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Look out for my book review

posted by Harry J. Bentham

I have a very extensive book review recently written of the Lifeboat Foundation book Prospects for Human Survival, which may appear at h+ Magazine. Two additional book reviews by me are also in the works, right now.

Today, I wrote far too much and my eyes are strained, so I won’t be offering much else in this post other than asking you to look out for my book review due to appear at the magazine. It isn’t that I don’t have anything to say, but that I can’t do much more today.

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Syrian opposition’s hopeless peace

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Although the Syrian conflict needs to end, I agree with other analysts that the current uninspiring peace talks are probably not the solution.  One side, the “rebels”, is dramatically losing the battle and it seems like they are only negotiating as subterfuge, out of fear of being defeated.

Really, they just want more weapons from foreign countries, and to ask other countries to invade and reinforce them.

The Syrian opposition demands about lifting sieges on rebel positions amount to asking the Syrian government to stop winning the war.  That is something the Syrian government would be very foolish to do. I would advise that such demands be ignored. If the Syrian opposition cared about the people in the towns under siege, it would tell its illegal gangs to surrender to the government and stop looting.

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Ultimately, the surrender of illegal armed groups should be the goal of any peace talks. If the peace talks don’t include the unconditional surrender of the terrorist groups in Syria, the only solution will be to defeat these groups by tightening the sieges and maintaining military offensives at all costs.

What is quite interesting about the currently suspended peace talks over Syria is that most of the armed forces fighting on the side of the “opposition” are considered to be global terrorist organisations, including the al-Qaeda group called Jabhat al-Nusra, along with ISIL. Those groups are the real ones tying down the Syrian government and making it unable to restore its authority over the country. And for people to say the “uprising” of these terrorists proves the Syrian government is “illegitimate” is just pro-ISIL propaganda.

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To expand on the latter point, it is continually repeated that Sunni Muslims in Syria are denied civil rights and treated badly by the “Shia”, “Alawite” government, but there is no further detail given. The Syrian government has not denied any civil rights to Sunnis, and the terrorist groups fighting against the Syrian government of President Assad are not asking for liberty or civil rights, as some liars claim. The only demand of the Syrian “opposition” has been that they want to impose their will on the rest of the country and exterminate minorities.

To claim that ISIL or other terrorists fighting against Syria are only reacting to the mistreatment of Sunnis is as ridiculous and ignorant as saying the Ku Klux Klan or the Nazis are freedom fighters helping white people overcome oppression by black people. The goal of the Syrian “opposition” is not civil rights or liberation. These are a type of supremacist group that is intolerant and explicitly wants one social group – the Sunnis – to rule the country. That is opposed to the present government, which treats different communities as equal.

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It is also interesting that the Syrian “opposition” are so intolerant of each other that they are fighting a separate war among themselves. I would advise that they have a peace conference with each other (the foreign powers supporting them will also need a peace conference, e.g. Turkey and the US, who oppose each other absolutely over the Kurdish issue), rather than pretending that the Syrian government is the problem. The Syrian government is coherent and has had a clear idea about what peace will look like from the beginning. They are the only ones offering a believable and attainable promise of how the war will end, where the opposing side is just offering fantasy or arguing with each other and threatening each other with even more violence.

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The Syrian “opposition” and all of its groups therefore represent infighting, intolerance, evil, bias, and extremism that will only cause the conflict to spread and justify attacks all over the world like the one in Paris if such madmen survive the conflict. As tragic as the conflict is, the only humane option is what Bashar al-Assad is already doing. It must be resolved there, with the deaths of those extremists, or millions more people will have to die in additional conflicts before the idiots are finally cornered and annihilated by someone else.

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Against transparency, truth, balance

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The standard argument against transparency needs to be ridiculed for the nonsense it is. It always sounds exactly the same.

Want to label GMO products? Want to label products made in Israeli illegal settlements in Palestine? Want to show people that their email inbox is raided and read on a daily basis by US spies and Google is doing nothing to prevent it, no matter what country they live in?

