by William Skink
It was good to take a week off blogging. And boy what an interesting week it has been. Obama took advantage of the holiday lull to quietly sign the NDAA, making it much more difficult to ever close Guantanamo and further funding “moderate rebels” in Syria and Ukraine to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Meanwhile, someone must have slipped something into David Cameron’s water supply because he suddenly started having hallucinations that there were 70,000 moderate fighters fighting the good fight in Syria. That’s almost as wacky as making the unsourced claim that refugees in Syria are fleeing a real genocide.
Syrians are fleeing an increasingly volatile proxy war that shifted dramatically when Russia intervened two months ago. Since this intervention it’s become increasingly difficult for the west to maintain the false narrative that for 4 years of misery America and it’s allies have been fighting ISIS. Far from fighting ISIS, it’s increasingly looking like Turkey and Israel have been buying ISIS oil on the black market.
Zerohedge has been prescient in looking at who is on the spending side of the millions of dollars ISIS pulls in every month low-balling barrels of oil on the black market. The implications are significant. And they will be ignored.
A quick side note: I just want to say that, personally, I have zero concern regarding JC’s mental stability. The “real genocide” link features a pretty disturbing personal attack depicting JC as full of rage and in need of professional help. I wonder if the other contributors over there will condone this attack with their silence? Or maybe instead they’ll invite Jonathan Hutson to do a guest post advocating for criminal charges against JC.
I commend JC for keeping his cool. I’m sure years of activism gives one a thick skin, especially when that activism is about the environmental conditions necessary to sustain life on this planet.
Oh yeah, this week also marks the start of a little discussion going on in France right now amongst world “leaders” about what humans are doing to this planet and whether or not there exists the political will to do what engineers say is actually feasible: total switch to renewable energy in 30-40 years.
So far one of the initial takeaways is this: France has successfully exploited its 9/11 to suppress protests and go after individual activists with the emergency powers rushed through, post-attack. And the media is, as usual, helping smear the protesters by blaming protests for disturbing a memorial to casualties of the terrorist attacks, and not the actual cause, which was the violent police actions.
I don’t plan on writing a lot at RD this month. I’ve got a month off work, a kick-ass new electric guitar and a story nearing 50 pages. And tomorrow I’m going to see Frank Zappa’s son get down at the Wilma!