Last week Saudi Air Force Second Lieutenant Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani shot three Americans dead at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. This is known as a “green on blue” attack. Immediately the question arose on why he did so. Why did al-Shamrani, a man that was supposed to be thoroughly vetted as no threat to the USA (West, NATO) started shooting at his “comrades?”
As always the suggestion came that he “was either a terrorist or simply mentally unstable.” That is nonsense. Terrorists don’t like mentally unstable people and seldom to never allow them close. The mentally unstable, insane, are simply not good terrorists. They cannot follow orders and they will betray their mates. Note that whilst a terrorist may do something insane and act like a barbarian he is seldom to never clinically insane. What he does is to terrorise, to create fear or justice (from his view) for crimes committed against him. He might also have a good and just cause be it religious or political or both (from his view). If he was a terrorist, then where are your vetting processes? Failed once again, I suppose.
Let us see why al-Shamrani committed his foul deed – in his own words – he left behind a message. Not many American news outlets would publish what you are about to read (spelling errors etc. are his): “I’m not against you for just being American, I don’t hate you because your freedoms, I hate you because every day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity. I am against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil. What I see from America is the supporting of Israel which is invasion of Muslim countrie, I see invasion of many countries by it’s troops, I see Guantanamo Bay. I see cruise missiles, cluster bombs and UAV. Your decision-makers, the politicians, the lobbyists and the major corporations are the ones gaining from your foreign policy, and you are the ones paying the price for it. “What benefit is it to the American people to suffer for the sake of supporting Israel? “Do you expect to transgress against others and yet be spared retribution? “How many more body-bags are American families willing to receive? “For how long can the US survive this war of attrition? “The US Treasury spend billions of dollars, in order to give Americans a false sense of security . “The security is shared destiny “You will not be safe until we live it as reality in pleastain, and American troops get out of our lands .”
It is interesting that Barack Obama could never link the Islamic Faith with Islamic terrorism, yet, all of the terrorist attacks against the West were committed in the name of Allah. The culprits said so directly. Yet, Obama could not see the link and forever would deny what is obvious to those outside his bubble. Nicolas J.S. Davies: “How many Americans know that the bombing campaign Obama launched in Iraq and Syria in 2014 has been the heaviest U.S. bombing campaign anywhere in the world since Vietnam? Over 105,000 bombs and missiles, as well as indiscriminate U.S., French and Iraqi rockets and artillery, have blasted thousands of homes in Mosul, Raqqa, Fallujah, Ramadi and dozens of smaller towns and villages. As well as killing thousands of Islamic State fighters, they have probably killed at least 100,000 civilians, a systematic war crime that has passed almost without comment in the Western media.” Have no doubts, things got much worse under Donald J Trump. With such indiscriminate killing innocents are murdered. The strikes are in no way “surgical.”
I said in dozens of books that by far the majority of US service members do not, repeat not, engage in war crimes or criminal behaviour. The major problem here is the system that covers for those that do and it has disastrous counter-terrorism consequences. Every time that beastly criminal behaviour comes to light a new terrorist is born and revenge attacks a certainty. Trust is lost. With that goes your informant networks which cannot be effectively replaced by money alone. Then you don’t know where the next attack will come from. You stumble around waiting to be attacked, you become bait, and then you overreact when attacked by flattening everything in sight, creating more terrorists. Yes, if you should read the debriefings of terrorists the pattern is almost always the same, they say that a family member was killed in an airstrike, artillery strike or directly by the US Military (they blame the US as the leader, it does not matter if from the UK or France or whatever, they blame the USA). That is where they pick up a rifle and fight. In such cases, you have already lost the counterinsurgency / counterterrorism war. Go home, you cannot win and you will never rebuild the trust once it is gone. It is over, you are now seen as the same as the Soviet Army raping its way to Berlin. Every time that you kill an innocent, and I am not even going to repeat how much of a failure the drone program is or how Saudi Arabia, your mate, is committing war crimes against the Yemeni civilians, you create another terrorist.
