Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Did Poroshenko Overplay His Hand?

Kiev regime heavyweight (I'm being literal here) Petro O. Poroshenko, the Candy Billionaire installed as president of Ukraine by the U.S. (with help from their EU  and UN lackeys) seems to have bitten off more than he could chew by adamantly refusing to address the legitimate concerns of eastern Ukrainians and instead trying to crush them by military force. His last offer to them was "lay down your arms and we'll negotiate." (I'm not exaggerating. That was his "peace plan," an Israeli-style peace plan- you surrender and then I'll tell you what I'm going to do with you.)

Now, after months of artillery bombardment of eastern Ukrainian cities and towns and the separatists seeming to be facing defeat, Russia has sent in military forces to push back the Kiev regime's forces.

Poroshenko seems to think that NATO is going to ride to his rescue. They aren't. The U.S. and EU will impose more punitive sanctions on Russia- their favorite tactic when they don't want to have to invade a country. It's the same thing they did to Iraq from 1990 to 2003, from Iran from 1979 to today, and to Cuba from 1959 until the present. But Russia, while vulnerable, isn't as helpless as those much smaller nations. And the truth is, Europe is punishing itself economically by punishing Russia, as Europe is back in recession now (depression in Spain and Greece with 27% unemployment).

Today U.S. media has been full of imperialist apparatchiks and ideologues spewing anti-Russian propaganda, blaming Russia for everything that's happening in Ukraine, "warning" Russia not to "mess with" Estonian (Obama henchman Charles Kupchan, an ideologue with a temporary perch next to the seat of power, said that.) [1]

These hysterical alarmists keep pretending Putin's very cautious intervention in Ukraine is the first step to the conquest of the Baltics, and Poland, and maybe more. They have totally regressed to the depths of the Cold War in their mentality, while blaming Putin for Cold War thinking!

The U.S. elites and their European fellow travelers are as blind and arrogant and aggressive in their imperialism as always. They learn nothing from their bloody failed adventures like Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The nations of Central America are hellholes thanks to the U.S. Their interventions more often then not wreck countries. Add Ukraine in all likelihood to the tally of ruination.

1] "Russia, don't even think about messing around in Estonia or in any of the Baltic areas in the same way that you have been messing around in Ukraine," spewed Charles Kupchan to reporters today. This armchair tough guy is currently White House senior director for European affairs, He is the type of imperialist ideologue who rises high in prestige and influence in this system.  He was an apparatchik in the Clinton regime also, and in between occupied a post in charge of producing more imperialist ideologues at that nest of evil Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he is a Professor of International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department (they're keeping the seat warm for him), and also holds the grand title of Whitney H. Shepardson Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a holding pen for various imperialist apparatchiks between their government dirty work. In fact he seems to have landed at just about every leading nest of imperialist plotters and "theorists." The rest of his curriculum vitae is linked here.

Will Ukraine Confrontation Put “Paid” To the Propaganda Line that Trade Prevents War?

Probably not. I've noticed that bourgeois propaganda tropes are immune to facts, evidence, and reason. (And not just bourgeois propaganda tropes either.) When an ideological myth serves a purpose, politically or indoctrinally, its validity in reality is irrelevant.

The propaganda myth I'm referring to is the notion that nations that trade together don't fight wars. I don't know how many examples from history it would take to put such an obviously false idea to bed: apparently an infinite number is required. And the academics and “commentators” who put out obviously false ideas and are listened to respectfully, given space in newspapers and magazines and book contracts, are never discredited.

Let's take Europe. The countries and regions of Europe have trades for centuries. They've fought numerous wars during the same centuries. Trade prevents war?

Trade goes back millennia. So does war. Wars are generally fought until recent times between nearby entities. (This for the obvious reason that modern means of rapid travel and the ability to communicate over long distances quickly didn't exist.) Nearby entities also traded extensively, again because closeness made trade easier.

Nazi Germany, on the eve of invading the Soviet Union in June 1941, was receiving massive shipments of raw material from the Soviets. Didn't stop Hitler from invading and trying to destroy the Soviet Union.

And now we have Ukraine. Europe's economy is dead in the water. Russia is going into recession. Yet Europe, following its U.S. master, has started a trade war with Russia, imposing economic sanctions, to which Russia has had to respond, and it has responded by cutting off selected European imports of food, hurting its own people. The European political bosses prefer trying to rip Ukraine out of the Russian orbit, and push its anti-Russian military alliance, NATO, right up to Russia's border, than the economic welfare of their own states- and obviously they don't care about their own peoples, as long as they don't rebel.

I don't see trade preventing conflict here. Trade and economic well-being is being sacrificed to political goals. Politics is trumping economics. That isn't always the case, but it is the case much of the time- enough of the time to make one wonder how seemingly intelligent people could put forward such an obviously fallacious idea as “countries that trade together don't go to war,” and how an establishment media can find such nonsense cogent.

One can speculate as to the motives of the parasitic polemicists and ideologues who promulgate obviously false ideas, and I call them parasitic because they contribute nothing of value to society, yet occupy comfortable sinecures and pampered positions of status (although as parasites go, they're insignificant compared to parasites like billionaire hedge fund managers and other such speculators in financial instruments). One obvious motive is to promote the very destructive so-called “free trade” policies that have eviscerated the livelihoods of millions of non-privileged people all around the globe and greatly increased the power of capital over people. Another is the ever-present Panglossian impulse of those this system privileges to make it seem that the current system of corporate oligarchy is the best of all possible worlds. In both cases the real point is implied most of the time, although it can be stated overtly. This would surely explain why the corporate media, the capitalist foundation-funded “think tanks,” and academia would find these falsehoods useful to promote. (For some reason you don't see refutations of the false concept, even though refutation, as I just illustrated, is elementary.)

I notice that there are fads in establishment propaganda. “Free trade” worked out so badly for most people who have to earn a living, that now the rulers have changed tactics. Under Clinton, the destructive “free trade” deals were loudly ballyhooed as sure to rain down prosperity on all. When, predictably (and it was predicted by people on the margins of “respectability,” and by some beyond the margins) the opposite turned out to be the case, naturally disgruntlement and resistance among the populace set in. So now Obama, pursuing even more repressive and destructive “trade” agreements, is doing so in ironclad secrecy. Not even the national legislators who will be expected to rubber-stamp these venal pacts are allowed to know the details. These schemes will make the oligarchic corporations even more powerful and will place national governments in positions of complete subservience to them, invalidating any national laws- labor rights, environmental, anything at all- that gets in the way of some corporation's scheme to make a buck.

So the capitalist world, led by the U.S., gets ever less democratic and ever more repressive, as the corporate oligarchy, shielded by the “national security” state, gets ever richer and more powerful. It will end some day, probably badly, and in the meanwhile tremendous and unnecessary human suffering will be inflicted. The irony is, capitalism doesn't have to be this way. If it were properly regulated, it would be a workable system. But that is impossible without well-organized, mass people's movements that can seize state power and impose regulation for the common good. And the propaganda system works daily to confuse and divide people, while the various secret police and police agencies make sure that the beginnings of such organized movements don't get off the ground, by infiltrating, disrupting, and repressing them, and persecuting key activists. And especially in a nation like America, where the white majority is either racist or at best indifferent to their fellow humans of a darker skin pigmentation, and where right-wing ideologies are promoted at every turn while progressive ones are suppressed, dividing and ruling seems like a winning strategy for the rulers. The decay and self-destruction of the system is a slow process. As long as the imperial homeland can exploit overseas areas, by for example using their dirt-cheap labor to provide inexpensive consumer goods to the homeland population, the lid can be kept on, with the application of police violence against “the losers” of society, those who have to sell dime bags of outlawed intoxicants, or loose cigarettes on the street

Monday, September 01, 2014

America, the Ingrate Nation

Russia lately has done some significant favors for the U.S. Yet far from any gratitude, the U.S. has shown its appreciation by attacking Russia's core strategic interests in Ukraine, and now that Russia is defending those interests, the U.S. is trying to turn Russia into a pariah state, with punitive sanctions and a relentless campaign of public invective, aided and abetter by its Eurolackeys and corporate media. [1]

Letting bygones be bygones, Russia helped the U.S. in its Afghan campaign, with supply lines and intel, despite the fact that the U.S. helped kill thousands of Russian soldiers in Afghanistan. (Contrast that with how upset the U.S. got with Iran during the U.S. occupation of Iraq, when they accused Iran of supplying explosives that “killed American soldiers!,” the ultimate crime.) And the U.S. expects Russia to aid the evacuation of U.S. equipment and forces from their little Afghan adventure. [2]

Then there's Iran's nuclear enrichment program. Russia is part of the six-nation bloc- the five permanent members of the UN “Security” Council (the U.S., two of its subaltern states, Britain and France, and Russia and China), plus Germany, the so-called P5-plus 1 group, that has ganged up on Iran to force it to cry “Uncle!” and dismantle its nuclear program. What's in it for Russia?

