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Behind President Donald Trump’s bluster and threats over Syria, powerful forces are pushing the US towards war with Russia and Syria: the neocons and the military industrial complex.

For a candidate who once proposed a normal relationship with Russia, just peace in the Mideast, and an end to America’s foreign wars Donald Trump is now hurtling towards a full-scale war with Russia and a new disaster in the Mideast. Not since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis has the danger of nuclear war seemed to close.

While Trump fulminates about the alleged use of toxic gas in Syria, US B-1 and B-52 heavy bombers are flattening villages in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

The bloodbath in Syria was ignited in 2011 by the US, Saudi Arabia and their allies in an effort to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, who was failing to accept US tutelage and too friendly with Iran. By my count, this was the third attempt by Washington to overthrow a Syrian government since 1948.

Believe very little of what we are told about Syria. Trump threatens to again attack Syria because it is alleged to have used chlorine gas on anti-government defenders and civilians in the Ghouta enclave near Damascus. This may be true – or a fabrication.

Much of our information on Syria comes from ‘false flag’ outfits set up by western intelligence like the ‘White Helmets’ and ‘Syrian Observatory,’ Britain’s once independent BBC, now a major organ for government information warfare, and the majority of US government ‘guided’ mainstream media hankering for a Mideast war.

Interestingly, the reliable Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz just reported that Ronald Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress, donated $1.1 million to a rabid American anti-Muslim group during the 2016 elections.

Lauder was joined by Robert Mercer, another leading far right Muslim-hater and Trump supporter. Such religious/racial hatred will likely blow up in their faces one day when the anti-Muslim far right turns on Jewish Americans.

Israel’s government plans to fragment Syria, just as was done with Iraq. This would eliminate the only remaining credible Arab state opposing Israel’s domination of the region and, equally important, allow Israel to begin expropriating chunks of Syria, notably water sources and pipeline routes.

Britain is trying to show the old lion still has some teeth. France used to be colonial ruler of today’s Syria and wants to reassert its influence there.

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The timing for Israel is ideal. Trump may have been a Trojan Horse for US neocons. He has named ardently pro-Israel figures to senior posts: the loathsome Nikki Haley to the UN; the well-known ‘crazy’ from Bush days, John Bolton, as National Security Advisor; the notorious torturer madame, Gina Haspel, as new CIA chief and so on and nominated tea-party Mike Pompeo from darkest Kansas as Secretary of State of all people. The State Dept. has been quietly purged of ‘Arabist’ experts who understood the Mideast. The Christian fundamentalist machine that provided Trump his support base is running white hot promoting modern-day Crusader passions and hatred of Muslims. Nice bedfellows for Ron Lauder.

With this potent neocon amen chorus now singing at high volume, Trump, who evaded military service during the Vietnam War (when this writer was in US uniform), now thinks he can bully Russia into crying uncle and backing down in Syria, leaving it to the US and Israel.

He has misread President Vladimir Putin who is hard as steel but also very clever and deft. Trump is violating the most important rule of US diplomacy: never, ever get into a confrontation with a nuclear-armed power. Russia, which lost 30 million dead in World War II will not be lightly bullied into retreat. The Russians know if they back down over Syria, the US will then proceed to its ultimate objective, dismantling the Russian Federation and turning it into a client state. This almost happened under the drunken Yeltsin and is why Putin came to power.

Let’s hope Gen. Jim Mattis and the US military will deter Trump from more war-mongering. Trump is a child playing with nuclear matches. Putin may even help Trump find a way out of this game of nuclear chicken, as he did with President Obama. That is, provided the neocons clustered around him don’t manage to trigger a war with Russia.

Copyright Eric S. Margolis 2018

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  1. Realist says:

    For a candidate who once proposed a normal relationship with Russia, just peace in the Mideast, and an end to America’s foreign wars

    Trump is an idiotic shallow little man. But the problem is now that Russia has shown that it will not stand up to the US there is nothing to stop this hegemonic shithole.

  2. anarchyst says:

    The United States government gets its “marching orders” from Israel. THAT is a major problem, with dual-nationality Israelis running our government and formulating both our foreign and domestic policy.

    “Cleaning the swamp” should involve getting rid of ALL dual-nationality types. There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for anyone having “dual loyalties” in MY country.

    In addition, Israel holds a “Damocles sword” over the rest of the world with its “undocumented nukes”…
    If a nuclear device is “lit off” in an American or European city, it will have Israel’s fingerprints all over it. Israel is desperate to keep the American money spigot running, as well as sabotaging the Palestinian “peace process” that the world wants it to take seriously.

    In fact, if a nuclear device is “lit off” anywhere in the world, it will have come from Israel’s secret nuclear “stockpile”.

    The “power outage” in Atlanta was a convenient excuse for Israel to perform a logistical “sleight of hand”, as an Israeli plane was allowed to land and take off during the “power outage” without receiving customs clearance or inspection. Just maybe another one of Israel’s nukes was just being pre-positioned, getting ready for “the big one”. As most Americans are tired of all of the foreign wars being fought for Israel’s benefit, another “incident” on American soil would be enough to galvanize the American public, once again, (just like WTC 9-11) to support another war for Israel’s benefit. Israel’s “samson option” is a real threat to “light one off” in a European or American city, if Israel’s interests are not taken seriously.

