Saturday, October 01, 2016

Has Anyone Ever Spotted a Moderate Rebel in Syria?

Has anyone Ever Spotted a Moderate Rebel in Syria?

by Stephen Lendman

Nobody has because none exist - why it’s impossible separating them from terrorists. They’re all cut from the same extremist jihadist cloth - imported US death squads, serving as imperial foot soldiers. 

So why does Russia maintain the myth otherwise? More importantly, why does it waste time negotiating with its sworn enemy bent on destroying its sovereignty, wanting its democratically elected government toppled, replaced by a puppet regime America controls?

Why does it engage in endless talks with Washington, knowing they accomplish nothing. Even when agreements are reached, US policymakers under all administrations breach them, often straightaway the way things have gone in Syria and Ukraine.

Claiming otherwise is one of the many Big Lies about Obama’s war on Syria, naked aggression, planned long before initiated, falsely characterized as civil conflict. Syria was invaded. There’s nothing civil about what’s ongoing.

All wars are based on a foundation of misinformation, deceptions and Big Lies. Truth is the ally of peace, the enemy of war, why suppressing it is vital to wage them.

If people understood why they’re fought and propaganda selling them, their tax dollars diverted from vital homeland needs to fund them, harming their welfare, they’d oppose governments waging them, maybe rise up against them.

Americans were largely pacifists pre-WW I. State-sponsored propaganda turned them into raging German haters. It took Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor for Congress to approve war - before the UN’s founding and Geneva Conventions.

One nation attacking another is naked aggression without Security Council authorization. In America, Congress and presidents have no authority on their own to go to war without it - hardly an obstacle for US war-makers, operating by their own rules and standards, international, constitutional and US statute laws pertaining to war be damned.

All US post-WW II wars from aggression on North Korea in the early 50s (not the other way around) to today’s raging conflicts were and are naked acts of aggression - Security Council authorization absent in all cases.

The world community’s failure to act responsibly lets America get away with mass murder and much more. Will nuclear war be its next high crime? Will we all go together when we go in its aftermath?

Defeating the scourge of US imperialism in Syria is vital to prevent it’s regional spread, a cancer destroying everything it touches, nations along with millions of people - America the greatest threat to world peace and humanity’s survival.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Russia Challenging US Imperial Aims in Syria

Russia Challenging US Imperial Aims in Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Russia’s intervention last September changed the dynamic on the ground, letting government forces retake territory lost earlier.

They’re making progress toward winning the strategically important battle for Aleppo, a likely game-changer if achieved.

Obama launched war for regime change, wanting Assad replaced with US controlled puppet governance. The objective remains unchanged.

What’s unknown is how much risk his successor will take to achieve what remains out of reach. Everything Washington tried so far failed. The one remaining option is upping the ante, escalating conflict, maybe unilaterally imposing a no-fly zone, the strategy used against Libya.

It worked because Russia and China failed to veto Security Council Resolution 1973, a tragic error. Washington and rogue NATO allies took full advantage.

Virtually certain Moscow and Beijing vetoes prevent US policymakers from using Security Council authorization for no-fly zone imposition on Syria.

America would have to do it unilaterally or jointly with so-called coalition partners if they dare risk it.

Direct confrontation with Russia could follow, a possible nuclear face-off. Obama won’t likely chance it, especially with his tenure winding down - another story entirely if Hillary succeeds him.

She supports no-fly zone imposition, won’t likely let Sino/Russian Security Council vetoes stop her. Whatever strategy she chooses, escalated conflict in Syria seems certain if she succeeds Obama.

Before her term ends, maybe shortly into it, America could be at war with Russia, possibly with nuclear weapons, an unthinkable doomsday scenario.

America’s current strategy, along with its rogue partners, includes continuing to arm ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups with heavy weapons and other material support - media scoundrels cheerleading Obama’s war with unrelenting anti-Russia, anti-Syria propaganda.

Truth and deplorable reporting are the first casualties of war, continuing as long as its waged. Coverage of America’s Syria aggression is some of the worst in memory, credibility entirely absent.

