Saturday, June 24, 2017

Qatar Is Centre Stage In A World At War - Guest Column by James at Winter Patriot Blog

Doha, Capital of Qatar
USrael to Qatar:  "We put you up there and
we can take you out!"

There have been some very good analyses of the Qatar crisis on the Alternative Internet in the past few days. My instincts tell me that this crisis might just be the one that puts the globalist neocon ziofascist push towards WWIII, which has been stalled due to some genius "checkmating" by Russia, over the top.  In my opinion, Saudi Arabia and its allies are, just like the ISIS terrorists, acting as USrael's proxy in the Middle East...just on a grander scale.  In the guest column below, James from Winter Patriot Blog has a very comprehensive and well presented assessment of what is going on in Qatar. I have added bolding and emphasis, and will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

Qatar Is Centre Stage In A World At War - UPDATED


Update at the foot of this article.

A few weeks ago, the Saudis exploded in their rhetoric against Qatar. They were apoplectic. What on earth could have caused this sudden flood of vitriol? Obviously, it was not the fact that Qatar was funding terrorists in Syria as this had been an open secret for years. Plus, it was also an open secret that the Saudi's themselves are funding terrorism and even supplying many of the terrorists. The Qataris must have been threatening in a major way either or both of the two things the Saudis hold dear – their money and their political power. The former is increasingly dependent on the latter. Sharmine Narwani appeared on RT's Crosstalk to talk about the Saudi/Qatar conflict. She was definitely the smartest one in the room but no one was really listening to her. In answer to Peter Lavelle's first question, she revealed that the terror groups supported by the Qatar/Turkish alliance had gone very quiet in the last month and this had allowed the Syrian govt forces to concentrate on ISIS which is directly backed by the Saudis and the UAE. Consequently, ISIS is in disarray.

Clearly, to this writer at least, a deal had been done between Qatar, Turkey and Syria. Russia would have to be on-board, too. This has massive implications for the whole world. Narwani also thought that the Saudis were not above attacking Qatar and it might be imminent. One reason, as Sharmine Narwani states, may be the fact that Qatari backed terrorists in Syria have been fighting directly with Saudi backed jihadis. This benefits Turkey as well as Syria.

View the Crosstalk segment:
View on YouTube

Turkey is pissed that the US is obviously trying to set up a Kurdish state in the north of Syria and barring Turkish military involvement. This evolving Kurdish state-let will inevitably threaten Turkish sovereignty. But what about Qatar?

QATAR

Qatar must be able to see which way the wind is blowing in the Syrian conflict and realise that they are not going to get their gas pipeline through Syrian territory after all. The LNG market, from which they get the bulk of their revenue from, is now oversupplied (from the US and Australian sources amongst others) and forcing prices downward. Qatar's income is declining and it needs to pipe its gas to a major market to stay competitive. Piped gas is much cheaper to deliver and distribute than LNG. The only option is to talk to the Iranians. It also makes major business sense to do so.

Qatar and Iran share the largest gas field in the world and it is largely undeveloped. It makes sense to develop this field together and market the gas together as well. With Iran as a partner, the way is then open for Qatar to negotiate with the Russians and the Syrians concerning pipeline routes. The way is also open to ensure the future cash flow of the Qatari government and its royal household. Russian technology and Chinese finance will make it all happen. I would estimate that the gas sales will be denominated in Yuan and Rubles.

UNITED STATES

The Americans will get (are getting) their knickers in a bunch but they are rapidly losing influence in the Middle East, as Sharmine said. She was trying to elucidate that the Middle East countries are looking to rearrange their alliances and strategies to take this into account when she was cut off by Peter Lavelle.  The US is losing the battle to maintain the US dollar as the undisputed world currency and this deal will hasten its demise. The world wide supremacy of the US dollar is what their empire is based on. No dollar supremacy equals no US political supremacy and this will severely curtail their effective military supremacy.

