Thursday 7th of July 2022

mad crazy feckless nuts ……..

There have been several particularly disturbing stories in the media over the past week even if one chooses to tune out the US Congress’s pending astonishing overwhelming approval of a grant of $39.8 billion to Ukraine to continue the war to “weaken” Russia. Even so-called progressives in the Democratic Party voted for the war. So now the United States will be at war with Russia through proxy, like it or not, and the consequences could be devastating, particularly if NATO member Poland intervenes directly, as it has been threatening, but few in Washington seem to be awake to that reality.

 

BY Philip M. Giraldi


And only Senator Rand Paul, who is asking for an inspector general to supervise the cash flow, is seriously wondering how much of the “aid” will be stolen by President Volodymyr Zelensky and his cronies. Ukraine has long been distinguished as the most corrupt country in Europe.

 

Another revolting story concerns the murder of a Palestinian Christian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who also happens to be an American citizen. She was shot dead by an Israeli sniper who hit her in the neck in the small gap between a protective helmet and vest. She was covering Israeli Army violence directed against protesting Palestinians in the West Bank town of Jenin for al-Jazeera and the vest was labelled “Press” in large letters. Israel initially sought to blame her death on Palestinian “gunmen” who allegedly were in the area, but that story would not wash when confronted with the eyewitness testimony of others who were on the scene and it was eventually conceded that an Israeli soldier “might have” fired the fatal shot. Last Friday, preceding Shireen’s funeral at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli police providing “security” were seen kicking and using batons to beat mourners seeking to carry the coffin from the hospital to the church. The police also hurled stun and smoke grenades into the crowd after several plastic water bottles were allegedly thrown in their direction. Abu Akleh’s home was also searched by police and it will no doubt be claimed that she was a “terrorist,” standard Israeli practice for many of those whom they murder.

Whenever an American citizen is killed under questionable circumstances overseas it is the responsibility of the local US Embassy to demand an investigation and explanation of what occurred. To be sure, the ardently Zionist US Ambassador Thomas Nides in Jerusalem has called for an inquiry, but let’s see what happens in this case as the mainstream media conspires to make the story disappear even though a number of Democratic congressmen (and no Republicans) have called for a response. Former Israeli army spokesman Avi Benayahu has already opined that “Let’s assume Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead by IDF. No need to apologize for that.” Nevertheless, some form of inquiry acceptable to Israel will no doubt take place, but the Israeli government and the country’s courts have a history of exonerating soldiers and armed settlers when they kill Palestinians. Recently, a Palestinian was sentenced to nine months in prison for slapping an armed settler who was threatening his family while Israeli soldiers and settlers who have killed non-threatening Palestinians, including children, rarely receive any punishment at all.

And being an American citizen makes no difference. History tells us that Israel can kill Americans with impunity judging from the massacre of 34 American sailors on board the USS Liberty in 1967 and the Rachel Corrie murder-by-bulldozer in 2003. A Turkish-American boy Furkan Dogan who was on an aid ship to Gaza in 2010 was also murdered by Israeli soldiers who boarded the vessel, also killing eight others. No Israeli has been punished for any of the deaths.

This has to stop but the problem is in Washington, not in Jerusalem. Israel kills and kills because it knows it can get away with it due to American enabling of the process. It is an embarrassment that a series of US Ambassadors to Israel have been little more than apologists for the Jewish state. And we have House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declaring “I have said to people when they ask me if this Capitol crumbled to the ground, the one thing that would remain is our commitment to our aid…and I don’t even call it aid…our cooperation with Israel. That’s fundamental to who we are.” Meanwhile President Joe Biden has self-declared as a “Zionist” while Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer calls himself in Hebrew the “shomer yisroel” or defender of Israel in the Senate. And then there is House Intelligence Committee head Adam Schiff’s son sporting a Mossad t-shirt. And what about the regular mass “pilgrimages” by groups of Congressmen to Israel during recesses, an exercise in obtaining the approval of whichever unindicted felon is in charge of that rogue country that pretends to pass for a “democracy”?

