Thursday, September 18, 2014

Anti-Assad Extremists and Obama Plan Coordinated Attacks on Syria

Anti-Assad Extremists and Obama Plan Coordinated Attacks on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Wendy Sherman is Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. On September 16, she spoke at Georgetown University.

She claimed Washington "cares about the Middle East because of (its) economic, political, and security interests…"

"Its rich spiritual and ethnic traditions…" It's Israel's home and America's Gulf partners.

It's "where values we cherish are under intense strain." Washington "is alarmed and moved to act by the upheaval" roiling the region.

America "must show the way."

Fact check

America covets Middle East oil. It wants unchallenged regional control. 

It wants independent governments toppled. It wants pro-Western vassal states replacing them.

It wants Israeli rivals removed. It wants democracy avoided at all costs.

America's cherished values include wealth, power and privilege alone. It doesn't give a damn about "rich spiritual and ethnic traditions." It never did. For sure not now.

Sherman regurgitated Big Lies Obama repeated one after another in his September 10 address.

Great powers honor their commitments and principles, she said. We'll "move forward…to end conflicts," she claimed.

We'll "improve governance; increase economic opportunities; highlight the value of education; and enhance respect for democratic institutions, including freedom of the press, religious liberty, human rights, and the rule of law."

"America’s policy is to assist those who believe, as we do, that people of different nationalities, ethnicities and creeds can live alongside one another constructively and in peace."

Longstanding US regional and global policies are polar opposite Sherman's Big Lies.

She repeated one after another. She sounds like her boss (John Kerry), Obama, and other top administration officials.

Permanent war is official US policy. Escalating it is planned. ISIS "fighting has just begun," it says.

It's gaining new recruits at a remarkable clip. They're US shock troops against Assad.

Its proxy army. Its dagger against legitimate Syrian governance. Its regime change plan.

TheNational is an Abu Dhabi, UAE English languish daily broadsheet.

On September 17, it headlined "Rebels on Syria's southern front 'closer to the doorstep of Damascus,' " saying:

"Western and Arab military advisers based in Amman have quietly stepped up their role on Syria’s southern front, helping win recent advances for opposition factions."

"After weeks of heavy fighting, rebel groups announced the seizure of 80 per cent of Qunietra province on Saturday, including areas along the border with Israel."

Doing so can aid southern-based ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, Al Qaeda and likeminded groups advance north to Damascus.

They could establish reliable supply routes. They'll be able to aid other opposition groups on Damascus' Southern and Western fronts.

Seizing Damascus is key to toppling Assad. Opposition commanders say increased Southern Syria international support they're getting is crucial in aiding their latest advances.

According to one unnamed anti-Assad commander:

"Efforts to bring us together on the southern front have been inconsistent but all countries are moving in that direction." 

"They now want us united and those efforts have been reflected on the outcome of recent battles, including the latest in Qunietra." 

“We are now more organized and this is reflected in our work and the implementation of our plans." 

"There is a centralized command, which is giving better results. Things are more under control."

Changes unfolded gradually since June. They're coincidental with increasing ISIS, Jabhat al Nusra and Al Qaeda strength.

According to another opposition commander:

"There is increased cooperation (among) countries supporting Syria, and increased cooperation among rebel factions." 

"There are also promises of quality weapons, and of increased amounts or weaponry, although we have not seen deliveries yet."

Opposition groups believe things in southern areas are shifting their way.

According to Deraa-based anti-Assad commander Col. Nijem Abu Al Majd: 

"We see this as a turning point in our operations in the south. We have control over most of the key areas and have destroyed two important regime army brigades."

So-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC) "moderates" called rebel progress a "strategic victory."

They're "closer to the doorsteps of Damascus," they say.

Former Syrian Air Force Brig. General Assad Al Zaubi called captured Qunietra one of the most important victories since conflict began in the south.

"It helps the rebels in southern Syria create a direct line to the south-western countryside of Damascus," he said. 

"They now have made at least a partial connection to the outskirts of Damascus."

They "now have more room for maneuver in southern Syria, while the regime's presence and mobility has been seriously diminished," he claims.

Moon of Alabama (MoA) reported the above information. It did so two days earlier. 

It explained what should be widely reported. Jabhat al-Nusra and other anti-Syrian forces are trained and equipped at the Amman-based Arab/American Military Operations Command (MOC) center.

US special forces and CIA operatives are heavily involved. So is Israel in supporting extremist anti-Assad rebel groups.

Opposition groups moved into Quneitra governate. It's in Southwest Syria. A partially executed spring 2013 plan began. It was later aborted.

