Ukraine Sells U$ Weapons on Black Market

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The arms sent to Ukraine using the money of taxpayers in the United States, United Kingdom, and elsewhere are being used to line the pockets of the Ukrainian authorities.

Ukraine has received billions and billions of dollars in donated arms from the United States and its allies such as the United Kingdom and other NATO states in the past few months.

The Biden administration alone, as of July 1, has committed nearly $7 billion, the US State Department said last week.

Just last Thursday, the White House announced that the United States was sending a new batch of military supplies to Ukraine. The new batch of arms supply is worth $450 million in shipments.

Earlier that day, Ukraine received a batch of HIMARS, weapons set on top of the Ukrainian wishlist, and the Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov thanked, via his Twitter account, his “colleague and friend Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III for these powerful tools!”

An initial four units of the rocket system have already been delivered, kicking off the training program required for Ukrainian soldiers to operate the sophisticated and highly accurate weaponry.

Though the United States has been taking care of providing training for the Ukrainian soldiers when it comes to arms they are not accustomed to, Kiev is still selling its arms to the black market due to “inexperience”.

Even the HIMARS are likely to be sold, according to the former defense official, Pentagon policy chief Colin Kahl said Kiev’s forces recently completed training on HIMARS delivered to Ukraine by Washington and London.

Anything for we the people?

 

 

Zionsit Neocons Dominate US Foreign Policy

Jewish neocons together is, of course, unconditional defense of Israel and everything it does

• May 10, 2022

Once upon a time United States foreign policy was based on actual national interests, but that was long ago and far away before the country was beguiled into a colonial war with Spain followed by a twentieth century that was chock-a-block full of any type and intensity of warfare that one might imagine, including the use of nuclear weapons.

Some might consider that the United States has become a nation made by war, to include a presumption that all the war-making has been both just and necessary, since America is “exceptional” and by default “the leader of the Free World.”

Witness what is taking place vis-à-vis Ukraine and Russia right now, pressing forward with a full-scale economic war against Moscow while arming one of the belligerents in support of no actual national interest, as if by habit.

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The propensity of American politicians to resort to arms to compensate for their other failures is such that among circles in Washington and the media there has long been a joke making the rounds observing that no matter who is nominated and elected president we always wind up with John McCain.

But if one is seriously concerned about the tendency of the United States to view nearly every foreign problem as solvable if only one uses enough military force, the joke might be updated to suggest that we Americans now always wind up with the Kagans, the first family of neoconservative/neoliberal advocates for an aggressive, interventionist US foreign policy.

Victoria Nuland, the architect of the disaster in Ukraine and a Dick Cheney and Hillary Clinton protege, is married to Robert Kagan and now serving as number three in the State Department.

And the bad outcomes are predictable

Robert is the Stephen & Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and is also a regular contributing columnist at The Washington Post.

His brother is Fred, currently a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and Fred’s wife Kimberley is head of the aptly named Institute for the Study of War.

 

When Congress-critters want to justify a new war, they frequently cite judgements made by one of the various groups associated with the Kagans.

Robert is a frequent contributor to the national media both in interviews and opinion pieces calling inevitably for harsh measures against countries like Russia and Iran while Fred uses his bully pulpit to argue in favor of a large increases in military spending to counter “future threats.”

Fred and Robert are members of the Aspen Strategy Group. They and their father, Donald, were all signatories to the neocon Project for the New American Century manifesto, Rebuilding America’s Defenses (2000).

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Characteristically, the Kagan brothers love war but expect someone else to do the fighting.

They are both considerably overweight and could never pass a military entrance physical if they were so inclined, which, of course they are not.

The Kagans have been closely tied to the Democratic Party on many social issues and would likely describe themselves as liberal interventionists as well as neocons, since in practice both labels mean the same thing in terms of an assertive foreign policy backed by force.

Plus, their flexibility gives them access to the foreign policy establishments of both major parties, as also does their support of Israeli interests in the Middle East, to include outspoken support of the Iraq War and for a covert war against Iran.

The Kagans are labeled by many as conservative, but they are not reliably Republican.

Donald Trump was much troubled during his 2016 and 2020 campaigns by so-called conservatives who rallied behind the #NeverTrump banner, presumably in opposition to his stated intention to end or at least diminish America’s role in wars in the Middle East and Asia.

The Kagans were foremost among those pundits.

Robert was one of the first neocons to get on the #NeverTrump band wagon back in 2016 when he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and spoke at a Washington fundraiser for her, complaining about the “isolationist” tendency in the Republican Party exemplified by Trump.

Many other notable neocons also declared themselves to be #NeverTrump, including Bill Kristol, Bret Stephens, Daniel Pipes, Reuel Gerecht, Max Boot and Jonah Goldberg.

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To be sure, some high-profile neocons stuck with the Republicans, to include the highly controversial Elliott Abrams, who initially opposed Trump but later became the point man for dealing with both Venezuela and Iran, attracted by Trump’s hardline with both countries.

Abrams’ conversion reportedly took place when he realized that the new president genuinely embraced unrelenting hostility towards Iran in particular as exemplified by his ending of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.

John Bolton was also for a time a neocon in the White House fold, though he later became an enemy after being fired by the president and then wrote a book critical of Trump.

Even though the NeverTrumper neocons did not succeed in blocking Donald Trump in 2016, they maintained relevancy by slowly drifting back towards the Democratic Party, which is where they originated back in the 1970s in the office of the Senator from Boeing Henry “Scoop” Jackson.

A number of them started their political careers there, to include leading neocon Richard Perle.

It would not be overstating the case to suggest that the neoconservative movement together with its liberal interventionist colleagues are dominating foreign policy thinking across the board in Congress and the White House.

That development has been aided by a more aggressive shift among the Democrats themselves, with Russiagate and other “foreign interference” still to this day being blamed for the party’s failure in 2016 and for its dreary prospects in midterm elections later this year.

Given that mutual intense hostility to Trump, the doors to previously shunned liberal media outlets have now opened wide to the stream of foreign policy “experts” who want to “restore a sense of the heroic” to US national security policy.

Eliot A. Cohen and David Frum have been favored contributors to the Atlantic while Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss were together at the New York Times prior to Weiss’s resignation.

Jennifer Rubin, who wrote in 2016 that “It is time for some moral straight talk: Trump is evil incarnate,” is a frequent columnist for The Washington Post while both she and William Kristol appear regularly on MSNBC. Russian-Jewish import hardliner Max Boot is a regular feature contributor at the Post.

The unifying principle that ties many of the mostly Jewish neocons together is, of course, unconditional defense of Israel and everything it does, which leads them to support a policy of American global military dominance which they presume will inter alia serve as a security umbrella for the Jewish state.

In the post-9/11 world, the neocon media’s leading publication Bill Kristol’s The Weekly Standard virtually invented the concept of “Islamofascism” to justify endless war in the Middle East, a development that has killed millions of Muslims, destroyed at least three nations, and cost the US taxpayer more than $5 trillion.

The Israel connection has also resulted in neocon political and media support for the currently highly aggressive and dangerous policy against Russia, due in part to its involvement in defense of Israeli target Syria.