By the face of it, we will see what the FBI investigation reveals (or not, I have zero faith in them), al-Shamrani was not a radical in the usual sense of the word. He was fed up with American Foreign Policy which led to the dreadful consequences of a low standards military being exposed to the world as war criminals. It is vastly interesting that Twitter (that beacon of suppressing free speech) immediately deleted al-Shamrani’s declaration as quoted but left the denunciations of the attack and the attacker by other Muslims... why is that? Covering for what? Why did Donald J Trump immediately say that the Saudi King will make good with the deceased families etc? Why not the truth about the Saudi family for once? Tell me, what Republican Senator Rand Paul said in October 2018? Presumably, he knows what he is talking about: “It’s a fact that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest sponsor of radical Islam on the planet, and no other nation is even close. Since the 1980s, over $100 billion has ‘been spent on exporting’ Wahhabism (the brand of Islam that controls Saudi Arabia and is most prevalent in madrassas). According to Foreign Policy Magazine, an ‘estimated 10 to 15 percent of madrassas are affiliated with extremist religious or political groups,’ while the number of madrassas in places like Pakistan and India has increased exponentially – from barely 200 to over 40,000 just in Pakistan. Even the State Department noted during the Obama administration that Saudi Arabia was the ‘most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide,’ and said Qatar and Saudi Arabia were ‘providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups.’” If Rand Paul is correct, why do you even allow any Saudi national on your soil? The answer is money. You sell them weapons, aircraft, and thus you sell them training. Stupid is as stupid does.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, said something about Fascist Italy, then under Benito Mussolini, declaring war on France after the Nazi Germany invasion: “On this 10th day of June, 1940, the hand that held the dagger has struck it into the back of its neighbor. In this University founded by the first great American teacher of democracy, we send forth our prayers and our hopes to those beyond the seas who are maintaining with magnificent valor their battle for freedom.”
We know how the story ended. France was restored under Charles de Gaulle. Italy defeated and made to change sides long before the war ended. Mussolini and his mistress would be shot dead and hung upside down. The Nazis and those that were guilty of war crimes, executed. That is the power of the United States. Last night, three “world leaders,” that of Canada (Justin Trudeau), United Kingdom (Boris Johnson) and of France (Emmanuel Macron) were caught on camera mocking and gossiping about the current US President, Donald J Trump. They acted in a manner more suitable to “naughty schoolboys” than statesmen aligned to the USA and leading NATO members. What makes this worse is that one of the British Royals, Princess Anne, was part of the group and the discussion taking place right inside Buckingham Palace after the 2019 NATO Conference ended. That Royal should not even have been there, what role, tell me, does she play? What can she possibly contribute?
The reason for the immature antics that caused the US President to leave in disgust? He held a news conference which went on too long, according to the gossipers and thus caused a forty-minute delay. Really? I must ask, is this a reason to insult the US President? I would have said that it is great when any President bothers to give his time to the reporters. Russia’s Vladimir Putin is famous for doing exactly that, even taking calls from voters across his country, answering and explaining. That is why he is popular no matter what the Western mainstream liars say. Donald J Trump was not wrong to answer questions, end of story. There is an old saying, “Do upon others what you want to be done to yourself.” How would those laughing now react if Donald J Trump was found gossiping about other leaders in public behind their backs in a matter designed to be insulting? There are also historical truths. Those three that mocked the US President... I wonder, how far would their countries go without the US having their backs? Did the USA save France in her hour of need or not? Did US Forces liberate Western Europe, yes or no? Those knowing history will know that that there were 47 Americans for every one Canadian or English serviceman in the European Theatre. Who helped after the war with the Marshall Plan to rebuilt Europe? Something from which Canada benefitted immensely. Who do you run to for assistance when the “Big Bad Russian Bear” comes for you? What will you do without the USA?