Russia and Syria are consistently blamed for crimes committed by US-supported terrorists and Pentagon-led “coalition” warplanes - terror-bombing government sites and vital infrastructure, willfully massacring civilians, striking hospitals and other nonmilitary targets.

Frustration over failure to oust Assad shows up in deplorable media scoundrel reports, a Washington Post one lamenting about Moscow achieving two important objectives.

Assad remains in power. Russia proved itself an important regional and global player, not to be taken lightly. Obama’s year ago quagmire prediction failed to materialize. 

Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov explained Moscow’s mission is open-ended, no limited time frame imposed. It wants terrorism defeated in Syria, kept from spreading to Russia’s heartland - better to combat it there than at home.

Intervention worked, Peskov stressed. Terrorists haven’t taken Damascus. Irresponsibly blaming Russian and Syrian forces for imperial war crimes has no deterrent effect on their campaign.

Their ability to advance against US-backed terrorists is good news. The bad news is heavily armed new recruits keep replenishing their ranks depleted by conflict.

The disturbing reality is war can continue indefinitely - as long as neocons infesting Washington wish. Using terrorist foot soldiers avoids the cost of US combat troops coming home in body bags. 

No one’s keeping count of how many perished or no longer can fight because of disabling injuries. Many others tired of conflict and went home.

Preemptive US wars are easier to start than resolve. They continue because America deplores peace and stability. US hubris and arrogance demand imperial trophies - no matter the cost in human lives and misery.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Trump Bashing on Steroids

Trump Bashing on Steroids

by Stephen Lendman

With November 8 elections approaching, pro-Hillary media scoundrels are stepping up their one-sided coverage - deplorable rubbish not fit to print, featuring a torrent of press agent reporting, showing they're more of a collective laughing stock than already.

Why does anyone waste time following them along with round-the-clock cable news pro-Hillary/anti-Trump reporting?

The latest New York Times edition has over a dozen anti-Trump reports, including its lead editorial - with nary a discouraging word on Hillary, one-sidedly denigrating one candidate while shamelessly promoting the other.

Saturday’s Washington Post has more anti-Trump reports than The Times, including three editorials, virtually unheard of in one edition on the same topic.

One headlined “The clear and present danger of Donald Trump,” saying “he could, unilaterally, change this country to the core. By remaking US relations with other nations, he could fundamentally reshape the world, too.”

Fact: Powerful monied interests run America, no single individual unilaterally. It’s been this way from inception. While presidents can make policy on their own by executive orders and other means, including decisions on US relations with other countries, Congress and the courts have much to say on how the nation is governed - with one major exception.

The executive can and has gone to war extrajudicially on his own. Obama bombed seven countries with no legal authority, violating international and US laws. 

He ordered combat troops deployed to various countries, notably Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. He ousted democratically elected presidents in Honduras, Paraguay, Ukraine and Brazil. He tried and failed in Venezuela and Ecuador. 

US special forces operate in at least two-thirds of world nations, overtly and covertly - not as goodwill ambassadors. Presidents can wage nuclear war on their own - the extreme danger of having war goddess Hillary as America’s leader.

Fact: No US duopoly power president would or could unilaterally “change this country to its core.” None ever did. None would try. At the same time, if Trump normalized relations with Russia alone, he could save “the world” and humanity from possible nuclear war - the major threat Hillary poses.

Policies WaPo editors’ fear about what he might institute or support as president are currently part of the national agenda, no matter which duopoly power wing runs things. 

All politicians lie. What they do in office virtually always differs markedly from campaign pledges. Based on her longstanding deplorable record, we know what Hillary is likely to do - including waging endless wars, likely escalating them, maybe pushing the envelope recklessly toward nuclear war, a doomsday scenario if launched.

Neither Trump or Hillary deserves anyone’s support. Of the two, she clearly poses a far greater clear and present danger.

A second WaPo Saturday editorial accused Trump of “normalizing bigotry,” failing to explain America’s longstanding racist history.

It’s far worse today than during Jim Crow years, killer cops operating with impunity nationwide, immigrants of color denigrated. Obama deported more undocumented ones than any of his predecessors by far.

