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How Putin’s Greek policy could change the map of Europe

June 22nd, 2015 LAIGLESFORUM Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

by Don Hank  June 22, 2015

How Putin’s Greek policy could change the map of Europe

As you know, I do not make predictions about politics and geopolitics. That’s because the givens of the equation keep changing, so really, who knows, ever?

But here is what I suspect might happen to mess up the Neocon plans to defend the title of Master of the Universe.

Now as you know, Putin and Greek President Alexis Tsipras have already pretty much agreed to the construction of one segment of the Turkish Stream pipeline through Greece.

There has been speculation about Russia giving Greece an advance payment on this to help it recover from its acute and chronic crises. (Russia, the sanctioned one, has friends in high places, Beijing for example).

But Tsipras and Putin have been meeting and phoning each other here of late and they weren’t just talking about the weather.

Putin has already told Tsipras he is thinking about lending Greece a lot of money.

I am about 99.99% sure (still not wagering or prophesying) that Putin is gently pressuring Tsipras to leave the EU. Certainly, a sizable enough loan would probably buy him away from Brussels. It would be a fitting countermeasure (not to say vendetta) to the sanctions that the EU has imposed on Russia in the former’s role as lapdog of the US hegemons — is it too soon to say ex-hegemons?

At any rate, once Greece culminated their Grexit, it would be to Putin’s — and China’s (as a backstop to the loan) — advantage to have the EU collapse, at least in a slow motion, since that body is a major player in the unipolar world that aims to make Russia a captive state.

How to assist with that collapse?

By helping Greece become the economic power it once was. Greece was once a manufacturing powerhouse and, in conjunction with its agriculture, that made it reaonably well off.

Joining the EU and Eurozone — experiments in supranational deceptocracy — made it poor, to put it succinctly.

If the BRICS axis can succeed in making Greece prosperous again, then countries like Spain, Portugal and even Italy might eye their experimental results hungrily and decide to get in on the action.

I suspect Russia and China would jump at the chance to buy these countries away as well.

What would that do to Germany, the ringleader of all the policies that thrust Europe into crisis — which benefited Germany as the no. 1 exporter in the region and also as one of the stalwarts that “stood by” Washington in imposing sanctions on Russia?

Well, Germany, would have to adjust to being just another country again instead of the captain of the EU ship. Like the “exceptional” US, it would no longer be the Übermensch of countries (or  might we say Überland?).

And Putin would have that multipolar world he has dreamed about.

Mind you, I am not predicting anything.

But if I were Putin, that is the path I would take — and most likely the one he has in mind.

This is how sanctions can blow up in one’s face if one is careless.

 

Reference:

http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/blog/author/pepe-escobar/

 

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Iran is “biggest terror sponsor” ?

June 21st, 2015 LAIGLESFORUM Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

by Don Hank  June 21, 2015

A reader reminds us that “Iran” is the biggest terror sponsor and has called for death to America for many years. First, why aren’t we dead yet?
Well, because this is a slogan that gets votes, like “I am against abortion,” which candidates keep saying but none have ended the abomination and none intend to. Plus, there have been recent anti-American outbursts by Iranian officials, but many times the government later apologizes. The Iranian people are kindly disposed toward us. So which “Iran” are we talking about?

Carol Giacomo returned from a trip to Iran and reported that the people she met were friendly and none of them wanted us dead. She writes

(http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/13/how-young-iranians-view-america/?_r=0):

 

“Probably the toughest challenge was to try to answer why America accuses Iran of terrorism when, as one student phrased it, America has been involved in wars and violence ‘all over the world’.”

 

But two weeks ago, the plump cherub in N Korea threatened to nuke us but our political class and msm are not advising us to invaded his country. Why? Because N Korea is not part of the Russia-Iran-China axis that politicians traditionally pretend to be incensed about and promise to stand up to in order to get votes, preying on your fears and ignorance.

Here is the story about the N Korea threat, just 2 weeks ago:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-threatens-nuclear-attack-on-us-10232383.html

No politician has suggested attacking them. Such would not fit in with the absurd Wolfowitz Doctrine, which insists on perpetuating the Necons’ Cold War ad infinitum.

Whenever the entire press and political class have a double standard like this, urging war against a country that is no more hostile than another that is not targeted by the Establishment, there is something deeply wrong.

