“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Iranian Institute for Suicide Bombers. Why is this Man Still Alive?

The maggot, Mohammad-Reza Jaafari

There is only one effective method to minimize the use of suicide bombers. Killing the bombers will be no deterrent as dying is their goal. Their support network is quite a different matter. Each suicide bombing incident leaves a trail of clues. The clues will point to a support network. The forensics apparatus required to investigate and identify the networks involved exists. The support networks need to be identified for what they are, hostile military assets. They need to be eliminated in a ruthless and violent fashion with no bravado and no shadow. It can be done. It should start with Mohammad-Reza Jaafari. He has a house, an office, a car, a family, a cell phone, a bank account. Someone writes him a check. Find him. Kill him. Kill those around him.

Iran opens garrison to recruit suicide bombers against West Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Jul. 22 – A military garrison has been opened in Iran to recruit and train volunteers for “martyrdom-seeking operations”, according to the garrison’s commander, Mohammad-Reza Jaafari.

Jaafari, a senior officer in the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), told a hard-line weekly close to Iran’s ultra-conservative President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the new “Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison” (Gharargahe Asheghane Shahadat, in Persian) would recruit individuals willing to carry out suicide operations against Western targets.

The full text of the original interview in Persian can be seen on the weekly’s website at .

“The Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison has been activated and we will form a Martyrdom-seeking Division for each province in the country, organised in brigades, battalions and companies to defend Islam”, Jaafari told the weekly Parto-Sokhan.

The weekly is published in the Shiite holy city of Qom by the Imam Khomeini Educational and Research Institute. The institute’s chairman, hard-line cleric Ayatollah Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah Yazdi, is regarded as the ideological mentor of President-elect Ahmadinejad.

The weekly carried a report in its July 13 issue on a meeting between Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi and the commander of Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison. Jaafari was quoted by the weekly as saying that the organisation of "martyrdom-seeking popular forces" was being implemented on the basis of instructions from the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

In the earlier interview, the garrison commander spoke in glowing terms of the newly-elected president.

“I have personally met Dr. Ahmadinejad, the distinguished mayor of Tehran”, Jaafari said. “He is a Bassiji [member of the Revolutionary Guards’ paramilitary forces] and I recommend other officials to make him a role model”.

The commander said that “in Tehran alone, there will be four martyrdom-seeking divisions”, adding that “we are currently in the process of recruitment and organisation and soon volunteers will receive training in accordance to their assigned missions”.

The weekly’s interview with Jaafari appeared under the title, “Commander of Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison: Let America and Israel know, each of our suicide volunteers equals a nuclear bomb”.

Jaafari told the weekly that his organisation had set up branches all over Iran and was in particular aiming to convince young persons to enlist for “martyrdom-seeking operations”.

“One of our garrison’s aims is to spot martyrdom-seeking individuals in society and then recruit and organise them, so that, God willing, at the right moment when the Commander-in-Chief of the country’s armed forces [Ayatollah Khamenei] gives the order, they would be able to enter the scene and carry out their missions”, Jaafari said.

“The Imam [Khomeini] said years ago that Israel must be wiped off the face of the Earth, but so far practical steps have not been taken to achieve this”, the garrison commander said. “Our garrison must spot, recruit, organise and train martyrdom-seeking persons to be able to materialise this objective. Any delay in fulfilling the strategy of the Imam and the Supreme Leader in this regard will not be to the advantage of Islam or the revolution”.

“The United States should know that we have nuclear weapons, but they are in the hearts of our suicide bombers”, Jaafari added.

Jaafari is a senior commander who has met with Khamenei on several occasions, according to the interview. He was chairman of the First Conference in Honour of Unknown Martyrs in Tehran earlier this month. The event was widely reported by Iran’s state-run media, which cited Jaafari’s remarks.


  1. Iran's at war with us, and everybody else. So far they lack the real means, but are working on it. Jaafari is another true believer, either that or cynical as hell. Here's a group that seems to have a handle on the reality. Popping Jaafari would be a satisfying thing to do, unfortunately there's many another to take his place. Sooner or later we'll probably be forced into a clearer view of the situation. The centrifuges are purring away.

