Standing Against Obfuscation

Here is another post from my Facebook page that I wanted to share here.  I seem to spend most of my writing time these days commenting on the Syrian situation.  I feel that is important, perhaps the most important thing going on in our times or at least just now in the second half of 2016.  The subject relates to this Russia Insider article: US Outcry Over Syria… Tears Followed by NATO Bombs

This is entirely my own view:

It is important to speak out when you see injustice and bad things happening anywhere, no matter who it is that is offending against humanity.

That is why I have been concentrating on the situation in Syria over recent weeks and why I will continue to do so for as long as it takes to get the message out (because the media does not generally seem willing or able to do so) on just what is really going on there.

Shamefully, it is my own nation, Australia, that is on the wrong side in this affair as part of the Western Alliance led by those inveterate warmongers, wreckers of nations and prolific killers of innocents, the US. I’m not sure why we Australians side with them because, let’s face it, they always lose, go home, sulking, with their tails between their legs and leaving behind them utter suffering and chaos which the peoples of the world have to soothe, heal, clean up and pay for.

And neither the media nor the UN is helping.

Take Aleppo, over which most of the current screaming, ranting and hair pulling is being wrought. The largest city in Syria, with a population of some 2.5 million people (Yes, it actually belongs to Syria) is largely controlled by the legitimate Syrian government except for an eastern enclave which is occupied and held by brutal terrorists which the West tends to describe as ‘moderate rebels’ to justify their ongoing support to them, and also a smaller enclave held by Kurdish forces. Syria and their allies are justifiably attempting (and will succeed) to drive out or destroy those terrorists. The West, on the other hand, is aiding the terrorists (with arms and embedded US ‘advisers’) because what they are doing suits US policy drives to get rid of the Assad regime.

Inside the terrorist enclave live around 250,000 Syrians (some willingly, some not, some actively trying to escape) and it is inevitable that there will be civilian casualties caused by the conflict. It is these people (one tenth of the total population of the city) and their estimated 100,000 children who are at grave risk. Is that the fault of the Syrian government? No. Not in any way is it their fault, or the Russians, or any of their allies. The fault lies with the terrorists and their Western backers entirely. Read the RI article for more on that.

Are the Syrian government forces or the Russians targeting these trapped people with barrel bombs, chemical weapons or munitions of any sort? Of course not. That would be unconscionable. Amnesty International observers have concurred to that. Terrorists, on the other hand, and their US suppliers, have no conscience (oh, they pretend to, I grant you).

Here is a snippet from the RI article:

“And a key leitmotif of the official Western narrative is to create the perception that innocent civilians in Aleppo are being slaughtered by Syria and Russian forces. Both Damascus and Moscow reject claims that they are targeting civilian areas. Moscow has vehemently refuted Western claims that it is committing war crimes. Even the normally jingoistic US outlet Radio Free Europe quotes a legal expert from Amnesty International as saying that there is no evidence to indict Russia of such crimes.

And because the anti-government militants restrict access to their stronghold, including for UN aid agencies, it is hard to verify the claims and footage coming out of there. Which notwithstanding has not restrained Western media from broadcasting the information verbatim.”

Use your own judgement. You can’t believe anything that you read in mainstream media nor anything that your politicians are telling you.

Finally (for today), I believe that this situation will develop into all out global war, mainly because that is what the Americans want and indeed need in order to resurrect their failing economy for a while. We Australians will unfortunately find ourselves dragged into that on the wrong side and many of our major cities will end up as smoking ruins where life will be impossible for centuries or even millennia.



Stirring Recep’s Recipe For Madness

I like Zero Hedge.  I especially like Zero Hedge when he is talking about real stuff and not just wallowing through the mire of financial collapse (well, that is what it looks like to me), important as that is.  It gets a little boring waiting for the world of national economies to go belly up, especially since no-one seems to be helping that along any and the major players desperately paddling against the current to keep the thing afloat as long as possible.  Just when will the last straw that may be grasped at float along towards the sea of flailing hands?  Maybe it already has.

So, it is nice, for want of a better word just before bedtime, to see talk about real stuff. And there is nothing more real just now than watching the deranged President of Turkey gradually and completely lose his mind over Syria and the Kurds.

© Yannis BehrakisPhoto credit: © Yannis Behrakis / Reuters  

The situation holds a very special note of interest because it is the most likely crisis to open the door to global warfare which must, sooner or later, erupt across one or more of the borders between the current tag-team, no holds barred, mud-wrestling match going on in the Levant  between around 40 different nations and groups already.

One act by a deranged madman, which Recep Tayyip Erdogan is rapidly turning into, accidentally or not, with intention or not, will be enough, more than enough, to kindle the flame that will ignite World War III.

Read about it at Zero Hedge here: A Furious Turkey Says US Is “Acting Like An Enemy,” Demands Washington Brand Kurds “Terrorists”…and at Russia Today here: ‘No ifs and buts’: Turkey demands US support against ‘Kurdish terrorists’

Putting it all in context, here is a grab form the Zero Hedge article:

“The problem for Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar is optics. That is, everything anyone does in Syria has to be justified by an imaginary “war on terror.” Turkey can’t say it’s intervening to keep the rebels from being defeated by the Russians, and similarly, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the US, France and everyone else needs to preserve the narrative and pretend as though this all doesn’t boil down to the West and the Sunnis versus the Russians and the Shiites.”

…and, from Russia Today, pinpointing exactly the flash-point I am talking about.  Or one of them:

“On Friday however Washington rejected a Russian draft resolution which condemned any plans for foreign military intervention in Syria. Russia’s latest concerns are related to a dangerous escalation on the Syrian Turkish border amid Ankara’s alleged plans to put boots on the ground in northern Syria, which Damascus has called a violation of Syria’s sovereignty.”