"Quneitra governate is a strip next to the Israel occupied Golan heights with a southern border to Jordan and a north western border with Lebanon," said MoA.

Anti-government forces cooperated against Assad. Seven rebel groups comprising the Islamic Front aided them.

Washington backed them. So did Saudi Arabia. Qatar supplied $20 million.

Combined forces infiltrated through Daara. They moved northwest along Israel's border. The IDF supplied artillery support against Syrian units.

It's providing medical treatment for injured opposition fighters. UN authorities evacuated peacekeepers from "the Syrian side of the Golan Heights demarcation line," said MoA.

Rebels control the one Israeli/Syrian border crossing. They "control a 40 miles long, three miles wide strip…" 

It runs "from Jordan along the Golan frontier up to Lebanon." It may be used to launch attacks on Damascus from the south. It's a short 40 miles away.

Syria won't easily contest these anti-government forces. Israeli "anti-air and artillery fire" support them.

Obama intends bombing Syria. Doing so could open a route from Quneitra governate to Damascus. According to MoA:

"Recent truce agreements between the US supported Syrian Revolutionary Front and ISIS in the area south of Damascus may have been concluded with these attack plans in mind."

Combined air and ground attacks could "seriously degrade" Syrian forces. Doing so could facilitate a "destructive push into Damascus."

If Assad's forces attack US warplanes entering Syrian airspace, it'll be pretext for Obama to wage all-out war.

He'll claim just cause to do it. He'll get away with it because who'll stop him. 

He'll ravage and destroy Syria more than already. He'll go all-out to oust Assad. Israel partners with Washington to do it.

It attacked Syria sporadically for years. It's doing it again now. It actively aids opposition fighters.

It protects them from Syrian government attacks. Its forces need to counterattack in Quneitra.

If southern approaches to Damascus aren't secured, Israeli-protected opposition forces could advance toward Damascus.

Perhaps seize part of the city. Use it to launch more aggressive attacks. 

Seizing surrounding areas would be catastrophic. Losing Damascus would be worst of all. 

It would be game changing. It could turn Syrian victory into defeat. It could end up ousting Assad.

It would mean replacing him with pro-Western stooge governance. It would eliminate another Israeli rival.

It would isolate Iran. It would be disastrous for ordinary Syrians.

It would give America another regional colony. It would advance it closer to total Middle East control.

Hopefully it won't happen. It's vital to prevent it. The fullness of time alone will tell either way.

A Final Comment

On Wednesday, House Republicans and Democrats voted 273 - 156 to support anti-Assad groups. They did so without approving funding.

They authorized Obama to arm and train rebel fighters. To accept foreign financing. To wage war on Syria short of full authorization of force.

According to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D. CA):

Legislation enacted "is not to be confused with any authorization to go further. I will not vote for (US) combat troops to be engaged in war."

She stopped short of expressing support for Obama's planned bombing campaign. Failure to oppose it means backing what demands preventing.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D. CA) expressed thoughts few House or Senate members explain.

She called enacted legislation "more complex than just an up-or down vote on arming and training" anti-Assad forces.

"The consequences of this vote, whether it's written in the amendment or not, will be a further expansion of a war currently taking place and" Washington's involvement in it.

Congress moved one step closer toward approving Washington's direct involvement in Obama's three-and-a-half year proxy war.

They did it despite bipartisan misgivings about chances for success. They're concerned about another war dragging on for years.

About one with no clear strategy to win. Or what happens when conflict ends. In a statement after the House vote, Obama said:

"There will be no US military personnel in Syria as part of this program." 

"We've learned over the last decade, and through our successful campaign to degrade al-Qaeda, that it is more effective to use America's unique capabilities to take out terrorist targets in support of our partners' efforts on the ground to secure their own future."

Amendment legislation was part of a short-term spending bill. It lets Washington operate through mid-December.

On Thursday, Senate members are expected to approve similar legislation.

Obama declared war on Syria. The Islamic State is the pretext. Syria is the target. Regime change is the objective.

It's replacing governance the vast majority of Syrians support. It's replacing it with what they deplore. 

What they won't tolerate. What they'll contest to control their own lives, welfare and futures.

They're up for grabs. Obama's war on humanity threatens them. They're in the eye of the storm. 

Their survival depends on confronting Obama's aggression. Stopping it matters most of all.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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Ukraine's President in Ottawa and Washington

Ukraine's President in Ottawa and Washington

by Stephen Lendman

Petro Poroshenko is Washington's man. He has no legitimacy whatever. 

He replaced ousted democratically elected President Victor Yanukovych. He represents putschist power.

He's an oligarch billionaire. He made his money the old-fashioned way. 

He's anti-democratic, fascist, lawless, neoliberal, confrontational and belligerent.