Apparently, the above acts are political conspiracies, “bias”, a kind of “activism”, and terrorism. That is the argument always given against transparency, of any kind. It is the argument almost certain to be given by US Republican Party lawmakers against President Obama’s possible “dark money” executive order (read this NYT article!). An order for large government contractors to reveal which parties and pressure groups they are donating campaign gifts to. Apparently, giving that information to the public is breaching the political rights of those corporations.

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Merely showing people what is really going on is likened by opponents of transparency to a type of advocacy. It isn’t. Revealing the facts is revealing the facts. It is the most neutral, most balanced and purest act a person can do.

For Obama to do something good for truth will earn him “good President” points in a lot of people’s book, and this is something he needs before he leaves office. Bravo, if you go through with this executive order, and even more so if you ignore the fools sitting in Congress who already contaminate the US political system with their corporate money.

But what of the political rights of the public to know who is controlling their government, funding their officials to get into office? What about the rights of people to know the truth? All these phony arguments offered against transparency have done is reveal that power and excess have apologists. I would not be surprised if the apologists have received generous campaign gifts of their own, and this is why they find it so biased and unfair that their dirty dealings are going to be exposed.

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Don’t buy into the despicable reasoning against transparency and truth. There is nothing affecting the the health and prosperity of the public that can be legitimately hidden from the public eye. The standard, oft-repeated cry that people trying to reveal the truth to the public are conspirators with a harmful agenda against some firm, nation or other is absurd, and must be rejected as a lie as soon as it is it is uttered.

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Accepting refugees admits west’s guilt

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The reason our countries in the so-called west have an exceptional burden to accommodate refugees from the world’s conflict zones is because of an implicit admission of grave, very grave guilt. We admit that we destroyed the countries whose people are fleeing today. Over this, many people feel shame, and a desire to compensate by giving up space in our own countries to the people displaced by western wars.

Accepting refugees is a kind of necessary reparation for the crimes the west has committed and continues to commit against others, who all seem to originate from countries targeted and destroyed by western wars.

We have failed to prevent corrupt governments, such as the cabinets of Blair and then Cameron, waging meaningless wars and committing war crimes in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and today Syria (and others). The violence spread by the west in an attempt to solidify its supposed superiority as a “democratic” alliance in the world has brought emptiness to people’s hearts and diminished the lifespans of millions of people. With forked tongues, these politicians maintain their policies that have created so much misery and ejected the millions of people from their homes who are now knocking at the doors of the European Union. Their homes lie destroyed to pave the way for “democracy” and yet now they will experience that false doctrine firsthand, not in their own country but in the west itself.

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Although the majority of arrogant media commentators and politicians pretend it is only the greatest coincidence in history that the refugees all come from countries the west attempted to turn into “democracies” by force, they and everyone else are aware of the truth. And we make room for that truth in the real world now, by making room for the refugees displaced by our governments’ inhuman acts.

It would be forgivable, and quite predictable to me, for refugees to feel little debt to the supposedly great and “free” west. I would forgive them even for hating us passionately for what we let our governments do. After all, the west allowed its soldiers to stampede, molest, disrespect, gun down and do almost every conceivable crime to civilians in the Middle East and other conflict zones. So, when you next read of alleged crimes by refugees who don’t seem to like the great and “free” citizens of the west, remember who started it. Remember which side continues it, and fuels it by obsessively warring to spread the fraudulent perfection of western democracy.

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Rest assured that a flawed system or ideology gets what it deserves. I submit that we live in a globalised world, so everything has a very clear knock-on effect and no-one ultimately escapes all the consequences of his schemes. The politicians cowering in the White House and Downing Street, I believe, will experience terrible long-term fallout from the wars they waged. These countries will eventually be inhabited by their victims, who will resent them or even conspire against them (just as the Visigoths came to inhabit the territory of the Roman Empire at one time).

Even still, people who voted for these flawed regimes will have to come face to face with the human costs of the mistakes of their rulers, long before the real political villains or their successors are made to apologise and pay the price.

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Look out for my book review
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posted 3:56:21pm Feb. 06, 2016 | read full post »

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posted 8:49:24pm Jan. 31, 2016 | read full post »

Accepting refugees admits west's guilt
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posted 10:43:38pm Jan. 30, 2016 | read full post »

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