In Eastern Europe, neocon ideologues have aggressively exploited the largely illusory policy of “democracy promotion,” which, not coincidentally, has also been a major Democratic Party foreign policy objective, both coming together nicely to justify the current chaos in Ukraine.

The neocons and liberal interventionists are involved in a number of foundations, the most prominent of which is the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), that are largely funded by Jewish billionaires and defense contractors.

FDD is headed by Canadian Mark Dubowitz and it is reported that the group takes direction coming from officials in the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

Other major neocon incubators are the American Enterprise Institute, which currently is the home of Paul Wolfowitz, and the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at John Hopkins University.

Many former Barack Obama White House senior officials who believe in liberal interventionism and democracy promotion while also hating Russia and Vladimir Putin have developed comfortable working relationships with the neocons.

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Foreign policy hawks including Antony Blinken, Wendy Sherman, Nicholas Burns, Susan Rice and Samantha Power are calling most of the shots given Biden’s senility but with neocon political and media support.

Unfortunately, nowhere in Biden’s foreign policy circle does one find anyone who is resistant to the idea of worldwide interventionism in support of claimed humanitarian objectives, even if it would lead to an actual shooting war with major competitor power Russia and also possibly China. In fact, Biden himself embraces a characteristically extremely bellicose view on a proper relationship with foreign nations “claiming that he is defending democracy against its enemies.” His language and authoritarian governing style leave no wiggle room for constructive dialogue with adversaries. The script being written by his Administration on how to deal with the rest of the world promises nothing but unending trouble and quite possibly sharp economic decline in the US for the foreseeable future.

Weathering the Global Storm: Why Neutrality is Not an Option for Palestinians

Dr. Ramzy Baroud 

A new global geopolitical game is in formation, and the Middle East, as is often the case, will be directly impacted by it in terms of possible new alliances and resulting power paradigms.

While it is too early to fully appreciate the impact of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war on the region, it is obvious that some countries are placed in relatively comfortable positions in terms of leveraging their strong economies, strategic location and political influence.

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Others, especially non-state actors, like the Palestinians, are in an unenviable position.

Despite repeated calls on the Palestinian Authority by the US Biden Administration and some EU countries to condemn Russia following its military intervention in Ukraine on February 24, the PA has refrained from doing so.

Analyst Hani al-Masri was quoted in Axios as saying that the Palestinian leadership understands that condemning Russia “means that the Palestinians would lose a major ally and supporter of their political positions.”

Indeed, joining the anti-Russia western chorus would further isolate an already isolated Palestine, desperate for allies who are capable of balancing out the pro-Israel agenda at US-controlled international institutions, like the UN Security Council.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dismantling of its Eastern Bloc in the late 1980s, Russia was allowed to play a role, however minor, in the US political agenda in Palestine and Israel.

It participated, as a co-sponsor, in the Madrid peace talks in 1991, and in the 1993 Oslo accords.

Since then a Russian representative took part in every major agreement related to the ‘peace process,’ to the extent that Russia was one of the main parties in the so-called Middle East Quartet which, in 2016, purportedly attempted to negotiate a political breakthrough between the Israeli government and the Palestinian leadership.

Despite the permanent presence of Russia at the Palestine-Israel political table, Moscow has played a subordinate position.

It was Washington that largely determined the momentum, time, place and even the outcomes of the ‘peace talks.’

Considering Washington’s strong support for Tel Aviv, Palestinians remained occupied and oppressed, while Israel’s colonial settlement enterprises grew exponentially in terms of size, population and economic power.

 

Palestinians, however, continued to see Moscow as an ally.

Within the largely defunct Quartet – which, aside from Russia, includes the US, the European Union and the United Nations – Russia is the only party that, from a Palestinian viewpoint, was trustworthy.

However, considering the US near complete hegemony on international decision-making, through its UN vetoes, massive funding of the Israeli military and relentless pressure on the Palestinians, Russia’s role proved ultimately immaterial, if not symbolic.

There were exceptions to this rule.

In recent years, Russia has attempted to challenge its traditional role in the peace process as a supporting political actor, by offering to mediate, not just between Israel and the PA, but also between Palestinian political groups, Hamas and Fatah.

Using the political space that presented itself following the Trump Administration’s cutting of funds to the PA in February 2019, Moscow drew even closer to the Palestinian leadership.

A more independent Russian position in Palestine and Israel has been taking shape for years.

In February 2017, for example, Russia hosted a national dialogue conference between Palestinian rivals.

Though the Moscow conference did not lead to anything substantive, it allowed Russia to challenge its old position in Palestine, and the US’ proclaimed role as an ‘honest peace broker.’

Wary of Russia’s infringement on its political territory in the Middle East, US President Joe Biden was quick to restore his government’s funding of the PA in April 2021.

The American President, however, did not reverse some of the major US concessions to Israel made by the Trump Administration, including the recognition of Jerusalem, contrary to international law, as Israel’s capital.

Moreover, under Israeli pressure, the US is yet to restore its Consulate in East Jerusalem, which was shut down by Trump in 2019. The Consulate served the role of Washington’s diplomatic mission in Palestine.

Washington’s significance to Palestinians, at present, is confined to financial support. Concurrently, the US continues to serve the role of Israel’s main benefactor financially, militarily, politically and diplomatically.

While Palestinian groups, whether Islamists or socialists, have repeatedly called on the PA to liberate itself from its near-total dependency on Washington, the Palestinian leadership refused.

For the PA, defying the US in the current geopolitical order is a form of political suicide.

But the Middle East has been rapidly changing.

The US political divestment from the region in recent years has allowed other political actors, like China and Russia, to slowly immerse themselves as political, military and economic alternatives and partners.

Russia Palestinians

Putin, left, poses with Palestinian children in traditional clothes during a welcoming ceremony in Bethlehem, in 2012. Nasser Shiyoukhi | AP

The Russian and Chinese influence can now be felt across the Middle East.

However, their impact on the balances of power in the Palestine-Israel issue, in particular, remains largely minimal.

Despite its strategic ‘pivot to Asia’ in 2012, Washington remained entrenched behind Israel, because American support for Israel is no longer a matter of foreign policy priorities, but an internal American issue involving both parties, powerful pro-Israel lobby and pressure groups, and a massive rightwing, Christian constituency across the US.

Palestinians – people, leadership and political parties – have little trust or faith in Washington.

In fact, much of the political discord among Palestinians is directly linked to this very issue. Alas, walking away from the US camp requires a strong political will that the PA does not possess.

Since the rise of the US as the world’s only superpower over three decades ago, the Palestinian leadership reoriented itself entirely to be part of the ‘new world order’. The Palestinian people, however, gained little from their leadership’s strategic choice.

To the contrary, since then the Palestinian cause suffered numerous losses – factionalism and disunity at home, and a confused regional and international political outlook, thus the hemorrhaging of Palestine’s historic allies, including many African, Asian and South American countries.

