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"Game" of Wars: US "fighting" terrorists it fostered

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Since at least the end of the Second World War, the US has been directly and indirectly fostering, aiding, funding and training fighting militias and groups in different regions of the world to further its own interests. However, the irony of this policy is that in most of the cases, the US ended up fighting, in the name of establishing peace, these very forces of destruction. History is replete with such examples. As the 'sole' super power of the world, it has actually been fighting the war of its own survival, that is, to continue to survive as the 'sole' super power. As such, not only does it 'invent' enemies, but also reasons to fight them. Let's have a look at some of these 'invented' wars.

A number of examples can be given from history to justify this proposition. For example, the emergence of the Taliban is most directly the result of the CIA's involvement in the Soviet-Afghan War. Not only did CIA provide all possible funding, but also established camps across Pakistan-Afghan border which were extensively used to train people to do "Jihad" against the Soviet Union. And, the fact that the Americans joyfully disseminate information about different aspects of this war in the form of Hollywood movies shows the extent of acknowledgement the US has publicly made regarding once supporting the Taliban when they were hailed and glorified as the "defenders" of the "free world." Given that, now it looks remarkably amazing how that very Taliban later on turned into enemies and dragged the US into the longest war of its history.

Nothing can explain this fundamental transition except the fact that the US first needed the Taliban to use them against its cold war rival, and then to use, as a pretext to go to war, the Taliban's refusal to allow the US a free way to build oil and gas pipelines from the Central Asia to the India Ocean. The force that the US once 'proudly' created thus turned into the most pernicious enemy of the world - hence the war against "terrorism." In other words, the most important reason of this longest war is nothing but the US' own created group of fighters.

On the other hand, the US could still have 'invented' any reason to launch attack on Afghanistan even if the Taliban had not refused to accept American plans; after all, extensive militarization of the entire region around Afghanistan was, and still is, one of the cardinal policy objectives of the US' twenty-first century grand strategy. The fact that the US wanted to militarize the entire region in order for controlling the flow of energy from here to many parts of the world becomes quite evident when we look at the very location of the key military bases of the US in Afghanistan. All of the key bases have been built on the proposed route of the TAPI pipeline.

US continues to shoot itself in the foot: Russia discovers massive Arctic oil field which may be larger than Gulf of Mexico

In a dramatic stroke of luck for the Kremlin, this morning there is hardly a person in the world who is happier than Russian president Vladimir Putin because overnight state-run OAO Rosneft announced it has discovered what may be a treasure trove of black oil, one which could boost Russia's coffers by hundreds of billions if not more, when a vast pool of crude was discovered in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic Ocean, showing the region has the potential to become one of the world's most important crude-producing areas, arguably bigger than the Gulf Of Mexico. The announcement was made by Igor Sechin, Rosneft's chief executive officer, who spent two days sailing on a Russian research ship to the drilling rig where the find was unveiled today.

The oil production platform at the Sakhalin-I field in Russia,
partly owned by ONGC Videsh Ltd., Rosneft Oil Co., Exxon Mobil
Corp. and Japan's Sakhalin Oil and Gas Development Co. on June 9, 2009.
Well, one person who may have been as happy as Putin is the CEO of Exxon Mobil, since the well was discovered with the help of America's biggest energy company (and second largest by market cap after AAPL). Then again, maybe not: as Bloomberg explains "the well was drilled before the Oct. 10 deadline Exxon was granted by the U.S. government under sanctions barring American companies from working in Russia's Arctic offshore. Rosneft and Exxon won't be able to do more drilling, putting the exploration and development of the area on hold despite the find announced today."

Saker analysis: The Russian response to a double declaration of war

The context: a double declaration of war

The way of empires
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Listening to Poroshenko a few days ago and then to Obama at the UNGA can leave no doubt whatsoever about the fact that the AngloZionist Empire is at war with Russia. Yet many believe that the Russian response to this reality is inadequate. Likewise, there is a steady stream of accusations made against Putin about Russia's policy towards the crisis in the Ukraine. What I propose to do here is to offer a few basic reminders about Putin, his obligations and his options.

First and foremost, Putin was never elected to be the world's policeman or savior, he was only elected to be president of Russia. Seems obvious, but yet many seem to assume that somehow Putin is morally obliged to do something to protect Syria, Novorussia or any other part of our harassed world. This is not so. Yes, Russia is the de facto leader of the BRICS and SCO countries, and Russia accepts that fact, but Putin has the moral and legal obligation to care for his own people first.

