Aug 24

War with Russia? I don’t think so

War with Russia? I don’t think so

 

by Don Hank

I am not convinced that the West wants war with Russia. Nuclear war could end civilization or even life on earth and even the power-blinded elites know that.

Those who think the Establishment wants a real war are forgetting the Brexit – Britain’s exit from the EU. It succeeded beyond anyone’s – including its organizers’ – wildest dreams. Just a few days ago, Merkel, Renzi and Hollande, the “leaders” of the 3 most powerful nations in Europe, met on the island of Ventotene, where Altiero Spinelli, a founding father of the EU, was imprisoned by Mussolini (aficionados of the EU, founded with the blessings of the occultist Freemasons, like symbolism). It was called a “trilateral summit” in the press and its participants pretended it was a meeting to discuss issues ranging from security to a project (called Erasmus) to boost youth employment.
But the root cause of the summit was Brexit and there was even talk of a post-Brexit “restart” of the EU. Italian Prime Minister Renzi ventured to opine recently that Brexit shows that the EU is in trouble. That’s a no-brainer but national leaders in Europe had never dared to say anything that audacious. These three, perhaps more than anyone, sense that the EU is doomed and they wishfully think that by getting the “leaders” together, perhaps they can prevent it from collapsing.

Further meetings with 12 impotent heads of member states and Donald Tusk, the impotent head of the impotent European Council, is scheduled for this week, according to this Italian news site.

But Western leaders have little influence on the disgruntled little folks like you and me. For instance, Obama’s rush to Europe to urge Brits not to vote to leave the EU is believed by some to have prompted some fence sitters to vote to leave.
Thus Brexit was an object lesson in who really controls Europe, namely, the peoples of the continent. The recent silly resurgence of Russophobia throughout the West, epitomized by the absurd ban on Russian participation in the para-Olympics, but also manifested in the exaggerated media attention to a Syrian boy whose home was apparently destroyed by Russian bombs, are designed to make the West afraid that Russia, and not ISIS, is the most formidable enemy of civilization. They do this in the vain hopes that they can once more terrorize their own peoples into joining with them in a campaign for “more Europe” (code for more central control over once-sovereign nation states) and a renewed rallying around NATO and around its most influential supporter, the senile Hillary Clinton. But all signs suggest that it is too late and that the Western people are awakening. Freedom is up ahead waiting for the real people to shuck off the blinders.
Our biggest fear should not be a war with Russia but a restart of the EU and popular support for US hegemony. Those who see through the charade must try to spread the word so that we are not lured back into serfdom by the elites. It is time for a West-wide exit, not just from the EU but from the Atlanticist Establishment.

 

References:

https://laroucheirishbrigade.com/2012/03/02/accusations-of-eus-occult-finance-are-spot-on/

 

 

Aug 24

New low: Western Establishment picking on the handicapped

New Low: Western Establishment picking on the handicapped.

 

by Don Hank

NATO and Washington typically attack countries that can’t fight back. Symbolizing this is the disgraceful banning of the Russian para-Olympic team.

How low can you go?

And to show you how deep the Russophobia goes, I just heard this news reported on Deutsche Welle and the anchor mentioned only that the Russians are upset about this. They did not report any reaction by the West.

How do we interpret this?

Well, folks, by this kind of reporting, we are subliminally being told by our media that Westerners are not supposed to feel sorry for handicapped Russians, because they are Russian and therefore don’t deserve our sympathy. It would be unpatriotic to show sympathy to “weaker” races. That remark is not an exaggeration, not in the least. The more I analyze the Russophobic behavior and statements by the msm and politicians, the more I am convinced that anti-Russian attitudes are a blatant form of naked racism. Hitler also despised the Slavs, particularly the Russians, on the basis of race.

We are expected to be hard-hearted toward these poor souls who worked and trained so hard with major handicaps like lost limbs or partial paralysis, just because they speak Russian. If you think this is an exaggeration, remember that the US-backed Kiev government banned the use of the Russian language in public signs and discourse in the East of Ukraine where many groups have for decades spoken only Russian.

After all, by current Western standards, Russians are nothing but inferior beings who don’t deserve to live.

I see no difference between the West’s treatment and attitude toward the Russians and the way the Third Reich treated the Jews. Absolutely none. And I have lived in both countries.

I am beyond outraged.

 

Aug 24

Western double standards in E. Ukraine conflict

US double standard in E. Ukraine

 

by Don Hank

We are very pleased to be receiving regular sitreps of the Lugansk and Donbass republics in Eastern Ukraine. Irina’s reports are confirmed by international reports including those from the OSCE stationed in Ukraine. For now, I am going to say, these reports are reliable and you should read them to see the devastation caused by the US-backed Kiev government. Here is the latest one:

http://novorossia.vision/en/soft-toys-as-shield-for-children-another-attemps-to-bomb-lugansk-pentagon-sees-no-preparation-to-russian-invasion/

Obviously, the Kiev government is preparing for more attacks on civilians in the Lugansk-Donbass area, in blatant violation of the Minsk agreements.

Please, folks, watch the site http://novorossia.vision/en/ for constant updates on the desperate situation in Eastern Ukraine. Many people say there is “nothing I can do.” However, there is a night-and-day difference between our presidential candidates, with Hillary pushing for more lethal aid to Kiev and Trump saying we need to stay out of this war. Certainly, promoting Trump would seem to be a very effective way to combat this terror.

The main point in all of this – which gets lost in the details — is that these republics are not being treated on the same footing as, for example, other places in Europe such as Scotland and Catalonia, which have been tacitly given the green light to decide whether or not to secede, just as the UK was given the green light to secede from the EU and did so without anyone shelling its inhabitants. This inconsistency is where the West is blatantly defying international law in its application thereof. You can’t have it both ways, ie, randomly decide that regions under Western control may secede from their countries but regions sympathetic to Russia may not.

It all breaks down at this point.  Western media are remiss, or in other words, they are complicit with this illegality and legal/judicial inconsistency, in not pointing out this very obvious error to their audiences. If the Western world were made to understand this clearly erroneous application of the law, no Western politician would dare any longer to call for the delivery of arms from their country to the Kiev coup government.

Further, even if the Kiev Nazi sympathizers do not recognize the Donetsk Republic, by what right do they shell this territory?

It would be analogous to Brussels shelling London in retaliation to the successful Brexit vote.

If the UK has the right to secede from the EU, than certainly, in a uniform system of international law, the Russian speaking parts of Ukraine have the right to secede from the Ukraine.

It is one thing to declare a non-compliant region of a country in violation of a national law, but quite another to set about to kill and maim the civilians in the territory and destroy their property. In other words, what the US-backed Kiev government is doing is criminal, even if the secessionists were violating international law (which, however, they are not, as pointed out above).

