Warning To Americans From the Russian Press (Pravda): Do not give up your guns!

The Russian Press Pravda Message to Americans: Do not give up your guns

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By Stanislav Mishin

These days, there are very few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bare arms and use deadly force to defend one’s self and possessions.

This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar. Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items. People carried them concealed, they carried them holstered. Fighting knives were a prominent part of many traditional attires and those little tubes criss crossing on the costumes of Cossacks and various Caucasian peoples? Well those are bullet holders for rifles.

Various armies, such as the Poles, during the Смута (Times of Troubles), or Napoleon, or the Germans even as the Tsarist state collapsed under the weight of WW1 and Wall Street monies, found that holding Russian lands was much much harder than taking them and taking was no easy walk in the park but a blood bath all its own. In holding, one faced an extremely well armed and aggressive population Hell bent on exterminating or driving out the aggression

This well armed population was what allowed the various White factions to rise up, no matter how disorganized politically and militarily they were in 1918 and wage a savage civil war against the Reds. It should be noted that many of these armies were armed peasants, villagers, farmers and merchants, protecting their own. If it had not been for Washington’s clandestine support of and for the Reds, history would have gone quite differently.

Moscow fell, for example, not from a lack of weapons to defend it, but from the lieing guile of the Reds. Ten thousand Reds took Moscow and were opposed only by some few hundreds of officer cadets and their instructors. Even then the battle was fierce and losses high. However, in the city alone, at that time, lived over 30,000 military officers (both active and retired), all with their own issued weapons and ammunition, plus tens of thousands of other citizens who were armed. The Soviets promised to leave them all alone if they did not intervene. They did not and for that were asked afterwards to come register themselves and their weapons: where they were promptly shot.

Of course being savages, murderers and liars does not mean being stupid and the Reds learned from their Civil War experience. One of the first things they did was to disarm the population. From that point, mass repression, mass arrests, mass deportations, mass murder, mass starvation were all a safe game for the powers that were. The worst they had to fear was a pitchfork in the guts or a knife in the back or the occasional hunting rifle. Not much for soldiers.

To this day, with the Soviet Union now dead 21 years, with a whole generation born and raised to adulthood without the SU, we are still denied our basic and traditional rights to self defense. Why? We are told that everyone would just start shooting each other and crime would be everywhere….but criminals are still armed and still murdering and to often, especially in the far regions, those criminals wear the uniforms of the police. The fact that everyone would start shooting is also laughable when statistics are examined.

While President Putin pushes through reforms, the local authorities, especially in our vast hinterland, do not feel they need to act like they work for the people. They do as they please, a tyrannical class who knows they have absolutely nothing to fear from a relatively unarmed population. This in turn breeds not respect but absolute contempt and often enough, criminal abuse.

For those of us fighting for our traditional rights, the US 2nd Amendment is a rare light in an ever darkening room. Governments will use the excuse of trying to protect the people from maniacs and crime, but are in reality, it is the bureaucrats protecting their power and position. In all cases where guns are banned, gun crime continues and often increases. As for maniacs, be it nuts with cars (NYC, Chapel Hill NC), swords (Japan), knives (China) or home made bombs (everywhere), insane people strike. They throw acid (Pakistan, UK), they throw fire bombs (France), they attack. What is worse, is, that the best way to stop a maniac is not psychology or jail or “talking to them”, it is a bullet in the head, that is why they are a maniac, because they are incapable of living in reality or stopping themselves.

The excuse that people will start shooting each other is also plain and silly. So it is our politicians saying that our society is full of incapable adolescents who can never be trusted? Then, please explain how we can trust them or the police, who themselves grew up and came from the same culture?

No it is about power and a total power over the people. There is a lot of desire to bad mouth the Tsar, particularly by the Communists, who claim he was a tyrant, and yet under him we were armed and under the progressives disarmed. Do not be fooled by a belief that progressives, leftists hate guns. Oh, no, they do not. What they hate is guns in the hands of those who are not marching in lock step of their ideology. They hate guns in the hands of those who think for themselves and do not obey without question. They hate guns in those whom they have slated for a barrel to the back of the ear.

So, do not fall for the false promises and do not extinguish the light that is left to allow humanity a measure of self respect.

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Govt. Testing Spy Drones Over the Homeland, Getting Americans Accustomed To New Layer of Surveillance

 

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The Dragonflyer by Dragonfly Innovations, Inc., a rotary-wing drone representative of those being tested by the Department of Homeland Security in Oklahoma. – DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
This Lockheed Martin Stalker is representative of drones being tested for civilian uses near Fort Sill. Lockheed Martin Photo

This Lockheed Martin Stalker is representative of drones being tested for civilian uses near Fort Sill. Lockheed Martin Photo
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A Lockheed Martin Stalker XE drone flies over the countryside. For at least the next year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be testing the possible use of drones in the civilian world from a facility near Fort Sill. – LOCKHEED MARTIN

Wary eyes shift to the skies as unmanned aircraft are tested in state

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Unmanned aircraft are being tested in Oklahoma for possible civilian uses, such as by police departments. But testing of the state-of-the-art crafts also has raised privacy concerns.

