Wednesday, July 16, 2008

OBAMA on Iraq and Terrorism - GUANTANAMO Torture

Important UPDATE further down !



يؤكد ان اولى لحظات عهده ستشهد دعوة الى انهاء الحرب في العراق

Obama's Keynote Speech
on Iraq and Terrorism

Here's the gist of U.S. Senator Obama's programmatic speech on Iraq and Terrorism, as transmitted by AL-JAZEERA TV, English service:

"(The stage of) the war on terror is not Iraq, and it never was."

"I will make the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the top priorities that should be. This is a war we have to win."

Seizing Iraqi prime minister Maliki's demand of a U.S. withdrawal from his country, Obama stated:
"George Bush and John Mccain don't have a strategy for success in Iraq. - They have a strategy for staying in Iraq. They said we couldn't leave when violence is up, and they now say we can't leave when violence is down."

Obama added he would withdraw all U.S. combat brigades within 16 months from Iraq. Two brigades, i.e. about 7.000 to 10.000 men, should be transferred to Afghanistan that has to receive further economic aid as well.

On the other hand, non-military assistance has to be trickled to Pakistan within the next decade to reverse anti-American sentiments there, unless the U.S. want to "face mounting popular opposition in a nuclear armed nation at an axis of terror in radical Islam".

UPDATE (July 24, 2008):
Obama's keynote speech on foreign politics, held during his visit to Berlin / Germany.

Obama: "I've seen worse".

Tortured Youth in Guantánamo

Pictures from a video showing a 16 year old Canadian
boy, held in Guantanamo Bay and who is begging his
Canadian interrogator to kill him. The boy is showing
his scars obtained from torture by U.S. personnell.
The boy's portrait has been taken at the age of 15
when he was captured and transferred to Guantanamo.

That video, transmitted by AL-JAZEERA, CNN and CUBAVISION, has been illegally published by a Canadian official. The Canadian public is known to broadly oppose Canada's military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq.

This comes only some days after parliamentary trouble in the UK because of a similar detention camp that has been secretly erected within the precincts of another U.S. base on Diego Garcia Island, a tiny British colony in the Indian Ocean. AL-JAZEERA showed treacherous satellite photos of that camp.
AL-JAZEERA (March 3, 2008): UN official has evidence for secret detention


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