It should be very easy for OSCE to determine who is violating the Minsk Agreement and immediately report this to the Western news agencies and authorities and recommend that action be taken against Kiev.

Something is seriously wrong here and we need to urge OSCE to be more forceful in rectifying this situation.

We also need to educate our fellow Westerners about the injustice that is being done to Donetsk and Lugansk citizens under color of law.

 

 

Aug 19

Outrage: Know-nothing European “journalist” hacks meddling in US elections

Outrage: European “journalist” hacks meddling in US elections (they’re either bought or woefully misinformed)

 

by Don Hank

 

I watch the news and talk shows on Deutsche Welle and am hearing both German politicians and journalists alike saying some of the stupidest things about Donald Trump, notably that he – and not the warmongering Neocon Hillary – will be the one candidate to start WW III.

The German-based Spiegel Magazine has published, in English, a Neocon hit piece by Marc Pitzke titled “Trump Has Shown His True Side, It’s Time To Act,” with a secondary title “Donald Trump Is a Threat to the US and World Peace.”

Is that nuanced enough for you? Let’s see if we can guess whether Marc is another bought and paid for Establishment shill or an honest journalist seeking the truth behind the political correctness.

Ironically, this same Spiegel empire that publishes Pitzke’s tripe once featured at the top of its bestseller list, the book “Bought Journalists” by Udo Ulfkotte, former editor of the prestigious daily Frankfurter Allgemeine and best-known whistleblower on European media, exposing European journalism as a fraud bought and paid for by the CIA.

I had shown before that the real war monger is Hillary (who voted for the Iraq invasion) and the peace maker is Trump (who accurately chided Jeb Bush that his brother had made a mess of Iraq). I pointed out that:

 

Hillary, for her part, has compared Putin with Hitler, and her choice of pro-war cabinet members has led a number of scholars to predict that a Hillary presidency would lead to a nuclear war.

 

One such scholar, Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies at NYU and Princeton, has said:

“We’re approaching a Cuban Missile Crisis level nuclear confrontation with Russia,” he explained. “And there is absolutely no discussion, no debate, about this in the American media.”

“Then along comes, unexpectedly, Donald Trump,” he continued, “Who says he wants to end the New Cold War, and cooperate with Russia in various places… and –astonishingly– the media is full of what only can be called neo-McCarthyite charges that he is a Russian agent, that he is a Manchurian candidate, and that he is Putin’s client.”

Cohen is joined by other serious experts and US officials as reported here, here,  here,  here, etc, who  warn that, despite the outrageous lie that Trump is a threat to peace, it is in fact Hillary who may very well start the next war.

An article in Zero Hedge reports that Michele Flournay, who is expected to be named to head Hillary’s Pentagon, “advocates sending more American troops into combat against ISIS and Assad than Obama has been willing to commit.” By contrast, Trump has said “Let Syria and ISIS fight. Why do we care?”

I need to add to this that Hillary, and not only her choice of Pentagon chief, is on record as saying she supports a US-enforced no-fly zone in Syria, where Russia had already shown its deadly anti-aircraft missile power. According to “Little Marco” Pritzke, such a no-fly zone in a country bristling with dead-eye accurate Russian S-400s and S-500s would in no way threaten world peace. Of the two candidates, despite facts to the contrary, only Trump would be a threat to world peace in Pritzke’s benighted view.

But what about the US? Pitzke also averred Trump threatens the US. Now, as I just pointed out yesterday, the US invariably referred to by the bought Western “journalists” described in whistleblower Ulfkotte’s book is not the US people – that would be you and me – but rather the Washington Establishment, which is inexplicably touted throughout Western Elitedom as the Indispensable Nation and the Exceptional Nation.

Anyone who questions the wisdom of the US-led NATO, for example, is regarded by Western journalists and politicians as a blasphemer. After all, if the US Establishment is the Exceptional Nation, then it is to be regarded as blessed by the Almighty and anyone thwarting its will is opposing the Divine Plan for mankind.

Now if I had Marky Pitzke before me, I would remind him that NATO and the US took out Ghadaffi and created a vacuum that virtually invited ISIS to fill it. Libyan refugees with nowhere else to go have come to his country in droves. I would also remind him that the Syrian war was unwittingly supported wholeheartedly by Western politicians and journalists, who were supporting the Arab Spring, wherein foreign Islamist fighters opposed Bashar al-Assad, a secularist leader who had established a peaceful society in which Sunnis, Shiites and Christians alike respected each other, and, thanks to these Western efforts, millions of Syrians are now forced, like the Libyans, to flee to Europe, creating a major humanitarian crisis that threatens to collapse Angela Merkel’s CDU party. Likewise, the US Establishment worshipped by Pitzke and his fellow toadies invaded Iraq, causing the same chain reaction there, which also adversely affects Europe. And then there is the NATO-induced debacle in Kosovo that no Western journalist dares to write about, but which I have documented here. And let’s not forget Ukraine, which the Washington and European elites — notably those of Pitzke’s country — transformed into a failed state.

Ironically, Marc Pitzke fears Trump in part because Trump questions the usefulness of NATO and the US State Department’s policies that caused the crisis in Pitzke’s own country.

But unlike Pitzke, Trump’s supporters are justifiably not afraid that the US Establishment is being challenged. They are afraid it will survive long enough to create another Iraq, another Libya, another Kosovo, another Syria, and a war with Russia, none of which would benefit Germany or any other country.

Is Mark Pitzke not precisely the kind of “bought journalist” described by Udo Ulfkotte? Or is he just woefully uninformed or short on gray matter?

Either way, what in heaven’s name is this two-bit hack doing meddling in another country’s elections when he hasn’t a clue as to what is going on?

If you agree that this “journalist” lied about Trump being a warmonger, please write to Marc Pitzke at Marc.Pitzke@spiegel.de and tell him so. You can tell him that in lying about Trump, he is supporting the fascist Hillary Clinton, who talks as though she wants war in Ukraine to support the far right regime and its fighters who wear logos that originated in Nazi Germany.

More importantly, You can write to the Spiegel editor in chief from the page linked here http://www.spiegel.de/international/how-to-contact-spiegel-with-confidential-information-a-1030555.html and denounce the lying Marc Pitzke. I told them if they want to lie about Donald Trump, they need to be careful not to be so obvious. They can hate Trump if they want to, but they can’t honestly say he is a warmonger because he has said he can get along with Putin, and especially since Hillary’s statements prove she wants to confront Russia militarily, a very bad idea if you want peace. I sent them a link to this post.

