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American Exceptionalism as the USA version of nationalism

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Introduction


I call it a tribal phenomena. A tribe can be a religion, a nation, a gender, a race, or any group which is different from the group you identify with. It is not confined to religion.

And it seems to be an inherent trait in the human species that was one aspect of our evolution. Only when we learn that it is better to cooperate with each other rather than kill each other will we be free from this deadly disease which may, in the end, destroy us all.

sheridan44 comment in The Guardian

[American exceptionalism] is a reaction to the inability of people to understand global complexity or important issues like American energy dependency. Therefore, they search for simplistic sources of comfort and clarity. And the people that they are now selecting to be, so to speak, the spokespersons of their anxieties are, in most cases, stunningly ignorant.

Zbigniew Brzezinski

According to George Soros, the events of 9/11 renewed a "distorted view" of American supremacy that "postulates that because we are stronger than others, we must know better and we must have right on our side."  In other words 9/11 was important step to the transformation of the USA in the "National Security State" with the permanent regime of Total survellance" over the population. The next step were events of 2008, which signified crisis of neoliberalism as an ideology. Neoliberalism now can mostly be propagated by brute force, via military intervention or some form of coup d'état (aka color revolutions) much like Trotskyites planned to propagate socialism to other countries via Permanent Revolution.  With  "Democracy promotion" instead of "liberation of proletariat".

Rise of American exeptionalism is also connected with the reaction to neoliberalism with its redistribution of wealth up by most of US population. Actually this is global phenomenon: neoliberalism gives strong impulse to the rise of neofascism in many countries, not only in the USA. As William I. Robinson noted in his article  Global Capitalism Crisis of Humanity and the Specter of 21st Century Fascism  

Yet another response [ to globalization] is that I term 21st century fascism.5   The ultra-right is an insurgent force in many countries. In broad strokes, this project seeks to fuse reactionary political power with transnational capital and to organise a mass base among historically privileged sectors of the global working class – such as white workers in the North and middle layers in the South – that are now experiencing heightened insecurity and the specter of downward mobility. It involves militarism, extreme masculinisation, homophobia, racism and racist mobilisations, including the search for scapegoats, such as immigrant workers and, in the West, Muslims.

Twenty-first century fascism evokes mystifying ideologies, often involving race/culture supremacy and xenophobia, embracing an idealised and mythical past. Neo-fascist culture normalises and glamorises warfare and social violence, indeed, generates a fascination with domination that is portrayed even as heroic.

American exceptionalism is unique in many ways as it does not include mass mobilization (see Inverted Totalitarism). "Go shopping" famously recommended George W Bush after 9/11. It should probably be more correctly called US-specific version of far right nationalism. The latter is  a milder variant of  one that existed in 30th of the last century in national-socialist countries of Europe, such as Italy and Spain, which does not necessarily employ physical violence against political opponents.  

The sad fact is that the America of today is even more arrogant than the America  in the days of Manifest Destiny and gunboat diplomacy. Indeed, the dissolution of the USSR cemented the national myth of superiority. The establishment of unparalleled industrial might, military victories in two world wars and on both sides of the globe, and the staggering economic defeat of Communism in the Cold War all have combined to cement America’s presumption of  chapters in a long history of escalating national illusions of pre-eminence and blind national egoism. The dominant view about the USA from most countries is that it has a split paranoid personality,  a “Jekyll and Hyde” America, “a democracy inside, an empire outside.” American policy makers, with their pretensions of global superiority after collapse of the USSR and with ever-increasing power of their military machine moved steadily toward making the whole globe a US preserve.  Despite its vulgarity and borderline obsession with pornography (or may be because of that) the US culture made inroad all over the globe, and even in Europe and Russia despite rich cultural traditions of both. While the blatant American imperialism of the turn of the last century is now only a memory, today the nations face policies evidence more insidious brands of imperialism: cultural imperialism, economic imperialism,  the imperialism of neoliberal ideology and forced globalization on the US terms.  All are spread by the same national arrogance, the same cock-sure certainly that we are right.  Many nations fear the United States practices a contemporary brand of “soft imperialism,” enslaving nations with IMF debt meachisms under  the auspice of economic globalization.  Converting  the Third World in debt slaves or simply exploit it. In spite of such fears, and despite the setbacks, Americans remain convinced that eventually all nations are destined to fall into step and adopt “the American way.” All the while, the US politicians decry the rigid fundamentalism of our enemies while we remain utterly blind to our own.

Americans have been, and are today, exposed almost from birth to a particularly virulent strain of nationalism unlike that found in other modern nations. The resulting affliction stems from an unswerving faith in national superiority and uniqueness that is deeply ingrained in the American mind. Historically, these notions of superiority sprang from myths of the visions of chosen-ness, and high destiny; from the myth of frontier self-sufficiency; and finally from the perceived universality of American ideology and dominance of US culture and English language over the globe. While in some of us, nationalist feelings are not that pronounced, few of us are immune, and that is especially visible in times of anger, or fear. In spite of, and perhaps because of, our many strengths, practically all of us as Americans share this particularly prideful, unlovely, and potentially fatal weakness. In one form or another and to some degree or another, we carry national pride across the invisible boundary that separates benign patriotism from malignant far right nationalism. Hillary candidacy demonstrates that this process went too far and became really  malignant:

Still, Americans are sure that they, like Woodrow Wilson, have seen “visions that other nations have not seen,” and that, accordingly, the United States’ mission has always been to become the “light of the world.”28 Indeed, from the very beginning, the American national identity was built on audacious visions of chosen-ness, destiny, and mission. Ronald Reagan was not the first nor the last in a long line of entrenched American visionaries to proclaim American exceptionalism, with its missionary implications of the Puritan “city on the hill,” no longer a stationary beacon, but an active force, the “leader of the free world” directing its forces against “empires of evil.”29

With such visions comes a warning: “the adoption of political and social values … as a framework for national identification is possible only if these values are based on some source of apparent ultimate truth which confers on them absolute validity — if they can claim universality.”30 If Americans unflinchingly believe that theirs is the single principle of Absolute Truth representing the universal interests of humankind, then any opposition will appear either criminal or inhuman.31 As Arthur Schlesinger Jr. puts it, “Those who are convinced that they have a monopoly on Truth always feel that they are saving the world when they slaughter heretics. Their object remains the making of the world over in the image of their dogmatic ideology — their goal is a monolithic world, organized on the principle of the infallibility of a single creed.”32 If Americans are so egotistical as to believe that their nation with its gleaming lamp of Ultimate Truth is the envy of the world, then they will perceive no wrong in trying to make the world over in America’s image, by whatever means. However, the world is a very complex and diverse place, and Ultimate Truth is a highly elusive and unstable substance. Thus, these are not only very arrogant ideas; they are also very dangerous ideas.

The way in which American elite as a whole relates with the rest of the world demonstrates a strong nationalistic (as in cultural nationalism) and chauvinistic point of view. That means that mass media presents events only from the particular  point of view, that militarism is always encouraged and defended. With the considerable part of brainwashed lemmings (aka American public) believing that their nation, or culture, is superior to all others.

This view involves a unique mixture of prejudice, xenophobia and inter-group and in-group violence, with the latter directed at suppression of dissent. Indeed, the United States’ inflated sense of eminence create additional, non-economic stimulus for the country elite to act in  fundamentally ethnocentric ways, and to to strive for unilateral rule of the world using military supremacy as door opener to resources of other nations.  And first of all oil.

The other key support of American exeptionalism are large financial institutions, which depend on the success of the US "financial imperialism". We can view imperialism as ethnocentrism in action. And "financial imperialism" is very similar to "old-style" European imperialism, where  European nations discovered new lands and imposed capitalism, their system of law and culture on the native peoples usually through violence. Like old colonies were forced to abandon their way of life and adopt a “superior” lifestyle and became resource base of metropolia, financial imperialism impose debt on other nations keeping them in a kind of debt slavery with the same result: they also became resource base for metropolia. 

American exceptionalism might also have religious overtones as "citi on the hill" metaphor implies.  It is not thus accidental that the first deep analyses of American exceptionalism was done by Niebuhr from the religious positions in his famous book The Irony of American History. Niebuhr as a theologian came to conclusion that it represents a sin that inevitably lead to the false allure of simple solutions and lack of appreciation of limits of power. In his opinion "Messianic consciousness" which constitute the core of American exceptionalism, was partially inherited form religious dogmas of early religious sects which came to colonize America.  Those views were later enhanced and developed further by Professor Bacevich. See more details exposition of his views on the subject in the page New American Militarism

Any unbiased analysis of the nationalist activities leads to a disappointing conclusion: nationalists can behave as compradors: as enthusiastic servants of a foreign occupier of their own territory. In this case international banking cartel. Ukraine is one example, Serbia and Georgia are other but very similar examples. In the same way the USA can be viewed as a country occupied by financial oligarchy with most of its citizents converted into "debt slaves".

The policy which oppose exceptionalism is often called Noninterventionism

Noninterventionism is a rather clunky and unappealing label for a set of very appealing ideas: that the U.S. should mind its own business, act with restraint, respect other nations, refrain from unnecessary violence, and pursue peace. If future administrations took just a few of these as guiding principles for the conduct of foreign policy, America and the world would both be better off.

There were several important thinkers who contributed to understand of this complex and multifaceted, like any type of nationalism,  phenomena. We will discuss (in breif) just four thinkers that made significant impact in understanding of this very complex concept. Among them: 

  1. Niebuhr
  2. Michael Ignatieff
  3. Anatol Lieven
  4. Andrew Basevich

American neo-conservatism  is a closely related phenomenon. In this case the key point is that the pre-eminence of the USA as the sole superpower needs to be maintained at all costs and with wide use of military force. Among prominent neocons we can name Hillary Clinton and most of republican candidates for the presidency in the 2016 presidential race. That means that American exeptionalism is an establishment view, the view of the US elite, not some anomaly.  

Niebuhr's contribution to understanding of American exeptionalism

In his brilliant foreword to Niebuhr's book The Irony of American History Bacevich noted:

In Niebuhr's view, America's rise to power derived less from divine favor than from good fortune combines with a fierce determination to convert that good fortune in wealth and power. The good fortune cane in the form of vast landscape, rich in resources, ripe for exploitation, and apparently insulated from the bloody cockpit of [European] power politics. The determination found expression in a strategy of commercial and territorial expansionism that proved staggeringly successful, evidence not of superior virtue but of shrewdness punctuated with a considerable capacity for ruthlessness.

In describing America's rise to power Niebuhr does not shrink from using words like "hegemony" and "imperialism". His point is not to tag the United States with responsibility for all the world's evils. Rather, it is to suggest that it does not differ from other great powers as much as Americans may imagine.

...Niebuhr has little patience for those who portray the United States as acting on God's behalf. "All men are naturally inclined to obscure the morally ambiguous element in this political cause by investing it with religious sanctity," he once observed. " This is why religion is more frequently a source of confusion then of light in the political realm.". In the United States, he continued "The tendency to equate our political [goals] with our Christian convictions cause politics to generate idolatry."

Michael Ignatieff contribution to understanding of American exeptionalism

In the introduction to American Exceptionalism and Human Rights Michael Ignatieff identifies three main types of exceptionalism:

I would add to it

The contributors to American Exceptionalism and Human Rights use Ignatieff's essay as a starting point to discuss specific types of exceptionalism -- America's approach to capital punishment and to free speech, for example -- or to explore the social, cultural, and institutional roots of exceptionalism.

Anatol Lieven contribution

The second important contribution to to the studies of American exceptionalism is Anatol Lieven.  He correctly linked American exceptionalism with far right nationalism which Wikipedia defined as

Far-right politics or extreme-right politics are right-wing politics to the right of the mainstream centre right on the traditional left-right spectrum. They often involve a focus on tradition as opposed to policies and customs that are regarded as reflective of modernism. They tend to include disregard or disdain for egalitarianism, if not overt support for social inequality and social hierarchy, elements of social conservatism and opposition to most forms of liberalism and socialism

 "America keeps a fine house," Anatol Lieven writes in his probably best book on the American Exceptionalism (America Right or Wrong An Anatomy of American Nationalism ) "but in its cellar there lives a demon, whose name is nationalism."  In a way US neocons, who commanded key position in Bush II and Barack Obama administrations  are not that different from Israeli Likud Party. 

While neocons definitely played an important role in shaping the US policy immediately after 9/11, the origins of aggressive U.S. foreign policy since 9/11 also reflect controversial character of the US national identity, which according to Anatol Lieven embraces two contradictory features.

Both of those tendencies are much older then 9/11. The first aggressive, expansionist war by the US was the war of 1812. See American Loyalists, The Most Important War You Probably Know Nothing About - By James Traub Foreign Policy

The War of 1812 matters because it was America’s first war of choice. The United States did not have to declare war on Great Britain on June 18, 1812, to survive as a nation and indeed President James Madison did not want to. The newly founded United States was growing westward but the “war hawks” in Congress pressed for a conflict with America’s former colonial masters in the hopes of gaining even more territory to the north. The term “hawk” was coined in the run-up to the War of 1812 and the hawks of U.S. foreign policy have been with us ever since.

The War of 1812 was America’s first neocon war. With an audacity that would become familiar, the war hawks appealed to a combination of personal pride — the British navy was forcibly conscripting Americans — and the prospect of material gain — the absorption of British Canada — wrapped up in love of country. No one said the conquest of Canada would be a “cakewalk,” but the hawks were confident the Americans would be greeted as liberators.

These two mutually-excusive impulses caused wild oscillations of the US foreign policy, especially in the Middle East and influenced the nature of U.S. support for Israel. Due to those oscillations those two contradictory impulses are undermining the U.S. foreign policy credibility in the eyes of the worlds and complicates reaching important national objectives.

Some attribute the term “American Exceptionalism” to Alexis de Tocqueville — though he never penned the phrase. In reality this term originated by German Marxists who were trying to explain weakness of worker movement in the USA. The idiom was popularized by neo-conservative pundits (aka former Trotskyites) soon after WWII.

In reality the term "American Exceptionalism is nothing but a disguised, more "politically correct" reference to America's Janus-faced nationalism. It has some mystical components like long vanished under the hill of financial oligarchy the "American dream" and its German-style refrain "God bless America". What is interesting about "God bless America" is that most founding fathers were Deists, profoundly critical of organized religions and they sought to separate personal -- what many of them described as mythologies -- from government. They were profoundly respectful of personal religious belief, but saw government as necessarily secular if freedom was to prevail. Not until the religious revivals of the 1820s through the 1860s can you find many identifying religion as a component of American exceptionalism.

As Martin Woollacott aptly noted in his review of Anatol Lieven book America, Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism ( Guardian):

He cuts through the conformist political rhetoric of America, the obfuscating special language of the "American dream", or the "American exception", which infects even foreign accounts. Even to use the word "nationalism" to describe an American phenomenon is, as he notes, not normal. Americans are not "nationalist", they are "patriotic". It is a patriotism which too often leaves no room for the patriotism of others, combining a theoretical care for all humanity with, in practice, an "indifference verging on contempt" for the interests and hopes of non-Americans. Nothing could be more distant from "the decent respect to the opinions of mankind" recommended to Americans in the early years of their independent existence

Lieven first paints a picture of an in some ways admirable American "civic nationalism", based on respect for the rule of law, constitutionality, democracy, and social (but not economic) equality, and a desire to spread these values in the world. But because this nationalism unrealistically holds that such "American" values can be exported at will, it blinds Americans to the different nature of other societies, sustaining the mistaken idea that if only particular rulers or classes can be displaced, "democracy" will prevail - a "decapitation" theory which contributed to the decision to attack Saddam. The American campaign to democratize other societies, Lieven says, harshly but fairly, "combines sloppiness of intellect and meanness of spirit". But, while in part mythic and not entirely rational, this side of American nationalism is of some value not only to the United States, but to the world as a whole.

...The result, Lieven argues, is that instead of the mature nationalism of a satisfied and dominant state, American nationalism is more akin to that of late developing and insecure states such as Wilhelmine Germany and Tsarist Russia.

"While America keeps a splendid and welcoming house," Lieven writes in his preface, "it also keeps a family of demons in its cellar.

His book supports Mark Twain quite to the effect that we are blessed with three things in this country, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and, thirdly, the common sense to practice neither one!

He also points at the very important side effect of Exceptionalism: "America's hypocrisy," (see for example Inside "democracy promotion" hypocrisy fair). An outstanding level of hypocrisy in the US foreign policy also is corroborated by other scholars, among them James Hillman in his recent book "A Terrible Love of War" in which he characterizes hypocrisy as quintessentially American (although British are strong competitors). Now after Snowden, Libya, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, etc we might be appear to be entering an new stage on which "The era of easy hypocrisy is over."

The regime of easy hypocrisy means that America position itself as a blessed nation created by God and (here’s the rub) therefore privileged in what actions it can take around the world and the nation that can safely ignore international norms, which are created only for suckers. It is above the international law.

We create our own reality

The source of the term, which implicitly stresses that the USA stands outside international norms and treaties and can act as it please, is a quotation in an October 17, 2004, The New York Times Magazine article by writer Ron Suskind, quoting an unnamed aide to George W. Bush (later attributed to Karl Rove[1]):

The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."[2]

This is pretty precise definition of the idea of introduced by Nazi idea of “decisionism” in which action is seen as a value in itself. Decisionism is a defining feature of any totalitarian state. By extension if you find decisionism exists in particular state, it is rational to expect other F-features of such states. Umberto Eco has listed fourteen attributes along with two major features: irrationalism and decisionism. Eco has them listed as attributes 2 and 3.

The Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, is seen as the beginning of modern depravity. In this sense Ur-Fascism can be defined as irrationalism.

3. Irrationalism also depends on the cult of action for action's sake.

Action being beautiful in itself, it must be taken before, or without, reflection. Thinking is a form of emasculation. Therefore culture is suspect insofar as it is identified with critical attitudes. Distrust of the intellectual world has always been a symptom of Ur-Fascism, from Hermann Goering's fondness for a phrase from a Hanns Johst play ("When I hear the word 'culture' I reach for my gun") to the frequent use of such expressions as "degenerate intellectuals," "eggheads," "effete snobs," and "universities are nests of reds." The official Fascist intellectuals were mainly engaged in attacking modern culture and the liberal intelligentsia for having betrayed traditional values.

Eternal Fascism:
Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt

http://www.themodernword.com/eco/eco_blackshirt.html

Fascism has an irrational element that rejects modern thought because it conflicts with traditional beliefs of the Christian religion and because fascism views communist ideology as a child of the Age of Reason and Jewish intellectuals. The Nazis were well aware that Karl Marx was a German Jew. Evolution is seen as modernist and is rejected in favor of Christian creationism. This debate is repeating itself today in American society with Christian fundamentalism attempting to gain control of state education.

Very closely related to irrationalism is “decisionism” in which action is seen as a value in itself. This is an existential element in fascism that elevates action over thought. Action is a sign of unambiguous power, and thought is associated with weakness and indecision. Carl Schmitt, a Nazi Law constitutional jurist, wrote that a decision is “(an actual historical event) and not within that of a norm (an ahistoric and transcendent idea).” The a priori is overshadowed by the posteriori. Actions over abstract principles, Fact over Idea, Power over pure thought, Certainty over ambiguity are the values and ideological norms that are primary in a totalitarian state.

After fleeing Germany, Marcuse wrote in 1934 a critique of German fascist society and attempted to identify those beliefs and philosophical themes found within fascist ideology. Marcuse believed that the seeds of fascism could be found in the Capitalist Democratic Liberal State, which over time mutate as Monopoly Capitalism gain control of the State as in the case of Germany. The evolution of Capitalism is also the concealed dialectic of Fascism. Those mutated liberal democratic ideas and values are betrayed by a totalitarianism based on action and force.

Using Germany as his example of a fascist society Marcuse writes:

And within the political sphere all relationships are oriented in turn toward the most extreme “crisis,” toward the decision about the “state of emergency,” of war and peace. The true possessor of power is defined as beyond all legality and legitimacy: “Sovereign is he who decides on the state of emergency.” (Carl Schmitt, Politische Theologie,1922).

Sovereignty is founded on the factual power to make this decision (decisionism). The basic political relationship is the “friend-enemy relationship.” Its crisis is war, which proceeds until the enemy has been physically annihilated.

There is no social relationship that does not in a crisis turn into a political relationship. Behind all economic, social, religious, and cultural relations stands total politicization. There is no sphere of private or public life, no legal or rational court of appeal that could oppose it.
Negations, page 36.

From what social idea in Capitalistic Liberalism did this decisionism evolve? It is none other than the economic hero, the free independent entrepreneur of industrial capitalism.The idea of the charismatic, authoritarian leader is already preformed in the liberalist celebration of the gifted economic leader, the “born” executive. Negations, page 18.

The total-authoritarian state is born out of the Liberal state and the former concept of the economic leader is transformed into a Fuhrer. We can see this mutation of the concept of the “born” executive into the leader-state (Fuhrerstaat) in George Bush’s speech and actions.

An uneducated but privileged man, George Bush, has merged the idea of the CEO with that of the State Leader. But society has also made this same concatenation of ideas. He is a president of action and seen as a “strong” president. He is doer and not a thinker and his followers are proud of this persona. His opponents are “feminine” and members of the “reality based community.” Consequently, the Bush administration has attempted to engineer the executive branch to be the strongest in American history by claiming “inherent” presidential powers. It is precisely the concept of “state of emergency” that Bush has used to grab more and more state power in the name of security.

He has instituted the hyper-surveillance of Americas with the Patriot act, which is based on the same justification Nazi Law used to empower the Fuhrer. A Bush lawyer and advisor, John Yoo, wrote, Just two weeks after the September 11 attacks, a secret memo to White House counsel Alberto Gonzales’ office concluded that President Bush had the power to deploy military force “preemptively” against any terrorist groups or countries that supported them—regardless of whether they had any connection to the attacks on the World Trade Towers or the Pentagon. The memo, written by Justice Department lawyer John Yoo, argues that there are effectively “no limits” on the president’s authority to wage war—a sweeping assertion of executive power that some constitutional scholars say goes considerably beyond any that had previously been articulated by the department. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6732484/site/newsweek/

Carl Schmitt, a Nazi Law constitutional jurist in Hitler’s Third Reich, wrote a similar justification of power for the State Leader using the concept of the “exception” in his work “Political Theology,” Hence, the thundering opening of his treatise: 'The sovereign is he who decides on the exception.' It is a disturbingly 'realistic' view of politics, which, in the manner of Hobbes, subordinates de jure authority to de facto power: autoritas, non veritas facit legem. (The law is made by the one who has authority (i.e. power) and not the one who possesses the truth (the legitimate sovereign).)

The problem of the exception, for the constitutional jurist Schmitt, can only be resolved within the framework of a decision (an actual historical event) and not within that of a norm (an ahistoric and transcendent idea). Moreover, the legal act which decides what constitutes an exception is 'a decision in the true sense of the word', because a general norm, an ordinary legal prescription, 'can never encompass a total exception'. If so, then, 'the decision that a real exception exists cannot be derived entirely from this norm.' The problem of the exception, in other words, demarcates the limit of the rule of law and opens up that trans-legal space, that no-man's land of existential exigency, which is bereft of legal authority and where the decision of the sovereign abrogates the anomaly of the legal void. …against the legal positivism of his times, Schmitt seems to be arguing that not law but the sovereign, not the legal text but the political will, is the supreme authority in a state. States are not legal entities but historical polities; they are engaged in a constant battle for survival where any moment of their existence may constitute an exception, it may engender a political crisis that cannot be remedied by the application of the rule of law. From the existential priority of the sovereign over the legitimacy of the norm, it would also follow that according to Schmitt, law is subservient to politics and not autonomous of it. The Sovereignty of the Political Carl Schmitt and the Nemesis of Liberalism http://www.algonet.se/~pmanzoor/CarlSchmitt.htm

When the Bush administration argues that increased presidential power is needed to fight terrorism by suspending or overriding the constitutional protections against search and seizures, they are arguing the principles of Nazi constitutional law. Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday vigorously defended the Bush administration's use of secret domestic spying and efforts to expand presidential powers, saying "it's not an accident that we haven't been hit in four years." Talking to reporters aboard his government plane as he flew from Islamabad, Pakistan to Muscat, Oman on an overseas mission, Cheney said a contraction in the power of the presidency since the Vietnam and Watergate era must be reversed. "I believe in a strong, robust executive authority and I think that the world we live in demands it. And to some extent, that we have an obligation as the administration to pass on the offices we hold to our successors in as good of shape as we found them," he said.

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2005/12/20/D8EK28B82.htmlAgainst these ever expanding powers of the State stand the once traditional individual freedoms upheld by the Liberal Democratic State. The theologian and philosopher of the Age of Reason, Immanuel Kant wrote…Human right must be kept sacred, no matter how great the sacrifice it costs the ruling powers. One cannot go only halfway and contrive a pragmatically conditioned right….All politics, rather, must bend the knee before sacred human right…

"Faith-based community" vs. Reality-based community

The same idea from slightly different angle is reflected in term "Faith-based community" vs. Reality-based community ( Wikipedia )

Reality-based community is a popular term among liberal political commentators in the United States. In the fall of 2004, the phrase "proud member of the reality-based community" was first used to suggest the commentator's opinions are based more on observation than on faith, assumption, or ideology. The term has been defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from judicious study of discernible reality." Some commentators have gone as far as to suggest that there is an overarching conflict in society between the reality-based community and the "faith-based community" as a whole. It can be seen as an example of political framing.

The source of the term is a quotation in an October 17, 2004, New York Times Magazine article by writer Ron Suskind, quoting an unnamed aide to George W. Bush:

The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."[1]

Commentators who use this term generally oppose former President Bush's policies and by using this term imply that Bush's policies (and, by extension, those of the conservative movement generally) were (or are) out of touch with reality. Others use the term to draw a contrast with the perceived arrogance of the Bush Administration's unilateral policies, in accordance with the aide's quote. Its popularity has prompted some conservative commentators to use the term ironically, to accuse the left-leaning "reality-based community" of ignoring reality[2].

Imperial Outreach

The Republican Party — and more particularly the neo-con wing of the party — is particularly susceptible to imperial outreach. This imperial mentality is well exemplified by Fox News reporting.

For example, Matt Lewis, a conservative political Pundit on MSNBC attacked Barack Obama for saying “Any world order that elevates one nation above another will fall flat.” In response Lewis stated:

“I think that goes against the idea of American exceptionalism…most Americans believe that America was gifted by God and is a blessed nation and therefore we are better.”

For any conservative the concept of “American Exceptionalism” is rather bemusing. America is not more democratic, more free, more enterprising, more tolerant, or more anything else be it Canada, New Zealand or for that matter Australia. America is just a bigger country and due to its size, human resources and industrial potential it the leading Western country and the owner of world reserve currency, after Great Britain became financially exhausted after WWII. That means that American Exceptionalism is simply a politically correct work for a combustible mixture of nationalism (with Christian messianism component similar to Crusades with "democracy" instead Jesus) and Jingoism. In a very deep sense this is negation of the idea "all men are created equal" and as such is anti-American ;-).

America is a blessed nation as everybody in the country is an immigrant, the nation that at some point of time was freer and more prosperous than many others, but as a great Nazarene once said, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first.”

Bill Moyers Journal . Watch & Listen | PBS

sample:

BILL MOYERS:

Here is one of those neon sentences. Quote,

"The pursuit of freedom, as defined in an age of consumerism, has induced a condition of dependence on imported goods, on imported oil, and on credit. The chief desire of the American people," you write, "is that nothing should disrupt their access to these goods, that oil, and that credit. The chief aim of the U.S. government is to satisfy that desire, which it does in part of through the distribution of largesse here at home, and in part through the pursuit of imperial ambitions abroad."

In other words, you're saying that our foreign policy is the result of a dependence on consumer goods and credit.

ANDREW BACEVICH:

Our foreign policy is not something simply concocted by people in Washington D.C. and imposed on us. Our foreign policy is something that is concocted in Washington D.C., but it reflects the perceptions of our political elite about what we want, we the people want. And what we want, by and large - I mean, one could point to many individual exceptions - but, what we want, by and large is, we want this continuing flow of very cheap consumer goods.

We want to be able to pump gas into our cars regardless of how big they may happen to be, in order to be able to drive wherever we want to be able to drive. And we want to be able to do these things without having to think about whether or not the book's balanced at the end of the month, or the end of the fiscal year. And therefore, we want this unending line of credit.

Anti-Americanism as blowback of American exeptionalism

Quite logically the imperial actions is a source of widespread Anti-Americanism. As Ian Tyrrell noted in What is American exceptionalism

It is also important to realize that there is a “negative” version of exceptionalism, i.e. that the US has been exceptionally bad, racist, violent. While this is less a part of the common myths about American history, the attempt to compensate for American exceptionalism by emphasizing unique American evils is equally distorting. We need to think more about this matter, especially when we deal with racial divisions and gender prejudice. Is the US experience a variant on wider racial and gender patterns? While social history has provided new perspectives on the role of women, African Americans, and ethnics in the making of American history, has that new history discredited or qualified ideas of American exceptionalism?

The actual term “American exceptionalism” was originally coined by German Marxists who wished to explain why the US seemed to have by-passed the rise of socialism and Marxism. (Actually the US had much class conflict, some Marxist parties and theorists, and a lively socialist movement, though the latter was not on the scale of, say, France and Germany.) But exceptionalism is much more than about class conflict.

Some historians prefer the terms “differences” or “uniqueness?” Are these suitable substitutes? Whatever the terminology, the implications of American difference/uniqueness have long been debated. Some have said the difference was temporary, and eventually the US would be like other countries. Others have argued that American “specialness” stems from its political, intellectual, and even religious heritage, and is enduring.

Conclusions

Skeptic view on American Exceptionalism is valuable for different reasons some of which were listed by Stephen M. Walt in his The Myth of American Exceptionalism (Foreign Policy, November 2011)

The only thing wrong with this self-congratulatory portrait of America's global role is that it is mostly a myth. Although the United States possesses certain unique qualities -- from high levels of religiosity to a political culture that privileges individual freedom -- the conduct of U.S. foreign policy has been determined primarily by its relative power and by the inherently competitive nature of international politics. By focusing on their supposedly exceptional qualities, Americans blind themselves to the ways that they are a lot like everyone else.

This unchallenged faith in American exceptionalism makes it harder for Americans to understand why others are less enthusiastic about U.S. dominance, often alarmed by U.S. policies, and frequently irritated by what they see as U.S. hypocrisy, whether the subject is possession of nuclear weapons, conformity with international law, or America's tendency to condemn the conduct of others while ignoring its own failings. Ironically, U.S. foreign policy would probably be more effective if Americans were less convinced of their own unique virtues and less eager to proclaim them.

What we need, in short, is a more realistic and critical assessment of America's true character and contributions. In that spirit, I offer here the Top 5 Myths about American Exceptionalism.

Myth 1: There Is Something Exceptional About American Exceptionalism.

Whenever American leaders refer to the "unique" responsibilities of the United States, they are saying that it is different from other powers and that these differences require them to take on special burdens.

Yet there is nothing unusual about such lofty declarations; indeed, those who make them are treading a well-worn path. Most great powers have considered themselves superior to their rivals and have believed that they were advancing some greater good when they imposed their preferences on others. The British thought they were bearing the "white man's burden," while French colonialists invoked la mission civilisatrice to justify their empire. Portugal, whose imperial activities were hardly distinguished, believed it was promoting a certain missão civilizadora. Even many of the officials of the former Soviet Union genuinely believed they were leading the world toward a socialist utopia despite the many cruelties that communist rule inflicted. Of course, the United States has by far the better claim to virtue than Stalin or his successors, but Obama was right to remind us that all countries prize their own particular qualities.

So when Americans proclaim they are exceptional and indispensable, they are simply the latest nation to sing a familiar old song. Among great powers, thinking you're special is the norm, not the exception.

Myth 2: The United States Behaves Better Than Other Nations Do.

Declarations of American exceptionalism rest on the belief that the United States is a uniquely virtuous nation, one that loves peace, nurtures liberty, respects human rights, and embraces the rule of law. Americans like to think their country behaves much better than other states do, and certainly better than other great powers.

If only it were true. The United States may not have been as brutal as the worst states in world history, but a dispassionate look at the historical record belies most claims about America's moral superiority.

For starters, the United States has been one of the most expansionist powers in modern history. It began as 13 small colonies clinging to the Eastern Seaboard, but eventually expanded across North America, seizing Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California from Mexico in 1846. Along the way, it eliminated most of the native population and confined the survivors to impoverished reservations. By the mid-19th century, it had pushed Britain out of the Pacific Northwest and consolidated its hegemony over the Western Hemisphere.

The United States has fought numerous wars since then -- starting several of them -- and its wartime conduct has hardly been a model of restraint. The 1899-1902 conquest of the Philippines killed some 200,000 to 400,000 Filipinos, most of them civilians, and the United States and its allies did not hesitate to dispatch some 305,000 German and 330,000 Japanese civilians through aerial bombing during World War II, mostly through deliberate campaigns against enemy cities. No wonder Gen. Curtis LeMay, who directed the bombing campaign against Japan, told an aide, "If the U.S. lost the war, we would be prosecuted as war criminals." The United States dropped more than 6 million tons of bombs during the Indochina war, including tons of napalm and lethal defoliants like Agent Orange, and it is directly responsible for the deaths of many of the roughly 1 million civilians who died in that war.

More recently, the U.S.-backed Contra war in Nicaragua killed some 30,000 Nicaraguans, a percentage of their population equivalent to 2 million dead Americans. U.S. military action has led directly or indirectly to the deaths of 250,000 Muslims over the past three decades (and that's a low-end estimate, not counting the deaths resulting from the sanctions against Iraq in the 1990s), including the more than 100,000 people who died following the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003. U.S. drones and Special Forces are going after suspected terrorists in at least five countries at present and have killed an unknown number of innocent civilians in the process. Some of these actions may have been necessary to make Americans more prosperous and secure. But while Americans would undoubtedly regard such acts as indefensible if some foreign country were doing them to us, hardly any U.S. politicians have questioned these policies. Instead, Americans still wonder, "Why do they hate us?"

The United States talks a good game on human rights and international law, but it has refused to sign most human rights treaties, is not a party to the International Criminal Court, and has been all too willing to cozy up to dictators -- remember our friend Hosni Mubarak? -- with abysmal human rights records. If that were not enough, the abuses at Abu Ghraib and the George W. Bush administration's reliance on waterboarding, extraordinary rendition, and preventive detention should shake America's belief that it consistently acts in a morally superior fashion. Obama's decision to retain many of these policies suggests they were not a temporary aberration.

The United States never conquered a vast overseas empire or caused millions to die through tyrannical blunders like China's Great Leap Forward or Stalin's forced collectivization. And given the vast power at its disposal for much of the past century, Washington could certainly have done much worse. But the record is clear: U.S. leaders have done what they thought they had to do when confronted by external dangers, and they paid scant attention to moral principles along the way. The idea that the United States is uniquely virtuous may be comforting to Americans; too bad it's not true.

Myth 3: America's Success Is Due to Its Special Genius.

The United States has enjoyed remarkable success, and Americans tend to portray their rise to world power as a direct result of the political foresight of the Founding Fathers, the virtues of the U.S. Constitution, the priority placed on individual liberty, and the creativity and hard work of the American people. In this narrative, the United States enjoys an exceptional global position today because it is, well, exceptional.

There is more than a grain of truth to this version of American history. It's not an accident that immigrants came to America in droves in search of economic opportunity, and the "melting pot" myth facilitated the assimilation of each wave of new Americans. America's scientific and technological achievements are fully deserving of praise and owe something to the openness and vitality of the American political order.

But America's past success is due as much to good luck as to any uniquely American virtues. The new nation was lucky that the continent was lavishly endowed with natural resources and traversed by navigable rivers. It was lucky to have been founded far from the other great powers and even luckier that the native population was less advanced and highly susceptible to European diseases. Americans were fortunate that the European great powers were at war for much of the republic's early history, which greatly facilitated its expansion across the continent, and its global primacy was ensured after the other great powers fought two devastating world wars. This account of America's rise does not deny that the United States did many things right, but it also acknowledges that America's present position owes as much to good fortune as to any special genius or "manifest destiny."

Myth 4: The United States Is Responsible for Most of the Good in the World.

Americans are fond of giving themselves credit for positive international developments. President Bill Clinton believed the United States was "indispensable to the forging of stable political relations," and the late Harvard University political scientist Samuel P. Huntington thought U.S. primacy was central "to the future of freedom, democracy, open economies, and international order in the world." Journalist Michael Hirsh has gone even further, writing in his book At War With Ourselves that America's global role is "the greatest gift the world has received in many, many centuries, possibly all of recorded history." Scholarly works such as Tony Smith's America's Mission and G. John Ikenberry's Liberal Leviathan emphasize America's contribution to the spread of democracy and its promotion of a supposedly liberal world order. Given all the high-fives American leaders have given themselves, it is hardly surprising that most Americans see their country as an overwhelmingly positive force in world affairs.

Once again, there is something to this line of argument, just not enough to make it entirely accurate. The United States has made undeniable contributions to peace and stability in the world over the past century, including the Marshall Plan, the creation and management of the Bretton Woods system, its rhetorical support for the core principles of democracy and human rights, and its mostly stabilizing military presence in Europe and the Far East. But the belief that all good things flow from Washington's wisdom overstates the U.S. contribution by a wide margin.

For starters, though Americans watching Saving Private Ryan or Patton may conclude that the United States played the central role in vanquishing Nazi Germany, most of the fighting was in Eastern Europe and the main burden of defeating Hitler's war machine was borne by the Soviet Union. Similarly, though the Marshall Plan and NATO played important roles in Europe's post-World War II success, Europeans deserve at least as much credit for rebuilding their economies, constructing a novel economic and political union, and moving beyond four centuries of sometimes bitter rivalry. Americans also tend to think they won the Cold War all by themselves, a view that ignores the contributions of other anti-Soviet adversaries and the courageous dissidents whose resistance to communist rule produced the "velvet revolutions" of 1989.

Moreover, as Godfrey Hodgson recently noted in his sympathetic but clear-eyed book, The Myth of American Exceptionalism, the spread of liberal ideals is a global phenomenon with roots in the Enlightenment, and European philosophers and political leaders did much to advance the democratic ideal. Similarly, the abolition of slavery and the long effort to improve the status of women owe more to Britain and other democracies than to the United States, where progress in both areas trailed many other countries. Nor can the United States claim a global leadership role today on gay rights, criminal justice, or economic equality -- Europe's got those areas covered.

Finally, any honest accounting of the past half-century must acknowledge the downside of American primacy. The United States has been the major producer of greenhouse gases for most of the last hundred years and thus a principal cause of the adverse changes that are altering the global environment. The United States stood on the wrong side of the long struggle against apartheid in South Africa and backed plenty of unsavory dictatorships -- including Saddam Hussein's -- when short-term strategic interests dictated. Americans may be justly proud of their role in creating and defending Israel and in combating global anti-Semitism, but its one-sided policies have also prolonged Palestinian statelessness and sustained Israel's brutal occupation.

Bottom line: Americans take too much credit for global progress and accept too little blame for areas where U.S. policy has in fact been counterproductive. Americans are blind to their weak spots, and in ways that have real-world consequences. Remember when Pentagon planners thought U.S. troops would be greeted in Baghdad with flowers and parades? They mostly got RPGs and IEDs instead.

Myth 5: God Is on Our Side.

A crucial component of American exceptionalism is the belief that the United States has a divinely ordained mission to lead the rest of the world. Ronald Reagan told audiences that there was "some divine plan" that had placed America here, and once quoted Pope Pius XII saying, "Into the hands of America God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind." Bush offered a similar view in 2004, saying, "We have a calling from beyond the stars to stand for freedom." The same idea was expressed, albeit less nobly, in Otto von Bismarck's alleged quip that "God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States."

Confidence is a valuable commodity for any country. But when a nation starts to think it enjoys the mandate of heaven and becomes convinced that it cannot fail or be led astray by scoundrels or incompetents, then reality is likely to deliver a swift rebuke. Ancient Athens, Napoleonic France, imperial Japan, and countless other countries have succumbed to this sort of hubris, and nearly always with catastrophic results.

Despite America's many successes, the country is hardly immune from setbacks, follies, and boneheaded blunders. If you have any doubts about that, just reflect on how a decade of ill-advised tax cuts, two costly and unsuccessful wars, and a financial meltdown driven mostly by greed and corruption have managed to squander the privileged position the United States enjoyed at the end of the 20th century. Instead of assuming that God is on their side, perhaps Americans should heed Abraham Lincoln's admonition that our greatest concern should be "whether we are on God's side."

Given the many challenges Americans now face, from persistent unemployment to the burden of winding down two deadly wars, it's unsurprising that they find the idea of their own exceptionalism comforting -- and that their aspiring political leaders have been proclaiming it with increasing fervor. Such patriotism has its benefits, but not when it leads to a basic misunderstanding of America's role in the world. This is exactly how bad decisions get made.

America has its own special qualities, as all countries do, but it is still a state embedded in a competitive global system. It is far stronger and richer than most, and its geopolitical position is remarkably favorable. These advantages give the United States a wider range of choice in its conduct of foreign affairs, but they don't ensure that its choices will be good ones. Far from being a unique state whose behavior is radically different from that of other great powers, the United States has behaved like all the rest, pursuing its own self-interest first and foremost, seeking to improve its relative position over time, and devoting relatively little blood or treasure to purely idealistic pursuits. Yet, just like past great powers, it has convinced itself that it is different, and better, than everyone else.

International politics is a contact sport, and even powerful states must compromise their political principles for the sake of security and prosperity. Nationalism is also a powerful force, and it inevitably highlights the country's virtues and sugarcoats its less savory aspects.

But if Americans want to be truly exceptional, they might start by viewing the whole idea of "American exceptionalism" with a much more skeptical eye.


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[May 28, 2018] Why You Should Read These Military Classics by Andrew J. Bacevich

May 28, 2018 | www.theamericanconservative.com

There are, in my judgment, three great novels that explore American military life in the twentieth century. They are, in order of publication, Guard of Honor (1948) by James Gould Cozzens, From Here To Eternity (1951) by James Jones, and The Sand Pebbles (1962) by Richard McKenna.

The first is a book about airmen, set at a stateside air base during World War II. The second is a soldier's story, its setting Schofield Barracks in the territory of Hawaii on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In The Sand Pebbles, the focus is on sailors. It takes place in China during the 1920s when U.S. Navy gunboats patrolled the Yangtze River and its tributaries.

As far as I can tell, none of the three enjoys much of a following today. Despite winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Guard of Honor has all but vanished. To the extent that the other two retain any cultural salience, they do so as movies, superb in the case of From Here to Eternity , colorful but mediocre in the case of The Sand Pebbles.

Yet for any American seeking an intimate account of military service, all three novels remain worth reading. Times change, as do uniforms, weapons, and tactics, but certain fundamentals of military life endure. Leaders and led see matters differently, nurse different expectations, and respond to different motivations. The perspective back at higher headquarters (or up on the bridge) differs from the way things look to those dealing with the challenges of a typical duty day. The biggest difference of all is between inside and outside -- between those in uniform and the civilians who necessarily inhabit another world. Each in his own way, Cozzens, Jones, and McKenna unpack those differences with sensitivity and insight.