The Russia-Ukraine war, however, is placing the Palestinians before one of their greatest foreign policy challenges since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

For Palestinians, neutrality is not an option since the latter is a privilege that can only be obtained by those who can navigate global polarization using their own political leverage.

The Palestinian leadership, thanks to its selfish choices and lack of a collective strategy, has no such leverage. 

Common sense dictates that Palestinians must develop a unified front to cope with the massive changes underway in the world, changes that will eventually yield a whole new geopolitical reality.

The Palestinians cannot afford to stand aside and pretend that they will magically be able to weather the storm.

Feature photo | Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talk to each other during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Nov. 23, 2021. Yevgeny Biyatov | Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Dr. Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the Editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of six books. His latest book, co-edited with Ilan Pappé, is “Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders and Intellectuals Speak out”. Baroud is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA). His website is www.ramzybarou

What’s Ukraine got to do with Palestine?

While Russia has been virtually cut off from the world, Israel continues to enjoy impunity as it occupies and colonizes Palestinians’ land and imposes a brutal regime of apartheid on them.
“We are like you”

Since Russia invaded Ukraine late last month, there has been no shortage of comparisons with the situation in Palestine.

For many who support Palestinian rights, there is an instinctive identification with Ukraine as a country under attack, defending itself against a much more powerful force.

No one can be indifferent to scenes of civilians experiencing the horror of war and to the lives of millions upended as they become refugees.

Campaigners for Palestinian rights have also noted the parallels – and the vastly different and hypocritical responses – to calls for boycotts of Russia and Israel, as well as the selective application of international law.

While Russia has been virtually cut off from the world, Israel continues to enjoy impunity as it occupies and colonizes Palestinians’ land and imposes a brutal regime of apartheid on them.
“We are like you”

Of course, the identification of Ukraine with the plight of the Palestinians is one Ukrainian leaders insistently reject.

They see themselves as Israel and their Russian enemies, presumably, as the Palestinians.

In December, for example, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Israel is “often an example for Ukraine” and asserted that “both Ukrainians and Jews value freedom.”

“We know what it’s like not to have [one’s] own state,” Zelensky added.

“We know what it means to defend one’s own state and land with weapons in hand, at the cost of [their] own lives.”

According to The Jerusalem Post, Zelensky has also urged that “we should be like Israel in defending our homeland.”

The Ukrainian leader, notoriously, portrayed Israel as the victim last May when its warplanes were bombarding Gaza, massacring entire Palestinian families in their homes.

In February, before the Russian invasion, Ukrainian officials even complained that Israel was treating their country “like Gaza” by not giving them enough support – implying that such perceived mistreatment should be reserved for Palestinians, not Ukrainians.

Ukrainian officials have pressed home this identification with Israel ever since the Russian invasion began.

“I think that our army is one of the best in the world. Maybe after the Israeli army,” Markiyan Lubkivskyi, an advisor to Ukraine’s defense minister told The Jerusalem Post.

“The army is very strong, because of experience and morale is very high, motivation is very high. We are like you.”

The same newspaper reported that Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, “says his models for how to win against all odds are Israel – a country he has visited and admires – and the IDF [Israeli army].”

“We have to learn from Israel how to defend our country, with every citizen,” Klitschko said.
“Entangled”

Wherever one falls on these matters, there are deeper connections with the question of Palestine, according to Columbia University professor Joseph Massad.

“Russia and Ukraine both have relations and histories that are very much part of the history of the region which the West came to call the Middle East,” Massad told Rania Khalek on her BreakThrough News show Dispatches this week.

Massad noted that southern Ukraine and the Crimea were former Ottoman regions conquered by Russia’s tsars in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

“Ukraine’s settler-colonial city of Odessa on the Black Sea, formerly the Ottoman city of Haci Bey, was the place where Greek anti-Muslim nationalism was born at the beginning of the 19th century and where colonial Jewish Zionism was born at the end of the 19th century,” Massad said.

“In fact, the first Jewish colonists who came to colonize Palestine in the 1880s were Ukrainian Jews from the settler-colony of Odessa.”

Crimea was even identified during the Soviet period as a potential site for an autonomous Jewish republic – a plan that was abandoned due to strong resistance from the Crimean Tatar population.

More recently, “Both Ukraine and Russia have policies that are entangled with the Middle East,” Massad observed.

Ukraine, for instance, provided the third largest military contingent to take part in the illegal US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003.

“As far as Russia is concerned, of course [President Vladimir] Putin has also had excellent relations with Israel, at the same time he did intervene in Syria against the regime’s jihadist and American and Gulf-supported enemies,” Massad said.

“However his intervention in Syria continued to allow the Israelis to bomb Syria, but not the jihadists.”

Massad also raised the issue of Ukrainian Jews, which Israel is calling upon “to emigrate to Israel so that it can transform them into colonists of the land of the Palestinians.”

Massad’s discussion with Khalek provides a great deal of context and insight on the situation in Ukraine and Western responses, including an intense surge of Russophobia that mirrors the previous bouts of xenophobia that regularly accompany American wars and interventions abroad.

They also touch on conformity of thought and censorship in Western liberal democracies – and other themes that Massad recently addressed in an article for Middle East Eye.

Occupied Palestine: “Israel” urges Ukrainian Jews to immigrate

The efforts to relocate Ukrainian Jews have been funded and led by several arms of the Israeli government and partner institutions, including the semi-governmental Jewish Agency for Israel of the World Zionist Organization, as well as the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ).

Occupied East Jerusalem Israel is keen on bringing in Ukrainian Jewish refugees for the purpose of maintaining Jewish demographic “supremacy” over the Palestinian population, academics and analysts say.

Since the outbreak of the war with Russia on February 24, the Israeli government has called on Ukrainian Jewish refugees to immigrate to Israel and removed bureaucratic hurdles to secure their arrival as quickly as possible.

“We call on the Jews of Ukraine to immigrate to Israel – your home,” Israel’s Ministry of Immigration and Absorption said in a statement on February 26.

So far, at least 100 Ukrainian Jews arrived on two flights, one from Kyiv and another from Odesa. Some 300 others will arrive on three flights on Sunday.

Government officials said some 10,000 are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

On Sunday, the World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division – which is funded by the Israeli government and falls under its direct control – announced the building of 1,000 housing structures for Ukrainian Jewish families in both Israel and settlements in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories.

“Israel is seeing in the Ukraine crisis a real opportunity to bring Jewish people to increase the number of Jews in Israel,” Lana Tatour, professor of settler-colonialism and human rights at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, told Al Jazeera.

“While it is important to recognise that there is a real refugee crisis in Ukraine,” which “everyone has a duty to care for”, Tatour said it must be noted that “Israel is not opening its borders for Ukrainian refugees – it is opening its borders for Jewish Ukrainian refugees.”

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Officials originally said some 200,000 Ukrainian Jews are eligible to immigrate under Israel’s 1950 Law of Return and gain Israeli citizenship under 1952 legislation.

However, new restrictions on who will be considered Jewish were announced on March 1, making it unclear how many will be allowed in.

