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October 29, 2010

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Kay Tie

Pretty revolting opinions on Assange you linked to, Ad. Killing foreigners for treason is what scoundrels do (and we did to Lord Haw Haw - a US/Irish citizen).

I'd have though that after a decade of the US acting as a rogue state and getting nowhere they'd knock off the macho bullying, but apparently not.

Ad

'This former US State Department advisor wants the messenger (Julian Assange) declared an enemy combatant, so he can be subjected to non-judical actions... like waterboarding and extraordinary rendition, presumably.'

Glenn Greenwald has been examining the American media reaction to Assange and Wikileaks. An article in the Chicago Tribune titled "Why is Assange still alive?" asked the question:

"Why wasn't Assange garroted in his hotel room years ago?"

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/10/29/goldberg/index.html

This designating people as 'enemy combatants' is one of the reasons why all these accounts are coming out in the first place. Washington militarists lead and Britain follows, lending them support to abuse the Geneva Convention protocols.

It seems our own governemnt shares this willfully ignorant mentality judging by the lack of a proper response to Pauls' questions.

'The Afghan war is going badly with a shadow Taliban Government in all but one the country’s provinces.'

There is a question as to whether the ISAF alliance can hold together amidst the lack of progress and clear direction. Canada is set to withdraw next year, others are considering it too. Obama pledged to start reducing American troop numbers next year. Blind optimism will not change the trend of this war in NATO’s favour.

It is better to withdraw sooner than to drag out a pointless war just for the sake of it. In terms of defending against the threat of terrorism it makes little sense. We have dedicated people with the expertise to ensure the country is as safe as possible. This doesn’t require large scale occupation of foreign lands. The militarist ‘smoke ‘em out’ mentality is counter-productive. The results for many innocent people are death, imprisonment and abuse. It is creating enemies, and fuelling terrorism. Is this were our truest interest lies?

Paul Flynn

Perhaps I am fortunate D.G. As Liam Fox has opened a correspondence with me, I will send him a letter listing his failure in prolonging a hopeless war.

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D.G.

Only shoots? You're lucky. :)

This former US State Department advisor wants the messenger (Julian Assange) declared an enemy combatant, so he can be subjected to non-judical actions... like waterboarding and extraordinary rendition, presumably.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/oct/26/wikileaks-fox-iraq-war-logs

Diplomacy In Action, as it says on the State Department website

http://www.state.gov/

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