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Sunday, 1 May 2016

1 May 2016. Iran or Turkey… Who’s the REAL Enemy?

00 The Battle of Kosovo memorial at Gazimestan for Vidovdan in 2009. 30.06.13

This is the monument on the Kosovo Pole… never forget that the Turks were the West’s mortal enemy in the past… now, what can we say about today?

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Here’s a question… who’s the REAL enemy of the West? Is it Iran or is it Turkey? Look at the short vid above… what does it tell you about Trump and Chilly Hilly who want to demonise Iran (and what does it tell you about their backers)? Remember… the Ottomans kidnapped Christian children for the janissaries and their harems. Look at Syria and the Kurds… they haven’t changed their spots, have they?

BMD

Sunday, 22 November 2015

A Study in Contrasts: How Russia and the West Respond to Violence in Different Ways

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Confirmation that a terrorist bomb brought down the Metrojet airliner that crashed in Sinai surprised no one. However, the episode highlights the contrast between the way Russians and the West go about doing things now. Last year, following the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over the Ukraine, the West rushed out accusations within hours of the crash, which meant that, from the outset, they skewed the investigation to fit a theory. By contrast, after the crash of the Metrojet airliner, Russians refused to speculate on a cause until they did a proper investigation. Therefore, the investigation was open, in contrast to the secrecy cloaking the MH17 investigation. Importantly, the Metrojet investigation consulted the proper experts… the aircraft’s French manufacturers. On the other hand, the MH17 investigation excluded relevant evidence from Almaz Antey… who manufactured the Buk SAM that the investigation alleged shot down the aircraft… they didn’t heed the firm’s opinions nor did they even mention them in the report.

Since the investigation into the Metrojet tragedy took place openly and objectively, it produced a conclusive finding within weeks of the tragedy. By contrast, after more than a year, the MH17 investigation produced an incomplete (and in parts, contested) report. Besides this, note the astonishing contrast in the reaction to the two recent terakts… the Metrojet crash and the Paris attacks… that recently took place. In re the Metrojet crash, the Western reaction was large-scale indifference. Nevertheless, Russians rushed to show sympathy and support for the people of France following the Paris attacks, but there was no like rush from the Western public to show sympathy and support for the people of Russia following the Metrojet tragedy. There were even some appalling claims… apparently, extending to US government officials… that by supporting the Syrian government, Russia somehow brought the Metrojet tragedy down on itself.

In the case of the Paris attacks, alongside proper and legitimate feelings of grief for the victims, Western officials responded with blind fury and elements of panic, with talk of war and a stampede to impose ever-more draconian restrictions on Western society, but with no coherent plan of what to do. This contrasts with the calm and purposeful way that… amidst feelings of intense grief… the Russian authorities and people responded to the Metrojet tragedy. We should say clearly that it makes no sense to say that by supporting the Syrian government that Russia brought the Metrojet tragedy down on itself, any more than it makes sense to say that by opposing the Syrian government France brought the Paris attacks down on itself. Such rationalisations of terrorism are both wrong and immoral. However, it’s legitimate to say… as President Putin said in his recent speech to the UN General Assembly… that attempts to manipulate terrorists to achieve geopolitical objectives are both wrong and immoral… and also extremely dangerous. If Western governments want to respond properly to the Paris tragedy, then, acknowledging that is a good place to start.

19 November 2015

Alexander Mercouris

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/columnists/20151119/1030414109/different-way-russia-west-respond-violence.html

Saturday, 21 November 2015

21 November 2015. Where is the Outrage Over the Terrorism in Africa? Don’t They Count?

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The above is my response to all the hype over the Paris terakt. I mourn the dead… I pray for their families… I hate the rightwing exploitation of the terakt and its all-too-real pain. Those who cynically use the terakt to advance their political agendas are WORSE than the terrorists are. Do ponder that, if you will. That is, the American Republicans and their foreign allies are WORSE than any Taliban or al-Qaeda or ISIS. Keep it focused, the times are evil, and not all is what it appears to be.

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Read this. This isn’t an isolated incident… Chad… Cameroon… Mali… Kenya… Nigeria… but there are no protests in the West… there are no vows to eradicate the terrorists. It appears that the lives of the white affluent in the West count more than the lives of black people in Africa do. The Westerns also don’t care about South Asians murdered in terrorist drone strikes nor they mourn the dead in Beirut bombings nor do they stand up for brutalised Palestinians nor do they care about Russian Orthodox people in Novorossiya killed in Uniate nationalist terrorist bombardments. Ergo, I find all the hype about Paris two-faced and hypocritical. Either all terrorism is evil… or none of it is. Note well that “conservatives” tolerate terrorism… therefore, take all their condemnations of it with considerable skepticism. Gnarly world, isn’t it… do pass the jug…

BMD

Sunday, 15 November 2015

15 November 2015. V V Putin on the “Threats” Facing Russia

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