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Why the Rise of Fascism is Again the Issue
By John Pilger
February 27, 2015 ”
ICH” – The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography is embedded in our consciousness. Fascism is preserved as history, as flickering footage of goose-stepping blackshirts, their criminality terrible and clear. Yet in the same liberal societies, whose war-making elites urge us never to forget, the accelerating danger of a modern kind of fascism is suppressed; for it is their fascism.
“To initiate a war of aggression…,” said the Nuremberg Tribunal judges in 1946, “is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”
Had the Nazis not invaded Europe, Auschwitz and the Holocaust would not have happened. Had the United States and its satellites not initiated their war of aggression in Iraq in 2003, almost a million people would be alive today; and Islamic State, or ISIS, would not have us in thrall to its savagery. They are the progeny of modern fascism, weaned by the bombs, bloodbaths and lies that are the surreal theatre known as news.
Like the fascism of the 1930s and 1940s, big lies are delivered with the precision of a metronome: thanks to an omnipresent, repetitive media and its virulent censorship by omission. Take the catastrophe in Libya.
In 2011, Nato launched 9,700 “strike sorties” against Libya, of which more than a third were aimed at civilian targets. Uranium warheads were used; the cities of Misurata and Sirte were carpet-bombed. The Red Cross identified mass graves, and Unicef reported that “most [of the children killed] were under the age of ten”.
The public sodomising of the Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi with a “rebel” bayonet was greeted by the then US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, with the words: “We came, we saw, he died.” His murder, like the destruction of his country, was justified with a familiar big lie; he was planning “genocide” against his own people. “We knew… that if we waited one more day,” said President Obama, “Benghazi, a city the size of Charlotte, could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world.”
This was the fabrication of Islamist militias facing defeat by Libyan government forces. They told Reuters there would be “a real bloodbath, a massacre like we saw in Rwanda”. Reported on March 14, 2011, the lie provided the first spark for Nato’s inferno, described by David Cameron as a “humanitarian intervention”.
Secretly supplied and trained by Britain’s SAS, many of the “rebels” would become ISIS, whose latest video offering shows the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian workers seized in Sirte, the city destroyed on their behalf by Nato bombers.
For Obama, Cameron and Hollande, Gaddafi’s true crime was Libya’s economic independence and his declared intention to stop selling Africa’s greatest oil reserves in US dollars. The petrodollar is a pillar of American imperial power. Gaddafi audaciously planned to underwrite a common African currency backed by gold, establish an all-Africa bank and promote economic union among poor countries with prized resources. Whether or not this would happen, the very notion was intolerable to the US as it prepared to “enter” Africa and bribe African governments with military “partnerships”.
Following Nato’s attack under cover of a Security Council resolution, Obama, wrote Garikai Chengu, “confiscated $30 billion from Libya’s Central Bank, which Gaddafi had earmarked for the establishment of an African Central Bank and the African gold backed dinar currency”.
The “humanitarian war” against Libya drew on a model close to western liberal hearts, especially in the media. In 1999, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair sent Nato to bomb Serbia, because, they lied, the Serbs were committing “genocide” against ethnic Albanians in the secessionist province of Kosovo. David Scheffer, US ambassador-at-large for war crimes [sic], claimed that as many as “225,000 ethnic Albanian men aged between 14 and 59” might have been murdered. Both Clinton and Blair evoked the Holocaust and “the spirit of the Second World War”. The West’s heroic allies were the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), whose criminal record was set aside. The British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, told them to call him any time on his mobile phone.
With the Nato bombing over, and much of Serbia’s infrastructure in ruins, along with schools, hospitals, monasteries and the national TV station, international forensic teams descended upon Kosovo to exhume evidence of the “holocaust”. The FBI failed to find a single mass grave and went home. The Spanish forensic team did the same, its leader angrily denouncing “a semantic pirouette by the war propaganda machines”. A year later, a United Nations tribunal on Yugoslavia announced the final count of the dead in Kosovo: 2,788. This included combatants on both sides and Serbs and Roma murdered by the KLA. There was no genocide. The “holocaust” was a lie. The Nato attack had been fraudulent.
Behind the lie, there was serious purpose. Yugoslavia was a uniquely independent, multi-ethnic federation that had stood as a political and economic bridge in the Cold War. Most of its utilities and major manufacturing was publicly owned. This was not acceptable to the expanding European Community, especially newly united Germany, which had begun a drive east to capture its “natural market” in the Yugoslav provinces of Croatia and Slovenia. By the time the Europeans met at Maastricht in 1991 to lay their plans for the disastrous eurozone, a secret deal had been struck; Germany would recognise Croatia. Yugoslavia was doomed.
