Saudi Spy Chief Warns “There are no moderate democratic forces” In Syria

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Saudi intelligence chief warns of danger of King training militants, “the Syrian opposition”

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Palm-picked sites local Saudi press yesterday statements attributed to Prince Khalid Bin Bandar, head of intelligence Al Saud, on the Syrian opposition and trained militarily within the territory of the Kingdom, expressed his objection to this decision, which it sees a threat to internal security in Saudi Arabia.
She also noted that statements to Prince Khalid bin Bandar told King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz that any fighter will enter Syrian territory Saudi Arabia is at the end of the Islamic currents “jihadist”, stressing that there are no moderate democratic forces within the territory of the Syrian armed. He stressed that allowing the entry of Syrian territory to Saudi Arabia for training and processing is the danger will threaten the Saudi internal security must be taken into account with great interest, as he put it.
The Chairman of the intelligence that the Al-Saud to open camps for Syrians in Saudi Arabia may appeal the Iranians who may pay the Houthis to the complexity of the situation between Saudi Arabia and Yemen after the Houthis has become a force to be reckoned with, and after that are on the outskirts of Bab el Mandeb, he said !!.

Obama’s Capitulation To Saudi Arabia, In Order To Destroy Putin

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A Look Inside The Secret Deal With Saudi Arabia That Unleashed The Syrian Bombing

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For those to whom the recent US campaign against Syria seems a deja vu of last summer’s “near-war” attempt to ouster its president Bashar al-Assad, which was stopped in the last minute due to some very forceful Russian intervention and the near breakout of war in the Mediterranean between US and Russian navies, it is because they are. And as a reminder, just like last year, the biggest wildcard in this, and that, direct intervention into sovereign Syrian territory, or as some would call it invasion or even war, was not the US but Saudi Arabia – recall from August of 2013 – “Meet Saudi Arabia’s Bandar bin Sultan: The Puppetmaster Behind The Syrian War.” Bin Sultan was officially let go shortly after the 2013 campaign to replace Syria’s leadership with a more “amenable” regime failed if not unofficially (see below), but Saudi ambitions over Syria remained.

That much is revealed by the WSJ today in a piece exposing the backdoor dealings that the US conducted with Saudi Arabia to get the “green light” to launch its airstrikes against ISIS, or rather, parts of Iraq and Syria. And, not surprising, it is once again Assad whose fate was the bargaining chip to get the Saudis on the US’ side, because in order to launch the incursion into Syrian sovereign territory “took months of behind-the-scenes work by the U.S. and Arab leaders, who agreed on the need to cooperate against Islamic State, but not how or when. The process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority.

In other words, John Kerry came, saw and promised everything he could, up to and including the missing piece of the puzzle – Syria itself on a silver platter – in order to prevent another diplomatic humiliation.

 When Mr. Kerry touched down in Jeddah to meet with King Abdullah on Sept. 11, he didn’t know for sure what else the Saudis were prepared to do. The Saudis had informed their American counterparts before the visit that they would be ready to commit air power—but only if they were convinced the Americans were serious about a sustained effort in Syria. The Saudis, for their part, weren’t sure how far Mr. Obama would be willing to go, according to diplomats.

Said otherwise, the pound of flesh demanded by Saudi Arabia to “bless” US airstrikes and make them appear as an act of some coalition, is the removal of the Assad regime. Why? So that, as we also explained last year, the holdings of the great Qatar natural gas fields can finally make their way onward to Europe, which incidentally is also America’s desire – what better way to punish Putin for his recent actions than by crushing the main leverage the Kremlin has over Europe?

But back to the Saudis and how the deal to bomb Syria was cobbled together:

The Americans knew a lot was riding on a Sept. 11 meeting with the king of Saudi Arabia at his summer palace on the Red Sea.

A year earlier, King Abdullah had fumed when President Barack Obama called off strikes against the regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. This time, the U.S. needed the king’s commitment to support a different Syrian mission—against the extremist group Islamic State—knowing there was little hope of assembling an Arab front without it.

At the palace, Secretary of State John Kerry requested assistance up to and including air strikes, according to U.S. and Gulf officials. “We will provide any support you need,” the king said.

