Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
December 24, 2018


Long before Christianity evolved, people celebrated the winter solstice as the end of the dark times and the coming of light. Roman Christianity moved the day on which it commemorates the birth of Jesus to the winter solstice. It replaced a holiday of older religions. The deeper meaning stayed. Hope for a new beginning, needed as much today than ever. Hope that the walls of darkness will come down.

Picture courtesy of the Bethlehem Association

Like every Christmas I visit my larger family and enjoy to cook for them. I have much fun with the kids. Their minds are untouched from the dark policies we often discuss here. They are open for new insights and challenges. Their curiosity encourages us to be likewise open for new ideas.

I wish you all a contemplative, hope- and peaceful Christmas.


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The same to you. I enjoy cooking for family on the holidays as well. All the best for the New Year, too.

Posted by: Maracatu | Dec 24 2018 14:24 utc | 1

Peaceful and contemplative holiday to y'all, too. Even to those that monitor as thought-police, Jesus loves you.

Posted by: librul | Dec 24 2018 14:42 utc | 2

Contemplative and Merry Christmas everyone!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Dec 24 2018 15:00 utc | 3

Seasons Greetings and best wishes for 2019 to you, b.
Happy Xmas Shopping Festival to all!

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 24 2018 15:02 utc | 4

Peaceful and joyful Christmas to you, too, Bernhard, and to all reading here.

Posted by: Hope | Dec 24 2018 15:11 utc | 5

God bless us... everyone!

Yes, even you too, craig summers...
OK, maybe not...

Posted by: xLemming | Dec 24 2018 15:25 utc | 6

Dear b-
Thank you,for being a light for us in dark times; may we all live to see our own "coming of the light" in this political jungle of ours:)
Merry Christmas to you and to all your readers!

Posted by: frances | Dec 24 2018 15:29 utc | 7

Sincere best wishes to you and your family and hoping good health will always enable you to continue spreading the gift of insight to all who appreciate the value of the thoughts shared in this illumined corner of the world.

Posted by: metni | Dec 24 2018 15:29 utc | 8

Merry Christmas, b. Have a safe and happy one, and New Year's too. 2019 is going to be a ripper year. I look forward to your blog every day, one of the few lights in an ocean of dimwits.

Posted by: m | Dec 24 2018 15:57 utc | 9

Merry Christmas to all, especially to the suffering people in Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, Indonesia, and everywhere...

Posted by: Sasha | Dec 24 2018 15:59 utc | 10

And a very best Christmas to you, b you and family-

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | Dec 24 2018 16:06 utc | 11

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the host and all the bloggers of the excellent MOA blog. Special thanks and wishes for the superb job that Bernard is doing.

Posted by: Kooshy | Dec 24 2018 16:07 utc | 12

Thank you for your hard work over the years & Merry Christmas to you and yours ! Be ever hopeful, be ever watchful.

Posted by: S Brennan | Dec 24 2018 16:39 utc | 13

Thanks Bernhard for your all your efforts to make this website one of my favorites. Now is a good time for me to send you another $ donation!

Posted by: Greg C | Dec 24 2018 16:45 utc | 14

Same to you, Bernhard!

And to all the regulars here!

Posted by: bjd | Dec 24 2018 16:50 utc | 15

Thanks for all you do. Wishing you and yours a very merry christmass, and a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

Posted by: James G Fordham | Dec 24 2018 16:51 utc | 16

thanks bernard, and back at ya!

Posted by: james | Dec 24 2018 16:57 utc | 17

Blessings of the season to you Bernhard and all of the MoA barflies and lurkers.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 24 2018 17:11 utc | 18

Thanks a lot for banning me, jerk.

Posted by: tom | Dec 24 2018 17:20 utc | 19

Wishes for peace on Earth to all here.

Posted by: worldblee | Dec 24 2018 17:20 utc | 20

Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes Neues Jahr!
Joyeux noël, Meilleurs voeux pour l’année 2019
¡Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo!
Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
Kala Christougena. Xronia Polla
Glædelig jul og godt nytår
Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
and Mary Kristmas to Mark2

thanks to Bernhard for keeping this site going and thanks to all the wonderful comments I find here.

Posted by: dan of steele | Dec 24 2018 17:32 utc | 21

And from me too: Seasons Greetings and best wishes for 2019, b. And thanks for your work, most appreciated.

Posted by: Pnyx | Dec 24 2018 17:38 utc | 22

Years ago I saw an inscription (Isaiah 55:12) inside a Christmas card I've never forgotten.