As much as one would like to see all the traitors in Congress and the White House who give Israel a free pass on its monstrous behavior held accountable, such an outcome is unimaginable because enough of them have been bought or intimidated to such an extent that they remain silent or chant like a chorus in a Greek tragedy that “Israel has a right to defend itself.” And there is also the Jewish dominated mainstream media: the NY Times report on this latest murder had a headline reading that Shireen Abu Akleh had somehow “Died,” not that she was murdered by the Israelis, to whom the American taxpayer gives $10 million every single day! It is shameful and disgusting!

A related tale also concerns Israel and the United States. David Brog is running for Congress from Nevada. Brog is the former executive director of Pastor John Hagee’s Texas-based Christians United For Israel even though he is Jewish. Indeed, he has made Israel the focal point of his campaign based on his contention that “he brings a lifetime of dedication and a depth of knowledge to lead on pro-Israel causes.” He has said “I don’t just want to be a friend of Israel. I want to be a leader on Israel and a champion of Israel… We have to be very quick to reach out and broaden our coalition to all people of goodwill who love Israel and hate antisemitism.”

Brog, who is not from Nevada, has not surprisingly raised considerably more money than other GOP candidates vying for the position and he has also received the backing of former Trump administration Jewish officials, including David Friedman, the ex-US Ambassador to Israel, and Elan Carr, the special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism. Friedman and Carr co-hosted a virtual fundraiser for Brog two weeks ago.

Brog is a one trick pony and his trick is to keep saying Israel over and over again to bring in the Shekels from the likes of Israel born Miriam Adelson, who inherited her husband’s casino fortune and lives in Las Vegas. It is disconcerting to see a politician running for national office in the United States so he can advance the interests of a foreign country, yet that is what Brog is doing openly. One would hope a lot of Nevada voters will see the issue in the same fashion, but Brog will have big bucks and the pro-Israel media supporting him. In any event, I have to wish the “malocchio” or evil eye on Brog and I hope he loses in his run and loses big. The United States does not need yet another ardent Israel booster in Congress or anywhere else in the public space!

Another tale that is developing surrounds the publication of the latest tell-all book by a survivor of the Donald Trump administration. Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who was fired by Trump after the 2020 election, has described a series of catastrophic proposals by the president relating to national security and defense, including using missiles fired from the US to take on Mexican drug cartels. Another idea floated by Trump, if Esper is not lying, was to use soldiers to shoot protesters in Washington in the wake of the George Floyd death in Minneapolis in May 2020. Other former senior Trump officials have also been claiming that Trump often asked whether China had developed a top-secret hurricane gun that could be firing storms at the United States. And John Bolton, in his book, asserts that Trump asked if Finland were part of Russia.

But to my mind the most interesting revelation made by Esper is the back story, also set in the Middle East, relating to the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in January 2020, which illustrates much that is wrong with the national security state that the United States has evolved into. According to Esper, Trump lied after the assassination was criticized by saying that Soleimani was actively preparing attacks on four American Embassies in the Mideast region. Esper confirms that there was no intelligence to back up that claim, but interestingly goes beyond that to make clear that there was no specific intelligence at all suggesting that such an attack was imminent or even being planned. There were only generic regional security threats that many embassies in the world respond to and make preparations to defend against.

One recalls the back story at the time, with the Iraqi government claiming that Soleimani, widely regarded as the second most powerful official in Iran after the Ayatollah, was in Baghdad to discuss peace arrangements and that the US Embassy had been informed of his planned trip and had raised no objection to it. Instead, the US used the opportunity to launch an armed drone to kill him and nine Iraqi militia members that were accompanying him from the airport. In other words, there was no imminent threat, nor even a plausible threat, and the US went ahead any way and killed a senior Iranian government official. That is unambiguously a war crime. Will anyone be held accountable? Of course not!

