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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

18 April 2018. The Evil That Truly Rules in America Today

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No, it doesn’t refer to abortion… nor to homosexuality… nor to “disobedient” women and kids… nor to “uppity niggers”… look at the following images to get an idea of the evil rotting our society…

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America is evil not because of pornographers, abortion, “fags”, feminists, or “niggers”. It’s evil because of Donald Trump… Hillary Clinton… real-estate developers… “religious leaders” such as Franklin Graham and Joel Osteen… Wall Street sharks and speculators… cheapjack lawyers… NRA mouthpieces… vulture crapitalist cabals like Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital. That’s what’s evil and it makes abortion, pornography, and homosexuality look like very small change, indeed.

Note well that the Republican Party and Establishment Democrats both refuse to rein in this evil. BOTH. Both worship at the altar of Mammon. I can deal with secularists who do so… at least, they profane no religious faith. However, there’s a special cold spot in Hell for those “religious” phonies who defend the current evil and excuse it because the evil at least is against abortion and homosexuality. That’s perverse.

That’s what we’ve come to as a nation. That’s what all too many “Christians” defend. I observe that not only do they not intend to mend their ways, they intend to stay the course and keep on the path.

Woe to those who call good “evil” and evil “good”.

BMD

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Western Media: Russia Won Without Firing a Single Shot

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We can summarise the official results of the “decisive” attack by Western countries on Syria. Russia proposed a resolution to condemn the attack at the UN Security Council. Three permanent Security Council members (who participated in the attack) vetoed it, so the resolution failed. In the world of real facts, we can generally establish the figures… the attackers launched 103 rockets. True, US President Donald Trump promised that they’d be “new and smart”, but most of them were elderly Tomahawks. As they approached strategically important facilities, elderly Syrian air defence systems developed by the Soviets precisely to counter Tomahawks shot them down. The British fired eight SCALP standoff weapons, “each was five metres in length”, the BBC proudly noted. In addition, they’re newer weapons, developed only twenty years ago. The role of the French remains unclear… the French leadership asserted that they also released eight SCALP weapons from fighters and three from ships. However, the Russian forces dryly pointed up that they detected no French Rafales. Therefore, it’s possible that this US ally received credit for participation without actually acting… to maintain the unity of the coalition.

As for damage, most weapons strikes hit unoccupied buildings in Damascus and Homs Governorates, that is, confirmed strikes that hit targets in Syria. Otherwise, despite the surprise of the attack and the fact (heavily stressed by US officials) that “that we didn’t warn Russia”:

  • There were no civilian deaths
  • There were no deaths in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA)
  • The strike destroyed no aircraft or helicopters
  • No aircraft or weapons system flew into the zone of responsibility of Russian air defence systems
  • No weapon hit any Syrian airbase
  • Syrian defences shot down 71 of the 103 attacking systems

The actual effect was even less effective than that of the attack on the Shayrat airbase a year ago. Then, 59 Tomahawks managed to at least:

  • Damage a few aircraft
  • Crater the taxiways, putting the airfield out of action for several hours
  • Kill several Syrian troops

That’s the end of the facts, as a group of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Syria only a few hours after the raid. They were there to establish whether anything happened at all to justify the resolute US “response” and to find out exactly happened in Douma. Therefore, the real battle unfolded after the attack, and as expected in our strange era, it happened in the media space. A struggle began around the question of how to understand what happened.

Donald Trump, Theresa May, and Emmanuel Macron insisted that it was a vigorous and accurate retaliatory blow. They stated that they achieved their goals… they asserted that it dramatically reduced the ability of sneering monster Assad to produce chemical weapons to poison his people. Moreover, if he tries again, then, another equally devastating strike will recur, despite Russian objections, because the time for negotiations is over. The Western media wasn’t convinced that it was a forceful and severe consequence. For example, the Huffington Post bitterly stated:

  • Trump’s stated objectives were to stop “Assad’s murderous behaviour and show his strength to Assad’s patrons Russia and Iran”, but it achieved none of those goals.
  • At the time of the attack, all significant military and administrative targets were under the Russian “umbrella”, which Trump was afraid to touch.
  • In the end, Assad “didn’t stop the offensive” and “it didn’t challenge Russia”.

In an editorial comment “The Main Danger in Syria is Russia”, Reuters reported:

  • Assad has already almost won the six-year war and doesn’t intend to stop.
  • Moscow, warning in advance that “in the event of a threat to the lives of Russian troops, we won’t only take out any missiles, we’ll also take out their carriers”, turned this action of unrestrained justice into something purposeless. Because, the author notes, neither Russia nor the USA is interested in a real battle between themselves in Syria. Moreover, they aren’t interested even in showing each other their newest missiles and anti-missile systems… why feed the enemy information? Therefore, the same iron hoplites of the Cold War from the last millennium fought over the deserts and mountains of an ancient country.
  • There was no success in the end. Even worse… even though it’s clear that the USA can deploy many ships off Syria, including an aircraft carrier, all that it did was to fire off a lot of old missiles. However, it’s not so much a demonstration of force as “a demonstration of the impossibility of demonstrating strength”. As per usual, Russia “held a master class on how to achieve maximum goals with limited forces”.

That is, Russia, even without a single volley from its S-400 and Pantsir systems, effectively established a situation where the West didn’t dare to test its resolve. Note that this wasn’t a report by “Russian state propaganda trying to preserve the Kremlin’s face”. This is what authoritative British-American media saw. However, other authoritative Western media outlets trumpet and disseminate the version asserted by Trump, May, and Macron… “A bloody tyrant received a lesson; if necessary, we can repeat it”, and so on. All this confirms the depressing analysis we stated on the eve of the attack:

In fact, the only understandable explanation of what’s happening is some accursed universal hype, from which the Western élite can’t escape in any way. Moreover, it seems that no one wants real results from the anticipated strike. It seems that the Western leaders themselves would be satisfied with inflicting a crushing blow in a virtual-reality game, having the opportunity then to convince their audience that the enemy suffered heavy losses.