Second, Russia is now officially in the crosshairs of the AngloZionist Empire which includes not only 3 nuclear countries (US, UK, FR) but also the most powerful military force (US+NATO) and the world's biggest economies (US+EU). I think that we can all agree that the threat posed by such an Empire is not trivial and that Russia is right in dealing with it very carefully.

Sniping at Putin and missing the point

Now, amazingly, many of those who accuse Putin of being a wimp, a sellout or a naive Pollyanna also claim that the West is preparing nuclear war on Russia. If that is really the case, this begs the question: if that is really the case, if there is a real risk of war, nuclear or not, is Putin not doing the right thing by not acting tough or threatening? Some would say that the West is bent on a war no matter what Putin does. Okay, fair enough, but in that case is his buying as much time as possible before the inevitable not the right thing to do?!

Third, on the issue of the USA vs ISIL, several comment here accused Putin of back-stabbing Assad because Russia supported the US Resolution at the UNSC.

And what was Putin supposed to do?! Fly the Russian Air Force to Syria to protect the Syrian border? What about Assad? Did he scramble his own air force to try to stop the US or has he quietly made a deal: bomb "them" not us, and I shall protest and do nothing about it? Most obviously the latter.
Take 2

Libya 2.0? The Obama regime mulls a no-fly zone over northeastern Syria

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Syrian Kurdish refugees crossed on Friday into Turkey after a fence was knocked down near Kobani, Syria. Kurds said they had struggled to fight militants all week.
In what is more proof that the NATO operation against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is merely Libya 2.0, the Obama administration is now stating that it is open to the possibility of establishing a "no-fly zone" over Syria.

The statements, made by both Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and General Martin E. Dempsey, are supposed to hinge upon an agreement with Turkey, that is itself calling for a "buffer zone," one of the wishes of NATO since the very beginning of the Syrian crisis.

According to the New York Times , Hagel stated that "We've discussed all these possibilities and will continue to talk about what the Turks believe they will require."

Dempsey added that "a buffer zone might at some point become a possibility" although he also stated that it should not be considered imminent.

A "buffer zone" and/or a "no-fly zone," of course, is tantamount to war and an open military assault against the sovereign secular government of Syria since the implementation of such a zone would require airstrikes against Assad's air defense systems.

Turkey is now whining and groaning over an influx of Syrian refugees as a result of a humanitarian crisis that it helped create with its support and facilitation of Islamic fundamentalist death squad forces funded by the West and allowed to travel into Syria through Turkey's borders. The most recent influx of refugees came from the city of Kobani, where ISIS fighters were herded by American airstrikes for the purposes of reinforcing the fighters already battling Kurdish and Syrian forces there.
Keep in mind that with the terrorists evacuating Deir al-Zor, cities and towns such as Kobani (Ayn El Arab) have seen a dramatic rise in the presence of IS fighters. In short, IS may have reduced the amount of fighters in Deir al-Zor but it reinforced its positions at Ayn El Arab, a smaller town but one located on the Turkish border. Significantly, the Turkish border has facilitated tens of thousands of death squad fighters in their access to Syria over the last four years making it a main artery for the influx of Western-backed foreign jihadis into Syria.

The Huffington Post reported the situation in Ayn El Arab by recording the statement of a Syrian Kurd who had fled into Turkey with his family to escape IS. The report is revealing as to how the situation in Ayn El Arab disintegrated after the bombing of Deir al-Zor and the "escape" of terrorists from that city and region. The article reads,

Comment: US officials say that they have not ruled out establishing a no-fly zone over northeastern Syria, to protect civilians from airstrikes. But the US is the one conducting the airstrikes and killing civilians. Establishing a no-fly zone would do more of the same.


Pentagon to recruit undocumented immigrants for language skills

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The Pentagon is to start recruiting undocumented immigrants who came into the US as minors and possess valuable skills like speaking Persian and Chinese. The program offering the opportunity is capped at 1,500 recruits per year.

The new policy revealed by the DoD on Thursday expands the existing pilot program called Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, or MAVNI. It has been tried since 2008, offering positions in the US armed forces to foreigners living in America legally as refugees or under a temporary visa.

Starting next fiscal year, MAVNI will also apply to illegal residents who came to US with their parents before age 16, reports the Military Times. The potential recruits would be selected from those eligible for the 2012 Obama administration policy known as Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA. Getting a DACA illegal immigrant status involves a background check by the Homeland Security Department.