Six stations for processing immigration applications for Jewish refugees along the Ukraine border in four countries have been set up – in Poland, Moldova, Romania and Hungary. Immigrants are provided with meals and temporary housing in neighboring countries before being flown to Israel, where they are also afforded temporary housing, including in hotels.

“This is not a humanitarian act that Israel is carrying out. Israel is a settler-colonial state. It is a state that is obsessed with demography and ensuring demographic superiority by Jewish people over Palestinians,” said Tatour.

In reports released recently by international rights groups, Israel’s laws and policies surrounding demography were documented as part crimes against humanity in a system of apartheid, under which Israeli officials can be held criminally liable.

“Since its establishment in 1948, Israel has pursued an explicit policy of establishing and maintaining a Jewish demographic hegemony and maximizing its control over land to benefit Jewish Israelis while minimizing the number of Palestinians and restricting their rights and obstructing their ability to challenge this dispossession,” rights group Amnesty International said in a report last month.

Demographic superiority

Israel was established as a “Jewish State” in 1948 on what was then-British occupied Palestine.

It came into existence following decades of mass European Jewish immigration from the 1880s onwards facilitated by the Zionist movement and Western governments, with the public aim of creating a Jewish state.

Prior to the British occupation of Palestine in 1918, the Jewish population stood at three percent.

Between 1922 and 1935, the figure rose from nine percent to nearly 27 percent, and by 1947 – because of facilitated immigration and Nazi persecution – it increased tenfold, up to 33 percent.

In 1948, the state was established by force, in a violent process of ethnic cleansing by Zionist militias, in which 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes, also known as the Nakba, or “catastrophe”.

Today, Israel’s laws allow any Jewish person from any country in the world the ability to move to and gain Israeli citizenship in historic Palestine – even if they or their ancestors never stepped foot there or have no connections to it.

Meanwhile, Israel uses the same laws to block close to six million registered Palestinian refugees from returning to their lands in what is known as the world’s longest standing protracted refugee crisis. 

For the past 72 years, Palestinian refugees have lived in difficult conditions in 58 refugee camps located in Palestine and neighbouring Jordan, Syria, Egypt and Lebanon.

‘Essence of Zionism’

Political analyst Awad Abdelfattah said Israel considers the Palestinian population a “threat” and a “danger” to its political project of maintaining a Jewish state.

“Demography is the central aspect of Zionism. The whole idea of Zionism is to bring together all the Jews of the world and transfer them to Palestine,” Abdelfattah told Al Jazeera from the northern village of Kokab in the Galilee.

“Any Jewish person is given what is called the ‘right of return’ while the original, rightful owners of the land are forbidden from returning and living in their homeland Palestine,” he continued.

“Any Jewish immigrants that come – whether Ukrainians or others – they come at the expense of the Palestinian people – taking their lands and strengthening the colonial regime.”

Awad noted there has been no significant Jewish immigration to Israel since the resettlement of some one million Russian Jews following the breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, making the Ukraine crisis beneficial to Israel.

 

The efforts to relocate Ukrainian Jews have been funded and led by several arms of the Israeli government and partner institutions, including the semi-governmental Jewish Agency for Israel of the World Zionist Organization, as well as the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ).

“We and our partners continue the joint effort of bringing immigrants at all times.

The arrival of olim [Jewish immigrants] to Israel is the essence of Zionism,” the IFCJ said.

Jonathan Pollak, a Jaffa-based anti-apartheid activist, said “Israel’s only concern has always been maintaining Jewish supremacy in Palestine.

“There should be no doubt that at times of war, refugees should be offered a safe haven, but Israel’s first and foremost obligation and responsibility is to allow Palestinian refugees and their descendants to return,” he told Al Jazeera.

“Using the Ukrainian crisis to further Jewish supremacy in Palestine at the expense of Palestinians is immoral and cynical.”

 

Privileged status

International law created by the United Nations defines settlers as Jews who live in illegal settlements in the 1967-occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

But many Palestinians criticise this differentiation, saying it overlooks Israel’s reality as a settler-colonial regime in all of historic Palestine.

“They are leaving Ukraine as refugees and escaping the crisis, but they will arrive on the land of Palestine as settlers,” said Tatour.

“They will assume the role of settlers, enjoying all the privileges that Jews enjoy in Israel and immediately becoming superior in terms of access to rights to land to resources, over the Palestinian natives,” she continued.

On the question of international law, Tatour described the distinction made between 1948 and 1967 occupied Palestine as “liberal discourse” that “Palestinians do not need to subscribe to”.

Abdelfattah agreed. “Israel was erected through international law. The UN will not condemn colonialism because it is the one that gave Israel legitimacy and protection.

“It is the only remaining colonial regime in the 21st century,” he said. “Whether these Ukrainians settle in the occupied West Bank or in the Jewish settlements built on land seized from my village of Kokab, they are settlers.

“We require a long struggle against international law – a popular struggle to change this system, which is unjust for us as Palestinians.”

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

No U.S. Boots – But Plenty of Arms – on the Ground in Ukraine

The people didn’t vote for neocons who in fact are either Zionist Jews or Christian Zionists. Which in both cases is a non sequitur either way.

The Neocons serve as agents for Israel.They keep the president in check.


by Finian Cunningham

By sending massive shipments of offensive weapons to a rabidly Russophobic regime Washington is demonstrating its witting culpability.

Ukraine is today a veritable den of russophobic Israelis.

On the one hand, Israel’s interests coincide with those of the West in the sense that they both wish to limit the Russian sphere influence, whereas on the other Israel is advocating the agenda of oligarchs with dual or multiple citizenships jealously clinging on to assets stolen from the people of Russia.

Following his set-piece video call with Vladimir Putin this week, U.S. President Joe Biden said there would be no American military forces sent to Ukraine to defend against alleged Russian invasion.
Israel’s Role In Ukraine

Zionism, and, more precisely: Jewish fascism, which, in its secrecy and power, is super-fascism.

Answering media questions at the White House, Biden categorically dismissed any possibility of U.S. troops being deployed to Ukraine.

The president pointedly noted that Ukraine is not a member of the NATO military alliance and therefore there was no legal obligation to defend that country.

“The idea the United States is going to unilaterally use force to confront Russia invading Ukraine is not in the cards right now,” said Biden.

“We have a moral obligation and a legal obligation to our NATO allies under Article 5 [a collective defense provision].

It’s a sacred obligation. That obligation does not extend to Ukraine,” he added.

That restraint expressed by Biden is a rather curious anomaly.

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The Kagans: Seeking War to the End of the World Much of this “strategy” is personified by a single Washington power couple: arch-neocon Robert Kagan, a co-founder of the Project for the New American Century and an early advocate of the Iraq War, and his wife, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who engineered last year’s coup in Ukraine that started a nasty civil war and created a confrontation between nuclear-armed United States and Russia.

For several weeks, the Biden administration and U.S. intelligence have been broadcasting grave concerns that Russia was planning an imminent invasion of Ukraine.

An incursion with up to 175,000 troops, armored divisions and aircraft might happen next month, according to American intelligence and dutiful media outlets.

Ukrainian military officials have been echoing the dire warnings.