WaPo’s third Saturday editorial targeted Libertarian party presidential nominee Gary Johnson - asking if his supporters want Trump to win.

Its purpose was to shift support from him to Hillary. Denigrating him was solely for this purpose.

WaPo, like most other media scoundrels, want her succeeding Obama, the establishment favorite - never mind how recklessly dangerous she is.

Trump bashing exceeds anything seen before in US presidential politics - unprecedented viciousness, obscene, no-holds-barred character assassination, not letting facts interfere with opinions.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Friday, September 30, 2016

US Instigated Cold War 2.0 Risks Getting Hot

US Instigated Cold War 2.0 Risks Getting Hot

by Stephen Lendman

Intense Russia bashing largely directed at Vladimir Putin seems heading inexorably toward open conflict - unthinkable war between the world’s leading nuclear powers, humanity’s fate up for grabs if instigated.

Putin and Sergey Lavrov are the world’s preeminent peace and stability advocates, deploring war, wanting geopolitical disputes resolved diplomatically, notably in Syria and Ukraine, dangerous world flashpoints because of US imperial madness.

America systematically undermines Russia’s best conflict resolution efforts, wanting war, not peace, disgracefully blaming Putin for US high crimes and obstructionism. 

Conflict in Syria risks boiling over into something much more serious - escalated, not resolved or defused, America more directly involved, clashes between US and Russian forces possibly occurring - a prescription for exploding into all-out war.

The New York Times is America’s leading proliferator of state-sponsored propaganda, especially on geopolitical issues. It’s militantly anti-Russia, anti-Putin, its latest broadside calling him a “disrupter,” deplorably saying:

“Escalating airstrikes in Syria. Sophisticated cyberattacks, apparently intended to influence the American election. New evidence of complicity in shooting down a civilian airliner.”

“The behavior of Russia in the last few weeks has echoes of some of the uglier moments of the Cold War…”

Fact: Russia’s involvement in Syria deserves world praise and support, not shameless bashing.

Fact: No evidence whatever links its government to cyberattacks or other attempts to interfere with America’s electoral process.

Fact: Ukraine, almost certainly complicit with Washington, downed MH17 - not Russia, not Donbass freedom fighters. No evidence links them to the crime.

Fact: Washington bears full responsibility for instigating Cold War 2.0, risking direct confrontation between both countries.

Fact: The Russian Federation hasn’t attacked another country throughout its existence. America wages permanent wars against nonbelligerent nations - the supreme crime against peace.

The Times calling Putin “the great disrupter of American plans around the globe” sounds like backhanded praise. He deserves universal admiration for combating US-created and supported terrorists in Syria.

“Disrupting” US imperial lawlessness is badly needed, with committed determination to challenge it effectively. Humanity’s fate depends on it succeeding - short of nuclear war no one can win.

According to The Times, citing dubious unnamed US intelligence sources, “Putin has played his hand skillfully, stringing along…John Kerry in a yearlong negotiation over cease-fires and political transitions in Syria, all the while bolstering their proxy, President Bashar al-Assad.”

Fact: No nation works harder for conflict resolution in Syria than Russia - none more obstructionist than America, undermining its best efforts.

Fact: Helping Syrians and their leadership preserve and protect their sovereign independence and territorial integrity deserves universal praise - not disgraceful Times bashing.

Fact: Russia alone continues going all-out to resolve conflict in Ukraine. America and its illegitimate installed putschists undermine its best efforts.

Not according to The Times, wrongfully accusing Moscow of breaching commitments it wholeheartedly endorses.

While ignoring provocative US actions risking eventual war with Russia, it shamelessly bashes Putin, inventing reasons because none exist, blaming him for America’s imperial crimes.

A Final Comment

September 30 marks the one-year anniversary of Russia’s aerial campaign in Syria, effectively combating US-supported terrorists, letting government ground forces retake earlier lost territory.

