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There is a certain irony in President Donald Trump’s frequently expressed desire to withdraw from the endless wars that have characterized the so-called “global war on terror” initiated by George W. Bush in 2001. The problem is that Trump has expressed such sentiments both when he was running for office and also as recently as last week without actually doing anything to bring about change. In fact, the greatly ballyhooed “withdrawal” from Syria turned out to be more like a relocation of existing military assets, with soldiers moving from Syria’s northern border to take up new positions to continue control of the Iraqi oil fields in the country’s southeast. Indeed, the number of American soldiers in Syria may have actually been increased with armor units being transferred from their base in Iraq.

The all too characteristic Trumpean flip-flop on Syria may have been due to pressure from congress and the media, who were bleating over how the departure of U.S. troops was a grave mistake, but if that is true it is a tribute to the abysmal ignorance of America’s Solons on the Potomac and the presstitutes who echo their bipartisan myopia. In truth, clinging to the Syrian oil wells makes no sense just as the war in the north served no purpose. The petroleum production is not enough to pay for the occupation, even if the oil is successfully stolen and sold, by no means a certainty as the rest of the world minus Israel regards it as the property of Damascus.

And to be sure, congress-critters know all about winners and losers. The mainstream media has been full of utter nonsense, including claims that Russia, Iran and Syria were all winners due to the American pull-out while neoliberal democracy promotion in the Middle East has suffered a defeat and Israel is now under threat. And, of course, the United States has to its shame betrayed yet another ally in the Kurds while also losing all credibility worldwide.

No one has, of course, examined any of the claims being made by the interventionist crowd. How Russia has won in taking on a client state that it cannot afford, or Iran in maintaining an extraterritorial presence that is regularly bombed by Israel, is by no means clear. President al-Assad meanwhile has the not so enviable task of putting his country back together. Meanwhile the Kurds will manage by cutting their own deal with Syria and Turkey with Russia serving as guarantor of the arrangement.

The real reasons for maintaining a U.S. military presence in Syria all have to do with Israel, which has long supported a fracturing of that country into its constituent parts both to weaken it as an adversary and to enable the Jewish state to steal still more of its land, possibly to include the sparsely populated oil producing region. Israel also wants a robust American military presence in Syria to prevent Iran from turning it into a base for attacks across the border, an unlikely prospect but one that has resonated with the U.S. Congress. Indeed, deterring Iran is the reason most often cited by both Washington and Tel Aviv for American interference in Syria, where it has no other actual interest apart from an apparent demented desire to remove President Bashar al-Assad.

In fact, all of the turmoil about what Trump might or might not do, plus the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has enabled the White House to move quietly ahead with its major foreign policy objective, which is, not surprisingly, destroying Iran. On October 28th, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin was in Israel – of course – where he announced at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States would increase economic pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, saying that “We have executed on a maximum pressure campaign for sanctions. They have worked, they are working, they are cutting off the money. We will continue to ramp up, more, more, more …” Turning to Netanyahu he added “I just came from a very productive working lunch with your team. They gave us a bunch of very specific ideas that we will be following up.” Netanyahu responded “So I want to thank you for what you’ve been doing and encourage you, Steve, to do more – more, a lot more.”

Mnuchin the Poodle, who did not seem to know that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program, was referring to the latest round of sanctions, announced in Washington three days before, that are clearly intended to make it impossible for Iran to use the international banking system to engage in any commerce at all. To achieve that objective, the Trump administration sought to exclude Iran from the global financial system by declaring that the country is a “jurisdiction of primary money laundering concern.”

The new designation, which comes on top of the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) similar designation for the Iranian Central Bank, requires U.S. banks to conduct “special due diligence” on accounts maintained by foreign banks if those foreign banks themselves hold accounts for Iranian financial institutions. The chain of secondary sanctions means that, in practical terms, U.S. banks will press their foreign correspondents to close any accounts maintained on behalf of Iranian banks so as to eliminate sanctions risk. This will further sever Iran from the global financial system, as Iran’s few remaining non-designated banks will find it increasingly difficult to maintain accounts abroad.

