Voices from Russia

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

Friday, 8 August 2014

A Growing Number of Muslims Accept Christianity in Egypt

00i Islamabad PAKISTAN Coptic Orthodox

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The website of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem posted that life for Christians in Egypt improved after the 2013 military coup against the régime of President Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Moreover, the number of cases of conversion from Islam to Christianity has increased. The report noted that the exact number of cases of conversion to Christianity by Egyptian Muslims is difficult to determine, since those who accept baptism often don’t advertise their change of religion. In Egypt, Muslims who become Christians may still be victims of persecution or even killed if their former co-religionists learn of their baptism. Sedmitsa.ru posted that a recent convert to Christianity from Islam (who preferred to remain anonymous) told the Latin Patriarchate, “The government doesn’t oppress us, it comes from our families. If a Muslim accepts baptism, his family and neighbours can beat him or even kill him, as they perceive it as a betrayal of Islam”. In Egypt, the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria, which fell out of communion with the Eastern Orthodox Churches following the Fourth Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon in 451, currently numbers nine million believers. The Coptic Catholic Church in union with the Catholic Church of Rome has about 162,000 adherents.

8 August 2014

NEWSru

http://newsru.com/religy/08aug2014/egypt.html

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Patriarch Youhanna sez Syrian Christians “Wouldn’t Submit and Yield”

00 Patriarch Youhanna al-Yazigi of Antioch. 28.09.13

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Greek Patriarch Youhanna al-Yazigi of Antioch and all the East said that Christians in war-ravaged Syria “wouldn’t submit and yield” to extremists who attack “our people and holy places”. In comments to mark Easter, Patriarch Youhanna called on the warring sides to end “intimidation, displacement, extremism, and takfiri (Islāmic extremist) mentality”. Such radicals are increasingly influential among rebels, they attack Christians as they see them as infidels and as punishment for what they consider Christian support for President Bashar al-Assad.

20 April 2014

Associated Press

http://news.yahoo.com/orthodox-patriarch-syrias-christians-wont-yield-083213840.html

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna Condemned Israeli Restrictions on Easter Pilgrims

00 Nuns on Mount of Olives. 12.04.14

Orthodox nuns processing from the Mount of Olives on Lazarus Saturday

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On Thursday, Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna condemned Israeli authorities for imposing obstacles on Christians wishing to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to celebrate the upcoming Christian holiday of Easter, saying in a statement, “It’s the right of every Christian to reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre without facing any obstacles, or impediments. The Israeli security pretexts are unacceptable in every way”. He called on Orthodox and Christian institutions to help Christians gain entry to the holy sites, “We call on our sons, churches, and followers to head to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and hold on to this religious and national right and refuse the status quo imposed by the occupation authorities”.

Hanna’s statements come days after Palestinian Christian groups in Jerusalem denounced Israeli restrictions on their right to worship in the city, calling for an end to discrimination against both Christians and Muslims in the holy city. A statement by the “Palestinian Christian Organisations in Occupied East Jerusalem” read, “The restrictive measures constitute grave violation on the freedom of worship, and amount to discrimination against Christians because the occupation authorities want to negate the Christian presence and create the impression of a Jewish-only city. Both Christians and Muslims are often unable to worship freely and to be with their families and friends during religious holidays because of Israel’s actions”.

Jerusalem was the scene of violence last Easter, as Israeli forces erected checkpoints around the Holy City and assaulted pilgrims as they crowded in the area. A statement signed by the heads of all recognised churches in the Holy Land later denounced the “awful scenes of the brutal treatment to clerics, average people, and pilgrims in Jerusalem during Holy Saturday”, lamenting that clergymen and average people “get beaten brutally and indiscriminately and be denied access to their churches under the pretext of keeping order”. Later, Israel officially apologised to Egypt after Israeli police officers attacked Egyptian diplomats and a Coptic clergyman at a church in Jerusalem during Orthodox Easter.

In a report published in 2012, the US State Department made similar observations, “Strict closures and curfews imposed by the Israeli government negatively affected residents’ ability to practise their religion at holy sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, as well as the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The separation barrier much impeded Bethlehem-area Christians from reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and made visits to Christian sites in Bethany (al-Eizariya) and Bethlehem difficult for Palestinian Christians who live on the Jerusalem side of the barrier”.

Israeli forces occupied East Jerusalem, including the historic Old City, in 1967. It later annexed it in a move not recognised by the international community. There are around 200,000 Palestinian Christians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and inside Israel in total, whilst hundreds of thousands more live abroad.

Editor:

Note well that the USA doesn’t push Israel to mend its ways. The Israel Lobby exists, and it has much clout. It’s one reason American Middle Eastern policy is so fucked up. Not only does the Israel Lobby exist, but also American Radical Sectarians (“Evangelicals”) support Israel mindlessly… because of their goofy ideas on the “End Times”. Pass the jug, there won’t be justice…

BMD

10 April 2014

Palestine Chronicle

http://www.palestinechronicle.com/archbishop-condemns-israeli-restrictions-on-easter-pilgrims/

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