The Pentagon recruits some 5,000 foreigners each year, most of them 'green card' holders. The MAVNI program may account for up to 1,500 recruits annually, although the military services are not required to accept them. In practice the Army has been the only service to accept a significant number, while the Navy and Marine Corps are not seeking applicants under it.
Cow Skull

EU rejects Putin demand for Ukraine deal changes

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Russian President Vladimir Putin's letter to European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso reportedly threatened retaliatory measures if the EU and Ukraine do not stick to their agreement with Moscow to delay the implementation of the deal until 2016.

The European Union said on Friday (Sep 26) that Russian President Vladimir Putin had written to Brussels demanding changes to a landmark EU-Ukraine accord, but it ruled out reopening the deal without Kiev's consent.

Putin's letter to European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso reportedly threatened retaliatory measures if the EU and Ukraine do not stick to their agreement with Moscow to delay the implementation of the deal until 2016.

The Ukrainian and European parliaments last week both ratified the association agreement, the rejection of which by then-president Viktor Yanukovych last year triggered the political crisis in the former Soviet state.

European Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen confirmed that Barroso had received a letter from Putin about the deal and said Brussels "will of course decide on the best way to respond." But she pointed out that the controversial pact was a "bilateral agreement" between Kiev and Brussels.

"If there are any changes they have to be agreed between the EU and Ukraine," Hansen told a press briefing. "We are not seeking any changes to the agreement, Ukraine is free and sovereign to make choices in its interests."

The Association Accord, which includes a wide-ranging Free Trade Agreement, is at the heart of the bitter stand-off between the EU and Russia over the future of its Soviet-era satellite. Moscow has repeatedly charged that the tie-up damages its legitimate interests and its economy.

Comment: The psychopaths in Washington must be furious that Putin was able to persuade their EU minions to further negotiations regarding Ukraine's economic role in the region. Is the EU trade block finally coming to their senses? It still leaves the question of whether the Ukraine leadership is able to act in its own best interest, or whether the US-backed neo-nazis will still do Washington's bidding.

Bad Guys

Ukraine isolates East from aid: Kiev plans to close border with Russia, again

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Poroshenko enjoying a moment of duper's delight

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered his cabinet to "temporarily" close the border with Russia in the east.

In a decree published on the presidential website on Thursday, Poroshenko instructed his government to consider temporarily closing the border in the east of the country to stop what he called Moscow's "continued intervention" in Ukraine's internal affairs.

The ruling orders the government "to settle the issue of temporary closing checkpoints on Ukraine's state border with the Russian Federation to cars, sea and pedestrian traffic."

Poroshenko's remarks come days after the third Russian humanitarian aid convoy of about 200 vehicles crossed the border into the Ukrainian territory.

Comment: Same old, same old.

Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov stated in June:
As to statements of Kiev authorities' representatives about the intention to completely close the border with Russia, I do not quite understand what case in hand is this and to what it is referred to," the minister said. "If they are going to block all channels of free movement of our citizens including labor migrants, we would like to specifically understand what exactly they mean to do.


The price of John McCain palling with the Northern Storm Brigade cost Sotloff his life

J. MCCain & NSB
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Rebel kidnappers and John McCain (center), Abu Youssef (man left behind McCain), Al-Qaeda operative now with ISIS (front left of McCain), Free Syrian Army General Salem Idris (right of McCain), not shown ISIS terrorists Mohammad Nour and Abu Ibrahim believed to have planned and executed the abduction.
Did Senator John McCain, a leading advocate of arming Syria's Islamist revolutionaries, meet with members or allies of the Islamic State in al-Sham [the Levant] (ISIS) during his trip to Syria on May 27 of last year?

McCain and his defenders deny it, and McCain's longtime advisor, Mark Salter, is accusing Sen. Rand Paul - who, in a recent interview with the Daily Beast, said McCain had met with ISIS - of "smearing" McCain and indulging in "conspiracy theories," rendering him "unfit" for the office of the presidency. The Washington establishment, unsurprisingly, is siding with McCain, one of their own: the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler, in a scathing piece, gives Sen. Paul "four Pinocchios," and regrets that's the maximum allowed. Josh Rogin, of the reliably neoconnish Daily Beast, joined in the pile-on with his colleague Olivia Nuzzi, ex-aide to Anthony Weiner, who accused Paul of "repeating a thoroughly debunked rumor."

Now, however, it's time to debunk the "debunking," because the truth is finally coming out - and it's worse for McCain than even Sen. Paul imagined. It turns out the frenetic Arizona warmonger met with members of the Northern Storm Brigade - the group that handed US journalist Steven Sotloff over to ISIS as he crossed the border into Syria.