Of the three, McKenna's novel in particular deserves revival, not only because of its impressive literary qualities, but because the story it tells has renewed relevance to the present day. It's a story about the role that foreign powers, including the United States, played in the emergence of modern China.

Prompted in part by the ostensible North Korean threat, but more broadly by the ongoing rise of China and uncertainty about China's ultimate ambitions, the American military establishment will almost inevitably be directing more of its attention toward East Asia in the coming years. To be sure, the conflict formerly known as the Global War on Terrorism continues and appears unlikely to conclude anytime soon. Yet the character of that conflict is changing. Having come up short in its efforts to pacify the Islamic world, the United States is increasingly inclined to rely on proxies, generously supported by air power, to carry on the jihadist fight in preference to committing large numbers of U.S. troops. Almost imperceptibly, East Asia is encroaching upon and will eventually eclipse the Greater Middle East in the Pentagon's hierarchy of strategic priorities.

It's this reshuffling of Pentagon priorities that endows The Sand Pebbles with renewed significance. If past is prologue, McKenna's fictionalized account of actual events that occurred 90 years ago involving U.S. forces in China should provide context for anyone intent on employing American military power to check China today.

Of course, the armed forces of the United States have a long history of involvement in East Asia. Ever since 1898, when it liberated, occupied, and subsequently annexed the Philippines, the United States has maintained an enduring military presence in that part of the world.

To the extent that Americans are even dimly aware of what that presence has entailed, they probably think in terms of three 20th-century Asian wars: the first in the 1940s against Japan; the second during the 1950s in Korea; the third from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s in Vietnam. In each, whether as ally or adversary, China figured prominently.

Yet even before the attack on Pearl Harbor initiated the first of those wars, U.S. air, land, and naval forces had been active in and around China. Dreams of gaining access to a lucrative "China Market" numbered among the factors that persuaded the United States to annex the Philippines in the first place. In 1900, U.S. troops participated in the China Relief Expedition, a multilateral intervention mounted to suppress the so-called Boxer Rebellion, which sought to expel foreigners and end outside interference in Chinese affairs. The mission succeeded and the U.S. military stayed on. Army and Marine Corps units established garrisons in "treaty ports" such as Shanghai and Tientsin.

Decades earlier, the U.S. Navy had begun making periodic forays into China's inland waterways. In the early 20th century, employing small shallow-draft vessels captured from Spain in 1898, this presence became increasingly formalized. As American commercial and missionary interests in China grew, the Navy inaugurated what it called the Yangtze Patrol, with Congress appropriating funds to construct a flotilla of purpose-built gunboats for patrolling the river and its tributaries. Under the direction of COMYANGPAT back in Shanghai, small warships flying the Stars-and-Stripes sailed up and down the Yangtze's immense length to "protect American lives and property."

This is the story that McKenna, himself a YANGPAT veteran, recounts, focusing on a single fictional ship the U.S.S. San Pablo. Known as "Sand Pebbles," the few dozen sailors comprising the San Pablo's crew are all lifers. A rough bunch, their interests rarely extend beyond drinking and whoring. In 1920s China, an American sailor's modest paycheck provides ample funds for both pursuits.

Even afloat, life for the Sand Pebbles is more than agreeable. Onboard the San Pablo, an unofficial second crew consisting of local Chinese -- "contractors," we would call them today -- does the dirty work and the heavy lifting. The Americans stay topside, performing routines and rituals meant to convey an image of power and dominance.

San Pablo is a puny and lightly armed ship. Yet it exists to convey a big impression, thereby sustaining the privileged position that the United States and the other imperial powers enjoyed in China.

The revolutionary turmoil engulfing China in the 1920s necessarily challenged this proposition. Nationalist fervor gripped large parts of the population. Imperial privilege stoked popular resentment, which made San Pablo 's position increasingly untenable, even if the Sand Pebbles themselves were blind to what was coming. That their own eminently comfortable circumstances might be at risk was literally unimaginable.

McKenna's narrative describes how the world of the Sand Pebbles fell apart. His nominal protagonist is Jake Holman, a machinist mate with a mystical relationship to machinery. Jake loathes the spit-and-polish routine topside and wants nothing more than to remain below decks in the engine compartment, performing duties that on San Pablo white American sailors have long since ceased to do. In the eyes of his shipmates, therefore, Jake represents a threat to the division of labor that underwrites their comforts.

The ship's captain, one of only two commissioned officers assigned to San Pablo, likewise sees Jake as a threat to the status quo. To my mind, Lieutenant Collins is McKenna's most intriguing creation and the novel's true focal point. Although the Sand Pebbles are oblivious to how they may figure in some larger picture, for Collins the larger picture is a continuing preoccupation. He sees his little ship, the entire U.S. Navy, America's providential purpose, and the fate of Western civilization as all of a piece. Serious, sober, and dutiful, he is also something of a fanatic.

Collins dimly perceives that powerful forces within China pose a direct threat not only to the existing U.S. position there, but to his own worldview. Yet he considers the prospect of accommodating those forces as not only intolerable, but inconceivable. So in the book's culminating episode he leads Jake and several other Sand Pebbles on a symbolic but utterly futile gesture of resistance. Fancying that he is thereby salvaging his ship's honor (and his own as well), he succeeds merely in killing his own men.

I interpret McKenna as suggesting that there is no honor in denying reality. Only waste and needless sacrifice result. Today a national security establishment as blind to reality as Lieutenant Collins presides over futile gestures far more costly than those inflicted upon the Sand Pebbles. It's not fiction and it's happening right before our eyes.

So skip the movie. But read McKenna's book. And then reflect on its relevance to the present day.

Andrew J. Bacevich is TAC's writer-at-large.

[May 28, 2018] >A Major Win for Trump's War Cabinet

Notable quotes:
"... by Melvin Goodman 25 May, 2018 ..."
"... * Melvin A. Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. A former CIA analyst, Goodman is the author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. His latest book is A Whistleblower at the CIA . (City Lights Publishers, 2017). Goodman is the national security columnist for counterpunch.org . ..."
May 28, 2018 | www.defenddemocracy.press

28/05/2018

by Melvin Goodman
25 May, 2018
President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to run away from a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should not be a surprise to anyone. The White House is encouraging the notion that China's Xi Jinping is to blame for souring the notion of a U.S.-North Korean summit and for toughening Kim Jong Un's negotiating position, and the mainstream media is doing its predictable best to validate such a self-serving explanation. In actual fact, the Trump administration was never prepared to discuss any issue that resembled arms control and disarmament, and national security adviser John Bolton, the formidable chairman of the new "war cabinet," was never agreeable to the idea of U.S.-North Korean diplomacy.

Any exercise in arms control and disarmament involves two sets of negotiations: first is the internal set within the administration itself; second is the external set with foreign counterparts. Typically, the internal negotiations within any administration is the tougher road. One of President John F. Kennedy's greatest successes was disciplining the Pentagon in 1963 in order to negotiate the Partial Test Ban Treaty. Over the past fifty years, there has never been an arms control and disarmament treaty that the Pentagon has welcomed.

President Richard Nixon and national security advisor Henry Kissinger were particularly skillful at disciplining the national security bureaucracy that found the civilian and uniformed military leaders of the Pentagon opposed to any arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union. Nixon and Kissinger had to win the bureaucratic battles before garnering the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty and the Antiballistic Missile Treaty in 1972. Nixon and Kissinger also knew how to prepare for summitry, which finds the Trump administration particularly clueless.

President Ronald Reagan learned important lessons in the 1980s when Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger and his senior advisor, Richard Perle, had to be defeated bureaucratically on the way to the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987. Weinberger and Perle were routed and ultimately resigned. It is not an exaggeration to say that the internal negotiations on the home front were just as difficult as the external negotiations with the Soviet Union. And in some ways, negotiating with Soviet leaders Khrushchev, Brezhnev, and Gorbachev was less problematic because they had a genuine interest in disarmament and they had more control over their military establishments than their U.S. rivals.

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In the case of the U.S.-North Korean summit, which probably would not have led to North Korean denuclearization, there was a reasonable opportunity of arranging a serious deescalation of U.S. and North Korean military activities on the Korean peninsula. National security adviser Bolton has never shown any interest in deescalating military rivalries with any U.S. adversaries, and the general officers around President Trump are not prepared to reduce the U.S. military presence in South Korea or to temper U.S.-South Korean exercises that are so threatening to the North Koreans. Communist military doctrine views such exercises as a possible prelude to an actual attack.

Bolton is new to Trump's national security team, but he is clearly the major winner in this diplomatic setback. Other members of the team, including the Secretaries of State and Defense were not consulted prior to the sudden announcement on May 24, 2018, and there is no record of any deliberations at the National Security Council for preparations for an historic meeting with Kim Jong Un, let alone the possible trade offs in any disarmament discussion. In record time, Bolton has taken charge of the national security and foreign policies of the Trump administration, and has quietly built a neoconservative team of staffers at the NSC that will take hardline positions on all items on the international agenda.

Inside and outside government, Bolton has typically surrounded himself with a like-minded group of advisers and staffers who share his bellicose views and his bellicose manner that deprived him of any chance to gain congressional confirmation for a senior position in previous administrations. Bolton is already consulting with former members of the Pentagon's short-lived Office of Special Plans (OSP) that was responsible for falsifying intelligence in 2002-2003 to make the case for war against Iraq. In previous assignments at the United Nations and the Department of State for the Reagan and Bush administrations, Bolton had a well-earned reputation for falsifying intelligence on a variety of issues in order to justify hardline positions and to argue against arms control negotiations.

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Any connection to OSP is particularly revealing because of the results of a study by the Pentagon's Inspector General that determined the office's major mission was to provide the White House with "intelligence" to make the case for war. According to the IG, David Wurmser was the creator of a provocative and specious Power Point presentation that linked Iraq and al Qaeda for which there was no credible evidence. The phony intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and possible Iraqi-al Qaeda links were the keys to making the case for war. Wurmser is now advising Bolton on staffing decisions at the NSC.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may not have been involved in the decision making to scuttle the summit, but it is noteworthy that his first selection of an important ambassadorial post was a senior uniformed officer and not a foreign service professional. One of Pompeo's first decisions as secretary of state was to select Admiral Harry Harris Jr. as ambassador to South Korea. It was predicted at the time that Harris would join Bolton and Pompeo in arguing against the pursuit of a diplomatic bargain with North Korea. Admiral Harris was well known for his hard line briefings over the years before the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Obama administration actually issued a "gag order" on Harris prior to President Barack Obama's meetings with Xi Jinping.

The emergence of Bolton and the neoconservative staffing at the NSC points to more hardline decision making that will be influenced by cherry-picked data, unexamined assumptions, and an unwillingness to hold open debates on foreign policy options. President Trump survived his first foreign policy crisis in Syria last month because of the effective and moderating role played by Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Bolton's "success" in halting the diplomatic minuet between Washington and Pyongyang points to greater instability in the near term with U.S. allies as well as adversaries. And if Bolton's neoconservative allies dominate the debates at the NSC, there will be little room for Secretary of Defense Mattis to operate and more room for Bolton's pursuit of hardline foreign policies.

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* Melvin A. Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. A former CIA analyst, Goodman is the author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. His latest book is A Whistleblower at the CIA . (City Lights Publishers, 2017). Goodman is the national security columnist for counterpunch.org .

[May 26, 2018] Sex and the Brain by James Thompson

May 26, 2018 | www.unz.com

Pity the poor blogger's lot: there are more interesting papers being published every week than any essayist, however diligent, can possibly cope with. And there will be more, as the vast genetic databases give up their secrets. No sooner does one team scoop the others with a savage novelty than their rivals counter-attack with their own surprising findings. If you are curious about mankind, it is the best time to be alive. We are likely to learn more about ourselves in the next few decades than was possible in the last few centuries.

[May 26, 2018] Reabilitation of Summers speech about sex differences in abilities by James Thompson

May 26, 2018 | www.unz.com

Sex Differences in the Adult Human Brain: Evidence from 5216 UK Biobank Participants
Stuart J Ritchie, Simon R Cox, Xueyi Shen, Michael V Lombardo, Lianne M Reus, Clara Alloza, Mathew A Harris, Helen L Alderson, Stuart Hunter, Emma Neilson, David C M Liewald, Bonnie Auyeung, Heather C Whalley, Stephen M Lawrie ,Catharine R Gale, Mark E Bastin, Andrew M McIntoshIan, J Deary.
Cerebral Cortex, bhy109, https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhy109
Published: 16 May 2018

https://academic.oup.com/cercor/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cercor/bhy109/4996558

The authors say:

Sex differences in the human brain are of interest for many reasons: for example, there are sex differences in the observed prevalence of psychiatric disorders and in some psychological traits that brain differences might help to explain. We report the largest single-sample study of structural and functional sex differences in the human brain (2750 female, 2466 male participants; mean age 61.7 years, range 44–77 years). Males had higher raw volumes, raw surface areas, and white matter fractional anisotropy; females had higher raw cortical thickness and higher white matter tract complexity. There was considerable distributional overlap between the sexes. Subregional differences were not fully attributable to differences in total volume, total surface area, mean cortical thickness, or height. There was generally greater male variance across the raw structural measures. Functional connectome organization showed stronger connectivity for males in unimodal sensorimotor cortices, and stronger connectivity for females in the default mode network. This large-scale study provides a foundation for attempts to understand the causes and consequences of sex differences in adult brain structure and function.

There is much to discuss here, but my attention was drawn by two phrases "considerable distributional overlap" (which in my experience means that one group is pretty different from another) and "generally greater male variance" (which agrees with most of the observations on sex differences indicating that men are leptokurtic (more variable), women more platykurtic (less variable).

Women are more at risk of dementia, depression, schizophrenia and dyslexia. Men are better than women at mental rotation tasks, and are more physically aggressive; women are more interested in people than in things, are more neurotic and more agreeable.

One of the most interesting sex differences is intelligence. Here is their introduction to the topic:

There is more to sex differences than averages: there are physical and psychological traits that tend to be more variable in males than females. The best-studied human phenotype in this context has been cognitive ability: almost universally, studies have found that males show greater variance in this trait (Deary et al. 2007a; Johnson et al. 2008; Lakin 2013; though see Iliescu et al. 2016). This has also been found for academic achievement test results (themselves a potential consequence of cognitive differences, which are known to predict later educational achievement; Deary et al. 2007b; Machin and Pekkarinen 2008; Lehre et al. 2009a, 2009b), other psychological characteristics such as personality (Borkenau et al. 2013), and a range of physical traits such as athletic performance (Olds et al. 2006), and both birth and adult weight (Lehre et al. 2009a). To our knowledge, only two prior studies have explicitly examined sex differences in the variability of brain structure (Wierenga et al. 2017; Lange et al. 1997), and no studies have done so in individuals older than 20 years. Here, we addressed this gap in the literature by testing the "greater male variability" hypothesis in the adult brain.
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We tested male–female differences (in mean and variance) in overall and subcortical brain volumes, mapped the magnitude of sex differences across the cortex with multiple measures (volume, surface area, and cortical thickness), and also examined sex differences in white matter microstructure derived from DT-MRI and NODDI. We tested the extent to which these differences were regionally-specific or brain-general, by adjusting them for the total brain size (or other relevant overall measurement; for instance, adjusting volume differences for total brain volume and cortical thickness differences for mean cortical thickness), and examining whether the differences found in the raw analyses were still present. We tested the extent to which these structural differences (in broad, regional, and white matter measures) mediated sex variation in scores on two cognitive tests, one tapping a mixture of fluid and crystallized reasoning skills (skills previously found to be linked to brain volumes; Pietschnig et al. 2015) and one testing processing speed (previously found to be linked to white matter microstructural differences; see Penke et al. 2012). At the functional level, we also examined large-scale organization of functional networks in the brain using resting-state fMRI functional connectivity data and data-driven network-based analyses.

The study compared 2750 females (mean age = 61.12 years, SD = 7.42, range = 44.64–77.12) and 2466 males (mean age = 62.39 years, SD = 7.56, range = 44.23–76.99). These are extremely large samples, two orders of magnitude larger than the early studies in the 1980s, and way larger than many of the studies that the Press report so frequently. Consider them "Foxtrot Oscar" samples.

The first result is startling: male brains are very much bigger, a colossal 1.4 effect size. 92% of men will be above the mean for women. On average men have 117.8 cm3 more brain than women. All this extra brain must be doing something for men, you might surmise, other than just helping them perpetually contemplate the relative advantages of the more complicated positions adopted during sexual intercourse. Perhaps not. Broadly the same effect of male advantage can be found in all the brain region sub-comparisons. Male brains are both larger, and also vary more in size. Greater male variability seems a fact of nature. If there were a direct relationship between brain size and cognitive ability, there would be many, many more bright men than bright women.

The cognitive test was limited to a 13-item verbal-numerical test to be completed in 2 minutes, which ought to be enough to grade the general population. The mere notion of such a test will discomfort those citizens who regard their own intellects as more wide-ranging and multi-faceted than could ever be measured by mere earthly means, and who rank their brainpower of greater value to Western Civilization in ways that could not possibly be assayed in 120 seconds. Personally, I quail at the thought of having to subject myself to such a harsh evaluation. I mean, 13 into 120 is, let me see, well, not very long at all to solve each item. On reflection, 9 seconds to pass each question. Can such people exist?

The test might be a little crude if the purpose is to detect sex differences across the broad range of different cognitive tasks, and also a bit limited if the volunteers are, as one might expect of this database, somewhat brighter volunteers interested in contributing to science. However, these are minor quibbles. All intellects can be evaluated in 2 minutes. I like it. Here are the details:

Verbal-numerical reasoning. This test (UK Biobank data field 20016) consisted of thirteen multiple-choice items, six verbal and seven numerical. Participants responded to the items on a touch-screen computer. One of the verbal items was: "Stop means the same as: Pause/Close/Cease/Break/Rest/Do not know/Prefer not to answer". One of the numerical items was: "If sixty is more than half of seventy-five, multiply twenty-three by three. If not subtract 15 from eighty-five. Is the answer: 68/69/70/71/72/Do not know/Prefer not to answer". Participants had a two-minute time limit to answer the thirteen questions. The "prefer not to answer" option was considered as missing data for the purposes of the present analyses. The scores from the test formed a normal distribution.

Reaction Time. This test (UK Biobank data field 100032), which followed immediately after the verbal-numerical reasoning test, was modelled on the game of 'snap': participants responded by pressing a button on a button box as quickly as possible with their dominant hand whenever the symbols on two 'cards' displayed to them on the computer screen matched. The test had twelve rounds; the first four rounds were considered 'training' (or practice) rounds so were not included in the calculation of the final score, and four of the remaining rounds did not include matching symbols. Thus, the final score was calculated on the basis of the four rounds with matching symbols (the mean time in ms to press the button across these four trials was the score variable). We excluded the scores of 8 participants who had Reaction Times of 1100ms or longer. After this exclusion, the Reaction Times formed an approximately normal distribution. Note that, for analyses, we reflected the raw scores so that higher scores meant better performance (this meant that the two cognitive tests correlated positively with each other).

The choice reaction time task should be a good measure of mental alertness, though 4 out of 8 trials is on the short side. However, there is a case for saying that all reaction time tests should have only one trial. If the person responds very slowly, in real life he would be dead. That is what reaction times are for. Here are the results for the two cognitive tests:

The insert above shows: female mean, male mean, t-test, probability, d (effect size), and finally the Bayes Factor showing the probability there is a sex difference. The full results for Table 2 are in the paper.

Sure enough, Table 2 shows that the cognitive tests are only an effect size of about 0.2 in favour of men. Where did all the male brain size advantage go? 0.2 of a standard deviation works out to 3 IQ points. Nothing much, you may say, considering that the test-retest reliability of the Wechsler is 4 IQ points, but if this is a true representation of male-female differences, then we can calculate what it would mean for the male/female balance at the higher levels of ability. As you may have seen in previous posts, if men are really 3 points brighter than women, and women's standard deviation is narrower than men, say 14 rather than 15 points, then this makes a big difference at the higher reaches of intelligence.

Here are the estimates, if one assumes men have an IQ of 102, (sd 15) and women an IQ of 99, (sd 14).

At IQ 130: 69.8% men
At IQ 145: 80.3% men

The authors correctly point out that the sample, though the biggest collected for scanning, may not be a perfect representation of the population at large (though I doubt this directly affects sex differences).

This is a very substantial paper. It shows a massive sex difference in brain size of 1.4 d, and when one factors in that brain size relates to intelligence at a correlation of about 0.28, then the predicted intelligence difference will be a large 0.39 d, but the observed difference is only half that. Paradoxical. One implication is that there are sex-linked differences in brain structure and dendritic arborization which overcome pure size differences. If so, how is this balancing act achieved? Why don't all people have the smaller, more craftily wired version of the human brain, which presumably requires a smaller blood supply. On the other hand, it might be that the cognitive testing has not been wide enough, and has ignored tasks in which males have an advantage. By the way, if one sex has an advantage in one skill, this is not an error of testing, it is a triumph of testing that a real difference has been revealed.

It is possible that, in a rush to ensure that men and women's mental ability scores can be presented as equal, in general men's stronger subject areas have been under-sampled. Test producers are under pressure to minimize sexual and racial differences. This may have suppressed the size of real differences. In defence of any group who think that their specialist strong points have been ignored, we should set the sampling frame for cognitive tests as wide as possible. These points do not invalidate the findings of this fine paper on brains, but they leave open the possibility that there is a small but real male advantage in intelligence which a broader scope of tests would reveal.

[May 26, 2018] Creative Chaos by David Lorimer

9/11 remains a problem for the legitimacy of the Neocons and the US political elite in general. But like with JFK assassination they hope to weather the storm. And not without reason. The power of MSM almost guarantee that.
Notable quotes:
"... So far as the Twin Towers are concerned, their core consisted of 287 steel columns, and steel does not begin to melt until 2,770°F, while fires caused by kerosene can only rise to around 1,700°F. The Twin Towers collapsed at virtually free fall speed, as did WTC 7, which was not hit by an aeroplane, a fact that was not even mentioned by the 9/11 Commission. ..."
"... in the view of a former NIST employee, 'reached a predetermined conclusion by ignoring, dismissing and denying the evidence.' In other words, the official account – and all the more so in the case of Building 7 with 82 steel columns – is a lie. ..."
May 26, 2018 | www.unz.com

Creative chaos is an interesting concept by itself. In modern socity persention of event is moderated by MSM and, especially TV coverage. That create Matrix style soituation, when power that be can control narrative, no matter how unscientific it is and how many hole it contain. Somebody clled the USA the "society of illusions" and that nickname reflects this reality.

Review of David Ray Griffin, Bush and Cheney: How They Ruined America and the World (Olive Branch Press, 2017, 398 pp.)
published in Paradigm Explorer: The Scientific & Medical Network (London, 2018/2)

This brilliant, meticulous and searing analysis is David Ray Griffin's most powerful and important book about 
the hegemonic foreign policy ambitions 
of US neoconservatives and the way in which 9/11 was used to pursue these Machiavellian ends. This is a book that should have been written by a mainstream investigative journalist, but David has done their work for them, which they have signally failed to do by accepting the 9/11 Commission claims and labelling those who questioned these as 'conspiracy theorists', a term originally devised by the CIA to use against their opponents when the position of plausible deniability in undercover operations was under threat. The book is widely endorsed, for instance by Professor Daniel Sheehan, who remarks that it is 'a clear and non-sensationalist presentation of the historical and scientific facts, by one of our generation's most cogent thinkers. This book should convince any honest and objective person – with a political and scientific IQ above room temperature – that we have been systematically lied to about the events of 9/11 and the American invasions in the Middle East.' Seasoned readers of this journal will recall that I have reviewed all of David's books on 9/11 – here he summarises his case in the context of the foreign-policy background, with the first part devoted to this, and the second to a concise discussion of the shortcomings of official explanations of 9/11.

The failure to prevent 9/11 attack was
 in itself a massive intelligence disaster, and may partly be explained by some of the background elaborated in this book. The aftermath of 1989 and the fall of the Soviet Union left the US in a unipolar geopolitical position and without any clear enemy. The war on terror declared in the wake of 9/11 gave rise a new enemy and justified further increases in military expenditure on 'security' grounds. During the 1990s, neoconservative thinkers had urged the US to consolidate its status as an unchallenged superpower and, where deemed necessary in terms of its strategic interests, to act unilaterally to establish a Pax Americana. This injunction was reinforced by the doctrine of American exceptionalism, only recently reiterated by the incoming Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and also espoused by John Bolton, the newly appointed National Security Adviser. As a 'benign' power, the US has the right to intervene where it sees fit; other countries such as Russia may be equally unique, but they are not 'exceptional'.

In 1997, William Kristol founded the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) with a call to shape this new century in a way favourable to American principles and interests. In September 2000, PNAC published a document called Rebuilding America's Defences where they advocated the use of US military supremacy to establish an empire including the whole world – hence 'the next president of the United States must increase military spending to preserve American geopolitical leadership.' This aim should be understood in the Pentagon context of achieving Full Spectrum Dominance, a policy already developed in the 1990s. Chillingly, the document reflected that the process of transformation might be a slow one in the absence of 'some catastrophic and catalysing event – like a new Pearl Harbour' – 9/11 was this event and enabled a fast track of neoconservative policies, beginning with the attack on Afghanistan that had actually been planned many months previously, and the destructive consequences of which are spelt out in detail. It should be noted that Dick Cheney has been a leading figure in the neoconservative movement, and
 it would be more accurate to describe the Bush – Cheney administration as the Cheney – Bush administration, at least in the first term.

The chapter on military spending, pre-emptive war and regime change is an eye-opener. The idea of pre-emptive-preventive war came to be known as the Bush Doctrine, elaborated in a 2002 national security strategy document with the dangerous clause that America can in self-defence 'act against such emerging threats before they are fully formed' – I will come back to this below when discussing drones. Challenging regimes hostile to US interests meant overthrowing them and replacing them, and the 2002 list ominously included Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. The events of the last 15 years show how dangerous it is in terms 
of unintended consequences to sow a
 wind without reaping a whirlwind: the emergence of ISIS as a result of the invasion of Iraq is just one example.

This document was written by Philip Zelikow, who would later be named the executive director of the 9/11 commission.

The next chapter is a detailed analysis of the Iraq war and the propaganda campaign of lies required to justify it, both in the 
US and the UK. David refers to meetings by Sir Richard Dearlove, head of MI6, with members of the Bush administration and CIA director George Tenet. Dearlove remarked that 'the intelligence and facts are being fixed around the policy', which was also the case in the UK with the so-called dodgy dossier. Amazingly, a 2008 report by the Centre for Public Integrity enumerates as many as 935 false statements made by members of the Bush administration
 in the two years following 9/11. David itemises a few of these with reference to weapons of mass destruction as well as biological and chemical weapons. During this time, the Joint Chiefs of Staff produced a much more cautious assessment, which was set aside. In addition, (p. 61) CIA analysts felt pressured by Dick Cheney to make their assessments fit with the Bush administration's policy objectives, which dictated the conclusions their analyses should yield. The consequences of the Iraq war are well-known and include 
an estimated 2.3 million Iraqi deaths, 4,500 American deaths and hundreds of thousands of serious injuries, including 320,000 brain injuries. As to the economic cost, this had reached $4 trillion by 2014, a devastating opportunity cost in terms of what the money might have been spent on. It should also be noted that the contract for rebuilding Iraqi infrastructure went
 to Halliburton, of which Dick Cheney
 is a major shareholder and former chief executive officer.

Space does not permit a detailed discussion of all the global chaos brought about by US interventions in the Middle East
 on the basis that it could solve all of its problems by means of military power. Chaotic collapse was regarded as a form of 'creative destruction' providing a basis for destabilising a regime and eventually removing the incumbent, especially in this geopolitically significant area for oil and gas (p. 109). David discusses Libya, showing how the same kinds of lies were used to bring about regime change there, then he moves on to Syria, where the intractable disaster is ongoing, as we all know. In addition to military factors, it may also be a case that a form of weather warfare was used (this is not suggested in the book) to help create the drought as a key destabilising factor; in either event, whether deliberate or due to climate change, the drought was significant. In Syria, out of the pre-war population of 22 million, 11% have been killed or injured, 
5 million have fled the country and a further 8 million are internally displaced. In addition, as we know, this chaos also led to the refugee crisis that precipitated the Brexit vote.

David devotes a separate chapter to
 drone warfare, posing and responding 
to a number of key questions: are drone killings acceptable? Are they de facto assassination? Do drone strikes rarely kill civilians? Are drone strikes used only when capture is impossible? Are drone strikes used only for imminent threats? Do drone strikes help defeat terrorism? Don't drones at least keep American warriors safe? There is no good case to be made for drone warfare extrajudicial killing in the name of 'self-defence'; sometimes 'signature strikes' were employed and continued on a large scale during the Obama administration. The justification is tortuous to say the 
least where 'an imminent threat of violent attack does not require the US to have clear evidence that a specific attack on US persons will take place in the immediate future' (p. 146). This is a 'more flexible' understanding of imminence which 'defines the term in a way that excludes its only actual meaning' (!).

The chapter on shredding the Constitution makes depressing reading where 'unaccountable executive power has replaced due process and the checks and balances established by the US constitution', first embodied in the Patriot Act. David systematically shows how various amendments to the Constitution have been violated: the first on freedom of speech and assembly, the fourth on security against unreasonable searches and seizures, and the fifth relating to deprivation of life, liberty or property without due process of law. In addition, torture violates the Constitution, and
 the overall result has been an undoing of democracy in the name of security – an Orwellian outcome.

After chapters on potential nuclear and ecological holocaust (the latter the subject of one of David's previous books – Unprecedented ), he moves on to a summary analysis of the events of 9/11 and its aftermath. Here he condenses the findings of his previous books to show how numerous miracles, defined as violations of the laws of nature, were necessary in order to sustain the 9/11 Commission's official explanation. He shows how the choice of Philip Zelikow as Executive Director of this supposedly impartial and independent commission was in fact an insider selection leading to a foregone structure and conclusion and tight control on individual commissioners. As early as March 2003, prior to the first meeting of the commission, Zelikow had prepared a detailed outline including chapter headings, subheadings and sub sub-headings. The pre-ordained task was to explain how the building had been brought down by fire and the impact of the airliners.

So far as the Twin Towers are concerned, their core consisted of 287 steel columns, and steel does not begin to melt until 2,770°F, while fires caused by kerosene can only rise to around 1,700°F. The Twin Towers collapsed at virtually free fall speed, as did WTC 7, which was not hit by an aeroplane, a fact that was not even mentioned by the 9/11 Commission.

The official reports on WTC 7 and the Twin Towers were provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which was an agency of the Bush-Cheney administration. Its reports are more political than scientific as it is a fact of physics that a steel frame building can only come down essentially in freefall if all the core columns are severed simultaneously by explosives – in the case of Building 7, the roofline remained virtually horizontal throughout the sudden collapse. Readers can consult comparative videos for themselves showing an example of controlled demolition compared with the destruction of Building 7. In addition, massive sections of steel columns and beams were horizontally ejected from the Twin Towers up to 650 feet, which is quite inconsistent with the vertical effects of gravitational collapse. David summarises six miracles required by the official explanation that, in the view of a former NIST employee, 'reached a predetermined conclusion by ignoring, dismissing and denying the evidence.' In other words, the official account – and all the more so in the case of Building 7 with 82 steel columns – is a lie.

In his conclusion and after further short chapters on the Pentagon attack and Mohamed Atta, David lists 15 miracles required by the official 9/11 commission explanation. He asks why mainstream media have not properly examined the evidence, and one significant factor already mentioned is the fear of being labelled a 'conspiracy theorist', implying credulity, gullibility and irrationality. In the case of David Ray Griffin, nothing could be further from the truth: his analysis is thorough and forensic. He explains how the CIA invented this conspiracy theory tactic in 1964 in the wake of the Warren Report into the Kennedy assassination. It has become a powerful and intimidating rhetorical device, especially for journalists who pride themselves on their scepticism
 and objectivity.

Rather than follow the a priori argument that no government could be evil or competent enough to cover up 9/11, David urges people to look at the empirical evidence – and if you, the reader, are feeling similarly uncomfortable, I encourage you to read this book and his other ones for yourself and to understand the logic of false flag operations that can be attributed to opponents by means of a suitable propaganda campaign. So far as 9/11 is concerned, there is a large body of informed and expert professional opinion across various disciplines that has studied the evidence and concluded that the official account is false – see also the 9/11 Consensus Panel, the results of which was soon be published in 9/11 Unmasked: A Six-Year Investigation by an International Review Panel . This book is a highly significant contribution to exposing the Big Lie of 9/11 and the neoconservative foreign policy background, and is as such a passionate plea for mainstream media exposure to put a stop to further Machiavellian ambitions for full spectrum dominance of the world.

[May 25, 2018] The Simulation of Democracy, by C.J. Hopkins - The Unz Review

Notable quotes:
"... C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23 , is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. He can reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org . ..."
May 25, 2018 | www.unz.com

One of the most complicated and frustrating aspects of operating a global capitalist empire is maintaining the fiction that it doesn't exist. Virtually every action you take has to be carefully recontextualized or otherwise spun for public consumption. Every time you want to bomb or invade some country to further your interests, you have to mount a whole PR campaign. You can't even appoint a sadistic torture freak to run your own coup-fomenting agency, or shoot a few thousand unarmed people you've imprisoned in a de facto ghetto, without having to do a big song and dance about "defending democracy" and "democratic values."

Naked despotism is so much simpler, not to mention more emotionally gratifying. Ruling an empire as a godlike dictator means never having to say you're sorry. You can torture and kill anyone you want, and conquer and exploit whichever countries you want, without having to explain yourself to anyone. Also, you get to have your humongous likeness muraled onto the walls of buildings, make people swear allegiance to you, and all that other cool dictator stuff.

Global capitalists do not have this luxury. Generating the simulation of democracy that most Western consumers desperately need in order to be able to pretend to believe that they are not just smoothly-functioning cogs in the machinery of a murderous global empire managed by a class of obscenely wealthy and powerful international elites to whom their lives mean exactly nothing, although extremely expensive and time-consuming, is essential to maintaining their monopoly on power. Having conditioned most Westerners into believing they are "free," and not just glorified peasants with gadgets, the global capitalist ruling classes have no choice but to keep up this fiction. Without it, their empire would fall apart at the seams.

This is the devil's bargain modern capitalism made back in the 18th Century. In order to wrest power from the feudal aristocracies that had dominated the West throughout the Middle Ages, the bourgeoisie needed to sell the concept of "democracy" to the unwashed masses, who they needed both to staff their factories and, in some cases, to fight revolutionary wars, or depose and publicly guillotine monarchs. All that gobbledegook about taxes, tariffs, and the unwieldy structure of the feudal system was not the easiest sell to the peasantry. "Liberty" and "equality" went over much better. So "democracy" became their rallying cry, and, eventually, the official narrative of capitalism. The global capitalist ruling classes have been stuck with "democracy" ever since, or, more accurately, with the simulation of democracy.

The purpose of this simulation of democracy is not to generate fake democracy and pass it off as real democracy. Its purpose is to generate the concept of democracy , the only form in which democracy exists. It does this by casting a magic spell (which I'll do my best to demystify in a moment) that deceives us into perceiving the capitalist marketplace we Westerners inhabit, not as a market, but as a society. An essentially democratic society. Not a fully fledged democratic society, but a society progressing toward "democracy" which it is, and simultaneously isn't.

Obviously, life under global capitalism is more democratic than under feudal despotism, not to mention more comfortable and entertaining. Capitalism isn't "evil" or "bad." It's a machine. Its fundamental function is to eliminate any and all despotic values and replace them with a single value, i.e., exchange value, determined by the market. This despotic-value-decoding machine is what freed us from the tyranny of kings and priests, which it did by subjecting us to the tyranny of capitalists and the meaningless value of the so-called free market, wherein everything is just another commodity toothpaste, cell phones, healthcare, food, education, cosmetics, et cetera. Despite that, only an idiot would argue that capitalism is not preferable to despotism, or that it hasn't increased our measure of freedom. So, yes, we have evolved toward democracy, if we're comparing modern capitalism to medieval feudalism.

The problem is that capitalism is never going to lead to actual democracy (i.e., government by and for the people). This is never going to happen. In fact, capitalism has already reached the limits of the freedom it can safely offer us. This freedom grants us the ability to make an ever-expanding variety of choices none of which have much to do with democracy. For example, Western consumers are free to work for whatever corporation they want, and to buy whatever products they want, and to assume as much debt as the market will allow to purchase a home wherever they want, and to worship whichever gods they want (as long as they conform their behavior to the values of capitalism and not their religion), and men can transform themselves into women, and white people can deem themselves African Americans, or Native Americans, or whatever they want, and anyone can mock or insult the President or the Queen of England on Facebook and Twitter, none of which freedoms were even imaginable, much less possible, under feudal despotism.

But this is as far as our "freedom" goes. The global capitalist ruling classes are never going to allow us to govern ourselves, not in any meaningful way. In fact, since the mid-1970s, they've been systematically dismantling the framework of social democracy throughout the West, and otherwise relentlessly privatizing everything. They've been doing this more slowly in Europe, where social democracy is more entrenched, but, make no mistake, American "society" is the model for our dystopian future. The ruling classes and their debt-enslaved servants, protected from the desperate masses by squads of hyper-militarized police, medicated in their sanitized enclaves, watching Westworld on Amazon Prime as their shares in private prisons rise and the forces of democracy defend their freedom by slaughtering men, women, and children in some faraway country they can't find on a map, and would never visit on vacation anyway this is where the USA already is, and where the rest of the West is headed.

Which is why it is absolutely crucial to maintain the simulation of democracy, and the fiction that we're still living in a world where major geopolitical events are determined by sovereign nations and their leaders, rather than by global corporations and a class of supranational elites whose primary allegiance is to global capitalism, rather than to any specific nation, much less to the actual people who live there. The global capitalist ruling classes need the masses in the West to believe that they live in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and so on, and not in a global marketplace. Because, if it's all one global marketplace, with one big global labor force (which global corporations can exploit with impunity), and if it's one big global financial system (where the economies of supposed adversaries like China and the United States, or the European Union and Russia, are almost totally interdependent), then there is no United States of America, no United Kingdom, no France, no Germany or not as we're conditioned to perceive them. There is only the global capitalist empire, divided into "national" market territories, each performing slightly different administrative functions within the empire and those territories that have not yet surrendered their sovereignty and been absorbed into it. I think you know which those territories are.

But getting back to the simulation of democracy (the purpose of which is to prevent us from perceiving the world as I just suggested above), how that works is, we are all conditioned to believe we are living in these imperfect democracies, which are inexorably evolving toward "real" democracy but just haven't managed to get there quite yet. "Real" being the key word here, because there is no such thing as real democracy. There never has been, except among relatively small and homogenous groups of people. Like Baudrillard's Disneyland, "Western democracy" is presented to us as "imperfect" or "unfinished" (in other words, as a replica of "real democracy") in order to convince us that there exists such a thing as "real democracy," which we will achieve someday.

This is how simulations work. The replica does not exist to deceive us into believing it is the "real" thing. It exists to convince us that there is a "real" thing . In essence, it invokes the "real" thing by pretending to be a copy of it. Just as the images of God in church invoke the "god" of which they are copies (if only in the minds of the faithful), our imperfect replica of democracy invokes the concept of "real democracy" (which does not exist, and has never existed, beyond the level of tribes and bands).

This is, of course, ceremonial magic but then so is everything else, really. Take out a twenty dollar bill, or a twenty Euro note, or your driver's license. They are utterly valueless, except as symbols, but no less powerful for being just symbols. Or look at some supposedly solid object under an electron microscope. Try this with a tablespoon. As that bald kid in The Matrix put it, you will "realize that there is no spoon" or, rather, that there is only the spoon we've created by believing that there is a spoon.

Look, I don't mean to get all spooky. What that kid (among various others throughout history) was trying to get us to understand is that we create reality, collectively, with symbols or we allow reality to be created for us. Our collective reality is also our religion, in that we live our lives and raise our children according to its precepts and values, regardless of whatever other rituals we may or may not engage in on the weekend. Western consumers, no matter whether nominally Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, or of any other faith, live their lives and raise their children according to the values and rules of capitalism. Capitalism is our religion. Like every religion, it has a cosmology.

In the cosmology of global capitalism, "democracy" is capitalist heaven. We hear it preached about throughout our lives, we're surrounded by graven images of it, but we don't get to see it until we're dead. Attempting to storm its pearly gates, or to create the Kingdom of Democracy on Earth, is heresy, and is punishable by death. Denying its existence is blasphemy, for which the punishment is excommunication, and consignment to the City of Dis, where the lost souls shout back and forth at each other across the lower depths of the Internet, their infernal voices unheard by the faithful but, hey, don't take the word of an apostate like me. Go ahead, try it, and see what happens.

C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23 , is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. He can reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org .


animalogic , May 23, 2018 at 2:49 pm GMT

Really good, amusing article.
Our replica of democracy is not to deceive us, but to convince us that there really IS an(unattainable) democracy. The promised land is always just beyond the horizon
SunBakedSuburb , May 23, 2018 at 5:26 pm GMT
"It does this by casting a magic spell that deceives us into perceiving the capitalist marketplace we Westerners inhabit, not as a market, but as a society."

Yes. Consumer capitalism requires illusion and MK-ULTRA programs to function.

"We create reality, collectively, with symbols "

And those symbols, often repurposed from earlier iterations like the swastika, stem from ancient sources. Maybe the structure of our reality was designed years ago.

"This is, of course, ceremonial magic but then so is everything else, really."

Yep. The narrow-focused rationalists who have degraded science into a religion will never accept that there is a sliver of magic and sorcery, originating from Kabbalistic practices, that operate as a higher level science, the mechanics of which non-initiates can't quantify.

Excellent, thought-provoking article.

Per/Norway , May 23, 2018 at 8:08 pm GMT
well written.
Speak Truth To Power , May 24, 2018 at 4:55 am GMT
I agree with much of what this columnist wrote. However this entire globalist criminal enterprise is rapidly crumbling. This is shown in the rise of patriotic/loyalist and Marxist parties in Europe and the Far Right and Far Left in the U.S. The globalist elite 0.001% empire of the banksters, crapitalists and fingerciers and their lackeys, knaves and varlets, along with their political prostitute puppets, is built on sand. These worthless cretins have loaded down every nation on earth, and especially in the West, with massive, crushing debt. Ditto for individuals and businesses. It is not sustainable. In addition they have off shored much of Western industry into Third World nations and flooded Western nations with Third World proles to hold down wages and depress living conditions. Reaction among the native Whites is building stronger by the day. At some point this volcano is going to blow. When it does all bets are off as to how much destruction will happen.