In Washington, the US saw that the struggling Yugoslav economy was denied World Bank loans. Nato, then an almost defunct Cold War relic, was reinvented as imperial enforcer. At a 1999 Kosovo “peace” conference in Rambouillet, in France, the Serbs were subjected to the enforcer’s duplicitous tactics. The Rambouillet accord included a secret Annex B, which the US delegation inserted on the last day. This demanded the military occupation of the whole of Yugoslavia – a country with bitter memories of the Nazi occupation – and the implementation of a “free-market economy” and the privatisation of all government assets. No sovereign state could sign this. Punishment followed swiftly; Nato bombs fell on a defenceless country. It was the precursor to the catastrophes in Afghanistan and Iraq, Syria and Libya, and Ukraine.
Since 1945, more than a third of the membership of the United Nations – 69 countries – have suffered some or all of the following at the hands of America’s modern fascism. They have been invaded, their governments overthrown, their popular movements suppressed, their elections subverted, their people bombed and their economies stripped of all protection, their societies subjected to a crippling siege known as “sanctions”. The British historian Mark Curtis estimates the death toll in the millions. In every case, a big lie was deployed.
“Tonight, for the first time since 9/11, our combat mission in Afghanistan is over.” These were opening words of Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address. In fact, some 10,000 troops and 20,000 military contractors (mercenaries) remain in Afghanistan on indefinite assignment. “The longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion,” said Obama. In fact, more civilians were killed in Afghanistan in 2014 than in any year since the UN took records. The majority have been killed – civilians and soldiers – during Obama’s time as president.
The tragedy of Afghanistan rivals the epic crime in Indochina. In his lauded and much quoted book ‘The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives’, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the godfather of US policies from Afghanistan to the present day, writes that if America is to control Eurasia and dominate the world, it cannot sustain a popular democracy, because “the pursuit of power is not a goal that commands popular passion… Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilisation.” He is right. As WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden have revealed, a surveillance and police state is usurping democracy. In 1976, Brzezinski, then President Carter’s National Security Advisor, demonstrated his point by dealing a death blow to Afghanistan’s first and only democracy. Who knows this vital history?
In the 1960s, a popular revolution swept Afghanistan, the poorest country on earth, eventually overthrowing the vestiges of the aristocratic regime in 1978. The People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) formed a government and declared a reform programme that included the abolition of feudalism, freedom for all religions, equal rights for women and social justice for the ethnic minorities. More than 13,000 political prisoners were freed and police files publicly burned.
The new government introduced free medical care for the poorest; peonage was abolished, a mass literacy programme was launched. For women, the gains were unheard of. By the late 1980s, half the university students were women, and women made up almost half of Afghanistan’s doctors, a third of civil servants and the majority of teachers. “Every girl,” recalled Saira Noorani, a female surgeon, “could go to high school and university. We could go where we wanted and wear what we liked. We used to go to cafes and the cinema to see the latest Indian film on a Friday and listen to the latest music. It all started to go wrong when the mujaheddin started winning. They used to kill teachers and burn schools. We were terrified. It was funny and sad to think these were the people the West supported.”
The PDPA government was backed by the Soviet Union, even though, as former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance later admitted, “there was no evidence of any Soviet complicity [in the revolution]”. Alarmed by the growing confidence of liberation movements throughout the world, Brzezinski decided that if Afghanistan was to succeed under the PDPA, its independence and progress would offer the “threat of a promising example”.
On July 3, 1979, the White House secretly authorised support for tribal “fundamentalist” groups known as the mujaheddin, a program that grew to over $500 million a year in U.S. arms and other assistance. The aim was the overthrow of Afghanistan’s first secular, reformist government. In August 1979, the US embassy in Kabul reported that “the United States’ larger interests… would be served by the demise of [the PDPA government], despite whatever setbacks this might mean for future social and economic reforms in Afghanistan.” The italics are mine.
The mujaheddin were the forebears of al-Qaeda and Islamic State. They included Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who received tens of millions of dollars in cash from the CIA. Hekmatyar’s specialty was trafficking in opium and throwing acid in the faces of women who refused to wear the veil. Invited to London, he was lauded by Prime Minister Thatcher as a “freedom fighter”.
Such fanatics might have remained in their tribal world had Brzezinski not launched an international movement to promote Islamic fundamentalism in Central Asia and so undermine secular political liberation and “destabilise” the Soviet Union, creating, as he wrote in his autobiography, “a few stirred up Muslims”. His grand plan coincided with the ambitions of the Pakistani dictator, General Zia ul-Haq, to dominate the region. In 1986, the CIA and Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, began to recruit people from around the world to join the Afghan jihad. The Saudi multi-millionaire Osama bin Laden was one of them. Operatives who would eventually join the Taliban and al-Qaeda, were recruited at an Islamic college in Brooklyn, New York, and given paramilitary training at a CIA camp in Virginia. This was called “Operation Cyclone”. Its success was celebrated in 1996 when the last PDPA president of Afghanistan, Mohammed Najibullah – who had gone before the UN General Assembly to plead for help – was hanged from a streetlight by the Taliban.