And Obama is personally indebted to Putin and Russia. Obama managed to paint himself into a corner when he threatened the Syrian regime of Bashir al-Assad with military attack if he crossed Obama's “red line” of using chemical weapons to beat down the ongoing rebellion against his unbearable rule . After at least the second such attack, Obama growled like he meant business. But being cautious to a fault when it comes to covering his own ass, even if it's just protecting it from criticism, he ill-advisedly tried to drag Congress into it with him, seeking Congressional approval. And just to show how he tries to have things all ways at all times (a habit of his) he said he didn't really NEED Congressional approval anyway.

When it became apparent that Congress would probably vote against his bombing plan, Obama the Cool Cat was stuck up the tree he had just climbed. Who came to his rescue? The Russians, with a plan for Assad to voluntarily turn over his chemical weapons stockpile. (And now Obama boasts of “his” foreign policy triumph in this matter, with nary a nod to the Russians, who bailed his butt out!)

And this happened just last year, in 2013! Which doesn't even give Obama pause as he heaps opprobrium on Russia and Putin, and as his UN ambassador, the revoltingly self-righteous Samantha “I'm So Moral!” Power tongue-lashes Russia in speeches from her UN perch. [3]

The insufferable U.S. arrogance lies in the fact that it expects other nations to serve its interests, and get nothing in return except that the U.S. won't attack it if it always submits to U.S. diktat. That is a characteristic of a gangster empire.

But that is at least in part due to the U.S.' overwhelming power. I think one of the pathological effects of power is that it makes those who wield it insensitive to others, an effect that gets worse the more power one has. China for example is currently riding roughshod over its neighbors regarding islands, territorial water and airspace, and undersea minerals and oil. Interestingly, China, like the U.S., has an egotistical pseudo-historical mythology about itself, from which it derives a sense of superiority. In fact, many nations try to create an artificial pride via a distorted historical backstory. How often this leads to grief. All the imperialisms manifest this pathology. And even punk nations like Serbia. Recall how the Serbs thought that killing Muslims was “revenge” for an Ottoman invasion of 500 years ago! Demented.
Anyway, the only hope for checking malign U.S. power (which the people who hold the power have convinced themselves is God's Gift to humanity!) is that its blundering arrogance will catch up with it, as happened with Nazi Germany. Making Russia an enemy drives it into closer ties with China. If the U.S. “strategists” and “policy makers” had half a brain, they'd realize they need Russia to help contain China. But thinking more than a year or two into the future isn't their strong point. [4]

Speaking of ingratitude, there are Afghans and Iraqis who put themselves in grave danger, and many have been killed, because they helped the American invaders of their countries, such as by translating for them. Of course the Americans reassured them that they would be taken care of, that they could move to America. Well guess what? The U.S. has double-crossed almost all of them! More endangered Iraqis have been granted refuge in Sweden than in the U.S.! Sweden!

But on the other hand, any fascist or state terrorist serving U.S. interests (those are “friends” to the U.S.) can find a safe haven inside the United States. There are military and secret police butchers from places like Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras enjoying retirement in sunny Florida. (On the other hand, poor refugees fleeing for their lives from those lands blessed by the gift of U.S.-style liberty are deported as fast as they can get here, including children.)

So I guess it's not quite true to say the U.S. is never grateful for services rendered.

1] And also aided and abetted by other of the usual suspects, like Australia. On August 31st, Australia's right-wing prime minister Tony Abbott once again piped up to attack Russia for protecting its interests (and its ethnic brethren under siege by the Kiev regime), thusly:

“Russia started it and Russia must take responsibility for this loss of life."
“Russia quite brazenly is trying to break eastern Ukraine away from Ukraine, into a separate country."

“If Russian troops remain in Ukraine and if Russia persists in its attempts to break up a neighbouring country that has done it no harm, Russia risks becoming an international pariah.”

WHO started it? Who overthrew the elected regime back in February? Oh never mind.

And get this. Tony the Tiny Tiger also said: “I want to make it absolutely clear that the bullying of small nations by big ones and assertions that might is right should have no place in our world,” He wasn't talking about his U.S. masters either.

Russia, the aggressive invading warmonger, on the other hand called for a ceasefire in the civil war in Ukraine.

See also the very subtly titled "Tony Abbott Is An Insufferable Jackass."

"That was some speech, right Boss? I did good, right Boss?"
2] So twisted is U.S. derangement that U.S. imperialist elites saw what they were doing in Afghanistan as “payback” for what Russia “did” to the U.S. in Vietnam, as if Russia made the U.S. invade and destroy that country! This rage and vengefulness is attached to a grotesque self-pity, with much wallowing in ersatz sorrow over 58,000 dead American cannon-fodder. 58,000? Big deal. You bastards slaughtered three or four million Vietnamese (it's impossible to even know how many), a country with a much smaller population, plus a half million Cambodians and Laotians apiece. You dropped three times the tonnage of bombs on Vietnam as you dropped in World War II. To top it off, you saturated the soil and water with dioxins, creating misery to this day with horrendously deformed babies, the result of your mutilation of the human genome in Vietnam by your chemical Shut up about your 58,000 dead already and pay Vietnam reparations, you criminals.

Russia may have been willing to help the U.S. in Afghanistan because of its problems with Chechen Muslims who persistently attack Russian civilians and try and spread Jihadist Islam. Likewise, Russia may fear an Iranian nuclear weapon capability because Iran is a theocracy, although a Shiite one, whereas the Jihadis are Sunnis who murder Shiites when they get the chance. Since Russia has reverted to its primitive Russian Orthodox Christian roots, that could also factor into the equation. Whereas in Soviet times, the official atheism of the regime created conflict with all religion, now the Russian Christian church provides a basis for conflict with Islam.

3] Samantha Power is one of those bourgeois figures that is deployed to put a human mask on the face of the bourgeoisie's ruthless rule. She pretends to be oh-so-concerned with human suffering and humanitarian disasters, and pushes the absurd line that the U.S. is the antidote- a nation that has been the cause of immense human suffering for over two centuries, all over the world. Now she's going above and beyond the imperialist call of duty with the verbal ordure she dumps on Russia's head. Power's palaver is just pissing in Russia's face, pure insult devoid of substantive content. The U.S. is lucky that Russians are thick-skinned and used to abuse- because their own culture and society is abusive to themselves, mainly. We know how very thin-skinned Americans are. Criticize the U.S., and they even murder you for it sometimes.

You can read her chest-thumping drivel at the U.S. State department website, but I advise against it. The site probably will plant spyware on your computer- that's how the U.S. deals with people. At a minimum it will record your IP address and your computer's unique characteristics. Identifying you is the first step in attacking you. The NSA will compile a library of all your online activities. They may choose to infect your computer with a rootkit and other sophisticated spyware to remotely monitor in real time everything you do on your computer. They can also delete files, plant incriminating data, spoof your IP address, send forged emails seeming to come from you, and so on.