At this point the super rich and their banks and trans-national corporations can either gradually give way to democratic change and re-industrialize the West, discount all these debts, and stop this Third World invasion and begin swift repatriation of these interlopers and save much of their wealth and power or they will soon face armed revolution and civil/class/racial war in the streets. These worthless elites have fouled their own nests since they have left virtually no Western nation untouched by these triple evils of debt, immigration and de-industrialization. They either never learned the lessons of the French and Russian revolutions or believe it could not happen in the 21st Century to them. Either way it makes no difference. Globalism is crumbling and going the way of other evil isms: Fascism, Communism, Nazism, Imperialism, Colonialism, etc. Its days are numbered and the writing is on the wall. Meanwhile those nations not controlled by the Western White Collar Mafia, namely Russia and China, along with Iran and a few other Asian and Middle Eastern nations, are building up their economies and militaries and increasingly challenging the Western tyrants. We are definitely in for troubled times ahead. Always remember: Those who make peaceful change impossible, make violent change inevitable. Globalism has had its evil day and its black sun is setting. The only questions now are will it go peacefully and quietly or loudly and violently and what will replace it. I hope and pray something good and true.A new world order built that that is God and Christ and not man based with peace, prosperity, and justice for all in a natural order of things.

jilles dykstra , May 24, 2018 at 6:41 am GMT
Free movement of capital, in Europe since 1997, took away power from politicians.
The German Lafontaine made it clear.
He stated that when in Basel a German spoke to the bankers assembled there, blaming them, they clapped their hands.
One sees it in the terminology used, what in the good old days was called protectionism, a word suggesting something positive, now is trade war, definitely something bad.
It for me is the same as with privatisation of universal services, water, electricity, etc., neither privatising anything is good, also a state economy is not good, as the USSR made clear.
In the good old days in W European countries we had mixed exonomies, commercial enterprises for cars and jeans, state enterprise for electricity and public transport.
In my opinion a mixed world economy also is the best option, this means regulation of capital movement, to mention one thing.
gsjackson , May 24, 2018 at 6:43 am GMT
A little snapshot to illustrate the point. Standing in the passport control line at Newark Airport -- interminably, because of about 24 stations for checking people back in to the motherland, maybe five were manned. This was in mid-afternoon on a weekday, a time when many international flights were arriving. The wait was about an hour and a half.

While waiting, you get a superb view through the window of the Manhattan skyline, and might have occasion to think about all the swells in the financial sector whose ever-growing prosperity has sucked money not only out of the real economy of goods and services, but out of government as well, a point Michael Hudson often makes. E.g., cap those property taxes in California, but drive housing prices in California and interest rates sky high to transfer wealth out of the hands of home owners and governments, and into finance capital.

You can work yourself up into a pretty good lather thinking about this while you wait your turn at an under-funded passport control station.

renfro , May 24, 2018 at 7:37 am GMT
I would recommend this book to unz readers. I read it years ago and its basic premise becomes more observably true every year .and pertains to the US as well, something Chu didn't mention.

World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability

By Amy Chua
Category: World Politics | Economics | Management

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/27643/world-on-fire-by-amy-chua/9780385721868/

"Chua shows how in non-Western countries around the globe, free markets have concentrated starkly disproportionate wealth in the hands of a resented ethnic minority. These "market-dominant minorities" – Chinese in Southeast Asia, Croatians in the former Yugoslavia, whites in Latin America and South Africa, Indians in East Africa, Lebanese in West Africa, Jews in post-communist Russia – become objects of violent hatred.
At the same time, democracy empowers the impoverished majority, unleashing ethnic demagoguery, confiscation, and sometimes genocidal revenge."

So maybe revolutions will be the new way of managing the world,

llloyd , Website May 24, 2018 at 9:51 am GMT
@Speak Truth To Power

An ex furniture salesman, now the Prime Minister of Israel would not agree. He thinks history has ended. Jerusalem is soon to be or already is the capital of the globalist world. Hate speech laws replace the sanctity of the Monarchs and Churches with the sanctity of Israel and identity politics. His lackeys have even taken away the freedom to shop via the criminalisation of BDS. Talpiot program has turned everything into a video game. He is either a genius or a complete fool. But I hope you are right and he is wrong. Another point. Democracy real and simulated only became fashionable a hundred years ago.

Daniil Adamov , May 24, 2018 at 11:05 am GMT
That's the first I've heard of "progressing towards democracy" as a major feature of the modern Western worldview (a la USSR progressing towards communism, I suppose). No, I've encountered such ideas before among pundits, but I don't think most people in America, say, believe that they currently don't live in a democracy but will later live in a "true" democracy. That seems like a rather exotic notion outside of very narrow intellectual circles.

Also, "as long as they conform their behavior to the values of capitalism and not their religion". But people are free to conform their behaviour to the values of their religion to a large extent. They're not free to violate the laws of what you'd call capitalist society. But that is not the same as being forced to conform to its values.

Jake , May 24, 2018 at 11:14 am GMT
Another CJ Hopkins must-read.

So how long before he is imprisoned alongside Julian Assange? Truth-telling is not allowed in Globalist Democracy.

Miro23 , May 24, 2018 at 11:26 am GMT

Which is why it is absolutely crucial to maintain the simulation of democracy, and the fiction that we're still living in a world where major geopolitical events are determined by sovereign nations and their leaders, rather than by global corporations and a class of supranational elites whose primary allegiance is to global capitalism, rather than to any specific nation, much less to the actual people who live there.

But it can go wrong. The simulation was supposed to make Hillary Clinton President – but, in the event, it veered over to real Democracy and produced Trump.

Equally the Brexit vote was planned to fail – but that also turned in a real Democratic result with a majority for Brexit.

Simulated Democracy is a difficult process and it's probably due for more failures given the difficulty of controlling the modern flow of information.

Borsalino , May 24, 2018 at 11:43 am GMT
Damn, Hopkins, you nailed it!
ScientistInHiding , May 24, 2018 at 11:49 am GMT
I suppose we are all going to spend the rest of our lives listening to bitter millenials rant about the evils of capitalism. After all, they could move out of their parent's basement if the government would force the banks to forgive all their student loans.

It should be obvious by now that all forms of government eventually morph into what we see all around us today. But let's not confuse free market capitalism (which has never existed) with the aristocratic fascisms that we call "Communism" or "Democracy."

The only way to really solve the problem of government is make government irrelevant.

Ronald Thomas West , Website May 24, 2018 at 12:32 pm GMT
Well, CJ, If I were your political science professor, I'd fail your sorry ass for 'communist jargon' and 'Marxist jingoism' maybe that works fine if you're into looking for strokes when singing to the choir but it won't build alliances that accomplish anything. But maybe that's not your point, and the substance of your butt-hurt whining is about "I'm CJ Hopkins!" kinda like "I'm Rick James!"

Look dude, if you want to get down and dirty with your enemies, hit below the belt, and do it like this:

https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2015/11/29/whereas-the-enemy-of-your-friend-is-your-favorite-fk/

If you want to entertain, you do it like this:

https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2015/04/01/merge/

And like this:

https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2014/10/09/liberals/

^

DESERT FOX , May 24, 2018 at 12:44 pm GMT
The worlds elites have us mind controlled and financially controlled via the Zionist Fed that creates money out of thin air and then loans this money to our gov and we goyim and charge interest on this ether created money and there in lies the control for by their control over the money they control every thing.

In addition the Zionists fastened the IRS on we goyims and this IRS is a off shoot of the FED and so our money is sent to the Zionist bankers who own the FED to make sure we pay for the wars that the Zionists have arranged for we Americans and so this is a trap that has been laid by the central bankers which insures their dominance for ever and ever.

This system of control has been in existence since 1913 when the zionist bankers fastened the FED and the IRS on to the American people and the author of this article is exactly right, we are in a financial prison a prison without bars but a prison none the less.

In regards to voting as Stalin said ie it is not who votes that counts but who counts the votes.

Seamus Padraig , May 24, 2018 at 1:52 pm GMT

there is no such thing as real democracy. There never has been, except among relatively small and homogenous groups of people.

Yeah, like Sweden in the 50s.

ancient archer , May 24, 2018 at 2:05 pm GMT
Best article I have read in a long long time.
Keep it up
manorchurch , May 24, 2018 at 2:16 pm GMT
@Speak Truth To Power

These worthless cretins have loaded down every nation on earth, and especially in the West, with massive, crushing debt. Ditto for individuals and businesses. It is not sustainable.

Any given iteration of the capitalism model is unsustainable by its very nature, of course. Any capitalist instantiation is self-exhausting, as capitalism eventually transfers all wealth (or some very large fraction) to the wealthy. ALL. At that point, that instance collapses at some rate determined by its state of monetization.

But not all wealth evaporates. After a financial collapse, a new zero-point establishes at or near "true value". The capitalism model reasserts, and continues. It may be inherent to the nature of Man.

manorchurch , May 24, 2018 at 2:18 pm GMT
@Ronald Thomas West

Gee, Ron, usually you write something with some trace of substance.

TG , May 24, 2018 at 2:19 pm GMT
Well said!

'Democracy' is a scam that privatizes power, while socializing responsibility.

Reminds me of Oswald Spengler, though he is better read about than read, IMHO. From wikipedia: "Spengler asserts that democracy is simply the political weapon of money, and the media are the means through which money operates a democratic political system."

But one minor quibble: yes, for now, in the West, fake democracy is certainly better than old-style feudalism. But it doesn't have to be, and it doesn't have to stay that way. In many nominally capitalist and 'democratic' countries – like India, Bangladesh, etc. – half the population is chronically malnourished, the physical standard of living well below that of late medieval europe (!). Now that communism has been vanquished, capitalism has no need of a bargain of power for a decent standard of living, and the rich are moving towards dragging the entire world towards the Indian model of cheap-labor serfdom. Yes it can happen here.

redmudhooch , May 24, 2018 at 2:22 pm GMT
Citizens United isn't helping, brought to you by the corrupt Supreme Court. They're starting to push putting Ted Cruz in SCOTUS, that would be a huge mistake.

"Democracy" is a sham, the candidates are carefully pre-selected and promoted by the corrupt media, if that fails, the unelected delegates and super delegates can always void your vote.

This is why we only get Mitt Romneys, Clintons, Bushes, the same ol dirtbags out of millions of people.
Americans clearly want the homicidal wars to end, are the wars/occupations ending?
More Americans clearly are turning away from supporting Israel, does it matter?
Most Americans want mass immigration and illegal immigration stopped, is it stopping?

There is a petition to End the Federal Reserve scam, do any of the petitions go anywhere? Go sign it, lets find out .

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/petition-president-congress-remove-privately-owned-federal-reserve-our-central-bank

manorchurch , May 24, 2018 at 2:24 pm GMT
@Jake

So how long before he is imprisoned alongside Julian Assange? Truth-telling is not allowed in Globalist Democracy.

Long time. He circumspects skillfully. Besides, he uses a level of abstraction that few Inet denizens will understand.

Dagon Shield , May 24, 2018 at 2:37 pm GMT
The Mexican maid is the answer to our collective misery. What do I mean? Well! The white boys have given up on rebelling against the Empire (1% + 10% Jews and Whites with a small sprinkling of non-white goys) and da coloreds (Indians and Chinese) are too wrapped up in trying to prove their worth to the lost crackas while the niggas (Blacks et al) are simply too stupid to understand, let alone do anything about improving their lot. Alas, fear not! The unwelcome army of latinas from Central America, employed as caretakers will prove their worth by simply poisoning the whole perfidious lot, slowly. So, welcome to America, Guadalupe!
Justwondering , May 24, 2018 at 3:09 pm GMT
The suffocating hold that propaganda has on an uncritical public must rank as an historic coup for the ages. It is the modern version of the allegory of the cave. Simpletons are willing to die for their puppeteers in wars that serve no other purpose than to enrich their owners. But die for their masters they will. Yet there is a glaring contradiction in foreign wars and America's favorite pastime, regime change. The chances of "real" democracy, for instance, taking root in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Emirates, Egypt are virtually non-existent. Worse still, they are simply not allowed. And any other countries that steer an independent course from American hegemony will suffer consequences -- regime change, economic sanctions or direct military action. Yet it is the public sold on its exceptionalism, living in a "real" democracy (confused with rampant consumerism and hedonism) that has so utterly failed to see -- and act, on these contradictions. Although the notion of "inching" toward "real" democracy may serve to pacify the public, with the ever growing militarization of the deep police state, true democracy will simply not be allowed to flourish. It is the only credible threat to rampant capitalism. What is significant is that the lumpen proletariat firmly believe that they live in a democracy. So change is rendered redundant in such a scenario.
m___ , May 24, 2018 at 3:20 pm GMT
Best expression of capitalism, religion, democracy as a Weltanschauung.

To fuse the totalitarian, univeral concept that paires so well to 98% of the world population we suggest consumerism.

Do not take for granted that our de facto global elites, and the mercenary middle-classes have a clear understandig where they are heading. There is cognitive dissonance in idea, method and projection of their in-group opportunism. Ethics being nothing more then superior opportunism. Smart, but ailing and failing a religion. In fact the theory proves the cognitive capacity of the authors.

Wally , May 24, 2018 at 3:51 pm GMT
@Per/Norway

said:
"well written"

Seriously?

The usual Marxist strawmen in play here by Hopkins.

What Hopkins describes is not "capitalism", yet he tries to excoriate capitalism.

Wally , May 24, 2018 at 4:02 pm GMT
@llloyd

said:
"Hate speech laws "

The ongoing debunking of the sacred yet impossible '6M Jews' is what is really driving so called "hate speech laws". What your told is merely the pretext.

Below is where free speech on the impossible 'holocaust' storyline is illegal, violators go to prison for Thought Crimes.
An obvious admission that the storyline doesn't stand up to scientific, logical, & rational scrutiny.
And coming to your neighborhood.

discussion: https://forum.codoh.com/download/file.php?id=1858

Why is this happening you ask:

The 'holocaust' storyline is one of the most easily debunked narratives ever contrived. That is why those who question it are arrested and persecuted. That is why violent, racist, & privileged Jewish supremacists demand censorship. What sort of truth is it that denies free speech and the freedom to seek the truth? Truth needs no protection from scrutiny.

Only liars demand censorship.

http://www.codoh.com

manorchurch , May 24, 2018 at 4:04 pm GMT
@Wally

What Hopkins describes is not "capitalism", yet he tries to excoriate capitalism.

True, but that's what the elites call it.

Stop complaining about terminology. You are so whiny.

densa , May 24, 2018 at 4:11 pm GMT
This is an elegant fleshing out of fashionable despair. Yes, self-rule is a myth. What does Hopkins recommend to replace it with? Is the aspiration of a democratic republic the problem, or is it money, media, and the subversion of power?

As flawed as our belief in democracy is, I haven't heard the better alternative. Just as some say we must go to Mars because we are destroying earth, I think we should take care of this earth as repairing and caring for it might be within our means. Instead of throwing democracy out, we should try and make it work.

For example, been reading about the rise of antibiotic resistant germs and industrial farming. The problem was long known, but there was no political will to do anything about it because the industry could lobby and also control regulators. In theory, the government worked for the greater good of all the people, but in practice it auctions us all to special interest.

Capitalists defend the current system by saying it's not really capitalism. Well, whatever it is, it came about because democracy was not actual but rather an ongoing auction of national interest to special interest.

It's a good article and makes a good case, but you will have to wait just a bit longer until us believers die off as you will not pry this democracy, our heritage and our best chance, from my cold hands.

bjondo , May 24, 2018 at 5:24 pm GMT
@gsjackson

similar experience coming through Atlanta.
Want to create jobs? Coulda created 50 there. At least. And prevented missed flight connections. Obama time.

Wally , May 24, 2018 at 6:02 pm GMT
@manorchurch

Oh yeah, you're another whining Zionist who has been demolished by my 'holocaust' debunking information. Hurts don't it?

Your projection is noted. LOL

"If you can't say what you mean, then you can't mean what you say".

http://www.codoh.com

AaronB , May 24, 2018 at 6:11 pm GMT
I shall proudly call myself an idiot then, as I believe capitalism and democracy are both bad.

The only system capable of inspiring passion and loyalty is some form of feudalism – personal loyalty to a lord is a beautiful thing, noblesse oblige a beautiful thing, sacred kingship is a beautiful thing, the tradition of beautiful craftsmanship that arises when economic considerations are not uppermost is a beautiful thing, the standards of excellence that are natural to a system that recognizes hierarchy and inequality is a beautiful thing.

I also think personal freedom, and tolerance for eccentricity is far greater when the social system is firmly grounded. In a democracy where nothing is secure conformity of opinion and personality become urgent – to maintain even minimum stability.

Japan has retained elements of feudalism to this day yet is economically far more egalitarian than America – because when economics is the sole standard of value, the ambitious will gather all wealth into their hands.

Seeing the Japanese bow to each other – such a beautiful gesture.

Ronald Thomas West , Website May 24, 2018 at 6:14 pm GMT
@manorchurch

Yeah, I suppose I could have half tried but the self-righteous indignation (tone) puts me off. It's like Tom Englehardt, get people all tied up in some hopeless, helpless outrage that accomplishes precisely nothing, no solutions, no pointing to a direction that might get something done. In any case CJ is in Berlin but I bet he wouldn't give a New York second's thought to risking his butt and work to put the German politicians nuts in a vise, but Hey! you never know, here's his chance, he can promote this:

https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2018/04/08/open-letter-to-die-linke/

Of my five years exile in Germany, two of those years were in Berlin and I can assure you the German political animal is an authentic coward, and Gregor Gysi of Die Linke is no exception, he'd go after CJ before he'd go after the NATO war criminals is my best bet. Maybe CJ has the balls to risk it?

Backwoods Bob , May 24, 2018 at 6:53 pm GMT
Marxist twaddle about "democracy", lol. As if the founders didn't warn us so strenuously about the tyranny of the majority.

Our government was formed not so that we could vote on what I am allowed to eat, but so that others would have no say in it.

The centralization of power and conformity across previously sovereign states now prohibits people from voting with their feet. The globalists are the next extension of the same tyranny.

We don't have limited governments and free markets. We have big brother government and a captured regulatory apparatus ensuring only large corporations can survive. Regulatory law is nowhere in the constitution and they dictate over subjects also not in the constitution.

I knew it was over when the US electorate was swooned over Iraqis having purple fingers voting "secret ballots". The candidates names were secret. But all you need to tell the sheeple is that they voted.

This piece is typical Marxist sleight of hand. To have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, you limit what the government can do. Then you have liberty. Self-rule.

exiled off mainstreet , May 24, 2018 at 7:02 pm GMT
Mr. Hopkins' article is an effective, accurate description of why and how things have declined into a sort of soft fascism during the last 40 years or so in particular.
The Scalpel , Website May 24, 2018 at 7:24 pm GMT
@Ronald Thomas West

If you want to hijack someone else's article for the purpose of shameless self-promotion, do it like Ronald Thomas West lol.

The Scalpel , Website May 24, 2018 at 7:28 pm GMT
Democracy can easily be done on the individual level. There are plenty of resources for this. I am not my brother's keeper anyway. don't tell me there is no democracy – just people who want others to give it to them. Go all Thoreau on the world. Go off the grid, or Alaska, or an island somewhere. Democracy is not for pansies.
manorchurch , May 24, 2018 at 7:40 pm GMT
@Ronald Thomas West

no solutions, no pointing to a direction that might get something done

Preceding "solution" is description, and descriptive explanation. The article is not intended as a set of solutions. It is a description and explanation.

Perhaps you have an axe to grind. Not my problem

HPLCguru , Website May 24, 2018 at 7:43 pm GMT
Excellent article with much needed humor. We no longer have a word for an economic system that supports human life. Hunting and gathering was early agriculture. Moving some rocks and dirt out of the way to get some obsidian was mining. Knocking rocks against the obsidian was early manufacturing. The excess from farms, mines and factories is what WAS called capital. We are supposed to believe that a farmer can't plant a seed without a loan! We are in the last stages of financialism. Since the word capitalism is useless how about "real stuffism"? I'm a physical scientist and I can guarantee that math and the physical world always ends financialism.
manorchurch , May 24, 2018 at 7:43 pm GMT
@Backwoods Bob

This piece is typical Marxist sleight of hand.

That line got me to laughing a lot harder than the rest of your bullshit, so I had to stop reading. Your comments are now relegated to the "Duuuuuuuhhhhhh .MARXISM!!!" bin.

Ronald Thomas West , Website May 24, 2018 at 8:36 pm GMT
@The Scalpel

Thanks for the promotion, here's one for CJ's 'democracy'

https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/05/19/maison-de-lhistoire-de-france/

^

Cheery Bint , May 24, 2018 at 10:05 pm GMT
You could open up the scope of this post's valid point and say that it's not just democracy that's simulated here. Rights and rule of law are simulated too. Democracy, fetishized though it is, in degenerate ritual form, is a very small part of rights and rule of law (specifically, ICCPR Article 25, one article of one of nine core human rights instruments or about 100 total instruments in world-standard customary and conventional international law. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/UniversalHumanRightsInstruments.aspx )

Here's CIA telling you how the world works now.

https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/deep-state-swamp-monster-says-there-is-no-deep-state-f4c944e21533

This exchange is a really good catch. Latching on to the term deep state allows CIA to bat away a puffball question that avoids the real question. Their scripted answer to the scripted easy question: employees 'aimed at' the president's objectives and Amerca's objectives. This is clever first of all because it says objectives and not orders. It's a weaker formulation that the Pike-Committee era line, CIA works for the president. CIA is trying to evade the US commitment to command responsibility in the Geneva Conventions and the Convention Against Torture. Secondly, the DCI purports to interpret the president's objectives and proclaim America's objectives. Used to be State or NSC did that, subject to presidential directives or decision documents. Pompeo says CIA works for him. We're at the point Frank Zappa told us to expect: CIA's removing the stage set so we're sitting looking at the brick wall. Pompeo's telling you that CIA's in charge.

The hard question is: Does CIA have impunity in municipal law? The answer is yes, of course it does. It's there in black and white in the Central Intelligence Agency Act, the Houston memo, the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, the operational files exemption, and the political questions doctrine. If the DCI had no impunity the new DCI would be in prison. CIA is obligated to prosecute or extradite its torturers and murderers. Na ga happen. CIA has the arbitrary life-and-death power of a totalitarian state. CIA is beyond criminal. Its arbitrary suspension of non-derogable rights and jus cogens says, Law? Fuck law.

Miro23 , May 24, 2018 at 10:57 pm GMT
I agree that the US is the ultimate expression of materialism.

The original Pilgrim Fathers were looking for religious freedom, but later waves of immigrants came for economic opportunity, and the US was the first place that "Citizens" morphed into "Consumers".

Congressmen are bought and sold, and they're probably OK with that, along the lines that their vote has value, and they'll support whoever bids the highest (which isn't the electors back home).

Like AaronB says, the US (and West in general) has no spiritual foundation, and is just a cynical game of exploitation and corruption pretending to be "Democratic" . Real Democracy does exist, but it's not something that Americans would want to be involved with – it requires a high level of personal commitment and responsibility (probably obligatory), regular local public meetings, investment in studying issues, and the primacy of local decision making and voting over Federal power ( i.e. power residing at the lowest level possible – which in the US would be the County and State). In other words it's hard and time consuming work.

To take a parallel, the late Roman Empire was also a sink of absolute corruption and self interest that couldn't defend its frontiers and finally collapsed, first socially, then economically.

The spiritual Phoenix that rose out of its ashes was Christianity, with the barbarian invaders converting and building Christendom in Europe (Rome) and also in the Middle East (Byzantium). The early Christian communities in the Late Roman Empire were heavily persecuted but still recognized for their high level of morality, work ethic and "respectability", and in its last days (too late), the Empire actually adopted to Christianity through the conversion of Constantine.

A good but difficult source is Robin Lane Fox's "Pagans and Christians" https://www.amazon.com/PAGANS-CHRISTIANS-Robin-Lane-Fox/dp/0394554957/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527202127&sr=1-2&keywords=pagans+christians+lane+fox

Stonehands , May 24, 2018 at 11:01 pm GMT
@ScientistInHiding

It should be obvious by now that all forms of government eventually morph into what we see all around us today. But let's not confuse free market capitalism (which has never existed) with the aristocratic fascisms that we call "Communism" or "Democracy."

You are on the right path, good observations.

Thinking people are aware of the fact that Moderns have permission not freedom.

Realist , May 24, 2018 at 11:09 pm GMT
@Speak Truth To Power

Sadly your scenario is probably not viable.
A dream of the pipe variety.

Realist , May 24, 2018 at 11:12 pm GMT
Great article.
Stonehands , May 24, 2018 at 11:52 pm GMT
@manorchurch

Peckerwood you are a fine specimen of American Communism. Where were you indoctrinated- Columbia University or the New School?

76239 , Website May 25, 2018 at 12:53 am GMT
What a surprise another commie writer on economic issues on Unz! These economic pos articles resemble what you read in the NY times. Sheesh.

"Western consumers are free to buy whatever products they want"

Pure crap. Depending on the state you live in, think for a moment of all the restrictions, taxes and permission you must go through to own a car, buy gass, freon, herbicide. Pharmacy products, illegal drugs guns etc. A list a mile long. Anyone who describes the USA as a free market is plain wrong and has no idea about the problems we face.

Liberty and the free market are not part of the problem. They are part of the solution.

Switzerland, Singapore, and old Hong Kong to name a few examples are some of the wealthiest in the world because of low to no taxes and max economic freedom. Two of the three were crushed by ww2. Came back stronger than ever in 40 yrs or so.

manorchurch , May 25, 2018 at 1:17 am GMT
@Stonehands

Peckerwood you are a fine specimen of American Communism.

Pecker-putty, fuck off. You wouldn't know commanizm if it bit you in the ass.

Wally , May 25, 2018 at 1:21 am GMT
@AaronB

You won't see the Japanese opening their borders to low IQ illegal immigrants.

Ilya G Poimandres , May 25, 2018 at 2:00 am GMT
You only discuss democracy as some monolithic idea, with some idealised notion that 'real' democracy can only be tribal or small scale. This is not true.

Representative democracy = evolutionary autocracy and the right to shout. Laws and regulations, being made by representatives – and only representatives – remain purely autocratic in their creation and destruction.

Direct democracy – those tribes. Doesn't work for a society that has a huge population and needs a 'directing mind' as Aurelius likened the individuals' equivalent.

Semi-direct democracy – a combination of the power to create or strike law by both representatives (elected or selected), and the electorate. Switzerland has it (to a degree because of its media, just check the June 10th banking referendum propaganda machine), China approximates it because it polls its population on every level, decision and preference.

At the very least, the electorate should have power to strike laws made by representatives and rescind previously struck laws by representatives. This is only fair – people should have a process for declaring directly what laws they want to abide by. Representatives may not like it, but society is society, it should be able to make these choices, for good or bad.

Representative democracy – democracy in the spirit of the law, and autocracy in the letter of the law – is for the most part an autocracy, with a progressive dumbing down, frustration, and marginalisation of the electorate due to their practical lack of true power to change society.

Then there's the question of education and media, as you need a smart and well informed public with semi-direct much more than with representative. And preferably constitutionally enforced armed military neutrality, as herd behaviour often tends to violence.

Finally – revolutionary democracy: revolts against systems can often be democratic, if bloody, so build an effective system that considers the opinions and worries of the masses.

willieskull68 , May 25, 2018 at 2:02 am GMT
Three sentences and I was done; and a play wright living in Berlin. Berrrrlin Dude, lets do some history, Socialism sucks. But I do agree that my vote has been diluted to zero, by design.
Biff , May 25, 2018 at 2:45 am GMT
@Speak Truth To Power

A new world order built that that is God and Christ

Been there, done that, and it sucked! Anymore dumb ideas?

[May 25, 2018] Democracy as a hologram generated by neoliberal state machine by C.J. Hopkins

Democracy s a hologram -- interesting concept ;-)
May 25, 2018 | www.unz.com

One of the most complicated and frustrating aspects of operating a global capitalist empire is maintaining the fiction that it doesn't exist. Virtually every action you take has to be carefully recontextualized or otherwise spun for public consumption. Every time you want to bomb or invade some country to further your interests, you have to mount a whole PR campaign. You can't even appoint a sadistic torture freak to run your own coup-fomenting agency, or shoot a few thousand unarmed people you've imprisoned in a de facto ghetto, without having to do a big song and dance about "defending democracy" and "democratic values."

Naked despotism is so much simpler, not to mention more emotionally gratifying. Ruling an empire as a godlike dictator means never having to say you're sorry. You can torture and kill anyone you want, and conquer and exploit whichever countries you want, without having to explain yourself to anyone. Also, you get to have your humongous likeness muraled onto the walls of buildings, make people swear allegiance to you, and all that other cool dictator stuff.

Global capitalists do not have this luxury. Generating the simulation of democracy that most Western consumers desperately need in order to be able to pretend to believe that they are not just smoothly-functioning cogs in the machinery of a murderous global empire managed by a class of obscenely wealthy and powerful international elites to whom their lives mean exactly nothing, although extremely expensive and time-consuming, is essential to maintaining their monopoly on power. Having conditioned most Westerners into believing they are "free," and not just glorified peasants with gadgets, the global capitalist ruling classes have no choice but to keep up this fiction. Without it, their empire would fall apart at the seams.

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C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23 , is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant. He can reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org .

[May 23, 2018] Complex hostory of Israel as a nation and the role of external support in sustaining it

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Zumbuddi , May 22, 2018 at 3:57 pm GMT

@iffen

Compared to Israel, Hamas and the Palestinia s are on a fast-track.

Jews started colonizing Palestine at latest by 1910. In 1930, the project was still sparse and in danger of financial collspse.

British sponsorship and protection from 1917 to 1948 provided the security guarantee rich Jews required before investing in the project –ideology is one thing but busi eds is business. While under the British security blamket, mansions were built for Chain Weizmann & the Schockens; banking was established and a hospital, and the beginnings of Hebrew University.

In addition to the British providing security in the period 1917 – 1948, Germans provided organizational, cultural and intellectual talent and expertise as well as an infusion of capital. This carried Israel for a time, but the Talmudist Polish Jews who took over Israel never, in all their history, developed the ability to get along with others, not even other Jews.

Based on ancient as well as more recent bonds among Iran, Germany, and Jews, Iran served as Israel's security "pillar" 1948 – 1979, Iran sharing its oil wealth with still-struggling Israel. By the mid-1960s, Jews opened a major artery into the German body politic/money vault and has vampires on that revenue stream ever since.

Still, and with all these advantages and supports, well into the 1980s, Israel had not achieved cultural cohesion nor economic vigor.

Only with the injection of Russian brain power, created by Russian taxpayers then subsidized to migrate by American taxpayers -- only then did Israel start to develop a sound economy. "Startup Nation" is very young and was NOT a home-grown phenomenon; there are serious doubts whether Israel's education system can equal the capacities migrated in from Germany and Russia.

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[May 23, 2018] The Messiah Is Here, by Israel Shamir - The Unz Review

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Perhaps the Jewish Messiah is already here, though we are not aware of his coming? All Jewish dreams and desires were fulfilled this mid-May. Well, almost all. Two great world power leaders competed in their benevolence to Jews, while ordinary Israelis had fun and exhilarating soft target practice shooting unarmed Gazans or at least cheering the sharpshooters. Iranians gnashed their teeth but did nothing. The US Congress deemed that the Poles should pay the Jews $300 billion in tribute. And an exceedingly obnoxious Jewish wench got the crown of the European art scene, accidentally ensuring that the new capital of Israel, Jerusalem, will be the location of a prominent international gathering next year.

If you think that some of this benevolence should drip to you and that your lot should be somewhat better, think again. Nobody promised you a rose garden. The Jewish Messiah is good for the Jews, while non-Jews should just work harder and prepare for divine vengeance. There are arguments about whether all the goyim will be hit by vengeance, or whether some should survive to buy retail. However, benevolence towards non-Jews is not a striking feature of this arrangement.

I was quite apprehensive in the beginning of May. The schedule appeared scary. The Iranians had established themselves in Syria, the Russians were prepared to equip Syria with their best S-300 system (it is more reliable than the new and fancy S-400). The Palestinians planned to demonstrate on the 70 th anniversary of their Nakba loosely coinciding with the US Embassy move to Jerusalem and with beginning of Ramadan. A war with Iran and Hezbollah, riots in the Palestinian territories, loss of the God-given right to fly and bomb as we wish all over the Middle East – dangers galore were stored for the first half of May. With all my critical attitude, the utter destruction of the beloved land is not my wet dream.

Prudent people would tread cautiously, preferring to minimize their risks in such a situation, but Jews are all for maximising them. If we must have trouble, let us have all the trouble now to have it done with, said Netanyahu. And all troubles – the Iran nuclear deal collapse, the Nakba anniversary, the shift of the US embassy to Jerusalem, the confrontation in Syria, the beginning of Ramadan – were unloaded at once. Israel passed it with flying colours. There was no big war.

Palestine

True, some 60 Palestinian demonstrators were shot dead, the same number as were martyred in the Sharpeville Massacre , but what a difference! South Africa turned into a pariah state overnight, and the global campaign to dismantle apartheid began in earnest. The Gaza Massacre has been whitewashed by the obedient mainstream media, reported the RT . This event proved once again that mass media and social networks all over the world are in the Jewish grip, firm and invisible. Governments, parties, diplomats can and did protest, but the general public was insulated from the event.

The global system of mass information has changed a lot since 1960. There is an incredible abundance of information, a veritable flood that washes off everything. People think only what they are told today, and mass campaigns are produced by media and think tanks, they do not produce themselves. People are being told every day about, say, the Holocaust, or about Assad's atrocities, or Putin's meddling so it is kept in their minds. The moment the campaign is turned off, interest flags and the matter is totally forgotten, like the Skripal Affair was forgotten after it had been played to full capacity. Now Skripal has been disappeared by the British Secret Services, but this is not mentioned, outside of this publication.

And the mass murder in Gaza is already on its way to oblivion. They wanted to remind the world that they are buried alive in the grave of Gaza, and now they are dead. The people of Gaza have been locked up there for 70 years; the last 12 years were the worst, as the Gaza Strip has been under siege by Israel since they voted for Hamas. Gaza is almost unliveable, as Israel has bombed its power station, its sewage plants, its harbour and airfield. They can't even fish, as Israeli boats machinegun the fishing boats. They can see their homes and fields taken from them just because they aren't Jews, and they can't reach them. This expulsion, dispossession, imprisonment of three generations, and siege are a unique Jewish sin.

Perhaps, the Holocaust was a divine punishment for Jewish treatment of Gaza, since for God, time sequence is of no importance. In the Torah, there are no earlier or later events, בתורה מאוחר ואין מוקדם אין, teaches the Talmud, and it is true. One can be punished for the sins not yet committed, and if they will not be committed, the punishment will be undone, too. If the Jews wouldn't torture Gaza, there would be no Auschwitz.

Gaza is a noble place despite its depredation. In many countries, children of rulers are turning into billionaires. The daughter of the Angolan president is the richest woman in Africa: she is the only mobile telephony provider in diamond-rich Angola. But there is another tradition, of the children of the rulers being first to war. That is the tradition of Gaza. Among those shot by Israeli sharpshooters, there were thee children of Gaza's leaders.

The son of the ex-Prime Minister of Gaza, Ismail Haniye, Maaz, has been among the heavily wounded. Ahmed al-Rantisi, the son of Abd el Aziz al-Rantisi, the founder of Hamas, has been killed. His father, called the Lion of Palestine, was been assassinated by the Jews in 2004, when an Israeli helicopter gunship launched a missile at his car in the centre of Gaza, killing him, his bodyguards and wounding passers-by. And now his son has followed him. Izz al-Din al-Sammak, son of Musa al-Sammak, a Hamas leader, was killed, and he was only 14 years old.

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Altogether over a hundred boys and young men, the flower of Palestine, have been reaped in these unarmed demonstrations of April-May. A purpose of this killing spree was to show that non-violent resistance is futile. It is more fun to kill an armed opponent, if you are much better armed. When you kill an unarmed one, it is obviously not cricket. But such consideration has never stopped a Jew.

The reason is the serious doubt in the humanity of non-Jews that is planted in the centre of the Jewish religious Weltanschauung . A good Israeli who condemns Gaza killings most probably is a vegetarian, who objects to the killing of animals, too. Such good Israelis are often anti-male, and prefer to use a feminine form of nouns, like Zochrot . Such good Israelis usually are anti-native, and support unlimited immigration of Africans to Palestine. Such people can't be numerous, and they aren't.

As for other Jews, they learned from the Matrix protagonist, Neo (Keanu Reeves), who had been taught to (dis)regard obvious dangers as maya , as a mirage created by the Matrix, and he jumped from skyscrapers and dodged bullets. Jews apparently have a similar attitude to reality. One day it won't work, to their surprise, but this time it worked.

The transfer of the US Embassy had been described as the main reason for the bloodshed. However, this is a line of @neverTrump brotherhood. This spiteful decision had done a lot of good, as it ruined the carefully nurtured fiction of the US as an honest broker. Very few Palestinians cared about this Trump decision, a few dozens demonstrated against it in Jerusalem and other places, while the mammoth demonstration in Gaza was unrelated to Trump, as described above. It is not Trump who declared siege on Gaza, it is not Trump who expelled Palestinians from their homes, it is not Trump who perpetuated the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe. Trump undermined the Machiavellian tactics of the State Department and made it hard for the Arab stooges to follow Washington, and this is not bad.

Iran

Iran is a big, far away country, and there is no practical reason for Israel to quarrel with them. But Iran is the last and only country in the Middle East that is not subject to Jewish hegemony. Netanyahu did its best to set the US upon Iran by doing a Colin Powell act. Jews prevailed upon Trump to take his country out of the nuclear deal of six powers, and after that, in the moment of highest tension, Israel bombed so-called Iranian bases in Syria. Nothing happened. Iranians, upset and annoyed, still submit to the laws of the Matrix, and they aren't going to jump from skyscrapers or counterattack Israel and experience Trump's fury. For this president is a tame elephant for the Jews.

The best gift God Almighty gave the Jews this season is the Matzo balls of president Trump. The Chosen people have got him by the balls in more ways than one. He had been caught with a loose woman, just like President Clinton, and he was justifiably afraid of impeachment. In this moment of sorrow he decided to surrender to Jewish mercies, and to do all they asked.

He tore up the Iran nuclear deal, just as Bibi Netanyahu asked. He promised to heap sanctions on Iran until they surrender and change their regime for an Israel-friendly one. And then he delivered on his promise to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. A fat lot of good that did him.

I do not envy Trump. The Jewish mode of support for a leader is a form of waterboarding: the leader is allowed to survive, but only just. The Jewish logic works like that: if we shall save him, he will forget about us and disregard our wishes. So he should be saved but left imperilled. This is what happened to the US President. Jews, and even Israelis were strategically located between the Stormy wench and Trump's Cohen; they have the heights of the Attorney General's office and strong positions in the Congress. Like in waterboarding, Trump remains of the verge of drowning, and he has to do the wishes of his persecutors.

Israel will continue to goad Iran, hoping to cause an American-Iranian war. This is a given. If Trump is clever, he won't strike Iran. Instead, he should strike the Mueller-Gestapo. While Rouhani is the President of Iran, probably Iran will not respond to the Israeli/US provocations, but Rouhani's position is precarious. Iranians feel that Kim the King of the North managed the American threat better, and they may change their ruler and take a Kim line as a guidance. Israel as a forward base of the US Empire can come under threat.

The best thing about Trump's Iran policy is that it broke the seemingly unbreakable link between the US and Europe. Where Obama would try to patch differences, Trump enlarged the gap, and even docile Europeans came to the conclusion that they have to be more independent from Washington. This can bring a disconnect between the US banks and European banks, and allow the Europeans to disobey the US sanctions against Iran and Russia. This process is not close to its completion, but it has started. Iran, Russia and European businesses will be the beneficiaries, while the US will find itself out of this game.

Turkey

The strongest voice against Israeli brutality was that of President Erdogan of Turkey. He sent Israeli ambassador home, called back his own ambassador, and organised a meeting of Muslim states' leaders to deal with Israel. Independence of Israel had been Erdogan's hallmark for a long time: he argued with Shimon Peres at Davos years ago, and the recent attempted coup against him also had some Israeli support.

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If you are against Israel, you have to be against the US, the bigger Jewish state. This suits Erdogan. Because of this animosity, no American plane took off from the Turkish NATO base to bomb Syria. The Turkish fight against Kurdish separatists undermined the US will to stay in Syria by all means, and now there are strong indications that Trump intends to dry up financing of the rebels' enclave in NW Syria, unhappy Idlib. Israel is likely to find itself facing a united and rebuilt Syria, a prospect it hardly cherishes.

Russia

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, could throw a wrench into the Israeli plans. He is heavily invested in Syria; he needs Iranian troops there, for without them, he'd have to send Russian infantry to dislodge Islamist rebels from the ruins of Syrian cities. He had been humiliated by the US as they had stricken Syrian bases and cities while the Russians sat on their hands. His Chief of Staff said that Syria would get the S-300, and then woe betide the Israeli and American transgressors.

Israelis took this threat in their stride. The Israeli Minister of Defence Avigdor Lieberman said that Israelis would take out the S-300 ("even S-700", he added) if it would be on our way. And Netanyahu made a strong political gesture – he flew to Moscow and he spent the whole of May 9th with the Russian president.

May 9 is the Russian V-day; it became the biggest and most important Russian holiday under Putin, as the old Soviet feasts had been cancelled while the new ones were in the process of gestation. This was the day when Russians would love to receive prominent guests of honour, but they weren't coming. This was the Lonely Putin Day. Very few leaders responded to his invitation to come and to review the military parade on the Red Square.

The choice of the holiday was not a natural one: the war is a distant event for vast majority of Russians. Their allies in the war are their present adversaries, the US and England. World War Two has been privatised by the Jews, at least in Western public opinion. For the Westerners, this was the war for the Jews and against the enemy of Jews. There are few references to the war where the Holocaust hasn't been mentioned. Being aware of these narrative deficiencies, the Soviet leaders didn't make much out of V-day.

Putin for his nation-building needed a holiday to unite people, to co-opt the pro-Soviet majority without antagonising the anti-Soviet groups. He took V-day and made it into a big event, discounting its faults.

The arrival of Benjamin Netanyahu on that day was a heaven-sent gift for Putin. Here was the man who could call upon the US Senate, who can deal with the US President, and now he came in person, Mr World Jewry personified, supporting the Russian narrative of history. Bibi pinned up the black-and-orange St George ribbon , the mark of a Russian patriot and Putin's loyalist, he took a poster with a portrait and a name of a (Jewish) war hero and marched next to Putin in the Immortal Regiment parade. Grateful Putin acknowledged the Holocaust and declared friendship with Jewish people.

Netanyahu repaid his host by a missile strike upon Syria, almost right away. This is a standard Israeli procedure: upon any high-level meeting with the Russians, bomb their allies, so they would know who is more important. They bombed Syria while Russian Defence Minister Shoygu's jet was still in flight from Moscow to Tel Aviv.

Putin swallowed it, and promised to refrain from supplying S-300 to Syria, despite his Chief of Staff's words. Soon, Israel attacked Syria in force; according to Israel, they attacked Iranian bases; according to Iranians, there are no such things; there are no Iranian bases and no Iranian troops. However, this Israeli attack remained without response.