Putin’s responsible decision to intervene, at the request of Syria’s government, may eventually become the difference between liberation over US-installed tyrannical rule.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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US Neocons Promote Escalated War on Syria

US Neocons Promote Escalated War on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

Earlier this week, I discussed Syria with a retired 92-year-old academic neighbor in my building. 

We both expressed dismay about the human species, its flawed nature, nowhere more evident than in America - a nation permanently at war, raping one country after another, advanced technology making its super-weapons increasingly destructive, its leadership not shy about using them to achieve its goals.

Without challenging and stopping Washington’s reckless agenda, its pursuit of world dominance, the threat of humanity’s extinction remains frighteningly real.

We both shook our heads, wondering what type future youths in America have to look forward to - vastly different from when we grew up.

Numerous flashpoints exist. US imperial policy bears full responsibility. New conflicts on top of current ones could erupt almost anywhere, on any continent, for any reason with potentially devastating consequences.

The Asia/Pacific is a hot spot, especially the South China Sea with America intruding provocatively where it doesn’t belong. Things seem headed for US war on Beijing. The fate of the region hangs in the balance if launched.

US-led NATO forces deployed in large numbers near Russia’s border may be prelude to eventual Operation Barbarossa 2.0, this time with nuclear and other super-weapons.

Using Nazi-infested Ukrainian putschists as a dagger targeting Russia’s heartland could trigger large-scale conflict in central Europe for the first time since WW II, a clash of nuclear super-powers perhaps following.

Syria poses the greatest imminent threat, Russian and US warplanes overflying its territory, both countries with polar opposite strategic aims. 

Will clashes erupt by accident or intent? Will neocons infesting Washington dare attack Russian planes in Syrian airspace and/or its support personnel on the ground?

Are they waiting for Hillary’s ascension to power before initiating direct confrontation? Will they preemptively wage nuclear war, mindless of the threat to humanity?

A nation bent on world dominance may do anything to attain it. Power-crazed lunatics may only consider objectives, not potentially devastating consequences.

Democrats are as hawkish as hardline Republicans. Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking Democrat Ben Cardin urges “bold US action in Syria” - on the phony pretext of protecting civilian lives neither wing of America’s one-party state gives a damn about.

Virtually the entire Congress bashes Russia relentlessly, facts never interfering with US adversarial strategy and tactics.

On Friday, Wall Street Journal editors called Obama officials “bystanders to Genocide,” highlighting “barbarism” in Syria without acknowledging America’s full responsibility, shared by its rogue partners in high crimes.

Journal editors lied, claiming “Russian and Syrian government forces continue to press their offensive in Aleppo, killing hundreds with incendiary and bunker-buster bombs.”

Propaganda repeated enough gets most people to believe it - why it’s effective in all wars, featuring misinformation, deception and Big Lies, enlisting public support for what’s unjustifiable.

“President Obama bears ultimate responsibility for doing so little to stop the five-year Guernica that is Syria,” Journal editors ranted - suppressing his “responsibility” for waging war in the first place, using imported terrorist death squads.

The whole dirty business would wind down and stop if America and its rogue allies stopped recruiting, arming, funding, training and directing ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups.

What’s most important to explain, media scoundrels suppress, ignoring America’s responsibility for regional and other wars, blaming its victims instead.

Endless US naked aggression rages in multiple theaters - no prospects for peace anywhere.

A new century of war followed the last one’s endless carnage. The late historian Gabriel Kolko called the 20th century “the bloodiest in all history” - the current one even bloodier so far.

The business of America is war, a national addiction for unlimited wealth, power and dominance. 

Dante’s ninth gate of Hell bore the inscription: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” It resembles much of planet earth where US imperial wars rage.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Kerry Blames Russia and Syria for US High Crimes

Kerry Blames Russia and Syria for US High Crimes

by Stephen Lendman

Here’s an easy, simple to understand and remember definition of a rogue state: the United States of America.

None now or earlier matched its viciousness, ongoing globally with plans for wars from space, almost certain eventual nuclear war if the world community doesn’t challenge and stop its reckless agenda.

