Dec 01

Another rah rah moment in American history

Trump victory: another rah rah moment

by Don Hank

I wonder if you will recall that the GW Bush wars were started by rah rah talk, as when Dubbya stood at ground zero and, with his arms draped around two NY firemen, proclaimed “the people who knocked down these buildings are going to hear from us.”

So ask yourself: Did “the people who knocked down these buildings” really hear from us? Now every American who experienced that moment lived through the wars that followed. But remember that the “people who knocked down these buildings” were mostly Saudis because it was they who founded and funded – together with the US Deep State – Al-Qaeda. But instead of declaring war on the Saudis, our real enemy, we attacked the enemies of our enemy, the Taliban (which had around that time plotted to oust the Saudi royals) and Saddam, who ran a secular type government with little or no emphasis on Shariah and even had a Christian in his cabinet. The Saudis hate secular leaders and the US helps them eliminate them. (Here is a clue as to why we are so obliging to them: http://laiglesforum.com/how-the-petrodollar-perpetuates-islamic-terror-2/3315.htm).

Thus, absurdly, Dubbya was aiding and abetting the “people who knocked down these buildings” and killed up to 3000 Americans.  And he and his Neocon pals had to know that the Christians and other large groups would leave Iraq in droves if we “won,” and that chaos would ensue, forcing the US to occupy.

And how about that Afghanistan? What a great victory! Rah rah. Not. US and allied troops are still there and the carnage is heart-wrenching – for all but the arms industry and its financiers.

Thus we can state with confidence that, facing the TV cameras at ground zero that day, George W. Bush was thumbing his nose at a bleeding America. (This fits in perfectly with Bush’s cover-up of the Saudi role in 9-11 as reported subsequently by the Washington Post ).

Now with that deception in mind, you will note the unbridled euphoria over the Trump election. Rah rah. Millions of Americans were relieved that we would now have peace.

And in fact, we might.

But we might not either.

Yes, Donald Trump had promised he would cooperate with Russia. The prospect of peace that this signaled is one important reason many Democrats crossed over to vote for him, for example.

But what many of us have forgotten is the eerily similar rah rah moments of the Bush years and what rah rah moments usually mean in our great country. The greatness often lies solely in the rah rah, not in the situation on the ground, in the aftermath, our bleeding hearts and pocket books.

Some exceptionally alert observers are already pointing out that Trump has picked two rank Neocons for his cabinet, who have both warned about “Russian aggression” in Ukraine, despite the fact that it was the US and Europe who started and supported the bloody coup in Kiev for the obvious purpose of goading Russia into a defensive action that could be spun by our media into “aggression.”

Trump’s presumptive defense secretary has warned that the Russian “aggression” in Ukraine is “worse than we think.” This is a lie, as you know if you follow the web site that provides regular sitreps on the conflict in E. Ukraine. Bookmark this site and go there at least once a week. If enough Americans did, our “leaders” would not dare arm the Kiev fascists. Even, if you followed the OSCE’s regular Ukraine reports, you would also know the aggressor is Kiev’s troops (many of which are fascists, eg, the Azov Battalion) that the US government supports.

But Mattis is not the only one beating the war drums against the country Trump promised to “cooperate with.” Mike Pompeo, Trump’s pick for CIA director, recently returned from a trip to Kiev, and after fruitful discussions with the Neo-Nazis there, says that “Putin’s aim is to take over Ukraine” (Mike would have fit in nicely in a Clinton cabinet) , implying that Russia wants to attack Ukraine militarily. If that were true, Putin would have done the job a long time ago before NATO had deployed troops all over Eastern Europe, including 30,000 at the Russian borders (reminding Russians of Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa that destroyed much of Russia and killed millions of Russians). No one is saying that a Ukraine thoroughly disgruntled with US and EU lies, like the false promise to let the country join the EU, might not voluntarily ally itself with Russia. It would be hard to paint that as Russian aggression, but recent anti-Russian (hence racist) drivel from the Western msm shows that no lie is too big for the warmongering elites to manage.

The latest E. Ukraine (Novorossia is the real name) sitrep shows that the Neo-Fascist sympathizers the US government supports in Kiev are now recruiting Lumpenproletariat, common thugs, with promises of free land, stolen from Russian speakers.

Now we are at another crossroads, another rah rah moment in American history. The euphoria over the Trump victory is great. Many are willing to go along with anything this leader wants. Like Bush, the Evangelicals have anointed him as God’s servant. The chessboard is arrayed exactly as before.

The question is: will you forget the lessons that Dubbya taught us and say to yourself: this time is different and the rah rah heralds a better world? Or will you recognize the rah rah moment for what it is: a time for you to say “not this time!”?

Postscript:

Writing for a news and opinion site is an endless job, as it should and must be. Since this was written, Trump is reportedly eyeing shifty arch-Neocon Mitt Romney for the position of Secretary of State.

So what’s wrong with that you ask? Here is a video featuring Mitt saying “Russia is our worst geopolitical foe” who always “lines up with the world’s worst actors”, among whom he counts Assad, the most pro-Christian leader in the Middle East, who is fighting for  his country’s life against Al-Qaeda and ISIS, groups that are armed and trained by our “ally” Saudi Arabia.

Trump has said he will cooperate with the same Putin that Romney has spent much of his career smearing.

 

Nov 28

RAGA president’s response to Barack Obama’s non-response

RAGA President Dr. W. George Krasnov had written a letter to President Obama (here) encouraging him to earn the peace prize he had won at the beginning of his presidential career, based on a few Norwegians’ expectations rather than on concrete good deeds by Obama. Dr. Krasnov’s letter urged Obama to try and re-establish a dialogue with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Obama’s response (here) was just anti-Russian boilerplate of the kind that has nauseated thinking Americans for years. Dr. Krasnov has given laiglesforum.com permission to repost this letter, which can be found at the site of RAGA, Russian & American Goodwill Association (home page here), an organization which has worked thanklessly for decades to facilitate relations between our two countries. Thanks to the recent unprecedented Russophobia in the Western msm and political sphere, based principally on lies, conjecture and distortions of  Russia in the Putin era, RAGA’s work has never been as important as it is today. I take this opportunity to remind the reader that Russophobia, since it is hatred and fear of an entire ethnic group, is in fact racism, and racism is not a Western value. We need to constantly boldly remind our lawmakers and msm of this unspoken fact.

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I have reposted Dr. Krasnov’s letter below.

TO:  Mr. Barack Obama, POTUS

The White House

FROM: W. George Krasnow

DATE: November 7, 2016

RE: Your letter of October 21, 2016

 

Dear Mr. President:

Thanks for responding to the concerns with the growing tensions in US-Russia relations that I expressed in a short email letter allowed to US citizens by the White House. Both my letter and your response are in English and Russian on the site of Russia & America Goodwill Association of which I am the founder and president.

Frankly, I am very disappointed by your response. I gave you a chance to defend your Nobel Peace Prize as justly deserved. I also gave you the opportunity to lay the foundation for peace policy for your successor. Instead, you chose to attack Russia and her president Vladimir Putin as if I were their apologist.

You are my president, and you owe me an explanation. The intent of my letter was not to argue about Russia, Putin or Bashar Assad. I am sure they can defend themselves. My hope was that you would engage them diplomatically, via a peaceful dialog, to avoid any chance that the current shooting hostilities, be it in Syria, Iraq or Ukraine, do not degenerate into an armed confrontation with Russia and thus put the world at risk of nuclear conflagration.

Your letter lacks the introspection, self-analysis and humility that are necessary for a sound foreign policy. After all, we live in a world in which the United Nations and its Security Council still have a role to play, a role that you and your Republican predecessor try to usurp on behalf of the USA.

Let me remind you that The Charter of the United Nations proclaims that in pursuit of peace THIS Organization is “based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members.” In my letter, I reminded you about Edmund Burke’s profound philosophical underpinnings for the concept of sovereignty of different forms of government, including those we may disapprove of on ethical grounds. I hoped you would return to the time-honored concept of Westphalian sovereignty that ended the bloody period of religious wars in Europe in 1648. Instead, you assert the policy of world domination in which the United States decides which government is allowed to exist and which is not. Thus, the US finds itself in a wasp nest from which we are unable to extricate ourselves.

I believe you are fundamentally a decent man who wanted to steer the US on the road to peace and justice, domestically and overseas. Not only did I vote for you, but I also published an article, “Obama’s Perestroika Challenge: US & Russia”, to encourage you to do what you promised.[1] Even though “The New York Times” described your election in 2008 as “a catharsis and return to the American dream that was destroyed–politically, economically and socially–under Bush,” I pointed out that at the very start you made the wrong appointments that “bear little signs of new thinking. They… lack a vision of the evolving global community and the role the United States and the West should play in it.

The bad omen was the scandal with Hillary Clinton, your Secretary of State, when she presented her Russian counterpart with a gift-wrapped red button, which said “Reset” in English and “Peregruzka” in Russian. Alas, the latter means overcharge, or overload. The incorrect translation implied hostility, not peacemaking. [2]  While Clinton’s Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov kept his diplomatic cool, she quipped: “We won’t let you do that to us, I promise.”  She kept her promise, and US policy toward Russia has been indeed overcharged.

As a former USDS contract interpreter, I am pained to know that US top leaders do not take relations with Russia seriously, even on a linguistic level. Since the early 1990s we have ignored the voices of such wise, experienced and diverse politicians such as George Kennan, who devised the successful containment strategy but berated the expansion of NATO; Jack Matlock, former ambassador to Moscow, who warned against US meddling in Ukraine, Chas Freeman who likes Putin’s approach to the Middle East[3], Steve Cohen, a long-time champion of better relations with Russia, and Henry Kissinger of the realist school of diplomacy.