To protect you from these dangers, I have reproduced Power's peroration in full at the end of this essay- I think it speaks for itself as an example of pure invective, indeed hate speech. To save space I use a smaller font size- you can copy and past it into a text document and enlarge the font. Or use the magnifier function in your operating system software. If you can't do that, don't worry- you aren't missing much. Reading it is about as edifying as reading a rant from an American apparatchik in the 1950s. The U.S. hasn't really changed fundamentally, contrary to what its propagandists sometimes try and trick you to believe. Same old fanatical imperialist nation. And of course the fundamental unity of “liberals” and “conservatives” is nicely revealed. When the chips are down, the mask of liberalism falls away and the same snarling beast is exposed.

One thing that really illuminates what kind of person Power actually is, is the fact that she has taken as her mate the totalitarian Cass Sunstein. Sunstein also worked for Obama. In that capacity, he pushed for a covert assault on people who don't buy the official pack of lies about the 9/11 attacks, and other official disinformation. He advocated infiltration and disruption to try and suppress such dangerous dissent. This totalitarian bastard cannot abide anyone not falling into line behind official lies. He should move to China. Or try North Korea, Cass! You can send in your blather to the Palestinian-hating The New Republic from there.

4] Speaking of utterly self-delusional self-serving self-aggrandizement, a perfect example is the halfwit Madeleine Albright, William Jefferson Clinton's secretary of state, who publicly boasted to the world that the U.S. is “the indispensable nation,” “because we see farther” than all you inferior nations. (Ironic in light of how short-sighted U.S. apparatchiks and politicians actually are.) This is the evil gnome who said that the murder of over half a million Iraqi children under Clinton's sanctions was “worth it.” What the “it” was that was allegedly achieved by this horrendous holocaust, she never explained. So in one person, you see the incredible arrogance, cluelessness, smug sense of superiority, moral obtuseness, and heartless cruelty that epitomes U.S. imperialism generally.

Now, without further ado, here are the Russian-bashing professional stylings of Samantha “I Get Paid To Puff Hot Air!” Power.

“RUSSIA STINKS! Or, Why I Hate Russia.” A Rant By Samatha Power. 
Screeched at the UN “Security” Council, August 28, 2014.
Mr. President, representatives on this Council, this is our 24th session to try to rein in Russia’s aggressive acts in Ukraine. Every single one of those sessions has sent a straight-forward, unified message: Russia, stop this conflict. Russia is not listening.
We said it when Russia flagrantly violated international law in occupying Crimea. We said it after the shocking downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17, which took the lives of innocent men, women, children, and infants from 11 countries. And we say it today, as Russia’s soldiers, tanks, air defense, and artillery support and fight alongside separatists as they open a new front in a crisis manufactured in and fueled by Russia.
But Russia is not listening.
Instead of listening, instead of heeding the demands of the international community and the rules of the international order, at every step, Russia has come before this Council to say everything except the truth. It has manipulated. It has obfuscated. It has outright lied. So we have learned to measure Russia by its actions and not by its words.
In the last 48 hours, Russia’s actions have spoken volumes.
On August 26 – just this Tuesday – after meeting with Ukrainian President Poroshenko in Minsk, Belarus, President Putin spoke of the need to quote “end bloodshed as soon as possible.” End quote. Yet the same day, satellite imagery shows Russian combat units – combat units – southeast of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine. That same day in Luhansk, Ukraine detained regular Russian Army personnel from the 9th brigade.
In response, Russia claimed the soldiers had wandered into Ukrainian territory “by mistake.” This, supposedly, in a time of conflict along one of the most carefully watched borders in the world.
The day after those talks, Russia fired Grad rockets from inside Russia at Ukrainian positions in Novoazovsk, and then attacked with two columns of Russian armored vehicles and tanks. Russian armored vehicles and Uragan multiple rocket launchers are positioned on the outskirts of that town as we speak.
Russia’s force along the border is the largest it has been since it began redeploying forces there in late May, and includes significant numbers of combat aircraft and helicopters. Russian unmanned aircraft routinely cross into Ukrainian airspace.
Other Russian deployments into Ukrainian territory include advanced artillery and air defense systems not found in the Ukrainian inventory. These artillery systems have shelled Ukrainian positions outside Luhansk City in conjunction with the recent separatist counteroffensive.
One of the separatist leaders that Russia has armed and backed said openly that three or four thousand Russian soldiers have joined their cause. He was quick to clarify that these soldiers were on vacation. But a Russian soldier who chooses to fight in Ukraine on his summer break is still a Russian soldier. And the armored Russian military vehicle he drives there is not his personal car.
Meanwhile, in Russia, family members of Russian soldiers are holding funerals for their loved ones who have been killed in the fighting in Ukraine. They’re demanding answers for how they were killed. Journalists who try to cover these funerals are harassed and threatened by armed men. Yet, still, according to the Russian government, the soldiers were never there. They were never in Crimea either, until Russia announced that those soldiers who were never there had annexed Crimea.
The last 48 hours fit into a well-established pattern for Russia. Each step has paved the way for the one that followed. And yet in spite of all of these outrageous actions, Ukraine has repeatedly sought a political solution to this crisis. It has repeatedly sought a path to de-escalation. Despite this pattern, President Poroshenko showed up in Minsk to meet with President Putin. In contrast, President Putin was still unwilling to acknowledge the most basic facts we all know: that Russia has armed, equipped, and now joined illegal separatists fighting in Ukraine. Serious negotiations are needed, urgently needed. But Russia has to stop lying and has to stop fueling this conflict.
The mask is coming off. In these acts – these recent acts – we see Russia’s actions for what they are: a deliberate effort to support, and now fight alongside, illegal separatists in another sovereign country.
Now, Russia has claimed that Ukraine is not interested in a ceasefire, but let’s be clear: we have every interest in a ceasefire, as do the Ukrainians, as long as it is a real one. But Russian separatists not only have no interest in observing a ceasefire, but they cynically use the time to rearm and wait for additional soldiers and supplies to flow across the border from Russia.
In the face of these deeply alarming actions, the most important question for us now is not what we should say to Russia. The most important question is what we should do to make Russia listen.
The United States has, throughout this crisis, and in close coordination with our European partners, the EU and the G7, exerted targeted, effective pressure so that this message is heard, so that Russia begins to de-escalate, rather than escalate, so that the reasonable peace plan put forward by President Poroshenko is adopted and implemented. And in the face of Russia’s continued aggression and blatant disregard for the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, we will continue to work closely with our G7 and European partners to ratchet up the consequences on Russia.
Now, I understand that there are real costs felt by citizens of countries when their governments take these actions. It has costs for businesses that trade with Russia and sell to Russian markets, from small-scale farmers to big factories. Those costs are considerable, and nobody should take them lightly.
But let’s be clear: if unchecked, the damage that Russia’s blatant disregard for the international order poses is much, much greater. These rules and principles that have taken generations to build, with unparalleled investment – countless lives have been lost to establish and defend these principles. And every single one of us has a stake in defending them. A threat to the order – the international order – is a threat to all of our peace and security.
These are the rules that Russia is flouting when it illegally seizes territory and arms, equips, and fights alongside illegal groups in neighboring countries.
Ukraine is one of roughly a dozen countries that share a border with Russia. Let me close with a couple questions: How can we tell those countries that border Russia that their peace and sovereignty is guaranteed if we do not make our message heard on Ukraine? Why should they believe it will be different if tomorrow, President Putin decides to start supporting armed separatists and allowing soldiers “on vacation” to fight in their countries? And, just as important, what message are we sending to other countries with similarly alarming ambitions around the world, when we let Russia violate these rules without sufficient consequences? In the face of this threat, the cost of inaction is unacceptable.
Thank you.

You're welcome, Samantha. (Gee, she was so polite at the end there!) But you could have saved yourself some time and just taunted Russia like this: “Liar liar, pants on fire!”

