David Gordon’s review of Killing in War; 19 to 150 dead in Iranian resistance Saturday; Mousavi ‘prepared for martyrdom’; U.S. put the ‘Green’ in ‘Green Revolution’; Gordon Prather on Israel’s nukes; Thomas Woods on Paul Krugman FAIL!; Did the CIA kill RFK?
David Gordon reviews Killing in War which counter’s a soldier’s, “I was just following orders”. (LvMI)
Protesters in Iran today faced “a very large show of force” from the Iranian government. 19 people died in unrest Saturday in Tehran, hospital sources said. Unconfirmed reports put the death toll at 150.. Ayatollah Khamenei ordered the people to not protest today. Amnesty International has noted that Iranian law does not prevent people from organizing peaceful rallies. Iranian police are using live ammo, firing water cannons, and the Basiji government-backed militias (dressed in white in any videos you see) are beating the shit of people in the streets. The primary opposition to President Ahmadinejad, Mir Housein Mousavi, says he’s “ready for martyrdom” after declining to meet with Iran’s Guardian Council today. “I should emphasize that all protests held in the past week were illegal and beginning today any gathering critical of the election would be illegal,” said acting Police Chief Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Radan. “Police will deal with the protest firmly and with determination. Those who provoke street protests should know that they will be arrested and prosecuted.” Video from today (h/t: The Raw Story):
Did the U.S. put the ‘Green’ in ‘Green Revolution’? (LRC Blog) Daniel McAdams has a great post on the CIA’s use of ‘color-coded’ revolutions, citing a WaPo article where Kenneth Tillerman writes, “The National Endowment for Democracy has spent millions of dollars during the past decade promoting ‘color’ revolutions in places such as Ukraine and Serbia, training political workers in modern communications and organizational techniques…. Some of that money appears to have made it into the hands of pro-Mousavi groups, who have ties to non-governmental organizations outside Iran that the National Endowment for Democracy funds.” Mr. McAdams wrote a great piece re-posted here on the U.S. involvement in the mass resistance to Moldova’s election in April. Ivan Eland says the U.S. should butt out even more in an article today.
“Governments rig elections for only one reason: They’re afraid of the people,” commented The News Tribune editorial page days ago. “How brutal are Khamenei and Ahmadinejad? How determined are the demonstrators? Those questions may be answered in the next few weeks.” We’re finding out, alright. (h/t: McClatchy)
Israel Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon says the protests in Iran will lead to revolution. (Ha’aretz) “Mousavi and his wife have brought a new spirit of openness and freedom,” said Mr. Ya’alon. “”It is impossible to hide this energy – and therefore there will eventually be a revolution in Iran. Seventy percent of Iranians oppose the regime of the ayatollahs.”
A suicide bomber hit a Tehran shrine to the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the ’79 revolution. Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) is suspected of carrying out the attack by an al Jazzera correspondent before the election. The Kurdish Marxist group played a large role in the revolution of ’79. Seymour Hersh has written for The New Yorker that “in recent years the group has received arms and intelligence, directly or indirectly, from the United States”. Iranians are calling it a false-flag attack by the government. the bombing killed two and injured eight.
“Whatever happens in the weeks and months that follow, the events of the past 10 days have shaken the Islamic Republic,” writes Lindsey Hilsum in her report on today’s protests. (Guardian)
Gordon Prather comments on this week’s drama around IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei — Iran and Israel’s nuclear weapons (the former being non-existent, the latter being very existent), Israel’s refusal to allow for its facilities to be inspected while rattling the sabre at Iran, and Mr. ElBaradei’s “gut feeling” that Iran wants nukes in contradiction to his own research and findings from snap inspection as the head of the U.S. nuclear watchdog agency. (AntiWar.com)
“Distorting U.S. Intel On Iran: Obama Follows Bush’s Lead, Again” by Charles Davis (AntiWar.com) is a great article on the ridiculous perceived threat of an Iranian nuke.
Sadr City control has been handed over from the U.S. to the government of Iraq. A spokesperson for Muqtada al-Sadr has called this “an important step”. Mr. al-Sadr has been branded a terrorist for his resistance to U.S. occupation in leading the al-Mahdi army opposition. As a part of “The Surge”, many Mahdi soldiers were bought off. Mr. al-Sadr is a Shi’a theologian studying in Iran for Ayatollah and one of the most influential voices in Iraq. Over two million Iraqis live in Sadr.
A suicide truck bomb killed at least 46 67 in Kirkuk. UPDATE: The AP is now reporting 55 dead. UPDATE2: Aswat al-Iraq and CNN are reporting at least 67 dead and 200 wounded in the deadliest attack in Iraq this year.
NYT reporter escapes Taliban after seven months. Pulitzer-winning David Rhode was research a book and kidnapped in November with a local reporter and their driver. Mr. Rohde and the reporter, Tahir Ludin, jumped a wall where they were held in North Waziristan, found a Pakistan Army scout and were flown to the U.S. Bagram Air Base. The driver, Asadullah Mangal, did not escape with the reporters.
“Krugman Failure, Not Market Failure” by Thomas Woods (LRC): “So the New York Times’ Paul Krugman called the housing bubble, or so he tells us. I could have called the housing bubble, too, if like Krugman I advocated the very policies that led to it. Yesterday, for instance, I predicted that the Pepsi I put in the refrigerator would be cold when I took it out that night. I’m pretty good at this.” Mr. Woods, author of the NYT bestseller Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse, was interviewed by a self-proclaimed “big government guy” this last week. The link to the interview is here.
U.N. will begin investigating Pakistan’s Fmr. PM Benazir Bhutto’s assassination next month. The six-month investigation will be conducted by a three-member commission: Chilean ambassador to the U.N., a former Indonesian attorney general, and a former deputy police commissionerfrom Ireland.