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    There are more parallels between an unfinished 1950s war in Northeast Asia and an ongoing 16-year-old war in the crossroads between Central and South Asia than meet the eye. Let’s start with North Korea. Once again the US/South Korea Hunger Games plow on. It didn’t have to be this way. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov...
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    As Pepe full well knows. there is no parity, much less equating, of the Korean conflict with the NATO-Afghanistan war. Similarly, there is no parity much less equating of the development of nuclear weapons by the Kim Jung-un Nazi-like dictatorship of North Korea with wholly defensive military exercises involving the US and the ROK.

    Such exercises have been ongoing for decades ... and have never in any way threatened an invasion of the North by the Republic of Korea - the only legitimate and democratically elected government on the Korean Peninsula!

    We know that the PRC has infiltrated not only the government of Australia but also the government of the USA. Why does Pepe insist upon a flimsy fictional narrative of US-ROK invasion of the North while at the same time attempting to present a nuclear attack on Guam as somehow praise-worthy? Enough is enough. Could there be something in it for Pepe ... say, in the form of renminbi?

    BTW: everyone in America knows that what is needed is a thorough and real investigation of the 9-11 events. When that happens, the pretexts for Afghanistan -- and for all the others except Korea -- will evaporate like the morning dew of a brand-new day. But as Pepe and everyone else knows , is much good reason for USA being in Korea - all of them honorable. National honor has meaning - whether politicians understand that or no History has meaning - whether Pepe pretends ignorance of the real history of the origins of the Korean War, or not.

    “…nazi-like…” Godwin’s law. Fail.

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  • In the case of Korea, blame the worthless craven dogs and cowards in South Korea and the US(aka Korean-American community). With democracy and freedom, they can address the issue of how Korea got divided in the first place. They can own their own narrative and press the US to acknowledge its criminality in dividing the nation and giving half to Stalin, like what Hitler did with Poland. And on those grounds, they can gradually work for peace and stability.

    But these cuck-Koreans have no such will. Naturally a race of servile dogs and slaves addicted to status, they just suck up to the Great Power.

    So, you have the Korean ‘left’ that imitates every garbage that comes out of Harvard and Hollywood. And you have the Korean ‘right’ that sucks up to everything that comes out of Pentagon.

    As for North Korea, the servile dogs that bark to the tune of fat hideous Kim.

    IQ was wasted on the wrong people.

    As for Afghanistan, great powers failed over and over and over. It never was an organic nation but a patchwork of various ethnic tribes. If the imperialists really wanted to create a more stable order, it should have been carved along clearer ethnic lines like Yugoslavia. But over and over, imperialists have only tried to use the territory as base of operations and kept this artificial bogus nation together. Because Afghanistan nationhood is so bogus, even when the imperialists are gone, there is never-ending tensions and more wars that invites another imperialist invasion. The only thing that has kept the place together is either communist rule or Islamic tyranny.

    Imperialists have a strange habit of dividing an organic nation in half — Korea and Vietnam — and forcing different peoples into a fake bogus nation.

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  • @white noise

    He goes on to maintain that Assad was the first leader to understand this strategy, and his development of a counter strategy is the principle reason for his continued, indeed enhanced reign. If they didn’t then, I have a feeling that Putin & Xi now also understand, and that some of their counter-strategies are becoming visible.
     
    And it is you who got it right... Putin is actively sabotaging the 'elites' every move. So, yes, he clearly understands what the stakes are. And it is in the best interests of China to draw an alliance with Russia. Simply because of geography.

    It is no coincidence that China and Russia keep having joint military exercises. A show off, perhaps, but jointly. Besides, right now these two are drafting the terms of a long term financial partnership... bypassing the American dollar.

    Putin is actively sabotaging the ‘elites’ every move. So, yes, he clearly understands what the stakes are.

    That’s why he’s the new Hitler/Stalin/PolPot/Idi Amin combo-demon. Putin and Xi face similar enemies at home. The big money in both countries leans to the West, and neither of them gives a damn about their homeland as long as their privileges and status are maintained. The Chinese big money is probably more deeply embedded in the West than Russia’s

    Putin & Xi are reportedly good friends. At some point, maybe in the medium term, they will make a big move, but more likely (imho) they’ve opted for a series of sabotages and blocking manoeuvres that prevent the Pentagon’s strategy from gaining traction. When the US starts running out of gas, their actions may become more direct. Putin’s stealth moves into Crimea and Syria are probably as “kinetic” as they’re intending to get. Watch the SCO gain a lot of traction as governments become aware of the US’ vision for the new world order. Already the ASEAN countries are exploring ways to have Russia play a larger role in the security structure of SE Asia. and even Japan seem to be putting out feelers.

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  • @Grandpa Charlie
    As Pepe full well knows. there is no parity, much less equating, of the Korean conflict with the NATO-Afghanistan war. Similarly, there is no parity much less equating of the development of nuclear weapons by the Kim Jung-un Nazi-like dictatorship of North Korea with wholly defensive military exercises involving the US and the ROK.

    Such exercises have been ongoing for decades ... and have never in any way threatened an invasion of the North by the Republic of Korea - the only legitimate and democratically elected government on the Korean Peninsula!

    We know that the PRC has infiltrated not only the government of Australia but also the government of the USA. Why does Pepe insist upon a flimsy fictional narrative of US-ROK invasion of the North while at the same time attempting to present a nuclear attack on Guam as somehow praise-worthy? Enough is enough. Could there be something in it for Pepe ... say, in the form of renminbi?

    BTW: everyone in America knows that what is needed is a thorough and real investigation of the 9-11 events. When that happens, the pretexts for Afghanistan -- and for all the others except Korea -- will evaporate like the morning dew of a brand-new day. But as Pepe and everyone else knows , is much good reason for USA being in Korea - all of them honorable. National honor has meaning - whether politicians understand that or no History has meaning - whether Pepe pretends ignorance of the real history of the origins of the Korean War, or not.

    Recently you mentioned about Chinese ‘expansionism’ vs India.
    Thats very weird, afaik, there were only Indian expansionisms against China ever since 1962.

    Are you talking about the border skirmish at Donglang ?
    BUt in this case it was the Indians who crossed border into Chinese territory,
    yet another indian expansionism. !

    http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/07/06/sikkim-stand-off-china-india-collide-himalayas/

    You call yourself a 911 truther, but the way you propagate fake news on China,
    siding with fascist India, is downright neo-conned !

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  • @Sean

    As for Washington and the proverbially bombastic, failed futurists across the Beltway, do they even know what is the end game of “investing” in two never-ending wars with no visible benefits?
     
    You start by assuming that the absence of war is the ultimate good, but none can say what a world without war would be like, or how long it would last.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/20/wars-john-gray-conflict-peace
    Has the world seen moral progress? The answer should not depend on whether one has a sunny or a morose temperament. Everyone agrees that life is better than death, health better than sickness, prosperity better than privation, freedom better than tyranny, peace better than war. All of these can be measured, and the results plotted over time. If they go up, that’s progress.

    For John Gray, this is a big problem. As a part of his campaign against reason, science and Enlightenment humanism, he insists that the strivings of humanity over the centuries have left us no better off. This dyspepsia was hard enough to sustain when Gray first expressed it in the teeth of obvious counterexamples such as the abolition of human sacrifice, chattel slavery and public torture-executions. But as scholars have increasingly measured human flourishing, they have found that Gray is not just wrong but howlingly, flat-earth, couldn’t-be-more-wrong wrong. The numbers show that after millennia of near-universal poverty and despotism, a steadily growing proportion of humankind is surviving infancy and childbirth, going to school, voting in democracies, living free of disease, enjoying the necessities of modern life and surviving to old age.

    And more people are living in peace. In the 1980s several military scholars noticed to their astonishment that the most destructive form of armed conflict – wars among great powers and developed states – had effectively ceased to exist. At the time this “long peace” could have been dismissed as a random lull, but it has held firm for an additional three decades.
     

    In my opinion Gray, though wrong that violence is not decreasing, is onto something about the future being bleak because of the rise of meliorist assumptions, because perpetual peace will be humanity's tomb.

    While many suggest a danger for our world along the lines of Brian Cox's explanation for the Fermi Paradox (ie intelligent life forms cross grainedly bring on self-annihilation through unlimited war) I take a different view.

    Given that Pinker appears substantially correct that serious war (ie wars among great powers and developed states) have effectively ceased to exist, the trend is for peace and cooperation. Martin Nowak in his book The Supercoperators shows cooperation, not fighting, to be the defining human trait (and indeed the most cooperative groups won their wars in history, whereby nation states such the US are the result of not just individuals but familial tribal regional , and virtually continental groupings coming together for mutual advantage and defence. The future is going to be global integration pursuit of economic objectives, and I think this exponential moral progress bill begat technological advances beyond imagining.. An escape from the war trap is almost complete and the Singularity becones. The most likely culprit in the paradox is a technological black hole event horizon created by unlimited peace and progress.

    Cross-grained though it may be to say that the good war hallows every cause, I think it not so bad in comparison with the alternative.
     
     

    The future is going to be global integration pursuit of economic objectives,

    I’ll let Vladimir Putin comment on that:

    “These days, not without reason, the mere mentioning of globalization is suspect. When we hear about globalization, we must be aware that our national values are at risk, and we must jump to defend them at all costs. Look at the sorry state of Europe now, and you’ll understand what I mean. Because globalization has always been just an excuse for cynical exploitation and control, we must be vigilant at all times, to confront the common enemy as he deserves. We can always cooperate and be friends, but at the same time remain vigilant, to protect our nations and our national identity from predators”

    These words, by the way, echo the words of Donald Trump in Poland, a few days ago. So, these two are not at odds, as the ‘elites’ would have you believe.

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  • @schrub
    People who seem to think that Trump's generals will somehow go along and support his original vision are sadly mistaken.

    Since 2003, Israel has had an increasingly strong hand in the vetting who gets promoted to upper positions in the American armed forces. All of the generals Trump has at his side went through a vetting procedure which definitely involved a very close look at their opinions about Israel.

    Lt. Col. Karen U. Kwiatkowski has written extensively about the purges of the patriots in the Defense Department that happened in Washington during the lead up and after the commencement of the Iraq war in 2003.

    Officers who openly oppose the dictates of the Israel Lobby will see their prospects for advancement simply vanish like a whiff of smoke.. Those who support Israel's machinations are rewarded with promotions, the more fervent the support the more rapid the promotion especially if this knowledge is made known to their congressman or senator..

    Generals who support Israel already know that this support will be heavily rewarded after their retirements by being given lucrative six figure positions on company boards of directors or positions in equally lucrative think tanks like the American Enterprise Institution or the Hoover Institute. They will receive hefty speaking fees. as well. They learned early that their retirements could be truly glorious if they only "went" along with The Lobby. They will be able to then live the good life in expensive places like Washington, New York or San Francisco, often invited to glitzy parties with unlimited amount of free prawns "the size of your hand".

    On the other hand, upper officers who somehow get then get "bad" reputations for their negative views about Israel ( like Karen U. Kwiatkowski for instance) will end up, once retired, having to depend on just their often scanty pensions This requires getting an often demeaning second jobs to get by in some place where "their dollar goes further". No bright lights in big cities for them. No speaking fees, no college jobs. Once their fate becomes known, their still active duty contemporaries suddenly decide to "go along".

    If anybody thinks what I have written is an exaggeration, research what the late Admiral Thomas Moorer had to say years ago about the total infiltration of the Defense Department by Israeli agents.

    Face it, we live in a country under occupation by a hostile power that we willingly pay large amounts monetary tribute to. Our government does whatever benefits Israel regardless of how negatively this effects the USA. We are increasing troop strength in Afghanistan because, somehow, this benefits Israel. If our presence in Afghanistan (or the Mideast in general) didn't benefit Israel, our troops would simply not be there.

    We are all Palestinians.

    Face it, we live in a country under occupation by a hostile power that we willingly pay large amounts monetary tribute to. Our government does whatever benefits Israel regardless of how negatively this effects the USA. We are increasing troop strength in Afghanistan because, somehow, this benefits Israel. If our presence in Afghanistan (or the Mideast in general) didn’t benefit Israel, our troops would simply not be there.

    We are all Palestinians.

    I couldn’t have said it better. And there are the ones who think that it is Trump who is plotting war!! These ones are either just not aware of how things really are, or else they are deliberately trying to take the spotlight off the Jews and Israel as the real troublemakers they have always been.

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  • @Erebus
    Thierry Meyssan thinks the world doesn't yet understand the US' Imperial Strategy following 9/11. It is jauntily summarized by Pepe as "Empire of Chaos", as if it was trying to be an Empire, but somehow prevented from properly becoming one because of the bumbling fools that are running it. Much more sinister than that, American Imperial Strategy has chaos at its core, and it's deadly serious about it.

