The Russians are saying, perfectly reasonably: "You keep accusing us of this, that and the other but you never show us any evidence. Why don't you come and meet with us and present your evidence?"
i agree. produce the evidence or shut the f**k up. it's not that hard - provided you actually have evidence
i don't believe they have any evidence.
and what it reminds me of is the days ahead of the start of the afghanistan war. we were saying osam bin laden was behind 9/11, remember? and he was in afghanistan (in 'some cave' people would say) and we demand that afghanistan turn him over.
do you remember what happened next?
a lot of people do not.
afghanistan said, 'okay show us some proof of your accusation and we will hand him over.'
colin powell, who was secretary of state, insisted, 'turn him over to us and then you'll get your evidence.'
that's why the war started.
i don't believe there was any evidence.
i'm not saying osama did or did not do it. i suspect he probably did carry out 9/11 but we never saw real evidence, so much was hidden from us and we were given a large number of lies.
so is russia about to be the new afghanistan? we're going to war on russia?
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'
DOD names the soldier killed in Iraq this week as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Taylor J. Galvin, 34, from Spokane, Wash. Says crash occurred in Nineveh province, in Sinjar.
Army pilot killed in Iraq on 9th deployment. 9th deployment.
U.S. soldier killed Sunday in Iraq helicopter crash was on his ninth combat deployment, officials say. abcn.ws/2wcXtZs
DOD: Chief Warrant Officer 3 Taylor J. Galvin, 34, from Spokane, Washington, died Aug. 20, 2018, in Baghdad, Iraq, as a result of injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed in Sinjar, Ninevah Province, Iraq. The incident is under investigation.
Chad Garland (STARS AND STRIPES) explains, "Galvin’s death brings to 11 the total number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq and Syria this year. He is the eighth American killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq; in March, seven servicemembers were killed in the downing of an Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk in western Anbar province." THE SPOKESMAN REVIEW notes:
Galvin was married and a father of two, according to an article on Military.com.
He graduated from Lakeside High School in Nine Mile Falls in 2002. He was a member of the school’s football and wrestling teams.
Scott Jones, a former wrestling coach at Lakeside High School, said Galvin was one of the favorites of the coaching staff.
Dylan Smith (TUSCON SENTINEL) provides an overview of Galvin's military career and notes:
His awards and decorations include one Air Medal (C device); Air Medal (3OLC); Army Commendation Medal(2OLC); Joint Service Air Medal (OLC); Army Achievement Medal (2OLC); Meritorious Unit Award; Army Good Conduct Medal (3); National Defense Service Medal (2); Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War On Terrorism Service Medal; NATO Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (3); Combat Action Badge and Senior Army Aviator Badge.
There are about 5,000 U.S. troops deployed in Iraq, with another 2,000 operating in Syria. About 14,000 U.S. forces are in Afghanistan, 17 years after the first American invasion.
The crash that took Galvin's life also left three US service members so injured that they had to be evacuated.
In other violence, REUTERS notes, "A suicide attack on a former Iraqi lawmaker’s house killed at least six tribal militiamen and wounded seven others in a northern Sunni Muslim village early on Wednesday, police said."
Protests continue in Iraq and over 50 protesters have been killed so far.
Pictured above is the late Harith al-Salmi. GCHR reports:
On 14 August 2018, a protest tent, erected by demonstrators who live in Ezzedine Salim (formerly Al-Hawair) and neighbouring areas, in front of the West Qurna 2 petrol field in Basra was attacked by the security forces, who burned the tent and beat the demonstrators with batons. Three demonstrators were severely injured. Among the injured was well-known activist Harith Al-Salmi, 33 years old, who was taken to hospital where he died the next day. The medical report obtained by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) said his death was caused by a fractured skull.
Matthew Ayton (MEE) observes:
Demonstrations began, and are still ongoing, in oil-rich Basra, home to 70 percent of Iraq’s oil production, yet the majority of jobs in the industry are given to foreign contractors rather than locals. Protesters in the southern city have called for increased employment opportunities and an end to slum-like living conditions and corruption among Baghdad’s political elite.
In response, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi - often coupled with that hackneyed word “moderate” in Western journalese - dispatched the country’s “elite counter-terrorism service” to swiftly crush the protests before momentum could reach truly inconvenient levels. This was the same unit used in the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) group.
Within days, seven people in Basra had been killed and many mercilessly beaten, which led to protests in other parts of the country. Accounts in Arabic media vary, but at least 12 protesters are believed to have been killed by regime forces, while hundreds more languish in their dungeons, with some reportedly tortured.
This unavoidably raises the question: where is that “representative government” and constitutional guarantee of “complete freedom of expression and assembly” that Bremer extolled all those years ago?
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