Candyman Billionaire Boss of Kiev Says Russia Invades “His” Country with “Hundreds” of Tanks: U.S. Government Propagandist Counts 3

The Billionaire Candy magnate Petro Poroshenko, installed as president of Ukraine in Kiev, claims that Russia has “invaded” eastern Ukraine (the part that declared independence as a separate Republic) with “thousands” of troops and “hundreds” of tanks. Gee, sounds like a lot of armor!

Decrying Russian “aggression,” Petulant Petro once again is trying to get NATO military intervention.

An NPR reporter in separatist-held territory- NPR being a U.S. government domestic radio propaganda network- reported August 30th that she counted three tanks, and the rebels claim they were captured Ukrainian stock. Which could well be true, or not. That leaves only hundreds of tanks unaccounted for.

Of course they could be elsewhere in the country. But “hundreds” sounds like another of Petro's the- sky-is-falling alarms.

Whatever the size of the Russian reinforcements to the Ukrainian separatists (they're never called “Ukrainians” in the Western media), it appears to have stopped the Kiev cabal's drive to wipe them out in its tracks, and saved the civilian population from further death and destruction at the hands of the regime the U.S. and its helpmates installed earlier this year.

I have no doubt that Russia is determined not to let the U.S. bloc claw Ukraine out of the Russian orbit and make it a U.S. client state and member of NATO, with the inevitable eventual loss of the vital Black Sea naval Russian base in Crimea. As I have written recently, it would be political malpractice for Putin or any Russia ruler to allow such a heavy blow against core Russian strategic interests. [1] I rather doubt the U.S. would permit Russia to turn Canada or Mexico into hostile states and sign them up in an anti-U.S. military alliance. But of course imposing self-serving double-standards on the world is standard U.S. operating procedure. Russia obviously is willing to compromise with the Western aggression and subversion and divide Ukraine either into autonomous regions or separate nations, letting the U.S. and EU keep as a prize western Ukraine and the capital, Kiev. But the U.S. thinks it's entitled to everything it wants.

And speaking of naval bases, the U.S. has a non-essential naval base on a big chunk of Cuban territory, Guantanamo Bay, which is refuses to relinquish and maintains against the will of the Cuban government (and people, no doubt), a base it acquired at gunpoint, forcing Cuba to sign a “treaty” written by the U.S., a base it uses as a torture and murder center, a base it insists it will hold in perpetuity. But Russia should clear out of the Black Sea and lose access to the Mediterranean, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Indian Ocean. Oh sure, they'll still have their bases way up north in the Arctic Circle! They can always sail from there. Or from thousands of miles east from their northern Pacific coastline. Why are they making a fuss?

In any event, expect Russia not to let go of Crimea, and to want a friendly regime in eastern Ukraine so it can get to the Crimean peninsula, which juts out into the Black Sea. So far, Putin has very cautiously calibrated the military aid and force he's committing to Ukraine, just enough to stave off a Kiev victory.

The Kiev cabal, by the way, has so far killed over 2,000 civilians in its relentless artillery bombardment of eastern cities it wants to gain control over. Nice. These are legitimate rulers? What kind of government subjects the civilian population of its country to artillery bombardment and siege?

A typical U.S.-backed regime, I guess. Like the one in Guatemala that has murdered a quarter million Guatemalans since the 1954 CIA coup. Or the Suharto dictatorship in Indonesia, which slaughtered 800,000 Indonesians in 1965, at the instigation of the CIA. (Which helpfully provided loads of names of people to be murdered.) You know, “democracies” that are part of “the free world.”

So in terms of murdering his own people to assert his rule, Poroshenko is small fry, so far. And unlike in Indonesia and Guatemala, there's an outside power standing in the way of mass slaughter. And it ain't the U.S.

1] See "Obama Dictates Terms to Russia To Keep Its Naval Base in Crimea." Also, 

"Arrogance and Stupidity in Obama Regime Power Grab in Ukraine."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Russia and Ukrainian Separatists Can't Get Their Stories Straight. Is East Ukraine Russia's South Vietnam?

The Boys Who Keep Crying Wolf (Russian Bear, actually) in Kiev may finally be right this time.

The Kiev regime installed in power with U.S.-bloc connivance is squealing yet again about Russian troops (and, they claim, heavy military equipment) inside Ukraine. Russia is once again denying it. Yet a Ukrainian separatist chieftain went on TV to brag about “4,000” Russians helping fight the Kiev regime's forces. Not very plausibly, he claimed they were volunteers taking their vacation time to fight in Ukraine's civil war.

If there really are 4,000 Russian nationals fighting in Ukraine, I rather doubt they are 4,000 individuals who spontaneously on their own decided to go to Ukraine to fight. (Not many people have the zealous commitment of Jihadists, tens of thousands of whom travel from numerous countries to fight on the latest frontline in their global “Holy War.” In regard to that, the newly self-crowned “Caliph” of the “Caliphate” of the “Islamic State” made a savvy move. Fulfilling the dream of creating the Caliphate is sure to be a strong draw for yet more Islamofascists to join up with him.) So the 4,000 part might be true, or it might be exaggerated, or a boast (the separatist leaders seem given to bluster and bombast) but the part about them all being volunteers acting on their own is far-fetched. [Later today, the U.S. government radio propaganda network NPR reported that U.S. officials say there are 1,000 Russian troops in Ukraine.]

This has been a recurring problem for the Russians. They and the Ukrainian separatists are often reading from different and contradictory (or at least inconsistent) pages. The Russians have their scripts, and the Ukrainian separatists are undisciplined and inexperienced and not under Russian control (contrary to Western propaganda and repeated assertions by government bosses of the U.S. and EU), so they are given to spouting off without thinking or planning the effects of their words. So what they say is more honest in terms of reflecting their real thoughts and attitudes, and potentially more accurate as there is not the careful calculation Russian officials engage in before speaking.

The Ukrainian separatists are constantly stepping on Russia's propaganda lines and various assertions. But this doesn't stop Western “leaders” (government bosses) and propagandists (aka “journalists” and “commentators” and even some “historians”) from constantly painting the separatists as totally under Russia's control, if not puppets.

Meanwhile, in besieged Donetsk, the Kiev regime killed another 15 civilians with their artillery, reports U.S. government radio propaganda network NPR (August 28th, Noon, Washington, D.C. time). [1]

The U.S.' ambassador to the UN, Samantha “I'm So Moral!” Power has been attacking Russia almost daily, today demanding that “Russia has to stop lying and has to stop fueling this conflict.” She attacked Putin by name today for supporting “armed separatists.” (Well who supported armed rioters who overthrew the previous Ukrainian elected government, even AFTER it agreed to early elections, Samantha?) Power refers to the “illegal separatists.” Unlike the South Sudan “legal” separatists, backed by the U.S. Of course, legal in U.S. eyes has always been what the U.S. says is legal. That's why U.S. torture is legal, for example.

A larger power being drawn into another nation militarily to shore up a regime is a common story. Yet the U.S. and its lackey nations keep professing shock and outrage that Russia would do such a thing. They act as if it's some unprecedented violation of international law, an unconscionable tramping of Ukrainian national sovereignty. Doesn't Russia know that borders are inviolate? (Now remind me: who was it that recently invaded Iraq? And Afghanistan? And before that, Haiti, and Panama, and Grenada, and Lebanon, and on and on? And who goes around the world subverting and overthrowing governments- including the previous one in Ukraine? I think it was that nation located about 7,000 miles away from Ukraine, not the one bordering it that is currently the object of Western opprobrium. Oh, excuse me, when referring to the U.S. and its Eurolackeys, I'm supposed to say “the international community.” Okay, “the opprobrium of the international community,” just minus Africa, Asia, and Latin America, in other words, the homelands of 90% of humanity.)

