“"A unit of U.S. Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq and more U.S. soldiers may soon be on their way, according to a New York Times report on the impact the civil war in neighboring Syria is having on Iraq's "fragile society and fledgling democracy.""
“Conveniently, no mention of Uganda, no mention of Yemen, no mention of his cyber attacks against Iran (an act of war by the Pentagon's own definition), and you totally brushed over the drone attacks, which have slaughtered untold numbers of innocent civilians. Also, Obama ended the Iraq war based on an agreement with the Bush Administration; he wanted the troops to stay longer, and that's why they've been repositioned to Kuwait instead. In response to what you said about the neocons, William Kristol called Obama a "born again neocon" and consulted with him on his Libya strategy, while also supporting the Afghanistan surge in 2009. There's a reason Obama and Romney aren't talking about foreign policy -- and it's because they're really not that much different.”
“Libya has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa. They invited China, India, and Russia to check out their oil reserves on March 15. Search the news for "Libya" and "oil" between January 2010-February 2011. There are some big surprises to be found.”
WasteNJ on Mar 28, 2011 at 08:29:32
“Many reports have downplayed the amount of Libyan oil, which leads me to believe the opposite. Not only that, Libya has some of the highest quality oil, requiring less refining, a.k.a cheaper to produce. Just another oil adventure.
2009: Libyan leader said other countries, including Israel, have atomic weapons. 'Why not take military action against them?' he asked. Muammar Gaddafi said he opposed any military action against Iran even if it pursues building a nuclear weapon. "If we are talking about military action, then the question will be who will take this military action? Who will do it and who has the right to do so?" Gaddafi told the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in New York. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3781816,00.html
“Somalia brought this up to the UN back in 2008, but as tends to happen with the UN, nothing was done. No doubt there's a lot of validity to what you're saying though. People are definitely taking advantage of the ongoing environmental crisis and exploiting it for personal gain. It would just be nice to see more focus on helping them clean up the nuclear waste that has been dumped there.”
“If I was justifying piracy, sure. That's not what I'm doing. Just asking the writer of this article to include some background. They're angry for a reason.”
Jeremy Urbach on Feb 22, 2011 at 19:27:35
“Actually it WAS an issue..that hasn't been properly addressed. But than again that is up to the Somali people to bring up to the UN if they choose to do so. What WAS a poor mans coast guard has turned into a lucrative business of extortion and murder for pirates that has absolutely nothing to do with the legitimate environmental concerns.”
"The ransom demand is a means of "reacting to the toxic waste that has been continually dumped on the shores of our country for nearly 20 years", Januna Ali Jama, a spokesman for the pirates, based in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland said.
"The Somali coastline has been destroyed, and we believe this money is nothing compared to the devastation that we have seen on the seas."
Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN envoy for Somalia confirmed to Al Jazeera the world body has "reliable information" that European and Asian companies are dumping toxic waste, including nuclear waste, off the Somali coastline." (from Al-Jazeera, 2008)”
indyclem on Feb 22, 2011 at 19:51:13
“they would never lie show me the reliable info i suppose al jazeera has no agenda as well”
garyg210 on Feb 22, 2011 at 18:43:21
“Are you suggesting that is a justification for piracy and the kidnapping and murder of private individuals? No society has ever accepted that moral equation. Even if the rest of the world should try to make amends for environmental and other damages on Somalia shores, trying to suggest that will deter pirates is naive.”
Jeremy Urbach on Feb 22, 2011 at 18:09:33
“And what has this to do with Yachts and private vessels? not commercial vessels?....there is a way of resolving disputes without hijackings and murders. Maybe you forgot to mention that?”