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March 03, 2019

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2019-12

Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama:

The coup attempt failed and the Random Guyaido and his U.S. minder are traveling around various south American capitals to find support. But all members of the Lima Group rejected a military attack on Venezuela. The U.S. is isolated on the issue and therefore likely to use its old trick of paying local mercenaries to destroy the country.

John Bolton @AmbJohnBolton - 22:27 utc - 2 Mar 2019
In less than one week, over 600 military members have acknowledged their sworn duty to defend the Venezuela Constitution and the legitimate President, Juan Guaido.

No pictures or report about this mysterious defector force appeared. The number Bolton mentions is probably the count of the hirelings the CIA is currently training.

This tweet also got a lot of attention and its protagonists received some mockery:

Dan Cohen @dancohen3000 - 6:21 utc - 2 Mar 2019
Juan Guaidó’s fellow Popular Will party member Freddy Superlano is hospitalized and his assistant Carlos José Salinas is dead after they took drugs with prostitutes following the #VenezuelaAidLive concert in Cúcuta, Colombia.
Diputado Freddy Superlano grave por intoxicación en Cúcuta, su asistente murió

It is unlikely that those persons voluntarily took the scopolamine (aka hyoscine) that the report says affected them. A 2012 U.S. government travel advisory for Colombia notes:

One common and particularly dangerous method that criminals use in order to rob a victim is through the use of drugs. The most common has been scopolamine. Unofficial estimates put the number of annual scopolamine incidents in Colombia at approximately 50,000. Scopolamine can render a victim unconscious for 24 hours or more. In large doses, it can cause respiratory failure and death. It is most often administered in liquid or powder form in foods and beverages. The majority of these incidents occur in night clubs and bars, and usually men, perceived to be wealthy, are targeted by young, attractive women. To avoid becoming a victim of scopolamine, one should never accept food or beverages offered by strangers or new acquaintances or leave food or beverages unattended. Victims of scopolamine or other drugs should seek immediate medical attention.

India had claimed that it bombed a Jihadist camp in Pakistan and killed some 300 Jihadists. In fact only a crow was killed. Satellite pictures show that all the expensive Israeli glide bombs India used missed their targets by some 200 meters and damaged some trees. Pakistan used that fact to troll the Indian government: Pakistan to lodge U.N. complaint against India for 'eco-terrorism' forest bombing

Two Reuters reporters who visited the site of the bombings, where four large craters could be seen, said up to 15 pine trees had been brought down by the blasts. Villagers dismissed Indian claims that hundreds of militants were killed.

Pakistan released the Indian pilot who was shot down over the Pakistan controlled area of Kashmir. That thankfully defused the situation. Both sides are back at their usual games of lobbing artillery against each others position.

Once a while I agree with the Arms Control Wonk, aka Jeffrey Lewis, who summarizes:

The U.S. position — that North Korea must unilaterally abandon its nuclear capabilities in exchange for promises of some different future — is a kind of American fantasy about power that is more suited to an action movie than the reality of international negotiations.
...
Each time the United States walked, a lot of people in Washington promised that patience and pressure would produce a better deal than the one squandered. And each time they were wrong. Like a gambler racking up debt, the U.S. foreign policy community has consistently taken its chances at the roulette table rather than cutting its losses and admitting the obvious: North Korea has the bomb.
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We can't admit failure because it requires not merely changing our policy but admitting that we've been wrong. It's far easier to pretend that a better deal is just around the corner. It isn't.

Other comments paint a more optimistic picture.

Thank you all for the lively comments to the piece that give otherwise rare insights into Canadian politics.

Banning Hizbullah might be part of the current campaign to remove Corbyn and others from the Labour party by claiming they are supporting terrorists and are antisemites. Here is a handy list of all the great Jewish scholars and writers that were claimed to be antisemites because the oppose the racist ideology of Zionism.

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Other issues:

Novichok:
Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Novichok hoax the British government used to vanish Sergej and Yulia Skripal. Just in time the government announced that it had finished removing the roof from the house of Sergej Skripal. Why the roof of the house was allegedly contaminated with Novichok when the government claimed that Novichok was applied to the outer door handle is left unexplained.

The Russian embassy in London produced an excellent timeline of the incident and has a number of Unanswered Questions.

Syria:
A video shows the illegal use of White Phosphorus against the remaining ISIS elements in Baghuz, Syria. French artillery in the area, under U.S. command, uses such ammunition.

The OPCW released its report on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma, Syria, in March 2018. No nerve agents were found. Some Chlorine substance may have been present but the obviously staged scene does not allow to attribute its source. Peter Ford, a former UK ambassador to Syria, notes other weak points.

Various propagandists claim that Syria is breaking the reconciliation deal with the rebels in Daraa, south of Damascus. It is not. Some ISIS or al-Qaeda cells are again active in Daraa and kill people on both sides: Mysterious assassinations mire Daraa’s fragile peace. On wonder who finances these people.

Use as open thread ...

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@Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 5, 2019 5:14:26 PM | 99
Well, apologies if I was misunderstanding you there, and so sorry if you felt offended in any way ( although I am seeing may be it is not the case, since you are not a conservative...
Of course, I contemplate the possibility that there could be good people everywhere, even amongst conservatives ( your parents could well be an example...), but, anyway, conservatism as a political/social movement is not good for the majority of the people, the least for women.
They have been always in the side of the great capital and private business, benefitting them over the social welfare of the majority of the population.