  2. PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Associated Press) -- Two suicide attackers and a roadside bomb struck a military convoy Sunday, killing 11 soldiers and three civilians in an intensifying campaign of violence against the government in the restive border region, the army spokesman said.

    The latest incident followed the deaths of 24 soldiers in a suicide strike against another convoy in the northwest Saturday.

    The government has deployed thousands of troops to the region to thwart calls by extremists for a holy war to revenge the bloody storming of Islamabad's Red Mosque last week.

    On Sunday, the convoy of army and paramilitary troops was attacked by suspected militants in Swat, a mountainous area of North West Frontier Province bordering Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad said.

    "These were two suicide attacks in which two blue Suzuki vans were used as well as an (improvised explosive device) blast," said Arshad, who said 39 soldiers were wounded by the explosions.

    On Saturday, at least 24 soldiers were killed and 29 wounded on a road near Daznaray, a village about 30 miles north of Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region, Arshad said.

  3. I agree. Kill the man. Go in and blow up the whole "so called garrison" for that matter. Enough with the pussy footing BS.

  4. "Pro-Taleban militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan region say they have ended their truce with the government."

    What will the government do? The suicide attacks against police recruits not only send a message to the government but also, the people. The death cult have figured out the most symbolic and opportune targets. A lone bomber can find a soft spot in security and boom! Future would be recruits get the msg.

    DVD's and video tapes are available at Mosques stores throughout the Islamic world and on-line everywhere.

  5. It would be really nice to just bankrupt the iranians.

    GM has been constantly saying for the last several years that they expect their hydrogen fuel cell cars to meet the price points of today'
    s internal combustion engines by 2009. For example in this June article

    "GM has already said that by 2009 they will have the cost of the their fuel cell system down to cost parity with current internal combustion engines at $50/kW."

    The price of oil keeps rising because demand is rising and production is falling.

    The Iranians for example are losing production at the rate of 10% a year.

    "Iran's oil exports are plummeting at 10pc a year on lack of investment and could be exhausted within a decade, depriving the world economy of its second-biggest source of crude supplies."

    Iranian oil infrastructure dates back to the Shah. They've spent their money on guns and assassins. imho the Iranians see the best way to keep their oil income high is by continually keeping the area boiling so as to put a war risk on the price of oil. After all, higher oil prices are the same as rising production in terms of keeping oil revenues the same.

    Meanwhile Iranian oil production keeps falling. (This of course, means they will keep ratcheting up the pressure.)

    But the effect will be that in a few short years hydrogen cars will be much cheaper to buy run and maintain.

    Then the oil mullahs are going to find themselves to be seriously embarrassed.

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  7. We went through the numbers before, charles.
    Out past 2025, even if no gasoline powered cars were built after 2015, US oil needs will only diminish by 20% from todays' demand levels. Even if no petroleum vehicles are built after 2015. There is only a 4% salvage rate on the existing fleet, and that percentage is dropping.

    The Chinese and Indians will still need vast amounts of oil, to lubricate their societies.

    The Iraniaans can be bankrupted, no doubt, but not on the oil demand side, soon.
    Forced divestitiure by US pension and investment companies in any firm in the world that does business with Iran, that would bust 'em up.

    Waiting for the "magic technolgies" to defeat the Mullahs, is like waiting for the 12th Imam, just puts the faithful in a different ideological camp, but waiting on good works to be rewarded.

    As Stanley, of Stanley Steamers, or Sony of beta tape fame, or Steve Jobs about apple operating systems vs DOS.
    Sometines the "best" technologies do not gain mass market acceptance. They never migrate into mass use, quickly even if there is demand.

    By 2025 there will still be well over 200 million petroleum fired vehicles, in the US of A.

    Finacial War is the ticket with Iran, but the US of A will not engage them on that field, effectively, either.
    Leaving the "biggest guns" in the holster, still.

