s not forget euro-djihadists come from various European countries.)

5. Must we be surprised when a high number of young people falls in the arms of professional recruiters? When we let the police know and often parents and teachers heard back: “They can go to Syria; what we do not want is that they come back”?

6. Do you really feel you have the right to say you are surprised by the attacks in Paris and Brussels even though the alarm has been ringing for years and you refused to listen?

Yesterday, all parents were frightened for their children. Today, they have questions about what kind of education to offer in front of a world the more and more violent. Can we really give them a real education and a future? Tomorrow, what city will be striked? The growing hate and fear, Muslims as target, plays the game of the extreme right. Is that what you want?

Conclusion: the attacks are not a fatality, it is the result of a policy. Conducted in Washington. Then in London and Paris. Brussels following. Leaders, you are co-responsible. Do we have the right to debate — in “democracy” — or will you still pressure the media to silence?

Brussels, 23rd of March

Dutch mosque arson not by just one man

The Enschede mosque

Translated from Dutch RTV Oost TV:

Several men involved in failed arson at mosque in Enschede

24-3-2016 | 11:52

The man arrested for the attempted arson at the mosque at the Tweede Emmastraat street in Enschede did not act alone. Also several firebombs were thrown at the house of prayer. This appears from the investigation by police.

Several men were on the that Saturday February 27 involved in the failed arson. Images of these men were displayed today in the crime show Under the Loupe on TV Oost.

No damage, but danger

When the fire bombs were thrown over a conifer hedge to the mosque around 21:45 pm on February 27, about thirty people were present.

At the spot where one of the firebombs landed, kids had played shortly before. The firebombs did not cause damage, because they missed the mosque.

“Terrorist intent”

The public prosecutor calls throwing the firebombs a very serious matter. The 33-year-old man from Enschede arrested for this is being prosecuted for “attempted arson with a terrorist intent.”

Because the suspect according to the public prosecutor had the aim to terrorize part of the population, it is called a terrorist objective. Last week the court in Almelo decided that the man still will be held for ninety days more.

A video is http://www.rtvoost.nl/embed/video.aspx?mid=245392″>here.

Turkey, ISIS and Kurds

This video says about itself:

24 January 2016

25 minute program about Turkey, Daesh [ISIS] and the PKK. Part 1.

Producer: Johnny Miller. Cameraman: Chris Den Hond. Translator: Berivan Akyol.

This week, an Istanbul court appointed a trustees’ board to take over management of the Feza Media Group, the owner of Turkey’s biggest-selling daily, Zaman, as well as Today’s Zaman and the Cihan news agency. Riot police forcibly broke down the gate and stormed the building, without bothering to deliver the court decision: here.

Have the UN, US and Russia just agreed to give more freedom to Kurds in Syria? Here.

Turkish Opposition Sues Erdogan Government for Supporting Terrorism: here.

ANKARA launched a full-scale offensive against its Kurdish minority yesterday, bombing refugee camps in northern Iraq and rounding up dozens of political activists across Turkey itself: here.

Turkey redefines journalists as terrorists, while U.S. claims the ally fights terrorism — which it actually supports. U.S. applauds NATO member Turkey for “combatting terrorism,” but Erdoğan fuels it — while carrying out state terror: here.

US-trained Chechen ISIS commander Abu Omar al-Shishani survives US assassination strike: here.

Anti-mosque arsonist ‘a terrorist’, Dutch authorities say

The Enschede Tweede Emmastraat mosque

Translated from daily Tubantia, in Overijssel province in the Netherlands, today:

ENSCHEDE – The 33-year-old man who on Saturday threw a Molotov cocktail at the mosque to the Tweede Emmastraat in Enschede is suspected by the public prosecutor of “arson with a terrorist intent.” …

Saturday around half past ten Molotov cocktails were thrown at the mosque at the Tweede Emmastraat in Enschede. There were at that time people present, including children.