I suspect that as soon as you entered the White House, you were surrounded by a group of ideologues espousing the so-called neo-conservative ideology with which they had already infiltrated US intellectual establishment, academia, the Big Media, all branches of government, both Republicans and Democrats. In fact, they are neither “conservative”, nor “neo”, for their main inspiration is Leon Trotsky, the proponent of permanent revolution. Jonas Alexis of the dissident Veterans Today sees the Neo-Cons (that should be the proper name) as “the reincarnation to some extent of both Leninism and Bolshevism”. Mr. Alexis does not spell out to what extent. However, Francis Fukuyama, a former Neo-Con, remembers that the leading Neo-Con Irving Kristol boasted he was “a member in good standing of the [Trotskyist] Young People’s Socialist League (Fourth International).”[4]

Be that as it may, the Neo-Cons are not a mere replay of history. They do not proclaim, “Proletarians of the World unite!” On the contrary, they favor the neoliberal economics and globalization under the hegemony of the United States. The slogan that suits them best is “Oligarchs of the World unite!” Truly, the USA has replaced the USSR as the chief protagonist of a global ideology, albeit it is no longer class struggle and proletarian revolution for global socialism but rather a series of color revolutions aimed at establishing world capitalism. That is why the reset policy you promised failed to take off.[5] That is why you became the champion of the endless wars.

Sometimes, one remembers the Old Cold War with nostalgia, for there was then more professionalism among US diplomats. I was fortunate to review a remarkable book Stepping out of Line: Collected (Nonconformist) Essays on Russian-American Relations, 2008-2012”. It is by Dr. Gilbert Doctorow, my colleague and RAGA author who helped resuscitate the American Committee for East-West Accord. If then, says Doctorow, the West was guided by George Kennan’s containment strategy, now “the legacy of Realpolitik has been… marginalized by the resurgent forces of Neoconservatism in Washington”. As a former Soviet dissident, I admit it was heart-warming to read a book devoted to the American dissidents now dissenting from the Washington Pravda line.

If you go online, you will find a multitude of American dissidents opposed to the monopoly of Big Media, and the number is growing. Do I have to explain to you, Mr. President, who the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) are? This is what they wrote to you on October 2, 2016:

We write to alert you, as we did President George W. Bush, six weeks before the attack on Iraq that the consequences of limiting your circle of advisers to a small, relatively inexperienced coterie with a dubious record for wisdom can prove disastrous. Our concern this time regards Syria…The door to further negotiations remains ajar. In recent days, officials of the Russian foreign and defense ministries, as well as President Putin’s spokesman, have carefully avoided shutting that door, and we find it a good sign that Secretary Kerry has been on the phone with Foreign Minister Lavrov. And the Russians have emphasized Moscow’s continued willingness to honor previous agreements on Syria.[6]

One of the fifteen signees of the memorandum is Ray McGovern, a former CIA career officer who used to brief President Reagan on Soviet affairs.  I first learned about him when he was severely beaten by the security detail for wearing on his back a protest sign during Hillary Clinton’s speech at the GWU. Veterans for Peace, an organization to which I belong, demanded an apology. Doubting that the media would report the brutal manhandling, I posted the news on Veterans Today.[7]

Another signee was Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright, one of RAGA’s authors, whom I heard speaking at a peace rally in Washington. I was proud to place the VIPS memorandum next to my email letter to you inside RAGA Newsletter Antidote 30.

I have been issuing these ANTIDOTES since your government opted for reckless meddling in the internal conflict in Ukraine in February 2014. If the old Realpolitik school diplomats never called for a war against the USSR nor tried to provoke it by stepping into Soviet sphere of influence, Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State made herself famous when she dismissed the EU role in Ukraine, kicked Yats (Yatsenyuk) upstairs, and put Klitch (Klitchko) in his place, all in unprintable language.[8] While accusing Russia of meddling she boasted that the US spent $5 billion to foment anti-Russian hatred in Ukraine.

I believe your world vision lacks introspection and is devoid of curiosity about how the USA might be seen from outside. After the end of the Cold War against the Soviet bloc in late 1990s, millions of people around the world were hoping for the “peace dividend” that would benefit economic development and social services of all countries concerned.  Instead, the US retained NATO and embarked on its expansion. As I already addressed this issue, please read my article The Folly of the New Cold War.[9]

On October 25, 2016, I received a letter from a fellow graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle. I have not seen him since 1973 when I defended my PhD dissertation there. “I think you have hit a great many nails squarely on the head”, he writes about my article. “It’s so very, very hard to find writing these days that makes any attempt to look at Russian policies from other than a crudely Russophobic point of view, depicting the country as some sort of beast or sinister eminence afoot in the world”. A specialist on ancient China, my friend was ready to swallow all that tripe. “These last several months I’ve found myself writing frequently to the editors of the Guardian Weekly (which I subscribe to) scolding them for a steady raft of editorials and commentaries that seem to me very much in this vein. No attempt to present a multi-sided analysis of circumstances involving Russia”.

Another RAGA reader’s comment was brief but to the point: “America’s biggest threat is neither China nor Russia, but rather an ignorant, gullible populace. There is a remedy to this: learn to think independently regardless of the cost”.

I am sure, Mr. President, you too have to deal with the avalanche of information, which needs to be checked for veracity. Alas, you get only the opinions tainted by Neo-Con ideologues. This applies to all information you receive on Russia, Syria, and Ukraine. As Ambassador Jack Matlock wrote about Ukraine, the first and most important spin put on the situation was to portray it “as a conflict between Ukraine and Russia, not among culturally, ethnically, linguistically and religiously diverse people in Ukraine”. [10] He is convinced that “Ukraine cannot normally exist in isolation from Russia” and that sending western weapons there “would be madness” that “would hurt primarily Ukrainians.”

You are surely familiar with Ambassador Chas Freeman’s outstanding career and varied expertise. It was your Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Admiral Dennis C. Blair, who named Freeman as chair of the National Intelligence Council, which compiles intelligence from sixteen U.S. agencies into National Intelligence Estimates. It was very unfortunate that the pro-Israeli lobby blocked Freeman’s appointment. As you may have noticed, any person critical of Zionism and Israel is automatically smeared “anti-Semitic.” This practice not only puts in jeopardy academic freedom but it also obscures our vision of the Middle East and the world at large. It may have started with the campaign of vilification against Professors John Mearsheimer and Steve Walt, the authors of “The Israeli Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” but such accusations are even more ominous when made against Freeman who is a Jew.

Freeman’s recent talk “U.S. Policy and the Geopolitical Dynamics of the Middle East[11] contains a number of suggestions, which cannot be ignored in any formulation of a sound US policy in the Middle East.

Freeman explains the key reason for the failure of US policy in the Middle East: “Wars don’t end until the militarily humiliated accept the political consequences of their defeat.  Saddam gave lip service to UNSCR 687 but took it no more seriously than Netanyahu and his predecessors have taken the various Security Council resolutions that direct Israel to permit Palestinians to return to the homes from which it drove them or to withdraw from the Palestinian lands it has seized and settled.  Like Israel’s wars with the Arabs, America’s war with Iraq went into remission but never ended.  In due course, it resumed”. Freeman’s advice is just as sound: “The United States needs to get into the habit of developing and implementing war termination strategies.

The most scathing criticism Freeman aimed at the Israeli policy which the US is not only unwilling to challenge but tries to placate and emulate. “Israel’s lack of concern about the consequences of its occupation and settlement of the West Bank and its siege of Gaza has facilitated its progressive abandonment of the universalist Jewish values that inspired Zionism and its consequent separation from the Jewish communities outside its elastic borders.  U.S. subsidies underwrite blatant tyranny by Jewish settlers over the Muslim and Christian Arabs they have dispossessed.  This is a formula for the moral and political self-delegitimization of the State of Israel, not its long-term survival.  It is also a recipe for the ultimate loss by Israel of irreplaceable American political, military, and other support”.
Concludes Freeman: “The United States needs to wean Israel off its welfare dependency and end the unconditional commitments that enable self-destructive behavior on the part of the Jewish state”.

And yet, Mr. President, you found it expedient to reward Israel with the gift of $38 billion dollars’ worth of military equipment for the duration of the ten long years of one, two, perhaps, three presidents whom you deprived of diplomatic freedom.

You seems to be oblivious that it was not Netanyahu, but Putin who got you off the hook[12] when US hawks were about to push you into a bombing attack on Syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons. As to your principal peace-making achievement, the Iranian nuclear non-proliferation deal, it was again done with Russia’s assistance while your friend Netanyahu did everything to abort the agreement even by meddling in US domestic affairs.

Remarkably, the man who should have been compiling national intelligence estimates, Ambassador Freeman, finds Russia’s policy in the Middle East sounder than either American or Israeli. According to him, “Moscow sought to reduce the complexities of Syria to a binary choice between life under the secular dictatorship of the Assad regime and rule by Islamist fanatics…Russia succeeded in forcing the United States into a diplomatically credible peace process in which regime removal is no longer a given and Russia and Iran are recognized as essential participants…The campaign reduced and partially contained the growing Islamist threat to Russian domestic tranquility, while affirming Russia’s importance as a partner in combating terrorism”.

Your failure to live up to the promises you’ve made is highlighted by May 15, 2016, report: “Mr. Obama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 and spent his years in the White House trying to fulfill the promises he made as an antiwar candidate, would have a longer tour of duty as a wartime president than Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon or his hero Abraham Lincoln”, or any or any other American president.[13]

It is not a good record, for any president, much less, for the one awarded the Nobel Peace Prize largely on credit, not for actual accomplishments. Forget about score keeping among presidents. We are talking about thousands of American soldiers killed, tens of thousands maimed, wounded, disabled, committing suicides, their families shattered. The count of “enemy” combatants and collateral civilian deaths is even more devastating for the people of the Middle East. The Europeans are forced into accepting millions of displaced persons, including terrorists. Because of US meddling, the Middle East is being de-Christianized, de-secularized, and split into multitude of fanatical sects in search of a foothold while infrastructure for development has crumbled.