    This strategy, radically new, was taught by Thomas P. M. Barnett following 11-September 2001. It was publicly revealed and exposed in March 2003 – that is, just before the war against Iraq— in an article in Esquire, then in the eponym book, The Pentagon’s New Map. However, such a strategy appears so cruel in design, that no one imagined it could be implemented.
    Imperialism seeks to divide the world in two. One part will be a stable area which profits from the system while in the other part a terrifying chaos will reign. This other will be a zone, where all thought of resisting has been wiped it; where every thought is fixated on surviving; an area where the multinationals can extract raw materials which they need without any duty to account to anyone.
     
    Translated from the French, Parts 1 & 2 are here:
    http://www.voltairenet.org/article197477.html
    http://www.voltairenet.org/article197541.html

    He goes on to maintain that Assad was the first leader to understand this strategy, and his development of a counter strategy is the principle reason for his continued, indeed enhanced reign. If they didn't then, I have a feeling that Putin & Xi now also understand, and that some of their counter-strategies are becoming visible.

    He goes on to maintain that Assad was the first leader to understand this strategy, and his development of a counter strategy is the principle reason for his continued, indeed enhanced reign. If they didn’t then, I have a feeling that Putin & Xi now also understand, and that some of their counter-strategies are becoming visible.

    And it is you who got it right… Putin is actively sabotaging the ‘elites’ every move. So, yes, he clearly understands what the stakes are. And it is in the best interests of China to draw an alliance with Russia. Simply because of geography.

    It is no coincidence that China and Russia keep having joint military exercises. A show off, perhaps, but jointly. Besides, right now these two are drafting the terms of a long term financial partnership… bypassing the American dollar.

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    Putin is actively sabotaging the ‘elites’ every move. So, yes, he clearly understands what the stakes are.
     
    That's why he's the new Hitler/Stalin/PolPot/Idi Amin combo-demon. Putin and Xi face similar enemies at home. The big money in both countries leans to the West, and neither of them gives a damn about their homeland as long as their privileges and status are maintained. The Chinese big money is probably more deeply embedded in the West than Russia's

    Putin & Xi are reportedly good friends. At some point, maybe in the medium term, they will make a big move, but more likely (imho) they've opted for a series of sabotages and blocking manoeuvres that prevent the Pentagon's strategy from gaining traction. When the US starts running out of gas, their actions may become more direct. Putin's stealth moves into Crimea and Syria are probably as "kinetic" as they're intending to get. Watch the SCO gain a lot of traction as governments become aware of the US' vision for the new world order. Already the ASEAN countries are exploring ways to have Russia play a larger role in the security structure of SE Asia. and even Japan seem to be putting out feelers.
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  • @Michael Kenny
    As always, Mr Escobar makes too much of a play of “the Russia-China strategic partnership”. If anything, shouldn’t it be “China-Russia”? China has ten times Russia’s population and is the rising power of this century. Russia is a declining cold war dinosaur, the largest remnant of the old Soviet Union. Logically, China should be the dominant party in whatever “strategic partnership” may exist between them. As always, he makes a series of unsubstantiated claims, all of which lead to the conclusion that Putin is bound to “win” because he has China in his pocket.
    Trump needs a war that will benefit him. He tried to pick a fight with China over some islands. Didn’t work. He tried to pick a fight with North Korea. Didn’t work. Now, he’s trying his hand in Afghanistan. That won’t work either. State parties always lose guerrilla wars. Trump is slowly “slouching” towards the one and only war that he can win and that will benefit him: the “war on Putin”. If he can get Putin out of Ukraine, one way or the other, (Syria is just a means to that end), he will kill Russiagate stone dead before it widens into a general investigation of his business links to Russia, his taxes and the amount of taxpayers’ money he is, in effect, pouring into his own pocket by staying weekend after weekend in resorts he himself owns.

    Trump is slowly “slouching” towards the one and only war that he can win and that will benefit him: the “war on Putin”. If he can get Putin out of Ukraine, one way or the other…

    Trump can win this one? Very doubtful. Specially since he’s not even trying to. He doesn’t consider Putin an enemy, nor viceversa.

    The ‘elites’ consider Putin an enemy, and they’re right about that, and it’s a mutual feeling. But that’s a different beast already.

    And Russia is not a declining cold war dinosaur. Russia has a very small public debt compared to that of the USA, and Russia also has enormous reserves in money and gold. Plus enormous reserves of gas, that Europe desperately needs. Plus the biggest nuclear arsenal in the world.

    As for making Putin get out of Ukraine, I can’t see how. The American coup d’etat failed miserably (as often does), and when the CIA, ehr, I mean, when the government in Kiev tries to push the matter, Ukraine ends up losing territory to Russia.

    Putin is a lot smarter than all the Neocons put together, so, how in the hell? As for Trump, the last thing he’s thinking of is Ukraine. He couldn’t care less, one way or the other.

    These days, China and Russia are already doing business totally ignoring the American currency, to the chagrin of the “Federal” Reserve.

    If there’s a declining dinosaur gasping for breath, that’s America. As for your reading od Trump’s motives, not very accurate. He’s well-intentioned, but is being overpowered by the much trickier Jewish cabal.

    Never get a Jewish son in law :)

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  • @Grandpa Charlie
    As Pepe full well knows. there is no parity, much less equating, of the Korean conflict with the NATO-Afghanistan war. Similarly, there is no parity much less equating of the development of nuclear weapons by the Kim Jung-un Nazi-like dictatorship of North Korea with wholly defensive military exercises involving the US and the ROK.

    Such exercises have been ongoing for decades ... and have never in any way threatened an invasion of the North by the Republic of Korea - the only legitimate and democratically elected government on the Korean Peninsula!

    We know that the PRC has infiltrated not only the government of Australia but also the government of the USA. Why does Pepe insist upon a flimsy fictional narrative of US-ROK invasion of the North while at the same time attempting to present a nuclear attack on Guam as somehow praise-worthy? Enough is enough. Could there be something in it for Pepe ... say, in the form of renminbi?

    BTW: everyone in America knows that what is needed is a thorough and real investigation of the 9-11 events. When that happens, the pretexts for Afghanistan -- and for all the others except Korea -- will evaporate like the morning dew of a brand-new day. But as Pepe and everyone else knows , is much good reason for USA being in Korea - all of them honorable. National honor has meaning - whether politicians understand that or no History has meaning - whether Pepe pretends ignorance of the real history of the origins of the Korean War, or not.

    You should go drown yourself in the toilet bowl.

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  • @m___
    Scraping the bottom of the pan. All for each, all for own. The smallest of resources should be scooped up. It turns into pathetic survivalism. There is a 'commoner' version, a survival rifle, a bunker, and half a ton of dried beans and cans.

    The world population must be let go, the concept of growth must be let go, No longer can the dress be fitted to the obese lady. The lady has to shrink.

    The world population must be let go, the concept of growth must be let go, No longer can the dress be fitted to the obese lady. The lady has to shrink.

    Let’s begin with making the Jewess lady “shrink”… Good? :)

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  • @Erebus
    Thanks for the link. I see you've put it up 3x, so I'll make a point of reading it ASAP.
    Understanding the world through the prism of this new strategy is to realize how little currently stands between them and success. Orwell's hour has come round at last, it seems.
    Of course, should they fail, a world of hurt will come to America's homeland and any allies that stick with them. Madness. They can't imagine a world not ruled by them.

    They call it the long war. Its not supposed to be won, just continued.

    Once it crashes to the ground, you are probably right about what will happen. America will be hit by everyone, and few will stand by our side.

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  • @Delinquent Snail
    I linked an article that talks about barnett's role in our current predicament. Its a rather large article and covers a lot, but its a MUST READ to understand whats going on in the world.

    https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e

    Thanks for the link. I see you’ve put it up 3x, so I’ll make a point of reading it ASAP.
    Understanding the world through the prism of this new strategy is to realize how little currently stands between them and success. Orwell’s hour has come round at last, it seems.
    Of course, should they fail, a world of hurt will come to America’s homeland and any allies that stick with them. Madness. They can’t imagine a world not ruled by them.

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    They call it the long war. Its not supposed to be won, just continued.

    Once it crashes to the ground, you are probably right about what will happen. America will be hit by everyone, and few will stand by our side.

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  • @Grandpa Charlie
    Yes, I know, Delinquent Snail, I've heard it all before. But what it all comes down to - what your remarks come down to:

    Psychopathic narcissistic billionaire-dictator Kim Jung-un = GOOD (deserving of reward and praise)

    People of the Republic of Korea = BAD (deserving of punishment and opprobrium)

    Try this instead:

    Globalist narcissistic billionaires (including the homicidal Kim Jung-un) = BAD (deserving to be disliked and distrusted by all the world's peoples)

    “what your remarks come down to:

    Psychopathic narcissistic billionaire-dictator Kim Jung-un = GOOD (deserving of reward and praise)

    People of the Republic of Korea = BAD (deserving of punishment and opprobrium)”

    Lol i didnt say anything close to that. I said we need to not be there. Let the KOREANS DEAL WITH KOREAN PROBLEMS. In case you have been asleep for nearly 40 years, americans have more then enough problems on our own continent.

    Watch out guys, grandpa is off his meds again!

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  • @suspicious
    I'm more concerned about the invisible war being waged by tech giants run by a certain tribe. Have you noticed how they force you to login with a Google or Facebook account. Even dating apps are skewed to match left leaning people with conservatives or like Tinder used in industrial espionage like a honey trap to match an operative with a target. There is invisible social engineering going on by the globalists to ID everyone and target them through subtle means.

    https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e

    This needs to be read by everyone lol

    It provides evidence to your assertion.

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  • @Delinquent Snail
    Why are you so gungho for a war with north korea? America shouldnt be over there. We went there in the first place to block the ussr and to play with our new toys (helicopters).

    South korea is about as Democratic as america. The contestants are paid for by washinton, and when their guy or gal loses, the whole system flips out.

    Yes, I know, Delinquent Snail, I’ve heard it all before. But what it all comes down to – what your remarks come down to:

    Psychopathic narcissistic billionaire-dictator Kim Jung-un = GOOD (deserving of reward and praise)

    People of the Republic of Korea = BAD (deserving of punishment and opprobrium)

    Try this instead:

    Globalist narcissistic billionaires (including the homicidal Kim Jung-un) = BAD (deserving to be disliked and distrusted by all the world’s peoples)

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    "what your remarks come down to:

    Psychopathic narcissistic billionaire-dictator Kim Jung-un = GOOD (deserving of reward and praise)

    People of the Republic of Korea = BAD (deserving of punishment and opprobrium)"

    Lol i didnt say anything close to that. I said we need to not be there. Let the KOREANS DEAL WITH KOREAN PROBLEMS. In case you have been asleep for nearly 40 years, americans have more then enough problems on our own continent.


    Watch out guys, grandpa is off his meds again!
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  • @Liberty Mike
    Grandpa, national honor dictates we send all NEO-COHENS to the gulag and bring home all the boys, girls, and trannies from Korea.

    National honor requires a real investigation into the events of September 11, 2001. Well, we are getting that in bits and pieces – thanks to Truthers – but we need the whole thing, including prosecutions and the naming of names.

    We need to get at the root!

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  • @Delinquent Snail
    https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e

    You would find this article worthy of your time.

    Thanks for the link.

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  • @Liberty Mike
    How about the war on individual liberty and free enterprise?

    The USSA is winning that war.

    Yes, the rich get richer.

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  • @The Alarmist
    Are you sure we won that one?

    No

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  • @jacques sheete

    The US has not won a war since WWII.
     
    The "US" didn't even win that one. The main winners were the banksters and corporatists along with a few politicians and the big Reds of the time. The real winners were those who supported huge centralized bureaucracies while the big losers were those who valued political and economic freedom, and those who desired national sovereignty in something more than name only.

    If, by "US" one includes the middle class including small businessmen yer talking a net loss in what Churchill called the unnecessary war. Unnecessary implies that few of the "deplorables" "won."

    Right you are.

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  • I’m more concerned about the invisible war being waged by tech giants run by a certain tribe. Have you noticed how they force you to login with a Google or Facebook account. Even dating apps are skewed to match left leaning people with conservatives or like Tinder used in industrial espionage like a honey trap to match an operative with a target. There is invisible social engineering going on by the globalists to ID everyone and target them through subtle means.

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    https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e
    This needs to be read by everyone lol

    It provides evidence to your assertion.
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  • @Erebus
    Thierry Meyssan thinks the world doesn't yet understand the US' Imperial Strategy following 9/11. It is jauntily summarized by Pepe as "Empire of Chaos", as if it was trying to be an Empire, but somehow prevented from properly becoming one because of the bumbling fools that are running it. Much more sinister than that, American Imperial Strategy has chaos at its core, and it's deadly serious about it.

