Monday, April 20, 2015

Gunslinger US General Readies for War with Russia

Gunslinger US General Readies for War with Russia

by Stephen Lendman

America is run by neocon lunatics and gunslinger generals. Together they threaten world peace.

Washington’s only enemies are ones it invents to wage endless wars of aggression - premeditated ones against one country after another posing no threat to anyone.

Rogue states operate this way. Readers familiar with Orwell's 1984 understand. America exceeds the worst of what he envisioned.

World peace hangs by a thread. Humanity's survival is up for grabs.

General Ben Hodges heads US Army Europe (USAREUR). On April 18, he lied telling London's Telegraph NATO must stay united against a "real threat" from Russia.

"This is not an assumption," he blustered. "There is a Russian threat."

Fact: The whole world knows Russia threatens no other country - not America, other NATO members, other nations, none whatever.

Fact: No country goes more all-out for world peace and stability than Russia.

Fact: None try harder to resolve ongoing conflicts diplomatically.

Fact: None more deserve high praise for their efforts.

Fact: America more than any other nation threatens world peace, stability and security.

Fact: Its endless direct and proxy wars kill millions.

Fact: It's reckless imperial agenda may kill us all.

Hodges outrageously accused an unnamed Russian official with threatening Denmark with a nuclear attack "if it participates in any missile defense program" -  intended entirely for offense against Russia.

He said deploying US combat forces in Eastern Europe close to Russian territory and parading them across international borders (an exercise called Dragoon Ride) sends a "reassuring (signal to) our allies."

In March, angry anti-war Czechs responded saying "Tanks? No thanks!" They want no part of US combat troops and heavy weapons on their territory.

They called it "an unnecessary and dangerously provocative military (stunt), which only increas(s) international tension."

World Without Wars and Without Violence member Tana Bednarova said "(t)he last time that vehicles like this came to the Czech Republic, they were Soviet tanks coming to crush moves towards democracy in 1968." 

"We don’t want such vehicles from foreign armies coming here ever again," she stressed.

She criticized NATO's eastern expansion saying if Washington and Alliance partners "want to create security in the world, then Russia and China and all other countries…should be invited to join."

Separately, Hodges said "(t)he whole purpose (of US Eastern European deployments) is to assure those allies that live closest to the Bear that we are here."

"President Putin exercises freedom of movement all the time. He moves troops and stuff around Russia whenever he wants to."

Fact: He does it nonthreateningly inside Russian territory. 

Fact: America operates provocatively on foreign soil close to Russia's borders - risking direct confrontation by intent or judgmental error.

According to Hodges, perhaps it's inevitable so America has "to be militarily ready."

"The best insurance we have against a showdown is that (US-dominated) NATO stands together."

Accusations of "Russian aggression" ring hollow - Big Lies substantiated only by provocative bluster.

"We're not interested in a fair fight with anyone," Hodges said. "I want to have overmatch in all systems."

Russian lower house State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachev said Hodges' comments show US-dominated NATO will never treat Russia equitably.

It wants military superiority in readiness for an eventual showdown with Moscow. 

It wants hundreds of thousands of NATO Rapid Deployable Corps combat troops positioned close to Russia's borders. It wants war, not peace.

In his last interview before death, noted German author Gunter Grass warned about  "sleepwalking towards another world war." He told the Spanish newspaper El Pais:

"We have on the one side Ukraine, whose situation is not improving; in Israel and Palestine things are getting worse; the disaster the Americans left in Iraq, the atrocities of Islamic state and the problem of Syria."

"There is war everywhere. We run the risk of committing the same mistakes as before. So without realizing it, we can get into a world war as if we were sleepwalking." 

"All of this together makes me realize that things are finite - that we don't have an indefinite amount of time," Grass explained.

Maybe less than he imagined.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes Regional Peace and Cooperation

Iranian Foreign Minister Proposes Regional Peace and Cooperation

by Stephen Lendman

Times editors are so consistently hostile to Iran in their one-sided support for Israel's worst crimes it's surprising they gave Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif op-ed space.

He sent a responsible message from Iran everyone needs to read. He indicated important progress in Lausanne in trying to resolve issues over Tehran's well-known peaceful nuclear program.

Suggesting otherwise is red herring cover for Washington's real objectives: 

  • toppling Iran's government;

  • replacing it pro-Western stooges subservient to US and Israeli interests;

  • giving America another client state;

  • eliminating Israel's main regional rival;

  • controlling Iran's vast oil and gas resources;

  • exploiting its people; and

  • marginalizing and weakening Iran - defying it the right to self-defense.

Iranians aren't about to surrender their sovereign rights. Nor should they. Nor should any nation for any reason.

It's high time the world community no longer tolerates fabricated claims about Tehran's nuclear and other activities. 

