War With Russia Chapter Two: The Empire Strikes Back…
After the destruction of the Global Thermonuclear Death Star candidate (Hilary the Bitch) campaign for president the surprise victory over evil by the Jedi Knight Donnie the Trump and his rebel forces set the stage for reduced tensions between nuclear powers of Russia and the United States, hope once again filled the air. But the sinister elements of the Dark Side led by the mysterious Sith Lord Darth Soros continues to manipulate his brainwashed mindless hords of neoliberals behind the scenes. Will Trump be able to resist the warmongers? Or will he succumb to the Dark Side of the political Force?…..
Meanwhile, back on Earth, conservatives have had a very hard time getting over President Trump’s much-repeated response to Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly’s calling Russian president Vladimir Putin “a killer”. Replied Trump: “There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. You think our country is so innocent?”
One could almost feel a bit sorry for O’Reilly as he struggled to regain his composure in the face of such blasphemy. Had any American establishment media star ever heard such a thought coming from the mouth of an American president? From someone on the radical left, yes, but from the president?
Senator John McCain on the floor of Congress, referring to Putin, tore into attempts to draw “moral equivalency between that butcher and thug and KGB colonel and the United States of America.” (1)
Ah yes, the infamous KGB. Can anything good be said about a person associated with such an organization? We wouldn’t like it if a US president had a background with anything like that. Oh, wait, a president of the United States was not merely a CIA “colonel”, but was the Director of the CIA! I of course speak of George Herbert Walker Bush. And as far as butchery and thuggery … How many Americans remember the December 1989 bombing and invasion of the people of Panama carried out by the same Mr. Bush? Many thousands killed or wounded; thousands more left homeless.
Try and match that, Vladimir!
And in case you’re wondering for what good reason all this was perpetrated? Officially, to arrest dictator Manuel Noriega on drug charges. How is that for a rationalization for widespread devastation and slaughter? It should surprise no one that only shortly before the invasion Noriega had been on the CIA payroll. (2)
It’s the “moral equivalency” that’s so tough to swallow for proud Americans like O’Reilly and McCain. Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell also chipped in with: “And no, I don’t think there’s any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.” (3) Other Senators echoed the same theme, all inspired by good ol’ “American exceptionalism”, drilled into the mind of every decent American from childhood on … Who would dare to compare the morals of (ugh!) Russia with those of God’s chosen land, even in Moscow’s current non-communist form?
The communist form began of course with the October 1917 Russian Revolution. By the summer of 1918 some 13,000 American troops could be found in the newly-born state, the future Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Two years and thousands of casualties later, the American troops left, having failed in their mission to “strangle at its birth” the Bolshevik state, as Winston Churchill so charmingly put it. (4)
US foreign policy has not been much more noble-minded since then. I think, it’s time for me to present the concise historical summarys of Dr. William Blum*:
Since the end of World War 2, the United States has:
Attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which were democratically-elected. https://williamblum.org/essays/read/overthrowing-other-peoples-governments-the-master-list
Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries. https://williamblum.org/chapters/rogue-state/united-states-bombings-of-other-countries
Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders. https://williamblum.org/chapters/killing-hope/us-government-assassination-plots
Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries. https://williamblum.org/essays/read/suppressing-revolt-and-revolution
Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries. (5)Though not as easy to quantify, has also led the world in torture; not only the torture performed directly by Americans upon foreigners, but providing torture equipment, torture manuals, lists of people to be tortured, and in-person guidance by American instructors. (6)
Where does the United States get the nerve to moralize about Russia? Same place they get the nerve to label Putin a “killer” … a “butcher” … a “thug”. It would be difficult to name a world-renowned killer, butcher, or thug – not to mention dictator, mass murderer, or torturer – of the past 75 years who was not a close ally of Washington.
So why then does the American power elite hate Putin so? It can be dated back to the period of Boris Yeltsin.
During the Western financial looting of the dying Soviet Union the US could be found meddling in favor of Yeltsin in the election held in 1996. Under Yeltsin’s reign, poverty exploded and life expectancy for men actually decreased by five years, all in the name of “shock therapy.” The US/Western-backed destabilization of the Soviet Union allowed global capitalism to spread its misery unfettered by any inconvenient socialism. Russia came under the control of oligarchs concerned only for their own enrichment and that of their billionaire partners in the West. The transition of power to Vladimir Putin in the 21st century led to a number of reforms that curbed the disastrous looting of the nation by the oligarchic bandits. Putin and his allies vowed to build an independent, capitalist Russia that was capable of determining its own affairs free from US and Western domination. Such an orientation placed Putin in direct confrontation with US imperialism’s plans for unipolar global hegemony.
