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In Ukraine, the US is dragging us towards war with Russia
John Pilger

13th  May 2014 

           
This article over 8 yrs old yet so prescient as one expects from journalists such as John Pilger
full article and image appears under fair use (original here)


Why do we tolerate the threat of another world war in our name? Why do we allow lies that justify this risk? The scale of our indoctrination, wrote Harold Pinter, is a "brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis", as if the truth "never happened even while it was happening".

Every year the American historian William Blum publishes his "updated summary of the record of US foreign policy" which shows that, since 1945, the US has tried to overthrow more than 50 governments, many of them democratically elected; grossly interfered in elections in 30 countries; bombed the civilian populations of 30 countries; used chemical and biological weapons; and attempted to assassinate foreign leaders.

In many cases Britain has been a collaborator. The degree of human suffering, let alone criminality, is little acknowledged in the west, despite the presence of the world's most advanced communications and nominally most free journalism. That the most numerous victims of terrorism – "our" terrorism – are Muslims, is unsayable. That extreme jihadism, which led to 9/11, was nurtured as a weapon of Anglo-American policy (Operation Cyclone in Afghanistan) is suppressed. In April the US state department noted that, following Nato's campaign in 2011, "Libya has become a terrorist safe haven".

The name of "our" enemy has changed over the years, from communism to Islamism, but generally it is any society independent of western power and occupying strategically useful or resource-rich territory, or merely offering an alternative to US domination. The leaders of these obstructive nations are usually violently shoved aside, such as the democrats Muhammad Mossedeq in Iran, Arbenz in Guatemala and Salvador Allende in Chile, or they are murdered like Patrice Lumumba in the Democratic Republic of Congo. All are subjected to a western media campaign of vilification – think Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, now Vladimir Putin.

Washington's role in Ukraine is different only in its implications for the rest of us. For the first time since the Reagan years, the US is threatening to take the world to war. With eastern Europe and the Balkans now military outposts of Nato, the last "buffer state" bordering Russia – Ukraine – is being torn apart by fascist forces unleashed by the US and the EU. We in the west are now backing neo-Nazis in a country where Ukrainian Nazis backed Hitler.

Having masterminded the coup in February against the democratically elected government in Kiev, Washington's planned seizure of Russia's historic, legitimate warm-water naval base in Crimea failed. The Russians defended themselves, as they have done against every threat and invasion from the west for almost a century.

But Nato's military encirclement has accelerated, along with US-orchestrated attacks on ethnic Russians in Ukraine. If Putin can be provoked into coming to their aid, his pre-ordained "pariah" role will justify a Nato-run guerrilla war that is likely to spill into Russia itself.

Instead, Putin has confounded the war party by seeking an accommodation with Washington and the EU, by withdrawing Russian troops from the Ukrainian border and urging ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine to abandon the weekend's provocative referendum. These Russian-speaking and bilingual people – a third of Ukraine's population – have long sought a democratic federation that reflects the country's ethnic diversity and is both autonomous of Kiev and independent of Moscow. Most are neither "separatists" nor "rebels", as the western media calls them, but citizens who want to live securely in their homeland.

Like the ruins of Iraq and Afghanistan, Ukraine has been turned into a CIA theme park – run personally by CIA director John Brennan in Kiev, with dozens of "special units" from the CIA and FBI setting up a "security structure" that oversees savage attacks on those who opposed the February coup. Watch the videos, read the eye-witness reports from the massacre in Odessa this month. Bussed fascist thugs burned the trade union headquarters, killing 41 people trapped inside. Watch the police standing by.

A doctor described trying to rescue people, "but I was stopped by pro-Ukrainian Nazi radicals. One of them pushed me away rudely, promising that soon me and other Jews of Odessa are going to meet the same fate. What occurred yesterday didn't even take place during the fascist occupation in my town in world war two. I wonder, why the whole world is keeping silent." [see footnote]

Russian-speaking Ukrainians are fighting for survival. When Putin announced the withdrawal of Russian troops from the border, the Kiev junta's defence secretary, Andriy Parubiy – a founding member of the fascist Svoboda party – boasted that attacks on "insurgents" would continue. In Orwellian style, propaganda in the west has inverted this to Moscow "trying to orchestrate conflict and provocation", according to William Hague. His cynicism is matched by Obama's grotesque congratulations to the coup junta on its "remarkable restraint" after the Odessa massacre. The junta, says Obama, is "duly elected". As Henry Kissinger once said: "It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but what is perceived to be true."