No one anywhere is safe from its rage for dominance, using premeditated wars of aggression as its main geopolitical strategy, supplemented by color revolutions, at times coup d’etats the way Brazil’s democracy was lost, the same thing against Honduras and Paraguay on Obama’s watch, Haiti under GW Bush.

America’s high crimes against peace are endless, ongoing daily. Millions of corpses post-9/11 alone attest to its brutality. Never before in human history have things been as perilous as now - likely heading for something much worse if Hillary succeeds Obama, a mentally unstable neocon war goddess too dangerous to let become president and commander-in-chief of America’s military, a prescription for potential disaster.

John Kerry is a diplomat in name only, a closet hawk, goading Moscow irresponsibly, manipulating public opinion, heading America for likely unthinkable war on Russia when Hillary takes over, predictably at this point.

Addressing the right-wing Atlantic and Aspen Institute on Thursday, Kerry discussed Obama’s war on Syria without calling it that, along with Russia’s involvement.

A deplorable stream of misinformation and Big Lies followed, supplemented by an imperial threat. He disgracefully blamed Russia and Syria for ceasefire breaches committed by US-supported terrorists and Pentagon warplanes.

He lied saying “I think there is strong evidence with respect to Syrian regime” responsibility for attacking a UN humanitarian convoy, destroying 18 trucks.

Clear “evidence” shows US-supported terrorists responsible for what happened, likely with full support and encouragement from Washington - to be able to blame Syria and/or Russia for the high crime.

Kerry lied claiming Washington seeks diplomatic conflict resolution. Russia’s forthright efforts are repeatedly undermined by US policymakers.

They want regime change, naked aggression their strategy of choice, subverting peace as long as Assad remains Syria’s leader - democratically reelected in June 2014, remaining overwhelmingly popular.

Freeing Syria from its US-backed terrorist scourge requires winning the battle for Aleppo. Russian aerial support let Syrian ground forces gain a strategic advantage.

US policymakers can’t counter it except with Big Lies, calls for ceasefire so terrorist foot soldiers can regroup, rearm, and mobilize for new attacks, or initiate US war on Russian and Syrian forces, risking a nuclear confrontation.

Kerry lied calling “the bombing of Aleppo…inexcusable.” He lied saying it’s “beyond the pale of any notion of strategic (sic) or otherwise.”

He lied claiming it’s “indiscriminate.” He lied accusing Russian and Syrian warplanes of “t(aking) out a hospital…” He lied accusing both countries of killing “400 civilians…in the last eight days, 100 of them children.”

He threatened Russia, saying it’s “crystal clear…that under those kinds of circumstances, it is not possible to be cooperating” - failing to explain Washington spurns cooperation with Russia, other than coordinating to keep their warplanes from clashing.

“(W)e’re on the verge of suspending” talks with Russia, he blustered. A previous article said his threat should be met with cheers from Moscow. Diplomacy with America wastes time and effort, doomed each time undertaken because US policymakers consistently breach terms agree on.

“(W)e’re going to have to pursue other alternatives for a period of time,” Kerry ranted, with no elaboration. He lied saying “America (isn’t) going to war in Syria.” It’s been waging naked aggression since March 2011, using ISIS and other terrorists as imperial foot soldiers.

Kerry lied claiming Washington is “at war against ISIL and we are going to win that war, (and) we are making enormous progress.”

Since US warplanes began bombing Iraq and Syria (in June and September 2014 respectively), part of its phony war on terrorism, ISIS and likeminded groups got stronger - because of arms, munitions and other material support supplied by Washington and its rogue partners.

Russian and Syrian warplanes strictly observe international laws on war - unlike America and its terrorist foot soldiers, ruthlessly massacring civilians and striking non-military-related targets.

Kerry lied claiming “(i)t is inappropriate to be bombing the way they are.” He lied saying “(i)t is completely against the laws of war.”

He lied blustering “it is against decency…against any common morality.” He lied claiming “the need to fight against extremism…to prevent (Syria) from breaking up…” US policy is polar opposite.

