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On Thursday, Ukraine’s parliament passed a law that will allow foreign investors to lease up to 49 percent of Ukraine’s transit pipelines and underground gas storage facilities. The bill, which had failed to pass just weeks earlier, was approved by the slimmest of margins, 2 votes, suggesting that there might have been some arm twisting or bribery behind the scenes. The new law is a victory for the Obama administration and western elites who want to control the flow of gas from Russia to the EU, set prices, and make sure that transactions continue to be denominated in dollars. Here’s a little more background from an article in Reuters:

“Ukraine’s parliament approved a law on Thursday to allow gas transit facilities to be leased on a joint venture basis with participation from firms in the European Union or United States….The government has said the joint venture will bring in investment and remove the need for the South Stream pipeline, which Russia’s Gazprom is building to take gas to southeastern Europe across the Black Sea, avoiding Ukraine.

If South Stream is built, it threatens to deprive Ukraine’s badly strained budget of the transit fees that it currently receives from Russia for gas heading towards Europe.

The EU imports 30 percent of its natural gas needs from Russia, and about half of that comes via Ukraine, with some already having been diverted through the Nord Stream pipeline under the Baltic Sea.” (“Ukrainian parliament backs bill to open gas pipelines to EU, U.S. firms”, The Star)

You can see that the bloody, fratricidal conflict in Ukraine has nothing to do with democracy, sovereignty or even “evil” Putin. It’s all about gas and pipelines. It’s all part of Washington’s grand plan to put a wedge between Russia and the EU, control the flow of vital resources, and establish NATO bases on Russia’s western flank. The fact that the article mentions South Stream is particularly revealing. The Obama administration is doing everything in its power to sabotage South Stream so that Russia will be unable to bypass troublemaking Ukraine and sell its gas directly to countries across Europe. (Here’s a map of South Stream.)

Washington doesn’t want free trade between neighbors. Washington wants every drop of Russian gas to pass through its tollbooth so it can maintain a stranglehold on Europe’s economy and on Moscow’s revenues. Here’s more on South Stream from Bloomberg:

“The \$46 billion South Stream project, spearheaded by OAO Gazprom, is on hold and will probably remain in limbo for years as Russia continues to foment armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and the EU retaliates with bans, Eurasia Group said.

That means the war-torn country will remain a key transit point for about half of Gazprom’s shipments to Europe, according to the New York-based risk research group. The EU previously had mixed positions on South Stream. With Russian troops massing near the Ukraine border, the bloc now has little choice but to stand united in opposition.

“There’s no way Europe is going to put South Stream negotiations back on the table now, given the larger geopolitical context of the Ukraine crisis,” Emily Stromquist, a Eurasia analyst in London, said in an interview.

The proposed 2,446-kilometer (1,520-mile) pipeline would run under the Black Sea and enter the EU in Bulgaria. That would end Gazprom’s dependence on the Ukrainian gas-transit system.” (“Putin’s Pipeline Bypassing Ukraine Is at Risk Amid Conflict”, Bloomberg)

So, you see, the US is using every trick in the book to prevent Russia from selling its gas to the EU.

But, why?

Because the US is left out, that’s why. Washington doesn’t want what’s best for the EU or Russia. Washington want what’s best for Washington. What they want is to pivot to Asia by pitting Moscow against Brussels, thus, creating the pretext for deploying cat’s-paw NATO to Ukraine so they can point their missiles at the Russian capital and bully everyone in the region. That’s the plan.