He waged war without mercy on his own people. He murdered them in cold blood. He ravaged their Southeastern communities. 

He caused unspeakable human misery. He knows who's boss. He obeys marching orders from Washington. 

Obama calls Ukraine's fascist government "democratic." John Kerry called Poroshenko's election "historic."

"The successful conduct of these elections reaffirms Ukraine's commitment to the democratic process," he said. 

"The United States will continue to work with the people of Ukraine and the newly elected president to build on this victory for democracy."

Poroshenko helped bankroll Ukraine's 2004 Orange Revolution. Washington's dirty hands bore full responsibility.

Color revolutions are a US specialty. At issue is replacing independent governments with pro-Western stooge ones.

From November 2013 through February's coup, Poroshenko helped bankroll Kiev putschists.

On March 29, 2014, he announced his candidacy for president. On May 25, he was elected with a 54.4% majority.

He supports joining NATO. Not now. He favors later. Whenever Washington says it's OK. 

Expect Poroshenko to remain Ukraine's president as long as he remembers who's boss. Fascist regimes support each other.

On September 17, he addressed a joint session of Canada's parliament.

The National Post called his comments "moving, historic." It was delivered "(a)mid waves of thunderous applause from gathered MPs and senators," it said.

Right-wing Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed Poroshenko. They strode together down Parliament Hill's Hall of Honour.

They discussed ways to restore Ukraine's territorial integrity. To prevent democracy. To keep blaming Russia for Kiev's crimes. 

Harper said "we're greatly honored that you're able to share this time with us on your visit to North America and to give us the opportunity to express our support for your government and for your country."

He pledged Canada's help to fight "Russian aggression." He said "whether it takes five months or 50 years."

He was the first Western leader to visit Poroshenko. He attended his June inauguration.

"This is not to us just a matter of international law or political principle," he said.

"This is matter of kinship. This is matter of family. This is personal, and we will stand by you."

Canadian media said both leaders exchanged warm greetings. They affirmed their mutual solidarity and support. 

Harper gave Poroshenko a red-carpet welcome to Centre Block. It's on Parliament Hill. It contains Canada's House of Commons and Senate.

Its prominent ceremonial spaces include the Hall of Honour, Memorial Chamber and Confederation Hall.

Poroshenko called Canada one of Ukraine's closest partners.

"We consider, following your words, that Canada is the most Ukrainian country outside Ukraine," he said.

"In this very difficult time, we count on your solidarity with us."

He thanked Canada for its "unwavering support." Ukraine "crossed the Rubicon" to a Western future, he said.

It's "bleeding for its independence and its territorial integrity."

He blamed what he called Russian "terrorism." He shamelessly called Kiev's war without mercy "a war against terror."

Ukraine is united with its Western allies, he said. It wants to end violence and restore peace, he claimed.

Poroshenko waged premeditated war against his own people. He did so to maintain fascist rule. 

To enforce police state harshness. To crush democratic freedoms. To prevent Ukraine from becoming democratic at all costs.

On Thursday, Poroshenko arrives in Washington. He seeks pledges of more support. 

He'll meet with Obama at the White House. He'll address a joint session of Congress.

Days earlier, US House Speaker John Boehner announced it, saying:

"Having President Poroshenko address Congress is another signal of our steadfast commitment to the aspirations of his people."

"It will be an honor and a privilege to welcome him to the United States Capitol."

Before embarking on a three-day North American tour, Kiev's foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin said:

"There is a sense…in the Ukrainian public and Ukrainian society that both the US and the EU are not doing enough to support the Ukrainian case."

He claimed Ukrainians "feel themselves on the front of a real fight for European values, for freedom."

He's hopeful for more aid. He wants weapons and advanced military technology. He wants more financial aid for Ukraine's crippled economy.

He wants more IMF funding. It comes with strings no responsible government should accept.

It's hugely exploitive. It's the loan shark of last resort. It's financial terrorism writ large. Its diktats demand:

  • privatizing state enterprises;

  • selling them at fire sale prices;

  • mass layoffs;

  • deep social spending cuts;

  • deregulation;

  • Western corporations given unrestricted market access;

  • corporate friendly tax cuts;

  • tax increases on ordinary citizens;

  • trade unionism marginalized or crushed; and

  • harsh crackdowns on resisters.

Democratic values don't matter. Human needs go begging. Countries forfeit their material wealth and resources. 

Fundamental freedoms vanish in plain sight. A race to the bottom follows. 

Workers become serfs. Economies are financialized into debt bondage. Doing so transforms them into dystopian backwaters. 