Since I am seeing you are and admirer of Simone de Beauvior, whose "The Second Sex", I must say, is amongst my pending readings, and for you to see that I agree in that there could be tolerant, fair, good and reasonable people amongst all strata of society, I wonder whether you would find interesting this woman of the 18th century, of whose existence I have just been aware today...She seemed well ahead of her times ( take a look at her conclusions about marriage... reminds me of that memorable sentence by Dennis Finch Hatton in "Out of Africa"..).. Just imagine such intelligent and delicate creature condemned to the stultifying existence, worth only for a cattle, promoted by Julius Evola for those of her genre...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympe_de_Gouges

Good night!

Posted by: Sasha | Mar 5, 2019 7:04:14 PM | 101

Sasha @101--

Oh yes, I know about Mme de Gouges as she was an important actor during the French Revolution. de Beauvoir also studied the Dark Side in the personage of the Marquis de Sade and wrote a very intriguing book and several essays about him and his Libertine philosophy. My best to you!

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 5, 2019 7:47:29 PM | 102

Below are two links from Xinhuanet that I thought worth sharing

Iran nuclear deal joint commission to meet in Vienna without U.S.

The take away quote
"
At the end of January, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain launched the special purpose vehicle (SPV) to secure trade with Iran and skirt the U.S.' anti-Iran sanctions after Washington pulled out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

By launching the SPV mechanism, the three European countries reiterated "their resolute commitment and continued efforts to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action".
"
My perception -> SSDD = Same Shit, Different Day

China on solid track toward sustainable growth with legal guarantee: expert

The take away quote
"
In modern times, China has adopted many legal reform measures, including more protections to suspects and defendants, and "locking power in a cage." "These new institutional reforms are responsible for the overwhelming success of China's anti-corruption campaign," Tourk told Xinhua.
"
There is nothing in the article that further defines that "locking power in a cage" quote but I am curious about its origin and role in their current society

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 5, 2019 11:11:18 PM | 103

I went looking for the "locking power in a cage" reference and found this from 2014

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The commentary cited Dr Mei Gechlik, director of China Guiding Cases Project at Stanford Law School, as pointing out that China’s leaders had pledged to achieve a set of goals by 2020, including ensuring “independence and fairness in courts” and letting “the judicial system be more transparent.” The question is how independent, how fair and how transparent especially in cases involving critics of the government, or those who campaign for democracy, end to corruption, and for rights of ethnic minorities.

Despite these, however, China does have a real reason to want to introduce rule of law to a limited extent. As noted by the nytimes.com commentary: “China’s leaders see improving the legal system not simply as a way to control society but as a way to rein in wayward bureaucrats, insist that local officials carry out national policies, establish rules of the road for a more robust economy, provide peaceful ways for citizens to resolve disputes and seek redress for grievances, reduce the corruption that’s seen as the greatest threat to the Party’s continued hold on power — in short, to constrain government itself, not just to control society and contain social unrest.”

In this connection, the commentary pointed out that while President Xi Jinping may have been playing to the crowds when he recently spoke of “locking power in a cage,” it was also a recognition that the party needs to constrain some of its power in order to keep it.
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Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 5, 2019 11:34:00 PM | 104


This video (1:13) is probably the most anti-semitic act in Italy's history. Burning its debt, and freeing itself from the chains of criminal (((usury)))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=58&v=sbKqb80AZqs

Posted by: anonymous | Mar 6, 2019 4:22:49 PM | 106

U-Turn Completed, Trump Is Now “100%” With Keeping U.S. Forces In Syria

It's worthwhile to revisit the conversation that took place here in the weeks that followed Trump's December decision to remove troops from Syria. There are many important insights from such a review.

Cynics insisted that USA/Trump would not remove the troops while pro-Trump commenters insisted that Trump would remove the troops and couldn't back down from his decision. Trump's standing up to this generals was cited as showing Trump's determination.

The pro-Trump view was supported by a media blitz that supported Trump's decision as well as attacked it as caving to Russia. One especially silly narrative line was that "the election has begun" so Trump was forced to placate his 'base' by pulling troops out of Syria. We then saw a diplomatic and media dance around how to protect US interests, including Kurd allies.

But to the cynics, this was all a distraction.

As a cynic, I would argue that Trump's 'pull-out' was phony from the beginning. One important clue for this is that handing over the territory to Syrian control was never an option. Furthermore, Trump's support for Venezuelan regime change shows the emptiness of Trump's "America First" rhetoric. I have argued many times that Trump is a member of the Deep State team, just as Obama and other President's have been. It follows that Deep State priorities will always prevail.

But why would Trump use his 'America First' political capital to pretend that USA would pull-out? Did Trump want to use his political capital before it would expire when he back humanitarian intervention in Venezuela? Did Trump know in mid-December that USA would back regime change in Venezuela after Maduro's swearing in (early in January)?

Such a set-up is very possible. But it has backfired - Trump looks foolish for having forcefully insisted on a pull-out only to cave to the Deep State AGAIN.