Defense minister Oleksii Reznikov has declared that Ukraine is “committed to defending Europe against Russian aggression”.

After all, the simmering tensions were the reason for the hastily organized video conference between Biden and Putin on Tuesday.

Both leaders were engaged to reduce the danger of confrontation. Biden, according to the White House, warned the Russian president to de-escalate military threats towards Ukraine.

The Jewish Monsters who run Ukraine are carrying out genocide and killings throughout the country. They are turning Ukraine into a “Jewish Homeland” for the Khazars. This is what the Jews, Lenin and Trotsky, did to Russia in 1917.

For its part, Russia has dismissed all Western media reports claiming it has a plan to invade its neighbor.

Moscow says all such talk is baseless hysteria and actually a cynical distraction from the real danger of aggression from the buildup of Ukrainian and NATO forces in the region.

President Putin told Biden not to shift responsibility from NATO to Russia for the mounting tensions.

The Kremlin leader also adamantly reiterated that Ukraine joining NATO or the installation of U.S. missiles is a red line that would necessitate a Russian military response to safeguard its existential security.

“If we have to use force, it is because we are America; we are the indispensible nation.” U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (1998)

The following day, Biden then tells reporters that U.S. troops in Ukraine are “not an option on the table”. That suggests Biden got the stern message from Putin.

Biden’s legalistic argument about Ukraine not being presently a member of NATO and therefore not qualifying for military support sounds like the president is hiding behind a veneer. It doesn’t sound convincing as a stated reason for not sending American troops.

Ukraine is an official “partner” of NATO since 2008 – albeit not yet a full member. Ukrainian troops have joined NATO combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

For Biden to make a big deal about the propriety of the alliance’s Article 5 collective defense obligations and it not being applicable to Ukraine sounds excessively pedantic and prissy.

It also sounds jarring against the background of dire predictions of a Russian invasion. Think about it.

Alex, 34, was invited by Boris Filatov, the vice governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, and has trained more than three thousand Ukrainian soldiers in Israel Defense Force techniques.

On one hand, the Biden administration was only days ago rallying European allies with warnings about Russian tanks rolling across Ukraine.

Then, on the other hand, Biden abruptly says the U.S. will not be sending troops to help its Ukrainian ally in its purported desperate hour of need. It doesn’t add up.

In other words, what we can conclude is the “Russian invasion” warnings are all hyped-up propaganda, as Moscow has been saying.

If they had any substance, would Biden so easily and blithely rule out defending Ukraine?

But let’s dwell on that for a while.

The American authorities and their corporate news media have for several weeks been peddling stories – psychological operations in the guise of “news reports” – that have ratcheted up explosive tensions with Russia that could have ignited a war if they had led to miscalculations.

That in itself is a form of aggression that qualifies as a war crime.

In any case, while Biden is now saying there will be no American boots on the ground in Ukraine there are plenty of arms – tonnes of them – and more on the way.

This week the U.S. Congress passed a new annual military budget that includes $300 million in weaponry and other support to the Ukrainian armed forces.

Since the Kiev regime was installed in 2014 by a CIA-backed coup d’état, Washington has already supplied it with $2.5 billion of military aid. That’s close to $3 billion total in less than eight years.

Alex, 34, was invited by Boris Filatov, the vice governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, and has trained more than three thousand Ukrainian soldiers in Israel Defense Force techniques.

The new weaponry includes helicopters, warplanes, warships, artillery and Javelin anti-tank missiles.

As Russia’s top commander General Valery Gerasimov noted this week this funneling of war material to Ukraine by the United States and other NATO allies is the driving force behind the Kiev regime’s repudiation of the 2015 Minsk peace accord.

Washington has emboldened the Ukrainian authorities to believe they can resolve the civil war against the Donbas region through force.

If the Kiev regime launches a new offensive against the ethnic Russian people of the Donbas, Russia will be under pressure to intervene.

It seems that the United States is trying its best to lure Russia into a quagmire conflict as commented on in a previous column.

So, Biden is not sending troops to defend Ukraine.

Another Ukrainian by origin, who played a significant role in the establishment of the State of Israel is Yitzhak Ben-Zvi (Shymshelevych) (1886-1963), the second president of Israel, Knesset deputy of the 1st and 2nd convocations, leader of the “Avoda” movement and researcher in the field of history.

He knows or his latest CIA briefers have told him that there is no such Russian threat.

Biden knows too from Putin’s call that Russia is deadly serious about a red line in Ukraine.

That’s why the U.S. president is suddenly coming over all proper about NATO’s legal limitations. It’s a handy get-out.

Nevertheless, simultaneously the U.S. weapons flow to Ukraine is being stepped up.

NATO is already on the ground with trainers and special forces from the U.S., Britain and Canada, as well as in the air with aerial attack and surveillance drones from Turkey.


Biden appears to have taken onboard Putin’s security concerns for Russia stemming from NATO’s eastward expansion.

The American president has said he will consult with other NATO allies on how to allay Russian apprehensions.

However, if he were genuinely reciprocating with Russia, Biden would be calling off the dogs of war barking and snarling in Ukraine.

The Kiev regime is not the proverbial tail wagging the dog. Washington is whistling Ukraine into a proxy war against Russia.

Ultimately, by sending massive shipments of offensive weapons to a rabidly Russophobic regime Washington is demonstrating its witting culpability.

The U.S. Military Is Registering 15-Year-Olds for the Draft

December 19, 2021

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Most U.S. states still have excuses when asked to make voter registration automatic, but in various states — including here in Virginia — draft registration is automatic even for 15-year-olds who want a learner’s permit to drive a car.

(This is still only for males, as Congress did not, in the end, extend draft registration to females, at least until next year — once in a while Democrats’ obeisance to Republicans works out well.)

The application for the learner’s permit in Virginia, for which you must be 15-and-a-half-years-old, says:

“Generally males under age 26 must register with the Selective Service.

If you are required by federal law to register with the Selective Service, you must authorize DMV to forward your personal information to the Selective Service unless you have already registered.

If you are under age 18, your parent or guardian must sign your application authorizing the Selective Service to register you when you turn age 18.

Law prohibits DMV from issuing any type of driver’s license or ID card to an applicant who is required by federal law to register with the Selective Service but who refuses to authorize DMV to send his information to the Selective Service.

If you have questions about Selective Service registration, visit the Selective Service website at www.sss.gov or call 847-688-6888 (TTY: 847-688-2567).”

So, you’re registered to be registered, because you are required by federal law to be registered, except that you are not so required, because you are not 18 years old, so you’re not really registered, you’re just, you know, registered.

At 15 YEARS OLD. To kill people. For the profits of weapons companies and whatever else you believe it’s for — killing people.

So, what can a 15-year-old do who wants to drive a car but not sign up for the unselective nonservice?

Some advise this approach: Don’t register online!

Instead, go to the DMV or post office and properly complete two Selective Service registration forms.

Write, “I am conscientiously opposed to war” clearly on the front of both forms.

Address envelopes to the Selective Service System and to yourself.

Both will be postmarked on the same date.