By the way, the claim that “Russia is massing troops by the Ukrainian border” is nonsense. An International team of inspectors was sent to Russia to check things out and here’s what the found:

“No instances of violations by Russia along the Ukrainian border had been registered by the inspectors,” the ministry said. “The last four months have witnessed 18 separate inspections along the Ukrainian border with the Russian Federation, all in line with the Vienna Open Skies Treaty and the Vienna agreement of 2011.” (RT)

See? It’s all baloney, just like most of what you read in the western media about Ukraine is baloney. In fact, there have been a number of excellent articles written on the topic just recently, notably articles by Ron Unz and Karel Van Woldferen. Having done considerable research on the topic, businessman and political activist, Unz is amazed at, what he calls “the utter corruption and unreliability of the mainstream American media”, adding that “the events of the last dozen years should have bankrupted any faith we have in our government or media.” (“American Pravda: Who Shot Down Flight MH17 in Ukraine?“, The Unz Review)

In a similar vein, Dutch journalist and retired professor at the University of Amsterdam, Karel Van Wolferen, takes aim at both the media and the state, but saves his most devastating salvo for Washington:

“America’s history,” he says, “since the demise of the Soviet Union, of truly breathtaking lies: on Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Venezuela, Libya and North Korea; its record of overthrown governments; its black-op and false flag operations; and its stealthily garrisoning of the planet with some thousand military bases, is conveniently left out of consideration. ….Decent Europeans cannot bring themselves to believe in the dysfunction and utter irresponsibility of the American state.” (“The Ukraine, Corrupted Journalism, and the Atlanticist Faith“, Karel Van Wolferen, The Unz Review

Both articles are worth reading in full.

In any event, readers would be well advised not to trust anything they read in the media about Ukraine. It’s all bunkum. Just like the ridiculous article, that popped up in the Guardian last week (that was intended to start World War 3) is bunkum. Here’s the scoop: Last Thursday, journalists from the Guardian and the Telegraph reported that a convoy of Russian military trucks and armored vehicles crossed the border into Ukraine. Here’s a clip from the article in the Guardian:

“The Guardian saw a column of 23 armoured personnel carriers, supported by fuel trucks and other logistics vehicles with official Russian military plates, travelling towards the border near the Russian town of Donetsk – about 200km away from Donetsk, Ukraine.

After pausing by the side of the road until nightfall, the convoy crossed into Ukrainian territory, using a rough dirt track and clearly crossing through a gap in a barbed wire fence that demarcates the border. Armed men were visible in the gloom by the border fence as the column moved into Ukraine. Kiev has lost control of its side of the border in this area.

The trucks are unlikely to represent a full-scale official Russian invasion, and it was unclear how far they planned to travel inside Ukrainian territory and how long they would stay. But it was incontrovertible evidence of what Ukraine has long claimed – that Russian troops are active inside its borders.” (“Aid convoy stops short of border as Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine”, Guardian)

“Incontrovertible evidence”, you say? No photos, no satellite imagery, no nothing. We are asked to believe that two professional journalists didn’t even have a workable cell phone with which they could take a picture. That’s Incontrovertible evidence?

Shortly after the alleged incident, Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko issued a statement saying “that his country’s armed forces had destroyed part of an armed convoy that the Guardian saw moving through a gap in a border fence on Thursday night.”

Got that? So, now they not only SAW the phantom convoy they also blew it up. Not bad for a day’s work.

Okay, so where are the prisoners? Where are the blown up hulks of the armored vehicles? Where are the casualties? Where’s eyewitness testimony of the people who first appeared on the scene? Where’s the photographic proof from US satellites that were combing the area at the time? There’s has to be something to substantiate a claim as serious as this; a claim that could lead to a declaration of war on Russia.

Nothing. They have nothing; not a shred of hard evidence. It’s all just fluff.

This is sadly reminiscent of the bogus claims of “mobile weapons labs” and “aluminum tubes” that were used launch the war on Iraq. Similarly, all the media fell in line, reiterating the same basic narrative with zero evidence. Here’s a blurb form the New York Times:

“The government of Ukraine, pushing to oust pro-Russian rebels from their last enclaves in the east while nervously eyeing a stalled Russian aid convoy, said on Friday that its force had destroyed a number of Russian military vehicles that it said crossed into Ukraine late Thursday through a border area controlled by the separatists.” (NYT)

And the Telegraph:

“There was growing concern over the Ukraine crisis on Friday night after Kiev claimed to have destroyed parts of a column of Russian military vehicles, with Nato accusing Moscow of launching an “incursion”. Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian president, told David Cameron, the Prime Minister, that government artillery had destroyed a “considerable part” of a small military convoy that entered the country.” (Telegraph)

And the Kyiv Post:

“Ukraine claims it has destroyed Russian military vehicles in the country’s east, a day after a column was spotted moving across the border. Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, told David Cameron by phone that his country’s armed forces had destroyed part of an armed convoy that the Guardian saw moving through a gap in a border fence on Thursday night.” (Kyiv Post)

Propagandize. Wash. Repeat.