For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Best wishes to all here.

Posted by: Zachary Smith | Dec 24 2018 17:41 utc | 23


Posted by: Dennis | Dec 24 2018 17:46 utc | 24

B, Happy Holidays! Dennis

Posted by: Dennis | Dec 24 2018 17:47 utc | 25

Merry Christmas, B, and to all of mofa community

Posted by: Cresty | Dec 24 2018 18:19 utc | 26

I wish you the same, b. Thank you for your relentless effort towards tearing down the wall of darkness.

Posted by: Steve | Dec 24 2018 18:21 utc | 27

Merry Christmas B, Merry Christmas all.

Posted by: Olivio | Dec 24 2018 18:28 utc | 28

Dear Bernhard, this is to wish you a Happy Christmas, and the same to all your kids and grandkids, spouses and all. We love you.

Posted by: Dominic | Dec 24 2018 18:41 utc | 29

B --

Thank you for all your efforts on behalf of peace, freedom and justice for all the people of the world. Enjoy your holidays, and I hope you come back refreshed and ready for another year of setting all the records straight.

Posted by: AntiSpin | Dec 24 2018 18:52 utc | 30

Yes, I can only agree with what everyone else here has said. I don't know how you do it Bernard, but it hangs together so well.

A peaceful and healthy new year to everyone


Posted by: William Bowles | Dec 24 2018 18:55 utc | 31

I expressed my Christmas wishes to B. and the barflies on the Open Thread, but there's no harm in repeating them-- with a musical selection:

Greg Lake - "I Believe In Father Christmas"

I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave new year
All anguish, pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear
They said there'll be snow at Christmas
They said there'll be peace on earth
Hallelujah! Noel! be it heaven or hell
The Christmas we get we deserve.

Posted by: Ort | Dec 24 2018 18:59 utc | 32

Dear B,

Wishing you and all your loved ones a hale and hearty Christmas, and all blessings for the New Year!

Thanks to you and to all MoA commenters and readers for making this site what it is: an incredible and welcome source of news and information, and proof that intelligence in human beings really does exist.

Posted by: Jen | Dec 24 2018 19:35 utc | 33

Happy Christmas to all of MoA

Pastorela (Christmas Pageant)

ExConvento de San Bernardino

Casa Humbolt

Taxco de Alarcón, Guerrero

Posted by: Guerrero | Dec 24 2018 19:58 utc | 34

Nice post (as usual)!
Thank you for your hard work, insight and perseverance. The best to you and yours. My total agreement with all the fine comments in yor support.

Posted by: Bill | Dec 24 2018 20:12 utc | 35

Merry Christmas, b and to your family, those here at MoA and to the little ones everywhere!

Posted by: Bart Hansen | Dec 24 2018 20:16 utc | 36

Seasons greetings B. Wishing you and family a happy and prosperous new yew year.

Posted by: Hass | Dec 24 2018 20:28 utc | 37

m'illumino d'immenso


Posted by: ashley albanese | Dec 24 2018 20:30 utc | 38

I met a traveler from an antique land
who told me that Christianity was derived from other - much earlier religions
And traditions - Christmas was superimposed upon an existing Pagan celebration
Which Constantine had done cleverly to enlist soldiers in battle for empire.

Christian Soldiers and others still die in battle or in other ways for empire.

Merry Christmas

Posted by: fast freddy | Dec 24 2018 20:35 utc | 39

peace, solidarity, love, merry christmas everyone! and thank you so much bernhard!

Posted by: annie | Dec 24 2018 20:37 utc | 40

And a merry one to you, dear host, and everyone who happens to read this!

From an East-German (sort of traditional) Christmas song:

Sind die Lichter angezündet,
rings ist jeder Raum erhellt;
Weihnachtsfriede wird verkündet,
zieht hinaus in alle Welt.
Leuchte, Licht, mit hellem Schein,
überall, überall soll Friede sein.

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Dec 24 2018 21:19 utc | 41

Mele Kalikimaka! Barflies & Lurkers

Frohe Weihnachten & frohes Neues Jahr! Bernhard

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 24 2018 21:31 utc | 42

"I wish you all a contemplative, hope- and peaceful Christmas. Bernhard"

Bernard, the same to you, and many times over! and with great thanks, as always, for the fine thinking and writing here at the Moon, and with all the many good barflies hanging out who contribute to one of the finest blogs on the net

Posted by: michaelj72 | Dec 24 2018 21:36 utc | 43

To b and to the community of commentators that make this site one of reflection and insight...