Despite the possible Venezuela connection, there's another possibility: that Trump's move was coordinated with Israel, which planned an attack on Christmas that would use commercial airlines for cover - in the hopes that Syrian forces would down a commercial airliner. Israel had already used a similar strategy to get Syria to down a Russian Military plane a few weeks before.

Being perceived as a 'peace-maker' (by announcing the Syrian troop 'pull-out') would've helped Trump/Deep State justify humanitarian intervention in Venezuela or a new round of bombing of Syria if they had downed a commercial airliner. The willingness to engage in subterfuge prior to one or both of these speaks to Trump's loyalties and the determination of the Deep State to achieve their goals.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 7, 2019 2:01:46 AM | 107

Days after Russia meet with Israel:

Video: Israel Delivers More Strikes on Syria
https://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-strikes-syria/5670523

Another proof that Russia cannot be trusted for the doubters here.

Posted by: Zanon | Mar 7, 2019 7:04:52 AM | 108

ot - to john in italy... if you don't get this already - you might enjoy it..
http://www.openskyjazz.com/2019/02/umbria-jazz-winter-26th-edition/

Posted by: james | Mar 7, 2019 11:57:15 AM | 109

People keep blaming the jews, nuthin but the jews...

The 5lies Anglosphere dont need no Jews or whoever to goad them in China bashing, they've been at it since the days of eight nations alliance.

Fact is, they'r getting nostalgic about the good old days when they could send gunboats up the Yangtze to teach the chinamen who's the boss around here.

https://www.voltairenet.org/article205228.html

heheheheh

Posted by: denk | Mar 7, 2019 12:16:49 PM | 110

to vk:
I had to look a bit more at this and I'll change my opinion a little bit in different directions:

1. I'm tempted to now say that "the Marx's" were typical "Superjews" of the kind that the Nazis loved to hate. Obscene wealth compared to all ordinary people, political liberals yet very much capitalists and scrooges, and very well connected by blood. It is uncomfortable but if we had translated them into the now of the 21st century they would be exactly the kind of people almost everyone here dislikes or perhaps hates.

2. My pure guess would be that Karl Marx desperately wanted to not be Jewish in any way despite being 100% ethnically a Jew.

Marx' mother Henriette Pressburg was a Jew who converted eight years later than her husband Hirschel/Heinrich Marx and most likely out of a feeling of necessity. Karl Marx and the other children were converted before she was.

Two separate paragraphs from
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henriette_Pressburg

Henriette Pressburg,[a] was born on 20 September 1788 in Nijmegen in the Netherlands. She was the second of the five children of Isaac Heymans Pressburg (1747–1832) and Nanette Salomons Cohen (1754–1833).[1] The Pressburgs were a prosperous family, with Isaac working as a textile merchant. They were prominent members of Nijmegen's growing Jewish community,[b] living first in Nonnenstraat then, when Henriette was 19, in Grotestraat. Isaac was the cantor[c] of the synagogue in Nonnenstraat[4] where his father, Hirschl (or Chaim) Pressburg, had been the rabbi.[5] There had been rabbis in the family for at least a century.[6]

[...]

In about 1817 Henriette’s husband changed his name from Hirschel to Heinrich and was baptised into the Lutheran Church, followed by their children in August 1824. Henriette was baptised in November 1825. These conversions resulted in a complete break with Heinrich's family - his father was the rabbi of Trier - although Henriette continued to maintain close contact with her family in the Netherlands,[5] her fourth child Hermann being born during a return visit to Nijmegen in August 1819.

So at least by this account ethnically Marx was a Jew or at least in any way "Jew enough" for anyone who would like him to be one or to be a person heavily influenced by Jewish culture if not Jewish religion.

I can't help notice that Karl Marx had a very stereotypical Jewish mom according to further descriptions in the Wikipedia article, not that only Jewish moms can be that way (mine isn't Jewish, and surely all Jewish mothers can't be like this).

"Karl rarely seems to have replied to his family’s letters or even visited them."

Yeah it's a special sort of hell on Earth (because they think they're being nice and considerate despite not being either). 100% sympathy to Karl Marx from me based on this alone.

I'm sure Marx would have insisted strongly that he was not Jewish in any way and I don't blame him for it, but it's not true.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Mar 7, 2019 12:51:54 PM | 111

The following article - here translated into English -
was published in the Russian newspaper
Pravda, July 15, 1997:

Ahmed Rami's idealism

After miraculously escaping to Sweden, King Hassan II ordered that lieutenant Ahmed Rami was to be traced and brought back to Morocco. Rami had participated in at least two military coups aiming at abolishing the monarchy and founding an Islamic republic. The Moroccan secret service has not been able to execute the royal order.

Today this sympathetic, youthful and incredibly energetic man is one of the most popular figures in Sweden, but at the same time one of the most hated. His political views are discussed the Swedish parliament, and also - they tell us - in government circles.

Rami has written and published four thick books. In these he gives convincing reasons for his opinion that in Sweden - as well as everywhere else in the West - the bases of national life are undermined.

The Western countries are in reality ruled by conspiring mafiosos, who have nothing in common with true democracy but are trying to carry into effect their malevolent aims, the introduction of a totalitarian "New World Order".

Rami, who today is a Swedish citizen, never tires of repeating this in the transmissions of Radio Islam.