    This strategy, radically new, was taught by Thomas P. M. Barnett following 11-September 2001. It was publicly revealed and exposed in March 2003 – that is, just before the war against Iraq— in an article in Esquire, then in the eponym book, The Pentagon’s New Map. However, such a strategy appears so cruel in design, that no one imagined it could be implemented.
    Imperialism seeks to divide the world in two. One part will be a stable area which profits from the system while in the other part a terrifying chaos will reign. This other will be a zone, where all thought of resisting has been wiped it; where every thought is fixated on surviving; an area where the multinationals can extract raw materials which they need without any duty to account to anyone.
     
    Translated from the French, Parts 1 & 2 are here:
    http://www.voltairenet.org/article197477.html
    http://www.voltairenet.org/article197541.html

    He goes on to maintain that Assad was the first leader to understand this strategy, and his development of a counter strategy is the principle reason for his continued, indeed enhanced reign. If they didn't then, I have a feeling that Putin & Xi now also understand, and that some of their counter-strategies are becoming visible.

    I linked an article that talks about barnett’s role in our current predicament. Its a rather large article and covers a lot, but its a MUST READ to understand whats going on in the world.

    https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e

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    Thanks for the link. I see you've put it up 3x, so I'll make a point of reading it ASAP.
    Understanding the world through the prism of this new strategy is to realize how little currently stands between them and success. Orwell's hour has come round at last, it seems.
    Of course, should they fail, a world of hurt will come to America's homeland and any allies that stick with them. Madness. They can't imagine a world not ruled by them.
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  • @DESERT FOX
    The Zionist neocon agenda is to keep us in a state of perpetual fear and in perpetual wars for as George Orwell said , wars are not meant to be won they are meant to keep the state in control and keep the proles in a state of continual poverty and fear.

    There will be wars forever until and unless the Zionist neocon control over America is ended and as of now it appears there is no end in sight. England invaded Afghanistan in 1838 and did not leave until 1919 so as a template the Zionist neocons have another 64 years to go defending their CIA and MOSSAD drug running and spilling American blood in Afghanistan.

    We are Oceania.
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    Thanks for the link.
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  • @The Alarmist

    "As for Washington and the proverbially bombastic, failed futurists across the Beltway, do they even know what is the end game of “investing” in two never-ending wars with no visible benefits?"
     
    That's the beauty: There is no end game. it's a never-ending gravy-train of policy studies, think-tank research, strategy-consulting, and weapons R&D and procurement,with a smattering of foreign aid and economic development money thrown in. Everybody wins ... well, everybody who matters.

    Its all about “closing the gap”.

    “Barnett’s vision is neoconservative to the root. He sees the world as divided into essentially two realms: The Core, which consists of advanced countries playing by the rules of economic globalization (the US, Canada, UK, Europe and Japan) along with developing countries committed to getting there (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and some others); and the rest of the world, which is The Gap, a disparate wilderness of dangerous and lawless countries defined fundamentally by being “disconnected” from the wonders of globalization. This includes most of the Middle East and Africa, large swathes of South America, as well as much of Central Asia and Eastern Europe. It is the task of the United States to “shrink The Gap,” by spreading the cultural and economic “rule-set” of globalization that characterizes The Core, and by enforcing security worldwide to enable that “rule-set” to spread.”

    “America as global cop creates security. Security creates common rules. Rules attract foreign investment. Investment creates infrastructure. Infrastructure creates access to natural resources. Resources create economic growth. Growth creates stability. Stability creates markets. And once you’re a growing, stable part of the global market, you’re part of the Core. Mission accomplished”

    https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e

    The Pentagon’s “highlands forum” is the “deepstate”, or the closest thing to it that I’ve found. Its memebers are ranking military officers, high level government officials, “captains of industry”. They have been directing America since the 90s. Several members are now part of google, facebook, goldman Sachs, the list goes on and on.

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  • @Grandpa Charlie
    The last half of the final paragraph (beginning 'BTW') should be, as follows:

    As Pepe and everyone else knows, there is much good reason for USA being in Korea - entirely honorable. National honor has meaning -- whether greedy and treasonous politicians understand that or not. History has meaning -- whether the likes of Pepe Escobar pretend ignorance of the real history of the Korean War or not.

    Why are you so gungho for a war with north korea? America shouldnt be over there. We went there in the first place to block the ussr and to play with our new toys (helicopters).

    South korea is about as Democratic as america. The contestants are paid for by washinton, and when their guy or gal loses, the whole system flips out.

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    Yes, I know, Delinquent Snail, I've heard it all before. But what it all comes down to - what your remarks come down to:

    Psychopathic narcissistic billionaire-dictator Kim Jung-un = GOOD (deserving of reward and praise)

    People of the Republic of Korea = BAD (deserving of punishment and opprobrium)

    Try this instead:

    Globalist narcissistic billionaires (including the homicidal Kim Jung-un) = BAD (deserving to be disliked and distrusted by all the world's peoples)
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  • @DESERT FOX
    The Zionist neocon agenda is to keep us in a state of perpetual fear and in perpetual wars for as George Orwell said , wars are not meant to be won they are meant to keep the state in control and keep the proles in a state of continual poverty and fear.

    There will be wars forever until and unless the Zionist neocon control over America is ended and as of now it appears there is no end in sight. England invaded Afghanistan in 1838 and did not leave until 1919 so as a template the Zionist neocons have another 64 years to go defending their CIA and MOSSAD drug running and spilling American blood in Afghanistan.

    We are Oceania.

    I remember a statement by Hitler, paraphrasing, that perpetual low-conflict COIN type war in the to be conquered Eastern European/Russian land mass would be good for maintaining the German martial spirit, and how he was vilified and condemned by the western Allies for such a statement.

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  • People who seem to think that Trump’s generals will somehow go along and support his original vision are sadly mistaken.

    Since 2003, Israel has had an increasingly strong hand in the vetting who gets promoted to upper positions in the American armed forces. All of the generals Trump has at his side went through a vetting procedure which definitely involved a very close look at their opinions about Israel.

    Lt. Col. Karen U. Kwiatkowski has written extensively about the purges of the patriots in the Defense Department that happened in Washington during the lead up and after the commencement of the Iraq war in 2003.

    Officers who openly oppose the dictates of the Israel Lobby will see their prospects for advancement simply vanish like a whiff of smoke.. Those who support Israel’s machinations are rewarded with promotions, the more fervent the support the more rapid the promotion especially if this knowledge is made known to their congressman or senator..

    Generals who support Israel already know that this support will be heavily rewarded after their retirements by being given lucrative six figure positions on company boards of directors or positions in equally lucrative think tanks like the American Enterprise Institution or the Hoover Institute. They will receive hefty speaking fees. as well. They learned early that their retirements could be truly glorious if they only “went” along with The Lobby. They will be able to then live the good life in expensive places like Washington, New York or San Francisco, often invited to glitzy parties with unlimited amount of free prawns “the size of your hand”.

    On the other hand, upper officers who somehow get then get “bad” reputations for their negative views about Israel ( like Karen U. Kwiatkowski for instance) will end up, once retired, having to depend on just their often scanty pensions This requires getting an often demeaning second jobs to get by in some place where “their dollar goes further”. No bright lights in big cities for them. No speaking fees, no college jobs. Once their fate becomes known, their still active duty contemporaries suddenly decide to “go along”.

    If anybody thinks what I have written is an exaggeration, research what the late Admiral Thomas Moorer had to say years ago about the total infiltration of the Defense Department by Israeli agents.

    Face it, we live in a country under occupation by a hostile power that we willingly pay large amounts monetary tribute to. Our government does whatever benefits Israel regardless of how negatively this effects the USA. We are increasing troop strength in Afghanistan because, somehow, this benefits Israel. If our presence in Afghanistan (or the Mideast in general) didn’t benefit Israel, our troops would simply not be there.

    We are all Palestinians.

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    Face it, we live in a country under occupation by a hostile power that we willingly pay large amounts monetary tribute to. Our government does whatever benefits Israel regardless of how negatively this effects the USA. We are increasing troop strength in Afghanistan because, somehow, this benefits Israel. If our presence in Afghanistan (or the Mideast in general) didn’t benefit Israel, our troops would simply not be there.

    We are all Palestinians.
     

    I couldn't have said it better. And there are the ones who think that it is Trump who is plotting war!! These ones are either just not aware of how things really are, or else they are deliberately trying to take the spotlight off the Jews and Israel as the real troublemakers they have always been.
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  • @KA
    The rare occasion the media swoons over Trump: when he embraces war

    a president delivering a major address on troop deployments for the longest war in American history and reporters can only think about optics, not policy. The Twitter commentary treats Trump’s address as something like a beauty pageant.


    War, though, triggers something else in the reporter class. As the disgraced Brian Williams, swooning over cruise missiles laying waste to a Syrian airfield, showed us a few months back,

    There is nothing quite as presidential, in Washington’s eyes, as a war. A war allows the most shallow, flailing and destructive presidencies to be redeemed in the eyes of the media, at least for a day://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/22/positive-trump-media-coverage-when-he-embraces-war

    .

    The rare occasion the media swoons over Trump: when he embraces war

    Correction: The rare occasion the Jew MSM swoons over Trump: when he embraces war

    Think Peace — Art

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  • As for Washington and the proverbially bombastic, failed futurists across the Beltway, do they even know what is the end game of “investing” in two never-ending wars with no visible benefits?

    You start by assuming that the absence of war is the ultimate good, but none can say what a world without war would be like, or how long it would last.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/20/wars-john-gray-conflict-peace
    Has the world seen moral progress? The answer should not depend on whether one has a sunny or a morose temperament. Everyone agrees that life is better than death, health better than sickness, prosperity better than privation, freedom better than tyranny, peace better than war. All of these can be measured, and the results plotted over time. If they go up, that’s progress.

    For John Gray, this is a big problem. As a part of his campaign against reason, science and Enlightenment humanism, he insists that the strivings of humanity over the centuries have left us no better off. This dyspepsia was hard enough to sustain when Gray first expressed it in the teeth of obvious counterexamples such as the abolition of human sacrifice, chattel slavery and public torture-executions. But as scholars have increasingly measured human flourishing, they have found that Gray is not just wrong but howlingly, flat-earth, couldn’t-be-more-wrong wrong. The numbers show that after millennia of near-universal poverty and despotism, a steadily growing proportion of humankind is surviving infancy and childbirth, going to school, voting in democracies, living free of disease, enjoying the necessities of modern life and surviving to old age.

    And more people are living in peace. In the 1980s several military scholars noticed to their astonishment that the most destructive form of armed conflict – wars among great powers and developed states – had effectively ceased to exist. At the time this “long peace” could have been dismissed as a random lull, but it has held firm for an additional three decades.

    In my opinion Gray, though wrong that violence is not decreasing, is onto something about the future being bleak because of the rise of meliorist assumptions, because perpetual peace will be humanity’s tomb.

    While many suggest a danger for our world along the lines of Brian Cox’s explanation for the Fermi Paradox (ie intelligent life forms cross grainedly bring on self-annihilation through unlimited war) I take a different view.

    Given that Pinker appears substantially correct that serious war (ie wars among great powers and developed states) have effectively ceased to exist, the trend is for peace and cooperation. Martin Nowak in his book The Supercoperators shows cooperation, not fighting, to be the defining human trait (and indeed the most cooperative groups won their wars in history, whereby nation states such the US are the result of not just individuals but familial tribal regional , and virtually continental groupings coming together for mutual advantage and defence. The future is going to be global integration pursuit of economic objectives, and I think this exponential moral progress bill begat technological advances beyond imagining.. An escape from the war trap is almost complete and the Singularity becones. The most likely culprit in the paradox is a technological black hole event horizon created by unlimited peace and progress.

    Cross-grained though it may be to say that the good war hallows every cause, I think it not so bad in comparison with the alternative.

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    The future is going to be global integration pursuit of economic objectives,
     
    I'll let Vladimir Putin comment on that:

    "These days, not without reason, the mere mentioning of globalization is suspect. When we hear about globalization, we must be aware that our national values are at risk, and we must jump to defend them at all costs. Look at the sorry state of Europe now, and you'll understand what I mean. Because globalization has always been just an excuse for cynical exploitation and control, we must be vigilant at all times, to confront the common enemy as he deserves. We can always cooperate and be friends, but at the same time remain vigilant, to protect our nations and our national identity from predators"

    These words, by the way, echo the words of Donald Trump in Poland, a few days ago. So, these two are not at odds, as the 'elites' would have you believe.

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  • Clearly against his inclinations, Trump has succumbed to the Deep State on the Afghanistan war – the Jews and the generals have overcome America’s best interests. Generals always want war – it is the Jews who are the 800-pound gorilla in America’s foreign policy.

    Leaving Afghanistan is not a viable alternative because there is no organized American peace movement. Trump just cannot make the move by himself – he has ZERO organized political backing to do so.