 

Aug 18

Hoax busted: There is no US-Saudi relationship

Hoax busted: the American people have NO relations with the Saudis

 

by Don Hank

 

A Neocon article titled Analysis: Russian jets in Iran change Mideast game – Middle East criticizes the new “game changing” arrangement between Iran and Russia in which the latter uses Iran’s airport facilities as a home base for its anti-ISIS bombing missions. While the author calls his piece an analysis, it is in fact blatant propaganda, distorting the nature of the “game change” he describes.

 

QUOTE:

“…this type of change is definitely not in the interests of the US, America’s traditional Sunni-Arab allies in the region, nor Israel.”

 

In fact, the US-Saudi relationship touted by the author is not a relationship between the US people and the Saudis, although the sneaky author would like us to believe it is. We the People obviously have no interest whatsoever in a relationship that spawned the Taliban, al-Qaeda and ISIS, destroyed previously stable partner countries like Iraq, Libya and Syria and seriously threatened Egypt until el-Sisi stepped in, all of which has served only to erode US prestige and credibility in the world. The American people have, in fact, an existential interest in ending this ill-conceived US Establishment-Saudi relationship as soon as ever possible, while the financial elites, notably the Federal Reserve Board, know that the Saudis are the key to propping up a dollar that has practically no other support in our debt-based economy and government. It is known that, under the secretive petrodollar agreement between the US elites and the Saudis, the US government has promised to protect the Saudi royals and their oil fields in exchange for their charging only US dollars for their oil and buying US sovereign bonds as financial reserves, all of which have been, since the early 70s, keeping the value of the US dollar artificially high. But what is not known is how much further that agreement goes in reality, thanks to terms brokered in secret, either since the original deal or at the time Richard Nixon and King Faisal signed it. What is known, however, is that all US wars outside the New World, without exception (ie, even the Kosovo war), have clearly benefited violent and intolerant Saudi Wahhabism, but in no way benefited the US people, and this is all a sinister indication that the agreement goes much deeper than is known. Indeed, looking back over the last 50 odd years of warfare, initiated by the US on the flimsiest of grounds, Washington and Wall Street appear to have sold out US interests and even the interests of civilization itself in exchange for a strong dollar worth far beyond any economy-based intrinsic value, enabling them to “print” unbacked dollars in QEs 1 through 3 and possibly beyond without having to pay for the value thereby stolen from other economies throughout the world.

By contrast with secretive US-Sunni (Wahhabi) cooperation, the Russia-Shiite relationship brought about the first sincere attempt to stop ISIS, thereby thwarting the once unchallenged Saudi-US relationship.

The US then reluctantly followed Russia’s example by attacking ISIS in Iraq, politically unable to do otherwise but knowing that in so doing it was flirting with the possible rupture of the dollar-supporting agreement described above, and hence with financial disaster for the elites.

Further, the rearrangement of the Middle East chessboard has not only led to Russia’s establishment of an airbase in Shiite Iran but, prior to this, had led to a flourishing relationship between Netanyahu and Putin, which has benefited both countries. There can be no question that Israel-US relations are now much cooler and unproductive than Russia-Israel relations. (But remember that the US and Russia have swapped roles both domestically and in terms of foreign policy).

Thus the crucial difference between US foreign policy and Russian foreign policy is that the US has so far cultivated good relations only with one side – the Sunnis and their radical Wahhabi terrorists (posing at times as “moderates”) and also with the warlike Likud Party in Israel (instead of reconciling both the hawks and the Israeli factions that want peace) – a policy that necessarily leads to the untenable situation of perpetual conflict, while Russia has taken the broader view, trying to cultivate relations with both Sunnis and Shia, and just as importantly, with Israel, in an attempt to bring permanent peace between Sunni and Shia in the Middle East and end the Palestine-Israel conflict. (BTW, there is another unseen aspect to all of this in that many Western Christians believe – in large part under encouragement from sly Neocons – that any US attempt to bring about peace in the Middle East is unbiblical and that somehow, God wants them to support, or at least passively consent to, senseless wars in order to fulfill prophecies that carry unspecified time frames and schedules. Yet this lack of specific time settings makes these prophecies hard to pin down and makes a rigid interpretation inappropriate at best. Further, there is no biblical commandment or even suggestion that Christians are supposed to consent to or participate in wars at any time in history — the way so many of them did during the Iraq invasion, believing at first — thanks to sly propaganda efforts willingly perpetrated by fooish clergy — that this disastrous war that saw the banishment of most Iraqi Christians, was godly. Thus Christianity has been used as a tool of Satanists thanks to the lack of common sense and spiritual discernment of these pawns with little grasp of the scriptures. I showed previously how these Christians are disobeying an important commandment of Jesus).

So yes, this new Russia-Iran arrangement is not in the interests of the US if we define the US as the Neocon perpetual war Establishment (including Obama and Hillary), and it is not in the interest of the Saudi Wahhabists whose ultimate goal is the total annihilation of Shia and Christians as well as civilization as we know it. But the Saudis, with their intolerance toward people with different opinions and religions, certainly do not deserve to be given by the US, through stealth or otherwise, the green light to continue founding and funding terror groups throughout the world, whether or not their rampaging props up the greenback, because such is obviously immoral unless you are a Neocon or central banker. Thus, Washington’s oft-times schizophrenic foreign policy is precisely due to the fact that, while the elites have constantly supported the barbaric Saudi regime and its thinly veiled terror campaign (for the reasons enunciated above), the ordinary people whom they despise sense that this policy is insane and threatens civilization.

The Establishment has been playing the mischievous wizard behind the curtain. But thanks in large part to Donald Trump, and to alternative media, this curtain is now in tatters and ordinary people can easily discern the wizard and his evil machinations. Whether or not Trump wins the presidency, it is only a matter of time before the wizard’s workshop will be permanently closed down.

Aug 16

The Western Establishment and endless revolution

Peggy Noonan recently wrote for the WSJ something that all aware people know by now, namely, that the global elites have lost all touch with their constituencies. This was bold for the normally pro-Establishment WSJ and represents a major change in the right direction, which we can almost certainly attribute to the anti-PC campaign statements of Donald Trump.

Now as you may know, I have a mailing list that receives daily news and commentaries. What Noonan wrote is so obvious, I almost decided not to comment on it. And then I remembered that there are a few recipients on my list who, despite all the obvious lessons we have had, have not learned them yet. For example, they are anxiously looking for some hidden agenda behind Russian policy, as if President Vladimir Putin had not invariably made good on his promises. As if he does not rely heavily on the support of a Christian (Russian Orthodox) population to maintain his hold on power and is somehow ready to announce at any moment that the old atheistic Soviet regime will be reinstated and all Christians rounded up and shot. They are ready to say to me “I told you so” when Vladimir Putin makes his next mistake.

