Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Biden is looking for an escape plan. For himself, not Americans trapped behind enemy lines in Afghanistan.

 Biden's address on August 24 was another example of his pathetic presidency.

He droned off the telegrompter about a number of issues and finally arrived at the global issue of Afghanistan, almost as an afterthought.
He spoke about the danger of remaining in Kabul beyond 31 August as a danger, but had nothing to say about the danger to an estimated 10,000 American citizens he will be leaving behind enemy lines.
He spoke mysteriously about the danger of ISIS forgetting that he said days ago that ISIS was not in Afghanistan.
He praised his G7 friends even as they excoriated him for being dictated to by the Taliban terrorist about the leave date. They, like America, have more work to do.
Unlike America, the British, French, and even the Dutch, went beyond Kabul Airport to extract their citizens who were unable to get to the airport.
Biden, like his plan for Kabul, cut and ran, making his escape from the room before taking searching questions from the waiting and frustrated media.
Listen to what I have to say on Israel News Talk Radio.
Barry Shaw, The View from Israel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY7WsTcD7G4&t=2s

Sunday, 15 August 2021

An Afghan Withdrawal. A Biden Debacle.

Biden is about to follow Ford and Carter into the US Hall of Shame.

Within days of Biden ordering a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Afghan President resigned and handed power to the Taliban.

 

After extracting US forces from Afghanistan, leaving behind a treasure trove of military hardware as an expensive parting gift for the Taliban terrorists as they blow down the US House of Cards Afghan policy known as "nation building," the weak US President just rushed 4,000 troops back to Kabul to extract personnel from the US Embassy before the Afghan capital falls to the Taliban.


Gerald Ford was embarrassed out of office by the shameful newsreel of embassy personnel clambering aboard a helicopter, rotors whirling, perched perilously on the rooftop of the Saigon US Embassy, while US troops were preventing desperate Vietnamese from fleeing their Communist conquerors.

 

Jimmy Carter left the White House, shamed by the vision of US embassy staff being marched blindfolded out the Kabul embassy, hands in the air in supine surrender to the goons of the Islamic regime led by a bully called Ahmadinejad who became idolized by leftwing students when he was allowed into America to attend a US conference as the triumphant Iranian president. In the indoctrination center of non-American education, he received the adulation of brainwashed American students.

 

Now it’s Biden's turn.

He has failed in everything he has touched in his brief seven months in office. Here is a short list of his utter fiascos.

The biggest Covid super-spreader event since the 2020 mass rioting by thousands of unmasked "peaceful protesters." Namely, the invasion of over a million unverified, undocumented, illegal, migrants with thousands of untreated Covid positive people infecting their way throughout America.

The closing of the Keystone pipeline and the subsequent shortage of gas and skyrocketing prices at the pumps led Biden to beg OPEC to increase production to help him head off a crisis caused by him at home.

The rage of parents against racist hatred being taught to their kids in public schools.

The frightening levels of crime and homicides raging through cities and states as a direct result of Democrat mayors and governors following the Biden Democrat doctrine of "defunding the police."

That was domestic.

In foreign affairs, after the embarrassing lecturing by a Chinese delegation at their Alaska meeting with Anthony Blinken, Biden rewarded Putin by lifting sanctions on the Russian pipeline to Europe immediately after Russian hackers had closed down the Colonial pipeline.

Now the biggest debacle of all.

Just over a month ago, Biden promised the Taliban would not take over Afghanistan as he announced his troop withdrawal from that country.

 

It is clear that Biden, his Secretary of State, his military, security, intelligence chiefs, all got caught with their pants down.

Despite their collective experience they failed miserably to estimate the capabilities of the Taliban.

It was shameful to hear the President of the United States beg the Taliban to spare the US Embassy until he had time to send in the removers to evacuate his personnel before it is seized by a bunch of uneducated sheep-herders who are on their way to a victory over the most powerful nation on earth.

This, just hours after he said at a press briefing, "The Taliban is not remotely like the Vietnamese army. They are not comparable."

 

What Biden didn't say was that the Afghan army armed, equipped, trained and financed with billions of dollars for twenty years was unable to control the Taliban who have just swept unchallenged through Afghanistan, driving American military Humvees armed with American machine guns and drones in the direction of the US Embassy in Kabul.


