Sunday, 31 July 2016
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America’s transition to fascism
Firstly,the Democrats' headlong move to war with Russia and China.
Straight from the Washington Post
military situation in Syria has turned against the U.S.-supported
opposition over the past year, due mainly to Russian intervention.
Now, the failed coup in Turkey and subsequent crackdown there stand
to reduce the capabilities of a key U.S. ally. Without some
rebalancing now in favor of the opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar
al-Assad, the prospects for a satisfactory negotiated political
transition are dim.
a dissenting internal memo last month, 51 State Department diplomats
advocated attacks on Syrian government forces to end their aggression
against the country’s civilian population, alter the military
balance and bring about a negotiated political solution. President
Obama has focused instead on fighting terrorism in Syria, but U.S.
targets are limited to Sunni extremists such as the Islamic State and
is also a Shiite terrorist organization in Syria: Lebanon-based
Hezbollah. It should not be immune.
was founded to resist the Israeli occupation of Lebanon in the early
1980s and takes credit for the eventual Israeli withdrawal from that
country. Tightly allied with and supported by Iran, it has become the
dominant political force among Shiites in Lebanon, where it not only
participates in national politics but also runs its own security
forces and provides social services to Shiite populations.
since 2012, and overtly since 2013, Hezbollah has deployed forces
inside Syria, where its thousands of fighters are aligned with
Assad’s army and mainly Shiite and Alawite militias against mainly
Sunni forces that Assad regards as terrorists. The Iranian
Revolutionary Guard Corps pays Hezbollah’s bills and provides its
command-and-control operations. Hezbollah forces have been
particularly effective along the border with Lebanon, which provides
it with strategic depth and supply lines.
is a major factor in the military balance in Syria. Along with the
Russian air intervention begun last September and the Iranian
Revolutionary Guard, Hezbollah’s fighters have enabled Assad to
make progress against his opponents, especially those associated with
the Free Syrian Army fighters backed by the United States. That
progress has hardened Assad’s negotiating stance and blocked the
U.N. search for a political solution. Assad is winning, and he sees
no reason to accept a transition away from his rule.
shift in the military balance is essential to ending the war, which
is what Washington says it wants. But Obama has steadfastly refused
to go to war against the Syrian, Iranian or Russian government. Even
if he wants to, it is doubtful he has authorization from Congress to
Hezbollah is a non-state actor. It is also a U.S.-designated
terrorist group that has murdered Americans, among many others. Most
Republicans and Democrats would applaud an attack on Hezbollah, even
if some in both parties would bemoan a move that suggested widening
could inform Tehran, Moscow and Beirut that Hezbollah should withdraw
from Syria by a certain date or the United States would target any of
its troops attacking non-extremist opposition forces in and around
Aleppo and elsewhere. If Hezbollah failed to withdraw, the United
States would then need to be ready to attack as soon as the ultimatum
withdrawal or U.S. targeting of Hezbollah would send a strong but
still limited message to the Syrian opposition and its allies in
Turkey and the Persian Gulf: We are prepared to attack Shiite as well
as Sunni terrorists, but it’s up to you to take advantage of the
opportunity and come to the negotiating table ready to reach a
serious political settlement. It would also send a strong but
likewise limited message to Iran and Russia: We will not continue to
tolerate your intervention in Syria without responding. The time for
a political settlement is now.
would the players in Syria react? Hezbollah would likely try to
strike at accessible U.S. assets or citizens in neighboring
countries, most likely in Lebanon or Iraq. It might also launch
rockets into Israel. The Islamic State, which uses Hezbollah’s
involvement in Syria as a recruiting tool, would be undermined.
Russia and Iran could in theory up the ante, escalating their
involvement in Syria, but in practice they both appear to be close to
the limit of lives and treasure they are willing or able to expend
there. Assad would be outraged and promise revenge, but the Syrian
government is even more clearly at the limit of its capabilities.
the non-extremist Syrian opposition would applaud and press hard
against the territory where Hezbollah is deployed. Gulf states would
likewise welcome the U.S. action and redouble their efforts to
support the opposition. Israel knows all too well how to react to
Hezbollah attacks in order to reestablish deterrence. Turkey might
complain that the United States was not also acting against the
U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters whom Ankara regards as terrorists, but
the Turks would still benefit from any consequent military progress
against Assad by non-Kurdish forces.
short, U.S. targeting of Hezbollah would mostly please and embolden
Washington’s friends and discomfit its antagonists. It would also
reassert U.S. commitment to fighting terrorism of all sorts, renew
Washington’s commitment to holding Hezbollah accountable, hasten an
end to the Syrian civil war and make a political settlement more
likely. That is not a bad balance of risks and benefits
And at home ....