May you each find renewed hope and joy in this incredible gift of life that we share

Posted by: les7 | Dec 24 2018 21:38 utc | 44

Whatever the origins of Christmas and those who seek to discredit it, its a good day.

Words from Paul Craig Roberts well worth reading and reflecting on (not limited to the US), even fir agnostics like myself

“All Americans have a huge stake in Christianity. Whether or not we are individually believers in Christ, we are beneficiaries of the moral doctrine that has curbed power and protected the weak.

Power is the horse ridden by evil. In the 20th century the horse was ridden hard, and the 21st century shows an increase in pace......

Power that is secularized and cut free of civilizing traditions is not limited by moral and religious scruples. V.I. Lenin made this clear when he defined the meaning of his dictatorship as “unlimited power, resting directly on force, not limited by anything.” ...

Christianity’s emphasis on the worth of the individual makes such power as Lenin claimed, and Washington now claims, unthinkable.

Be we religious or be we not, our celebration of Christ’s birthday celebrates a religion that made us masters of our souls and of our political life on Earth. Such a religion as this is worth holding on to even by atheists.”

Posted by: Pft | Dec 24 2018 22:22 utc | 45

Merry Christmas, b!

I'm glad you didn't fall for the PC crowd. I hope you will post more on the big political shifts taking place in Europe in 2019. It would be very helpful to get a perspective from someone on the ground there. Gilets Jaunes, Brexit, the end of the Merkel era, Salvini & 5Star, Orban - so much going on that could have interesting consequences for EU and NATO and naturally for the rest of the world.

Macron not happy with Trump's order to get out of Syria. He plans to stay there while the Gilets Jaunes are chasing his police in Paris.

Posted by: ab initio | Dec 24 2018 23:07 utc | 46

Photos of "Christmas in #Syria under the 'regime' control. Meanwhile in 'free' #Idlib, celebrations are banned and considered acts of infidelity. The EU sides with the jihadis in Idlib! No kidding!"

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 24 2018 23:08 utc | 47

Merry Christmas to you all and a better, Happier New Year!
Also , I personally think the TSHTF soon.
Listen to this wonderful Russian Orthodox Choir to lift your spirit

Posted by: veritas semper vincit | Dec 24 2018 23:19 utc | 48

halte dich und deine, sicher und trocken, herzhaft und gesund. So ist es in Nordkalifornien nicht

Posted by: ruben chandler | Dec 24 2018 23:29 utc | 49

Dear B. thanks so much for this. And to you and everyone here at Moon whose intelligent, independent analyses and responses I've been so happy to have discovered this year -- a very happy, restful holiday!

once and future

Posted by: once and future | Dec 24 2018 23:46 utc | 50

The coming of light is from the east.

We who live in the west may sometimes feel oppressed by its decay. But in the east, the new world is rising to replace the old, and people are filled with hope and eagerness.

The days are getting lighter now, this side of the solstice. May we all come to feel some of that hope and eagerness for the future.

Posted by: Grieved | Dec 25 2018 0:17 utc | 51

Thanks for doing what you do b and Merry Christmas ....I'm not really religious but I like saying it to annoy some people.

Posted by: dh | Dec 25 2018 0:36 utc | 52

Merry Christmas, fellow moonbats!

For those of you in the South, stay out of the sun, and for those in the North, keep warm. Here on the west coast of Turtle Island this has been a temperate and somewhat sunny day, surely a harbinger of the coming Spring.

Bank the fire, open the windows for the breeze, enjoy the day, enjoy the evening and the nighttime.

Cheers to you all.

Posted by: jonku | Dec 25 2018 0:57 utc | 53

Lieber Bernhard, dir und deinen Lieben wünsche ich auch ein fröhliches Weihnachten und möge Allah dich Gotte mit seiner Gnade und seiner Barmherzigkeit empfangen. Einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr. Rachid aus Wien.

Posted by: Rachid | Dec 25 2018 3:12 utc | 54

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate according to the new calendar, which is indeed attuned more closely to the solstice, the light bringing turning of sun's journey as seen from earth. To those of us on the old calendar still, that timing is less conjunctive. I'm happy to be on the old one which expresses continuity with earlier practices even as it falls further and further back - Russia is on that one, and so are some other Orthodox churches (I don't know about Ukraine, but suspect it has joined the west.)

Each has its rationale - each is good. Peace and good will on earth!

