by Don Hank August 25, 2015
George Friedman, CEO of Stratfor, seems to be following the lead of other prominent Neocon elites. Recently, Kissinger and Soros both warned against taunting the Russian bear or escalating the Ukraine conflict. This was remarkable for them, because they had always generally supported, at least by their actions and words, the Wolfowitz doctrine of encircling Russia, and indeed, Soros even admitted that one of his foundations had aided in the Maidan coup, as I pointed out here.
Now comes George Friedman and joins them in backtracking, reluctantly admitting here that maybe attacking the Russian ally Iran was never such a brilliant idea. He says the problem with this idea is that the plan might fail and thereby strengthen the Iranian position while weakening Israel’s position. No kidding.
I wrote to George via his Stratfor site and asked why no one ever mentions Daniel Greenfield’s famous speech on the MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) principle, which that author skillfully demonstrates would effectively prevent a nuclear power (he doesn’t explicitly mention Iran) from attacking another. Israel is known to possess a nuclear arsenal.
I had mentioned Greenfield’s comments on MAD here in the context of the rush to war against Iran – which, nota bene, even the Israeli military leaders knew to be an unnecessarily risky idea.
So when you say “I stand with Israel,” are you saying you stand with these wise military leaders who oppose war with Iran or with the minority who want to take that needless risk?
See the problem with that slogan?
Below is my response to George:
Thank you for this report.
I find it intriguing that no commentator ever mentions, in the context of Israel vs Iran, Daniel Greenfield’s speech on the MAD principle, which prevents nuclear powers from attacking each other. The Israeli government is aware of Greenfield’s writings and certainly, many have read this speech and know this theory makes common sense. Since it is known that Israel and the US are nuclear powers and that neither would sit back and let Iran attack Israel, Iran, in the real world, would never nuke Israel. Further, any nuclear explosion in Israel would kill and harm millions of Palestinians and other Arab neighbors. The whole world would turn against Iran and that would end Iran’s ability to ever trade with any country again. It would, in a word, be suicide. In other words, the war hawks in Israel are directing an inordinate and unjustified amount of time and energy at preventing an impossibility.
It is obvious to me that the only reason Israeli war hawks keep beating the drums in Iran’s direction is that they want to stay on the good side of the Saudis, who they perceive as having the power to crush them via their protégés like ISIS.
Why not address this side of the story some time? It would not hurt your credibility and would almost certainly boost your readership.
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When you see the elites distancing themselves from their past strongly held positions, it’s not because they had a change of heart or “saw the light.” It’s because an external force or forces have made it impossible to sustain those positions and they woke up to this reality.
Despite all the setbacks that Eurasia (mostly Russia and China) have suffered (such as the recent collapse of the Chinese stock market), this region has so far avoided, for the most part, the extravagance of Western Keynesianism – unbridled money printing, borrowing more than they can ever pay down or back to pay for reckless spending – and despite the “socialist” tag, neither of them spends, as a percentage of GDP, even a fraction of what Western “developed” countries spend on welfare or social programs. The Neocons haven’t a leg to stand on, and now the upper echelons aren’t in fact standing.
Further, Eurasia has managed to demonstrate the vast potential of its economic power and prestige, for example, via the new investment bank, the AIIB, to most of our “allies,” over 50 of which became founding members, as I pointed out here.
On top of that, Russia and China have been doing impressive joint military exercises lately, demonstrating not only that they possess the hardware to back down any opponent, but that they are a team. I am amused at analysts who discuss Russian military capability in great detail without ever mentioning that there is in fact no such thing as the “Russian” military. In today’s world, there is only a joint Russian-Chinese military that we must contend with – and get along with, like it or not. And while there are still US “allies,” most are only reluctant and leaning away from the constant wars made in USA.
I say all that to remind you of why the elites, like Soros, Kissinger and Friedman, are changing their tune. They simply have no choice. Reality is facing them like a brick wall, foiling their schemes of world dominance. I say this cautiously, but it would seem that Neoconservatism is dead for all practical purposes.
The elites, who had everything to lose, were the first to notice the tectonic plate shift in geopolitics.