BY Phillip O’Connor

FORT SILL — The small, winged drone quietly soared overhead as SWAT team members closed in on a building at Fort Sill.

When a suspect sprinted from the structure, the drone banked through a cloudless afternoon sky in an effort to track the person.

A few miles away, two Lockheed Martin technicians sat in a converted bedroom of a ranch-style house using a laptop computer to control the drone’s movements.

Turki Boasts That Only Way To Stop Mideast Bloodshed Is Surrender To Wahhabi Wisdom

[Turki and the rest of the pseudo-royals are pathological liars and bloodthirsty morons, who are behind 99% of the Sunni terrorism that plagues the Middle East and the rest of the world.  There is only one way to stop this Sunni terrorist bloodshed, that is the total destruction of the Abdulaziz Al Saud regime.  To end the war, we must destroy the Saudi Empire.  Iran is NOT the problem; it is the scapegoat.]

Arab states must coordinate efforts to realise common ambition

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The GCC has to unite into a confederation that can meet the challenges of Iran’s regional ambitions and bring major military deployments to bear on regional conflicts

By Turki 
Bin Faisal 
Al Saud Special to Gulf News

Image Credit: Luis Vasquez/Gulf News

Analysts the world over are assessing the situation in the Middle East in 2012 by listing the region’s “winners” and “losers.” Hamas won. Egypt’s President Mohammad Mursi won, then lost. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won. Syria lost. Iraq lost. Iran had a draw (tougher sanctions, but closer to nuclear-weapons capability), as did Saudi Arabia (growing clout, but unable to stop the killings in Syria or Gaza) and Israel (avoided massive bloodshed, but became even more isolated).

All of these lists, however, are merely the pastimes of policy wonks. In the bloody, hostile miasma of the Middle East, being a “winner”, in any sense of the term, is fallacious. The region continues to breed only losers. The victims of the conflicts in Syria, Iran and Palestine; the friends and families of the victims; those who hope for peace: All lost. This is a grim reminder that when it comes to killing one another, repeatedly missing opportunities for peace and botching all efforts at progress, no one can beat the Middle East. In 2012, the region proved once again that it is truly the best at perpetrating the worst.

When will these vital, eclectic and prosperous (or potentially prosperous) countries stop their ravenous infighting and start nurturing, protecting and sustaining their people? While there have been many prescriptions, I will provide my own 2012 Middle East roundup, with a look towards what must happen in 2013, if we want it to bring fewer losses.

The Israeli killing machine must be stopped by a determined US using its leverage to bring about implementation of the land-for-peace principles of the UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, the Madrid Conference, the Oslo Agreement and the Abdullah Peace Initiative. This is the only way out of the current unworkable predicament

Borrowing a term from nuclear strategy, the situation between Israel and the Palestinians can be described only as “mutually assured destruction,” also known, fittingly, as MAD. It benefits no one, so why let it continue? Only the US has the ability to push the Israelis out of their MAD-ness, so I look forward to the Obama administration recognising and acting on that moral obligation in the coming year.

The Bashar Al Assad killing machine must also be stopped. In this case, it is through the West agreeing with Saudi Arabia to arm the Free Syrian Army (FSA) with the defensive weapons that it needs to ground Al Assad’s aircraft and immobilise his tanks and artillery. Unlike some conflicts in the region, this is a case with a clear and simple solution. Those being attacked merely need weapons to defend themselves; if they get them, the entire dynamic of the conflict will shift, in turn ending the bloodshed.

By now, all of the actors in Syria are known. There are no hidden jihadis, terrorists or gangsters. They are all well documented. So the moderates are the ones who should get the anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons. Having them, their prestige among other fighters will soar and so will support for their moderate stance.

Iranian intervention in Iraq must stop. It is tearing Iraq apart and endangering the countries around it. Western and Iranian support for Nouri Al Maliki’s government, which is controlled by Iran’s Basij militia, must be withdrawn, enabling the Iraqi people to determine freely their own destiny. Did the Americans defeat Saddam Hussain and did more than 100,000 Iraqis die in the process, so that their country could become a puppet of the hostile Iranian regime? Iran’s meddling in Bahrain, Kuwait, Yemen and other Gulf states must end as well.

In addition to these major tasks, Palestine’s main political rivals, Hamas and Fatah, must reconcile and turn their united efforts towards improving the lives of the Palestinian people. Egypt must get over its post-revolutionary squabbling and reassume its leading role among Arab states. And all Arab states must coordinate their efforts to realise common ambitions, rather than continue to pursue only narrow national interests.