Russia’s Defense Ministry basically laughed off the allegations as politically motivated lies saying:

“No Russian military column that allegedly crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border at night or during the day ever existed….Such statements – based on fantasies, or journalists’ assumptions, to be precise – should not be subject for a serious discussion by top officials of any country,” said Major General Igor Konashenkov. (RT)

Ask yourself this, dear reader, if Russia had sent armored personnel carriers across the border into Ukraine, do you really think they’d do it on the same freaking day they were trying to get a green light for their humanitarian convoy? And if they did; do you really think that that Poroshenko would give the humanitarian convoy the go-ahead?

Of course, he wouldn’t. He’d be too busy declaring war on Russia. But he’s not declaring war on Russia nor has he stopped the humanitarian convoy.

Why? Because he knows that the whole story is bullshit, that’s why. His behavior proves its a lie.


If you follow pipeline politics, there was a development last week that will blow your socks off. In a nutshell: Iran sold out and switched over to the dark side. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this from World Bulletin:

”As the Ukraine crisis puts Russia and Europe at odds, leaving Europe with no choice but to search for alternative natural gas resources, Iran looks likely to fulfill Europe’s demand. Iran’s deputy oil minister Ali Mejidi has indicated that the Nabucco Project, which was presented as an alternative to Russian gas with the potential of fulfilling a large proportion of Europe’s need before being put on hold last year, is now back on track.

Speaking to Russian press, Mejidi confirmed that two separate delegations were sent to Europe. “With Nabucco, Iran can provide Europe with gas. We are the best alternative to Russia,” he said. Mejidi also said that though a number of routes to deliver the gas to Europe were being considered, Turkey was the “right address.”

The Nabucco project, which was first presented in 2002, plans to pump gas to Europe via Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria. The project will also pump 31 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani and Iraqi natural gas to Europe.” (“Iran to provide Europe with alternative to Russian gas”, World Bulletin)

Wow. What a kick in the teeth that is. This is a huge blow not just to Putin, but to everyone who seeks a multi-polar world run by sovereign nations who believe in the rule of law.

How did this happen? And why is Iran climbing into bed with the Great Satan instead of pushing for their original plan which was to build a pipeline from Iran-Iraq-Syria? Could it be that Uncle Sam is going to make sure that that pipeline never gets built? Is that why Washington is letting a couple thousand homicidal maniacs (ISIS) run around Syria and Iraq lopping off heads and wreaking havoc; so it will be impossible to lay pipe or transit gas?

It sure looks that way, but there’s more too. Check out this blurb from an article by William Engdahl:

“In 2009, the Emir of Qatar went to Damascus to negotiate an agreement with President Bashar Assad for a Qatari gas pipeline from their huge offshore gas field, North Dome, which is contiguous with the Iranian South Pars field in the waters of the Persian Gulf dividing the two countries. The South Pars/North Dome field is the world’s largest gas field, shared between Iran and Qatar….. Qatar’s proposition to Assad was to build a gas pipeline that would bring Qatari gas through Syria and into Turkey, a close Qatari ally. Assad refused, citing Syria’s strong energy relations with Russia.

In March 2011, Assad signed another gas pipeline deal: this time with arch-Qatar enemy, Iran. Qatar is fundamentalist Sunni and home to the radical Muslim Brotherhood. Iran is fundamentalist Shiite Muslim and Iraq is ruled by a Shiite Prime Minister. Both Iran and Iraq back Assad in the current war for control of Syria. The Iranian gas pipeline would extend from its Persian Gulf field through Iraq and through Syria. No sooner was the ink dry on the Iran-Iraq-Syria gas pipeline when a full-scale terror war, financed by Qatar to the tune of billions of dollars, exploded across Syria.