  8. On "Meet The Press", Lindset Graham looked very strong against Jim Webb, who looks like he is ready to snap. Graham is clearly trying to undo damage done to his career by the immigration amnesty bill. Webb came off as someone, if in a bar, that you would like to have at least two bar stools away.

  9. Sounds like Mr Webb would fit right in here, then.

    Mr Levin sounded calm and collected, on FOX. He followed Stephan Hadley, a fellow that was also calm and collected. He came across as a mortgage broker explaining why a variable rate loan was in your best, long term, interest.

  10. DR:
    Unless I am badly mistaken, I believe that we (US and others) have begun tackling Iran and the international financial front. The first round of financial sanctions have been imposed and are beginning to bite. The next rounds are either just in place or about to be. In the UN, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, and Russia have been voting against sanctions.

    Iran is already beginning to feel the pinch and the mullahs have reacted with a crackdown on unIslamic dress, zenophobic campaigns and gasoline rationing. Chavez has offered and may already be shipping gasoline to Iran.

    Much is happening in the background and we don't know all the details. I get the impression (wishful thinking again?) that we are trying to keep everything to a manageable dull roar until as I have said before, the Iranian nuclear thing is sorted out. On that front, the word came out this week that the US has greenlighted Israel on a first strike. ht tiger at Observanda.

    We wait for Musharraf's next moves. Will he finally address his Waziristan problem?

  11. CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (Associated Press) -- A Marine corporal testifying in a court-martial said Marines in his unit began routinely beating Iraqis after officers ordered them to "crank up the violence level."

    Cpl. Saul H. Lopezromo testified Saturday at the murder trial of Cpl. Trent D. Thomas.

    "We were told to crank up the violence level," said Lopezromo, testifying for the defense.

    When a juror asked for further explanation, Lopezromo said: "We beat people, sir."
    Prosecution witnesses testified that Thomas shot the 52-year-old man at point-blank range after he had already been shot by other Marines and was lying on the ground.

    Lopezromo said a procedure called "dead-checking" was routine. If Marines entered a house where a man was wounded, instead of checking to see whether he needed medical aid, they shot him to make sure he was dead, he testified.

    "If somebody is worth shooting once, they're worth shooting twice," he said.

    The jury is composed of three officers and six enlisted personnel, all of whom have served in Iraq. The trial was set to resume Monday.

  12. That is well true, whit.
    We have begun to play tit for tat with Iran, financially.
    Half-stepping to armegedon.

    Working in the "background" is not where the soluution is to be found, but, short of war, in the public square, under the spotlight.

    If the US was serious, in its' pursuit of a soft power solution, it would ramp up that soft power, use it to its; fullest potential, now, in the face of Iranian actions in Iraq, not string it out waiting for ...

  13. This is tthe second, in a month or so?
    U.S. F-16 Warplane Crashes During Takeoff in Iraq, Pilot Uninjured
    07-15-2007 8:42 AM

    BAGHDAD (Associated Press) -- A U.S. F-16 warplane crashed during takeoff at a base north of Baghdad on Sunday, but the pilot was uninjured, the military said.

    The cause of the accident is under investigation, the military said in a statement.

    The Air Force plane was taking off for a combat mission, to provide air support to troops on the ground fighting militiants, when it crashed at Balad Air Base, 50 miles north of Baghdad, it said.

    Balad is the main air base for the U.S. military in Iraq.

  14. It is working so well in Anbar, now on to the West Bank!

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (Associated Press) -- Scores of Fatah militants in the West Bank have signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said Sunday.

    The deal would grant amnesty to 178 Fatah gunmen who will join the official Palestinian security forces, and Israel will remove them from its lists of wanted militants, the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to divulge details of the agreement.

  15. DR:

    I agree they are half-stepping and waiting...

    That's what the world wants. Police action. Reaction. Let's not make them mad.

  16. wet op's

    black op's

    what ever you call them...

    a world wide database of suicide bomber assisting persons, companies and countries...

    All family members of said group should be kidnapped and ransomed or sold into slavery

    All friends of said groups shall be interned at Gitmo and less fun prisons around the world

    All companies that do such support shall be destroyed

    Any country that uses suicide bombers against civilians shall loose the right to electric power of all kinds and shall be destroyed. Any attempt by those countries to generate electricity shall have those means destroyed.