It's time to normalize relations responsibly. It's time to break free from hostile US/Israeli policies. 

It's time to realize mutual cooperation matters more than confrontation and destabilizing maliciousness.

Iran is the region's leading proponent of peace, stability and mutual cooperation among all nations.

America, rogue NATO partners, Israel, Saudi Arabia, other Gulf states, and allied despots threaten world peace and security.

Zarif said Iran and P5+1 countries "agreed on parameters to remove any doubt about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program and to lift international sanctions against Iran."

"But to seal the anticipated nuclear deal, more political will is required. The Iranian people have shown their resolve by choosing to engage with dignity." 

"It is time for the United States and its Western allies to make the choice between cooperation and confrontation, between negotiations and grandstanding, and between agreement and coercion."

Vital issues affecting all regional nations need addressing responsibly. Iran is a key Middle East player.

It needs to be part of resolving ongoing wars, chaos and turmoil. "(E)ntire countries are being torn to shreds," Zarif stressed.

"…Iran has weathered the storms of instability caused by this mayhem. But we cannot be indifferent to the unfathomable destruction around us, because chaos does not recognize borders."

Iranian interests and concerns go way beyond nuclear issues, Zarif explained. Good relations with all its neighbors is its top priority, he stressed.

He calls Iranian foreign policy "holistic." Destructive "globalization has rendered all alternatives obsolete," he said.

One nation's interests can't be pursued at the expense of others. 
We're all part of the same human race. Ongoing events affect everyone - for better or worse.

"Nowhere are these dynamics more evident that in the wider Persian Gulf region," Zarif explained.

World leaders need to address them responsibly - most of all waging peace, not war.

Iran needs to be included as part "of a collective forum" established to help resolve vexing regional issues.

Ending Yemen's conflict "would be a good place to start," Zarif said. Iran offered a responsible peace plan. It can work if implemented.

It calls for "an immediate cease-fire, humanitarian assistance and facilitation of intra-Yemeni dialogue, leading to the formation of an inclusive, broad-based national unity government," Zarif explained.

More broadly, regional dialogue and engagement "should be based on recognized principles for shared objectives; notably respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of all states; inviolability of international boundaries; noninterference in internal affairs; peaceful settlement of disputes; impermissibility of threat or use of force; and promotion of peace, stability, progress and prosperity in the region."

Mutual cooperation can benefit all regional nations hugely - far more then endless conflicts against one nation after another without end.

"The world cannot afford to continue to avoid addressing the roots of the turmoil in the wider Persian Gulf region," Zarif stressed. 

"This unique opportunity for engagement must not be squandered."

Imagine if US officials, EU ones  and Israelis felt the same way. Imagine peace instead of endless wars.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Operation Decisive Storm: US-Orchestrated, Saui-Led Mass Murder

Operation Decisive Storm: US-Orchestrated, Saudi-Led Mass Murder

by Stephen Lendman

Yemen is in the eye of the storm. Washington planned and  orchestrated ongoing war on an entire population.

Its using Saudi Arabia, other regional rogue states, and extremist takfiri mercenaries to do its killing and dying.

It's systematically destroying an entire nation to tighten its regional chokehold.

Will millions of Yemenis die, sustain disabling injuries and/or lose all future hope before things end?

No nation in world history caused more harm to more people over a longer duration than America.

None operate more ruthlessly. None more callously ignore human lives and welfare. 

None wage more endless direct and proxy wars of aggression for unchallenged global dominance - no matter now many millions of lives it costs. 

No matter how much appalling human suffering at home and abroad - so monied interests can grow richer and more powerful.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif surprisingly rejected Saudi Arabia's request for involvement in its Yemeni aggression.

After debating the issue, MPs said "Pakistan should maintain neutrality in the Yemen conflict so as to be able to play a proactive diplomatic role to end the crisis."

Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said his "government and parliament resolved that we should not become a party to this conflict."

"Rather we should try to mediate some sort of peace between warring factions."

"And this is what we are trying to build up - a team or a group which includes Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and other Islamic countries that are not yet party to the conflict - to broker a deal between the warring factions, which can end this conflict."

Analyst Bruce Riedel said Nawaz Sharif "reportedly believes that if the Saudis enter into a ground war in Yemen - with or without Pakistani forces - it will become a quagmire." 

"They have simply 'bitten off more than they can chew.' " 

"The Egyptian experience in Yemen, in which Egypt had up to 20,000 casualties in the 1960s fighting the same Zaydi tribes that back the Houthis, figures prominently in Pakistani thinking, especially in the army."

Arab journalist Adnan Abu Zeed reports Saudi-led war on Yemen deepens Iraqi Sunni/Shia animosity.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned of broader sectarian war. Resolving things in Yemen by military means is impossible.