    We can thank the Jews for this – they are 100% guilty and responsible for the US government’s endless war footing. The Jews enforce their war agenda in a thousand diverse ways.

    The Jew media will not give a peace movement the interest that it needs to get started. The Jew control of higher education will not give their students the freedom and encouragement that it takes to make peace. Jew divide and conquer feminization, demands women be part of war – not to be their natural selves and opposed war.

    The Jew is the enemy of peace in our times – period.

    Think peace — Art

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  • All pivots must be continually occupied.

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  • Thierry Meyssan thinks the world doesn’t yet understand the US’ Imperial Strategy following 9/11. It is jauntily summarized by Pepe as “Empire of Chaos”, as if it was trying to be an Empire, but somehow prevented from properly becoming one because of the bumbling fools that are running it. Much more sinister than that, American Imperial Strategy has chaos at its core, and it’s deadly serious about it.

    This strategy, radically new, was taught by Thomas P. M. Barnett following 11-September 2001. It was publicly revealed and exposed in March 2003 – that is, just before the war against Iraq— in an article in Esquire, then in the eponym book, The Pentagon’s New Map. However, such a strategy appears so cruel in design, that no one imagined it could be implemented.
    Imperialism seeks to divide the world in two. One part will be a stable area which profits from the system while in the other part a terrifying chaos will reign. This other will be a zone, where all thought of resisting has been wiped it; where every thought is fixated on surviving; an area where the multinationals can extract raw materials which they need without any duty to account to anyone.

    Translated from the French, Parts 1 & 2 are here:

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article197477.html

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article197541.html

    He goes on to maintain that Assad was the first leader to understand this strategy, and his development of a counter strategy is the principle reason for his continued, indeed enhanced reign. If they didn’t then, I have a feeling that Putin & Xi now also understand, and that some of their counter-strategies are becoming visible.

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    I linked an article that talks about barnett's role in our current predicament. Its a rather large article and covers a lot, but its a MUST READ to understand whats going on in the world.

    https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e
    , @white noise

    He goes on to maintain that Assad was the first leader to understand this strategy, and his development of a counter strategy is the principle reason for his continued, indeed enhanced reign. If they didn’t then, I have a feeling that Putin & Xi now also understand, and that some of their counter-strategies are becoming visible.
     
    And it is you who got it right... Putin is actively sabotaging the 'elites' every move. So, yes, he clearly understands what the stakes are. And it is in the best interests of China to draw an alliance with Russia. Simply because of geography.

    It is no coincidence that China and Russia keep having joint military exercises. A show off, perhaps, but jointly. Besides, right now these two are drafting the terms of a long term financial partnership... bypassing the American dollar.

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  • anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    From the point of view of the DPRK a ‘double freeze’ would be a trap. It would stymie it’s development of a nuclear deterrent even though the US could renege at any time. It wants that deterrent to settle the issue of it’s vulnerability once and for all after living under the threat of nuclear attack since the end of the war. It’s going to go ahead and develop it and there’s nothing anyone else can do about it. Any attempt to attack it is now recognized as being probably catastrophic and a loser for the US.
    Insofar as the Pashtun being 40% of the population of Afghanistan there’s many more on the other side of the Durand line which they don’t recognize and who add to their weight. Unlike AQ and IS the Taliban are a local product and doesn’t export well. May as well recognize reality, the Taliban are on their second-third generation and aren’t going anywhere. Trying to oust them with some new tricks is futile.

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  • The rare occasion the media swoons over Trump: when he embraces war

    a president delivering a major address on troop deployments for the longest war in American history and reporters can only think about optics, not policy. The Twitter commentary treats Trump’s address as something like a beauty pageant.

    War, though, triggers something else in the reporter class. As the disgraced Brian Williams, swooning over cruise missiles laying waste to a Syrian airfield, showed us a few months back,

    There is nothing quite as presidential, in Washington’s eyes, as a war. A war allows the most shallow, flailing and destructive presidencies to be redeemed in the eyes of the media, at least for a day://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/22/positive-trump-media-coverage-when-he-embraces-war

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    The rare occasion the media swoons over Trump: when he embraces war

    Correction: The rare occasion the Jew MSM swoons over Trump: when he embraces war

    Think Peace --- Art
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  • “On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson raised the bar by alleging that “foreign fighters” who were transferred by “unknown helicopters” have perpetrated a massacre of Hazara Shias in the Sar-e-Pol province in northern Afghanistan. The spokesperson said:

    We can see attempts to stir up ethnic conflict in the country… Cases of unidentified helicopter flights to territory controlled by extremists in other northern provinces of Afghanistan are also recorded. For example, there is evidence that on August 8, ……”

    http://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/2017/08/20/afghanistan-is-ripe-for-proxy-war/

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  • @Greg Bacon
    Isn't it amazing that as soon as Trump announced four more years of war against Afghanistan, the European terror attacks/False Flags stopped?

    You'd think that by Trump announcing more war against Afghans, that would enrage the
    'jihadists' to pull off more terror attacks, but they faded into nothing.

    Amazing, simply amazing!

    Russia is accusing US and NATO of bringing ISIS fighters to Afghanistan -according to Indian ex diplomat
    “We can see attempts to stir up ethnic conflict in the country… Cases of unidentified helicopter flights to territory controlled by extremists in other northern provinces of Afghanistan are also recorded. For example, there is evidence that on August 8, four helicopters made flights from the airbase of the Afghan National Army’s 209th corps in Mazar-i-Sharif to the area captured by the militants in the Aqcha district of the Jowzjan province. It is noteworthy that witnesses of these flights began to fall off the radar of law enforcement agencies. It seems that the command of the NATO forces controlling the Afghan sky stubbornly refuses to notice these incidents.” http://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/2017/08/20/afghanistan-is-ripe-for-proxy-war/

    Ambassador Zamir Kabulov, Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan, said recently that if the Afghan government and the US are unable to counter the IS threat, Russia will resort to military force. Kabulov disclosed that Russia has raised in the UN Security Council the air dropping of supplies for the IS fighters in at least three provinces in northern Afghanistan by unidentified aircraft http://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/2017/08/20/afghanistan-is-ripe-for-proxy-war/

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  • As always, Mr Escobar makes too much of a play of “the Russia-China strategic partnership”. If anything, shouldn’t it be “China-Russia”? China has ten times Russia’s population and is the rising power of this century. Russia is a declining cold war dinosaur, the largest remnant of the old Soviet Union. Logically, China should be the dominant party in whatever “strategic partnership” may exist between them. As always, he makes a series of unsubstantiated claims, all of which lead to the conclusion that Putin is bound to “win” because he has China in his pocket.
    Trump needs a war that will benefit him. He tried to pick a fight with China over some islands. Didn’t work. He tried to pick a fight with North Korea. Didn’t work. Now, he’s trying his hand in Afghanistan. That won’t work either. State parties always lose guerrilla wars. Trump is slowly “slouching” towards the one and only war that he can win and that will benefit him: the “war on Putin”. If he can get Putin out of Ukraine, one way or the other, (Syria is just a means to that end), he will kill Russiagate stone dead before it widens into a general investigation of his business links to Russia, his taxes and the amount of taxpayers’ money he is, in effect, pouring into his own pocket by staying weekend after weekend in resorts he himself owns.

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    Trump is slowly “slouching” towards the one and only war that he can win and that will benefit him: the “war on Putin”. If he can get Putin out of Ukraine, one way or the other...
     
    Trump can win this one? Very doubtful. Specially since he's not even trying to. He doesn't consider Putin an enemy, nor viceversa.

    The 'elites' consider Putin an enemy, and they're right about that, and it's a mutual feeling. But that's a different beast already.

    And Russia is not a declining cold war dinosaur. Russia has a very small public debt compared to that of the USA, and Russia also has enormous reserves in money and gold. Plus enormous reserves of gas, that Europe desperately needs. Plus the biggest nuclear arsenal in the world.

    As for making Putin get out of Ukraine, I can't see how. The American coup d'etat failed miserably (as often does), and when the CIA, ehr, I mean, when the government in Kiev tries to push the matter, Ukraine ends up losing territory to Russia.

    Putin is a lot smarter than all the Neocons put together, so, how in the hell? As for Trump, the last thing he's thinking of is Ukraine. He couldn't care less, one way or the other.

    These days, China and Russia are already doing business totally ignoring the American currency, to the chagrin of the "Federal" Reserve.

    If there's a declining dinosaur gasping for breath, that's America. As for your reading od Trump's motives, not very accurate. He's well-intentioned, but is being overpowered by the much trickier Jewish cabal.

    Never get a Jewish son in law :)

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  • @Realist
    The US has not won a war since WWII.

    The US has not won a war since WWII.

    The “US” didn’t even win that one. The main winners were the banksters and corporatists along with a few politicians and the big Reds of the time. The real winners were those who supported huge centralized bureaucracies while the big losers were those who valued political and economic freedom, and those who desired national sovereignty in something more than name only.

    If, by “US” one includes the middle class including small businessmen yer talking a net loss in what Churchill called the unnecessary war. Unnecessary implies that few of the “deplorables” “won.”

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    Right you are.
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  • The Zionist neocon agenda is to keep us in a state of perpetual fear and in perpetual wars for as George Orwell said , wars are not meant to be won they are meant to keep the state in control and keep the proles in a state of continual poverty and fear.

    There will be wars forever until and unless the Zionist neocon control over America is ended and as of now it appears there is no end in sight. England invaded Afghanistan in 1838 and did not leave until 1919 so as a template the Zionist neocons have another 64 years to go defending their CIA and MOSSAD drug running and spilling American blood in Afghanistan.

    We are Oceania.

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    I remember a statement by Hitler, paraphrasing, that perpetual low-conflict COIN type war in the to be conquered Eastern European/Russian land mass would be good for maintaining the German martial spirit, and how he was vilified and condemned by the western Allies for such a statement.
    , @Delinquent Snail
    https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e

    You would find this article worthy of your time.
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  • @Realist
    The US has not won a war since WWII.

    Are you sure we won that one?

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    No
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  • @Realist
    The US has not won a war since WWII.

    How about the war on individual liberty and free enterprise?

    The USSA is winning that war.

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    Yes, the rich get richer.
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  • @Grandpa Charlie
    The last half of the final paragraph (beginning 'BTW') should be, as follows:

    As Pepe and everyone else knows, there is much good reason for USA being in Korea - entirely honorable. National honor has meaning -- whether greedy and treasonous politicians understand that or not. History has meaning -- whether the likes of Pepe Escobar pretend ignorance of the real history of the Korean War or not.

    Grandpa, national honor dictates we send all NEO-COHENS to the gulag and bring home all the boys, girls, and trannies from Korea.

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    National honor requires a real investigation into the events of September 11, 2001. Well, we are getting that in bits and pieces - thanks to Truthers - but we need the whole thing, including prosecutions and the naming of names.

    We need to get at the root!
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  • Isn’t it amazing that as soon as Trump announced four more years of war against Afghanistan, the European terror attacks/False Flags stopped?

    You’d think that by Trump announcing more war against Afghans, that would enrage the
    ‘jihadists’ to pull off more terror attacks, but they faded into nothing.

    Amazing, simply amazing!

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    Russia is accusing US and NATO of bringing ISIS fighters to Afghanistan -according to Indian ex diplomat
    “We can see attempts to stir up ethnic conflict in the country… Cases of unidentified helicopter flights to territory controlled by extremists in other northern provinces of Afghanistan are also recorded. For example, there is evidence that on August 8, four helicopters made flights from the airbase of the Afghan National Army’s 209th corps in Mazar-i-Sharif to the area captured by the militants in the Aqcha district of the Jowzjan province. It is noteworthy that witnesses of these flights began to fall off the radar of law enforcement agencies. It seems that the command of the NATO forces controlling the Afghan sky stubbornly refuses to notice these incidents.” http://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/2017/08/20/afghanistan-is-ripe-for-proxy-war/


    Ambassador Zamir Kabulov, Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan, said recently that if the Afghan government and the US are unable to counter the IS threat, Russia will resort to military force. Kabulov disclosed that Russia has raised in the UN Security Council the air dropping of supplies for the IS fighters in at least three provinces in northern Afghanistan by unidentified aircraft http://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/2017/08/20/afghanistan-is-ripe-for-proxy-war/

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  • The US has not won a war since WWII.

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    How about the war on individual liberty and free enterprise?

    The USSA is winning that war.
    , @The Alarmist
    Are you sure we won that one?
    , @jacques sheete

    The US has not won a war since WWII.
     
    The "US" didn't even win that one. The main winners were the banksters and corporatists along with a few politicians and the big Reds of the time. The real winners were those who supported huge centralized bureaucracies while the big losers were those who valued political and economic freedom, and those who desired national sovereignty in something more than name only.

    If, by "US" one includes the middle class including small businessmen yer talking a net loss in what Churchill called the unnecessary war. Unnecessary implies that few of the "deplorables" "won."

