Moon of Alabama – ‘The War In Afghanistan Is A Racket’

June 14, 2017

The War In Afghanistan Is A Racket

“The United States will again escalate the war in Afghanistan.

Sixteen years ago the U.S, invaded the country and decided to eliminate the ruling Taliban for something that was planed elsewhere by a different group. Since the invasion the U.S. tried to defeat the Taliban. It has lost that fight. As soon as it leaves Afghanistan the Taliban will be back in power. But no one is willing to pull the plug on the nonsensical military approach.

The Taliban are part of Afghanistan and a significant segment of the population supports them. When the U.S. invaded Afghanistan it put the brutal and utterly corrupt warlords back into power. These were exactly the people the Taliban were created to hold down and the reason why they could take power in the first place. While demanding a strict religious life the Taliban successfully took care of local security and eliminated the lawless and corrupt rule of the warlords.

It is no wonder then that a large part of the population wishes to have them back in power.

The U.S. supported government in Kabul is utterly corrupt. The Afghan military and police the U.S. pays is likewise only motivated by money. It is not willing to fight. It takes high casualties during Taliban attacks and therefore avoids contact with them whenever possible. Some 60 % of the country is now more or less back under Taliban control. The government’s say is restricted to the bigger cities.

It is obvious that this trend will continue and sooner or later the Taliban will be back in power. The only sensible strategy is to negotiate with them and to find some solution that allows them to rule while guaranteeing that no harm will emanate from Afghanistan for the rest of the world.

But no one in the U.S. is willing to take responsibility for that. Who would want to be blamed for “neglecting” Afghanistan when another 9/11 happens – as unlikely as that might be? Therefore additional troops need to be sent whenever the Taliban seem to gain the advantage over the puppet government forces. … (con’t) ”

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/06/the-war-in-afghanistan-is-a-racket.html

Moon of Alabama – ‘Syria Summary – The End Of The War Is Now In Sight’

Syria Summary – The End Of The War Is Now In Sight

A look at recent developments in Syria.


Source: Al Watan Onlinebigger

” … The U.S. invaders are now sitting in the mid of a piece of rather useless desert around al-Tanf where their only option is to die of boredom or to move back to Jordan from where they came. The Russian military has made it very clear that it would intervene forcefully should the U.S. attack the Syrian line and move further north. The U.S. and its allies have no mandate to be in Syria in the first place. There is no justification or legal ground for them to attack any Syrian units. Their only option now is to retreat. … ”

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/06/syria-summary-the-end-of-the-war-is-now-in-sight.html

 

Bionic Mosquito – ‘Man Destroys God’

Monday, June 12, 2017

Man Destroys God

 

Prologue

God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.

We know what happens next – dinosaur devours man.

I refer to the conclusion from my piece, “And the Dying Cheer”:

It is interesting: reaching the height of western liberal values immediately preceded the destruction of the West. The nineteenth century, in many ways, was the most liberal, free, equal period for the West – perhaps in its history. And then the Great War – suicide, built on the scientific wisdom of man’s reason.

The Enlightenment; considered the height of western man’s philosophical and moral achievement. Man’s reason over God’s reason; man’s law instead of God’s law (or custom, if you prefer). We know what happens next – man’s law devours man. Taken altogether, a rotten tradeoff for freedom.

If you have not read this earlier essay, this one will not seem whole.

God is Dead

From “The Parable of the Madman,” by Friedrich Nietzsche:

“Where has God gone?” he cried. “I shall tell you. We have killed him – you and I. We are his murderers. But how have we done this? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What did we do when we unchained the earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving now? Away from all suns? Are we not perpetually falling? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there any up or down left? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is it not more and more night coming on all the time?

Perpetually falling; backward, sideward, forward; no more up or down; an infinite nothing. Does this sound hopeful? A declaration of a positive event? “Enlightened”?

Man without any anchor will create an anchor. This anchor was built on the wisdom of “enlightened” man, a foundation of sand. Enlightened man led to the suicide of the West.

From “Twilight of the Idols” (PDF; emphasis added):

When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one’s feet. This morality is by no means self-evident: this point has to be exhibited again and again, despite the English flatheads. Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole: nothing necessary remains in one’s hands.

It is quite an interesting phrase: “the right to Christian morality.” What is the moral Christian “right” if not the non-aggression principle? According to Nietzsche, this is what man has given up. We traded it for enlightened man’s right to decide what is moral. How is that working out for you?

This Christian “system” was the foundation of Western Civilization since the fall of Rome. This “system” replaced Roman man-made law with custom – law based on oath, with God as party to the agreement; the most decentralized system of law known to the West. This system began to crumble with the Renaissance.

What did Nietzsche see as replacing this Christian system? Taken from Jacques Barzun, “From Dawn to Decadence”:

In health man feels within him the will to power, a drive to action and achievement, including the self-mastery that will characterize the superman and establish a new ethos. The present conception of what is evil will be replaced by other standards of right and wrong, contrary to both the Christian and the worldly virtues and vices of western civilization. In ethics and the search for truth Nietzsche is a Pragmatist.

A “pragmatist” in ethics and truth; a “new ethos.” No anchor: perpetually falling; backward, sideward, forward; no more up or down; an infinite nothing.

Barzun cites Nietzsche:

In place of fundamental truths I put fundamental probabilities – provisionally assumed guides by which one lives and thinks.

Fundamental truths are replaced by fundamental maybes…or maybe nots. Your betters – the “enlightened” – will let you know which is which. Being pragmatists, your betters will feel free to have “right” and “wrong” trade places whenever they find it…pragmatic – meaning, to their benefit. Good luck trying to keep up.

Nietzsche did not live to see this suicide of the West – the Great War. He seemed to know it was coming.

Conclusion

Not much of one, really…

Cypher: Don’t hate me, Trinity. I’m just a messenger.

Nietzsche’s declaration was not some kind of call to arms; he merely put into words that which was well underway centuries before he was born. He was just a messenger.

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Why Are We Attacking the Syrians Who Are Fighting ISIS?

“We were told that if the Syrian government was allowed to liberate Aleppo from al-Qaeda, Assad would kill thousands who were trapped there. But the opposite has happened: life is returning to normal in Aleppo. The Christian minority there celebrated Easter for the first time in several years. They are rebuilding. Can’t we finally just leave the Syrians alone?”

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/june/12/why-are-we-attacking-the-syrians-who-are-fighting-isis/

 

 

 

“Most of the public still does not understand that murder in politics is real”

“Most of the public still does not understand that murder in politics is real”

“Most of the public still does not understand that murder in politics is real” — Linda Ives

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/06/no_author/this-could-sink-the-clintons/

Russian Cyberattack? Nope.

“The NSA “intelligence report” the Intercept published along with the piece does NOT show that “Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack“. The document speaks of “cyber espionage operations” – i.e someone looked and maybe copied data but did not manipulate anything. Espionage via computer networks is something every nation in this world (and various private entities) do all the time. It is simply the collection of information. It is different from a “cyberattack” like Stuxnet which was intended to create large damage.

The “attack” by someone was standard spearfishing and some visual basic scripts to gain access to accounts of local election officials. Any minor criminal hacker uses similar means. No damage is mentioned in the NSA analysis. The elections were not compromised by this operation. The document notes explicitly (p.5) that the operation used some techniques that distinguish it from other known Russian military intelligence operations. It might have been done by someone else.

The document does not provide any raw intelligence. It is an analysis based on totally unknown material. It does not include any evidence for the claims it makes.”

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/06/do-not-trust-the-intercept-or-how-to-burn-a-source.html#more