US on world stage bowing to an audience of none

US on world stage bowing to an audience of none

April 21, 2015
by Don Hank

I love my country and want the best for her, but recently, the behavior of US foreign policy wonks has reminded me for all the world of the Black Knight scene from the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” where a knight fights a dual with King Arthur who starts to lop off his limbs one by one, but the knight brashly dares the king to keep fighting, calling him a coward as he gallops off leaving just the Black Knight’s erect torso and screaming head still attached thereto.

It’s a bit gruesome but click here if you have a strong stomach (starts at about minute 1:00). Kindly let me explain why this imagery fits the US Neocons to a t.

American Neocons are shrieking that Iran is about to nuke the US. Ted Cruz wants to nuke them first and so does his proposed secretary of state John Bolton. Mark Levin also wants to nuke Iran and just recently said:
“And in fact, if they can get ‘em [the nukes] on their ICBM’s, they’re going to attack our West Coast. And the reason the French and the Germans are concerned – yes, because of Israel, but also for themselves – is because they happen to be a little closer to that neighborhood than we do [sic].”

So what are we waiting for, Folks? Don’t we need to preemptively strike ASAP and save the US and Europe?
Well, first let’s do a little fact checking, shall we, Mr. Levin? While Europe is concerned over Obama’s ineptly and carelessly fast-tracking the negotiations with Iran, they are less concerned about Iran nuking them than they are about US paranoia over Iran and especially about the Congress’ letter to Iran saying in no uncertain terms that it won’t accept any negotiated settlement with them. That leaves the distinct impression that the US is ready to shoot first and ask questions later, against a country possibly armed with nukes.
At least that’s what Europe’s top foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeir, said at a conference in Washington.

But beyond that, you need to ask yourself:
Why would Iran be the one country to nuke the US when the field is so full of candidates?
North Korea has threatened the same thing for years and no one has suggested nuking them because no one takes them seriously. Muslim Pakistan also has nukes and has threatened India. Further, ISIS has reportedly made inroads there. Now ISIS really does want to die screaming Allahu Akbar, They want those virgins in the worst way. Iran is a nation full of Shiites, who do not want the death of minorities (except perhaps, the Baha’i, unfortunately). Muslim Indonesia is believed by some to have clandestinely developed nuclear weapons. What’s different about Iran?

Iran probably will not do anything that Putin would disapprove of. Russia is its most favored trading partner, and the worst thing that could happen to Russia and China (they’re allies you know) would be to lose one of the most important partners they have, ie, the US. A completely wrecked and highly radioactive US could purchase nothing from China and this situation would lead to worldwide poverty. Iran knows that too. If Iran were to nuke the US, China and Russia would be the most likely countries to invade, disarm and occupy Iran to prevent further harm.

Further, the Iranian people would almost certainly revolt if the government nuked us because they do not hate the US despite all the hate mongering out of Teheran.

Besides that, there is this thing called mutually assured destruction (MAD), which Israeli military analyst Daniel Greenfield said years ago is the reason nuclear powers don’t have to reasonably fear each other. They know that if they fire off a nuke to the US, another 50 nukes will come roaring right back at them on MIRVs. The US would respond with nukes from multiple subs in the Mediterranean or the Black Sea and Iran would be toast. They might be big mouthed but they can do math. And if they really wanted collective martyrdom, would they put so much effort into negotiating with countries like Russia and the US over trade deals? That’s a lot of trouble for a nation that thirsts for death.

What most people don’t realize is that there is a lot more to this huffing and puffing over Iran than meets the eye. The US has had a petrodollar agreement with Saudi Arabia since 1973, under which the Saudis agree to insist in perpetuity to be paid in US dollars in exchange for US military “protection” (defined very broadly). Since then, coincidentally, every single one of our wars has benefitted the Saudis, as shown here, without benefitting the US, and especially Middle Eastern Christians.

Since our good and loyal allies the Saudis are Wahhabi Sunnis, the most violent and anti-Christian sect in the world, the wars fought by US 2 (per my definition here), like the one in Iraq, invariably wind up killing their rivals (generally countries that have not threatened us, notably Libya), which are one or more of the following more-harmless groups:

1–Shiites (Iranian population and government, Syrian and Iraqi governments)
2– Secularists (Ghadaffi, Mubarak, etc… Al Sisi is an exception because he has struck a deal with the Saudis and is now helping them in the Yemen conflict. It’s a variant of the petrodollar agreement – mutual protection instead of protection of the Saudis in exchange for demanding settlement for all oil transactions in US dollars)
3–Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

Even our war in Kosovo was waged with the Saudis’ blessings. They have sent billions in aid to the illegal-immigrant Albanian Muslims there. Did you ever read anywhere that Kosovo is a new Muslim state, thanks to the US military? No, you didn’t because the media didn’t want to worry you with that detail, but you can Google it if you have a stomach for truth. Yes, Washington (US 2) and NATO created a Muslim state out of a Christian country (Serbia), just what the Saudis ordered.

As for Israel, it is in a tight spot, like the US, and because of this, it believes it must do whatever it can to placate the Saudis, who largely control ISIS, their protégé. Moreover, despite their bravado, Middle Eastern Jews (along with their Christian brothers) have spent 2 millennia groveling in dhimmitude to survive, cutting whatever deals were necessary to this end. As far as its standing with the Saudis is concerned, attacking Iran would be just the ticket for Israel. Naturally, it would benefit Saudi Arabia more than Israel, which would draw fire from all over the Muslim world and could trigger a nuclear war that no one wants. Buy Netanyahu is willing to gamble as long as US Neocons can deceive enough of us sheeple into supporting a preemptive strike. Well, do you feel lucky, fellow Americans?

Mark Levin believes he is helping Israel by urging the US to wage war on Iran, but he is in fact only helping one political party there, the one willing to risk his country’s security in a high stakes gamble. The more-orthodox Jews (the ones who believe the Bible) in Israel and the US, think it is dangerous to antagonize Iran. But don’t tell that to John Hagee’s congregation. Hagee is Netanyahu’s most valuable link to American “Christianity” and has come up with the blood moon tetrad theory, or at least he “borrowed” credit for it from its originator Mark Biltz, and now he says God wants us to commit Iranocide. And we know how much we can trust Hagee. (You can assess Hagee’s integrity by reading WND’s article Hagee Hit with Demand Letter over 4 Blood Moons.)