Debt service overrides national sovereignty. Poverty, unemployment and deprivation follow. 

So do out-of-control corruption, cronyism, and government of, by and for the privileged few alone.

In recent weeks, various US lawmakers visited Ukraine. Senior Democrats and Republicans want Obama to authorize lethal aid.

US-led NATO trains Ukraine's military for war. Arms and munitions are supplied. According to Ukraine's defense minister Valery Heletey:

"I have no right to disclose any specific country we reached that agreement with." 

"(B)ut the fact is that those weapons are already on the way to us. To stop Putin we need weapons."

Despite September's ceasefire agreement, Donetsk region fighting continues. 

It's sporadic. It could resume full-blown any time. Expect it at Washington's discretion.

Obama rejects democracy at home and abroad. He's against limited Southeastern Ukrainian autonomy. 

He wants fascist rule institutionalized nationwide. He wants fundamental freedoms crushed.

He wants unchallenged control over Washington's newest colony.

Poroshenko's North American tour was strategically timed. Parliamentary elections are five weeks away. They'll be held on October 26.

Expect hardliners to retain control. They blame Russia for their own crimes.

Kiev's Center for Social Relationships political analyst Evgeny Magda called Poroshenko's Washington visit important.

"Ukrainians need to know they're not alone," he said.

White House officials called his visit a message to Russia about US support for its former republic.

According to Obama spokesman Josh Earnest:

"The picture of President Poroshenko sitting in the Oval Office will be worth at least a thousand words -  both in English and Russian."

He'll return home with marching orders. Expect more military aid. 

Expect Southeastern Ukrainian conflict to resume at Washington's discretion. Expect the region to remain on the boil.

Expect potential East/West confrontation. Perhaps the unthinkable will follow.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Israel's Ruthless Agenda

Israel's Ruthless Agenda

by Stephen Lendman

State terrorism is official policy. So is institutionalized racism, persecution, apartheid worse than South Africa's, and colonization.

Israel's occupation is lawless. It's the longest by far in modern times. Military orders control virtually all aspects of Palestinians' lives.

They have no rights whatever. They're not wanted. They're considered subhuman. 

Efforts are made to eliminate them. Israel seeks total Judaization.

Its wars are cold, calculated premeditated aggression. They're high crimes against peace. They're slow-motion genocide. Palestinian self-defense is called "terrorism."

Operation Protective Edge was the latest example. It had nothing to do with Hamas rockets. It wasn't about protecting Israeli security.

It had everything to do with preventing Palestinian self-determination, maintaining occupation harshness, continuing Gaza's blockade, sabotaging Fatah/Hamas unity, stealing Palestinian resources, preventing diaspora Palestinians from returning, and maintaining Jerusalem as Israel's exclusive capital.

Torture is official Israeli policy. It persists despite international law prohibiting it all times under all circumstances with no allowed exceptions.

On September 14, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights headlined "PCHR Follows up Detention Conditions of Palestinians Arrested by Israeli Forces in Latest Offensive on the Gaza Strip," saying:

"The lawyers of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) have visited 4 Palestinian detainees in Ashkelon Prison who were arrested in the latest 51-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip."

They "confirmed that the prisoners were subjected to various forms of torture during their detention period, including beating and shackling between two chairs for long hours (Shabeh)."

"According to PCHR's documentation, Israeli forces arrested dozens of Palestinian civilians during the offensive on the Gaza Strip; 31 of whom were transferred to Israeli prisons."

All those arrested committed no crimes. It didn't matter. Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners languish in Israel's gulag. It's one of the world's worst.

"Later, 4 of the aforementioned detainees were released while 27 remained in custody and were charged of being members of armed groups, except for one, Samir al-Najjar, who was charged of being an 'illegitimate combatant.' "

"…(M)embers of armed resistance groups are considered prisoners of war against whom no bills of indictment can be presented according to the international law."

"PCHR continues its efforts to pursue Israeli war criminals through international courts based on the principle of universal jurisdiction (UJ) to bring them before justice since torture is an international crime."

Under UJ, nations may investigate and prosecute foreign nationals when their country of residence or origin won't, can't, or hasn't for any reason." 

Israel used it to convict and execute Adolph Eichmann.

Britain used a Spanish court provisional warrant to apprehend Augusto Pinochet. It held him under house arrest for 18 months.

It set a precedent. It potentially makes other heads of state  vulnerable. So are top officials.

Pinochet's alleged ill health claim got him released. He returned home. He remained damaged and disgraced. 

From September 11, 1973 to March 11, 1981, tyranny was ruthless on his watch. He died in December 2006. He's not missed.

