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Comment: Please read the following article, because after you do, I would like to present a response that comes from a totally different point of view. ~J 🙂
Last days of Pompey? I was just there last week and I saw the future, not the past. To anyone watching the UN Security Council “debate” last night it is crystal clear we are in the last days before all hell breaks out. So, here we are at Judgment Day, and there surely will not be one soul out on Pennsylvania Avenue to raise an anti-war placard. The tattered remains of the American peace movement is rotten to the core. — Gilbert Doctorow
Gilbert Doctorow, a knowledgeable and cautious observer of Russia, who, unlike the US National Security Council, Western think tanks and universities, actually understands Russia, appears to have joined The Saker and me in our pessimistic evaluation of the likely outcome of Washington’s insane treatment of Russia, loading false accusation after false accusation on the Russian government.
Here is Doctorow’s assessment:
What follows here will surely surprise my loyal readers, who expect detailed argumentation and are not put off by 3,000 or even 5,000 words to get to a conclusion. For the same reason, detractors who complain of my long-winded style may take heart.
However that may be, I do not offer a bed-time story today but a shock to the system.
The overriding issue of war or peace, survival of mankind or its utter destruction, is now being decided in Washington and NYC without so much as a ‘by your leave’ for the rest of us.
Will Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford prevail in warning Trump against any action that will bring a kinetic response from the world’s other nuclear super power. Or will ‘Mad Dog’ Secretary of Defense Mattis win out in pressing Donald Trump to test the Russians’ bluff on their red lines in Syria? Will the US launch missiles against Damascus or against Iran, as I suggested yesterday as an alternative scenario? Or will it support Poroshenko in launching a massive attack on Donetsk, as the Russians appear to expect judging by their just putting their entire military on war alert?
Donald Trump has announced very clearly that he will be authorizing some kind of retribution to the CIA-faked chemical attack in Douma, Eastern Goutha in the coming 24 to 48 hours.
So, here we are at Judgment Day, and there surely will not be one soul out on Pennsylvania Avenue to raise an anti-war placard. The tattered remains of the American peace movement is rotten to the core. Even Daniel Ellsberg has been suckered into joining the buffoon Noam Chomsky in a cake-walk demo in NYC under the sponsorship of the American Friends Service Committee, once the paragon of pacifism and today just another social action group promoting racial equality. Uncle Joe Gerson sent out invitations to participate in that theater of the absurd last night.
The anti-war movement was a Leftist movement, and we all know where the Left is today, along with the Progressives. In denial and Russia-bashing.
To anyone watching the UN Security Council “debate” last night it is crystal clear we are in the last days before all hell breaks out. The wall of mutual contempt between Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya and US Ambassador Nikki Haley was on full display. Nebenzya took to pieces the entire argumentation of the US side regarding Douma and the ‘chemical attack.’
He detailed the rebel caches of chemical weapons and equipment for their manufacture that Russian troops have found in recently liberated territory of Eastern Ghouta and elsewhere. He spoke about the past provocations of faked chemical attacks including the one used to justify the US cruise missile launches on the Syrian air base at Sheirat a year ago. He linked the US training and support for terrorists in fabrication of chemical arms to the faked nerve agent attack on the Skripals in the UK, which he described as a vaudeville act. He heaped scorn on Haley for her denying Russia the status of “friend,” saying that the US has no friends, only sycophants, whereas Russia has genuine friends, and seeks nothing more in relations with the United States than civilized discourse.
In response to this unprecedented denunciation of the USA and its policies of global hegemony, we heard from Nikki Haley the familiar story of how the UN Security Council could now either adopt a US resolution condemning the Assad regime, in effect, or admit its total irrelevance while the US continued on its own unilateral path to resolving the Syrian question.
So, ladies and gents, open the champagne. Last days of Pompey? I was just there last week and I saw the future, not the past.
When Doctorow becomes pessimistic I really get worried as he is a level-headed person.