Posted by: juliania | Dec 25 2018 3:53 utc | 55


Posted by: slit | Dec 25 2018 5:33 utc | 56

This was a very touching post. Merry Christmas B.

Posted by: Augold | Dec 25 2018 5:36 utc | 57

Yes, Grieved, with that dinosaur poison and orilliant engineering, theres the hope and looking forward to motorcycling snowless roads, and pray for undefiled skies!

Posted by: slit | Dec 25 2018 5:38 utc | 58

happy holidays b - your stamina is impressive

Posted by: b real | Dec 25 2018 6:15 utc | 59

Merry Christmas to one and all.

Caption for pic: The Sacred and the Profane.

Posted by: Circe | Dec 25 2018 6:19 utc | 60

Thank you Bernhard and all you fellow bloggers and silent watchers. You all make my year a good one. You are all great company. May there be many more ahead. Now back to the cumquats soaked in Arak.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 25 2018 6:50 utc | 61

#6 xlemming
Winter time for Kraig in the dark Tower...

Caption: Lighthouse on the... rook

Many thanks to B. and all. May love and light spread over to every heart.

Posted by: kpax | Dec 25 2018 9:18 utc | 62

Let the joy and power of love prevail, over the addiction to wealth from brutality !
Merry Christmas to one and all.

Posted by: Mark2 | Dec 25 2018 9:43 utc | 63

Peace, love, and brown rice; all the best for the coming year...

Posted by: V | Dec 25 2018 10:21 utc | 64

Merry Christmas to all!

Pranksters dress Angel of the North (a 20m high sculpture in England ) in Santa hat

Posted by: TJ | Dec 25 2018 10:52 utc | 65

Merry Christmas and a good new year to all. Thank you, Bernhard.

Posted by: Maxcrat | Dec 25 2018 11:49 utc | 66

Solstice greetings and best wishes, b! And thanks for all the outstanding news and analysis work that you offer. Exceptional stuff! Nadolig LLawen ac Blwyddyn Newydd hapus! :)

Posted by: Rhisiart Gwilym | Dec 25 2018 11:50 utc | 67

Peace and goodwill to all men and women, whatever their race, colour or creed.

Happy Christmas to you and your family b. Thanks for being there.

Posted by: stonebird | Dec 25 2018 12:50 utc | 68

Merry Christmas to All !!!



Posted by: oldenyoung | Dec 25 2018 13:32 utc | 69

Here's wishing a good Christmas and holidays and future to all, human and non-human.

Here's my more extended Christmas feeling for anyone interested.

Posted by: Russ | Dec 25 2018 13:45 utc | 70

Glædelig Jul og et Godt Nytår ønskes i alle af Den Lille Abe

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | Dec 25 2018 13:59 utc | 71

Same to you, sir. Thank you for such nice words this morning. Thank you for informing and reporting the truth about world happenings. Jesus, peace be upon him, was a magnanimous figure in so many ways. He was truth...always truth--even in the face of danger.

Posted by: charles | Dec 25 2018 14:22 utc | 72

peace out!

Posted by: john | Dec 25 2018 15:18 utc | 73


USA NATO also allied with Muslims over Christians in the destruction of Yugoslavia.

Trump's wife is from Slovenia and grew up there when it was a part of Yugoslavia.

Posted by: fast freddy | Dec 25 2018 15:50 utc | 74

She is from the slow part of Slovenia

Posted by: ralphieboy | Dec 25 2018 16:14 utc | 75

Ort 32
I always liked that song around Christmas. (as well as other ELP music) It's not worn out by MSMusic media and plays well.

Merry Christmas.
And thank you for keeping my mind informed on many things hidden in Govt/Elite/MSM boxes. The contents are gifts to open throughout the year.
It makes me wonder why no one has organized a Coal Christmas award for our politicians and elites. What a wonderful gift a truck load of manure would make to a Rothschild estate.

Posted by: Curtis | Dec 25 2018 16:22 utc | 76

Peace on Earth.....

Posted by: georgeg | Dec 25 2018 16:50 utc | 77

A Happy New year for Erdogan?

Doubts over Turkey ability to 'eradicate' IS after US pull-out

Posted by: Virgile | Dec 25 2018 17:17 utc | 78

@ 45 Pft, quoting Paul Craig Roberts:

“All Americans have a huge stake in Christianity. Whether or not we are individually believers in Christ, we are beneficiaries of the moral doctrine that has curbed power and protected the weak."


"Power that is secularized and cut free of civilizing traditions is not limited by moral and religious scruples."

Enough already. Time for the Grinch.

