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Qassim Soleimani, an Iranian major general, was assassinated by a U.S. drone air strike, at the Baghdad International Airport (BIAP). Soleimani was traveling with one Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was an Iraqi, born and bred. Al-Muhandis was even elected to the Iraqi Parliament, in 2005, until the U.S. intervened. (Yes, we intervene in other nations’ elections.)

Iraq’s caretaker prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, was furious, denouncing “What happened [as] a political assassination.” Unanimously, Iraqi lawmakers “responded to the Soleimani assassination by passing a nonbinding resolution calling on the government to end foreign-troop presence in Iraq.”

Yes, it’s a complicated region. And America, sad to say, still doesn’t know Shia from Shinola.

The consensus in our country is that “Soleimani deserved to die.” That’s the party-line on Fox News—and beyond. It’s how assorted commentators on all networks prefaced their “positions” on the Jan. 3 killing of this Iraqi-born, Iranian general.

Even Tucker Carlson—the only mainstream hope for Old Right, anti-war, America-First columns like this one—framed the taking out of Soleimani as the killing of a bad guy by good guys:

“There are an awful lot of bad people in this world. We can’t kill them all, it’s not our job.”

However you finesse it, the premise of Tucker’s assertion is that the American government, and the smart set who live in symbiosis with it, gets to adjudicate who’s bad and who’s good in the world.

The debate is only ever over whether the U.S. government should or shouldn’t act on its divine rights as transnational judge, jury and executioner, never over what’s right and what’s wrong.

Stateside, the only inquiry permissible is a cost-benefit calculus. Will the assassination of Soleimani, a military official of a sovereign state, and an avid and effective slayer of Islamic State terrorists—pay strategic dividends for America in the long run?

This is crass pragmatism bereft of principle. It’s currently on display everywhere, even surfacing on BBC News, where a female analyst, an American, was deploying the childish “bad man” meme to outline America’s Disneyfied foreign policy.

This angels-and-demons production always starts with the prototypical evil dictator who was alleged to be messing with his noble people, until the avenging, angelic empire sent a drone to the rescue.

Again, even Tucker, whose antiwar credentials in recent years have been impeccable, conceded that this Soleimani guy probably needed killing, which is the same thing Iraqis old enough to remember America’s destruction of Iraq, circa 2003, would say about President George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and Ms. Rice.

So, who’s right? Or, is blind patriotism predicated on accepting that it is up to the U.S. government and its ruling elites to determine who lives and who dies around the world?

“Soleimani deserved to die,” an atavistic bit of jingoism, made by Republicans and Democrats alike, on Fox News and on CNN—it holds true only if you believe that the U.S. government is the keeper of the flame of an immutably just, universal code of law, which it is deputized to uphold, wherever it takes-up residence.

Such a chauvinistic impulse is true only if you believe that the U.S. government’s might gives it the right to be universal judge, jury and executioner, deciding who may live and who must die the world over.

As to whether the U.S. government has a right to eliminate an Iranian state actor by declaring him a “terrorist”:

Like it or not, Soleimani was a uniformed official of a sovereign state. He was the equivalent of our Special Operations commander.

We Americans would not tolerate it were Iranians to designate America’s Special Operations commander, Gen. Richard D. Clarke, a terrorist.

Moreover, if Iranians took out America’s Special Ops commander somewhere in North America—which is analogous to the assassination of Soleimani—Americans would consider it an act of war by Iran.

Soleimani was the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ clandestine and regional operations arm, the Quds Force. Iranians look upon him as we Americans view the commanders of our clandestine Special Operations forces the world over.

With a distinction: Our Special Operations forces and their command encroach on the Iranian neighborhood much more so than Iranians and their special force command encroach on American territory, unless you consider the Middle East to be American turf.

To repeat: The crucial difference between Iran’s Quds Force and America’s Special Operations forces (SOF) is that the former is regional, the latter global.

As I write, America’s SOF, upwards of 8,300 commandos, are engaged in secret operations the world over. Unknown to all but a few Americans, “U.S. commandos deploy to 149 countries—about 75 percent of the nations on the planet,” reports investigative journalist Nick Turse. Expect that by the halfway mark of this year, “U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM or SOCOM), America’s most elite troops, will have already carried out missions in approximately 133 countries.”

“If Iran should not be allowed to interfere in neighboring countries,” pondered Sara, an Iranian mourner interviewed at Soleimani’s million-strong funeral, “why should Americans be allowed to come to our region all the way from the other side of the Earth?”

Correction: Soleimani patrolled only Iran’s very dangerous neighborhood. His mission was far more modest and nationalistic than that of the U.S. government, which bestrides the globe, arming and training foreign troops all over it.

Unlike America’s proxy militias, Iranian proxy militia operate in the region.

As to the “imminent danger” a single individual, Soleimani, was said to pose to “American lives”: Arrayed against the veracity of the intelligence to that effect are Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Rand Paul. They characterized Wednesday’s intel briefing as positively “insulting”; “the worst briefing” they had received.

No wonder. The intelligence was produced and pushed by the same spooks who’ve been agitating against President Trump and all vestiges of his original “America First” plank.

The intel justification for the Soleimani assassination came from the same intelligence community that cooked up the anti-Trump Russia monomania and the WMD-in-Iraq casus belli.

These disgraced sources now insist that Soleimani was planning future, precision strikes—nefarious atrocities against U.S. soldiers—and, therefore, needed to be dispatched right away.

However, other more credible sources, including Rand Paul’s dad, allude to Soleimani’s involvement in a diplomatic mission which was underway between Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia, and would have cut out the U.S. as middleman.

ORDER IT NOW

Skepticism aside, when we accept U.S. state aggression based on iffy, prior-restraint arguments, then aggress we must ad absurdum. Consider: Between 1975 and 2015, Saudi Arabian Sunnis murdered 2369 Americans in the homeland, to Iran’s zero. When it comes to the lives of American civilians, at least in recent decades, the Saudis (Trump’s new BFFs), not the Iranians, have blood on their hands.

Based on the erroneous prior-restraint reasoning, and our putative, divine American rights as judge, jury and executioner—we could confine all Saudi-Arabian Sunnis to camps, for the purpose of “reeducation.” It’s what China is doing to its Muslim minority.

Preposterous!

So as to survive the onslaught of the Sunni fundamentalist majority, the endangered Alawite minority in Syria has formed an alliance with Shia Iran, also a marginalized minority within the Ummah. The Shia-Alawite alliance has been good for Christians in Syria.

But Saudi Arabia doesn’t give a dried camel’s hump about Christians or American casualties. They have managed to skillfully enlist the West in a proxy Sunni-Shia religious war, also Riyadh’s ultimate aim.

Despite a campaign of “America First,” and much like the Bushes and Clintons before him, the president has decided to side with Sunni Islam while demonizing the Shia.

 

Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She’s the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook & Gab. Latest on YouTube: “How Democracy Made Us Dumb.

 
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  1. Rational says:

    EXCELLENT ARTICLE.

    Thanks, Madam. This is an excellent article, and so true. Trump should read this.

    If you love this country, and God, and care about morals, please do not join the US Armed forces. Never.

  2. Mark Hunter says: • Website

    Near the beginning I thought the article veered a bit into non-judgmentalism.  I think at that point the article should make it clearer that it is not judgement per se that is evil but rather a corrupt U.S. government’s judgemental pronouncements that are.

    It is clear by the time you reach the end.  Overall a good article.  Thanks, Elana, for writing it.

    • Replies: @SMK
  3. Excellent article. Thank you.

    Speaking of not giving a hump about Christians, I wonder how the destabilization of Iran would affect Armenia, its neighbor to the north. Iran was a stabilizing influence on the post-Soviet aggression between Armenians and Azeris, wherein they sided with the former rather than their fellow Shia. It was thanks to them (and Russia) that the Nagorno-Karabakh War ended in a draw somewhat favorable to Armenia. The removal of the present Iranian government would likely give Azeris still smarting from the loss of the Nagorno-Karabakh region a free hand at revanchism. All this at Russia’s doorstep.

    Here’s to hoping that cooler heads dampen the AngloZionist warmongers.

    • Replies: @Avery
  4. Based on the erroneous prior-restraint reasoning, and our putative, divine American rights as judge, jury and executioner—we could confine all Saudi-Arabian Sunnis to camps, for the purpose of “reeducation.” It’s what China is doing to its Muslim minority.

    Attempting to demonize China for protecting its own people from hostile alien invaders, like any healthy country should.

    Pure hasbara, as usual from Ilana. You could find the exact same talking points on Fox News or CNN.

    Rest of the article can be safely ignored.

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Replies: @romar
    , @Escher
  5. JUSA says:

    No mention of Israel’s involvement here? Kinda avoiding the elephant in the room aren’t we?

    I suspect this was a setup by Israel and Saudi Arabia. Israel gave the idea to MBS to send a “diplomatic msg” to Iran, feigning desire to “deescalate” conflict in Iraq, suggesting that a high ranking official such as Soleimani come to negotiate the terms. MBS then passed on the info to his BFF Jared Kushner about when and where Solemani would be arriving. The Kushner-Pence-Pompeo triumvirate went to work on the Jew-Puppet-in-Chief and convinced him to pull the trigger.

    This is payback time for MBS, for having the US look the other way when he murdered Khashoggi, and for Kushner helping him “modernize” SA.

    Then Netanyahu and MBS immediately claimed innocence and cried about being “left out of the loop”. Right.

    It’s a setup btwn Netanyahu, MBS and Kushner. That’s how I’m calling it. And as always, it starts with Israhell.

    • Replies: @Amerimutt Golems
  6. Ms. Mercer’s firm disinclination here to get side-tracked by all the distraction and chaff surrounding these recent events (and by implication at-least also a very long string of parallel and/or preceding others), and to instead cut directly to what she considers to be the fundamental matters involved, is admirable….and welcome amidst all that “self”-generated noise. The bottom line of “right-and-wrong” she gets straight down to is certainly the only sensible foundation for any conventionally cogent effort to contextualize and assess such things.

    It does remain, though, altogether within the necessary (but often stifling) confines of artifice….a man-made construct or conceit (albeit one frequently held to be “god-given”). Any foundation, after all, absent some edifice built upon it, hasn’t much room, so-to-speak, for discussion and analysis. Still, “right-and-wrong” (very often framed as “right” vs. “wrong”), is an essential feature, maybe the essential feature, of the “civilized” approach to….well, to damned near everything perceived and/or believed to be important. “No blame,” as Grandpa McCoy liked to say, “just fact.”

    Nevertheless, and not in any way meaning to contest the honesty of those holding that view, this Old Man offers here one from a perspective deeper than that of mere foundations. It comes, rather, from the very bedrock of Living Nature upon which all concepts and abstractions are of-necessity based, and from which all elaborations of these derive, ie. Earth’s Whole Living Arrangement.

    It is this: Here in Indian Country, and by virtue of the imperatives of our given Organic Function as a component of Earth’s natural immune system, parsing the niceties of “right-and-wrong” is a luxury us surviving Free Wild Peoples simply can’t afford. We can only go by the actual effects in and upon Her Whole Living Arrangement of whatever is presented to our Precious Attention. We have to discount entirely the “public relations” around whatever shows-up here, from wherever, and under the aegis of whoever.

    It is from this perspective that we see “civilization” as a Planet-wasting disease process….at-least as it presents here. What it might be when it’s ‘at-home’….or what it was supposed to’ve been here….simply doesn’t factor in for us. In the lived experience of us and All Our Relations it is exactly and only what it actually does. What it does and has done in its several outbreaks here is to lay waste to as much of Her Whole Living Arrangement as it can get to….including, in its terminal throes, even those of our own Kind who get captured and coopted to the uses of the disease process itself.