It is difficult not be be pessimistic when we learn that the Washington Insane Asylum has sent a Carrier Strike Group accompanied by seven missile ships to join the one missile ship already offshore the Russian base in Syria. Whether any of these sitting ducks survive or are permitted to launch a single missile or the carrier to launch a single fighter is entirely up to the Russians.
The Russians know that they can, at will within a few minutes, sink the entire US fleet, destroy every US airplane and ship in the Middle East and within range of the Middle East, completely destroy all of Israel’s military capability and wipe out the military of the two-bit punk state of Saudi Arabia. All the sitting ducks have been set up for Russia by the arrogant and stupid Americans. Just a few minutes of Russian attack and all ability to conduct war would be stripped from the Middle East. This would be a good thing.,
All Russia has to do to insure that the US has no choice but to accept instant defeat is to put Russian nuclear forces on red alert. Any resort by the idiots in Washington of a nuclear nature would mean the end of the United States and all of Western Europe along with the UK. It would mean the total end of the West for all time, an event the rest of the world would consider to be a good thing. Hopefully the US military, the last and constantly besieged source of honor in the US, understands this and would not comply with a suicidal order from an insane war cabinet.
In my opinion the Russians will not go so far and will deny themselves a decisive victory, because they do not comprehend the total evil that is concentrated in Washington and Israel. There are enough naive Atlanticist Integrationists left in the Russian government to argue that Russia must give Washington and Europe one more chance to come to their senses. One more chance is what Russia and the world cannot afford.
There is scant possibility that Washington and Israel will ever come to any sense other than hegemony. If Washington had any sense, Washington would not be sending warships to attack Syria, or Iran in order to evade the Russian prohibition on attacking Syria.
Russia cannot allow Iran to be destabilized any more than it can allow that fate for Syria. It was the Russian government’s decision not to include Iran in the prohibition, and this could prove to be another Russian mistake in its dealings with Washington.
Washington thinks that whereas the lone USS Donald Cook missile destroyer standing offshore of Syria could be sunk by Russia without too much of an incident resulting—Israel destroyed the USS Liberty with massive US Navy casualties without any incident resulting— for Russia to sink 9 US ships including an aircraft carrier, is more than the Russians have stomach for.
It will be about 10 days before the US ships, sitting ducks all, reach the point where they can be easily disposed of. This gives the US Joint Chiefs of Staff 10 days to overrule Trump’s insane war cabinet and put the US military’s halt to Armageddon. It would help their decision to overrule Trump’s insane war cabinet if Russia goes ahead and sinks the USS Donald Cook and shoots down every Israeli aircraft in flight even those overflying Israel. What will sober up Washington is Russia coming off the defensive and taking the initiative instead of being always reactive to Washington’s initiative.
Pray that the Christian God, not the blood-thirsty Jewish one, prevails over the Joint Chiefs’ deliberations and struggle with Trump’s insane war cabinet.
In my opinion, with Israel’s servant, John Bolton, as Trump’s trusted national security adviser, war with Russia is inevitable.
Taking Doctorow’s advice, I am opening the champagne, by which Doctorow does not mean to celebrate but to enjoy the last moments of life.
It remains to be seen whether the conflict set in motion by Israel and its demented puppet in Washington can be avoided. As Washington is lost in its arrogance, only decisive and firm Russian slaps across Washington’s idiot face can save life on earth.
Because of the deluded and stupid Russian Atlanticist Integrationists, Russia might not be up to the task.
~Jean’s response — from a spiritual viewpoint:
Unless we begin to look at this entire global situation and begin to understand this paradigm change from a spiritual viewpoint, I’m convinced many of us will never understand it.
When I studied with Drunvalo Melchizedek in Sedona, he shared something that I have long carried within me about how this planetary situation would end. In a personal conversation I had with him he volunteered that he had been taken into the future and allowed to see how this battle that we are presently engaged in comes out. He said that we would come to a place where it looked like there would be no way forward — it seems to me we are at that point now — and suddenly a way would open. He said this time we would make it through, but by the skin of our teeth.