But finally there is also a bit of good news. The White House press secretary who is replacing Jen Psaki is Karine Jean-Pierre. She is a woman, black and lesbian, so clearly she passes the Democratic Party template for such a position but she lacks the mandatory Israel connection. It turns out that she once criticized the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and even called for it to be boycotted. She is already being attacked by the usual groups and individuals, so let’s see how long she lasts!

 

 

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023) that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is councilforthenationalinterest.org, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is [email protected].

 

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The financial support America provides to Ukraine looks very much “like money laundering schemes,”Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has told ‘The Truth With Lisa Boothe’ podcast on Monday. The money supposedly destined for Ukrainians ends up in the pockets of “non-profits and NGOs” that are often run by people close to the politicians in Washington, Greene has claimed.

“They want to get $40 billion to Ukraine and you have these $40 billion on top of the money that have already been given. That brings it to $53 billion. That is over two thirds of the State Department’s entire budget for the year,” the congresswoman said, referring to the latest aid package that is currently going through the US Senate.

According to Greene, the US officials are doing this to eventually fund the NGOs operated by “their families and friends.” “It is basically like money laundering schemes,” she said.

 

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Atrocity propaganda…….

 

Atrocity propaganda does not serve the peaceby Karl-Jürgen Müller

 

Let us start with two definitions from German Wikipedia:
  “Information warfare is a term for the targeted use and manipulation of controlled information in order to gain an advantage over competitors and opponents in business or politics. It also includes influencing the media through false information (fake news), partial information or propaganda with the aim of manipulating the media in one’s own interest.”
  “Atrocity propaganda is a form of political propaganda in which an attempt is made to defame an opponent by attributing to him or her atrocities or misdeeds that have been invented or not committed by him or her, or by deliberately distorting actions undertaken by him or her, thus scandalising them. It is a common tool of psychological warfare and can be used in war to motivate one’s own forces and population or to influence world opinion.”
  Atrocity propaganda is a special form of information warfare. It is a branch of “cognitive warfare” of “strategic communication”1. Like information warfare, atrocity propaganda has existed since wars began, and in fact everyone knows that it exists. Nevertheless, atrocity propaganda is practised in every war. It is possible because, as a rule, in a war no independent and objective verification is possible and because an emotional ground has been created for it beforehand. The atrocity propaganda is preceded by other types of information warfare, so that a fair amount of uncertainty and fear as well as hatred has been created for the one against whom the subsequent atrocity propaganda is directed, which in turn is intended to make people even more uncertain and to increase fear and hatred. 

 

Perfidy

Atrocity propaganda is not a step towards peace. On the contrary, it serves to escalate a war. It is particularly perfidious because there are also actual atrocities in wars. The perfidy is increased even more when supposed “experts” express themselves in such times, pretending to be independent and objective, but in fact are neither.
  Also, since 24 February 2022, one must assume all this. In concrete terms: The many years of work in our states on the image of Russia as an enemy and, above all, the demonisation of Russian President Vladimir Putin have prepared the ground for reports of atrocities committed by Russian forces in Ukraine to be believed – even if so far none of the claims have been proven by independent and objective investigations.
  Allegations of Russian atrocities have become commonplace. Just one example among many: On 23 April, the Swiss “Tages-Anzeiger” stated – without any evidence – “That one should have sympathy for a dictator who massacres the civilian population in Ukraine and has targeted civilian objects bombed in order to achieve a maximum number of victims and refugees remains incomprehensible.” (emphasis km)

 