The “blowback” of Operation Cyclone and its “few stirred up Muslims” was September 11, 2001. Operation Cyclone became the “war on terror”, in which countless men, women and children would lose their lives across the Muslim world, from Afghanistan to Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Syria. The enforcer’s message was and remains: “You are with us or against us.”
The common thread in fascism, past and present, is mass murder. The American invasion of Vietnam had its “free fire zones”, “body counts” and “collatoral damage”. In the province of Quang Ngai, where I reported from, many thousands of civilians (“gooks”) were murdered by the US; yet only one massacre, at My Lai, is remembered. In Laos and Cambodia, the greatest aerial bombardment in history produced an epoch of terror marked today by the spectacle of joined-up bomb craters which, from the air, resemble monstrous necklaces. The bombing gave Cambodia its own ISIS, led by Pol Pot.
Today, the world’s greatest single campaign of terror entails the execution of entire families, guests at weddings, mourners at funerals. These are Obama’s victims. According to the New York Times, Obama makes his selection from a CIA “kill list” presented to him every Tuesday in the White House Situation Room. He then decides, without a shred of legal justification, who will live and who will die. His execution weapon is the Hellfire missile carried by a pilotless aircraft known as a drone; these roast their victims and festoon the area with their remains. Each “hit” is registered on a faraway console screen as a “bugsplat”.
“For goose-steppers,” wrote the historian Norman Pollock, “substitute the seemingly more innocuous militarisation of the total culture. And for the bombastic leader, we have the reformer manque, blithely at work, planning and executing assassination, smiling all the while.”
Uniting fascism old and new is the cult of superiority. “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fibre of my being,” said Obama, evoking declarations of national fetishism from the 1930s. As the historian Alfred W. McCoy has pointed out, it was the Hitler devotee, Carl Schmitt, who said, “The sovereign is he who decides the exception.” This sums up Americanism, the world’s dominant ideology. That it remains unrecognised as a predatory ideology is the achievement of an equally unrecognised brainwashing. Insidious, undeclared, presented wittily as enlightenment on the march, its conceit insinuates western culture. I grew up on a cinematic diet of American glory, almost all of it a distortion. I had no idea that it was the Red Army that had destroyed most of the Nazi war machine, at a cost of as many as 13 million soldiers. By contrast, US losses, including in the Pacific, were 400,000. Hollywood reversed this.
The difference now is that cinema audiences are invited to wring their hands at the “tragedy” of American psychopaths having to kill people in distant places – just as the President himself kills them. The embodiment of Hollywood’s violence, the actor and director Clint Eastwood, was nominated for an Oscar this year for his movie, ‘American Sniper’, which is about a licensed murderer and nutcase. The New York Times described it as a “patriotic, pro-family picture which broke all attendance records in its opening days”.
There are no heroic movies about America’s embrace of fascism. During the Second World War, America (and Britain) went to war against Greeks who had fought heroically against Nazism and were resisting the rise of Greek fascism. In 1967, the CIA helped bring to power a fascist military junta in Athens – as it did in Brazil and most of Latin America. Germans and east Europeans who had colluded with Nazi aggression and crimes against humanity were given safe haven in the US; many were pampered and their talents rewarded. Wernher von Braun was the “father” of both the Nazi V-2 terror bomb and the US space programme.
In the 1990s, as former Soviet republics, eastern Europe and the Balkans became military outposts of Nato, the heirs to a Nazi movement in Ukraine were given their opportunity. Responsible for the deaths of thousands of Jews, Poles and Russians during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Ukrainian fascism was rehabilitated and its “new wave” hailed by the enforcer as “nationalists”.
This reached its apogee in 2014 when the Obama administration splashed out $5 billion on a coup against the elected government. The shock troops were neo-Nazis known as the Right Sector and Svoboda. Their leaders include Oleh Tyahnybok, who has called for a purge of the “Moscow-Jewish mafia” and “other scum”, including gays, feminists and those on the political left.
These fascists are now integrated into the Kiev coup government. The first deputy speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Andriy Parubiy, a leader of the governing party, is co-founder of Svoboda. On February 14, Parubiy announced he was flying to Washington get “the USA to give us highly precise modern weaponry”. If he succeeds, it will be seen as an act of war by Russia.
No western leader has spoken up about the revival of fascism in the heart of Europe – with the exception of Vladimir Putin, whose people lost 22 million to a Nazi invasion that came through the borderland of Ukraine. At the recent Munich Security Conference, Obama’s Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, ranted abuse about European leaders for opposing the US arming of the Kiev regime. She referred to the German Defence Minister as “the minister for defeatism”. It was Nuland who masterminded the coup in Kiev. The wife of Robert D. Kagan, a leading “neo-con” luminary and co-founder of the extreme right wing Project for a New American Century, she was foreign policy advisor to Dick Cheney.