The 33-year-old Enschede man was arrested in the night from Saturday to Sunday. His home was then searched. Objects there were confiscated but the public prosecutor is not saying what. The police investigation is still underway. The public prosecutor says the crime “involved several Molotov cocktails”, without mentioning numbers. No one else has been arrested so far. The public prosecutor would not say how the suspect had possibly contact with accomplices. …

There is terrorist intent when “the accused had the intention to make afraid some of the population’, the prosecution says. This is the case, according to the public prosecution.

Dutch NOS TV reports today (translated):

According to De Bruin, the spokesperson of the national prosecutor in recent history it had not happened before that an incident at a mosque got the label “terrorism”. “This is a serious offense where one gets significantly longer imprisonment sentences for.”

Indeed. So far the label “terrorist” was only used when Muslims were suspected of crime.

Islamophobia, warmongering help ISIS

This animated satiric cartoon video by Mark Fiore in the USA says about itself:

Keep Calm and Panic On

24 February 2016

The terrible attacks in Paris have been met with widespread condemnation and horror, but they’ve also been met with overreaction and panic. Let’s take a few breaths and realize that ISIS is not about to take over the world. Sure, they’re doing abhorrent things and are ruthless villains, but as evil as they are, they are small in number— which is why they have to resort to terror attacks.

British government not helping Paris ISIS victims

This video from Britain says about itself:

Paris terror attacks survivor British women say Islam and migrants must not be blamed

15 November 2015

British women who survived Paris terror attacks say Islam and migrants must not be blamed

Christine Tudhope and Mariesha Payne that when they first heard gun shots they thought it was firecrackers and part of the show

The Scottish survivors of the Paris terror attacks first thought the shots were firecrackers and part of the show.

The pair have also spoken out to say that Muslims must not be blamed for the atrocities.

Christine Tudhope, 34, said she initially thought the gunfire was the sound of firecrackers, but then Mariesha Payne, 33, saw bullets hitting the stage.

Speaking to Sky News as they arrived from Paris at Edinburgh Airport they said they thought the bangs were part of the show.

Mariesha said: “People gasped thinking it was part of the show.

“A second round went off, most people ducked, but I just said run, just get out of here.”

The pair hid from the Paris gunmen in a cellar and had to listen to the massacre for three hours.

Now the pair have urged that Islam should not be blamed for the attacks.

Christine said: “It has nothing to do with Islam. It is just mindless terrorism. The Islamic community will condemn this just as much as us.

Mariesha agreed saying: “This is nothing to do with the majority of immigrants.

Migrants are fleeing this. This is their life – daily.”

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Still No Aid for Isis Victims

Saturday 16th January 2016

Nov 13: Paris is attacked. Dec 2: Britain bombs Syria. Jan 14: Guns cleared for 600 PCs [see also here]

A SURVIVOR of the Paris shootings was left high and dry yesterday after Westminster suits told her she’d have to wait for compensation — because they still haven’t officially declared the murderous rampage a “terror attack.”

Christine Tudhope, from Fife, and her friend Mariesha Payne were enjoying the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan, Paris, on November 13 last year when Isis-affiliated gunmen stormed the hall and killed 89 people.

When they realised shots were being fired, the pair ran and hid in the cellar for three hours. They heard the sounds of shooting, screaming and the crash of dead bodies hitting the floor. At one point gunmen walked close by the room — the hideaways could hear them on walkie-talkies telling French police that they had hostages.

Ms Tudhope, a PR officer at Heriot-Watt University, made a claim for compensation with the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme, which was set up by the Tory-led coalition in 2012.

But she received a letter last week stating: “The scheme only applies to an incident which the Foreign Secretary has determined a ‘designated act [of terrorism]’. The incident in which you sustained injury has not been designated.”

The government lists terrorist acts that can be claimed for on its website.

These include the hostage crisis in Algeria (2013), the kidnap of Setraco employees in Nigeria (2013), the attack at Westgate shopping centre in Kenya (2013), the attack at the Bardo National Museum in Tunisia (2015) and the attack at Port El Kantaoui in Tunisia (2015).