US meddling in Ukraine has been no more successful, bringing no benefits for the Ukrainians, nor improving US strategic posture in Europe.

It all started with US meddling in Russia in the early 1990s under President Boris Yeltsin. Until then the USA and Americans were very popular in post-Soviet Russia. I know this because I was visiting then Russia numerous times. However, the heavy-handed US meddling on the side of “pro-Western” neoliberal Russian reformers left a very bitter taste in the mouth of millions of Russians. When the US government tried to blackmail Russia by pressing the IMF to deny her loans, I protested. In March 1999, in the name of RAGA, I mailed an Open Letter on the Russian Crisis to President Bill Clinton demanding to stop meddling in Russian affairs. More than a hundred American experts on Russia signed the letter.[14]

In a cover letter to President Bill Clinton I wrote that “The very survival of Russia as a distinct civilization and a major contributor to the cultural ‘biodiversity’ of the planet is at stake. Anyone who has studied Russian history knows that Russians will survive. And they will remember how they were treated by the West”.[15] Clinton replied in a diplomatically evasive way, but asked me to stay engaged. I have.

In 2012, I voted not so much FOR you as AGAINST Mitt Romney, because he participated in the plunder of Russia and undermining the health of young Russians. Do you not believe me? Then read what two American journalists wrote about Romney’s, and other Americans’ role in Russian reforms: “It was part of a free-for-all that involved wholesale looting of major industries, as Western technocrats helped facilitate the transfer of Russia’s wealth into the hands of a few oligarchs. That set in motion a populist backlash that helped sweep Vladimir Putin into power, giving the Kremlin dominance over a country Romney has lately called our ‘number one geopolitical enemy.’”[16]

There were early alarm signals from US diplomats as well. Writes E. Wayne Merry, Chief Political Analyst at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow from 1990-1994:  “we created a virtual open shop for thievery at a national level and for capital flight in terms of hundreds of billions of dollars, and the raping of natural resources and industries on a scale which I doubt has ever taken place in human history.

As to the claim that the U.S. has the mission to promote democracy throughout the world, Merry tells otherwise:  “I think the election of December 1993 was a clear and legitimate expression of Russian popular will and a rejection of the economic policies that Washington and the Treasury Department and the IMF had pushed on Russia. And when faced with popular rejection, the choice was to ignore popular will and to press on with the policy, and I think there was a huge cost on the long-term development of rule of law and constitutional government in Russia for making that choice.” [17]

I also recommend Janine Wedel’s excellent book Collision and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe. An anthropologist, Wedel argues that the collision between two groups of people, Russian reformers and their American advisers, whose cultural patterns and mentality were too different, was inevitable. Instead of meaningful open cooperation, the collision degenerated into collusion between the least conscientious on both sides. Contrary to US rules that require competitive bidding, says Wedel, the now defunct Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) got the exclusive contract for reforms in Russia because the rules were suspended “for foreign policy considerations”. By the way, Ukraine too suffered from US meddling then. Janine’s book won the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.

Dealing with Russia, one must always keep in mind that in the 20th century it endured 73 years of totalitarian rule, including the suppression and humiliation of all religions, especially Christianity. Many Americans know about that through the writings of Alexander Solzhenitsyn whose refuge in Vermont proved to be a blessing not only for Russia but also for the United States. The corporate media likes to portray Putin as former KGB officer in East Germany who regards the collapse of the USSR as a tragedy and feels a nostalgia for Soviet times. What they leave out is that Putin was a witness to the tragedy of the Russian people in the 1990s, the scope of which can hardly be understood by Americans unless they have lived through the Great Depression.  It is not for nothing that Putin has befriended Solzhenitsyn and his widow Natalya and regularly shows up at a Russian church. Most importantly, upon assuming the presidency, Putin’s first item on the agenda was to restore Russia’s SOVEREIGNTY. That is why his popular support is so strong.

As it happens, this year I celebrate two anniversaries. One is the 40 years since I became US citizen in Dallas, Texas, in October of 1976. The other is the 50th anniversary since I set foot on American soil in 1966 when I was invited as a fellow of Slavic Area Studies at the University of Chicago. Coming to America ended my career in Sweden to which I defected in October 1962. I am and always will be grateful to the United States for giving me – along with hundreds of other Soviet dissidents and defectors – a refuge, hospitality, security, opportunity for education, and freedom for research, teaching and writing.

Alas, the changes in this country during in the post-Cold war years were not always for the better. Tom Pauken, a Dallas lawyer and friend of mine, who later became a member of President Reagan’s administration, secured my US citizenship in 1976. In his 2010 book, Bringing America Home, Tom bemoans, “What became of an American culture that once was guided by the principles of Christianity? “Bringing America Home not only explains how we lost our way,” says its jacket, “but shows how our founding principles can help us find our way back”. I agree that America desperately needs to find her way.

I also agree with the thrust of Ambassador Jack Matlock’s book “Superpower Illusions: How Myths and False Ideologies Led America Astray–And How to Return to Reality.” Matlock is right that “during the Clinton and particularly the Bush-Cheney administrations, the belief that the United States had defeated the Soviet Union led to a conviction that it did not need allies, international organizations, or diplomacy, but could dominate and change the world by using its military power unilaterally”. Both Pauken’s and Matlock’s books were published under your watch, Mr. President. You should have taken a cue, but you did not. Such inattention doomed you to follow in Bush’s and Clinton’s footstep.

A former student of mine at the Monterey Institute of International Studies just sent me a link to Margaret Kimberley’s November 6, 2016, article titled “Russophobia: War Party Propaganda”.[18] It is right on target: “The corporate media, led by newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post, are front and center in pushing tales of Russian villainy. Human Rights Watch and other organizations who care nothing about abuses committed by the United States and its allies are also playing their usual role of choosing the next regime change victim.

The current tensions with Russia are so severe as to threaten the survival of Planet Earth. Therefore, I take it as my civic duty to give you my recommendations as to how you could salvage the hope that made the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to you possible. You might use the remaining days in the office by setting up a peace-loving agenda that your successor could not refuse:

  1. First, no POTUS can act wisely unless there is access to reliable information. You have denied yourself such access when you, for instance, failed to fight for Chas Freeman as chair of the National Intelligence Council. Make sure that the next administration is not spoon-fed by the Neo-Cons and their allies in the academic establishment and the corporate media. It is them whom my friend Israel Shamir calls the Masters of Discource.
  2. Start the legislative process for breaking up the corporate media conglomerates and, at least, make the current anti-monopoly laws stick in pursuit of the violators. Brother Nathanael Kapner, a New York Jew who converted to Russian Christianity, goes as far as to propose nationalization of the media.[19] In the very least, a national debate on media abuses is in order.
  3. As the most powerful nation in the world, the USA should work jointly with other powerful nations such as Russia, China, India, and the EU—always under the auspices of the UN—as honest brokers aiming for a compromise between the warring parties.
  4. This especially applies to the conflict in Ukraine. The US should encourage the Ukrainian government to try to resolve its inter-ethnic conflict between Russian-speaking and Ukrainian-speaking Ukrainians in the same civilized and patient Western way as is done between Flemish and Wallons in Belgium, Catalans and Basques in Spain, Scots, Welsh and Irish in the UK, Quebec in Canada, etc.. Let Switzerland serve as a model to emulate. After all, the Ukrainians and Russians are considerably closer to each other linguistically and culturally than the conflicting groups in any of the above countries. Ukraine’s prospective integration with the EU should not lead to severing economic, cultural, and political ties with Russia.
  5. The Middle East cannot be healed until a peace agreement is reached between Israel and Palestine (both on the West Bank and in Gaza). Both the the Quartet (the United States, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations) and the Arab Peace Initiative should be revived ASAP and put to work. You said it yourself on June 9, 2009: “The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. It is time for these settlements to stop.” Before your term expires, make sure that your successor immediately carries out what you were prevented from doing.
  6. We should admit to ourselves that ISIL (Daesh) would not have emerged without Iraq’s destruction by US bombardment, invasion and occupation. Likewise, the Western attack of Muammar Gadhafi’s Libya created a lot more problems than it solved. Therefore, tell your successor that the regime change strategy belongs to the past.
  7. The US should undertake the initiative of either eliminating or limiting and regulating the use of drones for killing suspected terrorist not only for human rights considerations but also because “collateral” damage from such attacks produces an endless string of suicide avengers. Calling for an international forum, under the aegis of the United Nations, is the first order of things.
  8. Stop supplying weapons to regions and countries where there is civil strife threatening to escalate to civil and international war;
  9. I just met a fellow Veteran for Peace member, Captain (Ret.) Ron Fisher. Learning that I have been in correspondence with you, he asked me to send you his greetings, as well as a series of proposals to secure a peaceful, prosperous, and just life on Planet Earth. You can find it at http://www.wethepeoplenow.org/plan_sdg.htm. Ron is a Naval Academy graduate who served on four nuclear submarines including as Executive Officer of both a nuclear attack and a ballistic missile submarine. He also was trained in the use of both tactical and strategic nuclear weapons. He made nine ballistic missile submarine patrols and six special operations on nuclear attack submarines. His awards include the Legion of Merit, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.
  10. Last, but not the least, I would like to ask you, Mr. President, for something that you can do single-handedly. Please use, before the end of your term, your presidential prerogatives and pardon Edward Snowden. Let him return to the United States, a country that he loves and that has already benefitted[20] from his perhaps illegal deed, committed, I believe, in quest for higher conscience for humankind. I had to wait almost twenty-nine years before the Soviet authorities decided to “rehabilitate” me, for lack of corpus delict, in not returning from Sweden. Every government that fails to integrate dissent as an essential ingredient of public welfare runs the risk of defections and death by brain drain.[21]

As I conclude this letter, I cannot help looking for wise men to guide both of us as they indeed have guided my RAGA project.