They are so used to seeing our Western “leaders” betray their countrymen that they have given in to cynicism and think betrayal by government is human nature and not a malady specific to Western leadership. But that is what it is.

What they don’t get is that the West (like the defunct Soviet Union) is imbued with the values of the Enlightenment, and not the kinder gentler side of that movement but the most virulent side, the side that produced a bloodbath in the streets of France and sent Bonaparte off to murder and plunder across Europe and Russia in order to carry and plant the seeds of revolution for its own sake. And that is where the West is now. Mired in a stew of senseless revolution, of mutual hatred among people of other races and beliefs, of irrational hatred of the Christian faith and traditional sexual orientation. A revolution that never had to be because, like ideologies, it solves no problems, just creates and spreads new ones ad absurdum, ad nauseam, ad infinitum.

And that is the essence of what Obama is doing with Black Lives Matter, what the courts have done levying draconian fines against professionals who refuse to accept a revolutionary definition of marriage that sullies believers’ faith (as reported here), and what Merkel is doing with her “refugees.” Few recall that it was Merkel who supported the sanctions on Syria to support the now-catastrophically-failed Arab Spring, even while selling large amounts of arms to the dictatorial terror-supporting Saudi regime. The outcome of this strategy was to starve the purported “victims” of Bahar al-Assad in an attempt to punish him. Sort of like not allowing an abused child to eat lunch at school in order to punish his abusive parents.

No one respects this kind of hypocrisy and Middle Easterners are not blind or stupid. They see it, and the insolent behavior of some of the “refugees” – like those who raped and groped in Cologne last New Year’s eve – reflects it.

Meanwhile, as Noonan points out, Western governments are moving farther and farther away from the will of their peoples. Merkel’s dumping of 800,000 unvetted “refugees” on her own people is the salient example of this. It was a kick in the groin to a people suffering economic travails of its own, who now must fear getting beaten up in the street or having their women raped or groped, with little or no recourse in law.

Contrast this with the increasingly popular President Putin, whose focus is on the prosperity and socio-cultural harmony of his own people. He has never enforced a revolutionary definition of marriage on them and has never opened his doors to hordes of immigrants. They feel safe, and now some Westerners are even seeking refuge in Russia.

Yet the anti-Russian propaganda has roped in millions of Westerners suffering from a chronic deficit of discernment and observation powers, who are constantly rocked back and forth on the currents of propaganda. And propaganda is all we know in the West.

That is why people email me with concerns that perhaps Putin and Trump are just having us on. My answer: I just read the signs in the sky, I don’t supply umbrellas.

Aug 07

Comment sent to Fox: Why is most vital issue off-limits at Fox?

Comment to Fox News: Most vital issue is off-limits at Fox

Comment sent 8-7-6:00 to

comments@foxnewsinsider.com

from DON HANK

Would you not agree that whether or not planet earth and civilization itself survives our next presidency probably overrides all other issues?

Since I put it that way, I guess you do.

So since you agree, why do you not discuss it?

You often feature an “expert” on foreign affairs who opines that Trump is liable to start a war. Yet the potentially most dangerous war would be a war with Russia, let’s admit it, and we all know that Trump is willing to talk to Putin while Hillary wants to “get tough.”

So why does no one on your fair and balanced channel ever get around to mentioning that it was Trump and ONLY Trump who said: “What are we, nuts?! Why don’t we let Russia defeat ISIS in Syria?” and it was Hillary who said she wants a no-fly zone in Syria, which would force the Russians out.

What’s wrong with that, you say?

What’s wrong is that, for starters, Russia has S-400s and S-500s deployed all over the country and if Hillary short-circuited and issued the order for the US to enforce a no-fly zone against the Russians, US pilots would be dying like flies. Nothing can stop an S-400 once it is launched. They’re too fast to intercept, are guarded by onboard radar jammers and are therefore invisible to the missile defense units on the ground and on our aircraft.

Barring a miracle, this “get-tough” stance of hers would eventually lead to WW III, and it would likely turn nuclear at some point. As Al Gore once said, earth is in the balance, big time!

But Fox can’t talk about this honestly and frankly? What are we, nuts?!

In the face of all the facts and logic, your hosts invariably allow your guests to make the idiotic statement that TRUMP is the one most likely to start a war??? And even those who disagree, never mention the argument I raised above.

Did your hosts go to college?

Don Hank

PS: I am sharing this with my blog readers and am asking that you join in this campaign to eliminate the political correctness at Fox News.

Sound off to:

comments@foxnewsinsider.com

If they get just a few more comments like this, they will be forced to raise this issue and argument.

 

Aug 06

E. Ukraine sitrep. The msm won’t tell you this

E. Ukraine sitrep. The fight for survival in Novorossia

Essentially, Eastern Ukraine, where most people speak Russian, is considered an illegitimate political entity by virtue of the fact that the people consider themselves Russian. The motive is naked racism. It’s like a Kafka novel where Amerika (the name of one of his novels in fact) has returned to Europe, this time to assist the Nazis in implementing their nefarious plans. It is a slap in the face to every US veteran, especially those who fought in WW II, to the memory of the fallen heroes of that war. and a mockery of the Holocaust.

Incredibly, almost all GOP presidential candidates (Trump was a notable exception) favored US arms to aid the Ukraine government in killing E. Ukrainians, although most of the casualties so far have been civilians. No wonder Trump accused Jeb Bush of just wanting to “kill people.” That comment was right on target.

Thanks to a media blackout on the Ukraine conflict, only blogs provide a window for us. One such blog is Novorossia Vision, hosted by the courageous Irina Burya, who sends me alerts. Some of this would be covered by Russia Insider but that site is on partial vacation during August.

Link:

http://novorossia.vision/en/ukrainian-deserters-kill-their-commanders-kiev-encourages-attack-financially-dpr-warns-about-resuming-hostilities/

By way of background, let me explain some of the terms used in this blog:

“Nationalist” fighters on the US-backed side include the Azov Batallion, some members of which are sympathetic to the neo-Nazis (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azov_Battalion, and pay special attention to the section titled Neo-Nazi Ideology and Symbols) . Some actually wear neo-Nazi logos such as the swastika and the Wolfsangel, an early symbol used by the German Nazis (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfsangel). The US congress in 2015 decided against training Azov members, but in reality, no arms sent to Ukraine can be prevented from falling into their hands since they are welcomed as volunteers by the Kiev government. US Neocons are fine with this, just as they seem unfazed by the transfer of US arms from the Syrian “rebels” to ISIS. Will Hillary allow open arms shipments to Azov? As I keep saying, Hillary’s anti-Russian warlike stance makes her extremely dangerous but most Americans by far simply don’t know or care that our next election results could signal a prelude to a nuclear WW III.