We must also consider that Iran comes in a package with Russia and Russia comes in a package with China, the world’s biggest economy and military, and all of Europe and most of Asia have now sided with China against the US by joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a formidable rival to the US-dominated World Bank. It is all over the news and we are being told it is just a speed bump but the goal is dedollarization of world trade. Finally, and here is the clincher: The Saudis have joined Europe and the rest against the US by joining the Chinese bank, as pointed out here. But, you say, aren’t the Saudis supposed to be upholding the petrodollar so that the Fed can issue new dollars by the trillions to their hearts’ content? So then why did they join the “dedollarization club”? Oops!

Looks like the petrodollar agreement might be toast. You can guess what that means for the US dollar.
It all reminds me of that old song “You Picked a Fine Time to Leave me, Lucille.” The US elites could sing: You picked a fine time to leave me, planet earth.

So does anyone really think this is a good time for a soon-to-be-dedollarized (ie, impoverished) America with no friends left to start a war with a country with nukes that has friends with nukes?

State-level civil disobedience

State-level civil disobedience

Posted April 21, 2015

by Don Hank

The difference between the Article 5 convention and nullification is like the difference between a pop gun and a machine gun.

Nullification has stopping power. Article 5 is a genuflection to the federal power. It is simply writing more amendments for the Fed to ignore, absurdly pretending that the federal government is made up of sincere individuals who will obey the will of its citizens.

On the other hand, when a state nullifies a federal law, it is not asking the feds for anything or treating them as a body of sincere individuals. It is demanding, with a gun to the head of the unruly federal government. And that is the only way the fed can be made to back off.

Now some have reasoned that there are legal limits to nullification. However, if individuals have the right to civil disobedience, then so do the states. This goes further than mere nullification of a law by a state court. This is one step before insurrection, and judging by their actions in the past, particularly the way they backed off in the Bundy ranch standoff, the feds would not dare to go into a state and enforce their law at gunpoint because they know that such would lead to a new American revolution.

The Feds would then no doubt do what they are doing to Russia, ie, impose sanctions. But the state that used the “civil disobedience” approach could also fight back by withholding funds to the feds, much in the way that Russia is imposing sanctions of its own. They could, for example, temporarily release their citizens from the obligation to pay federal taxes, enjoining them to pay the funds to the states instead but reducing the overall amount.

There is no doubt that this would work, though causing some temporary hardship. It is all up to the American people. They need to wake up and realize that Washington is the enemy, by definition, and that desperate times demand desperate measures.

One very important use of civil disobedience would be for states to man up and refuse to admit anyone into their state who entered the US illegally, regardless of federal laws to the contrary. Initially, this would constitute nullification in the original sense, where the state would decide, on the basis of Article 4, Section 4, that the federal government was acting unconstitutionally to award legal residence to invaders.
The argument is straightforward and logical: The Constitution was a contract signed by the state representatives. By analogy with contract law, both parties must comply with each clause under penalty of dissolution or partial dissolution of the contract. The state could rightfully argue that it was induced at the founding of our nation to enter into a contract that provided protection but that the protection had been unlawfully withheld, thereby leading to dissolution of all or part of the contract.

Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution enjoins the federal government to protect the States against invasion. By refusing to allot sufficient funds and manpower to the protection of the southern border and by restricting the ability of the Border Patrol to arrest lawbreakers, by releasing apprehended illegal border crossers back into the US, by releasing convicted illegal alien criminals back onto the US streets after they have served their time rather than deporting them, and by rewarding lawbreakers with temporary or permanent residency using a variety of tricks such as allowing them to serve in the military in exchange for residency, the federal government has not only failed to protect the states from invasion as mandated by the Constitution, but has in fact aided and abetted the invaders and has thereby rendered itself an outlaw government that need no longer be obeyed but must in fact be resisted.

In case any reader should doubt that the massive immigration from the southern border constitutes an actual invasion, they need only read the article in Business Insider showing that of the 13 most dangerous street gangs in America, a full 10 are Hispanic. The most dangerous and violent of these is Mara Salvatrucha. To get a graphic portrayal of this gang’s behavior, you need only view this video. But be forewarned. It is brutally violent and not for the weak hearted. And what you see there is a direct result of unconstitutional federal policies.

If the Supreme Court decided that, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary (only a smattering of which is presented at the linked sources), the massive influx of illegals does not meet the definition of an invasion, and that this was a wrong interpretation of the Constitution by the state in question, then it would be up to the state to implement “state-level civil disobedience,” averring that, in this decision, the Supreme Court represents only the federal government, a narrow interest group – thereby denying the states and their citizens equal protection under the law – to the detriment of the states.

State borders would become sovereign again, as they should have been in the first place.

Parallels between weak Christian voters and non-military voters

Parallels between weak Christian voters and non-military voters

April 16, 2015

by Don Hank

There are parallels between non-military Americans and the superficially religious (Jews and Christians).

Military men and vets know what McCain is and despise him, justifiably.

The average American, especially those who have not served, have a tendency to feel reverence for politicians like McCain merely because they have “served.” The don’t feel qualified to criticize a military person, because they have not served themselves. Thus they put him on a pedestal and make him an untouchable. So the rascal gets away with murder, literally, by supporting terrorists in the Middle East.

Likewise, discerning Christians reject Neocons, recognizing them as wolves in sheep’s clothing, while church goers with a superficial understanding of the scriptures, as well as non-religious or superficially religious Jews, are more prone to believe Neocon propaganda suggesting that if a politician is a “Christian” and is seen by religious “leaders” as “God’s man,” then the public should give him free rein (the tail wagging the dog). I experienced this kind of “leadership” in my home town back home around the second term of Dubbya, where the pastor of a church I attended unabashedly campaigned for him and at the beginning of the war, told stories from the front of soldiers who stood and prayed together and thereby allegedly made themselves impervious to bullets. Many of the more solidly grounded Christians and Orthodox Jews who know the scriptures were not deceived (many of them did not attend church due to the apostasy).

Recently, it was the Orthodox Jews who protested publicly against provoking Iran. They evoked the Old Testament in support of their protests.

Tragically, the Assyrian Christians in Iraq were almost all banished or killed very shortly after we “won” the Iraqi conflict. And who were the real culprits behind this tragedy?

Those less discerning religious Americans who swallowed the Neocon propaganda mantra of the “godly man” are guilty of this mischief. Godly Christians have discernment. The others did not and they indirectly caused the deaths of their brethren by giving Dubbya all the decision making power, failing to blow the warning whistle. Consequently, an entire country in the Middle East has lost its entire indigenous Christian population — thanks in large part to American “Christians.” And they wonder why God did not bless us in 2008 by allowing another deceitful Neocon to be elected!