Suspicion

There are good reasons to suspect that the atrocity reports available so far are atrocity propaganda:
  Anyone consulting not only our media and official statements, but also Russian media and Russian official statements – which are also (still) accessible in German – will quickly realise that the atrocity reports circulated in our country are countered by Russian statements which are factually formulated, substantiated and comprehensible. All this is no proof of the correctness of the Russian position, but it could nevertheless move us – if we are serious about the search for truth – to quote the rebuttals just as seriously and in as much detail as the claims about wartime atrocities. In this way, citizens in our countries who do not have the time or the opportunity to seek Russian statements could get a better picture.
  It is understandable that the government of Ukraine, as a party to the war, will have no interest in an objective picture. However, the behaviour of the leadership of our countries only makes sense if one assumes that our countries are also parties to the war.
  Representatives of institutions such as the OSCE or the International Criminal Court (ICC) usually present themselves as independent and objective and committed only to the law. In doing so, they want to give special weight to what they claim. But are both institutions so independent and objective? The ICC has forfeited its reputation for some time because it has never consistently investigated war crimes committed by members of NATO states. Why did the British chief prosecutor at the ICC immediately accuse Russia following the atrocity reports and the gruesome pictures from Bucha, but failed to immediately initiate investigations on the ground? Or why does the OSCE under Polish chairmanship investigate Ukrainian accusations against Russia rather than Russian ones against Ukraine? The spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry credibly explained this using the example of Kramatorsk in her briefing of 13 April.2

 

Cui bono?

Finally, when looking at atrocity reports, the important question arises: Cui bono? – Who benefits?
  In other words, why and for what purpose should Russian forces commit atrocities in Ukraine? What “benefit” would they get from it? And: who is really benefitting from reports of Russian atrocities?
  Atrocity propaganda, according to Wikipedia, “is a common means of psychological warfare and can be used in war to motivate one’s own forces and population or to influence world opinion”. (emphasis km) Doesn’t this rather suggest that Russia cannot have any interest in atrocities committed by its armed forces? But others do.
  Even those who accuse the Russian armed forces of atrocities are aware of this problem with their claims and therefore resort to auxiliary constructions. An example of this is the German historian Bernd Greiner, who had his say in an interview with the “Tages-Anzeiger” on 22 April. He is asked about the “usefulness of massacres and atrocities” and answers: “War crimes are part of psychological warfare. They push the purpose of every war to the extreme: to spread fear and terror. To threaten the living with the dead.”
  But apparently all Russian statements on military action in Ukraine go in a completely different direction: The country is to be “demilitarised” and “denazified” and the two Russian-recognised republics of Donetsk and Luhansk are to be protected from further Ukrainian attacks, but there is no mention of “shock and awe”3 among the civilian population. On the contrary, the civilian population is to be protected – as far as this is at all possible in a war. Even if one dismisses all Russian statements as propaganda: what logic is there in explaining that one does everything to protect civilians and at the same time spreads “fear and terror” and “threatens the living with the dead”?
  For the Russians, the Ukrainians are a Slavic “brother nation”. Why and for what purpose would the Russian forces want to achieve a “maximum number of victims” among the Ukrainian civilian population? That makes no sense.

 

War against Russia “to the last Ukrainian”?

There are some voices, not only from Russia, who claim that the US government and NATO want to wage war against Russia “to the last Ukrainian”. Atrocity propaganda would fit such an inhuman strategy. And unfortunately, so would the indications that further, escalating stagings (“false flag operations”) are planned for further, even worse, atrocity propaganda.4
  There are also growing indications that NATO states are already directly involved in the war, not only with arms deliveries but also with operations on the ground in Ukraine.5
  The international “war council” held by the USA on 26 April at its military base in Ramstein, Germany, also points in the direction of further escalation and – practically – direct NATO involvement in the war.
  Russia will take countermeasures. Not only against further atrocity propaganda, but also against the attempts of NATO states to further prolong the war in Ukraine with arms deliveries and other means. On 25 April, Russia’s foreign minister once again stressed Russia’s will to reach a negotiated settlement with Ukraine’s government. But he also spoke of how the danger of a Third World War is real if the NATO states do not stop actively escalating and prolonging the war.  •

 

 

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