The bankers that control the US, UK and Israel maintain their power by controlling energy supplies and indebting everybody to keep them relatively poor. Every other nation on earth will benefit from breaking this lock on power and enjoy growing industrialisation, trade and prosperity. This is being brought into stark contrast in the Middle East starting with Qatar. Qatar can stay with the US and slowly strangle itself economically or it can take a risk and make a break for economic freedom and prosperity.

SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia has ambitions of leading the Islamic world. It has used its gigantic income from oil sales to invest in religious indoctrination around the world and to bribe countries near and far. It has bought its way onto, if you can believe it, the UN Commission on the Status of Women and now heads the UN Human Rights Council. This is what money can do; but you need lots of money and a continuing supply of it. As the wealthiest oil exporter in the Middle East, it has dominated the Gulf Co-operation Council which, of course, includes Qatar.

Saudi Arabia's income stream is declining and is needing to leverage what political power it has to gain more and to cover naked grabs of resources such as those in Yemen. But it needs the GCC to act as this lever. Qatar is undoing the Saudis dominance of the GCC. The Saudis future is at stake and with the Saudi royal house doubling down with the appointment of Mohammed bin Salman as Crown Prince, we can expect more military adventurism, i.e. wars, to hasten this decline and perhaps eventual demise.

TURKEY

There is the risk of an armed attack from the Saudis but Qatar has allies. Turkey is sending troops to Qatar. This is no small matter. Turkey has the largest military in the Middle East. Turkey is also making it clear that it has a major interest in the success of whatever deal Qatar is striking with Syria Iran and Russia. Iran and Russia have immediately sent food shipments to Qatar after the announcement of the blockade by Saudi Arabia and the UAE and Bahrain. It would seem from the co-ordinated response that the blockade was anticipated. Presumably, more is anticipated by this ad hoc alliance assisting Qatar.

With the original Qatar/Saudi pipeline dead in the water, Turkey would be amenable to a Qatar/Iran/Syrian pipeline going through Turkey. I'm sure their only demand would be that it not go through any Kurdish territory. Given that none of the other partners want the US/Israeli controlled and unreliable Kurds involved, that won't be a problem. So the pipeline would have to go through the Aleppo corridor.

It would also need to go through south/eastern Syria where the US is now fighting at the risk of starting WW3 with the Russians. Now we see what the stakes are for the US and they are very high. If the gas pipeline goes through Turkey it will inevitably hook up with the Turkstream gas pipeline that will be Russian built and owned. Turkstream with travel through south eastern Europe; through the impoverished (thanks to the US and Germany) nations there. Turkey will become the gas hub between the suppliers in the Middle East, Russia and the Caucasus and on to the customers in Europe. Turkey has manoeuvred for a long time to be in this position. Much income and political influence to be gained and none of it dependent on the US!

EUROPE

Turkstream will be a lifeline to Serbia and Hungary. A branch line could easily extend to Greece and on to Italy. Europe's prosperity will be massively enhanced with a secure, plentiful and cheap energy supplied from Iran, Qatar and Russia. German/EU and US dominance over southern and eastern Europe will evaporate as will US power. The Islamic mass migration may well stop, as well.

RUSSIA

In the immediate term, Russia will get what it has been aiming for and that is a 'Gas OPEC'. Russia together with Iran and Qatar control the bulk of the world's gas reserves and will set the price thereafter. Europe (Germany) will have to kick the US to the kerb and come to its senses regarding Russia and cease with the sanctions and resume normal bilateral trade arrangements. Peace and prosperity for Russia.

In the longer term, Russia will be able to see the back of the US in the Middle East and all the wars it brings with it and Russia will be left as the dominant power on its southern flank.

IRAN

Iran is being fast-tracked to join the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) which is a de-facto military alliance between Russia and China and now Pakistan and India. The window of opportunity to attack Iran is finally closing, if it has not already closed. Thus Iran will have the US and its bankers finally off its back and will be able to resume full trade with the rest of the world. No more sanctions and it can resume its path to peace and prosperity through selling oil and gas wherever it wants and relieve its population of the constant stress of the threat of imminent war.

