Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NATO surrounding Russia

Interview with RT on Kerry's remarks and NATO surrounding Russia. I regret that only a very small portion of the interview was aired. But I think it is important to reiterate several points -
Isaiah Bowman, a key figure in the Council on Foreign Relations wrote that “The measure of our victory will be the measure of our domination after victory." This was said in1941, but it became far more pertinent in 1991 and what we see the US do today - as it has been doing for decades - shooting for total domination.
True to this, after the Cold War, Prominent Americans such as Wolfowitz, Rustow opined that it was important to contain Russia (the Heartland – Defense Planning Guideline1992, later repeated by Rustow in 1993, and course the well-read Chess Board). It was felt that the domination of Heartland (Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia) would lead to domination of the World. 9/11 made this possible and many countries unwittingly cooperated to help America achieve its goal of global domination under its pretext of war on terror.
The renewed containment policy also explains the astronomical amount of US aid to Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. This was in the same exact pattern as the Marshall Plan.
The creation of Marshall Plan in 1947 to give aid to war-torn Europe had already pumped $13 billion dollars. This deterrence was to “protect” Europe from falling to Communism, had the added benefit of helping American businesses. While showcasing American generosity, Europe had to turn to the U.S. for its goods which in turn had to be shipped on board American vessels. American economy prospered and communism was kept at bay.
Same concept here with Eastern Europe. The aid was to use these countries as a counter to Russian rise (contain) but also to build a buffer. The most immediate foreign policy objective for the British Empire (passed onto American Empire) was to prevent any kind of alliance or bloc between Germany and Russia, and to keep either one from dominating Eastern Europe. Hence strong buffer states needed to be formed between these two great powers.
Merkel would be foolish to follow America/NATO in yet another adventure as it did Afghanistan, etc. As we can see, NATO, or Western Europe NATO is reluctant to get involved with America’s expansionist agenda, so the Americans are relying on Eastern European countries they have bought. As Donald Rumsfeld said in 2003 (about Iraq), 'Old Europe' will be a problem.
I think and hope that “Old Europe” will be a problem with regard to Ukraine. No wonder Chuck Hagel visited Brussles in 2013 to ask NATO allies to contribute more and not rely on the US which has bought NATO with 75% contributions it makes. Less than a handful of countries have obliged America.
Not only does Kerry want to bolster the domestic image of the Obama administration, but to reassure Eastern Europeans who are aiding the US in its agenda. But Kerry’s huff and puff speech only reflects America’s weak position in this situation. As with Iraq, they love to show that this is a “multi-lateral” effort. Not exactly a strong union!
Perhaps the biggest fear I have, specially with Brennan visiting the coup regime in Ukraine, is false flag operations to win over the reluctant NATO allies.

The Legality of Theft

This is a repost of a 2005 article which is very relevant today.  The post was published on Iranian website

The Legality of Theft
By: Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich
The greatest evil is to convert the law to an instrument of plunder

There is no doubt the United Nations has become the organization that converts law to an instrument of plunder.  Shortly after its formation in 1945, it made it clear that it would speak for the might and ignore what is right. So it was that in 1947 Palestinians had half of their land taken from them and given to Jewish migrants.  Today, the Palestinians do not have a state, per se. 

Mute observers world over watched as the United States and Israel violated one law after another, covertly, overtly and ruthlessly under the subservient gaze of the United Nations.  Allies traded their dignity and conscience for the benefit of trade with the empire.  United States, the pied- piper led the pack to moral degradation; greed and fear prompted the allies to cave in.  Having illegally referred Iran to the UNSC by coercing members, Mr.  Bush’s farewell trip to Europe must have incorporated serious arm-twisting for the  European Union once more bent to his will and imposed further sanctions on Iran at their own detriment.  Once again America was successful not only in deceiving the Security Council members but also it used UN to alter the law.