The scenario was repeated for Ghadaffi and Mubarak, both of whom provided basically a safe haven for Christians until the Neoconservative policies of the Obama administration drove them out.
Like liberals, these gullible “Christians” don’t learn.

Revelations 3:15-16
15′I [God] know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.

16’So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.

US vs us

US vs us
First posted at renewamerica.co on March 5, 2015

By Donald Hank

Groping about in a thickening fog of cognitive dissonance, Americans absurdly refer to two antagonistic groups as the “US,” namely, (1) the American people (We the People) and (2) the American political class. These two classes are divided by a vast gulf, which is only growing wider, to the extent that an increasing number of voters are staying home on election days. The term “US ally,” in the vernacular of the media and politicians, is de facto only an ally for the political class, although they will insist that their allies are our allies (if you are not for us you are against us – meaning US (2) but slyly suggesting US (1)) because they want to deceive us into thinking we and our “leaders” all have the same interests at heart, when in fact, the interests of the elites are wholly antagonistic to our interests. Thus, as counterintuitive as it may seem, the arch enemy of the American people is truly not a foreign power, as we are led to believe, but the political class in Washington, DC, as I attempted to show here.

While ISIS is certainly no ally of the American people, the US political class created them and currently uses them as a de facto ally, while pretending to oppose them. Why and how do they use them? To defeat Bashar al-Assad and leave the Syrian Christians on the lurch, while dealing a blow to Russia, cementing their financial and political interests by weakening countries that refuse to endorse the elitists’ agenda. Unfortunately, many soft-headed Americans are falling for this, just as they always do each time the elites conjure up a new enemy out of whole cloth. The truth is that, like all enemies of US (2), Russia is a natural ally of US (1).

I sent the first draft of this commentary to a correspondent in Eastern Europe who is non-religious but also is unusually perspicacious. I was pleasantly surprised at his response:

      “I second you on this. The principal reason why they hate Assad is because he protects Christians. It has nothing to do with religion per se. Christianity is an icon, a symbol and a red flag for them.”

How ironic that a non-religious Eastern European would have the clarity of vision to correctly identify the anti-Christian agenda of our elites in our foreign policy when the average American Christian is apparently completely blind to this!

We now have available an established reference point to use in understanding the chasm that exists between the US political class and the US people, ie, middle class, and that is the peer-reviewed joint study between Princeton and Northwestern, which shows beyond a doubt that the US government has become a full-fledged oligarchy that almost completely ignores the will of the people.

      Quote: “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens” analyzed extensive data, comparing nearly 1,800 U.S. policies enacted between 1981 and 2002 with the expressed preferences of average and affluent Americans as well as special interest groups.
      The resulting data empirically verifies that U.S. policies are determined by the economic elite.
      “The central point that emerges from our research is that

economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts

      on US government policy, while

mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence,”

      says the peer-reviewed study.

Undoubtedly, the focus on “business” reflects an anti-capitalist bias on the part of the researchers (academe is, of course, steeped in socialist lore). However, it is vital to note that “business” interest in today’s crony capitalist economy is virtually synonymous with political interest, with the policies of American business being driven almost exclusively by the far left/crony capitalist political class, which involves both major parties.

In light of this study and the feeling of alienation most ordinary Americans harbor toward their political environment, we can no longer in any way speak of a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Unless We the People come to grips with this fact and act accordingly, there can be no return to rule by the people in the US. That is, if we continue to be led around by the nose by the elites we have no hope of restoring our freedom. Nor can we righteously assert any claim to said freedom, for while we continue to clamor for it, we unwittingly forfeit it at every turn.

Thus, the above-sketched dichotomy between definitions (1) and (2) is a fairly straightforward concept as objectivized by the Northwestern-Princeton study, but emotionally and psychologically, few ordinary Americans are ready to face it head on subjectively and work toward overthrowing the tyrant.

In light of the above-established definitions of the two groups that we, in our cognitive dissonance, think of as the “US,” let us review the current geopolitical landscape.

The world is divided essentially into 2 geopolitical axes:

Axis 1:

Syria-Iran-Russia-China and the rest of the BRICS-Hezbollah, and the rest of the Eurasian union

Axis 2:

US-EU-Israel-Saudi Arabia-ISIS (created by the US political class and supported by Saudi money) and minor US allies like Japan, Korea, etc

Jordan, Libya, Syria and Egypt are not allied with anyone in particular and for this reason, have independently fought ISIS (a US creation), much to the chagrin of Washington, which refuses to take out ISIS because to them, taking out Bashar al-Assad, a well-educated, soft spoken secularist whose ilk is rare and desperately needed in the Middle East, is their main goal, and in truth, ISIS is the only ally (yes, ally!) of the US political class that can take out Assad without political repercussions. So they need ISIS, even though they pretend to be horrified by its rampages and random murder. Remember that both political parties fought hard for congressional permission to attack Assad’s troops with missiles last year. Note that Assad is their hated enemy even though (or rather because) he protects Syrian Christians. It was Russian president Vladimir Putin who spoiled their fun by intervening successfully to persuade Assad to destroy chemical weapons (in fact, the US-backed “moderates” had reportedly used such weapons and blamed this on Assad). But that made Putin persona non grata in the Washington oligarchy, which then backed a Neo-Nazi regime in Kiev to provoke him into using his military means to protect fellow Russians in Eastern Ukraine. Since the Russian speakers were being bombed from the air by said US-backed regime, he had no choice. Yet a large percentage of Americans could not see this obvious and transparent subterfuge on the part of Washington and bought into the elitist-generated narrative that Russia was “expansionist” – the same accusation that the British had hurled at Russia in the Russo-Turkish conflict, even though Britain was itself the most expansionist country in the world at the time, with around 2 dozen colonies extending from rising to setting sun. Thus much of US (1), ie, the people, began hating Putin and Russia on command from US (2) without question. (Ask yourself: Is this the path to freedom?).

Now you may be shocked that I so unflinchingly put ISIS in the same axis with the US (Definition (2), political class only, of course), but consider that there are only a little more than 30,000 ISIS fighters in Syria and Iran and if US (2) and allies were sincere, ISIS would be roundly defeated by now. Further, please note that while Israel apparently has the chutzpah, the trained military and the weapons to go after Iran, many times its size, it has not raised a finger to help in the fight against ISIS, instead fanning war sentiment against Iran, which has not slashed a single throat in Syria or Iraq, and has helped fight ISIS (unlike the Suunis of ISIS, Iranian Shia do not condemn other Muslim sects or non-Muslims). Absurdly, while accepting and even applauding Netanyahu’s fear-mongering speech in our Congress, the US has never pressured Israel to help fight ISIS, which is clearly in the Western axis, though no one dares to say this, except me. And this is due in large part to the fact that whenever we speak of a “US” ally, the public has been trained like circus animals to think of US as the people of the US, ie, definition (1), just the opposite of the reality.