    Experience suggests we are once again deep into the terminal stages of this latest outbreak. This is evidenced most starkly by the industrially-driven dis-integration/destruction of what is called, by those of large ambitions and meager understanding, “the ecosystem.” It also is obvious, to us at-least, in the systematic and systemic degradation of the domesticated Human population and all their “works”….ideological, institutional, and technological.

    Ms. Mercer seems to conclude that facing-up to the known facts of their “immoral” and “unlawful” behavior, and acting urgently to not only change it but to redress the ills it occasions, is fundamental to any possible recovery, by “America” and “The West,” of qualities essential to their viability. Us surviving Free Wild Peoples of ALL Kinds would again go even deeper, to recommend that our tamed Sisters and Brothers face-up to the Natural Fact of the organically crippling sickness that is their own too-precious “self”….and get over it. They might thereby recover sufficient Organic Integrity to help in fulfilling our given Organic Function….maybe arresting the “progress” of the wasting disease short of its otherwise dead-certain DEAD END.

    • Replies: @gotmituns
    , @Liza
  7. Soleil man was not nationalist. He was protecting and fighting for Shi_ites where he could.
    Soleil_man was coreligionist. What he was doing is a duty for all Muslims according to Holy book of Koran. Crusaders (Christians) did the same thing.

  8. A picture, a 1,000 words…

    [courtesy of Elijah J. Magnier]

    • Replies: @Proud_Srbin
  9. AZ says:

    The American exceptionalism at work !!!

    • Agree: Charlemagne
    • Replies: @Proud_Srbin
  10. annymous says:

    Your partly right Mr. Mark Hunter @ 2 but the entire 8 billion human world has been herded into one of the two 206 or so nation states, and the leader in each is an evil dower supported by propaganda and rule of law. The problem is not one nation state or one leader of one nation state, instead is all leaders of all top down nation states. Excellent Article.

  11. Onlooker says:

    The fact that anyone finds it necessary to write this article is sad evidence of a general lack of even a basic appreciation of the fundamental principles that guided the framers of the U.S. Constitution.

  12. lloyd says: • Website

    A quick google search confirms that Soleimani was Iranian born. Ilani’s mistake twice seems to go beyond a typo. That makes Soleimani not one of the dispensable brown people in the US war machine. He was actually the supreme general of the national army of a sovereign successful country. Has anyone seen the document that Trump signed on for his elimination? It seems to me to be a case of “who will rid me of this troublesome Islamicist?”

    • Replies: @Tom Welsh
  13. Cowboy says:

    The US has been Israel’s Golem for a century now. A golem is “an animated anthropomorphic being that is created entirely from inanimate matter”. This could describe almost any member of congress, Pelosi, Rubio, Cortez, you name them. These golem’s running the country do nothing but take orders from their masters in Israel.

    So when the US acts the Globe’s Judge, Jury & Executioner, their will is not their own, it is in reality the will of the Ashkenazi Zionist mafia that owns the country.

    Last year in the US there were over 300 million pain medication prescriptions written. The US has been chemically lobotomized, the evidence is all around you. Paracetamol is a component in most of these painkillers. Now we are being told that:

    “Paracetamol blunts physical pain by reducing chemicals in certain brain regions, but recent studies shown these areas to be involved in empathy and compassion

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7868363/Why-shouldnt-paracetamol-having-heartfelt-conversation-loved-ones.html

    • Agree: Rafael Martorell
  14. Alfred says:

    Despite a campaign of “America First,” and much like the Bushes and Clintons before him, the president has decided to side with Sunni Islam while demonizing the Shia.

    This “division” does not exist except in the minds of people who follow the MSM. It is a creation of the West. It is the old “divide and rule”. The only place where it really does exist is in Saudi Arabia. But Saudi Arabia is largely a creation of the British who supported Ibn Saud.

    The Sunni of Iran consider themselves Iranians. The Sunni and Shia of Iraq consider themselves Iraqis. Soleimani and other Iranians had huge problems dealing with the Shia in Iraq for that reason. The idea that the Shia of Iraq are under Iranians control is pure fiction.

    • Agree: Ghan-buri-Ghan
  15. Sean says:

    Soleimani was born in Iran, Nawres Hamid, a naturalised US contractor killed in Iraq was born in Iraq.

    Soleimani was the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ clandestine and regional operations arm, the Quds Force. Iranians look upon him as we Americans view the commanders of our clandestine Special Operations forces the world over.

    Generals McChrystal and Flynn of Joint Special Operations Command were both cashiered. Prosecutors are asking that Flynn be sentenced to six months

    Americans would consider it an act of war by Iran.

    Limpet mine attacks on ships carrying Arab oil. Then Trump fired John Bolton in Sept 2019, and within a week the two key Saudi oil facilities are hit and significantly damaged, which Pompeo said he considered an act of war. Soleimani’s authorisation would be necessary for the aforementioned clandestine operations.

    So as to survive the onslaught of the Sunni fundamentalist majority, the endangered Alawite minority in Syria has formed an alliance with Shia Iran, also a marginalized minority within the Ummah. The Shia-Alawite alliance has been good for Christians in Syria.

    Courtesy of American military force Iraq was shattered, the Sunnis made to accept they are a minority, and Saddam hanged, so Iran no longer has to worry about Iraq (which under Saddam had has been fighting Iran under the Mullahs and the Shah) as an enemy. But Iran is not happy with Iraq being taken down Iran wants control of Iraq and Saudi Arabia too. Arab countries must be dominated by Persians because the Quds Force can makes sure no Arab country regieme survives that Iran does not approve of. So they live by the sword and others die by it because Western hands are stayed out of fear. Generals McCrystal and Flynn were there and saw all the the intel on the killing of US troops and McChrystal has an article on the net saying said he regretted not taking the opportunity he was presented with years ago to kill Soleimani while following Solemiani’s movements. The US feared the reaction from Iran.

    Despite a campaign of “America First,” and much like the Bushes and Clintons before him, the president has decided to side with Sunni Islam while demonizing the Shia.

    Sunni or Shia, they are not Persian but Arab. Iranian strategists must know of the almost universal distrust of Trump among the US diplomatic establishment, business elite, deep state and political class. Iran can count on America under Trump remaining passive. Iran is gets away with much more against the allies of the US without suffering severe retaliation would be possible if anyone but Trump was President.

    SOLEIMANI was killed because he was a vain and egotistical man who believed himself untouchable. His decision to order his proxies to storm the US embassy in Iraq on Tuesday was no more brazen in its audacity than his smiling selfies taken on his tour of every town and city he turned to rubble in Syria. But as his militias spray-painted his name on the side of the US embassy wall and publicly goaded Trump, he finally found the last line in the sand that he would ever cross.

    If I recall rightly Jimmy Carter was kicked out of the White House because of Iran taking US diplomats hostage.

    Rand Paul’s dad, allude to Soleimani’s involvement in a diplomatic mission which was underway between Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia, and would have cut out the U.S. as middleman.

    What kind of diplomatic mission would a special forces commander be on; maybe the same same kind as Rand Paul’s retired doctor neighbor upset with a pile of grass just over the border between their properties defiled the world was on when inflicting six broken ribs, agonising pain, and the loss of part of a lung on Paul.

    “If Iran should not be allowed to interfere in neighboring countries,” pondered Sara, an Iranian mourner interviewed at Soleimani’s million-strong funeral, “why should Americans be allowed to come to our region all the way from the other side of the Earth?”

    Because International Law is not a suicide pact.

    CONSIDER this, for example: supposing a visitor were to come to you from the moon, and supposing you were to present two individuals to him, and you were to say about one of these individuals that he did occasionally kill other human beings, but he did it very seldom, he did it without any pleasure to himself, he did it as a pure duty, and the human beings whom he killed were usually murderers … The other individual whom you presented was a man who killed with a great deal of enthusiasm, killed persons who were perfectly innocent, and killed them in enormous quantities instead of merely killing them perhaps once in five or once in ten years. Here is the executioner, who is a useful public servant, who does what he does with the utmost reluctance, and here is a soldier who kills with lust and with enthusiasm people every bit as innocent as himself, and it is the soldier who is most deeply respected in our society. And yet all greatness, all power, all subordination rest on the executioner. He is the terror and he is the bond of human association. Remove this mysterious agent from the world, and in an instant order yields to chaos: thrones fall, society disappears. God, who has created sovereignty, has also made punishment…

    • Troll: Charlemagne
    • Replies: @anon
    , @Jeff Stryker
  16. Tucker Carlson is constrained by what his employers will put up with. Also, Tucker is practicing a familiar rhetorical strategy, which is to admit one of your opponent’s dubious points in order to focus on another.

    In other words, the criticism of Tucker was unfair.

    • Agree: follyofwar
  17. gotmituns says:
    @Constant Walker

    gett’a grip on yourself fella…

  18. Realist says:
    @Rational

    Trump should read this.

    Why? Trump has his Deep State agenda and he will not change. If he gets another term, this country will know what hell is.

    If you love this country, and God, and care about morals, please do not join the US Armed forces. Never.

    Excellent advice.

    • Agree: Rafael Martorell
  19. anon[604] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    Because International Law is not a suicide pact.

    And “national security” isn’t a license to kill.

    • Agree: Charlemagne
    • Replies: @Sean
  20. Realist says:

    Even Tucker Carlson—the only mainstream hope for Old Right, anti-war, America-First columns like this one—framed the taking out of Soleimani as the killing of a bad guy by good guys:

    Yes, tucker is trying to walk a fine line by prefacing his dislike of warmongers by throwing a little red meat to said warmongers.
    The US has no business occupying most countries on the planet. US troops should come home from all foreign countries. The electoral process will not bring this about.

    • Replies: @Chet Roman
  21. @Sean

    Iran had less to do with Carter being ousted from office than the economy. I was only six years old in 1980 but even I can remember Carter publicly negotiating the release of the hostages and his belief that this would get him elected. But the economy was lousy, crime was out of control and the Marial situation was about to start the Scarface Era of Cocaine Cowboys in Florida.

    However, the specter of war fell over the affair and Carter surmised there simply were not enough volunteers for the US army to wage a war in Iran. They would lose. Same as now.

    • Replies: @Sean
  22. romar says:
    @Ghan-buri-Ghan

    Here is something else for you to ignore :
    As Ms Mercer writes, “The Shia-Alawite alliance has been good for Christians in Syria”
    Now see this:
    “A funeral service was held in the evangelical church of Aleppo, Syria to honor the martyrdom of General Soleimani who had an essential role in the liberation battle of Aleppo against US-backed Jihadists.”

  23. @Daniel Rich

    Mr.Trump should be nobelized like Mr.Hope for enlightening and galvanizing HUMANITY that life, stability, prosperity and PEACE are not POSSIBLE with 5 headed beast or anglo-zionist empire.
    God Bless Axis of Resistance.

    • Replies: @Wally
  24. Jake says:

    Kudos to Ilana Mercer for another great article.

  25. On top of all this argument, there is one that is even harder to grasp:what is in all this for us ,for the american people?Do we get gasoline ,health care,education,etc for free?
    So all this wasting of money,all this killing ,all this enormous military power and violent intervention ,all this killing of innocent (including children)for what and for who?
    There comes a point when we are accomplice because we do not rebel-resist -expel all of them ,we are already in that point.

  26. Bad Dog says:

    Phone call from Netanyahu to Trump:

    “Hello, Donald. I heard you paint houses.”

    • LOL: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Wally
  27. onebornfree says: • Website

    James Corbett exposes the origins of the Pentagon’s “Solmeimami killed 600 Americans” claim.

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Agree: Agent76
    • Replies: @Meimou
  28. Sean says:
    @anon

    Tehran’s air defence batteries disagree with you.