I need to make a comment here. Neocon web sites like AIM (Accuracy in Media) are publishing anti-Trump articles and some of the Neoconservative commentators on their forum are actually hinting that they want Hillary to win. It is clear to me that Cliff Kincaid leans toward Hillary as well, even though he claims to be a conservative. That should surprise no one since Trump’s pragmatic and rational position on Russia is anathema to the Neocons, and Hillary’s warlike stance is right in line with them. The future of our planet is in the balance and guys like Cliffy are pushing for a war that threatens all of humanity – claiming that Trump is “soft” on Russia. If the war happens, they will, of course, blame the level-headed rational people who warned about this, not themselves. Their position is Amerika über Alles and they will fight to the last other people’s kid. There is just no disguising the ultranationalism here and I am more than alarmed by this. Clearly, WW II taught us exactly nothing.

Think about it.  The Nazis are active in Europe once more only this time, the US government is basically on their side against Russia, the country that killed 4 times more Nazis than all other allies combined and without which the allies may not have won WW II. Is this not what most people would call going over to the dark side?

DPR: Donetsk People’s Republic

LPR: Lugansk People’s Republic

LDPR: Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republic

AFU: Armed Forces of Ukraine (the failed government supported by the US, although in reality, the EU will almost surely never admit the bankrupt Ukraine into their midst as things now stand). If it were not for false pride, Washington would admit it erred gravely by supporting the bloody Maidan coup and would walk away from this quagmire. Instead it will add insult to injury and send arms to this bumbling corrupt government only to kill more civilians, as shown by the sitrep linked and partially pasted below.

Finally to locate the Donetsk and Lugansk (Luhansk in Urkainian) regions on the map, click here. They are small in size but if push came to shove, the Hillary administration would be happy to send your only son to die there to enable  the US to lose still another war.

http://novorossia.vision/en/ukrainian-deserters-kill-their-commanders-kiev-encourages-attack-financially-dpr-warns-about-resuming-hostilities/

Ukrainian Deserters Kill Their Commanders – Kiev Encourages Attack Financially – DPR Warns About Resuming Hostilities

In July 2016 Alexander Turchynov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine, announced the possibility of imposition of martial law in the country on August 1st. It was not the first time that such a threat sounded and, like the previous ones, it remained unrealized. However, Kiev continued to increase the intensity of the attacks on the territory of the Republic, which had already grown dramatically at the end of the past week, after the completion of the Contact Group negotiations in Minsk.

At night from July 31 to August 1st, the Ukrainian military opened heavy fire on Yasinovataya, situated between Donetsk and Gorlovka, and the north-western outskirts of Donetsk. According to the DPR Defense Ministry, the fire on localities of the Republic was opened more than 800 times, with over 100 rounds from the 122 and 152mm artillery.

The local authorities reported that 14 houses had been damaged by artillery fire. In Yasinovataya one of the shells hit the yard of a house, with one civilian killed and another wounded in the explosion and subsequent fire. There were also wounded two DPR soldiers.

After the shelling, according to the DPR soldiers, cannons started to explode on the positions of the Ukrainian howitzer battery responsible for the attack.

According to the DPR Defense Ministry, all the days that followed, the intensity of attacks on the Ukrainian side ranged from 500 to 900 rounds per day, with a quarter of them made from heavy artillery. The all three directions were under attack: Gorlovka in the north of the Republic, Donetsk in the center and Dokuchaevsk in the south of the DPR.

As a result of the bombardments, four civilians were wounded, two of them in Donetsk.

The bombardments also caused the further destruction of residential areas and infrastructure. The local authorities reported that, from 1 to 4 August, 2016, 36 residential houses were damaged in the DPR frontline localities. There were also damaged power lines on the western outskirts of Donetsk and at the Donetsk filter plant, resulting about 900 homes left without electricity in one of the city districts, and the water supply stopped in another two districts, as well as in Yasinovataya and Kiev-controlled Avdeevka.

The DPR army, according to the command, lost, for the first four days of August, two soldiers killed.

In July 2016, the official losses of the DPR army amounted to 11 soldiers killed and 21 wounded; among civilians, the Republic lost one person killed and 25 wounded.

The official losses of the Ukrainian army in July, according to the press service of the ATO Staff, totaled 40 men killed and 182 wounded. At the same time, the Ukrainian public organization “Sisters of Mercy” reported that in July, only one hospital in Kharkov received over 300 wounded.

Kiev has already openly admitted that a significant part of Ukrainian losses are non-combat. According to the DPR intelligence, only in the last four days, the Ukrainian army lost two soldiers dead and three wounded in the front segment to the west of Donetsk, due to the detonation of a 120mm mortar shell, caused by violation of safety requirements. In addition, due to an error in the spotting of the fire, one of the Ukrainian Army units shelled another, with the latter having lost over 20 men killed and wounded.

In addition, the DPR intelligence sources on the ground reported that, due to the overcrowding of the Ukrainian military in the Donetsk segment of the front, there occurred an outbreak of dysentery. Only in the past three days, over 50 soldiers were sent to nearby hospitals. Apparently, the situation with the epidemic is worsening, because the AFU command have sent epidemiologists to the Donetsk segment of the front.

As a result, the number of deserters in the Ukrainian army has recently increased dramatically. The DPR intelligence reported that, in the first three days of August, 10 Ukrainian soldiers left their positions on the front line, taking their weapons with them. Another three, when officers tried to stop them, killed one of them and wounded another.

From the LPR also come reports about the deterioration of the situation on the contact line, which was hitherto considerably calmer than in the DPR. Soldiers of the Republican army attribute this fact to the replacement of the AFU units on the front line with nationalist battalions. As a result, there dramatically increased the number of attacks on the territory of the Republic, during which the Ukrainian side again began to use infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, anti-aircraft systems, as well as heavy artillery.

In particular, at night from 1 to 2 August, the LPR near front town of Stakhanov was shelled with 152mm artillery. According to witnesses, one of the shells hit the courtyard of a residential house, which resulted in three civilians wounded. The condition of one of them is still assessed by doctors as severe.

In addition, soldiers of the LPR army reported constant provocation from the Ukrainian military. In particular, the Ukrainian subversive groups enter the LPR territory and hang there flags of Ukraine and the “Right Sector”. These actions may aim at luring the LPR soldiers out, in order to open sniper fire on them while they are removing the flags, or at creating scenery for the Kiev media reporting the next ‘liberated piece of Ukrainian land’.