There was one more thing I wanted to say. There's a little bit of a parallel with the U.S. and “South” Vietnam, and Russia and the Ukrainian separatists and their newly declared Republic. The U.S. got drawn in by stages to shore up a client regime, because the client regime was too weak to stand on its own. In the Vietnam case, the regime lacked the support of its own citizens. In the case of Ukraine, my sense is opinion is divided in eastern Ukraine. Some support the new republic. Some support a unified Ukraine. But many, perhaps most, just want the violence and destruction to end. They want a return to something like normal life.

Also the “South” Vietnamese fascist military dictators were not mere U.S. puppets and thus occasionally created complications for the U.S. This is also the case with the Ukraine separatists and Russia. [2]

Of course, while there are parallels with the U.S. in Vietnam, there are important differences.

One very large difference is that Ukraine is an important country to Russia, on its border, with a geostrategically vital Russian naval base in the Crimean peninsula, whereas Vietnam was a country where the U.S. historically had NO strategic interest or ties, and which is located literally on the opposite side of the globe from the U.S. The U.S. still insisted on imposing its will on Vietnam.

So there's one thing that is exactly the same in both situations: the U.S. was and is a hyper-aggressive empire that insists on dominating every square inch of the planet it possibly can.

If certain Western imperialists get their way, NATO will escalate the conflict. Belligerent perma-hawks in the U.S. and Europe have been beating the drums for months to send military aid to the Kiev cabal, and military forces to other countries in proximity to Russia like the Baltics and Poland. Just today the BBC “World Service” (a global radio arm of the British government propaganda network) put on an armchair militarist from Jane's Defense Weekly to loudly shill for military intervention. He said NATO was formed precisely for such a situation, to “defend Europe from Russian aggression.” (Actually it was formed as an anti-Soviet alliance.) When the BBC host pointed out that Ukraine is not a member of NATO, he brushed that off with some verbal parry- I forget his exact words, but it was specious. Guys like him are never fazed by facts or logic that refuge their arguments. (Later U.S. government radio propaganda network NPR similarly put on some “expert” from a “think” tank to beat his little war drum too.)

If the U.S. and its Eurolackeys refuse to cease their tug-of-war with Russia over Ukraine, you better fasten your seatbelts. We're in for a wild ride.

1] An example of obnoxious U.S./Western propaganda was aired at 1pm Washington time by NPR: “NATO is accusing Russia of drastically escalating its war with Ukraine...” defining the Kiev regime as “Ukraine.” Just as the Kiev side are referred to as “the Ukrainians” and the separatists are “pro-Russian separatists” and NOT Ukrainians. Even though they are. This habitual propagandistic nomenclature is followed undeviatingly by U.S. and Western media, marching in lockstep behind U.S. imperialist foreign policy.

One of few visible dissenters inside the U.S. establishment from its propaganda barrage has been Professor John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago. A self-described “conservative,” ten-year military veteran, and friend of the late imperialist Harvard academic and Vietnam war criminal Samuel “Mad Dog” Huntington, Mearsheimer is a “political scientist” of the “realist” school of international relations. (“Mad Dog” is the sobriquet other American imperialists in Vietnam bestowed on Huntington, so you can imagine how bad he was. He also wrote a notorious paper, “The Crisis of Democracy,” on the need to beat back the American populace and keep them out of policy-making and decision-making.) Videos of Mearsheimer's appearances are on youtube.com, including an appearance on the government and corporate funded “Public Broadcasting System” “news” show, the “Newshour,” where he went head to head with an unreconstructed aggressive American imperialist academic. He also just published an article in Foreign Affairs, the publication of the “Council on Foreign Relations,” a sort of shadow State Department where elite poohbahs hang out between their government gigs. [“Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault: The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin,” Foreign Affairs, September 2014.] See also “Cross Talk 28 April . Cohen and Mearsheimer discuss Ukraine,” RT, on youtube.com, for the views of two academics who take objective views of the Ukraine situation, as opposed to the U.S.-chauvinist-centric view predominant in Western media and among elites.

2] The most notorious example of “South” Vietnamese rulers making trouble for the U.S. government was in 1968, when the Lyndon Johnson regime was negotiating a peace agreement with the “North” Vietnamese, and the traitor Richard Nixon, running for president, secretly told the “South” Vietnamese fascist generals to sabotage any deal, since he planned to continue the war. Nixon was elected president that November only because the CIA assassinated the prospective Democratic party presidential nominee, Robert Kennedy, in June. They also assassinated Martin Luther King, Jr., in April, which also aided Nixon by prompting black riots in numerous cities, directly feeding into Nixon's “law and order” propaganda theme, code for “repress the blacks.” White Americans in 1968 were even more racist and fearful of the oppressed African-American population than they are now. The support among whites for increased repression of blacks whenever blacks rebel or even apply legal political pressure is called “backlash” in U.S. political discourse.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Russian Invasion Force of Ten Paratroopers Overruns Ukraine! Rasmussen Prepares For War.

The Kiev regime has Moscow dead to rights this time!

A patrol of ten- count 'em, TEN!- Russian paratroopers has been captured inside Ukraine by Kiev regime forces. The Kiev cabal claims they were captured inside Ukraine in the Donetsk region. The Kiev regime's military says they were nabbed around Amvrosiivka, a town near the Russian border. Russia says they accidentally strayed over the border. The BBC asserts that in televised footage of the captives, some of the prisoners griped about being used as “cannon fodder” and fighting someone else's war. (Boy, if those are the attitudes of Russian elite troops, they need better-motivated troops! Contrast that with the gung-ho fanaticism of elite U.S. “special forces” killers.)

This looks like a typically clumsy Russian move. The soldiers were apparently duped by their superiors, never a good idea for creating high morale. According to Western media accounts, videos of the captives say they were falsely told they were going on a “training exercise,” then stripped of military I.D.s and cellphones and sent into Ukraine instead. [1]

Still no sign of all those “Russian tanks” the Kiev satrapy keeps saying are flooding into Ukraine. One has to wonder, if Russia is sending so many armored columns into Ukraine, where are they? And why are the separatists losing, and Donetsk and Luhansk being reduced to rubble by the regime's artillery fire? The British Guardian newspaper however claims to have seen Russian armored personnel carriers and trucks cross into Ukraine two weeks ago. (That is, today they claim to have seen them two weeks ago.)

Petro O. Poroshenko, the Candyman Billionaire president of western Ukraine, is doing a Bashir al-Assad number on a smaller scale, waging war against the civilian population of “his own” country, as even the stray New York Times article reporting on the artillery bombardment of the east, and the resulting civilian deaths, wounded, destruction and hardship, makes clear. What kind of “leader” lays siege to cities in “his own” country? At this moment, he is pounding the city of Novoazovsk with heavy artillery shelling, something I found only on a Canadian website and that British and U.S. media have so far blacked out, even though it was an Associated Press story, and all the establishment media organs subscribe to the AP. [2]

The hawkish NATO secretary general and U.S. stooge, former Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, (who over the years has consistently brayed an even more aggressively imperialist line than his U.S. masters) has taken the occasion of the Kiev regime's capture of the ten Russian soldiers to announce that NATO will send forces to bases on Russia's borders. Intriguingly, he says that divisions within NATO over this idea will be settled in an upcoming meeting next week, and it will be decided to deploy to Poland and the Baltics, countries salivating at the prospect of NATO military forces on their soil. It seems that France, Italy, and Spain all oppose the plan, but apparently the U.S. and UK plan on bludgeoning them into line. Germany meanwhile is sitting on the fence- a familiar position for them. (I sure hope that fence is well-padded; the Krauts spend an awful lot of time sitting on it!) Despite the fact that a formal decision has yet to be agreed to by the NATO members, Rasmussen describes it as a done deal. Apparently his U.S. masters have decided, and expects that after some squawking, the Eurolackeys will all line up obediently behind it, as usual.

And there's more. 