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  • What’s new ?
    Harry Elmer Barnes, ed., ‘Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, A critical examination of the foreign policy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and its aftermath’, Caldwell, Idaho, 1953

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  • “As for Washington and the proverbially bombastic, failed futurists across the Beltway, do they even know what is the end game of “investing” in two never-ending wars with no visible benefits?”

    That’s the beauty: There is no end game. it’s a never-ending gravy-train of policy studies, think-tank research, strategy-consulting, and weapons R&D and procurement,with a smattering of foreign aid and economic development money thrown in. Everybody wins … well, everybody who matters.

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    Its all about "closing the gap".

    "Barnett’s vision is neoconservative to the root. He sees the world as divided into essentially two realms: The Core, which consists of advanced countries playing by the rules of economic globalization (the US, Canada, UK, Europe and Japan) along with developing countries committed to getting there (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and some others); and the rest of the world, which is The Gap, a disparate wilderness of dangerous and lawless countries defined fundamentally by being “disconnected” from the wonders of globalization. This includes most of the Middle East and Africa, large swathes of South America, as well as much of Central Asia and Eastern Europe. It is the task of the United States to “shrink The Gap,” by spreading the cultural and economic “rule-set” of globalization that characterizes The Core, and by enforcing security worldwide to enable that “rule-set” to spread."

    "America as global cop creates security. Security creates common rules. Rules attract foreign investment. Investment creates infrastructure. Infrastructure creates access to natural resources. Resources create economic growth. Growth creates stability. Stability creates markets. And once you’re a growing, stable part of the global market, you’re part of the Core. Mission accomplished"

    https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e

    The Pentagon's "highlands forum" is the "deepstate", or the closest thing to it that I've found. Its memebers are ranking military officers, high level government officials, "captains of industry". They have been directing America since the 90s. Several members are now part of google, facebook, goldman Sachs, the list goes on and on.
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  • Scraping the bottom of the pan. All for each, all for own. The smallest of resources should be scooped up. It turns into pathetic survivalism. There is a ‘commoner’ version, a survival rifle, a bunker, and half a ton of dried beans and cans.

    The world population must be let go, the concept of growth must be let go, No longer can the dress be fitted to the obese lady. The lady has to shrink.

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    The world population must be let go, the concept of growth must be let go, No longer can the dress be fitted to the obese lady. The lady has to shrink.
     
    Let's begin with making the Jewess lady "shrink"... Good? :)
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  • So climate change must save the USA occupation of Afghanistan.
    The CIA began drugs production in Afghanistan in order to save the CIA.
    I now wonder what was the sequence: seeing the potential of lithium for profit led to the occupation of Afghanistan, or the other way round, once USA imperialism had caused to costly occupation of Afghanistan, was it necessary to invent climate change ?
    Until now Thatcher’s desire to build nuclear power stations was held responsible for the climate hype.

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  • @Grandpa Charlie
    As Pepe full well knows. there is no parity, much less equating, of the Korean conflict with the NATO-Afghanistan war. Similarly, there is no parity much less equating of the development of nuclear weapons by the Kim Jung-un Nazi-like dictatorship of North Korea with wholly defensive military exercises involving the US and the ROK.

    Such exercises have been ongoing for decades ... and have never in any way threatened an invasion of the North by the Republic of Korea - the only legitimate and democratically elected government on the Korean Peninsula!

    We know that the PRC has infiltrated not only the government of Australia but also the government of the USA. Why does Pepe insist upon a flimsy fictional narrative of US-ROK invasion of the North while at the same time attempting to present a nuclear attack on Guam as somehow praise-worthy? Enough is enough. Could there be something in it for Pepe ... say, in the form of renminbi?

    BTW: everyone in America knows that what is needed is a thorough and real investigation of the 9-11 events. When that happens, the pretexts for Afghanistan -- and for all the others except Korea -- will evaporate like the morning dew of a brand-new day. But as Pepe and everyone else knows , is much good reason for USA being in Korea - all of them honorable. National honor has meaning - whether politicians understand that or no History has meaning - whether Pepe pretends ignorance of the real history of the origins of the Korean War, or not.

    The last half of the final paragraph (beginning ‘BTW’) should be, as follows:

    As Pepe and everyone else knows, there is much good reason for USA being in Korea – entirely honorable. National honor has meaning — whether greedy and treasonous politicians understand that or not. History has meaning — whether the likes of Pepe Escobar pretend ignorance of the real history of the Korean War or not.

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    Grandpa, national honor dictates we send all NEO-COHENS to the gulag and bring home all the boys, girls, and trannies from Korea.
    , @Delinquent Snail
    Why are you so gungho for a war with north korea? America shouldnt be over there. We went there in the first place to block the ussr and to play with our new toys (helicopters).

    South korea is about as Democratic as america. The contestants are paid for by washinton, and when their guy or gal loses, the whole system flips out.
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  • As Pepe full well knows. there is no parity, much less equating, of the Korean conflict with the NATO-Afghanistan war. Similarly, there is no parity much less equating of the development of nuclear weapons by the Kim Jung-un Nazi-like dictatorship of North Korea with wholly defensive military exercises involving the US and the ROK.

    Such exercises have been ongoing for decades … and have never in any way threatened an invasion of the North by the Republic of Korea – the only legitimate and democratically elected government on the Korean Peninsula!

    We know that the PRC has infiltrated not only the government of Australia but also the government of the USA. Why does Pepe insist upon a flimsy fictional narrative of US-ROK invasion of the North while at the same time attempting to present a nuclear attack on Guam as somehow praise-worthy? Enough is enough. Could there be something in it for Pepe … say, in the form of renminbi?

    BTW: everyone in America knows that what is needed is a thorough and real investigation of the 9-11 events. When that happens, the pretexts for Afghanistan — and for all the others except Korea — will evaporate like the morning dew of a brand-new day. But as Pepe and everyone else knows , is much good reason for USA being in Korea – all of them honorable. National honor has meaning – whether politicians understand that or no History has meaning – whether Pepe pretends ignorance of the real history of the origins of the Korean War, or not.

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    The last half of the final paragraph (beginning 'BTW') should be, as follows:

    As Pepe and everyone else knows, there is much good reason for USA being in Korea - entirely honorable. National honor has meaning -- whether greedy and treasonous politicians understand that or not. History has meaning -- whether the likes of Pepe Escobar pretend ignorance of the real history of the Korean War or not.
    , @Intelligent Dasein
    You should go drown yourself in the toilet bowl.
    , @denk
    Recently you mentioned about Chinese 'expansionism' vs India.
    Thats very weird, afaik, there were only Indian expansionisms against China ever since 1962.

    Are you talking about the border skirmish at Donglang ?
    BUt in this case it was the Indians who crossed border into Chinese territory,
    yet another indian expansionism. !

    http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/07/06/sikkim-stand-off-china-india-collide-himalayas/


    You call yourself a 911 truther, but the way you propagate fake news on China,
    siding with fascist India, is downright neo-conned !
    , @Jeff Davis
    "...nazi-like..." Godwin's law. Fail.
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  • Amid the proverbial doom and gloom pervading all things Syria, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune sometimes yield, well, good fortune. Take what happened this past Sunday in Beijing. The China-Arab Exchange Association and the Syrian Embassy organized a Syria Day Expo crammed with hundreds of Chinese specialists in infrastructure investment. It was a...
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  • @Erebus
    Of course it makes sense. If you want to be Global Hegemon, you must make sure nobody else can. Intent, at that level, is trivial. Capacity is all that matters.

    This is Bush’s PNAC on steroid.

    moral of the story….

    TPTB changes their front manager, aka potus, every 4/eight yrs,
    but agenda remains the same,
    full spectrum dominance.

    Those who vote for Trump the ‘lesser evil’ do not get the point.

    Whoever they ‘vote’, the world is fucked. !

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  • @edNels
    You say real good point there... Haha... China don't even know what a Jew is!

    Just ask Ron Unz about the Jews of Kaifeng and the Chinese hospitality given to Jews escaping Nazi Germany. The rank and file Chinese may not know who Jews are but you can bet the leadership knows. Besides, Chinese can identify with Jews seeing that they’re smart, successful and religious and two out of three ain’t so bad being that the Chinese are atheist and materialistic!

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  • @denk

    Few remember that before the war China had already invested tens of billions of US dollars in Syria’s oil and gas industry.
     
    It makes sense....


    'If conflict with China is inevitable, it makes sense to have U.S. bases in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq and maybe Iran and Syria. If China is dependent on Middle East oil, it makes sense for the U.S. to be able to control how and where it flows from the Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf oil fields. It makes sense to cultivate an alliance with India, risking the accusation of nuclear hypocrisy in doing so. It makes sense to ratchet up tensions on the Korean Peninsula, by linking North Korea to Iran and Iraq, calling it ?evil,? dismissing South Korea?s ?sunshine diplomacy? efforts and encouraging Japan to take a hard line towards Pyongyang. It makes sense to get Tokyo to declare, for the first time, that the security of the Taiwan Straights is of common concern to it and Washington. It makes sense to regain a strategic toehold in the Philippines, in the name of the War on Terror, and to vilify the growing Filipino Maoist movement

    http://dissidentvoice.org/Apr06/Leupp20.htm

    Of course it makes sense. If you want to be Global Hegemon, you must make sure nobody else can. Intent, at that level, is trivial. Capacity is all that matters.

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    This is Bush's PNAC on steroid.


    moral of the story....

    TPTB changes their front manager, aka potus, every 4/eight yrs,
    but agenda remains the same,
    full spectrum dominance.

    Those who vote for Trump the 'lesser evil' do not get the point.

    Whoever they 'vote', the world is fucked. !
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  • Few remember that before the war China had already invested tens of billions of US dollars in Syria’s oil and gas industry.

    It makes sense….

    ‘If conflict with China is inevitable, it makes sense to have U.S. bases in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq and maybe Iran and Syria. If China is dependent on Middle East oil, it makes sense for the U.S. to be able to control how and where it flows from the Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf oil fields. It makes sense to cultivate an alliance with India, risking the accusation of nuclear hypocrisy in doing so. It makes sense to ratchet up tensions on the Korean Peninsula, by linking North Korea to Iran and Iraq, calling it ?evil,? dismissing South Korea?s ?sunshine diplomacy? efforts and encouraging Japan to take a hard line towards Pyongyang. It makes sense to get Tokyo to declare, for the first time, that the security of the Taiwan Straights is of common concern to it and Washington. It makes sense to regain a strategic toehold in the Philippines, in the name of the War on Terror, and to vilify the growing Filipino Maoist movement

    http://dissidentvoice.org/Apr06/Leupp20.htm

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    Of course it makes sense. If you want to be Global Hegemon, you must make sure nobody else can. Intent, at that level, is trivial. Capacity is all that matters.
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  • @RobinG
    And we are constantly reminded what a dissembling waster you are.

    A well chosen time for a simulation of modsty by your rare brevity as you seem to be in the minority. Still I would be interested for you to disclose which of the UR commenters’ pathologies is responsible for your choice of “dissembling”.

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  • @KA
    Can you provide any link to the Indian obstruction in 50s to the Kashmir issue ?

    Sorry I would be starting where you are unleas it is a help to toss in the nanes of Owen Dixon, Jinnah and Nehru together perhaps with Dean Acheson who had got to know Dixon during WW2 in DC and was inatrumental in having Dixon appounted UN mediator in Kashmir. My knowledge comes just from recollection of converaations with Dixon who had behaved like the careful lawyer he was and actually spent a lot of time on the ground in Kashmir to devise a partition plan. I recall that Jinnah had indicated he could and would carry the Pakistanis but that Dixon’s impression was that Nehru couldn’t get it through his Cabinet. You might find something about it in Philip Ayres’ biography of Owen Dixon as he had full access to Dixon’s papers

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  • @Wizard of Oz
    I am constantly reminded of my naiveté by the total absence of discussion of what seem to me obvious possible solutions to geopolitical problems. For example why shouldn't a settlement of the Crimea issue be achieved by agreement that Crimea should be a self governing separate territory, country if you like, with the right after 40 years to seek scceptance as part of Russia?

    Another area of possible common interest is Palestine where lots of donor money and other assistance should make the creation of a handful of more or less federated city states on the West Bank where they could become mini Hong Kongs an attractive alternative to poverty with a nationalistic and belligerent flavour. Too naive even to talk about?

    Ah but I should remember my conversations with the highly rational and far from naive man appointed as UN mediator in Kashmir in 1950 and how his perfectly rational plan of partition was sunk by the Indians.....

    Can you provide any link to the Indian obstruction in 50s to the Kashmir issue ?