Naturally views of this kind are causing a noticeable irritation in the Establishment. A few years ago Rami, an (Arab and consequently himself a Semite) was prosecuted for antisemitism (!) and sentenced to prison, where he had to stay for six months.

Curiously enough he has turned out to be the only political prisoner in Sweden.

In spite of all this Ahmed Rami is not a broken man and has in no way lost his spirit. The prison sentence has probably only strengthened his conviction of being right.

The transmissions of Radio Islam continue, and the courageous Moroccan has no intention of giving up his struggle. To him it is important that "people in all countries should have the right of being independent and not having to submit to the oligarchy which has usurped the power for themselves".


What then is the basis of his conviction? What gives him the strength to say aloud what most people not even dare to think? Has he understood against whom he has lifted his hand, whom he has challenged? When I met Ahmed Rami, I could of course not refrain from asking these questions.

https://islam-radio.net/islam/english/toread/pravda.htm

Posted by: anon_Fin7B | Mar 7, 2019 12:52:32 PM | 112

james

i know Orvieto pretty well, and all about its jazz festival, but oddly enough i've never caught a concert there. i tend to hybernate in the winter.

but the summer version in Perugia i never miss, at least something, and i can even boast of being present at its second edition in 1974, when it was all free, in the piazza, Anthony Braxton riffing with the tolling cathedral bell...Keith Jarrett played solo piano another night, six months before the famous Köln concert. good times.

Posted by: john | Mar 7, 2019 12:52:56 PM | 113

@113 john.... the festival in 74 sounded good! i met anthony braxton in banff at the banff jazz workshop back in 1983..sounds like you are missing some good music.. ethan iverson had a great group of players doing bud powells music.. i would have liked to see it.. is orvieto the guy that runs it? sounds like it..i will have to get back to italy.. we enjoyed it when we were their in the fall last year.. we especially liked bologna..

Posted by: james | Mar 7, 2019 1:56:52 PM | 114


"It doesn't matter at all, what government the country has. In reality the power is held by those, who own and control the financial assets of the country and the mass media. All Medias are completely judaized."

- Ahmed Rami

In Sweden the brainwashing goes full speed ahead, and anti-Swedish valuations are forced upon people. Only the totally blind cannot notice this. The effect of Zionist intellectual terrorism and disinformation is that people deny the existence of a Jewish power at the same time as it scares them out of their wits!

The Swedes can be proud of their high standard of living and rightly so, but they stubbornly refuse to realize what has been taken away from them.

The power over banks, mass media and commercial and industrial life is in the hands of a small group of "the chosen people". All education in schools and universities is carried on in a way, which is favourable to the "master race".

In addition to this, the history of events not too far behind us is interpreted in the interest of "the peculiar people of the Lord".

But the real truth is quite different from the one shown on TV or taught at school. And what kind of freedom, independence and democracy is this, when the power is in the hands of a few? Such is the situation in Sweden, too.

Ahmed Rami interviewed by Pravda, July 15, 1997


https://islam-radio.net/islam/english/toread/pravda.htm

Posted by: anon_Fin7B | Mar 7, 2019 3:25:34 PM | 115

james

no, Orvieto is the name of the town. it's quite beautiful. the festival is the brainchild of a guy named Carlo Pagnotta. i don't know him.

Posted by: john | Mar 7, 2019 4:13:37 PM | 116

President Trump has done a fantastic job keeping his campaign promises. At least I think so, I'm pretty sure those well-worn stickers on my car say things like: "Israel Loyalty Oaths for our Criminal Government."

Maybe they don't, my memory isn't what it used to be, but the important thing is we're Making America Great Again. Letting those "non-violent" drug offenders out of prison, for example, pure fifty dimensional chess.

It earned a lot of good will; the fraud news is still praising it …..Yes Mr. President, you have definitely proven you're not "racist" and that you're no friend to any normal White person, good job.

Meanwhile, on our open southern border, the foreign invasion continues. Demographic suicide by a million cuts, the rush is on.

It's an emergency, one we don't really need to do, of course. We'll do it over time, maybe never. How about fifty feet of rusty fence or maybe a "Don't invade, please" sign. They have to come in.

news article: “Illegal immigration this year is on pace to more than triple the levels of just two years ago, new projections reveal.”

comment: If total and complete submission to our jewish enemy wasn't enough proof of Trump's absolute failure, this sure as hell is.

News article: “In the month of February, there were more than 76,000 illegal border crossings and inadmissible foreign nationals, the most in this month in 12 years — a record for President Trump’s administration.”

comment: The death of America as a meaningful corporate union. Make room, make room, you have a sympathetic friend in President Jeb Bush, I mean Trump.

News article: “Should illegal immigration reach this level, as Kopits projects, it would mean that border crossings in Trump’s third year in office outpace every single year of illegal immigration under former President Obama.”

I know it looks bad, but you have to remember all the success we've had, like moving an embassy into Jerusalem.

News article: “The vast majority of voters say a border wall would be effective in stopping illegal immigration, though that has not equated to progress on constructing new barriers at the border.”

comment: It sure is strange how that worked out. It's almost like White America is being willfully ignored.

News article: “Only about 40 miles of replacement fencing have been built since Trump’s election, although about 124 miles of new wall and replacement fencing has been approved by Congress.”

comment: The replacement fencing just got 84 miles shorter. 