Now Russia has stepped in, after the failure of Qatar, the Saudis and Turkey to topple the Assad regime and replace it, either with a fundamentalist Wahabite Saudi regime or a fundamentalist Salafist Muslim Brotherhood, one that would do business with them and not with Russia.” (“Syria attraction: Russia moving into Eastern Mediterranean oil bonanza”, William Engdahl, RT)

In other words, if you don’t do what your told to do, and sign on the bottom line; then we’ll start a terrorist war in your backyard and you’ll get nothing. Isn’t that what’s happening to Syria?

You bet, it is. Still, that doesn’t explain why Iran sold its former friends down the river. For clues to that, we need to look back to before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was elected and the western media was all atwitter about what a “moderate” he was. (Moderate is a euphemism that is usually applied to US puppets.) It all started back in September, 2013, when Rouhani opened up a channel for talking with Obama. It was obvious from the get-go that the White House figured they had a guy in Tehran, they “could work with”. Here’s a little background for the incident the pundits called “the phone call”:

“President Barack Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone on Friday, the highest-level contact between the two countries in three decades and a sign that they are serious about reaching a pact on Tehran’s nuclear program….

As president, Rouhani is the head of the government but has limited powers. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the ultimate authority in Iran with final say on domestic and foreign policy, though Rouhani says he has been given full authority to negotiate on the nuclear issue….

In his speech to the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Obama cautiously embraced Rouhani’s gestures as the basis for a possible nuclear deal and challenged him to demonstrate his sincerity. However, the failure to orchestrate a handshake between the two leaders that day, apparently because of Rouhani’s concerns about a backlash from hardliners at home, seemed to underscore how hard it may be to make diplomatic progress.” (“Obama, Iran’s Rouhani hold historic phone call”, Reuters)

Of course, they couldn’t shake hands, because they are supposed to be mortal enemies. But, clearly, Rouhani has been busy behind the scenes cozying up to Obama. And it’s paid off too. Check this out from UPI:

“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed delegates gathered for an economic forum in the Iranian capital. He said sanctions pressure has eased in coordination with multilateral negotiations over Iran’s controversial nuclear program.

Iran under the terms of a multilateral agreement reached in November can export around 1 million barrels of oil in exchange for curbing nuclear research activity. Rouhani said moving forward with nuclear talks with the United States, China, Russia, Britain and France, plus Germany, should bring benefits to the international community.

“Western and eastern countries are telling us the sanctions have harmed them and their removal will benefit all,” he said.

The Iranian Oil Ministry said Tuesday its oil sales for the first four months of the year were up 5 percent when compared with last year.” (“Iran: Easing sanctions brings global relief”, UPI)

Iran’s fictional “nuclear program” had nothing to do easing sanctions. The whole thing is a red herring. The nuclear program is just a stick the US uses to beat up Tehran whenever they get the urge. Here’s what’s really happened: Washington agreed to ease up on the sanctions if Iran caved in on the gas deal, which it did. Now the US-backed Nabucco pipeline is back in business, while Russia’s South Stream is on the rocks.

You got to admit: US really knows how to play smash-mouth politics when it has to.

One last thought: The only way Washington would do a deal with arch-enemy Iran, is if there was some other country they hated even more.

That would be Russia.

MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at [email protected].

(Republished from Counterpunch by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Iran did not knife Putin in the Back, rather Putin did KNIFE Iran in the Back many times. You are biased and pro Putin to come here and put down different picture. Are you, like zionists including Putin, an Iran basher? Putin, according to Israel Shamir at this site, is in love with Jews and Israel. Putin is in bed with US/Israel against Iran and like these two countries want a WEAK Iran on the block. Putin and Russia have done anything possible to keep Iran out of the pipe line to Europe and neighboring countries. Don’t you know or you are coming here on Putin’s behalf. Putin is in bed with Blair and Bush and Israel against Muslims and Iran, don’t you know that?

