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The Arab World’s Stockholm Syndrome

By Center for American Progress via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

By Center for American Progress via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Ahmad Barqawi writes at CounterPunch:

What is it with the Arab World and its morbid infatuation with its own colonizers?

Why is it that America’s Tomahawks tend to find both helpless victims and overzealous, welcoming enthusiasts all at the same time and on the very same patch of war-torn Arab land?

Bona-fide war criminals of the Bush-variety come to the Arab World; lay complete waste and devastation to one Arab country, drone-bomb the living daylights out of another; only to “sword-dance” their way out of the region with the “grateful” rulers of a third, with pocketful of cash and lucrative oil and “reconstruction” contracts no less.

Even Francios Hollande, France’s “socialist” president, couldn’t resist a few awkward rounds of waltzing, sword in hand, with the Saudis after locking-in an arms deal to the tune of US$ 3 bln.

Not only that; these imperialist blunderers and harbingers of biochemical-death get to temporarily hang their “shock-and-awe” military hats and make multi-million-dollar careers out of trading on their newfound status as advisors, “intellectuals” and “peaceful mediators”; unabashedly touring the very same Arab lands where they’ve previously wreaked doomed havoc and sectarian discord, to preach the virtues of democracy, peaceful dialogue and human rights of all things, to an awestruck GCC sponsored crowd of course, one that’s more than willing to bestow its stock of admiration and exaggerated hospitality; on a scale that seems strictly reserved to those who have a storied history of pillaging the Arab world.

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Waiter Attempts Citizen’s Arrest Of Tony Blair For War Crimes

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Tony Blair and George W. Bush while still in power.

“Teflon” Tony Blair may have escaped this attempted citizen’s arrest for war crimes, but it does highlight the hatred and blame directed at former Prime Minister Blair in the UK. One wonders (but doubts) if George W. Bush has experienced anything similar. From The Independent:

One is an internationally renowned statesman; the other was a barman working at one of east London’s hippest restaurants. But it was the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who came out on top in an unusual clash on Friday. He managed to use his years of verbal dexterity – some would put it less politely – to talk himself out of what could have been a humiliating situation: a citizen’s arrest.

Mr Blair is followed to almost every public engagement by protesters who blame him for the hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by the Iraq war and its aftermath.

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Don’t Be Fooled By Kony 2012, It’s Tony 2012 We Need To Get Our Own War Criminal Blair

Tony 2012Aaron Kiely writes on Stop The War Coalition:

Over 65 million people have watched the Kony 2012 video. How convenient for distracting attention from our home grown war criminals like Tony Blair.

We need a Tony 2012 campaign to hold Tony Blair to account for the lies he told in taking Britain into an illegal war in Iraq which killed over one million people, made millions more refugees and devasted the country.

Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan blogger, responds to the US social media campaign Kony 2012: ‘White Man’s Burden’ for the Facebook generation? The ‘Kony 2012’ campaign is calling for more military intervention into Africa and follows US President Barack Obama’s decision last October to deploy 100 troops to Uganda with the aim of “removing” Joseph Kony from the picture.

As Jody McIntyre has rightly pointed out: “It is clear that the United States of America are intent on re-colonising Africa, directly and militarily, and the ‘Kony 2012’ video is a cleverly produced piece of propaganda to further this aim.” …

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Politicians Are Shitheads

Daniel Craig. Photo: Chrisa Hickey (CC)

Daniel Craig. Photo: Chrisa Hickey (CC)

So sayeth Daniel Craig, laying heavily into former British PM Tony Blair. Via Huffington Post:

James Bond star Daniel Craig has blamed Tony Blair for the rise of the celebrity obsessed “s**thead” politicians who cannot be trusted.

In an interview with Men’s Journal magazine, the actor said the former prime minister had been too keen to ingratiate himself with the rich and famous.

“Tony Blair started it much more than anybody’s ever done. ‘Go and have tea at 10 Downing Street’,” he said.

Blair was famed for inviting actors and musicians to No. 10 in the early years of his administration in an effort to bolster his ‘Cool Britannia’ image.

“The fact that a guy who’d been in a band, owned an electric guitar and has probably had a spliff was prime minister really meant something, after years of John Major and Margaret Thatcher.

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George W. Bush Cancels Swiss Trip To Avoid Prosecution For Torture

Mr. Blair (left) and Mr. Bush

Mr. Blair (left) and Mr. Bush

There was a British television drama a few years ago that had ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair being sent for war crimes prosecution at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Apparently ex-President George W. Bush doesn’t think that’s so far-fetched and is avoiding Switzerland for fear of being arrested, according to Reuters:

Former President George W. Bush has canceled a visit to Switzerland, where he was to address a Jewish charity gala, due to the risk of legal action against him for alleged torture, rights groups said on Saturday.

Bush was to be the keynote speaker at Keren Hayesod’s annual dinner on February 12 in Geneva. But pressure has been building on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal investigation if he enters the Alpine country.

Criminal complaints against Bush alleging torture have been lodged in Geneva, court officials say.

Human rights groups said they had intended to submit a 2,500-page case against Bush in the Swiss city on Monday for alleged mistreatment of suspected militants at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S.

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