Central to all of these tasks is a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that is united into a confederation that can meet the challenges of Iran’s regional ambitions and bring major military deployments to bear on regional conflicts. If anything has become clear in the last year, it is that states like Israel, Iran and Syria will act with impunity if no one is ready, willing and able to stand up to them. It is time for the GCC, anchored on Saudi Arabia’s power, to take up that role.

The Middle East has been losing for too long, because its national leaders have been seeking to win in their own way, for their own purposes and at everyone’s cost but their own. Such unilateralism is impossible in today’s globalised world. We must join together or else we will rip each other to shreds. The choice is simple: Do we want to be winners or losers?

— Project Syndicate, 2012

Turki Bin Faisal Al Saud, Chairman of the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies, was the director general of Al Mukhabarat Al A’amah, Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency from 1977 to 2001, and has served as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UK and the US.

The Nightmare of Middle East Proxy Wars

Nightmares ahead 

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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, smoke rises during an explosion from an Israeli strike in Gaza City.  (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)
FILE – In this Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, smoke rises during an explosion from an Israeli strike in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)
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While the effects of climate change took decades to become apparent, the Middle East has witnessed its own vast changes over just two years – the optimistically named Arab Spring became quickly blighted by dangerous blizzards and storms.

From the edge of the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf, the region has, for the entirety of 2012, been making global headlines. Sadly, however, the only business which has flourished in much of the Middle East has been that of gravediggers.

It is hard to imagine a period of history during which another region of the world seemed to experience the same levels of abject destruction on so many levels that the Middle East is experiencing today.

Pick one country in the region and it is hard not to find examples of this destruction, if not in terms of bloodshed then in terms of corruption, creeping poverty or the abuse of human rights.

And as the situation stands it does not seem as if 2013 will represent significant opportunities to resolve this tragic state of affairs.

For obvious reasons the country that has received the most focus throughout the year has been Syria, the international envoy to which promised Sunday a new peace plan which all world powers, including key Assad-ally Russia might potentially support.

Like an audience member at a circus watching a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat, we can’t help but feel a little confused – where has this rabbit, this magical peace plan, been hiding until now?

Throughout 2012 there have arguably been as many empty words, meaningless statements and peace plans as there have deaths of civilians. In many cases, these failed attempts at brokering peace have even led to more deaths and greater destruction.

Looking outside of Syria, the rest of the region also seems to be in freefall. In Yemen, Libya and Algeria there is the increasing militarization of extremist groups, all vying for power. Egypt and Iraq appear ever more blemished by sectarian fighting. Jordan and Lebanon are struggling with huge influxes of Syrian refugees. Lebanon is facing a dire security situation, and a weak economy. Fighting between Sudan and South Sudan continues, and Bahrain is increasingly unstable.

The rest of the Gulf may at first appear immune to the tide of uprisings, but unless serious attempts are made to allow more sections of society to participate in governance, the leaders of those countries too cannot expect to remain isolated forever.

It may be a depressing image of the region, but as the year ends, it is the reality of the day and one that must be confronted head on if change is going to be made. As it increasingly becomes defined, despite its vast oil wealth, as the sick uncle of the world, there are basically two options facing the people of the Middle East – to treat this sick entity, and fast, or to let it die.

There is a fine line between these two options, but it must be remembered that should the latter be taken, there are numerous vultures waiting in the shadows to feast on the remains of the Middle East.

If 2012 was the year that the dreams of the Arab Spring died, then let 2013 be the year in which they are rekindled, and when the people of the region realize the aspirations of independence and freedom, not just from their own oppressive governments and rulers, but from the countries, actors and systems around the world who are investing on the downfall of the Middle East and using the region, rich in so many ways, as a proxy battlefield for their own desires.

Paybacks Are A Bitch, Hakeemullah–9 Executed TTP Terrorists Found In A Ditch

[SEE:  Fourteen killed in Khyber blitz]

Nine ‘Pakistani Taliban fighters’ found dead in North Waziristan: officials

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A spokesman for the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said all nine dead were Taliban fighters.—File Photo

MIRANSHAH: Bullet-ridden bodies of nine ‘Pakistani Taliban fighters’ were found on Monday dumped in the northwestern tribal North Waziristan region near the Afghan border, officials said.

The bodies were found on the side of the road in Peer Kaley village in North Waziristan, a stronghold of militant groups, 10 kilometres east of the district’s main town of Miranshah.

“Unidentified people threw away these nine bodies. No one knows who killed them,” a security official based in Miranshah told AFP.

Local residents confirmed that the bodies had been discovered and a second security official in Miranshah said the identity of the dead was yet not known.

But Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), told AFP that all nine were Taliban fighters and accused government security forces of killing them.