    Whitney is not familiar with the dark history of Russia regarding Iran that Russia has stolen large territories from Iran by waging war on Iran. Stalin after WWII tried to annex Azarbaijan in the North to steal the resources, but Americans did not cooperate. Russia earlier annex part of Azabaijan from Iran. The history of Russia in Iran is very dark and Iranian people feel humuliated by Russian because Iran was not strong. Russia took advantage of Iranian people many times and now using ‘nuclear program” and Bushehr plant TO CASH IN . Russia has stolen large territories of Iran. Russia is in bed with Israel and US against Iran and has voted possitively for sanction along with US/Israel and China more than four times. Don’t you know that?

    Russia has used and is using Iran Card to cash in. Russia cancelled the agreement selling S-300 to Iran after signing the agreement on Netanyahu’s request. Iranians NEVER forget this. Putin has left Iran out of pipe line and has done anything cheap and criminal to keep it. We want Iran to be the alternative route for a change, and put A KNIFE ON PUTIN’S BACK because Putin and Russia have humuliated Iran multiple times, and used Bushehr project to control Iran, to get concessions from the west and Keep Iran WEAK. Iranian people do not like Putin or Russia. Those who paint Russia as a VICTIM a Russia’s poster boy.
    Russia sold Libya and Syria for \$\$\$\$ to Israel and US by not using their veto power to stop the war on Libya. Russia is in bed with Saudi Arabia, the enemy of Iran and humanity to strengthen its position against Muslims and Iran. Saudis are in bed with Israel and US against Iran. Those who know shit about Russia better to shut up. Russia is hated by the regional states and people in the region. And no one is responsible but Putin and other phony ‘leaders” of Russia who have become the servant of zionism and its stooges against Iran. Iranian people are waiting for an opportunity to give back to Russia what Putin has done with ‘interest’. Putin and Russia has insulted Iran and Iranian people many time to get concessions from United States and Israel. Putin is a friend of Bush, and Blair. As Israel Shamir said: Putin realy loves the jews and put himselve and Russia at the service of Israel and Netanyahu. Putin did NOT deliver S-300 to either Iran, or Syria.

    • Replies: @Bill
  2. Bill says:

    Anonymous’ delivery is a little enthusiastic, but he makes some good points. Russia’s treatment of Iran does seem strange. If Russia was really interested in the Eurasian idea and the multipolar world, then why does it not ally itself more closely with Iran?

  3. KA says:

    Unfortunate but predictable and rational development from the perspective of Iranian experiences throughout its history of last 30 yrs . Even after the overt aggressive and illegal Bush2 behaviors and continuation of same by Obama, neither Russia nor China ever-yes – ever came to recognize the hubris and illegalities of US-France-UK . They followed the axis of evils to the hilt . They benefitted from this . Russia even won’t deliver the anti missile tanks that been paid and agreed upon .
    Now the proverbial ” then they came after me and there was none for me ” tune being played to Russian ears .
    May be to Iran these countries represent same dark antagonistic forces and may be Iran has decided to look after short term interest since longterm is something that Iran can’t plan . May be Iran knows that any longterm plan needs some faith and trust which the 5 veto wielding countries are not ready to agree to.

    About Putin one thing is certain . He has been told in no
    uncertain terms what West expect from Russia at least since 2008 Georgia -Russia war . Still Russia has been hoping against hope that Russia would be given its proper place and be recognized as a great power . But his importunate request and obsession have not been honored and it does not look like it will be .
    It is unfortunate that Iran decided the way it did . But it makes sense and it is perfectly moral .

  4. KA says:

    Iran by this action just might have forced Russia into more isolation and pushed Russia more to China . This development itself might have been the very intention of Iran.
    But it is still too early . Russia and West have entered an irreversible negative terrain and no one is ready to change the course and may simply not be able even if they wanted.