But more than two months after becoming the most infamous European attack for a decade, Paris is yet to make the list.

Labour MP Paul Flynn told the Star that he was “bowled over by the depths of government imbecility” in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office dragging its feet even though it only took hours last month for MPs to vote for Syria air strikes.

The motion was passed in the Commons with a huge majority of 174 six weeks ago.

Mr Flynn, a vocal opponent of war who represents Newport West, added: “This was an act of terrorism and there is no room for debate. What else could it be?

“This is typical of the moronic state of government. They declare war in a couple of hours and take a decade to deal with the implications after tying themselves up in gobbledegook regulations.

“This case sounds like another piece of bureaucratic unnecessary complication which is clogging up the system and the swift administration of compensation.”

A Foreign Office spokeswoman told the Star: “The Foreign Secretary’s approval of the designation process was a formality required under the legal process. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority will now take this forward.”

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the letter sent to Ms Tudhope was “clumsily worded.”

#BlackLivesMatter and wildlife refuge gunmen in the USA, who’s the terrorist?

White supremacist gunmen in Oregon vs. Black Lives Matter, cartoon

This cartoon from the USA is about the recent occupation by ‘YallQaeda’ gunmen of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in the USA.

The cartoon makes one think about the Black Lives Matter movement. Contrary to the extreme right gunmen in Oregon, they don’t run around brandishing guns. Contrary to the extreme right gunmen in Oregon, they don’t occupy federal government buildings while brandishing guns. Contrary to the extreme right gunmen in Oregon, they don’t threaten to kill police if police would try to get them out of these buildings. Contrary to the extreme right gunmen in Oregon, they don’t say their occupation of a federal building is the start of a violent overthrow of the federal government of the USA.

Yet, the Department of Homeland Security in the USA links the Black Lives Matter movement to ‘domestic terrorism’ and spies on it.

On 2 September 2015, there was an article in the Washington Times, a far right daily owned by the ‘Unification Church’, also known as the Moonie cult. The title of the article was ‘Black Lives Matter is a terrorist group’. The article was by Washington Times employee Tim Constantine, a supporter of Republican Party presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

As we have pointed out, to qualify as terrorists, the Black Lives Matter movement should at least have done what the ‘YallQaeda’ gunmen have done; which they have not.

But, back to the cartoon. Let us, for the sake of argument, presume that the Black Lives Matter movement, like the white gunmen in Oregon … no, saying they are white does not say enough. As they are white supremacists on record as whitewashing slavery for African Americans … OK, let us presume that the Black Lives Matter movement, like ‘YallQaeda’, would run around brandishing guns. That they also would occupy federal government buildings while brandishing guns. That they would threaten to kill police if police would try to get them out of these buildings. That they would say their occupation of a federal building was the start of a violent overthrow of the federal government of the USA.

If so, then … one would have the situation as pictured in the right half of the cartoon. And very soon after that, a situation, not depicted in the cartoon: all people inside the federal building would be killed. As they would not be extreme right white supremacist gunmen.

Let us also presume that some small group of Muslims would have done the same as ‘YallQaeda’. That these hypothetical Muslim federal building occupiers, would say, like ‘YallQaeda’ says, that they did not want violence. That they would not start it, but would react violently if police would try to remove them. As they did not recognize the federal government, but considered the occupied building as headquarters of an Islamic state in Oregon and eventually all of the USA. Well, we all know what would have happened in that theoretical case. The right half of the cartoon. Then, very soon, everyone inside the building killed.

And, if not (not much of a chance), if there would be no bloodbath, then the Rupert Murdoch media, the Washington Times, the teabaggers, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, various conspiracy theorists, etc. etc. would claim that proved their point that President Obama really supposedly is a ‘closet Muslim’ and supposedly not born in the USA.

Oregon ‘terrorists’ don’t plan siege very well, put out plea for snacks and supplies: here.

Photos Of Damage Caused By Oregon Occupiers Proves They Aren’t Fit To Manage Anything. The small government advocates left behind a big, expensive mess for taxpayers: here.