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Sunday, 20 May 2018

US Policy: Provocation and War

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Many observers note that the USA appears to be undergoing a historic process of “strategic decline”. In order to stave off deterioration in its political and economic power, the USA resorts to greater dependence on militarism and aggression. For that to work, a policy of ramping up provocations against other nations is a necessary concomitant, as militarism and aggression need a pretext of conflict. This is the unavoidable conclusion from several international interfaces. The USA resorts to stepped-up aggression as a means of asserting its power against its perceived global rivals, as well as to shore up its debt-ridden decrepit capitalist economy. Washington explicitly identifies those rivals as Russia and China, as well as to a lesser extent Iran, Lebanon’s Hizbullah, Syria, the DPRK, and Venezuela. Washington views all of them as impediments to American ambitions for global hegemony.

One can see the violence in Gaza this week by the Israeli military in the context of a wider policy in Washington of provocation. The shooting dead of over 60 unarmed Palestinians in a single day by Israeli snipers and the maiming of thousands of others, including women and children, was arguably a deliberate attempt to incite greater violence across the Middle East. It seems no coincidence that the atrocity happened on the very day that the USA controversially opened a new embassy in the contested city of Jerusalem, despite widespread international warning against the move as violating Palestinian rights. US President Donald Trump embraced the right-wing Israeli leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu to articulate an extreme partisan view of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in which Palestinian rights are non-existent. The gratuitous use of lethal force, as American dignitaries gathered a short distance away in Jerusalem, seems to have been a calculated attempt to provoke a violent reaction.

If the USA and Israel incited an armed response from Lebanon’s Hizbullah or Iran…parties that long-denounced American imperialism in the Middle East… then, the ensuing chaos plays well for Washington. It’d give the USA and Israel an excuse to step up military force against these rivals. That could take the form of more US-backed Israeli air strikes on Iranian and Hizbullah bases in Syria, despite those bases being legally present. For the USA, the main objective of provoking greater instability and conflict is to undermine Russia and its recently regained stature as a major international power in the Middle East, owing to its successful military intervention in Syria at the end of 2015 to defeat US-backed régime-change proxies.

Russia’s intervention in Syria ordered by President Putin served to accelerate the sense of strategic decline for the USA. Russia’s military deployment in Syria abruptly stopped the American policy of régime-change in the Middle East (as seen in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere) in its tracks. Iranian and Hizbullah forces legally requested by the Assad government to defend the state also halted the American bingeing on regime-change. The defeat of its terrorist proxies in Syria was a major setback for the USA and its British, French, and Turkish NATO allies, as well as for American client régimes in Israel and Saudi Arabia that colluded in the covert regime-change assault. To salvage this momentous defeat, and more generally, strategic decline, the USA seems to have embarked on a desperate policy of provocation, aided by its client régimes.

The aggressive way that Trump pulled the US out of the international nuclear accord with Iran last week caught many observers and European allies by surprise with his hardline obstreperous manner. Everyone knew Trump despised the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed in 2015 by President Obama. However, few expected Trump to violate the deal with such bellicose threats to intensify economic sanctions on Tehran, as well as on European states doing business with Iran. By vilifying Iran as a terrorist state and ranting against Tehran over its alleged secret nuclear-weapons building, Trump ostentatiously adopted the Israeli position of demonising Iran.

In particular, the Trump Administration’s warnings to Europe that the USA would penalise its firms and banks for continuing to do business with Iran, as is their right under the JCPOA, seemed to be a calculated provocation to crash the accord and incite Iran to resume past nuclear activities, which Trump, as well as Israel, intimated would be met with military attack. So far, Trump’s provocations over the Iran deal have failed. Iran and the other signatories… Russia, China, and the EU… agreed to continue implementing the accord. However, given this failure, so far, to sabotage the JCPOA, one can expect that the USA and its regional partners will try to ramp up provocations. The Israeli air strikes on Iranian bases in Syria the day after Trump announced the US pullout from the accord appears to have been a deliberate attempt at antagonising Iran even further. So too were Saudi claims that a missile attack on Riyadh from Yemen were “an act of war by Iran” owing to its alleged support to the Houthi rebels.

The renewed belligerence from the USA, Israel, and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East appears to be a systematic effort to stoke conflict. Syria, Iran, and Lebanon, as well as Iraq and Yemen, are on the firing line for embroiling the region in further chaos. Ultimately, however, the bigger targets for US-induced instability are Russia and China, which Washington views as “great power competitors”. The American supply of lethal weapons to the Ukraine earlier this month… the first such supply after years of non-lethal military aid to the Kiev régime… rankled Russia. Deployment of US military advisors to oversee the use of Javelin ATGMs is a move that’d likely escalate the violence in the Eastern Ukraine on Russia’s border.