Treasury’s designation of Iran as a primary jurisdiction of money laundering will make it impossible for the few Iranian banks that deal internationally to maintain what limited overseas accounts continue to be available to them. The blocking of those accounts, either held directly by the Iranians or through other banks, will mean that Iranian importers will be unable to pay for medicine or food coming into the country, the so-called humanitarian goods that are normally exempted from sanctions. The new OFAC regulation does provide a framework for banks to continue hold Iranian accounts by filing detailed monthly reports, but the paperwork and other procedures are deliberately onerous and it is likely that few international banks will be interested in making the effort to comply.

That there is a coordinated scheme being pursued to continuously increase the punishment of the Iranian people was also suggested last Wednesday when the Trump administration joined six Persian Gulf nations in sanctioning over two dozen corporations, banks and entities that, it was claimed, are connected to Iranian support of Hezbollah and other groups the Department of State designates as terrorists. In a statement, the Treasury Department announced the sanctions mark the “largest joint designation to date” by the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) — which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the U.S. According to the Treasury Department, several of the companies sanctioned were financially supporting a subsidiary of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the U.S. designated as a terrorist organization earlier this year.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, on his tour of the Middle East, remarked that “This action demonstrates the unified position of the Gulf nations and the United States that Iran will not be allowed to escalate its malign activity in the region.”

Make no mistake, the United States is conducting an economic war against Iran that is undeniably aimed at making the Iranian people so miserable that they will rise up in revolt. And the punishment being meted out will hurt the poorest and weakest most of all while also hardening support for the regime rather than weakening it. Not only is the White House action directed against Iran immoral, it is also illegal as Iran and the United States are not at war and Iran does not threaten Americans in any way. The whole affair is just one more example of how powerful domestic constituencies, in this case that of Israel, have distorted U.S. foreign policy and driven it in directions that are both shameful and that serve no plausible national interest.

Philip M. Giraldi is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served nineteen years overseas in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. He was the CIA Chief of Base for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and was one of the first Americans to enter Afghanistan in December 2001. Phil is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group that seeks to encourage and promote a U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East that is consistent with American values and interests.

(Republished from American Herald Tribune by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Americans are obsessed with war and the American public isn’t happy at all if they think there’s a country, much less a Muslim country, that might be getting the better of them in the game of “international diplomacy” (ie America’s attempts to impose its hegemony on the Middle East), as Iran is at the moment.

    On an individual level I don’t think Trump particularly wants to wage war against Iran, but I suspect he will be forced to at some point because of growing impatience amongst American politicians and a large percentage of the American public.

  2. peterAUS says:

    …. clinging to the Syrian oil wells makes no sense just as the war in the north served no purpose…

    I am sure you do know it makes a lot of sense. Why you write that here could be interesting, because whoever agrees with that statement is really clueless about how The Empire works. Or, better, this “globo-homo” world.

    As for tactics in this particular mission

    ….Make no mistake, the United States is conducting an economic war against Iran that is undeniably aimed at making the Iranian people so miserable that they will rise up in revolt. …

    it’s part of it, sure.
    Another is weakening the mechanisms of the state, military in particular. Training, spare parts etc.
    And the last but not the least, creating a split in the elite(s).

    Now….why is nobody here asking a very simple question:
    In that MULTIPOLAR world plenty around seem to believe in, how come that one “pole” can do all this? How come that the other pole(s) can’t offset it? What’s the problem here?
    Or, for those really thick, why Russia and China, together, can’t offset this strangling effort?

    Imagine Russia and China, together, trying to economically strangle Guatemala and The Empire wants to offer it………….

    Hehe…that’s probably just a part of that multidimensional play by Moscow and Beijing common people can’t get. Well, I am sure that Iranians appreciate that. Masses in particular.

    • Replies: @gilles
    , @El Dato
  3. There will be no war on Iran before the elections – and the case for doing so gets weaker after the elections as Trump becomes less beholden to Adelson et al. That is not going to stop the usual suspects bleating for such a war, to the detriment of this country.

    Organize, focus, destroy.

  4. A123 says:

    Do not be distracted by moves Trump has to make to deal with his ‘deep state’ problem at home. Migrating troops away from the Turkish border is a step in the right direction. Talk about oil that cannot be exported is simply a cover story. It is unfortunate that Giraldi believes 100% of what Trump says. No one else does. I certainly do not, and I am one of Trump’s supporters.

    The key to understanding the situation is seeing that Russia, Israel, the U.S., and Syria are all on the same side. They share a common goal. Getting both Turkey and Iran out of Syria.