PAKISTAN and CHINA

There are other players involved, too; China and Pakistan. There have been long term negotiations between Iran, Pakistan and China to pipe gas through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. No doubt, the Chinese would welcome Qatar as a partner in this project as it would also allow its influence to further spread into the other Gulf countries with their New Silk Road to follow.
Wherever the pipeline goes, so will roads and other infrastructure. The new infrastructure, together with the ready supply of energy, will assure development along the route and surrounding territory. This would be a massive boon for the Balochistan area and would quell the political unrest (sponsored by the CIA) that has cost both Pakistan and Iran, not to mention the Balochs. Exactly the same applies to the North-West Territories in the north of Pakistan.

No doubt the Pakistanis would like to be rid of the US which has bases on its territory and from which it launches aerial attacks against Pakistani territory at will. The list of benefits to multiple countries goes on and on but it won't be smooth sailing. The US has been in decline for some years now but that hasn't stopped it launching more wars and spreading terrorism and mayhem across the globe. This will continue. It is the nature of psychopathy to never give up; to always continue to do harm.

To get itself out of trouble over the centuries, the banking establishment, centered in London and New York, has started costly wars. They are now trying to do the same again in Syria and maybe soon in Qatar. We shall see soon enough.
Meanwhile I commend to you Pepe Escobar's article at Sputnik where he talks about the implications of the SCO as well as the pipelines and the Qatari deal-

The West Can't Smell What Eurasia is Cooking
https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201706161054701807-west-cannot-smell-...

Pepe is the 'go-to' man regarding pipelines. He was the first writer that I know of to seize their importance and 'follow the pipelines'. He coined the term "Pipelineistan" and has written books about it.

UPDATE

Adam Garrie of The Duran has written an article outlining 13 demands that the Saudis have of Qatar. The list is not confirmed but "widely accepted" including by RT. Associated Press claims to have seen the document but AP is closely aligned with the Globalists, the Neocons and israel, but I repeat myself. So AP gives the list of demands credibility but because the Saudi govt has not confirmed it, it can shield itself from diplomatic criticism and back away from the "13 demands" at a later date if necessary.

Garrie notes that the demands are childish and he is right. This is what you get when you step on the toes big-time of psychopaths. They have the emotional maturity of 10 year olds. He also rightly notes that the demands cannot be complied with because they are extremely demeaning. This is intentional. Israel and the US routinely do the same when they want to start a war and this is precisely what Saudi Arabia is saying and wanting. 'Either you stop with the alliance with Iran, Syria, Turkey and Russia or we will invade you. Israel and the US have to be onboard with this. And why wouldn't they be? Their psychopathic dreams and political futures are equally at stake here as outlined above."

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So, there are a couple of deductions I would like to add to James's excellent analysis.  He may have already made some of these points but I would like to emphasize the following in point form:

- Saudi Arabia and its allies are acting as proxies for USrael and the European Banksters that run their perpetual war for Profit global scam.

- They have definitely made the terms issued to Qatar "non negotiable"...to ensure a WWIII in the very short term...which will avoid their looming bankruptcy and (perhaps worse) geopolitical irrelevancy!

- Ultimately, just like everything else that has gone on in the Middle East for the past 15 years or more...this is aimed at Russia/China/Iran....but particularly Russia/Putin.  It will take every ounce of his chessmaster skills to outmaneuver the perps this time.  They've doubled down for "one final roll of the dice"...and Qatar is it.  Stay tuned.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Open Letter to Canadian Prime Minister re: Canadian "sniper" killing indigenous fighter in Iraq

A Canadian 3RCR Battlegroup sniper walks
up a hill to his position during a mission
near Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2003.
(Stephen Thorne/Canadian Press)



Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

I am writing this open letter to you to inquire about the shocking news that Canadian soldiers are killing indigenous fighters in Iraq.  I refer to the recent news story about a Canadian "sniper" killing an "ISIS" fighter in Iraq.  Did Parliament ever authorize the combat mission that this soldier is being publicly praised for engaging in?  Even the CBC says that the formal mission statement was to "aid and assist".  I note that the current leader of the Federal New Democratic Party has also written a public letter to you today.  I have copied the CBC report with a link to NDP leader Tom Mulcair's letter below for the benefit of my blog readers.  Please read the following and I will have further thoughts in comments to follow:

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is foregoing the celebration and raising red flags following reports that a Canadian sniper in Iraq shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill. In a letter Friday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mulcair said the incident "seriously calls into question your government's claim that Canadian forces are not involved in direct combat in Iraq."