    Double tap.

    What a shithole Iran is. They think the world’s most advanced state covets their country. Ha ha.

  29. Tom Welsh says:

    “We Americans would not tolerate it were Iranians to designate America’s Special Operations commander, Gen. Richard D. Clarke, a terrorist”.

    That turns out not to be the case. They have designated not only General Clarke but the entire US armed forces terrorists, and there is nothing Americans can do about it.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/irans-news-parliment-approves-bill-designating-u-s-military-terrorist-organizations-qassem-soleimani/

    • Replies: @Old and grumpy
  30. Tom Welsh says:
    @lloyd

    Not that it matters, Iranians are not “brown”. In fact they are the original Aryan people.

    • Replies: @lloyd
  31. MLK says:

    With all due respect, this has a middle school social studies class quality to it.

    It reminds me of one of Archie’s answers to Henry (or maybe George) Jefferson on All in the Family. To paraphrase, ‘Jefferson, I think you’re talking about slavery. I want you to know I was always dead set against that!’

    Trump doesn’t want war with Iran. Even the Iranian government conceded that up until Soleimani’s killing. He wants to reduce America’s footprint in the Middle East.

    Common sense dictates that something happened very recently to move the President from avoiding Iran’s provocations to ordering Soleimani’s (and his proxy Iraqi militia leaders) termination.

    The President explained it twice in response to questions yesterday, and again at his rally last night: Soleimani, whose Iraqi militias had already attacked the US embassy in the fortified Green Zone, was planning another attack with the objective of another ‘Benghazi’ or Iranian Hostage Crisis replay.

    What would you do if you were the POTUS under those exigent circumstances? I’m sure Mercer is a nice lady, but her jibber jabber about rights in this context reveals that she’s not suited to make such decisions. I mean that as no insult whatsoever, most of us aren’t.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  32. Anonymous[844] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rational

    There’s a more personal reason to not join the armed forces; namely, official policy giving unmerited preferment and advancement to minorities, women, and, especially, sexual deviates, who in the latter case have been declared “mission critical,” proving the Pentagon’s mission (as the mother of all deep state bureaucracies) has been transformed from protecting America and its allies to projecting Washington’s virulently anti-Christian agenda.

    No Freemasons posing as ministers on Fox News can spin the projection of moral evil as something positive. Still, evangelicals, who’re otherwise the butt of vicious jokes in Hollywood and DC, will send their sons and some daughters to die, be maimed, or have their futures ruined with mental issues to project predatory capitalism, usury, sodomy, and transgenderism across the globe. Their very thoughts have been authored by the Father of Lies’ Scofield annotations to their bibles to the point they cheer on the incineration of innocent women and children in lands they can’t find on a map so long as it’s for the crimes of Israel they mistake for prophesy.

    The talking heads on Fox, including the female tarts, literally have a glint in their eyes talking about the mass murder by incineration from the sky that the fiend itself might find chilling. These evangelicals and other putative Christians who voluntarily put their head into a wormhole from Hell watching Fox News on TV are morally culpable for ignorance that will bring down hell on Earth for their children and grandchildren.

    • Replies: @No Jack london
  33. Avery says:
    @Nicolás Palacios Navarro

    Good post: you are well informed, but some clarifications*.

    {…. how the destabilization of Iran would affect Armenia, its neighbor to the north}

    It will not be good. Won’t be a disaster, but will affect Republic of Armenia quite adversely. There is trade between RoA and IRI, and more importantly lots of Iranians visit Armenia regularly, particularly during Nowruz. (safe, friendly country, where they can let loose a little: no IRI religious police)

    {Iran was a stabilizing influence on the post-Soviet aggression between Armenians and Azeris, wherein they sided with the former rather than their fellow Shia.}

    IRI helped Armenia during the war quite a bit, when RoA was blockaded from 3 sides.
    Yes, even (Christian) Republic of Georgia: not officially, but lots of “Azeris” in Georgia, who were regularly blowing up natural gas lines (from Russia), rail transport,. etc.

    As to ‘aggression’: it will be to far OT to go through the whole story, but NKR declared independence after the breakup of USSR (same as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine,…) and Azerbaijan invaded the enclave to snuff Armenians out. In early 20s, Stalin had “given” Nagorno-Karabagh to Azerbaijan SSR. Nagorno Karabagh is historic Armenian land for 1,000s of years.

    As to ‘ rather than their fellow Shia.’: the fake country of “Azerbaijan” was cooked up by Bolsheviks (Lenin/Stalin), British imperialists, and Turks (of Asia Minor). The name “Azerbaijan” was deliberately chosen to later lay claim to Iran’s Northern provinces of Azarbaijan. Azerbaijan’s leaders routinely claim Iran’s northern provinces as belonging to Azerbaijan. Iranians are well aware of this. Also, Armenians and Persians/Iranians are genetic cousins, and go back 1,000s of years. Religion is of secondary importance. Iran (like Russia) wants a strong Armenia: without Armenia, Osmanli Turks of Asia Minor (Turkey) will link-up with Caspian Turks of Azerbaijan, and complete the Pan Turanic chain that is Turks’ dream for centuries. It will be very, very bad for both Russia and IRI if that ever happens. [Nomadic Turks are invaders from East and Central Asia].

    Lots more to discuss/clarify, but maybe another thread, another time.
    _______________
    * I am a little better informed about the issues, being of Armenian ancestry .

  34. Alex says:

    Unfortunately, I will stay home in November instead of voting for Trump, no matter how ridiculous the democratic clown facing him will be.

    I can’t vote for an assassin, I just simply can’t. I am pretty sure a lot of Ron Paul conservatives feel the same way. This was Trump’s election to lose and he just threw it away.

    • Agree: Old and grumpy, roonaldo
    • Replies: @Rich
  35. You forgot a word in the title Ilana …
    Judge-Jury-Executioner-Pinoccio
    Fixed it.
    You’re still my Weifu.

  36. Sean says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    Carter was overly influenced by Brezinski, and let the Shah into the US, which the Iranians foolishly interpreted as the prelude to a US backed coup, as if that would be possible again. Iranians are paranoid, look at the way they shot down an airliner taking off from their own airport.

    After Vietnam there was a huge revulsion with the CIA assassination and the military especially anything to do with elite special forces, which were the thin end to the US forces in Nam. The hostage (they had hostages remember so could not just be attacked) crisis was bad enough, but to try and fail a rescue was disastrous to Carter. If he had pulled it off he would have been a hero. But a hostage rescue would have meant killing a lot of people. Trump was supposed to wait for the Iranians’ cat’s paw assets to grab the US embassy in Iraq? How many would have to die then?

    Why is the article still saying “Like Soleimani, al-Muhandis was an Iraqi, born and bred”?

  37. Avery says:

    {Even Tucker Carlson….}

    People have to be realistic.

    Tucker and his employers know the atmosphere they are working in.
    He has to throw the occasional bone to the pack of cackling Hyenas, to have some respite to deliver his message.

    With every pundit and talking head on TV braying for blood, and repeating in unison and amplifying the outlandish lies about Iran and Soleimani*, Tucker has to tread very carefully – so as not be (falsely) accused of being anti-American, pro-Russian, pro-Iranian, pro-“Terrorist”,…. He has already been accused of being a “Putin propagandist” by the Fake News Mob, for questioning, when it first started, the false accusations about Trump colluding with Russia (Putin) to defeat The Hildabeast.

    ____________________
    * In the Los Angeles area, on AM870, pundit Hue Huett was talking to some US Senator, and they were going back-and-forth about Gen. Soleimani, and they worked themselves up to blaming Soleimani for being responsible for the “genocide” (YES, genocide) of 500,000 Syrians…..presumably for not letting the ISIS cannibals commit real genocide of Alawites and Christians of Syria, if they had won. This is how vile and disgusting these brainwashed people are.

    • Agree: follyofwar, Ron Unz
  38. iffen says:

    The U.S. As the Globe’s Judge, Jury & Executioner

    It’s a lousy thankless job, but somebody has to do it.

  39. @jack daniels

    I completely agree with your assessment. The Tucker bashers out there fail to consider that Tucker is walking a fine line at Fox. Especially, since it appeared that Trump was about to level Iran, Tucker’s objections were nothing less than heroic. If he did not have such a strong and loyal following, Tucker would have gone the way of Phil Donohue at MSDNC in the run up to W’s historic folly.

    The cultural divide on the Right between Tucker and Wallbanger* Hannity when the clock hits 9pm could not be more stark. Even if Tucker is forced to pull his punches at times, the country is much better off with his strong lone voice on primetime. I ask Ms. Mercer: What was Tucker to do, praise Soleimani as a great liberator, and Trump as Netanyahu’s stooge?

    *Wallbanger – Michael Savage’s most appropriate name for motor-mouth, college dropout “tough guy” Shawn Hannity.

  40. Z-man says:

    Yes, it’s a complicated region. And America, sad to say, still doesn’t know Shia from Shinola.

    Good line, lol.

    Even Tucker Carlson—the only mainstream hope for Old Right, anti-war, America-First columns like this one—framed the taking out of Soleimani as the killing of a bad guy by good guys:
    “There are an awful lot of bad people in this world. We can’t kill them all, it’s not our job.”
    However you finesse it, the premise of Tucker’s assertion is that the American government, and the smart set who live in symbiosis with it, gets to adjudicate who’s bad and who’s good in the world.

    My man Tucker has to skate a fine line. The rabid Neocohens, many on his own network, will be more than happy to have him removed from Fox.
    Lets hope this assassination will get American forces out of Iraq and Syria asap.

  41. @Tom Welsh

    Personally I want regime change here in the U.S.. Voing isn’t going to do it. However its doubtful Iran will target our dear leaders and delightful generals. The petro dollar collapse is all that is necessary. Really wish someone would at least run on the idea of decommissioning the nukes and biologicals. Our end will be very dangerous for everyone, especially with all this enriching diversity going on.

    • Replies: @Tom Welsh
  42. anonymous[146] • Disclaimer says:
    @MLK

    Listen carefully as Griffin describes the strategy used to ensure that Congress will approve the Federal Reserve Bank– bankers opposed it!

    If bankers opposed it, it must be good for the people, right?

    How did that work out.

    Chuckie Schumer is piously wringing his hands over the assassination of Solemeini.
    He’s surrounded by a Hebrew chorus. Is Ilana among them?
    Like it or not, every Jew on the planet is suspect.

    • Agree: Agent76
  43. Liza says:
    @Constant Walker

    This is evidenced most starkly by the industrially-driven dis-integration/destruction of what is called, by those of large ambitions and meager understanding, “the ecosystem.”

    It is from this perspective that we see “civilization” as a Planet-wasting disease process

    Hey, are you a supporter of Pentti Linkola’s ideas? He is promoted as kind of crazy, but I am a bit sweet on him myself – but only a little bit. He wants to kill just about everyone off (while he keeps breathing, of course).

    While I’m here, greed and overreach didn’t start with civilization. Stoneagers and early neolithics may not have had the easy credit and industry to be as bad as we are, but their outlook was the same. Slash and burn. Use it up. Move on to the next few acres. Always more more more around the corner so keep at it.

    • Replies: @Ace
  44. @ sean,

    Wait until the facts are in before thinking that you know who shot down the Ukrainian airliner. Yesterday I thought it quite plausible that panicky Iranians may have pulled the trigger. Today I am not so sure.

    What changed my thinking was the tried and true MSM lockstep formulations:

    1) NYT (!) has a video!

    2) They moved the debris!

    3) ‘Fidelito’ Trudeau says he has the intelligence report!