And irony of ironies, here is the very same Josh Rogin reporting on a story that proves Sen. Paul and McCain's numerous critics were right all along - far righter than they knew at the time:

"Barak Barfi, Sotloff's close friend and the official spokesman for the Sotloff family following Steven's brutal murder this month at the hands of ISIS, told The Daily Beast in an interview that the group responsible for Sotloff's detention and indirectly for his death is not only a part of the Free Syrian Army, but the same exact brigade that met with Sen. John McCain at that same border crossing only three months before."

Comment: Senator McCain has been the most vocal regarding the need to arm Syrian rebels, such as the Free Syrian Army. His photos with rebel fighters, forces that he supported, are many of which later became ISIS. It's scary to think what ISIS would be today if John McCain had had his way and sent even more weaponry to these factions. Now he wants to fight ISIS in Iraq - ostensibly against the weapons he wanted to provide them in Syria. McCain stated on Anderson Cooper 360: "We can identify who these people are. We can help the right people." Ironic insanity? Rand Paul has a point.


Venezuelan President Maduro blames West for Middle East crisis, calls for major overhaul UN

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during his address to the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 24, 2014
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has blamed Western governments for the crisis in the Middle East, calling for a major overhaul of the United Nations and the Security Council in particular.

Comment: Although it is a good idea to overhaul the UN and the UNSC, it won't work as long as psychopaths rule the world. The UN have never served the interests of the People and those nations that just want peace and prosperity.

During his Wednesday evening speech in the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Maduro said the West was attempting to create a monster in the Mid-east, pointing to the support the US-led alliance has been offering to the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Syria and Iraq over the years.

Maduro further used his address to praise the role of the Syrian government in countering the foreign-backed militant groups in the region and insisted that any military action against the Takfiri terrorists in the region must respect the sovereignty of independent nations.

The Venezuelan president went on to slam the harassment by what he referred to as the "imperial forces" of the American empire "that have tried again and again to undermine democracy."

Comment: Nicolas Maduro knows very well what the U.S. has been doing in its 'backyard', AKA Latin America.

"Anyway, you've also probably heard about President Putin's visit to Latin America and the BRICS's Summit in Brazil. The existential danger that BRICS presents for the Western 'elite' is obvious; the alliance between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa represents a serious political and economic alternative to the current US system of global hegemony. And it's growing, with countries like Argentina, Venezuela, Iran, Mongolia, Malaysia and others interested in joining. Currently, BRICS represents almost half of the world population and close to a third of the global GDP."

For more information: Divide and Conquer in Latin America: Sabotaging BRICS in 'our backyard'


Predatory capitalism destroys lives and nations, must be overthrown

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Predatory capitalism, the result of psychopaths in power
Deep in Judaismʼs history it was mandated that, due to the awe evoked by the mere contemplation of the supreme and only divinity, the name Yahweh could not be spoken aloud except once a year and only by the High Priest. We, in America today, with a different deity and another form of worship, have no such taboo. Our god, unlike Yahweh in the polytheistic ages, is so firmly established, so mighty, omnipresent, unassailable, and untouchable that we are encouraged to name it, praise it, and venerate it publicly.

Where the cultural parallel is solid, though, is in the utter anathema and damnation that descend on the heads of those who dare to challenge the godheadʼs benevolence, supremacy, and omnipotence. In Judaic history, transgressors were destroyed without exception. In our times - saving trouble, expense, and bad press - the few who dare to blaspheme our god are simply marginalized, jailed or exiled.

Our best minds and most courageous hearts now all affirm that our only god is Predatory Capitalism. Our national religion is no longer in question.

The internet press - not the National Security State Stenographic Bureau laughingly referred to as our "Free Press" - and the rational, progressive blogs are loaded today with analyses and critiques of the blatantly criminal Predatory Capitalist Corporate Tyranny that owns the government, the country and, with our endlessly compounding debt load, you and me.

These dissections run the philosophic and emotional gamut from tame, limp dreams of how "our democracy" might, by electing the right people with good, honorable values, take bold steps to improve itself, to fierce, sharp, intellectually scrupulous denunciations of capitalism for what it is and does.

The volume and consistency of this critical barrage is impressive and at itʼs activist leading edge there are now unmistakable calls for resistance. Some for obstruction of the process...or for civil disobedience. Even for rebellion. What is taboo, though, and almost never suggested let alone stated, is this:

The remedy for Capitalism is not reform: it is its overthrow and destruction.