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    Sorry I would be starting where you are unleas it is a help to toss in the nanes of Owen Dixon, Jinnah and Nehru together perhaps with Dean Acheson who had got to know Dixon during WW2 in DC and was inatrumental in having Dixon appounted UN mediator in Kashmir. My knowledge comes just from recollection of converaations with Dixon who had behaved like the careful lawyer he was and actually spent a lot of time on the ground in Kashmir to devise a partition plan. I recall that Jinnah had indicated he could and would carry the Pakistanis but that Dixon's impression was that Nehru couldn't get it through his Cabinet. You might find something about it in Philip Ayres' biography of Owen Dixon as he had full access to Dixon's papers
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  • @Wizard of Oz
    I am constantly reminded of my naiveté by the total absence of discussion of what seem to me obvious possible solutions to geopolitical problems. For example why shouldn't a settlement of the Crimea issue be achieved by agreement that Crimea should be a self governing separate territory, country if you like, with the right after 40 years to seek scceptance as part of Russia?

    Another area of possible common interest is Palestine where lots of donor money and other assistance should make the creation of a handful of more or less federated city states on the West Bank where they could become mini Hong Kongs an attractive alternative to poverty with a nationalistic and belligerent flavour. Too naive even to talk about?

    Ah but I should remember my conversations with the highly rational and far from naive man appointed as UN mediator in Kashmir in 1950 and how his perfectly rational plan of partition was sunk by the Indians.....

    And we are constantly reminded what a dissembling waster you are.

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    A well chosen time for a simulation of modsty by your rare brevity as you seem to be in the minority. Still I would be interested for you to disclose which of the UR commenters' pathologies is responsible for your choice of "dissembling".
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  • @Wizard of Oz
    That hangs together pretty well IIMSS. But i baulked at "until the two state solution becomes unavoidable" because I was expecting "becomes impossible" which would seem consistent with the Israeli policy of preferring the status quo to any settlement they can imagine being on offer.

    Few weeks ago

    Ehud Barak Warns: Israel Faces ‘Slippery Slope’ Toward Apartheid
    If Israel keeps controlling Palestinians, ‘inevitable’ result will be ‘either non-Jewish or non-democratic’ state, former Israeli PM tells Conflict Zone’s Tim Sebastian in Deutsche Welle TV interview[...]
    “If we keep controlling the whole area from the Mediterranean to the river Jordan where some 13 million people are living — eight million Israelis, five million Palestinians … if only one entity reigned over this whole area, named Israel,” the 74-year-old former premier says, “it would become inevitably — that’s the key word, inevitably – either non-Jewish or non-democratic.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.796949

    http://mondoweiss.net/2017/06/barak-palestinian-viable/

    No one in the world thinks that we are Switzerland here, but I’m telling you, with full responsibility, no one in the world understands how come the government of Israel sees in a Palestinian state which is demilitarized– almost completely not viable, surrounded by the Israeli forces– the strongest army in the world, almost a nuclear superpower, backed by America, including technologies that they didn’t even give to their own soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan– how can this non-viable state, which is surrounded, be an existential threat on Israel?… Existential threat on Israel? This sounds like either fabricated or visionary or completely crazy planning.

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  • @Sean
    I think there have been several major US politicians who said that the US would destroy Iran if it was about to attack Israel,and Iran isn't going to commit suicide. A real threat to Israel is the occupied territories and the status of the Arabs, which is one not openly discussed by Israelis in and around government circles, and the US Israel lobby don't mention it either, Iran is a useful proxy for it inasmuch as the US will help with Iran, but not the unmentionable.

    Israel cannot continue as it is and there is a great silence about the practical alternatives. Expulsion of the West Bank Arabs is not talked about openly by those in power because Israeli politics are conducted with an eye on keeping US support continuing indefinitely. Withdrawal from the West Bank is not advocated either, because it is unacceptable in Israel. So things will go on as they are, until the two state solution (official bipartisan US policy) becomes unavoidable.

    As the 1973 offensive by Sadat to get Egypt paid attention to effectively demonstrated, Egypt is too big and too populous for a small country to be in unending conflict with it, and that is why it was removed from the equation by American aid, which is on the condition that Egypt leaves Israel alone.

    That hangs together pretty well IIMSS. But i baulked at “until the two state solution becomes unavoidable” because I was expecting “becomes impossible” which would seem consistent with the Israeli policy of preferring the status quo to any settlement they can imagine being on offer.

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    Few weeks ago

    Ehud Barak Warns: Israel Faces 'Slippery Slope' Toward Apartheid
    If Israel keeps controlling Palestinians, 'inevitable' result will be 'either non-Jewish or non-democratic' state, former Israeli PM tells Conflict Zone's Tim Sebastian in Deutsche Welle TV interview[...]
    "If we keep controlling the whole area from the Mediterranean to the river Jordan where some 13 million people are living -- eight million Israelis, five million Palestinians ... if only one entity reigned over this whole area, named Israel," the 74-year-old former premier says, "it would become inevitably -- that's the key word, inevitably – either non-Jewish or non-democratic."

    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.796949
     

    http://mondoweiss.net/2017/06/barak-palestinian-viable/

    No one in the world thinks that we are Switzerland here, but I’m telling you, with full responsibility, no one in the world understands how come the government of Israel sees in a Palestinian state which is demilitarized– almost completely not viable, surrounded by the Israeli forces– the strongest army in the world, almost a nuclear superpower, backed by America, including technologies that they didn’t even give to their own soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan– how can this non-viable state, which is surrounded, be an existential threat on Israel?… Existential threat on Israel? This sounds like either fabricated or visionary or completely crazy planning.
     
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  • @Anon
    A few years ago, they established a referential trade agreement which shows clearly that they are interested in closer economic relations despite political disagreements.

    [Too Many Typos.]

    I read thst (which told me something I didn’t know) in my Inbox, provided a “p”, and asdumed it was on another topic I had addressed, namely whether Israel should have any rational fear of China becoming a major player in Syria!

    I am not sure how far trade deals eo ipso support your point. After all President Trump doesn’t seem to think they count for much when you get out of bed one morning and decide that last week’s trade deal gave you today’s hangover. However it occurs toe to add on the other subject that Israel is so unimportant to China as a source of harm and the Arabs so incapable of hurting China that Israel has nothing to fear. And, come to think of it the Chinese send settlers to Tibet and to Shanxi so thete could well be scope for a Sino Israeli Institute for the Problems of Primitive People.

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  • @Wizard of Oz
    Interestimg if you were to elaborate with your specific points of most relevance. (My limited knowledge takes me first to their common concern about independent Kurds.....)

    A few years ago, they established a referential trade agreement which shows clearly that they are interested in closer economic relations despite political disagreements.

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    [Too Many Typos.]

    I read thst (which told me something I didn't know) in my Inbox, provided a "p", and asdumed it was on another topic I had addressed, namely whether Israel should have any rational fear of China becoming a major player in Syria!

    I am not sure how far trade deals eo ipso support your point. After all President Trump doesn't seem to think they count for much when you get out of bed one morning and decide that last week's trade deal gave you today's hangover. However it occurs toe to add on the other subject that Israel is so unimportant to China as a source of harm and the Arabs so incapable of hurting China that Israel has nothing to fear. And, come to think of it the Chinese send settlers to Tibet and to Shanxi so thete could well be scope for a Sino Israeli Institute for the Problems of Primitive People.
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  • @Ben_C
    I agree the war in Syrian and the "situation" in the Ukraine are inseparable in a lot of ways, but I don't think Crimea is/will be used as some sort of geopolitical "bargaining chip" atm...

    It's true that when the relevant decision makers in Russia saw armed groups of "peaceful protesters" in the streets, and masked snipers on the rooftops, of Keiv many most likely made some sort of mental connection between what was going on in the Ukraine at the time and what was/is going on in Syria.

    Be that as it may, as we all know and saw: "the people" of the Crimea "voted" to become part of the Russian Federation. What mechanism could/would be used to reverse this decision? I guess another "vote" could be a theoretical "off ramp" here; however, I don't think a "free and fair", international monitored, "election" would produce a result that would return the Crimea to the Ukraine anytime in the near future...

    But I guess we shall see...

    … many most likely made some sort of mental connection between what was going on in the Ukraine at the time and what was/is going on in Syria.

    Well, it didn’t go unnoticed in the high places where strategy is made. For the Russians’ part, the Kremlin no doubt did its planning, but it didn’t move into Syria until the Ukrainian conflict had been frozen solidly in place politically and militarily.

    For the West’s part, gobsmacked on both fronts, the Pentagon, DoS and NATO reacted with confused propaganda, and seem to have settled on that as a long term “strategy” for lack of anything useful they could actually do.
    A few grand strategists called for a rethink, but in fact the situation had long since passed the available turning points. See https://www.forbes.com/sites/stratfor/2014/09/02/ukraine-iraq-and-a-black-sea-strategy/2/#49b559b63e05 for one such call.

    In short, the Americans walked triumphantly into their own tarpits, while the Russians watched and took the resulting advantage.

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  • @Wizard of Oz
    I am constantly reminded of my naiveté by the total absence of discussion of what seem to me obvious possible solutions to geopolitical problems. For example why shouldn't a settlement of the Crimea issue be achieved by agreement that Crimea should be a self governing separate territory, country if you like, with the right after 40 years to seek scceptance as part of Russia?

    Another area of possible common interest is Palestine where lots of donor money and other assistance should make the creation of a handful of more or less federated city states on the West Bank where they could become mini Hong Kongs an attractive alternative to poverty with a nationalistic and belligerent flavour. Too naive even to talk about?

    Ah but I should remember my conversations with the highly rational and far from naive man appointed as UN mediator in Kashmir in 1950 and how his perfectly rational plan of partition was sunk by the Indians.....

    For example why shouldn’t a settlement of the Crimea issue be achieved by agreement that Crimea should be a self governing separate territory

    Umm, it was called the Autonomous Republic of Crimea when Khrushchev transferred administration to the Ukrainian SSR, and it stayed that way right through Maidan.

    During the dissolution of the USSR in the early ’90s, Crimea twice held referendums in response to the West’s insistence on it staying under the administration of the newly independent Ukraine. They knew well that the Ukraine would soon go to hell in a handbasket even then, and the results were equivalent to the 2014 referendum. The Soviets at that time had just enough wit remaining to insist that the Ukraine keep the name and political structure.
    That’s why its breakaway was so clean. It had all the trappings of statehood minus a central bank and an army.

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  • @jim jones
    Moscow seems to be hundreds of miles away from the main route, I suggest we forget about Russia.

    Try to google “Eurasian Land Bridge”

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  • @jim jones
    Moscow seems to be hundreds of miles away from the main route, I suggest we forget about Russia.

    Check real documents about the project, map at a title is just a picture from internet!

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  • @A123
    A route connecting?
    1) Istanbul
    2) Tehran

    That implies a wholesale change in Sunni-Shia relations.

    If the underlying belief is strengthening of Iran, a more interesting proposal is an Iran-Iraq-Syria oil export pipeline.

    That implies a wholesale change in Sunni-Shia relations.

    Not really. Sunni and Shia (and Druze and Christian) fought ISIS shoulder to shoulder in Iraq, and are still fighting ISIS in Syria. Nasrallah recently made a speech praising their cooperation, making a special point to thank the Sunnis for their contribution, particularly Sunni scholars and mullahs who held fast against ISIS’ toxic ideology (which was decisive).
    The “Resistance Axis” paid no mind to the “Shia-Sunni divide” on its way to victory, and so it will be in the peace. Both sides stared into the abyss and the same enemy stared back for both.

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  • @Wizard of Oz
    I'm interested in the style of rhetoric used on UR (not uniquely UR I should probably add for accuracy). If you think about it "no one in Israel dares mention" is virtually never true about anything. Even in China it is probably not literally true but in Israel there would always be somebody scteaming the unsayable. At least that's my impression without claiming that my one visit to Israel gives me the aithority to say that. (I did hear a Bedouin mayor say publicly that he didn't recognise Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state).

    As to Egypt being the only country Israel fears how foes that fit in with their emphasis on the danger from Iran getting nuclear weapons? And,, as to Egypt, what do they fear about it and why? After all they can threaten to destroy the Aswan dam as a last resort....

    I think there have been several major US politicians who said that the US would destroy Iran if it was about to attack Israel,and Iran isn’t going to commit suicide. A real threat to Israel is the occupied territories and the status of the Arabs, which is one not openly discussed by Israelis in and around government circles, and the US Israel lobby don’t mention it either, Iran is a useful proxy for it inasmuch as the US will help with Iran, but not the unmentionable.

    Israel cannot continue as it is and there is a great silence about the practical alternatives. Expulsion of the West Bank Arabs is not talked about openly by those in power because Israeli politics are conducted with an eye on keeping US support continuing indefinitely. Withdrawal from the West Bank is not advocated either, because it is unacceptable in Israel. So things will go on as they are, until the two state solution (official bipartisan US policy) becomes unavoidable.