Article 7 of Nuremberg's Charter of the International Military Tribunal states:

"The official position of defendants, whether as Head of State or responsible officials in Government departments, shall not be considered as freeing them from responsibility or mitigating punishment."

No one deserves immunity for high crimes against peace. They demand accountability.

No nation or individual is above the law. They're made to be enforced. They're inviolable.

Holding Israel and America accountable for high crimes too grave to ignore is long overdue.

In its 2013 State of Israel report, Amnesty International (AI) said:

"Israeli forces responsible for the killing and injuring of Palestinian civilians (as well as) torture and other ill-treatment of detainees continued to evade accountability."

Periodic air strikes target Gaza. They're conducted for any reason or none at all. For ones Israel invents.

IDF commanders order "live ammunition to enforce the land and sea 'exclusion zones' inside Gaza's perimeter and territorial waters, killing at least six civilians and injuring others," said AI.

"The myriad restrictions imposed by the Israeli authorities on the movement of Palestinians amounted to collective punishment of the population of Gaza and the West Bank, in violation of international law."

Gaza's blockade remains ongoing. It's lawless. It's suffocating. It has nothing to do with Israeli security.

Palestinians are arrested for bogus reasons. Many are held without charges or trial. 

Freedom of expression, movement and assembly are denied. So are peace, equity and justice. 

Israel gets away with mass murder with impunity and then some. Rogue states operate this way. 

Israel and America elevated lawlessness to a new level. Don't expect Western media to explain. Or what the Electronic Intifada (EI) reported on September 15.

It headlined "Leaked email reveals ADL advice to universities urging anti-Palestine crackdown." 

It was sent to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi's office. It was meant for her and other senior university officials.

The Anti-Defamation League is notoriously bigoted. Hate-mongering is longstanding practice. So is disseminating pro-Israeli propaganda.

Smear campaigns target its critics. They're conducted under the fraudulent pretext of fighting anti-Semitism.

ADL claims to support human rights. Its hate-filled agenda violates them egregiously.  

Its leaked email warned about an "upcoming day of action for Palestinian rights," said EI.

It called for "extra security and 'discipline.' "

It targeted the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP). It's an advocacy group. ADL lied making "thinly-veiled allegations of anti-Semitism," said EI.

ADL's email said in part:

"We write to you today to provide information and recommendations about how to respond to conflicts that may arise on your campus due to the recent conflict in Gaza."

“In the wake of the recent crisis, anti-Israel organizations are placing increasing pressure on academic institutions to engage in ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’ (BDS) activities." 

"Be aware of the discourse around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that takes place on your campus and the potential for escalation."

"Review student codes of conduct to ensure that activity which is detrimental to the free exchange of ideas is not allowed on campus."

AMP is called "the leading organization providing anti-Zionist training and education to students and Muslim community organizations around the country." 

It "advocates for a variety of BDS-related initiatives - all in an effort to isolate and demonize Israel and Jewish communal organizations."

Fact: AMP and Palestinian-led BDS supporters don't advocate targeting Jewish communal organizations, EI explained.

Fact: They want action against "institutions complicit with Israel's violations of Palestinian rights…"

Fact: They include academia, corporations, think tanks, numerous organizations and other biased institutions.

According to AMP chairman Hatem Bazian:

"The ADL has always been in the business of censoring Palestine’s narrative and promoting Israel and Zionism…"

It overstepped trying to "employ prior restraint on Palestinians' free speech."

Hate-mongering operates under its own rules. According to EI, expect "no let up (by Israeli lobbyists) to use all repressive means available to stigmatize…punish (and stifle) campus criticism of Israel's crimes."

On September 16, Mondoweiss headlined "US and Canada strengthen economic relationship with Israel following attack on Gaza," saying:

They consummated "a mutual customs agreement." It removes "screening barriers and tariffs." 

Washington and Canada support Israeli genocidal high crimes against peace. It's longstanding policy in both countries.

Canada is more pro-Israeli than America. During right-wing Prime Minister Stephen Harper's January visit to Israel, he praised its "great moral leadership."

Canada's special relationship is deep-rooted, he said. It's "nourished by shared values."

"(It's) reinforced at the highest levels of commerce and government as an outward expression of strongly held inner convictions."

It's the right thing to do, said Harper. He called enemies Israel invents "dark forces of the world."

He ignored Palestinian rights. He was silent about generations of occupation harshness, ruthless persecution and numerous other high crimes.

Post-Operation Protective Edge, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid and his Canadian counterpart Steven Blaney discussed their 2010 Authorized Economic Operator Program.

"We share the same moral values (and) threat(s), Lapid claimed. He lied naming "Hamas in the south, Hezbollah in the north and now ISIS advancing from the east."