And now you dare to mock the US President behind his back. And you don’t even have the manhood to say that you are sorry? Whether you like the current President or not, he was chosen by his people in a fair election. Yes, fair. The silly Mueller Investigation confirmed it beyond any doubt. Mr Trump has millions of supporters and is popular. Look at how many admirers attend his rallies and how many are giving small donations. With Hilarious Clinton, in 2016, the news camera angles had to be changed not to show the empty seats. At the end of the day, the Office of The Presidency is still to be respected if you cannot respect the man. What message does this mockery send about NATO unity? Already the Demorat hopeful, “Sleepy Joe, Creepy Joe, Corrupt Joe Biden,” text on Twitter: “The world is laughing at President Trump. They see him for what he really is: dangerously incompetent and incapable of world leadership. We cannot give him four more years as commander in chief.” No, it is not the world. It is three incompetents enjoying less than 34% support in their own countries acting the fool. And even if the world laughs at President Trump, no one is laughing at the office he holds. Neither should you.
I wrote of the Russian Air Force visit a few weeks ago – see my blog at https://www.georgemjames.com/blog/an-omnious-sign-the-russians-are-here. Yesterday a Russian Navy missile cruiser arrived in Cape Town for combined exercises with the South African Navy (rated highly, read my books). I understand that some Chinese naval vessels are also arriving soon. This fits in perfectly with BRICS and what I revealed in so many books. But in spite of this important news, the main stream Western press focuses on US Forces fighting in Africa. Let us look at that a bit closer, taken from my recent book, Code Name Love 72, that will be available soon:
“China and Russia are expanding their influence across Africa where they interfere with US military operations and pose a significant threat to U.S. national security interests.” Fired in disgrace US National Security Adviser John Bolton, December 2018.
“To thwart Russian exploitative efforts, USAFRICOM continues to work with a host of partners to be the military partner of choice in Africa... China is actively working with African partners to open new bases in several locations across the continent. By working with other (African) nations … we may be able to ensure that when China or Russia do gain military access to ports, bases, or airspace, that they are unable to take full advantage of that access to threaten US freedom of maneuver in and around Africa.” Former head of US Africa Command, AFRICOM, Marine Corps General Thomas Waldhauser.
Allow me to point out what the US Military presence achieved: “Overall, militant Islamist group activity in Africa has doubled since 2012. There are now roughly 24 active militant Islamist groups operating on the continent, up from just five in 2010; 13 African countries face attacks from these groups — a 160% increase over that same time span; and the number of violent events across the continent has jumped 960%, from 288 in 2009 to 3,050 in 2018.” Defense Department’s Africa Center for Strategic Studies.
Okay, so what did the incompetent US Military then do to rectify their pathetic attempts? A small surge: “Since US Africa Command began operations in 2008, the number of U.S. military personnel on the African continent has jumped 170%, from 2,600 to 7,000. The number of military missions, activities, programs, and exercises there has risen 1,900%, from 172 to 3,500. Drone strikes have soared and the number of commandos deployed has increased exponentially along with the size and scope of AFRICOM’s constellation of bases. The US military has recently conducted 36 named operations and activities in Africa, more than any other region of the world, including the Greater Middle East. Troops scattered across Africa regularly advise, train, and partner with local forces; gather intelligence; conduct surveillance; and carry out airstrikes and ground raids focused on “countering violent extremists on the African continent.” Nick Turse, American investigative journalist, historian, and author, 29 July 2019.
“The sharp increase in terrorist incidents in Africa underscores the fact that the Pentagon’s overly militarized approach to the problem has been a dismal failure. If anything, attempting to eradicate terrorism by force may be exacerbating the problem, provoking a terrorist backlash and serving as a recruiting tool for extremist groups.” William Hartung director of the arms and security project at the Center for International Policy.
General Thomas Waldhauser – AFRICOM - on why US soldiers are stationed in Africa: “We’re trying to prevent something from happening before it does. If the US does not maintain a presence in Africa, Russia and China will step in...” He then mentioned the newly built Chinese Naval base in Djibouti as an example. Evidently, he does not even know about the Chinese satellite intercept station or the massive Chinese Air Base in Zimbabwe – see Code Name Mel’s Choice – or the Walfish Bay Naval Base – see Code Name Ghost, before carrying on: “It’s important that we are there, that we are present, and the African people see our commitment to their overall desires.”