News article: “Today, the majority of the U.S.-Mexico border remains open. At the same time, the U.S. has continued funding border walls and border security programs in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Lebanon.”

Please do not notice the (((special traveling merchant))) that benefits from those programs.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/06/three-times-the-illegal-immigration-of-2017-levels-at-current-rate/

Posted by: HR | Mar 7, 2019 5:17:44 PM | 117

@116 john... thanks... we will have to make another trip for sure! i really enjoyed italy - the people, food and all else.. i am sure it is different when you are living their full time though...

Posted by: james | Mar 7, 2019 5:22:23 PM | 118

I want to report on abuse of the term normalize ( I have probably done it myself)

What came to me is that much of what is being called normalizing is just making public SOP (standard operating procedure)

My other two observations relate to the Michael Hudson on Jimmy Dore show which will be very educational for most

The first is the discussion about debt jubilee of the past which they discussed and then talked about how in the present it is not happening. What they failed to go into was that when it occurred there were kings that made it happen but now we don't have a clue who the king(s) are....there is no Fortune 500 trust funds of the world.

The second relates to what Michael said in response to a question about where to put money if you have it. Hudson said US Treasuries and I strongly disagree. US Treasuries represent the Reserve Currency of the world and they are going to lose significant value when the world debt situation "pops".

I have what little savings I have in precious metals through ETFs (PALL, GLD, IAU and because I am old SLV) AND I make no claim to financial prescience.....I have been told that if I am so smart then why am I not rich.....with the coming healing of my TBI I am about to become the richest person in the world but much poorer financially.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 7, 2019 7:32:57 PM | 119

I didn't know Trudeau could be so slimy

Trudeau says "erosion of trust" led to SNC-Lavalin controversy

You Canadiens don't need to try to out slime us Americans but your politicians sure are trying....

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 7, 2019 11:11:30 PM | 120

At least China is still reporting on Yemen

Feature: Over 18 mln struggle to get drinking water in war-torn Yemen

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 7, 2019 11:15:27 PM | 121

don't worry.. we can do better then trudeau.. that will be our next leader... we are one cycle behind.. we get our trump next.. trudeau was our obama, lol...

Posted by: james | Mar 7, 2019 11:24:57 PM | 122

Colonisation and Karma

Today neither the western Europeans, nor the peoples of the British Isles are remotely similar to their ancestors of the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries, indeed not even to those of the early twentieth century. Those people sincerely believed in the religion that their parents had them baptised into. They took the tenets of the books of the bible seriously and often literally. Because they held to their doctrine so fervently, being as it was the revealed ‘truth’, they had no qualms about seeking to convert others to it who did not share the same conviction.

The empire building adventures of the agents of Europe’s monarchs, brought the Christian values and morals of western Europe to the virgin soil of other men’s lands, and thus into their lives. Those European emigres saw nothing wrong in introducing their faith into the hearts and minds of those who did not believe in their conception of the almighty, rather they believed it was their God given duty to do so.

Most of the citizens and subjects of the modern states of today’s European Union may well still share the Christian names as their ancestors and be of the same stock so to speak, but that is about where the similarities end. How an eighteenth century Church of England vicar, perhaps a Rev May interpreted the teachings of the gospels, is light years from how a Rev May shepherds her Anglican communion today. The contemporary churches of Europe suffer from a degree of embarrassment when confronted by the deeds of the long since departed men of their cloth. Trying to square this Christian circle, the duty to convert yet simultaneously espousing notions of liberty and compassion, has become an impossibility. Centuries before not a thought was given to the hypocrisy of Christianising colonisation. God fearing men and women went overseas in the name the Almighty, their kings and countries. Some went to view new vistas, some to save sinning souls and many more to make money, hand over fist, any which way. No heed was paid to the traditions of local people nor to the sensibilities of those communities. The invading aliens in their top hats and tails never bothered to think if they were welcome to turn up and help themselves, never wondered if the land could accommodate the burden of having new, white stomachs to fill. They went because their established states and religious orders made it possible, desirable and dutiful for them to go. Self interest motivated these colonial experiences.

And here we are today in 2019. The old colonies of Africa and Asia have become independent states, being governed by the natives of those lands and the overwhelming majority of the colonising Europeans have long before packed their bags and returned to the green and pleasant lands of their ancestors. The descendants of these European explorers and exploiters have certainly lost the religious zeal and fervour of their forefathers but as the times have moved on, they have also become ashamed of their history. This collective shame has encouraged an attitude to germinate and take root in the consciousness of many in western Europe that because we had behaved like this historically, then balances must be made, accommodations found and our hearts, minds, cultures and borders opened wide to demonstrate how far we as a people have come since the days of slavery, piracy and brigandry.

Coincidentally, what we in the west have ignored as we have forgotten our faith (unlike populations in the east of Europe), is that the people who originate in Africa and Asia have not abandoned their faith. Neither losing it to time nor to science. They continue to believe as they were taught to believe, that the words of their holy books are indeed holy, not subject to be interpreted and reinterpreted according to the fleeting fashions of flitting minds. They have not surrendered the belief in the superiority and righteousness of their doctrines and therefore they have not lost the conviction that it is their duty to promote and propagate it. Whether the believer is liberal or conservative, that urge to save souls by converting them to what they see as being so obviously true, reasonable and correct, is there in their heart. As it was in the hearts and minds of our own ancestors as they migrated, manipulated, monopolised and marauded across millions of square miles of mother earth.

