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"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

Washington wants to abolish encryption

In response to an FT article by Geoff Dyer on 17th November 2015, entitled 'US warns on terrorists use of encryption'

“If you create a product that allows evil monsters to communicate in this way, to behead children, to strike innocents, whether it’s at a game in a stadium, in a small restaurant in Paris, [to] take down an airliner, that’s a big problem.”


How about you stop using insidious moral blackmail to lead the 'sheep' into the that a problem?

How about if you have a government that has armed and trained these 'monsters' in the hope that they would help you achieve regime change in that a problem?

How about if you have a preponderance of snake oil salesmen calling themselves 'politicians', who conceal their real agenda every time they tell 'the people' what's in their best that a problem?

How about you stop treating the world like your own little chess board and stop trying to install puppets everywhere...that won't be a problem. 


A fellow reader replied: 

I'm curious. Which government do you hold responsible for training ISIL and where could a fellow reader obtain the documentation proving this point?

MarkGB responded:

There are a number of sources you might look at. Here's a recent one from 3rd June 2015:

Alternatively, here are some comments VP Biden made at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in October 2014 during a Q & A. Referring to Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the Vice President said:

“They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad—except that the people who were being supplied were al Nusra and al Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.”

He subsequently apologised for these comments when the Turkish President reacted badly to his 'unguarded' comments:


Martin Wolf is still in search of the 'savings glut'

We cannot trust politicians with politics