  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “Washington wants what’s best for Washington.” Finally.

    I want a government that places my country’s interest first.

    • Replies: @Tom Not Terrific
    , @Heath
  6. Kiza says:

    Who in his sane mind would want Iranian mullahs for partners? Thus Putin’s careful and slow progress with Iran. The US is just trying to play Iran against Russia, choosing one member of the “axis of evil” over another. At the moment Russia is the evilest of the evil, thus a gas pact with Iran to stick it to Russia and its natural gas. I would not call Iran lucky in any way, because US can and will quickly turn around and attack Iran if it were to finish conflict with Russia. In addition, it will not be easy to build this US owned gas pipeline from Iran through Turkey to EU.

    The story of Russia being against Iran has come from the same place as this plan to build an alternative pipeline – rubbish. Russia is just cautious due to the history of its dealings with Iran. The only good coming out of this new plan of the US is that peace may come to Syria, which will be one of Iran’s conditions for joining the US sphere.

    • Replies: @chesten
    , @KA
    , @Bill
  7. Priss Factor [AKA "Andrea"] says:

    Foreign Policy is gangster politics. There are only alliances, no friendships.

  8. @Anonymous

    Ted Fontenot’s post is a little ambiguous but I’ll assume it’s rah rah rah for anything labeled “American interests.” If not, I apologize.

    I’ve always hated anything having to do with “American interests.” Because I’ve hardly ever seen “American interests” EVER being in the interest of us, the people. There are cases out there but not many. I think.

    Is it in MY interest that \$15B of our taxes be spent on NGOs in Ukraine for American business? Is it in MY interest that Monsanto and other oil companies get their hands on Eastern Ukraine?

    American jobs shipped out of the country with the mantra of “American interest.” NAFTA with the mantra of it being in “America’s interest.” The new Free Trade Agreements (they are NOT, of course) and the mantra of it being in “my country’s interest” is heard over and over.

    A case example that might be sited: A beef company wants to sell beef overseas. The government helps and says it’s in America’s interest. Helping the workers? They will say so but when the same company works to bring in workers from Mexico to work in the beef plants the government is ready willing and able to assist the Mexicans getting those jobs. American interests are NEVER directly for the American people. If there is some positive result for the American people it’s only accidental. The original intent is ALWAYS to help that big business.

    • Replies: @Ozymandias
  9. nikto says: • Website

    No doubt there’s much to be said about Western shenanigans, sundry manufactured “threats,” and Western media complicity in selling these to Western populations in service of their elite. However, can Mr. Whitney perhaps explain why, if Putin/Russia believed in such a utopia of a multi-polar world of sovereign nations, has Russia failed to deliver on each and every promise, including binding legal contracts, made to Iran for two decades including the Bushehr nuclear power plant which Russia took far longer than required to build and charged Iran far more than any other nation has paid for a similar project? Or, why neither Russia nor China vetoed the bogus UNSC resolutions against Iran?

    The West is not a saint and neither are Russia or China; or Iran, for that matter. When it suited Russia it cooperated with the West against Iran and Iran will certainly not hesitate to do the same against any other international player. Nonetheless, it is reasonable to assume Iranian official speech is largely bluster and meant for domestic consumption. Iran remains a player handicapped by its young, Western-demented populace and as such exerting far less influence than it could have, given its natural and human endowments.

    To summarize: Iran would sell Russia out for the right price if it could, but it can’t. The Iranian government is probably just grasping at anything they can, Western or Eurasian or East Asian, just to keep their country from falling into chaos, and to protect themselves from the fate leaders are certain to meet these days if they are toppled; be they alleged despots like Qad’dafi or self-styled democrats like Obama.