The rest of America needs to pay attention.
by Don Hank August 20, 2015
A recent report from the UK bears the revealing title: Muhammad is top boy’s name; 1 in 2 young people identify as not 100% heterosexual; regular church attendance down to 6%?.
I have said before that one of the top-ranking goals of the New World Order elites is to eliminate Christianity. This is obvious if you consider that the elites throughout the West are desperately pursuing 2 seemingly diametrically opposed policies:
1–Promoting Islam. How? For one thing, by importing hordes of immigrants claiming to be refugees. EU policies dictate that no refugees may be turned away and all must be accommodated. Most are Muslims, who are immediately placed on welfare rolls. Secondly, the elites engage in wars in Muslim countries (and even non-Muslim countries, like Serbia) that invariably redound to the deaths and banishment of Christians. This cannot be accidental as I have shown here.
2–Promoting homosex and LGBT. For example, many European countries have institutionalize gay “marriage” despite the fact that such a union does not meet the definition of marriage as held for about 5000 years in all world languages (over 600)!
Now if the elites cared about homosexuals, or sincerely believed in homosexual “rights,” and/or cared about the safety of homosexuals, they could not be in favor of Islam, could they?
Conversely, if they really favored the Muslim religion, which bans homosexuality, they could not be for homosexual rights because such runs counter to Islamic teachings. Right?
By the process of elimination, there could only be one goal behind this seemingly self defeating policy of promoting these two highly antagonistic groups, and that goal is the elimination of Christianity.
Thus, the elites, while antagonistic to Western tradition, are in fact Christ-centered inasmuch as they are totally focused on eliminating the teachings of Jesus in the world. This suggests that the remedy must also be Christ centered, but in a positive way.
The above-linked article is the best illustration of that observation that I have seen thus far.
So if, of all world religions, only Christianity is targeted for elimination by the elites, they must know that that religion is by far the most dangerous to their way of thinking and to their goals. Indeed it is.
Likewise, there could only be one effective remedy for this destruction of our culture, and that is Christianity.
And I am not referring to institutionalized religion. The fact is, if you read the gospels, you find that Jesus had a pet peeve, and that is, ironically, formal religion.
You will not find Jesus in many churches – Protestant or Catholic – any more. He is not welcome there.
But you can find him in the humble loving walk of Christians, of which a remnant remain.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
The most powerful antidote to the elitist attempt to enslave you is to educate yourself in various ways: reading the gospels to learn the ways of Christ that have made Him the target of hate by the elites and learning about the deep state and the machinations of the elites who have declared war on that gospel and on Jesus Christ. But beware: many of the enemies of Christ call themselves “Christians.” Many of them, for example, are the Neocons, who claim to be for traditional marriage or against abortion but speak ill of Russia, the only major world power that opposes the New World Order, for example, in the Middle East, where they ally themselves with the few leaders who protect or tolerate Christians, even as the West opposes all such leaders on absurd and convoluted pretexts.
Jesus did not say in vain:
Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make ye free.
Count it as a blessing in disguise that the elites promote these antagonistic groups because it is proof that their target is Christianity and that Jesus was prophetic when He said ye shall be persecuted for my namesake.
The West has wandered in darkness for too long. It is time to come back to the light.
by Don Hank Aug 17, 2015
An alert sent from secureamericanow.org titled “Stop this Bad Deal” (see below)says:
“This [the Iran nuclear power deal] is the greatest potential threat to our national security and must be stopped.
You know this is a bad deal. It doesn’t stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Even if they abide by the deal, which is highly unlikely, we are merely kicking the can down the road and allowing them to develop nuclear weapons in 10-15 years, with the blessing of the world community. We must stop this bad deal.”
Correction. The biggest threat to national security is throat-slicing, Christian killing ISIS, and ISIS is sponsored by Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia, the enemy that we call an “ally.” Sunni teaches that all religions other than Sunni Islam must be eradicated, and Wahhabism, the Saudi brand of Sunni, practices this by killing non-Sunnis everywhere they find them. And this threat is not just a POTENTIAL threat, it is a kinetic — active — threat that is being activated before our eyes.
