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April 2, 2008

Tuesday, April 01, 2008




S. Balakrishnan is a senior reporter of TOI-Mumbai’s print edition. His career at the Times has been long and very opportunistic. He is not the one to carry any story on the basis of his considerable grounding in journalistic fundamentals. He is in effect, his master’s voice. Time and again over the last 20 years, especially after the Bombay Blasts, he completely identifies with some elements in Mumbai police circles that have some personal equations with the supposed masterminds of the Bombay Bomb blasts. The jugalbandi of criminals and police in any urban center, with ever increasing stakes in new developmental progress, is nothing surprising. Long before the 1993 Bombay Bomb Blasts, the very sinister nature of the nexus between the police and the underworld in the city of Bombay was virtually the talk of the town. With the bomb blasts, communal elements in the Police force had made the issue as the test of patriotism. As if the criminal infamy tied to Mumbai police’s reputation can be whitewashed with some kind of a badge of patriotism under cover of which they could sow the seeds of their criminal demonisation of a section of Indian citizenry while continue their nefarious activities. This was to gain power to thwart all attempts to bring the culprits in police force to book and to reform the whole system of policing that had the stamp of colonial ‘gora sahib’ mentality running into police interaction with the rest of civil society.


It is apparent that the Times of India has become a very convenient and potent tool in the hands of rank communalists to demonize Muslim citizens of India in its collective identity and to divide them into sects by sowing dissensions and divisions.


Besides, Balakrishnan’s short but very dangerous exercise in bringing Ahle Hadith school of thought into the mainstream of Muslim identities in India as something sinister appears to have direct links with the international demonisation of Salafi school of thought by proactive Jewish/Zionist movements in world media owned and directed by Jewish Media barons. Jews are formidable foes of Muslims and they are now bringing their fight onward into India and introduce a new element of division and strife that can only undermine India’s peace, security and social stability.


The Times of India has thus become an open tool to propagate a foreign agenda into India, without considering the implications of this exercise in media management and disinformation to the fragile peace and communal amity of the Indian society.


Not many people are aware that Salafi school of thought that is locally known as Ahle-Hadis have been at the forefront of India’s freedom struggle right from early nineteenth century. Their efforts can be dated to 1802, when Haji Shariatullah started a movement for reforms in Muslim polity and combined it with the opposition to the British colonial incursions that he wisely foresaw as the precursor to the disintegration of India’s native fabric of religious, cultural and social tapestry. His movement started first in Bengal which was the hub of British colonial conspiracies.


Mohsinuddin Ahmed Doodoo Miyan (1819-1860), son of Haji Shariatullah, carried forward the movement of social reform in conjunction with struggle for freedom from foreign rule. Their struggle coincided with the two famous Shaheeds, Syed Ahmed Shaheed and Shah Ismail Shaheed, who raised an army to fight the British. From 1827 to 1831 they had many clashes with the enemy. At Balacoat, 300 were martyred. Maulana Wilayat Ali and Maulana Inayat Ali headed the Imarat to counter the British. However, the British used the same ‘divide and rule’ strategies that are now being initiated through the likes of S. Balakrishnan, and got Sikhs to join the fight with them to defeat the freedom fighters. Even a cursory glance over the history of India will convince the skeptics that western imperialist powers have always conspired by promoting divisions within India, by separating in the name of religion, castes, sub-castes, regions, languages and vested interest groups and getting their upper hand over the land and its people. India divided is India enslaved.


It is time the Jains and the Krishnans rise up from their stupor of power and pelf and reflect as to what is in the best interest of the nation and not fight the wars of the West on their own soil by creating strife within their own people. This is the most convoluted notion of patriotism.


Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai




A Third American War Crime in the Making

April 1, 2008






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A Third American War

Crime in the Making

By Paul Craig Roberts


The US Congress, the US media, the American people, and the United Nations, are looking the other way as Cheney prepares his attack on Iran.

If only America had an independent media and an opposition party. If there were a shred of integrity left in American political life, perhaps a third act of naked aggression–a third war crime under the Nuremberg standard–by the Bush Regime could be prevented.

On March 30, the Russian News & Information Agency, Novosti, cited “a high-ranking security source: “The latest military intelligence data point to heightened US military preparations for both an air and ground operation against Iran.”

According to Novosti, Russian Colonel General Leonid Ivashov said “that the Pentagon is planning to deliver a massive air strike on Iran’s military infrastructure in the near future.”

The chief of Russia’s general staff, Yuri Baluyevsky, said last November that Russia was beefing up its military in response to US aggression, but that the Russian military is not “obliged to defend the world from the evil Americans.”

On March 29, OpEdNews cited a report by the Saudi Arabian newspaper Okaz, which was picked up by the German news service, DPA. The Saudi newspaper reported on March 22, the day following Cheney’s visit with the kingdom’s rulers, that the Saudi Shura Council is preparing “national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards that may affect the kingdom following experts’ warnings of possible attacks on Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactors.”