First, the “terrorists” supported by Iran are a political party (not excusing them, of course). Second, NONE of the ISIS terrorists are supported by Iran and ISIS is the worst bunch of terrorists the world has ever seen.

Saudi Arabia (together with the US deep state) created and funds ISIS and also created and funds Al Qaeda, Al Nusra and the Taliban.

If you have serous  doubts, read these linked articles below.

And jog your memory to recall that 15 of the 18 terrorists who attacked on 911 were Saudis and ALL were sponsored by the Saudis, as reported here

http://nypost.com/2013/12/15/inside-the-saudi-911-coverup/

As for other terror sponsorship, some reports show that the Saudis outshine them all in terror:

http://www.sullivan-county.com/x/list.htm

Finally, as I keep reminding you, while Iran has 600 Christian churches within its borders and allows Bibles to be shipped in, Saudi Arabia has banned all Bibles and churches.

If you are going around mouthing the old cliche that Iran is the biggest sponsor of terror without a shred of evidence, you are falling for the propaganda of the Washington elites, who are a more formidable threat to your well being and life than any terrorist group.

 

Further reading:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/05/wikileaks-cables-saudi-terrorist-funding http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-yousaf-butt-/saudi-wahhabism-islam-terrorism_b_6501916.html http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/31/combat-terror-end-support-saudi-arabia-dictatorships-fundamentalism http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/03/08/400834/Riyadh-biggest-terror-exporter http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2014/09/why-does-the-u-s-support-a-country-which-was-founded-with-terrorism-and-is-still-the-main-source-of-islamic-terrorism-today/

UPDATE:

Since posting this, I have had 2 readers who are apparently in thrall to Neocon propaganda accuse me of claiming that Iran is the “good guy.” They then routinely remind me that Islam is evil, period. But that doesn’t explain why the US has warm relations with the Saudis, does it? Or why Christian leaders never call for attacking Saudi Arabia but often call for attacking Iran (as Pastor John Hagee does here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDh1Vr7qajA). What I have been trying really hard to say is that not all Muslims are alike. Since I am a culture buff, I often notice things non culture buffs don’t. Which is why I wrote this: http://drrichswier.com/2014/10/17/inconsistent-foreign-policy-consistently-fails/

I had one reader, Nick, who understands the nuances between Muslim cultures and wants to help spread the word, but he wanted an information source for the 600 churches figure. He also asked about synagogues in Iran.

Here is my response:

Thanks for asking and for helping spread the word and boldly opposing the Washington hegemons. I just now found this:

http://levant.tv/blog-posts/christians-of-iran-the-safest-in-the-region/
A Christian leads Iran’s football team
http://www.armradio.am/en/2015/06/01/armenian-andranik-teymourian-the-first-christian-to-lead-irans-football-team/
And yes, there are synagogues in Iran, but the Jews have had problems with the Islamic government, as one might expect:
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/anti-semitism/iranjews.html
Iran also has issues with the Zoroastrians. Islam is not quite rational, and as people keep reminding me — pretending I didn’t know — there are no good guys, which is why minority religions are not always treated well or even fairly in this Islamic state. The biggest problem is Muslims who convert to Christianity. They can even be executed.
However, there obviously is no rational explanation for treating Iran as a pariah while teaming up with terror-sponsor Saudi Arabia in wars that always redound to the deaths and expulsion of Christians.
Here is a hard and thorny fact for you: Every Christian who has been beheaded in the Middle East lost his life to the Sunni Wahhabi sect supported by the Saudis — US alllies.
NONE Of the Christians were beheaded by the Iranians.
So go ahead and rant that all Muslims are alike. But sometime if you REALLY decide to pull your head out of the sand, ask any Middle Eastern Christian whether they would prefer to live in Saudi Arabia or in Iran. And this time, JUST LISTEN.
I had one such experience with a Coptic Christian, as I reported here http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/hank/140724
Our State Department has been supporting the Saudis militarily since the signing of the petrodollar agreement in 1973. Every one of our military conflicts since then has benefited the Saudis and their violent Wahhabism and none has benefited the people of the US.
Best,
Don Hank
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Our Father commands: BE WISE

June 20th, 2015 LAIGLESFORUM Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Neocons target gullible Christians

by Don Hank  June 20, 2015

In a nutshell, the atheistic ideology of Neoconservatism is why America did not change for the better when the GOP took over both houses and why a GOP president will not restore our republic. Neoconservatism is an ideology of the Left mimicking conservatism. It pays lip service to Christian ideals but for the sole purpose of deceiving Americans to do its bidding. The idea that the superior man must rule over the inferior man is the centerpiece of Third Reich philosophy which also taught that Christians must be used to implement its policies. But the “Christianity” of the Third Reich was a cynical distortion, like the “Christianity” created in the Neocon image.