    Israel refuses to abide by IAEA guidelines concerning its nukes as they are already distributed around the world. Israel would not be able to produce all of them as most of them are not in Israel, proper. No delivery systems are needed as Israel’s nukes are already “in place”. Look for another “false flag” operation with the blame being put on Iran or Syria. You can bet that some Iranian or Syrian passports will be found in the rubble.

    Israel also threatens to detonate nuclear devices in several US cities. Talk about total INSANITY; the so-called “Samson Option” is it.

    As an aside, American “foreign aid” is prohibited from being given to any country that has not signed the “Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty” or refuses to abide by “International Atomic Energy Agency” (IAEA) guidelines regarding its nuclear devices. Guess what?? Israel does not abide by EITHER and still gets the majority of American “foreign aid”. This prohibition also applies to countries that do not register their “agents of a foreign government” with the U S State Department. Guess what?? Israel (again) with its “American Israel Political Action Committee” (AIPAC) still gets “foreign aid” in contravention of American law..

    There are forty or so congressmen, senators and thousands of high-level policy “wonks” infecting the U S government who hold “dual citizenship” with Israel. Such dual citizenship must be strictly prohibited. Those holding dual citizenship must be required to renounce said foreign citizenship. Refusal to do so should result in immediate deportation with loss of American citizenship. Present and former holders of dual citizenship should never be allowed to serve in any American governmental capacity.

    When Netanyahu addressed both houses of congress, it was sickening to see our politicians slobber all over themselves to PROVE that they were unconditional supporters of Israel…just who the hell do they work for? Certainly not for the interests of the American people and the United States…they should renounce their United States citizenship and be deported to Israel…

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  3. Antiwar7 says:

    Well-played framing of the issues.

  4. Dani says:

    Anarchyst, I’m overwhelmed with competing emotions having read your spot-on, critically relevant, all-inclusive, PERFECT summation of our American Disgrace. Every contributing factor an informed American could possibly call to mind is represented here and any American who is not painfully aware of every thing contained within the first and last words of this article need to make it a priority TO BE!!

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  5. anarchyst says:
    @Dani

    Thank you for your intelligent critique of my article. Please feel free to disseminate this in any form on any forum that you have access to. We need to get the word out. Best regards,

  6. Gleimhart says:

    Wars for Israel are bad, and if Israel sank to the bottom of the ocean I honestly wouldn’t care, but that doesn’t mean I can’t likewise hate Islam. If muslims stay put where they belong, don’t enter White countries, and don’t stir up crap, then that’s fine. But I can’t stand them anymore than I can stand the Israelis.

    I am a Christian, and have no choice but to hate evil. Deal with it.

  7. Let’s hope Gen. Jim Mattis and the US military will deter Trump from more war-mongering. Trump is a child playing with nuclear matches. Putin may even help Trump find a way out of this game of nuclear chicken, as he did with President Obama. That is, provided the neocons clustered around him don’t manage to trigger a war with Russia.

    it is ok, according to anatoly, for the price of 80% of our economy and 60 million dead, we can win the nuclear war and be the winner!!!

    yay!!!

  8. Duglarri says:
    @anarchyst

    I’ve never had the nerve myself to bring up the question of why, when nobody else in the Middle East has even atomic bombs, Israel spent 10% of its GNP for a number of years to get to hydrogen bombs.

    The answer is, of course, that they’re not for Arabs, or even for Russia- because Russia was a collapsing non-factor in the years during which Israel reached for this capability- the 1990′s- and sacrificed so much to get there.

    The hydrogen bombs are not for Arabs, or for Russia, or for Europe. They are for the only conceivable enemy that could truly threaten Israel: the United States.

  9. @anarchyst

    The United States government gets its “marching orders” from Israel. THAT is a major problem, with dual-nationality Israelis running our government and formulating both our foreign and domestic policy.
    “Cleaning the swamp” should involve getting rid of ALL dual-nationality types. There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for anyone having “dual loyalties” in MY country.

    Impossible. That would mean eliminating all of the Ivy League graduates working in and around Washington and most of the University graduates from places like UCLA, Stanford, etc, where the professors are all descended from Teachers sharing the same philosophy found pervading the Ivies. It’s impossible.
    A philosophical parasite has taken control of all the bodily functions of the American entity, and except for the bump called Trump, has dictated all operations for the last hundred and fifty years. Possibly longer. It grooms candidates through the two political parties, decides which will inspire the most support, then insures the selection by way of it’s control of the media ( see Marshall McLuhan).
    It took six generations for the parasitic Communists to wither in the former USSR. It will take just as long in America.
    It’s a religion. A belief system. Too many people are bound up economically, spiritually, and emotionally in what exists today. If you want to know what exists today, tune in to any of the major television channels. Try Fox, the right wing network. Or go to a movie. Millions do, every day.
    As always, suppression of dissenters is ongoing, when there is any fear of effectiveness. (Those dissenters who are not suppressed are not really dissenters. They are provocateurs. They exist to stir the pot. Keep the excitement level up.) The internet has proven to be a slight liability, unless it’s value to the parasite is simply as a way to keep an eye on true dissenters.

    Quoting from the bible, all of this too, shall pass.

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