Diplomacy is the only solution. Iran's sensible peace proposal can work if implemented. 

Washington is the main obstacle. Obama deplores peace. He wants endless regional wars and instability.

They serve US interests. Peace, stability and calm defeat it.

Analyst Mohammad Ali Shabini said "(w)hile it is unclear when the war in Yemen will end, what is clear is that Iranian diplomacy is proving to be an effective response to Saudi money and firepower." 

"And with the goals of the Yemen war increasingly muddled, Saudi Arabia and its allies may soon find themselves bogged down in a quagmire."

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf called Houthi legitimate resistance against US-orchestrated and directed premeditated Saudi terror-bombing "aggression."

Asked if Houthis were attacking Saudi Arabia, she ducked the question. She shamelessly and deliberately lied saying:

"(T)he Saudis are responding to what was blatant Houthi aggression…We're supporting the Saudis in the GCC-led (Gulf Cooperation Council) efforts here."

Washington is directing ongoing Yemeni terror-bombing - selecting targets, providing logistical help, refueling Saudi warplanes, supplying weapons and munitions.

Yemen is Obama's war. Saudi and partnered rogue states are doing his dirty work. Israel is involved.

How many Yemenis will perish before things end? How much pain and suffering is enough?

When will Washington, Western partners, Israel, and regional despotic regimes be held accountable for the highest of high crimes? When will justice finally be served? 

When will the peace-loving world community demand US-led terror wars of aggression end? When will culpable American and allied officials be imprisoned for mass murder?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Priority Saudi Targets in Yemen: Civilian Men, Women, Children and Infants

Priority Saudi Targets in Yemen: Civilian Men, Women, Children and Infants

by Stephen Lendman

Saudi Arabia is a ruthless dictatorship. It's a rogue terror state. It brutalizes its own people. 

It punishes anyone challenging its rule with arbitrary arrests and imprisonment under horrific gulag conditions.

Torture and physical abuse are commonplace. So are public whippings and beheadings.

Fair public trials, due process and judicial fairness don't exist. Anyone charged by state authorities is automatically guilty by accusation. Harsh treatment follows.

Most Saudi prisoners are political ones or for offenses too minor to matter.

Human and civil rights are nonexistent. Despotic rule governs virtually all aspects of daily life.

After Israel, Saudi Arabia is Washington's main Middle East ally. Three rogue states partner in each other's high crimes - notably against Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Saudis actively recruit, fund and arm takfiri death squads against Bashar al-Assad's popularly elected government and Yemeni Houthi rebels unwilling to accept US-installed despotic rule.

Obama's war against both countries rages. Saudis are reliable axis of evil partners.

Their money and US weapons are responsible for hundreds of thousands of regional deaths - millions including victims of preventable diseases, starvation, overall deprivation and endless violence.

Washington, Israel, Saudis, and allied dictatorships bear full responsibility for regional nightmarish conditions.

Ongoing in Syria into its fifth year with no end of conflict in sight. Raging in Yemen into its 26th day heading for genocidal mass slaughter, destruction and appalling human suffering.

Saudis conducted over 2,300 airstrikes in less than a month of terror-bombing.

Speaking on national television, Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said "(i)t's the right of our people to resist (Saudi) aggression and face the aggressor by any means."

Saudis plan "invasion (and) occupation (to) place this country again under its feet and hegemony."

"Our Yemeni people will never give in. (They) will resist in the face of the savage aggression."

Saudis have "no right to interfere" in internal Yemeni affairs. "The political problem is an internal one, and it is up to us to define our future."

"The US is sponsoring the attacks. The US is directing the attacks against Yemen."

US "criminal hands" are killing Yemenis. America, Saudi Arabia and Israel are partners in war on its people.

Washington chooses targets to strike. Israel is actively involved.

Saudis claim they plan to "restore Yemen to its Arab identity. What kind of Arab identity is this," Houthi asked?

It's to "return Yemen to the Israeli and US identity." It's to let "Al Qaeda seize control of Yemen."

"The Yemeni people have the right and legitimacy to defend" their nation. "Our great people will not surrender. They will stand."

It's the right of all people to resist aggression, he added. He called on Yemenis to unite against a common enemy.

Up to hundreds are being killed or wounded daily across most of the country - by terror-bombing and ground fighting.

Prime Saudi targets include civilian neighborhoods, refugee camps, farming areas, hospitals, schools, mosques, power facilities, food storage ones, and other nonmilitary related sites - ones chosen by Washington to attack.

On Sunday, Oxfam said Saudis terror-bombed its Saada governorate food storage facilities. Its country director Grace Ommer issued a statement saying:

"This is an absolute outrage, particularly when one considers that we have shared detailed information with the coalition on the locations of our offices and storage facilities."

Saudi strategy includes starving Yemenis to death, depriving them of electricity, water and vitally needed medical care.