    I am pressed for time to properly deconstruct the media sound-bites but for me it triggered the Oswald/Bin Laden example of immediate identification and stubborn repetition, emerging facts notwithstanding. This from organizations who are incapable and unwilling to do proper objective investigations. In plain English, get the memo from Langley and run with it.

    When facts are scarce and analysis is superficial always resort back to the logic of cui bono? and add a dash of false flag especially in fluid situations.

    Also retain the understanding that ‘they’ know that the ‘mob’ does not think and that all ‘they’ need is the mob’s consensus.

    Unlike you I will not say I know what happened until more facts come in but my suspicions have been alerted.

    Cheers-

  45. SMK says: • Website
    @Mark Hunter

    Unlike the leftists at CNN and MSNBC who were also outraged by the killing of the “revered” Soeleimani, at least Ilana didn’t apotheosize the evil monster and terrrorst mass-murderer and compare him to Charles DeGualle and Cardinal Richileau. The ineradicable cause of 20-years of wars and all the killing and terrorism is the presence of millions and millions of Muslims in the UK and Western Europe, Canada, the U.S., Australia, etc., and the state of Isreal and it’s U.S. supporters. If not for this presence of Muslims in these countries, there would have been no 9-11 and no war in Afghanistan. And it was Jewish neoconservatives, predominantly, who persuaded Bush to invade Iraq, engendering a disaster that continues to this day and resulted, a few days ago, in the killing, the outrageous “assanination,”of the saintly, “revered,” and venerable Soeleimani. To say nothing of all the acts of terroism by Muslims in the U.S. and Western Europe, the “grooming” atrocities and acid and knife assaults in the UK, the Muslim rape epidemic in Sweden, the sexual assaults of hundred of German women and girls, ad nauseam. The solution is not only to bring the troops home from Muslim nations but also to end all Muslim immigration, with some rate excptions, and deport millions and millions of Muslims from the U.S., the UK, Wstern Europe, Australia. How are these nations and cultures enriched and improved in any sense by the presence of Muslims as a group?

    • Replies: @SMK
    , @Ace
    , @anonymous
  46. Wally says:
    @Proud_Srbin

    Your laughable “Axis of Resistance” would have been at full blown war with Iran long ago.

    Trump over the alternatives any day, every day.

    • Replies: @onebornfree
    , @Proud_Srbin
  47. onebornfree says: • Website
    @Wally

    Wally says: “Trump over the alternatives any day, every day.”

    What [if anything] , in your opinion, would Trump need to do to in order to cause you to abandon him? Just curious.

    Regards, onebornfree

  48. @Wally

    Mr.Adolf remained delusional to his last breath.
    Iz OK, waz hiz rayt, guaranteed by the “constitution” and bill of “rights”.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  49. Sean says:

    Correction: Soleimani patrolled only Iran’s very dangerous neighborhood. His mission was far more modest and nationalistic than that of the U.S. government

    He was about as modest as Nader Shah. Not even the Safavid dynasty ruled Iraq, and now courtesy of the US wish to protect the regime in Saudi Arabia from Saddam and Saudis annoyed about the US army in Saudi Arabia to protect it from Saddam, Iran has had its main enemy removed. In Syria al the US had to do is give the rebels heavy weapons and anti aircraft missiles and they would have won. The US didn’t and it didn’t let do airstrikes either. The rebels had literally no artillery except lash ups (‘hellcannons’). Another Soleimani win courtesy of the US,

    Iraq had been fighting Iraq since 1936, the Shah had a little war (1000 dead) with Saddam over the Shatt-al Arab over whether the border between the countries was in the middle of the Shatt-al Arab waterway Then came the Iran Iraq was that Soleimani was in. Courtesy of American military force Iraq was shattered, the Sunnis made to accept they are a minority, and Saddam hanged, so Iran no longer has to worry about Iraq as an enemy. Iran is not happy with just Iraq being taken down it wants to topple the Saudi monarchy too. Saudi Arabia is not a comparably large country, and is no threat to Iran’s 80 million Shia. Iran is far too big to be occupied by the US and it is 95% homogeneous Shia Persian so no revolt could get off the ground.

    To repeat: The crucial difference between Iran’s Quds Force and America’s Special Operations forces (SOF) is that the former is regional, the latter global

    The Quds Force seems to be advancing the influence and military domination of Iran as far out from from its homeland as it possibly can in order to give it the maximum margin of safety. I don’t see that American SOF are behaving any differently to Iranian Quds. America is further from its base, but that is because America is more powerful. It is all very well being pragmatic, if you know what will suffice, but no one does.

    GIVEN the difficulty of determining how much power is enough for today and tomorrow, great powers recognize that the best way to ensure their security is to achieve hegemony now, thus eliminating any possibility of a challenge by another great power. Only a misguided state would pass up an opportunity to be the hegemon in the system because it thought it already had sufficient power to survive.

    Nation states are not bereft of principle, although their principle may be bereft of charm.‘The world is a world, not a charitable institution’ as HG Wells ontologically pointed out.

  50. @JUSA

    Besides El Trumpo and cohorts like Obama before them are just copying their Zionist masters.

    Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi was executed in a similar fashion years back.

    • Replies: @Paul
  51. Paul says:

    Although Donald Trump was a draft dodger (being afraid to serve in Vietnam and claiming he had bad feet), he is a terrorist. He is also a cheap demagogue.

  52. DinoN says:

    America is the Big Bad Brute & Bully!

    • Replies: @JamesinNM
  53. The title is a bit off. Israel is Judge and Jury. America is just the Executioner.

  54. Good piece by Ilana, and good to see her back “off break.” She’s almost always got something interesting to say. I’m often in substantial disagreement, but then, the only person I always agree with is … me.

  55. Paul says:
    @Amerimutt Golems

    The model that Israel has followed in the past is to assassinate the more moderate Palestinian leaders and then claim that there are no reasonable Palestinians with whom they can deal.

  56. Derer says:

    The headline is correct. Nobody believes Washington players’s lies anymore…humanitarian nonsense, WMD nonsense etc. They invade countries that refuse to accept stationing US military bases on their soil and thus support this highly profitable GDP industry . In every f case. The aim of invasion is to replace the leadership with a friendly one – friendship under duress.

    Sadly, after 15 years those shameful players are asking all US citizens to leave Iraq that was supposedly liberated to democratic and friendly. So what if few unfortunate (mostly unemployed) citizens lost their lives fighting for that sinister gang in Washington and in Israel. They go always unpunished for pure evil.

  57. SMK says: • Website
    @SMK

    None of this will happen, of course.

    Chris Matthews. among the most deranged of all the deranged Trump haters, compared the funeral of Soeleimani to that of Princess Diana and Elvis Presley and noted that he was “revered” by the Iranian people without realizing that this monster and terrorist and mass-murderer was revered for the same reason that Hitler was revered by millions of Germans and Stalin was revered by millons of Russians and Mao was revered by millions of Chinese to say nothing of North Korea: totalitarian propaganda, indoctrination, and censorship.

    Nevertheless, a large minority of Iranians, millions I’m sure but who knows how large a minority, despised this monster and sadist and the medeival Islamic totalitarian regime for which he was the second in command. I’m sure the “loved ones,’ family and friends, of the 1500 protester who were murdered, shot in the head and back and chest by snipers, on orders from Soeleimani, didn’t mourn his death but cheered in private along with millions of other Iranians. And over 50 people, mostly women probably, were crushed to death during his funeral. His cult of death will survive his death.

    • Replies: @Derer
  58. Hodd says:

    Do wish these writers would do proper research. Saudi Arabia was created by the British and their sect of Sunni Islam ( there are more than 1500 sects within the Sunni world) was specifically approved by British Intelligence in the 1920s because it would be divisive to Sunni Islam.
    The British, along with their Rothschild and Israeli rulers, still operate and control the Al Saud family who run Saudi Arabia.
    The Shia might appear a monitory to this writer, but the truth is that in this region of the Middle East they are a majority. In Saudi Arabia all the working class are Shia. Half of Iraq are Shia, a quarter of Syria are Shia, Iran is 95% Shia…and many Shia sects survive in Sunni areas by hiding themselves from public view.
    Much of what this writer suggests is either impractical or impossible because this writer has made too made assumptions based on Zionist lies.
    On top of this the Shia believe the Mahdi is reborn and that the Shia will soon be walking again in Jerusalem freed of Jews. Al Quds Force actually means The Jerusalem Force. So now you can see why Israel was so keen on killing the leader of Al Quds…they killed the leader of the Jerusalem Force. The army that was to follow the Mahdi in to Jerusalem to throw the Jews out and proclaim a one world Islam where everyone willingly submits to Allah… What a dream. Meanwhile all the Jews can do is murder everyone they disagree with. How pathetic the average Jew really is!

    • Replies: @Agent76
  59. Is Mercer the only woman who writes for this webzine? Jeez boys, where did we go wrong?

  60. Agent76 says:

    November 7, 2019 Spreading Democracy the American Way

    List of US-Installed Democracies, Worldwide, 1776-2019

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/spreading-democracy-american-way/5693586/amp

    Jan 30, 2011 Invisible Empire_ Full Movie_A New World Order Defined – HD

  61. Omegabooks [AKA "Anon"] says:

    Last time I read anything by Ilana Mercer she wrote for Israel-first WorldNetDaily run by Arab-Zionist Joseph Farah. That was 15 years ago when I was still a Christian Zionist (and then I found out Israel really did murder 34 of our sailors on the USS Liberty, and then I found out Israel couldn’t even beat Hezbollah, too cowardly…and then I discovered the evil of the Talmud)….Wow how time flies.

    But she still refuses to see that it is Israel that is calling the shots. But that is to be expected by someone who supposedly was born or lived in Israel. The one above who said Israel is the judge and jury while the US is only the executioner is correct. I just wish Mercer would wake up to that.

    • Replies: @lloyd
    , @lloyd
  62. lloyd says: • Website
    @Tom Welsh

    I wrote, “Not one of the dispensible brown people”. Does it matter? The Aryan thing was a big thing with the Shah dynasty. The dynasty founder changed the name of Persia to Iran in the 1930s. The furious reaction in Iran to the killing appears to have a shocked tone. “You can’t do this to us. We are white.”

    • Replies: @Tom Welsh
  63. Agent76 says:
    @Hodd

    This will give you great unsight very few know. Robin Cook: The struggle against terrorism cannot be won by military means

    Al-Qaida, literally “the database”, was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/jul/08/july7.development?CMP=share_btn_link

    September 4, 2010 The Imperial Anatomy of Al-Qaeda. The CIA’s Drug-Running Terrorists and the “Arc of Crisis”

    Part 1 examines the origins of the intelligence network known as the Safari Club, which financed and organized an international conglomerate of terrorists, the CIA’s role in the global drug trade, the emergence of the Taliban and the origins of al-Qaeda.

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-imperial-anatomy-of-al-qaeda-the-cia-s-drug-running-terrorists-and-the-arc-of-crisis/20907

  64. lloyd says: • Website
    @Omegabooks

    Arab Zionists are curious. There are an astonishingly large number of Lebanese and Lebanese descendants who love Israel. I can only surmise their hatred of Arabs and Islam is pathological. In the 1860s, Napoleon 111 sent a French army to Syria to protect the Christian minorities from Moslem Ottoman massacres. That became the foundation of Lebanon. Lebanon is a made up country.

    • Replies: @anon
  65. Charlemagne says: • Website

    All,
    We would not even be having this conversation if the United States would refrain from regime change operations, no?
    Get out of the M.E. now. Let the Saudi’s and Israelis’ represent their own interest.
    Would you want your child to enlist as a mercenary for these creatures?