As a result, we see a schizophrenic picture. Based on unconfirmed viral videos, real aircraft took off and the Western forces fired real weapons. According to various estimates, the strike cost 70 to 150 million real-world USD (4.29 to 9.2  billion Roubles. 439.72 to 942.27 million Renminbi. 4.58 to 9.82 billion INR. 88 to 188.62 million CAD. 90.18 to 193.24 million AUD. 56.53 to 121.14 million Euros. 48.82 to 104.6 million UK Pounds). However, in the real world, this mega-strike didn’t hurt anyone. Moreover, in fact, it was necessary only to ensure that in a virtual world (where hype, tweets, and media exchange interpretations) someone convinced his audience that he had a good reason for this action.

It’s gratifying that the leadership of the USA and their subordinate allies still keep their internal media vids separated from harsh reality. They hold a “celebration of defiance of Russia” in specially designated places for this purpose. However, this is what it comes to. The next generation of Western leaders can no longer distinguish between where PR ends and a real war begins. Moreover, this makes the real world all the less safe and increasingly alarming.

15 April 2018

Viktor Marakhovsky

RIA Novosti

https://ria.ru/analytics/20180415/1518678200.html

Sunday, 15 April 2018

15 April 2018. Brother Ajamu Speaks…

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What a joke. These three racist colonialist criminal states pretend to be the defenders of human life when their very existence has always depended on the systematic degradation of human life. We have one word for these hypocrites… Gaza.

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The pending military intervention into Syria by the USA represents yet another case of unilateral illegality that continues the systematic assault on international law and morality that’s characterised US foreign policy since the collapse of the USSR in the early 1990s when the USA found itself without any countervailing global power. The result for the people of the world was unending military conflict, destabilisation, and the destruction of whole nations.

The Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr correctly identified exactly a year before his assassination that the USA is the greatest purveyor of violence on the planet. The 50th anniversary of his murder just passed on 4 April… five decades later, the USA continues to hold that distinctive position. This reality makes any declaration on the part of the USA that it alone has the responsibility to intervene on the side of human-rights protection an absurdity and an insult to the intelligence of the national and international communities.

Today, the people of the USA are supposed to believe the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic Trump administration is supposedly so concerned about Arab life in Syria that it feels morally compelled to engage in direct military intervention. We in the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) don’t believe that position, based on the documented actions of this administration and all previous administrations. These régimes have demonstrated their utter contempt for the lives of non-Europeans in their quest to maintain their global dominance.

US support for the continued brutality of the apartheid state of Israel and its immoral justifications for Israeli crimes against humanity committed at the apartheid wall in Gaza reflect the bipartisan moral degeneracy of the ruling parties, media, and ruling oligarchy. Their lack of real concern for Palestinian life reveals not only their lack of morality but also the real imperialist interests that determine their opportunistic position on Syria. Just a few weeks after the massive marches to address US gun violence, the people of the USA are being asked to support the ultimate form of gun violence… war. For BAP, the only way the movement to oppose gun violence in the USA will have any moral credibility is if people link gun violence in the USA to militarism and war abroad.

BAP takes an unequivocal position against US intervention in Syria. We say the only institution with the right and power to protect the peace and resolve international conflict is the UN. We condemn all unilateral interventions by any state and assert that any state that violates the international norms that are committed to the maintenance of peace as established by the UN Charter is a rogue state that deserves international condemnation. We say if the USA is concerned about human rights, it should:

  • prosecute killer cops who savagely murdered Stephon Clark in Sacramento CA
  • investigate the approximately 1,000 killings each year at the hands of police in the USA
  • stop the mass transfer of children from juvenile courts to adult courts
  • stop the militarisation of domestic police forces
  • stop the raids of migrant communities
  • release political prisoners
  • cease collaboration with corporate media and private communication companies to censor and limit news content on the Internet

However, we know centring human rights has never been a commitment of the US state. That’s why BAP says if you want peace, you have to be willing to fight for it. This weekend, BAP is mobilizing with groups across the country to highlight our opposition to US warmongering, demanding an end to US lawlessness, calling for the closure of more than 800 US military bases around the world, and ending the war against the black and brown working-class and poor. We support self-determination for all oppressed peoples… domestically and internationally. Stop the ongoing agony in Syria. Demand the USA withdraw its forces from Syria and respect international law. Call for the USA to adhere to international human rights norms and cease its status as a rogue state.

Ajamu Baraka

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Saturday, 14 April 2018

14 April 2018. A Point to Ponder… “Conservative?” … “Liberal?” … They Use the SAME Methods

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Ponder this…

Naturally, the common people don’t want war, neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That’s understood. You can always bring the people to the bidding of the leaders. That’s easy. All you have to do is to tell them that they’re under attack and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

Hermann Göring at the Nürnberg Trial of the Major War Criminals 1946

This is what both Trump and Clinton believe. Yes, both of them… they both love the system and don’t want any changes to it (except those fattening their personal bankrolls). You see, old Herman just spoke out what all crapitalists believe… the common folk are rabble… an inert mass for the “master race” to manipulate. We saw this in the recent “attack” on Syria. No one wanted it… not the right; not the left… but the “masters” decided for us. Well, I’d remind them that many of them CAN be voted out in November. Trust me, the people will unseat more than one of them.

BMD

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