“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.” — George Washington

“True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.” George Washington

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” Abraham Lincoln

Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together”. Edmund Burke
So help us God!

Sincerely,

W George Krasnow, Ph.D. (aka Vladislav Krasnov)

President, RAGA.org

 

  1. S. On February 11, 2012, I mailed you a letter I had written on behalf of some people of my native town of Perm. In spite of the unfortunate incident at the airport,[22] I know many Permians were delighted by your visit there as part of your job as Senator. A photograph was enclosed. I never got an acknowledgement, but I want you to know that my invitation to you and Michelle to visit Perm still stands.

[1] https://www.opendemocracy.net/article/email/obama-s-perestroika-challenge-us-russia-0 W.GEORGE KRASNOW 7 January 2009

[2] http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/06/clinton-goofs-russian-translation-tells-diplomat-wants-overcharge-ties.html

[3] U.S. Policy and the Geopolitical Dynamics of the Middle East, Chas Freeman, June 9, 2016

http://www.raga.org/news/us-policy-and-the-geopolitical-dynamics-of-the-middle-east-chas-freeman

[4] The Neoconservative Movement is Trotskyism. By Jonas E. Alexis on January 22, 2013

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/01/22/the-neoconservative-movement-is-trotskyism/

[5] World Russia Forum 2011: Is “Reset” Enough? By Dr. George Krasnow on April 8, 2011. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/04/08/world-russia-forum-2011-is-%E2%80%9Creset%E2%80%9D-enough/

[6] More https://consortiumnews.com/2016/10/02/obama-warned-to-defuse-tensions-with-russia/ of October 2, 2016 ALERT MEMORANDUM  FOR: The President/FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

[7] http://www.veteranstoday.com.metacomment.io/2011/02/18/vets-for-peace-demands-apology-from-hillary-clinton/ Vets for Peace Demands Apology from Hilliary Clinton. By Dr. George Krasnow on February 18, 2011

McGOVERN, VET, CIA RETIREE, BLOODIED BY DC COPS. VETERANS’ GROUP DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM SECRETARY OF STATE. HILLARY CLINTON WATCHES AS POLICE MANHANDLE PEACEFUL PROTESTER at George Washington University, Washington D.C., February 15, 2011.

[8] https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/feb/07/eu-us-diplomat-victoria-nuland-phonecall-leaked-video

[9] http://www.raga.org/news/the-folly-of-the-new-cold-war-by-vladislav-krasnov

[10] W. George Krasnow, “What the West Missed About Ukraine”, 4/29/2014  http://www.raga.org/news/what-the-west-missed-about-ukraine

[11] U.S. Policy and the Geopolitical Dynamics of the Middle East. By Chas Freeman, June 9, 2016

http://www.raga.org/news/us-policy-and-the-geopolitical-dynamics-of-the-middle-east-chas-freeman

[12] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destruction_of_Syria%27s_chemical_weapons

[13] Mark Landler, «For President, Two Full Terms of Fighting Wars: An Unexpected Legacy”, The New York Times, May 15, 2016

[14] W. George Krasnow, “Open Letter on the Russian Crisis”, http://russialist.org/archives/3094.html##8

[15] http://www.russialist.org/archives/3112.html##5

[16] Jason Cherkis and Zack Carter, “Mitt Romney’s Bain Made Millions On Big Tobacco In U.S., Russia”, The Huffington Post, 10/09/2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/09/mitt-romney-bain-tobacco_n_1949812.html.  Their article became the main source of my own article about Romney, Bain, and Russia, published in Russian magazine Predstavitel’naia vlast’, 2012 ?5, 6 (116, 117) http://www.pvlast.ru/archive/index.899.php

[17] See Mr. E. Wayne Merry’s interview on PBS Frontline, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/yeltsin/interviews/merry.html

[18] Margaret Kimberley’s November 06, 2016, article titled “Russophobia: War Party Propaganda”, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45793.htm

[19] Nathanael Kapner, “If I Were President”, http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=1058

[20] Three Largest Rights Groups in US Call on Obama for a Pardon. By Alex Emmons, The Intercept, Sep 19, 2016

http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/snowden-opens-three-largest-rights-groups-us-call-obama-pardon/ri16506

[21] “To Defect or To Integrate? Edward Snowden’s Dilemma”. By W. George Krasnow, fitzgerald griffin foundation

http://www.fgfbooks.com/Krasnow-W.George/2013/Krasnow130905.html

[22] http://www.politforums.net/eng/usa/1440759339.html

 

Oct 05

Those charismatic warmongers

Those charismatic warmongers

 

by Don Hank

There are a number of very charismatic and famous people out there who are awfully good at convincing people of their way of thinking. GW Bush was one. Didn’t ya just love him and his little Texas twang?
Shucks yeah!

And you all know Glenn Beck. Great conservative, right? Charismatic, dynamic speaker, hates big government and taxes on the rich. He’s campaigning for Hillary. That is, he is adamantly against Trump — same thing.

Then there is Trevor Loudon, a baker from New Zealand. The timbre of Trevor’s voice and his down-under accent remind one of Crocodile Dundee. Charming man. He and Cliff Kincaid – less charming to be sure — have a little clique going. They claim to be conservative and have latched on to conservative issues to push for more military spending and stuff. But they have been highly critical of Trump because, see, for them, if you aren’t filled with seething hate for Putin, you are not a good American. One of them posted a piece in which he claims that since Trump once “thought about” building a Trump Tower in Moscow, why that means he is a filthy rotten anti-American commie scum. Stands to reason, right? Never turn your back on them Russkies. They have since come into line with the GOP in its acceptance of Trump but are no doubt ready to turn on him at a moment’s notice.

And then there’s Bill Whittle. Charismatic, dynamic speaker, has his facts straight… Well most of the time. Linked below is his fact filled expose of the KGB, the entire bloody history, tying Putin to all of this blood and gore, even claiming that Putin ordered the killing of a defector in England, despite the lack of any serious evidence, and in fact, despite some keen analysis here, here, here, etc.  By the time you get to the end of Bill’s video, you are convinced that Putin eats little human babies for breakfast and was the brains behind the murder of the Tsar.

Now to be sure, the KGB and its forerunners were horrible in the Soviet days. (Like the CIA in this country, which created the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, ISIS and knocked off national leaders like Iran’s president Mossadegh whenever it saw fit, causing permanent bad blood between us and them. But of course, ISIS fighters are good guys down underneath and they need US protection and tax payer TLC.)

But in spite of the KGB’s horrid blemishes, there emerged, early on, media and art creations in Russia that glorified the KGB and portrayed it as a patriotic organization that protected its people – which, in its cruel way, it did. For this reason, the KGB has long been known in Russia as the Shield and Sword.

Naturally, then, a 1968 film glorifying a spy was titled “Shchit i mech” (the shield and sword), based on a novel by that name by Vadim Kozhevnikov. Johann Weiss, the man who eventually joins the KGB in the film, was the best friend of another man whose father had been murdered by the Nazis. They were both Germans raised in Latvia, then part of the Soviet Union, and as the plot progresses, we catch, on a train headed for Germany, a glimpse of the Nazis, sinister and cruel, contrasted with the Soviet citizens, their victims, who mind their own business and are peaceful.

On this train is Johann, returning to Germany as part of a mass exodus from Latvia. At first he is caught up in the enthusiasm surrounding the Third Reich, but soon he sees the brutal way that outsiders are treated by the Germans. He eventually joins a spy agency in Germany supposedly to spy on the Soviets, but in fact is a double agent in the service of the Soviets. Bill Whittle would feel uncomfortable with this film.

It is impossible to view the film without feeling revulsion at the Germans and admiration for their persecuted victims, both Jews and Soviets.

In his biography, Putin says that this film was one of the main reasons why he joined the KGB. Now since Putin was born in 1952 and the film hit the big screens in 1968 when Putin was still contemplating his future career choice, it is more than likely that he was telling the truth and his motives were no doubt mostly patriotic ones. Further, Western slander to the contrary, Putin worked primarily as an intel analyst, posted abroad — in E. Germany — and not in Russia, where the traditional KGB harassment of Soviet citizens took place at one time. He also states in his bio that the young KGB recruits of that time were a completely different breed and were only vaguely aware of the atrocities attributed to that organization in the past. Certainly, the mild-mannered Putin had no taste for the brutality of the historic Cheka and its later metamorphoses under Stalin. Almost no Soviets did at that time, a transition period toward more freedom that ultimately evolved into Gorbachev’s Glasnost period.

Of course, we can’t expect Neocons to have seen this Soviet film or to have an intimate understanding of the Russians and their history, particularly those dark years when they were thrust into disastrous contact with the Nazis. So naturally, we can expect a lot of often dangerous ignorance about the Russians in the West. We are not disappointed.

The problem is, as hard as it is for Westerners to countenance, the Russians are not living their lives to please the West, especially not the Neocons. Therefore, the more absurd and hateful things ignorant Westerners say and write about them and their leadership, and the more saber rattling and threats we throw at them, the more worried they get and the more they build up militarily. You’d think the Neocons would be more careful. You’d be wrong.

Even if you don’t want to assign blame, it is certainly long past time to stop the Russia bashing and try to sit back and get as accurate a picture as you can of these people who are not the enemy of We the people but whom we are told by our “leaders” we are supposed to hate for a lot of reasons that don’t quite pass the smell test (see my article “The Russkies are coming” here). But if we fail to show the requisite degree of hate, we are bad Americans in these petite-sized minds.

Can we ever grow out of this irrational state of mind and start being objective about the Russians? Our future survival may very well depend on it.

Linked below is an example of the marshaling of carefully selected facts – couched in slick language — to make the Russians look like congenitally cruel barbarians, in a video presentation that could contribute mightily to WW III.