  10. KA says:

    Russian problem is not Iran or Muslim of Caucasus . It has been unable to face two dangers effectively . One is the hatred of Zionist ( Czar,Stalin,in the past and now Putin are being personally attacked . Russia was financially crippled by the manipulation of the Zionist in 1905 Russo -Japan war ,Russian educated class was killed en masse by Checka in the name of eliminating opposition to the revolution ,Russian churches and mosques were destroyed but Synagogues were protected while Antisemitic utterances were punishable by death in post revolution Soviet in 1919 . Stalin was despised for getting rid of the tribal Zionist who was trying to continue the march of communism in rest of the world by using Russian resources with western finances as the Zionist did for Russia in 1917 and tried for Hungary and Germany in 1919 . The goal of the Zionist was to have the world turned into two classes -the working proletariat made of the local semiuducated and the ruling Politburo made of mostly the atheist internationalist Jews resembling the make-up of the early Soviet Politburo . Putin ,despite refusing to come to the help of Syria and Iran has not been able to gain Israel’s acceptance . Israel has not forgot his treatment of the thieving oligarch and for doing bare minimum at UN over Iraq and Syria . ) and the other threat is demographic vacuum that could be filled by China.
    Through Chinese infiltration , the Zionist might again insert itself in the body politics and finances of Russia as they did under Trotosky and the western money lenders in 1917 . To find a Chinese 1/4 Jew in some Chinese Lenin will not be difficult . China has enough corrupt oligarchs with connections to the moneylenders of NY and London . Israel can successfully use the Xinxiang as the oligarch used Chechnyia and tried to use Ossetia against Russia .

  11. Joe says:

    So now we control Ukrains oil and gas. Who saw that one coming?

  12. chesten says:

    “At the moment Russia is the evilest of the evil”. What evil has Russia done to you or any other country you stupid fool?

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
    , @Kiza
  13. “Moderate is a euphemism that is usually applied to US puppets.”

    If you could cut back on the unnecessary rhetoric a little, your articles wouldn’t carry such a stench of propaganda.

  14. @Tom Not Terrific

    “If there is some positive result for the American people it’s only accidental. The original intent is ALWAYS to help that big business.”

    Well of course. The problem with the U.S. government is quite singular: When lobbyist money was ruled as free speech, bribery became legal.

  15. Heath says:

    When he says “Washington wants what’s best for Washington.” that doesn’t mean average Americans as George Carlin pointed out. “The DC Gang wants what’s best for The DC Gang.” is probably more correct.

  16. KA says:

    America should keep the vigil on the rabid Rabbi

    Sarin gas was dumped on Amsterdam by Israel in 1991 or later . They still have plenty to kill ( in the West , Arab or Russia) and blame on Iran .

  17. @chesten

    Kiza will speak for himself but I understood the comment to mean that “at the moment Russia is considered to be the evilest of evil by the USG”.

  18. Bill says:

    Who in his sane mind would want Iranian mullahs for partners?

    What’s wrong with them as partners? They seem cautious and reasonable to me, though I can’t say I know a lot about it. Have they betrayed some erstwhile partners recently?

  19. Kiza says:

    Chesten, my friend, you are missing my point. Do you live in the West? Probably not, this is why you do not understand what I meant. In the Western media Mr Putin and all Russians are the enemy of the month. It has been an Orwell’s hate month and Eurasia was the official enemy and still is. Let us hope that the West pulls back from its mad hate or it could lead to much worse things than ‘a month of hate’.

  20. Kiza says:

    Did mullahs have any erstwhile partners recently or ever?

    I am not an expert on Iran, but I am old enough to remember Shah Reza and his Savak police. The Shah was a total American puppet and Iran was a base for monitoring and attacking USSR. Then when mullah’s replaced him they were against everybody, both USA and Russia (and all Christians). But it is only after many years of US subversion and embargo that mullah’s turned to Russia. At that time Russia was a “partner ” of the US and under US and Israeli pressure reneged on a few dual-use contracts with Iran. I guess Russia was also not sure that mullahs would not turn against Russia one day. It would be much easier for them to hit Moscow with a nuclear weapon than Washington. Thus Russia stalled on the nuclear reactor and because of Israel stopped the delivery of S300. In my view, the latter was a mistake. If one does a favor to the West, there is gratitude for 5 minutes and then another demand comes. Israel repaid Russia by attacking Syria through Muslim extremist proxies. But I can certainly understand why Putin did not give Iranians a bear hug. If Iranians really make a gas pact with US now, they will only add to their bad image and will gain only a temporary reprieve from US tender mercies. Would that not be the best support for Putin’s caution with mullahs?