    As the 1973 offensive by Sadat to get Egypt paid attention to effectively demonstrated, Egypt is too big and too populous for a small country to be in unending conflict with it, and that is why it was removed from the equation by American aid, which is on the condition that Egypt leaves Israel alone.

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    That hangs together pretty well IIMSS. But i baulked at "until the two state solution becomes unavoidable" because I was expecting "becomes impossible" which would seem consistent with the Israeli policy of preferring the status quo to any settlement they can imagine being on offer.
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  • @Ben_C
    I agree the war in Syrian and the "situation" in the Ukraine are inseparable in a lot of ways, but I don't think Crimea is/will be used as some sort of geopolitical "bargaining chip" atm...

    It's true that when the relevant decision makers in Russia saw armed groups of "peaceful protesters" in the streets, and masked snipers on the rooftops, of Keiv many most likely made some sort of mental connection between what was going on in the Ukraine at the time and what was/is going on in Syria.

    Be that as it may, as we all know and saw: "the people" of the Crimea "voted" to become part of the Russian Federation. What mechanism could/would be used to reverse this decision? I guess another "vote" could be a theoretical "off ramp" here; however, I don't think a "free and fair", international monitored, "election" would produce a result that would return the Crimea to the Ukraine anytime in the near future...

    But I guess we shall see...

    I am constantly reminded of my naiveté by the total absence of discussion of what seem to me obvious possible solutions to geopolitical problems. For example why shouldn’t a settlement of the Crimea issue be achieved by agreement that Crimea should be a self governing separate territory, country if you like, with the right after 40 years to seek scceptance as part of Russia?

    Another area of possible common interest is Palestine where lots of donor money and other assistance should make the creation of a handful of more or less federated city states on the West Bank where they could become mini Hong Kongs an attractive alternative to poverty with a nationalistic and belligerent flavour. Too naive even to talk about?

    Ah but I should remember my conversations with the highly rational and far from naive man appointed as UN mediator in Kashmir in 1950 and how his perfectly rational plan of partition was sunk by the Indians…..

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    For example why shouldn’t a settlement of the Crimea issue be achieved by agreement that Crimea should be a self governing separate territory
     
    Umm, it was called the Autonomous Republic of Crimea when Khrushchev transferred administration to the Ukrainian SSR, and it stayed that way right through Maidan.

    During the dissolution of the USSR in the early '90s, Crimea twice held referendums in response to the West's insistence on it staying under the administration of the newly independent Ukraine. They knew well that the Ukraine would soon go to hell in a handbasket even then, and the results were equivalent to the 2014 referendum. The Soviets at that time had just enough wit remaining to insist that the Ukraine keep the name and political structure.
    That's why its breakaway was so clean. It had all the trappings of statehood minus a central bank and an army.
    , @RobinG
    And we are constantly reminded what a dissembling waster you are.
    , @KA
    Can you provide any link to the Indian obstruction in 50s to the Kashmir issue ?
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  • @Anon

    A route connecting?
    1) Istanbul
    2) Tehran

    That implies a wholesale change in Sunni-Shia relations.
     
    You are not familiar with the Turko-Iranian relations, are you?

    Interestimg if you were to elaborate with your specific points of most relevance. (My limited knowledge takes me first to their common concern about independent Kurds…..)

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    A few years ago, they established a referential trade agreement which shows clearly that they are interested in closer economic relations despite political disagreements.
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  • BTW, I don’t think it’s even US “official” policy that “the Golan” is part of so-called “Israel” as of yet…

    Jerusalem is not the capital of so-called “Israel”, and the Golan is not part of so-called “Israel”… At least not “officially” according to the US, the UN, or anyone besides so-called “Israel” as far as I know…

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  • I agree the war in Syrian and the “situation” in the Ukraine are inseparable in a lot of ways, but I don’t think Crimea is/will be used as some sort of geopolitical “bargaining chip” atm…

    It’s true that when the relevant decision makers in Russia saw armed groups of “peaceful protesters” in the streets, and masked snipers on the rooftops, of Keiv many most likely made some sort of mental connection between what was going on in the Ukraine at the time and what was/is going on in Syria.

    Be that as it may, as we all know and saw: “the people” of the Crimea “voted” to become part of the Russian Federation. What mechanism could/would be used to reverse this decision? I guess another “vote” could be a theoretical “off ramp” here; however, I don’t think a “free and fair”, international monitored, “election” would produce a result that would return the Crimea to the Ukraine anytime in the near future…

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    I am constantly reminded of my naiveté by the total absence of discussion of what seem to me obvious possible solutions to geopolitical problems. For example why shouldn't a settlement of the Crimea issue be achieved by agreement that Crimea should be a self governing separate territory, country if you like, with the right after 40 years to seek scceptance as part of Russia?

    Another area of possible common interest is Palestine where lots of donor money and other assistance should make the creation of a handful of more or less federated city states on the West Bank where they could become mini Hong Kongs an attractive alternative to poverty with a nationalistic and belligerent flavour. Too naive even to talk about?

    Ah but I should remember my conversations with the highly rational and far from naive man appointed as UN mediator in Kashmir in 1950 and how his perfectly rational plan of partition was sunk by the Indians.....

    , @Erebus

    ... many most likely made some sort of mental connection between what was going on in the Ukraine at the time and what was/is going on in Syria.
     
    Well, it didn't go unnoticed in the high places where strategy is made. For the Russians' part, the Kremlin no doubt did its planning, but it didn't move into Syria until the Ukrainian conflict had been frozen solidly in place politically and militarily.

    For the West's part, gobsmacked on both fronts, the Pentagon, DoS and NATO reacted with confused propaganda, and seem to have settled on that as a long term "strategy" for lack of anything useful they could actually do.
    A few grand strategists called for a rethink, but in fact the situation had long since passed the available turning points. See https://www.forbes.com/sites/stratfor/2014/09/02/ukraine-iraq-and-a-black-sea-strategy/2/#49b559b63e05 for one such call.

    In short, the Americans walked triumphantly into their own tarpits, while the Russians watched and took the resulting advantage.
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  • @Beefcake the Mighty
    I'm not sure what you mean here, but the main threat to Israel is demographic, hence their desire (Oded Yinon) to foment instability in the region and reduce relatively modern Arab states (like Iraq and Syria) to ineffective, squabbling tribes. I imagine a strong China enforcing stability for economic reasons and not giving a damn about Jewish ethnic interests (like the US lapdog) would in fact be viewed warily, at least, by Israel.

    You say real good point there… Haha… China don’t even know what a Jew is!

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    Just ask Ron Unz about the Jews of Kaifeng and the Chinese hospitality given to Jews escaping Nazi Germany. The rank and file Chinese may not know who Jews are but you can bet the leadership knows. Besides, Chinese can identify with Jews seeing that they're smart, successful and religious and two out of three ain't so bad being that the Chinese are atheist and materialistic!
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  • @Beefcake the Mighty
    I'm not sure what you mean here, but the main threat to Israel is demographic, hence their desire (Oded Yinon) to foment instability in the region and reduce relatively modern Arab states (like Iraq and Syria) to ineffective, squabbling tribes. I imagine a strong China enforcing stability for economic reasons and not giving a damn about Jewish ethnic interests (like the US lapdog) would in fact be viewed warily, at least, by Israel.

    Yes, i did say “genuine and non paranoid Israeli fears” as a gesture towards what you are noting.

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  • @Sean
    The EU is about a single market within Europe, and barriers to the rest of the world.

    The key problem for isreal is not demographic but political, the status of the west Bank Arabs cannot remain in limbo forever. Official US policy is for a two state solution and that dooms Israel unless they get rid of them.

    The only country thet Israel fears is Egypt, and it has been neutralised by US aid. Israel ( which could always count on the US anyway) effectively has no external enemies--Syria was never a threat. But no one in Israel dares mention the unsustainable position of the Palestinians in the occupied territories, or the only solution.

    I’m interested in the style of rhetoric used on UR (not uniquely UR I should probably add for accuracy). If you think about it “no one in Israel dares mention” is virtually never true about anything. Even in China it is probably not literally true but in Israel there would always be somebody scteaming the unsayable. At least that’s my impression without claiming that my one visit to Israel gives me the aithority to say that. (I did hear a Bedouin mayor say publicly that he didn’t recognise Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state).

    As to Egypt being the only country Israel fears how foes that fit in with their emphasis on the danger from Iran getting nuclear weapons? And,, as to Egypt, what do they fear about it and why? After all they can threaten to destroy the Aswan dam as a last resort….

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    I think there have been several major US politicians who said that the US would destroy Iran if it was about to attack Israel,and Iran isn't going to commit suicide. A real threat to Israel is the occupied territories and the status of the Arabs, which is one not openly discussed by Israelis in and around government circles, and the US Israel lobby don't mention it either, Iran is a useful proxy for it inasmuch as the US will help with Iran, but not the unmentionable.

    Israel cannot continue as it is and there is a great silence about the practical alternatives. Expulsion of the West Bank Arabs is not talked about openly by those in power because Israeli politics are conducted with an eye on keeping US support continuing indefinitely. Withdrawal from the West Bank is not advocated either, because it is unacceptable in Israel. So things will go on as they are, until the two state solution (official bipartisan US policy) becomes unavoidable.

    As the 1973 offensive by Sadat to get Egypt paid attention to effectively demonstrated, Egypt is too big and too populous for a small country to be in unending conflict with it, and that is why it was removed from the equation by American aid, which is on the condition that Egypt leaves Israel alone.
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  • @A123
    A route connecting?
    1) Istanbul
    2) Tehran

    That implies a wholesale change in Sunni-Shia relations.

    If the underlying belief is strengthening of Iran, a more interesting proposal is an Iran-Iraq-Syria oil export pipeline.

    A route connecting?
    1) Istanbul
    2) Tehran

    That implies a wholesale change in Sunni-Shia relations.

    You are not familiar with the Turko-Iranian relations, are you?

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    Interestimg if you were to elaborate with your specific points of most relevance. (My limited knowledge takes me first to their common concern about independent Kurds.....)
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  • @Duh.

    Translation: the Golan de facto annexed by Israel.
     
    The Golan Heights have already been both de facto and de jure annexed by Israel.

    Israel conquered the Golan Heights 50 years ago.

    Israel annexed the Golan Heights 35 years ago.

    Israel conquered the Golan Heights 50 years ago.

    Israel annexed the Golan Heights 35 years ago.

    The Golan belongs to Syria – period – end of story!

    Peace — Art

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  • China, Russia and Iran will have priority over anyone else for all infrastructure investment and reconstruction projects when the war is over.

    The Jew Matrix has America screwed — period!

    We all know this to be true.

    Vote for anyone who will not take money from someone who can not vote for them.

    Peace — Art

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  • Translation: the Golan de facto annexed by Israel.

    The Golan Heights have already been both de facto and de jure annexed by Israel.

    Israel conquered the Golan Heights 50 years ago.

    Israel annexed the Golan Heights 35 years ago.

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    Israel conquered the Golan Heights 50 years ago.

    Israel annexed the Golan Heights 35 years ago.

    The Golan belongs to Syria - period - end of story!

    Peace --- Art

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  • A route connecting?
    1) Istanbul
    2) Tehran

    That implies a wholesale change in Sunni-Shia relations.

    If the underlying belief is strengthening of Iran, a more interesting proposal is an Iran-Iraq-Syria oil export pipeline.

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    A route connecting?
    1) Istanbul
    2) Tehran

    That implies a wholesale change in Sunni-Shia relations.
     
    You are not familiar with the Turko-Iranian relations, are you?
    , @Erebus

    That implies a wholesale change in Sunni-Shia relations.
     
    Not really. Sunni and Shia (and Druze and Christian) fought ISIS shoulder to shoulder in Iraq, and are still fighting ISIS in Syria. Nasrallah recently made a speech praising their cooperation, making a special point to thank the Sunnis for their contribution, particularly Sunni scholars and mullahs who held fast against ISIS' toxic ideology (which was decisive).
    The "Resistance Axis" paid no mind to the "Shia-Sunni divide" on its way to victory, and so it will be in the peace. Both sides stared into the abyss and the same enemy stared back for both.
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  • @Tradecraft46
    You should, at least mentioned Mackinder, but that would not have been any fun, would it?

    Mackinder was wrong.

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  • The U.S. could make peace with Russia and China and prosper along with everybody else. But Imperial Washington MUST rule the world by force of arms. So for now there will be no peace for anybody.

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  • @Johnny Rube
    The USA doesn't need to be the hegemon. We can roll with the new silk road. Although, to be fair, I think it's time we started pointing out that China is still a communist country, with basically the country's entire economic output controlled by the state, which owns industries, banks, etc. In fact, I've been pointing this out for 30 years, ever since China was granted favored nation trading rights. I love throwing this fact in the face of American Ayn Rand libertarians, who don't understand the rapid development that socialist policies have achieved in the last 200 years, and instead focus on the number of people who've been killed by statist/socialist policies. We're at a strange point in America right now, where we seem willing to accept the gross human rights violations of communism in order to win the game. It's all about game theory now, anyway, isn't it?