The irony of this video is that, while it describes many of the horrors perpetrated by the KGB in the Soviet past, it omits a comparison to another country that caused two horrendous world wars, slaughtered millions of innocent Jews in concentration camps, almost destroyed all of Europe and Russia and cost the US hundreds of thousands of young lives. It also ignores an objective comparison with the shenanigans of the CIA that gave birth to ISIS. Selecting the most incriminating facts about any country and pretending that none of these negatives could ever be imputed to one’s own or another country is a recipe for war and it is the exact pattern of selective reporting by which Neocons work their evil.

Such a comparison of Russia with Germany or with our CIA would bring things into proper perspective, but that is not part of the West’s propaganda effort and today is considered beside the point. Bring on the war already!

In fact, without this perspective, the sheeple will slip and slide into another conflagration worse than the other two. It will be nuclear.

Here is that very biased and unbalanced presentation:

http://www.truthrevolt.org/videos/bill-whittle-murderer-kremlin

Don Hank

 

Sep 30

Is new Russian law anti-terror or anti-Christian?

Is new Russian law anti-terror or anti-freedom?

 

by Don Hank

The new Russian anti-terror law is being used by the Neocon media to stoke fear and hatred of Russia, and many observers are now saying that this is a propaganda effort intended to create a war atmosphere. Since we can ill afford a war with a major nuclear power, I have decided to post this as a bit of an antidote.

Our heartfelt thanks to Stephen Beet for writing and distributing the article posted below. As stated in his article, it is not Christian denominations that are targeted by the new Russian anti-propaganda law.  Although the Russian Duma cannot say so, it is mostly aimed at preventing Muslim terror. In order to keep the very large Muslim population happy, however, it is written so as to appear impartial and hence includes Christian activity as well. It is also aimed in part at sects that are claiming falsely to be Christian when a closer look shows they differ from Christianity in obvious ways.

The best example of this is an American self-anointed “priest” who planned to officiate at a pro-gay ceremony in Russia (now you’d think he would know better.) Russia has a law banning gay propaganda aimed at children, and this new anti-terror law in part reinforces this ban. https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/american-clergymans-plan-to-officiate-gay-wedding-thwarted-in-ukraine

Stephen discusses Mormon missionaries in Russia in this context. For those who think Mormons are just another Christian denomination, have a look at this, in addition to reading the article below:

http://www.mscbc.org/biblechal.htm

And before you open the below link, a caveat: every major Western religion has child and woman abuse stories swirling around it. Read with an open mind. However, the Mormon church seems to imitate the Catholic church in that, in some cases, clerics have not been much encouraged to report child sex and other abuse. Again, cases like this could possibly found in all major denominations. However, I chose the following link because if contains a large compilation of abuses:

http://www.mormonstories.org/stories-about-child-sexual-abuse-in-the-lds-church/

If you are a Mormon, I hope you will not take offense. This information is focused on the church itself, not the followers.

At any rate, I think most readers will understand that the new Russian law only targets abuses, and Stephen’s brief report should make it understandable why Russian lawmakers were concerned about protecting Russian children and others.

Another sect that Russians are generally skeptical of is Jehovah’s Witnessses. As a reader of Koine Greek, I have seen an example of a serious flaw in the JW translation of the New Testament. I have read the entire New Testament in the original Greek (or what has been identified as the original Greek, taken from early manuscripts) and will be glad to share my linguistic analysis this with anyone interested. But more important in this context is the way JW teachings indirectly encourage their followers to commit suicide. I personally knew a JW father of 4 who committed suicide. Shortly thereafter his children, who had been well behaved until then, wound up in foster homes and had brushes with the law. I had no idea until later that JW doctrine leads to high suicide rates.

Finally, Stephen is a British Christian, NOT Russian Orthodox, and obviously, he does not feel in any way threatened by this new law, which has been the object of the usual Neocon Russophobic propaganda that pervades Western msm and also politics (eg, Hillary campaign’s silly claim that Russia hacked her emails).

JW Suicide

http://www.culthelp.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1824

abuses

http://www.jwfacts.com/watchtower/wrong-with-being-jehovahs-witness.php

I have read a resume of the new Russian law in Russian from this site https://50.xn--b1aew.xn--p1ai/PU/Law_news/item/7906913/

and can assure you this law is not as represented in the Western press. It is so vague as to be very difficult to enforce and can be expected to be enforced and interpreted in the courts so as to prevent terror, not to stop Christians from sharing their faith.

Don Hank

 

Just published by the Church of England Newspaper, Don. Stephen

 

By Stephen R Beet

A number of anti-terrorism measures passed by the Russian Duma on June 24th and signed by the President have been widely criticized and deliberately misrepresented in the Western Press.  In fact, if one reads the legislation and examines the background, this law has no substantial affect at all on freedom of worship and is entirely positive.

 

Alexey Komov, an official of the Russian Orthodox Church puts the legislation into context:

 

“New regulation of  missionary activities is just a minor part within the set of the new amendments to various [anti-terrorist] laws. It  says that foreign missionaries need to receive a permission/registration to do their work, and that they should preach only at their mosque/church/etc. But this applies  only to the official representatives of a religious organization. All normal people can freely express/preach/promote their religious and other beliefs with no limitations (which is a Constitutional right), and the law does not forbid that.

 

The law (?????: “? ??????????????? ????????????? ????????????”, ???????? ???????? ??????????????? ??????? ?? ????? ???? ???????? ???????????????…) states that all traditional beliefs are valid and sacred and can be preached. But those who abuse the sacred texts of any religion will be restrained.”

 

I have lived and worked in Novosibirsk for over ten years and know the background to this proposed legislation, which is aimed not at bona fide Evangelical Christians going about their lawful business, but at dangerous and persistent groups who are operating in Russia with the aim of the aggressive proselytizing of young people and the destruction of the official Russian Orthodox Church.

 

I have witnessed the methods of these people and can confirm reports of their gaining the trust of ordinary Russians before luring them into their sects. Many of these groups are financed from the US – especially those professing the beliefs of the Mormons, who are not Christians and who believe (to quote their official website): “Additional books of scripture – including the Book of Mormon – strengthen and reinforce God’s teachings through additional witnesses.  These groups work mainly by targeting young children in ways that would not be tolerated in the UK. In fact, if they went about their business in like manner in the UK, they would be arrested.

 

I have noted the tactics of these ‘missionaries’, mainly young men who operate in small groups. They are sent to Russia (on student visas) with the specific purpose of evangelizing young people, and work under the cover of teaching English in small private language schools, of which there are very many, thus gaining access to children and young people. After they have gained their trust they begin to teach their message subtly and invite children to meetings and parties where they can meet other young people and discuss religious issues. In Novosibirsk they operate on the main metro line in pairs. Being highly trained in the Russian language, they easily get into conversation with unaccompanied young people and give out leaflets which, on the surface, seem innocuous, mainly invitations to “discussion groups”. Sometimes they openly advertise a church meeting.  I lifted one of these leaflets and can confirm that it was from the Mormon organisation.
In the Summer these young men easily get work in children’s language camps where they can have longer and unsupervised access to children and ample opportunity to impart their message. Some years ago I witnessed such a group who had hired a classy motor launch and were spending the Summer touring the banks of the River Ob, offering to give puppet shows to the many children living in organised camps. I attended one of these shows and the whole proceedings were a blatant and highly talented attempt to proselytizing from the Orthodox Church, which these people mistakenly believe is synonymous with Rome. At the end they gave out expensive ‘Bibles’ in Russian. The whole operation must have cost a fortune! Other cults are operating in Russia and there have been several reports of children taking their own lives after becoming involved.

 

This is the background to the new legislation which is designed to limit and perhaps ban the activity of these non-Christian sects and to protect unsuspecting persons. If bona fide Evangelical Christians are also engaging in these underhand ways of ‘evangelizing’, it would seem fair to say that they deserve to have their activities similarly limited.

 

The author is a UK citizen who lives and works in Russia.

Sep 28

US sues German bank for being fooled by US

US suing German bank for being fooled by US government

Kommentar auf Deutsch: http://laiglesforum.com/4004-2

Die Deutschen müssen ihre Unabhängigkeit erklären

by Don Hank

The US has just sued Deutsche Bank for around $14 billion [over a $3 billion loss, so kind of exaggerated – but the Fed and US are broke and ths is a desperate measure], and this has triggered a crisis that will affect the world economy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-deutsche-bank-lawsuit-idUSKCN0VC2NY

Deutsche Bank AG must face a U.S. lawsuit seeking to hold it liable for causing $3.1 billion of investor losses by failing to properly monitor 10 trusts backed by toxic residential mortgages, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan said Belgium’s Royal Park Investments SA/NV may pursue claims that the trustee Deutsche Bank National Trust Co ignored “widespread” deficiencies in how the underlying loans were underwritten and serviced, and failed to require that bad loans be repurchased.

If you read the entire report linked above you will see that the root cause of the toxic mortgages sold by Deutsche Bank is not mentioned. No Western news outlet will tell you or remind you of why DB had these mortgages on its balance sheet, because, as usual, corruption in the US government kicked this all off. This is not to say that DB is blameless. But it was fraud on the part of US rating agencies Standard  & Poor and Moody’s that led up to this debacle (and caused the financial crisis of 2008). Some of these securities had been bought from the Fed in 2012 as a result of the bailout of AIG. Obviously, these were represented by the Fed as having more value than they actually had. Otherwise, DB would not have bought them. Please read the citations linked to below to learn the background of what happened.

