By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.
After the missile attack on a Syrian airbase, on the basis of phony and fake pretexts, masked with arrogant imperialist self-confidence, and repeated and reproduced in clone-like manner, by all the major media, politicians, government officials, and countless millions of ordinary people, not only in the US, but in other NATO countries, as well as in their Third World clients, the US is now undertaking extremely provocative and war-mongering actions against North Korea, which has nuclear weapons and has threatened to use them if subjected to aggression by the Americans or South Koreans. Unlike the other victims of relatively recent US military invasions, aggression, or intimidation, like Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, and Iran, North Korea has nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, and can wreak havoc on the aggressors and their accomplices, if cornered and pushed too far. Nuclear weapons were introduced into South Korea by the US in the 1950s. Thousands of them were deployed there. North Korean development of nuclear weapons technology was undoubtedly in reaction that. These are supposed to have been withdrawn in 1991. Even if that is the case, US does not really need them there, as it has the ability to target any area of the world from multiple sources and locations. Also, these can be redeployed and reassembled in South Korea rapidly. Their storage facilities there have been preserved. Moreover, the planned installation of the THAAD missile system (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) in South Korea poses a great new danger to the security of North Korea, China, and Russia. North Korea has repeatedly stated its willingness for real, mutual, and equitable denuclearization. However, the US and South Korea insist on imposing a unilateral denuclearization, one-sidedly, only on North Korea, a most unfair, unacceptable, and arrogant imperialist demand (1). Continue reading
Posted in Crimes against humanity, North and South Korea
Tagged Fazal Rahman Ph.D., Killings of millions of North Koreans, Korean history, Korean War, Michel Chossudovsky, North Korea, Political economy of North Korea, political economy of South Korea, Stephen Gowans, US bombings, US imperialism
By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. April 8, 2017
In some earlier articles (1, 2), I had described the dangers of escalations of wars and civil wars in Syria and Middle East by provocative military actions of Turkey, US, NATO, their so-called Coalition Forces, and foreign and domestic terrorists, financed, trained, and armed by them. In Syria, in opposition to them, and in support of the legitimate government of Syria, which they have been trying to overthrow since 2011, the superpower of Russia and the great regional power of Iran have also intervened very effectively, and have been crucial in turning the tide in favor of the Syrian government. All the major anti-state terrorist groups in Syria are in retreat and the Syrian government forces are getting closer to complete victory and establishment of control over all of its territory. Continue reading
Posted in Middle East
Tagged American hypocrisy, American lies, American missile attack on Syrian airbase, chemical weapons attack, Fazal Rahman Ph.D., imperialism, Nikki Haley, Russia, state terrorism, Syria, terrorism, Trump
By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. July 10, 2016
Philando Castile’s racist murder by cops in Minnesota
Alton Sterling murdered by White cops in Louisiana
“Would this have happened if the driver and the passengers were white? I don’t think it would have. So I’m forced to confront that this kind of racism exists, and it’s incumbent upon all of us to vow and ensure that it doesn’t happen and doesn’t continue to happen.” (Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton, on the police killing of Philando Castile, in his state.)
“I was already fuming when I woke up this morning over Baton Rouge, but for it to happen here again just pushed me right over the edge,” said truck driver Thomas Michaels, 42, who was among the protesters in St. Paul.
“We live in a racist society where black lives don’t matter, my kids lives don’t matter and I’m sick of it. I don’t even know if it can be fixed,” he said.
Another protester, retail worker Tanya McDonald, 28, said: “What gets me is how many people are failing to see that this is happening almost every day. We’re dying, we’re being killed off by people hiding behind a badge and no one’s doing anything to stop it.” (1) Continue reading
By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. June 17, 2016
This is a rather brief and necessary comment on the recent Orlando, Florida, mass shootings, as some of the underlying causal facts and connections are being omitted from consideration by almost everyone else. Continue reading
By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. January 24, 2016
Umar Mansoor (with long beard in the center) with the young attackers
This is a brief comment on the January 20, 2016 attack on the students and faculty of the Bacha Khan University (BKU) in Charsadda, Khyberpaktunkhwa (KPK) Province, in Pakistan, by four young militants of a Taliban faction, which is lead by Umar Mansoor, who also had masterminded the December 16, 2014 attack on Army Public School (APS) at Peshawar, in the same province, in which 150 students and faculty were killed and 121 wounded. Reports of figures for the BKU attack vary between 22 to 50 killed and dozens injured. All four of the young attackers from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were also killed by the security forces. I had written an article on the APS attack with the following link, in which I analyzed the nature and causes of state and non-state terrorism, as well as the foundation of these in the US and NATO invasions and wars in South Asia. That analysis is also applicable to these problems in the Middle East and elsewhere. This comment should be read within the context and analysis of that earlier paper. As mentioned in that paper, thousands of people in the FATA-in which Umar Mansoor is a member of one of the tribes-have been killed and wounded in the Pakistani military operations and US drone attacks (actual figures, which are likely to be much higher, are not available, as journalists and others are not allowed in the attacked areas), and one million made homeless and internally displaced persons, and thousands fleeing to Afghanistan as refugees. Continue reading
Posted in Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, vicious circles of violence
Tagged attacks on schools, attacks on universities, Bacha Khan University, Charsadda, FATA, Fazal Rahman Ph.D., Pakistan, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, terrorism, TTP, Umar Mansoor
By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. December 11, 2015
The December 2, 2015 attack on the Department of Public Health employees of San Bernardino County in California, at a gathering at the Inland Regional Center, has been alleged to have been carried out by Syed Rizwan Farook, who was also employed by the same department, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, which killed fourteen people and injured twenty-two. It is being portrayed as a terrorist act by the news media, politicians, FBI, and others. FBI has strained maximally to find a link between the alleged attackers and Islamic State or other terrorist groups. It has failed to find any credible evidence for that. Some dubious claim was made that someone had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State on the Facebook around the time of the attack. They attribute that to Tashfeen Malik, claiming that she had used a false name to do that. It is highly unlikely. She was a devout Muslim and such false impersonation would be against her beliefs. Moreover, if she was carrying out or about to carry out such a suicidal mission, she had no reason to hide her identity. Continue reading