Sunni Saudi Arabia has just signed 6 contracts with Russia for the supply of nuclear power equipment and material, which can be converted into bombs. And for those riled up about that recent sale of S-300 defensive missiles to Iran, Russia is poised to deliver offensive ballistic Iskander missiles to Saudi Arabia, which has also signed 6 nuclear contracts with the Russians. The Iskander is designed to reach targets 500 km away and can be fitted with nuclear warheads!
Since Shiite-majority Iran is the enemy of ISIS and Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia is the friend of the 100% Sunni ISIS (Sunni is the branch, Wahhabism is the sect), if any nation needs to be stopped, it is theocratic, anti-Christian, terror supporting Saudi Arabia. And any group that focuses on the less-dangerous Iran is a deceitful Neocon war monger and cannot be trusted.
Further, Saudi-sponsored ISIS is now making inroads into Pakistan and if it succeeds in controlling Pakistani nukes, it is fanatical enough to ignite a world war.
Iran is not that fanatical as witnessed by the fact that, as mentioned above, its stable elected government has purchased defensive missiles from Russia (by contrast, suicidal fanatics like ISIS do not care about defense because they want to die), has spent years negotiating trade agreements (by contrast, Islamic fanatics aren’t interested in trade. They thirst for martyrdom) and the Iranian people are friendly toward the American people (though not necessarily the US government — but then neither are conservative patriotic Americans!). If the Iranian government were insanely fanatical (like ISIS), Russia would not deal with it because Russia has a Muslim problem of its own and has an urgent need to stop the proliferation of Islamic terror — which — did I mention? — comes mostly from Saudi Arabia. Not only that, stable governments like Iran’s are bound by the MAD principle which restrains them from launching nuclear attacks on other countries that also have nukes. Israel has at least 85 nukes. Further, Iran knows that if it detonates a nuke in Israel, it will kill and harm millions of Palestinians, incurring the wrath of the entire Arab World and inviting a retaliatory attack by the US and Israel both, with the full backing on Saudi Arabia, so it definitely will not do that. Israel is therefore safe from a nuclear attack by Iran. So why all the Iranophobic war talk?
The only reason Israel is making a fuss about Iran is because it wants to stay on the good side of Saudi Arabia, which hates Iran for religious reasons. The main reason the US government is making a fuss about Iran is because it needs to stay on the good side of the Saudis so that they will keep demanding US dollars for their oil and thereby propping up the value of the USD. (Since the Saudis now rely on the Russians for arms and nuclear power, and since they have become founding members of the Chinese bank AIIB, a menacing rival to the US-owned World Bank, it seems unlikely that the petrodollar agreement will hold much longer. What went around is coming around.)
Saudi Wahhabism is the most intolerant Christian-hating religious sect in the world. Bibles and churches are banned in fanatical terror-supporting Saudi Arabia.
Iran, by contrast, has 600 Christian churches. This is because Iran is Shiite, a more tolerant sect (not saying their shariah-law courts are mild, of course, but that is an internal matter).
Israel knows that if it keeps demonizing and threatening Iran, the Saudis will not let their proteges in ISIS attack Israel. But otherwise,, there’s no telling what might happen.
By focusing on and demonizing Iran, Neocons and their useful idiots are giving a pass to the most anti-Christian sect in the world (Sunni Wahhabism) and hence to ISIS. That amounts to tacit support for this fanatical bunch.
Why on earth would anyone support ISIS, especially in a so-called “Christian” country?
Talk about a BAD DEAL!!
by Don Hank Aug 18, 2015
An anonymous editorial at Sputnik News points out that the cold war started in 1917 just after the Bolshevik Revolution succeeded. However, Russophobia goes back farther than that, says the editorial. Thus, the Russophobic British had called Russia “expansionist” almost 200 years ago. It states:
Historians elaborate that the so-called “Russophobia campaign” actually started as early as the 1820s — instigated by Britain — following Russia’s glorious victory over Napoleonic France in 1812-13.
The myth of Russian expansionism is still alive, having been resuscitated shortly after the resistance of Russian speaking fighters in Eastern Ukraine, who want nothing to do with the Maidan coup.
Yet a close look at the old myth reveal that Russia’s expansive geography generally owes not to Russia’s annexation of other countries but to precisely the reverse of that, as the history of its expansion clearly shows, while the British Empire grew by cold wealth-motivated colonization of countries with unrelated cultures.