Therefore, most of us accept the absurdity that resisting the will of our enemies in Washington is unpatriotic, when in fact, resistance to tyranny is the most important value taught by our Founders.

Many rejoiced last election cycle when the GOP won the Senate and House both. They thought that “we” had won. The wake-up call came just now as we realized that “our” Congress had granted Obama funding for a wholly illegal amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants, most of whom will become voters in a few years and many will go collect welfare and receive food stamps.

But many of us had warned that this would happen and that there was no palpable difference between the two main parties.

So now ask yourself: If we allow ourselves to be duped so easily by such transparent tactics on the part of such an obvious enemy in matters of foreign policy, as outlined above, do we really deserve to be free?

Or are we getting our just desserts?

© Donald Hank

Here we go again: Bibi pulls a Dubbya

Here we go again: Bibi pulls a Dubbya
First posted at renewamerica.co on March 6, 2015

By Donald Hank

There are 2 important developments that Americans need to keep their eye on:

1-Israel and Saudi Arabia are working in concert to bring down Iran (see http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/24790/Default.aspx and

http://www.thenation.com/blog/176836/israel-saudi-alliance-against-us-iran-talks#)

2-Americans want to fight ISIS (http://personalliberty.com/americans-ready-war-isis/), not Iran.

Get ready for a shock.

If the US Congress and Senate have their way, we will focus our war efforts on exactly the wrong country again, namely, Iran, just as we did after the 911 attacks. Remember that both legislative bodies are working with Obama to give amnesty to lawbreakers and therefore cannot be trusted. Yet the invitation to Netanyahu to address Congress and their 21 standing ovations during his address were part of a ploy to make you trust these sneaky pols and most of you fell for it! (There are two antagonistic entities, both referred to as the US. One is the American people, ie, US 1, while the other is their enemy, the political class and media, ie, US 2). Bibi knows that, as Daniel Greenfield argues here, no amount of treaties and no aerial bombardment of Iran, or any other country, will keep anyone from getting nukes. Greenfield says only MAD (mutually assured destruction) will deter a country from using nukes. So what was the real purpose of Netanyahu’s speech before Congress?

The strategy of our GOP pols, in concert with Israel and the Saudis, was to focus on Bibi’s swag and machismo and to contrast it with Obama’s wimpiness, when in fact the real issue is who is the true enemy of the American people (not the politicians, US 2) and who is not. The real enemy is obviously ISIS, whom Americans have said they want to fight. The false enemy is Iran, which is not a true enemy of US 1. Pakistan has nukes too and no one is worried.

You should have noticed by now that the enemies of US 2 (the Establishment) are almost never the true enemies of US 1 (us). Usually it is the other way around.

Unless we wake up fast, we will be distracted by a false alarm over Iran and forget all about ISIS, the enemy of US 1, which US 2 wants you to ignore. And US 2 is not just Obama and the Democrats. It is the Republicrats. The US (no. 2) and Saudi Arabia created ISIS to take out Assad and oppose Iran and have created the Iran scare to take your eye off the ball (ISIS).

It worked. The internet is all abuzz with adulation for Netanyahu following his Iranophobic speech in Congress and no one is talking about the barbarians who roast people alive and behead them.

But what Bibi said is exactly what the Saudis want you to hear. Note that, while swaggering macho Netanyahu has not raised a pinky to fight ISIS, Iran has pitched in and is fighting them at this very moment, with the permission of the Iraqi government. Yet Bibi has the audacity to say that the Iranian militants bravely fighting our enemy are “rampaging.” Bibi, if fighting ISIS is rampaging, please send Israeli troops to help them rampage.

Bibi is following the same deceptive strategy that GW Bush adopted after the 911 attacks. You will recall that the terrorists who attacked us were Saudis, every one.

Yet GW Bush, master of deception that he is, stood at ground zero in New York together with the heroic firemen (creating the illusion that he too was somehow a hero) and declared on national TV: “The people who did this are going to hear from us.” And we all thought Hooorayyyy for America!

But the people who “did this” (Saudis) never heard from us, did they?

Instead, to divert our attention from the actual perpetrators and their support team in Saudi Arabia, Bush sent troops first to Afghanistan and then to Iraq, neither of which had anything to do with the attack, and when he took out Saddam, thoroughly confused Americans, in a paroxysm of cognitive dissonance, managed to convince themselves that now America had avenged itself of “the people who did this” (took down the Twin Towers).

The Saudis and their best ally, the US political class, had thoroughly snookered the US sheeple and it was easy, like taking candy from a baby.

It was abject. It was shameful.

It was a glimpse of the utter stupidity of the American public of that time.

Friends, the Saudis are at it again and have an unwritten pact with Israel to destroy Iran. Have you learned anything yet?

Wake up, Folks. The Saudi royals are Sunnis, the same sect as ISIS, whom they and the US clandestinely fund and supply! Even Iraqi News admitted the US recently airdropped weapons to ISIS, but that was a drop in the ocean compared to US 2’s magnanimity to ISIS.

Iran is Shia, the natural enemy of Sunni ISIS. The US should be taking advantage of this cultural enmity between the two groups, but it obstinately refuses to do this.

To put it as succinctly as possible, please make this vitally important mental note (or jot this down):

The Shia (Shiites) are the significantly less violent and fundamentalist of the two main sects in the Muslim world, ie, Sunni and Shia. Some will counter by saying that the Shia read the same Koran as the Sunni and sooner or later they will join them. Nonsense! For the past 1500 years, Shia and Sunni have been at each other’s throats and never have the twain met. Why? Quick answer: culture. Cultural differences include religion and the way people interpret their religious canons.

All the major terror groups (including al-Qaeda and ISIS) that slash throats and burn people alive in the Middle East are Sunnis, not Shia. When have you read that in the media? I haven’t. But I don’t swallow the media swill. I read beyond what they say. And if you want to survive as a nation, you had better put down that newspaper, drag yourself away from that TV and pick up some objective information about the world around you, because otherwise, we will all be snookered into an expensive war that takes the lives of our children in vain. And no, I am not a peacenik or a libertarian. I want war with our enemy, and that enemy is ISIS, the best ally the US political class (US 2, our enemy) and the Saudis have in the Middle East. But don’t send my son to Iran in another false flag operation!