But only after the Saudis got the abovementioned assurances that Assad will fall. And to do that they would have to strongarm Obama:

Wary of a repeat of Mr. Obama’s earlier reversal, the Saudis and United Arab Emirates decided on a strategy aimed at making it harder for Mr. Obama to change course. “Whatever they ask for, you say ‘yes,'” an adviser to the Gulf bloc said of its strategy. “The goal was not to give them any reason to slow down or back out.”

Arab participation in the strikes is of more symbolic than military value. The Americans have taken the lead and have dropped far more bombs than their Arab counterparts. But the show of support from a major Sunni state for a campaign against a Sunni militant group, U.S. officials said, made Mr. Obama comfortable with authorizing a campaign he had previously resisted.

To be sure, so far Obama has refrained from directly bombing Assad, it is only a matter of time: “How the alliance fares will depend on how the two sides reconcile their fundamental differences over Syria and other issues. Saudi leaders and members of the moderate Syrian opposition are betting the U.S. could eventually be pulled in the direction of strikes supporting moderate rebel fighters against Mr. Assad in addition to Islamic State. U.S. officials say the administration has no intention of bombing Mr. Assad’s forces”… for now.

But why is Saudi Arabia so adamant to remove Assad? Here is the WSJ’s take:

For the Saudis, Syria had become a critical frontline in the battle for regional influence with Iran, an Assad ally. As Mr. Assad stepped up his domestic crackdown, the king decided to do whatever was needed to bring the Syrian leader down, Arab diplomats say.

In the last week of August, a U.S. military and State Department delegation flew to Riyadh to lay the ground for a military program to train the moderate Syrian opposition to fight both the Assad regime and Islamic State—something the Saudis have long requested. The U.S. team wanted permission to use Saudi facilities for the training. Top Saudi ministers, after consulting overnight with the king, agreed and offered to foot much of the bill. Mr. Jubeir went to Capitol Hill to pressed key lawmakers to approve legislation authorizing the training.

And once the US once again folded to Saudi demands to attack another sovereign, it was merely a matter of planning:

Hours before the military campaign was set to begin, U.S. officials held a conference call to discuss final preparations. On the call, military officers raised last-minute questions about whether Qatar would take part and whether the countries would make their actions public.

Mr. Kerry was staying in a suite on the 34th floor of New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel, where he was meeting leaders attending United Nations gatherings. He called his Gulf counterparts to make sure they were still onboard. They were.

The UAE, which some defense officials refer to as “Little Sparta” because of its outsized military strength, had the most robust role. One of the UAE’s pilots was a woman. Two of the F-15 pilots were members of the Saudi royal family, including Prince Khaled bin Salman, son of the crown prince. In the third wave of the initial attack, half of the attack airplanes in the sky were from Arab countries.

The best news for Obama: it is now just a matter of time to recreate the same false flag that the Saudi-US alliance pushed so hard on the world in the summer of 2013 to justify the first attempt to remove Assad, and once again get the “sympathy” public cote behind him, naturally with the support of the US media.

But how does one know it is once again nothing but a stage? The following blurb should explain everything:

Saudi players in attendance for the Sept. 11 meeting included Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who as the king’s spymaster last year ran afoul of Mr. Kerry over Syria and Iraq policy. U.S. officials interpreted his presence as a sign the king wanted to make sure the court was united, U.S. officials said.

Actually, his presence is a sign that the same puppetmaster who pulled the strings, and failed, in 2013 to remove Assad, and as noted above was at least officially removed from the stage subsequently, is once again the person in charge of the Syrian campaign, only this time unofficially, and this time has Obama entirely wrapped around his finger.

Abdullah Al-Bishi, the Head Saudi Beheader

Saudi Arabia: Who is Abdullah Al-Bishi

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His name may not be widely known or recognized. Abdullah Al-Bishi is a Saudi national who inherited the position as an executioner from his father. Yes; this is one of the men who have learned the art of beheading. He is an executioner for Makkah and his son, Badr, has been accepted in the same kind of profession in Riyadh. I find it interesting that here are three consecutive generations who not only have chosen but take pride in their position and the skill required to conduct (execute) a clean execution.