Just as a footnote, here is another Zero Hedge article which contains a map showing Russian air strikes in Syria during February so far.  While a great deal can be read from this, in fairness it does show that the Russians are speaking the truth (as I always knew they were) about their not just bombing the moderate terrorists (aka the moderate rebels aided by the US) that are fighting Assad’s legitimate Syrian regime.  Like the Russians say, there is no such thing as a moderate rebel.  They are all terrorists and need to be blown to bits.  And if a few clandestine American advisers get blown to bits with them, well, tough titties.

In addition, the map shows (I will display it here for convenience…) ISW:

…very clearly that Turkey does not have much room to invade Syria or to prevent their trade in illicit oil from ISIS from being cut off entirely.  Nor from preventing the Kurds from setting up a separate Kurdish state on their southern border.

Interesting.  But still very dangerous for all of us.  Keep an eye open for flash-points.

Voice Of Reason – 2016

I mentioned in an earlier post how I see only darkness hanging over global affairs for this year of 2016.  I have since found no reason to change that opinion in these first six days of the year.

I am always interested in hearing what other people think and today I found this excellent appraisal from the Facebook page of actor and director Oliver Stone.  I quote it here, in full, and I really don’t think I need to say anything else, except for this one thing:  Thank goodness the world has a Vladimir Putin to stand up for it against US aggression.  I have no wish to live on a US dominated prison planet.

– 2016 –

As the wars of the world rage on into 2016, the powder keg now appears to be ‘Syraq’ and not Ukraine.  One day, perhaps too late, we as a country will recognize that some of our ‘friends’ are our ‘enemies,’ and some of our ‘enemies’ are really our allies.  But as long as we pursue the politics of Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies, we’re squandering our life force in the creation of more and more chaos.

In this dangerous election cycle, Republicans and Democrats continue to talk loudly — of muscle, power, and the exercise thereof.  But since Vietnam, it’s equally clear we’re scared of putting boots on the ground in any significant way (500,000 went to Vietnam), as casualties are anathema to the electorate, who prefer the Empire’s use of proxy armies, and covert/soft power.

But as long as Russia continues to maintain and refine its nuclear capabilities (at about 1/5th our cost), those who actually think must understand we can’t force them into submission where their national interests are concerned, i.e., Eastern Ukraine, their borders with Europe, and terrorism against Russia, etc.  Without that nuclear capacity, there is no doubt Russia would’ve rendered Edward Snowden to the United States long ago.

Having suffered through two Chechen wars, the mass execution of schoolchildren at Beslan, the Moscow theatre attack, etc., and with the largest Muslim population in Europe, terrorism is a huge issue to Russia.  How much closer is ‘Syraq’ to their borders than ours?  Russia well knows the US has been supporting several of these terrorist groups against them, starting with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan back in the 1980s, and that we’re now supporting Turkey and Saudi Arabia and their proxy groups, including ISIS, as well as several other organizations.  Throw in mercenary Chechens in several countries, fascist groups in Ukraine; as well as NATO-aided, right-wing groups in Poland, the Baltic Republics, etc.  While we continue to play Red Riding Hood’s grandma-in-wolf’s-clothing, our media consistently denies we’re the Big Bad Wolf in this affair — ‘who me?’  In response, Russia, despite sanctions against it and a withering propaganda onslaught, has only hardened its muscle back to 1941 levels.  They’re ready for the worst.  This is so dangerous. Why?

Below are 5 excellent analyses showing us the details of a US strategy that allows us to understand the frightening stakes of USA/EU/NATO against Russia/Iran/Syria, reaching a tipping point in a gigantic battle for energy resources — the 21st century Mid-East resembling the 1914 Balkans; this could bloom, like a Ponzi scheme, into a war that ultimately engulfs the rest of the world.

The most unstable particle in this fury is this damned 2016 circus of an American election.  Emotions are most easily excited, dumb things about our weaknesses and strengths are said and believed by the electorate.  Nor has our media really given us insight into what the Russian point of view really is, although Putin has stated it on several occasions.  We keep insisting it’s the restoration of the Cold War Russian Empire — which Putin has repeatedly condemned, saying it didn’t work THEN and it won’t work NOW.  He’s deplored the fallacy of Communism.  Meanwhile, we don’t seem to understand or empathize with the true size of the terrorist threat against Russia.

We should be remembering in a time of possible all-out war, when most people seem to have forgotten what war is like, that it’s not Russia, the EU, the Mid-East, or Ukraine which have the most to lose. It’s the USA — us.  Most of us would lose our lives, and we’d certainly lose our economy, and generally a way of life that’s spoiled us since WW2.  I keep wondering WHY do we keep pushing for “regime change” and dominion over other lands?  We never back down, it seems.  There’s no end to the zombie hunger for more control. Nothing changes in our system of ill will towards any resisters, going back to the Philippines in the early 1900s.

But am I naïve to think, as bad as our rhetoric and propaganda have gotten, that the military-industrial complex in our country is not so NUTS as to set off a real hot war — when we have the most to lose? Remember the senselessness of World War I.  Will we be asking ourselves the same question about ‘Syraq’ one day?  How did this start?  Why?

In closing, I pray that I turn out to be as wrong as I was about Ukraine at the end of 2014, and that we’ll all still be communicating at this time next year.  Let’s hope so…  Let’s hope sanity prevails in 2016.


Pepe Escobar, “You Want War? Russia is Ready for War,” Counterpunch.

Pepe Escobar, “NATO’s got a brand-new (Syrian) bag,” RT.

Mike Whitney, “Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet,” Counterpunch.

Robert Parry, “A Blind Eye Toward Turkey’s Crimes,” Consortium News.

Ira Chernus, “Six Mistakes on the Road to Permanent War,” TomDispatch.