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Considered alongside Sami al Haj's detention in Gitmo by Obama's predecessor, it suggests a grim future in store for all who still care about freedom, wherever they might live.
For an understanding of what it was like back in the days of Mandela's imprisonment this obituary of Dennis Kitson makes a valuable contribution. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/jan/17/davi...
Those who protested outside the South African Embassy in Trafalgar Square were accused of affronting the embassy's dignity by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the protests were subsequently banned. The people who ran the adjacent church of St Martin in the Fields permitted us to use the steps to continue the work. People regularly crossed the road and were hauled off into police vans.
None of the great and good of British society who now wax lyrical about Mr Mandela were present at these protests. The prism of celebrity culture distorts everything including history, and thanks to Jonathan Cook for helping to keep the record straight.
That's family values, mafia style.
It was a fairly easy guess that they were apoplectic over the disaster that the occupation of Iraq had become for them. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_Study_Group
What followed was the 'surge', complete with the walling off of whole areas of Iraq's cities into sectarian neighbourhoods, and increased support for Sunni terrorism under the guise of the 'Sons of Iraq', aka the Anbar Awakening.
The current situation had become a predictable possibility by this time, and what had began as the folly of destroying Iraq is now playing out across much of the wider Middle East.
The only solution now would be for all the major powers to leave well enough alone, and to allow the people of these nations to determine their own fate, but there is not a hope in hell of this happening.
The US wades ever deeper into the Deep Muddy, and it's leaders say 'March on!'
It would be encouraging to learn that this show has a large following among poor and working people in the US. The reality is that it probably hasn't, because the internet has barely arrived for this constituency, and the economic situation makes it a certainty that this constituency is going to shrink as the internet becomes more unaffordable.