Monday, December 09, 2019

You're not nice people at all

Tweet (Aaron Rupar):
"Trump, speaking to the Israeli American Council: "You're not nice people at all, but you have to vote for me. You have no choice. You're not going to vote for Pocahontas, I can tell you that. You're not going to vote for the wealth tax!""
"Preparing the Stage: A Flawed Prospectus for War, This Time With Iran" (Crooke):
". . .what then, is the ‘false prospectus’?
It lies with the protests in Iran – and the ‘message’ being promoted by the main-stream media which has the “regime” teetering at the brink of collapse, and obliged to use unprecedented violence to quell mass unarmed protests, in the wake of an extraordinarily ineptly managed, fuel-price hike.
What is wrong with this version? Well, what is right is that the hike triggered protests across 100 cities on the Friday, 15 November. The protests were widespread, and the poorer segments of the population (traditional supporters of the state) were heavily represented. But they were not violent.
The rest of the narrative is wrong.
On the day of the truly mass protests against the fuel hike, no one was killed. And, on the following day, the protestors almost wholly vanished from the streets. Instead, small groups of pre-prepared, armed and violent activists – not protestors – attacked the strategic hubs of state infrastructure: banks, petro-chemical plants, the gas network, and fuel storage. These hubs were attacked using rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and sub-machine guns. Other groups took out banks (100s of them), armed with guns, swords and iron bars. (One of these latter groups attacked six banks in the space of just one hour.) Nothing here was spontaneous or ‘populist’.
The security forces reacted militarily – arresting and killing many insurgents. And yes – the internet was shut down. But, not the internal Iranian internet – only the global internet. So, the Iranian equivalent of WhatsApp and Telegraph, and Iranian news channels were still accessible – though the global internet was not. The overseas anger at the external internet shut-down possibly reflected surprise and irritation that Iran had this capability. Likely, it was not a capacity that Iran was thought to possess.
So what was going on? The Iranian government, it seems, had prior knowledge of plans to stage attacks by ‘activists’, as a part of an (externally formulated and resourced) disruption plan. But that original plan indicated that the start of these actions would take place early next year.
What seems to have happened is that when the fuel hike protests began, these ‘activists’ were given the go-ahead to ‘seize the moment’. In other words, they activated all their pre-prepared plans prematurely. This was exactly what the Iranian security forces wanted, and had sought. It enabled them to ‘smoke out’ the plot, and to arrest, or kill the ring-leaders.
In other words, the Iranian government is not teetering at any ‘brink’ – and later internal Iranian polling shows popular anger directed principally towards the violent gangs, and to a lesser extent, towards the Rouhani Administration, for its mis-handling of the fuel-price hike – but not against the state, per se. The latter result is not so surprising as older Iranians will remember how the CIA used similar tactics – violent attacks on shops – to escalate the protests in the 1953 overthrow of PM Mosaddegh, in favour of strengthening the monarchical rule of the Shah.
Here is the question: Have the various instigators of these deliberate, violent attacks, ‘come clean’ about the failure of their plan – and of the unravelling (the arrests and disruption) of their Iranian ‘networks’ to President Trump? Or, is he being presented only with the Netanyahu ‘narrative’ of an Iran cornered ‘and at the brink’?"
 "Wiesenthal Center names UK’s Corbyn top anti-Semite of 2019". It's lucky that these murdering land thieves already had no credibility whatsoever, so they have no credibility to lose.

"The Failed Attempt at Regime Change in Venezuela" (Larison).

"How middle class Bolivia learned to stop worrying and love the coup" (Reed).  "EXCLUSIVE: Indigenous Bolivia Ready to Go to War Against Fascism" (Vltchek).

Tweet (Ben Norton):
"By "self-exiled former president" the imperialist propagandists at the AP mean "democratically elected leftist president overthrown in a violent US-backed military coup and forced to flee or he would be murdered as the military junta massacred protesters""
"The Planned 1933 Fascist Coup in America" (Romanoff).  "Fascists, with Help from the US, Are Trying to Take Control of Latin America" (Zeese/Flowers interview Camacaro).

"In Wag the Dog Move, Indicted Israeli PM Netanyahu Moves to Annex 25% of Palestinian West Bank" (Cole).  If When this happens, and the rest of the world - other than the ZOG of Assholia, of course - doesn't immediately impose a 100% boycott on everything Israeli - no travel, no trade, no anything - that will be the end of international law, and it will be very Clarifying.

"New book claims Albert Camus was murdered by the KGB" (Flood).  You'll immediately see there are two inconsistent theories here - tire tampering, and staged scene - but it is the time to blame Russia for everything so we'll run with it anyway.

"US Marine Who Smuggled Guns To Haiti Wanted To Take Over Country, Become President" (Vibes).

"Zombie NATO Is Obsolete; Militarists Try To Revive It Through Expanded Targets" (Zeese/Flowers). There is no point to it now in Europe - the plan is obviously to turn it into an army to protect the murderers and land thieves in the Middle East.

"Trump Drops Bomb, Media Ignores" (Stryker):
"As his impeachment moved forward, in a morning press conference in London this week, Donald Trump mentioned casually that he and Vladimir Putin are discussing the elimination of nuclear weapons. Although this should put a major crimp in the foreign policy establishment’s all-pervading Russophobia, the US media (including Fox News) went deaf at that moment."
"China Retaliates For Huawei: Beijing Orders All Government Offices And Public Companies To Replace Foreign PCs And Software" (Durden).  "‘5G now America-free’: China’s Huawei assembles latest phones without US parts". The Chinese have consistently tried to deescalate tensions caused by Assholia, but I guess they've finally had enough, and now it gets interesting.  A lot of the changes that Assholia is forcing won't be - or can't be - walked back, even if a more genial Assholian leader should emerge.

"Notorious Duct-Taped Banana Exhibit Vandalized With "Epstien Didn't Kill Himself" Sign" (Durden).
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