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Global Research contributing editor and Perth resident Ghali Hassan—we’ve met him previously; his name always reminds me of Gomer Pyle (“Ghali, Hassan!”)—joins an elite club of global researchers, including Neil Mitchell, Michael Moore, and Matt Taibbi, among others:

Much like his first visit to the ‘Green Zone’ on Thanksgiving Day 2003 to give U.S. forces a plastic turkey, Bush’s recent visit was conducted in dark secret.

As opposed to those light secrets, which for some reason never remain ... secret. Naturally, there’s a World Cup conspiracy afoot:

The civilised world has duty to condemn the U.S. use of the (football) World Cup as a cover to commit more war crimes against the civilian population of Al-Ramadi.

But Ghali does ask a good question of peaceniks who denounced the US-led invasion of a “sovereign nation”:

How a nation can be sovereign when its people are murdered, imprisoned and enduring torture on a daily basis?

Wait; I’ve accidentally abbreviated that quote. Here it is in full:

How a nation can be sovereign when its people are murdered, imprisoned and enduring torture on a daily basis since 2003?

Ghali’s entertaining insights are brought to you by Google News.

(Via Robert H.)

Posted by Tim B. on 06/19/2006 at 11:18 AM
  1. From what I understand Geoff Ogilvy and family are due in Oz’land soon...welcomed as a rightful hero, no doubt.

    Sooooo, what I was thinking IS, could you get the U.S. Open winner to share some of his obvious talent with a Sand Wedge, with ON Ghali Hassan?

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 06 19 at 11:31 AM • permalink

  2. it’s always good to hear the objective arms-length views of someone from a broad strata of the community.

    Posted by paulris on 2006 06 19 at 11:47 AM • permalink

  3. Golllleeee! Shazam!! Tim, you done found another candidate for membership in the Loyal Order of Polymer Peckerheads. And as a contributing editor for “Global Research” (motto: “We’ve Obviously Got a World of Things to Learn!"), ol’ Ghali brings some international atmosphere to the club (sour grapes steeped in BO and ammonium nitrate, probably). Great shootin’, Tim: another believer in the fake Meleagris gallopavo taken on the wing!

    Posted by paco on 2006 06 19 at 12:00 PM • permalink

  4. Interesting web site, that. I like it when all the kooks hang together. Makes them easy to find...or ignore.

    Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 06 19 at 12:03 PM • permalink

  5. How a nation can be sovereign when its people are murdered, imprisoned and enduring torture on a daily basis?

    Good question; he should ask U.N. members North Korea, Syria, China, Burma…

    Posted by DocMike on 2006 06 19 at 12:09 PM • permalink

  6. And for cryin out loud Ghali, get your lie straight.  He served the non-plastic turkey at Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) NOT the “Green Zone” which is about 8 miles away.

    But hey, he’s on to us about the grand World Cup cover-up that the US launched.  He sees how we covertly switched the name from the U.S. Cup to the World Cup, so no one would guess we were behind it. Man, he’s one sharp cookie.

    This post was brought to you proudly from the United States Army. Bringing occupied countries murder, imprisonment and enduring torture on a daily basis since 2003. See your local recruiter today.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 06 19 at 12:25 PM • permalink

  7. And I found a picture of his cat via the Relapsed Catholic blog:
    http://tinyurl.com/mj5tm

    Posted by andycanuck on 2006 06 19 at 12:33 PM • permalink

  8. How can a nation can be sovereign when its people are murdered, imprisoned and enduring torture on a daily basis since 2003?

    Ok, that’s a question from Hassan.  Taking a cue from Tammy Bruce, here’s a question from me.  What did you do or say when the Iraqi people were being murdered, imprisoned and enduring torture on a daily basis before 2003?  For that matter, what are you doing about the thousands of people that are being murdered, imprisoned and enduring torture on a daily basis in other Arab and Muslim countries?

    Feckless hypocrite.

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 06 19 at 12:36 PM • permalink

  9. I can’t wait to hear his whinging when Saddam meets his maker.

    Remember Saddam’s trial...?  The news blackout indicates, just as I thought, that it is going quite well.
    Closing Arguments to Begin

    Posted by Patricia on 2006 06 19 at 01:20 PM • permalink

  10. Naturally, there’s a World Cup conspiracy afoot

    Well some of us were pointing out World Cup conspiracies 4 years ago.

