Monday, August 31, 2009
In Afghanistan, A Cruel August for Soldiers
"August is the Cruelest Month" is the title of a novella by Edna O'Brien. Historically, August has played a role in wars.
The high number of civilians killed in attacks by U.S. drones have not earned us friends.
The NY Times reported on August 27th:
- Last week, during a visit to Pakistan by Richard C. Holbrooke, Mr. Obama’s special envoy, Pakistanis told his entourage that America was widely despised in their country because, they said, it was obsessed with finding and killing Osama bin Laden to avenge the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
British Petroleum and Libyan Terrorist Megrahi
- BP was finally given the go-ahead six weeks after a volte-face by the British government to include Megrahi in a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya under which prisoners could serve out sentences in their home countries. Jack Straw, the justice secretary, revealed this decision in a letter to his Scottish counterpart. He cited “wider negotiations” and the “overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom”.
"U.S. drops demand for Israel building freeze in East Jerusalem" (Haaretz 8-27-09)
Following a now familiar and predictable pattern, the Obama Administration softened its position on construction of settlements by the Israelis.
And so it goes.
I say give them a cut of the profits and kill two birds with one stone. The war would end and the pipeline would be protected.
But that would be the honorable thing to do and we all know that there is no honor among thieves.