    • Agree: Dannyboy
  66. lloyd says: • Website
    @Omegabooks

    Maybe you should say, “The evil in the Talmud”. Apart from scattered references to Christians and Jewish supremacy, most of Talmud are pure rambling hokum by befuddled ignorant Rabbis. Like threads in blogs. Were their references to Christianity, Yiddish sardonic humour?

  67. Squash says:

    Hmm… There’s a whiff here of universal principles supremacy over the interests of ordinary people and nation states. Prior to taking down Salami, Iran’s militias attacked our bases in Iran, launched drone attacks against our ally, and even killed one of our citizens. Hence it is within America’s interest to establish deterrence along the lines of VDH’s “live and let live – or else”.

    More philosophically, the actors in the drama of history are nation states. We need to promote the interests of our country, regardless of moralism, universal principles or “geometric reasoning”.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  68. Eighthman says:

    I once hoped that Trump was sincere about the one thing that made him stand out from the Republican herd: stop stupid wars.

    Even if he was lying, I reasoned, he was far too boorish and vulgar to lead a nation into war – based on the clever propaganda of a Hitler or the finesse of an FDR or the appointed monitors of a Bush Jr ( who could keep him on message). People need good, competent lies to risk their lives in war, “making the world safe for democracy”, “war to end all wars” and so on. Or so I thought.

    It turns out that there is no bottom to this. International law, norms, diplomacy, common sense, decency mean nothing. Just bullying. Make it up as you go along. Admit to being a liar (Pompeo) and so what? If you disagree, I can cite all sorts of dignified behavior and well crafted falsehoods to justify war in the past. Even clever oligarchy is better than idiocracy.

    There are only two ways this extreme lust for war by the US can end. One is WW3 outright. The other is economic ruin of the US that stops it from wasting trillions on global “whack a mole”.
    I don’t want to hope for either. Picking the lesser of two evils is what got us into this mess as a con artist in the White House seemed better than a war criminal.

  69. Those “shrewd” Iranians would be a lot shrewder if they would give up their silly fantasies of Islamist supremacy and world domination. It’s not going to happen.

    They ripped themselves a permanent asshole with the American people when their “shrewdness” resulted in the 1979 American embassy/hostage crisis incident. And they have positioned themselves as our mortal enemy ever since by word and deed.

    They’re not innocent, good, noble, virtuous, or intelligent, and the enemy of my enemy is definitely not my friend. Normal people can hate Israel and Iran all at the same time. Both are nothing less than opposing supremacist entities who hate Whites, Christians, and Western Civilization.

  70. aandrews says:

    Trump Listened to Tucker, Backed Out of Iran Invasion at Last Minute

    Roy Batty
    Daily Stormer
    January 10, 2020

    It is hard for most of us to believe that there are people out there who do not go on the internet. But yes, there exists a huge swath of the population that gets its news and opinions from the TV.

    […]

  71. renfro says:

    Good essay….nothing to argue with in it.
    Except Israel and its US Fifth Column influence on Trump was left out.
    Destroying Iran is a Israeli goal and everyone knows it …its ‘the reason that dare not be named’ and is being blacked out of all the news and press coverage.

    • Replies: @David Martin
  72. @Realist

    Agreed. I wonder how Tucker will respond to the latest statement by the State Department, (which really should change its name to something like “the Pentagon Annex”). They rebuffed the PM request to bring in a U.S. team to start discussion of the exit of U.S. troops.

    Echoing prior statements of Mark Esper, the State Department underscored Friday that it’s “our right” as a “force for good” in the region to maintain “appropriate force posture in the Middle East”

    • Replies: @Realist
  73. The is only one kind of organization that serves as judge, jury, and executioner: a gang. It could be mafia, drug cartel, or something smaller, like a local gang, but it’s always criminal.

  74. Anon[223] • Disclaimer says:

    https://www.jpost.com/Defense/WikiLeaks-Russia-gave-Israel-Iranian-codes

    “Russia provided Israel security codes to access Iran’s Tor- M1 air-defense systems in exchange for an Israeli handover of codes to “hack” drones sold to Georgia, according to a leaked email from a private American intelligence company”.

    “An employee for Stratfor wrote the report, dated February 2009, and cited a “Mexican source,” described as a former police officer and a current military analyst.”

    Israel had control if Iran’s missile system. They killed all those Canadians and Iranians and Ukrainians, the British and a few Australians, for what?

    Israel seems to be the judge jury and executioner. Those poor murdered people on that plane.

    And then they get agents to pretend it was just some nervous Iranian.

    I love Israel. I always have. But would David Ben Gurion really have sanctioned this kind of gratuitous murder? I like to think the men of the early years were not sadists. Why kill those 180 people?

    It will not do to invert reality and blame the United States for the actions of it’s ruling nation and ruling state.

    Why the hell can’t we all just live in peace?

    • Replies: @renfro
  75. @Squash

    The interests of the US as a country are in most cases opposite of the interests of the US as globohomo Empire. This was exactly the case where it was true. Mafia-style assassinations of foreign officials are not in the interests of the US as a country.

    • Replies: @Squash
  76. renfro says:

    Forget the spin about killing Soleimani to prevent his plans for attacks.
    I think this tells us exactly what is going on. Sanctions on Iran and regime change provocateurs haven’t worked so the US on behalf of Saudi and Israel are killing top Iranian Military Officials. The next question is are they doing this to degrade Iran forces in preparation for an eventual attack on Iran itself. Saudi and Israel may be pushing the envelope for an Iran attack because they are unsure Trump will be re elected and they may not have same control over another president.

    Same Day Soleimani Killed US launched Secret Strike on Another Iranian Military Official in Yemen

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/on-the-day-us-forces-killed-soleimani-they-launched-another-secret-operation-targeting-a-senior-iranian-official-in-yemen/2020/01/10/60f86dbc-3245-11ea-898f-eb846b7e9feb_story.html

    On the day the U.S. military killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad, U.S. forces carried out another top secret mission against a senior Iranian military official in Yemen, according to U.S. officials.
    The strike targeting Abdul Reza Shahlai, a financier and key commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force who has been active in Yemen, did not result in his death, according to four U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
    The unsuccessful operation may indicate that the Trump administration’s killing of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani last week was part of a broader operation than previously explained, raising questions about whether the mission was designed to cripple the leadership of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or solely to prevent an imminent attack on Americans as originally stated.
    U.S. military operations in Yemen, where a civil war has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, are shrouded in secrecy. U.S. officials said the operation against Shahlai remains highly classified, and many declined to offer details other than to say it was not successful.

    Officials at the Pentagon and at military commands in Florida were monitoring both strikes and had discussed announcing them together, had they gone well, officials said.
    “If we had killed him, we’d be bragging about it that same night,” a senior U.S. official said, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a classified military operation.
    Another senior official said the two strikes were authorized around the same time and that the United States did not disclose the Shahlai mission because it did not go according to plan. The official said Shahlai may be targeted in the future, though both countries have signaled an interest in de-escalating the crisis.

  77. anon[108] • Disclaimer says:
    @lloyd

    There’s an astonishingly large number of Iranians (in USA) who are very protective of Jews.

    They think of Jews as their brothers.

  78. VLADDI says: • Website

    Re: “(1.) The debate is *only* ever over whether the U.S. government should or shouldn’t act on its divine rights as transnational judge, jury and executioner, never over what’s right and what’s wrong. (2.) Stateside, the only inquiry permissible is a cost-benefit calculus. Will the assassination of Soleimani, a military official of a sovereign state, and an avid and effective slayer of Islamic State terrorists—pay strategic dividends for America in the long run? (3.) This is crass pragmatism bereft of principle. It’s currently on display everywhere, even surfacing on BBC News, where a female analyst, an American, was deploying the childish “bad man” meme to outline America’s Disneyfied foreign policy. (4.) This angels-and-demons production always starts with the prototypical evil dictator who was alleged to be messing with his noble people, until the avenging, angelic empire sent a drone to the rescue.”

    Unfortunately, Ilana, your premise is wrong this time.

    The Golden Rule of Law principle most simply defines legal morality as: “Do Not Attack First.” When one chooses to attack first (much less proclaims one’s divine right to always “pre-emptively, defensively” attack (thereby innocent) other people first, one’s own choice defines one’s self as the predatory criminal aggressor, and they as one’s innocent victims – there’s no two ways about it. And one always maintains a perfectly natural right to defend one’s self and, if one has the realistic means and inclination, innocent other people, too. The reason one realistically isn’t tied to a “we must either respond at once, or never!” principle is another principle: that we should not be limited to an immediate “clear and present proximate danger” scenario or “proportional” retaliation, as that would enslave us to the criminals’ whims, schedules, and timetables. Besides, even the courts are usually only able to punish people long after they have ceased to be clear and present dangers. There – that takes care of your points (1-3.) Point 4 is also covered: again, by sequencing: criminals DO indeed, by definition, always attack first, upon which their intended victims must choose if and when and whether to respond (and aren’t then limited to responding immediately or even in kind).
    One other, hidden premise of yours is: as Soleimani was an official of a foreign state, shouldn’t we be limited to await an official declaration of war, by our betters, first? Well NO – because that would imply that only groups have a collective right and responsibility to respond to violent attacks by any other groups or large criminal gangs called ‘States’ – even, as in this case, when that other criminal ‘State’ gang has already chosen to attack first, and without itself openly declaring war. CAPISCE?

    • Replies: @Sean
  79. As in most cases, Ilana is right. But- she may as well be talking to the wall….

  80. @Gleimhart Mantooso

    Wrong (by the way, I don’t hate anyone). True, the Iran regime is far from being the paragon of anything. Just- that’s not the point of the article.

  81. renfro says:
    @Anon

    “An employee for Stratfor wrote the report, dated February 2009, and cited a “Mexican source,” described as a former police officer and a current military analyst.”

    LOL….Stratfor is a joke. Most of their reporters and employees are student interns from the Unvi of Texas. What legitimate info they do publish is copied from newspapers that were published a week earlier.

    ”Stratfor is a sleazy outfit. It was established as a money machine by George Friedman and a former Texas Congressman (now out of the picture) who served at one time on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
    The most stunning feature of the operation is that they induce many large organizations to pay them hefty fees for ‘customized’ analyses which, at times, pass as the product of an intelligence investigation. Coca Cola, for example, lined their pockets for providing answers to a set questions about the aims, intentions and means of PETA which they feared might disrupt the winter Olympics in Vancouver where the company had an advertising stake. The information requested could have been uncovered by a five minute web search. Evidently, Coca Cola’s tens of thousands of employees do not include anyone capable of conducting such a search.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-17176602
    https://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2012/02/dr-brenner-on-stratfor.html

    • Replies: @Flint Clint
  82. Derer says:
    @SMK

    SMK:(Soleimani) “this monster and sadist”

    Quite illiterate…as a military man he was targeting fair game US military and not civilians, unlike US military reputation of killing on foreign soils millions (I think the number is 3.5 m since the WWII) of civilians including in Syria, Libya, Vietnam, Serbia etc. Do not call me unpatriotic.

    • Replies: @Eagle Eye
    , @SMK
  83. Realist says:
    @Chet Roman

    Echoing prior statements of Mark Esper, the State Department underscored Friday that it’s “our right” as a “force for good” in the region to maintain “appropriate force posture in the Middle East”

    Yes, this country is belligerent. They won’t be so cocky when they get their ass handed to them.

  84. @Rational

    America this, America that…says the Mercer-Issacsohn. When

    she knows full well that America is

    Israel’s bitch.

    it’s long past time for

    Ilana to make aliyah.

    • Agree: Saggy
    • Replies: @Achilles Wannabe
  85. @Anonymous

    Anom 844

    As a former 30 year man your first paragraph is 100 percent on target. Let the readers and responders analyze and discuss the rest.