It's denying them essentials to survive. It's destroying an entire country to control it.

It's partnering with US imperial ruthlessness. On Sunday, Red Crescent Society representative Abdollah Maboud al-Shokri accused Saudis of using lethal chemical agents.

"We will display a video on the death of tens of children who died after inhaling poisonous gases," he said.

Expect increasing Saudi use of banned toxic agents as terror-bombing continues. Washington, other Western powers and rogue regional states encourage it.

Media scoundrels report nothing. They're silent about horrific US-sponsored war crimes. Noncombatant men, women and children suffer most of all.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei condemned Saudi child killers, saying:

"We feel hatred and disgust for those who attack the civilians, women and children and believe that they are not aware of Islam and human conscience, but we don’t meddle in other countries' affairs."

He blamed Washington and other Western states for involvement in what's ongoing - including Saudi, Egyptian and US warships enforcing blockade.

Ships carrying food, medical supplies and fuel can't access Yemeni ports. Roads, bridges and other infrastructure targets were destroyed.

Grinding poverty and deprivation during normal times are greatly exacerbated under wartime conditions.

A humanitarian disaster increases daily. Dire shortages of everything exist. Some hospitals can't function properly for lack of electricity and vital medical supplies.

Yemen's capital Sanaa resembles a ghost town. Usually congested streets are empty. One Yemeni spoke for others saying "(w)e're suffering terribly." 

Obama bears full responsibility. His rogue partners share it. Expect the worst to come.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Israel Joins Obama's War on Yemen

Israel Joins Obama's War on Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

Obama terror-bombed Yemen throughout his tenure.He murdered hundreds of noncombatant men, women and children in cold blood.

He's at it again. He's waging proxy war against Houthi rebels.

He's using rogue state regional allies to do his dirty work.

They ousted illegitimately US-installed puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Israel quietly joined Obama's dirty war. On March 22, Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi accused Washington and Israel of using Takfiri extremists to stage terrorist attacks on Yemeni civilians.

Mosques were targeted. Scores were killed, hundreds injured. Al-Houthi urged Yemenis to unite against elements aiming to destabilize the country.

"Everyone is a target," he said. He didn't know at the time Washington intended using proxy forces to terror-bomb Yemen into submission.

America's goal is longstanding. Eliminate all independent governments. Replace them with US-controlled puppets.

Hadi was a convenient stooge. Obama wants him back in power serving US interests.

At the same time, denying Iran a regional ally. Aiming to isolate Tehran regionally by eliminating its key allies - mainly Syria and Hezbollah.

Then replacing Iran's independent government with one Washington controls.

America allies with the region's worst despots to further its objectives.

It's in bed with Israel's hegemonic ambitions. Both countries partner in each other's high crimes.

They threaten world peace. They  terror-bomb adversaries.

Washington planned war on Yemen months earlier. It's controlling and directing ongoing Saudi-led aggression against a nation posing it no threat.

Israeli warplanes are involved. Fars News said they're participating in airstrikes.

It quoted Yemen's Al-Haq Political party Secretary-General Hassan Zayd saying:

On direct orders from Netanyahu, "for the first time…Zionists are conducting a joint (military) operation in coalition with Arabs."

Yemen's al-Massira television said aggressor warplanes deliberately targeted civilian homes and a market where people were shopping.

Dozens were killed, scores more injured. Bombing continues.

Houthi forces keep advancing. Reports indicate heavy clashes near Aden.

Senior Iranian parliamentarians urged Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member nations to condemn Saudi terror-bombing.

Iranian MP Zohreh Tabibzadeh spoke for others saying "(w)e expect the NAM countries to condemn this aggression."

Yemenis intend defending their country, she stressed. They deserve universal support against US-planned, sponsored and directed terror-bombing.

On Saturday, Reuters said Houthi fighters continued making gains - despite Saudi-led air attacks.

Yemen is the latest example of Washington's war on humanity.

It's systematically ravaging and destroying one country at a time.

Post-9/11 alone, its aim for unchallenged global dominance took millions of lives.

Gideon Polya estimates Bush/Obama genocidal war on Iraq alone (since 2003) killed 2.7 million people - from violence and "violently-imposed deprivation."

Since 1914, Western wars on Iraq killed nine million, Polya estimates.

What Britain began a century ago, it now partners in what Washington continues - wars without end against Arab populations being systematically exterminated.

Western media scoundrels ignore an ongoing Arab Holocaust far greater than what Hitler did to Jews.

Try finding a single Western report explaining it. None on one of history's greatest crimes.

Arab lives don't matter. Western white supremacists consider them fair game for mass slaughter and exploitation.

Washington's Afghan, Iraqi, Libyan and Syrian wars continue. Yemen is Obama's latest aggression.

