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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

16 September 2014. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… The Syrian Rebels Aid ISIS… the US Congress Wants to Aid the Rebels… Who’s Fooling Whom?

00 The face of the Syrian opposition. 27.10.13

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President Assad sez, “The battle against terrorism starts with pressure on the countries that support and finance terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq and pretend that they want to fight against terrorism” (click here)… ain’t that the truth! Marco Rubio, John McCain, and Ted Cruz support arming Syrian militants… who caused this mess in the first place. I’d remind my readers that President Assad is FOR the Christian people of Syria… the American-backed terrorist rebels are AGAINST them. There’s a reason the Christian people of Syria fight WILLINGLY for Bashar al-Assad… they ain’t dumb, that’s for sure. They know who wants to protect them and who wants to kill them. Reflect on this… the pig Ted Cruz supports the terrorists who want to kill Syrian Christians… that puts a different face on his disgusting performance at the Arab Christian dinner in the District, doesn’t it? That’d mean that no Orthodox Christian should support such a nasty-ass hypocrite, doesn’t it? Just sayin’…

BMD

Thursday, 11 September 2014

11 September 2014. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Clueless Chump Cruz Lumps ISIS and Syria Together… Booed Off Stage by Mideast Christian Bigs

00 you are a douchebag. 11.09.14

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On Wednesday night, whilst the nation watched President Obama’s primetime address on the threat of ISIS, something else happened in Washington… the audience booed Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) off the stage of a Christian event. Many consider Cruz a rising darling of the American Christian right. He speaks at evangelical gatherings in the country, talks to groups of conservative pastors, and headlines events with the Family Research Council. However, Wednesday night, his Christian audience was largely Eastern and Arab. The brand of conservative American evangelicalism that Cruz often champions… one that often aligns itself with the State of Israel’s interests… didn’t sit well with everyone in attendance.

Cruz was keynoting a gala for In Defence of Christians (IDC), an advocacy and awareness group that aims to bring the USA’s attention to the plight of ancient Christian communities in the Middle East, and to protect the rights of other religious minority groups in the region. This week, IDC is hosting a three-day Summit, a conference bringing together a range of Middle Eastern Christians… Orthodox, Catholic, Coptic, Syriac, Lebanese, Assyrian, to name a few… to foster a new sense of unity in the midst of a politically fraught season. Most of the panels at the summit are of a religious nature, but a handful of political leaders gave remarks as well, including Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood was the MC at Wednesday’s gala, but Cruz was to give a keynote.

Initially, Cruz received applause for his opening remarks that the group was one in its defence of Christians, Jews, and “people of good faith who are standing together against those who would persecute and murder those who dare to disagree with their religious teachings”. Yet, things turned sour within minutes. Cruz alleged, “ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and their state sponsors like Syria and Iran, are all engaged in a vicious genocidal campaign to destroy religious minorities in the Middle East. Sometimes, we’re told not to lump these groups together, but we have to understand their so-called nuances and differences. . . . In 1948, Jews throughout the Middle East faced murder and extermination and fled to the nation of Israel. Today, Christians have no better ally than the Jewish state”.

His audience at the Omni Shoreham Hotel began to boo. At first, Cruz continued undeterred. “Let me say this… those who hate Israel hate America. Those who hate Jews hate Christians”. The booing got louder. Cruz pressed on, adding that his heart “weeps that the men and women here will not stand in solidarity with Jews and Christians alike who are persecuted by radicals who seek to murder them”. IDC President Toufic Baaklini tried to calm the crowd, which appeared to have a divided reaction to Cruz’s words, but by that point Cruz had enough, saying, “I’m saddened to see some here, not everyone, but some here are so consumed with hate (to which someone in the audience shouted, “We aren’t consumed with hate, no, you’re consumed with hate”). If you won’t stand with Israel and Jews, then, I won’t stand with you. Thank you and God bless you”. With that, Cruz walked off stage. Later, Cruz reacted to the event on his Facebook page, “Tonight in Washington should have been a night of unity as we came together for the inaugural event for a group that calls itself ‘In Defense of Christians,’. Instead, it unfortunately deteriorated into a shameful display of bigotry and hatred. Anti-Semitism is a corrosive evil, and it reared its ugly head tonight”.

Baaklini attempted to smooth over the situation, “As Cardinal Rai so eloquently put it to the attendees of the In Defence of Christians’ inaugural Summit gala dinner, ‘At every wedding, there are a few problems’. In this case, a few politically motivated opportunists chose to divide a room that for more than 48 hours sought unity in opposing the shared threat of genocide, faced not only by our Christian brothers and sisters, but our Jewish brothers and sisters and people of all other faiths and all people of good will”.