German banks flooded with 75-90 billion euros worth of bad US mortgage-backed derivatives (from focus.de in 2008):

http://www.focus.de/finanzen/boerse/finanzkrise/finanzkrise_aid_267350.html

My translation of opening paragraph:

The Financial market crisis triggered in the US could, according to media reports, cost German credit institutes up to 90 billion euros. [And this was a report from 2008. The toxic derivatives have never been purged from the German system since then and now threaten to bring down Deutsche Bank, one of the biggest banks in Europe!—Don Hank]

ORIGINAL: Die in den USA ausgelöste Finanzmarktkrise könnte die deutschen Kreditinstitute nach Medienberichten mit bis zu 90 Milliarden Euro belasten

 

http://www.zeit.de/wirtschaft/2012-04/deutsche-bank-hypothekenanleihen

April 2012

My translation: Deutsche Bank has purchased a bundle of structured securities [mostly mortgage-backed derivatives] valued in the billions belonging to the one-time world’s biggest insurer AIG [bailed out by the Fed]. The Institute has, together with Barclays, reportedly won a bid for collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), which were dubbed toxic securities in the financial crisis.

ORIGINAL: Die Deutsche Bank hat der US-Notenbank Federal Reserve ein milliardenschweres Paket strukturierter Wertpapiere des einst weltgrößten Versicherers AIG abgekauft. Das Institut habe zusammen mit der britischen Großbank Barclays den Zuschlag für strukturierte Hypothekenpapiere (Collateralized Debt Obligation, CDO), die in der Finanzkrise als Giftpapiere bezeichnet wurden.

 

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-last-mystery-of-the-financial-crisis-20130619

QUOTE

But the financial crisis happened because AAA ratings stopped being something that had to be earned and turned into something that could be paid for. [In other words, these agencies rated these securities as AAA but they could not have really earned that rating because, thanks to the bursting of the housing bubble, many of the lendees were no longer paying because their homes were no longer worth anywhere near the face value of their mortgages—Don Hank].

That this happened is even more amazing because these companies naturally have powerful leverage over their clients, as they are part of a quasi-protected industry that enjoys massive de facto state subsidies. Largely that’s because government agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission often force private companies to fulfill regulatory requirements by retaining or keeping in reserve certain fixed quantities of assets – bonds, securities, whatever – that have been rated highly by a “Nationally Recognized” ratings agency, like the “Big Three” of Moody’s, S&P and Fitch. So while they’re not quite part of the official regulatory infrastructure, they might as well be. [Yes, and something else: The SEC had to know that these agencies were faking these ratings because they knew about the housing bubble even before it popped. The SEC is equally to blame but no one can sue them, so the government scapegoated the rating agencies that were, de facto, pressured into faking the ratings—Don Hank]

 

Thus you will see that the US is suing DB essentially for something that was set in motion by the above-named US rating agencies, which were allowed to get away with their fraud by the criminally derelict SEC, a government agency responsible for final oversight, independently of rating agencies.

How interesting that so much of the pain in the world is caused by our corrupt government trying desperately to get money by hook or by crook instead of cutting spending by putting people back to work and staying out of other countries’ affairs.

Like a boomerang, you can expect the aftershocks of the German crisis to hit you right square in the pocket book at some future date.

 

 

 

Sep 26

CNN’s extreme bias

The mouse jumps the cat at CNN

 

by Don Hank

Before interviewing Petro Poroshenko on 9/25/2016, CNN’s Fareed Zakariah had made ads for the show suggesting that Petroshenko is an “authority” on Vladimir Putin because, supposedly, “no one knows Putin better than Poroshenko.” In fact no one but the Russian people, who confer on Putin an over 80% popularity rating, truly know their president, whom they adore. So if Fareed wanted people to really know Putin, then why did they choose as an authority a man who considers Putin his worst enemy, who has only met with Putin a few times and has mainly discussed the aftermath of a disaster created by Western meddling aimed at harming Putin and Russia? Well, let’s see: we are on the eve of the presidential debates and the only motive for choosing the anti-Putin Poroshenko would be to give the US people a distorted image of Putin. Why? Because Donald Trump is perceived as being pro-Putin and CNN sees it as their mission to have Trump defeated. I doubt if their viewers are unaware of this duplicitous strategy. I saw through it instantly – with great aversion.

Secondly, Poroshenko claims that there are x-number of Russian troops on “Ukrainian” soil. That is not true. There are none.

Let me explain:

1—Ukraine does not have a legitimate government in Kiev. The so-called “government” there is the heir to an illegitimate regime under Yatseniuk, who was hand-picked by Victoria Nuland of the US Department of State – as revealed by a now-notorious phone conversation proving that it was the US, and not the Ukrainian people, who installed an anti-Russian current government (this is  based on a transcript leaked to the BBC, as reported here), of which Poroshenko is an extension.   Not only did the US government install Yatseniuk as president but it also, along with George Soros and other Western actors, was deeply involved in the bloody illegal Maidan coup. Fareed himself interviewed George Soros personally in May of 2014 and in that program, Soros admitted that he was involved, as I showed here in an extensive analysis of Soros’ remarks to Fareed. Obviously, if the Maidan coup had been the spontaneous grass-roots movement that it was billed as, there would have been no need for foreign intervention. Yet several European heads of state and officials were there, including German foreign minister Steinmeier. Obviously they did not go because they knew the coup would succeed without them and their agitation. Therefore, the current government in Kiev is not a properly and democratically elected Ukrainian government but rather a foreign government installed by subterfuge and controlled by the US and its anti-Russian allies. It is therefore illegitimate and should be disbanded.

2—Novorossia is not part of the Ukraine. It is a Russian speaking region that was part of the pre-coup Ukraine but now has its own government and its own military. In the same way as Scotland was allowed a referendum to determine its own fate, Novorossia is entitled to determine its own future course and is being illegally denied that right by the Western Establishment. The US-led illegitimate Kiev government deliberately provoked the Russian speakers in what is now Novorossia (Donbass, Lugansk) by denying them the official use of their native language, Russian, causing them to wish to split from Ukraine. Their demonstrations were met by military responses, including murder of citizens by aerial bombardments and assassinations, by the Kiev government, which are ongoing today, as shown at this site, which provides regular updates of Kiev’s violation of the Minsk treaties and ceasefires.

The US and the Kiev regime knew full well that this ban on the Russian language would be offensive to people who had been using Russian in their homes, in their schools, in their local government, on street signs and in official documents of all kinds.

To add insult to injury, Kiev collaborated with groups, such as the Azov battalion, which had ties to the German Nazis in the Ukraine and helped exterminate the Ukrainian Jews. Kiev’s ties to these fascists are extremely offensive to Russians, whose country was practically devastated by the Nazis and lost 11 million soldiers, between 7 and 20 million civilians, and billions of dollars worth of industrial capacity, precious monuments and art treasures, to the Nazis – but also managed to kill 4 times as many Nazis as the rest of the allies combined. To the Russian people, seeing the fascist fighters of US-backed Kiev killing Russian speakers was as if the Western allies had suddenly sided with Hitler. The Washington Post, in a rare report less critical of Russia than usual, recounts this story, closing it with:

“…we shouldn’t forget how the Soviets won World War II in Europe.”

While the highly unpopular US puppet Petro smears Putin, arguably the world’s most popular national leader, as dishonest, he Poroshenko is the dishonest one because he denies the crucially important reality expressed in this point and in point no. 1 above.

Speaking of dishonesty, Poroshenko’s government pretends that it no longer is responsible for the payment of its debt for gas supplies because of alleged Russian involvement with the Novorossian military. That is not true. The real reason that Kiev will not pay is because the corrupt Ukraine government and business class have bankrupted the country and they simply cannot afford to pay this debt.

Thus the reality that Fareed Zakaria carefully shields his audience from is that Poroshenko is an illegitimate, and very unpopular leader (see this International Business Times article), and that the bait that was offered to the Ukrainians to induce them to execute their Maidan coup was precisely something that is no longer available to them, namely, EU membership.  They were cheated.

There are several reasons why EU membership is not available to Ukraine:

—The country, as detailed above, is insolvent and would represent a burden on the already foundering EU, which has since lost one of its key members and tax payers, ie, the UK

—The EU is tearing apart at the seams, with several insolvent member states, an insolvent Deutsche Bank, and a host of third parties in member states that, if able to gain control, will give the people referendums on leaving the EU. If – or rather when – even one more major state exits, the EU will collapse.

—One crucial reason for this vulnerability of the EU is the policy of forcing member states to accept refugee quotas, despite the extreme unpopularity of this policy.

—Another reason for the EU’s vulnerability is the Russia sanctions policy imposed on the EU by the US, which has caused a deep rift in Europe, whose businesses are losing millions as a result of this policy. German businesses are lobbying hard for an end to the sanctions against Russia, as reported by the WSJ.

Poroshenko has been presiding over a country that has lost significant territory and seen double-digit negative economic growth since it began allowing the US to write national policies that deliberately provoke Russia (in a fruitless effort to isolate Russia) and what is now known as Novorossia.

Putin presides over a country that had a GDP of 1,362 billion in 2015 at a population of 146 million.

The GDP per capita of Ukraine was 2,824 USD in 2015 (down from 3,123 the previous year), compared to 9,000 USD in Russia in 2015, or about 3 times less – despite sanctions.

So you can argue over whose fault the Ukrainian failure is, but one thing remains certain: The country that decided to go its own way is arguably 3 times better off economically than the country whose leaders dragged it into a proxy war on the US side. Back when Ukraine was trading freely with Russia, it was still struggling but at least it was solvent. Now, after US meddling, it can no longer pay its debts.

And whether or not Poroshenko is an authority on Putin, yesterday’s CNN interview is still a case of the mouse jumping the cat.

 

Contact CNN’s Fareed Zakaria (fill in short form at bottom): http://edition.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form4.html?126

 

Sep 11

Why is the West in constant chaos and upheaval?