Seizing this opportunity to promote his aggressively militaristic agenda, Rasmussen apparently wants to gird for combat against Russia:

"We will adopt what we call a readiness action plan with the aim to be able to act swiftly in this completely new security environment in Europe. We have something already called the NATO response force whose purpose is to be able to be deployed rapidly if needed. Now it's our intention to develop what I would call a spearhead within that response force at very, very, high readiness.

"In order to be able to provide such rapid reinforcements you also need some reception facilities in host nations. So it will involve the pre-positioning of supplies, of equipment, preparation of infrastructure, bases, headquarters. The bottom line is you will in the future see a more visible NATO presence in the east." [Emphases added.]
Rasmussen went on to insist, as he has been doing for years, that NATO members have to spend more money on their militaries (in the midst of depressions in Spain and Greece, recessions in the rest of Europe, and continuing insidious attacks on social welfare programs throughout Europe). A relentless promoter of an aggressive militarism, using NATO as a vehicle, Rasmussen summoned six European newspapers to lay all this on them.

Oh, and get this. Foghorn Rasmussen says “We have to face the reality that Russia does not consider NATO a partner.” Gee, what is WRONG with those Russians? Doesn't consider NATO a partner? Sure it is! Same as the Mafia is “partners” with legitimate businesses they shake down for “protection” money.

Did Rasmussen actually think he could con Russia into thinking a hostile military alliance was its buddy? The man takes the cake. He also said: “Russia is a nation that unfortunately for the first time since the second world war has grabbed land by force. Obviously we have to adapt to that." [3]

Guess he never heard of Israel's conquests of land in 1967. Or Saddam Hussein's invasion and annexation of Kuwait in 1990. (I could probably come up with other examples with some research. But these are infamous and well-known.) What a dishonest jackass.

1] The New York Times described a Kiev regime interrogation video of the Russian soldiers thusly: “'Everything was a lie. There were no drills here,' one of the captured Russians, who identified himself as Sergey A. Smirnov, told a Ukrainian interrogator. He said he and other Russians from an airborne unit in Kostroma, in central Russia, had been sent on what was described initially as a military training exercise but later turned into a mission into Ukraine. After having their cellphones and identity documents taken away, they were sent into Ukraine on vehicles stripped of all markings, Mr. Smirnov said.” “Clouding Talks, Ukraine Says It Captured Russian Troops,” NY Times, 8/26/14.

Why would you try to dupe unprepared and unbriefed soldiers into going on a sensitive mission requiring stealth? Hardly evidence of fearsome military competence, as unreconstructed NATO Cold Warrior Anders Fogh Rasmussen describes Russian military capabilities in a propaganda harangue he unleashed on the reporters from the six European newspapers he summoned to endure it, footnoted in [3] below. Bizarrely, the Guardian sees it this way: “If western leaders have been surprised and also impressed by the sudden display of Russian military prowess, Ukraine, by contrast, is in a pitiful condition militarily, according to NATO officials.” (Also footnote 3.) Sounds like “Western leaders” are in their accustomed Cold War mode of threat-exaggeration to justify their own imperialist aggression and squandering of trillions of dollars on military spending. Old habits die hard, I guess.

The Russian army is a pathetic chain gang of abused, demoralized conscripts, and Russia is a semi-Third World nation with severe economic problems and a shrinking population wracked by alcoholism and disease, whose wealthy elites can't seem to transfer their money out of the country fast enough. They are responsible for much of the boom in London real estate for example, and a share in Manhattan too.

2]Ukraine crisis: Putin, Poroshenko meet in Minsk amid border violence,” CBC, 8/26/14. Yet an unnamed unnamed NATO asshole in Kiev is quoted in the Guardian (footnote 3) saying “Their [the Kiev regime's] generals just want to blow everything up. But it's not a shooting war, it's an information war." I think it was a shooting war for the 2,000 eastern Ukrainians killed by Kiev's bombardments, and the several hundred thousand made refugees. “Information war” is code for lying, distortion, and dishonesty. And Yes, the Russians haven't been completely honest either. But they've been a lot more honest than the U.S.-bloc has been, and their position is far more legitimate.

3] Nato plans east European bases to counter Russian threat,” the Guardian, 26 August 2014
The Rascally Rasmussen strong-arms reluctant NATO members
into ganging up on Russia.

President vs. President! Vladimir "Judo Master" Putin of Russia faces off
again Petro "Candyman" Poroshenko of Ukraine in a face-to-face
competitive handshake to see who can make who blink first. Minsk, Belarus.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Dog That Doesn't Bark: Kiev Regime's Continual False Allegations Against Moscow

Almost daily now, the Kiev cabal that seized power in Ukraine with the connivance and backing of the U.S. and its Eurolackeys, the EU, accuses Russia of sending tanks and other military vehicles into Ukraine. They also keep claiming that Russia is firing artillery rounds from Russia into Ukraine.

Russia just as routinely denies it. U.S. media keeps blaring the Kiev regime's accusations, unskeptically, and then appends the Kremlin's denials. Since in the U.S. media scenario the Kiev regime are the Good Guys, and Russia the Bad Guys, guess who the public is expected to believe? We're also told constantly about Russia “invading” Ukraine, “destabilizing” Ukraine, and “annexing” Crimea. (It was a reunification voted for in a referendum by the residents there with over 90% approval.)

Here's the dog that doesn't bark: the U.S. and NATO. With their global surveillance system, they would know for sure if Russian military columns were entering Ukraine, day or night. Through satellite and electronic communications surveillance, just to mention two things, there is no way Russia could do it without the knowledge of the U.S.

So how come the U.S., NATO, and the Eurolackeys have remained silent about the Kiev satrapy's assertions? Surely they'd be screeching if the allegations were true.

The U.S. media never mentions the failure of their own government to confirm the alarms sounded by the Boys Crying Wolf (or Bear) in Kiev.

This proves two things: 1) the Kiev cabal's charges of Russian tanks and etc. entering Ukraine are false, and 2) the U.S. media is deliberately misleading the American (and overseas) public, trying to trick them into believing something they know is false. (Gee, what's new? Ever hear of the Kennedy assassinations? Yellow Rain? The Plot to Kill the Pope? And maybe 500,000 other things.)

The nominally independent U.S. government radio propaganda network NPR did it again today at noon, Washington, D.C. time (where they are based), stating uncritically and completely unskeptically the latest Kiev cabal accusation of Russian-tanks-have-entered-Ukraine, followed by the Russian denial (years of Cold War agitprop from right after World War II conditioned the American public to never believe anything “Russia” says), and ending with a slam at the Russian aid truck convoy that recently took supplies to the besieged city of Luhansk, the NPR propaganda (from Moscow) calling it “illegal,” and reporting Moscow's announced intention to send a second aid convoy. (NPR thus echoes U.S. government attacks on the convoys as “illegal,” outrageous “violations of sovereignty,” and blah blah. God forbid people being killed by “their own” government in their homes should get food, water, and sleeping bags. Not when that government is a Western client state, that is.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

18,000 Shia Turkomen on Verge of Starvation or Massacre After Two Months Under IS Terrorist Siege

The Islamonazi terrorists of the self-styled “Islamic State” are currently attempting the genocide of Shia Turkomen in Iraq. Food, water, and medical supplies are dwindling in the town of Amile. Farmers in the surrounding towns were driven into this village by the “Islamic State” terrorists, who previously murdered 159 civilians in the town with a car bomb. Branded “apostates” by the Islamonazis, the Turkomens are one of numerous groups in Iraq (and Syria) slated for extermination by IS.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the top Shiite cleric in Iraq, is calling for airdrops of relief supplies.

“The West,” specifically the U.S. and its UK parrot- er, “partner”- have a moral obligation to answer the call. (Not that morality ever guides their decisions, only cold, ruthless, imperialist power calculations do.) Those are the nations that destabilized Iraq. The U.S. launched the Islamofascist movement with its anti-Soviet crusade in Afghanistan under the Carter and Reagan regimes, starting before the 1979 Soviet invasion, as Zbigniew Brzezinski, a violently Russian-hating Pole and Carter's “National Security Adviser,” has bragged. The the U.S.' pals, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, are the sources and supporters of the Islamofascist movement, which they in fact created, a Frankenstein's Monster which has now gotten out of their control.