Meanwhile, the LPR soldiers firmly declared that any attempts of the Ukrainian military to seize parts of the “grey” zone are decidedly repressed.

Soldiers of the Republican armies have repeatedly pointed out that, during the shelling, the target of the Ukrainian side is much more likely to be residential areas of Donbass than their position. The same policy of terror is applied by Kiev to both areas controlled by its army and entry and exit checkpoints on the contact line.

Local residents report that at checkpoints, which are closed at nightfall, the Ukrainian military force them to spend the night in the buffer zone, not letting them pass to Ukraine and, at the same time, forbidding them to come back for the night to the territory of the Republics. At night, the Ukrainian side starts shelling the LDPR, hiding behind civilians as a living shield. Last week, a woman received shrapnel wounds at one of these checkpoints in the Gorlovka area.

Residents of one of the front-line villages in the Lugansk region inform that they try not to go out after 3 pm, especially after the AFU military were replaced with volunteer battalions. Nationalists, usually drunk, stop people in the streets, ask them provocative questions and can beat a person looking at them ‘without due respect’.

Two days ago, the OSCE monitoring mission stated that their employees, going for an inspection in one of the AFU units, had been stopped by drunken Ukrainian military. Threatening the international observers with weapons, the Ukrainians forbade them to travel further and forced them to go back.

Massive attacks by the Ukrainian army on the DPR localities at the end of July 2016 caused such extensive destruction that the OSCE mission demanded in its report an investigation and punishment for those responsible. The investigation revealed that the AFU commanders on the front line are entitled to personally make the decision to open fire according to the situation. At the same time, in those days when the Ukrainian military come under return fire, Kiev pays them combat bonus to salary.

At the same time, at the negotiations in Minsk, the sides failed to agree on the issue of weapons withdrawal from the contact line for the distance defined in the Minsk Agreements, as the Ukrainian side claimed not to have sufficient authority.

Moreover, Kiev still continues to deliver to the front line weapons and equipment. According to the DPR intelligence, in just the past three days, the Ukrainian units in the Donetsk and Gorlovka directions received up to 20 infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers, 6 152mm motorized artillery systems “Akatsia”, 5 122mm howitzers D-30, 15 tanks and about 20 120mm mortars.

Two days ago, the Ukrainian military authorities reported that NATO countries had provided Ukraine with EUR 1 million worth demining equipment as logistical support under the program “Science for Peace and Security».

After the fruitless negotiations in Minsk, Denis Pushilin, the DPR representative in the Contact Group, made an official statement, which says that if at least the first three points of the Minsk Agreements, namely, complete cease-fire, the withdrawal of weapons and the OSCE supervision of it, are not implemented, the hostilities will resume in Donbass through the fault of Kiev.

The same day, the head of the press service of the General Staff of Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that the General Staff already has an ‘adequate response plan’ to react to ‘an attack aiming at expanding the territory’, the preparation of which in the Republics the head of the Defense Ministry intelligence of Ukraine had announced earlier.

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Another Delivery of American Weapons – Nazis Boasting Their Attacks – Hotline to Denounce DPR Residents

The negotiations in Minsk came to an end, and the tension on the fronts in Donbass increased dramatically again. At the weekend, the number of attacks by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to the DPR Defense Ministry, again came close to a thousand per day. Kiev also returned to the active use of artillery and tanks along the entire front line.

In total, as reported by the authorities of the Republic, over the past week the number of Ukrainian attacks exceeded 3,000, with most of them made with heavy artillery.

According to the DPR Ombudsman, in the week 12 people were killed in the Republic, including a civilian, who was carrying out repair works on the territory of the Donetsk airport. 18 people received injuries, 4 of them civilians.

One of the civilians received severe shrapnel wounds when an artillery shell hit his house. There was also shrapnel wounded a woman who was traveling in a minibus from the DPR territory to the Kiev-controlled area. Eyewitnesses reported that the minibus came under fire from the Ukrainian side, when it was in the no man’s land, between the Ukrainian checkpoints and that of the DPR.

The DPR authorities argue that Kiev is carrying out particularly intense bombardments in the Donetsk and Gorlovka direction, deliberately destroying civilian homes and infrastructure.

In particular, the mayor of Gorlovka reported that the northern outskirts of the city, located 200 meters from the contact line, are experiencing ongoing problems with water and electricity, due to incessant attacks from the Ukrainian side. Last week, only for one night the shelling from the Ukrainian positions led to six disruptions in the water supply. When repair crews come to the spot, Ukrainian snipers open fire on them.

During another bombardment of Donetsk at the end of the week, there were damaged power lines, which resulted in about 200 miners trapped underground. The power supply of the mine was restored only the next day, after which the miners were brought to the surface.

In just a week, according to the DPR authorities, as a result of attacks on the Ukrainian side, there were damaged 44 houses, 26 of which were completely or partially destroyed.

In the south of the Republic, the situation on the front was not so hard, but, nevertheless, residents of villages near Dokuchaevsk had to spend the night before the weekend in cellars. Residents of the city spent that night in readiness to go down to shelters. According to them, the children went to bed in hallways, which are the safest place in urban apartments.

Soldiers of the LPR army also reported that the Ukrainian military do not open fire at their positions, but at localities situated behind them, in order to provoke the army of the Republic to open return fire.

The DPR military authorities also suggested that the sharp increase in the intensity of fire on the Ukrainian side could allow Kiev to hide a huge number of non-combat losses in the Ukrainian army.

According to the DPR intelligence, last week, in one of the AFU units, during the shelling with a 152mm MSTA-B cannon, occurred an ammunition detonation. In social networks volunteers wrote that the Ukrainian military had tried to charge into the cannon two shells at once. As a result of the detonation, 11 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 18 wounded, with one cannon destroyed and another three damaged.

In addition, as reported by the DPR intelligence, in another Ukrainian unit a soldier killed his commander-nationalist, as a result of a conflict that stemmed from the soldier’s refusal to open fire on peaceful localities of Donbass. The DPR intelligence sources on the ground reported that the command is preparing to withdraw the unit, completely demoralized and refusing to fight, from the front line.

The Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine said live on the “112” TV channel that the number of non-combat losses in the Ukrainian army had already exceeded a thousand of soldiers.

There also came out new information about the cover-up by the Ukrainian side of their dead. The director of a mine, one part of which is located in the DPR and the other on the Kiev-controlled territory, said that the enterprise continues to operate in spite of the incessant shelling. The miners reported that underground they can clearly smell the putrid stink wafting from the far end of the horizons. It looks like that the Ukrainian side is simply dumps the bodies of their dead soldiers in the pits.