  86. @Gleimhart Mantooso

    Iranians would be a lot shrewder if they would give up their silly fantasies of Islamist supremacy and world domination

    The “world domination” narrative currently only applies to two countries, and those two countries are, in reality, under the control of same masters. There have been papers and books, by people like Zbigniew Brzezinski, and organizations like The Brookings Institute, openly promoting the US control of the world. The other country is Israel, which owns Congress. American exceptionalism is the goy equivalent of G_ds chosen people.

    The world domination narrative is an offshoot of the Hitler narrative. All leaders who oppose US or Israeli demands are Hitler, and everyone “knows” Hitler was hell bent on world domination. The bullshit lies continue, and your ilk continue to eat it with a spoon.
    The obvious question of WTF is the US doing in the ME in the first place, is never asked. “US interests” do not equate to Iran’s interests, Iraq’s, interests, Syria’s interests, nor the interests of any other country in the region, except Israel, which has told the US what its interests are to begin with.

    • Agree: Rurik
    • Replies: @Gleimhart Mantooso
  87. @Proud_Srbin

    You’ve been watching too much Talmudvision. The Hollywood/Tel Aviv Mr. Adolf is pure fiction.

  88. Sean says:
    @VLADDI

    Some good points there, but I think you are with “classical liberal” Ilana in thinking of countries in the world as analogous to individuals within a society.

  89. @Curmudgeon

    Your ignorance of Islamism is cute.

  90. @renfro

    Stratfor being grubby or not Isreals’ kill switch and remote control of Iran’s missiles meant little in 2008-9. Maybe not little but less then now.

    I mean, if Israel has had that capability why do they pretend Iran is a threat? If Russia has apparently such close relations with Israel like they did the Obama state department why are they considered a threat?

    Now we know what it meant.

    No one could understand the significance of that story in 2009, regardless of where it came from. Having now read it.

    If Startfor are so miniscule, why did the Jerusalem post verify their intel and then publish it? Probably to self congratulate and demoralise Iran?

    Turns out it was true.

    I don’t think it’s safe anymore to be a tourist in Israel.

    How can you ever know if Mossad or the CIA or someone they report to has a vendetta on a fellow passenger or you, and you won’t be blown into a bloody sparkle and they’ll blame it on ‘Iran’ or ‘Syria’ or ‘Russia’.

    All these obsolete words indicative of a non existent ‘sovereignty’ for gentiles and non initiates to the Masonic sects.

    There seems to be just Israel, and the international network of intelligence agencies and Jewish families, and then all the gentiles who truly fundamentally do not matter and can be picked apart at will.

    If neocons have SOCOM in 133 countries, who then Ilana are the neocons? What is their ethnicity and/or allegiance? Who runs the intelligence agencies exactly? I’m so dumb. I’m so dumb.

    This article sounds like the article today in the Independent saying Israel is tired of being a puppet for American interests.

    Now that, of course is one of the most perverse, breathtakingly stupendous lying inversions of truth ever conceived. Just when you think the Chutzpah has reached it’s limits with MSNBC documentaries about ‘Christians’ controlling the White House and civil service you realise it’s like the fiat dollar. It’s endless. It has no basis in reality. It has no basis in logic or reason. It’s such a howling, nauseating inversion it’s stupefying.

    Now, almost a century ago Churchill’s mother speaking to one of the Astor’s wrote that in all the world only 500 families mattered.

    We just didn’t realise they were Jewish.

    I’m sure most Israelis wouldn’t support killing Ukrainians and British and Canadians for no reason. I cannot understand the thought processes here.

    Why show everyone so unequivocally that our lives are worthless and can be taken from us at any time for any reason?

    Those Ukrainians and Canadians and British and Australians, and Swedes didn’t deserve to be murdered in the most horrific manner you can imagine short of torture because Israel or the Deep State wanted to make Iran look bad.

    Of course Iran denies it was their Tor missile system – they don’t want their people to know how completely prostrate they are.

    Having said that, I’ll always support Israel and the United States.

    If we die for the machinations of man or the Prince of this world, let it be in a state of grace.

    Maybe it was just a malfunction or a mistake. We shouldn’t jump to conclusions.

  91. Rurik says:

    With a distinction: Our Special Operations forces and their command encroach on the Iranian neighborhood much more so than Iranians and their special force command encroach on American territory, unless you consider the Middle East to be American turf.

    “American turf”?

    Sometimes what’s most important about an article, is what conspicuously doesn’t get said.

    But Saudi Arabia doesn’t give a dried camel’s hump about Christians or American casualties. They have managed to skillfully enlist the West in a proxy Sunni-Shia religious war, also Riyadh’s ultimate aim.

    There again, is it the Saudi’s who control our foreign policy? And media and assorted institutions, that give them the power to ‘enlist the West’ in their Eternal Wars?

    Or, do we do the Saudi’s bidding because it dovetails with someone’s else’s well known unhinged hatred for Iran?

    Hmm…

    This was a well-written article, and it brings up salient points, but it also ignores the elephant in the living room, and it is that myopia that spells our doom, not our fealty to Saudi Arabia. So, I wonder, at the end of the day, do articles like this do more damage than good.

    Yes, Americans have been programmed to think of themselves as ‘the exceptional people’, but whom in America has operated the propaganda machine for over a century by now?

    Who were the members of the PNAC, who wrote that America needed “some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor”, (9/11) in order to motivate them for the Eternal Wars in the Middle East?

    Was it the Saudis? The Sunnis?

    Hmmm…

    I’ve always said you can glimmer a thousand times more from what people don’t say, than what they do say, almost every time.

    This well-written article laments the role of the US as murderous drooling goon on the world’s stage, and she’s 100% correct, as far as that goes.

    But then she spends the rest of the article dishonestly trying to imply the Saudis are the ones with their hands up America’s butt, using US as their murderous puppet, when she knows very well that is bullshit, and whom it is that really is pulling the strings.

    Who was it that ultimately ordered/pressured the Trump administration to assassinate Soleimani, eh? I heard on NPR a former Israeli general gushing over the murder, and saying it was a game changer.

    As Ms. Mercer points out, the media are also gushing over the death, and finding a way to blame Trump. Is that because the media are in the hands of the Saudis?

    • Replies: @Franklin Ryckaert
  92. @Rurik

    Why does Ilana Mercer not mention the role of the Jews?
    Because Ilana Mercer is (((Ilana Mercer))).

    • Agree: Saggy, Ghan-buri-Ghan
  93. dcite says:

    WWIII on the way yet again, Trump’s fault of course. We just had a WWIII on the way with North Korea. No more. Then with missiles to Syria. No more. The Syrians celebrated when Solemani was killed. So did many, many Iranians off the books (check outside the MSM). Rouhani sure didn’t like him.
    Solemani was a terrorist responsible for the death and mutilation of thousands of Iraqis and American soldiers. He was likely a CIA asset which is undoubtedly why the lamentations from the many pundits in places like the WaPo, NYT, Bloomberg, MSNBC, etc. You know, that entity known as the MSM owned by about 5 entities with closely connected interests.
    What I don’t get is why they are so on the side of the “murdered” terrorist. I do declare, there is more sympathy for him than they ever have for American killed by illegals, or Americans killed anywhere. Surely more than for the Americans killed at Benghazi, which Solemani helped set up.
    By their cries and lamentations you shall know them. The lamentations on this site are surprising and ludicrous, knowing as we do the extent to which the press lies and misrepresents. You are closer to the truth when you assume the opposite of what the NYT says. I’m beginning to think that about this place.

  94. JamesinNM says:

    U.S. military serve as mercenaries for the Luciferian NWO pedophiles, child sacrificers, war criminals, murderers, promoters of perversion, and their quest to destroy every sovereign nation, take the world’s resources, and enslave the world’s people which has nothing to do with protecting America and Americans. In fact America has not existed since the Civil War.

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  95. JamesinNM says:
    @DinoN

    There is no America. Lincoln destroyed it for the bankers. If you want an America, you will have to destroy the entity Lincoln created and recreate America.

  96. Eagle Eye says:
    @Derer

    as a military man [Soleimani] was targeting fair game US military

    No. Soleimani was NOT a “military man.” Throughout his career, Soleimani belonged to the quasi-military Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), basically Ayatollah-Iran’s implementation of the National Socialists’ Waffen-SS concept – special units loyal to the leadership and outside military rules, laws of war (whatever those are worth), and always willing to murder fellow Iranians to keep the ayatollahs in power.

    Within the IRGC, Soleimani was commander of the Jerusalem Division. That’s right – “Quds” (قدس in Arabic script) means Jerusalem. Curious that Western media don’t trouble to inform their readers of this basic and undisputed fact.

    Few commenters here seem willing to contemplate the possibility that (a) Soleimani was a bad guy whose demise may even make Iran and Iraq a better place; BUT (b) U.S. intervention in a far-away country may nonetheless be unwise, especially given the history between the U.S. and Iran. (Iranians remember 1953.) Also, WHOSE interests are U.S. interests?

    Question to consider: how many senior U.S. officials understand Persian*) and Arabic, AND have in-depth, hands-on familiarity with Iran and the wider region but WITHOUT being of Iranian descent?

    *) People who still think it’s cool to call the language of Iran “Farsi” are 30 years behind the curve. The hyper-PC BBC offers broadcasts in “Persian.”

  97. Rich says:
    @Alex

    Well, as each of the dem candidates has come out for paying reparations to people who were never slaves by taking money from people who never owned slaves, that’s what your not voting will help achieve. Want an end to free speech, private gun ownership and more left wing judges? Then stay home and let one of the radical dems win. Sometimes, as an adult, you have to be able to choose the lesser evil. For better or worse, the repubs, and Trump, are the better of the two.

    And if you think any dem won’t be droning, look at how much droning “Nobel Peace Prize” winning Obama did. This is the world we live in. Grow up.

    • Replies: @onebornfree
  98. @JamesinNM

    They do a lousy job and get stomped most of the time…like a Great White against a school of piranhas.

    Seventeen years bleeding out money in Iraq.

    The US fails wherever it goes. Epic fail.

    New Mexico was not a state until after the Civil War. It is a Spanish-Indian backwater.

  99. @Haxo Angmark

    America is

    Israel’s bitch.

    Well said

  100. @Sean

    Yawn! You have no evidence, and the U$A just slanders and intimidates everyone that will not follow diktat, ESPECIALLY ALLIES. Just watch Trudeau with a poor poker face, regurgitate the dictum he must disseminate upon Canadians.

    What a shithead you are!

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  101. @jack daniels

    Correct. Tucker is working out of the belly of the Zionist beast and has to be given a certain latitude. But I didn’t notice Mercer mentioning “our greatest ally” Isn’t Mercer a joint citizen
    of the US and Israel?

  102. denk says:

    Based on the erroneous prior-restraint reasoning, and our putative, divine American rights as judge, jury and executioner—we could confine all Saudi-Arabian Sunnis to camps, for the purpose of “reeducation.” It’s what China is doing to its Muslim minority.

    Did the author bother to read that charge sheet quoted in wiki ?

    MIllions of innocent Muslims yanked off the street , thrown into gulags to be indoctrinated with Sinicization. .

    They’r tortured, abused, sexually abused no less.

    Forced to drink liquor, eat pork.

    Here’s the latest version…

    Korans are being burned,

    Mosques are demolised,

    Immans are being bumped off en mass,

    Hans males moving into houses of interned UIghurs to claim the women.