An Alternet article titled “Leo Strauss’ philosophy of deception,” names Leo Strauss as an early precursor and Irving Kristol as the founder of Neoconservatism:

Among other neoconservatives, Irving Kristol, dubbed the “godfather” of the movement,

“has long argued for a much greater role for religion in the public sphere.

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]

Further:

“According to Shadia Drury, who teaches politics at the University of Calgary, Strauss believed that “those who are fit to rule are those who realize there is no morality and that there is only one natural right – the right of the superior to rule over the inferior.”
This dichotomy requires “perpetual deception” between the rulers and the ruled.”

How is this different from Nazism? How does it square with what Christ taught? It is a cynical trick to enlist the aid of Christians in implementing sinister plots antagonistic to Christ’s teachings.

The proof is not in the upfront idea being sold to the unwitting public. The proof is in the outcome.

GW Bush told the public that he was a born-again Christian (just as Carter had done). Then he proceeded to lead us into a war with questionable justification.

Within one week of our “victory” in Iraq, the Assyrian Christians, who had lived side by side with Muslims for 2 millennia, started to leave the country. Only a small remnant is left, and they are now being slaughtered by ISIS, a creation of these same Neocons (as exemplified by John McCain) working in concert with the Saudis, who ban Christianity in their homeland. And the Left blames Christians for the overall failure to keep the peace in Iraq. But behind these Christians were the Neoconservatives orchestrating the evil.

Jesus said

Be gentle as doves but wise as serpents.

American Christians have pretty much got that first part down pat. The second part is more of a challenge, but we owe it to ourselves and our Lord to focus on regaining that wisdom! After all, obeying only half a commandment makes people half-Christians.

But there is no such thing as half a heaven or half a hell. It’s either all or nothing with the Lord.

Matthew 10:16  ¶Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

 

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Greek Parliament declares debt to Troika illegal. End game for EU ?

June 18th, 2015 LAIGLESFORUM Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

by Don Hank  June  18, 2015

It seems the Greek Parliament has decided that the Greek debt to the Troika (ie, IMF, or International Monetary Fund, ECB, or European Central Bank, and EU, which you know if you don’t live in a cave) is illegal (open first link below). That is big news because it could easily culminate in the dissolution of the EU (which would also affect the US economy deeply — but would also help restore sovereignty to European nations groaning under the Brussels dictatorship). Here is the story

http://news.forexlive.com/!/greek-debt-committee-says-greece-shouldnt-pay-troika-debts-20150617

Why was I only a little surprised?

As I had said in the preface to a ZH article (last link below), the Greeks are owed several billion by the Germans due to an old war debt, although no one wants to talk about it. It seems a US controlled court declared this debt null and void just after WW II. No one can convince the Greeks that they owe the Germans one thin dime, and in a moral and ethical world, they don’t. But even back then, the US government was arbitrarily deciding the fates of the world, and leaning a bit toward the fascists, as they are today in Ukraine.

So the Greeks are looking for a way out, any way at all.

Now, I just happen to be reading a Greek-language news report about a related item — mostly just for language practice. This report says that the Russian Minister of the Economy, Sergei Stortsak, has declared that unfortunately, Russia cannot help Greece financially out of its crisis because Greece is part of the EU and only the EU can be the primary lender. That in fact is the EU rule if I understand correctly.

But Stortsak did NOT say that only because it is true. He had an ulterior motive. In fact, Russia wants to apply pressure on Greece to exit the EU (so-called Grexit), and this is his way of applying pressure on Greece to default on its debt. In other words, Stortsak wants Greece to know that Russia is waiting in the wings to help but as long as Greece is part of the EU, that will be impossible. The help, incidentally, would most likely be an advance payment on construction of the Greek segment of the Turkish Stream. (The US is screaming to the Greeks not to allow this and wants to substitute a pipeline project of its own. The Greeks pretty much told the US to suck eggs. Remember that Obama screamed at his “allies” not to join the AIIB, just before they almost all joined).

