Friday, July 13, 2018

We don't know for sure

"Pepe Escobar: China's Silky Charming Of Arabia".  "China and Africa" (Natsin).  Who could possibly have known that diplomacy and development would work so well?

"Don't Get Out of Syria" (Cafarella).  Goyim, I . . .

"Germans Actually Want US Troops Out Of Germany, Poll Finds" (Durden).  Who could possibly have known that people would object to the presence of an occupying army?

"Kushner Middle East “peace” plan involves a Palestinian sell-out" (Madsen).  Dahlan pops up whenever the Khazars need a helpful Palestinian traitor.

"New Legislation Will Allow Israeli Settlers to ‘Own’ Illegally Occupied West Bank Land".  It remains the most baffling mystery in the world how these sweet people keep finding themselves in trouble.

"Italy will not buy F-35s anymore, mulls walking out of existing contracts – Defense Minister".

"Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches to re-build sites in Syria." (Lang).  "A Two-Pronged Attack on Orthodoxy and Russia" (Jatras).  Fascinating tale of the convoluted liturgical conspiracies involving Ukraine.  It pays to increase your word power:  tomos and autocephaly.

"The 1943 Volyn Massacre and Ukrainian Nazis Today"  The Poles are reliably, some might say stupidly, anti-Russian (except when it comes to things like buying gas for themselves), but the enemy of my enemy is my friend must sometimes give them pause.  More complexity - the Poles have admitted hundreds of thousands - perhaps a million, and growing - of economic refugees from the failed state of Ukraine.

"Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu’s interview with Italy’s Il Giornale full version":
"Since US lawmakers and experts have been calling on the US government to clarify its strategy for Syria, our country is not the only one who does not get it.

In recent years during the continuation of this war, illegal from the point of international law, and even according to the US constitution, the official explanations for the presence of the US military contingent in Syria have been constantly changing.

I would like to recall that initially it was about defeating the ISIL, then about preventing re-emergence of the ISIL and now statements are being made about need to preserve military presence in Syria in order to deter alleged influence of Iran.

Therefore, it is hard to shake off the impression that the United States’ chief objective in Syria is to prevent the situation from stabilizing, to prolong the conflict and undermine the country’s territorial integrity by creating enclaves not controlled by the government on Syria’s borders.

In the areas controlled by the United States for years they have been training militants, who are actively fighting with the Syrian government army and receiving supplies of weapons and ammunition.

In addition, it’s not superfluous to recall that during the struggle of the US-led international coalition against ISIS, the territory controlled by terrorists only increased. Civilization and secular governance persisted only in a few pockets: in Damascus, the province of Latakia and partly in Deir ez-Zor.

At the same time, while declaring its ‘noble’ objectives and ‘good’ will in recent years, the United States has not allocated one cent of aid to provide real assistance to Syrian civilians devastated by long years of war. This applies even to the liberated by the United States and the coalition former capital of ISIS Raqqa, where munition and mortars left after massive bombardments by the “international coalition” still kill local residents. Every week, dozens of people are being killed, including children.

On the other hand, not a single incident involving civilians has been recorded after the Syrian troops’ operations to liberate various regions and localities. Demining activities took place there, people received food and construction materials they needed to resume a peaceful life as soon as possible.

If there is some basis for our American counterparts’ actions in Syria, it is too contradictory to be called a “strategy.”"
"Tulare County Sheriff’s cold case detectives say former Exeter police officer is a suspect in the murder of Jennifer Armour of Visalia" (Ellis).  It is a cliché to blame all the unsolved crimes on the latest apprehended serial dirtbag, but DeAngelo appears to have been so prolific, and had the additional cover for a time of being a police officer, that it is credible that he was responsible for many crimes that have been blamed on others or are still unsolved.

Big-brain piece of the month (maybe of the year):  "Why Was Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 Shot Down?" (van der Pijl) (strikingly straightforward timeline!; the commentators mostly hate it for its consideration of the deep politics rather than answering the question in the title):
"Still in Brazil before flying back to Moscow, Russian president Putin on the fringes of the football world cup finals also agreed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to pursue a comprehensive Land for gas deal. Its tentative provisions included normalising the status of Crimea in exchange for a massive economic rehabilitation plan and a gas price rebate for Ukraine. However, a special European Council meeting convened on the 16th could not reach agreement on whether the EU should follow the American lead this time, since countries with export interests to Russia and dependent on its gas, were balking. Instead, the Council stressed the EU’s commitment ‘to pursue trilateral talks on the conditions of gas supply from the Russian Federation to Ukraine’ in order to ‘safeguard the security of supply and transit of natural gas through Ukraine.’
The downing of MH17 on 17 July changed all that. As I said above, who did it and how remains obscure, although there are several pursued by people familiar with local circumstances, or revealed by insiders who know who which military assets were operating that day—but all that remains inconclusive. The official reports by the Dutch Safety Board and the JIT may be conveniently dismissed although the DSB rightly pointed at the questionable decision by Kiev to allow civilian planes to fly over a war zone. However, irrespective of the actual perpetrator, and whether it was an intentional act or an accident, there is no doubt about the West’s intent to exploit the event to the maximum.
Former secretary of state and then-presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in a TV interview on the 18th called for making ‘Russia pay the price’ once its culpability had been established. Her to-do list for the EU included, one, ‘toughen sanctions’; two, find alternatives to Gazprom, and third, ‘do more in concert with us to support the Ukrainians’. The ‘Land for gas’ negotiations were shelved and on the 22nd Europe dropped the remaining hesitations when it underwrote the US sanctions targeting Russia’s role as an energy supplier. As Mark Leonard, founder and director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, noted in a newspaper interview a year later, without MH17 it would have been pretty difficult to find sufficient support for the increased sanctions on the Russian economy’."
 "The downing of Flight MH17 also definitively sealed the fate of South Stream. Russian banks financing the project, led by Gazprombank, were hit by new sanctions, so that the necessary capital could no longer be raised internationally. Putin earlier had hinted at moving the transit of gas for the EU to non-European countries; in August, it was reported there was a Plan B in the works to export via Turkey. On 1 December 2014, during a state visit to Ankara, the Russian president announced that in light of Western sanctions and the refusal of construction permits in the EU, South Stream would be replaced by a ‘Turkish Stream’ pipeline, besides the existing Blue Stream link. However, in November 2015, a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian fighter jet over northern Syria, throwing relations between Moscow and Ankara into a deep crisis and entailing the cancellation of Turkish Stream. This was only overcome after the July 2016 coup attempt against Erdoğan, in which Russia sided with the Turkish president, possibly even warning him in advance. Since the F-16 that shot down the Russian jet was part of a pro-NATO unit based at Inçirlik airbase that took part in the coup attempt, the incident over Syria would appear to fit in a framework that may also have decided the fate of Flight MH17: a provocation to throw relations with Russia into disarray, but we don’t know for sure."
Part of The Clarification is that nobody - and least of all Trump! - still bothers to cloak the crass financial interests of the Assholian 1%, not to mention the supremacist aspirations of the Khazar bribers/blackmailers, behind platitudes like 'human rights' or 'international law'.  Trump visits Europe wanting to sell US gas to Europe, wanting to block Putin's successful interference with the building of the Zionist Empire, and wanting to slow down the steep and accelerating decline of American imperial reach.  Everything else follows from that.  At least with Trump, the Eurotrash can't make any plausible claim that there were sweet talked by a charmer like Barry into falling for the same old bullshit once again.
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