Washington’s disdain for Putin increased when he derided US war propaganda leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Then, the Russian leader played a crucial role in getting Iran to curtail its nuclear program and arranging for Syria to surrender its stockpiles of chemical weapons. Washington’s powerful neoconservatives had been lusting for direct US military strikes against those two countries, leading to regime change, not diplomatic agreements that left the governments in place.
Lastly, after the United States overthrew the democratically elected Ukrainian government 2014 and installed fascists via an illegal coup. Putin was obliged to intervene on behalf of threatened ethnic Russians in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. That, in turn, was transformed by the Western media into a “Russian invasion”. (7)
The same Western media has routinely charged Putin with murdering journalists but doesn’t remind its audience of the American record in this regard. The American military, in the course of its wars in recent decades, has been responsible for the deliberate deaths of many journalists. In Iraq, for example, there’s the Wikileaks 2007 video, exposed by Chelsea Manning, of the cold-blooded murder of two Reuters journalists; the 2003 US air-to-surface missile attack on the offices of Al Jazeera in Baghdad that left three journalists dead and four wounded; and the American firing on Baghdad’s Hotel Palestine, a known journalist residence, the same year that killed two foreign news cameramen.
The Trump honeymoon is over for me. It was never actually love; hardly more than an intriguing curiosity; mainly that he wasn’t Hillary Clinton; that he was unlikely to start a war with Russia or close down the Russia Today (RT) TV station in the US, which I and many others depend on daily; and that he was not politically correct when it came to fighting the Islamic State. Trump’s “moral equivalency” remark above gave me some hope. But this all vanished with his appointment to high office of one war-loving, bemedalled general after another, intermingled with one billionaire Goldman-Sachs official after another; his apparent confirmation of his Mexican Wall; and, worst of all, his increasing the military budget by $54 billion… this will certainly be at the expense of human life and health and the environment. What manner of man is this who walks amongst us?
The word is “narcissism”. New York Times columnist Frank Bruni (February 28, 2017) captures this well: “Why do I get the sense that fighter jets are Donald Trump’s biceps, warships are his pectorals and what he’s doing with his proposed $54 billion increase for the Pentagon is flexing?”
Will there ever be an end to the never-ending American wars?
How should we react to terrorism?
I have said, and do believe that terrorism carried out by Islamics is to some extent motivated by their... religion. A hypothesis rejected by what I see as the “politically correct” who usually take it to be an unjust attack upon an "ancient" and "noble" "religion". Gag! The fact that I, a leftist, a comrade, would say such a thing is especially hard for them to take. Too damn bad I say. I call it as I see it.
Some say that neither I nor the media have the right to categorically condemn brutal terrorist actions because the terrorists are reacting to decades of Western, particularly American, violence against the Muslims of the Middle East and elsewhere; and that if only the West would stop their bombing they would stop creating new terrorists. Liberal columnists often echo these sentiments, but at the same time cannot accept the role played by radical Islamic beliefs in instigating the Islamic terror.
Not every American soldier in World War II was a knowledgable and convinced anti-fascist; nor were all of those fighting in Vietnam knowledgable and convinced anti-communists; but they deeply believed in American exceptionalism. I proceed from the assumption that Islamic terrorists deeply believe in the leading tenets of Islam though many of them may have been drawn to ISIL for a variety of reasons and may have only a passing knowledge of the Koran and may only rarely enter a mosque.
Why is it that terrorists routinely shout “Allah Akhbar” (“God is great”) while carrying out a bloody attack?
Why is it that so much of Islam teaches that non-Muslims are the enemy, that “disbelievers” are to be executed?
Why do they speak of their duty to perform “jihad”, which is usually defined as a struggle against the enemies of Islam or against the “infidels”?
Why do they speak of “martyrs”, which is often used as an honorific for Muslims who have died fulfilling a religious commandment, especially those who die waging jihad, or historically in the military expansion of Islam?
Why do they speak of martyrs going to paradise after dying and receiving heavenly rewards? Even being resurrected on earth, to once again die as a martyr, going again to paradise.