The US-Saudi alliance wanted you to think that Saddam was responsible for the 911 attacks (although, of course, they never said so out rightly). Billions of dollars and countless lost American lives later, people started to wake up from their daze and realized that the allies of the 911 perps were still alive and working their evil and violence because the political class and media had pulled a bait and switch on us.

We lost in Iraq, not because we failed our mission but because it was the wrong mission in the first place.

So stop cheering for Bibi and the US politicians who want to mislead you, and work to free US no. 1, the American people, from Sunni ISIS. We can start by divorcing ourselves completely from US 2.

© Donald Hank

You need to know about these three news blackouts

You need to know about these three news blackouts
First posted at renewamerica.us on April 12, 2015

By Donald Hank

Regarding geopolitics, economics and finance, and US foreign policy, there are three key developments that almost all media outlets, including independent web sites, are ignoring to your peril.

The main reason for this blackout is no doubt the fact that most of these outlets rely on monolingual primary sources, while the best of them merely supplement their offerings with news from European language sources, paying little attention, for example, to the Russian-language and Asian-language press. I am not implying that they ignore English-language reports from the foreign media. However, as shown below, the English language versions of news from Asia, for example, may differ greatly from the native language versions, and this means a lot of important news winds up being blacked out for US (and European) news consumers.

Another reason is lack of interest on the part of both editors and the US public. Both parties have been taught the Manifest Destiny doctrine from infancy, namely, that Americans are the center of the universe, the divinely anointed keepers of morality and righteousness, and that we, and our dollar, are justifiably everyone’s masters. The rest of the world must therefore follow our lead and dissenters must be punished. Hence, events and opinions in foreign countries are of little or no interest or value except as a measure of our need to set them straight as needed.

Another important factor in this blackout is politics. Neocons who rely on a pervasive conviction of US exceptionalism to promote their wars naturally do not want you to know the opinions of foreigners, especially when, God forbid, they make sense. They suggest to the public that any foreign government or populace that disagrees with the US government is the enemy, in keeping with GW Bush’s declaration “if you’re not for us you’re against us.” Both major political parties agree on the whole because, after all, war is the main source of their power – their bread and butter.

These three ignored developments are:

          1) the rapid progress being made in the use of the

Chinese RMB

         (yuan) in international trade,
          2) the rapid economic and financial dissociation of traditional allies from the US, as evidenced by the growing number of RMB clearing centers in Europe and Asia (as detailed in the article linked above) and by the association of the major economic powers with the

AIIB

         (China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank), and the implications thereof for the US dollar; and
          3) More ominously, the association of

Saudi Arabia

        , the country that has been back-stopping the petrodollar since 1973, with this Chinese bank. The implications of this move are portentous.

Thus, key US allies are following the money to China and will not come back. They have finally seen the US hegemons as hostile to their interests. Worse, Europe still resents the consequences of our pawning off subprime mortgage junk on them. They are aware, if only subconsciously, that the economic debacle of 2008 was triggered by irresponsible US banking and regulatory policies and was the cause of the European malaise today. The US response has been a reminder that no one forced them to buy our junk, but they resent the fact that our rating agencies assigned high grades to this junk, deceiving them into buying.

This dissociation of former allies from the US suggests that dedollarization is proceeding at break neck speed. Given the phenomenal growth of the RMB and the blackout of these developments in the media, Americans are almost completely unprepared for the coming consequences. The silence of the financial and economic media, the general media and even most of the independent media on these issues show that we are like cattle awaiting the slaughter of our savings and our fortunes. The Schadenfreude of Europe will be hard to contain once their retaliatory measures bear fruit.

Putting my characteristic modesty aside for now, I believe I was probably the first Western analyst to warn of the rapid growth of the RII (RMB Internationalization Index) and its dedollarizing effect. I say this because I have found no reports like mine. I have found that most news agencies do not monitor the foreign language media, especially the Chinese-language press, which I have found do not report in their English language editions the same information earmarked for home consumption. This is no doubt due in part to their love of harmony, a vital Confucian concept that has survived Mao’s Cultural Revolution intact, but also because, like the US banks that sold subprime mortgages to the world, they see no percentage in letting the cat out of the bag quite yet. Similarly, due to long standing traditions of diplomacy, the Europeans decline to state outright that they disagree, for example, with our virulently anti-Russian policies. I infer this, for example, from talk shows I view regularly on Deutsche Welle. While Europeans are not necessarily happy with Putin’s policies, they sense that any taunting of the bear will have more grievous consequences for them than for the taunter on the other side of the pond.

In a press conference, China’s top monetary policy expert Chen Yulu stated last June that the RII, which then ranked number 9 among world currencies, would soar to third place in just 3-5 years (that was about a year ago, so make that 2-4 years).

Less than a year later we now read that Europe’s major economies, BRICS, Australia and Saudi Arabia are joining the Chinese AIIB, as stated above, and turning their backs on the US-dominated World Bank, which has shifted its focus from aiding Third World development to foisting leftwing social change on client countries, as I have shown here.

Since monetary expert Chen Yulu was not including this momentous AIIB event in his calculations, there is a good chance that the RII will rise to 3rd place much sooner than he predicted, creating a formidable challenge to the US dollar, though Chen, in his characteristic Confucian manner, denies that the yuan is a challenge to the dollar. Americans need to be prepared and I know of no one who is coming even close to preparing them in all 3 of the key areas that I have covered. Far from that, major news outlets keep touting the increasing value of the USD and the US stock market. It’s all sleight of hand.

To recap what you need to know about what is coming at you from three directions, my translation and analysis of the Chinese interview with Chen Yulu are here:

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/hank/141219

My analysis of the association of our allies with the AIIB (amounting to a rejection of the US-dominated World Bank) is here:

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/hank/150319, and

My analysis of the Saudis’ vital role in backstopping the petrodollar (now apparently coming to an end) is here:

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/hank/150314

 

These analyses show that China and Saudi Arabia increasingly control US foreign policy (in part by controlling our allies) in unseen ways that few or no Western geopolitical analysts are fully aware of.

All of the above-described blacking out of vital news leads to utterly failed foreign policies and uninformed investments for both households and business. I would encourage you to study these analyses and use them as a basis for personal financial decisions, and for communication with friends and family about the coming dedollarization and the course that America must take to survive.

Hint: At this point, taunting the bear is not advised in our weakened political and economic condition.

© Donald Hank

Mr. Kouri, where do you get off?

Mr. Kouri, where do you get off?