Russia chafed for 200 years under the “Tartar Yoke.” The Tartars were Mongol invaders who arrived in the vast Russian-speaking territory in 1240 (note that the territory was already very large). These Mongols, or Tartars, were adherents of an eastern religion but converted to Islam during their occupation of Russia. Thus, rather than Russia conquering territory, they were the conquered and paid onerous tributes to the Muslim Khans who ruled over them.
In 1480, the Great Mongol Horde failed to capture Muscovy (Moscow region) and that date is taken conventionally as the end of the Tartar occupation, although remnants of the Tartars, notably the Nogai (Turkic and Mongols), remained and, starting in about 1500, occupied Russian turf. They were raiders who lived off of booty. They were eventually pushed back.
There were also invasions by Poles and Swedes. The Cossacks, a fierce people of Ukrainian descent, also came into conflict with the Russians.
While it is true that Russia under Peter the Great, together with its allies, invaded Sweden, that country was in fact a true empire that had taken territories in Russia and other countries. For this reason, although Russia called itself an empire at that time, it was not simply ruthlessly taking non-Russian turf. It was to some extent retaking what had been its own.
But what about the war with Turkey, you say? Well, we need to recall that the land occupied by the Turks known as the Ottoman Empire was in fact stolen from the conquered Byzantine Christians. It was Orthodox Russia attempting to reclaim land that had been Orthodox territory. Considering today’s events, with Turkey bombing the Kurds in Syria (where the latter were fighting ISIS), who could not be sorry that the Russians lost that war?
All of this runs counter to the favorite myths of Western media, pols and other mischief makers who try to portray the Russians as land grabbers.
Most of the conquest was in fact in reverse, with the Russians retaking land that was theirs, and the main antagonists were Muslims.
It is ironic to note as well that the Ukrainian speaking Cossacks, generally played the role of antagonists in Russia, although Ukraine was quite early part of Russia. Yet today, we are fed the line that the Russians have recently invaded Ukraine, even though the vast majority of Eastern Ukrainians speak Russian as their mother tongue and want nothing to do with the US-dominated Kiev government.
If Ukraine ever reverts to Russia, it will just be another example of Russia reclaiming its own turf.
But don’t expect the msm to admit that.
by Don Hank August 9, 2015
An article in globalresearch describes Neocon attempts to spread a false narrative (http://www.globalresearch.ca/iran-accused-of-being-behind-9-11-attacks/30777) implicating Iran in the 911 terror, which was perpetrated by 18 terrorists, 15 of whom were Saudis and none were Iranian (their funding came from Saudi citizens). This spinning of narratives to deflect attention from the guilty-as-sin Saudis has been ongoing since at least the 1973 petrodollar agreement (http://laiglesforum.com/how-the-petrodollar-perpetuates-islamic-terror-2/3315.htm).
Recently, a prominent leader of the movement to wage war on Iran told me he thought my writing had a tinge of “anti-Israel” bias. As a Christian, I feel a kinship with the ancient Hebrews that is more intimate than with any others except the early Christians.
The fact is, my bias is strictly biblical and I don’t care one bit what others say, including people calling themselves Christians.
The Orthodox Jews are the only legitimately biblical Jews in the sense that they accept our Old Testament, and Orthodox Jews were the ones who held a protest against Netanyahu’s visit to the US Congress to fan war sentiment. I have two Orthodox rabbis on my mailing list and both of these gentlemen wrote me after reading my article critical of Netanyahu and heartily agreed with me on biblical grounds!
Consider the following from Wikipedia
A Gallup survey in 2015 determined that 65% of Israelis say they are either “not religious” or “convinced atheists”, while 30% say they are “religious”. Israel is in the middle of the international religiosity scale, between Thailand, the world’s most religious country, and China, the least religious. The Israeli Democracy Index commissioned in 2013 regarding religious affiliation of Israeli Jews found that 3.9 percent of respondents felt attached to Reform (Progressive) Judaism, 3.2 percent to Conservative Judaism and 26.5 percent to Orthodox Judaism. The other two thirds of respondents said they felt no connection to any denomination or declined to respond.