National Defence says the sniper is part of the Joint Task Force 2 special forces unit and was supporting Iraqi forces in their fight against the ISIS when he shot an enemy fighter from 3,540 metres away.That is more than a kilometre farther than the previous record, held by a British sniper who shot a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2009. 
'Hell of a shot': Sniper record latest example of deadly Canadian marksmanship
Read Mulcair's letter to Trudeau (pdf)

Officials have refused to provide any other details about the incident, including where and when it occurred, citing operational security. But they maintain that the soldier was operating within the established limits of Canada's so-called "advise and assist" mission in Iraq. Those limits, however, have been repeatedly questioned over the course of the nearly four-year mission, with much of the debate revolving around whether Canadian soldiers are engaged in combat. 

Questions over role

While news of the shot has spread like wildfire, prompting accolades and even disbelief from current and former military personnel around the world, Mulcair demanded Trudeau provide answers about the mission in Iraq. "Will you now confirm that Canadian troops have engaged in ground combat since your government took office?" he wrote. "Why have you not declared that the current military operation is now a combat mission? Why has there been no debate in the House of Commons regarding this change of mission?"

Opposition parties have repeatedly accused the Liberals of misleading the public about the nature of Canada's mission in Iraq by claiming that Canadian troops are not in combat.That includes revelations three years ago that Canadian troops were calling in airstrikes on ISIS targets, and last November when it was revealed they could shoot in situations other than self-defence.
But National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier stood by past assertions Friday that Canadian soldiers are not engaged in combat in Iraq, despite the record-breaking shot. "Members of the Canadian Special Operations Task Force do not accompany leading combat elements, but enable the Iraqi security forces who are in a tough combat mission," he said.

"This takes the form of advice in planning for their operations and assistance to defeat (ISIS) through the use of coalition resources." The latest controversy comes as the clock ticks down on the current mission in Iraq, whose mandate is set to expire next week.

The Liberals have said Canada will maintain a presence in Iraq and the fight against ISIS, though officials say no decision has been made on whether to extend the current mission or change it.Canada has about 200 special forces operating in northern Iraq, including inside Mosul, supported by a combat hospital, a helicopter detachment, a military surveillance plane and an air-to-air refuelling aircraft.

So, in the second last paragraph of the CBC report we finally find out the reason for the braying and arrogant announcement that a Canadian "sniper" has set some sort of "record" by killing an indigenous fighter in Iraq.  The perps want Canada to sign on for another mission...so they're greasing the skids with appeals to the warped egos of those who enjoy killing and warfare for its own sake.  The entire world knows that ISIS is a creation of the CIA and that these young ISIS fighters (many of them children or little more than teenagers) have been manipulated into becoming cannon fodder for the Imperialist perpetual war mongers.

The most egregious aspect of this military involvement of Canada in Iraq is that, even the Americans have admitted that the invasion of the sovereign nation of Iraq and killing its elected leader, was based on a lie about WMD.  So, why are Canadian soldiers fighting on behalf of liars and murderers? Additionally, the United States was supposed to have "ended" it's occupation of Iraq many years ago.  Why are we still there?  Since ISIS is a creation of the US and since the US is supposed to be out of Iraq there is absolutely no reason for Canadian soldiers to be "sniping" at anyone.

This latest incident reminds me that, during Putin's Interviews with movie director Oliver Stone which were shown on TV last week, Putin said that Canada was also involved in Syria.  Was Putin telling the truth?  Canadians certainly do not want our soldiers involved in (yet another) illegal invasion of a country.  Please say it isn't so.

It seems to me that the short-sighted and scofflaw approach to the Articles of the United Nations Charter and of International Law will only come back to haunt Canada.  Like Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and other non-nuclear countries, Canada is a militarily vulnerable nationIf we support those who do not respect International Law...then it is only a matter of time before they turn on us and invade us.  What is Canada going to do then?  Cry out to the UN and to the International Community to come and save us?  