Europeans must understand their history and come to terms with it. They must decide if they have a culture, what it is, whether or not it is worth preserving and whether they are willing to protect and espouse it. They must do this understanding how their culture has been the one responsible for creating the situation that they have found themselves in.

The millions of migrants in Europe will not abandon their spirituality, their economic expectations nor their desire to have families. Why should they? But they will keep coming and when their numbers allow for it, they will make those numbers count.

Unless the western world makes the balance in terms of science and technology, with the second and third world countries that they had looted when they were governing there, then the migrants will keep coming. Unless there is a genuine redistribution of the ownership of land and resources in the developing world, then the migrants will keep coming. Unless Europeans are genuinely willing to reassess how lucky they are and why that is so, then the migrants will keep coming. In their rush to abandon the Christianity of their forefathers, westerners have latched onto many a new idea, many from exotic eastern traditions; ideas like karma. Unfortunately they have adopted these new words and concepts yet they have little or no understanding of what they mean.

Europeans must first look at and learn about themselves if they want to understand the nature of karma, and they must remember their history to understand their present predicament and the future of their children.

@k_el_ph

Posted by: Steven Keith | Mar 7, 2019 11:31:09 PM | 123

@ Steven Keith with the Colonisation and Karma rant above

Nicely stated and focused on Europe but it includes the US by default.

Your discussion about why "...the migrants keep coming" is refreshing and insightful.

The great leveling of civilization was put into overdrive by the financialization of capitalism starting in the 70's. While this need continues to exist, the elite are playing nations against each other, because private finance.....sigh

And in the interim, China is creating that leveling tool with its BRI......
While the masses of faithful Europeans and Americans along with the rising 3rd world of the West are being fed debt slavery and endless wars to "believe in".

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 8, 2019 12:10:47 AM | 124

As we know, for uncle sham, Aq and co have been a gift that keeps on giving.
Every time when uncle sham wanted boots on the ground into some coveted real estate, Aq or its offshoot would pop up to provide uncle with an excuse.

But it gets curious-er and curious-er....

It'd seem that every time uncle sham wanted control of some geopolitical hot spots, bingo, some 'natural disaster' would befall the land !
Hey presto !
Turns out uncle already had its Carrier Battle Group ready at hand, to launch a humanitarian mission !


Peter Koenig....
Argentina – Is the IMF Intervention helped by HAARP. ?

Is Koenig a CT nut ?
Not so fast !
Ask Ian Fleming !
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911
*even as the poisonous smoke was still rising from the ruins of the World Trade Center in September 2001, Bush giddily declared that “through my tears, I see opportunity.” We now know exactly what he saw: the opportunity to launch the long-determined invasion of Iraq*

Africa,
Post 911, US had boots on the ground all over the 'dark continent' , ostentially to fight Aq and co, actually to check and sabotage Chinese investments.
When Chinese influx continues unabated, Washington wanted an excuse to boost its troop strength ...
then Ebola strike, uncle sham immediately sent in the 101 Airborne ....to fight the Ebola germs. !

Afghan,
October, 1999, the US declared political and economical sanctions against the Taliban for harboring Osama bin Laden.

It is well-known that the refuge a Pashto tribe extends to a guest is a sacred honor, to be defended in blood, not to mention mere sanctions. Are the Afghans just too free-spirited to co-exist with the Empire of Hegemoney?

Around this time, an unnatural series of natural disasters began to rain ruin on the poor folk of Afghanistan. First came three severe earthquakes, in February 1998, May 1998 and February 1999, killing tens of thousands. More damaging still was the drought, starting in the winter of 1998-1999 and deepening the following winter, uprooting several million war-tired refugees again. Afghanistan is in the throes of its worst drought for thirty years, if not the worst on record .

Haiti quake,

*The Street, an investment Web site, published an article, misleadingly titled "An Opportunity to Heal Haiti," that lays out how U.S. corporations can cash in on the catastrophe. "Here are some companies," they write, "that could potentially benefit: General Electric, Caterpillar, Deere, Fluor, Jacobs Engineering*

iNdonesia,
Condi Rice:
Indon Tsunami Provided "Wonderful opportunity" for US


myanmar....
*With United States warships and air force planes at the ready, and over 1 million of Myanmar’s citizens left bedraggled, homeless and susceptible to water-borne diseases by Cyclone Nargis, the natural disaster presents an opportunity in crisis for the U.S*


ph,
*Earlier this month, negotiations between the United States and the Philippines to sharply increase the number of US troops regularly rotating through Philippine bases hit a snag. Critics claimed American demands, if met, would undermine Philippine sovereignty. Increasingly, it seemed, prospects for an accord this year looked shaky.