The Afghan army was trained and supervised by General Mark Milley, the US Commander who insisted before Congress a month ago that he is fine with military officers and soldiers being indoctrinated with the divisive racist critical race theory which will leave brothers in arms looking suspiciously at each other, questioning the moral strength of their country as they go into battle against lethal enemies.


This is what Milley said of the Afghan security forces a few weeks ago.

"The Afghan security forces have the capacity to sufficiently fight and defend their country. I want to emphasize, repeatedly, a negative outcome, a Taliban military take-over, is not a foregone conclusion."

 

He was crushingly wrong. If this is the example of your top military commander, America, you are in seriously deep trouble.

Milley never saw it coming. He was too busy indoctrinating his officer corps in BLM ideology while failing to see the corrupt misuse of the $130B that the United States gave the Afghan regime to pay ghost soldiers. These are the non-existing soldiers whose money was pocketed by lying Afghan warlords who fiddled the uninspected books.

What abject incompetence!

 

The US Embassy in Kabul reported that the Taliban were executing captured Afghan troops in large numbers as they raced to conquer the country. We won’t list here what they are doing to the women. Where are the top Democrat women who plied millions of dollars of US taxpayer’s money into gender equality in Afghanistan. Where are they now when Afghan women need them most? The military term is missing in action. They care less for them than they do for the Covid carriers coming over their southern border.

 

This is the Taliban, now stronger than ever. And they are about to be joined by Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Hezbollah. Then watch what comes out of Afghanistan.

 

By walking away, Biden has opened the door to the next 9/11.

Robert Gates once said perceptively in 2014 of Biden, "He has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

Biden is proving that Gates was right every time he touches a serious issue.

 

He will surely follow Ford and Carter in the US Presidential Hall of Shame.

 

Barry Shaw,

Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

 

 

 

Wednesday, 11 August 2021

A Court Case in Sweden Implicates the New Iranian President in International Human Rights Crimes.

Recently, the Islamic Republic of Iran held their elections and Ebrahim Raisi was inaugurated as the country’s new president.

For international diplomats and human rights organizations, this was a tremendous setback. Raisi is known to those who opposed his election as “the Butcher of Tehran” based on his reign of terror against political opponents throughout Iran starting over thirty years ago.

As the head of Iran’s judiciary, Raisi presided over the crackdown on thousands of peaceful protesters and members of minority groups who were arrested, tortured and summarily executed, often in the most barbaric manner.

Under his watch, during national street protests in November 2019, thousands of protesters, including women and children were subjected to mass arrests, and hundreds were tortured or disappeared.

As deputy prosecutor general of Tehran in 1988, Raisi participated in the ‘death commission’ that ordered the extra-judicial execution of over 5,000 political prisoners.

Blindfolded prisoners were brought before a judge and asked one question, whether they wished to repent their political opinions and pledge loyalty to the Islamic regime.  They thought this question was the beginning of a judicial process. They were never told that their answer would condemn them to death. After giving the wrong answer they were taken away for execution, usually by hanging, a few minutes later.

Raisi said the death sentences were justified by a holy fatwa issued by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini.

According to a United Nations report, under Raisi’s judicial leadership between September 2018 and July 2019, at least 8 prominent judges were arrested for defending political prisoners and human rights defenders, many of whom had received lengthy sentences by Raisi’s judiciary.

Under his leadership, the fatal shooting of hundreds of peaceful protesters was never investigated.  In 2019, at least 7000 protesters were arrested, tortured and sentenced to harsh imprisonment by Raisi’s judiciary.

According to many witnesses, Raisi personally watched the torture, rape and execution of many victims of his brutal judicial reign. Now he is Iran’s overlord. This does not augur well for the future of the people of Iran or for the rest of the world.

Moving on. This week will see the opening of a criminal case in Sweden following the arrest of 60-year-old Hamid Nouri.  Nouri was arrested in November 2019 when he arrived in Stockholm.  He was taken into a room at the airport where he was interrogated about his past in Iran. He was then arrested and placed in detention.

The two stories are dastardly connected by the malevolence of the two central characters.