So 65% of Israelis do not believe in the God of Abraham yet, when demanding US support for their wars, play the part of the “chosen people”! Israel was indeed God’s chosen people, but when they fell away from their faith in Him, they lost their blessing and were scattered throughout the earth. A people that does not honor God is no longer His people, although there is hope for their salvation just as there is for all of humanity regardless of their wickedness.
Let us admit as Christians that God did not personally bring a bunch of atheists and non believers together to become the new state of Israel in the sense of a divinely chosen nation. Only those 26.5% Orthodox and 3.2% conservatives could be the true children of God according to Old Testament principles, and their views are not represented in Netanyahu’s Likud Party, which hordes of foolish Christians support without question.
So let’s stop pretending that allowing the Likud (posing as the God-chosen people) to talk America into attacking Iran and Syria, the Muslim countries that are least anti-Christian by far, is God’s will. I can state in all confidence that such is not true.
This is the evil narrative of the Neoconservatives, who have advocated using weak minded Christians as pawns in their unscrupulous game.
Irving Kristol, dubbed the “godfather” of the (Neoconservative) movement, “has long argued for a much greater role for religion in the public sphere. (using naive Christians to do their dirty work — Don)
At the same time, he stressed that religion was for the masses alone; the rulers need not be bound by it. Indeed, it would be absurd if they were, since the truths proclaimed by religion were “a pious fraud.” [my highlighting] (any “Christian who allows himself to be led around by the nose by such ungodly people is disobeying God and committing a grievous sin! — Don)
Jesus commanded us to be wise as serpents. Instead we have chosen to be witless as oxen and obedient to evil contrivers who spin Biblical truths to enslave us in ways that get Middle Eastern Christians and other minorities killed.
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 16:25 (translated from the Hebrew)
by Don Hank August 4, 2015
Just recently it was reported that Putin had said he would not be helping Assad fight ISIS. I also checked the Russian-language sources and they said the same thing. Since Obama and the other Western powers had failed to make a breakthrough in their fight against ISIS, things seemed really bleak for the Christians and other minorities in Syria.
Yet this story was hard for me to swallow. This would have meant that ISIS had almost no resistance in its takeover of Syria. It also would have meant that Putin had sold out Assad. That did not seem possible. Putin simply does not abandon his allies. Besides, the Syrian government site, which I also visited today, did not show any hint of complaints or concerns about Putin or his loyalty. But wouldn’t Assad be worried sick with the entire Western world out to get him even as ISIS carves up his land? All of this made me suspect that a secret deal was being hatched.
Just hours later, I received the link shown below, which seems to confirm my hunch.
If my Middle East contacts Ghassan and Intibah Kadi have the true lowdown on what is really happening, ISIS could meet some real resistance soon.
It seems there have been high level meetings between the US, Iran, Russia, Syria and Saudi Arabia. I suspect that Putin has secretly brokered another deal, this time with the Saudis, persuading them to join the West and Syria in fighting ISIS (Putin has already met with the new Saudi foreign minister and they have cut important bilateral deals). If that happens, ISIS could soon be history, although I caution everyone not to get too optimistic yet. We can only hope and pray.
At any rate, my friends at Intibah Wakeup have a breaking story for you that you will not want to miss. No Western source that we know of has reported this story so you are among the first to read it here in translation from the Arabic, thanks to that remarkable site:
Our loyal Neocon press keeps reporting that Iran is the country that heartlessly executes more people than any other country. As usual, this is not quite true. While executions are certainly too high in Iran, our “ally,” Saudi Arabia, seems to be keeping up in that department and may soon pull ahead, as reported here: http://www.rt.com/news/267298-saudi-arabia-100-executed/.
Any writer or “expert” on the Middle East who stresses the shortcomings of Iran and ignores the same shortcomings in the Saudis is just playing along with the Neocon plan of demonizing Shiites while giving Sunnis a pass, to the detriment of the US middle class and world peace. (One important reason for this insane policy is that Shiite Iran is a Russian ally and the Neocons also irrationally hate Russia. Another reason is the petrodollar agreement with the Sunni Saudis: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/hank/150314. The remedy could be the petroyuan http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/hank/141219).