The Selective Service won’t pay attention to what you’ve written and you’ll be registered.

When you receive the envelope through the mail, don’t open it.

Instead keep it with your important things.

If there’s a draft that you are unable to ignore or avoid, you will need to claim an opportunity to plead your case in front of your local draft board.

Bring the sealed envelope; photograph it and then open it in front of them.

Explain that your opposition to war didn’t suddenly materialize when the draft was reinstituted.

What can the rest of us do? Tell the U.S. Congress to repeal the so-called Selective Service.

US, Israel: Global masters of terrorism

Everything involving “Israel” is dirty.

The global black market for terrorism: Who requests these tenders? The EU establishes a terrorist organization, but the US and Israel are its true masters. UAE’s MBZ and Saudi Arabia’s MBS, the two crown princes who are ‘brokers of terror’; it’s game over, your turn will come.

Daesh, the PKK and its Syrian affiliate, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), are the property of U.S./Israeli military and intelligence organizations.

There is an extremely large black market for terror across the world. Along with the drug sector, the terror market is one of the most effective weapons in wealth and power struggles. It has the characteristics of a nuclear bomb.

The biggest tenders– from geopolitical showdowns to ethnic conflicts, from religious priorities to billions of dollars in dirty money, from trade wars to resources– are distributed across this market.

EU countries establishing terrorist organizations

A significant portion of EU countries, which always talk the talk on democracy and human rights, carry out their global business with terrorist organizations.

They establish terrorist organizations, finance them, train them, deploy them to countries, and specify clear-cut targets.

Europe, France and the U.K. take the lead in this regard. Countries such as Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands work as terror bosses in the field of intelligence, while the others, as well as northern countries, breed them under the cover of “soft power.”

US, Israel: Global masters of terrorism

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U.S. and Israel are the big bosses of global terrorism.

These countries, which have turned “fighting terrorism” into a global political doctrine, actually invented that term to veil their terrorist organizations.

They used to establish ethnic and ideological organizations back in the Cold War era.

Whereas this time, they established ethnic and “Islamist” terrorist organizations, particularly aimed at our region.

The U.S. and Israel, together with the U.K., and with the support of some EU countries, have been striking our countries, our region, our people through terrorism, under the very pretext of “terrorism.”

They destroyed countries under the pretext of “terrorism”

All terrorist organizations are unleashed on the ground for the U.S. and its partners’ plans to invade, start civil wars and plunder resources.

The atmosphere was prepared for this.

Afghanistan was invaded based on the grounds that al-Qaida and the Taliban had a presence in the country.

Syria was invaded based on the grounds that Daesh was there.

Libya and Iraq were invaded and destroyed based on the grounds that there were dictators there, or other excuses.

The covert reason was different; terms such as terrorism, dictator, freedom and democracy were constantly thrown in our faces.

Yet, every one of these organizations was affiliated with intelligence agencies.

For the first time a country declared a terrorist organization as a partner. The world witnessed this

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The U.S. administration was able to openly declare a terrorist organization, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), as its “partner.”

And against a NATO ally too. The ethnic terrorism that has been used against our country for the last four decades was actually these countries’ covert war against Turkey.

The buildup in north Syria is the most open and most reckless support ever given to a terrorist organization in world history.

The deal struck in Ankara, which ensures the PKK and U.S.’s withdrawal from the area, certified that the U.S. really is a terror boss.

They made a deal with our country for a terrorist organization. Through this deal, we declared to the world their role as a “terror boss.” There is no other greater shame than this for the U.S.

Daesh, the PKK and its Syrian affiliate, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), are the property of U.S./Israeli military and intelligence organizations.

Those two deals: Who retreated? Who lost? The picture is clear.

Let’s consider the results of the deals made with the U.S. and Russia: The PKK is going to withdraw completely from all the areas we determine in Syria.

Who else is withdrawing with the PKK? U.S. troops, French troops, Israeli military presence.

Who is losing? European countries, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.

All of those that lost and are withdrawing are countries that support terrorism, act as their terror bosses and finance terrorism.

As the US sent them thousands of trucks loaded with weapons, the UAE and Saudi Arabia sent truckloads of money

They discovered new terror supporters against Turkey in the recent period.

Through the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, with their organizations and funds, they started attacking Turkey through terrorism.

While the U.S. was sending the PKK/YPG thousands of trucks loaded with weapons, they were transferring hundreds of millions of dollars to this organization.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have very bad records in this respect, and Turkey will never forget it.

The UAE has been an open enemy: Terrorism, a coup, assassination attempts on Erdoğan

An open enemy: The UAE in particular is fighting Turkey in every field across the entire region, from Syria to Libya, from the Mediterranean.

It is building a partnership with Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) members and striking Turkey.

All known and unknown anti-Turkey organizations are being abundantly supplied with weapons and funds.

For us, the UAE’s open enmity, enormity has become a primary threat that must be prevented.

It was involved in the July 15 invasion and coup attempt in 2016; they were the ones that provided the funding, they held joint meetings and demonstration plans with FETÖ in Dubai.

The UAE was involved in all plans and attempts to oust, assassinate and kill President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

It attempted assassinations even in Turkey with hired hitman Mohammed Dahlan.

Turkey’s two enemies: Mohammed bin Zayed and Mohammed bin Salman. They should be charged with supporting terror

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Nowadays, the UAE is recruiting Israeli intelligence members through the companies it established in Southern Cyprus, and from here, it carries out its intelligence and terror operations against Turkey.

In all its anti-Turkey operations and attacks in the region, it receives instructions from Israel and uses Saudi Arabia’s power.

Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ) should be openly held accountable of and charged for being a global terror financier, for assassination and dirty, covert operations.

The slaughter of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is not the only murder committed by Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), whom he has wrapped around his finger.

They are both responsible for the war crimes in Yemen.

Mohammed bin Zayed and Mohammed bin Salman are the leading enemies of Turkey in our region.

The puppet master of these two figures, who have directed all their evil towards Turkey, is the Israeli intelligence.

Whose game was spoiled after the deals made in Ankara, Sochi?

These two names are also among those whose games were spoiled after the deal made with the U.S. in Ankara and with Russia’s Putin in Sochi.

The latest victory Turkey won against terrorism and the forces supporting them struck a blow to these two as well.

But it should not stop here; the fight against them should continue using the most effective methods.

Turkey struck the heaviest blow on the terror market after the Cold War.

It is the country that turned the tides in the global terror market.

They had destroyed all the countries in our region through terrorist organizations.

They were doing the same to Turkey.

But this time they could not succeed.

For the first time they had to step back.

The ‘two brokers of terror.’ Their turn is coming

It will continue. It will not end here.

Following the PKK and Daesh, the fight is going to turn to – it must turn to – their terror barons in our region, to Mohammed bin Zayed and Mohammed bin Salman.

First to terrorist organizations, then their middlemen, and then their bosses.

A very detailed investigation must be launched against these two, with respect to funding terrorism, founding and managing terrorist organizations, threatening countries, assassination attempts and terrorist attacks, with international courts taking action.

