by Stephen Lendman
Claiming NATO is a "political and military alliance for peace and security" is farcical on its face. Its mission is polar opposite.
US-led NATO is an imperial tool. It's a global killing machine. It prioritizes war. It deplores peace. Humanity's survival hangs in the balance.
NATO includes 28 member nations, 22 Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) ones, seven Mediterranean Dialogue countries, and four Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) states.
They comprise nearly one-third of world nations. NATO plans exponential expansion. It wants new members and partners.
by Stephen Lendman
On September 4 and 5, Britain will host a summit meeting of NATO heads of state. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will chair the proceedings.
At issue is justifying the unjustifiable. It's doing so based on Big Lies. It's wrongfully accusing Russia of "illegal actions in Ukraine."
It's suppressing polar opposite truths. It's supporting Washington's imperial agenda. It's presenting a unified anti-Russian front.
It's deploying thousands of combat-ready forces closer to Russia's border. It's "sustain(ing) a robust (Eastern European) presence…"
It's risking the unthinkable. It's risking open East/West confrontation. it's risking global war.
The British government and British Crown, in their own name, continue to beat the drums for World War III against Russia and China. Chatham House and the Atlantic Council on Thursday organized a "twitter event" pushing the notion that the NATO Charter itself is outmoded and there must be NATO forward deployments into the Eastern European and Baltic states bordering on Russia—despite the fact that this is explicitly banned under the NATO founding document. Rasmussen was in Kiev meeting with Poroshenko, tightening the direct NATO committment to Ukraine, despite the fact that Ukraine is not a NATO member and is not covered by the NATO collective defense clause. Rasmussen has also made outrageous statements asserting NATO's role in the Asia-Pacific region making it clear that China, too, is in the target zone of these dangerous lunatics.
By Eric Zuesse
A news report that includes an alleged leaked document from the head of the Ukrainian Security Service, V.O. Nalyvaichenko, to the President of Ukraine, P.A. Poroshenko, seems to indicate that the ethnic-cleansing operation by the Obama-coup-installed Ukrainian government is now collapsing, and that Obama’s forces in Ukraine (that Government’s soldiers) are fleeing for their lives. Headlining, “Catastrophic Desertions and Losses in the Ukrainian Army – Official Ukrainian Reports, July 19, 2014,” the alleged document includes this alleged report to Ukrainian President Petro A. Poroshenko:
“In the period from July 14th to 19th, 2014 we witnessed a catastrophic increase (of 3473 people, or 47%) in the number of deserters in the units of the Army and the National Guard – in comparison with last week’s numbers (1847 people, 25%). Apart from that, during the stated period the number of missing in action had increased as well (1344 people, 47%, last week – 344 people, 10%). This phenomenon is connected to increased activity of the enemy in the Donetsk and the Lugansk regions as well as to the increase in the numbers of casualties in the ranks of the above-mentioned structures. This fact [negatively] influences the combat-worthiness of the personnel and makes continuation of the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation, their euphemism for the ethnic-cleansing operation] impossible. … I estimate that 2/3 of the active combat military units currently participating in the ATO will simply cease to exist in as little as 4 to 5 days.”
by Daniel Patrick Welch
I was forwarded a video clip from a friend in Kharkov, and was compelled to write about it. It gives me goosebumps and brings me to tears. As the evil NATO project to destroy Ukraine and attack Russia begins to implode from its own insane overreach, there is no substitute for the simple eloquence of people defending their lives and those of their families.
The truth is beginning to dawn, as would-be cannon fodder kids throughout Ukraine are burning their military writs, their families blocking roads, young men escaping to the woods and even to Russia. No fascist lie can live forever, and while the future is far from clear, there is beginning to be some hope that the chickens may yet come home to roost in a major way.
Don't expect a rush to verify this report by the United Nations or any NATO members. In the broadest sense, a verification would mean that the rulers of the United States, Great Britain, France, and other Euro powers were wholly deficient or massively deceptive in their profound assurance that the Syrian government had gassed its own people in August 2013. It would mean that the Obama administration's massive attack planned against Syria was callous and reckless beyond words. It would mean that Seymour Hersh was right when he linked Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's government with the August 2013 attack in East Ghouta (The Red Line and the Rat Line). This article in Al Akahbar English cries out for an investigation that will never be. Failure to investigate should be seen for what it is.
Syrian army foils chemical attack on Damascus By: Racha Abi Haidar
AL-AKAHBAR English, Buirut June 16, 2014 Creative Commons
Image: Al-Nusra acquired 16 canisters of Sarin gas with a
spread radius of 500 meters. Photo taken on October
30, 2014. (Photo: AFP)
Not since the US and EU took over Eastern Europe, including the Baltic countries, East Germany, Poland and the Balkans and converted them into military outposts of NATO and economic vassals, have the Western powers moved so aggressively to seize a strategic country, such as the Ukraine, posing an existential threat to Russia.
Up until 2013 the Ukraine was a ‘buffer state’, basically a non-aligned country, with economic ties to both the EU and Russia. Ruled by a regime closely tied to local, European, Israeli and Russian based oligarchs, the political elite was a product of a political upheaval in 2004, (the so-called “Orange Revolution”) funded by the US. Subsequently, for the better part of a decade the Ukraine underwent a failed experiment in Western backed ‘neo-liberal’ economic policies. After nearly two decades of political penetration, the US and EU were deeply entrenched in the political system via long-standing funding of so-called non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), political parties and paramilitary groups.
by Stephen Lendman
This year's March madness wasn't in America. Nor what continues in April. Or what preceded it. Or perhaps what's likely to follow. It's in Ukraine.
It's ground zero. It represents the greatest geopolitical crisis since WW II. It threatens a third global conflict. It that's not madness, what is?
Obama bears full responsibility. His rap sheet is blood-drenched. He's waging multiple direct and proxy wars. He's got lots more mass slaughter and destruction in mind.
He wants unchallenged US global dominance. He wants Russia marginalized, isolated, weakened, contained and co-opted. His objectives risk global war.
Ukraine is a major geopolitical flashpoint. It's hugely dangerous. Challenging Russia recklessly may ignite what no responsible leader would risk.
Obama represents the worst of rogue leadership. He's ideologically extreme. He's over-the-top and then some. He's a con man like no other. He risks potential armageddon.
By Stefan Steinberg and Peter Schwarz
NATO continued its military build-up on the Russian border even as US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Paris Sunday evening to discuss the conflict over Ukraine. The meeting, involving four hours of “frank” talks, ended with no breakthrough and separate news conferences.
The two men met after Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated his readiness to make certain concessions. Last Friday he phoned US President Barack Obama in Saudi Arabia to discuss a “diplomatic resolution to the crisis.” On Sunday, Kerry dismissed Lavrov’s proposal for a Federal Ukraine that was not part of NATO, cynically declaring that was “up to the Ukrainians”—that is, the fascist-led regime in Kiev backed by Washington.
(3/30 Washington, DC) Will NATO take any action to censure Turkish officials for planning to attack and kill their own citizens? Turkey joined NATO in 1952. (Image:Nätverket Ofog)
The following exchange took place at meeting of senior Turkish government officials last week:
Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister - Ahmet Davutoğlu
"Prime Minister said that in current conjuncture, this attack (on Suleiman Shah Tomb) must be seen as an opportunity for us."
Turkish Chief of National Intelligence - Hakan Fidan
"I'll send 4 men from Syria, if that's what it takes. I'll make up a cause of war by ordering a missile attack on Turkey; we can also prepare an attack on Suleiman Shah Tomb if necessary." Transcript here or here
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