The U.S. consistently does either too much or too little. First it stuck its claws into Afghanistan to prevent the social progress the Soviets tried to impose on that pre-feudal society. Then it abandoned it, not caring what happened next, once the Soviets threw in the towel. That left the country to degenerate into warlordism, resulting in the destruction of Kabul by competing warlords, and ultimately the rise of the Taliban.

In Iraq, Bush II committed naked aggression in violation of international law, cycled through a series of puppet governments, then split. His regime created a perfect opening for U.S. arch enemy and bete noire to go in Iran, which had been denied territory under Hussein, and exert great influence now that fellow Shiites had supplanted the Sunni minority who had dominated during Hussein's bloodthirsty rule. Leaving a mess for his successor Obama to try and clean up, when the Bush-appointed prime minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to grant U.S. troops immunity under Iraqi law so they could commit crimes with impunity as a condition of a continued U.S. troop “presence,” Obama pulled out and bragged about fulfilling a campaign pledge to “end the Iraq war.” (I think he broke every other promise, including one he broke before he was even elected, namely to “filibuster” a bill granting immunity from civil suits to telecoms that had participated in a warrantless massive NSA spying program. He didn't even vote against the bill, but voted FOR it. He's proven to be a serial double-crosser.)

In Syria, where the U.S. had a whole year to aid the uprising against the awful Assad tyranny, the Obama regime dithered, which ultimately allowed Islamofascists to move in and become dominant. Now three years on, it will be very difficult to uproot them from there. Assad played with fire by leaving the Islamofascists alone and concentrating on crushing the “moderate” original opposition, who also had to content with attacks from the Islamofascists. This played into Assad's propaganda line that he was “fighting terrorism,” and put the original rebels on the ropes.

U.S., NATO, Eurolackeys Blast Russian “Violation of Sovereignty” Over Aid Caravan to Ukraine

Boy, that's rich. This from the people who overthrew the previous elected president of Ukraine. A president who even agreed to early elections (which he would have probably lost, but I guess the U.S. bloc and its Ukrainian front men and the fascist cop-killing rioters couldn't wait) in a futile attempt to appease foreign-backed coupists.

According to NATO, Russia sending food, water, sleeping bags, and electrical generators to the besieged citizens of the city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine can “only deepen the crisis in the region.” The “crisis” being that the U.S.-bloc is meeting resistance in its takeover of Ukraine. The U.S. Lackeydom declares the humanitarian aid truck convoy a pretext for intervention.

The Kiev satrapy was even more over the top, screeching that the aid convoy constituted an “invasion.” (The satrapies in Kiev have been yelling “invasion” every time Russia so much as looks at them, it seems. Apparently they're very hot on getting NATO to send in military forces.)

After the Kiev regime kept the convoy of over 200 trucks cooling its heels at the border for days, the Russians apparently lost patience and proceeded to drive to Luhansk. Most of the trucks have already returned to Russia after unloading their cargo, the BBC reports. The Kiev satrapy is grumbling that they only inspected 37 of the trucks at the border, where they had detained them for days. (Hoping to starve out the inhabitants of Luhansk, perhaps. If they wanted to look for hidden arms and ammo so badly, they had plenty of opportunity to do so. And food is perishable.) With a thousand mile border between Ukraine and Russia, there are plenty of spots Russia can pass military supplies through without interception by the Kiev satrapy regime. So they wouldn't pick a border crossing guarded by regime loyalists to try and sneak ordnance through. Furthermore, Russia tried to get the International Red Cross to oversee the aid convoy. The Red Cross went AWOL, perhaps on the orders of Western regimes- most likely the self-appointed global master, the U.S. The official reason was that shelling in the area made the trip too dangerous for them. (The BBC said 37 trucks were inspected by the Kiev regime's guards, the New York Times says 34. The trucks have already been unloaded and drove back to Russia.)

Donetsk and Luhansk are both being shelled and bombarded by the Kiev regime. The BBC carried an eyewitness report from a Vice reporter who visited Luhansk that the Kiev regime's tactics are heavy and “indiscriminate” artillery shelling to avoid direct ground combat. Two million people live in the two cities.

Jose Manuel Barroso, a member of the European political apparatchik-royalty class who currently gets to plant his butt on the cushy seat of head of the European Commission, promised 2 million Euros for the 2 million besieged inhabitants- a cynical, empty gesture, only made to counter the Russian relief convoy. (Ukraine's total population is about 46 million.) Meanwhile today's New York Times website spins Russia's aid caravan as just a P.R. move, in the larger context of a zero sum competition between Russia and the U.S. bloc, a context in which they and the rest of the Western political and propaganda elites see everything with Russia these days (while incessantly accusing Russia of “restarting the Cold War” and Putin of having imperial ambitions). If Russia wants a friendly nation on its very border, that is seen as “expansionist.” Hysterical articles are penned by imperialist blatherers foreseeing Russian invasions of the Baltics and even Poland. (I'm not making this up. WHO is stuck in Cold War thinking? This is straight out of the Red Menace propaganda playbook from the 1950s.)

Oh, speaking of “violation(s) of sovereign,” who was it that destabilized Ukraine in the first place? And invaded Panama? And Grenada? And Haiti, numerous times? And Lebanon? And Cambodia? And Iraq and Afghanistan?

Who overthrew the democratically-elected governments of Iran and Guatemala and Brazil and Chile and on and on and replaced them with fascist tyrannies? Who sicced a terrorist army on Nicaragua? Who has subjected Cuba to non-stop sabotage, terrorism, and assassination attempts on the head of state? Who arranged false flag snipers to gun people down in the streets of Caracas, Venezuela? Who was it who overthrew the government of Australia?

Who was it who devastated Vietnam? And bombed Laos and Cambodia?

Just asking.

Israel Puts the Lie to Its Own Propaganda

Among the incessantly-reiterated Israeli propaganda lines blared at the global public by that nation's political bosses, military figures, official mouthpieces, and foreign political and media lackeys from the president of the United States on down, are 1) that Israel goes to great lengths to avoid civilian Palestinian casualties; 2) Hamas uses civilians as “human shields” [so don't attack them at those times, Israel! But it's a canard anyway]; 3) all civilian casualties are Hamas' fault anyway, because Hamas is making Israel do this [Hamas “made” Israel murder four children playing football on an otherwise deserted beach? Hamas “made” Israel bomb hospitals and a home for the disabled? Hamas “made” Israel bombard seven UN refuge centers after being told literally dozens of times by the UN where they were located? Hamas “made” Israel target ambulances and kill medics, bomb the power plant, bomb the water treatment centers?]; and 4) Hamas WANTS civilian casualties to use as “propaganda,” as Netanyahu himself said on a platform helpfully provided by CNN, with the egregious Wolf Blitzer. Many U.S. propagandists have long promoted this line, such as the vicious reactionary Charles Krauthammer. [1]

Well, all that unfortunately does square with this televised statement by the chief Israeli Army spokesman, Brigadier General Motti “The Murderer” Almoz, the evening of August 22:

“We are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip very powerfully and will continue to do so in the coming hours.” (Hours, days, weeks, perhaps months.) “Every citizen [sic- in fact the prisoners in the Gaza concentration camp are stateless] in the Gaza Strip who has in proximity to him or his home weaponry, we view him to be a legitimate target.” The PERSON is a “legitimate target” just for being near alleged weaponry! Talk about guilt by association! This takes it to a new extreme. [2]

Sounds like deliberate targeting of civilians to me. If there is “weaponry” “in proximity,” we will blow you up. Just how far away constitutes “proximity”? And what should the million and a half Palestinians imprisoned in the Gaza concentration camp do? Search every building and basement “in proximity?” to their homes? Look for hidden tunnels? And what about when they walk to market, or work, or school? Should they search “in proximity” all along their routes of travel, just in case Israel THINKS there are “weapons” hidden somewhere? Almoz The Awful did say “in proximity to him OR his home.” So if you're walking or riding down the street and Israel thinks there are “weapons” nearby, its your own fault if you get blown up. Even if you're a child. (Those 250 factories and business plants Israel blew up- they were all near “weaponry”? I don't think so.)