Why is the West in constant cultural chaos and upheaval?

by Don Hank

All of the cultural chaos we see around us, notably since Obama was first elected, is the expression of an irrational desire to destroy all traditions, particularly Christianity (though not religion per se) that started with the Enlightenment about 300 yr ago. The west has lost almost all consciousness of the historic and philosophical origins of this but the visible madness started with the French Revolution, a product of the philosophical movement the antedated it. This revolution literally saw blood running down the streets all over France, as anyone even suspected of disagreeing with the Revolution and its concepts of – ironically, brotherhood, equality and freedom, was seized and beheaded. The methods have changed in the 21st century, but the idea of introducing chaos and irrational ideas (“gay” marriage, recruitment of women in battles, “gay” adoption of children, etc.) is very much alive. In fact, the killing has not abated n the least, except that it has been shifted to the Middle East — and Kosovo — where Christians and all non-Muslims must fear for their lives in a world dominated by Sunni Wahhabi violence fanned by a US-Saudi coalition, as explained here, here, here, here, and here).

There was a moderate Enlightenment, typified by Kant, and a radical Enlightenment, typified by Voltaire et al., and this more radical form has survived until the present day, holding the West in its thrall. The reason some blame the perpetual revolution on the so-called Illuminati is due to a linguistic phenomenon that most of the anti-revolutionaries of today know nothing about, and it is attributable to the word for “Enlightenment” in a European language.

Indeed, the word for enlightenment differs greatly among European languages. In French: les Lumières, in German, die Aufklärung, in Spanish la Ilustración and In Italian, l’Illuminismo. In Italy, its followers were therefore called illuminati, which merely meant “enlightened ones.” The people who fought in or sympathized the Risorgimento (the war to unite Italy) were called illuminati NOT because they belonged to a secretive cult (although many did, namely, the Carbonari, who can be compared to the Freemasons, whom they may have imitated), but because they acted out the ideas of the Enlightenment (Illuminismo). Garibaldi’s soldiers were generally referred to as the illuminati. In that original sense most Western “leaders” are illuminati and the vast majority of them, like the vast majority of those who oppose them, haven’t the slightest inkling of this and probably don’t care.

Coincidentally, or perhaps by divine intervention, at the time I was writing this commentary, I was invited to participate in a pro-family conference in Kyrgyzstan. Why not a Western country? I am glad you asked.

There is no longer any Western country where traditional family values can be discussed openly and freely in public. A while back, 2 bakers in Oregon were asked by a gay couple to bake a cake bearing an inscription that ran counter to their faith and their belief in traditional  marriage (perhaps you recall back when marriage was an institution between a man and a woman. GONE). When these bakers, a man and wife, refused on the grounds that the inscription was offensive to their beliefs, they were fined $130,000. That’s the price of a home in many places. The intent was to destroy them financially, a “soft” kind of death sentence. People of faith may no longer live their faith. A preacher in Scotland (part of the “free” world) was arrested, cuffed and taken away last week for preaching from a forbidden portion of the scriptures regarding homosexuality, video here.

So yes, the conference is in Kyrgyzstan where open discussions of family are not forbidden. We welcome you to send them a brief video of you or anyone speaking in favor of a healthy family.

Our contact, Bolotbek Batilov (write zoilanddon@msn.com for instructions on how to attend the conference or send your video)

Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/181466365592157/permalink/194518717620255/

I want to hear from you: zoilandon@msn.com

If you have any comments, kindly post them at the forum below.

Sep 10

“I don’t trust Putin”

“I don’t trust Putin”

 

Don Hank

When I visit forums that discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are, of course, the usual suspects who tell us, based on nothing substantive, that Putin is just waiting his chance to nuke the US  — notwithstanding that this would entail an exchange of retaliatory strikes that would leave the entire planet crippled and kill billions. These same people would admit that Putin is smart, but yet they think he is stupid enough to initiate a nuclear war and a nuclear winter.

Then there are others who will admit that Putin is a good leader for Russia and has done a lot of good in the world but they are quick to add “but I don’t trust him.”

My response is this:

You don’t have any reason either to trust him or not to trust him. He is NOT YOUR president.
Thanks to the hegemonic behavior and propaganda of US “leaders,” millions of Westerners have been mesmerized into thinking that the world’s strongest leader must necessarily be the leader of the world and bully the world into submission, just as they have seen the US do over most of their lives. But it is almost exclusively the West that has expressed this idea, by promulgating the image of the US as the Exceptional Nation or the Indispensable Nation — to the extent that many commentators have for decades referred to the US as the leader of the Free World, or, if they are skeptical, a hegemon. But Putin and Russia have come up with a better idea:

respect the sovereignty of all other nations and let them develop along their own lines — ie, according to their own culture and history.

This idea has never once occurred to the “leaders” in Washington and they have brainwashed their sheeple into accepting the notion not only of their own superiority, but also, as a sinister corollary, the notion that any nation (meaning particularly Russia) that surpasses the US in important ways, particularly militarily, will automatically do as Washington has done. But by doing this, Washington has failed its mission, racked up an unpayable debt, created failed states and terror groups, and irreparably damaged its prestige, so it certainly does not rationally follow that other nations would follow Washington’s example and try to be cock of the rock. Just by way of example, Obama likes to bully other nations, and look how he was treated in Hangzhou. Call that prestige?

Besides, what kind of leader is superior? A leader who respects other leaders and other nations or a leader who does not? You can trust not Putin but the MAD principle (mutually assured destruction, among nuclear powers), namely, the desire not to die. That principle will stay the hand of any leader with a nuclear arsenal. And that is all you need.

See? You don’t need to trust Putin if you don’t want to. He’s the Russian president, NOT the American president. And thank God, unlike our presidents, he has no apparent desire or reason to bully others or interfere in their internal affairs. He’s got enough on his plate without trying to be president of the world.

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Sep 02

The key to stable governance: happy people

 

The key to stable governance is happy people

 

Yesterday, I reported on an attack on an innocent German woman by an angry “refugee,” showing how German women now have real reason to fear riding on commuter trains, given the large numbers of Muslim men now riding along with them. Every German knows that Merkel is to blame for the mass immigration that brought these men to Germany.

Thus, today we read in the German press that the AdF, a popular and growing anti-Merkel and anti-immigration party, is making major strides in the state of Mecklenburg-Pomerania, once part of communist East Germany. Those of us who have travelled in the “East Zone” and in the Soviet Union can more easily see what is going on today in East-West geopolitics. (BTW, I suspect that if I had been unable to speak the languages spoken there, I never would have grasped these things. I say that with all the humility possible — under the circumstances). Some can even see the systemic errors of their entire Establishment and the sheeple who support it.

A few days ago I saw a simply pitiful post by a pseudo-intellectual Neocon apologist at AIM (Cliff Kincaid’s site) stating that Putin was using “Marxist dialectics” in his politics. He was trying to rebut a post of mine and said “you don’t understand Marxian dialectics.”

No, my dears, that is wrong on two counts. First off, Putin does not use Marxian dialectics. Russia is well past that childish phase, which we are still mired down in here in the West. Secondly, I do know enough about Marxian dialectics and Putin to be absolutely certain of that. In an interview, Putin was once asked what his ideology was and he said he didn’t have one, and that he merely faces each problem as it comes up and works hard to solve it. His managerial style makes it clear that he was telling the truth. But Westerners are trained by their keepers never to pay a bit of attention to what Putin says or does, insisting that he – the only world leader who tells the truth – is lying. And of course, he speaks Russian (gasp!). This attitude is part of our government training and can best be described as Neocon – the new Nazism. All their lives, most Westerners have seen politicians deceiving, lying and betraying and have been conditioned to believe that such is the human condition. It is not. It is the Marxian dialectic at work ramming radical Enlightenment ideology (typified by Voltaire’s writings as opposed to those of the more moderate branch of the Enlightenment) down our throats. Politicians are absolutely convinced that they are morally superior to the little people because they are imbued with a fatally flawed ideology that originated over 300 years ago but is still thought of as the undisputed superior way that must be enforced by superior beings.

The shocking fact is that the only region still using the Marxian dialect is the woefully failing West, and that would be all major countries in the West, which are puppets that basically just follow, zombie-like, Washington’s dictates (no, my dears, the UN does not control the US, as many have been taught to dutifully believe. It is the other way around).

The Marxian dialectic is a method of persuasion by stealth and deception that was refined, for example, into the Delphi technique in the US. Although it is only a technique and could theoretically be employed for good, its aim for well over a century has been to overcome logic and reason so that people will accept things that they would not accept spontaneously. That would be, by definition, unpleasant things. The Bible calls this putting good for evil and evil for good. (All of this was concisely put into perspective back in 2009 by Cassandra Goldman, here.)

Despite what you are being taught by Neoconservatives of both political parties (Hillary is the arch-Neocon), nothing like this failed dialectic-based philosophy is being written about and studied in today’s Russia by major Kremlin decision makers, who have adopted a unique principle of their own, namely, a common sense technique of governance that can be boiled down to: avoid giving the people pain and make them as happy as possible. The decision makers stumbled across this technique because ordinary Russians, initially deceived by the dialectic fol-de-rol described above, were so profoundly unhappy that they spontaneously rebelled against it. (While in Cracow in the early 70s, I lived with a family where the daughter was a physician. I asked her how much a doctor makes in Poland and she said it was the equivalent of $30/mo, a salary impossible to live on. When I asked how she got by, she laughed and said “by selling doctor’s excuses”). At some point, vast numbers of workers throughout the Soviet Union and its satellite states had stopped going to their jobs, and it became impossible to discipline them because they were too numerous. (Note that the West is on the cusp of such a quiet revolution. Brexit is the best example but more are on the way. This is because the pain has become unbearable for many, like our German lady correspondent in the commuter train full of mean Muslims).

The simple fact. which most Americans are trained not to notice or believe, is that Soviet decision makers had found the limits of authoritarianism and were forced to find a new way.

The fact that Putin has had around 80% popularity for years is a clear sign that he is succeeding in making people happy.

The fact that Congressional approval is always below 10% in the US is a sign that Americans are deeply unhappy, and we all know we are. The only reason presidents have a higher popularity than this is because they have succeeded in convincing the gullible public that they are working hard to overcome the bad influence in congress, in Wall Street, and in whichever is the opposition party, and that prosperity (eg, recovery) is just around the corner.