At the same time, Kiev still continues to deliver to the contact line military equipment and personnel. Over the past week, the DPR intelligence reported on the arrival of dozens of Ukrainian heavy mortars, tanks, motorized artillery systems, infantry fighting vehicles, 122 and 152mm artillery cannons, as well as MLRS “Grad” and trucks with ammunition in the Donetsk and Gorlovka segments of the front.

In the Lugansk segment of the front, soldiers of the LPR army fighters reported the arrival to the contact line of about a company of nationalists wearing the Ukrainian uniforms with “Right Sector» stripes on them.

The OSCE Mission observers noted in their weekly report the lack in the Ukrainian weapons storage sites of about 100 pieces of equipment, including 24 MLRS “Grad”, over 50 122 and 152mm motorized artillery systems and over 10 artillery and anti-tank cannons.

The DPR intelligence sources on the ground also reported another batch of US weapons delivered to Ukraine. On the basis of a technical agreement between the Defense Ministry of Ukraine and the command of the US Armed Forces in Europe, in the framework of the program “Partnership for Peace”, a charter flight accompanied by five American soldiers delivered to Lvov, a city in western Ukraine, about 1,000 5.56mm rifles, about 400 sniper rifles, over 500 machine guns and over 150 grenade launchers.

In addition, the DPR military authorities note the sharply increased activity of Kiev’s intelligence by UAVs. Over the past week, 11 Ukrainian drones were detected in the Donetsk and Gorlovka directions.

The OSCE Mission also presented a footage by their drone, confirming the ceasefire violations by both sides in the conflict. Curiously enough, the close-up recording was carried out by the OSCE drone mostly on the DPR territory.

Last week, the former deputy chairman of the Donetsk military and civil administration, governing the Kiev-controlled territory of the Donetsk region, said in an interview with the Ukrainian magazine “Krajina” that only 2% of the population supports the Ukrainian authorities. As for the rest, according to him, they ‘closed up: they work at enterprises, have almost no contact with Ukraine, watch Russian TV and socialize only among themselves’.

In response to the passive resistance of inhabitants of Donbass, the SBU intensifies the policy of terror. Residents of Stanitsa Luganskaya, a Ukraine-controlled town near the front line in the Lugansk region, report that the entire town is plastered with leaflets threatening with prosecution for “separatism”, which includes, in particular, empathy for the LDPR. Under the pretext of checking the information on the buying of votes at the recent local elections, residents of the town are massively summoned to the SBU, after which some of them disappear.

Meanwhile, nationalist units of the Ukrainian army already shell the territory of the Republics right in front of a camera.Polish journalists filmed the documentary “Fascists in trenches” on the positions of the “Azov” regiment in the south of Donbass, where one of the “Azov” radicals tells them that now the Ukrainians are fighting in the east of Ukraine for their nation. Just as they did under the leadership of Bandera in the 40s in the Volyn region where they massacred about 100,000 Poles.

The crew of the Ukrainian “1 + 1” channel visited the Ukrainian positions in the Gorlovka area, in the north of Donbass. In their report, the Ukrainian military say openly that “separatists” do not shell them, while they attack the DPR units daily, moving closer to Gorlovka with each passing day.

There is not a word about the Minsk Agreements in this report.

Two days ago, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine announced the launch of a hotline through which Ukrainians would be able to report information to investigators about people who had taken part in the organization of the referendums held in the DPR and LPR, and their financing.

The law on the amnesty for all those involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, required by the Minsk Agreements, does not exist even in a draft form.

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Kiev bills West, demanding payment for war against Russia

The Western owners of the Kiev regime are, in many respects, far from understanding the situation in Ukraine. This stems from the Ukrainian foreign policy and diplomacy.

It was stated by Roman Bessmertny, a «hawk» politician and the former representative of Poroshenko at the Minsk negotiations, in an interview with the Kiev newspaper «Gordon”.

‘Unfortunately, they are fascinated by events that took place in the Balkans. Therefore, in many respects, they are far from understanding the situation in Ukraine. This stems from the Ukrainian foreign policy and diplomacy, which did not bring the real state of affairs at the initial stage of the conflict to an understanding of our partners. A Ukrainian in Donbas can not, pardon me, like an African, dip a finger in ink and put a mark in the bulletin. This is a stupid idea of the Ukrainians as a nation. There can be a tough pay for it,’ Bessmertny threatens the Europeans.

According to Bessmertny, the West is obliged to pay Ukraine and provide for it due to the fact that it is ‘waging a war against Russia’.

‘Naturally, we have a right to expect the whole world, especially Europe and the United States, to help us. To put it simply, it’s time we stopped playing games and persuading our opponents and allies, and very clearly told the world, ‘Pay us for the fact that we are at war with Russia! Otherwise, you will get a problem that you won’t be able to handle,’ the politician threatened again the Western countries.

The Ukrainian «hawk» is dissatisfied with the NATO position either.

‘The Warsaw Summit has shown that they have no answer to this question. I am now interested in the preparation of the program «Ukraine-NATO». If they continue previous talking about nothing, then Ukraine is on its own. We will find ourselves in a situation which Israel is in, ‘he complains.

Source

 

Aug 01

Making sense of the Turkish coup attempt

Making sense of the Turkish coup attempt

 

Incirlik, pron. In-jeer-lik in Turkish but generally mispronounced as In-ser-lik by US TV anchors.

 

It has been reported by various sources that US forces in Incirlik have been surrounded by Turkish troops, although some reports now say that the standoff has been resolved.

The reason for this is that apparently, the recent failed coup against Erdogan has been attributed to the US, although this is a source of speculation. Some think Erdogan (pron. Er-do-an) himself staged the coup to consolidate his power and make himself a full-fledged dictator.

But all of this is secondary to the nitty-gritty fact that the US, via the CIA, USAID, the State Department, Soros foundations linked to the government, etc, has a long and sordid history of interference in other countries in an attempt to manipulate or overthrow governments and replace them with leaders willing to kowtow to Washington and spread senseless revolutions (which essentially started with the “Enlightenment,” as discussed here). The latest example of such US meddling may be the recent Brazil “legal” coup but no one can be sure. The latest documented example is the Ukraine debacle, with Asst. Secretary of State Victoria Nuland proudly announcing that the US had spent $5 billion of your money to overthrow a stable duly elected government and replace it with fascist-friendly “leaders” loyal to the US and EU. The net effect was chaos, with Ukraine now enjoying a standard of living that has been compared to that of Haiti.