This is chilling. It reminds me, if anything, of the 1930's nazi Nuremberg rallies.
The fraud at the DNC was open - bringing in paid people to fill the empty seats for the speeches.Meanwhile the media refuses to show the crowds at the Donald Trump rallies
The electoral fraud is rampant. they'll simply steal the election in full view.
But in the meantime resistance continues -
Breaking: Motion to take Hillary into custody under citizens arrest passes
Motion to take Hillary into custody under citizens arrest passes. Crowd chants, "Lock her up!" #HillarysTongue
1:13 PM - 29 Jul 2016
This is a very good report from RT and Gayane Chichikyan.
Straight from nazism
The Democratic Party is once again in hot water with Bernie Sanders supporters in an outrage over a depiction of the Jewish progressive as a rat in the sole piece of Bernie memorabilia at the DNC Convention harkening back to Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda.
"This is somebody’s sick sense of humor. It’s a cruel joke. They obviously want to make him look like some kind of ogre," said Karen Bernal, a Bernie Sanders delegate from California.
The sole piece of Bernie Sanders memorabilia for sale at the Democratic National Convention presents the insurgent progressive candidate’s face distorted to look like a rat harkening back to anti-Semitic imagery employed during the reign of Nazi Germany
The Democratic Party No Longer Exists. And an Orchestrated War with Russia is Contemplated
Paul Craig Roberts
The Democratic Party that once was concerned with workers’ rights, the elderly, civil rights, and the constitutional protections of America liberty no longer exists. As the just completed Democratic presidential primaries and the Democratic presidential convention have clearly demonstrated, the United States now has two Republican parties in service to the One Percent.
The organized Democrats–the Democratic National Committee–have shown themselves to be even more venal and corrupt than the Republicans. Leaked emails document that the Democratic National Committee conspired with the Hillary campaign in order to steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders. It is clear that Sanders was the choice of Democratic Party voters for president, but the nomination was stolen from him by vote fraud and dirty tricks.
The DNC and the media whores have tried to discredit the incriminating emails by alleging that the leaked emails resulted from a plot by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in behalf of “Putin’s American agent,” Donald Trump. “A vote for Trump is a vote for Putin,” as the presstitute scum put it.
This diversionary tactic has not worked. Not even Americans are stupid enough to fall for it.
Consequently, the corrupt “leader” of the DNC had to resign and was unable to deliver her speech at the nominating convention from fear of being booed off the stage.
Sanders’ supporters have abandoned Hillary and the fake “Democratic Party.” Probably most of them will vote for the Green Party candidate.
The organized Republicans–the Republican National Committee–and the zionist neoconservatives wanted to block Donald Trump from the nomination just as the DNC blocked Sanders, but could not. The neoconservatives are organizing for Hillary as she is their warmonger and Trump says he is not, but as the Presidential contest is really a contest between the two Republican parties about which gets to be the whore for the One Percent, the RNC, impressed with Hillary’s lack of voter support, seems to be sticking with Trump. Better to be a well-paid whore than to be out in the cold.
In the coming presidential election, the outcome will probably be determined by whether the powerful oligarchic interest groups decide whether Trump is an actual threat or whether they can cosy up to him and rope him in by appointing his government.
Trump’s disability is that no matter how able an individual is, that person cannot simultaneously make themselves a multi-billionaire and be knowledgeable of economic and foreign policy issues. The bald fact is that Trump, if he becomes president, does not know whom to appoint in order to have the support from his government to effect the changes for which his supporters hope he stands.
When a person becomes President, that person doesn’t suddenly become an encyclopedia with full knowledge. The President is dependent on the information flows from his government. If those information flows support the interests of Wall Street, the corrupt “banks too big to fail,” the military-security complex, the Israel Lobby, agribusiness, and the extractive industries (energy, mining, timber), the President’s decisions will support these material interests.
Donald Trump is the American people’s choice, because he is opposed to the offshoring of American jobs–a corporate practice that has enriched the One Percent at the expense of the American middle class.
Donald Trump is the American people’s choice, because he opposes the fabricated, gratuitous conflict with Russia. Even Americans understand that taking war to a major nuclear power will not end well.
Donald Trump is the American people’s choice because he realizes that NATO–an organization whose purpose disappeared 25 years ago when the Soviet Union collapsed as a result of the coup against Gorbachev by extreme elements of the Soviet Communist Party–now serves as a vehicle and cover for Washington’s aggressions, which are war crimes under the international statutes that Washington created. Washington’s wars benefit some of the One Percent at the expense of both the 99 Percent and millions of innocent peoples in many countries.