Saudi Arabia uses public beheading as the punishment for murder, rape, drug trafficking, sodomy, armed robbery, apostasy and certain other offences.  2007 has been the record year for executions with 153 men and three women executed. Forty five men and two women were beheaded in 2002, a further 52 men and 1 woman in 2003 and 35 men and a woman in 2004.  Executions rose in 2005 with 88 men and 2 women being beheaded and then reduced to 35 men and four women in 2006.
The condemned of both sexes are given tranquillisers and then taken by police van to a public square or a car park after midday prayers. Their eyes are covered and they are blindfolded. The police clear the square of traffic and a sheet of blue plastic sheet about 16 feet square is laid out on the ground.
Dressed in their own clothes, barefoot, with shackled feet and hands cuffed behind their back, the prisoner is led by a police officer to the centre of the sheet where they are made to kneel facing Mecca. An Interior Ministry official reads out the prisoner’s name and crime to the crowd.
Saudi Arabia uses a traditional Arab scimitar which is 1000-1100 mm long. The executioner is handed the sword by a policeman and raises the gleaming scimitar, often swinging it two or three times in the air to warm up his arm muscles, before approaching the prisoner from behind and jabbing him in the back with the tip of the blade, causing the person to raise their head. (see photo) Then with a single swing of the sword the prisoner is decapitated.
Normally it takes just one swing of the sword to sever the head, often sending it flying some two or three feet. Paramedics bring the head to a doctor, who uses a gloved hand to stop the fountain of blood spurting from the neck. The doctor sews the head back on, and the body is wrapped in the blue plastic sheet and taken away in an ambulance. Burial takes place in an unmarked grave in the prison cemetery.
Beheadings of women did not start until the early 1990’s, previously they were shot.  Forty three women have been publicly beheaded up to the end of 2007.
Most executions take place in the three major cities of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dahran. Saudi executioners take great pride in their work and the post tends to be handed down from one generation to the next.

Beheading is as humane as any modern method of execution if carried out correctly and a single blow is sufficient to decapitate the prisoner. Consciousness is probably lost within 2-3 seconds, due to a rapid fall of the “intracranial perfusion of blood” (blood supply to the brain). The person dies from shock and anoxia due to haemorrhage and loss of blood pressure within less than 60 seconds. However, because the muscles and vertebrae of the neck are tough, decapitation may require more than one blow. Death occurs due to separation of the brain and spinal cord, after the transection (cutting through) of the surrounding tissues, together with massive haemorrhage.
It has often been reported that the eyes and mouths of the decapitated have shown signs of movement. It has been calculated that the human brain has enough oxygen stored for metabolism to persist for about 7 seconds after the head is cut off.

Beheading requires a skilled headsman if it is to be at all humane and not infrequently, several blows were required to sever the head. It took three blows to remove Mary Queen of Scot’s head at Fotheringhay Castle in 1587.  In Britain, beheadings were carried out by the “common hangman” and were relatively rare so he had very little practice or experience, which often led to unfortunate consequences.
Saudi executioners pride themselves on their skill and efficiency with the scimitar.
The prisoner is usually blindfolded so that they do not see the sword or axe coming and move at the crucial moment. Again, this is why in both beheading and guillotining it was not unusual for an assistant to hold the prisoner’s hair to prevent them moving.
In any event, the results are gory in the extreme as blood spurts from the severed arteries and veins of the neck including the aorta and the jugular vein.
All the European countries that previously used beheading have now totally abolished the death penalty.

 

Iran threatens to turn Saudi Arabia into hell If They Crucify Sheikh al-Nimr

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Iran threatens to turn Saudi Arabia into hell

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Iranian leaders threatened “to turn Saudi Arabia into hell,” over the last few days in response to a decision by a Saudi court to sentence the Shi’ite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr to death. A day later Iran carried out a wave of arrests against Sunni clerics.

The tit-for-tat exchange comes as the West scrutinizes Tehran’s involvement in the Syrian and Iraqi arenas.