Then typhoon Haiyan hit*
bingo !
uncle sham got its wish. !


vietnam
*By 1961, the cops of the world were in Vietnam, but President Kennedy's representatives there thought a lot more cops were needed and knew the public and the president would be resistant to sending them. For one thing, you couldn't keep up your image as the cops of the world if you sent in a big force to prop up an unpopular regime. What to do? What to do? Ralph Stavins, coauthor of an extensive account of Vietnam War planning, recounts that General Maxwell Taylor and Walt W. Rostow, '. . . wondered how the United States could go to war while appearing to preserve the peace. While they were pondering this question, Vietnam was suddenly struck by a deluge. It was as if God had wrought a miracle. American soldiers, acting on humanitarian impulses, could be dispatched to save Vietnam not from the Viet Cong, but from the floods*

Tip of an iceberg.

Posted by: denk | Mar 9, 2019 10:01:18 AM | 125

The above are quotations from various sources.

Posted by: denk | Mar 9, 2019 10:08:40 AM | 126

ostensibly

Posted by: denk | Mar 9, 2019 10:15:32 AM | 127

125

[ex] Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's mantra
*no crisis should go to waste*

As you can see, uncle sham is a very sharp opportunist,
ever ready to take advantage of a 'natural' disaster.
whether its a tsunami, typhoon, earth quake, pandemic.
Not once, not twice, but dozens of times.

now the big question.....
did gawd wrought a miracle,er, disaster, every time uncle needs one ?
or just the satan playing its haarp ?

Apply Ian Fleming's fundamental law of probability.
'Once is happenstance, twice is.........'

Posted by: denk | Mar 10, 2019 12:23:07 PM | 128

On military/disaster drills that turn live/....

Exhibit A
Indon tsunami.

While everybody sent hospital ships, medics to tsunami devastated Aceh, uncle sham dispatched TWO
NUCLEAR CARRIER BATTLE GROUPS, bristling with nukes enough to turn half of the planet into glass, fighter jets, marines......

' As if by magic, the Pentagon managed to have two battle groups ready to sail at an instant's notice from Hong Kong and Guam during the normally chaotic Christmas to New Year period. Crikey! Military discipline has come a hell of a long way since my day, when everyone including the ship's cat was sleeping it off at some highly questionably hostelry or another. Not these 10,000+ Americans though, who must have been standing rigidly to attention beside their hammocks day and night, tugging furiously at their forelocks whenever an officer of NCO came in sight.

The next bit was superbly orchestrated, because it took place at sea, far away from the prying eyes of dock spies or imaginary KGB agents. But oops, first you have to know who was involved. Out of Hong Kong rushed team one, comprised of the nuclear-powered USS Abraham Lincoln and her escort vessels, while the far more interesting team two rushed out of Guam, led by the USS Bonhomme Richard, a marine amphibious assault carrier crammed to the gunwales with gun-toting wooden tops. And that is not all, believe me, because the Bonhomme Richard is in fact leading a veritable armada known as "Expeditionary Strike Group 5".

Flagship USS Bonhomme Richard is accompanied by the U.S.S. Duluth, an amphibious transport dock vessel; the USS Rushmore, a landing ship dock; the guided missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, guided missile destroyer USS Milius, and the guided missile frigate USS Thach. To take care of the underwater side of things they are joined by the nuclear hunter-killer submarine USS Pasadena, while the U.S. Coast Guard's high-endurance cutter Munro is also tagging along, presumably to deal with Asian Customs and Excise.

Now then, though 'Strike Group 5' may be toting enough nuclear weapons to destroy half of the known world, and the title is perhaps lacking when viewed from a strictly humanitarian perspective, engineer chief Staff Sgt. Julio C. Dominguez says otherwise: "The Marine Service Support Group has been preparing for a humanitarian mission of this type for about 12 months now, and is more prepared for an actual mission". Well, OK chief, but didn't you ask why you were being trained for a mysterious humanitarian mission a year before it actually happened, especially when your day job is normally shooting Muslims full of holes? '

http://www.reformation.org/joevialls.html

Posted by: denk | Mar 10, 2019 12:38:01 PM | 129

War games/disaster drill/ terror drills that 'turns live'...

Off hand I can think of the following,,,....

Indon tsunami,
Haiti earthquake,
LOndon 7/7 ,
911 Norad air defence 'exercise',
Mh370 flew right into the 'eye' of a massive air sea 'war game',
Mh 17, ditto,
Brit/French 'war game' turned live into Libya invasion.

Tip of an iceberg,

Ian Fleming's law sez,........

Posted by: denk | Mar 10, 2019 10:00:40 PM | 130

To recap,

Prob [all those 'natural' disasters just happen to strike when US needed an excuse to intervene] = practically 0.

This begs the next big Q,
Does US actually possess WMD of weather manipulation, earthquake excitation. ?

No need to guess,
Right from the horse mouth,...

Way back in 1966, Professor Gordon J.F. MacDonald, then associate director of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at UC, Los Angeles, was a member of President Johnson’s Science Advisory Committee and later a member of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality. He actually wrote a chapter called “How to Wreck the Environment” in his book, Unless Peace Comes. Of course, this came at the height of the Vietnam brutality. Given the aura of violence similar to today’s, Gordon described in his chapter, among other things, “polar ice cap melting or destabilization, ozone depletion techniques,earthquake engineering [italics mine], ocean wave control and brain wave manipulation using the planet’s energy fields.”