Since that fateful May 9th day, Russian media has been treating Israel very cautiously. Even the Gaza massacre didn't bring many condemnations in the Russian media, though the Russian Foreign Office condemned this brutal act. The official state agency RIA reported that Israeli soldiers shot at "especially aggressive individuals". The second state news agency TASS minimized its reporting about the massacre.

The Russians in power are not keen on Iran and Iranians, an Iranian friend told me. Though Iran would like to buy everything the Russians are willing to sell, the Russians drag their feet. The volume of trade between Russia and Iran is the same as between Russian and tiny Israel, less than $2 billion per annum. Israel has a lot of supporters in the Russian elites, Russians visit Israel by their thousands, while Iran is an unwanted partner.

In short, the Jews overcame their problems by mid-May 2018, and emerged as a leading polity on the planet Earth, in perfect rapport with both superpowers and in control over mind of billions. The massacre of Gaza furnished the proof they can kill with impunity. Yet, until now, the Jews always exceeded a good measure and brought calamity upon themselves. There is no reason to doubt it will happen this time, too. More about it, about the Jewish assault on Poland and on European aesthetics in the next piece.

Israel Shamir can be reached at adam@israelshamir.net

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Rational , May 20, 2018 at 5:36 am GMT

RULE 1: KNOW THYSELF. RULE 2: KNOW THE ENEMY.

Thanks for the excellent article, Sir. You make excellent points. But I do not know what you mean when you say "Jews".

The most important words in the English language are on the Tower of Delph: "Know Thyself." The second most important words in the English language are on the Tower (my computer tower): "Know The Enemy."

"Jews" is an English term for Hebrew Yehudi, which means a citizen or resident of Yehud (Judah). It refers to citizen of a place, like Texans, New Yorkers, etc.

The Judaists who live in New York or Florida or Germany are obviously not Yehudi, as they are NOT residents of Yehud (Judah). In fact, the province of Judah no longer exists, so nobody is a Yehudi (Jew) any more.

There was a country called Rhodesia, and if somebody came to you and says he is a Rhodesian, he is lying. So if somebody comes to you and says he is a "Jew" (Yehudi), citizen of Yehud, tell him to show you his passport from the nation of Yehud. He won't have any, and he is surely lying.

See: https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/why-are-jews-called-jews-1.5410757

So there are no more Jews in this world, since there is no more Judea. Only Judaists.

RealAmerican , May 20, 2018 at 10:28 am GMT
Resistance is also futile for Americans. That there must be zero separation between US and Israeli policies is already in place, and the Masters do not reside in Washington. Bolton, Haley, and the rest of the so called cabal of advisors cannot even conceive of what is in the interest of ordinary Americans. All hope is lost for MAGA. Those who continue to believe Trump's lofty rhetoric are not paying attention.
sarz , May 20, 2018 at 11:51 am GMT
A remark I posted at Xymphora seems relevant to this article:

Globalist and Resistance accounts of the Golan missile battle are very different. The regional Resistance-aligned press says the Israelis got creamed. Here is a summary by Sayed Hasan.

http://thesaker.is/syria-im&#8230 ;

The Hezbollah leader, Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah gives a detailed analysis of what he takes to be a serious Israeli defeat.

http://thesaker.is/syria-im&#8230 ;

Nasrallah puts a lot of store in his reputation for telling the truth, and has a following in Israel for that reason.

But Thierry Meyssan, the war correspondent of Libya and Syria, who also has some credibility, gives a very different account. He is, however, not sounding like his own self. He now seems to favour recognition of right to conquered territory if it has been held long enough.

http://www.voltairenet.org/&#8230 ;

It's important to get the facts right. Putin's statement that tbe Syrians had all they need, and so no need for the S-300, could mean a lot of different things, depending on the actual facts. Could even be Syrians have the Irani clone of the S-300, as some Israeli reports presuppose.

If Israel has been overmastered in the Golan, it makes the ritual slaughter of Gaza somewhat bearable. Could be that relief is in sight. Inshallah.

Renoman , May 20, 2018 at 11:57 am GMT
Not since WW2 has hatred and disdain for the Jews been higher. I would say Israel is closer to being wiped off the face of the Earth than ever before.
Brabantian , Website May 20, 2018 at 1:46 pm GMT
Notable perspectives from Israel Shamir here interesting the evidence he gives that Putin is more of a sell-out to the oligarch-Israeli complex than Trump

Putin's state media spinning an Israeli-indulging line on the Gaza massacres, Putin letting Israel kill Syrians and Iranians in Syria, Putin denying Syria even the S-300 missile defence ZeroHedge now suggesting Putin has asked Iranians to leave Syria altogether

Whilst, as Shamir suggests, Trump – tho a Deep State hostage – has struck two major blows against Israel, via the technique of exploiting Israeli over-reach and giving them more than they expect to get as Shamir writes, firstly of the Embassy in Jerusalem ploy -

Trump undermined the Machiavellian tactics of the State Department and made it hard for the Arab stooges to follow Washington, and this is not bad

And then re the new Iran sanctions, about to cause billions of losses to European business

The best thing about Trump's Iran policy is that it broke the seemingly unbreakable link between the US and Europe

Maybe Trump is indeed a brave man cleverly doing what he can in the most deadly dangerous circumstances imaginable

Whilst with Vladimir Putin

Robert Magill , May 20, 2018 at 2:11 pm GMT
Enough already with the SideShow, US-Russia-Israel; the main event is in the Big Tent China. We get 24/7 the squabble and noise these three create while China slips though the clutter and does business. High speed bullet trains are beginning to whip all over the Eastern Hemisphere. They run both ways carrying people and freight in and out of the Peoples Republic. While the US freaks out, having just noticed a massive trade deficit that is decades old, China makes business that profits themselves and sixty other countries.
If the US doesn't soon get its act together, China will line up the Western Hemisphere as well. Maybe the US will serve as a coaling station or parking lot?

https://robertmagill.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/is-chairman-xi-modeling-kubilai-khan/

Per/Norway , May 20, 2018 at 3:42 pm GMT
@Robert Magill

i dont think the US will much of anything after the empire fails,, the oceans that have kept them safe from knowing what war really is will now serve as a fence.. if they are lucky they will get their wall on the mexican border to keep them enslaved. no escape for the surviving slaves i fear.. the honest Americans i know have my deepest sympathy, the rest i pray for.

utu , May 20, 2018 at 4:00 pm GMT
Summary

Jews are winning on all fronts.

Russia humiliated and ready to surrender.

Iran isolated. Was correct to not trust Russia.

Poor grotesque Poland. Always #1 among losers.

Do not count on Europe. Merkel overslept.

China remains isolated. Was correct in assessment of Russia as not a viable ally.

Realist , May 20, 2018 at 4:58 pm GMT
@Renoman

I would say Israel is closer to being wiped off the face of the Earth than ever before.

Not with the Bibi butt kisser as President ..although he's not in control.

Realist , May 20, 2018 at 5:07 pm GMT
@Brabantian

Notable perspectives from Israel Shamir here interesting the evidence he gives that Putin is more of a sell-out to the oligarch-Israeli complex than Trump

Putin's state media spinning an Israeli-indulging line on the Gaza massacres, Putin letting Israel kill Syrians and Iranians in Syria, Putin denying Syria even the S-300 missile defence ZeroHedge now suggesting Putin has asked Iranians to leave Syria altogether

Putin has indeed sold out Iran and Syria, but it is hard to believe that Putin is more of a sell out than Trump.

Why in hell did the White gentiles allow the Jews to get so powerful?

utu , May 20, 2018 at 7:42 pm GMT

Friedrich Nietzsche – Daybreak : Book III – Aphorism # 205

Of the people of Israel. Among the spectacles to which the coming century invites us is the decision as to the destiny of the Jews of Europe. That their die is cast, that they have crossed their Rubicon, is now palpably obvious: all that is left for them is either to become the masters of Europe or to lose Europe as they once a long time ago lost Egypt, where they had placed themselves before a similar either-or. In Europe, however, they have gone through an eighteen-century schooling such as no other nation of this continent can boast of and what they have experienced in this terrible time of schooling has benefited the individual to a greater degree than it has the community as a whole. As a consequence of this, the psychological and spiritual resources of the Jews today are extraordinary; of all those who live in Europe they are least liable to resort to drink or suicide in order to escape from some profound dilemma something the less gifted are often apt to do. Every Jew possesses in the history of his fathers and grandfathers a great fund of examples of the coldest self-possession and endurance in fearful situations, of the subtlest outwitting and exploitation of chance and misfortune; their courage beneath the cloak of miserable submission, their heroism in spernere se sperni, surpasses the virtues of all the saints. For two millennia an attempt was made to render them contemptible by treating them with contempt, and by barring to them the way to all honours and all that was honourable, and in exchange thrusting them all the deeper into the dirtier trades and it is true that they did not grow cleaner in the process. But contemptible? They themselves have never ceased to believe themselves called to the highest things, and the virtues which pertain to all who suffer have likewise never ceased to adorn them. The way in which they honour their fathers and their children, the rationality of their marriages and marriage customs, distinguish them among all Europeans. In addition to all this, they have known how to create for themselves a feeling of power and of eternal revenge out of the very occupations left to them (or to which they were left); one has to say in extenuation even of their usury that without this occasional pleasant and useful torturing of those who despised them it would have been difficult for them to have preserved their own self-respect for so long. For our respect for ourselves is tied to our being able to practise requital, in good things and bad. At the same time, however, their revenge does not easily go too far: for they all possess the liberality, including liberality of soul, to which frequent changes of residence, of climate, of the customs of one's neighbours and oppressors educates men; they possess by far the greatest experience of human society, and even in their passions they practise the caution taught by this experience. They are so sure in their intellectual suppleness and shrewdness that they never, even in the worst straits, need to earn their bread by physical labour, as common workmen, porters, agricultural slaves. Their demeanour still reveals that their souls have never known chivalrous noble sentiments nor their bodies handsome armour: a certain importunity mingles with an often charming but almost always painful submissiveness. But now, since they are unavoidably going to ally themselves with the best aristocracy of Europe more and more with every year that passes, they will soon have created for themselves a goodly inheritance of spiritual and bodily demeanour: so that a century hence they will appear sufficiently noble not to make those they dominate ashamed to have them as masters. And that is what matters! That is why it is still too soon for a settlement of their affairs! They themselves know best that a conquest of Europe, or any kind of act of violence, on their part is not to be thought of: but they also know that at some future time Europe may fall into their hands like a ripe fruit if they would only just extend them. To bring that about they need, in the meantime, to distinguish themselves in every domain of European distinction and to stand everywhere in the first rank: until they have reached the point at which they themselves determine what is distinguishing. Then they will be called the inventors and signposts of the nations of Europe and no longer offend their sensibilities. And whither shall this assembled abundance of grand impressions which for every Jewish family constitutes Jewish history, this abundance of passions, virtues, decisions, renunciations, struggles, victories of every kind whither shall it stream out if not at last into great men and great works! Then, when the Jews can exhibit as their work such jewels and golden vessels as the European nations of a briefer and less profound experience could not and cannot produce, when Israel will have transformed its eternal vengeance into an eternal blessing for Europe: then there will again arrive that seventh day on which the ancient Jewish God may rejoice in himself, his creation and his chosen people and let us all, all of us, rejoice with him!

Bliss , May 20, 2018 at 10:41 pm GMT

The Russians in power are not keen on Iran and Iranians, an Iranian friend told me. Though Iran would like to buy everything the Russians are willing to sell, the Russians drag their feet. The volume of trade between Russia and Iran is the same as between Russian and tiny Israel, less than $2 billion per annum. Israel has a lot of supporters in the Russian elites, Russians visit Israel by their thousands, while Iran is an unwanted partner.

Another reason why Iran is not a good partner for Russia (in the long run) is that it is a conservative Shi'a Theocracy, while Russian muslims (the largest minority group) are Sunnis who tend towards moderacy and Sufism.

anon [425] Disclaimer , May 20, 2018 at 11:00 pm GMT
This was the day when Russians would love to receive prominent guests of honour, but they weren't coming. This was the Lonely Putin Day

I wonder why no-one showed up. If that were true, then Putin have very right not trust anybody in times of distress when certain moral supports could have gone a long way to give him the courage he needs

AaronB , May 20, 2018 at 11:09 pm GMT
@utu

lol, I remember reading that when I was a kid.

All Nietzsche's hyperventilating aside, the basic issue is between an Enlightenment people that has killed itself with logic, and a non-Enlightenment people that retains vitality because it is still connected to the irrational.

Not eighteen centuries of training or any such nonsense – this training just happened to manifest when European people's became weak and without motivation through too much Enlightenment? Ah-ha.

The situation is reversible, and will be reversed. Europeans will reconnect to the irrational, rediscover the emotional sources of motivation, and the Jewish issue won't matter anymore.

Felix Keverich , May 20, 2018 at 11:42 pm GMT
@utu

Russia humiliated and ready to surrender.

Iran isolated. Was correct to not trust Russia.

China remains isolated. Was correct in assessment of Russia as not a viable ally.

What, you don't like Putin's Russia no more? lol

Iran doesn't have a lot of options. Russia is one of the few countries in the world willing to brave American sanctions regime and do business with Iran. And that means Russia can afford to hurt Iran's feelings. It doesn't matter how many times Russia hurts Iran's feelings, because at the end of the day Iran has nobody else to turn to: they are genuinely isolated, and China isn't exactly rushing to defend Iranians from Israeli airstrikes.

El Dato , May 21, 2018 at 12:07 am GMT
@Realist

Israel as a forward base of the US Empire can come under threat.

Israel is not a forward base, it is now part of the decision core. Yes, geographically exposed, not safely ensconced in the (so-awkwardly-renamed) Homeland.

A bit like orbiting the moon the Endor.

And there is some cackling going on in the management room.

"Your overconfidence is your weakness."
"Your faith in your friends is yours."

Bliss , May 21, 2018 at 1:46 am GMT
@RealAmerican

All hope is lost for MAGA. Those who continue to believe Trump's lofty rhetoric are not paying attention.

Maybe all hope is lost for your ilk (far right racists consumed with hatred for Jews and Blacks), but America is greater today both economically and geopolitically than it was before Trump.

You must not have been paying attention to what Trump was saying during the campaign. When was the last time a President kept so many of his promises so fast?

utu , May 21, 2018 at 3:40 am GMT
@Felix Keverich

I would like to know what was the Plan in 2015 when Putin moved in to Syria? Or what was Netanyahu getting from it. It was Netanyahu who gave Putin the green light. W/o it Putin would not move to Syria. Was a trap?

What Russia is getting in return now that she could not get w/o its Syrian adventure? Is there something positive? That Syria regime is still there, that Hezbollah is still there?

Besides, is it really over? It looks like it but we can't be sure.

Is China responsible for this outcome by being too timid and too distant?

In 2015 Putin looked good and many projected their hopes on him as the Great Savior of White Man Gentile Civilization. Now they must cope with their disappointment. There are several stages to it like denial, anger and so on.

RobinG , May 21, 2018 at 4:45 am GMT
@utu

Substitute Shamir for Saker?

https://www.fort-russ.com/2018/05/the-saker-isnt-just-wrong-hes-irrelevant-putins-an-excellent-warrior/

Monty Ahwazi , May 21, 2018 at 4:51 am GMT
Putin is a money hungry and corrupt thug! Once he's finished sucking off the money and oxygen from the Zionists, he will throw them under the bus! At which time the Russian Mobs will take care of him!
Biff , May 21, 2018 at 4:57 am GMT
Through out western history, the Jews seemed to get into power, and then whacked and exiled. Then return to power, and again whacked and exiled. Such a vicious cycle for the wandering tribe. They should just give up, and learn to get along with others.
Wally , May 21, 2018 at 5:00 am GMT
@Realist

Whether he intended it or not, Trump has created even more anger against "that shitty little country".
That's a very good thing.

'Israel' as we know it is living on borrowed time.

http://www.codoh.com

Wally , May 21, 2018 at 5:03 am GMT
@Realist

"Why in hell did the White gentiles allow the Jews to get so powerful?"

It's called force, coercion, jail sentences.

Shoving the fake '6M Jews' down everyone's throat has done the job as well. Power and cash are the man reason the scam was created in the first place. And Jews have been trying that lie since at least 1823.

Below is where free speech on the impossible 'holocaust' storyline is illegal, violators go to prison for Thought Crimes.
An obvious admission that the storyline doesn't stand up to scientific, logical, & rational scrutiny.

http://www.codoh.com

Wally , May 21, 2018 at 5:26 am GMT
Shamir said:

"Perhaps, the Holocaust was a divine punishment for Jewish treatment of Gaza, since for God, time sequence is of no importance."

Except the ridiculous and impossible '6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers' are frauds. And easily demonstrated as such. The mere fact that free speech concerning it gets you arrested in 'Israel' & much of Europe confirms it's fraudulence.

The stupid 'holocau$t' tall tales simply cannot withstand rational, scientific scrutiny.

Revisionists are just the messengers, the absurd impossibility of the ridiculous 'holocaust' storyline is the message.

See the 'holocaust' scam easily & thoroughly debunked here: http://codoh.com
No name calling, level playing field debate here: http://forum.codoh.com

CuriousInSeattle , May 21, 2018 at 5:52 am GMT
So you're saying that accounts from Israeli relatives stationed at the border during Naqva day are lies? You're saying these "protesters" were "unarmed"? Then how did said relatives come under hostile fire?

If a bunch of people try to destroy a border fence, what do you think would be an appropriate response?

gT , May 21, 2018 at 6:09 am GMT
@Bliss

The Iranians are stupid, instead of pining for Russian support / trade they should just consolidate / build on what they already have. They have 3 countries right now, Iran, Iraq and Syria, they should concentrate on making this big market work. Build highways from Iran to Syria, get trade moving, strengthen their hand in all 3 countries, strengthen the defense, the resolve, and the belligerence capabilities of all 3 countries. They have won the Middle East already, no need to fret about when the final blow to the enemy will be delivered, slow strangulation works just as well as a knife to the jugular.

Eventually when the time is right, the Golan Heights can be taken back and Israel put in its proper place, but Iran might need nukes by that time.

And Utu is correct about Poland, those are a bunch of dumb arses, sucking up to the USA and still get shafted anyway, just like Bulgaria, and now Ukraine also. Such is the vassal lot.

Dmitry , May 21, 2018 at 6:38 am GMT
For the first time, Shamir seems to be opening writing down some kind of schizophrenic symptoms ("for God, time sequence is of no importance") – he seems more open when he writes in English than I have seen before.

As for Israel, Jews, a few small insignificant air-strikes, some predictable protests on the border with Gaza, someone taking part in Victory Day, someone opening an embassy, someone winning a homosexual song contest mainly known for comedy, etc.

It's funny people like Shamir pretending this is of some kind of cosmic importance. It is of infinitely less important than even the general media attention given to it.

These minor stories were not even very important for Israel itself (let alone for the world).* Next month there will be another group of minor stories the website will be writing about.

Far more interesting things have happened around the world this month.

Trying to inflate world politics to a minor country like Israel is not just ridiculous, but why you can't even predict basic behaviours of countries and leaders.

Not just Putin himself, but really nobody in Russia – well maybe a few thousand people – gives a shit about Israel bombing some Iranians in Syria. It's only a secondary or distant relevance outside the Middle East.

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* It seems in Israel itself, people give less attention to these trivial events than average reader, living thousands of kilometers away, on this website.

The largest news story of a last month was the drowning of ten teenagers from a flash flooding.

Dmitry , May 21, 2018 at 6:46 am GMT
@utu

Russia does not care about Israel when it went to Syria. The operation has nothing to do with Israel, except to an extent there is a need to co-ordinate air-activities with the neighbouring countries (and that process was incompetently done with Turkey).

jilles dykstra , May 21, 2018 at 6:47 am GMT
" Yet, until now, the Jews always exceeded a good measure and brought calamity upon themselves. There is no reason to doubt it will happen this time, too. More about it, about the Jewish assault on Poland and on European aesthetics in the next piece. "

Jews caused the holocaust ?
But it is simply is not true, the jewish disaster began when jews resisted the Roman empire, and they were not the only ones.
Who knows something about the history of the Roman empire knows that it was wars all over the place, for hundreds of years.
A probably excellent summary one finds under 'Background' in
Otto J. Maenchen-Helfen, ' The world of the Huns', 1973 Berkeley.
I'm inclined to suppose it was christianity that was THE jewish calamity, a rival ideology that destroyed jewish power.
The jewish centre, Palestine, Jerusalem, had the disadvantage of being easily accessible for Roman armies.
All those resisting the Romans mainly in what was the USSR, had the advantage of the terrain.
Even N Great Britain was never subdued.

Dmitry , May 21, 2018 at 6:55 am GMT
@anon

First of all, there is not special need for visitors at Victory Day. Nobody is feeling 'lonely'. It is not a highschool prom. Claiming this shows lack of concept or elementary understanding of the meaning of the holiday.

As for other leaders showing respect. There was not just the Prime Minister of Israel, but also the President of Serbia. In 2015, there was the President of China (the world's largest nationality).

jilles dykstra , May 21, 2018 at 6:56 am GMT
@El Dato

GB was blackmailed into the Balfour declaration, otherwise no USA military support, and capitulation in November 1917.
Not for nothing GB forbade jewish immigration into Palestine in 1939, in order to keep Arabic and/or Muslim support in the war against Germany and Japan.
After WWII the British supported Hitler's Madagaskar solution.
How the Middle East would be now had not Israel been created is anybody's guess, my idea is not such a mess as it is today.
Probably the threat of Islamisation of Europe would also never have been.
Until 1967 the USA was no friend of Israel.
In 1948 the State Department was against recognising Israel.
Truman had other ideas, the theory is that he was bribed.

Jim Christian , May 21, 2018 at 7:10 am GMT
@Realist

Why in hell did the White gentiles allow the Jews to get so powerful?

Because Carl and Rob Reiner and Norman Lear said so. Remember them?

Jim Christian , May 21, 2018 at 7:27 am GMT
@AaronB

The situation is reversible, and will be reversed. Europeans will reconnect to the irrational, rediscover the emotional sources of motivation, and the Jewish issue won't matter anymore.

Well, yes. Once the over-breeding imported Muslims have bred with and eliminated the Euro-Goy, they will set themselves upon the Jews (they have already, Jews complain in France, Sweden and Norway of the new hatreds by new 'citizens'). Islam-in-power unleashed in Europe will make Hitler look like Kindergarten if the Chosen Ones haven't departed the scene. White Goy in Europe will not protect their own daughters for crying out loud, they aren't going to protect Jews from the Blacks in their midst. This is the price for marginalizing the Whites, who used to exist in sufficient numbers to protect and rescue Jews. You are correct that the Jewish issue won't matter anymore, except that statement means different things to you and me. You think Europe will have an epiphany. I think Europe is simply about to go dark and genocidal. The wedding over the weekend will be taken as another 'surrender'. London's Mayor is another, the process is well-on.

The nut of the matter as *I* see it is, now the Euro-Goy are swamped with refugees of a darker intent. Israel now needs more room to grow. Bibi knows this, which is why they want to break off an enormous slice of Syria for themselves, if nothing else, to accommodate/expand the over-breeding settlements they already have. Give up the Golan? They mean to expand it. All in the interest of security, of course. The Pali's? Who are they again?

Vojkan , May 21, 2018 at 7:31 am GMT
Maybe Netanyahu went to Moscow and said to Putin let's call it a draw.
The Russians went to Syria not because they wanted to but because they had to. Just as they annexed Crimea and not Donbass because they had to not because they wanted to.
With Russia having the population of France and Germany combined and a GDP approximately the same as that of more than three times less populated Spain and down 40% since 2014, maybe we all overestimate Russia's capabilities.
Now that the regime change operation in Syria seems to have failed, that Assad is consolidated, and that Russian bases there are secured, maybe Putin thinks that it isn't unreasonable to call it a draw. Maybe he remembers how it ended the last time Russian military were sent to save a friendly regime, in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Granted, this time they have popular support from locals but the whole effort nevertheless has enormous daily cost which Russia maybe cannot afford to sustain. In September, the intervention will be three years old. Military prowess is not enough. L'argent est le nerf de la guerre.
Can Putin trust Netanyahu? I think we all know the answer to that question. Is he right to accept to call it a draw? I think he isn't, Israelis just can't be trusted. What I think is irrelevant though, I don't have Putin's information nor responsiblity. The most important thing to me is that islamist psychos don't behead children any more and that is thanks to the Russian.
Realist , May 21, 2018 at 7:49 am GMT
@El Dato

I don't know who you're quoting .but it's not me.

El Dato , May 21, 2018 at 7:50 am GMT
@utu

It was Netanyahu who gave Putin the green light.

Evidence?

Duke , Website May 21, 2018 at 8:23 am GMT
Peace be with the reader,

Yes ! I am here, I have come like a thief in the night.

The faithful witness

Our Father willing this comment will not be ' moderated ' (Censored)

RealAmericanValuesCirca1776Not1965 , May 21, 2018 at 8:26 am GMT

Is China responsible for this outcome by being too timid and too distant?

What makes you think China is any less paralyzed than the West? Both entities (like most of the world) are perfectly capable of speaking up and internationally naming the enemy, some just as easily as they could wipe Israel off the map. But it doesn't happen. Not even a peep. Not from any of them. Not in the Americas, not in Europe, not in Asia, not in Africa. Nowhere.

Some like to spin China's reactions to . literally everything, as some kind of Chinese master 'long game' strategy. Others, like myself, prefer to note that there are certain unspoken rules that China abides by at least as strictly as the US and Europe.

Rules like not criticizing those who rule you.

Besides, what benefit could there possibly be in waiting until Israel achieves regional superpower status before making a move against them? America is at it's weakest. Israel is as weak as it's ever going to be at this point.

The simplest answer would be that whatever keeps America so inexplicably obedient is also keeping everyone else the same way.

Beyond that, only speculation as to what that leash is made of. Samson Option? Kill switch on the global economy/infrastructure? Some kind of chemical or bio or other weapon that's so impossibly heinous that the mere threat of it's use paralyzes the largest and the smallest member nations of the international community alike into silently watching everything Israel does and gets away with?

The bigger picture never fails to suggest that the enemy has more dogs on their leash than most are prepared to acknowledge. Even now.

m___ , May 21, 2018 at 9:06 am GMT
@Per/Norway

-- On China, Xi,

Trade, in the light of the long term(10 years plus), is no miracle solution. The finity of the planet speaks against "overheating" exchanges, quantities of goods to quantities of people. Trade is basically acceleration of transactions, which in a sense is the equivalent, but more nuisible then financial capitalism, since it involves physical interaction, while financial capitalism augments to the extreme the disparity between the elites and everybody else as the dominant derivative.

Any exchange acceleration, trade, must and will grind to a standstill, leaving a situation of greater exhaustion of the planet, toxicity and less quality of life for the most, the bulk of humanity. The US cannot follow suit, it has exhausted it's physical capabilities except for "military capitalism", which it pursues.

Run the above note through your system data, and let me know if you see any truth in it. The definition of efficiency should change after that, to you personally, being the least possible physical exchanges over distance, in time, to "rest" the overheated human logistics, instead attending the planet's biodiversity beyond human intercourse.

You could still make a point, insisting on the short-term opportunism of politics, that since there is more conflictive standing between power systems, then synchronism, that the China approach has limited value as a counter measure to US militarism.

In the end though, rationality, the long term, universal agreement is the only chance. Data analysis, later AI, and the added confidence that humanity and it's numbers can be tweaked(the biology of genetics will play a big role) should lead up to a more stable and qualitative planetary system, with higher intelligence leading to smarter rule.

In all the China moves are not very original, at the same time smart in the light of conflicting stands of rivalling nations, infighting. Include the corporate elites, the International Jew conceptualism, and any hidden actors. What we see is infighting of the global elites, have it done with, and attend the real problems and apply the hammer to the nail: population and consumption, toxicity, resource exhaustion, all related negatively to trade.

Momus , May 21, 2018 at 9:24 am GMT
@sarz

The Israeli's have just been creamed again in an around Damascus:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/report-explosions-heard-at-iranian-facility-near-damascus/

and again:

https://www.debka.com/iranian-electronic-warfare-facility-blown-up-south-of-damascus-second-explosion-in-4-days/

Momus , May 21, 2018 at 9:29 am GMT
@utu

Netanyahu has no interest in a disintegrated, failed state Syria on Israel's doorstep.

He saw the Russians as a support for Assad to prevent this and as a counter balance for the Iranians. Here the Israeli real politik diverged from the US's

Russia gained a warm water Mediterranean naval port and an air base.

The too big for their boots Iranians are now being evicted.

Gordo , May 21, 2018 at 10:26 am GMT
Excellent article Dr. Shamir.
m___ , May 21, 2018 at 10:35 am GMT
@utu

-- On your questions,

All of them legitimate, except for Putin as a place holder without defining his hold to told factor.

Essentially the lifetime of political solutions expires faster as opposed to the rational and long term logic of the necessities of planet earth. That means closer then ever expiration dates.

While commenting and thus making the same exact mistake, the variables available to the public are tainted with "pesticides", the farmers(our dear scribes and editors of columns), themselves being dependent on the products of "Bayer" and fertilizer.

These systemics should be addressed, and the best current model that has shortly gotten the limelight was Wikileaks and the driving force Assange. Whistle-blowers needed, anonymous and encrypted access needed, hardware and software open sourcing, middle-men being algorithms, before a fighting chance to cope with the stealthy elites globally. Then let's have another go at "analysing". Our best guess, the quality of argument of our elites' exchanges will show as very poor indeed, especially in the light of better details on the drivers and needs of geopolitics.

Guess who keeps silent on this major issue that involves all of us, makes your comments meaningful or just exposing the weaknesses of the bulk of humanity(us) and what dumbstruck suggestions the elites can get away with. Put your energy where it counts! At least be lucid.

Anon [257] Disclaimer , May 21, 2018 at 10:41 am GMT
@Renoman

Who's going to wipe Israel off the face of the earth?

Eustace Tilley (not) , May 21, 2018 at 10:45 am GMT
In the Oculus Dei , it's Now.
But the atheist physicists bow
To the Arrow of Time.
Is (((their))) Trinity crime
Fiat lux! to the Holocaust "how?"
Momus , May 21, 2018 at 11:19 am GMT
@Renoman

Not since Moses has respect, fear and admiration for the Israelites been so high.

Jake , May 21, 2018 at 11:29 am GMT
'There is an incredible abundance of information, a veritable flood that washes off everything. People think only what they are told today, and mass campaigns are produced by media and think tanks, they do not produce themselves. People are being told every day about, say, the Holocaust, or about Assad's atrocities, or Putin's meddling so it is kept in their minds. The moment the campaign is turned off, interest flags and the matter is totally forgotten, like the Skripal Affair was forgotten after it had been played to full capacity. Now Skripal has been disappeared by the British Secret Services, but this is not mentioned, outside of this publication."

We live in Orwell's nightmare. And the first step to getting us here was Henry VIII. The second step was the rise of the radical reformation Anglo-Saxon Puritans, who were hardcore Judaizers. The third step was the winning Puritan revolution, which culminated in archetypal WASP Oliver Cromwell making alliance with Jews, inviting Jews back into England, granting Jews special rights and privileges, and doing so precisely so the newly formed culture – WASP, as as American would later title it – could slaughter white Christians native to the British Isles and exterminate their cultures.

The fourth step was the blessings of Satan spreading that Judaizing war-loving culture around the globe, slaughtering uncounted millions and ruining virtually every 'traditional' culture encountered, converting the remains to some step on the ladder toward being Anglicized which means being Judaized.

axbycz , May 21, 2018 at 11:43 am GMT
"Jewish wench got the crown of the European art scene"

Please: Specifically who won what?

Anonymous [299] Disclaimer , May 21, 2018 at 11:55 am GMT
How come your jive turkey holy Paleostinian dunces were acting out and acting nuts like a St Vitus dance during the allegedly holy month of RamaLamaDingDong? This RamaLama whatever is better spent stuffing yer Muslim guts after sundown than getting shot full of holes. Next year these rage-a-holic Muslims should be holy for their imaginary Allah instead of hole-y- shot full of holes- courtesy of IDF.
Anonymous-299 , May 21, 2018 at 12:07 pm GMT
There is great video footage of the Putin + Netanyahu + Vucic walk down to the Russian Victory Day walk. My own lift on the Putin-Netanyahu discussions in that the Jewish immigrants we got from you (Russia-USSR) were smart enough to find the back doors to your s-300-400 missile systems. Plus if you cannot hack a system you must hack people. That exiled Russians in Israel knew the right people to hack in Russia because most are tribal members -Jews.
Gordo , May 21, 2018 at 12:33 pm GMT
@CuriousInSeattle

How many border fences are you in favour of?

Anonymous-299 , May 21, 2018 at 12:41 pm GMT
@Momus

Netanyahu has no interest in a disintegrated, failed state Syria on Israel's doorstep.
The too big for their boots Iranians are now being evicted.

In the last few months Israel has said to Iran
=You can pay Hamas to pay their clowns to tear down the border fence but IDF bullets will prevent this
=All significant military assets that you place near us in Syria will be blasted along with your people manning them
= Syrian skies belong to Israel. We can counteract all Russian missile systems because we have back doors to them. When you turn them on you will see Micky Mouse cartoons.
= Sure sucks for you that Donald Trump has cut you off. The US sanctions are back meaning you can sell only half the oil you projected for the next few years on International markets.
=Meaning more chaos and poverty in your failed Allah -Muslim state as it become like Venezuela.
= Iranian pistachios are the best and we will pay cash for them

It is also obvious that Israel has replaced Iran as Putin/Russian favorite son. Iranians will be chumps and losers until they depose Ayatollahs and bring back Zoroastrianism. Iranians are not natural Muslims. Only Arabians are.

Dr. X , May 21, 2018 at 12:41 pm GMT
@RealAmerican

Since the State of Israel is the fulfillment of the Jewish religion, doesn't American support for Israel violate the Establishment Clause of the first Amendment?

Imagine the outcry of the U.S. government gave the Vatican $4 billion annually and established a military base there.

anarchyst , May 21, 2018 at 12:41 pm GMT
@Wally

Ursula Haverbeck
Monika Schaefer
Two 80-plus year-old grandmothers who are doing "hard-time" in maximum-security prisons in Germany for merely questioning the jewish holocaust ™.

What's wrong with this picture?

macilrae , May 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm GMT
Mr Shamir writes with courage, as usual – but is Israel nearing the end of its incredible run of good fortune?

How extreme do Israeli policies have to become before they are too embarrassing even for the US government to support any longer? I have been asking myself that question since the 1960s.

A crack has now appeared between the neocon movement with its leader, Netanyahu, and a sizable proportion of Washington's 'thinking' establishment (obviously not including Congress or the MSM!) – a glimmer of daylight filters through this crack. After all, ordinary Americans are looking at $3.69 (California) gasoline and tying this to pressure from Israel and even the opinion polls show them to be massively opposed to Trump's rejection of the JCPOA.

It remains to be seen whether the Europeans (forget Donald Tusk and Jean-Claud Juncker!) will follow through on their threats and so come into direct conflict with the US administration but there are signs (beginning with pressure from Germany and even France) that this is now conceivable. And the consequences – closer European ties to Russia and China; partial de-fanging of NATO; retaliatory sanctions; completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline – will further isolate the neocons of the US and Israel from the rest of the world.

If the Europeans are 'allowed' to get away with such defiance, who knows what further changes may come about as the two foreign policies diverge – their fetters finally struck off? Will this sentiment then be echoed in the US and, if so, what happens to Israel?

For those of us who, even now, are muttering "still, thank God it wasn't Hillary" there is, perversely, even more reason to be hopeful. Maybe this had to happen before reason could ever hope to prevail.

utu , May 21, 2018 at 1:28 pm GMT
@m___

At least be lucid.

Medice, cura te ipsum.

utu , May 21, 2018 at 1:43 pm GMT
@El Dato

If Netanyahu objected in 2015 Russia would not move in to Syria. The only reason I can see he did not because he had no backing of Obama administration at that time because he and Obama did not see eye to eye and Syria situation was dragging for too long. The no fly zone should have been imposed and executed on several occasions but it was not. The no fly zone also would de facto kill Iran deal which was being ratified in mid 2015. But Obama would not do it.

AaronB , May 21, 2018 at 1:50 pm GMT
@Jim Christian

Europeans are now going through a massive phase of attrition – a great culling, if you will. I suspect 50% of white Europeans in the next few decades will either disappear or be absorbed into a new group.

This sort of historical calamity is not unusual – take the case of the Jews. Out of twelve tribes, ten completely vanished. And of the two that remained, their numbers dwindled. But a "remnant" remained, and a resurgence occurred.

So a fifty percent loss of white Europeans may seem like a huge deal now, historically it's nothing. There will be a lot more pain and humiliation for whites in the coming decades – but these trials will forge a strong new nucleus. This is the price a people always pays when it turns to materialism. Death. There is no avoiding it – it is karma.

But for the non-materialist, the broad sweep of history is what matters – and after decades or centuries of struggle Europeans will emerge again as a people, with a real religion, healthy once again. There is no need to despair because difficulties are many now. This is historically normal. Evil is frequently wins – that is not so big a deal – but it never lasts. In the meantime, there is much work to do.

DESERT FOX , May 21, 2018 at 1:51 pm GMT
America is an Israeli plantation and our Zionist overlords are working us to death for Israel via the wars that we are forced to fight for Israel and via the Zionist privately owned FED and IRS that is taxing us to pay for Israels military and Israels government, ie a government that kills unarmed Palestinian men, women and children.

To see what the Zionist have done and are doing to we goyim, read THE PROTOCOLS OF ZION.

Preserve the founders , May 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm GMT
Soon they will be rounded up and all assets will be frozen around the globe. They will be required to attend an Exit Audit to determine the source of their grotesque wealth and if even a hint of their swindling ways is detected the assets will be forfeited and repatriated. Their co-conspirators will face immediate execution.

Back to isreel they will be sent to face their new landlords, The Palestinians.

Never Again, will they be able to practice their trechery as all females will be spayed, and all men neutured. Their global damage will correct itself in time as nationalizm and the laws of nature will sweep over this world.

Death to Multiculturalism, death to the Globalists. The new American Dream.

foolisholdman , May 21, 2018 at 2:18 pm GMT
@RealAmericanValuesCirca1776Not1965

I don't know what is holding back the rest but the Chinese do not see themselves as missionaries. They are willing to help and advise anyone who asks them for help but they are not going to police the World. They are not going to try to export their form of government. Their official policy, and I think it has popular support, is that they want to live at peace with everybody. Hence, without some pressing reason to destroy Israel they are not going to move against them.

Sam Shama , May 21, 2018 at 2:22 pm GMT
@AaronB

If you read Daybreak as a kid your reflection on it displays such in spades: Irrationality is strength and logic begets weakness. That is the best twaddle I've seen inked in a long time.

AaronB , May 21, 2018 at 2:43 pm GMT
@Sam Shama

lI read it as a teenager.

As a Jew, you know well that of which I speak – you Jews already "know" the truth, and use logic merely instrumentally – to argue for what you already know, and realize your vision on earth.

This is what whites must relearn. Firmly anchored in morality and religion, they must "know" the truth, and use logic merely to realize this vision on earth.

The attempt to use logic to "discover" reality is whites greatest weakness, it leaves them un-anchored and free-floating, and a prey to every people that has the self-confidence that comes from already knowing truth, and not having to discover it.

Philosophy has shown that logic cannot, by its nature, reveal truth, and science shows that self-contradiction seems built into the universe – logic is merely instrumental. Popular culture merely hasn't caught up, and slumbers in stupid dogmatism. But it will.

anon [228] Disclaimer , May 21, 2018 at 2:47 pm GMT
@Jim Christian

Until the Muslim gang takes over, ask your patron (Israel) not to cause the migration to the land that also sustains its( Jews) daily living expenses in the stolen land .

Momus , May 21, 2018 at 2:47 pm GMT
@Wally

No one who matters is interested in your wackadoodle, hair splitting, orders only in German please, faux debunking.

The Nazis' systematic attempts to eradicate Jews from Europe is unassailable fact.

Old dogs are barking but the caravan has rolled on.

The Jewish people have regrouped and are forging their nation.

utu , May 21, 2018 at 2:58 pm GMT
@foolisholdman

Could China has done more to prop up Russia? Didn't they realize that having Russia antagonized with the West and keeping this state was to their advantage? Or was it obvious for them from the very beginning that it can't be done because Russia's elite fatal attraction to the West can't be averted? Every time when Putin uttered the phrase "our Western partners" this was a non-ironical expression of deep seated undying aspirations of Russian elites. China will be pragmatic about Russia and will trade and get military technology while she still needs it form Russia, but in long run China is on her own. One thing China has learned form it that a control of elites (who suppose to control them?) is critical that still can be assured by the power structure of CPC that defines Chinese political and economic doctrine and enforce discipline to adhere to them for the elites. Elites like everywhere are cosmopolitan and they have no ethnic or cultural loyalties (except for the Jewish one). Down the road Chinese will want to be a part of Western elites and if they ended up being incorporated by Zio-Anglo-Amercian elites it will be the final triumph of the One World Order.

gwynedd1 , May 21, 2018 at 3:01 pm GMT
@AaronB

"All Nietzsche's hyperventilating aside, the basic issue is between an Enlightenment people that has killed itself with logic, and a non-Enlightenment people that retains vitality because it is still connected to the irrational."

An interesting comment. And more or less this is a common thread that is truly Judaeo Christian , in that both find themselves caught between irrational hopes and how it really is. Palestinians are probably full of hope. That have much to fear in being rational.

Israel Shamir , May 21, 2018 at 3:07 pm GMT
@CuriousInSeattle

relatives come under hostile fire

How come none of them got hurt?

to destroy a border fence

A border fence is a fence between two states. Gaza is ruled by Israel like any reservation in the US is ruled from Washington. But your Red Indians can go out and come back. Gaza is a prison camp within Israel.

Seamus Padraig , May 21, 2018 at 3:08 pm GMT
@axbycz

I dare you to un-see this! But to answer your question, this is what Shamir was referring to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netta_Barzilai

Pretty nasty, huh?

anonomy , May 21, 2018 at 3:18 pm GMT
It would be nice if the Jews and the Muslims could now take their argument back to the Middle-East. This is America on a totally different continent and some of us are trying to make America great again. That's horrible that the other people who like dead Christians have died on a totally different continent by the hand of the other different people who don't want to be there on that other continent either if white people suggest they go live there.
Yes lets make America great again.
AaronB , May 21, 2018 at 3:22 pm GMT
@gwynedd1

Palestinians are full of hope.

I was watching a video clip, and this Palestinian woman with a broad smile, brimming with optimism, said "if we don't liberate our land, our children will, God willing". She was not at all dejected at the recent turn of events. She seemed happy.

If she was a modern rational materialist like Europeans, she'd be depressed and despairing.

utu , May 21, 2018 at 3:27 pm GMT
@AaronB

As a Jew, you know well that of which I speak – you Jews already "know" the truth, and use logic merely instrumentally – to argue for what you already know, and realize your vision on earth.

So what is this truth that Jews do have? Isn't it just that: "Is it good for the Jews?" What gentiles suppose to do when confronted with it? There are only three options:

(1) Accept Jewish goal as a universal goals for everybody, meaning that we all will be working to help Jews succeed and make the world Jewish in which Jews will be as special privileged ruling cast.