Putin understands our situation from a spiritual level, and if you don’t try understand what I’m saying you will never pick up how he understands it — and you will make responses such as PCR and Doctorow, both very good people and excellent writers, are making. There is also another writer today, James Rickards, that says he has Putin figured out, but IMO he does not. His premise that Putin wants ‘regional’ hegemony for Russia is utterly false. Putin is very vocal and unchanging in his ideas about what how he wants Russia to live in this world, and he has never, ever said this or — more importantly — shown by his actions that he wants to be a hegemon. His views are unchanging; he stated them clearly back in 2007.
It appears that these writers haven’t yet begun to think and understand the world in the way Putin does; therefore, when they listen to him, they cannot even hear him. But I’m convinced this is about to change.
Putin does not want to be a hegemon! He wants the West, which only knows how to live by bullying and controlling the ‘little guy’ on the playground to leave Russia alone to pursue its own interests. The West doesn’t know how to respond to this, however, because as is becoming quite clear that all they understand about relating to others is on the level of lying, deceiving, murdering, and controlling others through instilling fear, fear, and more fear. This is a very low energetic level, indeed, probably the lowest of all!
Putin has no desire to rule anyone or anything as was recently stated by him — or maybe Lavrov — when they said their diplomacy is pragmatic; that is, they deal with what is. How much more clear can those words be? They have no desire to change anyone else! If people will abide by international law (!!!) they will do business with them through negotiating their differences. It’s that simple.
What that means in a practical sense is that the United States can continue to become a police state within its borders, or not — but only within its borders, because Russia is not interested in being included! It’s up to the people of their own countries to decide how they want to live within their respective countries. Over and over again Putin has said that about Syria, but the West simply cannot tolerate that idea, and no matter how anyone may feel about it, it isn’t the West’s business to involve themselves as the saviors and protector of others! This is not true anyway, but is one of their many lies: They only want to control resources — and people do tend to get in their way.
Instead, like it or not, we must respect others’ sovereignty and stay out of their lives! This is a powerful spiritual law: Unless you are invited in, stay out!
Listen to him say this back in 2007! Putin doesn’t need to lie to us; his story hasn’t changed, but we in the West aren’t used to hearing these kinds of words, and we have easily been fooled — and kept too busy to actually listen to him without the filter of Fake News. Watch him, too, as he speaks. Watch his face, his eyes, how he stands and directs his gaze — compare it with your experience of others . . . there is a whole world of intuitive information there.
Let Saudi Arabia, the United States, Israel, England, France, and all those who hate Putin’s Russia do what they want at ‘home’. Putin will not involve himself with/in it. Again, if you have some spiritual insight the propaganda fears instilled in us about Russia and China making war on our country have no foundation; they come from people who live at a very low vibrational level, and this is the game they play to control us! This kind of fear mongering is not a part of the lives of those who will live in the new paradigm.
A very long time ago, Putin said something about waiting for people to wake up. This was a huge clue to me. I believe today at the UNSC Meeting we began to see other nations waking up and speaking responsibly. Also, in one of the two recent Putin videos he talked about his experience with becoming a master in his practice of the martial arts. I feel certain, knowing the spiritual aspects of martial arts, that it was concluded that he had achieved a high degree of spiritual understanding. Putin will not involve Russia in a World War, but he will wait and allow the West to murder, destroy, and rampage as it goes down rather than blow up this planet. Always, however, he will protect Russia and Russians. This is what he has always said, and what he continues to say — and do! That is his job. That is what he signed on for with his people, and if doing so stirs the rest of the world into some kind of positive action to prevent humanity’s destruction, all well and good.
Putin understands fully that saving the planet and humanity is not his job. It is a job for each one of us. I believe that what started today in the UNSC today is building toward the kind of moment of which Drunvalo was speaking!
There are signs now that people are realizing this. I have not had time to watch this video, but I was immensely impressed by a previous presentation by Sen. Black:
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The threat by the US to use force in Syria undermines international law and the entire United Nations system, Bolivian Ambassador to the UN Sacha Llorenti, who called a Security Council meeting over the issue, told RT.
By threatening to act against Damascus with or without the UN’s blessing, Washington is putting itself above all other nations, flaunting international law, the UN Charter, and the UN system as a whole, Llorenti said.
“The problem is that the United States believes and it acts as if it’s above any law. They believe they have their own rules and it’s not the case,” the ambassador said.
On Wednesday, Llorenti asked the UN Security Council (UNSC), of which Bolivia is a non-permanent member, to convene on Thursday to discuss the “escalation of rhetoric regarding Syria and these threats of unilateral military action.”
This follows Monday’s threat by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley that Washington might go to war in Syria alone if it can’t secure approval in the UN due to what she called “obstructionism” from Russia. “Either way, the United States will respond,” Haley said.
Llorenti argued that while the UNSC faces many problems of its own and is in need of reform, its main priority for now should be “to unite and to create an independent mechanism in order to investigate the alleged chemical attacks.”
Even if countries can’t agree on a mechanism, this does not mean the US is allowed to do whatever it wants in Syria, Llorenti said, and at this point, “there is no conclusive investigation on the chemical attack.”
“So, whatever happens, if the United States takes unilateral action, it will be a violation of international law and the UN system should, of course, not accept that,” Llorenti stressed, noting that a potential military strike “will not be an attack against Syria, but an attack against the whole United Nations System.”
Llorenti echoed an earlier statement by the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia, who said that with its threats against Syria, the US is already violating the UN Charter, which prohibits threats to international peace and security. The Russian ambassador also said that the “immediate priority” of the UN should be finding a way to avoid a war.
Protesters are gearing up for a nationwide demonstration this weekend that bills itself as an action against “wars at home and abroad.” Joe Lombardo, Co-Coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition and an organizer of the protest, joins Radio Sputnik’s By Any Means Necessary to discuss the campaign.
“We’re organizing around the theme of ending the wars at home and abroad, trying to connect the issues that people are struggling with in the United States and the wars that are happening in other countries,” Lombardo told hosts Sean Blackmon and Bob Schlehuber ahead of the demonstrations.
“We face the dangerous growth of white supremacist forces, escalating raids and roundups of migrant workers, increasing attacks on the rights of workers and communities of color and slashing of every social program,” reads a promotional flyer for the events.
Lombardo said that the protests will take place in San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, Washington, DC and Atlanta, while there’ll be “dozens of smaller actions in local areas not close to those regional centers.”
“The actions have taken on new momentum, with the threats of war on Syria and also with the attacks on people in Palestine lately,” Lombardo told By Any Means Necessary. He added that the newly-minted national security adviser to US President Donald Trump, John Bolton and former CIA director Mike Pompeo, who is in the midst of confirmation hearings for the post of secretary of state, have a “long history of being very active and aggressive and pushing for war especially with North Korea and Iran… their diplomatic strategy is war, and that makes it a very crucial time for the antiwar movement.” Click article title to continue reading.
Trump, neocons and the push for a Faustian bargain with the most evil people on the planet, by Tom Luongo
When I wrote a few weeks ago that I thought the Neocons were making the full-court press for war I thought President Trump was a reluctant player in the game.
Part of me still believes that.
Part of me also believes that Trump, like everyone else, is a slave to his passions and is easily manipulated into terrible decisions. Case in point was last year’s bombing of the Al Shairat airbase in Syria after a similar false flagchemical weapons attack at Khan Sheikoun.
Will he fall victim to them again this year? According to him, we’ll know soon. Meanwhile a carrier group has been dispatched to the Eastern Mediterranean. Chinese missile frigates are there supporting Russian vessels and the destroyer U.S.S. Donald Cook is now just off the coast of the Russian base at Tartus.
The circumstances are exactly the same as last year. The pro-Assad coalition is winning, having made short work of the ‘rebels’ in Eastern Ghouta. And now we are to believe they are so stupid as to gas women and children after Trump’s big light show last year? . . . Click article title to continue reading.
The US and Russia can find a way out of the deadlock in Syria if they talk to each other, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova believes, but should Washington launch an attack, Moscow will stand by its people.
In an interview with Sky News on Thursday, Zakharova stressed that Moscow and Washington should not allow the tensions over Syria to spiral into a direct confrontation on the ground.
Asked about the chances of a doomsday scenario in which Russian and American blood will be spilled as result of the US-led military action, Zakharova said that Moscow and Washington have all the means to prevent such a showdown and its potentially disastrous consequences.
“We’re living in 2018 and we have all sort of communication, including Twitter, and we can resolve all the questions like that – just picking up the phone, just sending messages – and I think this is the case which should be resolved through the communication but not through force,” the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson said.
Zakharova reiterated that Russia will protect its people on the ground should missiles start flying. Commenting on the earlier statement by Moscow’s envoy to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, who warned that the Russian military reserves the right to intercept incoming missile and strike launch sites in case of an attack, Zakharova said that the envoy’s words should be understood in the sense that Russia will not abandon its people.
“I would stress one more time and that was the idea of our ambassador in Lebanon as well that Russia will protect its people on the ground. It’s obvious,” Zakharova told Sky.
Rejecting the parallels with the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, which put the world to the brink of a nuclear war, she argued that the times have changed. “I just want to remind you one more time it’s 2018, it’s not the middle of the 20th century,” she said, adding that in a time of instant communications there’s no reason “why people who are in charge of our security and international peace can’t talk.”
Russia does not seek praise, only genuine cooperation in the fight against terrorism, Zakharova said, commenting on US President Donald Trump’s recent tweet. The US president lamented that the US-led anti-terrorist campaign in Syria was underappreciated. “Where is our ‘Thank you America?'” he wrote.
Zakharova pointed to the dismal long-term effects of previous US military endeavors.
“I think people in Iraq are still thanking the United States for what they were doing and what they’ve done to their country and so we hope that Syria will have better future.”
“We do not need any sort of appreciation of what we are doing on the ground, what we need is cooperation, similar words but a little bit different,” she said. Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the creation of a broad international coalition against terrorism during his speech at the UN back in 2015, Zakharova reminded, adding that the proposal “is still on the table.”
“We are actually looking forward to closer cooperation with other countries on Syria. We really want and we really need it,” she said.
Chaos reigns in the United States, spreading to its closest allies. The war amongst Western elites is in full swing, manifesting itself from commercial wars to failed diplomacy, empty threats of war, corruption, and announced military withdrawals and attacks.
To sum up the last few weeks of international events, it is worth comparing the direction taken by the multipolar troika of Russia, China and Iran, and the one taken by the fading unipolar order led by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
We can analyze the respective changes taking place within the unipolar and multipolar camps, especially in the economic, commercial, diplomatic and military fields.
The introduction by the US of duties on imports, applied to 1,300 products, including iron and aluminum, has triggered a chain of events, including the imposition of as many duties on various products exported by the US to China. The pressure on America’s European allies continues, against the protests of France and Germany. It seems that Europe is struggling to form a common front on many issues relating from foreign policy to trade. The Western elites continue its in-fighting, between the European Union (led by Berlin and Paris) and the UK and the US, clashing over agreements between London and Brussels and Washington and Brussels. The Trump tariff war aims to deliver a blow to America’s opponents, but it risks provoking strong responses, even from allies. Moreover, many analysts and economists have warned that this form of commercial warfare risks harming American workers the most.
A divided Europe finds itself dealing with an ever-increasing need to justify its defense and security package. The British, thanks to the artificial Russian threat – characterized by fake chemical attacks, hypothetical invasions of the Baltic countries, and the situation in Ukraine – continue to sustain an environment in which Europeans seek the protection of NATO, which includes Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Looking at this critically, the intent of Berlin, Paris, and especially London and Washington, is evidently to justify increased military spending to counter an alleged threat emanating from Moscow. All this comes down to increased sales of British, German, French and, above all, American weapons to NATO and EU countries. This only serves to continue the flow of money into the coffers of the elite, thanks to artificial tensions like the one generated between Russia and the UK over the poisoning of the former Russian spy in England.
If the unipolar world seems to have thrown to the wind the concept of diplomacy and adherence to international norms – with a flurry of expulsions of diplomats, false accusations, one-sided motions in the UN’s Security Council, and ignoring the basic rules of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) – in Asia, on the other side of the globe, diplomacy continues to bear fruit. Xi Jinping just met with Kim Jong-un, in the first of a series of meetings that could bring the North Korean leader to an initial meeting with Moon Jae-in, and later with Putin. We have heard from Washington only bellicose rhetoric directed against Pyongyang, even within the confines of the United Nations. In line with the ideological attitude of American exceptionalism, the American establishment appreciates Trump’s threats, but is quite naturally less enamored with the announcement of a meeting between the American president and the North Korean leader. According to America’s traditional ideology, no negotiations are to be entered into with geopolitical opponents and peer competitors, for the simple reason that Washington is not willing to negotiate or make any concession on any matter; the only way it knows how to engage in international relations is to impose its will by any means possible. In Syria, the example is clear, where indirect or direct military force has failed to remove Assad, and now Washington finds itself isolated, mainly diplomatically, with the Geneva II Conference on Syria now replaced by the agreement reached in Sochi, from which the United States excluded itself on account of not enjoying a leading position, thereby conceding this role to Ankara, Tehran and Moscow. This is a good example of how the Western elite’s strategic attempt to overthrow Assad and partition Syria has ran into the military reality on the ground, which includes the strength of alliances (especially between Iran, Russia and China), and the willingness of Moscow and Tehran to resolve the Syrian crisis by military and diplomatic means.
In economic terms, the revolution the petro-yuan represents becomes more and more real, this new medium of exchange set to sooner or later involve Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of crude oil, with China as its largest buyer. The Western elites will try to oppose by any means possible such an arrangement, given that the petrodollar is the basis American military power. But it is an inevitable process, which must necessarily be backed up with a military component in order to discourage the United States from behaving recklessly. Iraq and other countries have been on the receiving end of America’s imposition of its petrodollar hegemony militarily. For this and other reasons, mainly related to US ABM systems placed all around Russian borders, Putin has had to resort to a very public demonstration of the Russian Federation’s means of deterrence, advertising the existence of the country’s new hypersonic weapons.
As demonstrated by the recent meeting between the defense ministers of Russia and China, the multipolar strategy is now wide-ranging, relegating Washington, Tel Aviv and Riyadh to further digging themselves into the hole they have already dug themselves into (see recent events in Syria with Israel launching 8 missiles and Trump beating the drums of war). As General Wei Fenghe stated, “We came to Moscow to let the Americans know about the close military ties between the armed forces of China and Russia.” When these two military and economic powers unite their efforts, involving regional powers and mediating over various conflicts, it becomes clear that the challenge to Washington’s hegemony is progressively leading away from an international reality consisting of one superpower to one consisting of three to four powers that maintain an international balance via diplomatic, economic and military means.
The phase in which we currently live is turbulent and is essentially caused by a single factor that has two very strong thrusts.
The acceleration of the dwindling of the unipolar phase is directly connected with the strategic and tactical errors of the American deep state and its main sponsors, like Israel and Saudi Arabia.
At the same time, the opposing push comes from the multipolar environment, which tends to consolidate its sphere of influence via diplomatic and military means. The goal for Moscow and Beijing is to present to the American and European elites a viable alternative that is shared among several actors. For the time being, the Euro-Atlantic establishment continues to consider itself capable of changing the course of events and preventing the drift towards multipolarity.
Whether the Western oligarchy is a victim to its own propaganda or whether it simply wishes to avoid facing reality and is using every means available to postpone an epochal change, is difficult to determine; and this makes the future uncertain, and is therefore highly dangerous.