In the US media the Odessa atrocity has been played down as "murky" and a "tragedy" in which "nationalists" (neo-Nazis) attacked "separatists" (people collecting signatures for a referendum on a federal Ukraine). Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal damned the victims – "Deadly Ukraine Fire Likely Sparked by Rebels, Government Says". Propaganda in Germany has been pure cold war, with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung warning its readers of Russia's "undeclared war". For the Germans, it is a poignant irony that Putin is the only leader to condemn the rise of fascism in 21st-century Europe.

A popular truism is that "the world changed" following 9/11. But what has changed? According to the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, a silent coup has taken place in Washington and rampant militarism now rules. The Pentagon currently runs "special operations" – secret wars – in 124 countries. At home, rising poverty and a loss of liberty are the historic corollary of a perpetual war state. Add the risk of nuclear war, and the question is: why do we tolerate this?

www.johnpilger.com

The following footnote was appended on 16 May 2014: The quotation from a doctor who says he was "stopped by pro-Ukrainian Nazi radicals" was from an account on a Facebook page that has subsequently been removed.

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Lucy Aharish Arab Israeli TV presenter
December 2016



Syria's

Holocaust






"Right now, in Halab (Aleppo), Syria, just an eight-hour drive from Tel Aviv, a genocide is taking place"....
Lucy Aharish, the first Arab Israeli presenter outspoken as always, speaks truth so powerfully that even 6 yrs later it is as relevant as it was spoken then. Listen take heed and be the change we must become.
(Transcript below video)

Lucy Aharish is an Arab Israeli TV presenter
Her honest and truthful diatribe, in English is now more than ever so important for people to recognise what is going on and has been for decades, if not centuries. Braodcast in December 2016, it becomes a timeless reminder

As bombs continue to fall on Aleppo, Syria’s ravaged metropolis, Israeli newscaster Lucy Aharish switched from Hebrew to English during an evening broadcast of her show on Channel 2 television to direct a damning message at viewers around the world.

“Right now, in Halab (Aleppo), Syria, just an eight-hour drive from Tel Aviv, a genocide is taking place.

You know what? Let me be more accurate: It is a holocaust. Yes, a holocaust. Maybe we don’t want to hear about it, or deal with it, that in the 21st century, in the age of social media, in a world where information can fit into the palm of your hand, in a world where you can see and hear the victims and their horror stories in real time — in this world we are standing and doing nothing while children are being slaughtered every single hour.”

Don't ask me who is right and who is wrong. Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, because nobody knows and frankly it doesn't matter. What matters is it is happening right now in front of our eyes and nobody in France, in the UK or in Germany or in America is doing anything to stop it. Who is marching in the streets for the innocent men and women in Syria? Who is shouting for the children?

No one!

The UN is holding a meeting of its security councils and wiping away a tear when they see an image of a father holding the body of his little daughter. 

There is a word for this - hypocisy!

I am an Arab, I am a Muslim, I am a citizen of the State of Israel but I am also a citizen of the world and I am ashamed.

“I am ashamed as a human being that we chose leaders who are incapable of being articulate in their condemnation and powerful in their action. I am ashamed that the Arab world is being taken hostage by terrorists and murderers and that we are not doing anything. I am ashamed that the peaceful majority of humanity is irrelevant once again. 

Do we need a reminder? Armenia, Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda, WW2 - no we don't. 

Albert Einstein said: "The world will not be destroyed by those that do evil but rather by those who watch them  without doing anything"

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Oleg Karpovich - Diplomat- Gazeta.ru

       Nixon 2.0


On why rapprochement between Russia and the United States is still possible

Today, it is safe to say that the last time the bilateral dialogue between Russia and the United States was at such a low level was in the first half of the 1950s. There was a war in Korea, McCarthyism raged in America, the United States at some point (after the expulsion of J. Kennan) were left without an ambassador to the USSR, and scenarios for the exchange of nuclear strikes were seriously discussed by analysts and the military in both countries.
The perniciousness of such balancing on the brink of the abyss soon became apparent to the leaders both in Washington and in Moscow.

