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US condemnation against phantom Syria and Russian "humanitarian crimes" - prelude to NATO-style invasion?

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The crescendo of US-led condemnations against Syria and Russia over alleged humanitarian crimes in Syria grows louder by the day. The eerie sense is that this «outcry» is being orchestrated as a prelude to a NATO-style intervention in Syria.

Such a NATO maneuver would follow the template for former Yugoslavia and Libya, leading to greater civilian deaths, territorial disintegration, a surge in regional terrorism and more international lawlessness by Western states.

The concerted, emotive appeals over the past week - bordering on hysteria - indicate a propaganda campaign coordinated between Washington and its Western allies, the mass media and the US-led NATO military alliance.

It was US ambassador the United Nations Samantha Power who led the chorus of accusations against Russia and its Syrian ally, using the Security Council emergency meeting last weekend to condemn «barbarism» of renewed violence around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Britain and France piled in with more unsubstantiated condemnations of war crimes, as did shameless UN officials, Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary general, and Staffan de Mistura, the UN's special envoy to Syria.

Comment: Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova swiftly rebuked Samantha Power for her "barbarism" comments at the UN:

Few people would countenance war, but surely Syria has the sovereign right to defend its nation from a foreign-fueled war on its territory. In all the lachrymose lecturing from the likes of Samantha Power, the pertinent question of who started this war in the first place gets lost in rhetorical fog.


Interview with Al-Nusra commander Abu al-Ezz: "The Americans stand on our side"

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Jürgen Todenhöfer interviews rebel commander Abu al-Ezz
This interview by Jürgen Todenhöfer was first published in German on September 26 2016 by the Kölner Stadtanzeiger, the major newspaper in the Cologne region. (The interview was copied and translated to English by Bernhard for educational and academic purposes.)

Interview with al-Nusra commander "The Americans stand on our side"

By Jürgen Todenhöfer

It was the seventh trip by my son Frederic and me to the civil war country Syria. We were there for 13 days. Words can only barely describe the extent of damage and suffering on both sides.

We conducted the interview ten days ago with a commander of the al-Qaida branch "Jabhat al-Nusra". Abu al-Ezz reported quite openly about his financiers Saudi-Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. We were able to exactly research the identity of the man and know practically everything about him.

Comment: Syria is the front line against the head-chopping Wahhabist maniacs unleashed by the US through its proxies Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Israel and Turkey have joined the game, as it suits their particular national agendas. Only Russia's timely intervention has prevented those mercenary crazies from overrunning the entire Middle East. The U.S. has sown the wind and will reap the whirlwind. Update: RT interviewed the German journalist who conducted this interview. Worth watching:

Choice quotes:

"Unfortunately, there isn't ... a peaceful, democratic opposition."

"In a certain way he [the Jabhat al-Nusra commander] is repeating what Pentagon said four years ago."

"This is a game everybody knows. It's very clear that the Americans know that their weapons will in the end be in the hands of terrorists."


The presidential debate - Mother superior vs ranting schoolboy

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People wait in the hall for the presidential debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The temptation is irresistible to conceptualize the Clinton Machine's strategy going into the first US presidential debate; let Donald Trump metastasize into a pretzel. Mission not impossible; in fact, accomplished.

Sniffin' and slidin', beepin' and sippin', angrily chokin', even swoopin' on the mike to choreograph a blow, "Donald" (as addressed by "Secretary Clinton") fell for every shape and size of bait thrown by a canny, relentlessly focused and rehearsed-to-death, Yale-trained, Lawyerly Mother Superior. Freud, Jung and Lacan must have shed tears of joy in their heavenly pad watching the Ego-unraveling show.

While Secretary Clinton controlled the debate, Donald could not even control his temper; but this being The Donald, it did not prevent him from launching an out of left field self-elegy to his "temperament".

The latest installment of the longest job interview on the planet, played out in a deep blue stage with white stars featuring an American eagle with an - out of place — olive branch, may have qualified as wild, wacky TV at its apex.

Yet on the Donald front it was mostly painful to watch. Stream of consciousness non-sequiturs ruled, as in, "I have a son who's 10, he's so good with computers" — running commentary on US cyber-security vulnerability.

But then, from a global public opinion point of view, there's geopolitics - something that vastly infantilized swathes of Americans consider at best a big, meaningless word. Yet Secretary Clinton herself was keen to emphasize, "words matter".