Nuland’s coup did not go to plan. Nato was prevented from seizing Russia’s historic, legitimate, warm-water naval base in Crimea. The mostly Russian population of Crimea – illegally annexed to Ukraine by Nikita Krushchev in 1954 – voted overwhelmingly to return to Russia, as they had done in the 1990s. The referendum was voluntary, popular and internationally observed. There was no invasion.
At the same time, the Kiev regime turned on the ethnic Russian population in the east with the ferocity of ethnic cleaning. Deploying neo-Nazi militias in the manner of the Waffen-SS, they bombed and laid to siege cities and towns. They used mass starvation as a weapon, cutting off electricity, freezing bank accounts, stopping social security and pensions. More than a million refugees fled across the border into Russia. In the western media, they became unpeople escaping “the violence” caused by the “Russian invasion”. The Nato commander, General Breedlove – whose name and actions might have been inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove – announced that 40,000 Russian troops were “massing”. In the age of forensic satellite evidence, he offered none.
These Russian-speaking and bilingual people of Ukraine – a third of the population – have long sought a federation that reflects the country’s ethnic diversity and is both autonomous and independent of Moscow. Most are not “separatists” but citizens who want to live securely in their homeland and oppose the power grab in Kiev. Their revolt and establishment of autonomous “states” are a reaction to Kiev’s attacks on them. Little of this has been explained to western audiences.
On May 2, 2014, in Odessa, 41 ethnic Russians were burned alive in the trade union headquarters with police standing by. The Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh hailed the massacre as “another bright day in our national history”. In the American and British media, this was reported as a “murky tragedy” resulting from “clashes” between “nationalists” (neo-Nazis) and “separatists” (people collecting signatures for a referendum on a federal Ukraine).
The New York Times buried the story, having dismissed as Russian propaganda warnings about the fascist and anti-Semitic policies of Washington’s new clients. The Wall Street Journal damned the victims – “Deadly Ukraine Fire Likely Sparked by Rebels, Government Says”. Obama congratulated the junta for its “restraint”.
If Putin can be provoked into coming to their aid, his pre-ordained “pariah” role in the West will justify the lie that Russia is invading Ukraine. On January 29, Ukraine’s top military commander, General Viktor Muzhemko, almost inadvertently dismissed the very basis for US and EU sanctions on Russia when he told a news conference emphatically: “The Ukrainian army is not fighting with the regular units of the Russian Army”. There were “individual citizens” who were members of “illegal armed groups”, but there was no Russian invasion. This was not news. Vadym Prystaiko, Kiev’s Deputy Foreign Minister, has called for “full scale war” with nuclear-armed Russia.
On February 21, US Senator James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, introduced a bill that would authorise American arms for the Kiev regime. In his Senate presentation, Inhofe used photographs he claimed were of Russian troops crossing into Ukraine, which have long been exposed as fakes. It was reminiscent of Ronald Reagan’s fake pictures of a Soviet installation in Nicaragua, and Colin Powell’s fake evidence to the UN of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
The intensity of the smear campaign against Russia and the portrayal of its president as a pantomime villain is unlike anything I have known as a reporter. Robert Parry, one of America’s most distinguished investigative journalists, who revealed the Iran-Contra scandal, wrote recently, “No European government, since Adolf Hitler’s Germany, has seen fit to dispatch Nazi storm troopers to wage war on a domestic population, but the Kiev regime has and has done so knowingly. Yet across the West’s media/political spectrum, there has been a studious effort to cover up this reality even to the point of ignoring facts that have been well established… If you wonder how the world could stumble into world war three – much as it did into world war one a century ago – all you need to do is look at the madness over Ukraine that has proved impervious to facts or reason.”
In 1946, the Nuremberg Tribunal prosecutor said of the German media: “The use made by Nazi conspirators of psychological warfare is well known. Before each major aggression, with some few exceptions based on expediency, they initiated a press campaign calculated to weaken their victims and to prepare the German people psychologically for the attack… In the propaganda system of the Hitler State it was the daily press and the radio that were the most important weapons.” In the Guardian on February 2, Timothy Garton-Ash called, in effect, for a world war. “Putin must be stopped,” said the headline. “And sometimes only guns can stop guns.” He conceded that the threat of war might “nourish a Russian paranoia of encirclement”; but that was fine. He name-checked the military equipment needed for the job and advised his readers that “America has the best kit”.
In 2003, Garton-Ash, an Oxford professor, repeated the propaganda that led to the slaughter in Iraq. Saddam Hussein, he wrote, “has, as [Colin] Powell documented, stockpiled large quantities of horrifying chemical and biological weapons, and is hiding what remains of them. He is still trying to get nuclear ones.” He lauded Blair as a “Gladstonian, Christian liberal interventionist”. In 2006, he wrote, “Now we face the next big test of the West after Iraq: Iran.”
