World Affairs Brief, June 6, 2014 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.
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This Week’s Analysis:
Bogus Claims about a US Pre-emptive Strike on Russia
The Bergdahl-Taliban Hostage Trade
Why Snowden should not Stand Trial in the US
Mental Health Screening for Gun Purchases
FATCA Becoming GATCA
Preparedness Tip: Filtered Air
THE BERGDAHL-TALIBAN HOSTAGE TRADE
American conservatives are a sucker for hostage release stories and this one smells like something trumped up for political grandstanding on behalf of Obama. Even though the best evidence from soldiers who knew Bergdahl points to the fact that he was a deserter, not a hero, the public wants to believe the rose-colored view.
Even if Bose Bergdahl was captured in a latrine (the official version), his buddies probably aren’t wrong about the fact that Bergdahl was depressed and discouraged by the war and the conduct of his fellow soldiers. That doesn’t necessarily make him a coward, but he probably did become anti-war like many soldiers who don’t support the globalist agenda for constant US intervention around the world. These are they who have a more sensitive conscience and who don’t feel comfortable with the cocky bravado and the four-letter expletives that bombard you when around the troops. They also don’t feel good about the sometimes indiscriminate killing of civilians that happens with every drone strike and in most search-and-destroy operations.
While the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture may be clouded by doubt, he and his father show that their anti-war sentiments (which I generally share) morphed into something unthinkingly pro-Muslim and pro-Arab that I don’t share, because there are bad actors and leaders on our side and theirs. The father grew a beard and learned enough Arabic to utter praise to Allah at the White House microphone, which comes across as more than weird.
Then there’s the absurd statement by the father that he has to speak in Arabic because his son won’t understand English anymore—nonsense. What that means is that both have immersed themselves into some kind of sympathy for Islam, perhaps as a means of comradery with his captors or some misplaced method of coping, or currying favor with the Taliban. It doesn’t really matter as much as the bigger issue of the hostage trade, itself.
You never trade hostages for prisoners. When you reward-hostage taking by giving them something they want, it begets more hostage taking. Israel used to follow this principle assiduously—never negotiating with hostage takers lest they create a massive incentive for more kidnappings. Now they have gone so far to the other side that they give 1,000 prisoners for 1 hostage and even for corpses of dead soldiers. Is that where the US is headed? I don’t think so, but in both this case and the Israeli case, there is more to it than just giving up your principles to engage in hostage trades.
Israel started violating this principle when its government was co-opted by the globalists. While claiming to fight their war against Hamas terror, they gave in to the hugely lopsided 1,000 to 1 swap because their leaders really don’t want the war to stop. They don’t want peace. Globalists never want peace, because war drives all other agendas and breaks down society’s will to resist and defend their rights against globalist control “solutions.” When under constant siege all people want is relief but globalist manipulators only offer “relief” with a very bad price.
I suspect that the US was making a deal with the Taliban to maintain some form of US control in Afghanistan, perhaps over distribution of the huge drug trade which the US protected during the occupation. Knowing that the Taliban will regain control of this lucrative trade when US force is dialed down, I surmise that the five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo were traded for some kind of secret deal, and that Bergdahl’s return was thrown in just for cover. I can’t prove it, but the trade never would have occurred, given the illegality of the release, had the White House tried to get Congressional approval. This way, the hero aspect of Bergdahl’s release diverts any public outrage and quells most Congressional umbrage. Slick!
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Joel discusses Bergdahl at minute-25:30:
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|4:00: Joel Skousen – World Affairs Brief|
|8:00: Barry Chamish – Israel|
|9:00: Cheryl Hancock – Update From Israel|
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