 

First posted at renewamerica.us April 14, 2015

by Don Hank

Jim Kouri’s site Law Enforcement Examiner wants you to be hopping mad because that awful President Putin is selling arms to dictators:
http://www.examiner.com/article/putin-double-crosses-obama-delivering-missile-defense-system-to-iran
Quote: Putin’s Russia has become the dictators’ weapons merchant and will continue to sell to countries that are run by thugs and butchers.

Excuse me, Mr. Kouri, but the world’s dictators already have a weapons merchant and domore trade with that agent by far than any other, including Putin. I refer to the USA, the dictators’ favorite weapons merchant.
http://foreignpolicy.com/2012/06/21/why-is-the-u-s-selling-billions-in-weapons-to-autocrats/
The State Department’s Military Assistance Report on June 8 stated that it approved $44.28 billion in arms shipments to 173 nations in the last fiscal year, including some that struggled with human rights problems. These nations include the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Israel, Djibouti, Honduras, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain.
Three nations with records of suppressing democratic dissent in the last year — Algeria, Egypt, and Peru — are listed in the report as recently receiving U.S. firearms, armored vehicles, and items from a category that includes chemical and riot control agents like tear gas.
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-arabia-1295679323
Quote: The US on Wednesday announced a new arms export contract for the sale of missiles worth $1.75 bn to Saudi Arabia. – See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-arabia-1295679323#sthash.BQdXfJ9C.dpuf
This includes patriot missiles. ISIS is not known to have missiles and planes, so why Patriot Missiles?
But the main question is why is Iran a renegade state for buying and Russia a renegade for selling, such missiles to Iran, esp since Israel has threatened to bomb Iran? They are, after all, defensive weapons.
No one has threatened to bomb Saudi Arabia, so why the Patriot Missiles? Of course since the Saudis do support ISIS (see below), these missiles could help defend ISIS against US drones and planes. Is that what they are for?
The Saudis do support terrorist groups, as stated above, and evidence of that is coming in all the time. Not only that, but the Saudis are butchers who have public executions all the time. Wanna see a grim video of a Saudi execution? Here is our ally in action, Mr. Kouri:
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/21/middleeast/saudi-beheading-video/
And the Saudis also like to flog people half to death, as described at the next link. But don’t worry, Mr. Kouri, these are hardened criminals who deserve harsh penalties. One awful thug actually blew the whistle on US ally and arms customer Bahrain for supporting terror. How heinous, eh, Mr. Kouri?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/defence-and-security-blog/2015/jan/15/bahrain-human-rights-arms-military
A man will be flogged in Saudi Arabia for blowing the whistle on Bahrain’s support for terror.
Rajab is president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. He accused the Bahraini security forces of encouraging violent beliefs similar to those of Isis.
His offending tweet read: “Many #Bahrain men who joined #terrorism & #ISIS came from security institutions and those institutions were the first ideological incubator.”

A Saudi prince once apparently said he had planned to shoot down Air Force One
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/04/us/zacarias-moussaoui-calls-saudi-princes-patrons-of-al-qaeda.html?_r=0
Oh, but no problem, eh, Mr. Kouri? Muslims will be Muslims. They’re just having a little fun!
The links below, many to reports by well known news outlets, leave no room for doubt that the Saudis fund terror, so who are American journalists to point the finger at Russia for selling arms to thugs?
The list of reports on this is abundant. How about WSJ? Is that reputable enough?
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB104794563734573400
But what about Pakistan, a Saudi Ally, accusing the Saudis of sponsoring terror?
http://www.dawn.com/news/1165018/terror-wave-in-pakistan-sparks-rare-criticism-of-saudi-arabia
And some more reports for good measure.
http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/saudi-funding-of-isis
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/05/wikileaks-cables-saudi-terrorist-funding

The US also sells arms to Qatar, also terror supporters. But that’s ok, isn’t it Mr. Kouri? Qatar is an ally and can do no wrong.
And if we can believe NBC News, which has nothing to gain by telling the truth, Qatar is one of the biggest terror sponsors
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/whos-funding-isis-wealthy-gulf-angel-investors-officials-say-n208006
A small but steady flow of money to ISIS from rich individuals in the Gulf continues, say current and former U.S. officials, with Qataris the biggest suppliers. These rich individuals have long served as “angel investors,” as one expert put it, for the most violent militants in the region, providing the “seed money” that helped launch ISIS and other jihadi groups.
I could go on and on to make my point, but unfortunately, the Neocon propaganda has a stranglehold on the public and they believe what they want to believe.

Imams now preaching in UK churches

Posted on April 14, 2015

by Don Hank

 

Our thanks to Edward Spalton for this email below. The campaign to rid the West of the last vestiges of its culture, esp Christian culture, is heating up. The elites are inviting imams into the churches to teach their slimy doctrines and slowly inure us to the pain of sharia law and legalized abuse of women.
So should we despair?
No, not at all. Russia is already a carrier of Christians culture and is withstanding the persecution from the Satanists in Washington. Vladimir Putin himself used that term to describe the activists in America!
So Russia will carry on the faith.
And so will China. You don’t believe me? Check this out:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10776023/China-on-course-to-become-worlds-most-Christian-nation-within-15-years.html
Prof Yang, a leading expert on religion in China, believes that number will swell to around 160 million by 2025. That would likely put China ahead even of the United States, which had around 159 million Protestants in 2010 but whose congregations are in decline.

Take heart, my brothers!
And there’s a big bonus here. The soon-to-be Christianized China:
1– is also the world’s biggest economy and has a military that is believed by many to be the world’s mightiest.
2 — has a currency that may soon be the world’s reserve currency as suggested by this http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/hank/141219 and the following item 3
3 — is now decidedly more prestigious than the US in economic and financial terms, having persuaded most US allies to turn away from the corrupt US-dominated World Bank and join its AIIB, as shown here http://drrichswier.com/2015/03/18/why-the-world-bank-cant-compete-with-chinese-aiib/
The US hegemons may huff and puff and threaten war, but without the support of allies, that is just an empty dream.
As the West slowly gave up its culture, becoming de-Christianized and dedollarized, the vacuum was filling up. Westerners may adopt Islam if they wish, and they may replace worship of the Almighty with worship of perverted sex. It is all up to them. Many Americans, blinded by normalcy bias, think their country is the seat of God’s throne. In fact, God only tarries in places where He is wanted. He allowed the Hebrews to go into exile on 2 occasions when they left Him behind for idols. He is doing the same in the West. But He has never died, as Nietzsche vainly declared. He just moved house.
Don

A great friend of mine worked as a volunteer in Leicester cathedral, welcoming visitors. He had a number of courteously conducted disagreements with the clergy. The last straw occurred on one Sunday when the sermon was preached by an imam who told the congregation quite incorrectly that Islam meant ” peace”. The clergy did no correct this on the day or afterwards. When he took this matter up, a senior clergyman said that he thought the cathedral should be ” a neutral space in a multicultural city” .