(2) Reject and betray our universalism and emulate Jews and try to compete with them using "Is it good for us and screw everybody else?" Why would one want to do it? In name of what? Just convert to Judaism and become one of them and you have the whole enchilada. And it would be much safer.

(3) Do not betray our universalism. Double down on it and treat Jews as undeveloped children who we must teach how to behave in the big world. They need to learn to play with other children. The first lesson: Never ever ask "Is it good for the Jews?" You must ask: "If I do it is it good for John and Jane?"

You know very well that (3) is the only correct option. The other two are defeat and surrender. Jews and their Bronze Age ethnocentrism must be fought to the death if humanity worth surviving is to survive. Right now option (1) is what we are de facto doing because we do not challenge Jews mostly out of fear and (2) is what various ethnically conscious gentiles (Kevin MacDonald) are proposing which is "Let's us become like Jews."

Mike P , May 21, 2018 at 3:49 pm GMT
Hasbara trolls out in force. I keep scratching my head over what they hope to achieve by putting their impertinence, callousness, mendacity, and ignorance on display for everyone to see. If a single troll exhibited such traits, you would overlook him; but if the whole team does the same, it clearly establishes a pattern.

If these keyboard warriors are in any way representative of Israeli attitudes, then I'm indeed worried for Israel.

Herald , May 21, 2018 at 3:59 pm GMT
@Bliss

Keeping a promise to do something remarkably stupid is hardly something to be bragged about.

AaronB , May 21, 2018 at 4:02 pm GMT
@utu

The Jewish "truth" is that they have a sacred connection to the divine, and that Jewish triumph means the triumph of goodness, God's divine plan, and in fact the ultimate triumph of all of mankind.

It is in fact a universal vision – Jewish triumph is not merely tribal, but of universal transcendental significance involving all mankind.

This is what someone like Thorfinsson does not understand – mere selfish conquest does not inspire many people to heights of heroism or self-sacrifice.

No, whites should never lose their universalism – they should see Jews as false and perverted bearers of a fake universalism, unworthy of the mantle, and corrupted unto a monstrous selfishness. And the signs of Jewish decline we are beginning to see, like a collapse in accomplishment, are signs they are beginning to feel the effects of their departure from the Tao.

It's popular these days to say that whites suffer from altruistic universalism, that is their weakness – but that is false. Whites despise themselves and humiliate themselves before others. This is not universalism – but inverted racism.

Whites must be firmly anchored in universal morality and religion – this way they will cease despising themselves and cease wishing to humiliate themselves before others. As such, they will seek justice for themselves but not violate that of others. A universal morality requires that whites thrive as much as any group, and to the extent that whites are firmly anchored in transcendental values, white thriving will be co-identical with the welfare of the world and everyone else, not at its expense.

Wally , May 21, 2018 at 4:06 pm GMT
@Momus

said:
"The Nazis' systematic attempts to eradicate Jews from Europe is unassailable fact.
The Jewish people have regrouped and are forging their nation."

But The Big Lie IS being ' assailed' big time and the laughably stupid & completely impossible narrative does not withstand scrutiny. Momus is in denial of science which shreds the absurd '6M Jews, 5M others, & gas chambers'.

I suggest to readers here that they access my posts and Momus's responses to them.
He was left staring into the headlights of information he absolutely could not refute. In short, he was embarrassed and hopes no one will notice. Just look the language he uses. Desperate name calling with his head in sand and his ass in the air. Excuse my French.
The simple fact that people are arrested, attacked, & persecuted for engaging in free speech about the scam indicates that even the hateful "Holocau$t Industry" realizes that it doesn't wash.
And notice that Momus is afraid to debate his religion at a site which allows no name calling, accepts all views on the subject.

http://forum.codoh.com

more:
The Rudolf Report
Expert Report on Chemical and Technical Aspects
of the 'Gas Chambers' of Auschwitz

http://vho.org/GB/Books/trr/index.html

and another take down of the Babi Yar mass shooting lie:
Babi Yar
By John Wear

https://codoh.com/library/document/5569/?lang=en

http://www.codoh.com
And of course his parasitical 'Israel' as we know it is going down, sooner or later, it's doomed.
'Castles made of sand melt into the sea, eventually'.

AaronB , May 21, 2018 at 4:08 pm GMT
@utu

I agree, option 3 is the correct one.

But ethnocentrism cam be part of a universal ethic that respects everyone.

I love my family more than I love you, utu, and if I didn't, then the sources of love in me would be dried up, and I couldn't love anyone at all. My capacity to love you is part of my capacity to love my family first.

It goes – love of self, family, friends, nation, mankind.

There are special people -saints – who transcend all these categories, and love all equally. But for most people, lack of ethnocentrism means individualism, and selfishness.

Nor do I define ethnicity as "pure" – it can be very mixed, but must be tied to a specific location, over many generations, with traditions, etc, and grounded in the transcendental

anonymous [204] Disclaimer , May 21, 2018 at 4:22 pm GMT
[Jews prevailed upon Trump to take his country out of the nuclear deal of six powers, and after that, in the moment of highest tension, Israel bombed so-called Iranian bases in Syria.

The reason nothing happened is due the fact that PUTIN AND TRUMP BOTH ARE CONNECTED TO zionist Mofia. Stop painting Putin and Russia in a good light. Putin is a traitor and is committing TREASON in Syria. The reason that Putin got involved in Syria was TO KILL MUSLIMS, and establish a food step in the Middle East, a project that Russia desired for A LONG TIME. Now, he is closer to its REAL ALLY, Israel, to implement ODED YINON, meaning partition Syria for the interest of the Jewish Mafia that he like Trump is a member of. The traitor Putin is trying to fool Syrian by forcing its 'peace plan', meaning partition Syria under the hoax FEDERATION, like in Iraq to erect the Zionist mafia project meaning 'kurdistan' with the traitor and terrorist Kurd, as Zionist pawns. President Assad repeatedly said: We NEVER allow federation.

http://our-russia.com/08052018072159/russia-bisected-trump-straw-man-theory

The Mueller investigation by itself is a criminal project where is trying to HIDE THE HAND OF THE JEWISH Mafia in the selection of Trump who is connected to Putin through Israel and its agents. That's why a few days ago New York Time reported:

[Donald Trump Junior Met with Gulf Emissary Offering Saudi and UAE Help to Win Presidency]

This FAKE news appears at 'globalresearch', which is stupid, to say the least. The reason behind this kind of FAKE NEWS is to hide the hand of real criminals, Israel and Jewish Mafia in the selection of Trump. The house of Chabad and its billionaire members were involved where are in the business of real estate, whore houses, Casino, gambling, social networking hoax and money laundering, the same kind of people who put Putin in power in 2000.

[Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch's firm cited in money-laundering case ]

The connection between Putin-Trump is through a Zionist Mafia and some of its member at Chabad :
Chabad is a Jewish community center on Long Island, sits in a squat brick edifice across from a Shell gas station and a strip mall. The center is an unexceptional building on an unexceptional street, save for one thing: Some of the shortest routes between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin run straight through it. Both Ivanka and Kushner are connected to this house.

[Ivanka is good friends with Dasha Zhukova, the art-collector wife of oligarch Roman Abramovich, one of the richest men in Russia. Abramovich isn't just the owner of the Chelsea soccer club; he's reportedly a member of Putin's inner circle.In early 2016, the Daily Mail reported that Abramovich had given Putin a $35 million yacht.]

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/the-happy-go-lucky-jewish-group-that-connects-trump-and-putin-215007

Both Putin and Trump and his family are close to Chabad:
[As leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, he took an insular Hasidic group that almost came to an end with the Holocaust and transformed it into one of the most influential movements in world Jewry, with an international network of over 3,000 educational and social centers. The institutions he established include kindergartens, schools, drug-rehabilitation centers, care-homes for the disabled and synagogues.]

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/11/27/the-odd-chabad-connection-between-putin-and-trump/

Let's begin here:
[Starting in 1999, [Vladimir] Putin enlisted two of his closest confidants, the oligarchs Lev Leviev and Roman Abramovich, who would go on to become Chabad's biggest patrons worldwide, to create the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia under the leadership of Chabad rabbi Berel Lazar, who would come to be known as "Putin's rabbi."

[There's a good chance that if you know of Roman Abramovich, you know him as the owner of the Chelsea Football Club of the English Premier League. You may not know that he was a victor (along with Paul Manafort's patron Oleg Deripaska) in the bloody aluminum wars of the 1990s, or that he was reportedly the person who convinced Boris Yeltsin that Putin would be a proper successor. You probably are not aware that Ivanka Trump is very close friends with Abramovich's wife, Dasha Zhukova, with whom she recently attended the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens. Zhukova reportedly attended the inauguration as Ivanka's personal guest.]

It takes a little more doing to understand the Trump family's connections to Lev Leviev.
To begin with, we need to go back to Bayrock, the company that Donald Trump teamed up with to build his Trump Soho project. There were three main actors in that enterprise. One was convicted mob associate and murky FBI informant Felix Sater. Another was Tevfik Arif, a shady man with likely Russian intelligence connections who was once was arrested by the Turks on Mustafa Kamal Ataturk's yacht and "charged with running an international underage prostitution ring." The third was the late Tamir Sapir, another man with ties to Russian intelligence. If you're interested in this aspect of the story, I refer you to my Trump's Soho Project, the Mob, and Russian Intelligence article and also Mike Lofgren's piece: Mobbed Up, both written in late February.

Interestingly, all these men have connections to the CHABAD MOVEMENT. Felix Sater was honored as Man of the Year in 2014 by the Port Washington Chabad house. The same Chabad house's website lists Tevfik Arif, who is not Jewish, "among its top 13 benefactors."

Photo of Addelson and Levi Shemtov, Chabad

utu , May 21, 2018 at 4:23 pm GMT
@AaronB

grounded in the transcendental

You seem to be grounded alright and nowhere near transcendental. Your BS is getting tiresome.

Sam Shama , May 21, 2018 at 4:23 pm GMT
@AaronB

As a Jew, you know well that of which I speak – you Jews already "know" the truth, and use logic merely instrumentally – to argue for what you already know, and realize your vision on earth.

No; I do not know of that which you speak. Making grand, mystical sounds, and proclaiming "Jews do this" or "Jews-do-that", does not a sound argument make.

You are right about logic, though. It is an instrument to be used liberally to suit one's object. And it does require a vision, which is the object.

Philosophy is delightful for those times when leisure is in your hands aplenty. Perhaps when the world mends; in the meantime, there is work to be done

You say: "Popular culture merely hasn't caught up, and slumbers in stupid dogmatism. But it will. " Sounds very much like a dogma you've swallowed hook line and sinker, especially that last little gem.

anonomy , May 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm GMT
@anonymous

The Other administration before this one, bombed the whole Middle East and parts of Africa., and has our troops spread thin on some other continent creating Democracy and fighting for the rights of Muslim women. Now let's see, the Clinton administration brought down the whites in Serbia for the Muslims to have their own land and bombed Afghanistan after the USS Cole Bombing but the terrorist bases were Empty. The Iraq Liberation act was also signed during the Clinton Admin, and the Mrs wrote how her husband was going to do something about Afghanistan. Then instead of Liberating Iraq the military was sent to liberate the women of Afghanistan even Code Pink was happy and the women of Afghanistan love their US Marine Protection. Oh but when to Iraq, poor Bush, then on to the other administration, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen and parts of Africa. All LEFTY marxist nation builders.

SolontoCroesus , May 21, 2018 at 4:54 pm GMT
@Biff

Biff, Hitler understood that if/that zionists established their plantation in Palestine, that cycle would change inexorably.

Zionists/Jews now have an enclave out of which they cannot be kicked -- something more like a gangster hideaway.

Zionism's leaders have set up and run Israel on a basis nearly completely divorced from the processes "civilized societies" at least give lip service to.

The world must contend with the existence of the physical establishment, Israel.

Other states may, if they can summon the cojones, pressure Israel to behave in a more civilized manner -- declare and remain inside borders; subscribe to international treaties that monitor extremely dangerous weapons, etc. This is a hard sell but possible if a combine of nations exert their will, and recognize their self-interest.

What should be a less difficult task is for states that are NOT Israel to insist on their sovereignty and complete independence from Israel. Politicians don't do things unless they are forced. It looks like the people are going to have to rise up and pressure US political leaders to divorce from an abusive 'relationship,' "for the sake of the children."
Failing that, the only other alternative history has offered is for the "Cossacks to ride again" and expel all Jews from nations where some Jews are oppressing all non-Jews, as Poland did in the 1930s.

AaronB , May 21, 2018 at 4:54 pm GMT
@Sam Shama

Indeed it is a dogma – and as such not open to debate.

AaronB , May 21, 2018 at 4:55 pm GMT
@utu

On the contrary. If you learned to appreciate what you call bs, your world weariness and poor spirits might lift.

anonymous [204] Disclaimer , May 21, 2018 at 5:04 pm GMT
[The strongest voice against Israeli brutality was that of President Erdogan of Turkey. He sent Israeli ambassador home, called back his own ambassador, and organised a meeting of Muslim states' leaders to deal with Israel.]

You have NO clue about the Zionist servant, Erdogan, that why he is doing this show.
He is an IMPOSTER and conducting THIS SHOW to capture hearts and minds of Arab against the current Iranian government where is supporting Palestinians right continually OVER 70 YEARS.
Turkey is the first Muslim country to recognize an illegitimate entity since 1948 NON STOP . Turkey never called its ambassador home, even when Israel was killing Palestinians or even Turkish citizens.
Apparently the Zionist mafia man, Putin, is having an affair with Erdogan to force Assad and Iran to accept Zionist plan in the name of 'peace' so Putin can implement ODED YINON to erect 'kurdistan'. This plan never take place and Putin must get lost now.

https://www.lightonconspiracies.com/trumps-russia-ties-really-jewish-ties/

Erdogan and his family have been in direct business with Israel for all these years.
Erdogan and corrupt Barzani family were shipping OIL STOLEN from Iraq to Israel passing through Turkey and cashing in millions of dollars buying mansions abroad.
The Arabs and people in the region are not going to be fooled by Zionist servants such as Erdogan and Putin. Putin never attack Israel for his crimes against humanity when they were killing Palestinian babies, because both are enemies of Muslims.

bjondo , May 21, 2018 at 5:06 pm GMT
@Rational

The State of Hate for the Haters.

Where ever they are they can be called "Haters".

In occupied Palestine the hate is so concentrated the Haters will implode into oblivion.

AaronB , May 21, 2018 at 5:10 pm GMT
@Sam Shama

Philosophy is delightful for those times when leisure is in your hands aplenty. Perhaps when the world mends; in the meantime, there is work to be done

And indeed well said. Philosophy is idle – we must have our dogmas and work aggressively to realize them on earth. That is a lesson you Jews can help us relearn.

Philosophy's only purpose is to destroy philosophy, in the manner of Nagarjuna.

You are right about logic, though. It is an instrument to be used liberally to suit one's object. And it does require a vision, which is the object

Well said again. A vision is required – then you work to realize it. Logic cannot get you a vision, it can only destroy it – thus, it is merely an instrument, and not to be taken too seriously.

bjondo , May 21, 2018 at 5:19 pm GMT
@CuriousInSeattle

I will modify a bit Israel Shamir's ,"Gaza is a prison camp " to "Gaza is a concentration-extermination-weapons-testing prison."

m___ , May 21, 2018 at 5:21 pm GMT
@Jake

There is an incredible abundance of information, a veritable flood that washes off everything

Hiding by layers of sand. Things could be simple though. Cheap drones and cameras are the on the spot journalists tools to be, all parties as such should be unhindered to document their point of the clash, giving real time overview and as such making opinionating meaningful. Comments on unreferenced(no drones, no audio, no images, no video) events are absurd.

The revision of the Convention of Geneva should give unarmed surveillance drones ambulance status. War, conflict, will then become as soccer, arena sports. The circus, the gamejjk, can then be weighted by any human with a brain as to what it has become: policing of the masses, and creating waste-land areas of toxicity. The truth, the composite of the data could then be readily consumed at convenient times, on the couch, in one's underwear. Politicians and op-eds would go the way of the horse.

Observing complete dialogues of back-room sessions in the caves of the UN, Washington, the Trump Tower, the Kremlin and on should not be off limits. Since privacy is then the right of the privileged only, and does not go both ways.

The single suggestion above, affordable, even cheap, and there are many others that modern consumer electronics allow, would approach first hand democracy worthy of the name. Since conflicts reverberate globally, they are no longer local but to the to be homeless being coincidentally present. It can be said that any deplorable anywhere on the globe has an interest. Make it a voting interest by allowing transparency?

The biggest expense of the welfare budget: financing a hideous administration, public sector, elected politicians, corporate middle managers-pushers that drive the exploits of the commoner could then be privatized. They, not the poor are the largest chunk of wastful expenditure of the common good.

Global politics as played out today, should become as comprehensible as the scenes of a camera showing a customer giving head to the cab driver so as to pay the fare. As the Holocaust, what cannot be readily observed, established, accounted for should not be considered as real.

As Nero burns the suburbs of Rome, we want to sit on the first row.

Mulegino1 , May 21, 2018 at 5:22 pm GMT

The Nazis' systematic attempts to eradicate Jews from Europe is unassailable fact.

What do you mean by eradicate? If you mean uproot or remove, you would be correct. The total/final solution was for the Jews to leave Germany, the German sphere of influence ,and eventually, Europe.

On the other hand, there never was any plan conceived of or executed to murder all of the Jews of Europe. The fake "Holocaust" narrative is not about the Jews leaving Europe or being forced out, since such an occurrence is common throughout their history, i.e., when their numbers and influence reach critical mass in any society, their continued presence there becomes an intolerable burden for their hosts, so they are forced to leave. The age old solution of expulsion was simply envisioned on a larger geographical scale. If past performance is indeed indicative of future results, it should be noted that the expulsions worked quite well for the host countries. Jewry is little prone to self-examination in a collective sense. If an individual is thrown out of one hotel for creating a disturbance, this may well have been the result of a misunderstanding. If the same individual has been thrown out of hundreds of hotels for the same reason, then it is almost certainly the fault of the guest and not the hotel industry.

The nucleus of the fake "Holocaust" is the murder of some 4 million Jews said to have occurred at six so called "extermination camps" – Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka II, Belzec, Sobibor, Chelmno and Majdanek (Lublin). The murders were said to have been carried out in "gas chambers" which used either a commercially available pesticide- Zyklon (Auschwitz-Birkenau and Majdanek), so called "gas vans" (Chelmno) or non-lethal diesel exhaust (Treblinka II). We can discount the tales of electrified floors at Belzec, delayed reaction poison gas, execution by tree felling, etc. The gas chamber legend has been falsified. There were no homicidal gas chambers in any of the German camps. The methods claimed to have been employed are technical absurdities, and the numbers of victims logistical impossibilities. A realistic assessment of Jews who died at Birkenau (of all causes, including typhus) would be in the lower tens of thousands, not 1.2 million as is now claimed (down from the original claim of 4 million). The alleged 800,000 killed at Treblinka II appears to be a complete free invention. There is simply nothing there- no traces of mass graves, massive amounts of human remains, wood ash, etc. Nothing.

The Germans and eventually most Europeans will be paying the price for this non-crime in shekels, but the Palestinians are paying the price with blood and the theft of their homes, farms and orchards.

anon [107] Disclaimer , May 21, 2018 at 5:22 pm GMT
@anonymous

If you're interested in this aspect of the story, I refer you to my Trump's Soho Project, the Mob, and Russian Intelligence article and also Mike Lofgren's piece: Mobbed Up, both written in late February.

link?

utu , May 21, 2018 at 5:27 pm GMT
@anonymous

The Chabad issue has been raised under previous articles of Israel Shamir but he seemed to dismiss it saying that Chabad was not as strong or influential and so on. Personally I liked this 'deep background' conspiracy theory with Chabad playing the first fiddle:

Trump -- –Chabad -- –Netanyahu -- –Chabad -- -- Putin

Certainly there are many connections. There is money and there are curious and hard to explain Trump's advantages that he displayed in 2015 and 2016 that only could be explained by Trump's access to the first rate intelligence sources. He must have received them from Netanyahu rather than as some believed from some enigmatic American Patriots in Pentagon whose existence was stipulated by wishful thinking of patriotic Trump supporters. Furthermore, Trump himself could not come up with a multilayer stratagem. There were some serious analysts and planners who created it. Most likely Trump did not know what was a sham and what was for real. Though his handlers did. Most likely he believed in his pro-American platform, however his handlers knew they would be able to derail this part with the help of media and Democrats to strip his platform from anything pro-American and leave only the bare bones Zionist part which most Americans who voted for Trump barely even noticed that this Zionist part existed. But here we are: Oligarchy got the tax cut, Jerusalem is recognized as Israel's capital and Iran deal is reneged and sanctions on Iran will be imposed.

We know much less what Putin really expected from his intervention in Syria. If he did not intervene Syria would fall in 2015/16 and chaos would reign as envisioned by the Yinon Plan. Various factions of Rebels and ISIS would be slaughtering each other which would be to the delight of Israel. So why Israel let Russia move in to prevent it form happening and prolonging the agony of Assad regime? The only thing that comes to my mind is that Israel feared that Turkey would take too big advantage of the situation and Russia's move was to keep Turkey from feasting too much on the carcass of Syria and moving its border too close to Israel. After all Turkey is a semi-secular Muslim nation which by definition of Yinon Plan are the biggest threat to Israel in the ME.

tac , May 21, 2018 at 5:40 pm GMT
@Renoman

And isn't it ironic that they (the Israeli cabal and their sycophants) project onto others (especially the Palestinians) their utter lack of humanity and visceral hatred without an ounce of introspection? The outright lies and the unashamed amounts they produce in their whimsical fantasy that they live in–which is so counter to reality–one can only wonder how such peoples can live in a web-of-lies and are reticent to speak out, with the exception of a few, yet somehow follow such grotesque distortions of reality with unquestioning sympathies.

Stories such as this one will never garner any serious attention is the mainstream press–no wonder anyone with any semblance of critical thought should rightly never tune-in to their propaganda support BDS movement:

Mulegino1 , May 21, 2018 at 5:43 pm GMT
@SolontoCroesus

Indeed, Hitler understood this all too well.

The German Reich and certain Zionist organizations did collaborate on certain projects, such as emigration to Palestine- since they both had the same goal- to have the Jews leave Germany. However, Hitler knew- and explicitly stated- that a Jewish state in Palestine was a bad idea, and would lead to nothing more than the foundation of a criminal state serving as a redoubt and headquarters for Jewry's belligerency and criminality and a haven for fugitives from justice. In addition, it is now the headquarters of the greatest shakedown and fraud in modern history, namely the guilt shaming and extortion of Christian Europeans via the fake narrative of the 6 million.

No wonder they hated Hitler. Telling the truth garners the hatred of those who hate the truth.

Sam Shama , May 21, 2018 at 5:54 pm GMT
@SolontoCroesus

other alternative history has offered is for the "Cossacks to ride again" and expel all Jews from nations ..

Plainly obvious that your descent to a full-fledged would-be killer of innocent Jews is complete. When we first exchanged pleasantries back in 2015, you were merely struggling with the bottle, showing only nascent signs of the seething hate on full display now, with the passage of three years.

Quite sure I can outride your inner Cossack, though.

Mulegino1 , May 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm GMT
@utu

Then, when the Jews can exhibit as their work such jewels and golden vessels as the European nations of a briefer and less profound experience could not and cannot produce, when Israel will have transformed its eternal vengeance into an eternal blessing for Europe: then there will again arrive that seventh day on which the ancient Jewish God may rejoice in himself, his creation and his chosen people and let us all, all of us, rejoice with him!

Except there are very few "jewels and golden vessels" produced by the Jews in a cultural or artistic sense, and even these are of secondary importance. The entirety of their scientific achievements have only been possible when standing on the shoulders of the great gentile scientists who preceded them. Einstein was good at publicity hounding but is strongly suspected of plagiarizing his European contemporaries. In any case, his Serbian wife was responsible for doing the math- literally; since Serbs do not, unlike a certain other ethnic group, control the media or the Nobel selection process, she was out of luck.

The elevation of the Jews as a "nation of creative geniuses" is dependent upon the degradation of intellect, tastes, manners and mores in their host societies. The more the people become absorbed with things like entertainment, spectacle, and triviality- things at which the Jews excel- the Jews gain the upper hand in the dictation of value.

Sam Shama , May 21, 2018 at 6:08 pm GMT
@Mulegino1

The truth is this: Hitler was a mentally unstable man with a peculiar moustache more suited to a comic than the strongman he wanted to be seen as. He got what he deserved in the end [taking on the Allies, an adversary with vastly superior capabilities]: a self-inflicted bullet in the head.

Art , May 21, 2018 at 6:19 pm GMT

In short, the Jews overcame their problems by mid-May 2018, and emerged as a leading polity on the planet Earth, in perfect rapport with both superpowers and in control over mind of billions. The massacre of Gaza furnished the proof they can kill with impunity.

Can we disagree? Putin remains in power over "war no war" in the ME. By not putting in s-300s into Syria, he avoided war. His defensive weapons own Israel's future. He is the player – Israel went hat in hand to Russia.

Trump's embassy move and the killing in Gaza looks bad for Israel. In world opinion, Gaza won the righteousness battle hands down. The US has lost its stature as an honest broker in the ME. This is a major lose for the Israeli Jews – the unfairness of the last 70 years, is glaring. Alas, another lie about the sick situation is 100% exposed.

The sanctions on Iran are dividing US/Israel from the rest of the world. If Russia, China, and Europe balk, then the mighty Jew central banking system will take a big hit.

Things are looking up for the good guys.

Think Peace -- Art

Realist , May 21, 2018 at 6:22 pm GMT
@Wally

t's called force, coercion, jail sentences.

How did 2.2% of the US population get control of US White gentiles?

Shoving the fake '6M Jews' down everyone's throat has done the job as well. Power and cash are the man reason the scam was created in the first place. And Jews have been trying that lie since at least 1823.

So White gentiles are stupid?

hyperbola , May 21, 2018 at 6:27 pm GMT
@Momus

Lets remember that Israel was NOT established by the UN and that christians have suffered from jewish tribal racist-supremacism even more than moslems in Palestine. That it is time to end the "jewish state" is increasingly widely understood.

The Great March of Return and Israel's Attack on Gaza: Canadian Opposition
Open letter from Canadian organizations on Gaza massacre

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-great-march-of-return-and-israels-attack-on-gaza-canadian-opposition/5641281

. IJV Canada statement on the 70th Anniversary of the Nakba

Seventy years have passed since the state of Israel was established in Palestine. As a direct result, hundreds of Palestinian villages were destroyed, thousands were killed and and hundreds of thousands were rendered homeless. For Zionists, 15 May 1948, marks the culmination of ambitions to create a Jewish-majority state; for Palestinians, it marks what came to be known as al-Nakba: the Catastrophe.

Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is a grassroots organization grounded in Jewish tradition that opposes all forms of racism and advocates for justice and peace for all in Israel-Palestine. Today, IJV stands in solidarity with Palestinians marking and mourning 70 years since the 1948 Nakba.

Palestinians say, "the Nakba continues!" and it is the shameful truth. The Israeli government systematically imprisons Palestinian children, it continues to colonize Palestinian land for Jewish-only settlement in collaboration with the Jewish National Fund, and of course denies Palestinian refugees their right to return.

The ongoing Nakba has perhaps been hardest on Palestinians in Gaza, who live in what is known as the world's largest open-air prison, largely cut off from the outside world and subject to repeated aerial bombing campaigns. We dedicate a special message of solidarity to them, currently mourning the death yesterday and today of more than 60 people and the wounding of over 2000 others by Israeli snipers. The bravery they exhibit in facing the Israeli army speaks to the desperation of their situation, but also of the undying Palestinian will for justice and return to the land they call home.

Let this latest string of massacres be a wake up call to the world. We call on Canadians, and fellow Jewish Canadians in particular, to join us not only in acknowledging and mourning the Nakba, but in doing all that we can to put an end to it

Realist , May 21, 2018 at 6:31 pm GMT
@Jim Christian

Because Carl and Rob Reiner and Norman Lear said so. Remember them?

Yes, I remember them. But only idiots would march into oblivion because someone told them to.

hyperbola , May 21, 2018 at 6:31 pm GMT
@Anon

It should be a joint project of most of humanity. Murderous tribal racist-supremacists have no place in the modern world.

Why Israel Has No "Right To Exist" As A Jewish State

https://www.countercurrents.org/bendo211107.htm

hyperbola , May 21, 2018 at 6:33 pm GMT
@Momus

Who is Moses? That silly story was exposed as nothing more than tribal propaganda ages ago. By now we not only know that there is no evidence of his existence in Egypt and the pyramids were built over 1000 before the fake story.

anonymous [204] Disclaimer , May 21, 2018 at 6:50 pm GMT
@anon

Here you are:

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/04/17/michael-cohen-gets-a-special-visit/

[It takes a little more doing to understand the Trump family's connections to Lev Leviev. To begin with, we need to go back to Bayrock, the company that Donald Trump teamed up with to build his Trump Soho project. There were three main actors in that enterprise. One was convicted mob associate and murky FBI informant Felix Sater. Another was Tevfik Arif, a shady man with likely Russian intelligence connections who was once was arrested by the Turks on Mustafa Kamal Ataturk's yacht and "charged with running an international underage prostitution ring." The third was the late Tamir Sapir, another man with ties to Russian intelligence. If you're interested in this aspect of the story, I refer you to my Trump's Soho Project, the Mob, and Russian Intelligence article and also Mike Lofgren's piece: Mobbed Up, both written in late February.]

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/02/20/trumps-soho-project-the-mob-and-russian-intelligence/

Echoes of History , May 21, 2018 at 7:13 pm GMT
@hyperbola

Purporting that certain kinds of humans "have no place in the modern world" is a position that can be held only by a "murderous tribal racist-supremacist."

Isn't it ironic, don't you think?

c matt , May 21, 2018 at 7:25 pm GMT
@Momus

Fear – sure, such a small rather insignificant polity basically has the world by the gonads coupled with a suicidal desire for power over all others. Well played.

Respect and admiration, not so much.

renfro , May 21, 2018 at 7:39 pm GMT
@Bliss

You must not have been paying attention to what Trump was saying during the campaign. When was the last time a President kept so many of his promises so fast?

He kept his promises to his Jewish Israeli casino donor, Sheldson Adelson , not to his voters.

Mulegino1 , May 21, 2018 at 7:44 pm GMT
@Sam Shama

Most of what we are told or taught in school about Hitler is rubbish. The main reason he is demonized is that international Jewry needs a lightning rod to deflect from its own criminality. Hitler was an effective leader and visionary statesman who was far ahead of his time. His "crime" is that Germany lost the war, and the victors always write the history books.

One wonders at what point the people of Europe will wake up to the truth about Hitler and the Second World War and start asking themselves a few simple questions: "Are we better off or worse off than in 1939? Is it possible that Hitler was right, and that we the people really lost the war? Did those who fought against Hitler do so so that Europe could be flooded with third world refugees, its spirituality bankrupted, its culture perverted and its identity lost?"

renfro , May 21, 2018 at 7:51 pm GMT
@Wally

"Why in hell did the White gentiles allow the Jews to get so powerful?"

Because most Americans didn't know what they were doing.

As the Jewish lobby says about itself .." "A lobby is like a night flower: it thrives in the dark and dies in the sun."

https://www.jta.org/2009/03/17/news-opinion/politics/freeman-affair-sheds-sunshine-on-night-flower-steve-rosen

Of course the Jew dominated media still hides it from Americans ..but its gotten some sunlight in the past several years .thanks to the internet.

renfro , May 21, 2018 at 7:56 pm GMT
@CuriousInSeattle

If a bunch of people try to destroy a border fence, what do you think would be an appropriate response?

First of all Israel doesn't have legal borders,

Second, the appropriate response to Israelis by Palestines would be to kill them for stealing their land and ghettorizing them.

That's what I would do if it were my land and family.

Mulegino1 , May 21, 2018 at 8:05 pm GMT
@Realist

The problem is not so much gentile stupidity but gentile naivete and the propensity to fall for the "Big Lie" strategy which, as a long effective artifice, international Jewry knows how to employ with unparalleled expertise.

A majority – albeit a declining one- is simply not ready to wrap their minds around the possibility that pretty much everything they have been taught at home and school, preached to about, propagandized with by Hollywood and the kosher entertainment and media complex with respect to the Second World War, the Third Reich and the subsequent Cold War is a farrago of falsehood and cynical distortion of the truth.

The argumentum ad Holocaustiam is Jewry's final ploy for deflecting the criminality of its international leadership and elites. Thanks to the liberation of information due to the rise of the internet, people are wising up very quickly to this nonsense. The ideological foundation of the Anglo-Zionist empire- the myth of the "Good War" and the "Holocaust" is crumbling quickly.

renfro , May 21, 2018 at 8:07 pm GMT
@Vojkan

If anyone thinks Putin trust anyone I have some timeshare in Syria to sell them.

Putin is the epitome of a Russian Nationalist. And he has decided that 'statesman like diplomacy' in the international circle is the way to garner international influence for the benefit of Russia.

Study his history.

Israel Shamir , May 21, 2018 at 8:11 pm GMT
@Momus

Here you are mistaken: Netanyahu has interest in a disintegrated, failed state Syria on Israel's doorstep. This is exactly what he wants. This is what he tried to achieve, even by alliance with Jihadees.
Russians can't stay in Syria without Iranian support.

m___ , May 21, 2018 at 8:18 pm GMT
@Realist

So White gentiles are stupid?

White gentiles, the ones that count are as Jewish, Judaic, call it whatever you like in affiliation and method as is the case with Israel. This is evident also in anything twentieth century, from banking to war. Why?

Because the philosophy of power does not allow for anything else. Power m-u-s-t be ruthless, unforgiving, gratuitous, elitist, bargaining, experimenting. The blueprint of any day is "us, there is but the other to serve us, or be erased at will, there is no tomorrow". Can you blame the proper Western elites to rally within the Jewish knot, the only international network in existence that does something else then cower down?

The pack of the gentiles with sufficient comprehension, are atomic, physically cowardly, do not "kill" their own betrayers, thus pollute their own environment, do not act as worthy of dominance, elitist privilege is strange to them, thus they define themselves as victims, the fray.

Most probably, the largest factor to be blamed is the Roman Catholic church, the Jesus thing, a universalistic philosophy, based on victim-ship and tolerance of it. Now do not mention the Crusades, or Hitler, they were rather taken as a lesson how not to be humiliated once over, again.

In simple terms, Palestinians are the other(in the eye of the elites), "us" means as to anyone not explicitly included(Palestinians, as much as white gentiles, Africans of all sorts, the easy one: Arabs, Muslims(the art of selling out revisited) and on). No love waisted, the angle of importance is that the benign theatre of experiment is what will happen to these cocooning non-stupid gentiles. That is the real importance of Gaza. Learn, which side of the border do you want to make your stance.

The infighting of the elites has gentlemanly rules(they kiss and flower each other from Putin to Trump over Merkel and Netanyahu, they quarrel far distant from their lair), as to their unanimous consent, that one is clear: no rules, gloves of to all others, including all and white gentiles.

Israel Shamir , May 21, 2018 at 8:23 pm GMT
@utu

excellent! If you'd overcome your aversion to socialism, you still can become a fully human person!))

Wally , May 21, 2018 at 8:24 pm GMT
@Realist

Please pay attention.

The Jew crap is forced upon them, mandated by law.

And Jews are much more than 2.2% of the population. Many refuse to be counted / are instructed not to be counted, others do not select 'Jewish' in the religion part of censuses, but consider themselves to be Jews.

Wow, you're filled with strawmen. LOL

http://www.codoh.com

anonymous [204] Disclaimer , May 21, 2018 at 8:39 pm GMT
Trump's Russia ties are really Jewish ties

Israel A MAFIA STATE:

Some 25% of the revenue of Israel's lauded high-tech sector comes from shady or fraudulent industries; three-quarters of MKs are said to be in thrall to special interest groups

https://www.timesofisrael.com/is-israel-becoming-a-mafia-state/

[The woman was referring to the massive growth of organized crime in Israel over the past ten years, as well as the fact that Israel has become one of the world's leading exporters of investment scams, stealing an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion per year from victims worldwide.]

https://www.lightonconspiracies.com/trumps-russia-ties-really-jewish-ties/

When in the US are talking about 'Russian Mafia', it means really JEWISH MAFIA

Wally , May 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm GMT
@Mulegino1

Indeed, Germany lost and half of Europe became communist.
Yet the 'Allies' claim victory.

http://www.codoh.com

anonymous [739] Disclaimer , May 21, 2018 at 8:42 pm GMT
Yes, sadly true.

I also note some once intelligent, honest, fair and balanced magazines and blogs have gone under to the Zionists/Neo Conservatives/Neo Liberals.

The Atlantic Magazine – now run by a Goldberg that served as a prison guard for the IDF in the last Intafada. He bonded with the Palestinian rebels and worked to get them visas and contacts in the US academia, or just move to the West to replace evil White racist Trump voters.

David Frum – "The Axis of Evil" worst ever speech writer now works for The Atlantic Magazine.

And today, we learn that one of the few remaining Old Right resisters to the Neo Conservative/Zionist/New World Order has been taken over by the J tribe:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/benjamin-schwarz-named-new-editor-of-the-american-conservative/

Maybe the prophesies are true that the Jewish Messiah will appear once the Jews have regained all of Jerusalem – maybe it's the Beast or the Anti Christ or the Devil.

One of my least favorite groups are the "Left Behind" "Rapture" crowd – who insists that all the Good American Christians will get Raptured and only bad people will be Left Behind, in the meantime the only things we should do is to:

Support Jewish Israel and all things Jewish
Send in $ money to the Religious Right Christian Zionists
Vote for RINOs and watch the Negro Felon League NFL

Any questions?

Olorin , May 21, 2018 at 8:46 pm GMT
The guy holding the flag in the graphic looks like Jackie Chan.
renfro , May 21, 2018 at 9:13 pm GMT
@AaronB

As a Jew, you know well that of which I speak – you Jews already "know" the truth, and use logic merely instrumentally – to argue for what you already know, and realize your vision on earth.

Jews have no 'knowledge' ..they have mythical history and delusions of grandeur. There is no logic in their arguments or their visions ..all their offense and defense always falls back on the mythical chosen and the Jewish victimhood.

So I have to assume you are advocating that gentiles/anglos/ etc also adopt mythical self promotion and the ethnic manifest destiny of white Europeans as a way to counter the Jews.

That might, as the Jews illustrate, work on some but in the end reality is fluid and catches up with delusions.

Power is also fluid .it crest and recedes .which is what is going on in the world right now ..the final holder of power at any given time is the decider at that time .until the next holder of the power creates a new reality.

m___ , May 21, 2018 at 9:15 pm GMT
@AaronB

I agree, option 3 is the correct one. and on

Calisthenics at work. Defining universal: everything to be shared by all "ethically" reverberating again on all. Or is it including future generations(capitalism and theoretical economics, communism, the Chinese flavour of rule, the Russian one all at fault).

The easy answer. There is no such choice as to rally to the Jewish pool. Invitation only. Jewish universality is "everything for us". That leaves no room. Or the Jews or the non-Jew. When the Jew is neutered, then, only then, universalism can be tried as defined "everything to be shared by all (left to be)" and better.

Whether that mentality will get the upper hand from the Jewish dominance. Keep dreaming. The biggest problems of white gentiles: their elites sold out, and the even bigger elephant: the history load and philosophy of Roman Catholicism. Being present for a thousand years, this must have become a genetic trait of "submission disorder".

Realist , May 21, 2018 at 9:16 pm GMT
@Wally

The Jew crap is forced upon them, mandated by law.

You pay attention.

Who elects the people who makes the laws? Hint:White gentiles.

And Jews are much more than 2.2% of the population.

Citation.

Many refuse to be counted / are instructed not to be counted, others do not select 'Jewish' in the religion part of censuses, but consider themselves to be Jews.

'Jewish' can be religion, race/ethnicity or both.

Wow, you're filled with strawmen. LOL

You're filled with something but it's not straw men.

Realist , May 21, 2018 at 9:23 pm GMT
@m___

Those who do not rise up against their oppressors are stupid.

Realist , May 21, 2018 at 9:26 pm GMT
@Mulegino1

The problem is not so much gentile stupidity but gentile naivete and the propensity to fall for the "Big Lie" strategy which, as a long effective artifice, international Jewry knows how to employ with unparalleled expertise.

Naivete becomes stupidity very quickly.

Druid , May 21, 2018 at 9:31 pm GMT
@Mulegino1

Well said. The Holohoax is a disgusting phenomenon

Druid , May 21, 2018 at 9:34 pm GMT
@Sam Shama

Typical name-calling.

Druid , May 21, 2018 at 9:39 pm GMT
@hyperbola

The shitty little tribe probably originated in what is today Yemen/Saudi Arabia! Nothing to do with Egypt. Another theft on their part for significance

AaronB , May 21, 2018 at 9:55 pm GMT
Right, I mean simply Jews have a narrative about themselves, their place in the world, and their connection to God that they implicitly believe and do not question using logic.

All their energy then goes into translating this vision into reality. Europeans destroyed all their narratives. Jews direct all their energy toward realizing a vision – Europeans towards discovering a vision.

Which group operates from a position of stremgth? The group that knows exactly what it wants and sets out to do it – or the group that is still trying to figure out what it wants?

I am suggesting Europeans develop a clear idea of what they want – based on a clear identity, based on a clear religious vision and what constitutes transcendental values. This cannot be accomplished through open-ended logical inquiry – but is fundamentally a non-rational task. Therefore logic has to be downgraded in European intellectual life.

That's basically what I'm saying. I'm hardly saying we should copy Jewish ethnocentrism or adopt their metaphysical beliefs. Ours should be quite different – but we must have metaphysical beliefs. And we dont, now. We live by the Enlightenment tradition of open ended inquiry. That is a weak way to live. Time to admit this kind of rational inquiry cannot yield us a vision worth living and fighting for.

Power is also fluid .it crest and recedes .which is what is going on in the world right now ..the final holder of power at any given time is the decider at that time .until the next holder of the power creates a new reality.

Absolutely, but the laws that govern this process are not random either.

renfro , May 21, 2018 at 9:56 pm GMT
@anonymous

Add this .

December 22, 2017 at 9:15 pm GMT • 900 Words

A primer on the Trump question. Follow the trail.

Trump -- > Kushner -- >NY Chabad Jews -- >Russian Oligrach members of the Chabad Jews -- ->Russian RE investors -- –>Deutsche Bank in Germany -- >Trump and Kusners loans from Deutsche bank -- ->Jewish Russian stockholders in Deutsche Bank -- –>Deutsche Bank launders money for Russians -- ->Jewish CEO of Deutsche moves to Bank of Cyprus -- –>Cyprus investment vehicle fined for laundering money through real estate -- –>Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met during the presidential campaign with Donald Trump Jr. was attorney for Cyprus firm.
Its a circular web .Trump is owned .without the Jew and Chabah connection to Jewish Oligachs at Kushner's Chabad and Deutsche Bank his RE deals would have been over. No US bank or investors were willing to loan him money after his bankrupacy .