    Do you need proof that Israel and Russia are on the same side? How about this: (1)

    “Russia agreed to Israel’s request and, for example, did not provide certain types of weapons to [Israel’s] enemy nations such as Iran, which states at the highest levels its wish to erase Israel off the face of the Earth,” Ariel Bulshtein, who is the prime minister’s adviser for the country’s Russian-speaking community, told Russian paper Izvestia Thursday, according to Ynet.

    In return, he said, Israel canceled arms sales that irked the Russians, including to Ukraine.

    Also, realize that both Iran and Russia are hydrocarbon exporters. Keeping Iranian production off the market increases price. And, higher prices are good for Russia. Longer term, if China sees that Iran is an unreliable supplier that will accelerate efforts to connect Russia and China via pipelines. Very important to guarantee Russia’s export markets. The U.S. squeezing of Iran helps Russia.

    How long will Assad continue to let his people die as human shields for Iranian al’Hezbollah troops? If there is one thing that the Iranian drone strike in KSA made clear, it is that Israeli cannot allow Iranian attack drone bases to be established in Lebanon or Syria. Israeli strikes against Iranian troops will continue until Iran leaves Syria. Cutting off the money that keeps Iranian troops in Syria helps Assad eliminate this ongoing problem.

    PEACE 😇


    • Replies: @anon
    , @Iris
  5. anon[119] • Disclaimer says:

    The key to understanding the situation is seeing that Russia, Israel, the U.S., and Syria are all on the same side. They share a common goal. Getting both Turkey and Iran out of Syria.”

    No, not at all. Common goal is to get rid of this little shitty nation ,they call Israel. Common goal of humanity and obviously of Russia, Iran Turkey .and Syria . American goal is unspoken and unsaid but jells with that of Russia Syria ,Turkey and Iran

  6. Robjil says:

    Israel is a culture of war. It lives on war.

    Nine eleven started the Seven Nations to Destroy war.

    There were fireworks, concerts, torch processions and parties throughout the country. In Jerusalem the night sky was illuminated by 300 drones that coalesced to form images of favourite Israeli symbols, such as the national flag and a dove with an olive branch in its mouth. The celebrations included a live, televised retelling of Jewish history dating to biblical times. In one scene children with yellow stars pinned to their clothes fled marching Nazi soldiers. Another showed pioneers building the fledgling Jewish state.

    Elul 23 is Dove brings Olive Leaf to Noah day. Nine Eleven happened that day too. The dove with an olive branch is one Israel’s favorite symbols.

    Dove brings Olive Leaf (2105 BCE)
    On the 301st day of the great Flood, Noah sent a dove for the 2nd time from the ark (see “Today in Jewish History” for Elul 17). This time, the dove stayed away all day; “the dove came in to him in the evening, and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off; and Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth” (Genesis 8:11)

    Yahrzeit of the 9/11 Terror Attack Victims (2001)

    The olive branch does not symbolize peace in Judaism.

    As the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, explains, the olive branch teaches us that rather than placing our trust in the promises of peace from man, we should place our trust in G‑d. Even if in the moment, it may seem a bit “bitter,” ultimately, it is this promise and covenant that will prevail.
    Thus, the true symbolism of the olive branch differs greatly from the conventional idea that it symbolizes a “peaceful new world.”5 (In fact, although the olive branch as a symbol of peace seems to originate from the Bible, it was historically never used by the Jews as such.)

    This Iran mania by Israel is irrational. Israel wants to destroy Iran, that is its only “plan”. Israel is like an Amazon blow darter tribe in its mentality. It only “likes” destruction of other tribes, nations. Nothing pleases Israel more than the destruction of other tribes or nations. Israel is willing to wait until after 2020 Elections for Golem USA to destroy Iran. Is just about when, Israel is not giving up on its mania for destroying other nations. This sanctions might do the “trick” for Israel. Israel has the Golem USA ready in the wings to do it after the 2020 Elections. Who knows, perhaps the Zion Ukraine impeachment games might push the destruction of Iran to an earlier time.

    Several weeks ago, Netanyahu told cabinet members in a closed-door meeting that US President Donald Trump would not act against Iran until US general elections in November 2020 at the earliest, according to the report.

    • Replies: @Robjil
  7. Iris says:

    The key to understanding the situation is seeing that Russia, Israel, the U.S., and Syria are all on the same side. They share a common goal. Getting both Turkey and Iran out of Syria.