It follows his installing Nazis to run Ukraine - to wage dirty war without mercy on Donbass residents wanting to live free from the scourge of fascism.

What happens longer term  remains to be seen. Washington's war on humanity threatens world peace.

Madness defines US policy. Lunatics in charge won't quit until they turn all countries to rubble.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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The Scourge of Nazism in Ukraine

The Scourge of Nazism in Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman

What millions died for to defeat during WW II is now resurgent in Europe's heartland.

Fascist lunatics in Washington installed overt Nazis to run their newest client state. They're taking full advantage.

They're waging naked aggression on Donbass - at present low-level ahead of renewing it full-blown.

Hundreds of US combat troops (trained killers) are working directly with Kiev's Nazi-infested National Guard and other extremist groups - teaching them the fine art of murder.

Perhaps planning to join them in battle when hostilities resume full-blown - maybe with supportive US terror-bombing.

Kiev Nazis want all opposition elements eliminated - either killed, imprisoned, disappeared or deported.

They want unchallenged control. The Saker reports they created a database of "separatists (and) militants, etc." 

It's called "(i)information for law enforcement authorities and special services about pro-Russian terrorists, separatists, mercenaries, war criminals, and murderers."

Anyone opposing fascist rule risks being eliminated one way or another.

Nazis under Hitler were notorious for radicalized torchlight parades - complete with chilling slogans and symbols. 

In January, thousands of Ukrainian ultranationalists paraded in Kiev. They celebrated Nazi collabortor/mass murderer Stepan Bandera's 106th birthday.

At the time, Czech President Milos Zeman was horrified. "There is something wrong with Ukraine," he said.

"Yesterday evening I was browsing the Internet and discovered a video showing the demonstration on Kiev's Maidan on January 1."

"These demonstrators carried portraits of Stepan Bandera, which reminded me of Reinhard Heydrich" - Gestapo head and key holocaust architect.

"The parade itself was organized similar to Nazi torchlight parades, where participants shouted the slogan: ‘Death to the Poles, Jews and communists without mercy,' " Zeman explained.

Ukrainian fascists consider Bandera a national hero. He was a vicious mass murderer.

Russia's Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights Konstantin Dolgov calls reemergent Nazism in Ukraine a European threat.

"Torchlit marches in Ukraine demonstrate that it is continuing to move along the path of the Nazis," he stressed - with full US support and encouragement.

They were at it again in Odessa. They marched to commemorate Maxim Chaika's death - ultranationalist Blood and Honor group leader. He died during a 2009 street fight.

Around 200 overt Nazis were involved - marching while shouting racist/anti-communist/anti-Russian/ultranationalist slogans.

"The White man is for the Great Ukraine," they chanted. "One race, one nation, one homeland."

"Glory to Ukraine - the glory of heroes!" "Hang the commies." Odessan police accompanied marchers to protect them. 

Participants evoked memories of May 2, 2014 when Right Sector Nazi thugs murdered hundreds of Odessans in cold blood. 

They remain unaccountable for appalling high crimes. So-called investigation into what happened whitewashed them.

State-sponsored mass murder in Ukraine is considered OK. Anyone wanting democratic freedoms is vulnerable.

Truth-telling journalists risk imprisonment or death. Nazi-infested fascist regimes tolerate no opposition.

Last week, Normandy Four foreign ministers called for ending fighting in Donbass.

Washington bears full responsibility. Its Ukrainian proxies share it. Germany and France have done nothing to halt it.

Russia alone continues going all-out to end it - impossible given Obama's rage for war.

Last Thursday, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said "(t)he United States and its allies have crossed all possible lines in their drive to bring Kiev into their orbit." 

"That could not have failed to trigger our reaction. Aiming at complete dominance, Washington stopped taking into account the interests of other countries and respect for international law."

On April 16, addressing Moscow's fourth International Security Conference, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said it's "impossible to resolve the conflict in Ukraine by military force."

"(T)here is no reasonable alternative to peacefully settling the domestic Ukrainian crisis (than) on the basis of full and unconditional compliance with" February 12 agreed on ceasefire terms.

He hopes Western officials will "force authorities in Kiev to scrap destructive policies aimed at glorifying the Nazis and persecuting those who saved Europe from" its scourge.

As long as fascist neocons run things in Washington, chances for world peace are nil. Expect endless wars to continue - perhaps with nuclear weapons able to end life on earth.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Neocon Think Tank Proposes US Proxy Army to Control Syria

Neocon Think Tank Proposes US Proxy Army to Control Syria

by Stephen Lendman

The Atlantic Council is a hawkish right-wing think tank. Its directors include a rogue's gallery of high-level US war criminals.

It's notion of "working together to secure the future" is waging endless preemptive wars of aggression. 

