*edit, February 20, 2015 – The link to Hardtalk is dead for whatever reason. And the user account for the YouTube vids has been terminated, of course. Sorry folks. I tried looking at Hardtalk and couldn’t even find it. The search takes you places but I end up just viewing news. Nice going BBC.
*edit, April 20, 2015 – I added in a few comments about Kofi Annan where he comes in for mention by Stephen Lendman.
Speaking of which, the producers of the upcoming BBC Hardtalk episode that will feature a discussion with Noam Chomsky are allowing viewers to send in their questions (one each) for Noam. A couple will be selected and put to Noam. Check it out if you’re interested. The question I sent in asks him what he thinks of the Nobel Peace Prize. I know what I think of it. See below.
Has Obama – who’s admin makes a big deal about torture being evil but is happy to keep the Bush practice of rendering people to other, barbaric, countries to be tortured – peeped about the American-led coup against Haiti’s Jean-Bertrand Aristide which has left the majority of Haitians in very dire straits? (UN blue helmets there are actually, for the first time in history, as Stephen Lendman recounts in his essay titled UN Peacekeeping Paramilitarism [in Haiti], which can be found on the Third World Traveler website, openly helping the coup regime and it’s thugs and assorted killers to repress the population and prevent people from overturning the coup.) Obama’s admin has indirectly backed the recent coup in Honduras, which took place in June of this year. Some of the monsters involved in carrying out the coup were trained at the infamous School Of The Americas, renamed (Guess why?) the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC or WHINSEC), where all kinds of killers and coup plotters have been trained. Then there’s Palestine, where America’s ally, Israel, can do no wrong, for which reason it forever continues to be funded by uncle Sam. Obama et al may spout the usual democracy rhetoric about seeking to help bring about peace in that troubled land, but it’s most revealing the way Israel’s foreign minister puts the kibosh on the idea. Sometimes these corporatists tell the honest, brutal truth. I guess they must just hope, afterward, that not too many noticed.
“”Anyone who says that within the next few years an agreement can be reached ending the conflict (between Israel and the Palestinians) simply doesn’t understand the situation and spreads delusions,” said Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman last week. But Barack Obama does say that. In fact, they gave him the Nobel Prize for saying it, didn’t they?,” notes Gwynne Dyer in his October 11 article in Vancouver’s ‘The Straight’. Is nuclear-armed, apartheid Israel on a different page than it’s staunch ally and indespensible funder, the U.S.? Of course not. So yeah, Give Obama the Nobel Peace Prize. That’s what it’s about. Just don’t give him a real peace prize.I am dismayed to see so many on the Left (keeping in mind that there is a mainstream Left that I’m left of, or at least not in agreement with) ignoring the true nature of the Nobel Peace Prize. Here’s Stephen Lendman, again, examining some of the history of the Nobel Peace Prize, for those who think it ‘does’ matter. The article is titled Nobel Peace Prize Hypocrisy. However, Even Lendman fails to draw the right conclusion about the Nobel Peace Prize specifically. It’s too sullied to be a worthy prize. “Since it was established in 1901, the Peace Prize was awarded to 95 individuals and 20 organizations. Some recipients were worthy like Martin Luther King, Jane Addams and Albert Schweitzer but too many were not including this year’s honoree. Al Gore joins a long list of past “ignoble” recipients like warrior presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson and supporter of rogue regimes Jimmy Carter. He’s also among the likes of genocidists Henry Kissinger and three former Israeli prime ministers – Menachem Begin, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin – along with former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan who never met a US-led war he didn’t love and support. So much for promoting peace and what this award is supposed to signify.”
(Linda McQuaig reminds us, on pages 2 & 3 of “It’s The Crude, Dude,” that Kofi Annan did call George W. Bush’s attack on Iraq “illegal.” But, I have to wonder whether that was simply a clever way, dreamed up by Kofi possibly, to hide his affinity for those who supported his position as Secretary General. It was Madeleine Albright who had him installed as Secretary General, and not because she was seeking to do whatever she could do to create peace on earth, as Robin Philpot indicates in his CounterPunch article titled “That Halo Over Romeo Dallaire’s Head Has More Than One Hole In it.”)
I expressed that dismay recently on Al Giordano’s website, called The Narco News. There’s a section in it, called The Field, where folks can read about things happening and then comment. Al Giordano, who is otherwise a fine fellow (who I once exchanged pleasantries with), compliments Obama for his winning the Nobel Peace Prize. I can’t share the sentiment, both because Obama is a corporatist and not a man of peace, and because the Nobel Peace Prize in my view is bogus. But mainly, I object to this support for Obama, especially when it comes from people who should know better.
Interestingly, It’s sort of fitting that Obama should get that prize. Jesus Christ told his followers that ‘You are no part of the world just as I am no part of the world. If you were part of the world, then the world would be fond of what is it’s own. But I have chosen you out of the world. On this account, the world hates you.’ (John 15:19) If he was around today (in the flesh) and was asked to comment on Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, he’d say it’s appropriate for a leader like Obama, a supporter of private, blood-spilling tyrannies (corporations), to receive the perverted Nobel Peace Prize that others like him have received. As for the excuse that the prize doesn’t matter as long as people understand that’s it’s for ‘peace’, and despite the fact that it’s had some hits and misses (as Giordano puts it), the Christian Bible also asks ‘What sharing does light have with darkness?’ In the world, with it’s Lie (evolution belief and force belief, which posits that everyone, including God, is partly good and partly evil) there can be such a sharing. But I’m more interested in the Creator’s view of matters.
I am working on an essay (I guess that’s what it is) about something that I refer to as ‘mysterious lawlessness’. When ordinary people see leaders – political, religious, business, cultural, whatever – doing things that are clearly wrong and when it’s clear that those transgressors know that, and are even proud of their behavior (See the John Howard Hardtalk clip when you visit the site), then they will often be mystified. Those who lack a moral foundation, a grounding in (Bible) principles, will be mystified for that reason. Others will be capable of seeing the evil for what it is. The ignorant ones will look on, mystified, and reasonably conclude that “Bad must just sometimes be good.” Way to go Obama et al! You’re an inspiration all right. Nothing’s changed among Democrats anyway. Obama, who’s admin is happy to send people to foreign barbarians to be tortured, says ‘America won’t torture’, just as Clinton said, about a woman who gave him a blow job in the White House, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” Monica Lewinsky.
*update, November 9, 2009 –
I added this as a comment below, but on second thought, I think it makes more sense for me to place it here.
Well, I’m not a fan of BBC’s Hardtalk. Try getting around on that website. It’s hopeless. I finally found the November 3 interview of Noam Chomsky by this yucky fellow, Stephen Sackur. I clicked on the link and a message pops up about a media player that only folks in BBC can utilize. I don’t know why that would be. In any case, There’s always YouTube, which I just visited, with success.
Some fellow, or female (he or she is much more uptight about identity on the web than I am) named JJ (JJVANKA), put up the video (in 3 parts). The links are below.
*edit, April 19, 2015 – I’m tempted to delete this post. Thanks to the constant takedown of vids, via the termination of user accounts, the post is constantly being mutilated. These will no doubt go dead eventually. I won’t write about when they do. I’ll just try to replace them when I find that that’s happened.