Knowing history the way I do the rise of mercenaries scares the living shit out of me.
This article explains why the emergence of mercenaries as a common thing in today’s conflicts endangers international relations and increases the risk of war.
The biggest problem of course is that one day mercenaries discover two things. First they discover their employers have no weapons, are not willing to fight and do have money. Second they discover that they have weapons, are willing to fight and do not have money.
The actions those discoveries cause are pretty much inevitable after that.
One might use the Thirty Years War as a fine example of the problems mercenaries cause and why they became pretty much illegal for centuries.
Just “Lovely.” David Neiwert has more,
While most American-born activists who become involved in defending Palestinian rights avoid becoming overt anti-Semites even while steadfastly criticizing Israel, Kenneth O’Keefe is not one of them.
O’Keefe, a former Marine-turned-antiwar and anti-environmental activist who specializes in what he calls “direct action,” has morphed in recent years into a raving, David Duke-endorsing anti-Semite, particularly in the speeches he gives to well-known white-supremacist groups.
The most noteworthy of these was O’Keefe’s speech to the IONA London Forum, a gathering of academically oriented white supremacists and anti-Semites held last August. The speech was noteworthy for its crude ugliness: the 50-plus-minute-talk by O’Keefe revolved around the repeated phrase “fucking Jews.”
Its going to be interesting to see what comes out of this.
Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour speaks to reporters at the United Nations headquarters Friday. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
By Rick Gladstone and Isabel Kershner THE NEW YORK TIMES
Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court opened a preliminary examination Friday of possible war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories, the first formal step that could lead to charges against Israelis.
Palestinian officials welcomed the announcement of the inquiry by the court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, who described it as required procedure. Israeli officials reacted furiously, calling it an inflammatory action in the protracted dispute with the Palestinians over Israeli-occupied lands.
Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said he would recommend his government not cooperate with the inquiry. He also said Israel would seek to disband the court, which he described as an anti-Israel institution that “embodies hypocrisy and grants a tailwind to terrorism.”
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, “Palestine considers this as an important positive step toward achieving justice and ensuring respect for international law.”
Here’s the original tweet I saw that alerted me to this story, The picture was not included in the article.
I’m glad Adam Everett Livix was caught. who knows how many innocent lives had been saved. Certainly this terrorist attack had it been successful would have been another sad addition to the Palestinian Israeli conflict.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it has indicted a 30-year-old American Christian for plotting to blow up Muslim holy places in Jerusalem.
The Ministry of Justice said Tuesday that a court had indicted Adam Everett Livix in connection with the plot.
It said that Livix had cooperated with his roommate, a serving soldier in the Israeli military, to obtain 1.4 kilograms (3 pounds) of explosive material to use to blow up the unidentified Jerusalem holy places. The ministry said the plot was discovered by a police agent in October.
It said that Livix was indicted on Monday and is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation.
Livix’s indictment comes at a time of rising tensions in Jerusalem, mostly over a disputed holy site that is holy both to Muslims and Jews.
This video was posted by Gene over at Harry’s Place.
A black member of the south African Parliament argues that calling Israeli an apartheid state, is baseless and he should know since he lived under apartheid himself.
African leaders signed a U.N.-mediated deal on Sunday aimed at ending two decades of conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo and paving the way for the deployment of a new military brigade to take on rebel groups.
Congo’s army is fighting the M23 rebels, who have hived off a fiefdom in North Kivu province in a conflict that has dragged Congo’s eastern region back into war and displaced more than half a million people.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who witnessed the signing in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, said he hoped the accord would bring “an era of peace and stability” for Congo and Africa’s Great Lakes, and added that he would soon name a special envoy for the region.
The Great Lakes area, where colonial era borders cut at random through ethnic groups has in the last 20 years been a crucible of conflict that has launched multiple uprisings and invasions.
“It is only the beginning of a comprehensive approach that will require sustained engagement,” Ban said of the accord, which did not include any representatives of rebel groups.
European countries with sizeable Muslim populations would do well to be cautious in the face of an Islamist backlash
It should by now be clear that we are facing a mood and a movement far transcending the level of issues and policies and the governments that pursue them. This is no less than a clash of civilizations—the perhaps irrational but surely historic reaction of an ancient rival against our Judeo-Christian heritage, our secular present, and the worldwide expansion of both.
Bernard Lewis: ‘The Roots of Muslim Rage’ (1990).
Whenever there are sectarian problems in Africa, the Middle East or Europe, Islamism is more often than not the root cause. The recent insurgency in Mali is simply the latest episode, and as Islamist rage spreads across regional fault lines in Africa and the Middle East, the battle between the West and Islamism is clearly intensifying.
In 2010, this conflict was described by the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as an ideological war against the cultural and religious equivalent of revolutionary communism. He believed this conflict would play out as a ‘generational-long struggle’, a view recently echoed by the current British Prime Minister, David Cameron.
It has long been assumed if the Israel-Palestine conflict was resolved, political Islam across the globe would quieten down, and we would co-exist peacefully. I have even recently heard this same spiel from the mouth of a senior British UN Representative.
This notion - that creating a Palestinian utopia would quell the rage boiling beneath the surface of so many Islamic communities worldwide - is idle, ignorant and absurd.
Published on Dec 17, 2012
euronews.com If pictures being broadcast on You tube are genuine, then they show rebels storming the
largest Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus.
The Free Syrian Army claims to have launched an operation inside the Yarmouk camp against a Palestinian pro-Assad group led by veteran militant Ahmed Jibril.
If proven, it will draw into the crisis most of Syria’s 500 000 Palestinian refugees who live in the camp on the southern edge of the capital.
Meanwhile, Syria’s Vice President has told a newspaper he believes neither side can prevail and
a process of conflict resolution is needed. Farouq al-Sharaa is the most prominent so far to say publicly that Assad will not win.
Meanwhile, parts of the city of Aleppo have been flattened by the fighting. Not much is left of the Karm al Jabal neighbourhood after days of fierce fighting. Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Haliki has pledged millions in reconstruction aid, according to state television.