Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The full Brammertz report is now available in English:

Writen by t_desco

Full Brammertz report to the UN: Third report of the IIIC established pursuant to Security Council resolutions 1595, 1636 and 1644

Part One: The Daily Star

Part Two: The Daily Star

Michael Young also highlights the significance of paragraph 36:

"The most significant passage summing up Brammertz's current thinking about Hariri's murder came in paragraph 36. The commission stated its belief "that there is a layer of perpetrators between those who initially commissioned the crime and the actual perpetrators on the day of the crime, namely those who enabled the crime to occur." This was an intriguing formulation, intimating at least three layers of involvement: those who carried out the crime itself, those who ordered it, and an intermediate layer of accomplices who oversaw implementation. This entailed far more than, let's say, an Islamist plot, where the assassins would not require that intermediate layer, which mainly offers deniability."
How do you say 'ominous' in Belgian?

I had commented earlier that this passage seems to point the finger at Syria, although technically even an "Islamist plot" could involve an intermediate layer of "enablers".

On the other hand, the report speaks of "terrorists", but it is unclear if Brammertz means terrorists or "terrorists"...


At 3/16/2006 02:44:00 AM, Blogger Innocent_Criminal said...

"bedreigend" and somebody needs to tell michael it's flemmish not belgian.

At 3/16/2006 07:41:00 AM, Blogger Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

The New York Times reports that the Dutch government has decided to upgrade the compulsory “cultural integration” exams prospective immigrants have to take before obtaining a visa to the country of order to “filter away all unwanted religiously conservative individuals”

“A lesson, about the Netherlands' nude beaches, is followed by another: homosexuals have the same rights here as heterosexuals do, including the chance to marry.

Just to make sure everyone gets the message, two men are shown kissing in a meadow.

The scenes are brief parts of a two-hour-long film that the Dutch government has compiled to help potential immigrants, many of them from Islamic countries, meet the demands of a new entrance examination that went into effect on Wednesday

Or course citizen of certain countries with high numbers of “religious conservatives” such as Israel and the US are exempted from taking the exam…but the Dutch government wants us to believe this shouldn’t be interpreted as blatantly racist double-standard directed at Arabs and Mohammedans!

But there’s even worse that sheer racism at work here: ironically, by focusing its message on nude beaches, swingers clubs, hash bars…etc. the Dutch government is contributing to the distortion and debasement of Western culture in the eyes of its critics, thus reinforcing their prejudices.

Just like their Neocon friends in Washington and Tel-Aviv, the Muslim-bashers of Amsterdam and The Hague are useful idiots feeding the anti-Western narrative of Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri.

Instead of promoting humanistic and secular values by building schools and universities with modernist secular curricula in the Middle-East and South Asia, instead of telling prospective immigrants the world over that Europe is a beacon of humanism and democracy, we’re content with provoking Muslims gratuitously.

In Hitler’s Germany, Jehovah's Witnesses were forced to accept blood transfusion and force-fed ham so they could become “good Germans”.

In Guantanomo’s prisons, Arab and Muslim detainees were routinely forced to watch gay porn movies while listening to the Israeli national anthem

I guess this must have paved the way for the Dutch government’s new immigration law…

At 3/16/2006 08:17:00 AM, Blogger Atassi said...

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At 3/16/2006 08:19:00 AM, Blogger Atassi said...

This article below by Mr. Fisk,

16 March 2006
Dominion Post
© 2006 Fairfax New Zealand Limited. All Rights Reserved.

IRAQ is a "hell disaster" and a country in total anarchy with no law and no security, visiting British Middle East reporter Robert Fisk says.

"The Americans must leave, the Americans will leave and the terrible tragedy is the Americans can't leave because that is the equation that will turn sand into blood," Fisk told journalists at The Dominion Post yesterday.

In Wellington for the International Arts Festival Writers and Readers Week and to promote his book The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East, Fisk said reporting in Iraq was now extremely difficult because of the scale of violence and the threat of kidnapping.

He estimated that at least 100,000 Iraqis had been killed in the three years since the United States-led invasion of Iraq.

Fisk, who has reported on the Middle East for three decades, said the strife in Iraq was not a civil war. The violence was fomented by death squads and private armies, some paid by the Interior Ministry, Iraqi military units, the police and mafia, criminals, genuine nationalist insurgents and al Qaeda supporters.

Occupation created violence, he said. "As long as the British and Americans stay, it is going to get worse. They will need the help of the Iranians and Syrians to get out and they will need to deal with the Iraqi insurgents. If they do that . . . some element of security will be restored to the cities and into the countryside because the Iraqis want that . . . They don't want eternal war.

"When you end up in a situation where you're going to hand over to Iraqi security forces and half of them are working for the insurgents it's not going to work."

The Arab world would love democracy, Fisk said. "They would love a couple of packets of that from our supermarket shelves", but their first priority was justice and "freedom from us and we are not offering them that. Always we go to the Muslim Middle East with our guns . . . and we are always coming to free them and help them."

Asked for his views on the confrontation over Iran's nuclear programme, Fisk said the whole story was a hoax.

"Up till now Iran has not done anything illegal. There is a very unstable Islamic state in the large Middle East area in which there are vast numbers of Taleban and al Qaeda supporters with a nuclear bomb and it is called Pakistan. But we don't concentrate on Pakistan because they're our allies in the war on terror."

As for an invasion: "[An army of] 158,000 American troops cannot control Iraq. There is no chance of a US invasion of Iran or Syria."


`Total anarchy': Visiting festival writer and Middle East reporter Robert Fisk speaks to Dominion Post staff yesterday.


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