Yes, new periods of confrontation – both in the early 1960s and under the "early Reagan" - will repeatedly remind us of the dangers of bipolar confrontation. Nevertheless, the notorious "light at the end of the tunnel" remained, the negotiation process on arms control continued without ceasing even at times of the highest tension, contacts along cultural, scientific, and sports lines were maintained and developed, economic ties were not severed. The bet on the peaceful coexistence of the two systems has paid off. In the future, the foundation of bilateral relations built, including on the legacy of this period, also allowed with relative success, but to overcome the acute phase of crises around the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, Georgia's invasion of South Ossetia, the American reaction to the annexation of Crimea, etc. The dialogue, one way or another, continued and helped to hope for a more or less predictable future. Now everything is radically different.

The current US attempt to isolate Moscow on all fronts is, of course, globally doomed to failure. Russia is not a regional country (no matter how much the author of the corresponding thesis, Barack Obama, would like to believe it), but a world power (and unlike, say, Iran, a permanent member of the UN Security Council with the right of veto). And it is capable, though not without problems, but to overcome the Western "boycott" through cooperation with other centers of power. Gradually, cracks will begin to appear in the Euro-Atlantic camp, the contours of which are already beginning to appear. Take at least the rather flexible position of France. But the United States, which itself initiated the current unprecedented anti-Russian campaign, in any case, will be the last to leave the field of the "sanctions" battle – for Washington, this is a matter of principle.

Such a state of affairs, for all its absurdity – after all, we are talking about the largest nuclear powers - can persist for decades. As we have seen over the past weeks, there are practically no factors capable of stopping the "free fall" of Russian-American relations at its peak.

There is no powerful and influential pro-Russian business lobby in the United States (its remnants were finally finished off after the crisis began), and the entire political elite is ideologically wound up to the utmost degree of hysteria. In this context, we can recall at least the recent speeches of Senators L. Graham (calling for the physical elimination of the President of Russia) and R. Scott (who offered to urgently send American troops to Ukraine), reaching the verge of pathology. Compared to them, even the team of J.Biden looks like the epitome of moderation. A few lawmakers who are committed to dialogue (for example, former Congressmen D. Rohrabacher and T. Gabbard) have been ostracized in the media for years and have actually been "purged" from Capitol Hill. Sometimes it seems that optimists now have nothing to rely on: the use of the "cancellation culture" against Russia has buried even the few channels of informal communication along cultural and scientific lines that in the past survived the darkest times.

So is there a scenario in which "detente 2.0" will occur in the "cold War 2.0" before, say, the centenary of the joint Victory in World War II?

Of course, yes. But in order for it to come to life, a radical change in the mentality of the Washington establishment is necessary. Hopes for a change of power in Russia from within and the arrival of pro-Western politicians in the country's leadership, which have long been put at the forefront, have been clearly embodied in the current sanctions, which have become part of the most powerful information and psychological war. In the administration of J.Biden openly says that a signal is being sent to the citizens of Russia: "Change the course of your leadership or be responsible for its actions through everyday and financial difficulties." In the USA, it is traditionally believed that such a method of "whip" will definitely force the "scourged" to reach for the promised "carrot". This is a gross mistake. The "carpet bombing with sanctions", blatant in its injustice and selectivity, will only strengthen the mobilization of Russian society and the marginalization of the already few supporters of the pro-Western course. Opinion polls of VTsIOM and FOM already speak about the inviolability of the "Crimean consensus". A new generation of Russian managers will be formed in the conditions of almost complete absence of contacts with the collective West - cut off on the Western initiative – and accelerated orientation to the East. After the end of the special military operation in Ukraine, which will inevitably lead to the long-term militarization of public consciousness, the statement of an alternative to the mainstream position on Donbass (not to mention Crimea) for any serious politician in the country will become electoral suicide. Before our eyes, a renewed, even more anti-Western and uncompromising public consensus is being formed – which sanctions only help.