Why is the Arab League that condemned Turkey so quiet?

How were the EU countries that used terrorist organizations caught red-handed and sidelined?

The “game” against Turkey is over for them. It will take some time for them to set up a new one.

We are going to be faster. Turkey will defeat the “terror brokers” as well.

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‘Pure Sadism’: Biden Blasted for Continuing Trump’s Recognition of Guaidó Coup Regime and Deadly Sanctions in Venezuela

Blinken’s remarks to the senators were one of a series of recent signs that the United States—which has been supporting coups and dictators in Venezuela for over a century—would stay the imperialist course under Biden. 

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Head of the Venezuelan ‘Israelite’ Association and a Zionist who has been heavily lobbying the Maduro government to reinstate its diplomatic relations with ‘Israel’ for several years now, the Venezuelan Jewish community has recognized neocon-puppet Juan Guaido as the new ruling authority in Venezuela because the usurping Jewish entity has approved of him.

Silly me, I thought he went home! But no, not these guys. Evil doesn’t just sit home.

 

In a perpetuation of Trump administration policy and nearly two centuries of U.S. imperialism in Latin America, Antony Blinken, President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, told senators Tuesday that the United States will continue to recognize the coup leader Juan Guaidó as legitimate president of Venezuela. 

Reuters reports Blinken told senators during his confirmation hearing that Venezuela needs “an effective policy that can restore… democracy” to the nation of 28 million people. 

Although Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has alienated allies and adversaries alike with his government’s numerous and serious human rights violations, he was democratically elected in 2013, and reelected in 2018. 

Blinken also told the senators that the Biden administration would seek to “more effectively target” Venezuela with economic sanctions, which have been described as a form of “economic terrorism.” 

The sanctions are largely responsible for the crippling of Venezuela’s once-thriving economy and have caused tremendous suffering for the poor and working-class people whose dramatic uplift was once hailed as the great success of the Bolivarian Revolution launched under the late President Hugo Chávez. 

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According to a 2019 report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a progressive think tank based in Washington, D.C., as many as 40,000 Venezuelans have died due to sanctions, which have made it much more difficult for everyday people to obtain food, medicine, and other necessities. 

Common Dreams reported Wednesday that the global left-wing activist group Progressive International called on the Biden administration to end sanctions on countries including Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela, which the group said are targeted because “they don’t fall in line” with Washington’s “global political and economic agenda.” 

Blinken’s remarks to the senators were one of a series of recent signs that the United States—which has been supporting coups and dictators in Venezuela for over a century—would stay the imperialist course under Biden. 

During the contentious and sometimes calamitous transition between administrations, Republicans and Democrats alike took comfort in a policy meeting between Elliott Abrams, former

President Donald Trump’s special representative for Venezuelan affairs, and members of the Biden transition team.

Abrams, whose history in the region includes involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal and covering up massacres committed by U.S.-backed death squads in Central America, called the meeting “pleasant” and left assured that he did not foresee any “major changes” in American policy toward Venezuela under Biden. 

The inter-administration continuity was also on display in the person of Carlos Vecchio, Guaidó’s ambassador to the United States, who was feted by Trump and who was Biden’s inaugural guest on Wednesday.

In 2014, Vecchio—one of the masterminds of the Guaidó coup—was charged in Caracas with public incitement, property damage, arson, and conspiracy for an attack on the Venezuelan attorney general’s office.

His appearance at the U.S. Capitol two weeks after Biden condemned the deadly Trump-inspired mob attack on the building did not go unnoticed

“Vecchio’s presence at the presidential swearing-in ceremony was filled with irony,” wrote journalist Anya Parampil.

“In the days following the Capitol riot, Biden and his allies have denounced the violent takeover of Congress as an assault on democracy, with the incoming president himself declaring the rioters to be domestic terrorists.'”

“Yet,” she added, “Carlos Vecchio, the Guaidó ally with a fresh ticket to Biden’s inauguration, is responsible for leading his own assault on his home country’s democracy.” 

Iran Top Priority for U.S. (?), Israel

Headquartered at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., the DoD’s stated mission is to provide “the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation’s security”

DOD Statement on the Appointment of Benjamin “Benny” Gantz as Minister of Defense in Israel’s 36th Government

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout:

Defense Lloyd J. Austin III congratulates Benjamin “Benny” Gantz on his appointment as the Minister of Defense in Israel’s 36th government today.

Secretary Austin looks forward to continuing the important cooperation and dialogue with Minister Gantz to deepen the U.S.-Israel strategic partnership.

The U.S. commitment to Israel’s security remains ironclad.*

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met today with Israeli Defense Minister Benjamin “Benny” Gantz during a closed meeting at the Pentagon.

A top priority for both defense leaders was a shared concern regarding the aggressive actions of the Iranian government.

“We share Israel’s deep concerns about the Iranian government’s destabilizing actions, including its support for terrorism and its missile program, and its alarming nuclear advances,” Austin said in advance of the meeting.

“We are completely aligned in our commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon — this is a national security interest of the United States and Israel and the world.”

While Austin said diplomacy is the first tool that should be used to address threats posed by Iran, he said it is not the only tool the U.S. has at its disposal.“The president has made clear that if the policy fails, we are prepared to turn to other options,” Austin said.

“The Department of Defense will continue to work closely with all of our partners throughout the region, including Israel, first and foremost, to ensure that we’re working together to address Iranian threats.

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We will defend ourselves, we will defend our friends, and we will defend our interests.”

Austin also told the Israeli defense minister that the U.S. remains committed to Israel’s ability to continue to defend itself.

“As you know, the United States remains unwavering in its commitment to Israel’s security, including maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge,” Austin said.

Included in that commitment, Austin said, is a strengthening of U.S./Israel bilateral defense cooperation, with an emphasis on air and missile defense.

Gantz reminded Austin that it is the government of Iran that Israel is at odds with — not the Iranian people.

“They are being held hostage by a tyrannical regime which violates their human rights,” Gantz said.

“Iran is not just a threat to our physical security.

Iran possesses a concrete threat to our way of life, and our shared values.

In its aspirations to become a hegemon, Iran seeks to destroy all traces of freedom, human dignity, and peace in the Middle East and beyond.”

Iran’s nuclear program, Gantz said, is its means to achieving its goals both regionally and globally, and he counts on the United States to ensure it doesn’t advance.

“I am totally confident in the commitment of the administration of the United States as a global power to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons,” he said.

“The international community, with the United States’ leadership, has an opportunity to act against Iran’s hegemonic aspirations, restore stability, and prevent the oppression of nations across the region.”

Related News Release: Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Meeting With Israeli Defense Minister Benjamin ‘Benny’ Gantz

Neocons Pushing for War with the Ukraine to Defend Democracy Values

They view the American military as feeder pigs who can be slaughtered on a whim in order to promote the agenda of Jewish globalism.

Helterskelter to World War Three

Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs “Toria” Nuland was the “mastermind” behind the Feb. 22, 2014 “regime change” in Ukraine, plotting the overthrow of the democratically elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych while convincing the ever-gullible U.S. mainstream media that the coup wasn’t really a coup but a victory for “democracy.”