“We are proud of their martyrdom, soon we will take revenge for this killing,” he told AFP from an undisclosed location.

Officials on Sunday said they had found the bodies of 21 Levies soldiers who had been kidnapped by militants near the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Pakistan’s seven northwestern tribal districts are rife with homegrown insurgents and are said to be strongholds of Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.

Security officials said fighter jets on Monday bombed the Tirah valley in Khyber, another tribal district, killing at least eight militants.

Islamabad says more than 35,000 people have been killed as a result of terrorism in the country since the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

The Renewal of the “Silk Road” Is the Path To World Peace, But the Road Starts In Chahbahar, Iran

[If Russia and India band together with Iran, they will create circumstances exactly the opposite of Western sanction regimes.  Will Obama learn the error of his ways in this matter, or will he greet the news as an adversary would?  It is time for learning, but it is also an age of mass insanity.  Which spirit will prevail?]

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Russian nod for India’s bid to link south with central Asia

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Russian nod for India’s bid to link south with central Asia

Singh and Putin agreed to unfreeze the north-south corridor through Iran within the next year. India has taken the lead role in pushing for the completion of this project.

NEW DELHI: India’s pet project to link south with central Asia got support from Russian president Vladimir Putin. During their talks in New Delhi last week, Singh and Putin agreed to unfreeze the north-south corridor through Iranwithin the next year. India has taken the lead role in pushing for the completion of this project.

Indian officials said they would push for the completion of the corridor and were willing to step in, if Iran found it difficult to accomplish the task. The corridor is, by and large complete, they said, except for a section inside Iran between Qazvin-Rasht-Astara. The corridor is useless unless the Iranian section is completed. Although the agreement was inked by India, Iran, Russia and Oman in 2001, Tehran has dragged its feet on the project.

Now, the urgency for completion of the project is due to the imminent drawdown of NATO forces from Afghanistan in 2014. New Delhi figures that this project will be a game-changer for its trade and openIndian economy to the rising economies in central Asia, by connecting India with Afghanistan and beyond, bypassing Pakistan.

India’s aims in the region is coalescing with Russia, which is paying greater attention to it’s “near abroad”. Russia is concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism in its southern periphery and one of the ways of countering this is to open these landlocked nations to trade and connectivity with India.

Another reason for both Russia and India to concentrate on central Asia is the growing influence and presence of China in this region, which has raised concerns in Moscow and New Delhi. China is far ahead of both Russia and India in establishing connectivity with the central Asian countries — China’s aims being to stabilize its own western periphery, with the restive province of Xinjiang as the focus. Beijing has already built an intricate set of oil and gas pipelines to Kazakhstan, and a Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan-China gas pipeline. In 2011, the trade turnover between China and the five central Asian countries reached $16.98 billion. Beijing is currently working on a rail link to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. China’s progress, frankly, puts India’s sluggish initiatives in the shade.

India has recently received help from other quarters. Turkey has stepped in, offering itself as a more viable transit route for the corridor, given its already-developed connections with central Asian nations and Russia. On the other hand, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have both asked Indian leaders to consider connecting them to the corridor.

The Northern Distribution Network (NDN), which is being used by the US to transport supplies and weapons to its forces in Afghanistan by steering clear of Pakistan, is on offer for trade and connectivity in the post-2014 environment, said sources. Tajikistan has offered to connect itself to the Zaranj-Delaram road and Afghanistan’s garland highway, which will give it access to Iran’s Chahbahar port.

All of this is certain to raise Iran’s geo-political profile that India and Russia support. Iran, however, has been tardy in putting its own infrastructure in order. However, Iranian diplomats have recently gone on record to say that they have completed “70% of works on construction of Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railroad within the framework of North-South Transport Corridor project.”

Iran, India and Afghanistan have recently started to coordinate work on the Chahbahar port project. Again, here, the delay is on the Iranian side. India has offered to undertake the development of the port in Iran — over $5 billion of India’s oil payments to Iran are sitting in Indian banks in Indian currency, and the idea is that this could be used in the port’s development.

The Chahbahar port would be a lifeline for landlocked Afghanistan, by reducing its dependence on Pakistan. It would also act as a bridge to connect central Asia with India. Ultimately, it promises to open up vast markets in Eurasian countries to Indian goods and services, cutting travel and freight time and cost.

Uzbek and Kazakh leaders have pressed India to complete the project because it would open up the Indian energy market to these countries. Kazakhstan has offered the Satpayev block to India and is slated to become a key uranium supplier to India’s civilian nuclear sector. But lack of connectivity is a serious deterrent at present, said officials. In fact, its cheaper to bring goods to India through China from these countries!

But the focus is to complete the missing section in Iran. Of the 375-km-long Qazvin-Astara-Rasht route, around 300 km is located in Iran. While, 8.5km of railways will be built in Azerbaijan.