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Thursday, 6 April 2017

6 April 2017. US Navy Fires 60 Cruise Missiles at Syria… Insanity Rules in Washington… the Evil Empire on the Rampage Again


The US Navy fired 6o cruise missiles at a Syrian military base. This is insane and reckless. What if one of the missiles had killed a Russian soldier? After the CIA sabotage of the Tu-154 carrying the Aleksandrov Ensemble and Dr Liza and the terakt in Piter (apparently) carried out by Langley’s ISIS stooges, that could turn into a casus belli. The USA is goading Russia, mainly, so that Trump can divert attention from his utter failure as a politician and administrator. We’re now in a very dangerous situation. The USA is doing things without proper forethought or planning. If US forces struck the wrong target… God do help us… after all, the average “conservative” has the brains of a gnat and the viciousness of a rabid dog.

We now know who the Evil Empire in the Cold War was… it wasn’t the USSR… if you needed proof that the Anglo American Establishment is the prime source of evil in the present world, this is that…



Here’s Why Donald Trump is Unlikely to Attack Syria


US threats to attack Syria look less strong than parts of the media have made them appear and the US military is certain to oppose such action. The debate about the Syrian chemical attack yesterday and President Trump’s comments during a news conference with the King of Jordan led to speculation that the USA might be readying an attack on Syria. The speculation stems from the fact that US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that if the UN Security Council fails to take action over the chemical attack the USA might consider taking “unilateral action”, whilst President Trump himself made comments during the news conference that appeared to leave the military option open.

Unfortunately, on any international issue, one can never completely rule out the possibility of unilateral military action by the USA. However, on balance, neither Haley’s comment nor President Trump’s comment, seem to presage military action. Haley made her comment during a debate in the UN Security Council about the setting up of an investigation to look into the details of the chemical attack. No one questions that such an investigation should take place. The draft Resolution prepared by the Western powers… as with every Resolution the Western powers proposed during the Syrian crisis… is absurdly unbalanced, effectively blaming the Syrian government for the chemical attack before the investigation takes place. However, even this Resolution conceded that we need an investigation, especially after the relevant UN bodies said that they couldn’t themselves say who was responsible for the chemical attack. Russia, for its part, prepared its own draft Resolution that… far more neutrally… calls for an investigation.

It’s difficult to avoid the impression that Haley’s comment was part of the game of bluff and counter-bluff that nowadays regularly takes place in the UN Security Council. Specifically, she appears to have been trying to scare Russia into agreeing to the Western draft Resolution and to drop its own. Russia is most unlikely to let this kind of bluff intimidate it. Having already ruled the West’s draft Resolution out, it’d almost certainly persist in rejecting it. As for Trump’s comments, as the entirety of his words during the press conference show, he didn’t directly threaten unilateral US military action in Syria but made his comments when pressed to say by a journalist whether he was considering military action. He declined to give any concrete answer one way or the other, but the clear impression from his comments is that he isn’t contemplating it.

Overall, the impression President Trump’s news conference gave was that Trump’s focus remains overwhelmingly on fighting ISIS… he said far more about that than about the chemical attack in Syria… and that although he doesn’t want to give more ammunition to his domestic opponents by denying the Syrian government’s responsibility for the chemical attack, he tried to shift ultimate responsibility for the likely lack of a US reaction away from himself onto President Obama. Ultimately, the same factors that deterred a US military attack to lift the Syrian army’s siege of eastern Aleppo last autumn remain in place today. The Russian air defence system with its S400 and S300 SAMs is still in Syria. Last autumn, The US military made clear their deep reluctance to engage this system and nothing since has happened to change their views. More than any other US President in recent years, Trump looks to the US military for political support. It’s even less credible that he’d go against their advice than President Obama did. In light of all this, a unilateral US attack on the Syrian military on anything like the necessary scale to affect the course of the Syrian war is extremely unlikely.

6 April 2017

Alexander Mercouris

The Duran


Minoborony Rossii sez Syrian Airstrike in Idlib Targeted Terrorist Chemical Arms Lab


On Wednesday, Major-General I Ye Konashenkov, Head of the Minoborony Rossii Department of Information and Mass Communications, said:

According to Russian aerospace monitoring systems, yesterday between 11.30 and 12.30 local time, Syrian aircraft carried out an airstrike on the eastern outskirts of Khan Sheikhun, targeting a major terrorist ammunition storage facility and military equipment dump. This storage facility housed workshops to produce projectiles filled with toxic agents. From this major arsenal, the militants delivered chemical munitions to Iraq. International organisations and [Syrian] official sources confirmed their use on numerous occasions. These projectiles were similar to those used by militants in Aleppo, where Russian military specialists recorded their use. Video footage from social networks shows that those affected in Khan Sheikhun demonstrate the same poisoning symptoms as the victims of the Aleppo attack last autumn. Russia handed over all information about the incident to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is still studying them. We assure you that this information is completely unbiased and true.

Earlier on Tuesday, citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Reuters reported that an airstrike by either Syrian or Russian aircraft in Idlib Governate left 58 people dead, including 11 children. Reuters alleged that Syrian government forces probably carried out the strike, using an unknown “toxic gas”. The Minoborony Rossii immediately rejected the information as “fake”, adding that none of its planes had struck Khan Sheikhun or its outskirts. The Syrian Defence Ministry blamed the attack on terrorists or their supporters and rejected any use of toxic agents in Khan Sheikhun. The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the accusations against Damascus were “fabricated”. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in an interview with al-Mayadeen radio said that the government warned that such an attack was possible several weeks ago.

5 April 2017



6 April 2017. Today is the World Day of Animation… Greetings from the Evil Empire!


Some of the most iconic Sov-era multifilm characters are in the above image. In the centre, of course, is Kot Leopold (Leopold the Cat)… there’s also the Wolf and the Hare from Nu Pogodi (Just You Wait)… Krokodil Gena (Gena the Crocodile) and Cheburashka… the Bremen Town Musicians… just to name a few. The standard of Soviet animation was very high… perhaps, better on average than that found in the USA. There was no profit motive involved, therefore, the artistic standards came first, not commercial greed…

Now, what was Potapov saying about the evil empire? It looks like he misidentified it… yes… its capital is on the banks of the Potomac…


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