    More Hasbaric smokescreen from the resident troll.

    Flanked by the foreign ministers of Iran and Turkey , Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov denounces US moves to “protect” Syria’s oil fields as “arrogant and illegal”. Claims about protection from DAESH “were just a pretext to backtrack on the withdrawal of US troops”.

    • Troll: A123
    • Replies: @A123
    , @Colin Wright
  8. A123 says:

    More Hasbaric smokescreen from the resident troll.

    That didn’t take long. Iran’s paid Trolls have already shown up.

    Everyone understands that you are under religious orders to lie for your bloody Ayatollah. Given the established fact that you practice Taqiyya deception(1), no one here will believe you, other that your fellow paid Iranian trolls.

    You should post somewhere else. Go to the New York Dhimmi Times. They would love your anti-Semitic propaganda over there.

    PEACE 😇



    • Replies: @Iris
  9. Iris says:

    They would love your anti-Semitic propaganda over there.

    I am not an anti-Semite: I don’t believe in human “races”, just in one, unique human race I share with you.
    So, you don’t even have the excuse to be defined by “race” in my eyes.

    You are just somebody who holds a disgusting, racist, supremacist Zionist ideology that justifies the genocide of a defenceless people, and daily demonstrates its values by the execution of children and wheelchair-bound protesters.

    You could chose to consciously ditch such disgusting ideology, and instead show loyalty to the country home to your family, America or whichever it is, and join the fold of your countrymen.

    But instead, you are here, day in day out, lecturing us all on how “great” Israel is and how “anti-Semite” we are not to condone her crimes.

    Just go bury you head in the toilet and give it a good flush: it is where your mind actually belongs.

    • Replies: @A123
  10. @Europa Nationalist

    Orange Cockatoo squawks out of both sides of his beak.

    One part of him probably would like to pull out of ‘Murka’s endless wars, since they generate no benefit (except to Israel) at huge cost.

    But being a schizoid infantile psychopath and designated bootlicker to and idolater of Israel, he continues the forever war against Iran and Russia, and surrounds himself with like-minded neocon morons.

    This course results in suffering and turmoil not only for the two targets, but also disaster eventually for the US and the world.

    • Replies: @Daemon
  11. Robjil says:

    More about Elul 23 and its connections to nine eleven. Here is a Jewish article written on Oct. 27 2001 soon after nine eleven, he talks about the importance of nine eleven happening on Elul 23. He talks of a predication from Zohar, a Kabbala 12th century text, of three great walls that will fall on Elul 23 in the city of Rome. NYC is like the city of Rome of the US Zion empire.

    The Zohar (Balak 212b) describes a catastrophic tragedy that will befall future Rome, where “three great towers will fall”:

    At the end of the sixth day it will become visible at the beginning of the 25th day of the sixth month. It will be gathered in at the end of 70 complete days and be visible in the city of Rome, and on that day, three great walls will fall, a great hall will fall, and the power of that city will die.

    The September 11 attack may be hinted to in this Zohar. Amazingly, the attack on “three great walls” occurred on the 23rd day of the sixth Jewish month, Elul. According to some commentators going back hundreds of years, the accurate text of the Zohar is “23rd day” not “25th day,” since the latter can never fall out on “the sixth day” of the week. This is due to a calendric technicality whereby Rosh Hashana, the first day of Tishrei, never occurs on a Wednesday.

    The author gives the reason why NYC represents Rome on nine eleven.

    Historically, all modern nations can trace their roots back to ancient peoples, and all modern day philosophies can find their roots in ancient philosophies as well. “Rome the physical city” may remain today in Italy, but “Rome the concept” can be in the Western world today, in part or in whole.

    This article was published on Oct. 27, 2001. Notice that 5,500 people were thought to have been killed in the attack. This number is nearly 6000, 6 being a favorite number of Zion. Notice the call for a world war because of nine eleven. Iran is the last piece of this “call”.

    But what difference does it make to look for an ancient source for a modern catastrophe, and a somewhat vague one at best? Either way, this horrible act of terrorism killed over 5,500 innocent people. American confidence was severely jolted, and the world economy took a big blow. And now, a new war has begun that could easily result in a world war, to no one’s benefit.

    The author also talks of the dove who came with an olive branch on Elul 23, the same day as nine eleven.