My impression of Roberts, and the reason I no longer read him, is that anything true he says has already been said by others; the rest, such as the twaddle above, is either false or too confused for rational appraisal.

Here are a few writers Roberts might benefit from reading:

Henry Thomas Buckle: "A careful study of the history of religious toleration will prove that in every Christian country where it has been adopted, it has been forced upon the clergy by the authority of the secular classes."

William Lloyd Garrison: "American Christianity is the main pillar of American slavery."

Upton Sinclair: "Christianity has been... the chief of the enemies of social progress."

And another matter: what PC Roberts doesn't know about Lenin would fill an entire section of a library, namely the Lenin section. Notice how, in Roberts' hands, Lenin's definition of "dictatorship" morphs into Lenin's definition of "his dictatorship". (Emphasis mine.) Obtuseness on Roberts' part or deliberate falsification? Either way, the guy's a hack.

Analogously, Henry Thomas Buckle again:

"To assert that Christianity communicated to man moral truths previously unknown, argues on the part of the asserter either gross ignorance or wilful fraud."

And one more from Upton Sinclair:

"In the year 1819 an act of Parliament was proposed limiting the labor of children nine years of age to four-teen hours a day. This would seem to have been a reasonable provision, likely to have won the approval of Christ; yet the bill was violently opposed by Christian employers, backed by Christian clergymen. It was interfering with freedom of contract, and therefore with the will of Providence; it was anathema to an established Church, whose function was in 1819, as it is in 1918, and was in 1918 B.C., to teach the divine origin and sanction of the prevailing economic order."

And as it still is in 2018.

Best wishes to all for a better 2019. (But don't count on it.)

Posted by: drj | Dec 25 2018 17:56 utc | 79

Hey, folks – another reason to celebrate this morning!

Caitlin Johnstone's column has found its way at last onto The Silver Bear Cafe (, a generally right-wing site dealing with matters of economics and finance.

I've let the proprietor (“Johnny Silverbear”) know how much I appreciate that, and that I'm sending the word out through the interwebs.

And there's a second great article there this morning, calling for sense and sensibility in a world seemingly devoted to war and plunder, by J H Kunstler –

Posted by: AntiSpin | Dec 25 2018 17:57 utc | 80

Posted by: Virgile | Dec 25, 2018 12:17:30 PM | 78

That wasn't a very bright article. It won't be the Turks who eliminate Da'ish, nor the Kurds, but the Syrians and the Sunni tribes who will swing behind them. Asad will be the one who benefits from Trump's pull-out.

Posted by: laguerre | Dec 25 2018 18:08 utc | 81

Frohe Weihnachten! Joyeux Noel! Merry Christmas! Wesolych Swiat!

Posted by: Mischi | Dec 25 2018 18:16 utc | 82

Yuletide greetings, Happy Christmas, enjoy the solstice, Moonbats! ...

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Dec 25 2018 19:18 utc | 83

In world affairs we need a tabula rasa.....Happy Holidays to all.....

Posted by: notlurking | Dec 25 2018 19:50 utc | 84

No matter how it appears, Trump isn’t getting out of Syria and Afghanistan

Posted by: arby | Dec 25 2018 19:55 utc | 85

Meanwhile the idiots in Psychopath Alley can't control themselves, and violate the airspace of at least two countries to attack targets around Damascus.

Posted by: bjd | Dec 25 2018 21:24 utc | 86

Israel apparently attack Syria again like always, but somehow the russian refuse to give Syria the S300!

Posted by: Zanon | Dec 25 2018 21:28 utc | 87

Note that the IDF tweet is quite cryptic, bordering on the nonsensical:

"An IDF aerial defense system activated in response to an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria."

Did the AAM miss its aerial target and land in Israel?

Posted by: bjd | Dec 25 2018 21:36 utc | 88

From Times of Israel

“Syrian state media said its own air defenses had opened fire on “enemy targets,” shooting them down, in what was reported to be an Israeli airstrike.

SANA said the strikes at about 10 p.m. were carried out from Lebanon and that a number of targets were intercepted.

“It’s an Israeli raid,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.”

Posted by: Pft | Dec 25 2018 21:41 utc | 89

the image above is antisemeric please remove
the wall is a necessary evil too protect the innocent of greater israel only through strength and selective immigration can israel keep growing only through righteous punishment of the guilty and evil doers will lessons be learned.
folks need too except facts on the ground and the future facts that the idf will tera form

Posted by: menem | Dec 25 2018 22:49 utc | 90

@menem (90)
Heim ins Reich, eh?