At its core, Cruz’s problem was one of context. First, he pinned his remarks to the conflict between Israel and Hamas when one of the group’s primary agenda points was actually the plight of Iraqi Christians. Second, Christians are far from a monolithic group, especially when it comes to views on policy on Israel and the Middle East. The American evangelicals Cruz typically addresses tend to be worlds apart historically, culturally, theologically, and politically from the Christian leaders in attendance. Most American evangelicals are likely not even familiar with the Christian leaders gathered at this event, even though the headliners are leading lights in their communities, and also met with President Obama at the White House on Thursday:

  • Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Cardinal Raï, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and all the East
  • Gregorios III Laham, Melkite Greek Catholic Patirarch of Antioch and all the East, Alexandria, and Jerusalem
  • Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East
  • Aram I Keshishian, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church
  • Metropolitan Joseph Al-Zehlawi, Archbishop of New York and all North America for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
  • Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria
  • Ibrahim Ibrahim, Bishop Emeritus of Chaldean Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle.

Whether or not Cruz meant to rile up the crowd to rally his base, or whether it was all just a giant mistake is hard to parse. Whatever the case, it caused quite a stir. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and another speaker at IDC’s conference, calls Cruz’s performance “bizarre” yet “expected”, saying, “Like most other blind ideologues on the far right, he cared not a bit for the reality and the sensitivities of Middle East Christians. If policy makers want to help Christians, they’d first listen to them, before they try to lecture them. Having an ‘I love Israel, and I don’t care about the rest of the Arab World’ mindset may work in US politics, but it’s why we’re in the mess we are in across the region”. Baaklini, the IDC president, said that the incident only serves as a reminder that unity, especially among diverse Christian groups, is still needed, noting, “Tonight’s events make clearer than ever, that In Defence of Christians is desperately needed in a world that remains divided to the point where even the most fundamental value of life and human dignity are cast aside. We remain undaunted and focused on achieving our goals”.

11 September 2014

Elizabeth Dias

Time

http://time.com/3328063/ted-cruz-booed-israel-christian-middle-east/

Editor:

The Evangelical/Mormon/Pentecostalist sectarians call themselves “Christian”… I’d argue that such isn’t so and we shouldn’t allow them to usurp the title. They do nothing that real Christians do… they don’t abstain… they don’t go to confession… they don’t have liturgies… they don’t bless objects or things… they don’t have any sense of the holy, holy places, or holiness. They misuse a (bowdlerised) Scripture, they proselytise amongst Christians (indeed, they don’t consider us Christians… the arrogance and the cheek of it all!), and they’re the willing foot-soldiers of the Far Right in the USA.

Note that he lumps together ISIS and Syria… when the Syrian government opposes ISIS and fights it! He lumps together Iran and ISIS, when Iran opposes ISIS! ISIS are radical Sunnis, whilst the Iranians are Shi’a. That’s not only obliviousness… its sheer stupidity… its rank ignorance, coming from someone who doesn’t know the first thing about the region, its people, or its ancient religious faith. Note well that he just stormed forward without any real preparation or care for his audience.

Of course, Cruz bumbled through it… he didn’t prepare himself, even though there are many Orthodox Christians from Texas who could’ve helped him. No… the arrogant bastard came to insult us and to score political points off those that he doesn’t consider Christians. I’d say to this posturing sack o’ shit, “Your conventicles have been in existence for only about 200 years, and some for even less than that. You arrogantly presume to lecture those of us whose Churches literally reach back to the Upper Room in an unbroken institutional history. It was the disgraceful performance of a spoilt toddler. America has nothing at all to teach the world… it’s no better or no worse than anyone else is. Your state of Texas is the Bloody Assizes of the world, with one of the highest rates of judicial executions in the world… and you presume to lecture us. Tsar Aleksandr routinely pardoned all death sentences, save for those of crimes against the state (and he pardoned some of them, too). He was a true conservative, unlike a posturing Hard Right radical like you, sir. I stand against you in all particulars, but most of all I oppose your arrogant hijacking of the high title of ‘Christian’. You aren’t such and I say such to your face. No one who believes in Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, Mormonism, or any other of the Radical American Sects is a Christian”.