    Posted by Ross on 2006 06 19 at 02:11 PM • permalink

  11. Bringing occupied countries murder, imprisonment and enduring torture on a daily basis since 2003.

    I thought the US Army started oppressing people everywhere in 1775, Texas Bob.  Have you hit C&GS yet?  If not, this is a trick question.....so watch out!

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 06 19 at 02:22 PM • permalink

  12. This guy is nuts if he thinks we American Death Beasts are using the World Cup to cover up our war crimes.  Most of us only watch soccer when it’s played by little girls.

    Now American football, that might be a viable war crime cover.  Sometimes it is a war crime.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 06 19 at 02:29 PM • permalink

  13. It certainly is a crime when you need four downs to go 10 yards instead of three.
    ;^)

    Posted by andycanuck on 2006 06 19 at 03:19 PM • permalink

  14. "Global Research” must be on the same level as “Global Warming”, I suppose.

    Posted by PW on 2006 06 19 at 08:25 PM • permalink

  15. Most of us only watch soccer when it’s played by little girls.

    ...although sometimes the girls aren’t so little

    Posted by trainer on 2006 06 19 at 08:28 PM • permalink

  16. RebeccaH—Mia Hamm, Brandy Chastain, not so little…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 19 at 08:28 PM • permalink

  17. I don’t know what Garlic Hassan does at the Science and Mathematics Education Centre at Curtin University of Technology, but he doesn’t appear on the academic staff list. The only academic paper I can find on Google scholar is a biological one on growth factors and cytokines published in 1998. He is the second author and does not have a university contact address.

    Never mind, if you really want some wonderful whacky reading try Garlic’s teatise on The Life and Mysterious Murder of Margaret Hassan

    No relation I presume. Some great quotes on Fisk and Pilger.

    Posted by Whale Spinor on 2006 06 19 at 09:14 PM • permalink

  18. Mia Hamm, Brandy Chastain, not so little…

    Little girls to me, bub.  But I was actually speaking of the single-digit years.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 06 19 at 10:30 PM • permalink

  19. Rebecca, you did it again. You dissed American Football. I told you I’d be watching you about that; did you think you’d get away with it? Now I just got back to California after a month down there (thanks for not calling me, btw), and I got to watch my favorite rugby teams play. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Aussie rules football, and for that matter, league and union as well. They’re all great. Now, American football is admittedly difficult, especially with all the commercials. I can see that. But if you understand it at all, you have to admit it’s a brilliant game. It’s played just as if it were a war, and who but a hemp-chewing lefty dishrag vegan wimp doesn’t love that?

    Posted by ekw on 2006 06 19 at 11:09 PM • permalink

  20. #1.  Geoff Ogilvy’s dinner invite to the White House has just given a new meaning to Wedge Politics.

    Second smart remark: 
    The Dems need to keep Gitmo open for 2008 to put Michael Moore and a few others in for the duration of the election. 
    Might be their best hope by then.

    Posted by Barrie on 2006 06 19 at 11:36 PM • permalink

  21. #9 Patricia,
    Sadam does not recognise this court!, you have no authority over me!.

    Posted by Daniel San on 2006 06 20 at 01:44 AM • permalink

  22. #11 TRJS, No C&GS for me, but I am enrolled in non-res ILE. The problem is I can’t download the classes with the puny bandwidth we have here, and my 18 months-to-complete clock is ticking! Shiite!
    Its all good though. I went over 20 last November before we deployed, so it matters very little too me now.

    Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 06 20 at 06:13 AM • permalink

  23. Ah, Ghali, {possibly) my Curtin uni alumni! How proud I am of you!

    Posted by James Waterton on 2006 06 20 at 09:26 AM • permalink

  24. Ooer. And Ghali writes for such a high-profile, high-powered organisation, too! Have a look at Global Research’s proud boast in its site’s “about“ section:

    Global Research is classified by Alexa (the web-ranking organization), as The Number One Globalization Site.
    The number one globalization site? Amazing! Out of such a crowded field, too.

    Posted by James Waterton on 2006 06 20 at 09:35 AM • permalink

  25. Daily Kos, move over.

    Posted by ekw on 2006 06 20 at 06:33 PM • permalink

  26. Erm… ekw, I would never diss American football. 

    Well, okay, I would, but believe me, around this house in the fall, football is king.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 06 20 at 06:54 PM • permalink

  27. As well it should be, Rebecca.
    Hrrumphh.

    Posted by ekw on 2006 06 20 at 07:40 PM • permalink

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