    A crucial lesson for us today comes from the dove that Noah sent out at the end of the Flood to determine if dry land had reappeared.

    [Noah] waited another seven days and again sent the dove from the ark. The dove came to him in the evening and behold, there was an olive leaf torn off in her mouth. (Genesis 8:11)

    The author ends the article that all this suffering is to get the Moshiach (Messiah). The main goal of this misery is to get “him” here.

    We achieve this by graciously accepting and loving the Almighty’s three gifts to the Jewish people: Torah, The Land of Israel, and the World to Come. And above all, making our relationship with Him the top priority of our personal and national agendas.

    It is only this that will save us from any further travail, as we experience the birth pangs of Moshiach. Our attitude can determine whether we bring him earlier and in peace, rather than at the last possible moment, through war and suffering.

  12. @Europa Nationalist

    ‘Americans are obsessed with war and the American public isn’t happy at all if they think there’s a country, much less a Muslim country, that might be getting the better of them…’

    Replace ‘Americans’ and ‘American’ with ‘Israelis’ and ‘Israeli’ and presto: you have a true statement!

    This all has virtually nothing to do with what the American public wants.

  13. gilles says:

    Now….why is nobody here asking a very simple question:
    In that MULTIPOLAR world plenty around seem to believe in, how come that one “pole” can do all this? How come that the other pole(s) can’t offset it? What’s the problem here?

    That simple question has been answered many times over in this forum and is understood by most, apart from you: \$USD reserve currency status and its attendant institutions (IMF, World Bank, SWIFT economic clearinghouse, petrodollar, NY investment banks, etc.).

    It is THIS that gives this pole its unrivaled power, as it did for previous empires. World’s largest military only serves to protect this status as did the blue water navy and far-flung bases of a recent hegemon for whom the sun did eventually set.

    It is definitely not sustainable over time as we’re currently witnessing.

    Or, for those really thick, why Russia and China, together, can’t offset this strangling effort?

    While they have already made small attempts at mitigating this (SCO, AIIB, NDB, SPFS), these are relatively weak efforts, In reality, all Russia and China have to do is wait; the neoliberal west’s hubris will be the cause of its own undoing.

    Hopefully the multipolar rhetoric from Russian and China will be more than just that… humanity may not survive many more imperial cycles.


    • Replies: @peterAUS
  14. Daemon says:

    Schizoid does not mean what you think it means.
    If the Donald were one, he would be a far better president, not worse.

  15. @Iris

    ‘Israel is a culture of war. It lives on war…’

    To be precise, absent ‘the enemy at the gates’ it lacks a sufficient sense of nationhood. The society starts to fall apart.

    So, there always has to be ‘an enemy at the gates.’ This has been a constant since 1948.

  16. A123 says:

    You seem to be very upset that no one will believe your violent anti-Semitic lies.

    Please seek medical help for your racism and other mental problems. Ranting is a sign of treatable neuro-chemical imbalances. You can get better if you want to.

    PEACE 😇

  17. “The real reasons for maintaining a U.S. military presence in Syria all have to do with Israel.”

    I see.

    Phung Hoang wrecked a country, Vietnam, then foisted it off on the military dimbulbs. Operation Cyclone, NSDD-166, Bearden, Tweeten and innumerable faceless CIA pukes wrecked a country, Afghanistan, then foisted it off on the military dimbulbs. TIMBER SYCAMORE wrecked a country, Syria, then foisted if off on the military dimbulbs.

    Yeah, right, it was the Jews.

    If you actually wanted to stop this shit, instead of making Boy’s State speeches of fussy denunciation, you could do it no problem. Send the Marshals into Langley in force to secure evidence of crimes concealed in breach of E.O. 13526. Extract the family jewels for real. Appoint a couple very ambitious and pissed off crazy pricks (think Alan Grayson and Eliot Spitzer in his socks) to roll the mid-level knuckledraggers with traditional life sentences and dismantle CIA like any other RICO. Humiliate the SIS and appointees like you humiliate any other child molesters. Take pictures of them in a cage in their underwear with their pudgy man tits like Guzmán. Subject them to cruel, inhuman and degrading “compulsion’ and parade their pathetic broken husks around like with every other political prisoner. The Jew State Jews will go find other criminals to hire.

    Throw a few CIA torture cowards into prison and it’s over. If Giraldi can’t admit that, he still works there.