What commitment? No, it is not, General, you are too late and the chances of an African regional based Muslim terrorist group sailing to America to invade you, conquer you, and subject you to their radical beliefs are less than zero. All that we can conclude from this wisdom is that the presence of US soldiers and the evils that comes with them have nothing to do with combating ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab as is claimed but keeping the Chinese and Russians out. If so, you are too late. Then you have lost your reason to be here, go home before more of you die. Or, and this is much more serious than the deaths of US soldiers in countries that US Senators cannot even pinpoint on a map, you cause even more terrorism with your incompetence. And once you wake up to reality, ask the South Africans how to operate effectively & efficiently in Africa. We forgot what you still must learn. You might also be interested to why the US Military is where they are most unwelcome, to sell weapons that don’t work and make the country a slave to US foreign policy and to stage coups in the future. Yes, we are wise to that also.
We look for patterns in my world and then we make deductions. To do this you need a knowledge of history which is frightening to normal people. Once we linked the dots, and they are always available, the pattern speaks for itself. You can predict the future. There are countless examples in my books where the dots were linked to startling (and decidedly) non-mainstream conclusions. In Intelligence Briefing, I noted that the Chinese Defence Minister, Wei Fenghe, made an official visit to his Russian counterpart, the highly respected Sergey Shoigu. It was just after the UK’s ridiculous Skripal Saga, something that is discussed in detail in GMJ 41, Code Name Mélisse. Wei Fenghe’s visit was not done without reason or in secret. Anyone that has even the most basic understanding of international diplomacy will comprehend that such visits are symbolic of more than just a physical visit, they are clear messages. To make this even more important, this was Fenghe’s first foreign visit as Defence Minister. He chose to go to Russia as a signal of solidarity between the two major BRICS partners. He went further though and spoke very clearly. Washington, London, you better listen:
“I am visiting Russia as the new defence minister of China to show the world the high level of development of our bilateral relations and firm determination of our armed forces to strengthen strategic cooperation. The Chinese side has come to let the Americans know about the close ties between the Russian and Chinese armed forces of China and Russia, especially in this situation (Skripal & the constant NATO sabre rattling). We’ve come to support you...”
I found the above and below so serious as dots that I repeat them in many books. I stated flatly, speaking of the US Empire’s military interventions, highly illegal under international law: Your bluster is already called... “In the West you have the notion that if somebody hits you on the left cheek, you turn the other cheek. In our culture we punch back...” Chinese President Xi Jinping. He was talking about Donald J Trump’s trade war but he meant more than that. Later, on 29 October 2018, to his top military commanders... “Prepare for war.”
Historically, “Don't say we didn't warn you!” was what Chairman Mao in 1949 said to Nationalist Forces opposing him. As we know, they surrendered soon after, with some fleeing to what is today Taiwan. Therefore, this phrase is of crucial importance. For all intents and purposes it is a signal of intent to start a war. It was also used in 1962 just before India was humiliated in a clash taking place in the Himalayan border region. When China attacked and defeated Vietnam in 1979, it was a very short conflict, they went in and got out again, mission accomplished, the very same warning was issued. Do you see how the dots become a pattern?
Now, twice in the last six months, a senior Chinese Foreign Affairs official uttered the same words: “Don't say we didn't warn you!” The first time was with Donald J Trump’s silly trade war against China which the US taxpayer is footing. The second time was today to tell the US to keep out of Hong Kong. To stop trying to create another colour revolution as happened in Ukraine, 2014. The Chinese will react violently. They had enough.
I will leave you with a warning, also in every GMJ Book: “Do you know what Field Marshal Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein said? ‘Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war, is: ‘Do not march on Moscow’. Various people have tried it, Napoleon and Hitler, and it is no good. That is the first rule. I do not know whether your Lordships will know Rule 2 of war. It is: ‘Do not go fighting with your land armies in China.’ It is a vast country, with no clearly defined objectives.’”