Read it all at the links It will settle the question of whether Trump is some kind of genius or an idiot. He's an idiot who got himself totally dependent and in hock on this Jewish clique to keep his empire. He's gonna do whatever they tell him to do. And Jews have never been smart enough to know when to leave well enough alone so America, then the Donald, then the Jews will all be ruined unless.

Lets begin at the beginning:

Trump and the Chabad jews

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/the-happy-go-lucky-jewish-group-that-connects-trump-and-putin-215007

Chabad of Port Washington, a Jewish community center on Long Island's Manhasset Bay, sits in a squat brick edifice across from a Shell gas station and a strip mall. The center is an unexceptional building on an unexceptional street, save for one thing: Some of the shortest routes between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin run straight through it
Putin enlisted two of his closest confidants, the oligarchs Lev Leviev and Roman Abramovich, who would go on to become Chabad's biggest patrons worldwide, to create the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia.

[MORE]
Lev Leviev is the one that helped Kushner buy the 666 5th ave property

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/22/business/kushner-deutsche-bank-subpoena.html

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have sought bank records about entities associated with the family company of Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, according to four people briefed on the matter.
In recent weeks, prosecutors from the United States attorney's office in the Eastern District of New York subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank, the giant German financial institution that has lent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Kushner family real estate business.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/22/business/kushner-deutsche-bank-subpoena.html

During the presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump pointed to his relationship with Deutsche Bank to counter reports that big banks were skeptical of doing business with him.
After a string of bankruptcies in his casino and hotel businesses in the 1990s, Mr. Trump became somewhat of an outsider on Wall Street, leaving the giant German bank among the few major financial institutions willing to lend him money
Generally, the bank is seen as central to understanding Mr. Trump's finances since it is the only major financial institution that continues to conduct sizable business with him. Deutsche Bank has also lent money to Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, and to his family real estate business
Although Deutsche Bank recently landed in legal trouble for laundering money for Russian entities -- paying more than $600 million in penalties to New York and British regulators -- there is no indication of a Russian connection to Mr. Trump's loans or accounts at Deutsche Bank, people briefed on the matter said. The bank, which declined to comment, scrutinizes its accounts for problematic ties as part of so-called "know your customer" banking rules and other requirements.
While Mr. Kushner has never disclosed the exact nature of his business with Ms. Vrablic, his financial disclosure shows a line of credit worth between $5 million and $25 million. And according to securities filings, Deutsche Bank provided a $285 million mortgage to Kushner Companies to help it refinance the loan it used to purchase several floors of retail space in the former New York Times building on 43rd Street in Manhattan.
Mr. Kushner's company bought the space from Africa Israel Investments, a company owned by Lev Leviev, which has a sizable real estate portfolio in Russia.
Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who was among the people who met with Donald Trump Jr. during the presidential campaign.
Josef Ackermann, Deutsche Bank's former chief executive, now chairman of the Bank of Cyprus. .
And in May, federal prosecutors settled a case with a Cyprus investment vehicle owned by a Russian businessman with close family connections to the Kremlin.
The firm, Prevezon Holdings, was represented by Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who was among the people who met during the presidential campaign with Donald Trump Jr. about Hillary Clinton.
Federal prosecutors in the United States claimed Prevezon, which admitted no wrongdoing, laundered the proceeds of an alleged Russian tax fraud through real estate. Prevezon and its partner relied in part on $90 million in financing from a big European financial institution, court records show.
It was Deutsche Bank"
*A large shareholder of that bank also was Dmitry Rybolovlev, the Russian oligarch who purchased Mr. Trump's estate in Florida for twice its appraised value.

AaronB , May 21, 2018 at 10:10 pm GMT
@renfro

My lengthy response was to you.

snag , May 21, 2018 at 10:15 pm GMT
Zio-paradise @ 70 ,

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-total-rubbish-why-is-israel-so-filthy-1.6006920

Linda Green , May 21, 2018 at 11:03 pm GMT
From my viewpoint there are two issues here that often get put together as one.

The Real Issue (FMVP) is Jewish domination of the American system of government both the tribalism and the kowtowing to the State of Israel and all that entails. This is actually the real issue, it is factual, and Jewish domination has made it something that must be whispered in the US and in many other western countries is now punishable by jail time for simply saying aloud publicly. For anyone who desires their government answer to their citizens rather than a tribe (mafia, religion, whatever), making laws that prohibit discussing the bolsheviks is not appetizing.

The secondary issue is the name calling (anti-semite) and public shaming of anyone desiring to discuss the real issue. This is the issue that leads to de-facto anti-semitism.

This has led to many, myself included, just fed up with Jews in general, and if I'm gonna be called anti-semite for disliking jewish domination of my government, the media, the newspapers, finance, etc, well fine, I am an anti-semite, F these Jews.

But it didn't have to be this way, the nature of Jewish behavior causes it to be this way, apparently they believe like GWB that you are either with them are against them, and if that is the only choice I'm agin' em.

Now, in order to start calling out politicians that serve the tribe first rather than their constituents, and this constitutes a plurality of elected officials in the US we need to develop a subtle terminology, similar to the (((jew))) that can be employed in front of polite company while making sure the offending elected prostitute understands they are being called out.

I suggest the statement "You have something on your chin" is appropriate for calling them out, the insinuation that they just removed Israel or a Jews cock from their mouth without cleaning up appropriately. This can be employed even in nations that are imprisoning their citizens for discussing Jewish influence openly. This could probably become quite common verbage to call out offending elected representatives particularly on Twitter, becoming a common part of the vernacular in literally no time. I don't do social media, but if anyone likes the idea, feel free to put it out there. It would be nice if even a reporter during a questioning of one of the offending parties, mentioned in passing, "Congressman, you have something on your chin".

myself , May 21, 2018 at 11:27 pm GMT
@Robert Magill

China is minding its own damn business which just happens to be . . . actual commercial business.

That much of the world chooses to play games of international intrigue and empire, instead of actual productive pursuits, is most definitely not on China.

renfro , May 21, 2018 at 11:55 pm GMT
@AaronB

I am suggesting Europeans develop a clear idea of what they want – based on a clear identity, based on a clear religious vision and what constitutes transcendental values. This cannot be accomplished through open-ended logical inquiry

Yes, however, Europeans, Gentiles, Anglos would have to be 'united' on one or several goals they all agree on.
Is it difficult to unite Saxons as we are 'individualist' .have too many individual goals.
The Jews are mostly united by their centuries old hatred of gentiles and their fear of us, so they sign onto whatever the tribal goals are for the most part.

We Anglos, Gentiles Europeans and etc. dont really fear the Jews , a large part of the public pays them no attention.
About the only thing that would get the majority of us to unite or agree on anything would be if we all faced a common threat.

My goal in discussion on Jewish-ness has been to educate on the threat that the Jewish/Israeli Fifth Column' infiltration into US government is to America and all Americans.

If that threat/fear ever takes hold then you will see a unified us vr them.

myself , May 22, 2018 at 12:01 am GMT
@CuriousInSeattle

If a bunch of people try to destroy a border fence, what do you think would be an appropriate response?

The recent caravan of South American migrants to the Rio Grande got me thinking about this very question.

Off the top of my head, I would say the answer is mass employment of the latest non-lethal technologies .

Tear gas, lot of it, plus those sound waves that induce peeing, crapping and vomiting, plus those microwaves that heat the skin, but do no long-term harm. Also throw in rubber bullets fired liberally.

smellyoilandgas , May 22, 2018 at 12:04 am GMT
@Renoman

saying "Not since WW2 has hatred and disdain for the Jews been higher. I would say Israel is closer to being wiped off the face of the Earth than ever before" is like saying the chance has been improved from .0000001% to .000001%; A ten percent improvement, improved nothing to near to nothing.

What must be understood is that a republic form of government makes democracy impossible.

The 5 votes allowed to each American who is a citizen of the USA every few years, enables that American to vote for a person (actually 5 such persons) seeking to be appointed(elected) to one of the 527 slave driver positions (P,VP, 2 Senator, 1 house); but that allowance in the form of a privilege granted by the USA to conforming citizens, does not allow or offer such citizens any participation in the affairs of their government.

In fact, as far as Slave-Americans are concerned, the constitution authorizes the most anti democratic form of government possible; ironically propaganda has persuaded them otherwise.

Banker backed, corporate powered Zionism is possible because the constitution does not authorize a democratic form of government.

renfro , May 22, 2018 at 12:07 am GMT
@AaronB

Absolutely, but the laws that govern this process are not random either.

Sometimes they aren't and sometimes they are ..I would say that 9 xs out of 10 there is a wild card in the deck of whatever power plays are set in motion that could go either way.

Afghanistan was always the place other countries went to die and still is.
And Iraq is still Iraq, not a western democracy.
Iran overthrew our overthrow.
Castro outlived the US and the exile militants.
I could go on.

redmudhooch , May 22, 2018 at 12:10 am GMT
Israel should enjoy it while it lasts. Not much longer.
The old generation that believes the lies is dying off. More people are waking up every day. Even the so called evangelicals and young Jews are turning their backs.
99% of the world is fed up with it. The DC establishment and Israels survival depend on deceit/lies.
Once people figure out they've been conned, and are still being lied to, their gig is up. That is happening now, and theres really nothing they can do about it, short of drastically changing their behavior, which isn't likely, given the fake economy and phony money scam is near collapse, hanging by a thread. The parasite banking system will collapse, when they lose control of the money they lose control of it all. No more usury.
When retribution comes and it will, life experience should teach anyone this, a couple of bullies can't go around poking 200 people in the chest for long before the 200 people get together and beat the two bullies to within an inch of their life, or take their life so these idiots clearly live in their own fake reality if they think this will go on much longer without the blowback coming to them.
This is really why I voted for Trump, I knew the idiot would be so extreme, so open about the issues that plague America and the world, that he would awaken the sleeping giant, make it impossible not to notice what has been hidden behind the curtain for so long, for everyone to see. He is doing everything I thought he would, and more. A great job indeed. Just look at the reaction to the recent false flag in Syria, things are changing.
Israel/Netanyahu showing their ass with the gameshow nuke presentation, and the Palestinian turkey shoot was a bonus, hard for anyone to ignore this evil and stupidity isn't it?How did Americans react as opposed to Iraq WMD lie back in 2003 or so? The murder of 3000 Americans on 9/11 will seal their fate in the end.
They're killing themselves, just sit back and relax, they're doing a fine job.
Truth will always overcome the lies.
renfro , May 22, 2018 at 12:14 am GMT
@Linda Green

No. Just say it straight out. For example :

"Senator, you appear to be representing the foreign country of Israel in ways that are harmful and costly to the US and America such as .."

And have two good examples of what they did for Israel that was injurious to the US -- -there are hundreds of them so you shouldn't have any trouble finding some.

AaronB , May 22, 2018 at 12:16 am GMT
@renfro

I agree – your individualism is your greatest weakness. But I think it's a temporary weakness brought on by the Enlightenment.

A sense of threat may unite you, if it becomes very palpable. There are signs this is happening.

We shall see. Either way, I don't see the current situation lasting very long. Everything changes, powers rise then fall.

AaronB , May 22, 2018 at 12:25 am GMT
@renfro

This is also true.

Even Jewish dominance today is caused by the accident of the Enlightenment making Europeans divided and weak, not because they have any special powers.

But spiritual factors – whether one is a materialist or has a metaphysical or religious faith – play a role in these power permutations.

Wally , May 22, 2018 at 12:38 am GMT
@Realist

Most Jews are not 'religious' so they do not say they are Jews in census questions about religion. They consider themselves Jews nonetheless. They want you to think they are so few & helpless victims when in fact they create massive resentment towards themselves by their owns actions.

According to Jewish law Jews are to avoid being counted.

" To actually count Jews directly is forbidden (Talmud, Yoma 22b), as the prophet says: "And the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which shall neither be measured nor counted."

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/896203/jewish/Laws-of-Counting-Jews.htm

' Why is it forbidden to count Jews? '

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/18472

"This opening verse of our Biblical portion teaches that it is forbidden to take a number count of the Israelites, a census activity which Jewish organizations are constantly involved in doing. This prohibition is reinforced by the prophet Hosea (chapter 2), when he declares: "The number of the children of Israel shall be as the sands of the sea, which cannot be numbered and cannot be counted " And historically even King David learned the bitter lesson of the power of this command, when- against the will of his Chief Commander Joab – he ordered a census, and the Israelites suffered a plague (II Samuel, 24). "

and:

"We reached the [Balfour] Declaration not by miracles, but through persistent propaganda , through unceasing demonstration of the life force of our people. We told the responsible authorities: We will establish ourselves in Palestine whether you like it or not. You can hasten our arrival or you can equally retard it. It is however better for you to help us so as to avoid our constructive powers being turned into a destructive power which will overthrow the world."
- World Zionist leader [1st President of Israël] Chaim Weizmann, speech in Jerusalem, December 1919.

http://www.codoh.com

Wally , May 22, 2018 at 12:44 am GMT
@Realist

said:
"You're filled with something but it's not straw men."

Then refute this, another beat down of your dumb 'holocaust'

'Another take down of alleged Babi Yar 'shooting of 33,771 Jews'

https://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11768

While you're at it, please tell us how the magic 'gas chambers' worked.

And then actually show us the alleged huge mass graves and their alleged contents, like the alleged 900,000 Jew remains at Treblinka.

http://www.codoh.com

renfro , May 22, 2018 at 1:02 am GMT
Todays trivia question

Do you know where the money goes that is collected from the public when they buy kosher certified products? I think its about half a penny per product but almost all products in the US, even plastic bags have the kosher label

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthodox_Union

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (UOJCA), more popularly known[Notes 1] as the Orthodox Union (OU), is one of the oldest Orthodox Jewish organizations in the United States.

It is best known for its kosher certification service. Its circled-U symbol, Ⓤ, a hechsher mark, is found on the labels of many kosher commercial and consumer food products.

The OU supports a network of synagogues, youth programs, Jewish and Religious Zionist advocacy, programs for the disabled, localized religious study programs, and some international units with locations in Israel and formerly in Ukraine.

The Jewish organization is estimated to bring in over $20 million annually, much, if not most, of which is generated by selling the "right" to put their kosher label which is a U (it can be either standing alone or inside of a circle) to not only food companies but also to manufacturers of products ranging from tin foil to soap and shampoo to plastic sandwich bags. The companies pay the rabbis for the use of their kosher symbol and then pass that overhead cost on to their customers.

CanSpeccy , Website May 22, 2018 at 2:18 am GMT
@Realist

How did 2.2% of the US population get control of US White gentiles?

The same way small elites control all nations: they control the channels of communication, they control the education system, they control the police, the security services, and the military. When you have effective control over what people think, and the means to oppress, imprison or assassinate any who evade such control, the 2.2% managing the 97.8% is a simple matter.

L.K , May 22, 2018 at 2:33 am GMT
@utu

Troll utu: "It was Netanyahu who gave Putin the green light. W/o it Putin would not move to Syria."

One does not have to be a Putin fan or a Russian shill to understand your statement is completely FALSE & IDIOTIC.

Uncle Sam , May 22, 2018 at 2:45 am GMT
@sarz

Has anyone noticed -- I could be wrong about this -- that since May 10th there have been no Israeli bombing raids into Syria? That was the date of the Syrian/Iranian rocket attack on the Israeli positions on the Golan Heights. These attacks must have been successful, doing quite a bit of damage to military installations and killing Israelis. Of course, the Israelis censored the results of this attack.

According to Hassan Nasrallah, 55 not 20 rockets of all types were fired at the Israeli positions. He went on to say that Israel was warned subsequently via a 3rd party ( whom he did not name) that any additional air attacks against Syrla would result in Syrian/Iranian rockets being fired deeper into Israel.

So the Israelis appear to have been deterred. This is very bad news for Israel. Once it loses its freedom of action its desmise becomes nearer and more certain. In any case, Israel's days are numbered.

Jake , May 22, 2018 at 2:48 am GMT
@Linda Green

If you wish to save America from being made slave to Jewish whims and hatreds, you must replace WASP as the national mandarin culture. WASP culture was born of a Judaizing heresy: Anglo-Saxon Puritanism. It has always been pro-Jewish while also harboring genocidal desires for various non -WASP white Christian cultures.

Bliss , May 22, 2018 at 3:06 am GMT
@AaronB

I am suggesting Europeans develop a clear idea of what they want – based on a clear identity, based on a clear religious vision and what constitutes transcendental values ..That's basically what I'm saying.

So why are you always promoting non-european religions like Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism which have nothing to do with european identity historically? Explain why you want Europe to reject Christianity completely and adopt one of these foreign religions?

RadicalCenter , May 22, 2018 at 3:09 am GMT
@Momus

Fort Lauderdale?

L.K , May 22, 2018 at 3:41 am GMT
@Momus

momus, the Zionist LIAR( is there any other kind??)

Netanyahu has no interest in a disintegrated, failed state Syria on Israel's doorstep.

He saw the Russians as a support for Assad to prevent this and as a counter balance for the Iranians. Here the Israeli real politik diverged from the US's

Russia gained a warm water Mediterranean naval port and an air base.

The too big for their boots Iranians are now being evicted.

Your post is, as everything else you write, a pack of lies.

The war in Syria is, and has always been, a war for Zionism/Israel, as wikileaks documents the plan as originating in Israhell, going back to at least 2006.

Already by 2013, influential 'israeli' Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the ZUnited States, lifted any doubts, if there ever were any, about how badly Israel wanted Assad gone. In an interview with zionist media, JPost, he declared:

"The initial message about the Syrian issue was that we always wanted [President] Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren't backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran," he said.
This was the case, he said, even if the other "bad guys" were affiliated to al-Qaida.

"We understand that they are pretty bad guys," he said, adding that this designation did not apply to everyone in the Syrian opposition. "Still, the greatest danger to Israel is by the strategic arc that extends from Tehran, to Damascus to Beirut. And we saw the Assad regime as the keystone in that arc. That is a position we had well before the outbreak of hostilities in Syria. With the outbreak of hostilities we continued to want Assad to go."

How many time have Al Qaida type groups, including ISIS, attacked Israel again? That's right zero.

L.K , May 22, 2018 at 3:45 am GMT
@Uncle Sam

Well informed Lebanese journalist, Sharmine Narwani, writing for the American Conservative, in her article "Get Ready for the New Middle East Battlefield: The Golan":

A check of the actual conflict chronology shows that Israel initiated the incident by striking Syrian military targets in Kisweh (the Damascus suburbs) and Baath city (Quneitra) over the two preceding days. Russia had warned both Syria and Iran of the impending Israeli strike with the result that neither Iranian military personnel nor weapons systems appear to have been hit. The Syrian military (and not the IRGC) retaliated by firing 55 rockets at Israeli military outposts and installations in the occupied part of the Golan. Local Arab media identified these targets as key Israeli surveillance centers that crippled Israel's "eyes and ears" along that vital demarcation line. Israel's vaunted "Iron Dome" defense system failed to intercept most of these rockets, while the Syrian military intercepted more than half of Israel's missiles, according to Russian military officials.

What is undisputed: the military back-and-forth was the first major firefight between Syria and Israel in the occupied Golan Heights since 1973 -- making the Golan an operational theater for the first time in over four decades. This is also the first time during the Syrian War that the Syrian military has retaliated against Israeli strikes by hitting Israeli military installations -- not just the incoming missiles and the Israeli warplanes firing them.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/get-ready-for-the-new-middle-east-battlefield-the-golan/

CanSpeccy , Website May 22, 2018 at 3:49 am GMT
@CanSpeccy

The more interesting question is how did Jews gain such disproportionate influence over the leadership of the the US and UK, to which the answer must be in part, that other groups, in particular the British in Britain and the EuroAmericans in America, lack the political coherence and the commitment to controlling their own destiny that Jews possess. Moreover, elites, as now constituted, in most Western nations fight fiercely to suppress nativist tendencies. For example Justin Trudeau's amazing performance in New York the other day. Through the work of such cucks, conservative or liberal, resistance to the dominating influence of any minority over elite objectives, is suppressed.

Wally , May 22, 2018 at 3:52 am GMT
@renfro

Excellent question.

Their scams are unending.

http://www.codoh.com

L.K , May 22, 2018 at 3:58 am GMT
@renfro

renfro:
"First of all Israel doesn't have legal borders,"

Exactly

renfro:
"Second, the appropriate response to Israelis by Palestines would be to kill them for stealing their land and ghettorizing them.

That's what I would do if it were my land and family."

Agree. Funny though, how organized Jewry so totally controls the narrative – and this not only in the zusa, but at least in all of the Western Hemisphere – that the Palestinians are the bad guys even when they try non violent resistance. From the Jew supremacist pov, the only good Palestinian is the one who rolls over and dies.

Debunking 18 claims justifying this week's Gaza massacre

First thing I can think of is, what border? Israel is the only country in the world with no defined borders, as they keep expanding into others' land. The line between Gaza and Israel is an armistice line from 1949 and 1967, not an internationally recognized border. .
Yes, they are trying to cross the fence into 1948 areas, but this is about realizing their right of return to the land many of them were forced to leave. Seventy percent of Palestinians in Gaza are refugees from cities and towns in Israel. These people are trying to go home. They are trying to get to the houses they still have keys and official documents for!

http://mondoweiss.net/2018/05/debunking-justifying-massacre/

anonymous [359] Disclaimer , May 22, 2018 at 3:58 am GMT
We have to collapse the Zioevangizers in the USA. There is a Zioevangizer cuck Derek Gilbert who was in Rome this weekend commenting on the falseness of the RCC and the Orthodox Church. This nutcase lives in Missouri and these people are focusing on getting Mike Pence in the White House. The RCC is gone, but the RCCers leaving it are converting to the Orthodox Church. The largest Orthodox Church is the Russian Orthodox Church. The Zioevangizers will be focusing even more on a war with Russia.
L.K , May 22, 2018 at 4:01 am GMT
OBSTACLE TO PEACE

https://www.obstacletopeace.com/

"essential reading on Israel-Palestine"
Philip Giraldi
Former CIA Officer and Columnist for The American Conservative

L.K , May 22, 2018 at 4:02 am GMT

L.K , May 22, 2018 at 4:16 am GMT
In the following vids one can see the IO(ccupation)F heroes of the zionist cowards posting here, such as momus, shama and other vermin

Motionless Palestinian Shot by Israeli Sniper to Sound of Soldiers' Cheers, Gaza.

Israeli soldiers assault Palestinian paramedics as they tend to the unarmed protesters who had been shot in the occupied West Bank town of Al-Bireh on 12 March 2018

Israeli soldiers cheer after shooting a Palestinian protester in the village of Madama, 13 April 2018

Momus , May 22, 2018 at 4:52 am GMT
@L.K

Photographs of the damaged Israeli installations? Or more Nasrallah garbage?

The Syrians are scared stiff of the Israelis and do not dare to even bad mouth them, let alone attack them.

Every Syrian military installation, and sensitive civilian point has its coordinates entered.

utu , May 22, 2018 at 5:03 am GMT
@anonymous

Benjamin Schwarz, former national editor and literary editor at The Atlantic, has been named editor of The American Conservative

Rod Dreher: "Raised a Methodist, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1993, and on October 12, 2006, he announced his conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy."

Dreher's emphasis on intentional Christian community have caused him to express admiration for Orthodox Jews. "We Christians have a lot to learn from Modern Orthodox Jews", he said in a 2017 interview with The Atlantic. "They have had to live in a way that's powerfully counter-cultural in American life and rooted in thick community and ancient traditions And yet, they manage to do it."[17] In an opinion piece on The American Conservative blog he added, "to readers of this blog who harbor anti-Semitic views: don't even try to post them here. Anti-Semites are among the vilest people." Later in the same post he expressed support for the American–Israel alliance, writing: "Personally, I strongly believe in the US–Israel alliance. But it is not unlimited and unconditional ".

Our Ron Unz used to fund TAC. Then Buchanan at TAC in 2003 was the first to out neocons when the topic was still a taboo. (Sniegoski perhaps was first but he published in an obscure journal.)

utu , May 22, 2018 at 5:06 am GMT
@anonymous

More on Chabad connection:

Trump on Kushners (father and on son): "They know all the crooks in Israel."

Thorby , May 22, 2018 at 5:12 am GMT
@Realist

Which one? Putin or Trump? Butt kisser that is.

Momus , May 22, 2018 at 5:13 am GMT
@L.K

I repeat, knocking off Assad, a strongman in the mould of Sadam or Gadaffi, and having a failed state next door is too stupid to contemplate: except perhaps for a window licker like you. So long as he behaves Israel guarantors his survival.

How would ISIS have attacked Israel? They had no means. Israel is virtually impregnable.

Thorby , May 22, 2018 at 5:15 am GMT
@sarz

Meyssann did a 180. Don't trust him anymore.

utu , May 22, 2018 at 5:38 am GMT
@Bliss

Good question.

Abandon rationality he says. Forget logic. Severe ties to our roots which are: Greece, Rome and Christianity. From Greeks we have our philosophy, from Rome we have our legal tradition and from Christianity we have our ethics. Do you think it was an accident that Greek language and then Latin were kicked out form schools in Europe and America in late 20c? Do you think the rise of New Age and Eastern religions in 1960s was an accident? AaronB is an epigone of the "Scratch American Buddhist and find a Jew" phenomena though he keeps peddling the same old stuff. Critique of materialism and some aspects of Enlightenment is needed to raise our awareness and recognize what is happening but not throwing the baby out with the bathwater which seems what is being peddled by various hucksters and all pop-culture since 1960s.

utu , May 22, 2018 at 5:42 am GMT
@Israel Shamir

I have no aversion to some kinds of socialism but I have zero tolerance for apologia of Bolsheviks and Stalinism.

Vojkan , May 22, 2018 at 6:22 am GMT
@renfro

I guess Putin doesn't have to put up a great act to appear as the only adult in the room when all Western leaders behave like retards competing who'll please more the Israeli brat. When you think of it, he dealt with Netanyahu the only resonable way an adult can with somebody else's spoiled kid without slapping him since he knows that if he slaps him all hell will break loose and the current chaos will look like a mere schoolyard during recreation in comparison.
On the other hand, I thank God for his temper because I don't know if I could manage the effort to remain calm when dealing with such punks. Once upon a time there were serious people in power in the West and one could afford not to be interested in politics, now there are only morons with expensive toys.

Realist , May 22, 2018 at 6:51 am GMT
@CanSpeccy

Exactly the vast majority has to be stupid to allow such a tiny minority to control them.

Realist , May 22, 2018 at 6:58 am GMT
@Wally

As you know, we have had this 'conversation' before, my point is why do white gentiles allow Jews to get away with what they do?

Realist , May 22, 2018 at 7:01 am GMT
@Wally

How many Jews are there .obviously enough to outsmart the gentiles.

SolontoCroesus , May 22, 2018 at 9:06 am GMT
@Sam Shama

Quite sure I can outride your inner Cossack, though.

I started riding when I was 9. Sorry about your Sebastian. Was it a sword wound? A George Eliot tale turns on the death-by-staking of a dearly-loved ride.

--
Re-reading Heinrich Graetz's severe critique of the Talmudist practices of Polish Jewish rabbis –

"The cultivation of a single faculty, that of hair-splitting judgement, at the cost of the rest, narrowed the imagination, hence not a single literary product appeared in Poland deserving the name of poetry. All the productions of the Polish school bore the Talmudical stamp . . . The disciples of this school looked down almost with contempt on Scripture and its simple grandeur . . .

Simplicity and elevation in general was denied them. A love of twisting, distorting, ingenious quibbling, and a foregone antipathy to what did not lie within their field of vision, constituted the character of the Polish Jews. Pride in their knowledge of the Talmud and a spirit of dogmatism attached even to the best rabbis, and undermined their moral sense. . . . The [piety of] Polish Jews rested on sophistry and boastfulness. . . . Thus religion sank, not merely as among Jews of other countries, to a mechanical, unintelligent ceremonial, but to a subtle art of interpretation. . . .

They found pleasure and a sort of triumphant delight in deception and cheating. Against members of their own race cunning could not well be employed, because they were sharp-witted; but the non-Jewish world with which they came into contact experienced to its disadvantage the superiority of the Talmudical spirit of the Polish Jews. . . .

The corruption of the Polish Jews was avenged upon them in a terrible way, and the result was, that the rest of the Jews in Europe were for a time infected with it."

–Among other ways, Graetz wrote, that "corruption of the Polish Jews" incited the bloody vengeance of the Cossacks.

It's a fascinating chapter, the fortunes of war trending this way, then that; bloody enough for a Spielberg extravaganza.

Of special significance to this audience is Graetz's conclusion of that episode:

"The Cossack persecution of the Jews, in a sense, remodeled Judaism. It became Polonized, so to speak. The Polish-Rabbinical method of study had long dominated the Talmudical schools of Germany and Italy through the abundant literature by Polish authors.

Now, through the fugitives, most of whom were Talmudical scholars, it became authoritative. . . .these Polish Talmudists were as proud as the Spanish and Portuguese fugitives had been, and looked down with contempt on the rabbis who spoke German, Portuguese, and Italian.

Far from giving up their own method in a foreign country, they demanded that all the world should be regulated by them . . . These Polish rabbis gradually forced their sophistical piety upon the German, and partly on the Portuguese, and Italian, communities.

In one of his lectures, Rabbi Henry Abramson observed that in the 1930s and 1940s, Russian Jews were persuaded to migrate to the United States on the conviction that "they would impose their ways on the USA -- "the [USA] would be regulated by them" -- rather than that they would assimilate to American mores.

Back to Graetz –

Through their influence, scientific knowledge and the study of the Bible declined still more than previously. In the century of Descartes and Spinoza, when the three Christian nations, the French, English, and Dutch, gave the death-blow to the Middle Ages, Jewish-Polish emigrants, baited by [Cossacks], brought a new middle age over European Judaism, which maintained itself in full vigor for more than a century, to some extent lasting to our time."

And so, dear Sam-bereft- of his mount, I suspect you've allowed the blood to rise to the extent that you've neither read carefully what I wrote, nor acquired an acquaintance with the historical precedents (that I did refer to, Sam) and warnings of your own sages. Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

But if you have another moment -- What do you anticipate is the end-game, if Jews in Israel and Jewish influencers in USA, persist in the present course?

By what contrivance do you expect Jewish censorship, Jewish dominance of foreign policy as well as domestic concerns, Jewish imposition of Jewish dogma on the American people -- how will Solomon thread that snail so that this affront to the American spirit bequeathed by Jefferson, Madison and Washington, ends in anything other than disaster for the Jewish people as well as the rest of us, as Graetz records was the case in 17th century Poland?

DN , May 22, 2018 at 11:22 am GMT
@m___

"The revision of the Convention of Geneva should give unarmed surveillance drones ambulance status."

It is interesting idea to use commodity grade electronic for collecting of information. Still, quality of such, and even pro grade equipment is not enough for such demanding tasks. There are several reasons, but we should think of two important things:

1. Photo, audio and video material could be forged.
2. People understand events they witnessed differently, so several eye witnesses of same event can give rather different explanations what they witnessed. Then, also, photo, audio and video documents affect people differently, but in some cases it is predictable that some type of content would induce specific feelings on spectator or listener, so we can expect misuse of otherwise excellent method. MSM outlets are frequently accused for misuse of AV information.

Clifford Simac observed the problem in his novel City. In mentioned novel, solution which assures that listener to the witness of event would accurately know what exactly was witnessed, is Juwain philosophy about understanding other people's points of view. Unfortunately, just effects of Juwain philosophy was described in the novel, and not a content of mentioned philosophy.

James Brown , May 22, 2018 at 11:50 am GMT
@Vojkan

"On the other hand, I thank God for his temper "

Maybe it isn't about "his temper" but about fundamental agreements.

Putin considers the warmonger and criminal – The King of Israel – as his friend.

Sergei Lavrov is supposed to be the one doing hypocrisy. It's his job.

Putin knows who put him in Power and who is the boss in Russia and in The USA.

James Brown , May 22, 2018 at 12:05 pm GMT
@CanSpeccy

"The more interesting question is how did Jews gain such disproportionate influence over the leadership of the the US and UK "

Maybe it's because there is no Jewish question anymore – contrary to what 99,9% of UNZ's readers believe-, because Christians became Jewish. And that conversion took place, at least, in 1789.

If Christians aren't Christians any more, Jews didn't " gain disproportionate influence over the leadership of the the US and UK.", because the leaders of those countries are Jews.

Yes, I know. They call themselves "Christians". Tony Blair is a "Christian", George Bush is a "Christian" etc but words are just words.

Duke , Website May 22, 2018 at 12:22 pm GMT
@Duke

The response to the announcement of my return, is a reflection of a totally corrupt world system that is now in a state of collapse. The self consuming serpent.
Take heed.

The faithful witness

DFH , May 22, 2018 at 12:27 pm GMT

the same number as were martyred in the Sharpeville Massacre

Shamir's Judaism shining through once again.

escobar , May 22, 2018 at 1:12 pm GMT
@CanSpeccy

How they gained influence: Money, money and money.

Joe Levantine , May 22, 2018 at 1:27 pm GMT
John kaminsky once wrote that both the American President and Putin are Jewish controlled puppets. While I could never disagree about the stated status of the American Potus, I found the contention with respect to Putin a bit outlandish. For at the time I thought of Putin as a committed Christian who could do no moral wrong. However, what we are witnessing lately is that Putin, while a true patriot, is very much under the influence of the Zionist Israeli spell.
Putin is defenetaly a pragmatist and not an ideologue. Whereas Hitler, the aborted would be emancipator of the world from Jewish tyranny, lost his case because he was too overt about fighting Jewish influence and too rash at taking risks to achieve his objective of a society that subordinates finance to the interest of the nation and preserves Western morality from the cultural stranglehold of the Jew, Putin is showing such caution when it comes to Jewish interest that he has more than once doomed his strategy of containment of the Anglo Zionist empire in Syria to failure. Clearly, the miserable quality of leaders in the West provoked unjustified expectations from Putin as the world's would be savior from the yoke of the Zionist controlled New World Order.
Putin is a leader whose primary concern is to improve the standard of living of Russian citizens. Thus, notwithstanding Putin's moral standards, he is primarily engaged in materialistic pursuits. This is hardly what the world desperately needs in these morally trying times and that is a leader of means who is fighting for a spiritual mission that bypasses all the petty concerns about the dominant world of the material.
As of now, only two institutions could manage such a tall order: the monastic sector of the Orthodox Church and the saner sects of Islam that can still resist the age old strategy of the West of using Moslems as proxy warriors for imperialistic pursuits. An alliance of those two can make wonders of resistance to The Anglo Zionist empire. The triumph of a few thousand warriors in Southern Lebanon in 2006 against the might of the Israeli army is proof of what the spiritually committed can do.
Putin might be a great strategist but what the world is in dire need for is a Joan of Arc.
AaronB , May 22, 2018 at 1:28 pm GMT
@Bliss

Lol, I would be very happy if Europe adopted some forms of Christianity, like orthodox or maybe – maybe – a very purified form of earlier Catholicism. I've said this before. You're thinking in simple-minded Western terms – that since in some contexts I defend Islam, I want us to become Muslim.

The main reason I defend these religions is because I am a foe of secularism and materialism – generally, I am contrasting the rich and profound subtlety of Buddhism thought with simplistic, one dimensional Enlightenment thought that has made us so stupid and not able to think intelligently on IQ. I am defending the enthusiasm of Muslims against the apathy and lassitude of the commenters at Karlin. When people attack Christianity, I have defended it as well. People here used to say the West is weak because of Christianity – I attack that all the time. I point out that Jews undermined Europe by attacking Christianity, that Europeans made themselves defenseless by abandoning Christianity. I defend religion against materialism.

On the other hand, I think a very good case can be made that the "traditional European identity" has failed, that it suffered from certain fatal weaknesses. Greek rationalism in particular may have been a fatal defect – remember, Greece itself did not survive long as a civilization – and the Jewish element that got attached to Christianity was also fatally undermining.

So, I think a certain purification of Western culture is in order – we can't merely turn back the clock, as much as nostalgic and weary old men like utu would like. Eastern orthodox Christianity relied much less heavily on Aristotle, and was more Platonic in orientation, and look how much healthier they turned out! Mysticism was far more central to their tradition, and look how much healthier they turned out!

Particularly Aristotle, so central to the Western tradition, yet so superficial and a foe of mysticism with his logical laws that limit reality drastically and eventually became materialism, just be overcome.

Now you misunderstand me if you think I am saying we should become Muslim or Buddhist – I defend these cultures against secularists. When materialists start attacking Islam, I'll defend it. What's more, a stupid attack on other religions seems unnecessary and just narcissism – a product of the decline in value and the general coarsening of our culture. I believe in generosity and love.

Finally, I think these cultures can help us reform our culture. We don't need to adopt them – but I do think we can learn from them what our weaknesses were and how to overcome them. For instance, there is another Greek tradition that was marginal in the West, quite aside from Aristotle, the Heraclitean, neo-Platonic tradition, that is quite similar to the good points of eastern religions.

Do you think we can merely return to our old culture, without some sort of purification? Don't you think it's fair to defend religion in general against matetialists, without it meaning I want to adopt that religion? And don't you think part of regaining our values is to avoid hating others religions our of mere stupid narcissism, without this undermining our own faith?

AaronB , May 22, 2018 at 2:06 pm GMT
@utu

Alas, utu, it is clear to me now you do not have what it takes. I say this with regret.

You are an old and weary man, more a part of the surrender generation than I realized, and do not understand what needs to be done. You want us to return to Greek rationalism and Latin. lol. You have not learned anything. You collapse in despair because Jews are temporarily on top and are having a few victories – you cannot see the big picture, or understand the long fight.

You are also, I am sorry to say, dishonest. When I was preaching universalism you attacked me. Now you are attacking me for not preaching universalism to the extent you'd like me to. Lol.

You are good at showing the mathematical stupidities of the IQ orthodoxy, and for that I respect you. I

But unfortunately, we must leave men like you behind before we can become healthy again. And I say it with sadness.

renfro , May 22, 2018 at 2:56 pm GMT
@Jake

And who do you suggest we replace the WASP with?

CanSpeccy , Website May 22, 2018 at 3:14 pm GMT
@James Brown

Maybe it's because there is no Jewish question anymore – contrary to what 99,9% of UNZ's readers believe-, because Christians became Jewish.

Untrue, since the leadership of the West is intent on the genocide of their own people by suppressed reproduction, mass replacement immigration, and miscegenation , whereas Jews are engaged in creating an Jewish homeland from which non-Jewish migrants are expelled.

German_reader , May 22, 2018 at 3:19 pm GMT
@utu

I haven't seen any evidence that Benjamin Schwarz is a Zionist only read two pieces by him (his large article about mass immigration to Britain, and one from the 1990s about multiculturalism) which seemed fairly reasonable to me. Bit unfair imo to accuse him of being a Zionist/neocon just on the basis of his ethnic background.
Dreher on the other hand is of course a disgrace, it's obscene that this pathetic, self-promoting mediocrity who agitated for the Iraq war is allowed to write at American conservative (and denounce Pat Buchanan there).

CanSpeccy , Website May 22, 2018 at 3:28 pm GMT
@AaronB

and the Jewish element that got attached to Christianity was also fatally undermining.

What is the "Jewish element that got attached to Christianity" that you speak of, and when did it get attached?

Christianity has always been a dual religion, Judaic in external affairs, drawing justification for rape and pillage from the Old Testament, i.e., the Torah, while the story of gentle Jesus, meek and mild, provided solace for the down-trodden and enslaved.

The problem for the West, is not religion, it is a treasonous ruling elite, intent on destruction of the Christian nation states and their submergence in a global regime ruled by the Money Power where goods are produced where labor is cheapest and where environmental regulations and workforce protection are weakest, to be sold where prices are highest, with profits being taken where taxes are lowest.

As for Latin and Greek, yes, we should return to it, recreating the meritocratic educational system that enabled the most gifted of every rank in society to rise, while restoring the traditional codes of moral conduct that encourage self-control, honesty and hard work instead of today's insane and disgusting embrace of universal self-indulgence from pot and pills to fast food, trash entertainment, and mechanical sex.

CanSpeccy , Website May 22, 2018 at 3:34 pm GMT
@escobar

How they gained influence: Money, money and money.

Yes. But why the lack of pushback. Why the treason of the Euro elites?

Realist , May 22, 2018 at 3:57 pm GMT
@Thorby

Which one? Putin or Trump? Butt kisser that is.

Yes.

AaronB , May 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm GMT
@CanSpeccy

Yes, the Old Testament. It just doesn't belong together with the New. It was almost a last minute infiltration of a Judaic element into what otherwise would have been an essentially Eastern religion – however, Aristotelian rationalism was necessary to give birth to the Judaic element, as Eastern Orthodox Christianity did not become Judaic in character despite also having the OT. It seems the OT can be read as a story of moral growth, culminating in the Prophets, and finally preparing the way for an Eastern religion of love – but somehow in the West, the primitive Judaic elements – and not the mature morality of the Prophets – became central.

I agree with you about treasonous elites, but I think you are focusing on proximate causes rather than ultimate causes – which I think many of us are wont to do. Even Jewish dominance is merely a proximate cause – what causes intelligent Westerners, like Steve Sailer, to feel instinctively submissive to Jews? What causes our elites to be treasonous? What causes the masses to be supine and apathetic? That all these things are facts are proximate causes – but the ultimate cause is a cultural or spiritual deficiency.

As for Latin and Greek, yes, we should return to it, recreating the meritocratic educational system that enabled the most gifted of every rank in society to rise, while restoring the traditional codes of moral conduct that encourage self-control, honesty and hard work instead of today's insane and disgusting embrace of universal self-indulgence from pot and pills to fast food, trash entertainment, and mechanical sex.

I certainly agree. I am against Greek rationalism – but Plato, Homer, Heraclitus, and the neo-Platonic tradition are quite good. And certainly I am not against learning ancient languages. But returning to the Greek heritage in an uncritical manner – after the ravages of the Enlightenment – seems neither wise nor even possible to me.

renfro , May 22, 2018 at 4:25 pm GMT
@utu

"We Christians have a lot to learn from Modern Orthodox Jews",

We don't have anything to learn from them but we have a lot to earn about them

Welfare Fraud Is Big Problem In Orthodox Jewish Communities – Steemit

https://steemit.com/ /welfare-fraud-is-big-problem-in-orthodox-jewish-communities

https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/Abstract.aspx?id=6180

NCJ Number: NCJ 006180 Title: CRIMINALITY AMONG JEWS – AN OVERVIEW Author(s): A MENACHEM Corporate Author: University of California, Berkeley
School of Criminology
United States of America Journal: ISSUES IN CRIMINOLOGY Volume:6 Issue:2 Dated:(SUMMER 1971) Pages:1-39
THE JEWISH CRIME RATE TENDS TO BE HIGHER THAN THAT OF NONJEWS AND OTHER RELIGIOUS GROUPS FOR WHITE-COLLAR OFFENSES, THAT IS, COMMERCIAL OR COMMERCIALLY RELATED CRIMES, SUCH AS FRAUD, FRAUDULENT BANKRUPTCY, AND EMBEZZLEMENT.