As soon as Washington gives up its illusions and abandons its intention to wait for a "new perestroika" in Russia, pragmatists will inevitably come to the fore in American foreign policy, who will begin, not without failures and periodic setbacks, to generate a new agenda of bilateral (and multilateral) relations, eventually leaving the Ukrainian issue out of the brackets. Much, of course, will depend on the dynamics of generational change in the American system. The current political life in the United States is characterized by the dominance of veteran heavyweights (we will not pronounce the word "gerontocracy"), such as J. P. himself.Biden (79 years old), Republican leader in the Senate M. McConnell (80 years old), Speaker of the House of Representatives N. Pelosi (81 years old) and many others whose mentality was formed during the Cold War. They may sincerely believe that a repeat of the scenario of the late 1980s is real – it is only necessary to push a little, and Russia will succumb to pressure or collapse under the yoke of internal factors. This misconception stems from personal experience during the collapse of the USSR. The mantra "we can repeat" finally subdued the consciousness of many witnesses and participants of those events from the American side.

But their potential and eager successors to power are figures of a fundamentally different formation, moreover, who came into politics at the time of its unprecedented internal polarization, which under D. Trump and J.Biden has reached a historic peak.

The American population is much more interested in economic issues than in the principles of Euro-Atlantic solidarity. According to opinion polls, in February 2022, only 2% of respondents considered the "situation with Russia" (Gallup's formulation) to be the main problem for the country. And this is despite the long-term "processing" of public opinion by the media and both parties! When the current wave of excessive ideologization and nostalgia for unipolarity comes to naught, pragmatists of a new generation will set the tone for the US foreign policy course.

During the first Cold War, fear of the "red threat" often allowed the "hawks" to manipulate the sympathies of voters and electrify the information agenda. The conflict in Ukraine has no such ideological component. If we ignore the pretentious statements of Biden and his appointees, we are not talking about the issue of life and death for ordinary US citizens, but about a regional crisis that has nothing to do with their daily lives. There will also be a growing understanding of the fact that the United States, which were the main beneficiaries of globalization, through the thoughtless application of sanctions themselves are destroying this system, splitting it into blocks and provoking individual states, including China, to build alternative models of interstate economic relations.

The erosion of traditional logistics chains, the inevitable energy crises and rising energy prices, as well as the desire of developing countries (in particular, members of the BRICS) to reduce dependence on American business and the dollar will spur the next galaxy of politicians in the United States, both left and right-wing, to look for non-standard ways out of the impasse created by their predecessors. At this moment, they will inevitably turn to the root cause of the coming problems, which, of course, will be the economic war against Russia launched with cowboy dash.

And here again it is impossible not to turn to history. At one time, in order to cut the Gordian knot created at the dawn of the cold war and simultaneously solve internal problems in a country experiencing an unprecedented split, R. Nixon sacrificed long–standing principles, going for the seemingly unthinkable restoration of relations with the PRC - and changed all the rules of the game in international relations. This was the same Nixon who, in a fit of struggle with the Communists in the early 1950s, lamented the "loss of China" and participated in the McCarthyist witch hunt. Perhaps among the Washington politicians of today, so far obediently following the general line, the "Nixon of the Future" is already beginning to think about its prospects, which, as the internal American crisis grows (and there are no prerequisites for smoothing the situation), will decide to extend a hand of friendship to Russian colleagues. Let's hope that this time the expectation of sobering up the United States will last less than a long time.

Of course, as A.I. Solzhenitsyn wrote, "I would like to live and find out how all this will end." We'll live. We will definitely live to see it. And there we will celebrate the centenary of the Great Victory together.

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Ukrain TV Station 24


Zelensky tries to Surrender



As Ukrainian President tried to get his people to lay down arms, it seems that both sides need to complete their fate which includes wiping out the UkraNazis.

An interruption on the Ukraine 24 channel called on the citizens of Ukraine to lay down their arms?

"Attention! Address of the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky! Dear Ukrainians! Dear defenders! Being president was not so easy. I have to make difficult decisions.

At first I decided to return Donbass. It didn't work out. It only got worse. Much worse. There is no tomorrow anymore. At least for me. And now I make the decision to say goodbye to you.

I advise you to lay down your weapons and return to your families. It's not worth dying in this war. I advise you to live, and I'm going to do the same."

Giving in is not as easy as Zelensky believes - too many Ukranzis out there still

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