    Let's be clear, we are not talking about military units fighting military units, we are talking about islamists murdering civilians

  17. See how moderate my position is, by comparison?

    And yet there is no call to public action against the Iranians, such as there was against South Africa during the last years of P.W. Botha and National Party control.

    So the threat posed by Iran to the US and the "West", judged not as great as that posed by P.W. Botha.

    Taste that pudding of reality. The vast divide of opinion that has to be crossed, before even my moderate proposal could be accepted, let alone "o"'s.

  18. Suicide Attacks by Militants in Pakistan Kill 49

    A truce between the government and local tribal leaders in Pakistan’s volatile northwest seems to have fatally come undone.
    Week in Review: How Clash Helped Musharraf — and Didn’t

  19. "That's what the world wants"
    What part of the world?

    Almost all I've heard from the right wing blogosphere is why Bush could not do this, or why he could not do that, or you just wait, he's gonna.
    Turns out, as some of us have said for some time, he simply is not up to the task.

    Far from it, imo.
    He's blown far more opportunities than the Dems and MSM combined have "taken away."

  20. "We wait for Musharraf's next moves. Will he finally address his Waziristan problem? "
    Musharraf cannot solve his Waziristan problem unaided.
    3 years back, a relatively minor air campaign would have set the Taliban back big time.
    Like, Syria, Norkor, Iran, Somalia, Lebanon, West Bank, the Saudis, the "West" was found lacking.
    No lack of blame production by Bush and his supporters, however.

  21. What if they gave a War and POTUS opted out after 2 years?

    We know the answer to that, unfortunately.

  22. "With at least 87 dead, it looked as if the clash could set off an Islamic uprising in the world’s only nuclear-armed Muslim nation.

    Instead, few people attended protests organized by religious parties on Friday. What the battle at the mosque seemed to reveal was how complex Pakistani politics is, and how far Islamist radicals are from gaining widespread popular support, Pakistani and American analysts said.

    “There was no uprising because the society is not radical and is more opposed to extremism than most commentators think,” said Frederic Grare, a Pakistan analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.

    “The clash demonstrates that the majority of the people will back a policy aimed at reducing radicals’ influence.”
    That "inevitable" Muslim uprising is what the Bush apologists and CIA experts gave as the reason for his monumental fecklessness.

  23. My list of results for all the behind the scenes action that have been cited on the blogs over the years that the master poker decider was gonna bring about:

  24. I like the idea of taking away the electricity. If they want the dark ages let's do give them the real deal.

  25. Call when we start, but don't hold your breath.

    Which country should we start with Iran, for arming terrorists in Iraq?
    Syria, for armimg terrorists in Iraq?
    USA, for arming terrorists in Iraq?

    Hit the Hoover Dam, shut down the immoral fleshpot that is Las Vegas.
    Oh wait, that is our kind of immorality. The freedom our troops are fighting for, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

  26. Qutb would know.
    And what happens in Greely stays in Greely.

    And AlBobAl is back in SingleHelixville.

    (NOBODY makes fun of my differently-fingered paternal cousins, Al!)

  27. Saudi jihadists now make up half the foreign fighters in Iraq
    Saudi double game update. "Saudis' role in Iraq insurgency outlined," by Ned Parker for the Los Angeles Times
    (thanks to Hot Air):

    BAGHDAD — Although Bush administration officials have frequently lashed out at Syria and Iran, accusing it of helping insurgents and militias here, the largest number of foreign fighters and suicide bombers in Iraq come from a third neighbor, Saudi Arabia, according to a senior U.S. military officer and Iraqi lawmakers.
    About 45% of all foreign militants targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia; 15% are from Syria and Lebanon; and 10% are from North Africa, according to official U.S. military figures made available to The Times by the senior officer. Nearly half of the 135 foreigners in U.S. detention facilities in Iraq are Saudis, he said.