“I’m not happy with Syria,” he said. Of course not with Russian and Syrian forces foiling Washington’s imperial objective - its aim for unchallenged regional and global dominance, humanity’s worst fate if achieved, other than nuclear armageddon.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Shimon Peres: Eulogizing a Man of War and Injustice

Shimon Peres: Eulogizing a Man of War and Injustice

by Stephen Lendman

America, other Western nations and most others notoriously honor their worst while persecuting and punishing some of their best.

A Wednesday article discussed Shimon Peres’ passing, calling him an enforcer of Israeli apartheid brutishness, a member of the generation of thugs responsible for the Nakba catastrophe - stealing most of historic Palestine, the rest in June 1967, imposing occupation harshness on millions of Palestinians, victims of Israeli ruthlessness.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri described him as “the last remaining Israeli official who founded the occupation, and his death is the end of a phase in (its) history and the beginning of a new phase of weakness.”

Hamas official Amir Abo Al Amren called him “a murderer and not a man of peace. He deceived the entire world but (not) the Palestinian people.”

Late in life, ignoring his longstanding criminal legacy, he disgracefully called Palestinians “self-victimizing. They victimize themselves,” he said. “They are a victim of their own mistakes unnecessarily.”

America and Israel notoriously blame victims for their imperial crimes, their attempt to justify the unjustifiable.

Alive or deceased, Peres deserves universal condemnation, a lifelong perpetrator of high crimes of war, against humanity and slow-motion genocide, sanitized to appear otherwise.

Longtime Israeli collaborator against his own people, illegitimate Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, anointed, not elected, said he’ll attend Peres’ Friday funeral, disgracing himself more than already.

He called Peres a partner in the “peace of the brave,” a shameless perversion of truth like all other eulogies, praising a man of war and apartheid viciousness, not peace and justice.

Ahead of Friday’s funeral, Netanyahu issued a statement, saying Peres “set his gaze on the future. He did so much to protect our people.”

“He worked to his last days for peace and a better future for all - at the expense of long-suffering Palestinians, paying the price for his actions, Netanyahu neglected to explain.

Scores of world leaders and other dignitaries arrived - including Obama (together with Bill Clinton, John Kerry and numerous other current and former US officials), French President Francois Hollande, German President Joachim Gauck, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, a British delegation including former prime ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair along with Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Obama issued a deplorable statement, saying “(a) light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever.” 

He disgracefully called Peres a “soldier for Israel, for the Jewish people, for justice, for peace, and for the belief that we can be true to our best selves…”

A joint Bill and Hillary Clinton statement described him as “a lucid, eloquent dreamer until the very end. Thank goodness. Let those of us who loved him and love this nation keep his dream alive.”

Heavy security is present in Israel today for Peres’ funeral, major roads closed, other measures in place, disrupting things for many Israelis.

Longtime Israeli apologist New York Times ignored Peres’ deplorable legacy, calling him “Israel’s Philosopher-Politician…(a)dmired…for his eloquence, wisdom and dedication to peacemaking…” - typical Times misreporting, reinventing history, characterizing sinners as saints and vice versa.

Israeli historian Ilan Pappe portrayed him accurately, saying few obituaries “will examine (his) life and activities from the perspective of the victims of Zionism and Israel.”

Throughout his public life, he “contributed to the destruction of the Palestinian people and did nothing to advance the cause of peace and reconciliation…”

He largely oversaw the establishment of Israel’s “clandestine nuclear weapons program.” He zealously supported ethnic cleansing, wanting historic Palestine for Jews only.

He was “the leading ambassador” of the 1993 sham Oslo accords - “creat(ing) a greater apartheid Israel with small Palestinian bantustans scattered within it.”

He disgracefully won a Nobel Peace Prize for “advanc(ing) the ruination of Palestine and its people” - their suffering ignored for generations.

Peres “symbolized the beautification of Zionism, but the facts on the ground lay bare his role in perpetrating so much suffering and conflict,” Pappe explained.

Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy wrote “(i)f Israel is on the verge of a moral abyss, then Peres had a part in that. If it’s a country en route to apartheid, he was a founding partner. (He) never saw Palestinians as equal to Jews.”