Its Distinguished International Leadership Awards go to former US and other Western government and military officials for raping and plundering one country after another.

It was founded in 1961 to support NATO's killing machine. It's one of many similar groups in America threatening world peace and stability.

Its solution for ending Obama's war on Syria is escalated war. It proposes what it calls a Syrian National Stabilization Force (SNSF) - code language for US-controlled conquering and occupying army.

It believes the way for sustainable peace in Syria is through overwhelming military might - featuring "a robust, (US proxy) three-division stabilization force of 50,000 Syrians" established to do Washington's killing and dying.

It wants a Syrian Advisory Task Force (SATF) composed of pro-Western nationals willing to serve US interests.

It says "there is no political solution to the Syrian conflict unless there is a military component" waging no-holds-barred war. 

Its Syrian solution applies to all US direct and proxy war theaters.

Washington and Western allies must lead the way, it urges - so America can gain another subservient client state while eliminating an Israeli rival at the same time.

It advocates US-led "cooperation, engagement, and a clear coherent discourse between Western, regional, and Syrian military and political actors - and the message of commitment projected by putting the train-and-equip program on steroids - can create new dynamics on the ground, build popular appeal to the SNSF's mission and goal, and set the stage for peace in Syria" by continuing to rape the country en route to plundering it and exploiting its people.

It wants President Bashar al-Assad overthrown. It wants Syrians having no say over who'll lead them. 

It wants Washington alone deciding. It wants US-controlled stooge governance replacing Syrian sovereign independence.

Neocons think one way. They want unlimited wealth, power and privilege. They want unchallenged global dominance. 

They want control over world resources and markets. They want populations exploited for profit.

They deplore peace. The support endless wars. They believe millions of corpses are a small price to pay for remaking the world in their own image.

They and likeminded lunatics in Washington risk the unthinkable - possible life-ending nuclear war.

A Final Comment

The New York Times says US arms sales fuel Middle East wars. Saudis and other regional belligerents use American weapons and munitions.

They "stockpiled American military hardware…" They're now using it and want more.

In 2014, Saudi Arabia spent over $80 billion for weapons and munitions. It's the world's fourth largest defense market.

Other regional countries are spending billions of dollars for all sorts of advanced weapons.

The Middle East is awash with implements of death. The Times omits what's most important to explain.

It says nothing about US/Israeli responsibility for all regional conflicts - using local allies to wage proxy wars along with takfiri-recruited death squads.

The road to Middle East peace and stability is eliminating America's presence. It's holding Israel accountable for endless high crimes against Palestinians. 

It's valuing human life more than destroying it. It's waging peace, not war. Don't expect The Times to explain.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Saudis Using Banned Chemical Weapons in Yemen

Saudis Using Banned Chemical Weapons in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

Saudis are some of the world's most ruthless figures. They rule with an iron fist. 

They tolerate no opposition. They partner with Washington's regional wars.

They were caught red-handed supplying Syrian takfiris with chemical weapons - used against defenseless civilians.

They're at it again. Overnight reports indicate they attacked Yemen's Saada province with banned chemical agents.

Toxic gas left scores of Yemeni civilians dead or injured. The exact number isn't known so far. 

Witnesses and aid workers said white smoke rose from Saudi terror-bombing. Injured victims experienced suffocation, nausea and diarrhea.

Days earlier, Houthi rebels intercepted Saudi trucks carrying chemical agents. 

Yemeni General Khalid al-Barayemi said they were heading for areas controlled by terrorists.

Substances seized is used for producing lethal sarin gas. Al-Barayemi believes Turkey is complicit in supplying chemical agents under the cover of humanitarian aid.

World leaders able to stop this horror support it - mindless of naked aggression harming defenseless civilians most of all.

Nightmarish conditions exist throughout much of Yemen. ICRC officials said they were denied access to Maareb in central Yemen - where large numbers urgently need medical treatment.

ICRC's Cedric Schweizer said "(w)e very much regret the lack of access to Maareb, where hospitals face shortages of medical equipment."

"The wounded, including civilians and combatants, cannot get the lifesaving treatment they need."

Similar conditions exist throughout much of the country. Overwhelming needs of virtually everything exceed the best humanitarian efforts to help.

Blockading air, land and sea makes it impossible to deliver enough desperately needed food, water, medical and other vital supplies.

Since Saudi-led terror-bombing began in late March, over 150,000 Yemenis have been displaced, according to OCHA. 

Thousands more flee homes for safety daily. There's nowhere to hide. No safe havens exist.

Saudi terror-bombing deliberately targets civilian sites - including with banned weapons. Naked aggression is mass-murdering and injuring thousands.

Saudis, Washington and Israel are the main backers of regional terrorist groups - IS, Nusra Front, Al Qaeda and others.