So, if that is the Church of England’s position in the matter, the cathedral could become a museum like Aghia Sophia in what is now Istanbul but used to be Constantinople. I wonder what the new name for Leicester will be?

Edward

Why World Bank can’t compete with Chinese AIIB

Why World Bank can’t compete with Chinese AIIB
First posted at renewamerica.us on March 19, 2015

By Donald Hank

My translation into English of a press conference given by the top China monetary policy expert Chen Yulu appeared in December of 2014 at American Daily Herald. Mr. Chen showed that the internationalization of the RMB had nearly doubled YOY in 2013 and reported that RMB clearing centers were opening up in major European capitals and in Asian countries allied with the US. Based on such data, he predicted meteoric growth of the RMB, namely, in 3-5 years, the Chinese yuan (RMB) could be the third most widely used currency in world trade, even though at the time it was ranked only ninth. Though Mr. Chen emphasized that China did not intend to replace the dollar in world trade, it would be hard to conclude otherwise from the facts and figures he presented.

Yesterday, a report came in regarding the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a venture launched by Beijing. Germany, France and Italy had followed Britain’s lead in joining this bank. More ominously for the petrodollar, Saudi Arabia was already a founding member. The US warned other countries to “think twice” about joining. We shall examine why.

Earlier that day, we learned that Australia had also joined this Chinese banking venture.

The US has at least two reasons to fear that the Third World will prefer the new bank over the World Bank.

      1-The World Bank is increasingly enforcing “Western values” which boil down to social Marxism, plus climate change ideology. Thus its policies encroach on Third World national sovereignties.
      2-The World Bank is funded essentially by Keynesian debt-based economies, notably the US, whose currency is propped up by a flimsy agreement with the Saudis enjoining the latter to sell their oil only in US dollars, which are rapidly losing

intrinsic

      value, regardless of their

apparent

      value compared to other currencies with debt-based “value.”

I had shown here how Keynesianism and social Marxism are the result of the same sort of mind set and carry the seeds of their own failure within them.

Financial experts have warned us that a debt based economy has an expiration date. Many people ignored the warning, putting all their faith in the petrodollar agreement, which is threatened by China. Recall the Nixon was eager for free trade with China and for the petrodollar agreement with the Saudis. How ironic – and fitting, and predictable in retrospect – that both countries have now embraced each other to the detriment of the country that lent them their strength.

I had pointed out here that the petrodollar agreement with the Saudis is a veritable pact with the devil and the ulterior motive for the shedding of US and foreign blood in proxy religious wars that invariably redound to the deaths of Christians and other minorities in Muslim countries.

Some more-moderate Republicans and orthodox investors keep insisting that the dollar continues to rise and the stock market is going up and up, so not to worry.

All very true, so far. But you can’t measure the strength of a debt-based currency against that of another debt-based currency. You need to gage it against a currency backed by a real, productive economy, like China’s, the economic giant with the largest precious metal and foreign cash reserves in the world.

Lately, the RMB has been tracking the dollar in almost a flat line, showing great stability so far. And the RMB is not backed by an agreement with the Saudis to protect them from enemies real and imagined in exchange for artificially propping up the currency. But that could change.

A scan of the above referenced Reuters article on the gaggle of European countries joining the AIIB revealed the source of US concerns:

      Quote:

Washington has questioned whether the AIIB will have high standards of governance and environmental and social safeguards.

      [my emphasis]

Can you guess what “social safeguards” might include?

The US dominates the World Bank, and here is a glimpse of what these “social safeguards” entail:
“JIM KIM, the president of the World Bank, wants it to promote gay rights. He has declared the “fight to eliminate all institutionalized discrimination” to be an “urgent task.” He recently put on hold a $90 m loan to Uganda’s health sector after its government introduced one of Africa’s most draconian anti-gay laws. He has ordered an overhaul of the bank’s lending policies to make sure that no loan assists discrimination. At this week’s Spring Meetings in Washington, DC, he is convening discussions with gay activists on how best to do so.”It seems the US has transformed the World Bank into a social change agent and intends to enforce its ideas of gay marriage and the like, and that is no doubt why it is not in a hurry to join the AIIB.

The World Bank partners with Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), which develops guidelines for social and environmental policies for the bank. In the introduction to its pamphlet “Guidelines for Environmental and Social Assessment,” MCC writes:
“Unlike biology, gender is mutable, and women’s and men’s roles, behaviors, and responsibilities change over time and are different in different societies.”The concept that “gender is mutable” is not further explained but it encapsulates the LGBT ideology of “queer theory,” which holds that the male-female distinction is not preset by biology but rather by individual choice. This contradicts not only common sense but the teachings of every world religion. And since no justification for this is provided in the literature targeting the lendee, it constitutes a quasi-religious decree reflecting what could be called “queer theology.” In fact, in enforcing this ideology, the World Bank is encroaching on the moral teachings, including religious teachings, prevailing in the countries to which it lends.

The environmental restrictions for lending by the World Bank prohibit lending for projects that provide the kind of amenities existing throughout the First World. It will not lend for projects involving oil refineries and most smelting processes, for nuclear power facilities or for

      “Construction of motorways, express roads and lines for long-distance railway traffic and of airports with a basic runway length of 2,100 meters or more; construction of a new road of four or more lanes, or realignment and/or widening of an existing road so as to provide four or more lanes, where such new road, or realigned and/or widened section of road would be 10 kilometers or more in a continuous length.”

Thus it in effect supports a worldwide caste system where only the rich countries that can afford their own financing may enjoy modern highways and modern international airports.

Assuming the AIIB’s lending rates are reasonable, then as long as the Chinese bank imposes none of the above-outlined ideologically based restrictions on its lendees, it will easily compete with our sclerotic and moribund US hegemony.

After all, in business, the formula for success is filling the voids left by competitors’ offerings of goods and services.

The lack of respect for clients’ sovereignty in making free-market choices is a hidden reason for a decline in the prestige of the World Bank, and since the trend in BRICS countries like China is to trade in non-dollar currencies, this dedollarization policy can only lead to a decline in the dollar in the future.