So let's see how (and if) geopolitical words made sense at the Trump/Hillary cage match.

Snakes in Suits

Blatant subversion: Syria ceasefire deal breakdown shows US under military rule

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A schism within US government has come spectacularly into the open, with the Pentagon and CIA militarists seemingly subverting the president's authority over Syria policy.

This amounts to a brazen pulling of rank by the militarist elements within the US power structure over the civilian titular head of government. This power struggle came to light dramatically - if briefly - with the US air strike last weekend on the Syrian army base near Deir ez-Zor in which over 60 troops were killed.

That massacre was no accident, as the Pentagon subsequently claimed. It was a deliberate mortal blow to the shaky ceasefire worked out the week before by US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.


Russia's counter-blow: Aleppo convoy attack and the Russian info-war victory

In a surprising turn of events, Russia struck back at the US and the western media disinformation campaign, causing NATO to back off from claiming that Russia or Syria was responsible for the attack on the Red Crescent aid convoy destroyed earlier this week. This became evident after the public statement of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday, September 21, in comments to media following an ad-hoc meeting with Russian FM Sergei Lavrov.

Western media outlets previously reported, both through AP and Reuters distributors like the New York Times, LA Times, etc., as well as the UK's Guardian and BBC, that US officials laid the blame on Russia for the attack on the Red Crescent aid convoy in Syria. The attack destroyed nearly twenty of the thirty-one trucks scheduled to arrive in Uram Al-Kubra.

Reuters apparently broke the US version of events, duplicitously citing two conveniently anonymous military sources, claiming that:
"Two Russian Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes were in the skies above an aid convoy in Syria at the precise time it was struck on Monday, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday, citing U.S. intelligence that has led them to conclude Russia was to blame." - Reuters, September 19th, 2016.
The same article went on to claim in conclusion that: "The strike appeared to deal a fatal blow to Syria's fragile week-old ceasefire."


Russia isn't trying to influence the US presidential election, but can the US say the same about Russian elections?

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Just some of the millions of freshly-minted US dollars a Russian anti-corruption official was recently caught with
This has been, as I said, a week for the news almost unlike anything I've seen here before. Mr. R.B. sent this article from Russia-watcher, The Saker, but before we get to that, a little context here for our readers outside the USSA.

As everyone knows, America is having its usual presidential race "fiasco", and the charges are flying fast and furious. Mr. Trump, in case you don't know, has repeatedly said the USSA's election system is horribly rigged. Well... duh... computerized and machine-rigged voter fraud and voting fraud have been rampant for decades, and became a major issue not when Mr. Trump made his statements, but when the Collier Brothers, Kevin and Ken, published a book in the 1990s called Votescam, which first raised the issue of computerized voting in a major nationwide way. People laughed, people scoffed, but eventually, try as the lamestream media did to demonize the whole notion, it took hold.

For Mr. Trump's efforts, the "opposition" party and its candicriminaldate (and Sith Apprentice) Darth Hillary, has been hollering that his supporters are racists, bigots, sexists, homophobes and Islamophobes, while Mr. Trump has been packing auditoriums with blacks, Hispanics, and yes, women (oh the horror!) and so on. Mind you, I'm not a fan of Mr. Trump, I'm just trying to convey for foreign readers of this site the climate in this country; it's hysterical in all senses of the term.

Comment: By "those King Charles-Bonaparte-Little Austrian Corporal moments of history", the author is referring to historical invasions of Russia, which were usually successfully repelled and usually resulted in the country becoming stronger.

Sadly, there's no reason to believe the West has learned its lesson, which is why the world is yet again going through a period of hysterical russophobia.

And while it is likely that Putin's positive influence will endure past his end, we would place rather more weight on that being down to the agency of his individual character rather than structural forces. The US may not understand that assassinating Putin won't change the Russian regime, but at some preternatural level 'The Beast' knows how important it is to take out such figures, which is why strong leaders of conscience have historically been primary targets for elimination.


Russia is not your enemy: An open letter to the people of Europe

Dear friends,

It has become incumbent upon me as a lover of peace and understanding, and as an opponent of the lies that often plague public discourse, to write to you the following:

In many countries in your region, the new media message which is being embraced throughout the world - from America to the Far East, from the Middle East to southern Europe, from Latin America to Africa - is being slandered and misrepresented.