That’s that…

BMD

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Iran CONDEMNS Islamist Atrocities in Iraq

00 Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi. 06.12

Russia has Iran’s back in foreign affairs… the USA had best remember that…

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Mohsen Naziri-Asl, Iranian Ambassador to the UN Office in Geneva, spoke on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement in denouncing ISIL crimes during a special meeting of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) on Iraq. Naziri-Asl, whose country chairs the movement, expressed deep concern over the organised and widespread violations of human rights by ISIL terrorists, especially in Iraq. He said the massacre of women and children, religious and ethnic cleansing, as well as the destruction of religious sites by ISIL and its affiliated groups amounted to war crimes and crimes against humanity, saying, “The Non-Aligned Movement believes that the trans-border nature of the ISIL and other groups affiliated to it, and their crimes, pose a threat to regional peace and stability and that the persistence of such crimes will endanger regional and international peace and security”.

Naziri-Asl emphasised Iran’s respect for Iraq’s national sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence, praising the Baghdad government’s fight against terrorism and extremism. He called upon the international community to help the Iraqi government fight terrorist groups and restore peace, stability, and security to the country. ISIL terrorists threatened various communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, and Izadi Kurds, during their advances in Iraq. They’ve committed heinous crimes in their area of control, including mass executions of civilians. The Iraqi army is fiercely fighting the ISIL militants to push them out of the captured areas. On Monday, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) accepted a resolution to send an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate crimes committed by ISIL militants.

3 September 2014

Press TV

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/09/03/377522/nam-slams-isil-crimes-in-iraq/

Editor:

Earth to Rightwing Nutters in America… most Muslims OPPOSE the terrorists. OPPOSE. Much of the blather about “terrorism” is nothing but a figleaf to cover American aggression in the Middle East and to justify American support for repressive dictatorships in the region. Always check out a person’s agenda… the American Right supports the spread of untrammelled laissez-faire crapitalism throughout the world. Why? Well… many of them profit personally from sweated quasi-slave labour in Third World countries, that’s why. It’s quite that simple. Ergo, they oppose Iran as it opposes such exploitation. QED.

BMD

Monday, 11 August 2014

Washington Threatens the World

00 russian bear. 10.07.14

Russia defeated the Teutonic Knights… the Tatars… Swedish King Karl… Frederick the Great… Napoleon… Hitler… will the feckless USA be next? “Russians aren’t Germans”… do reflect on the FULL meaning of that…

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Editor:

I’m not in complete agreement with Mr Roberts… he refuses to see the evil in Reagan’s unleashing of the Neoliberal Monster… but most of what he says is true and you should attend to it. His pointing up of the dangers of the present world situation is all too real… we should attend to the fact that the USA is the main author and source of this evil. The main evil is Neoliberalism and Reaganite pseudo-economics (along with “Evangelical” pseudo-religion that’s nothing but an apologia for it)… everything else flows from that. Mr Roberts doesn’t go far enough… but he does go a long way down the right road. In short, never disregard the truth, no matter who speaks it… otherwise, you’re a thrice-damned fool.

BMD

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The consequences of Washington’s reckless and irresponsible political and military interventions in Iraq, Libya, and Syria unleashed evil. The various sects that lived in peace under the rule of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, and Assad are butchering one another, and a new group, ISIS, is in the process of creating a new state out of parts of Iraq and Syria. The turmoil brought into the Middle East by the Bush and Obama régimes meant death and displacement for millions and untold future deaths.  As I write, 40,000 Iraqis are stranded on a mountain top without water awaiting death at the hands of ISIS, created by US meddling. The reality in the Middle East stands in vast contradiction to the stage-managed landing of George W Bush on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln where Bush declared “Mission Accomplished” on 1 May 2003.  The mission that Washington accomplished was to wreck the Middle East and the lives of millions of people and to destroy America’s reputation in the process. Thanks to the demonic neoconservative Bush régime, today, the rest of the world regards America as the greatest threat to world peace.

The Clinton régime’s attack on Serbia set the pattern.  Bush upped the ante with Washington’s naked aggression against Afghanistan, which Washington clothed in Orwellian language… ”Operation Enduring Freedom”. Washington brought ruin, not freedom, to Afghanistan. After 13 years of blowing up the country, Washington is now withdrawing, a few thousand lightly armed Taliban defeated the “superpower”, but it left a wasteland for which Washington won’t accept responsibility.

Another source of endless Middle East turmoil is Israel, whose theft of Palestine is Washington-enabled.  In the middle of Israel’s latest attack on civilians in Gaza, the US Congress passed resolutions in support of Israel’s war crimes and voted hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for Israel’s ammunition. Here we witness Great Moral America 100 percent in support of unambiguous war crimes against essentially defenceless people. When Israel murders women and children, Washington calls it “Israel’s right to defend their own country”… a country that Israel stole from Palestinians… but when Palestinians retaliate, Washington calls it “terrorism”.  By supporting Israel, declared to be a terrorist state by the few moral governments that still exist, and accused of war crimes by the UN General Secretary, Washington violates its own laws against supporting terrorist states. Of course, Washington itself is the leading terrorist state. Therefore, it’s illegal under US law for Washington to support itself.  However, Washington doesn’t accept law, domestic or international, as a constraint on its actions. Washington is “exceptional and indispensable”.  No one else counts. No law, no Constitution, and no humane consideration have authority to constrain Washington’s will. In its claims, Washington surpasses those of the Third Reich.