• November 12, 2021

Earlier this week, Tucker Carlson experienced a bizarre interview with Ohio Congressman Mike Turner, who is calling for a war with Russia to protect anal-oriented democracy in the Ukraine.

It was really a staggering thing, what this guy was saying. Tucker kept asking him why Americans should go fight and die for democracy in the Ukraine, and he just kept saying that it’s our duty to defend democracy.

He also said that Joe Biden isn’t doing global democracy hard enough, and that the failure to establish democracy in Afghanistan is proof that we need to go to war with Russia.

He further said that he is not actually talking about going to war with Russia, he just wants to send troops to the Ukraine to stop a war with Russia.

It’s all just such bullshit. As any long-time reader of this site is aware, the democratically-elected president of the Ukraine was overthrown in a coup organized by the US State Department and the EU in 2014.

These people were literally paying Ukrainian thugs and neo-Nazis 50 euros a day to riot and attack the cops.

Then there was a conspiracy involving the shooting of ZOG-backed rioters by a secret assassin who was never arrested.

The people organizing the protests said that the government had ordered the assassinations, and the rioters rushed the government buildings and overthrew the elected government.

Then a new entirely Jewish government was established by the West.

Everyone knows this happened. Everyone knows that the current government of the Ukraine was not put in power by elections. But they just lie about it.

But even if it was true, and it’s a real democracy – so what? Who cares? Do you care?

Tucker went off in a different direction saying Russia should help the US fight China, which is a strange take.

But before that he said that Russia is the country with the natural resources who could be a good trading partner, and we should care more about that than how much democracy the Ukraine has.

Turner must have said the word “democracy” 50 times in 7 minutes.

I just don’t know who this is supposed to appeal to. Have you ever in your life met someone who said “the US needs to fight more wars in order to spread democracy across the planet”?

These government people live inside an echo chamber, and the mass bannings of everyone, and the attacks on protests by Antifa, have ensured that nothing can ever get inside of that vacuum-sealed chamber.

Russia is indeed massing troops on the border – but they’re doing that in response to constant threats from the Ukraine and from the US military.

The media is covering up how aggressive the US military has become under Joe Biden. These people are threatening every country, and menacing them with war machines.

AP:

Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador said Thursday that Moscow will never invade Ukraine unless it is first provoked by its neighbor or someone else, then cited what he called many threats from Ukraine and provocative actions by U.S. warships in the Black Sea.

Dmitry Polyansky was responding to a question about the buildup of troops along Russia’s frontier with Ukraine, which has led to stepped up U.S. pressure and an assurance Wednesday from Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the Ukrainian foreign minister that the American commitment to Ukraine’s security and territorial integrity is “ironclad” and will not change.

Polyansky was asked if Russia planned to invade Ukraine.

“Never planned, never did, and never going to do it unless we’re provoked by Ukraine, or by somebody else” and Russia’s national sovereignty is threatened, he replied.

“There are a lot of threats coming from Ukraine,” Polyansky quickly added. “And don’t forget that the American warships around the Black Sea acting very close.”

“So, every day is a very difficult day to avoid direct clash in the Black Sea. We warned our American colleagues that this is a real provocation,” he told reporters at U.N. headquarters.

Mike Turner signed a letter urging Joe Biden to send troops in to combat this threat from Russia.

But who cares if Russia does invade the Ukraine? Frankly, they should invade the Ukraine, in order to give the people back the freedoms that were stolen from them by the coup in 2014.

Why would anyone care about that?

The reason, of course, is that these people like Mike Turner are paid shills who get money to promote an anti-American agenda.

They view the American military as feeder pigs who can be slaughtered on a whim in order to promote the agenda of Jewish globalism.

 

You can go straight over to Mike Turner’s campaign contributions page, and find that the majority of his donors are “defense” manufacturers.

So, this is just an absurd and borderline farcical type of corruption.

He literally gets paid to promote wars, and you can easily confirm in five seconds that he gets paid to promote wars, and yet you’re supposed to turn on the TV and see him promoting wars and believe that he is doing that because he just really thinks that it’s very important to have democracy in the Ukraine.

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By the way, those are obviously small dollar amounts.

But the way this works is that these people put someone into office, then based on their performance in office, give them very serious sums (millions of dollars) when they leave Congress.

Campaign contributions are just down-payments. The big money comes from speaking engagements and executive positions in companies after they serve their term.

But even if we were just talking about low six figures – he is still being directly paid that money by defense companies to promote wars. It’s ridiculous and stupid.

Note that Turner is exactly on the same page as the Democrats.

This is like if I was elected president of America and started putting Jews in camps and the Democrats came out and said “Anglin isn’t doing enough about the Jewish problem.”

The agenda is also supported by Republican poop-eater Richard Grenell.

I go back and forth on whether the Jews are planning to attack Russia, China or Iran first. In my own defense, they themselves seem confused about which they want to target.

In fact, I don’t think they have the spine to target any of them, so they are just driving these warships around the globe hoping someone cracks.

Rules on Drone Strikes Recall Vietnam ‘Body Counts’

Investigative journalist, author, and Iraq veteran Jack Murphy sat down with the Quincy Institute’s Adam Weinstein to talk about U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan, and how loosened rules of engagement led to an accelerated number of strikes, unacknowledged civilian deaths, and moral injury among soldiers and veterans.

Murphy, who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group, recalled to Weinstein, an Afghanistan War veteran, how by 2018 the rules of engagement were loosened to the point where anyone on the ground who fit the “criteria” were vulnerable to a strike. Watch here:

The Taliban had been dismantling cell phone towers for years, so insurgents and civilians used walkie-talkies to communicate, he noted.

“The ROE (rules of engagement) could be met by seeing someone speaking on a radio, carrying a radio, just touching a radio at some point.”

There was no human intelligence or friendly forces on the ground, everything was communicated by surveillance drones monitoring potential targets via cameras.

Once these “eagle scans” identified targets, they would call in the armed drones for the strike itself.

At this point in 2018 “you’re going back to Vietnam-era body counts…the metric for success is the number of strikes you’re doing, the number of people you are killing every day.

And if commanders on the ground know that, they’re going to do things to make themselves look as good as possible.

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That means, at least in this case, striking people whether they are armed combatants or not.”

“It’s a very Orwellian, dystopian kind of way to think about it,” he continues.

“You have this sort of unblinking eye, this surveillance eye hovering over population in Afghanistan, waiting for them to ‘fuck up.’

I think that a lot of the animosity that the people had for us.”

He and Weinstein talk about the trauma among drone operators.

Following targets on the ground, close enough to see whether they are wearing eyeglasses, for hours and days on time, then striking them, watching their bodies get picked up, and the family grieving — it takes a toll.

“There’s a significant moral injury that these people incur, especially when they are part of lethal strikes that they feel are immoral or unethical,” Murphy contends.

A lot of these feelings, he said, have been resurrected with the withdrawal and the war in Afghanistan now in the rearview mirror.

Many veterans are now asking “what did it all mean? What was it for?”