Al-Nimr was found guilty a week ago of seeking “foreign meddling” in Saudi Arabia, disobeying its rulers and taking up arms against the Saudi security forces. Al-Nimr was a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that erupted in eastern Saudi Arabia three years ago.

Commander of Iran’s Basij force Brigadier-General Mohammad Reza Naqdi (pictured) threatened revenge if the Saudis execute the cleric, “If the Al-Saud commits such a crime against Ayatollah Sheikh al-Nimr, its move will not remain unanswered and Muslims will change this world to a hell for them.”

Moreover, according to some Arabic reports, a wide campaign of arrests against Sunni clerics in Iran was launched by Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

The recent developments in relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia are in sharp contrast to reports from various media outlets about a recent rapprochement between the two countries, based on the desire for a common struggle against the Sunni extremist organization ISIS. In fact, on Friday, an Iran official accused Riyadh of creating ISIS. The Iranian IRNA news agency reported

Tehran Substitute Friday Prayers Leader Seyyed Ahmad Khatami criticized Saudi officials for supporting extremist groups in the region… He blamed Riyadh for advocating the terrorist group of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its failed attempts to topple legal governments of Syria and Iraq.

They’ve Taken Our Kenny (Kenny’s Sideshow)…Those Bastards!

Now I understand why the links have stopped coming from Kenny’s Sideshow

Kenneth Ray Kirkham is dead and his shoes will not be easily filled.  Others may come, or stand ready, to take-up the slack, but they cannot fill the void left by his passing.  May God be there to comfort his family in their time of need.   

Kenneth Ray Kirkham

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Kenneth Ray Kirkham, 62, who passed away suddenly, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at Stones River Hospital E/R. He was a native of Gallatin, TN. He was preceded in death by his Father, Leonard Kirkham and his daughter, Christiana Patrick.

Mr. Kirkham is survived by his wife, Deborah Hurt Kirkham of Auburntown; Mother: Helen Kirkham Gomez of Gallatin, TN.; Daughter: Joan (Ricky) Bryson of Auburntown; Grandchildren: Travis & Ryan Baines; Jake (Melissa) Bryson and Josh (Lekeisha) Bryson; Sister: Deborah Lynn (Jim) Stephenson of Bethpage, TN.; Nephews & Niece: Sam (Dana), Amanda and Eli Stephenson.

A member of the Union Hill Church of Christ, he was retired from Greer in La Vergne and worked with his son-in-law, at Bryson Cell Tower Ground Maintenance. He was a wonderful man who loved his family more than anything. He also loved his fur children, his Jack Russells, Taz and Tessa. Kenneth enjoyed music and played guitar, mandolin and drums.