There is no name for this new political philosophy discovered by the Russians because it is based on reason, logic and common sense so it’s been around forever. But Western pols shun it because it is not pseudo-intellectual enough for them (they can’t bear the thought that they are not far superior to the masses in terms of intellect and morality). Meanwhile, the elitist West is busy poring over philosophy books, writing new Libertarian, rightwing, Neocon and liberal tripe to find the solution that is right in front of our noses.

So why is Mecklenburg looking to the AdF party? Because, surprise, this party actually wants to give the people what they want, without any underhanded tricks. And the people there have lived under communism so they are not as easily fooled as the brainwashed sheeple in the rest of Germany.

Many Americans believe that is also what Trump wants to do, and that would seem to be the case a priori, although it is not always easy to tell what Trump is thinking or if he is thinking what he is saying. (But unlike Neocon Hillary, he certainly does not seem, by all appearances, to want more war, especially with Russia).

I got the story about Mecklenburg turning against Merkel from the German-language site of Der Spiegel.

Now while the Soviets and the rest of the East bloc were forced, by much pain and suffering, to admit that the old Marxist experiment could not work, the West is still a babe in the woods whose “leaders” believe explicitly in the Marxian-dialectic technique, not necessarily as a method of persuading the masses, but as an end in itself, namely persuading them that everything they hate is good and common sense cannot be trusted.

Most of us are so brainwashed – not only by the Left but also by the Russia-hating (racist) Neocons and nominal “conservatives,” who approach problems in a purely legalistic way (like the Pharisees in Jesus’ day)  – that we can’t see the obvious, namely, that the only lasting and authentic value that will enable a political body to govern in the long term is happiness of the people. If the people are happy with what the governing body is doing, that body can maintain its power over them indefinitely. If not, that power is fleeting and doomed to pass away sooner or later.

So how have we allowed ourselves to be so grossly misled? There are many facets to the process by which we are deceived, but one very important factor is that our “leaders” – on both sides of the imaginary aisle – are telling us or suggesting to us that Russia and Putin are the ones who are deceiving us and that whatever they are doing is wrong or evil, and therefore, we must do the opposite. Pretty convincing if one is a dimwit.

Incredibly, we keep falling for this malarkey, keep doing the wrong thing and pursuing failed policies, and like lemmings, are literally committing mass suicide, all the while thinking that a politician on the “other” side – be it left, libertarian, middle, vegetarian or right – will save us.

What we fail to realize is that we desperately need to be saved from ourselves – ie, from our brainwashed selves. And hence, we must be our own saviors.

To accomplish this, we must simply open our eyes and see again, using the common sense we have been taught to eschew. Common sense that the God we are supposed to not believe in, gave us.

 

Hegelian dialectic and its influence in the West:

https://alettertothetimes.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/the-hegelian-dialectic-the-delphi-technique-and-moral-relativism/

 

 

 

Sep 01

Hopeless, desperate situation of German women: first hand account of attack on female commuter

Hopeless and desperate situation for German women:

Unreported terror attack on a helpless woman on commuter train in Germany

 

I got this email this a.m. in German. This kind of account will never find its way into the media. As soon as I read this, I immediately emailed the lady who wrote it. My friend had failed to delete her address. She confirmed that it had indeed happened as related in her email but asked me not to include her address because she is a business woman — implication: I could lose my job for being a victim. 

Of course I complied.

But herein lies the dilemma that is destroying our Western world. If you cannot report things to the press because you know they won’t print them or because you could lose your job, or if you can only report anonymously to a few friends, then there can never be a resolution (remember that rape victims once faced this dilemma). Things will inexorably get worse. As you can see from this email, the situation for women is already desperate and yet they have no mouthpiece, no source of protection. I can’t help but think of the adjective “Kafkaesque.” Franz Kafka, a German speaking Jew living in Prague, described horrific surreal situations and events happening to ordinary people. Though Kafka died before Hitler rose to power, critics generally believe he was foreshadowing the horrors of the Holocaust, conveying the impressions of it in the form of dreams. During my language study in Marburg I was privileged to sit under a professor who specialized in Kafka. Here is my translation of a short Kafka poem to give you a sense of the helplessness and the pathos he often conveys: http://laiglesforum.com/night-time-by-franz-kafka/1385.htm. I see all of my readers and myself as this lonely watchman in a land on the cusp of a great tragedy, with no clear-cut hope for a rescue.

Like this anonymous German lady, our only hope is in God.

Don Hank

 

My translation of the Report:

 Not so great….

what I experienced in the stations and on the train today.

… today I experienced a terrible attack by an invader who had just arrived in Germany. (I could tell by the bags and the appended Flight Dispatch papers.) The man insulted me in the worst possible way calling me names such as “witch”, etc. What he said to me in his own language, I did not understood. I found it strange that he knew German swear words representing women!

And I had neither looked at him nor approached him. I realized that these people arrive here already stirred up and full of hatred against us. This does not prevent them, however, from living off of our tax money. Since I was not prepared for such an attack out of the blue, I did not answer, but simply tried to find my way to my track, without looking back. The man continued following me quite a distance at the station and then left off harassing me.

Anyway I realized what will happen if another 70 million Muslims come here to Europe! Oh woe! God help us!

Tonight, on the way back, I was probably the only German woman in the whole train. That was a very strange feeling. Two men sitting in my immediate vicinity fondled their genitals the whole time. It was disgusting. I only observed from the corner of my eye and of course, did not deliberately look their way. The men almost all stared at me, since I was styled extremely smartly and businesslike. I got the impression that my very elegant outfit instilled a little respect.

I became keenly aware that neither my pepper spray nor even my powerful and impact resistant laser-beam flashlight, which I could use to blind or strike someone in an emergency, would not help me in the least. Among the mass of (male !!!!) Muslims, I as a woman can do nothing. One is simply helpless.

However, this situation today has also shown me that I have to prepare for such events, so that I remain capable of acting. I had already been in several difficult situations at stations, but there were never this many Muslims facing me. I have to think about it and pray that I will know how to deal with such situations in the future.

 

Editor’s comment: Let’s use a little reason and common sense. We know that Russia and the Syrian government are knocking the starch out of ISIS and the US-backed terror group Al-Qaeda. The Russian success has forced the US to act accordingly in Iraq to avoid losing face. So imagine you are a terrorist, defeated and fleeing from one of these countries. Where do you go? Need I even say it? You join the throng of refugees headed for Germany (possibly via Turkey, the Italian island of Lampedusa, or Greece). Today more than ever, with ISIS being slowly defeated in key areas, it is a no-brainer that a very high percentage of battle hardened terrorists are embedded among the “refugees.” If this logic is accurate, then things will get much worse before they get better. IF they get better. The above-describe attack shows that things can hardly get much worse for German women. BTW, can anyone fail to understand Trump’s position on Muslim immigration after reading this anguishing account?

Don Hank

 

Original German language report:

…nicht so toll….

Was ich heute so auf den Bahnhöfen und im Zug erlebte

.

…dann hatte ich heute eine schreckliche Attacke eines gerade in der BRD angekommenen Invasors. (Das konnte ich an den Koffern und den anhängenden Flugabfertigungs-Papieren erkennen.) Der Mann hat mich auf das Übelste beschimpft und mich mit allen möglichen Ausdrücken, wie  „Hexe“ usw., tituliert. Was er in seiner Landessprache über mir aussprach, habe ich ja nicht verstanden. Eigenartig empfand ich, dass ihm deutsche Schimpfwörter für Frauen, bekannt waren!

Dabei habe ich ihn weder angesehen noch ihn angesprochen. Mir ist dabei klar geworden, dass diese Leute bereits aufgestachelt und voller Hass gegen uns, hier ankommen. Was sie allerdings nicht hindert, von unserem Steuergeld zu leben. Da ich auf so eine Attacke aus dem Nichts, nicht vorbereitet war, habe ich gar nichts geantwortet, sondern versuchte einfach meinen Weg zu meinem Gleis, weiter zu gehen, ohne mich umzusehen. Der Mann ist mir noch ein ganzes Stück auf dem Bahnhof gefolgt und hat dann von einer weiteren Verfolgung meiner Person, abgelassen.

Auf jeden Fall ist mir klar geworden, was es bedeutet, wenn weitere 70 Mio. Moslems hier nach Europa kommen! Oh weh! Gnade uns Gott!

Heute Abend, auf dem Rückweg, war ich wohl die einzige Deutsche in dem ganzen Zug. Das war ein ganz eigenartiges Gefühl. Zwei Männer, in meiner unmittelbaren Nähe sitzend, haben sich die ganze Zeit an Ihren Geschlechtsteilen selbst gegrabscht. Es war widerlich. Ich habe das nur aus den Augenwinkeln gesehen und natürlich nicht extra dort hin geschaut. Die Männer haben mich fast alle angestarrt, da ich heute extrem schick und geschäftsmäßig gestylt war. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass ihnen mein sehr elegantes  Outfit ein wenig Respekt eingeflößt hat.

Mir ist heute so richtig klar geworden, dass weder mein Pfefferspray, noch meine große und schlagfeste Laserstrahl – Taschenlampe, mit der ich blenden und im Notfall auch zuschlagen könnte, mir etwas nützen würde. Bei der Masse von (männlichen!!!!) Moslems, kann ich als Frau nichts mehr tun. Man ist einfach hilflos.

Diese Situation heute, hat mir aber auch gezeigt, dass ich mich auf solche Begebenheiten vorbereiten muss, damit ich handlungsfähig bleibe. Ich war ja schon mehrmals in schwierigen Situationen auf den Bahnhöfen, aber da waren es auch noch nicht so viel Moslems, denen ich gegenüber stand. Ich muss noch darüber nachdenken und auch beten, damit ich weiß, wie ich mit solchen Situationen in Zukunft, umzugehen habe.

 

 

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