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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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America Headed for War on Russia

America Headed for War on Russia

by Stephen Lendman

America’s reckless imperial agenda should terrify everyone, a permanent war policy targeting all nations not serving its interests, wanting pro-Western puppet regimes replacing them - willing to risk destroying planet earth to own it.

Imperial madness may kill us all, especially if neocons infesting Washington wage war on Russia, likely with nuclear weapons if launched - a possible doomsday scenario if militantly anti-Russia/war goddess/she-devil Hillary succeeds Obama, humanity’s greatest threat.

Syria is the world’s most dangerous flashpoint, a classic good v. evil struggle, pitting Russia wanting the nation freed from the scourge of US-supported terrorism v.  Washington’s determination to use it as an imperial force for conquest, a step toward its ultimate aim of unchallenged global dominance. 

Something has to give. John Kerry’s ultimatum to Sergey Lavrov on Aleppo amounted to saying stop combating US-supported terrorists so they can regain and upper hand, prevail in the area and ultimately defeat government forces. 

It’s virtually certain without Russia’s involvement and determination to win the battle for Aleppo, defeating Washington’s proxy death squad army.

Moscow has a choice - defeat terrorism in Syria or yield to US interests, let Washington gain another imperial trophy, leaving Iran vulnerable to become the next domino to fall, then face a US-backed terrorist infestation in its heartland, leading to war between the most powerful nuclear-armed nations - a prescription for disaster.

It’s incomprehensible why Russia considers America its geopolitical partner. How much more evidence is needed to know its criminal cabal in charge wants Kremlin leadership ousted, the nation’s sovereignty destroyed, and US-controlled governance replacing it - by any means, including nuclear war.

Things seem headed inexorably toward this potentially catastrophic confrontation. Moscow wastes time and energy on diplomacy with a sworn adversary - futile every time tried during the post-Cold War period, especially during Putin’s tenure as president.

So-called US/Russia cooperation on Syria is pure fantasy. Except for keeping their warplanes from engaging in aerial combat, both nations pursue polar opposite agendas.

Washington wants endless war to topple Assad, wanting pro-Western puppet governance replacing him. Russia is committed to defeat the scourge of terrorism in Syria, wanting it prevented from infesting its own heartland.

Yielding to US interests would be its undoing, hopefully not forthcoming. Stiffer resolve is needed. America is Russia’s enemy, not partner. 

On September 27, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with Syria’s ambassador to Moscow Riyad Haddad.

A Foreign Ministry statement followed, saying “(t)he Russian side stressed its firm commitment to continue assistance to the Syrian government in its anti-terrorism efforts and promote the soonest political settlement of the Syrian crisis in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254.”

On September 28, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov accused Washington of “de facto support for terrorism” in Syria - adding its use “show(s) the political depths the (Obama) administration has stooped to in its approach to the Middle East and specifically to Syria.”

The only way to defeat the scourge of US imperialism is by firm resolve against it, refusing to capitulate to its demands. 

Convention diplomacy with Washington is futile, accomplishing nothing - not with neocons in charge.

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NYT Reinvents Reality in Aleppo

NYT Reinvents Reality in Aleppo

by Stephen Lendman

Liberating Syria from the scourge of US-supported terrorists requires winning the battle for Aleppo, a vital strategic prize.

Washington is concerned because it’s incrementally happening, Syrian forces retaking parts of the city long held by US-backed terrorists - Russian aerial support making the difference, essential to continue without letup until the entire city and surrounding areas are free from its terrorist infestation.

The campaign deserves universal support. Syria’s future depends on its success - why Washington arrogantly threatens to cease (largely nonexistent) cooperation with Russia unless it halts bombing Aleppo areas held by US-backed terrorists.

The latest edition of Times Pentagon press release propaganda misrepresented what’s going on, publishing pure rubbish no legitimate editors would touch, saying:

Russian and Syrian forces “could be massacring Aleppo’s civilians as part of a calculated strategy, aimed beyond this one city.”

“The strategy, more about politics than advancing the battle lines, appears to be designed to pressure rebels to ally themselves with extremists, eroding the rebels’ legitimacy; give Russia veto power over any high-level diplomacy; and exhaust Syrian civilians who might otherwise support the opposition.”

Fact: US-supported terrorists, along with Pentagon and so-called coalition warplanes alone massacre defenseless civilians unaccountably - The Times wrongfully blaming their high crimes on Russian and Syrian forces.

Fact: Moscow’s alliance with Damascus is unrelated to politics. It’s entirely about defeating the scourge of US-backed terrorism in Syria, preventing its spread to Russia’s heartland.