Libya was another example. Further, the war in Syria can be traced back to the Arab Spring, a project sponsored by Washington and the EU that aimed to replace the stable democratic government of Bashar al-Assad with “moderate” Islamists and wound up spawning ISIS. Though the uprising has been portrayed as homegrown, numerous foreign fighters are involved. The US-sponsored and armed Islamist “rebels” recently beheaded a young boy. That is the new “democracy” sponsored by the US. Not the best publicity for US foreign policy, although good publicity is hard to come by.

This history of disastrous US-led interference goes back at least as far as the CIA-induced coup in Iran in 1954 that unseated a very popular secularist president, had him killed and replaced with Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, a very unpopular man famous for torture and murder of his opposition. In 2013 the CIA admitted its involvement. Pahlavi was eventually overthrown by rebels loyal to the Khomeini, an Islamic fundamentalist and Iran has been a thorn in Washington’s side ever since. Without our interference, Iran could be under secular rule instead of being dominated by Islamic fanatics. Only the Wahhabist Saudi Rat Pack is happy about this situation, which makes Iran an outcast.

Other admissions by the CIA include its admission, in 2000, of involvement in the Chilean coup to overthrow President Salvador Allende in 1973. The barbaric Augusto Pinochet, who replaced him, was subsequently tried for human rights abuses.

Kosovo is another example of US meddling and has produced a Muslim state where historic churches have been razed or damaged and no Christian cemetery has been left unscathed. The story is completely covered up, perhaps because the truth would be too much of an embarrassment to the Clintons, who made the decision to invade this once-Christian country and carve out a caliphate. By a twist of fate, I seem to be the only Western blogger who has uncovered these uncomfortable facts, as reported here.

All of this horrible embarrassment owes to the geniuses in the US State Department, who think they can control the world but keep winding up with unintended consequences that badly damage US relations with other countries. They are godless manipulators who keep proving the existence of God, the only thing standing between them and success in their Satanic plans.

What is happening now in Incirlik, Turkey, is another unintended consequence of US policies, in this case, the policy of “isolating” Russia. In truth, we are isolating the US, slowly but surely, as one ally after the other turns away from Washington in horror and disgust (as when almost every US ally in the world joined the

Chinese investment bank AIIB against vociferous warnings from Washington—it was a soft coup that went virtually unnoticed in the msm).

Finally, since Russia seems to have at least some involvement in the counter-coup, it is highly relevant that the US, mostly via the CIA, was deeply involved in coups and subversion against Russia, because this meddling provides a motive for the Russians to help counter this Turkish coup. Thus, even if it turns out the US was not involved, the blatant, counterproductive interference in governments throughout the world for at least 60 years, much of it aimed at countering Russian influence, has made the world justifiably suspicious of US involvement in all coups and terror events everywhere.

The CIA has not yet admitted to its involvement in the troubles in Chechnya that led to war in that Russian region, but this story is well documented and has been reported in minute detail by Zero Hedge. There are few pertinent reports in the Establishment msm, but a few have appeared, for example, here, here and here, which support the Zero Hedge report (I say that because the rabid Neocons who run the lying US media keep pretending ZH is unreliable).

Again, there is no telling whether the US was involved in the coup against Erdogan, and that is not the point I want to make.

I think it is clear that the Russians warned Erdogan of the coup attempt. You will recall that a Turkish fighter plane had shot down a Russian jet over Syria and this had led to a catastrophic rift in Turkish-Russian relations. But there was too much at stake for both parties to allow this contention to continue. Russia had agreed to lay a gas pipeline across Turkey that would supply Europe. Turkey would have had a steady income from the profits of gas sales. That deal is back on the table now thanks to Putin’s willingness to forgive.

Almost miraculously, the Russo-Turkish relationship may have been saved by some stories, whether true or false, including the report that the pilot who shot down the Russian plane over Syria was not following Erdogan’s orders in so doing but had perhaps followed orders from the US. That pilot has meanwhile been arrested, suspected of complicity with the coup. The story that the pilot was working against Erdogan is possible if far-fetched. But truth is not what matters in this case to the parties involved, which are eager to mend fences.

Like so much of what has happened in world affairs, this renewed Russian-Turkish rapport can be classified as payback for US meddling. And it could change the geopolitical landscape in ways that Washington will regret. US ally and NATO member Germany is already feeling the bite, as reported here.

The lesson, again, is that attempts to manipulate geopolitical events will always fail.

But don’t expect the Neocon maniacs in Washington to learn it.

 

 

Jul 12

China: Big bully in the South China Sea

China: big bully in the South China Sea

 

by Don Hank

China is claiming vast amounts of water in the South China Sea and this claim is a nuisance to our allies, esp the Philippines, and to Vietnam, which, ironically, could become an ally under these circumstances.

The international tribunal in The Hague just declared China’s claims illegal. It was a no-brainer since no country has ever in history claimed thousands of square miles of ocean far removed from its territorial waters.

So what does China say about the court decision? So What? That’s what.

So why is China doing this?

Because it can.

And why can it?

Because back in the 70s, Kissinger and Nixon got this hare-brained idea to give China “Most Favored Nation” status, or in other words, to treat it just like any other friendly nation, even though it was anything but friendly. In short, the hare-brains made China fabulously rich but without changing its mind about us in the least. Their government still hates our guts.

So why would anyone in their right mind do something so stupid?

That’s easy. Even before the Neocons like Zbigniew Brzezinski and the majority of the last batch of GOP candidates decided that Russia was the number one enemy (wtihout explaining why), there had always been a fear of Russia taking over the world. It started in the 1800s when England — the most expansionist state in all of history — began propagandizing against Russia calling it “expansionist.” Haha! Get it? Wait, it wasn’t a joke! The notion stuck and is alive even today, when the US, currently the most expansionist country in the world, has taken to routinely calling Russia expansionist. Plus ça change….

Now there were two large powerful communist states in the world in the 70s, but somehow, these hare-brains in the White House thought that if the US made China rich, it would become a faithful ally against Russia. I explained this in greater detail here if you care to check it out.

So now, our stupidity has led to a huge crisis, with China, the ally who wouldn’t be one, threatening the entire Pacific Rim, building islands and putting military bases on them to keep everyone else out. Thank you, Kissinger and Nixon.

So what is the answer?

Ok, we made China rich, right? By giving this avowed enemy free trade status. It turns out Trump was right. We need to eliminate that status right now, drastically cutting back on purchases from China and bringing manufacturing back to the US. There’s no point in sending more warships into that area and causing confrontations when we hold the Chinese purse strings. Don’t expect Obama or Hillary to do this. They’ll just pretend to confront China while giggling up their sleeves, the way they are doing in Syria and Iraq.

Trump says he would cut China trade.

Just sayin’.

 

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