THEREFORE, what is the only option left for Greece at this point?

Why of course, default on the debt and exit the EU. It is an absolutely brilliant move on the part of the Kremlin and of Greek president Tsipras, who is planning to visit to the Kremlin this Friday.

Thus I think we can safely say that today’s decision to declare the Troika debt “illegal” is a result of Greece’s acceptance of the Russian offer, which as shown above, was phrased as a non-offer. But diplomats and analysts of diplomatic clues know how to interpret the words of diplomats, don’t we?

There is no “done deal” at this point, but the above is my analysis of events so far. We shall see.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-16/russian-pivot-greek-pm-schedules-putin-meeting-ahead-lehman-weekend

Don Hank

 

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Is the blood moon theory divination?

June 15th, 2015 LAIGLESFORUM Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

by Don Hank  June 16, 2015

 

A small discussion group I belong to has been discussing the Blood Moon theories of Mark Biltz and John Hagee.

Some have strongly defended this theory, which basically maintains that then a lunar eclipse triad occurs at certain times in the Hebrew calendar, Israel and the Jews will be impacted by great events.

One correspondent, however, said the following

Some questions about this Mark Biltz site:   http://elshaddaiministries.us/messages/5775/2014-2015-Jun.php

  1. Why do they use the Hebrew calendar?  Sivan 19, 5775
  2. He says in the title:  “When you set up (Beha’alotcha)áäòìåúê when Wikipedia says it means “when you step up”…  Wiki=  Hebrew for “when you step up,”  (could be a typo).
  3. Then he gives some Bible verse references and one is Zech 2:14 …. there is no Zech 2:14.
  4. Then there is this page with all the Jewish site URL’s.  http://elshaddaiministries.us/your_link_to_Israel.php#IsraeliNews

In his bio he makes this statement:

So he started El Shaddai Ministries in 2001 to educate Christians from all different denominations on how anti-Semitism and replacement theology has crippled our understanding of God and the covenants He has made with His people – the Jews.

Why wouldn’t Biltz be teaching Jews about Jesus?  It seems he is more concerned with “anti-semitism” and “replacement theology” (by the way, Hagee teaches this .. at least he did at one time).

To me, his whole ministry is nothing but confusion.

Rich Hess

 

Biltz has said that, based on the blood moon theory, the Second Coming “could” occur this September. Yet countless Christians have made predictions in the past, based on their particular reading of Bible prophecies.

My technique for distinguishing between true and false prophets is to wait until the date set in the prophecy arrives. If the prophecy comes true, then we have a winner. If not, we have a loser.

Pat Robertson, whom I otherwise appreciate (esp for this TV channel), has missed more than one prophecy but that hasn’t slowed him down. How does this look to the non-Christian community?

Christians are to go out into the world and win souls for Jesus. In the early church, there were Christians who had the gift of prophecy and we can suppose that, along with those who had the gift of miracles, they contributed to the building of the Christian community. However, who would convert to a religion full of quacks who keep making prophecies that fail? Obviously, that would have the opposite effect, driving away perspective converts. In fact, in the 50s, a pastor who was greatly admired by my family when I was a teen, ventured to prophesy that no child or teen living then would ever see adulthood because, he declared, all the Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and therefore Jesus was coming before that. Needless to say, when my 21st birthday rolled around, I remembered the words of this pastor with great sadness and was disillusioned about his supposed godliness. This, among other things, led me to question the existence of God, and my resulting atheism caused me severe difficulties and tragedy both to me and to others until God came for me to lead me back to Him. And just as that pastor had been a stumbling block to me, I became a stumbling block to others.

Biltz has used what I would call a kind of “Biblical divination” to suggest (while not directly prophesying) that the Second Coming could happen next September.

Let’s wait and see.

At any rate, God is opposed to divination (see http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-divination.html), and while some would say that using Bible code to arrive at prediction is not divination as defined in the Bible, one could counter that the Bible does not anywhere clearly lay out the blood moon theory, and therefore people who devise such convoluted theories are in fact performing a kind of divination, which is forbidden by God.

Don

 

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