They supply them with funding, weapons, munitions and other aid. Saudis provide lethal chemical agents. Maybe Washington and Israel do the same thing.

Eighteen Western Yemeni scholars published an open letter condemning Saudi-led terror-bombing.

They called it "illegal under international law." They called for a Security Council resolution "demanding an immediate, unconditional ceasefire."

They accused Saudis of deliberately targeting "schools, homes, refugee camps, water systems, grain stores and food industries."

They warned "(t)his has the potential for appalling harm to ordinary Yemenis as almost no food or medicine can enter."

"As specialists we are more than aware of internal divisions within Yemeni society, but we consider that it is for the Yemenis themselves to be allowed to negotiate a political settlement," they said.

Signatories include:

Robert Burrowes, University of Washington

Steve Caton, Harvard University

Sheila Carapico, University of Richmond

Paul Dresch, University of Oxford

Najam Haidar, Barnard College

Helen Lackner

Anne Meneley, Trent University

Brinkley Messick, Columbia University

Flagg Miller, University of California-Davis

Martha Mundy, London School of Economics

Thanos Petouris, SOAS-University of London

Lucine Taminian, The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq

Gabriele vom Bruck, SOAS-University of London

Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago

Shelagh Weir

John Willis, University of Colorado

Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck College, London

Expect their plea to fall on deaf ears in Washington, other Western capitals and Riyadh.

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Saudi Blood Money for Bloodletting in Yemen

Saudi Blood Money for Bloodletting in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

UN officials appealed for an immediate $274 million in desperately needed emergency humanitarian aid for Yemenis.

Saudi mass murderer/King Salman offered to contribute the entire amount - while he continues daily terror-bombing, targeting civilians and exacerbating a horrific humanitarian crisis. 

Billions of dollars in aid are needed to address it. A small fraction of it barely scratches the surface.

Saudi oil wealth won't restore lost lives. It won't replace lost limbs. It won't soothe traumatized children.

It won't erase the agony of lost loved ones. It won't stop US planned, orchestrated and directed Saudi-led aggression.

Yemen is being raped in plain sight. It's being systematically ravaged and destroyed.

Perhaps 3,000 or more died so far in 25 days of fighting - over 85 alone in the past 24 hours in one Yemeni province alone.

Thousands have been seriously injured - many maimed for life, their limbs blown off by Saudi terror-bombing.

Many Yemenis have no access to healthcare. Untreated serious wounds may lead to death. Human suffering is extreme.

An entire country is under siege. On orders from Washington, land, sea and air blockade was imposed. US warships are involved enforcing it.

Nothing can get in or out without US or Saudi permission. On Saturday, fighting raged in most Yemeni governorates.

Saudi-led terror-bombing targeted Sanaa, Aden, Taiz, Marib, Saada, Shabwa, Lahj and other areas.

Yemen's illegitimate government in exile rejected Iran's four-point peace proposal on orders from Washington. It called for:

  • warring parties agreeing to halt fighting;

  • providing desperately needed humanitarian aid;

  • initiating intra-Yemeni dialogue; and

  • establishing unity governance with all parties participating.

It's a sensible way to end conflict - to resolve differences between both sides diplomatically.

Obama wants war continued. He categorically rejects peace. He has lots more death and destruction in mind for Yemenis. He may not quit until he slaughters them all.

Tehran rejects accusations it's aiding Houthis militarily. It very much wants to provide humanitarian aid. Blockade prevents it.

Yemeni tweets best explain ongoing nightmarish conditions.

"My life in #Yemen, no electricity, no water, no food, no security, no work. We're dying every day," said one.

"They've forgotten all abt us," said another.

"Children are extremely terrified," a victim explained.

"After all of this is done. The Saudis better pay for PTSD treatment of 26 million Yemenis."

"24 nights straight of heavy bombing. More than any human can take."

"12:40AM & can hear neighborhood kids/women scream with each earth shaking bomb jets drop…never this intense since onset 3 W ago…"

"My little girl crying silently. Her tears&shaking body while I hug her tell alot."

Saudis intend to continue daily terror-bombing without letup. Scores of ongoing sorties terrify Yemini civilians.

Saudi military spokesman General Ahmed al-Assiri said "(w)e are not in a hurry…We have the time, and we have the capabilities."

Tehran University Professor Mohammad Marandi said "(a)s long as the Saudis are carrying out this shock-and-awe campaign against ordinary Yemenis, there's really no hope for any sort of peace plan to work."

"So the Iranians are waiting for the Saudis to run out of steam and to recognize the enormous mistake that they have made."

Iran's Security Council head Ali Shamkhani calls Saudi-led aggression a "historic mistake." He warned of dire consequences for Riyadh, saying:

"The Saudi aggression against Yemen is against the UN Charter, against the principles of peaceful coexistence and against the legal tenets ruling the UN and aims to deviate the path of the Muslim world and wear off the internal power and capacities of the world of Islam." 

"Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia has made a big historical mistake, and this heresy will definitely have no end but loss and damage for them."

Iranian General Ahme Reza Pourdastan believes Saudi aggression "will certainly fail."

"The Saudi army is a hired (mercenary) army, and now that no bullets have been fired at it, we see the symptoms of defeat in them already…"

Washington is directly involved in ongoing fighting. It's choosing targets to strike - including civilian ones.

On Saturday, reports indicated one or more US warships fired cruise missiles on Yemeni sites. 

They've done it several times before. Perhaps much more to come. Western media remain silent. They support what demands denunciation. 

Millions of suffering Yemenis don't matter. Imperial aims alone count. Yemen's nightmare continues. 

Obama's latest atrocity threatens an entire nation with mass slaughter, destruction, overwhelming deprivation and unspeakable human suffering.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Human Rights Group Accuses Israel of Deliberately Murdering Gazan Children

Human Rights Group Accuses Israel of Deliberately Murdering Gazan Children

by Stephen Lendman

A new Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) report accuses Israel of willfully killing Palestinian children during last summer's Gaza war.

Around 550 children were murdered in cold blood - two-thirds under age 12.

Israel considers all civilians legitimate targets. International law calls killing them a war crime.

Another 3,400 children were injured - over 1,000 maimed for life. They need vital medical care unavailable because of Israel's lawless siege - ongoing aggression by any standard with full US-led Western support.

America and Israel partner in each other's high crimes. They're the world's leading aggressor states - the most egregious human and civil rights abusers. 

They're mindless of core international laws, norms and standards.

Imagine willfully murdering defenseless/nonthreatening young children at home asleep, at play, going to or from school, or running errands for parents.

Imagine considering them enemies of the state. Imagine using illegal terror weapons against them. 

Imagine traumatizing young survivors for life. Imagine Israel outrageously trying to justify the unjustifiable.

Imagine a grieving Palestinian mother explaining her nine-year-old son's "arms and legs were cut off" by an Israeli shell. 

"The upper part of his body was separated from his lower body, which was turned into small pieces. I screamed," she said. 

She and her son were returning to a UN shelter when disaster struck. Israel murdered dozens of entire families in cold blood.

Accountability for its highest of high crimes remains nowhere in sight.

Cold-blooded murder is longstanding Israeli policy. Viciously persecuting Palestinians continues daily.

Israel is a ruthless terror state. It's just a matter of time before it ravages Gaza again.

DCIP's report said "2014 was a year that brought violence, fear and loss (to Gaza)."

"The Israeli military offensive" lasting 51 days from early July to late August killed nearly 550 Palestinian children.

Nearly 3,400 other children were wounded - many from illegal terror weapons.

Over 2,200 Palestinians died - mostly defenseless civilians.

"Investigations undertaken by (DCIP) into Palestinian child fatalities during Operation Protective Edge found overwhelming and repeated evidence of international humanitarian law violations committed by Israeli forces."

"These included direct attacks on children, and indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilian homes, schools, and residential neighborhoods."

Witness testimonies and other documented evidence DCIP collected "showed places that should have been provided children with shelter and safety were not immune from attacks from Israeli forces."

"Missiles fired from Israeli drones and warplanes, artillery shelling, and shrapnel scattered by explosions killed children in their homes, on the street as they fled from attacks with their families, and as they sought shelter from the bombardment in schools."

Israel killed scores of children in drone attacks alone. Clear evidence shows "Israeli forces directly targeted children."

One of many examples affected Rawya Joudeh and four of her five children. An Israeli drone attack murdered them in cold blood - "as they played together" in the family's Jabalia refugee camp yard.

Around half the number of children Israel killed came from attacks on residential buildings.

Sunday, July 20, characterized Israeli viciousness most clearly - the deadliest day for children throughout its lawless aggression.

A nighttime and ground assault on the residential Gaza City Shuja’iyya neighborhood killed 27 children. It injured at least 29 others.

Israeli armed forces are "regularly implicated in serious, systematic and institutionalized human rights violations against Palestinian children living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory," said DCIP.

"Children affected by armed conflict are entitled to special respect and protections under international law…"

Israel breaches it repeatedly. It indiscriminately and disproportionately murders and injures defenseless Palestinian civilians in cold blood - including young children and infants, helpless against its onslaught.

Evidence of Israel high crimes is overwhelming. It bears repeating. Accountability is nowhere in sight - nor justice for long-suffering Palestinians.

DCIP stressed "(w)ithout an end to the current regime of collective punishment, targeted assassinations, and regular military offensives, the situation for Gaza's children (and all illegally occupied Palestinians is) guaranteed to further deteriorate."

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