How Benefits Fraud Scam Spread So Widely In Orthodox Town
Read more: undefined/news/375963/how-benefits-fraud-scam-spread-so-widely-in-orthodox-town/

https://forward.com/news/375963/how-benefits-fraud-scam-spread-so-widely-in-orthodox-town/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/welfare-reform-not-for-the-orthodox

Take Kiryas Joel, the poorest place in America. As the Times reported last year, "half of [its] residents receive food stamps, and one third receive Medicaid benefits and rely on federal vouchers to help pay their housing costs." The median household in Kiryas Joel has six people, and the median age is twelve. Many of its men learn Torah full-time instead of working, and the community's low high-school graduation rate would be even lower if its religious schools had real academic standards. These kids are hardly being "socialized to the world of work." And it's not just Kiryas Joel: back in 1996, at the heart of "welfare reform," a full third of Williamsburg's Hasidim received public assistance.
Welfare is, and has been for some time, a crucial ingredient in these communities. Kryas Joel's Orthodox voted together to secure, for instance, a "luxurious 60-bed postnatal maternal care center built with $10 million in state and federal grants." Off the record, New York City officials admit that Williamsburg's Hasidim "work the system and experts who don't have to be reelected come out and just admit there's widespread fraud. As Shmarya Rosenberg has argued, the birthrate, to be sustainable, requires large and consistent infusions of cash from outside. In Williamsburg, welfare really is a lifestyle.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/06/28/lakewood-welfare-fraud/

13 arrested in alleged mortgage, welfare fraud in Brooklyn, Orange

abc7ny.com/news/13-arrested-in-alleged welfare-fraud-in-orthodox /393517/

Nov 13, 2014 – Mortgage, welfare fraud bust in Brooklyn, Orange and Rockland county Orthodox communities and welfare fraud operating within Orthodox Jewish communities. on which scam was being perpetrated," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara allegedly "distributed fraudulent loan proceeds between and among

Welfare Fraud Is Big Problem In Orthodox Jewish Communities – Steemit

https://steemit.com/ /welfare-fraud-is-big-problem-in-orthodox-jewish-communities

Welfare Fraud Is Big Problem In Orthodox Jewish Communities Among this crowd are several rabbis, including Zalmen Sorotzkin, the Rabbi of is still going on today, and even in other Orthodox communities across the USA too, most likely

Amnesty program for Lakewood fraudsters launched
New Jersey has launched an amnesty program for Lakewood Jews who defrauded Medicaid program, after mass arrests in June.Tzvi Lev, 9/13/2017, 7:16 PM
New Jersey rabbi, wife arrested for alleged fraud
Authorities say rabbi and other couples underreported their income to receive government benefits such as medicaid illegally.JTA, 6/27/2017, 10:40 PM

Welfare Fraud Is Big Problem In Orthodox Jewish Communities

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Dec 17, 2017 – Recently in Lakewood, New Jersey, 26 Orthodox Jews were Among this crowd are several rabbis, including Zalmen Sorotzkin, the and even in other Orthodox communities across the USA too, most likely. The Jewish Orthodox community does have quite a reputation when it comes to welfare fraud

utu , May 22, 2018 at 4:34 pm GMT
@German_reader

Bit unfair imo to accuse him of [X] basis of his ethnic background.

This is correct on principle. And I believe in this principle except when it comes to Zionism and Jews who are in positions of influencing public opinion about important political and social issues.

The whole world is affected by Zionism and Israel. If the new editor was a Brit or a Spaniard I would not mind even though there is Gibraltar issue between them.

It is possible that he as a Jew will be able to go a bit further than a more vulnerable gentile in criticizing Israel or Jews which anyway should not be very hard after Rod Dreher. Saying this is a sad statement about the reality: only Jews define parameters and boundaries of the discourse.

I haven't been reading TAC in years. Did not know that Dreher was for Iraq war. Really sad remembering that TAC was called into existence to challenge this war and the neo-conservatism.

utu , May 22, 2018 at 5:07 pm GMT
@renfro

You could add ecstasy smuggling and then Bill Clinton's presidential pardons and then Chassidim voting en masse for Hilary. And, I almost forgot, Rubashkin of Postiville, Iowa and his recent pardon by Trump.

CanSpeccy , Website May 22, 2018 at 5:22 pm GMT
@AaronB

but the ultimate cause is a cultural or spiritual deficiency.

I don't think so. It is sheer contempt of Western elite for the masses, aka the deplorables, for whom they have rarely shown the slightest respect. When former UK Prime Minister Harold MacMillan suggested that Margaret Thatcher was being unduly harsh in her treatment of the British coal miners, Thatcher threatened to shop MacMillan as a war criminal.

The contempt of the Euro elites for the masses stems back to the Vikings who ruled most of Europe, including Russia, and who formed an inbreeding aristocracy that has always regarded the common people as mere cattle to be used and abused at will. Not coincidentally, perhaps, Askenazi Jews and Vikings share genetic markers .

What's needed is a people's revolt. But that will never happen since the plebs are totally stupified by fake news, fake food, fake education and fake sex.

utu , May 22, 2018 at 5:26 pm GMT
@AaronB

But unfortunately, we must leave men like you behind before we can become healthy again.

I just hope the crowds lead by you (plural) will not trample me to death.

You made me think of Canadian film Jesus of Montreal. A case of extreme method acting when exaltation and subsequent brain injury makes the actor believe he is Jesus. He died unfortunately so we did not find out how long the delusion would last. Should I wish you outlive your delusion or not? Not an easy answer.

As far as Greeks are concerned perhaps you should give them another chance by reading Simone Weil.

Intimations of Christianity Among the Ancient Greeks

https://books.google.com/books/about/Intimations_of_Christianity_Among_the_An.html?id=lePartD_K5wC

m___ , May 22, 2018 at 5:42 pm GMT
@DN

It is interesting idea to use commodity grade electronic for collecting of information

The suggestion is only that, and intended to point to the following: any intermediate layer augments opacity. If there is a need for opacity, there is something fishy.

Reviewing crude sources(including text, printouts, emails and on), is not done by people with not enough cognitive abilities to do so. The end result is making public postings of raw data mostly harmless. Hence the postings of Wikileaks only gleaned at by journalists, academics, politicians, the whole of the middle-class being the intended potential audience.

The issue of public communication with "the base" "is since long decided, not the information and it's format are the delimiting factor but the receptiveness potential of the bulk audience. To advance an idea that can compete with a variety of junkers, and catch on, must be basic indeed.

The reference to Clifford Simac and Novel City is noted.

AaronB , May 22, 2018 at 6:07 pm GMT
@CanSpeccy

I don't believe in materialist causes. Until materialism ends, the agony will continue – and get worse. There are few signs whites are moving away from materialism, though.

In my entire time on this blog, I don't think a single white person expressed serious sympathy for my non-materialist stance. Only Asians, Muslims, and in a backhanded fashion, Jews. Most whites just go on about materialist causes.

I feel sorry for you guys – but you are really screwed. In the long run, whites will survive, and recover their health. But in the short run. – you guys are in some serious trouble.

I think I need to direct my activities to the practical task of creating small monastic communities where the flame can be kept alive. It's an idea that's in the air, but I'm beginning to think that is the only task for our age. Most whites are simply beyond recovery – the Great Culling is at hand.

In the meantime, good luck.

AaronB , May 22, 2018 at 6:16 pm GMT
@utu

You are right – I made it seem like I was in the majority or something, and men like you were in the minority. But it's the opposite – it is you who will be leaving me behind, as men like you are the majority among whites. Of course, I would not care to go where you are headed.

I feel a sense of relief – the kind one feels when one finally gives up a hopeless task. It is in small groups of men keeping the faith alive in the coming centuries of darkness that I must place my hope – and find a new practical task.

Simone Well – she liked the Platonic Greeks, as I do. But she was Jewish, shouldn't you be asking where her funding came from or something? Come to think of it, who's funding me, utu? Ever think of that? Bet that'll keep u up sleepless a few nights .

Hessler , May 22, 2018 at 6:16 pm GMT
@Momus

Damn..you lie in a broad daylight with full face on, do you have no shame ?

Oh! I guess it's more then okay for you to lie cuz that's one trait your tribe has mastered.

mark green , May 22, 2018 at 6:25 pm GMT
Hi Iz. Brilliant article. Extremely insightful. Nice work. Thank you!
Hessler , May 22, 2018 at 6:35 pm GMT
@Jake

The lust for the world domination in the white culture goes far beyond then the Judaizing heresy. What puritans actually did was to let the Jews be accomplices to take out the most prominent/rutless adversary of the white west values, the Islmic civilization. If you take the Islamic civilization out of equation, it all becomes Rome. The whites are the wolf and the jews are the foe's. The prostestents only change the order of the things where Jews are not the enemey no 1 nomore, it's the Islamists. If you trace back the roots of this heresy, it's the vatican chruch itself. If it had done the things right, there would have been no protestents.

Refer to this verse from the Koran-

"Oh! Prophet if I'm to tell you the consequences of the alterations they've done to the revelations I sent unto Jeesus, you'll suffocate to death."

hints: Anglo-Saxon Puritans, WASP

m___ , May 22, 2018 at 6:40 pm GMT
@renfro

Individualism and common identity based on psychological symbiosis do not exclude one another. The "rain makers", idea-mongers, are to use new and practical ideas, integration of suitable theoretical concepts and fuse them into the psychological bond they maintain with the base at all costs. The creative individuals do not build societies around themselves, but are nuclei that float freely within the blob of psychological bond.

The gentile rain makers sold out, probably by lack of ambition. Similarly local a phenomenon can be observed within the world of Jew, historically Spain and conversion of part of the flock, today in the myriad sub-groups, with a patchwork of rain makers an methods and ideas that differ only by more of the same.

The best, and probably unbeatable bond mechanism of bulk humanity today? No doubt consumerism is the dominant world religion that holds the masses hostage, it could be falsely interpreted as an expression of individuality, but your red bloomers, his high heels are not.

Now ethnicity as an exploit, focussing on White Identity should find expression into something "as strong" and similar(easy to comprehend and idiot-proof). A heavy task indeed. Harm is done.

utu , May 22, 2018 at 6:42 pm GMT
@AaronB

I feel a sense of relief

Me too. Do not flatter yourself. Delusional losers are not funding worthy.

Joe Levantine , May 22, 2018 at 6:44 pm GMT
@utu

Great analysis,
The educational system of today is against the tenets of Western civilization. The fables of La Fontaine are no more part of French or Francophone school programs. Western education is creating the trans human by concentrating on technical courses at the expense of humanities. Back in the nineties, I read a " predictive" article in The Economist magazine about the death of poetry.
Morality and spirituality, drilled into pupil's minds are the road to human emancipation from materialism that will lead us to assured slavery.

CanSpeccy , Website May 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm GMT
@AaronB

I don't believe in materialist causes.

So you believe in the Indian rope trick, and the ability of Sadhus to bury their heads, and do other weird and sometimes frankly disgusting things through the power of the will .

Well , I guess that's one way of dismissing all the rubbish about Soviet and Nazi gas chambers. If the gas killed anyone it must have been due to the victims' foolish belief in materialist causes.

AaronB , May 22, 2018 at 7:08 pm GMT
@utu

Well, I'm glad we finally know who you truly are

Them Guys , May 22, 2018 at 7:14 pm GMT
@Momus

Hasbara Glue Sniffing zios. Obeying Talmudic teachings to Lie-Cheat-Swindle-Kill off the goyim since only a jew is a full Human. Fools that believe their own vast lies sure do not need enhance it with glue sniffing eh.

A waste of time posting facts or links etc since their type Never, Ever will actually research those supplied links and facts that they always demand be provided to them. Truth is These types FEAR links or websites like codoh is reason they never peruse them. Fear learning how full of bs and lies their entire Hoax story fraud really is. As well as most all else they claim, they Fear to learn how wrong they are eh.

Hessler , May 22, 2018 at 7:23 pm GMT
@anonomy

Ever since the inception of social media, the narrative of "Liberating Muslim women" is dead. They know the game.

Hessler , May 22, 2018 at 7:33 pm GMT
@tac

introspection ? Jews ? nahh..Those two words don't go togther. That's a human trait. You can either be a human or you can be jewish, you can't be both.

German_reader , May 22, 2018 at 7:35 pm GMT
@utu

Did not know that Dreher was for Iraq war.

He was, though he claims to have "repented" (he still mocks the anti-war protesters who were against the war though); iirc he's also personal friends with John Podhoretz and David Brooks. In many ways he's much closer to National review type "conservatives" than to what American conservative originally was. He usually doesn't have that much to say about foreign policy though, his obsession is really with US culture war issues.
American conservative isn't totally bad though even today imo, some of their pieces are still interesting. It's just Dreher who isn't worth reading.

Hessler , May 22, 2018 at 7:41 pm GMT
@Sam Shama

innocent Jews

yeah so innocent that they got people in access of 100 million killed in just one century. Humanity has recognised the parasite and will get rid of it. It had happened before and ended with only one outcome only this time the difference will be more humiliating and painful.

utu , May 22, 2018 at 7:44 pm GMT
@Joe Levantine

Morality and spirituality, drilled into pupil's minds are the road to human emancipation from materialism that will lead us to assured slavery.

Not quite sure what you have meant here. Terms morality and spirituality and materialism must be qualified or explained.

Momus , May 22, 2018 at 7:56 pm GMT
@Them Guys

Mate, Bradley Smith's CODOH is a standing joke of pseudo scientific garbage, a redoubt of you and other benthic dwelling crustaceans.

No one who matters is interested.

L.K , May 22, 2018 at 8:15 pm GMT
Clinton Email: We Must Destroy Syria For Israel

https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/emailid/18328

A leaked Hillary Clinton email confirms that the Obama administration, with Hillary at the helm, orchestrated a civil war in Syria to benefit Israel.

The best way to help Israel deal with Iran's growing nuclear capability is to help the people of
Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.

Back to Syria. It is the strategic relationship between Iran and the regime of Bashar Assad in
Syria that makes it possible for Iran to undermine Israel's security -- not through a direct attack,
which in the thirty years of hostility between Iran and Israel has never occurred, but through its
proxies in Lebanon, like Hezbollah, that are sustained, armed and trained by Iran via Syria. The
end of the Assad regime would end this dangerous alliance. Israel's leadership understands well

why defeating Assad is now in its interests. Speaking on CNN's Amanpour show last week,
Defense Minister Ehud Barak argued that "the toppling down of Assad will be a major blow to
the radical axis, major blow to Iran . It's the only kind of outpost of the Iranian influence in the
Arab world and it will weaken dramatically both Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas and Islamic
Jihad in Gaza."

utu , May 22, 2018 at 8:17 pm GMT

Perhaps the Jewish Messiah is already here, though we are not aware of his coming? All Jewish dreams and desires were fulfilled this mid-May.

Israel Shamir forgot to mention the dessert served in shoe at Netanyahu home for Japan's PM and his wife. Extreme arrogance. What was the cause for showing this displeasure with Japan? Something to do with Yukiya Amano the director of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)? Did shoe diplomacy work? Five days later chief inspector Tero Varjoranta of IAEA suddenly resigns w/o explanation.

Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall. Let's hope it is true.

utu , May 22, 2018 at 8:39 pm GMT
@German_reader

Dreher case might be a good example of how institutions, organizations, publications are taken over from the inside by strategically placed individuals and control of funding to rectify their actions into what is expected by TPTB. Nothing is left alone to chance. Even stupid National Geographic was taken over at some point. Sierra Club had to change its politics. Probably: Children publications, Stamp collector organization, Bird watchers must toe the political line. Every aspect of our lives must be under political and ideological control. It's as bad as assigning Soviet commissars to every institution in the USSR. Gleichschaltung! So what is the canon that can't be challenged: Zionism, Neoliberalism, Multiculturalism, Genderism. If you cross any of these four you are sentenced to a "civil death", meaning complete marginalization at best.

utu , May 22, 2018 at 8:43 pm GMT
@AaronB

You knew what I stand for. My views, including the deplorable one, were on the surface. You even endorsed them. No dissimulation and pretense on my part. You, on the other hand

Vojkan , May 22, 2018 at 8:44 pm GMT
@James Brown

And Putin considers Americans as partners. Or maybe Putin knows that Israelis are friends to none and that there is no such thing as friendship in international relations anyway. Maybe Putin just uses diplomatic language.
I'll put it differently. Do I like Israelis? God no. I find them despicable. Would I bomb Israel just to make a point if I were Putin? No again. Americans bomb people to make a point. Mentally stable grown-ups don't bomb people to make a point. Would I smile for cameras with Netanyahu by my side? If I were Putin and shaking hands with Netanyahu brought benefit to Russia, I would shake hands with Netanyahu. If it hurts the feelings of sensitive souls in foreign lands, so be it.

Wally , May 22, 2018 at 9:16 pm GMT
@Realist

A lot more than they let on. I notice you dodged the damning citations I provided.

Judging by this site, Jews are not outsmarting very many. LOL

Force & coercion is the Jew way, not smarts.

If Jews like you were really so smart they would have conjured up a better, more believable story than their impossibly fake & stupid '6,000,000 & gas chambers'.

http://www.codoh.com

Wally , May 22, 2018 at 9:20 pm GMT
@Realist

What we all know is that you cannot prove the dumb 'holocaust' storyline that you desperately believe in.

So now you want to change the subject. LOL

http://www.codoh.com

Anon [198] Disclaimer , May 22, 2018 at 9:34 pm GMT
@AaronB

men keeping the faith alive

What faith? So far as I can tell, which may not be all that far, you don't believe in anything in particular, you just believe in belief.

AaronB , May 22, 2018 at 9:52 pm GMT
Ha ha ha, that's one way of putting it. And not entirely wrong, either.

But I also don't dogmatically assert the non-existence of anything, like materialists.

I am heavily influenced by Mahayana Buddhism – to understand what that means here, you'd have to read up on it.

But you modern occidentals need beliefs, so let's just say I believe in God.

Wally , May 22, 2018 at 10:48 pm GMT
@Momus

What's "pseudo scientific" about it?

Please give us specific examples. We're waiting.

Please show us the immense human remains that Jews allege they know the locations of.

recommended for everyone:

Holocaust Handbooks, Documentaries, & Videos

http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?main_page=1

and:
Chemistry of Auschwitz / Birkenau

Vojkan , May 22, 2018 at 11:49 pm GMT
@Momus

The thing is whether the Holocaust is or isn't true doesn't matter, given the preposterous behaviour of the Jews today, they can keep whining all they want, nobody gives a damn for what they allegedly suffered yesterday.

Daniel Bruno , Website May 23, 2018 at 12:10 am GMT
Another brilliant analysis by the eponymous Israel.

2 things he missed though:

WHat does NuttyYahoo have on Putin to keep him from sending the S300 to Syria? Is it really all about showing off on V Day?

While NuttyYahoo was on Red Square, an Israeli plane blew up a Pantsir, one of the vaunted anti aircraft systems on display in the parade

L.K , May 23, 2018 at 12:46 am GMT
Well informed journalist E. Magnier, with lots of local contacts.

L.K , May 23, 2018 at 12:50 am GMT
SyrianGirlPartisan, a secular pro-government Syrian expat, who has been writing about the imposed zio war on Syria from the start, re the dubious Russian behavior in Syria;

Don't make #Syria choose between Russia and #Iran , because she will choose Iran. Sorry,Nothing personal, but it's Just as #Russia 's oligarchy would choose #Israel over Syria.

-- Partisangirl

Bliss , May 23, 2018 at 1:23 am GMT
@AaronB

The main reason I defend these religions is because I am a foe of secularism and materialism –

It is truly naive, ignorant, ass-backward of you to believe that these religions need to be defended against the Enlightenment principle of Secularism which by its very intent and definition is their Protector.

How could you not know that the worst persecutors of religions/sects .are other religions/sects? That in pre-Enlightenment Christendom free-thinkers like you were regularly tortured and burned at the stake. You should be grateful that the Enlightenment stood up against that wickedness.

I am defending the enthusiasm of Muslims against the apathy and lassitude of the commenters at Karlin .Now you misunderstand me if you think I am saying we should become Muslim or Buddhist – I defend these cultures against secularists.

They don't need to be defended against secularists you clueless moron. Secular nations tolerate them both.

If you really stood for love, generosity and tolerance you would be defending and championing secularism, not it's polar opposite Islam (which wiped out Buddhism wherever it ruled). You would be demanding that muslims repudiate the Shariah law that ordains death for leaving Islam.

JoeI , May 23, 2018 at 1:32 am GMT
"Perhaps the Jewish Messiah is already here, though we are not aware of his coming?"
"The Jewish people as a whole will become its own Messiah. It will attain world dominion by the dissolution of other races, by the abolition of frontiers, the annihilation of monarchy and by the establishment of a world republic in which the Jews will everywhere exercise the privilege of citizenship. In this New World Order the children of Israel will furnish all the leaders without encountering opposition. The Governments of the different peoples forming the world republic will fall without difficulty into the hands of the Jews. It will then be possible for the Jewish rulers to abolish private property and everywhere to make use of the resources of the state. Thus will the promise of the Talmud be fulfilled, in which is said that when the Messianic time is come, the Jews will have all the property of the whole world in their hands." -Baruch Levy, 1879.

[May 22, 2018] It wasn't spying; it was an insurance policy. Just ask Strozk and whomever else was meeting over that topic.

May 22, 2018 | www.unz.com

densa , May 22, 2018 at 3:53 pm GMT

The NYT thinks it's a nothing-burger until someone proves Halper was spying? Right, it wasn't spying; it was an insurance policy. Just ask Strozk and whomever else was meeting over that topic.

Didn't they all decide they needed an insurance policy when it looked like Clinton might not win? Hadn't they already completely screwed the pooch covering up for her?

Early in her candidacy, the issue of the private server for government business was already out there. They–media and law enforcement–let it ride.

What extraordinary treatment she got! In the end it was immunity and destroyed evidence, party favors all around. Then, she lost. Oops?

The DNC didn't have to provide their server as evidence. Congress's completely odd choice of IT services went down the rabbit hole. The Clinton Foundation was never investigated as political slush funds are SOP. There is plenty of evidence that the State's power is being abused. This can't stand. If this is all accepted and passed or forgotten with the next financial crisis and/or war, our country is truly gone.

And I agree with Ma Laoshi that twitting is venting, not fighting back. Until these crimes against the country are addressed with actions taken in public, not behind closed doors and redacted into oblivion, I have no confidence thatTrump will be more than a speed bump for the Deep State.

[May 22, 2018] Cat fight within the US elite getting more intense

Highly recommended!
There is no question that Trump of over his head and folded early on, adopting the deep state foreign policy in even more militant incarnation the under Obama.
All those moves about "Russiagate" now is an empty sound or a cat fight of the faction of the US elite for contracts and sinecures in government.
Notable quotes:
"... Since being inaugurated, orange clown has reversed himself on the pre-election intimations and campaign promises that apparently got him elected. Instead of improving relations with Russia, he's made everything worse; he never misses a chance to provoke Russia. Instead of pulling out of Afghanistan, he's escalating that pointless war. He's increased the illegal, immoral and unconstitutional U.S. military occupation of Syria. He's escalating the genocidal war against Yemen. He's arming the corrupt puppet government in Kiev. He's already slaughtered more people with drone strikes than Obama did in eight years. He's surrounded himself with bloodthirsty psychopaths. He's trying to overthrow the Maduro government in Venezuela. He puts Israel first and America second (or lower) on the list. He wants more military spending. He seems to want a bigger, more powerful more and aggressive NATO, not the reverse. Rather than investigate 9/11, he studiously avoids the topic. Etc., etc., etc. ..."
"... From a "deep state" perspective, what is there to dislike about orange clown? How can the "deep state" have any kind of serious problem with someone who's making Obama look like Mister Rogers? ..."
"... Has the "deep state" deployed a "lone nut" against him? Apparently not. Is he being impeached? No. Is there even a hint of political opposition to his reckless, imperial "foreign policy"? No. Have any of his appointees been blocked? No. Has there been any kind of significant legal action against him challenging his blatantly unconstitutional military adventurism for example? As far as I know, no. ..."
"... Not where I live in the Northwest. I have spoken to people who are convinced Trump is "beyond guilty" of collusion. These people are either CNN watchers or work in IT. Everyday I go to the gym people are either watching CNN or MSNBC on their screen. ..."
"... How do you "manipulate" a reasonable person into flirting with planetary extinction? How can someone who actually cares about America be manipulated into risking war with Russia for no good reason? Such a person is not morally or mentally fit for the job of president in the first place. ..."
"... So in essence Trump's whole campaign platform was reversed by "deep state" "manipulation" but rather than surround himself with reasonable people, appeal to his supporters, investigate or threaten to investigate 9/11, or even resign (rather than become a mass-murderer), he decides to stay on because he enjoys killing people with drones and he loves the vacations, etc.? ..."
"... The more likely case is that orange clown's a con man whose whole campaign was a calculated bait and switch fraud from the beginning. And all this "out to get Trump" nonsense depicting Trump as hapless "victim" of the deep state is pure political theater. ..."
"... Michael Caputo now says he was approached by a SECOND recruiter, someone other than Halper. ..."
"... Yes, Halper was involved in getting President Carter's debate briefing book to the Reagan/ BUSH campaign ahead of the debate. He's been in there, connected, for years and years, a call-boy the players, the powers-that-be have at their disposal. ..."
"... Democrats and Republicans serve the same master, no difference, neither have real any real power. The Wall St bankers,, The Lobby, MIC, International Corporations call the shots. All the politicians are dirty, and deep state has plenty of blackmail info on ALL of them if they step out of line. They're only puppets for you to get angry at, and vote out to ease your anger. But nothing changes with elections because the ones with power are unelected, and never move. See Jim Traficant or JFK for what happens when one dares to tell the truth, or challenge the establishment. ..."
"... If Trump really wanted to change things, if he was the real deal, he would have Sessions start a new 9/11 investigation, and start imprisoning and executing the perps and traitors, all the way from Tel Aviv back home to Wall St. All of them. ..."
"... In fairness, his life expectancy after such an announcement would be about 6 minutes. Getting the public to realize the truth about 9/11 is the best chance I can see for real political change in the U.S., but hoping that anyone in Washington will lead the charge seems quite futile. A group of lawyers representing victims' families recently filed a petition for a new investigation – the media of course were not interested. It really comes down to spreading the word on the grassroots level. ..."
"... Halper was not a recruiter. He was there to collect information for the FBI, the very definition of a spy. ..."
"... The Democrats truly hate the whole concept of democracy. They've tried as best they can to ban democracy from their party. And now they've instituted both illegal campaign tactics before the election and a coup after the election to try to keep the power in the Democratic Party and the money flowing to them. ..."
"... Did Imram Awan leak the documents exposing that the DNC was colluding with the Clintons and rigging the primaries and convention in her favor? After all, that's where this all began. ..."
"... That was when Hillary came up with the idea to try to blame the Russians for the leaks and thus lead the world close to nuclear war for her own personal ambition. ..."
May 22, 2018 | www.unz.com

Originally from: Can We Call It a Coup Now, by Mike Whitney - The Unz Review


Svigor , May 20, 2018 at 9:44 pm GMT

So, help me out here – the only reason the NYT is even reporting on this is because Congress was closing in on this turd's identity, right?

"F.B.I. agents sent an informant to talk to two campaign advisers only after they received evidence that the pair had suspicious contacts linked to Russia during the campaign.

"Suspicious contacts" = Russians who talked to Trump's employees.

So the FISA surveillance, the national-security letters, the FBI informants and 18 months of relentless probing-harassment have all been justified on the basis of allegations about Russia hacking that may or may not have happened at all??

The one silver lining to all of this is that the GOP can to absolutely DRAG the Democrats about this in the next election. If the GOP is smart, they will not listen to a goddamn word coming out of the mouths of the Democrats or their (((Big Media))) mouthpieces during the 2020 election. They will not respond to a single point they have to make, except to call them hopelessly corrupt authoritarians who are unfit to govern until they come clean about their malfeasance and cut the rot from their ranks, and then spout their other talking points and drop the mic.

"According to people familiar with (General Michael) Flynn's visit to the intelligence seminar, the source was alarmed by the general's apparent closeness with a Russian woman who was also in attendance. The concern was strong enough that it prompted another person to pass on a warning to the American authorities that Mr. Flynn could be compromised by Russian intelligence, according to two people familiar with the matter."

*Facepalm*

These fucks are beyond parody now. We're literally ruled by corrupt morons, stooges, and degenerates.

"The cockblocking/penis-envy concern was enough for Stasi agents to follow up "

Renoman , May 20, 2018 at 10:03 pm GMT
I would be shocked if both political party's didn't have a myriad of spies in each other's campaigns dating back to Lincoln! Grow up people, there's a ton of money here.
Svigor , May 20, 2018 at 10:28 pm GMT
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/05/20/donald-trump-orders-justice-department-to-investigate-surveillance-of-trump-campaign/
anon [217] Disclaimer , May 22, 2018 at 4:30 am GMT
Rod Rosenstein is a traitorous weasel POS who never should've been appointed. Christopher Wray worked as a deputy to James Comey and is highly likely dirty and another deep state puppet. Mike Pence, Paul Ryan, McConnell, Pompeo, John Kelly, Kirstjen Nielsen, Gina Haspel, John Bolton, Nikki Haley, all are deep state puppets. Why does Trump keep appointing more deep state puppets to take over from the other deep state puppets?

I cannot for the life of me understand why Jeff Sessions continues to stick up for Rosenstein the weasel. My only explanation is that this whole thing is a coup set up by Deep State and Mike Pence from the get go so Pence can be president, and Sessions is in on the coup to keep his job.

I did not know it was Rosenstein's memo that prompted Trump to fire James Comey. Trump needs to bring that out in the open and let everyone know Rosenstein set him up. This POS weasel needs to go to jail. As long as he's still in the DOJ no real investigation of deep state will ever take place. We've got the fox guarding the hen house.

Carlton Meyer , Website May 22, 2018 at 4:40 am GMT
An equally interesting article can be found here:

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/19/the-fbi-informant-who-monitored-the-trump-campaign-stefan-halper-oversaw-a-cia-spying-operation-in-the-1980-presidential-election/

It notes that all the corporate media knows it was Halper, but they obey the Deep State and refuse to report this, pretending that evil Republicans are trying to out an innocent FBI spy. Even today, their coverage is "alleged" informant. For some reason, NBC News was the only "mainstream" team to ignore this absurd BS and report his name as part of the biggest news story of the decade. Note that Halper is not a Democratic Party mole, but a Bush family mole.

Doesn't Mueller have the self-respect to end his witch hunt and crawl back under a rock?

Bombercommand , May 22, 2018 at 5:46 am GMT
A very strong move by President Trump. It is a fact that the FBI sent an informant, Mr. Halper, to gather information on the Trump campaign. The FBI can plead it was to gather info on alarming Russians, but the informant my gather other info just as easily. If the FBI can send one, Halper, they can just as easily send another, or more unknown informants. This RussiaGate nonsense has always been a matter to be tried in the court of public opinion, by innuendo. Therefore President Trump's investigation can use the "have you stopped beating your wife?" method. Every time the FBI says no to a question it looks like they are lying to cover something bigger. Informants have Control Officers, who write reports to superiors, the reports make reference to code words, places and dates. Reports generate memos and orders. Everything becomes fuel for innuendo and the only out the FBI will have is "We honestly thought .but no, we found nothing".
Wizard of Oz , May 22, 2018 at 7:17 am GMT
@Renoman

A point well made in qualification of the merits of the article. Surely the author knows on reflection that no political party or campaign is going to forgo the chance of getting inside information on what their opponents are up to, including crimes – and spying.

Wizard of Oz , May 22, 2018 at 7:25 am GMT
@anon

Since Trump could do some shuffling so as to appoint an Attorney-General who wouldn't recuse himself or get rid of Rosenstein by appointing him a judge, or ambassador just for example maybe it is best to assume that the President doesn't feel immediately threatened and is reasonably confident that he can find and time his countermeasures satisfactorily. It is hardly beyond belief that there are Trump moles in Mueller's army who are assuring him that his instinct is right: apparent witch hunting persecution by Mueller is actually a harmless distraction and so good for him until the time is right to blow it up.

animalogic , May 22, 2018 at 7:44 am GMT
Considered in its entirety, this Trump/Russia business is indeed turning into the political crime (& shame) of the century. Were someone who had died in the 50′s to suddenly resurrect, they would suffer the equivalent of a psychotic episode or a bad LSD trip.
Its mind boggling to anyone even vaguely conscious .
Mr Trump needs to clean house: politiclly difficult, yes, but Trump needs to visit a Lehman Bros' moment on the DOJ, CIA & FBI.
No doubt the above toxic agencies will (again) spew forth the magic word: "Russia-Russia-Russia" to render all opposition impotent.
One may, of course, truly wonder whether a majority of citizens will awake & notice the stench of rotting democracy & having noticed, draw the correct conclusions and – finally – act .
The Alarmist , May 22, 2018 at 8:59 am GMT
@Svigor

Trump has surrounded himself with lifer Deep Staters who no doubt tell him that investigations and prosecutions will do grave harm to national security and, at the same time, would appear to be his own politically motivated witch hunt, the kind one sees only in third-world basket case countries, and that would reflect more poorly on him than on the actual cabal attempting to overthrow him and overturn his election.

But the actual collusion has become so obvious that he has to pull the trigger, because nobody else is going to. Sessions should have been all over this a year ago, but he too is a long-serving government employee, which suggests he is also of the swamp. As for Congress, a few brave souls, e.g. Nunes, have tried and have been exposed to withering fire from all sides.

Bob , May 22, 2018 at 11:00 am GMT
The purpose of the informant/spy was to "dirty" Page and Papadopoulos; to make them plausible suspects so that full use of the NSA database could be used on the Trump team both pre- and post-election and as far back in the past as they wanted to go. The warrants used on Page and Papadopoulos were counterintelligence warrants that allow using NSA resources on anyone "two hops" (two people) away from Page and Papadopoulos. "Two-hops" would easily include everyone near Trump even if Page and Papadopoulos had only minimal contact with the campaign. This is the heart of the crime. Page and Papadopoulos were used as place-holders to gather information on everyone near Trump. The informer was used to set those two up.
Ma Laoshi , May 22, 2018 at 1:36 pm GMT
Trump posting something on Twitter isn't "fighting back"–it's venting steam. As the article correctly states, letting the DOJ investigate itself is a joke. So Trump needed a Special Counsel of his own, and he needed him right after his inauguration. It may be that Trump likes a dose of Russia Scare to push overpriced American weapons and LNG to clueless Europeans. It may be that he's found out (or at least his people have) that he needs Deep-State sleaze for his anti-Iran campaign. It may be that Trump well knows he's vulnerable on nepotism, old NY Mob ties, and oh yeah some sexual peccadilloes, so he better play along and color within the lines. Or it may simply be that Trump is a moron without the attention span for anything beyond venting on Twitter.

It doesn't really matter now, the ship has sailed, he's gone too far in with "Putin-Assad baby killers" to return to sanity now.

Harold Smith , May 22, 2018 at 1:39 pm GMT
"After 18 months of withering attacks and accusations, Donald Trump has decided to get up off the canvas and fight back."

If "they" are really out to "get" orange clown, why don't "they" go after him for his impeachable war crimes in Syria, for example? Why don't "they" at least bring a lawsuit against him for his illegal, immoral and unconstitutional occupation of Syria?

Generally speaking, when one party ostensibly dislikes another party, and apparently seeks to "get" that party, isn't there usually some kind of plausible, identifiable reason for the enmity?

Since being inaugurated, orange clown has reversed himself on the pre-election intimations and campaign promises that apparently got him elected. Instead of improving relations with Russia, he's made everything worse; he never misses a chance to provoke Russia. Instead of pulling out of Afghanistan, he's escalating that pointless war. He's increased the illegal, immoral and unconstitutional U.S. military occupation of Syria. He's escalating the genocidal war against Yemen. He's arming the corrupt puppet government in Kiev. He's already slaughtered more people with drone strikes than Obama did in eight years. He's surrounded himself with bloodthirsty psychopaths. He's trying to overthrow the Maduro government in Venezuela. He puts Israel first and America second (or lower) on the list. He wants more military spending. He seems to want a bigger, more powerful more and aggressive NATO, not the reverse. Rather than investigate 9/11, he studiously avoids the topic. Etc., etc., etc.

From a "deep state" perspective, what is there to dislike about orange clown? How can the "deep state" have any kind of serious problem with someone who's making Obama look like Mister Rogers?

"In any event, Trump has decided to throw caution to the wind and go for broke. He's decided that the only way he's going to get his enemies off his back is by flushing them out into the open and subjecting their activities to public scrutiny."

Has the "deep state" deployed a "lone nut" against him? Apparently not. Is he being impeached? No. Is there even a hint of political opposition to his reckless, imperial "foreign policy"? No. Have any of his appointees been blocked? No. Has there been any kind of significant legal action against him challenging his blatantly unconstitutional military adventurism for example? As far as I know, no.

So how is anybody actually "[on] his back"?

anon [204] Disclaimer , May 22, 2018 at 1:49 pm GMT
@Wizard of Oz

3D chess, 4D chess or what is it up to now, 14D chess? Trumpistas have too much faith in their man. Trump is a businessman not a politician. He's in over his head. Just look at how easily he was goaded into canning James Comey that set off this whole sorry affair.

anon [204] Disclaimer , May 22, 2018 at 1:56 pm GMT
@animalogic

One may, of course, truly wonder whether a majority of citizens will awake & notice the stench of rotting democracy & having noticed, draw the correct conclusions and – finally – act.

Not where I live in the Northwest. I have spoken to people who are convinced Trump is "beyond guilty" of collusion. These people are either CNN watchers or work in IT. Everyday I go to the gym people are either watching CNN or MSNBC on their screen. Most Americans are brain dead sheeple.

phil , May 22, 2018 at 2:34 pm GMT
@Harold Smith

"Has the "deep state" deployed a 'lone nut' against him? Apparently not. Is he being impeached? No. Is there even a hint of political opposition to his reckless, imperial 'foreign policy'? No. Have any of his appointees been blocked? No. Has there been any kind of significant legal action against him challenging his blatantly unconstitutional military adventurism for example? As far as I know, no.

So how is anybody actually '[on] his back'?"

Answer: the Deep State obviously is on his back, It is has successfully manipulated him into a foreign policy that he did not want. He wanted an America First policy, but because of political blackmail and dishonest allegations about collusion with Russia, Trump has felt compelled to do what Zionists want in the Middle East. At home, massive legal immigration continues, there will be no mass deportations, and the border wall will not be built. The Democrats will be firmly entrenched after Trump is gone from the scene.

Harold Smith , May 22, 2018 at 3:13 pm GMT
@phil

"the Deep State obviously is on his back, It is has successfully manipulated him into a foreign policy that he did not want. "

Or so goes the Trump apologists' claim. But that's pure unfounded speculation.

How do you "manipulate" a reasonable person into flirting with planetary extinction? How can someone who actually cares about America be manipulated into risking war with Russia for no good reason? Such a person is not morally or mentally fit for the job of president in the first place.

So in essence Trump's whole campaign platform was reversed by "deep state" "manipulation" but rather than surround himself with reasonable people, appeal to his supporters, investigate or threaten to investigate 9/11, or even resign (rather than become a mass-murderer), he decides to stay on because he enjoys killing people with drones and he loves the vacations, etc.?

I think not. The more likely case is that orange clown's a con man whose whole campaign was a calculated bait and switch fraud from the beginning. And all this "out to get Trump" nonsense depicting Trump as hapless "victim" of the deep state is pure political theater.

John Q Public , May 22, 2018 at 3:29 pm GMT
"In an earlier version of this article I stated that the FBI planted a spy INSIDE the Trump campaign. This is not correct, which is why I asked editor Ron Unz to remove the article. The informant was not part of the Campaign but sought information from members of the Campaign."

Hyper-technical hair splitting that is ultimately false. The point of Halper's approaches were to recruit people in the campaign to provide information. Those recruits would have been spies. Michael Caputo now says he was approached by a SECOND recruiter, someone other than Halper.

jeff davis , May 22, 2018 at 4:02 pm GMT
Trump is head of the Executive Branch. The DoJ and FBI are part of the executive branch and subordinate to Trump. He can send 30-40 US Marshals to FBI headquarters, and to DoJ headquarters, and have them extract by force the necessary documents, and no one can say "boo!"

I wish he would.

The downside of course is that everyone in the media and in Congress would scream "tyrant!" So Trump currently is leaving them alone to continue digging their own grave with the Mueller/Russia witchunt, as the country moves towards the midterm elections.

Buzz Mohawk , May 22, 2018 at 4:04 pm GMT
@Carlton Meyer

Yes, Halper was involved in getting President Carter's debate briefing book to the Reagan/ BUSH campaign ahead of the debate. He's been in there, connected, for years and years, a call-boy the players, the powers-that-be have at their disposal.

Stefan Halper is one of the creepy-crawly things that have been living under the rock Donald Trump kicked over.

As Steve Sailer points out, Halper is the son-in-law of CIA man Ray. S. Cline, who was instrumental in the Bay of Pigs fiasco.

redmudhooch , May 22, 2018 at 5:07 pm GMT
Democrats and Republicans serve the same master, no difference, neither have real any real power. The Wall St bankers,, The Lobby, MIC, International Corporations call the shots. All the politicians are dirty, and deep state has plenty of blackmail info on ALL of them if they step out of line. They're only puppets for you to get angry at, and vote out to ease your anger. But nothing changes with elections because the ones with power are unelected, and never move. See Jim Traficant or JFK for what happens when one dares to tell the truth, or challenge the establishment.

9/11 and silence from both sides with regard to a real investigation into the biggest "terrorist" attack in US History, and the murder of 3000 Americans, this tells you who is in power, the people that pulled it off. Neither party supports a real investigation into this attack, they both work for the same people. The fact that the MSM still lies about it means they are also controlled by the goons. The FBI, CIA lies about it, and Muellers coverup of the crime tells you all of the "Intelligence" and "Law" enforcement agencies are also controlled by the same cabal.

Until they start telling the truth about 9/11, you can bet the same goons are still in charge, no matter who the president is, no matter which Democrat or Republican you elect, the shadow government, deep state are still calling the shots. If you do vote, vote 3rd party. The whole election system is rigged to keep out most anyone who might dare to challenge the establishment, thats why we only get lowlifes like Mitt Romney or the Cintons running for office year after year, out of millions of people the same dirtbags just won't go away.

Everything else is just noise, distractions from this reality. If Trump really wanted to change things, if he was the real deal, he would have Sessions start a new 9/11 investigation, and start imprisoning and executing the perps and traitors, all the way from Tel Aviv back home to Wall St. All of them.

WorkingClass , May 22, 2018 at 5:51 pm GMT
@Renoman

People who say nothing ever changes should read a history book.

Mike P , May 22, 2018 at 6:20 pm GMT

If Trump really wanted to change things, if he was the real deal, he would have Sessions start a new 9/11 investigation, and start imprisoning and executing the perps and traitors, all the way from Tel Aviv back home to Wall St. All of them.