The outbursts – or as Garton-Ash prefers, his “tortured liberal ambivalence” – are not untypical of those in the transatlantic liberal elite who have struck a Faustian deal. The war criminal Blair is their lost leader. The Guardian, in which Garton-Ash’s piece appeared, published a full-page advertisement for an American Stealth bomber. On a menacing image of the Lockheed Martin monster were the words: “The F-35. GREAT For Britain”. This American “kit” will cost British taxpayers £1.3 billion, its F-model predecessors having slaughtered across the world. In tune with its advertiser, a Guardian editorial has demanded an increase in military spending.
Once again, there is serious purpose. The rulers of the world want Ukraine not only as a missile base; they want its economy. Kiev’s new Finance Minister, Nataliwe Jaresko, is a former senior US State Department official in charge of US overseas “investment”. She was hurriedly given Ukrainian citizenship. They want Ukraine for its abundant gas; Vice President Joe Biden’s son is on the board of Ukraine’s biggest oil, gas and fracking company. The manufacturers of GM seeds, companies such as the infamous Monsanto, want Ukraine’s rich farming soil.
Above all, they want Ukraine’s mighty neighbour, Russia. They want to Balkanise or dismember Russia and exploit the greatest source of natural gas on earth. As the Arctic ice melts, they want control of the Arctic Ocean and its energy riches, and Russia’s long Arctic land border. Their man in Moscow used to be Boris Yeltsin, a drunk, who handed his country’s economy to the West. His successor, Putin, has re-established Russia as a sovereign nation; that is his crime.
The responsibility of the rest of us is clear. It is to identify and expose the reckless lies of warmongers and never to collude with them. It is to re-awaken the great popular movements that brought a fragile civilisation to modern imperial states. Most important, it is to prevent the conquest of ourselves: our minds, our humanity, our self respect. If we remain silent, victory over us is assured, and a holocaust beckons.
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Who killed Boris Nemtsov? It’s not in Putin’s interests to inflame the situation.
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Ukraine – why we should all give a damn
It’s as if the fabricated evidence on Iraq’s WMD’s and 45 minute saga never happened, as if the invasion of Afghanistan for a perpetual but failed hunt to find CIA asset and bogeyman Bin Laden is just a distant dream, as if the destruction of Libya and murder of 30,00 civilians by NATO bombing was just a blip.
As if the desperate attempt to missile strike Syria to bits based on falsified evidence of chemical attacks on civilians by the Syrian authorities was just an oversight. Then there is the most recent ISIS/ISIL – the revamped and slightly more fashionably dressed Al Qaeda keeping the fear up, allegedly funded and trained by rich western allies in the Middle East and the CIA.
A scarcely known fact not reported in the mainstream media is that the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorist” webpage on “Usama bin Laden” does not list the 9/11 attacks as one of the crimes for which he is wanted. In 2006, Rex Tomb, when the then FBI’s chief of investigative publicity, was asked why not. He replied: “The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.” But lets not let such a trifling detail stop the invasion of a country and the deaths of thousands of its civilians.
None of these countries or their leaders and governments were angels in any way – they were and are complicit in wrongdoings themselves. But it’s as if a pair of curtains has been pulled over the memories of vast swathes of the population making them forget all the major illegal wars of the last 15 years especially. A curtain that renders many unable to think for themselves in a clear rational way and with objectivity and perspective. If doing the same stupid thing over and over is a definition of insanity then collectively we are all involved in insanity.
Now the same forces, together with trial by globalist corporate media are desperately trying to do the same thing in the Ukraine – Russia being the focus for baiting on this occasion. And the proxy army this time is the illegally installed Kiev junta vaselined into place by elements within the US Anglo American empire.
A number of commentators have insisted that this has nothing to with us here in Wales, that we have no need to go there, it is of no concern to us. This is obviously nonsense, and for very good reasons. If it were tensions between factions in Mongolia, Uruguay or Iceland this could perhaps be an understandable point of view, although still being newsworthy in general. But there are two very good and simple reasons why this specific conflict has a lot to do with us:
1. As we have seen over the last 15 years especially, our mainstream media is bought and paid for by transnational corporate interest and simply cannot be trusted anymore. As many people and countries should speak out and try to make sure balanced and non bias reporting should be given of events in the Ukraine and elsewhere. Getting to the truth the only goal regardless of individual views or politics. Because if we don’t follow this line, who will speak out when they come for us?
2. These are major nuclear powers involved here. These aren’t minor powers arguing over minor issues in which a few shots might be fired and a few street skirmishes might break out– these are major powers with enough nuclear weapons to blow us all into pizza toppings in a matter of minutes. Therefore this is also fundamentally about basic self and national preservation as much as principles, morality and the quest for truth.
Or to simplify: There’s some very bad and crazy people trying to start a potential world war and if that happens we could all die very quickly and horribly.