Yes, yes, I know about the terrible crimes of the IRA Catholics and the Israeli Jews, but on the scale of human moral evolution they don’t compare to the routine cutting off of heads; the whippings; demolishing 2000 + -year-old monuments; sternly banning alcohol, music, gays and sex; covering up women’s faces; forcibly imposing religious law; and on and on, including the worst of all: the never-ending horrific suicide bombings. ISIL has done the impossible: It has made American foreign policy look almost halfway decent.
I reply to critics with something to this effect: Even if I completely accepted your premises, I’d still feel that it was too late. We can’t undo the harm that US foreign policy and the West have caused. The barn door is wide open and all the horses have escaped. There is an entire generation, or two generations, in the Muslim world totally committed to gaining bloody revenge against the West. It appears to be that it’s either us or them.
Explaining the cause of terrorism is not the same as excusing it.
It might be different if the terrorists focused on killing only those in the West responsible for the horror carried out against their people, but their acts of violence are largely indiscriminate; they attack Westerners at random, often with Muslim victims included; often with only Muslim victims.
As I’ve pointed out, we should consider this: From the 1950s to the 1980s the United States carried out all kinds of very harmful policies against Latin America, including numerous bombings, without the natives ever resorting to the uncivilized, barbaric kind of retaliation as employed by ISIL. Latin American leftists generally took their revenge out upon concrete representatives of the American empire: diplomatic, military and corporate targets – not markets, theatres, nightclubs, hospitals, schools, restaurants or churches.
France, the site of numerous terrorist attacks, has experimented with deradicalization centers in an attempt to combat homegrown extremism. The centers subjected those they housed to intense courses in French history and philosophy. But after five months the experiment has been abandoned as a complete failure. (8). My guess is that one reason for the failure is that French officials, like their American counterparts, were too politically correct when it came to questions of religion. If I were a teacher at one of these centers I would ask the students how they know – I mean really know – that “martyrs” go to paradise. They are, after all, considering sacrificing their lives for this belief. Seriously confronting this question for perhaps the first time ever, the students’ minds may well become somewhat confused, leaving them open for other challenging questions and thoughts.
For the record: I don’t support the US fighting ISIL in Syria (which without the specific invitation of the sovereign Syrian government is a direct violation of international law) or elsewhere. I don’t trust the Pentagon’s motivation, or their choice of bombing targets. They’re probably still into regime change. I’d leave the job to Russia and its allies.
The Pentagon still dreams of winning a nuclear war with Russia:
"Dreams of ‘Winning’ Nuclear War on Russia" – Consortiumnews - https://consortiumnews.com/2017/03/10/dreams-of-winning-nuclear-war-on-russia
"John Pilger On Nuclear War And Targeting China" - http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46645.htm
I don't trust them anywhere, the middle east included.
And remember the primary antagonists pushing us into a pre-war mindset regarding Russia are the Russophobic idiots behind the "Russian Hacking" conspiracy theories, which originated publicly with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party as their excuse for all failures private and public.
The truth is that the Russophobia and "Russian Hacking" garbage originated with the Deep State in the zero credability CIA (Google Operation Mockingbird, Operation Condor, and Project Phoenix). I addressed and debunked this nonsense in my article "The Russia did NOT Hack the Election Resource" article. In short the article covers the fact that the group of retired Intel experts called Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) described in detail from their personal experience exactly how the intelligence community functions and that because of this if any actual hacking of the DNC had actually occurred the NSA would definitely know exactly what happened and be able to provide proof of all this to the American public without in anyway endangering national security. Because none of this happened, clearly no hack happened. Period. What most likely happened was a disgruntled DNC staffer used a thumb drive and provided the leaked information to Wikileaks (as Julian Assange has said). Thus what occurred was a leak not a hack. The then President (Obama) described the information as a leak and not a hack in his last press conference as VIPS had requested he do. Case closed. All the disclosed technical data in various reports has been inconclusive and throughly debunked by the numerous resources I provided links to in the comments of the article. And now new information has came to light that proves the CIA has the ability to fake supposed "evidence" rendering null and void even the circumstancal evidence they disclosed: "WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of Documents on Alleged CIA Hacking Techniques" - Truthdig - http://m.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/wikileaks_publishes_thousands_of_alleged_documents_cia_hacking_20170307
"Fresh Doubts about Russian ‘Hacking’" – Consortiumnews - https://consortiumnews.com/2017/03/08/fresh-doubts-about-russian-hacking
"CIA Leak Destroys Myth of "Russian Election Hack"" | OEN - https://www.opednews.com/populum/pagem.php?f=Uh-Oh-there-goes-Democrat-by-Dave-Lindorff-CIA_CIA-Crimes_Democrats-DNC_Russia-Bashing-170309-140.html
Ultimately the leaked information only proved how corrupt Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party really are. How they rigged the primarys for Hillary and her other many faults (besides wanting to start a nuclear war with Russia). So no top secret information was disclosed, and no election tampering occurred as a result of the leaks, just an informed electorate was the result, and that is unquestionably a good thing. But regardless always remember the leaks were not election tampering, the actual election tampering of the DNC rigging the primarys for Hillary was. Certainly no big loss for America in that one!