As horrific as Washington’s recklessness toward the Middle East is, Washington’s recklessness toward Russia is many orders of magnitude greater.  Washington convinced nuclear-armed Russia that Washington is planning a nuclear first strike. In response, Russia is beefing up its nuclear forces and testing US air defence reactions. It’s difficult to imagine a more irresponsible act than to convince Russia that Washington intends to hit Russia with a pre-emptive first strike. One of Putin’s advisers explained to the Russian media Washington’s first strike intentions, and a member of the RF Gosduma made a documented presentation of Washington’s first strike intentions. By marshalling the evidence, I’ve pointed out in my columns that it’s impossible for Russia to avoid this conclusion.

China is aware that it faces the same threat from Washington. China’s response to Washington’s war plans against China was to demonstrate how they’d use their nuclear forces in response to any attack by Washington on China to destroy the USA. China made this public, hoping to create opposition amongst Americans to Washington’s war plans against China. Like Russia, China is a rising country that doesn’t need war to succeed. The only country on earth that needs war is Washington, and that’s because Washington’s goal is the neoconservative one of exercising hegemony over the world.

Prior to the Bush and Obama régimes, every previous US President went to great efforts to avoid telegraphing any nuclear threat. US war doctrine was careful to keep nuclear weapons limited to retaliation in the event the USA suffered a nuclear attack. The purpose of nuclear forces was to prevent the use of such weapons.  The reckless George W Bush régime elevated nuclear weapons to pre-emptive first use, thus destroying the constraint placed on the use of nuclear weapons. The overriding purpose of the Reagan administration was to end the Cold War, and, thereby, the threat of nuclear war.  The George W Bush régime, together with the Obama régime’s demonisation of Russia, overturned President Reagan’s unique achievement and made nuclear war likely.

When the incompetent Obama régime decided to overthrow the democratically elected government in the Ukraine and install a puppet government of Washington’s choosing, the Obama State Department, run by neoconservative ideologues, forgot that the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine were former Russian provinces attached to the Ukrainian SSR by Communist Party leaders when the Ukraine and Russia were part of the same country… the USSR.  When the Russophobic stooges that Washington installed in Kiev demonstrated in word and deed their hostility to the Ukraine’s Russian population, the former Russian provinces declared their desire to return to Mother Russia. This isn’t surprising, nor is it something that we can blame on Russia. Crimea succeeded in returning to Russia, where Crimea resided since the 1700s, but Putin, hoping to defuse the propaganda war that Washington mounted against him didn’t accept the pleas from the other former Russian provinces. Consequently, Washington’s stooges in Kiev felt free to attack the protesting provinces; they followed the Israeli policy of attacking civilian populations, civilian residences, and civilian infrastructure. The presstitute Western media ignored the facts and accused Russia of invading and annexing parts of the Ukraine. This lie is comparable to the lies that US Secretary of State Colin Powell told the UN about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in behalf of the criminal Bush régime, lies that Colin Powell later apologised for to no avail as his lies destroyed Iraq.

When the Malaysian airliner crashed, before anyone knew the facts, they blamed Russia. The British media was especially primed to blame Russia almost the instant that it knew that the airliner crashed.  I heard the BBC’s gross misrepresentation and blatant lies on American National Public Radio, only the Daily Mail’s propagandistic account was worse. The entire “news” event appears orchestrated prior to the event, which, of course, suggests that Washington was behind it. The airliner deaths became all-important for Washington’s propaganda war. The 290 casualties are unfortunate, but they’re a small fraction of the deaths that Israel inflicted on Palestinians at the same moment, without provoking any protests from Western governments, as distinct from Western peoples in the streets… Western security forces conveniently suppressed the people’s protests against Israel. Washington used the downing of the airliner, which probably was Washington’s responsibility, as an excuse for another round of sanctions… and to pressure its European puppets to join the sanctions with sanctions of their own, which Washington’s EU puppets did.