It bears repeating. Israel's only enemies are ones it invents. It does so to enforce occupation harshness. To steal all valued Judea and Samaria areas.

To deny Palestinians fundamental human and civil rights. To treat them like enemies of the state. To violate core international human rights laws in the process.

Lapid's comments focused more on Gaza than economics, said Mondoweiss. It quoted him saying:

"We must move to find a solution for Gaza based on a regional framework, through a regional summit which includes all the key partners including Canada." 

"For progress to be made we must ensure that rehabilitation occurs alongside demilitarization." 

"We are strengthened and encouraged by the support of our allies, and in particular with Canada which stands steadfast by our side."

Their "special relationship" ignores each other's high crimes. America and Israel operate the same way.

Rogue states replicate each other's worst practices. It's longstanding official Western policy.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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War Winds Near Gale Force

War Winds Near Gale Force

by Stephen Lendman

Candidate Obama promised peace in our time. He pledged to "bring America's longest war to a responsible end." He lied saying:

"I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do." 

"I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank."

Fighting continues. It rages out-of-control. Washington plans permanent occupation. Withdrawal is more fiction than fact.

Thousands of US troops will remain. They'll do so indefinitely. It's just a question of how many.

Obama ravaged Libya. Syria is his war. So is Iraq war III.

Permanent war is official US policy. Obama is the latest in a long line of US warrior presidents. He's a war criminal multiple times over.

He's waging war on humanity. He intends escalating things dangerously. He promised no US ground forces in Iraq.

He lied. Over 1,000 special forces were deployed. Hundreds more are coming. Brigades of US ground forces may follow.

Mission creep often follows initial forays. Another potential quagmire looms.

Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey said he'll recommend deploying US combat troops if ISIS/ISIL/the Islamic State (IS) can't be defeated other ways.

"My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward," he said. "I believe that will prove true." 

"But if it fails to be true, and if there are threats to the United States, then I, of course, would go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of US military ground forces."

Obama "told me…to come back to him on a case-by-case basis."

In other words, Obama's "no (US) boots on the ground" is another of his many Big Lies.

If Dempsey and other military commanders recommend them, expect invasion followed by full-scale war.

Expect potentially thousands of US troops deployed. Expect protracted fighting.

Expect Obama to begin bombing Syria. According to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel:

"Because (IS) operates freely across the Iraqi-Syrian border, and maintains a safe haven in Syria, our actions will not be restrained by a border in name only."

They'll "require a sustained effort over an extended period of time. It is a generational problem."

Post-9/11, Dick Cheney warned of permanent wars in our lifetime. Former CIA director James Woolsey said:

America "is engaged in World War IV, and it could continue for years."

"This fourth world war, I think, will last considerably longer than either World Wars I or II..."

The Pentagon's 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) called it the "long war." It rages. It's permanent. It's against enemies America invents.

On September 21, 1992, GHW Bush told UN General Assembly members that multinational troops would become a New World Order army, saying:

"Nations should develop and train military units for possible UN peacekeeping operations." 

America's permanent war agenda wasn't explained. Nor was using "peacekeepers" as imperial occupiers. Coalitions of the willing came later.

Obama continues America's longstanding tradition. Wars are glorified in the name of peace.

The business of America is war. It's a national addiction. It's a longstanding obsession. Brute force is official policy.

One nation after another is ravaged. They're destroyed. They're plundered. They're transformed into dystopian wastelands. Their people are exploited. 

General Smedley Butler called war a "racket." His 1933 speech explained, saying:

"I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as (a Marine). I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General." 

"And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. 

"…I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico...safe for American oil interests in 1914." 

"I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in." 

"I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street."

"The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909 - 1912." 

"I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916." 

"In China, I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested."

"During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket." 

"Looking back at it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints." 

"The best he could do was operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."

Today America's global empire extends everywhere. Super-weapons Butler couldn't have imagined enforce it. 

Modern-day Butlers don't exist. Profiles in courage aren't a US attribute. 

On issues of war and peace, both parties march in lockstep. So do MSM scoundrels, academia, think tanks and other influential organizations.

They ignore rule of law principles. They're on the wrong side of history. They're mindless of potential catastrophic consequences.

Their ideological extremism makes the unthinkable possible. Things today are dire and then some. Potential global war looms. 

Preventing it matters most. Not as long as Obama remains unchecked. Not while he pursues open-ended conflict.

Not when permanent war remains official US policy. Not while one country after another is ravaged and destroyed.

Not when warriors run America. Not in the absence of mass public outrage.

Obama insists he's authorized to wage open-ended Middle East war. He lied.