More Significantly,

1997, 'defense' sec William Cohen ,,,
There are some reports, for example, that some countries have been trying to construct something like an Ebola Virus, and that would be a very dangerous phenomenon, to say the least. Alvin Toeffler has written about this in terms of some scientists in their laboratories trying to devise certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic specific so that they could just eliminate certain ethnic groups and races; and others are designing some sort of engineering, some sort of insects that can destroy specific crops. Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.


So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations. It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our efforts, and that's why this is so important.'

Sure, its always the others doing it, murikkans would never stoop to such low life tactics !

Fact is, any empire watcher worth his salt should've no problem translating Cohen's warning.

IOW, we can confidently assume US has haarp, at its disposal back in 1997, prolly way back in 1966 !

Posted by: denk | Mar 11, 2019 1:37:40 PM | 131

Terrorists who couldnt shoot straight,,,

Exhibit A

Bali bombing...

Joe Vialls,
They expect us to believe that the same Islamic Terrorists who supposedly masterminded the Sept. 11th attacks, (Arguably the most significant MILITARY strikes in the history of empires, shaking the very roots of the globe’s preeminent empire.) would blunder and bomb the disco containing Australians when a disco full of juicy Americans is probably just a few doors down the road?

Pak
TTP terrorists tracked down a group of tourists,
singled out the Chinese for executions, leaving
murikkans and others unharmed, now get this....
supposedly to avenge the death of their comrades killed by murikkan drones .!

Pak,
TTP chieftan Mohamed Mehsud caused an uproar
when he was released from gitmo after only a brief spell cuz he allegedly hated murikkans guts.
Yet his first op unpon release was to kidnap and kill
Chinese engineers working on the Gawdar port proj !

Mali,
Officially, murikkan jsoc death squads have been chasing and killing muslim terrorists there post 911.
One'd expect there'r lots of pissed up militants running around looking for the first chance to lay their hand on some juicy murkkans !

when a bunch of jihadists laid seige to a five star hotel in 2015, there was a large gathering of international tourists...including a group of murikkans and their IndiaN buddies.
Yet the jihadists completely ignored the great satans,
but slain several Chinese senior executives and their Russian associates., who happened to be in town to negotiate a major railway proj with the Malian govn !

Tip of an iceberg....

A case of cock eyed terrorists,
Or is there a more sinister implication ?

Ian Fleming,
'Once is a happenstance,..........


Posted by: denk | Mar 12, 2019 1:30:45 PM | 132

Ever wonder how did the 5lies get away scot free,
with centuries of wars, FF, black ops ?

Cuz they'r the judge, prosecutor and executioner,
all in one.

Exhibit A
Bali bombing.

Joe Vialls,
'At 11 pm on 12th October, 2002, the Sari club in Jakarta was ripped apart.
No group stepped forward to take public responsibility. Immediately after the bombing, the FBI, the Australian Secret Service and British secret police swooped in to the bomb site and took charge of the investigation,. The Indonesian authorities and the Balinese police were indignant but powerless to intervene. The first people on the scene almost immediately were the FBI, despite it being a 17-hour journey from the USA. Australian police arrived within 24 hours. The actual bombers may have escaped from Jakarta airport that night, as flight logs were found to be missing from air traffic control that day and the night of the 12th, and for no other night.'

Exhibit B
Malaysian airline disasters,

When the CIA, FBI took charge of the Mh370 'investigation', the Malaysian police chief lamented,
'Dont think we'll ever find out the truth' !

Mh17 forensic was done by the Dutch, a Nato member, aka murkkan vassal, how did it turn out ?
Blaming the Russians !

Tip of an iceberg....

With the inmates running the asylum,
the fox guarding the chicken coops,
what could go wrong ??

Posted by: denk | Mar 13, 2019 1:05:21 PM | 133

Aq & co, the gift that keeps on giving,

or,
terrorists who keep shooting at their own feet...

'If ever there was a time that the US and UK needed an attack to occur against BRITISH interests, it was well.at about 09:10 GMT on 20 November 2003.

Many commentators have said that the 9-11 attacks happened at the right time for the US. And I think it is even more clear today that the Istanbul attacks have happened at just the right time for Bush and Blair.

Either Al-Qaeda doesn't know what it is doing, or this wasn't Al Qaeda. Al-Qaeda want the world to see the evil that Bush and Blair are doing. And the protests would have done that. There was no need to bomb Istanbul. The only, and reiterate ONLY people to benefit from the bombings are Bush and Blair. It diverted attention from the protests, to the 'terrorists'.

I wish I had terrorists like that on my side. The kind that bomb the UN in Baghdad, the day after the UN say that US forces should leave Iraq. The kind that bomb a Bali nightclub, the week 250,000 Australians took to the streets to protest the war. The kind that bomb a Riyadh compound full of Arabs, when Saudi Arabian citizens are beginning to become increasingly vociferous in their condemnation of the Iraq invasion and occupation.

Since 9-11, and some say including 9-11, Al Qaeda has practically done everything the US govt would ask its CIA to do. They have killed muslims. They have killed their European supporters. They have timed each bombing to maximise the amount of criticism they will receive and minimise the support for their actions. Is that the actions of the 'biggest threat to mankind, freedom and democracy' ? Logic tells me, that it isn't Al-Qaeda at all.

Now tell me, what does logic tell you ?'

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5266.htm

Posted by: denk | Mar 14, 2019 12:25:02 PM | 134

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