" In a pointed statement issued Friday, a group that supports moderate Syrian rebel forces said it "condemns" the U.S. bombing campaign because it hasn’t been planned in consultation with rebels on the ground, who could help direct American aircraft toward Islamic State fighters. Some rebel forces claimed that U.S.-led airstrikes have killed civilians, and they’re also accusing Barack Obama’s administration of taking its eyes off the main target — the Islamic State — to go after other militant groups that, while considered enemies of the United States, are nevertheless fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The U.S. strikes could be having an unintended effect, rebels say: propping up Assad and weakening the opposition to him and the Islamic State."
“The British military’s counterinvasion of the Falklands was code-named Operation Corporate, and though it was an odd name for a military campaign, it proved prescient. Thatcher used the enormous popularity afforded her by the victory to launch the very corporatist revolution she had told Hayek was impossible before the war. When the coal miners went on strike in 1984, Thatcher cast the standoff as a continuation of the war with Argentina, calling for similarly brutal resolve. She famously declared, “We had to fight the enemy without in the Falklands and now we have to fight the enemy within, which is much more difficult but just as dangerous to liberty.” With British workers now categorized as “the enemy within,” Thatcher unleashed the full force of the state on the strikers, including, in a single confrontation, eight thousand truncheon-wielding riot police, many on horseback, to storm a plant picket line, leading to roughly seven hundred injuries. Over the course of the long strike, the number of injuries reached into the thousands. As the Guardian reporter Seumas Milne documents in his definitive account of the strike, The Enemy Within: Thatcher’s Secret War against the Miners, the prime minister pressed the security services to intensify surveillance of the union and, in particular, its militant president, Arthur Scargill. What ensued was “the most ambitious countersurveillance operation ever mounted in Britain.” The union was infiltrated by multiple agents and informers, and all its phones were bugged, as were the homes and even the fish-and-chips shop frequented by its leadership. The chief executive of the union was alleged, on the floor of the House of Commons, to have been an MI5 agent sent in to “destabilize and sabotage the union,” though he denied the charge.”—Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (via class-struggle-anarchism)