Russia On the Right Side of History

Russia: On the Right Side of History

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by Stephen Lendman
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comments reflect Russia’s position on geopolitical issues. Especially major ones mattering most.
He explained them following discussions days earlier with John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Paris.
He’s a world-class diplomat. He embarrasses his Western counterparts. They’re no match for his forthrightness. Straight talk. Candor. Telling it like it is. Explaining what everyone needs to know.
Paul Craig Roberts is right calling Russia the world’s moral leader. At a time America descends into tyranny. Waging war on humanity. At home and abroad.
Risking the unthinkable. Possible global war. Nuclear war. Mushroom cloud denouement.
Neocons infest Washington. They’ve been around for decades. Political and military ones. Advocating permanent wars. Wanting all US rivals eliminated.
Obama serves their interests. He gives rogue leadership new meaning. He’s no Jack Kennedy.
JFK transformed himself in office from warrior to peacemaker. He wanted all nuclear weapons abolished. A “general and complete disarmament.”
Rapprochement with Soviet Russia. The Cold War ended. All US forces out of Vietnam by December 1965.
He regretted the gap between intellectuals and politicians. Working cooperatively improves chances for responsible policies, he believed.
He deplored “craz(ies)” urging war. Wanting Soviet Russia nuked while America was advantaged. Even at a cost of a few US cities.
During the October 1962 Cuban missile crisis, he “never had the slightest intention” of attacking to remove them.
It bears repeating. Obama is no Jack Kennedy. He’s polar opposite on major issues mattering most. John Kerry reflects his views.
So does Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. He outraged Moscow saying “we must deal with a revisionist Russia – with its modern and capable army – on NATO’s doorstep.”
Anti-Russian propaganda drowns out what everyone needs to know. It’s intense. Unprecedented.
Worse than Cold War vitriol. Malicious misinformation substitutes.
Lavrov’s comments are important. He’s on the right side of history. He champions peace and security. Ukrainian crisis conditions reflect Western European/US contradictions.
“Pardon us for our country’s existence in the middle of your military bases,” he said.
“Washington has openly declared its right to use military force unilaterally and wherever it sees fit in order to protect its own interests.”
“The Western alliance, led by the United States, while defending democracy and human rights, on the global arena assumes an opposite stance, disregarding the principle of the sovereign equality of states, as stipulated in the UN Charter, and trying to decide for others what is good and what is bad.”
“Western partners have ignored our numerous warnings, concerning the inadmissibility of breaking the UN Charter and Helsinki Final Act principles, consistently evaded proper collaboration on creating a zone of equal and undivided security and cooperation in the area from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans,” he added.
“The United States and the European Union supported the coup in Ukraine, blindly approved any actions taken by the self-proclaimed Kiev authorities that directed their efforts at violently suppressing the part of the Ukrainian people that rejected the attempts to impose on the country anti-constitutional order and wanted to defend its right to native language, culture and history.”
US-led Western countries proliferate violence and instability. Imperialism works this way.
Lavrov discussed his Paris Kerry/Fabius meeting. It covered a wide range of issues, he said. Including strained bilateral relations.
Differences remain, he explained. It’s “in our common interests to seek” responsible solutions. “(T)hrough a respectful dialogue based on equal agreements and taking into account each other’s interests.”
Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan an Ukraine were discussed. “We talked about the efforts Russian leadership is exerting to ensure complete and comprehensive compliance with the agreements achieved with our support and with the cooperation of the OSCE between the Kiev authorities and the representatives of the self-defence forces,” Lavrov said.
“I am referring to the Minsk Protocol, signed on 5 September, and the Minsk Memorandum of 19 September 2014.”
“The main thing now is to not ‘water down’ the process that has been set in motion, not to divert attention to some artificial formats being proposed but to get the participants in the Minsk process to fully comply with the accords between Kiev, Lugansk and Donetsk.”
“This applies to the cease-fire, the separation of forces, the pulling back of heavy weapons and, most importantly, the start of a comprehensive political dialogue that the Ukrainian authorities promised as early as April of this year when the foreign ministers of Russia, the US and Ukraine met in Geneva and proclaimed the need for an immediate start to a political dialogue involving all the regions and political forces in Ukraine.”
He elaborated further on what he called “the Ukrainian tragedy,” saying:
“We have constantly and at all levels reaffirmed our position and demanded a concrete reaction on the part of the relevant international organisations.”
“Our position is that all the crimes perpetrated during the course of the Ukrainian crisis must be investigated, beginning with the ‘snipers’ case’ on Maidan Square, including the tragedies in Odessa and Mariupol, the Malaysian plane catastrophe, the mass graves and many other incidents that have become known to the public.”
“We believe that international organisations, notably the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the UN human rights bodies, must take the initiative and assume a greater share of the responsibility for carrying through with these investigations because the Ukrainian authorities obviously are not doing enough.”