Sadly, just as in 2002-2003, when anyone who doubted the certainty about Iraq’s WMD was a “Saddam apologist”, anyone who dares point out the real known facts regarding this crisis in the Ukraine is immediately shouted down as a “Putin apologist!” This is cognitive dissonance in full effect and it does a lot of the work of the globalist media for them. It’s a tried and tested drill: we are given the bogeyman baddie by corporate media and press, then the good guys come along, bomb everything, take the riches, defend democracy by installing puppet governments who enslave the country to IMF debt, and all is sorted. Next.
But the world is not always black and white and in war, truth is usually the first casualty. This overwhelming urge of many observers to insist on hysterically polarising the argument into a childlike choice between either being pro Russia or the west, left v right debate is both tragic and stupefying – the only victims being the truth and innocent civilians in all parts of the Ukraine.
This inability of many to comprehend what is happening should maybe not be that surprising considering the powerful controlled mass media propaganda that we are saturated with. If anything it demonstrates how effective this mass media has been in its self serving propaganda. This is a Zionist controlled media that is by now anything but western in its values – a corporate globalist media that has very little interest in the sovereignty of nations unless it can serve a purpose for their global corporate hegemony.
The honourable and just western values of democracy and freedom that our grandfathers and great grandfathers fought and died for are not being protected and enhanced – the opposite is true. Western values are being eroded and utterly destroyed – used as a mask to hide the blatant immorality and criminality that we are seeing by our governments, carefully aided by mass media management and manipulation.
As is usually found, it is corporate and oligarchical powers that benefit from the misfortune and deaths of others – most of the national leaders involved having long sold out the interests of their countries to powers that even they themselves are unlikely to understand.
Thankfully the communist regime of the Soviet Union came to an end in 1991. This was the regime and ‘revolution’ started by the murderous Bolsheviks of 1917 that led to the deaths of tens of millions of people. It’s not something that you will find in school books but it was mostly Wall Street and their City of London cohorts that funded this murderous rampage in order to destabilise the original Russian Empire and bring about the disastrous communist union – an union which corporations could take easier advantage of and manipulate. It seems they are trying it once more.
Are Russia and Putin the good guys? Of course not, that isn’t the point. The new non communist Russian Federation is still suffering from corruption and oligarchies vying for power. But the Russian government seems to have two things going for in the current global crisis: a patriotic loyalty to their country and its people being one and being a thorn in the side of corporate Zionist globalists being another – globalists that want a strong patriotic Russia out of the way so that they and their NATO military arm can continue with their attempts at Dr Strangeloveesque global domination.
There is inevitably pro Russian media propaganda and dark arts going on as well of course. But rather than choose sides and get duped in this hackneyed dialectic again, what about not choosing any side and simply look at what actual evidence is or isn’t available before making a verdict? A bit like a court of law. A bit like what the media should be doing but isn’t.
Charges of aggression and crime against Russia are proclaimed daily with a worrying lack of substance to them thus far. But it seems that no evidence is needed to provide a pretext for why “Russia must be stopped” or to make sure the US-led West Ukraine regime is armed with US weapons to “teach Putin a lesson”. But, even with all the satellite and remote surveillance technology that the US, EU and NATO possesses, so far there still seems to be no hard evidence that Putin engineered these events leading to so much unrest – only an assumption aided by corporate mass media with the usual double speak and subtle ‘suggestive’ nudging language as perfected by the London BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Times, The Sun and others.
Russia is generally reacting as you would perhaps expect. But the evidence strongly suggests that they are reacting not instigating. Whethere he is believed or not, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated clearly after the recent Minsk talks that Russia is a guarantor of the peace deal, not a party obliged to fulfil its implementation. He reiterated that Moscow is not a participant in the conflict, as Western media have, and continue, to assert. The Kremlin spokesman stated:
“Russia is the country that was called by the parties of the conflict, this is the country that called on the parties of the conflict to sign a complex of measures to fulfil the Minsk agreements. But Russia is not one of the parties to fulfil these measures. This is the country that is acting as the guarantor, that comes forward with a call, but, obviously, it’s not a party that needs to take any actions for [the fulfilment]. We simply can’t do this physically because Russia is not a participant in the conflict”
On the other hand it is known and on record that the US has provided support to the Ukraine and that the US and UK are now very keen on the idea of providing arms and equipment. Late last year, Obama signed a bill authorising lethal aid to Kiev. The Kremlin claim that the west is already supplying arms to Kiev as well as financial support. But this double standard is somehow supposed to be acceptable and needn’t be mentioned.
If the US, EU and UK does supply arms to Ukraine en masse, Russia have stated that they will be forced to see this as an act of war against them and will probably genuinely take action in the Ukraine – in the process playing beautifully in to the hands of the crazed warmongers who want to get a war going. It all sounds crazy doesn’t it. It is. But if Russia really was to invade Ukraine we would surely know about it – Ukraine would be subdued in a matter of days. It would seem very silly for Russia to send in a few trucks on a half hearted mission and risk the wrath of the mass media for nothing.
