World View: Romney Advocates Sending Weapons to Syrian Opposition

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Massive security planned for Merkel's visit to Athens Greece
  • Supporters of alleged rapist Julian Assange ordered to forfeit $150,000 bail money
  • Mitt Romney advocates sending weapons to Syrian opposition fighters
  • Thousands of people in Mideast threatened with losing Canadian residency rights

Massive security planned for Merkel's visit to Athens Greece

Merkel depicted in as Nazi in Greek newspaper Democracy, February 2012
Merkel depicted in as Nazi in Greek newspaper Democracy, February 2012

Greece's security forces are mounting the biggest security operation in Athens since the 1999 visit of Bill Clinton, in preparation for the visit on Tuesday of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. There have been large, angry protests in Athens against the Germans for forcing austerity measures on Greeks, and Merkel herself has been portrayed as a Nazi in uniform. According to Alexis Tsipras, head of Greece's left-wing Syriza political alliance:

"She does not come to support Greece, which her policies have brought to the brink. She comes to save the corrupt, disgraced and servile political system. We will give her the welcome she deserves."

When Merkel arrives, Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras plans to beg Merkel for her support for delaying austerity measures for two years, and for continued bailout payments even if Greece can't meet its existing commitments. Without another bailout payment, Greece will go bankrupt in November. Spiegel and Kathimerini

Supporters of alleged rapist Julian Assange ordered to forfeit $150,000 bail money

Westminster magistrates court in London on Monday ordered the supporters and backers of alleged rapist Julian Assange to forfeit £93,500 ($150,000) in bail money, because Assange did not fulfill the conditions of his bail. Two women in Sweden have charged the Wikileaks founder with raping them, but Assange has sought asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, claiming that the two Swedish women are lying about being raped, and that the whole thing is a conspiracy by the women, the Swedish authorities and the American authorities to trick him into being sent to America, so that American officials can kill him. The Assange supporters have 30 days to pay the $150,000 to the court.

As far as I know, not a single feminist, women's group, rape victim support group or battered women's shelter has spoken out in support of either Swedish rape victim woman, or against her alleged rapist. Guardian

Mitt Romney advocates sending weapons to Syrian opposition fighters

Mitt Romney at VMI on Monday
Mitt Romney at VMI on Monday

In Monday's foreign policy speech to the Virginia Military Institute, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney advocated providing weapons to Syria's opposition:

"And we must persuade our friends and allies to place similar stipulations on their aid. In Syria, I will work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad’s tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets. Iran is sending arms to Assad because they know his downfall would be a strategic defeat for them.

We should be working no less vigorously with our international partners to support the many Syrians who would deliver that defeat to Iran—rather than sitting on the sidelines. It is essential that we develop influence with those forces in Syria that will one day lead a country that sits at the heart of the Middle East."

This is potentially a dangerous policy. Arms given to the Syrian opposition may very well end up in the hands of al-Qaeda linked terrorists. One of the major reasons that the Russians are opposed to any outside help to the Syrian opposition is the fear that any unguarded weapons will make their way to Islamist terror groups in the North Caucasus, just as large warehouses of weapons in Libya have made their way into al-Qaeda linked terror groups across northern Africa. Daily Beast

Thousands of people in Mideast threatened with losing Canadian residency rights

Canadian immigration officials have announced a crackdown on immigration and residency fraud, targeting more than 10,000 people suspected of committing residency fraud. Nearly 5,000 of them have permanent residency status, and 3,100 are naturalized Canadians whose citizenship is being revoked. Most of those affected are from the Middle East. Canadian immigration law requires new immigrants to live in the country for a minimum of three years continuously before applying for citizenship, but many people get around this requirement by committing fraud, fabricating fake paperwork to prove residency. criminal investigations have found that a family of five may pay upwards of 25,000 Canadian dollars over four or more years to create the illusion of Canadian residence. The National (UAE)


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