Posted by: bjd | Dec 25 2018 22:55 utc | 91

Seems most Zionist missiles were intercepted, next will be the new Eye for an Eye retaliation that was announced as policy. Apparently, a 4th Division ammo depot was hit injuring 3 soldiers. So, we ought to see a Zionist ammo depot in close proximity to Tel Aviv destroyed in retaliation. Having announced this new policy, it would be unwise not to fulfill it. It's being suggested that the US withdrawal is to allow an escalation in Zionist attacks. Time to begin shooting down Zionist jets over Lebanon.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 25 2018 22:56 utc | 92

Israel's Christmas present to the world.

Posted by: lysias | Dec 25 2018 23:02 utc | 93

Merry Christmas and peace on this earth of ours.

Posted by: john | Dec 25 2018 23:07 utc | 94

Merry Christmas B. Thanks for all your hard work. I hear they are having a good time in Aleppo but I pity the souls in Damascus tonight. I hear there isn't much fun to be had in Yemen either.

Posted by: corkie | Dec 25 2018 23:21 utc | 95

alas if one was too read the talmud one can see the position and thoughts of this tribe on the subject of jesus christ.
sick sad a primal need too generate hate.a form of collective mental illness for control.
harvesting the negative energies of self inflicted terror.

maybe that is what operation ice cube does collects the negative neutrino generated from war

Posted by: orson | Dec 25 2018 23:23 utc | 96

Working Class History, a new discovery for me on Twitter, provides a few dedicated remembrances for those who tried to make a difference but were victimized by terrorists on Christmas, as with this example I linked.

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 26 2018 0:04 utc | 97

@95 corkie

I would have to dig to find a link, but I watched video of Damascus residents in the middle of a night-time celebration as one of the recent Israeli attack salvos came in. They kept on with their dancing and celebrations with a triumphant note of defiance, not running for cover but simply cheering the Syrian air defense missiles arcing through the night sky, keeping Damascus safe.

All Syrians, and especially the many Christians of that ancient land, will find this Christmas vastly better than recent ones before, and with an equally vast eagerness for a future that now holds peace and rebuilding. We don't need to worry about them.

In Yemen, this time is not yet come, but the same kind of hearts hold a space ready for this celebration when their soldiers are ultimately victorious, and the filth of evil is vanquished.

Posted by: Grieved | Dec 26 2018 1:44 utc | 98

Eida Brikha from the Assyrians. Pray for them, as Israel unconscionably bombed Damascus on Christmas

Posted by: Anunnaki | Dec 26 2018 2:59 utc | 99

No matter how it appears, Trump isn’t getting out of Syria and Afghanistan
Posted by: arby | Dec 25, 2018 2:55:08 PM | 85

I've been a consistent fan of Gowans' anti-imperialist analyses so his take on Trump's true intentions can't be lightly dismissed. Scrambling desperately through the article in search of a ray of sunshine, this passage caught my eye (my bold)...

[17] Mattis appears to have been concerned that by extracting US forces from Syria, Trump is placing the weight of securing US goals more heavily on the British and French, who can hardly be expected to tolerate for long an arrangement whereby they act as Washington’s expeditionary force while US troops stay at home. At some point, they will realize they might be better off outside the US alliance. For Mattis, long concerned with maintaining a “comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships” as the means to “advance an international order that is most conducive to [US] security, prosperity and values,” Trump’s burden-shifting hardly amounts to “treating allies with respect” or “providing effective leadership,” as Mattis said in his resignation letter that Washington ought to do.

Russian president Vladimir Putin greeted the Trump announcement with skepticism. “We don’t see any signs yet of the withdrawal of U.S. troops,” he said. “How long has the United States been in Afghanistan? Seventeen years? And almost every year they say they’re pulling out their troops.”[18] Already, the Pentagon is talking about shifting US troops “to neighboring Iraq, where an estimated 5,000 United States forces are already deployed,” who will “’surge’” into Syria for specific raids.” [19] The force would also be able to “return to Syria for specific missions when critical threats arise,” [20] which might include the Syrian army attempting to recover its territory from Kurd occupation forces. What’s more, the Pentagon retains the capability of “continued airstrikes and resupplying allied Kurdish fighters with arms and equipment” from Iraq. [21]

If Trump's ambiguity can mislead Gowans into drawing incorrect conclusions then he can probably stay one step ahead of The Swamp too, one hopes.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 26 2018 3:29 utc | 100

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