  18. Thank you, Philip Giraldi, for another important article. Zio-Washington wants to bring Iran to its knees and it is taking whatever steps necessary–no matter how cruel, no matter how unfair, no matter how ruthless–to achieve this objective.

    Meanwhile, America’s Big Kosher Media is manufacturing the headlines, promoting the dubious claims, orchestrating the omissions, and fabricating the necessary lies to keep America on an anti-Iran, pro-war track. Anything for ever-expanding Israel. Everything for ever-expanding Israel.

    The ongoing US economic war on Iran is reminiscent of the unrelenting pressures that were imposed on Hitler’s Germany by the Washington, London, Hollywood, and Jewish NGOs prior to WWII. Crypto-Zionists have successfully marshalled US power to advance Jewish interests for over a century.

    Before America’s late and unnecessary entry into WWI, Louis Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter, Jacob Schiff, and other numerous and prominent fellow travelers of the Jewish persuasion helped nurture anti-German sentiment while they formulated British and US policies that eventually lead to two colossal and horrific wars (three wars when one counts the ‘Russian Revolution’).

    But the goal in these malevolent escapades was never about advancing US interests or even European ones. For the Diaspora Israelites identified above, the primary question was this:
    Is it good for the Jews?

    This enduring value has placed various nations and peoples on the chopping block from time immemorial.

    When the neocons managing Bush the Lesser launched an economic war and political attack on Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, there was nothing Saddam could do to keep US inspectors, banks, and government operatives off his back. Finally, phony intelligence was cooked up to justify a preemptive, multi-trillion-dollar exercise in US ‘nation-wrecking’.

    The chief beneficiary?

    Plucky, democratic Israel.

    Even though all the reasons given to justify the Iraq invasion were later revealed to be fabrications, that fact didn’t seem to matter much. In fact, it still doesn’t seem to matter much. How come?

    It’s explained that Saddam was ‘bad’. That was–and is–the Big Deal. That was the moral of the story.

    So an entire nation–and an intact and rising nation–had to be destroyed; even though Saddam sought no war with the US and posed no threat to the US.

    On to the next liberation!

    Zio-America’s bloodletting simply never ends. And these military escapades are entirely bi-partisan. Official Washington simply loves Loves LOVES the Jewish state!

    It is written and it is prophesized: The foes of Israel must all be annihilated. Show them no mercy.

    Washington understands. Washington obeys.

    • Agree: Robjil, Iris, Zumbuddi
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  19. Robjil says:
    @mark green

    Our Zion MSM is Hocus-Pocus 500 BC Zion media. Nine Eleven and this Seven Nations to Destroy mania is the saddest spectacle ever written in human history. WWI and WWII were just as sad. Same media at work created those two and this third one.

    Some more about the Hocus-Pocus games at the beginnings of this war since 9.11.2001

    Elul 23 is the Dove with olive leaf to Noah day. 9.11. 2001 was on that day.

    Just two days later is Elul 25. That day is the Creation of the earth day. 9.13. 2001 would be that day.

    What happened that day?

    All the planes in the US were “allowed” to fly (doves?, white planes) again.

    13 Sept, 2001 – U.S.A. Air Travel Restarts
    2001 : Commercial air traffic restarts from most airports in the U.S. after all air traffic had been grounded following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. After another night of firefighters and rescue workers digging through the rubble of the twin towers hopes are fading to find any further live survivors of the bombing, the current toll is an estimated 20,000 missing.

    Another Hocus-Pocus game from that day. 6000 body bags ordered. Why 6000 and not 20000 if that was the number it was thought to be. The 6 mania of Zion in action.

    The multi-tentacled investigation into the terrorist slaughter swung into high gear yesterday – as Mayor Giuliani called for 6,000 body bags and only a handful of miracle survivors were found in the fiery World Trade Center wreckage.

    * Authorities fear the casualty count could top 20,000.

    An example of how these days are listed in Jewish history.

    Elul in Jewish history

    23 Elul – Dove brings olive Leaf to Noah (2105 BCE)
    23 Elul – Death of Aleksander Rebbe, Yitzchak Menachem Danziger, in Treblinka (1942)
    24 Elul – Death of Chafetz Chaim (1933)
    25 Elul – The 1st day of Creation (3761 BCE)

    Why is Elul 25, the day of the 1st creation not the Jewish New Year? Humans were created on the sixth day. Thus, Jewish New Year is on the 6th day of creation. That is the reason for the 6 mania in Judaism and Zionism.