No nation may intervene in the internal affairs of others. None may attack another except in self-defense. 

None may do so without Security Council authorization. None exits. Expect none forthcoming.

It doesn't matter. Obama intends making a bad situation worse. He threatens the entire region. 

World peace, security and stability hang by a thread. New World Order extremism threatens them.

Ukraine is a global flashpoint. It's the gravest geopolitical crisis since WW II. 

Sergey Lavrov accused US-led NATO of "pushing Kiev for a forcible solution" to ongoing conflict conditions.

Ukraine has a choice," he said. It can "to go on the path of peace and constructive dialogue in the society or slide into authoritarianism and nationalist radical dictatorship."

"This is up to Kiev and Ukrainian society to decide.” It depends on "substantial, open and inclusive dialogue involving representatives of all regions and all political forces as quickly as possible." 

It's "necessary to discuss the scope of issues concerning constitutional system, the future of the country in general where all nationalities, minorities and regions where human rights would be fully observed in all their variety would live comfortably and safely."

It's what Washington deplores. It's what it's going all-out to prevent. 

It's to assure unchallenged imperial control. It's to eliminate Russia as a military and geopolitical rival.

State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin was clear and unequivocal. Irresponsible US policy destabilizes Eurasia. He addressed his lower house colleagues, saying:

"We begin the autumn session amid serious deterioration of the international situation." 

"The long-awaited ceasefire regime in Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics suspended massive bloodshed." 

"But the crisis and confrontation in Ukraine continue. And chaos instigated in the very center of Europe did not cool down belligerent passions of those who had provoked them six months ago." 

"The recent NATO summit has just made the current situation worse." 

"We hear from different sources that the Kiev regime was promised deliveries of weapons and military hardware from some countries of this military bloc, and that is already fraught with outright interference in Ukrainian domestic affairs." 

"Speaking straightforwardly, (it's aiding and abetting) war crimes committed in the country."

"…(A)ll masks have…been cast away…(T)he moment of truth has come."

"…Citizens of many European countries (are) asking their authorities 'inconvenient' questions."

They know "blindly following Washington (rules turns sovereign) European powers" into vassal states.

"A cynical and irresponsible policy pursued by the United States brings the world on the brink of an essentially new Сold War." 

"Its upgraded version is turning into reality of the present day."

War is more than a racket. It's ideologically extreme. It's cold-blooded mass murder and destruction. 

It inflicts unconscionable suffering. It's the highest form of lawlessness.

It serves monied interests. It lets them use ill-gotten gains to make more of them. 

It makes the world safe for war-profiteers. It lets them gorge at the public trough.

According to Michael Parenti, it lets "the dominant politico-economic interests of one nation expropriate for their own enrichment the land, labor, raw materials, and markets of another people."

Nations are destroyed to save them. They're pillaged for profit. Populations become disenfranchised. 

Workers become serfs. Local cultures become mass-market consumer ones.

Agribusiness replaces local farming. Competitive industries are eliminated.  Foreign investment crowds out local capital. 

Dominance legitimizes capital's divine right. Plunder assures obscene profits. 

Capital accumulation demands more. Profiteering and dominance matter most.

Trillions of dollars are spent. Waste, fraud, abuse and the grandest of grand theft are standard practice. 

Homeland needs go begging. So do popular ones. Peace is a convenient illusion.

Wars without end rage. No end in sight looms. America's war on terror is state terror.

Howard Zinn once asked "(h)ow can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?"

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people." 

There's none able to suppress horrendous genocidal high crimes against peace.

Why most Americans don't challenge what harms them, they'll have to explain. They have a choice.

They can demand peace, equity and justice or potentially perish in a mushroom-shaped cloud. No in between appears likely.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Sergey Lavrov: World Class Peace Advocate

Sergey Lavrov: World Class Peace Advocate

by Stephen Lendman

He's that and much more. He's a world class diplomat. He shames his Western counterparts.

They're more secretaries of war than foreign affairs. They urge waging one after another.

Lavrov goes all-out for peace. He does so in all conflict zones. Wars settle nothing. They assure more conflicts.

Lavrov addressed his colleagues at the September 15 Paris International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq. He said in part:

"Russia consistently stands for the continued independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq." 

"We strongly support the advancement of inclusive political process with a view to ensuring accord among all the political groups and ethno-confessional groups in that country."

ISIL/ISIS, the Islamic State (IS) terrorists threaten Iraq's future. "They bring death and destruction to neighboring Syria…"

"(T)hey openly declare(d) their intention to" head the entire Middle East toward the abyss of religious wars.

They want their ways imposed on others. They tolerate no opposition.