The arrest of Nouri came about as a result of detailed research done by human rights activists.

This trial is unique. It is the first time that an Iranian high official is facing his victims on charges of mass murder. It is, for the Iranians, their equivalent of the Eichmann trial of 1961.

A former Iranian political prisoner, Iraj Mesdaghi, who survived the 1988 mass executions, spent years compiling records of crimes committed by the Tehran regime. He also tracked the movements of the perpetrators. He was helped by Roya and Ladan Boroumand who run a Washington-based foundation that documents Iranian human rights violations.

In 2009, the Boroumand foundation commissioned Geoffrey Robertson QC, a distinguished British lawyer, to conduct an inquiry into the 1988 Iranian killings. Robertson had authored ‘Crimes against Humanity. The Struggle for Global Justice,’ an 800-page book in 2007 after serving as a UN war crimes judge between 2002-2007.

Mesdaghi located the whereabouts of witnesses to provide testimony. He also tracked the perpetrators of the gruesome crimes.

During a 2011 symposium at Oxford University, co-sponsored by the Boroumand, on how to bring the guilty parties of the judicial massacres to justice, Mesdaghi posed a provocative dare to British human rights lawyer, Kaveh Moussavi.

“if I tell you that one of the perpetrators is coming to Europe, will you bring him to court?”

Moussavi took him up on it.” If you commit crimes that are basically an outrage against the conscience of humankind, then expect humankind anywhere on the planet to assert jurisdiction.”

Mesdaghi had been tracking the movements not only of the surviving witnesses but also the perpetrators. Most advanced within the Iranian regime, but, eight years later, Mesdaghi called Moussavi and tipped him off Hamid Nouri was travelling to Sweden.

Moussavi prepared a case file that included witness testimony and presented it to Sweden. Sweden has universal jurisdiction for violations of international law. The trial of Hamid Nouri began on August 10.  He is being prosecuted on charges of “war crimes” and “murder crimes” under the jurisdiction of the Swedish judiciary.

Several witnesses will appear to give testimony to the court which is expected to end in late September.

Nouri worked as an assistant prosecutor in Iran’s prison system. In the summer of 1988, the Iranian leadership sent special teams of security and judicial officials known as “Death Committee” to the prisons to organize the executions of members of the opposition People’s Mujahadin. Thousands of prisoners were hanged, sometimes strung up on construction cranes for public viewing. Their bodies were buried in mass graves, their relatives forbidden from mourning them or visiting the grave sites.

A second wave of executions targeted political prisoners. His accusers say that Nouri was directly involved in these executions.

Mesdaghi endured time in an Iranian prison. He suffered in solitary confinement and did not have a lawyer, but he demands that Nouri gets a fair trial with proper legal representation, and he does not demand a death sentence.

I’m fighting for justice,” he said. “Not just for myself but for everybody.”

If Hamid Nouri is proven guilty of the crimes against him he faces up to fifteen years in prison. Beyond that, three questions need to be asked.

Will the Swedish judiciary bring evidence from this trial to the International Criminal Court with a request that they study the findings of the case and open an investigation of the crimes and put out a warrant for the arrest of the leaders of these crimes to stand trial for international human rights and war crimes at The Hague, including the new President of Iran?

Will the European Union bring the result of this trial to the United Nations Human Rights Council and request a resolution against all those who participated in the mass murder of political opponents and protesters, including the new President of Iran?

Will the United Nations Human Rights Council include the Iranian human rights crimes against their own people in the agenda of their upcoming Durban Conference scheduled for September? Or will they let Iran off the hook and make a mockery of their event by reigniting the “Zionism is Racism” fallacy as they did twenty years ago?

 It took Israel seventeen years to get this iniquitous act off the UN statute books. It would go some way to recover the tarnished reputation of the UN if, instead of targeting Israel, they took up the challenge of demanding that every criminal Iranian, including the newly crowned president, face human rights investigations over the killing of tens of thousands of Iranian citizens.

In light of a possible conviction and the implications against those in power in Tehran, will the United States include these massive human rights crimes against the Iranian people as a reason to impose harsher sanctions and bring about the end of the wickedly criminal Iranian regime?

Barry Shaw, Senior Associate at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.