[Note, the jpg picture at the following link I was blocked from uploading here, so click on the link to see it and continue with the article: https://twitter.com/Sekhmetnakt/status/841512735477252096/photo/1 ]
Obama ran on the promise of hope and change, he delivered only hope for the establishment and the change of even more war and murder abroad.
The few weeks of Trump’s presidency suffice to make clear that there will be no change this time either. Normal relations with Russia are on the back burner, if not off the stove. The material needs of the military/security complex for an enemy in order to justify its budget and police state powers, and the ideological needs of the neoconservatives for US world hegemony, are deemed to be more important than trust between thermonuclear powers. As for the neoliberal/alt-progressive/fake left, they regard working to preserve life on earth as merely a pretext for being soft on Russians and those who commit treason by favoring friendly relations with Russia.
The American working class has discovered that it has among Trump’s government no larger a constituency than have the Russians. Having been told by corporations, which are spending billions of dollars buying back their own stock, that they are too poor to pay US wages, Trump has found that the path to economic security for the work force lies in corporate tax reduction. The fake left continues on with Identity politics, marches for open borders for Muslims and Hispanics and for transgendered toilet facilities, not for bread and peace, and wants Trump impeached because he is not yet at war with Russia.
Trump’s Russophobic appointments, such as McMaster, Mattis, and Fiona Hill are actually worse than Obama’s Victoria Nuland, Samantha Power and Susan Rice. Just as Hillary and Nuland brought regime change to Ukraine, Tillerson at the State Department has signaled regime change of the democratically elected government in Venezuela. Ecuador and Bolivia won’t be far behind.
Washington has never supported governments that put the interests of their peoples ahead of the interests of those who rule the US. From Africa to South America to Indonesia to Cuba to Vietnam to Iran to Egypt, Washington has always misrepresented the forces for change as communist. Washington overthrew the first democratically elected government in Iran http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/cia-assisted-coup-overthrows-government-of-iran , the first in the Congo https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/jan/17/patrice-lumumba-50th-anniversary-assassination , the first in Egypt http://www.timesofisrael.com/announced-as-president-of-egypt/ , and a large numbers of others. Read Stephen Kinzer’s The Brothers. Read General Smedley Butler who said that he and the US Marines made South America safe for the United Fruit Company and investments of the New York Banks. Read John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.
Washington opposes democratic change with an iron fist. Now Marine Le Pen, the favored candidate for the presidency of France in the upcoming election, is in the process of being destroyed by Washington.
Marine is not on Washington’s approved list. The reasons are: #1 she speaks to French interests, not to Washington’s or the EU’s, #2 she opposes the Trans-Atlantic Partnership, which gives US global corporations immunity to French laws against GMOs, and French labor, safety, and environmental standards, #3 she supports French opinion that the French are French and not “European” and wants out of the European Union, and #4 she wants France out of NATO, which uses France as a tool for American aggression.
Washington first attacked Marine via its surrogates in the French press and government, who managed to nullify her parliamentary immunity. With this achieved, she is now accused of “misuse of EU funds.”
The charge, of course, is a hoax, a frame-up. The charge, if it proves effective, will rely on the French presstitute media’s portrayal of Marine as a “fascist” for representing French nationalism. Today, if a European person is loyal to his or her own country and not to the EU, the person is considered to be a “nationalist,” a term that has been merged with “fascist.” The consequence is that anyone in France who wants to represent the French is a “fascist.”
Marine Le Pen lost her parliamentary immunity because she posted photos of ISIL victims on Twitter. The photos she posted were accurate and correct, simply the truth. But the charge is that to tell the truth about ISIL means that you are anti-Muslim, which today is like being anti-Jew, anti-black, anti-homosexual and anti-transgendered. The protection of Identity Politics now extends not only to the Muslim refugees from America’s wars who are overrunning the Western world but also to ISIL. The accurate and truthful photos violated Identity Politics.