    Every Rosh Hashanah, we say, “Today is the beginning of Your works, a remembrance of the first day.” So let me tell you something about the Jewish calendar: Rosh Hashanah is not “Happy Birthday, World!” It’s the anniversary of the sixth day of creation. The Jewish calendar places creation at the 25th day of Elul, five days earlier!1
    The world didn’t really begin until the prototype human being became conscious and did its thing—which was on the sixth day. At that point, retroactively, the world had begun five days earlier—on the first day.

  20. El Dato says:

    In that MULTIPOLAR world plenty around seem to believe in, how come that one “pole” can do all this? How come that the other pole(s) can’t offset it? What’s the problem here?

    To minds rotten by Hollywood-style solution delivery in 2h increments, one can say:

    Give it time.

    Hehe…that’s probably just a part of that multidimensional play by Moscow and Beijing common people can’t get.

    Just make sure your head doesn’t explode from sheer brilliance, mkay?

    Also: US being removed from premises because everyone is sick & tired of the assholes:

    Russia, China & India to set up alternative to SWIFT payment system to connect 3 billion people

  21. The US will leave the ME when China starts the serious destruction of the US Dollar. Till then, the war machine needs an enemy upon which to waste weaponry so it can be replaced at obscene cost to enrich the war mongers.

    China is rumored to be readying a gold backed currency. Many suspect that China’s gold reserves are much larger than publicly admitted to. Once they reveal their intentions, the Dollar is in serious trouble. The war machine will refocus on China.

    Some day soon, the emperor will be revealed as naked when an inexpensive missile or two sinks a multi billion dollar aircraft carrier off China’s coast. The ‘power projection’ myth will be shattered and the US will need to decide if it wants to pull its tail between its legs or start nuclear Armageddon. Either way, the US empire ends.

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  22. peterAUS says:

    ….that gives this pole its unrivaled power…

    …While they have already made small attempts…

    ..these are relatively weak efforts…

    Don’t say.

    …Russia and China have to do is wait; the neoliberal west’s hubris will be the cause of its own undoing…

    True. As will the Sun become a white dwarf.
    Good strategy…..
    I am sure Iranians will greatly benefit from it.

    Hopefully the multipolar rhetoric from Russian and China will be more than just that…

    Can’t wait.

  23. A123 says:

    China is rumored to be readying a gold backed currency. Many suspect that China’s gold reserves are much larger than publicly admitted to. Once they reveal their intentions, the Dollar is in serious trouble. The war machine will refocus on China.

    The dollar is not threatened by China. Rather the reverse. Chinese consumers are staging runs on Chinese banks because they are so untrustworthy (1):

    Overdue loans, meantime, grew to 28% of its total credit at the end of September 2018, the credit rating agency said.

    That number, incidentally, is orders of magnitude higher than what the PBOC discloses as China’s average bad loan percentage, which in the past decade has stubbornly, and erroneously, been stuck in the mid-1% range. The true number is far, far higher, but Beijing guards it with its life, as the alternative is a bank run on the world’s largest bank system, which with \$40 trillion in assets, is roughly double that of the US.

    Holdings in Chinese gold are also known to be unsafe. Billions of dollars of fake gold are circulating in China. Chinese fraudsters are quite open about their fabrication of fake ingots (2). And, there are many stories about Chinese banks that were defrauded by these products (3).

    PEACE 😇



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  24. anastasia says:

    Trump’s withdrawal from Syria is more like a relocation because ” soldiers moving from Syria’s northern border are taking up new positions to continue control of “Iraqi oil fields in the country’s southeast?” How is that a “flip flop” on Syria?

    In any event, I thought that the soldiers were moved to northeast Syria where there was an oil field? Was this a mistake by the author?

    What I find unfortunate is that we cannot trust our media. Even if they at some point tell some negative truth about Iran. would I ever believe them? I doubt it.

    For instance, did Iran bomb a Saudi Arabian oil refinery? How can I find out if they did. Seems I can’t. Our media said they did, but they are no longer credible. I read what we quoted Iran saying about the matter, but I don’t know if our media omitted some part of all they had to say about it. In quoting what they said about it, I did not hear any denials from Iran.

    What Trump is doing to Iran is exactly what Bush did to Iraq. Exactly the same. Reprehensible is not the word for it. It shows a callous disregard for human life.