    Great job as usual Pepe!

    We’re at a strange point in America right now, where we seem willing to accept the gross human rights violations of communism in order to win the game.

    It’s not really anything new; look who funded and supported Uncle Joey. “We” have always accepted, if not encouraged, “exceptions” to our philosophical purity for one reason or another.The communist movement was hijacked by the money bag boys based in New York and London and twisted to suit their ends just like what happened after the American revolution and many other movements and revolutions.

    As far as throwing stuff in Libertarian faces, I wonder what China or the US would be like had they had a chance to develop truly free markets. Especially free from manipulation by the big banksters. The Chinese, in my experience, are pretty sharp cookies when it comes to business.

    I do think Libertarians are on the right track by preaching the gospel of smaller government and decentralizing power, but the true goal would be anarchy in a more ideal world.

    (I do agree that Ayn Rand’s “greed is good” silliness is just plain corny.)

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  • You should, at least mentioned Mackinder, but that would not have been any fun, would it?

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    Mackinder was wrong.
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  • @Avery
    {Translation: the Golan de facto annexed by Israel. And the “carrot” for Moscow would be Washington accepting Crimea de facto re-incorporated into the Russian Federation.}

    I don't understand where is the quid pro quo here.
    Why would Russia care whether Washington 'accepts' Crimea being part of RF or not?
    US sanctions mean nothing as far as RF is concerned.
    EU sanctions have done some hurt, but RF has developed immunity by now.
    And EU is already opposing US's pressure to continue with the sanctions, because Russia's counter-sanctions are causing EU considerable pain.
    Whether anyone recognize it or not, Crimea _is_ part of Russia.

    So where is the real carrot for Russia? I don't see it.
    (Neocon) US is going to stab Russia in the back again and again.
    I doubt Russia expects anything good coming out of US.

    As to the Golan: Syria is in no position to take it back by force, so they have to live with it, until geopolitical tectonic plates shift in their favour - if ever.

    In more reasonable times, I recall that the Israelis were prepared to negotiate the return of Golan to Syria.

    This was before the US began their ‘destroy all of Israel’s perceived enemies’, under Project for a New American Century, and the earlier Israeli prototype.

    Now, they have almost destroyed Iraq and Syria, Yemen, for some reason, the Izzies and Neocons want Iran as the next target.

    I know I am stating the obvious here, it is a disgusting process.

    Why the hell not unleash ‘Shock and awe’ on Riyadh, Mecca, and Medina?

    The wahhabi have eliminated just about all structures of historical interest in the latter two, look at photos of recent Mecca, Islamic Disneyland.

    So, if US polity is so addicted to bombing campaigns, why not Saudi Arabia?

    Pepe, you are always optimistic, sometimes I think too much, but always enjoyable reading.

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  • @Beefcake the Mighty
    I'm not sure what you mean here, but the main threat to Israel is demographic, hence their desire (Oded Yinon) to foment instability in the region and reduce relatively modern Arab states (like Iraq and Syria) to ineffective, squabbling tribes. I imagine a strong China enforcing stability for economic reasons and not giving a damn about Jewish ethnic interests (like the US lapdog) would in fact be viewed warily, at least, by Israel.

    The EU is about a single market within Europe, and barriers to the rest of the world.

    The key problem for isreal is not demographic but political, the status of the west Bank Arabs cannot remain in limbo forever. Official US policy is for a two state solution and that dooms Israel unless they get rid of them.

    The only country thet Israel fears is Egypt, and it has been neutralised by US aid. Israel ( which could always count on the US anyway) effectively has no external enemies–Syria was never a threat. But no one in Israel dares mention the unsustainable position of the Palestinians in the occupied territories, or the only solution.

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    I'm interested in the style of rhetoric used on UR (not uniquely UR I should probably add for accuracy). If you think about it "no one in Israel dares mention" is virtually never true about anything. Even in China it is probably not literally true but in Israel there would always be somebody scteaming the unsayable. At least that's my impression without claiming that my one visit to Israel gives me the aithority to say that. (I did hear a Bedouin mayor say publicly that he didn't recognise Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state).

    As to Egypt being the only country Israel fears how foes that fit in with their emphasis on the danger from Iran getting nuclear weapons? And,, as to Egypt, what do they fear about it and why? After all they can threaten to destroy the Aswan dam as a last resort....
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  • @Wizard of Oz
    It is hard to see how genuine and non paranoid Israeli fears would be roused by the idea of China's huge secular/economic power dominating Syria.

    I’m not sure what you mean here, but the main threat to Israel is demographic, hence their desire (Oded Yinon) to foment instability in the region and reduce relatively modern Arab states (like Iraq and Syria) to ineffective, squabbling tribes. I imagine a strong China enforcing stability for economic reasons and not giving a damn about Jewish ethnic interests (like the US lapdog) would in fact be viewed warily, at least, by Israel.

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    The EU is about a single market within Europe, and barriers to the rest of the world.

    The key problem for isreal is not demographic but political, the status of the west Bank Arabs cannot remain in limbo forever. Official US policy is for a two state solution and that dooms Israel unless they get rid of them.

    The only country thet Israel fears is Egypt, and it has been neutralised by US aid. Israel ( which could always count on the US anyway) effectively has no external enemies--Syria was never a threat. But no one in Israel dares mention the unsustainable position of the Palestinians in the occupied territories, or the only solution.
    , @Wizard of Oz
    Yes, i did say "genuine and non paranoid Israeli fears" as a gesture towards what you are noting.
    , @edNels
    You say real good point there... Haha... China don't even know what a Jew is!
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  • Translation: the Golan de facto annexed by Israel. And the “carrot” for Moscow would be Washington accepting Crimea de facto re-incorporated into the Russian Federation.

    I would bet some money on this.

    Let’s watch out for de-escalation noises from the MSM and Europeans suddenly finding “historical reasons” why Crimea should belong to Russia, then “convincing” the Americans that this is good policy while territorial changes in the Middle East are deep-sixed to footnotes on page 5 and smothered in UN mumbling.

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  • @Renoman
    The rebuilding of Syria will be a huge economic boom. Whatever all the various factions have to do do to get in on it will happen because cash is King. America will have to tread carefully, everyone thinks they are just a giant Dufus over there, if they want to get back any respect they will have to play the part of peacemaker builder not Military lunatic.

    The rebuilding of Syria will be a huge economic boom.

    It’s only an “economic boom” if there is someone who can pay for the reconstruction.

    So….. uhhh? Syria? I don’t think so. And note that this is not over yet by far.

    The taxpayer? The taxpayer is underwater for about 200 trillion dollars.

    Ok, so let’s print more money.

    What does that mean?

    That means forced taxing of your kids.

    The future is superland!

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  • @jim jones
    Moscow seems to be hundreds of miles away from the main route, I suggest we forget about Russia.

    What main route?

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  • {Translation: the Golan de facto annexed by Israel. And the “carrot” for Moscow would be Washington accepting Crimea de facto re-incorporated into the Russian Federation.}

    I don’t understand where is the quid pro quo here.
    Why would Russia care whether Washington ‘accepts’ Crimea being part of RF or not?
    US sanctions mean nothing as far as RF is concerned.
    EU sanctions have done some hurt, but RF has developed immunity by now.
    And EU is already opposing US’s pressure to continue with the sanctions, because Russia’s counter-sanctions are causing EU considerable pain.
    Whether anyone recognize it or not, Crimea _is_ part of Russia.

    So where is the real carrot for Russia? I don’t see it.
    (Neocon) US is going to stab Russia in the back again and again.
    I doubt Russia expects anything good coming out of US.

    As to the Golan: Syria is in no position to take it back by force, so they have to live with it, until geopolitical tectonic plates shift in their favour – if ever.

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    • Replies: @Che Guava
    In more reasonable times, I recall that the Israelis were prepared to negotiate the return of Golan to Syria.

    This was before the US began their 'destroy all of Israel's perceived enemies', under Project for a New American Century, and the earlier Israeli prototype.

    Now, they have almost destroyed Iraq and Syria, Yemen, for some reason, the Izzies and Neocons want Iran as the next target.

    I know I am stating the obvious here, it is a disgusting process.

    Why the hell not unleash 'Shock and awe' on Riyadh, Mecca, and Medina?

    The wahhabi have eliminated just about all structures of historical interest in the latter two, look at photos of recent Mecca, Islamic Disneyland.

    So, if US polity is so addicted to bombing campaigns, why not Saudi Arabia?

    Pepe, you are always optimistic, sometimes I think too much, but always enjoyable reading.
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  • @jim jones
    Moscow seems to be hundreds of miles away from the main route, I suggest we forget about Russia.

    The USA seems to be ten thousand miles away from the main route. I suggest we forget about the USA.

    If only…

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  • Few remember that before the war China had already invested tens of billions of US dollars in Syria’s oil and gas industry.

    Actually, I never knew that, so thanks.

    That fact alone is worth a few thousand pictures!

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  • Moscow seems to be hundreds of miles away from the main route, I suggest we forget about Russia.

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    The USA seems to be ten thousand miles away from the main route. I suggest we forget about the USA.

    If only...
    , @Anon
    What main route?
    , @Pavel
    Check real documents about the project, map at a title is just a picture from internet!
    , @Pavel
    Try to google "Eurasian Land Bridge"
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  • The rebuilding of Syria will be a huge economic boom. Whatever all the various factions have to do do to get in on it will happen because cash is King. America will have to tread carefully, everyone thinks they are just a giant Dufus over there, if they want to get back any respect they will have to play the part of peacemaker builder not Military lunatic.

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    The rebuilding of Syria will be a huge economic boom.
     
    It's only an "economic boom" if there is someone who can pay for the reconstruction.

    So..... uhhh? Syria? I don't think so. And note that this is not over yet by far.

    The taxpayer? The taxpayer is underwater for about 200 trillion dollars.

    Ok, so let's print more money.

    What does that mean?

    That means forced taxing of your kids.

    The future is superland!
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  • The USA doesn’t need to be the hegemon. We can roll with the new silk road. Although, to be fair, I think it’s time we started pointing out that China is still a communist country, with basically the country’s entire economic output controlled by the state, which owns industries, banks, etc. In fact, I’ve been pointing this out for 30 years, ever since China was granted favored nation trading rights. I love throwing this fact in the face of American Ayn Rand libertarians, who don’t understand the rapid development that socialist policies have achieved in the last 200 years, and instead focus on the number of people who’ve been killed by statist/socialist policies. We’re at a strange point in America right now, where we seem willing to accept the gross human rights violations of communism in order to win the game. It’s all about game theory now, anyway, isn’t it?

    Great job as usual Pepe!

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    We’re at a strange point in America right now, where we seem willing to accept the gross human rights violations of communism in order to win the game.
     
    It's not really anything new; look who funded and supported Uncle Joey. "We" have always accepted, if not encouraged, "exceptions" to our philosophical purity for one reason or another.The communist movement was hijacked by the money bag boys based in New York and London and twisted to suit their ends just like what happened after the American revolution and many other movements and revolutions.

    As far as throwing stuff in Libertarian faces, I wonder what China or the US would be like had they had a chance to develop truly free markets. Especially free from manipulation by the big banksters. The Chinese, in my experience, are pretty sharp cookies when it comes to business.

    I do think Libertarians are on the right track by preaching the gospel of smaller government and decentralizing power, but the true goal would be anarchy in a more ideal world.

    (I do agree that Ayn Rand's "greed is good" silliness is just plain corny.)

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  • It is hard to see how genuine and non paranoid Israeli fears would be roused by the idea of China’s huge secular/economic power dominating Syria.

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    I'm not sure what you mean here, but the main threat to Israel is demographic, hence their desire (Oded Yinon) to foment instability in the region and reduce relatively modern Arab states (like Iraq and Syria) to ineffective, squabbling tribes. I imagine a strong China enforcing stability for economic reasons and not giving a damn about Jewish ethnic interests (like the US lapdog) would in fact be viewed warily, at least, by Israel.
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  • Donald Trump, commenting on the passing of Fidel Castro, branded him a mere “dictator”. Whatever the long-lasting results (and mistakes) of the Cuban experiment, History has already de facto recognized Fidel as one of the great revolutionary leaders of the modern – and postmodern – era. Trump – historical irony obliges – also has all...
  • “And second, who cares what they wanted? The society invested in their education for the benefit of the whole society, and so they must stay; such are the rules.” Mao Cheng Ji

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  • Let’s start with the geopolitical Big Bang you know nothing about, the one that occurred just two weeks ago. Here are its results: from now on, any possible future attack on Iran threatened by the Pentagon (in conjunction with NATO) would essentially be an assault on the planning of an interlocking set of organizations --...
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