“One would not like to suspect anyone of anything, but one does have the impression that they have something to hide. The international organisations must not allow this to happen.”
“(T)he Ukrainian crisis can only be resolved through direct talks and the reaching of an accord between the conflicting sides. This is precisely what the Minsk process implies.”
Beginning with ceasefire and political dialogue, Lavrov stressed. “(W)hich has yet to begin,” he added.
Kerry and other Western officials shouldn’t “try to invent something new.” The should “fully and honestly comply with the existing accords.”
Lavrov hopes ongoing P5+1 talks on Iran’s nuclear program will “achieve an early an comprehensive agreement…” Remaining issues to be resolved aren’t “all that complicated,” he said.
Russia “consistently” fights terrorism. It’s done so for many years. It helps other countries address their threats.
Including Syria and Iraq. It’ll continue these efforts, said Lavrov. Not through so-called ” ‘coalitions’ created without” Security Council consent. Doing so violates international law.
An anti-terror group was established under the auspices of the Russian/US Bilateral Presidential Commission. Both sides agreed to share relevant information.
Washington unilaterally terminated Commission activities. And all its mechanisms. It bears repeating rogue states operate this way.
On October 16, Lavrov addressed the 10th ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) summit Second Plenary Session, saying:
“(T)he future of humankind depends on our ability to develop equitable and productive cooperation.”
“Mutual trust as an element of international relations is decreasing at an alarming pace amid deep structural changes in the world, and the skill of finding compromises and mutually acceptable solutions, which alone can provide the basis for effective cooperation, is being eroded.”
“Some countries still interpret agreement solely as the acceptance of their views and think that they can ignore the legitimate interests of their partners and dictate their rules in the economy, politics, finance and trade.”
“This is deepening chaos in international relations and expanding the area of crises to vast territories in the Middle East and North Africa, and now to Ukraine.”
Russia consistently supports strengthening global alliances. Including responsible governance mechanisms, Lavrov explained. Ongoing efforts should comply fully with international law.
Nothing less is acceptable. Equal security and mutual respect for all parties’ interests are essential. Preventing regional and global conflicts depend on them.
“We firmly stand for harmonising integration processes in Europe, Eurasia and the Asia-Pacific Region,” said Lavrov.
“Russia is ready to use its geographic position, resources and human capital towards this end.”
It’ll “continue to increase its contribution to the development of practical cooperation between the ASEM member-countries based on a balance of interests, including by advocating the global agenda for post-2015 development, enhancing the effectiveness and coordination of emergency response cooperation, searching for sustainable solutions to climate change and energy efficiency issues, and by promoting dialogue on human rights issues based on mutual respect.”
“In these tumultuous times, it is vitally important to strengthen the ethical foundations of international relations by relying on traditional values that constitute the moral basis of universal solidarity.”
“Russia is willing to continue cooperating with all the ASEM partners to strengthen ASEM’s role in the effort to create a safer and more democratic and effective international system.”
Lavrov’s comments are genuine. He reflects Moscow’s views. For world peace and stability. Respect for nation-state sovereign inviolability. Rule of law principles. Mutual cooperation on issues mattering most.
In contrast, Washington’s rhetoric rings hollow. Obama, Kerry, Hagel and other US officials lie. They say one thing. They do another.
They ravage and destroy one country after another. Murdering millions in cold blood. Inflicting appalling human misery.
For unchallenged dominance. Resource control. The right to exert might because who’ll stop it. Exploiting world populations.
At home and abroad. Force-feeding police state harshness. Serving monied interests only. Spurning popular ones.
Inflicting “a plague upon the world,” says Paul Craig Roberts. Governed by “two-bit punks.”
Declaring itself world sovereign. Demanding all nations bend to its will. Mindless of rule of law principles.
Or sovereign independent rights. Or right over wrong. Or doing the right thing because it matters.
Hegemons operate this way. They do what they damn please. None in world history match US ruthlessness. Thankfully Putin’s Russia exists.
“Attempts to…pressure (it) and…compel it to abandon its values, truth, and justice have no prospects whatever for success,” Lavrov stresses.
US “polic(ies) of ultimatums and supremacy and domination do not meet the requirements of the 21st century, and run counter to the objective process of developing a polycentric and democratic world order,” he added.
Washington’s unilateral use of military force threatens world peace. Russia is polar opposite. It deplores war. It champions peace and stability.
It goes all-out to achieve them. It’s maliciously bashed for doing so. Big Lies substitute for explaining its responsible policies.
WW II horrors inspired UN Charter principles. Its preamble vowed to:
  • “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…;”
  • “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights…;”
  • assure justice and international law is respected; and
  • “promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom…”
Failure followed on all counts. Hamstrung by US imperial lawlessness. Its violation of fundamental civil and human rights. Its contempt for democratic values. Its rage for war.
Conditions today are more perilous than ever. World peace hangs by a thread.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”