The elites and their minions in the press almost NEVER remind us that ISIS, Al Qaeda, the Taliban and all the other terror groups that execute Christians belong to the Wahhabi sect of the Sunni branch, the religion of the Saudis, and are sponsored by Saudis. A recent poll in Saudi Arabia shows that 92% of respondents believe that ISIS “conforms to the values of Islam and Islamic law.” http://en.europenews.dk/Poll-92-of-Saudis-believe-that-Islamic-State-conforms-to-the-values-of-Islam-and-Islamic-law-78188.html
Uh oh! Saudi Arabia is our “ally,” while Iran, which is opposed to ISIS, is our “enemy”? This incongruity cannot stand.
While it is true that Iran also has a high execution rate, an important difference, as I have pointed out dozens of times now, is that Iran does not donate one penny to ISIS, never supported the Taliban or Al Qaeda, and its Islamic sect, Shia, does not generally kill Christians for being Christians. Yet our “ally” supports terrorists who DO kill Christians and want us extinct. Tell me that our foreign policy is not a knife aimed at the heart of the American public — the same public that pays the exorbitant bill for its own destruction!
Never in history has a nation aided and abetted the enemy of its culture and religion the way the US government does. If any country had ever done so, it would not have lasted long. The US has resources and a strong military, but if we continue to use our military to aid our enemies and harm our friends, I think you can imagine how long we will last. Already we are being challenged in Eurasia by a dedollarization program that is gaining ground in leaps and bounds. http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/hank/141009
My messages of late have been aimed mainly at waking up Americans to Washington DC’s wholehearted support for our enemies and opposition, often military, to our friends or at least the more tolerant of the Middle Eastern groups.
If our elites don’t stop this deliberate destruction of our culture and our security soon, someone else will stop them.
by Don Hank August 1, 2015
I keep getting requests from different groups, like ACT For America, to support a campaign to reverse the Iran nuclear deal. The groups behind this are all Neocons with an agenda, who think we are idiots who would never notice that Saudi Arabia is the biggest terror sponsor in the world and is supporting the propaganda war against Iran and pretending it is more dangerous than they are. Here is my response to AFA and the person who sent me their request for help.
How about calling your lawmakers and sending them my email message below?
Saudi Arabia is the country that, in concert with the US government, founded the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, ISIS and other terror groups.
IRAN, while it is involved in pro-Palestine actions to counter Israeli moves, NEVER sent the above-mentioned terror groups a single penny!
In fact, the Iranian militias helped fight ISIS in Iran.
Now Saudi Arabia has signed 6 contracts with Russia for the supply of nuclear fissionable materials and the construction of nuclear plants in Saudi Arabia, even as Saudi citizens continue to funnel funds to ISIS (Russia, while having long sided with Iran, has a policy of strict separation between trade and politics). You may recall that, of the 18 terrorists who attacked America on 911, 15 were Saudis. What measures is Act For America taking to counter Saudi-sponsored terror?
Saudi Arabia belongs to the Sunni branch of Islam, and worse yet, to the Wahhabi sect, which has declared permanent war on Christians and Jews. Sunni Wahhabism is by far the most violent and intolerant religion in the world! There are no churches in Saudi Arabia and Bibles are banned. While Iran, predominantly Shia (the more Christians-tolerant branch) also strictly applies Sharia law to Muslims and has committed acts against Muslims just as cruel as those committed by the Saudis, Iran has 600 Christian churches and allows Bibles to be imported.
It may be legitimate to ask Congress to oppose the Iran deal. But what does ACT For America have to say about Saudi Arabia and its nuclear plans?
If Americans insist on opposing the less violent and more tolerant group and supporting the more violent and less tolerant group of Muslims, how can we ever consider ourselves more secure, no matter how strong our military might be?
Peace is kept with intelligent strategies that support ONLY friends, not enemies.
As shown by the article below, every war we fought outside Latin America since 1973 has been to the benefit of the Saudi terror sponsors, who have egged us on against Iran over matters of religion. This is in violation of our First Amendment rights. No American tax dollars should be spent supporting anyone’s religion.
How the petrodollar perpetuates terror: