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An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Paul Craig Roberts follows:
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Alas, the Russians so fervently, or perhaps I should say feverishly, desired an agreement with Washington that they deceived themselves. If Finian Cunningham’s report is correct, Washington has taken advantage of Russia’s urging that Washington and Turkey join in the attack on ISIS by invading northern Syria under the guise of “fighting ISIS.”
Syria has now been partitioned, and the pretend or fake “moderate rebels” can be built up inside the US/Turkish occupied areas of Syria and the war against Syria kept going for as long as Washington wants. The western presstitutes will report that the Turkish/American forces occupying areas of Syria are not invaders but are attacking ISIS.
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My online response to the above linked-to article follows:
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“If Russia struck hard and fast, Russia could succeed by using Washington’s lie and claiming that Russia thought the US and Turkish forces were ISIS, just as Washington claimed when Washington intentionally struck a known Syrian Army position.” This is an interesting comment. Let’s analyze it. Is Mr Roberts saying that Putin is perfectly capable of deception but has been unwilling to employ it in the service of containing an expansionist, brutal American empire? I personally don’t believe that Putin is righteous. I only know that in relation to certain things – US-inspired color revolutions on Russia’s borders for example – Putin has been the victim, not the victimizer.
So, Is Putin, or a group of Russian leaders who Putin belongs to, truly opposed to the eventual disintegration of Russia and it’s absorption into a US-dominated global economic system?
It could just be, I think, that the brazenness of lawless, vicious American admins takes Putin’s (and all normal people’s) breath away and leaves him (and his associates) kind of stunned. That doesn’t make Putin a good guy, even if one has to give him credit for caring more about his country (in certain ways) than leaders like Obama care about theirs. (What kind of caring is it, though, when it’s solely due to an inability to project power – and all of the planet- and people-destroying activity that follows – due to the existence of a state that is more powerful and more vicious than yours?) All of these ‘leaders’ will allow the continuation of planet-destroying fossil fuel extraction and use. And none of the world’s ‘leaders’ have any use for humankind’s true savior, Jehovah God. Following any of them is no different than following blind guides. Sooner or later they and their followers will fall into a pit.
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My online response to the above linked-to article follows:
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Robert Koehler follows:
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There was more than one loser in the big debate, but that’s no surprise. I hardly expected any issues of substance to get serious air time, let alone intelligent commentary, in Monday’s 90-minute presidential race spectacle, but something — something — matters here enormously. Maybe it’s nothing more than a question: Why, in this self-aggrandizing democracy, do the candidates for the highest office of the land fail so blatantly at addressing the issues most crucial to our future?
Or maybe more to the point: Why does our vaunted fourth estate fail to demand this of them, or even bother to hold these issues up in plain public view? Why does it focus, instead, on who “won,” and in the process reduce the presidential race to the significance of a mud-wrestling contest?
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Robert Koehler is absolutely right about all of this.
“What I realized, as I listened to him, was that it isn’t the simple, dumb policy proposals that inspire his followers but the stomp and clomp of every single word he utters.” What strikes about this very correct observation is the thought that you can have a figure on the Left who speaks in a similar style. Of course, That leftwing figure needs to be someone. He (or…) needs to be up there in stature and power with presidential contenders like Clinton and Trump. What to make of it? Is the style – every word like a grenade – a symptom of ignorance and malice? Or can one be informed and/or educated and caring ‘and’ possessed of a Trump style of speaking to audiences? I think a lot of oomph is missing from much alt media commentary precisely because it’s a bit fake. Punches are pulled by journos who are actually doing okay, economically, within the gangster corporatocracy they critique for a paycheque. How far will they go in their fight for justice etc?
The leftwing version of a thunderous, fascist Trump-like character would be one who could, unlike a Donald Trump, mix his grenade-like language with facts and stats. That would be the difference. He would sound much like Bernie Sanders but would be genuine and would walk his (or…) talk. Berndie Sanders was only ever outside the Democratic Party establishment ‘officially’, as others have noted.
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It’s surely fitting that the “vaunted fourth estate” focusses solely on who won in the sorry first debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, given that their world is animated by a mafia-inspired paradigm I call ‘riches for the strongest’. That’s a godless game that only those who have self-modified can get behind. Only those who believe in inequality (and deception that hides that fact) embrace that paradigm wholeheartedly. Even victims of the neoliberal capitalism that stems from that paradigm’s influence on people who come to rule the world are busy trying to win in the rigged game, rather than caring enough to know that humanity needs a different game altogether.
As for the view (that was probably more widespread than it is now) that Bernie is outside the establishment, See Paul Street’s CounterPunch article titled “Ruling Class Games And Qualifications: On And Beyond The Bernie-Hillary Spat.”
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Robert Fisk follows:
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When the world heard that Shimon Peres had died, it shouted “Peacemaker!” But when I heard that Peres was dead, I thought of blood and fire and slaughter.
I saw the results: babies torn apart, shrieking refugees, smouldering bodies. It was a place called Qana and most of the 106 bodies – half of them children – now lie beneath the UN camp where they were torn to pieces by Israeli shells in 1996…
Shimon Peres, standing for election as Israel’s prime minister – a post he inherited when his predecessor Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated – decided to increase his military credentials before polling day by assaulting Lebanon. The joint Nobel Peace Prize holder used as an excuse the firing of Katyusha rockets over the Lebanese border by the Hezbollah. In fact, their rockets were retaliation for the killing of a small Lebanese boy by a booby-trap bomb they suspected had been left by an Israeli patrol…
…Peres announced that “we did not know that several hundred people were concentrated in that camp. It came to us as a bitter surprise.” …
It was a lie. The Israelis had occupied Qana for years after their 1982 invasion, they had video film of the camp, they were even flying a drone over the camp during the 1996 massacre – a fact they denied until a UN soldier gave me his video of the drone, frames from which we published in The Independent. The UN had repeatedly told Israel that the camp was packed with refugees…
Now we must call him a “peacemaker”. And count, if you can, how often the word “peace” is used in the Peres obituaries over the next few days. Then count how many times the word Qana appears.
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Jesus Christ told his followers that if they were part of the world, it would be fond of them, but because he chose them out of the world, that world hates them. (Robert Fisk, like so many on the Left, does not seem to care for Christianity or the Christian Bible.) That is, The godless world would ‘show’ it’s fondness toward those who are part of it. Today, Shimon Peres, who passed away at 93 and who was most certainly a part of this dark, godless world, is being shown a great deal of fondness just now, which Robert Fisk points out in his article titled “Shimon Peres was no peacemaker. I’ll never forget the sight of pouring blood and burning bodies at Qana.” In it, He notes how the major media everywhere is calling him a man of peace. They could call him a man of evil and it would mean the same thing, but we are not there yet. ‘Peace’ equals ‘winner’ and is something that won’t call forth a negative reaction from one’s offspring and a duped public. Robert asks, though, that we take note how often the worldly media mention Peres’s actual evil deeds – like Qana – in their praise for the man.
Some links, for those who care:
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by F. William Engdahl follows:
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Washington’s regime change machinery has for the time being succeeded in removing an important link in the alliance of large emerging nations by railroading through a Senate impeachment of the duly elected President, Dilma Rousseff…
It’s important to keep in mind that elected President Rousseff was not convicted or even formally charged with any concrete act of corruption, even though the pro-oligarchy mainstream Brazil media, led by O’Globo Group of the billionaire Roberto Irineu Marinho, ran a media defamation campaign creating the basis to railroad Rousseff into formal impeachment before the Senate…
In effect, she was impeached for the dramatic decline in the Brazilian economy, a decline deliberately pushed along as US credit rating agencies downgraded Brazilian debt, and international and mainstream Brazilian media kept the Petrobras corruption allegations in the spotlight…
One of the two, Temer’s extremely close ally Romero Jucá, was caught on tape plotting Dilma’s impeachment as a way to shut down the ongoing Petrobras corruption investigation, as well as indicating that Brazil’s military, the media, and the courts were all participants in the impeachment plotting…
In 2009, according to leaked US diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks, the US Consulate in Rio wrote that Exxon and Chevron were trying in vain to alter a law advanced by Rousseff’s mentor and predecessor in her Brazilian Workers’ Party , President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. That 2009 law made the state-owned Petrobras chief operator of all offshore oil blocs. Washington and the US oil giants were not at all pleased at losing control over potentially the largest new world oil discovery in decades…
Biden’s task was to sound out Lula’s successor, Rousseff, about reversing that exclusion of US major oil companies in favor of the Chinese…
After his May 2013 talks with Rousseff, Biden clearly gave her the kiss of death.
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My online response to the above link-to article follows:
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Why, why, why do the leftist leaders in South America not learn anything from coups like this?! You don’t close down the private media, but you get tough with them. You don’t give them the total freedom they have now – because it’s been SHOWN that the private, corporate-own media is genuinely a threat to national security! So you pass a law. Call it The Necessary Fairness In Media law or whatever. And you limit the private television stations and you include a government competitor. I don’t know a whole lot about RT News, but I’m thrilled to see it on my mother’s tv. I didn’t know it was. I thought it was only online. I don’t own one of those ‘weapons’ myself. I was visiting my mother the other day and was trying to tell her something (forget what) that the news reporter on her television set, in the background, repeated. I don’t often get that kind of support in political discussions with my mother, who isn’t educated and only knows what she learns from tv. But it turned out to be RT that she had on. I noticed the banner when I glanced. I said to her, ‘You watch RT?’ She said yes and that she liked it a lot better than some of the other crap she was seeing.
As for oil, There’s a no win situation for the world. It needs to stay where it is.
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“Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Kentucky’s Rand Paul were among the dozen holdouts from a letter the Israel lobby group AIPAC circulated seeking to limit President Obama’s actions to oppose Israeli settlements in his last months in office. Still, many progressive US senators as well as vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine signed on to an Israel lobby letter designed to limit President Obama’s actions against the Israeli occupation, now nearly 50 years old.”
My online response to the above linked-to article follows:
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So sad. And infuriating. But that’s corporatocracy for you. It’s all about corporations (especially those, like the military intelligence industrial complex and the oil industries) that in turn defend the entire money system. Betrayal is de rigueur among the politicians in the gangster corporatocracy, whose godless, lawless states (whose borders, note, are not natural or, even before God’s intervention, guaranteed) abuse their citizens in the name of ‘national security’. Those who have chosen careers in politics (too often, but not always) are those who are prepared to break rules and laws, written and unwritten. Warren and Sanders, despite their (contradictory) positions on crucial issues, sometimes, are clearly down with the wild beast of corporatocracy’s requirement to get it’s slave mark of 666 (symbolizing missing the mark, from God’s standpoint). We are all cogs within this globe-spanning corporatocracy. So the only real issue is: Do you resist? I don’t think that Sanders’s and Warren’s selective pro people, anti imperialist votes qualify as resistance. They could get other jobs, certainly at this point. They don’t ‘have to’ feed the beast. They choose to, because they also worship it.
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“Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself and pick up his torture stake and keep following me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”” – Matthew 16:24,25 in the Christian Bible