Don’t say that you were not warned!
War is ugly. You often have no idea what is happening besides what you can see in front of you. And when a man or woman (in counterterrorism you don’t differentiate, you have targets) come for you with a rifle you don’t talk - you shoot first. Yes, but at some stage, you have to stop shooting which I found is the hardest part. Men often must be kicked in the ribs to stop shooting once it starts – they keep shooting at nothing. During Vietnam, it took, at one stage, 250,000 American bullets to get one confirmed Vietcong dead. In modern times, with the fancy optical sights? Well, some studies say 400,000 rounds for each Taliban confirmed dead. Yet, that is part of combat and I am the last one to deny or decry death in combat. It happens all the time. Unless you saw the damage done by military conflict on the human body you will not be able to comprehend the ugliness.
A lot is expected from those commanding a military unit. They are usually young men and women, inexperienced and super patriotic, looking for trouble / contact with the enemy. When the two groups meet a shootout is inevitable. It is not as easy or clear cut as the lawyers think when they write their Rules of Engagement. No, it is often a split-second decision on what to do. Therefore, things can go wrong very quickly. Yet there is a very visible pattern where a war crime is committed. It is mostly conducted against captives aka POWs as well as civilians, most often females and children. As such it is a very specific type of crime that is measured against the rules of war / Geneva Conventions carrying severe penalties, even death. You have no excuse either since every soldier is trained to know what is allowed and what is not. You cannot even say that you “followed orders” because it was established at the notoriously unfair Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal that you don’t need to follow illegal orders. In fact, you must refuse them (extremely hard to do in a disciplined military). Those are the standards though and that is what you are to be measured against, end of story. Should you fail you are not a soldier but a gangster. Your army is not an army but a criminal enterprise / mob, or in other words, what is despised by the rest of the world.
I had the very disagreeable task to write a 450- page book on war crimes committed by the US Military, VOICES – War Crimes USA. I wrote it after finding out that one out of every three US servicewomen will be raped or otherwise sexually abused by their own male comrades. One out of every three! That is what is known and accepted as statistics. The real figures are probably much higher. As it happened, it was a shockingly easy book to research since there is an abundance of evidence available on the war crimes. And if you think it is only the US version that does such things or this generation, please read Code Name Alphabet 32 where I looked at World War Two Allied War Crimes. Yes, your grandfather almost certainly was no innocent hero or the “greatest generation that defeated Hitler of the Japs.” No, he committed war crimes as much as anyone else before and after him. After the war ended the average American GI raped a great many German women by offering food for sex. Yes, the same as what despised UN Forces are doing this very moment in Africa and other places. A real man would have offered food without expecting sex in return. It is disgusting what happened and is happening but read the book or do some research. Wake up to reality and stop thinking only the other side does such things. It is simply not true. I recall debriefing security contractors coming back from wherever the US Military is deployed during the War on Terror. The contractors were shaking their heads at the amount of (sexual) screwing going on (it was not lovemaking). Trust me, extremely few US military men are capable of being faithful to their wives or girlfriends. No, they must have sex all the time for reasons that are puzzling to me since that makes you the same as an animal and not a human being able to make a sober judgment call. There is ample other evidence supporting the above. We know how many millions of dollars are paid every year by the US Military for “sex drive medicine.” You must wonder why a young man has a need for such drugs but anyway. We know of the outright and shocking abuse of prescription drugs (see Code Name Green 41) and more. I even looked at what they eat (they are the fattest soldiers in the world, they eat junk food besides smoking) to understand what the hell is wrong with them.