Fact: The term “rebel” is code language for US-supported terrorists. No moderates exist. All anti-government forces are cutthroat killers, imported death squads serving as imperial foot soldiers.

The above Times scenario is pure fantasy misinformation, intended to deceive, not explain what’s ongoing - supporting America’s imperial agenda, cheerleading its mass slaughter and destruction, its naked aggression wherever waged, blaming its high crimes on victims.

Claiming the battle for Aleppo “forced” nonexistent rebels (sic) to “turn to extremists for help” is pure Times deception - along with ignoring Washington’s direct role in supplying ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups with heavy weapons and other material support.

Russia’s involvement is key, hope for eventual Syrian liberation depends on it - why Washington and its Times mouthpiece shamelessly criticize its noble mission. 

Victory would mean defeating the scourge of US imperialism in Syria, key to keeping it from spreading further regionally, notably targeting Iran next if Damascus falls - threatening Russia’s security if events play out this way.

The Times article was rife with deplorable misinformation and Big Lies. Examples:

Syria’s conflict is “civil war.” 

Fact: There’s nothing civil about naked aggression - planned, orchestrated and implemented from Washington.

“…Russia has no need for local support; its warplanes keep flying whether Syrian civilians want them there or not.”

Fact: Liberating long-suffering Syrian civilians requires Russian aerial and other support.

“The Syrian government does not need popular support to survive…”

Fact: Assad and his government are overwhelmingly popular, affirmed by recent presidential and parliamentary elections - judged open, free and fair by independent international monitors.

“…Russia and the Syrian government stand to benefit from mass killings.”

Fact: Their focus is combating terrorists along with liberating Syrian civilians from their scourge.

“The destruction of Aleppo will not persuade its residents to support the government…:

Fact: Attacking terrorist-held parts of the city wouldn’t be necessary if America and its rogue allies didn’t deploy them to ravage it, hold its residents hostage, and freely commit atrocities - Washington supporting and encouraging them.

The Times claiming “Russia’s willingness to target civilians for military gain” is despicable lying - not a shred of evidence supports its accusation.

Its reporting backs US imperial ruthlessness, suppressing vital information readers need to know - never on major geopolitical issues, truth-telling strictly forbidden.

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Americans Can Sue Saudis for 9/11 Despite Its Noninvolvement

Americans Can Sue Saudis for 9/11 Despite Its Noninvolvement

by Stephen Lendman

The Riyadh regime is one of the world’s most despicable, involved in regional wars, related violence and state terrorism against its own people.

It’s partnered with Obama’s wars on Syria and Yemen, unaccountable for Nuremberg-level crimes. Its regime had nothing to do with 9/11 - US state-sponsored terrorism, perhaps complicit with Israel, the mother of all false flags, pretext for endless imperial wars, raping one country after another.

Despite no evidence of Saudi involvement, Congress passed the Orwellian-named Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) legislation - the Senate and House by voice vote in May and earlier in September respectively.

It amends the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and Anti-Terrorism Act. Without mentioning Riyadh specifically, it effectively lets families of 9/11 victims sue the kingdom for what happened - diverting attention from the real perpetrator(s) high crime.

Days earlier, Obama vetoed JASTA, overwhelmingly overrided on Wednesday - the Senate voting 97 - 1 in favor, House members by a 348 - 77 majority. Bernie Sanders and Democrat vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine didn’t vote.

Hillary said she’d sign JASTA had she been president, one of her many Big Lies, a thinly veiled campaign stunt, solely to win votes.

Chances for litigants to prevail against Riyadh are virtually nil. The kingdom has lots of political, financial, commercial and legal ways to contest the ruling against it. 

It holds around $750 billion of US assets, earlier threatening to sell them if JASTA became US law. On Thursday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said henceforth “everybody will begin to think twice before they invest in a place where their assets could be seized.”

According to former Saudi ambassador Charles Freeman Jr., “(t)he souring of relations and curtailing of official contacts that this legislation would inevitably produce could also jeopardize Saudi cooperation against anti-American terrorism.” Its response could harm US strategic interests.

National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce CEO David Hamod said “America is no longer the only game in town. No one knows how Saudi Arabia might respond…but what’s the point of calling (its) bluff?”

According to Center for Strategic and International Studies Middle East program director Jon Alterman, JASTA will likely have “a much larger impact” on America than Saudi Arabia. It would leave US agencies open to “court-ordered discovery.”

JASTA lets families of 9/11 victims alter current suits or file new ones against Riyadh. A provision lets the attorney general intervene for a judicial stay of any settlements as long as discussions with Riyadh continue on the issue.

Looking ahead, perhaps expect lots of smoke with little or no fire. JASTA changes little, if anything, a political stunt, nothing else.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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