Ironically, while Mr. Bush was successful in prohibiting trade with Iran, the United States enjoys the benefits that come with trading with a shunned state of his making.  With uranium at an all time high as result of demand, the Bush White House has turned to Iranian owned mines in Africa.   According to Reuters “Iran, which the United States accuses of secretly pursuing nuclear weapons”,  has a stake in Rossing Uranium Limited, the world's biggest open-pit uranium mine in the African state of Namibia”[i] .  It is not just the oil that must be plundered by the U.S., the UN helping, but precious uranium. 

Mr. Bush has demanded that Europe seize trade with Iran, no doubt forcing it make favorable deals with trade partners, and hoping that America will not bomb it to oblivion.  However, the likely scenario of America committing genocide so than it can loot all of Iran’s wealth, similar to Iraq, is a more likely scenario.  

UNSC members Russia and China should pay heed to America’s actions.  According to Azar Gat, Ezer Weizman Professor of National Security at Tel Aviv University, while slam is not a viable threat unless weapons of mass destruction fall in the hands of non-state actors,  the “nondemocratic great powers” China and Russia “now operating under authoritarian capitalist” are a threat to democracy and a free world.  Her opinion is that for the survival of democracy these are to be reckoned with,  

China has financed the Iraq war, a war that has bankrupted America; yet Mr. Bush is planning a third war against Iran at the behest of Israel.  Neglecting the badly needed healthcare, improved educational system, and the creation of jobs by improving the infrastructure in this country, he is jeopardizing America’s future.   The greatest evil is to see the conversion of the law to an instrument of plunder’ and remain silent.

[i] Louis Charbonneau “Reuters” 29/1/2005

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sy Hersh on Erdogan's role in Syria

There is no doubt that Turkey had a heinous role in Syria.  It accommodated the passage of terrorists, "opposition", and charlatans like John McCain.   But undoubtedly, for some time, there has been an attempt to undermine Erdogan (by neocons since 2009) and this has picked up pace as of late. I think that Erdogan was perhaps not as willing lately to cooperate.   The Sarin gas story has very important holes in it.

Let us not forget that it was Israel that provided the US with “intelligence” about who was responsible for the attack, and the alleged phone conversation they heard!  Additionally, according to the UN report two types of rockets had been used, including an M14 artillery rocket bearing Cyrillic markings and a 330-millimeter rocket of unidentified origin – though perhaps not so unidentified. Shortly after the August incident, Foreign Policy published and made mention of these mysterious rockets which according to former UN inspectors bore a strong resemblance to a 1970’s American weapon—the SLUFAE . Although SLUFAE had been shelved, the concept was built upon by several countries—namely Israel. According to the former UN inspector, "a very similar munition was found 3-5 years ago, during one of the Israeli excursions," into Southern Lebanon”. Further, there is the strong possibility that the rockets with Cyrillic markings (attributed to the Soviets) can be traced back to the “Bear Spares” program.
The Bear Spares program was devilishly clever in that it armed conflicts with captured weapons (such as Iraq).  Both Israel and Egypt made the "Bear Spares" program feasible – major contributors.  Neither country has their chemical weapons under scrutiny  - they have not signed the chemical weapons treaty.   We have seen how Egypt under el-Sisi has become Israel's close ally against others.

As for Erdogan,  the neocons continue to undermine him.  See for example:

"Questions remain, however, about whether the AKP tampered with the elections. There were also power cuts in 40 of Turkey’s 81 provinces during vote counts. Alleged lost ballot boxes have also sparked public outrage on social media over election fraud. These charges, coupled with ongoing corruption allegations, will continue to create headaches for the AKP, even as it celebrates its electoral success." - See more at:

I do not like Erdogan, I am very troubled by Turkey’s role in the region, especially Syria, but I am even more troubled by this article making the rounds while Israel steals Golan oil and water and more land.    I don't think Erdogan had as much to  gain from an attack on Syria as some others – specifically Israel and Saudi Wahhabis.  

At the same time Turkey is essential to the plan as water is needed for Israel, and is a major reason for the assault on Syria (pipelines from turkey through Syria for Israel).