    Finally, during 1992-1996 war in Bosnia, Iran was the key supplier of armaments and mujahedin warriors to Bosnia and was delivering those in unmarked US transport planes landing in Sarajevo and Zagreb. At the same time mullahs were talking the Great Satan talk about the US. Would you call this a reliable partner? The mullahs will flip 10x in the next ten years.

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  21. Kiza says:

    At the moment, of the BRICS the only reliable Russian partners are China and Brazil. Both have a long term vested interest in not being in the Western Thieving Alliance (WTA) aka ‘International Community’. India is as unreliable as Iran. Iran became a member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) only because it was not a US ally and because it was a key oil supplier to China. Iran can export gas either via (future) US pipeline or via (future) Russian pipeline. The price of gas in EU is higher than in Asia, thus Iran’s interest in EU market via US. I would never call this a stab in the back of Russia as Mike does – because Russia never naively turned its back to Iran to be stabbed. Mullahs are just hedging their bets between Russia and the US, whoever builds the pipeline wins the right to supply Iranian gas. The Russians are keener to build. USG plays dirtier and controls more puppets and routes. It is a tough call who will win. But it is certain that WTA and Russia will be confronted for the years to come. The main theatre of play could turn out to be South Eastern Europe (Bulgaria) because if Russians cannot build the South Stream Pipeline then they are stuffed. Bulgaria, like most European countries, is ruled by USG assets who work blatantly against Bulgarian national interest and for USG interest. Mike, follow Bulgaria, not Iran!

  22. @Kiza

    In the 80s Israel supplied weapons to Khomeini’s regime, and there were several (at any point in time over 100) Israeli experts working on secret sites in Iraq. This at the time Iran broke relations with Israel and when “the Zionist entity” was one of the chief villains in Iranian propaganda.

  23. Kiza says:

    @reiner Tor
    Excellent example. It all just goes to support the old adage that in international relations there are no eternal fiends or perpetual enemies then only interests of the moment (my variation).

    Almost every country, not just England, behaves according to Lord Palmerston’s famous :
    “Therefore I say that it is a narrow policy to suppose that this country or that is to be marked out as the eternal ally or the perpetual enemy of England. We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.”

  24. KA says:

    1 Operation Cyanide: How the Bombing of the USS Liberty Nearly Caused World War Three -Peter Hounam
    2 Alan Hart’s series or Triology
    3 The Passionate Attachment , by former under secretary of State George W. Ball (Johnsosn administration)

    Israel knifed Egypt with US tacit approval that the wars be limited to Egypt .USS The Liberty was put on the sea to make sure Syria was not attacked..
    But Syria was and to avoid that detection ,USS liberty was also.

    Democrats dropped the October Surprise investigation on Iran-Contra-Regan investigation knifing US public to save the face of the involvement of the Begin adminstration .

  25. KA says:

    Iran will produce the nuclear bomb in 18 months ”

    To prevent this , Assad must go
    Some expert in Iran Desk at Israeli ministry of Strategic Affairs in 2013 July

    Only 6 months left and though Isis has been preferable to Israel
    “The wild-card in all of this is Israel, which has for awhile been touting ISIS as preferrable to Assad, on the notion that Assad, as a Shi’ite, is closer to Iran than ISIS would be. It’s only in the past few months they’ve really even started acknowledging ISIS as a problem for them.”-
    Iran has not yet raised new question on the time among the friends made of Israel,Isis,and MEK or MKE But sanctions keep on expanding . In this environment Iran could ill afford to forget that Iran was once occupied by Russia whose attitude to sanction or Israeli disinformation is not different from that of US or UK..

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