What will happen now is that the presstitutes will demonize Donald Trump even more than they have demonized Vladimir Putin. The scum presstitutes will do everything that they can possibly do to make a vote for Trump into an act of treason against America.
Now that the presstitutes have learned that they can tell the most blatant lies–Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Iranian nukes, Assad’s use of chemical weapons, Russian invasions–without being held accountable, they know that they can lie about Trump.
And they will. To the hilt.
But the presstitutes have lost credibility. A person has to be an imbecile to believe a word that they say.
“Progressives” will wander off the track. They will be turned off by Trump’s stand on immigration, which is where the American people stand. “Progressives” will be worried about whether the ‘fascist” Trump will persecute transgender and homosexual people or revoke the right of women to abort the unborn. To “progressives” this will seem all important as Washington and its NATO vassals hurl the world into nuclear war.
Neither can any intelligence be expected from the defunct American left-wing. The American left-wing supports the official story of 9/11, the excuse for the last 15 years of illegal wars and the American Police State. To find the American left-wing totally allied with the official explanation of what is in reality a false flag event, committed in order that the neoconservatives would have their new Pearl Harbor in order to invade the Middle East, is demonstrable proof that the American left-wing is irrelevant.
The American left interprets 9/11 and subsequent false flag events as oppressed peoples striking back at their oppressors. The emotional satisfaction of this takes the impotent American left-wing out not only of action but of relevance in commentary. The American left-wing has become an asset of the enemy–the neoconservatives who control policy in Washington.
So, where do we stand? The answer is that we are closer to nuclear annihilation than ever before. I know of what I speak. I held the highest security clearances. I was a member of a secret committee that enabled President Reagan to end the Cold War.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin is doing everything he can possibly do to avoid the nuclear war that the crazed American neoconservatives are bringing to humanity. For his efforts in behalf of planet Earth he is demonized 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year after year. For simply stating facts, I am described by the presstitutes as “an apologist for Putin.”
The endless lies about Russia have convinced the Russian media that Washington is mobilizing its NATO vassals for an attack on Russia.
Read the transcripts to this Russian media broadcast.
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If you aren’t scared after absorbing this Russian news broadcast, you are stupid beyond belief. The message is clear: the West has declared war on Russia but is trying to keep Russia off guard by denying it.
The video of the Russian news broadcast also shows the dismissive way the Russian media was treated at the recent NATO conference in Poland. The non-entity representatives of the non-entity countries of Latvia, which has been ruthlessly looted by the West, Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland, and the Ukraine representative either refuse to speak to the Russian media or use the interview to repeat Washington’s false accusations against Russia. These imbeciles insulting Russia are representatives of countries that Russia could destroy in a few minutes. If these idiots think Washington could save them, they are as stupid as the Polish colonels who thought that the British guarantee in March 1939 meant anything and could save Poland from the rash action of sticking Poland’s fingers in Hitler’s eye. This Polish stupidity provoked by the stupid British set off World War II with the British and French declaration of war against Germany, thus consigning Poland to Soviet rule for a half century. Some guarantee! The imbecile Chamberlain who wanted peace started WWII with Britain’s worthless “guarantee.”
Does it make you feel safe that the arrogant warmongering imbeciles in Washington have convinced a nuclear power the equal of the United States that America is going to attack?
Moreover, Russia is a nuclear power allied with another nuclear power, China, which has had enough of Washington’s imbecilic provocations. Are you willing for “your” government to lead your future into nuclear war with two nuclear powers?
Here we Americans are going into a presidential election and the overpowering fact of our time–that Washington is threatening humanity with nuclear war–is not a subject for discussion! What is the matter with us Americans? Are we stupid beyond all belief? We sit stupidly, thinking that issues of no importance are the most important issues of our time while “our” insane government provokes nuclear war. Have any people in history failed their obligation to this extent? If so, who?
My case rests. There is no countervailing evidence against the fact that unadulterated evil rules the West and is driving the world to extinction. Western democracy is a total failure. Democracy could not prevent the crazed warmonger Hillary from presidential nomination despite the opposition of the American people.
How long can Russia, and China, wait before they conclude that they have to pre-empt the coming attack from Washington? Does anyone, even stupid Americans, think that once Russia and China are convinced that they are targets for attack that they will just sit there and await the attack?
Do peoples as guilty of dereliction of duty as Western peoples are have any right to survive?