Washington relies on accusations and insinuations… it refuses to release evidence from satellite photos, because the photos don’t support Washington’s lies.  They don’t permit facts to interfere with Washington’s demonisation of Russia any more than facts interfered with Washington’s demonisation of Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Iran. Twenty-two reckless and irresponsible US senators introduced the “Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014,”  US Senate bill 2277, sponsored by Senator Bob Corker, who well represents in his ignorance and stupidity what appears to be the majority of the American population or the majority of voters in the state of Tennessee.  Corker’s bill is a mindless piece of legislation designed to start a war that would be likely to leave no survivors.  Apparently, idiotic Americans will elect any fool to power. The belief that Russia is responsible for the downed Malaysian airliner has become fact in Western capitals despite the total absence of even a tiny scrap of evidence in behalf of the claim. Moreover, even if the accusation were true, is one airliner worth a World War?

The UK Defence Committee concluded that a broke and militarily impotent UK must “focus on the defence of Europe against Russia”.  The military spending drums, if not the war drums, are beating and the entire West joined in. A militarily impotent Britain is going to defend Europe from a non-existent, although much-proclaimed, attack from the Russian bear. American and NATO military dignitaries and the Pentagon chief are issuing Russia Threat Warnings based on alleged (but non-existent) Russian troop-build-ups on Ukraine’s border.  According to the Western Ministry of Propaganda, if Russia defends the Russian populations in Ukraine from military attack from Washington’s stooge government in Kiev, its proof that Russia is the villain. Washington’s propaganda campaign has succeeded in turning Russia into a threat. Polls show that 69 percent of Americans now regard Russia as a threat, and that Russians no longer trust the American leadership.

Russians and their government observe the same demonisation of their country and their leader as they observed of Iraq and Saddam Hussein, of Libya and Gaddafi, of Syria and Assad, and of Afghanistan and the Taliban just prior to military assaults on these countries by the West.  For a Russian, the safest conclusion from the evidence is that Washington intends war on Russia. It’s my opinion that the irresponsibility and recklessness of the Obama régime is without precedent.  Never before has the US government or any other nuclear power’s government gone to such great efforts to convince another nuclear power that it was setting it up for attack.  It is difficult to imagine a more provocative act that more endangers life on earth.  Indeed, the White House Fool has doubled up; convincing both Russia and China that Washington plans a pre-emptive first strike on both. Republicans want to sue or to impeach Obama over relatively inconsequential issues, such as Obamacare.  Why don’t Republicans want to impeach Obama over such a critical issue as subjecting the world to the risk of nuclear Armageddon? The answer is that the Republicans are as crazed as the Democrats are.  Their leaders, such as John McCain and Lindsay Graham, are determined that “we stand up to the Russians!”  Wherever one looks in American politics one sees crazed people, psychopaths and sociopaths who shouldn’t be in political office.

Washington long ago gave up diplomacy.  Washington relies on force and intimidation.  The US government is utterly devoid of judgment.  This is why polls show that the rest of the world regards the US government as the greatest threat to world peace.  Today (8 August 2014), Handelsblatt (Germany’s Wall Street Journal) wrote in a signed editorial by the publisher:

The American tendency to move from verbal escalation to military escalation… the isolation, demonisation, and attacking of enemies… hasn’t proven effective. The last successful major military action the USA conducted was the Normandy landing [in 1944]. Everything else… Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan… was a clear failure. Moving NATO units towards the Polish border with Russia and thinking about arming the Ukraine is a continuation of relying on military means in the absence of diplomacy.

Washington’s puppet states… all of Europe, Japan, Canada, and Australia… enable Washington’s unrivalled danger to the world by their support of Washington’s agenda of exercising hegemony over the entire world. The 100th anniversary of World War I is upon us.  We’re repeating the folly that caused this war.  WWI destroyed a civilised Western world, but it was the work of a mere handful of scheming people. The result was Lenin, the USSR, Hitler, the rise of American Imperialism, Korea, Vietnam, the military interventions that created ISIS, and now resurrected conflict between Washington and Russia that President Reagan and M S Gorbachyov had ended.

As Stephen Starr pointed out on my website, if we only use 10 percent of the nuclear weapons in the US and Russian arsenals, life on earth ceases to be. Dear readers… ask yourselves, when has Washington told you anything that wasn’t a lie?  Washington’s lies have caused millions of casualties.  Do you want to be a casualty of Washington’s lies? Do you believe that Washington’s lies and propaganda about the Malaysian airliner and the Ukraine are worth risking life on earth?  Who’s so gullible that he can’t recognise that Washington’s lies about the Ukraine are like Washington’s lies about Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Iranian nukes, and Assad’s use of chemical weapons? Do you think that the neoconservative influence that prevails in Washington, regardless of the political party in office, is too dangerous to be tolerated?

9 August 2014

Paul Craig Roberts

Rossiya Segodnya

http://en.ria.ru/authors/20140809/191865538/Washington-Threatens-the-World.html

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