The realisation must be that this US backed regime change that has occurred in Ukraine and that brought the Kiev junta to power is there as part of the long term Anglo American US EU objective of either destabilising or destroying Russia to gain a stronger foothold in the area. In that sense it seems that peace in the Ukraine is not what Kiev really wants or is expected to aim for.
And as always, double standards and hypocrisy are rife, with the real Anglo American instigators of war projecting onto their enemy what they themselves are guilty of. As stated by these Dutch professors in an August 2014 letter:
“We are powerless onlookers as we witness how the double standards of western powers and their allies, led by the United States, accuse Russia of crimes they commit themselves more than anybody else.”
Whatever your own views, the fact is that the previous Kiev Government was undemocratically overthrown last year, with the CIA and their associates both purported to be deeply involved, supported by EU and NATO stooges. A Zionist billionaire oligarch, Petro Poroshenko, was swiftly and unconstitutionally installed as President and billions of dollars and covert expertise flown into Ukraine from the west as testified by Victoria Newland of “fuck the EU” fame. As Nuland testifies, at least five billion dollars has been spent on the political destabilisation of Ukraine in recent years including to the covert special forces, and the direct financing and orchestration of the overtly fascist coup leaders. This is of no interest to corporate media it would seem.
The man Poroshensko replaced, Viktor Yanukovych, was no angel either it may be assumed, and was also closely tied with Putin and Russian interests but, as far as we can tell, he was at least democratically elected and his position a constitutional one.
Corporate interests have also quickly and inevitably moved in – the Ukraine signed a $10 billion shale gas production-sharing agreement with U.S. company Chevron and, elsewhere, Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest private gas producer, has expanded its Board of Directors by bringing on Mr. R Hunter Biden as a new director, son to a certain American Vice President Joe Biden.
Whether the people of the remaining Ukraine vote to join the EU is their business but the EU’s central bankers and the IMF / International Monetary Fund have already been licking their lips, with the IMF offering a $17 billion loan to the country which would inevitably get the Ukraine enslaved in a never ending and spiralling debt trap.
The deal could also see GMO crops grown in some of the most fertile lands on the continent under the GMO giant Monsanto. With Yatsenyuk, the Americans’ preferred stooge in place as Prime Minister, the ex central banker is expected to be very receptive to IMF deals and offers for loans.
Soldiers conscripted by the present illegal Kiev regime were ordered eastwards in order to quell what the Kiev government and corporate media might call terrorist uprisings and what others might call legal new republics established by referenda.
However you might want to call it, the Kiev led military are being accused of mass shelling of residential areas of the newly formed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk/Lugansk, resulting in the alleged deaths of thousands of innocent civilians. According to German intelligence some 50,000 people have died in total, with others putting this figure at 5000. This shocking video shows the horrific results of shelling and civil war in eastern Ukraine. (viewers discretion advised – do not watch if you don’t want to see people blown up, dead and dying)
As fans of Welsh history know, the city of Donetsk was founded in 1869 by a Welsh businessman, John Hughes, who constructed a steel plant and several coal mines in the region – the town resultingly being named Hughesovka or Yuzovka (Юзовка) in recognition of Hughes’ role in its founding.
There can be little doubt that there are some unofficial Russian civilian volunteers fighting with the militia of the newly formed mostly Russian speaking republics and confederation of Donetsk and Luhansk/Lugansk (sister city to Cardiff) – that is surely inevitable under the circumstances.
In the hastily arranged Crimean referendum, 95% are claimed to have voted to join the Russian federation on a 70-80% turnout – a referendum which was witnessed by 135 international observers from 23 countries, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia and Poland. Among them were members of the EU and national European parliaments, international law experts and human rights activists. Many of these representatives spoke to the press and dispelled any notion that voting was done under coercion or ‘under gunpoint’. Perhaps the result is as credible as any general election in Britain or the USA.
Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers were also already stationed in Crimea and its naval ports as part of a legal and constitutional deal with the Kiev government going back many years. There are recorded US/CIA and western operatives within the ranks of Ukrainian Kiev led army. These are presumably not there legally or voluntarily.
Alexander V. Zakharchenko, Chairman of The Council of Ministers of The Donetsk National Republic and Vladimir Kononov, defence minister of the DNR speak about the the war and what and whom Kiev is fighting.
Again, thus far, the other two new republics have not stated that they want to join the Russian federation but rather wish to remain independent republics. That could of course change if the US and NATO ups the ante. And if Russia demands or forces that these new republics are reimmersed into the Russian federation against their will, then resulting condemnation of Russia will be justified.
A broken up and divided Ukraine might just suit the US and NATO better – giving them an opportunity to pitch different parts against each other whilst they take the spoils and tighten their grip on the Russian borders, getting their well earned order out of chaos in the process.