US enforced social and environmental Marxism is slowly turning financial clients away and the Chinese are providing a vital missing ingredient, namely, respect for the national sovereignty of client countries.

The importance of sovereignty and the way it is abused by the US is discussed here and here by yours truly at American Daily Herald and here and here by international law expert Bernard Chalumeau (in translation) at my own web site. Europe’s participation in the AIIB is a natural and predictable reaction to this lack of respect for it sovereignty.

So with all these strikes against the US-backed World Bank and its absurd policies, and in view of the dedollarization policies of China and the BRICS, what kind of future can we reasonably expect for the dollar?

AMEinfo.com, a Middle East trade site, carries a little-noticed fact that could be a game changer:
“The Saudi minister supported China’s plan to establish the Asian bank for investment in infrastructure projects in which the kingdom agreed to become a member.”Obviously, the Saudis are turning away from their one-time most favored trading partner and embracing the world’s largest economy, one that is perfectly capable of providing the same kind of military guarantees to the Saudis as the US now provides.

Can we look forward to a “petroyuan” in the not-so-distant future?

© Donald Hank

Saudi Arabia (not Iran) ranks 2nd in religious persecution, after N. Korea

Saudi Arabia (not Iran) ranks 2nd in religious persecution, after N. Korea
First posted at renewamerica.us on March 9, 2015

By Donald Hank

When discussing or analyzing reports from the Muslim world, we need to always keep in mind: The Saudis are SUNNI (the more fundamentalist and violent sect) while Iran (along with Syria) is predominantly SHIITE, a sect that is less radical and violent toward other religions and sects of Islam. The actual differences in behavior of these sects are less due to theology than to culture.

These cultural differences are of inestimable importance but are almost completely ignored by our grotesquely biased press and political class. I had written before on cultural differences between Muslim groups.

I would guess that only about 1% of Americans are aware of these differences and believe that all Muslims are equally blood thirsty. There is obviously a political agenda behind this blackout and it has to do with a dangerous ideology embodied in the Wolfowitz doctrine (isolation of Russia and its allies, such as Syria and Iran). If Iran broke ties with Russia tomorrow and hired an American company to run its nuclear facilities, the Iran bashing would stop instantly.

At variance with received wisdom, the predominantly Shiite Iranian government allows, as one would expect based on the above, more religious freedom than, say, Saudi Arabia and other Sunni countries. Religiously speaking, Iranians read the same Koran and Hadith as the Sunni world, but, despite their harsh enforcement of shariah law toward Muslims, their culture (including their interpretation of the scriptures) has for centuries encouraged more tolerance of non-Muslims and non-Shia. As a testimony to this tolerance, Bibles are allowed in Iran (though not in Saudi Arabia). Christians may practice their religion but may not proselytize. Iran also has a sizeable Jewish population (its hostility toward Israel can be attributed more to territorial politics than to religion. They see Israel as expanding into sacred Muslim territory). More importantly, the Iranian populace is more secular than that of other Muslim countries. For example, its young people tend to imitate Western behaviors and fashions. This major difference with Saudi Arabia is not reflected in the Western press, which spews venom 24-7 against Iran – even unfairly making it appear less tolerant of Christians, for example, here – but downplays the severe and glaring abuses of Saudi Arabia, including the latter’s support for terror organizations like ISIS and al-Qaeda, as reported by the NYT, The Atlantic here and here, but also in the conservative press, such as here. You’d think Americans would wake up to this obvious bias and lack of objectivity, but they seem to be inured to it and even welcome it. Indeed a recent poll shows a majority of Americans willing to use force against Iran. US 1 (we the people) seem to like being hoodwinked by politicians and media (US 2) in terms of foreign policy, which reflects a dismal lack of knowledge of the world around us. Thus we want to rule the world but not to know it – an untenable position in the long run. We need to wake up before this ignorance leads to another senseless war – particularly since a war with a nuclear Iran would quite likely pit us against two other nuclear powers, first Russia, and then a sympathetic China acting as a bodyguard.

Incidentally, Iran has the biggest Jewish population in any Muslim country. Where do we read that in today’s Iranophobic press?

Despite the growing mountain of mitigating comparative analyses, the UN, now virtually a US-dominated body, has issued a report singling out Iran for religious persecution, even though Iran is one of the least anti-Christian states in the Muslim world (though they do persecute Baha’i).

If you do a search for “UN blasts Iran for religious persecution” you find the above-linked article and more articles critical of Iran, as if it were the worst offender in the world.

Yet if you search for “UN blasts Saudi Arabia for religious persecution,” you find no articles on this subject. In fact, you will bring up the one linked above regarding Iran.

Any unbiased researcher will easily see the utter hypocrisy between the way the West treats Iran vs the way it treats Saudi Arabia.

The full truth about the religious intolerance of the Saudis can only be found on specialized sites such as those dealing with Christian persecution, like Christian Post. To sum it up, Christianity may be practiced in Iran but not in Saudi Arabia, the ally of US 2 (the US establishment, not necessarily the people, at least not if we can shake off the puppet strings).

The above-referenced Christian Post article says:

“In 2013, it (Saudi Arabia) was ranked at No.2, behind North Korea..”

Despite this, one of my correspondents, a retired military man, said that Iran (not Saudi Arabia) must be “taken away” (eliminated)! That would mean millions of people must be annihilated. He unflinchingly endorses genocide and thinks this makes him a patriotic American.

We are being taken for a ride by our press, our politicians, and, sorry to have to say this, but also by Netanyahu. There is obviously an agenda behind the Iranophobia in the press today. It has crossed the line into racism, a hatred for all things Iranian, harbored by the same people who hate all things Russian and, as a corollary, all things Syrian. After all, racism almost never targets only one ethnic group.

But you say, hasn’t Iran threatened to attack Israel? Actually, such a statement was attributed to ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but was based on an apparent misquote, as shown here. More importantly, far from threatening nuclear war with Israel, the latest Khamenei has, over the past few years, repeatedly and consistently said to his own people and to other Arab leaders that the use of nuclear weapons is a sin in Islam (the antipathy of the Arab world to Iran is more a manifestation of Shiaphobia than of actual fear of nukes. Israeli writer Daniel Greenfield, while critical of Iran, has admitted here that the entire Arab World would have nukes within 10 years. Pakistan already has them). A recently released compilation of video vignettes illustrates this.

No one can prove a negative, so if you choose to believe that Iran is poised to nuke Israel, you may. However, to reach this conclusion, you will have to climb over a mountain of evidence to the contrary, a smattering of which I have presented above.

© Donald Hank