Of course, the continuing buildup of NATO offensive forces from the Balkans to the Black Sea along Russia’s Western flank presents an even bigger vista of provocation. The relaunching of the US Second Fleet in the Atlantic after years being in mothballs is evidently part of a massive NATO mobilisation. Elsewhere, increasing American deployment of warships in the South China Sea over alleged “freedom of navigation” concerns near Chinese territorial waters is another manifestation of Washington’s foreign policy of provocation. Trump’s superficial diplomatic engagement with the DPRK is now under test with Pyongyang’s warning this week that it isn’t going to give up nuclear weapons unilaterally on the say-so of Washington. It remains to be seen if Trump’s apparent flurry of diplomacy with the DPRK will give way to the previous pattern of American belligerence and threats of war. Indeed, if the USA is employing a systematic foreign policy of provocation, as seems the case, then, we can expect the USA to abandon the recent détente with the DPRK.

After decades of proclaiming itself a benign global power, the stark conclusion is that the USA is clearly emerging as a scourge on international peace. US foreign policy? There seems little else to it other than the USA is increasingly wired for provocation and war.

17 May 2018

Finian Cunningham

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201805171064551559-us-policy-provocation-war/

Monday, 13 April 2015

13 April 2015. Don’t Forget the Suffering People of Gaza!

00 Gaza girl. 13.04.15

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Don’t forget the suffering people of Gaza. You can help by not voting for the bastards who support the crusaders and aggressors who continually bomb and blockade them. Remember Ted Cruz and how he spat on Arab religious leaders! That’s a hint about what political bloc you shouldn’t support…

If you ever hear someone bloviating about “Muslim suicide bombers”… remember this image and this poem… they’re simply patriotic partisans fighting the occupying power… and the USA supports that oppressive occupier. Puts a new light on things, no?

BMD

 

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

ITAR-TASS Presents… Orthodox Christmas Celebrations Throughout the World

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Christmas celebration after services at the Orthodox parish in Sosnovka (Zhaiyl Raion. Chui Oblast) KYRGYZSTAN, 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the capital city of Bishkek

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President V V Putin attended Christmas Eve services at a parish in Otradnoye (Voronezh Oblast. Central Federal District) RF

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Christmas services at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF

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Chairman of the Government D A Medvedev and his wife S V Medvedeva attended Christmas services at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow

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Bishop Panteleimon Shatov (head of MP Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Services) amongst children during Christmas services in Moscow

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People arrive for Christmas Eve services at St Sava Cathedral in Belgrade (Okruz-City of Belgrade) SERBIA

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Coptic Orthodox Christmas Eve services at the Cave Cathedral of St Sama’ans in the Mokattam Hills overlooking Cairo (Cairo Governorate) EGYPT

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Palestinian Christian Greek Orthodox worshippers celebrate Christmas at St Porphyrios Church in Gaza City (Gaza Governorate) PALESTINE

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Georgian Orthodox believers gather at Trinity Cathedral for Christmas services in Tbilisi (First-Level City of Tbilisi) GEORGIA

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Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January, according to the Julian calendar, which is 13 days behind the Catholic Gregorian calendar. On the night before 7 January, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias led the Christmas service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. President V V Putin attended Christmas services at a village church in southern Russia.

7 January 2015

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/non-political/770452

Sunday, 24 August 2014

24 August 2014. Zionist Brutes Out of Gaza! Banderovtsy Filth Out of Kiev! FASCISTS OUT!

00 Carlos Latuff. Shhh!!! Denouncing Israel's War Crimes is Anti-Semitism. 2009

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I’m AGAINST Zionism and AGAINST Anti-Semitism… both equally and without reservation! Here, Bayan Miks do Hava Nagila (and the Russian crowd LOVES it)…

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The Zionists in Gaza and the Banderovtsy in Kiev are the same! There’s no real difference between the two… not a tuppence worth that matters. I hate both Zionism and Anti-Semitism! BOTH! EQUALLY AND IN LIKE MEASURE! If you hate Jews, you’re my enemy… if you hate Palestinians, you’re my enemy… that’s that. Pass the kibbeh and the Manischewitz… give me seconds on the matzoh balls and the tabbouleh (and falafel in pita cover both bases, don’t they?)… now, that’s GOOD eats…

BMD

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