  25. anastasia says:

    Justification for war is when there is a threat of imminent bodily harm. It is the law of self-defense.

    In Israel, a threat of imminent harm that justifies war, is the possibility that in 40 or more years, a country could, if condition A, B and C were met, attack Israel.

    That’s not a justification for war. That is a paranoid hallucination.

  26. Hideo says: • Website

    Nobody distorted U.S. foreign policy.
    There is no one who feels shame on the oil theft from Syria in the US. No one.
    No one has any doubt about categorizing other nations as enemy due to bad behavior in their own definition.
    The US is self-sufficient and so rich that they don’t need other countries. They don’t need diplomacy because others are non-existent in their eyes.
    They recognize others only when others have something to make them richer and they take it.
    Trump is one of them, but he is an armature and filthy politician who does not fit in the traditional American caste structure.

    It is scary to watch the presentation of the Heritage Foundation on October 30 for 2020 index of US military strength.

  27. sarz says:
    @Europa Nationalist

    On an individual level I don’t think Trump particularly wants to wage war against Iran…

    On what do you base your assessment of Trump on an individual level? Trump is a member of the Jew elite whose family specialty is serving Jews by pretending to be Christians.

    Trump’s primary identity is with number one and with Israel, and to that end he has, with his anti-Iran policy, taken on the Jewish banksters while pretending domestically to be a Deplorable suffering from Jewish immigration machinations. But Trump’s attempted military retreat from Syria, to get back into electoral mode, got him opposed by both Zionists and banksters. That’s why, under threat of impeachment, he’s back in Syria while trying to substitute financial action against Iran for kinetic military action.

  28. anonymous[307] • Disclaimer says:

    [On an individual level I don’t think Trump particularly wants to wage war against Iran…]

    Did you read the piece?

    There is already a WAR on Iran, economic war by imposing ILLEGAL sanctions on Iranian child The family is serving the jewish balls where should be chopped off. He is a fifth column, all Americans who are silent are fifth column, and mass murderers.

    His family are at the service of the Jewish mafia, I am sure they have a lot against this fifth column family. Remember what the angry people of Russia did in 1917.

    Russian people executed most of the traitor Czar family. I don’t think the criminal Americans who are silent and are cooperating with these scums, can do even that much for their own sake.

    They are just living like a parasite, cooperating with mass murderers, killing millions of people, raping women and children, robing Muslims’ libraries, museums and resources including oil wells, invading country after country to continue their parasitic lives where should be ended now. Trump family is a traitor and at the service of the zionist jews helping the criminal zionist tribe where his daughter is part of. She has abandoned her own identity to serve a criminal zionist dick. How many Palestinian this dumb traitor woman has killed? plenty.

    Trump is a liar and he was in fact for Iraq war where later he denied. He is a criminal liar like the other US president including that criminal ‘the first black’ one.

    Down with the evil empire. All these mass murderers who are bulling and trying to capitulate Iranian people into submission denying them even food and medicine with their own money and those who carry out their illegal sanction all must be assassinated now. These people are not human and are assassin where must be executed to set an example for the future generation. No one can allow Jewish mafia and their pimps to service.

    People of the world hate the Evil empire and its extenNo one want

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  29. @anonymous

    There is already a WAR on Iran, economic war by imposing ILLEGAL sanctions on Iranian child

    It has been done before.
    The outcome of the economic war(s) noted below must have satisfied the goals of those who waged the war, or they would not be doing the same thing again:

    Mar. 1933: International Jewry Declares War on Germany, March 1933
    Jan. 1938: International Jewish Financiers Create £500,000,000 Fund to Wage Economic War on Germany
    NOTE THAT the nature of the “persecution” is financial — resistance to Jewish finance is deemed “persecution”

    Economic war on Iraq “worth the price”

    US will “intensify efforts” to “disentangle IRGC” ** from world economy, etc.

    ** from b @ MoA:

    “Iraq’s political class has reached a consensus to protect Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi’s government against protests sweeping the country’s capital and south for weeks, sources told Agence France-Presse on Saturday (Nov 9).
    The agreement is the product of a series of meetings, including gatherings led by Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ foreign operations arm, the Qods Force.”

    So far, and since at least 1933, Iran has been the only state to have out-maneuvered Jewish – US economic warfare tactics.

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