In fairness, his life expectancy after such an announcement would be about 6 minutes. Getting the public to realize the truth about 9/11 is the best chance I can see for real political change in the U.S., but hoping that anyone in Washington will lead the charge seems quite futile. A group of lawyers representing victims' families recently filed a petition for a new investigation – the media of course were not interested. It really comes down to spreading the word on the grassroots level.

anon [217] Disclaimer , May 22, 2018 at 7:04 pm GMT
@John Q Public

Hyper-technical hair splitting that is ultimately false. The point of Halper's approaches were to recruit people in the campaign to provide information. Those recruits would have been spies. Michael Caputo now says he was approached by a SECOND recruiter, someone other than Halper.

Halper was not a recruiter. He was there to collect information for the FBI, the very definition of a spy.

anon [217] Disclaimer , May 22, 2018 at 7:17 pm GMT
@renfro

From the NYT:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/15/world/asia/trump-hotel-china-indonesia.html

Hatunggal Muda Siregar, a spokesman for MNC, said the theme park and the Trump properties are separate projects within the Lido development. The agreement with the Chinese company to build the theme park does not include any financing for the project, he said.

Mr. Trump's business dealings in Indonesia prompted scrutiny even before his inauguration, and he pledged not to embark on any new deals while in office. But the Trump Organization held onto the projects in Indonesia, saying the contracts with Mr. Hary were signed in 2015 and were binding.

Yet another nothing burger. This an old deal made before he even ran for president. The Chinese loan does not extend to building of the Trump properties. As the article repeatedly pointed out:

There isn't any evidence that the agreement with the construction company was intended to sway the Trump administration on any matters.

If there's no evidence, why report it at all? To give more ammo to people who are always for looking for any reason to disparage Trump, and only bother to read headlines.

Svigor , May 22, 2018 at 7:19 pm GMT
NPR had a great piece on this today. Smarmy Ray Suarez interviewing several lying swamp creatures. The bullshit was neck-deep.
Ozymandias , May 22, 2018 at 9:11 pm GMT
"It's worth noting, that the current Russia investigation is based on the dubious claim that Russia hacked DNC computers."

Imran Awan is not Russian, he's a Paki. And he didn't need to hack the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz let him in and gave him the password. There, huge mystery solved.

Harold Smith , May 22, 2018 at 9:48 pm GMT
@anon

"Anyone who refers to Trump as 'orange clown' is obviously partisan to the point of not worth listening to."

You may be right about that; now that I think about it, it does seem too generous.

How about "teflon-don-the-con-man"; or, "the ignorant orange savage in the White House"? Of course there's always the Biblical description to fall back on: "the beast from the earth" (i.e. the second beast of Rev 13); will that work?

Theo Daio , May 22, 2018 at 9:58 pm GMT
Meanwhile, at the same time we also learn that there is evidence that there really was collusion between the Trump campaign and foreign powers that wanted to see it elected in return for favorable policies. But, the problem that the Deep State has is that the foreign powers were not the cartoon-pinup-all-purpose villan of the Russians. No, it was Israel and Saudi Arabia.

The point of all of this is that the United States is supposed to be a democracy which means that the government does what the people want it to do. The one thing that we are seeing is that nobody in Washington wants that. The Democrats truly hate the whole concept of democracy. They've tried as best they can to ban democracy from their party. And now they've instituted both illegal campaign tactics before the election and a coup after the election to try to keep the power in the Democratic Party and the money flowing to them.

But, it turns out Trump was off cutting deals with Israel and Saudi Arabia that now seem to have the USA headed straight into a disasterous war that was the last thing that voters wanted. The voters keep electing candidates who claim to be against these wars. The problem is that they whole bunch of them are a lot of liars, and the one and only thing they are truly against is democracy and letting the people have a say.

America desperately needs a Democracy Movement. One that cleans the temples of DC of all of the corrupt liars that currently rule us in both fake parties.

SunBakedSuburb , May 22, 2018 at 9:59 pm GMT
"He's decided that the only way he's going to get his enemies off his back is by flushing them out into the open and subjecting their activities to public scrutiny. It's a risky strategy "

It's the only strategy he can pursue. If he doesn't take the fight out into the open, where his enemies are vulnerable, they will bury him.

Akran Ahab , May 22, 2018 at 10:05 pm GMT
Did Imram Awan leak the documents exposing that the DNC was colluding with the Clintons and rigging the primaries and convention in her favor? After all, that's where this all began.

It was a bit before the conventions when those emails leaked. Hillary certainly knew that they could be the death of her lifelong quest to see how much she could steal as President. If the Bernie voters were upset that the whole fake primary and caucus process had been rigged all along and refused to support Hillary, then she was done as a Presidential contender.

That was when Hillary came up with the idea to try to blame the Russians for the leaks and thus lead the world close to nuclear war for her own personal ambition.

TG , May 22, 2018 at 10:34 pm GMT
You know it's funny, all those 'conservatives' screaming that Edward Snowden is a traitor, that we should trust the US government to spy on us in secret because national security demands it, etc. Because only bad people have something to hide, right?

And now we begin to see exactly what it means when the central government can essentially spy on anyone for any reason not so wonderful after all, is it?

There is an old saying that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged, and a liberal is a conservative who's been arrested. I guess a civil libertarian is a national security hawk that's been spied on.

Per/Norway , May 22, 2018 at 11:22 pm GMT
@Harold Smith

I see your point, bread and circus for the people. I'm more worried about is Israel attacking Lebanon, tbh, dragging the entire ME in to the conflict ending up with trump/bibi and Erdogan stumbling us into a ww and/or financial breakdown.

renfro , May 22, 2018 at 11:56 pm GMT
@Theo Daio

America desperately needs a Democracy Movement. One that cleans the temples of DC of all of the corrupt liars that currently rule us in both fake parties

Yes indeed we do. The Dems are using the corruption theme, but of course they are hypocrites also and don't live up to ethical standards either. Still, maybe an election platform based on ITS THE CORRUPTION STUPID ..will open the eyes of some of our more mentally challenged voters.

Hate always works – Tump pretended he was going to drain the hateful deep state swamp to save his little people -- -so I guess the Dems can pretend they are going to kill the corrupt to save the little people.

Democrats Roll Out Anti-Corruption Message for 2018

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/ /democrats_roll_out_anti-corruption_message_for&#8230 ;

1 day ago – Instead, Democrats are returning to an anti-corruption message that A decade later, Trump seized on a similar theme, directing voter ire at

renfro , May 23, 2018 at 12:19 am GMT
Mueller is the only admirable man in this mess. Trump's problem is he is for once up against an honest man, someone he cant threaten or bribe or bully.
Trump, as we say in the south, is white trash he is way out of his class with Mueller.

Mueller's investigation isn't going to 'wrap up' soon -- and Trump is still in peril

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-litman-mueller-anniversary-20180516-story.html

Anyone paying attention over the last year knows Mueller will not yield to political pressure. His investigators haven't leaked; they have ignored vicious personal attacks; they haven't veered in the slightest from prosecutorial professionalism.

So to "wrap it up," Trump would have to make a move, but will he?

The president and his lawyers are strategizing about whether he will agree to be interviewed by Mueller, either voluntarily or under subpoena. If he were to refuse, as the current swing of the pendulum suggests, and then try to end the probe, he would only seem more guilty and undermine his support even among Republicans. If his refusal were to lead, as expected, to a court battle, we would expect the Supreme Court to settle the issue. Any move by Trump to preempt it would again only undermine his credibility.

In addition, the president and his circle are well aware of how fast the midterm election is approaching and what effect an attempt to fire Mueller could have on the outcome. They want to avoid any action that would help the Democrats flip the House. Such a shift would change every calculation, not least because a Democratic majority could move to impeach the president early next year.

Of course, Trump may calculate that he could get away with firing Mueller now, if he moved quickly and the Republican leadership rallied to his side. But it is equally possible that Congress would respond with legislation to reinstate Mueller. Again, the field of battle would shift to the courts.

Most importantly, even a successful ouster of Mueller would not derail the investigation at this point. Too much evidence has been gathered, and too many prosecutors, who have surely considered and planned for the contingency, stand ready to carry on. Should Trump try to shutter the entire special counsel's office, a much graver and politically and legally riskier act than firing Mueller or Rosenstein, other divisions in the Department of Justice, in particular the Southern District of New York, would also be ready to take up the charge.

The strength of all that evidence, the careful work done thus far, and the indictments already filed are the special counsel's protection against "witch hunt" tweets and protestations that the investigation is already over with nothing to show for it.

In the course of the past year, we've learned not to underestimate what Mueller knows and what bombshell he may have prepared. It may involve the Russians and the campaign, it may involve obstruction of justice, but there are other relevant threads as well: the true motive behind the Seychelles meeting between Trump associate Erik Prince and the head of a Russian wealth fund, the hacking of Democratic Party emails and its links to Trump political advisor Roger Stone, the recent sale of Russia's state owned oil company to Qatar.

Last week we discovered that Mueller was way ahead of us on the huge payments made to Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen for access to the president. We don't yet know what he's found out from cooperating witnesses, including Michael Flynn and Rick Gates, that might point directly at the president. And there is still the possibility that Paul Manafort or Cohen could decide to cooperate with the investigation.

None of these threads signals Trump's removal from office. A conviction in the Senate, no matter what happens in the midterm, would require a good number of Republicans to turn against the president, which seems remote absent a smoking gun that proves grave criminal conduct. But it is more than plausible that the probe and associated investigations will result in additional indictments of Trump associates -- including Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. -- and will leave Trump seriously wounded, an untenable candidate in 2020. Once he leaves office, his legal exposure, both civil and criminal, would skyrocket.

The "wrap it up" crowd is indulging in wishful thinking. The first anniversary of the Mueller investigation is unlikely to be the last.

Harry Litman teaches constitutional law at UC San Diego. He is a former U.S. attorney and deputy assistant attorney general.

Carroll Price , May 23, 2018 at 12:38 am GMT
@Harold Smith

A brilliant summation of who Trump is and what he's always been – an opportunist, Manchurian Candidate. The Deep State has done it to us again.

Shemp the Greatest Stooge , May 23, 2018 at 12:44 am GMT
@renfro

Renfro, only admirable man. what a card! will not yield. stop it, you're killin me!

https://digwithin.net/2018/04/08/muellers-history/

Renfro, man, dig us up more of that funny shit.

[May 22, 2018] Can the majority of the USA be made to see that neocons will ruin the USA, and that their power must be liquidated ?

Highly recommended!
May 22, 2018 | www.unz.com

jilles dykstra , May 22, 2018 at 2:08 pm GMT

The question for me is 'can the majority of the USA people be convinced that the era since 1898 is over, that USA foreign policy can no longer be determined merely by internal politics, internal politics including pressure groups as neocons, AIPAC and AEI ?'.

Maybe the question is the wrong one: can the majority of the USA be made to see that these pressure groups will ruin the USA, and that their power must be liquidated ?

What Trump's intentions are with threatening Iran, I do not know.

The long term effect must be driving Iran in Russian and Chinese arms.

What the European industrial countries will do, I also do not know.

Is Germany willing to be cut off from trade with the East, or will Germany decide that her future lies in the East, the Asian continent, from which we are not divided by an ocean, where countries exist that do not think, as far as I know, that they have a Manifest Destiny to rule or 'police' the world.

[May 22, 2018] There is an old saying that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged, and a liberal is a conservative who's been arrested. I guess a civil libertarian is a national security hawk that's been spied on.

May 22, 2018 | www.unz.com

TG , May 22, 2018 at 10:34 pm GMT

You know it's funny, all those 'conservatives' screaming that Edward Snowden is a traitor, that we should trust the US government to spy on us in secret because national security demands it, etc. Because only bad people have something to hide, right?

And now we begin to see exactly what it means when the central government can essentially spy on anyone for any reason not so wonderful after all, is it?

There is an old saying that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged, and a liberal is a conservative who's been arrested. I guess a civil libertarian is a national security hawk that's been spied on.

[May 21, 2018] Stop Kicking Sand in Kim's Face by Eric Margolis

May 18, 2018 | www.unz.com
It's got to be either one of the stupidest acts that I can recall or a very wicked plan by Washington neocons to sabotage Korean peace talks. How else to describe the decision by Big Brother USA and junior sidekick South Korea to stage major air force exercises on North Korea's border. The prickly North Koreans had a fit, of course, as always when the US flexes its muscles on their borders. Continuing South and North Korean peace talks scheduled this week were cancelled by the furious North Koreans. The much ballyhooed Singapore summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un is now threatened with cancellation or delay. Who can blame the North Koreans for blowing their tops? As Trump administration mouthpieces were gabbing about peace and light, the US Air Force was getting ready to fly B-52 heavy bombers and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters around North Korea's borders and missile-armed subs lurked at sea. This provocation was the first of two major spring military exercises planned by the US and its reluctant South Korean satrap. In case North Korea failed to get the message, the second exercise is code-named 'Maximum Thunder.' And this right after Trump and his neocon minions reneged on the sensible nuclear treaty with Iran. In a policy one could call 'eat sand and die,' Trump demanded that Iran not only give up any and all nuclear capacity (Iran has no nukes), but also junk its non-nuclear armed medium range missiles, stop backing the Palestinians, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen, roll over and be good, don't do anything to upset Israel, and pull out of Syria. In short, a total surrender policy leading to future regime change. Hardly an encouragement for North Korea. North Korea was right on target when it accused arch-neocon John Bolton of trying to sabotage the peace deal. In 2005-2006, Bolton served as the Bush administration's ambassador to the UN. He established a tradition for the post of being anti-Muslim, pro-Israel and anti-Russian, a policy continued to this day by the current US UN rep, loud-mouthed neocon Nikki Haley. In the 2005-2006 period, after years of negotiations, the US and North Korea were close to a nuclear/peace deal. Enter John Bolton. He succeeded in sabotaging the US-North Korea deal. Why? Because Bolton, as an arch neocon, was fanatically pro-Israel and feared that North Korea might provide nuclear technology to Israel's foes. As usual with the neocons, Israel's interests came before those of the United States. Trump's newly named Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, is also an ardent neocon. Last week, Bolton went onto US TV and actually suggested North Korea might follow the course set by Libya, of all places. Libya's then ruler, Muammar Kadaffi, bought some nuclear equipment from Pakistan so he could hand it over to the US as a gesture of cooperation after the Bush administration invaded Iraq. The handover was done with much fanfare, then the US, France and Britain attacked Libya and overthrew Kadaffi. The hapless Libyan leader was eventually murdered by French agents. Is this what Bolton has in mind for North Korea? The Northerners certainly seemed to think so. Some wondered if Bolton and perhaps Pompeo were trying to sabotage the North Korea deal. Or were at least being incredibly obtuse and belligerent. Was Trump involved in this intrigue? Hard to tell. But he can't be happy. His minions and bootlickers are promoting Trump for the Nobel Prize – rather ahead of events. Or was the US military rattling its sabers and trying to protect its huge investments in North Asia? The Pentagon takes a dim view of the proposed Korean nuclear accords. The burst of sweetness and light coming from Pyongyang just sounds too good to be true. Veteran Korea observers, this writer included, find it hard to believe Kim Jong-un will give up his nuclear weapons, particularly after seeing Trump's deceit in dealing with Iran and Kadaffi's murder. Speaking of de-nuclearization, why does North Korea not demand that the US get rid of its nuclear weapons based in South Korea, Okinawa, Guam and with the 7 th Fleet? Many are targeted on North Korea. US nuclear weapons are based on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Others are secretly based in Japan. Why not demand the US pull out all its 28,500 troops in South Korea and some 2,000 military technicians at air bases? Conclusively halt those spring and fall military maneuvers that raise the threat of war. End the trade embargo of North Korea that amounts to high level economic warfare. Establish normal diplomatic relations. Pyongyang has not even begun to raise these issues. Smiles and hugs are premature.

epnngg , May 18, 2018 at 10:57 pm GMT

The US Empire has no desire for diplomacy and realistic concessions on both sides when it comes to North Korea. The US will attempt to have its way and its way only with NK. The great tragedy is, as long as the US remains entrenched on the Korean peninsula, North and South Korea cannot make the peace process work that is so long overdue their peoples.
melpeexxx , May 18, 2018 at 11:16 pm GMT
Military industries are imbedded into major economies. North Korea and Iran keeps war profits churning. Same old story.
Chris Mallory , May 19, 2018 at 12:58 am GMT
Can you imagine the squealing from the "conservatives" if North Korea and Mexico ran some military exercises in the Gulf of Mexico?

Iran sent a destroyer and a couple of supply ships into the Atlantic and I thought the "conservatives" were gonna have aneurysms.

Anonymous [989] Disclaimer , May 19, 2018 at 5:28 am GMT
Who is really in control? The US seems like a country at war with itself. One minute, one decision, another minute, the opposite decision. Trump himself started out with promise but now follows the Jewish agenda to the letter.

Could it be that the US power structure is completely split along the lines of MAGA vs. Zionists and everything the rest of the world experiences is secondary?

My advice to Kim – keep the nukes, and try to eat less.

jilles dykstra , May 19, 2018 at 7:03 am GMT
USA stupidities have long consequences.
The British, experienced in ruling an empire, did not want outside interference in the Korean civil war.
The list of USA stupidities is long, Philippines, Japan, China, South America, Iraq, Iran, Libia, Syria, two world wars.
Peter Lowe, The Origins of the Korean War, London, 1986
Barbara W. Tuchman, 'Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911- 45', New York, 1970, 1985
William L. Neumann, 'America encounters Japan, From Perry to MacArthur', 1963, 1965, New York
Charles Callan Tansill, 'Amerika geht in den Krieg', Stuttgart 1939 (America goes to War, 1938)
Charles A. Beard, 'President Roosevelt and the coming of the war 1941, A study in appearances and realities', New Haven, 1948
Roy Mottahedeh, 'The Mantle of the Prophet, Religion and Politics in Iran', Oxford, 1985, 2000
Barbara Hinckley Sheldon Goldman, American Politics and Government, Glenview Ill.,1990
Alan Friedman, 'Spider's Web, Bush, Saddam, Thatcher and the Decade of Deceit', London, 1993
There are more books I could mention, but this seems enough.
The USA's problem, as I see it, that, until now, foreign policy could be determined by internal political reasons.
Trump's problem, making clear that this is over.
Jake , May 19, 2018 at 11:22 am GMT
Eric Margolis is one of the 2 or 3 best 'mainstream' published columnists in the country. He nails the nearly innumerable problems with Neocons about as well as can be done.
jacques sheete , May 19, 2018 at 11:38 am GMT

As Trump administration mouthpieces were gabbing about peace and light, the US Air Force was getting ready to fly B-52 heavy bombers and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters around North Korea's borders and missile-armed subs lurked at sea.

Yet it's them Eye-rainianz what's da threat to whirled peas.

Hey Eric, perhaps instead of "gabbing," you really meant "gabbling?"

US foreign policy: Say one thing, do the opposite, piss on yer own citizens, blame it all on someone else, and laugh all the way to the bank.

Anonymous [426] Disclaimer , May 19, 2018 at 11:52 am GMT
The sad fact is the American troops and nukes are staying in S. Korea to use as a cudgel against China. The tension, rhetoric and sanctions will continue; though, unless Trump and his war cabinet are criminally insane, no war will ensue that allows Kim's forces to get in a punch. Needless American and S. Korean losses wouldn't play well in the media, especially in an election year. Pre-emptive genocide on a vast scale (implying a nuclear attack), however, is always possible from the Americans and their "free world" vassals wouldn't dare to criticise it, nor would the compliant American media. Not when we've been brainwashed to believe that American cities are N. Korean targets. Once an American military infestation occurs in a country it cannot be extirpated without killing the host, and the parasite is too deeply embedded in S. Korean tissue to be driven out or just walk away.
macilrae , May 19, 2018 at 1:24 pm GMT
John Bolton does indeed present a quite ferocious image and I am sure the only thing that held him back from a military career was the possibility that, one day, he might have to fight.
Greg Bacon , Website May 19, 2018 at 1:54 pm GMT
There's one nation that will benefit from the NK deal, as they have been playing footsies with the N. Koreans for some time. That nation is Israel.

Trump the Schlump: Iran Nuclear Deal Is Bad; North Korean Nuclear Deal Is Good

The only country that stands to benefit from this disjointed and hypocritical U.S. nuclear proliferation policy is Israel. It was the far-right government of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, aided and abetted by Israel's wealthy American Jewish billionaire troika of political influence peddlers – Sheldon Adelson, Paul Singer, and Bernard Marcus – who, in the end, convinced Trump to trash the JCPOA. Trump's two new additions to his national security and foreign policy team, Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, have long advocated blowing up the JCPOA, charging that Iran has been violating the deal. Nothing is further from the truth, as demonstrated by conclusive reports on Iran's nuclear program from the International Atomic Energy Agency, Israel's own Mossad intelligence service, and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency..

Israel's clandestine links with North Korea date back to the operations of the Israel Corporation, which controlled Israel Aircraft Industries and Zim Israel Navigation Shipping Company. Eisenberg was the first Israeli to establish trading links with the People's Republic of China, which eventually extended to North Korea and Khmer Rouge-controlled Cambodia. Eisenberg's chief exports to China and North Korea were weapons. In the latter part of his life, Eisenberg was found more often in Beijing, where he died in 1997, than in Tel Aviv. As with Israel's covert oil business with Iran, Eisenberg's weapons sales to China and North Korea were handled by a shell corporation in Panama called United Development, Inc.

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/05/17/trump-schlump-iran-nuclear-deal-bad-north-korean-nuclear-deal-good.html

Wow, imagine that, our foreign policy being run by neoCONs and Zionists in service to Apartheid Israel.

Those that know 9/11 was an Israeli masterminded False Flag will recall ZIM as the Israeli shipping outfit that broke their WTC lease–costing them over 50k–several weeks before 9/11 and got the hell out of Dodge, as if they knew something bad was going to happen.

Gosh, what would the USA do without our good friend and ally Israel always stabbing us in the back?

Johnny Smoggins , May 19, 2018 at 2:02 pm GMT
Margolis seems like a pretty worldly, well connected guy. He should send the video of Ghaddafi being sodomized with a sharpened stick to Kim as a reminder of what can happen to him if he gives up his nuclear deterrent.
Harold Smith , May 19, 2018 at 2:41 pm GMT
"North Korea was right on target when it accused arch-neocon John Bolton of trying to sabotage the peace deal. "

Bolton is merely the stalking horse in this particular scam. (It is for this kind of role that Bolton was picked in the first place). Apparently we're to infer that orange clown really, really, really, really, really, really, really wants some kind of a peace deal with North Korea, just like he really, really, really, really, really, really, really wants better relations with Russia for example alas there's always a fly in the imperial ointment.

In reality of course there was never any chance of a peace deal with North Korea, just like there was never any chance of a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, or a withdrawal from Syria, or cooperation with Russia (on anything), or a real investigation into 9/11, etc. Instead what we get is affectatious posturing by actors on a stage; "government" by diabolical jewish-supremacist-inspired dialectics.

Che Guava , May 19, 2018 at 2:44 pm GMT
@padre

Err, Saudi Arabia?

and for no concessions and a ridiculously slavish subordination of the U.S.A., Israel?

[May 20, 2018] Making sense of Russian political ambiguities by The Saker

Looks like Putin does not see alternative to neoliberalism... Also he need to provide for Russia a time to get from knees it was put by yeltzin regime. Russia is still very week economically in comparison with the alliance of US and EU. It does not have China advantage of hosting manufacturing of many high tech products.
Notable quotes:
"... to me this does strongly suggest that Putin is on the retreat, that he has made a major mistake and that the Empire has scored a major victory. ..."
May 20, 2018 | www.unz.com

Meh. I am personally unconvinced. How can Putin say that he wants serious reforms while keeping the exact same type of people in command? If indeed the Medvedev government did such a great job, then why is there any need for such major reforms? If Putin's power base is indeed, as I believe it to be, in the people, then why is he trying to appease the financial elites by catering to their interests and agenda? Most crucially, how can Russia free herself from the financial and economic grip of the Empire when the Empire's 5 th column agents are (re-)appointed to key positions? And in all of Russia was there really nobody more qualified than Mutko or Kudrin to appoint to these positions?

Of course, there always this "Putin knows something you don't" but I have always had a problem with that kind of logic which is essentially an open-ended universal cop-out. I hope that I am wrong, but to me this does strongly suggest that Putin is on the retreat, that he has made a major mistake and that the Empire has scored a major victory. And I will gladly admit that I have yet to hear an explanation which would explain this, never mind offer one of my own.

On the external front, has Russia caved in to Israeli pressure? Ruslan Ostashko offers a very good analysis of why this is hardly the case: (I don't necessarily agree with his every conclusion, but he does make a very good case:

Yes, Netanyahu *did* with his repeated strikes on Syria, thumb his nose at Putin (that famous Israeli chutzpah at work for you!), and yes, Putin wining and dining Netanyahu was a painful sight and a PR-disaster. But on substance, did Israel get Russia to "betray Iran"? No, and not because the Russians are so heroically principled, but because Israel really has nothing to offer Russia. All Israel has is a powerful pro-Israel lobby inside Russia, that is true. But the more they use that lobby the more visible it becomes, the more questions at least Eurasian Sovereignists will ask.

The Israelis sure don't want to give the impression that the run Russia the way they run the US, and Netanyahu's reception in the Kremlin recently has already raised a lot of eyebrows and the impression that Putin caved in to the demands of this arrogant bastard are not helping Putin, to put it mildly. A lot of Russian analysts (Viktor Baranets, Maksim Shevchenko, Leonid Ivashev) wonder what kind of arguments Netanyahu used with Putin, and the list of possibilities is an outright uninspiring one.

Part five – another truism: there is a difference between excellent, good, average, bad and terrible

Even if the situation in Russia has changed for the worse, this is hardly a reason to engage in the usual "Putin sold out" hysteria or to declare that "Russia caved in". Even when things are bad, there is still a huge difference between bad and worse. As of right now, Putin is not only the best possible person to be the President of Russia, Russia also continues to be the objective leader of the resistance to the Empire. Again, the black-and-white "Hollywood" type of mindset entirely misses the dynamic nature of what is going on. For example, it is quite clear to me that a new type of Russian opposition is slowly forming. Well, it always existed, really – I am talking about people who supported Putin and the Russian foreign policy and who disliked Medvedev and the Russian internal policies. Now the voice of those who say that Putin is way too soft in his stance towards the Empire will only get stronger. As will the voices of those who speak of a truly toxic degree of nepotism and patronage in the Kremlin (again, Mutko being the perfect example). When such accusations came from rabid pro-western liberals, they had very little traction, but when they come from patriotic and even nationalist politicians (Nikolai Starikov for example) they start taking on a different dimension.

For example, while the court jester Zhirinovskii and his LDPR party loyally supported Medvedev, the Communist and the Just Russia parties did not. Unless the political tension around figures like Kudrin and Medvedev is somehow resolved (maybe a timely scandal?), we might witness the growth of a real opposition movement in Russia, and not one run by the Empire. It will be interesting to see if Putin's personal ratings will begin to go down and what he will have to do in order to react to the emergence of such a real opposition.

Much will depend on how the Russian economy will perform. If, courtesy of Trump's megalomaniacal policies towards Iran and the EU, Russia's economy receives a massive injection of funds (via high energy prices), then things will probably stabilize. But if the European leaders meekly cave in and join the sanctions against Iran and if the US succeeds in imposing even further sanctions on Russia, then the Medvedev government will face a serious crisis and the revival of the Russian economy promised by Putin will end up in an embarrassing failure and things could also go from bad to even worse.

... ... ...

For Hezbollah, Iran or Russia to defeat Israel, the US or the entire Empire, there is no need to plant a flag on the enemy's main symbolic building like what Soviet soldiers did in Germany. All they need to do to win is simply to survive because the other's sides survival is predicated upon their elimination, it's really that simple. Israel cannot claim victory as long as Hezbollah exists, the US cannot claim world Hegemony if Iran openly defies it, and the AngloZionist Empire cannot clain world hegemony over the our planet as long as the Russian civilizational realm openly challenges it. So while all the talk about the Iranians wanting to " wipe Israel off the map " is just a typical ziomedia invention, it is true that by their very existence Hezbollah, Iran and Russia do represent an existential threat to Israel, the US and the Empire .

This is the biggest and the fatal weakness of the AngloZionist Empire: its survival depends on the colonization or destruction of every other country out there. Every independent country, whether big and powerful, or small and weak, represents an unacceptable challenge to the hegemony of the "indispensable nation" and the "chosen people", which now try to rule over us all. This might well be the ultimate example of Hegelian dialectics at work in geopolitics: an Empire whose power generates it's own demise. Many empires have come and gone in history, but the globalized world we live in, this dialectical contradiction is tremendously potentialized by the finite conditions in which empires have to operate.

... ... ...

Right now Putin still has a lot of "credibility capital" left in spite of his recent mistakes. However, Putin recent decisions have raised a lot of unpleasant questions which must be answered and will so in time. In the meantime, as they say in the US, " hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and settle for anything in the middle ". The Scripture also warns us not to make idols of leaders: " Trust not in princes, nor in the children of men, in whom there is no safety " (Ps 145:3 LXX). The worldly evil we are fighting, today in the shape of the AngloZionist Empire, is but a manifestation of a much deeper, spiritual evil: " For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places " (Eph. 6:12). The young men and women from the Shia movement Amal got it right when they chose the name "Party of God" for their movement when they created Hezbollah in 1985. And Iran was right when it became an Islamic Republic: if we want to defeat the Empire we need to always let spiritual matters and moral crieria remain above any of our "pragmatic" worldly political considerations or national/ethnic loyalties: that is how we can defeat those who place a dollar value on absolutely everything they see in their narrow materialistic worldview.


Robert Magill , May 17, 2018 at 9:54 am GMT

A truly amazing article and the most amazing thing of all is the total lack of even one paragraph of the existence of China. This article could have been written, word for word, by a defender of the Empire and the China omission would have been identical.

The Key player on the world scene manages to wear the clock of invisibility like the Shadow of old time radio and movies. Quite a feat!
robertmagill.wordpress.com

m___ , May 17, 2018 at 10:12 am GMT

Second, each process carries within itself the seeds of its own contradiction. This is what makes processes dynamic.

"what makes processes dynamic", could it be "more then just linear"? Referring to changes of direction regardless of interaction(group dynamics) with other processes. Example: the Roman Empire process, growing then imploding?

Discard as pendantic in case.

Randal , May 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm GMT

Even the Pantsir which was recently destroyed by the Israelis (with the usual pro-Israeli PR campaign) was not even on combat alert: the unit was not even camouflaged and its crew was standing around and smoking. The Israelis are masters at making this look all very impressive and heroic, but in military terms, this is nonsense: they clearly hit a unit which was not even part of the action (whatever that "action" was).

Not sure how an AD unit can be "not part of the action" anywhere in any meaningful sense in the midst of an ongoing surge of strikes within a strategic campaign of air attacks such as Israel is waging against Syria.

Without knowing the context (how long had it been stationary and out of ammo/action, as it reportedly was at the time of the strike, and what was the context for the Israelis getting a missile through to it when it should have been covered by other operational defences), it's hard to know how much its loss should be put down to Syrian fault, and how much to Israeli/US technical competence or just to the vagaries of war.

But it certainly doesn't look good and that's of course why the Israelis are so keen to publicise it.

As for the Saker piece, as usual lots of good points and some not so good, but that's about all one can expect on such complex topics. Imo he's rather over-stating the case in excusing the Russian failure to halt the ongoing Israeli assault on Syria. Yes, Russia has no formal alliance with Syria or Iran committing it to defend them (and by the way these are attacks on Syria not just Iran, though occasionally they hit Iranian forces within Syria and allied with Syria – the claims of targeting just Iranian forces are Israeli propaganda to create a seeming pretext good enough for the pro-Israeli media in the US sphere). But to say there is no moral onus on Russia whatsoever to do so is simply overstating it – Iranians, Syrians and Russians are fighting side by side in Syria and that in itself creates some moral pressure not to stand by and watch your allies get butchered with impunity when you can do something about it.

But from a purely pragmatic point of view, failing to halt the Israeli attacks is damaging to Russia, on at least two counts. First, it unavoidably creates a perception of weakness and/or betrayal, and of unreliability and two-facedness. In a more concrete sense, though, the simple fact is that Iranian, Syrian and Russian interests are in fact fundamentally aligned in Syria and diametrically opposed to the Israeli objective, on the core issue, which is the survival and stabilisation of the Syrian state. Israeli impunity and the level of attacks it is now carrying out are incompatible with the goal of stabilising Syria, and will have to be stopped at some time if that goal is to be achieved.

If the Russian government thinks that by appeasing the Israelis it can somehow hope that they might be persuaded to slow down or halt the attacks, perhaps if the Iranians pull out, then the Russian government is profoundly naïve. Claims that the strikes are motivated by Iranian presence are pretexts, not reasons. If that pretext goes, another will be found. The Israeli goal remains to destroy the Syrian state, destroy Hezbollah and destroy Iran as a regional rival. Israel does not need to do these things – claims that it is under serious threat are outright propaganda lies. It wants to do them, in order to gain in regional power over its rivals and increase further its impunity to continue and escalate its ongoing settler colonisation programs enabled by the US.

Those objectives are important enough that it isn't going to halt in pursuing them as a favour to Russia, no matter how meek and submissive the Russian government acts, but they are not important enough for Israel to face open conflict with a major power for them. Israel does these things because it can. When it is forcefully told that it can no longer do them, it will stop doing them.

One can certainly argue (and I have done so in the past) that the time isn't right for Russia to put a halt to Israeli attempts to destabilise the Syria government, though that argument grows increasingly threadbare. One cannot argue credibly, I think, that it will not be necessary to do so at some point soon.

ohmy , May 17, 2018 at 4:07 pm GMT
This is a very good interpretation of the recent events which have confused us all. Personally I think any and, all deals Putin has made with the Western Zionists have a short shelf life as, there seems to be no contract the West will honor short of complete capitulation.

Patience is a good thing here and,, Putin knows in the end Russia is the prize. So, I believe right now he is smart to play short ball with Washington and, Tel Aviv. There's a level of immaturity in guys like Netanyahu and, Trump. Let me just say, they have their egos to protect.
Saker, what do you know about AI as it relates to Tyler, anything? Is this a topic which can excite from you an article or, two?

Mega SCI dump , May 17, 2018 at 4:33 pm GMT
"the "New Russia" (as I like to call it) is not based on anything other than a Constitution written mostly by US advisors"

That's a bit harsh. Judging by what the Russian command structure has been seen to say and do, they are evidently based on rights and rule of law, not on the perverted US model but on black-letter customary and conventional international law. Russia dominates US performance in terms of human rights,

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Indicators/Pages/HRIndicatorsIndex.aspx

They took over from France as the world's most articulate advocate of rule of law, and did it better. In Syria they stressed pacific resolution of disputes, notably by brokering Syrian chemical weapons disarmament through OPCW. They also press-ganged a military staff committee and enforced UN Charter Article 47 at gunpoint, using all the megatonnage needed. Now they're the world's policeman, and they're not USA-style asshole cops. They're taking the role of international civil servants in the UN Charter's sense. That may be one reason why they're not consistently kicking US ass, as we would wish: Peace is the law. Friendly relations – it's the law, A/RES/25/2625.

Not that they're perfect examples of rights or law – the indicators show that in the specific respect of invitations to special procedures, they're about as bad as the USA, and that's pretty bad. And your point about double standards on Israeli impunity is very important. But their opposition to the West is not general, but meticulously grounded in law. Recall that they justified even a vital interest, Crimean accession, in terms of the Kosovo precedent set out by the ICJ.

Per/Norway , May 17, 2018 at 7:53 pm GMT
@Randal

the pantsir was being reloaded.. no rockets in the tubes, maybe that is how it was not part of the action;)
weapons without ammo cant do their intended operations as far as i know,,

Randal , May 17, 2018 at 8:56 pm GMT
@Per/Norway

Being out of ammo doesn't mean being "not part of the action". It means you should be either be being reloaded or getting under cover to reload, or be covered by other systems, or both.

Were the autocannons out of ammo as well? If it was running low on ammo shortly before, why wasn't it already on the move towards cover, since the S1 can reportedly fire on the move? If it was under such rapid and sustained attack that its ammo was exhausted in a saturation attack (and that of its covering systems as well, bearing in mind it was reportedly located at a major airbase), and it had no time to move or be reloaded before it was hit, then it absolutely was not "not part of the action".

I take no joy in pointing it out, but this was a clear defeat for the Syrian AD systems, however you explain it. It's not the end of the world – losses are inevitable in combat. Lessons can be learned. But it can't be airily dismissed as "not part of the action".

Malcolm Tucker , Website May 17, 2018 at 10:11 pm GMT
What "cancellation" of which promise to supply the S-300?? There never was any promise to do so to start with. There were only certain questions asked by the JMSM in certain time before the long-planned visit of Netanyahu on May, 9. The Russian generals had to give some sort of replies. An ambiguous ones. But the JMSM of course made a conclusion that Russia indeed is planning the sale. Fast-forward to 9th of May, Bibi comes/Bibi leaves, and the same JMSM would ask the new questions. To which Moscow obviously had to voice a denial. As a result – Bibi is a hero at home, while Putin was made look weak. http://www.ancreport.com/report/the-phantom-s-300/
Erebus , May 18, 2018 at 2:12 am GMT
@Randal

The photos I've seen indicate that the system (if really the same one) had indeed fired off its missiles and was ready to move as its hydraulic stabilizers had been retracted, and its radar panel folded. If the crew left the system uncamouflaged and were "standing around smoking", that can suggest a number of different possibilities. It may indicate a breakdown in discipline, but they may have been awaiting orders, or even had a mechanical breakdown en route to a new location. Likely a combination. Who knows?

So, maybe not "part of the action" in the sense that it was actively targeting/firing at incoming missiles, but definitely "part of the action" in the sense that it had been obviously doing just that moments before. If its missiles and auto-cannon had seen some successes, it may even be seen to have "won" rather than been part of a "clear defeat".

In any case, it seems that surprisingly little damage was done. The system was hit in the front cab area and looked eminently repairable in the photos.

The SAA has seen some discipline problems in the field, and since a number of the the general staff defected early in the war, a disjointed command & control system. Under Russian tutelage, they're vastly better today than they were 2 years ago, but perhaps not quite there yet. If the reports from late 2015 are to be believed, the Russians were very frustrated with how the SAA operated, and basically had to impose discipline by threatening, and then actually leaving.
My guess is that that's a large part of why the Russians are reluctant to provide potent weapons such as the S300. The political implications of using them can outweigh their military utility, and so must remain under strict control. If somebody starts shooting down US or IL jets at stand-off distances, things can get uncomfortably complex very quickly. The Russians don't need that to worry about along with everything else.

byrresheim , May 18, 2018 at 3:50 am GMT
Russia and Russians will have to come to terms with the fact they are disliked in large parts of Eastern Europe, with the possible exception of Serbia.

There are reasons for this, whether just or unjust.

The reaction to comment #1 which might be seen as sarcastic seems a case in point.

I am certain that unfortunate accidents like the coup in Ukraine might in the future be avoided by a bit more self-awareness and awareness of massive prejudices inherited from an often less than glorious past.

One has to see, however, that in the Ukrainian case, like in the Georgian case before, Russia acted swiftly and decisively to reach a position which might be considered better than the status quo ante before the Free West™ started its sheganigans. So perhaps the awareness exists and the contingency planning is in place?

That is why I still have more than a little hope for Syria and by extension christendom in Syria and Lebanon. All to often it is forgotten that these wars in Arabia are also wars against the christion minorities in Arabia.

Ronald Thomas West , Website May 19, 2018 at 6:42 am GMT
Well, this guy save me the trouble of commenting:

https://www.fort-russ.com/2018/05/the-saker-isnt-just-wrong-hes-irrelevant-putins-an-excellent-warrior/

Miro23 , May 19, 2018 at 7:57 am GMT
@Randal

The Israeli goal remains to destroy the Syrian state, destroy Hezbollah and destroy Iran as a regional rival. Israel does not need to do these things – claims that it is under serious threat are outright propaganda lies. It wants to do them, in order to gain in regional power over its rivals and increase further its impunity to continue and escalate its ongoing settler colonization programs enabled by the US.

In fact it seems to go further. Planned Greater Israel expands territorially to include Jordan, Lebanon, most of Syria, western Iraq (oil producing regions), all the Gulf States, all northern Saudi Arabia (oil producing regions) and the Sinai and other parts of Egypt.

It's the Israeli Imperial dream of becoming a World Power and also controlling the world's oil supply, somewhat analogous to Hitler's dream of a German World Empire based on colonization of the East and a Greater Germany extending to the Urals.

Both are/were racist-Imperialist projects with the difference that the Germans tried to realize the dream using their own military (insufficient) while the Israelis are trying to do it using US forces.

How long the US plays along (or rather is intimidated into playing along) with this one sided project is an open question – and there's clearly the issue of how Israel is going to win these wars without troops on the ground. At least Hitler had most of his army in Russia and detailed plans for post-war ethnic German settlement.

The Americans aren't going to fight more large scale ground wars in the Middle East and Israeli/US proxy forces have failed – so that leaves the destruction of the Middle East from the air – which doesn't really further the Greater Israel project. Political control on the ground stays the same – generating even greater anti-Israeli/anti-American sentiment (if that is possible).

Russia correctly opts to keep clear of this mess, and there is only negative blowback for Israel and the United States – actually serving to isolate internally destabilize these countries.

Erebus , May 20, 2018 at 1:08 am GMT
@Randal

At the moment the Russians look either two-faced or weak (and perhaps they are both) in the face of Israel. That's not a look Russia can afford to have come to be their characterising feature, in the long run.

Yes, from certain perspectives it does indeed look like that, but I doubt many of us here are very aware of the calculi being used at the state level, and especially of Russia's. "Losing face" may be the equivalent of sacrificing a pawn.

There are some complex processes underway, involving a bewildering number of moving parts. "Russiagate" is imploding in the US at an accelerating rate, heading for a constitutional crisis. The 2 Koreas are cooking up a scheme between them (w/ support) to end the US' domination of the W. Pacific. More critical than all, in my view, is Trump's abrogation of the JCPOA. This has put the US on a trajectory at odds with its allies, and played directly into the hands of its adversaries. As evidence of the latter, Merkel and Putin have met 2x in May, and Germany's new foreign minister has also visited with Lavrov. It may well be the geo-political tipping point.

Remembering Obama's & Kerry's words at the the time the JCPOA was agreed
Obama in Aug '15:
"Instead of strengthening our position as some have suggested, Congress's rejection would almost certainly result in multilateral sanctions unraveling We'd have to cut off countries like China from the American financial system trigger(ing) severe disruptions in our own economy and, by the way, rais(ing) questions internationally about the dollar's role as the world's reserve currency. "
John Kerry, a few days later:
"If we turn around and nix the deal and then tell them, 'you're going to have to obey our rules and sanctions anyway,' that is a recipe, very quickly, for the American dollar to cease to be the reserve currency of the world. "

With the EU now agreeing to transact with Iran in EURs, Obama's & Kerry's words look to hav