As mentioned, the claimed Russian terrorising of Ukraine seems, so far, to have been based on no evidence and has proven to be highly dubious and appearsfabricated. The original sniper attacks in Kiev’s Maidan square are now also suspected to be linked to the protesters and elements of the Kiev regime as explained by an article by Robert Parry on the Information Clearing House site
“But the growing evidence indicates that the initial sniper fire originated from locations controlled by the Right Sektor, extremists associated with the Maidan’s neo-Nazi “self-defense” commandant Andriy Parubiy. Though the current Ukrainian government has dragged its feet on an investigation, independent field reports, including a new one from BBC, indicate that the snipers were associated with the protesters, not the Yanukovych government as was widely reported in the U.S. media a year ago”
If Russia and Putin really are behind all of these numerous incidents and political maneuverings including manipulating all US and EU representatives and their actions, then they are incredible Machievllian geniuses of the highest order.
Although the media has been quick to insist that ‘pro Russian rebels’ have been shelling indiscriminately, neither PR agency man David Cameron nor any other western leader have said anything about the shelling of innocent civilians in eastern Ukraine by Kiev forces – not a smick. Isn’t that exactly what they should be highligting regardless of any misplaced loyalties? In the interest of delivering peace to these areas, shouldn’t they be speaking out whomever is is the wrong? Or would just that make them rabid “Putin apologists”?
Only now is corporate media starting to allude to the shelling by Kiev forces but they cover their tracks by bizarrely blaming the actions of the Kiev forces on ‘Russian aggression’ (in that earnest BBC reporter voice way). Next time I throw large heavy stones at a high street full of people I will try to remember that it’s London aggression that’s to blame.
Perhaps all the leaders and governments from all sides involved in these crises are as bad as each other and deserve none of our consideration and time. But as always, it’s the innocent civilians of countries who suffer. The victims in all of this are all the people in the Ukraine – they, like Iraqis, Afghans, Libyans and Syrians are being used, as have many millions of other people, in a chessboard game that most can’t probably begin to comprehend a la Zbigniew Brzezinski and his grubby geo political grand chess board – a grand chessboard game that is being conducted by a criminal elite that have managed to entrench themselves within western governments and states. The everyday people of Wales, Britain, Europe the USA and elsewhere will also obviously suffer under such crazed and reckless leaderships.
European countries should also be very weary of what they’re getting themselves into economically as well as militarily, with the real threat of revived Nazism in the Ukraine together with sanctions put in place by the US. The EU could potentially lose over 1 trillion Euros from Russian sanctions, with Germany alone potentially losing at least 200 billion Euros. Other smaller European countries could be hit by losses higher than their GDP.
Like it or not, by being involved or by not speaking out, our so called leaders are complicit in all of this and they are doing it in our name. If you tolerate this your children really will be next, if not you before them. This is also why we need to speak out.
It’s astounding if people cannot see the pattern that has emerged particularly since the 9/11 induced war on terror.
The destruction of sovereign nations is the ultimate goal of these corporate globalists. Sovereignity and patriotism means nothing to them. These values are merely old fashioned obstacles for them to overcome as they perpetually jump from one war and crisis to another.
If they can’t do it through military means they will try to do it through other means – the imminent signing of the fascistic TTIP / Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership trade deal between the US and the EU being an obvious example of that. And if this plan fails in the Ukraine, it will likely re emerge somewhere else, unless more truth and more light is shed on what is happening.
Slowly perhaps the citizens of the west and elsewhere are waking up and seeing the lies and machinations of our Governments and media. Neither can or should be trusted anymore – they have lost all credibility and have peddled too much misinformation and deceit. More importantly, they are threatening all our futures.
When Wales becomes an official sovereign state with a well trained and sane Welsh defence force using existing Welsh regiments and army bases, we will of course be able to choose to hold our own international policy based on our own values of natural rights, justice and a patriotism that is based on mutual respect and cooperation, not hate.
An international conference in the magnificent setting of the Celtic Manor could be a conference for international understanding and constructive debate rather than a conference based on psychopathic murderous global hegemony, fear and hate. That day might come sooner rather later.
What can you do? Look for the truth and communicate it whilst the internet is still fairly censor free. Don’t forget traditional printing on paper – as effective as ever.
If you’re not particularly fussed with holding a placard and shouting slogans, contact your MP and AM and order them to insist on looking at what is really going on in the Ukraine, with NATO and with the Westminster government in general. Insist that any more unjust illegal military strikes or support will not be tolerated and that they as our representatives will be held accountable for their actions and for their lack of actions.
Our grandfathers and grandmothers had to write letters and walk for miles to do what we sometimes can’t be bothered to do in a few seconds online. Here is how to get hold of your MP and AM with a few clicks on your computer:
Telephone their offices, email them, go to their surgeries and talk to their staff – it is your fundamental right as a constituent to inform your MP or AM of your views and what you believe they should do. They have a duty to you their constituent. Regardless of the oath they all take to a certain monarch, you are ultimately their employer. Our politicians have failed us but we have to let them know that they fundamentally work for us the people. Now is a time for people to speak.