A clear picture emerged from the debriefings. I made notes of war crimes witnessed, the panic shooting and pissing in the pants in fright, the calling of unnecessary airstrikes and artillery against everything that moved… as well as the heavy drinking, screwing, use of hard and soft drugs. It was an education in contempt towards those calling themselves the “best army in the world.” And we cross-checked the statements, obviously. They were confirmed, time after time. Therefore, the conclusion was made that although superbly equipped and well paid, the US Military in general is a low standards outfit which frighten no one. Their standards are much lower than our own standards. “Pathetic in every aspect except an overabundance of equipment and food” was the most common rating given to the different units assigned to. Every single one so debriefed said that the US Military knows nothing of counterinsurgency and even less of counterterrorism. They predicted that they will lose the War on Terror as well as any fight against a First World Army as certain as the sun will rise tomorrow. They also said there were no good generals or ideas coming from above. The men giving me these reports were all highly experienced soldiers, professionals, without any grudges – they were grateful for a high paying job. They sounded sad, disillusioned and fed up. The illusion of US invincibility was broken forever. You may be sure that my reports were given to the other BRICS countries, Russia & China among them but I warned before.
For myself, let me be on record once again. I will never agree to the pardoning of war crimes and neither should you. Once you go on that road you lower your standards to Third World ones. You lose control and your army becomes nothing else but a mob, a gang, and not an honourable profession. And you will create new terrorists that will at some time in the future kill you or your comrades. We saw something dreadful in VOICES - War Crimes USA, Chapter 4. I described (these are facts) of a young Iraqi girl raped and then murdered with her family, mom, dad, younger brother, her body burned after the foul deed by US soldiers. A month or so later, other (completely innocent) soldiers of the same regiment were captured and tortured to death because of the above incident. There are many other incidents described in the book and frankly, there could have been tens of thousands. A clear pattern emerged which is extremely shameful and highly significant – the coverups. It is always the same pattern. A war crime is committed and immediately lied about by those committing it as well as the superior officers that ought to know better. Then when forced to do something, a slap on the wrist is most often the case with “deals” being made by the prosecutors. I assure you, this is from the very highest levels downwards. There is a culture of not taking responsibility and of abusing those that report the crime. Those that stand up are told to shut up or threatened with death. It is a dreadfully bad scenario for them. It cannot be condoned. Therefore, I was outraged when I heard that Donald J Trump once again pardoned war criminals that disgraced the uniform they wore. It is all over the news, I don’t need to repeat the names. Ironically, these pardons were issued against the stated desires of the Pentagon – a place known to cover up all the time. He is probably doing so for political reasons with an election coming up. By reading the comments on many websites his decision is very popular among Americans and seen as “the right thing to do.” It is not. Wake up to reality before war crimes are committed against your children, women, and POWs. I wonder what they would say if Mr Putin did the same for Russian soldiers or if this happened during Apartheid South Africa? Yep, another story entirely and there lies the problem, your double standards combined with a low standards military. I am not the only one warning and explaining that the consequences for pardoning war criminals will lead to a further reduction of standards and ultimately defeat in battle:
“This is a shameful use of presidential powers. It sends a clear message of disrespect for the law, morality, the military justice system, and those in the military who abide by the laws of war. With this use of his powers, Trump has sent a clear message of disrespect for law, morality, the military justice system, and those in the military who abide by the laws of war. I would include the victims of these crimes but have no illusion he cares for them.” ACLU's National Security Project director, Hina Shamsi.
Journalist and activist Glenn Greenwald, “The grand American tradition of immunizing its war criminals - while preaching morality to the world - continues with these vile pardons by Trump.”
Journalist Akmal Dawi, “The Trump admin has blocked (the International Criminal Court's) investigations into war crimes in Afghanistan, now POTUS has pardoned individuals accused of murdering Afghans. The US government doesn't even record Afghan civilian casualties as if they don't even happen.”
Yes, you can read of the reprehensible blocking of the proposed ICC, International Criminal Court, investigation into US war crimes in Afghanistan in my books. VOICES – War Crimes USA, has an entire chapter on it. And another thing, that argument of “you did so too” or “the Russians / Germans / Taliban were worse, etc.” has no standing in law. It was rejected as a defence at Nuremberg. Admit guilt and raise your standards. Make examples of those disgracing your uniform and the flag on their shoulder. Pardons are not the answer.