Almoz went on to threaten continued bombardment “until quiet arrives.” That is, the Palestinians have to submit meekly to their fate and not resist in the slightest. Just as Obama, Holder, Jay Nixon and the rest of the U.S. “authorities” want “calm” in Ferguson, MO, after the latest police execution of an unarmed black male for no reason other than racism and the need to “show who's boss,” meaning to impose repressive authoritarian rule on an oppressed racial minority.

1] Netanyahu in particular has repeated the "we take great efforts to avoid hitting civilians" line every chance he gets. One of his close henchmen, Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. (who was born in Miami Beach, Florida, and thus is an American citizen), has so far set the record for insufferable chutzpah with his demand that Israel be awarded a Nobel Peace Price for how it has conducted the current slaughter in the Gaza concentration camp. Dermer wrote a book which he had the nerve to title "The Case for Democracy." Something he obviously doesn't believe in, since he is totally committed to subjugating Palestinians and depriving them of all rights. Of course, if you believe Palestinians are subhuman there's no contradiction, just as the U.S. "founders" can declare "all men are created equal," and babble about "inalienable rights," while owning slaves. As Africans too were regarded as an inferior species and not human, once again, no contradiction.

2]Executions in Gaza Are a Warning to Spies,” New York Times, August 23, 2014, page A10, paragraph 12. In fact it was just one paragraph buried deep in the middle of that article, which dealt with Hamas executing suspected Palestinian collaborators with Israel. Such a bloodcurdling threat as Almoz issued merits a story of its own- and had Hamas made a similar threat, you KNOW the Times and other Western media would loudly blare the news, instead of hiding it and making it just a passing mention.

The public executions were apparently in reaction to the day earlier Israeli assassinations of three top Hamas leaders. (Israel for years has been decapitating Palestinian resistance organizations. Israel has spent years going around the world murdering Fatah, Black September, and PLO people, for example. And for years they've been assassinating Hamas people. After decades of assassination as policy, Israel still isn't willing to consider alternatives, such as co-existence with Palestinians, obeying international law and ceasing the illegal colonization of territory it conquered in 1968, or obeying the UN mandate of 1947 that opened the door to the creation of Israel, which also mandated a Palestinian state. (The Times reported that the executed alleged collaborators had been arrested before the current Israeli attacks on Gaza.)

Aside from the Hamas men Israel just killed, they also bumped off another dozen or so Palestinians, including children, and wounded over 40 in a single bombing of a house in Gaza City. A mortar fired by Hamas, presumably, killed a four year old child in Israel, bring the death toll in the past two months to 4 civilians in Israel (one was an imported Thai serf) and 64 Israeli soldiers, all of whom were killed in the ground invasion ordered by Netanyahu. This is the third full-scale Israeli war on the trapped captives of the Gaza concentration camp since 2008, when Israel invaded and bombarded, as they did again in 2012 and now. In this offensive, so far over 2,100 Palestinians have been killed, including about 500 children, thousands more have been wounded, some maimed for life, including a young girl paralyzed from the neck down whose entire immediate family was slaughtered. We won't be hearing her story in the U.S. establishment media, I can guarantee you. Too “anti-Israeli” and “anti-Semitic,” Or maybe too “self-hating Jewishy.”

Friday, August 15, 2014

‘Bye-’Bye, Nouri al-Maliki, We’re (NOT!) Going To Miss You

Former Iraqi dictator Nouri al-Maliki, the U.S.-installed successor to Saddam Hussein (who was himself helped by the U.S. for many years, which aided his extermination of leftists and Kurds, his war on Iran, his gas attacks, and more), practically had to be dragged out the door, but has finally left under his own power, more or less.

Let’s review some history. The U.S. supported Saddam Hussein, one of the numerous horrendously brutal dictators, complete with baroque House of Horrors torture chambers, that the U.S. has supported through the 20th (and now 21st) century. The CIA gave him names of people to exterminate when he was consolidating his power. The U.S. allowed companies to sell the precursor chemicals for poison gases. During Hussein’s war of aggression against Iran (U.S. media routinely blacks out the fact that Iraq invaded Iran, with an eye to stealing territory and oil) the U.S. provided targeting information, including for gas attacks on Iranian soldiers. When Hussein gassed Kurdish villages, not only didn’t the U.S. condemn it, but the “Defense Intelligence Agency,” a Pentagon version of the CIA created by war criminal Robert McNamara, issued an “intelligence report” pretending to “prove” that IRAN had gassed those villages! (So you see how cynical it was when later on the Bush II regime fabricated excuses to invade Iraq, some reasons given were the gassing of Kurds, the aggression against neighbors, the tortures, etc.)

After the invasion of 2003, the Bush regime plan was to hand the country over to the embezzler/con artist/disinformation purveyor Ahmed Chalabi. That proved nonviable, so Bush asked the invariably incompetent Zalmay Khalilzad for a name, someone to be “prime minister.” An exiled conniver named Nouri al-Maliki was Khalilzad’s answer. (The fact that Bush installed Maliki in power is also taboo to mention in the U.S. media, for some reason. Too “partisan,” I guess! Funny, the Democrats don’t mention it either! Maybe they enjoy being political punching bags.)

Now Maliki is being blamed (mostly correctly) for the present crisis in Iraq, due to his extreme sectarianism, political war on non-Shiites, and dictatorial rule.

His last few acts were using his air force to bomb Sunni cities, which of course led directly to the rise of those Islamonazis who now call themselves the “Islamic State.” [1] When it came to actual fighting, his army proved unwilling to risk their lives for him, fleeing from a few thousand ISIS gunmen and providing them the gifts of U.S.-supplied armored vehicles and artillery with GPS targeting capability. (That’s what happens when you put incompetent cronies in charge of the military and steal the soldiers’ salaries.) Then he threatened to sue the new president for failing to name a prime minister (Maliki himself) fast enough. When the president named someone else, Maliki called it “unconstitutional” and had his gunmen deploy in a menacing fashion. But with everyone deserting him- his own party, the U.S., Iran too- he finally was able to read the gigantic neon sign on the wall that said “STEP DOWN NOW MALIKI!”

He had been demanding a large contingent of bodyguards and cash to leave. We’ll see how that shakes out.

Maybe he can go into exile in Iran. Or in Crawford, Texas. George Bush has a ranch there. Bush can put him up.

So long, Nouri. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out. On second thought, let it hit you!

The very charismatic Nouri "Sourpuss" al-Maliki

Now after the Humpty-Dumpty nation of Iraq had a great fall, can all the Emperor Obama’s jets and drones, and all his Special Forces, put Humpty back together again? 

I wouldn’t bet on it.

1] I’m calling them Islamonazis since they are genocidal, as they have demonstrated now in Iraq against the Yazidis, Christians, and others, who they have made clear they will physically exterminate if they don’t “convert to Islam.” They’ve taken things down a rung, lower into hell, than their predecessors, al-Qaeda in Iraq, which itself was a step down from al-Qaeda. Recall that Osama bin Laden criticized them for their wanton murders of Shiites and other Sunnis, but they ignored his instructions to stop, which led to their demise. Ultimately these “IS” scum will meet the same fate, because people will be forced to fight them just to survive. Like the Nazis, there is no co-existence possible with such mad dogs.

Their boss has just crowned himself Master of All Muslims, with the aim of expanding the borders of his “Caliphate” to all corners of the earth. These murderous goons have gone through a number of name changes (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS) before arriving at “Islamic State,” IS. Notice they no longer limit themselves to a particular geographic area.