    As usual for these FUKUS agitprop, there’s ZERO evidence .
    IN a nutshell, its all based on unsubstantiated ‘testimonies’, reportedly, claimed by unverified ‘ex inmates’
    ————–

    This is the kind of stuff that would send fanatical Muslim nutjobs to the streets, chopping up any innocent bystanders on sight .
    Already there’r Korean tourists who got roughened up in Turkey/

    Make no mistake,
    This is yet another despicable ploy by the [[[Usual Suspects]]] to instigate terrorism against the Chinese.

    IM talking about those bastards in the FUKUS deep state, those poor excuse for human beings.

    But Why do murkkans , supposedly well informed, still choose to parrot these vicious lies from those certified serial lying scumbags ?

    Am I missing something here,
    are murkkans themselves victims of the ptb, or are they part of the conspiracy ?

    • Replies: @Jeff Stryker
  103. SMK says: • Website
    @Derer

    Were the the 1500 Iranian protesters who were shot and killed on his orders “fair game” and “military targets”? And who knows how many other Iranians he murdered, and tortured. Yes, a sadist, monster, terrorist. and mass murderer. And you admire him, apparently! I despise George W. Bush for the wars in Iraq and Afganistan that killed myriads of innocent civilians, and for much else, especially his support of massave legal and illegal immigration, but he didn’t murder and torture myriads of American civilians. Bring home the troops and don’t start any more disadtrous, unnecessary wars.

    • Replies: @Derer
  104. @denk

    Few Americans would care what China did in Uighur land and some, dare I say, would find it funny they were forcing them to drink.

    Few Americans could spell the name of the Uighur province, or would even know what Uighur were.

    Americans care only for their material comfort, their BJ’s, their porno, their salary, their crime in the street etc. I’m talking about white Americans as other minority groups do not have abstract thoughts beyond “Malt Liquor” and “Crack” and “Big Butt Hookers”.

  105. Anonymous[394] • Disclaimer says:

    So…Don and Bibi finally agree: Adolf WAS right to shoah Juden because “sources” said the latter were planning on imminently killing Germans (like Soleimani per Americans)…and destroying the Reich by driving it into the sea.

    Good to know.

    Also, Trump/Netanyahu concur that the Third Reich was correct to make Germany Aryan-only since Thor had promised all the land and Lebensraum to Odinites.

    Again, good to know.

  106. Judge, jury and executioner? A perfect description for murderous gangsters. Ours has been the world’s leading gangster republic in the post WWII era hands down.

    • Agree: Republic
  107. onebornfree says: • Website
    @Rich

    Rich says: “For better or worse, the repubs, and Trump, are the better of the two. And if you think any dem won’t be droning, look at how much droning “Nobel Peace Prize” winning Obama did. This is the world we live in. Grow up.”

    “Trump Has Killed More Civilians with Illegal Drone Strikes in 9 Months Than Obama Did in 8 Years” :

    “Former President Obama earned the nickname of “Drone King” when he dramatically escalated the use of drone strikes, while also downplaying the number of innocent civilians who became “collateral damage.” In the two years that his administration devoted to publicly spending millions of taxpayer dollars to fight the Islamic State group, the estimated civilian death toll ranged from 2,300 to 3,400, according to Airwars,…………President Trump has been in office for just 9 months, and he has already surpassed Obama’s murderous record with estimated numbers as high as 4,500 civilian deaths….”

    http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trump-has-killed-more-civilians-with-illegal-drone-strikes-in-9-months-than-obama-did-in-8-years

    And so it goes….

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Replies: @Rich
  108. Squash says:
    @AnonFromTN

    Why not? Iran and its proxies attacked our bases and it made sense to establish deterrence by doing something painful. We could have dismantled their air defenses, but that would have been costlier.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
    , @Avery
  109. @Squash

    Why not?

    Because non-criminal entities respect due process.

    The rest of your statement is full of allegations none of which has been proved.

  110. @bike-anarkist

    What a shithead you are!

    You are too harsh on this person. It is either gainfully employed posting here, or one of those who ask “what’s the correct spelling: Iran or Iraq”.

    • Replies: @Sean
  111. Rich says:
    @onebornfree

    If your primary concern is the number of drone strikes, then there is no candidate in either major party who will suffice for you. Drones will continue to be used no matter which major party is in office. Since no 3rd party candidate in the US has a chance to win, we must make a choice between the available candidates. Every candidate in the dem party has come out in favor of restricting gun ownership, raising taxes and paying reparations to people who have never been slaves. Freedom of speech will be even more restricted by the left who are obsessed with fake “hate” crimes and will work to ban speech they find objectionable. Leftist judges have already overturned 200 year old precedents on a whim, have declared marriage to be different than it’s been for 6,000 years and have allowed candidates for president to be spied on. The repubs are far from perfect, but they’re nowhere near as bad as the dems.

    You might have been “born free”, but after the next dem president, you won’t be “free” anymore. To see their endgame, look at what they’ve started to do in Virginia with gun rights.

    • Replies: @onebornfree
  112. Again, no mention of Israel, behind it all.

    AIPAC, the Neocons, the American Jewish community all participate as the Israeli fifth column that has subverted the US Govt and turned the US into Israel’s bitch.

    I’m an American and a Jew, just not a Zionist criminal and traitor to the US. I’m not young with a career. I’m old and retired — comfortably. So I’m “safe” to tell the truth. Anyone with a career in business, academia, media, or politics dare not breathe a word of criticism about Israel, or their career — essentially their life — is over. Which is why there is on one hand such comprehensive silence about Israel’s crimes, and on the other hand, manifestly over-the-top Israeli ass-kissing. This pressure cooker of suppressed truth will not last, because the pressure keeps rising until something has to give.

    When the 320M non-Jewish Americans realize how they’ve been screwed over by the Israelis and their fifth column here in the US, there will be hell to pay. The five-thousand year history of Jewish predatory behavior toward non-Jews, followed by the predictable reaction, is now playing itself out here in the US.

  113. Avery says:
    @Squash

    {Why not?}

    1. Because US’s presence in Iraq is illegal. US does not acknowledge it, but the invasion of Iraq by US and UK was illegal, as acknowledged by the Brits*. The fact that US strong-armed the puppet Iraqi ‘governments’ to “invite” US “help” does not change the fact that the whole shebang is illegal**.

    2. If someone breaks into your house, and you are capable of, let’s say, causing some pain to the invaders, what would you do? Let them have the run of your house? Take whatever they want? Tell you how you should live in your own house?

    { Iran and its proxies attacked our bases and it made sense to establish deterrence by doing something painful}

    Proxies, Yes. Iran? Is there any evidence other than the claims of Trump and his guys? Why would Iran “dirty” its hands when, e.g. Sadr and his troops are quite capable of causing pain to US?

    {We could have dismantled their air defenses, but that would have been costlier.}

    Correct: US has the technological superiority and the numbers (of jets, missiles, etc) to saturate and exhaust IRI’s air defenses. So what comes after US directly attacks Iran? Do you really think they’d just do nothing? They’d torch all the Gulf states and their oil production. They’d close the State of Hormuz. If US attacks Iran directly, then gloves are off on both sides: lots of US military targets withing shooting distance of Iran. Nobody knows what the consequences of a direct, saturation attack on Iran would be.

    Maybe not much or maybe the spark that triggers a world wide nuclear conflagration.

    ______________________________________
    * https://www.rt.com/uk/350449-iraq-war-illegal-prescott/
    [The 2003 invasion of Iraq was illegal, Lord Prescott, former deputy prime minister to Tony Blair has admitted, adding that he would live with the “catastrophic consequences” of this decision for the rest of his life.]

    ** btw, what are US troops doing in Syria? Syrian government says they have NO permission to be in Syria. Trump even openly declared that US troops are there to guard the oil wells of Syria, so that they don’t fall into the hands of..wait for it….ISIS. Riiiiiiiight.

  114. Sean says:
    @AnonFromTN


    You still have the same three way power game. There is the European orientated Med coast, the Persians, who were Sunni until the Safavids imposed Shia on everyone in Iran (why Iran is 95% Shia today), and the Arabs led by the Custodian Of The Two Holy Mosques and Lindsay Lohan’s credit card.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  115. onebornfree says: • Website
    @Rich

    “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy….Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.” Carroll Quigley

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Agree: AnonFromTN
  116. Escher says:
    @Ghan-buri-Ghan

    “Hostile alien invaders” perfectly describes the millions of Han Chinese flooding Xinjiang.

    • Replies: @denk
  117. Ace says:
    @Sean

    But Iran did not say it had a right to down the airliner as a matter of national security. They obviously downed it by mistake, there being no conceivable rational reason to do otherwise.

  118. denk says:

    Every time the mofo in CIA/MI6 stir up ethnic riots in China, ..they blamed the carnage on Han brutality.
    Then The entire [[[five liars]]] presstitutes ,plus their Indian, Jp cohorts, would descend on Beijing with unseemly glee, eagerly waiting for another grilling fest on Chinese official ,.

    The Chinese have had enough .
    Being the target of [[[five liars]]] demonisation since 1949… TAM, Tibet, Xinjiang, HK.

    The vicious lie on ‘abuse in Xinjiang gulags’ , such as ‘ innocent UIghurs men are rounded up and thrown into the gulags , then Hans men move into their homes and take over the women‘, is beyond the pale.

    Just the other day, Chinese FM spokeswomen Hua Chunying plaintively asked a roomful of smug, disdainful [[[seven liars]]] journos , who were there ready to interrogate her…

    Selective reporting, blatant distortion, outright fabrication.
    Are these the tools of your trade ?
    How could you people sleep at night’ ?

    Dead silence.

    Were they shamed ?
    LIke hell,
    psychopaths do not understand the concept of shame.

    There’r two kind of people who never suffer sleepless nights.

    A saint,
    cuz he never done anything wrong.

    And…
    Bless the psychopath,
    He has no sleeping problem , thank you very much.
    cuz nothing ever bother his conscience, if he has one in the first place.

  119. Ace says:
    @Liza

    Slash and burn. For millennia, the perfect approach of relying on renewable resources.

  120. Miro23 says:
    @jack daniels

    Tucker Carlson is constrained by what his employers will put up with. Also, Tucker is practicing a familiar rhetorical strategy, which is to admit one of your opponent’s dubious points in order to focus on another.

    But Tucker Carlson is still a lone voice in the MSM, showing that the rest of the US media are cowed by their Jewish mafia owners. His time will come no doubt – even if he carefully avoids talking about Israel or Jewish interference in US Democracy.

    If the US is a lost cause, it’s encouraging that Europeans aren’t as cowed as they used to be. In contrast to the UK, the Europeans are moving away from the US – looking at alternative international payments systems, supporting Germany’s contractual rights with Russia (Nordstream 2), supporting the Iran nuclear agreement and questioning the logic behind defunct US security organizations like NATO.

    Basically, the US has tried hard, but failed, to separate Western Europe from Russia. Merkel is currently visiting with another visit due in May.

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  121. Ace says:
    @SMK

    The sum and substance of your evidence that Soleimani was an evil monster and terrorist mass-murderer is your statement that he was an evil monster and terrorist mass-murderer.

    In your subsequent comment you allege that Soleimani was the one who gave the order to fire on Iranian protestors. That’s up there with all the other things that we “know” about the man beyond a shadow of a doubt: he killed 600 troops, he was planning attacks on US troops now, he ordered the attack on the US embassy in Baghdad, he supplied EFPs to kill Americans during the first war in Iraq, and he made Greta Thurnberg cry. I swear. He was like Chickenman — everywhere!

    Here’s a thought. He was extremely effective in organizing resistance to ISIS when the regular Iraqi army dissolved. He was a key leader in organizing the campaign against ISIS in Syria. The death of 500,000+ civilians and the utter devastation of Syria is not on him — or Assad. The interest of both leaders was to keep Syria from dissolving as had Libya.