The consensus of those few in Europe who reside outside the Matrix created for them by Washington and the American presstitutes is that the CIA will not permit Le Pen to become President of France. She is a threat to Washington’s Empire. If she cannot be destroyed with scandal and false charges, like Dominique Strauss-Kahn, she will be assassinated.
Democracy cannot function without an honest media. Nowhere in the Western world does an honest media exist. There are a relatively few sites on the Internet media, that are independent of ruling elites and speak the truth to the extent that the people can find it. But the very shadowy PropOrNot website, likely a product of the CIA or George Soros, has declared those who understand that good relations between thermonuclear powers are essential to be “Russian agents.”
One dozen Russian Satan 2 ICBMs are sufficient to destroy the United States. One is sufficient to destroy France, the UK, or Texas. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/25/russia-unveils-satan-2-missile-powerful-enough-to-wipe-out-uk-fr/ Why is Washington and Washington’s European, Canadian, and Australian puppets inviting such an outcome with continuous false accusations against Russia (and China). No person with any intelligence can possibly regard the thrice elected president of Russia as “the new Hitler,” “a Mafia Don,” “ a thug.”
By orchestrating Russophobia in the West, Washington has put all of humanity at risk. The Russians have watched Washington’s false accusations against Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Yeman, Pakistan, Iran and against Russia herself—such as the fake “invasion of Ukraine” nonsense (9). False accusations have in the 21st century always been Washington’s set-up of the target country for invasion or bombing.
These provacations issued daily by the idiot Western press, the idiot Western governments, and the idiot commentators have prepared the groundwork for a misunderstanding that can result in thermonuclear war and the end of life on earth.
When you read the New York Times, the Washington Post, or listen to CNN, NPR, or MSNBC or the British, Canadian, German, French, and Australian media, you are being indoctrinated with war with Russia (and China) and, thus, you are being prepared for your funeral.
Accustomed to looking for hope from within their own country, Americans become depressed when faced with these facts. Whereas the American Oligarchy is too strong for change, the situation in Europe is more hopeful. The EU is a collection of countries that have little in common. The British have concluded that submerging their identity into something called “Europe” is not in their interest. Other countries—Hungary, the Czech Republic, Greece and Portugal—are realizing that capitalists are more rapacious than commissars and might seek salvation in reclaiming their sovereignty. The exit from the European Union, a CIA-sponsored organization, could gain momentum.
NATO also could come unglued as European populations realize that it is not Russia that is the threat. The threat is that Washington is forcing Europe into conflict with Russia, a conflict in which Europe has nothing to gain. For Europe, conflict with Russia means the death of Europe. A few Europeans have gained sufficient awareness to begin asking: “Why die for Washington’s hegemony?”
This is Marine Le Pen’s question, and it is now being asked by a few in Germany. As Europeans gain awareness of Washington’s insanity, the question will grow. The millions of Muslim refugees from Washington’s wars who are flooding Europe with problems are bringing home to insouciant Europeans the price of accepting Washington’s overlordship.
The privatizations, which have wrecked the prospects for Latvia, Ukraine, and Greece, and that have raised costs and lowered living standards in Britain and France while concentrating income and wealth at the top of the income distribution, are a European lesson that the partial socializations of social democracy are more livable than the system of plunder that now rules.
Washington’s mask of benevolence is falling away, revealing the face of greed and evil that is its true face. This face is far more terrifying than the orchestrated “Russian threat.” If more Europeans can gain awareness, the threat of thermonuclear war will crumble with Washington’s Empire. Until then the Empire marches on and strikes back at all who dare oppose it.
*= William Blum is the author of: Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War 2. Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower. West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir. Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire.
1-Washington Post, February 9, 2017
2-See William Blum, Killing Hope, chapter 50 for the details of the Panama intervention.
3-Associated Press, February 6, 2017
4-Winston Churchill, The Second World War, Vol. IV(1951), page 428.
5-William Blum, Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, chapter 18
6-Ibid, chapter 5 (ends in 2005; much more is now known)
7-See Bob Parry, “The Politics Behind ‘Russia-gate”, Consortiumnews.com, March 4, 2017 https://twitter.com/VeraVanHorne/status/839579212914782214/photo/1
8-Washington Post, February 25, 2017
9-"Kiev admits in the UN Court of Justice that there was no Russian invasion":
- The Rule of Three
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