And Admiral William Fallon (who said there will be no attack on Iran on my watch) has been removed as US chief of Central Command, thus clearing the way for Cheney’s planned attack on Iran.

The Iranians don’t seem to believe it, despite the dispatch of US nuclear submarines and another aircraft carrier attack group to the Persian Gulf. To counter any Iranian missiles launched in response to an attack, the US is deploying anti-missile defenses to protect US bases and Saudi oil fields.

Two massive failures by the American media, the Democratic Party, and the American people have paved the way for Cheney’s long planned attack on Iran. One failure is the lack of skepticism about the US government’s explanation of 9/11. The other failure is the Democrats’ refusal to begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush for lying to the Congress, the American people, and the world and launching an invasion of Iraq based on deception and fabricated evidence.

If an American president can start a war exactly as Adolf Hitler did with pure lies and not be held accountable, he can get away with anything. And Bush and his evil regime have.

Hitler launched World War II with his invasion of Poland after staging a “Polish attack” on a German radio station. On the night of August 31, 1939, a group of Nazis disguised in Polish uniforms seized a radio station in Germany. Hitler announced that “last night Polish troops crossed the frontier and attacked Germany,” a claim no more true than the Bush Regime’s claim that “Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction.” Hitler’s lie failed, because his invasion of Poland, which began the next day allegedly in reprisal for the Polish attack, had obviously been planned for many months.

Iran is a beautiful and developed country. It is an ancient civilization. It has attacked no one. Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. Iran is permitted by the treaty to have a nuclear energy program. The Bush Regime’s case against Iran is based on the Bush Regime’s desire to deny Iran its rights under the treaty.

The International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors have repeatedly reported that they have found no evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Despite all the disinformation from US Gen. Petraeus and other Bush Regime military lackeys, Iran is not arming the Iraqis who are resisting the American occupation.

If Iran were arming insurgents, the insurgents would have two weapons that would neutralize the US advantage in the Iraqi conflict: missiles to knock down US helicopter gunships and rocket-propelled grenades that knock out American tanks. The insurgents do not have these weapons and must construct clumsy anti-tank weapons out of artillery shells. The insurgents are helpless against US air power and cannot mass forces to take on the American troops.

Indiscriminate American violence has reduced Iraq to rubble. The civilian infrastructure is essentially destroyed–electricity, water and sewer systems, medical care and schools. Depleted uranium is everywhere poisoning everyone, including US troops. There is no economy, and half or more of Iraqis are unemployed. Literally no Iraqi family has escaped an injury or a death as a consequence of the US invasion. Millions of Iraqis have become displaced persons. A developed country with a professional middle class has been destroyed because of lies told by the President and Vice President of the US. The Bush Regime’s lies are echoed by a neoconservative media, and have gone unchallenged by the opposition party and an indifferent American public.

In Afghanistan, death and destruction rains on even the smallest village from the air. America‘s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are wars against the civilian populations.

Just as the world could not believe Hitler’s next horror and thus was always unprepared, the Iranians despite all the evidence cannot believe that even the Great Satan would gratuitously attack
Iran based on nothing but lies about non-existent nuclear weapons.

Iran‘s only chance would be to strike before the US delivers the first blow. Instead of using its missiles to take out the Saudi oil fields and to sink the US aircraft carriers, instead of closing the Strait of Hormuz, instead of arming the Iraqi Shi’ites and moving them to insurgency, Iran is perched like a sitting duck in denial even as the US and its Iraqi puppet Maliki move to eliminate Al Sadr’s Iraqi Shi’ite militia in order to avoid supply disruptions and a Shi’ite rebellion in Iraq when the US attack on Iran comes.

It is important to emphasize that Iran is making no moves toward war. Having tamed, blackmailed, and purchased Congress, the US media, and US allies and puppets, Cheney might delight in the arrogance with which he can now attack Iran free of any restraint or fabricated provocation. On the other hand, he might cover himself by orchestrating an “Iranian provocation” to justify his attack as a response. But like Hitler’s planned attack against Poland, Cheney’s attack on Iran has long been in the works.

On March 29 the Associated Press reported that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi “poured contempt on fellow Arab leaders” at the Arab summit that day. Gadhafi told the Arab “leaders,” many of whom are on the American payroll, that their American masters would turn on them all, just as
America turned on Saddam Hussein after using him to fight a proxy war against Iran.

Saddam had once been an ally of Washington, Gadhafi reminded the Arabs, “but they sold him out.” Gadhafi told the American puppets, “Your turn is next.”

Gadhafi asked, “Where is the Arabs’ dignity, their future, their very existence?” If Arabs remain disunited, he predicted, “they will turn themselves into protectorates. They will be marginalized and turn into garbage dumps.”

Indeed, it is this disunity that permits the US to bomb and murder at will in the Middle East.

Paul Craig Roberts a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, has been reporting shocking cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. A new edition of his book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, co-authored with Lawrence Stratton, a documented account of how Americans lost the protection of law, is forthcoming from Random House in March, 2008.