I do not claim for a moment that new media are in anyway a monolithic bloc. The opposite is true. This itself is part of the appeal of new media.

New media are news and opinion organizations that speak for themselves, and which speak against a rotten status quo which for too long has censored free speech, free thought, and freedom of conscience in the West.


CNN's Wolf Blitzer: Money from bombing more important than dead civilians

...a lie he told repeatedly
Just in case you didn't understand why the US government loves war so much, why it loves killing civilians so much, CNN's Wolf Blitzer is stupid enough to state it openly to Senator Rand Paul.

America makes a lot of bombs. But bombs have to be used to keep generating a demand for them and keep US taxpayer's money flowing to 'defense contractors'. American corporate and political psychopaths need war to keep making more money than they can count. So they lie to justify wars. They lied about 9/11, they lied about Saddam, they lied about 'al-qaeda', they lied about Qaddafi, they lie about Assad, they lie about Russia and they lie about 'ISIS'.

Whatever they need to say to keep war ticking over, they'll say it.

Here's Wolfie:

War Whore

US deliberately killed Syria ceasefire to prevent exposure of its systematic arming of terrorists

There are several sound reasons for concluding that the US-led air strike on the Syrian army base near Deir Ezzor last weekend was a deliberate act of murderous sabotage. One compelling reason is that the Pentagon and CIA knew they had to act in order to kill the ceasefire plan worked out by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The compulsion to wreck the already shaky truce was due to the unbearable exposure that the ceasefire plan was shedding on American systematic involvement in the terrorist proxy war on Syria.

Not only that, but the tentative ceasefire was also exposing the elements within the US government responsible for driving the war effort. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter - the head of the Pentagon - reportedly fought tooth and nail with Obama's top diplomat John Kerry while the latter was trying to finalize the ceasefire plan with Russia's Lavrov on the previous weekend of September 9 in Geneva.

While Sergey Lavrov and media reporters were reportedly kept waiting several hours for Kerry to finally emerge to sign off on the deal, the American foreign secretary was delayed by intense haggling in conference calls with Carter and other military chiefs back in Washington. Even days before Kerry's diplomatic shuttle to Geneva, Carter was disparaging any prospective deal with Russia on a Syrian ceasefire.

It is well documented that both the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency have been running clandestine programs for arming and training anti-government militants in Syria since the outset of the war in March 2011. Officially, Washington claims to be only supporting «moderate, vetted opposition». However, on occasion, Western media reports allude to the deeper sinister connections between the US military and terrorist groups when it has been reported that American weaponry «accidentally» finds its way into the hands of extremist jihadist networks.

Comment: See also:


US Special Forces hate Syrian mission: "Nobody believes in it, everyone on the ground knows they are jihadis"

A former US Army Ranger over at Sofrep.com which bills itself as a kind of unofficial newsletter of the US Special Forces has a fascinating scoop on the attitudes of American soldiers to their Syria training mission. Read the opening paragraph:
"Nobody believes in it. You're like, 'Fuck this,'" a former Green Beret says of America's covert and clandestine programs to train and arm Syrian militias. "Everyone on the ground knows they are jihadis. No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort, and they know they are just training the next generation of jihadis, so they are sabotaging it by saying, 'Fuck it, who cares?'"
That's right. Reportedly US special forces on the ground detest the work they've been ordered to do. The 7,000-word article is really much more than that -- it chronicles much of the CIA's war in Iraq and Syria including its early failure to take the ISIS threat seriously, and its continued failure to devote meaningful resources to going after the group. Instead, Murphy explains CIA has kicked that job to Special Operations Forces while becoming obsessed with toppling the Syrian government:
ISIS was now on the CIA's radar. CTC [CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center] targeted the organization, but not often enough to have any tangible effect on the battle space. Toward the end of 2014, the CIA had less than 20 targeting officers and analysts dedicated to fighting ISIS. As of early 2016, the situation had improved little. According to several sources, the CIA simply does not care about ISIS. Using an excuse that ISIS is an army rather than a terrorist organization, they have punted the job to Army special operations-the men of Special Forces and Delta Force.

In Syria, the overwhelming priority for the CIA is what some CTC officers call Director John Brennan's baby: the removal of the Assad regime.