They violate fundamental Islamic principles. They're polar opposite IS extremism.

They teach love, not hate. Peace, not violence. Charity, not selfishness. Tolerance, not terrorism.

Islam, Christianity and Judaism have common roots. Who'd know it in today's US-manipulated climate of hate, fear and belligerence.

Who'd understand when America wages war on Islam at home and abroad. Who'd imagine IS is a US creation.

Who'd think it trains, arms, funds and directs its fighters. Who'd guess they're used to topple independent governments.

Who'd suspect Western claims are propaganda. Truth is systematically buried. Big Lies repeat ad nauseam.

Managed news misinformation substitutes for telling people what they most need to know.

It's more than ever vital at the most perilous time in world history. When Obama declared war on humanity.

When potential East/West confrontation looms. When global war is possible. 

US-led Western policies risk it. Peace is sacrificed on the alter of America's rage for unchallenged dominance. For regime change to achieve it.

"(I)n this or that country," said Lavrov. Over three years ago, "Bashar al-Assad was hastily declared "illegitimate…"

Doing so facilitated war without mercy. It rages. No end in sight looms. 

Obama's open-ended regional war assures greater than ever mass slaughter and destruction.

He lied claiming IS his target in Syria. It's pretext for attacking Assad. For pursuing regime change.

He wants another US colony. He wants an Israeli rival removed. He wants Iran isolated. He wants its government replaced like Syria's.

He wants pro-Western stooge leadership replacing them. He wants unchallenged regional control.

He wants its resources exploited. He wants its people made virtual serfs.

Wherever America goes, mass slaughter, destruction and human misery follow.

Nations become cauldrons of violence. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine are the latest examples.

Lavrov fears greater turmoil if Washington bombs Syria.

"One cannot but feel concerned by publicly stated intentions to attack the ISIL positions in the Syria's territory without any interaction with the Syrian government," he said. 

"I would like to emphasize the point: the terrorist threat is too serious to be addressed from a position of ideological bias, and disrespect of international law." 

"Syria as well as Iran, are our natural allies in the fight against ISIL, and their participation would have enriched our work today." 

"Moral standards which underlie counter-terrorism efforts should not be eroded."

"The achievements of the 'Islamic State' and many other terrorist groups in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere would have been impossible without financial and material support from outside, including supply of weapons and purchase of oil from fields controlled by terrorists." 

He left little doubt about Washington's support without saying so.

"Shutting down all the channels of such support must become a matter of priority," he stressed.

Not as long as America backs IS and other terrorist groups against Syria. Not as long as regime change remains prioritized.

Not as long as America's permanent war agenda continues. Not as long as it rages against humanity.

Russia goes all out for peace and stability. It's "ready to participate in working out common steps to fight terrorism" responsibly, said Lavrov.

It's "threat is much more complicated than today's (US-led Western) agenda." It's "much broader geographically."

Root causes must be addressed. Not "symptoms of the rise of extremism," alone, Lavrov stressed.

Issues must be discussed honestly. Accurate analysis must substitute for Big Lies.

Agenda politics have no place in confronting terrorism. All nations should prioritize eliminating its scourge.

Lavrov hopes Paris participants will "contribute to mobilizing practical support for more concerted global counterterrorism efforts under the auspices of the United Nations."

It requires a giant leap of faith to believe it's possible. Not as long as Washington manipulates things. Not as long as it spurns peace. Not as long as it wages wars without end.

From the sidelines of the Paris conference, Lavrov commented further.

He stressed the importance of "suppressing (IS) militants…" Al Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra and likeminded groups "remain strong," he said.

They're "unit(ing) int the Islamic Front. We have suggested that the Security Council should launch preparations for a practical, deep and comprehensive analysis of the situation."

"We hope our voice will be heard." Fighting "terrorism requires a comprehensive approach…"

It's "essential" to consider all "aggravating factors without exception." They include identifying terrorist paymasters.

Failure to do so facilitates business as usual. It keeps the entire region on the boil. It endangers Eurasia.

Russia has much to contribute to confronting major threats responsibly, said Lavrov.

It "will b doing this in parallel with promoting a broader goal: the start of a comprehensive and deep analysis of all aspects of terrorist threats." 

"This should be done with firm reliance on the UN Charter. We should make full use of the UN's counterterrorism instruments that are already available."

It bears repeating. It requires a giant leap of faith to believe it's possible. 

Not as long as Washington controls things. Not as long as advancing its imperium matters most. 

Not as long as waging war on humanity persists. Not as long as nations able to intervene responsibly do nothing. 

Not as long as America knows it can rampage with impunity. 

Stopping this monster matters most. World peace depends on it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.


It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.