    Fighters from Saudi Arabia are thought to have carried out more suicide bombings than those of any other nationality

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  29. Mr Hadley did not mention the Sauds, not once today on FOX.
    Mr Bush has not mentioned the Sauds, not once as a source of terrorists in Iraq.

    So that must be wrong, doug.
    Saudi Arabia, our best Wahabbist ally. Right above Pakistan.
    They couldn't be backstabbing the US efforts in Iraq, nah...

    That Coalition press release, it's all about the Persians for the "new" Iraqi Coalition.
    The US, Iraqi Persians, Baathists and Wahabbists, standing shoulder to shoulder against Iraqi Persians, Wahabbists & Baathists.

    As long as the pay window is open.

  30. Intelligence shows a clear link to his group partnering with outside Persian extremists

    So the offical position of the Coalition is that there are outside Persian extremists.

    Not Iranians, but ethnic Persians.
    Or political Persians, but not Iranians.

    "Persians" is how the 1920 Brigades and the other Iraqi patriots in Anbar describe the Iraqi Federal Government. But those Iraqi "Persians" are not outsiders?

    According to General Lynch, anyway.

    RELEASE No. 20070714-07
    July 12, 2007

    Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces kill insurgent cell commander in Baghdad
    Multi-National Corps – Iraq PAO

    All about killing the Persian supported cell leader

  32. First it was Pizza Patron that accepted Mexican pesos, now the Value Giant chain of stores in Texas will begin to accept them, as well.

    A growing trend, as well it should be. Many a time I've seen an irate US currency holder demand their dollars be accepted, at favorable exchange rates, in foreign lands. Mexico, Korea, Germany, Brazil, Argentina to name but a few.

    The US merchant profits, both on the added business and the currency exchange rates employeed.

    Open minds lead to full wallets, hermanos

  33. That's from the MSM, so I knew we could all use our decoder rings to ferret the BDS out of that report:

    Those guys will use ANYTHING to trash GWB,
    ...even the truth.

  34. Bush is truly the First
    We are the World
    Before his term is out we will have made allies and enemies, and back again out of just about everyone except for his two perenial main squeezes:
    The Saudis and his Corporate and Criminal Allies to the South.
    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  35. Good to have a man of faith in charge.

    Otherwise we'd have to watch him raving and pulling his hair out over reality and his inability to deal with it in any effective way.

  36. Persians are the other guys.

  37. We'll probly never see W in that Stetson again, at least not until he goes back and his Hispanic Slaves unpack it for him in Waco.

  38. Candy and Laura would be more horrified by that hat than by a rubber ring showing through his pocket.
    Karl too, wherever he is.

  39. Haven't heard much from Candy lately:
    Is she vacationing on all those frequent flyer miles she racked up a few months ago?

  40. No, no, no, doug.
    It's not Wahabbists, not the Golden Chain, not Warizistan, not Pakistan.

    Not the Sauds, no, not them.

    It's all about the Persians, now.

    As bob described, westhawk says the US is moving on its' own, as CIA General Hadley said,
    The Iraqi Government and the US do not agree on who the enemy is.

    The Coalition is using Sunni "code" to describe the Iraqi Government as terrorist supporters.

    To placate who, (the Sauds & Sunni) at the expense of whose legitimacy? (the Elected Government)

    Calling it "bottom up", a process which we stopped, dead in its' tracks, in 2003. Because the people that would have been elected then, will be elected now. Not to be trusted in the "new" Iraq, then, but now?

    Killers and Terrorists
    The 1920 Brigades, at least, as per Mr Yon. Mr Yon, who often reports stories of great depth. The most important points, often not the lead.

    Whether on purpose or Mr Yon's "fair & balanced" perspective of editorial importance ...

    Mr Yon sees with a reporters eye, not an editors.

    Those pilots in Vegas may as well use a roulette wheel for advice on who to catch and release next. case the new orders from HQ get delayed.
    Thus the Value of Generic "Persians"

  42. We simple single helix folk take pride in being able to accomplish with 9, or even 7, fingers what it takes others to accomplish with 10, or even 13. Simplify, simplify, the poet said. We save on energy, and invented ergonomics. Also, you can see us coming, but not going, as we have no back side. This has its advantages in certain illegal situations.