    It is the United States and its covert arming of the jihadis in Syria and its key role in the filthy criminal combination called Operation Inherent Resolve that waged aggressive war on the sovereign state of Syria and now seeks to bleed Syria dry. Assad, Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia did what the US would NOT do, namely, fight ISIS. We were too interested in protecting ISIS’s theft of Syrian oil and selling it to Israel through Erdogan’s son. Russia shamed us into attacking a few of those oil tankers.

    If you want to spit nails over something why not do it because the US is directly responsible for massive death and destruction in Syria — and Iraq?

  122. Mercer has written one of her best and most well balanced . The sheer hypocrisy of Americans, including the public, is overwhelming. When it suits the public, they disavow themselves of American foreign policy; on other occasions , such as thi, where they need to send a message to Trump, they’re silent or supportive. The American public is also a partner in their government’s crimes and deserve their fate and the opprobrium of the world.

  123. denk says:

    Chris Floyd…

    ‘ a terrorist hit–like any illicit high–doesn’t last long. You always need another fix. Especially when your economy is sinking beneath the weight of rampant cronyism, corruption, poverty and inequality.’

    [[[sobs]]] make it a point to remind us about the fake ‘TAM massacre’ every 4/6….

    Well,
    I shall keep reminding the world of the real genocide in Indon, already flushed down history’s memory hole.

    One of CIA/MI6 ‘greatest hit’., Indonesia 1965
    When this partner in crime orchestrated a jihad against the ethnic Chinese.

    MI6 excelled in its usual tricks… propagating fake news.
    It claimed an ‘impending coup abetted by Chinese fifth columns’, CIA planted ‘arms supplies from China’ from its own arms cache , stashed away for just this kind of op, conveniently ‘discovered ‘ by the Indon army

    Thus inciting a genocide that slaughtered nearly three millions ‘commies’, including almost the entire Chinese community.

    Over the years, old timers in the CO still have very fond memory of that caper., ..literally the mother of all regime change, slaughtering three millions…..to depose a ‘Panda hugger’.

    One thing is sure about these hombres, they never rest on their laurels.
    FFw 2020, [[[sobs]]] want a sequel, a biggie which will dwarf the 1965 bloodbath.
    how about a GLOBAL JIHAD on the Chinese worldwide. ??

  124. Derer says:
    @SMK

    “And you admire him, apparently!”

    “Admiring” is an emotion…you do not know my emotions. I despise Muslim terrorism on Christians but its all originated a) from the Israel arrogance – a religious country that made all the other religions 2nd class including Christians and b) American barbarism on other sovereign countries soil – fair target of Soleimani’s.

    American Jewish lobby is crying for separation of state and religion in Christian countries but not in Israel.

  125. @Sean

    Not quite. First, Europe is no longer a power center, it is a lowly obsequious vassal of the Empire. Second, there are new players in the game: China, Russia, and even India. So, the game is quite different now. Not to mention that Persia was in that region more than three thousand years, i.e., >10 times longer than the US ever existed.

  126. @Miro23

    Maybe. However, here is the reality check: the value of Europe keeps going down, politically and militarily more than economically. It is still paying for Russian natural gas and oil, but have you noticed that Russia is gradually moving to rid itself of dependence on Europe? It is pushing LNG project in Yamal to make its decisions to sell gas to a particular country much freer. It is also building pipelines to China, again to reduce its financial dependence on natural gas payments from Europe. So, Nordstream II notwithstanding, Russia is moving to the situation when it can tell Europe: sorry, we don’t have as much natural gas as you want, look elsewhere. Europeans, in their silly support of US-inspired sanctions that were designed by the Empire to hurt EU at lest as much as Russia, have already lost a big chunk of Russian market. Machinery and ships are either built in Russia or purchased from South Korea. Food is mostly produced locally, with some Southern varieties imported fro Turkey, Africa, and South America. A lot of things are imported from China. And so on. Even if Europeans come to their senses and drop all sanctions now, they aren’t going to get even half of the Russian market share they had before their subservient idiocy manifested itself. Europe is gone as a political and military force, and it is fading away as a financial one. Russia won’t ally itself with losers.

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  127. @AnonFromTN

    You have a vengeance in your heart.
    That is not very nice.

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  128. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Vengeance against Europe? Preposterous: one does not avenge oneself on slaves and retards. What Russia is doing is not about vengeance, but about balance. EU stands to lose either way, whether it keeps following the Empire’s orders or if it all of a sudden acquires balls and stands for itself, dropping anti-Russian sanctions. They have already irreversibly lost most of Russian market. Germany is trying to salvage its position as an industrial power and main gas distributor, fighting for relatively cheap natural gas and therefore Nordstream II. It might be beneficial for both Russia and Germany at the moment, but Russia is heading up, whereas Germany is heading to Mecca.
    As current Russian joke puts it:
    Two Germans meet in the street of Frankfurt in 2030.
    – Salam alaikum!
    – Alaikum as-salam!

  129. anonymous[582] • Disclaimer says:

    This rabid joo @ is actually seeming to side with the Iranian regime?! Wow, wonders never cease!

    Consider: Between 1975 and 2015, Saudi Arabian Sunnis murdered 2369 Americans in the homeland, to Iran’s zero. When it comes to the lives of American civilians, at least in recent decades, the Saudis (Trump’s new BFFs), not the Iranians, have blood on their hands.

    Ok, but you forgot your own kind’s, as well as the Great Satan deep state’s, complicity in that crime.

    And, can you begin to count the number of muslims brutally murdered by the Axis of Satan… AmeriKKKa, Pissant Britain, France and IsraHell?

    the president has decided to side with Sunni Islam while demonizing the Shia.

    Pagan/godless degenerates do not really side with true monotheist Muslims on either side. They only play one off the other, you know… let’s You and Him fight. There will come a time when these same pagan/godless scum will be seen to be siding with Shia Islam while demonising the Sunni (maybe your essay is initial proof of that). The Arabs do seem too stupid to grasp this simple truth.

    As a Sunni I seem to have more respect for some of the Iranian leaders than I do feckless c*s like MbS, Khalifa bin Zayed…

  130. anonymous[582] • Disclaimer says:
    @SMK

    How are these nations and cultures enriched and improved in any sense by the presence of Muslims as a group?

    The simple answer to that should be to introduce the pagan/godless peoples of euRape to True Monotheism, or actual God-awareness.

    But then, the pagan/godless peoples of euRape seem to revel in their white-mangods-worship, which simply seems to be some form of metaphorical self-worship. All very delusional and Pagan-y.

    The Almighty One promises that Hell has been created to accommodate the whole lot of you pagan/godless Islamophobic lowlifes, with much room to spare;

    On the Day We will say to Hell, “Have you been filled?” and it will say, “Are there some more” : Holy Quran 50:30

  131. Meimou says:
    @onebornfree

    Thanks for the link

    You can make good comments when the topic isn’t race or IQ.

  132. anonymous[582] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sean

    What a shithole Iran is. They think the world’s most advanced state covets their country. Ha ha.

    What a lowlife you are. The world’s most evil entity indeed covets the region’s oil… if not for itself, but to control the hegemony of its financial system, by which it tries to rule the world.

    It has to end sometime, right? May the Almighty One bring the demise of the Great Satan sooner rather than later.

  133. @Sean

    How is America the world’s most advanced state when cities like Detroit and Flint have poisonous sludge flowing out of their faucet.

    If America is so advanced, why is the infrastructure collapsing. Compare America’s bridges and roads with Japan. America does not even have decent public transport outside a few major cities.

    If America is so advanced, why does Dubai have nicer roads and buildings and lower crime rates.

    Why are Michigan roads so bad if America is the most coveted country in the world?

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    , @SMK
  134. Tom Welsh says:
    @lloyd

    I quite agree with you, lloyd. For myself, I have never put any store in talk of races or skin colour or anything of the sort. We are all people, although sadly many of us are not too bright.

    As for the Aryan thing, it is and always was nonsense – politically. However, scientifically, there were and perhaps still are people with Aryan genes – not that that makes them any better or worse than others.

    But I think the shocked tone is more to do with the fact that General Soleimani was on a formal diplomatic mission, at the express invitation of the Iraqi Prime Minister at the instigation of Washington. And that he had dedicated his life to defeating terrorism, just as Washington claims to – except that it is actually behind the terrorists.

    General Soleimani was killed by the ISIS Air Force, after being put @on the [email protected] by ISIS diplomacy.

  135. Tom Welsh says:
    @Jeff Stryker

    I believe the theory is that the USA is the land of unlimited opportunity – but you can succeed only by working hard and being talented.

    Unfortunately, the evidence shows that only about 1 in 1,000 (literally) seems to have enough talent or to work hard enough. And their path to success rarely involves either work or talent.

  136. Tom Welsh says:
    @Old and grumpy

    I completely agree, Old and grumpy. And I think Mr Xi, Mr Putin and the Iranian leaders agree too.

    No one wants violence with the USA. It’s the old @chimp with a hand [email protected] scenario – all that matters is to calm the chimp down until the tranquillizers take effect.

  137. lloyd says: • Website
    @Gleimhart Mantooso

    Iran has a large military and all large military are a problem. Naturally, all professional militaries become castes and start plotting military adventures. Iran as a trader has excellent relationships with countries. The shooting down of the Iranian commercial plane exposed how normal Iran when treated as a normal nation actually is. Truly, Iranians do not hate whites and Western civilisation. An educated Iranian might say privately. ‘We were once its vanguard but now are its poor relations.” Islam makes it impossible for Iran to operate as a Western country. They would have to give up Islam and replace it with the Rolling Stones. The older generation of Iranians won’t do that and by the time the younger generation take over, they become pious too. It would require an actual American military take over. Which Trump, bless him, is not prepared to do. He tweeted, He was not interested in negotiating with Iran. Iran only needed to not build nuclear weapons and stop killing protestors. Before someone jumps in. He tweeted protestors not rioters. That would be the easiest deal in the world as Iran is doing neither.

  138. @Tom Welsh

    I believe when measured for economic mobility – I dont think the US is in the top 10 anymore.

  139. @Tom Welsh

    Utter nonsense.

    I knew some very intelligent Polish Americans from collapsing rustbelt horrors like Flint and Detroit. Many Polish are gifted.

    Most of them had been brutalized by life in Detroit and Flint. One Polish girl had been raped by faceless black thugs and one Polish young man had been shot in the back (He recovered) for no reason while mowing his lawn by a car of blacks driving past his house.

    A great deal of this is proximity to minority groups. Australian and Japan have poor, but they are not in the deep danger of Polish-Americans in cities like Detroit.

    All of the money in the US is concentrated on the East and West Coast. Talented? Yes, I suppose a few people will succeed as entertainers.

    But that is rare.

    I’ve been to Australia. Poverty is not as bad there as the US. Public schools are not the horror they are in America.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  140. @Jeff Stryker

    Jeff, did you see Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino?” His aging character, Walt Kowalski, a retired auto worker living in a crumbling Detroit suburb, is exactly the type of man you are talking about.

  141. He was in a war zone where an attack was underway on a US facility, outside of Iran.

    I am glad you write: when there is a goon in the room good to know who they are.

  142. melpol says:

    Khomeini has been bad mouthing Trump and has been warned to keep his mouth shut. He along with the top Iranian leaders should be assassinated. Why should enemies of the US live in luxury why so many Americans are homeless? Arabs might yell if their leaders are killed, but it is just noise.

  143. @renfro

    I agree that omission of the Israel connection is the only thing wrong with this article. We make up for it here: https://dcdave.heresycentral.is/2020/01/12/trumps-crazy-drone-strike/

  144. SMK says: • Website
    @Jeff Stryker

    The answer is that Detroit is 80% black and Flint is a little Detroit.

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