World View: Russia Prepares Invasion, Arab States Have Major Split
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Russia's Lavrov blatantly lies as Russia prepares for Ukraine invasion
- Gulf Arab states have major split over Egypt and Iran
- China refers to the U.S. ambassador as a 'banana'
Russia's Lavrov blatantly lies as Russia prepares for Ukraine invasion
On Wednesday, Russia continued to mobilize its troops in Crimea,
apparently preparing for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Absurdly, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Lavrov continued to insist
that there were no Russian troops in Crimea. He said that they were
all ethnic Russian militias over which he has no control. If Lavrov
can sit there and make such a ridiculous lie, then assume that
everything else he and Putin say is a lie. Falsus in unum, falsus
If you believe in actions rather than words, then Russia is preparing
for an invasion of Ukraine.
The rest of the day Wednesday was spent in fatuous diplomatic posturings
on all sides. So nothing has changed since Tuesday, and a major
conflict could still break out at any time and appears to be
inevitable. Telegraph (London)
Gulf Arab states have major split over Egypt and Iran
Since it was formed in 1981, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
alliance has always hid its internal differences from the public, so
Wednesday's very public split qualifies as a significant event. Saudi
Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain recalled their
ambassadors from Qatar on Wednesday after a stormy GCC meeting on
Tuesday. Two other GCC members, Kuwait and Oman, took no position on
the split, and may try to mediate.
The three countries issued a joint statement saying that the split
occurred because Qatar allegedly refused to honor a security agreement
that all GCC members approved last year on November 23 not to back
"anyone threatening the security and stability of the GCC whether as
groups or individuals – via direct security work or through political
influence, and not to support hostile media." In particular, Qatar
has refused to implement three specific provisions:
- To distance all GCC States from the Muslim Brotherhood and its
intrusive policies throughout the Arab World. The three countries say
that Qatar is continuing its support of the Muslim Brotherhood in
Egypt and throughout the region.
- To place strict broadcast restrictions on the Egyptian cleric Shaikh Yousuf al-Qaradawi. Al-Jazeera is based in Doha, Qatar, is
funded by Qatar, and allows al-Qaradawi, who very vocally supports the
Muslim Brotherhood, to speak frequently on al-Jazeera.
- To severely restrict the movement of Iranian operatives within
the GCC. There have been unconfirmed reports that Qatar facilitated
the movement of Iranians through the GCC. Apparently this was the
main cause of disagreement at the stormy Tuesday meeting.
Qatar declined to withdraw its own ambassadors from the three
countries, and defended its relationships with the Muslim Brotherhood
The move taken by the brothers in Saudi Arabia, UAE
and Bahrain has nothing to do with the interests of the Gulf
peoples, their security and stability.
Qatar is very keen on maintaining brotherly links between the
people of Qatar and all other Gulf peoples.
A Qatari official said that the split is really about Egyptian
politics, targeting Egyptian general Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who headed
the coup that ousted Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood
government from the presidency last year:
It is unfortunate that some of them [GCC countries]
are trying to force Qatar to take certain policies which have
nothing to do with the Gulf, nothing to do with Saudi Arabia or
the United Arab Emirates or Bahrain.
The whole issue is really about Sisi. These countries, they are
supporting a coup d’état where thousands of Egyptians are being
killed in front of the whole world. And they want Qatar to support
such a policy. But we will never support any regime which kills
its own people.
I am sure in the days after that wisdom will come and these
countries will realize that trying to impose the philosophy of my
way or the highway will not work with Qatar.
Qatari officials are particularly infuriated because three al-Jazeera
reporters have been held in Egypt for over two months on charges of having reported
news in a way favorable to the Muslim Brotherhood. Gulf News (Dubai) and Al-Jazeera (Doha) and AFP
China refers to the U.S. ambassador as a 'banana'
A Chinese state media editorial has called Gary Locke, who is
finishing up his tenure as U.S. ambassador to China, a "banana"
and a "guide dog" that had stirred an "evil wind."
In China, the epithet "banana" is an ethnic slur. It's related to the
American ethnic slur "Oreo," used by a black to refer to someone who
is black on the outside and white on the inside, meaning "not black
enough." Similarly, "banana" means yellow on the outside but white on
the inside, meaning not Chinese enough. (Apparently, "coconut" is
similarly used by Hispanics.)
Locke is of Chinese descent, but apparently he's more loyal to America
and American values than to China and Chinese values. Hence, he's a
"banana." To put it very simply: "America makes Chinese Americans,
but China does not – and does not particularly want to – make
American Chinese." CNN
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