Peres was a world class thug, a mass murderer, a leading figure throughout Israel’s sordid history of high crimes gone unpunished. 
Pretending otherwise can’t change his blood-drenched legacy.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Sanders Stumps for War Criminal, Racketeer, Perjurer Hillary

Sanders Stumps for War Criminal, Racketeer, Perjurer Hillary

by Stephen Lendman

He’s on call for occasional cameo appearances for Hillary - mocking what he claimed to stand for while campaigning, proving his lofty rhetoric was phony.

He’s like virtually all others in Washington, promising one thing, delivering another - once a con man, always one, Sanders a deplorable self-serving opportunist throughout his years of public disservice.

He flouts the principles he claims to stand for, a Judas goat betraying his loyal followers, leading them to the slaughter Hillary assures if anointed Obama’s successor.

On Wednesday, he appeared with her at the University of New Hampshire, his mission to con students and youths to support a presidential aspirant belonging in prison, not any public office.

He helped her promote the illusion of tuition-free public college education for students of families earning less than $125,000 annually if she succeeds Obama.

Chance for it becoming reality under any duopoly power candidate is nil. Nor is relief from onerous student debt bondage coming. Prioritized neoliberal harshness mandates social justice erosion en route to eliminating it altogether.

America’s resources increasingly go for militarism, war-making, obscene corporate handouts, and hardening the nation’s police state apparatus.

Supporting Hillary assures more of the same on steroids, Sanders a convenient puppet, supporting what demands denunciation. 

He and Clinton back an imperial war agenda, risking direct confrontation with Russia, China and Iran, possible nuclear war on her watch if she bests Trump in November by fair or foul means.

Sanders made himself a laughing stock, a first class scoundrel, his rhetoric sounding increasingly hollow - buffoon-like blustering “(i)s everybody here ready to transform America?”

“If we are prepared to stand up to powerful and wealthy and greedy special interests, there is nothing we cannot accomplish…”

Touting progressivism rhetorically while supporting a war goddess, racketeer, perjurer, Wall Street tool shows what he really stands for - a man of special interests, not vital public ones, a shameless backer of dirty business as usual.

Bellowing an “imperative (to) elect Hillary Clinton as our next president” destroys his phony populism. His so-called political revolution is hot air, empty promises, unrelated to vitally needed social, political and economic change.

He’ll likely fade to obscurity once past November 8. Will millions backing him understand they were had? Shifting allegiance to Hillary would show an uninformed electorate consistently harms its own self-interest.

Supporting either duopoly power aspirant for the nation’s highest office assures the triumph of monied interests over all others.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Latest NYT Ad Hominem Attack on Putin

Latest NYT Ad Hominem Attack on Putin

by Stephen Lendman

Throughout his tenure as Russia’s president, he’s been viciously and unjustifiably denigrated by US-led Western officials and their media scoundrel echo chamber - making repeated false accusations.

The NYT is especially outrageous, attacking him for responsibly challenging America’s hegemonic ambitions along with defending Russia’s sovereign rights.

On the one hand, The Times cheerleads America’s ruthless imperial agenda, its endless wars of aggression, raping one nation after another, ignoring its highest of high crimes, its sham electoral system, a one-party state with two right wings, fantasy democracy, not the real thing, and contempt for rule of law principles.

On the other, it viciously and unjustifiably bashes legitimate governments Washington opposes - for wanting their sovereign independence respected, free from US imperial dominance, Russia a key example, Vladimir Putin America’s public enemy number one for acting responsibly on the geopolitical stage.

Times editors go at him repeatedly and viciously, its latest editorial broadside despicably accusing him of “turning Russia into an outlaw nation,” an absurdity on its face. 

America pretends to want peace in Syria while waging endless war for regime change. Putin genuinely seeks conflict resolution. US neocons undermine his forthright efforts, blaming him for their high crimes, media scoundrels repeating false accusations.

Times editors support Kerry’s Big Lie, falsely claiming US warplanes accidentally massacred 82 Syrian soldiers, injuring scores more earlier this month - an act of willful mass murder. 