    If there are sea gulls at Salt Lake you can't prove it by me, as we turned east at Ogden, over the old pioneer trail, trail of the pony express, now a four lane of many trucks. Did see a lot of pollution from Salt Lake City though, all the way from around Ogden. I hand it to the truckers, but they ought to stop and pick up the shredded tires they sometimes leave behind, a real danger sometimes. I saw where at some truck stops they are installing heating and cooling systems--a tube to each truck delivering hot or cool air as needed--so they don't run the engine all night to keep cool or warm when sleeping. Good idea.

    Bush is a Winner likely to go down as a great President. (For Doug and Rat, particularily;))

  43. How many lives would ultimately be saved if a jihadi wrested control of one of them "hunter-killer" drones over DC, and we began again with a clean slate?
    Oh! The Humanity!

  44. Yeah, Bill Kristol, who never saw an immigration "solution" he didn't like until this Outrage came down the pike and proved too much for even Beltway Bill to swallow.
    Odd that illegal slave labor, black market efficiencies, and MASSIVE Govt spending might produce a booming economy for as long as the party lasts.
    John Kenneth Galbraith could tell us that, but he checked out at 97.

  45. AlbobAl:
    You got your Wetbacks,
    and you got your NoBacks.
    For every purpose...
    The wonders of open borders and the Genome Project.

  46. Bill Kristol, in the WaPO, either one apart is always questionable, each playing to script.

    Together, the WaPo gets "balance" points and Mr Kristol could be right, if Mr Bush can make Iraq appear a win, for US.
    Like Tet may have appeared as a win for the North Vietnamese, in the US.

    Reality not always recieving a full measure of percieved truth. As the Iraqi Parliment abandons Baghdad, come August, it will just add fuel to the fire.
    Watch Mr Lugar, they say.

  47. Somebody should tell Maliki to use the old Global Warming excuse, bump up those 130 degree days by a few degrees, and they'd get a free pass from the socialist BDS lefties and Algorites as well.
    ...then again, he may have plans dependent on Congress ringing the bell.

  48. You watch Lugar and tell me what he says:
    I think I'd rather watch Andrew Sullivan if I had too!

  49. Elevate the Iraq Debate

    Lugar Statement on Warner-Lugar AmendmentBelow is an excerpt from U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar’s prepared floor statement for introduction of the Warner-Lugar Iraq Amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill:

    "Our amendment mandates that the Administration immediately initiate planning for post-September contingencies, including a drawdown or re-deployment of forces.
    It requires those plans to be presented to Congress by October 16 of this year, and it states that the plans should be designed to be executable beginning not later than December 31. The surge must not be an excuse for failing to prepare for the next phase of our involvement in Iraq, whether that is withdrawal, redeployment, or some other option.
    We saw in 2003 after the initial invasion of Iraq, the disastrous results of failing to plan adequately for contingencies. Read the full statement

    Lugar Calls for Course Change in Iraq on Senate floor In a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Senator Lugar called for a course change in Iraq, saying "In my judgment, our course in Iraq has lost contact with our vital national security interests in the Middle East and beyond. Our continuing absorption with military activities in Iraq is limiting our diplomatic assertiveness there and elsewhere in the world."
    Read the speech

    It's a LONG War!
    Say the curse!

  50. No one has mentioned the Norks shutting down their reactor.

    Do you guys not do "Good News?"

  51. rufus,

    the knor's have lied and pissed in our face before...

    last time they lied and we gave them food and oil

    this time i want proof and also I want to see what else is going on in NK

    as for the IAEA...

    yea, i believe those clowns....

  52. "The Iraniaans can be bankrupted, no doubt, but not on the oil demand side, soon.
    Forced divestitiure by US pension and investment companies in any firm in the world that does business with Iran, that would bust 'em up."

    We pretty much already did this, see ILSA Sanctions Act. Predictably, our "allies" in Western Europe backstabbed us and continue bankrolling them.