They lied, blaming Russia for the humanitarian convoy attack days later, carried out by US-supported terrorists. They lied about the downing of MH17, falsely blaming Russia for Ukraine’s high crime complicit with Washington - stressing “the United States should lend its support to Ukraine’s quest for accountability.”

They lied, saying “(t)here seems no holding Mr. Putin to account in Syria,” despicably claiming his forthright efforts for conflict resolution permitted “slaughter” to continue…backed by (nonexistent) Iranian ground troops.”

They lied, claiming most jihadist terrorists in Aleppo are moderate rebels when none exist. They lied, saying Putin uses “bunker-busting bombs (on) underground hospitals and safety zones where civilians seek shelter.”

They lied, blaming Russia and Syria for violating Geneva ceasefire terms - America and its terrorist foot soldiers entirely responsible.

They lied, claiming “Putin fancies himself a man on a mission to restore Russia to greatness…butchering civilians in Syria and Ukraine…”

A same day Times article lied, citing unnamed analysts, accusing Russia and Syria of targeting civilians in Aleppo to “driv(e) (nonexistent rebels) into the hands of extremists, (and) give Russia more leverage in diplomatic talks…”

The Times absurdly claimed Moscow aims to “persuade civilians to stop supporting (nonexistent) rebels.”

Did the self-styled newspaper of record present any credible facts, backing up its accusations, either in its Putin-bashing editorial or accompanying article on Syria? Nothing legitimate editors would allow to be published - Russia-bashing propaganda only, truth and full disclosure entirely absent.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Russia Calls War in Syria "A US-Controlled International Terrorist Alliance"

Russia Calls War in Syria “A US-Controlled International Terrorist Alliance”

by Stephen Lendman

Anyone paying attention to war on Syria, following reliable independent sources for credible information, avoiding media scoundrel propaganda, knows the conflict is Obama’s war, using terrorists as imperial foot soldiers, supported by Pentagon-led “coalition” air power.

On Thursday, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov blasted State Department spokesman admiral John Kirby’s scurrilous remark, suggesting (US-supported) extremists could launch “attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities…(its) troops (sent) home in body bags.”

He called his remarks the clearest “confession by the US side (that so-called) civil war in Syria is a US-controlled international terrorist alliance” against a sovereign independent state.

What makes Kirby’s statement particularly shocking is that the scale of direct US influence on terrorists’ activity is global. That it reaches as far as Russia. The mask (is) off…” It was off long ago.

Konashenkov explained Russia “knows well as to where in Syria, including Aleppo province, there are ‘clandestine specialists’ who do the operations planning and command the militants’ operations and how many of them there are.”

“Should there follow any attempts to act on the threats towards Russia and Russian military servicemen in Syria, the militants may find themselves short of both body bags and the time to get away.”

Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Directorate first deputy chief General Viktor Poznikhir said “terrorist groups are preparing provocative attacks with chemical weapons on Syrian army positions and residential areas in (eastern) Aleppo to accuse government forces” of the high crime.

Poznikhir’s accusation followed Syria’s UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari telling Security Council members about the intent of Ahrar al-Sham terrorists to use white phosphorous against Syrian soldiers and civilians, a hideous weapon, able to burn flesh to the bone on contact. They want government forces blamed for their high crime.

US-supported terrorists took advantage of a 7-day regime of silence to regroup, rearm and mobilize for new attacks, breaching Geneva terms 300 times in one week, rendering them null and void.

Separately, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova revealed “(a)n especially grave situation” in the battle for Aleppo.

Tactics used by terrorists remain unchanged. Human shields are used in launching attacks. Snipers are involved, shooting Syrian soldiers and civilians.

“(S)o-called infernal machines (consisting of) self-made explosive devices (are) used time after time.” Terrorists “are laying mines along positions they are abandoning and approaches to them. Populated areas in the province of Aleppo and also in the province of Latakia and the Damascus region were shelled.”

Despite Russia’s best efforts for ceasefire and conflict resolution, conditions continue deteriorating. Nothing ongoing suggests any prospect for peace.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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