A Loyal Canadian,

Greencrow

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Walking Stick - My Latest Wood Carving

Carved "Viking Prow" Walking Stick
by Greencrow

Hi Folks...here is a video showing the latest carving by Greencrow.  It's a walking stick I plan to use to walk to the top of a local mountain along a popular trail called the "Coquitlam Crunch".  I hope I don't scare the other hikers with this menacing stick!  The top with the Viking design is carved from basswood. I got the design off the Internet.  It's the prow of an ancient Viking Ship.  The bottom (staff) is an old broom handle that I whittled into shape.  I epoxy glued a piece of copper piping at the bottom.  I also put a band made from a thin sheet of copper foil around the base of the head.

The walking stick is about 3 3/4 feet.  The top is 11 inches tall and 3 1/3 inches at the widest part.  I stained it with a mixture of paint thinner and oil paint and then put 2 coats of satin veneer on it.  The eyes are green glass beads glued into the wooden sockets

I am going to add this to my collection of Arts and Crafts on my Special Page that you can access through the link at the top of the main page. Enjoy!

Water off a Duck's Back? Qatar crisis all about sanctioning and destroying Russian economic alliances

Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin
braves heavy rain to honour war heros

How quickly the flea-brained Western media shifts its brief focus from one "crisis" to another.  Last week it was all about Qatar.  A lot of fake media bloviating was spent on Saudi Arabia and its gulf allies turning on tiny (but immensely rich with gas/oil reserves) Qatar.  Even for manufactured "crisis" this one was done and gone in the blink of an eye.  US nominal leader Trump came out in support of the Saudi vendetta on Qatar and then, 24 hours later, he was backtracking...belatedly remembering the huge US base in Qatar.  This was after his first visit to the Middle East as President where there was a even briefer photo show of unity:


Trump Stands with Arab Leaders and Earth Globe

From RT

Trump administration contradicts itself on Qatar allegations
The US State Department questioned the motives of Gulf Arab States in their boycott of Qatar, days after president Trump blasted the emirate for its alleged funding of terrorism. "The more the time goes by, the more doubt is raised about the actions taken by Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert at a briefing Tuesday. “At this point, we are left with one simple question: Were the actions really about their concerns regarding Qatar's alleged support for terrorism or were they about the long-simmering grievances between and among the GCC countries.”

The State Department’s choice of words – “Qatar’s alleged support of terrorism” – appears to contradict President Donald Trump’s earlier statement when he said “The nation of Qatar has unfortunately been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level," adding, "the time has come to call on Qatar to end its funding." On June 5th, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, cut ties with Qatar, saying Doha supports terrorism while cultivating ties with Iran, the Gulf States’ rival in the region.

While Trump supported the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for an easing of the ban. And adding further confusion, days after president Trump blasted Qatar for “funding terrorism,” his administration authorized the sale of over $21 billion of US weapons to the emirate. The US State Department questioned the motives of Gulf Arab States in their boycott of Qatar, days after president Trump blasted the emirate for its alleged funding of terrorism. ...

There are more than 10,000 American service members at the US central command base in Qatar. Doha recently reminded the America of the partnership: “When no one wanted to host your troops after 9/11, we did. We protected them. Saudi Arabia asked you to leave," said Meshal bin Jamad al Thani, the Qatari ambassador to the US.

The State Department spokeswoman said the countries “can work this out on their own,” without US mediation..."

Truth being such a rarified commodity these days, I take it from wherever I can find it.  I just put it to the "smell" test. In that regard,  Benjamin Fulford said something on his blog last Monday that made a lot of sense to me:

The crisis in Qatar marks a major turning point in the battle against the Khazarian mafia. Ostensibly Saudi Arabia and other oil exporting states decided to try to blockade Qatar “because it was supporting terrorism.” In reaction to this move, US President Donald Trump showed the world he was not in charge of the US by first supporting the blockade and then being forced by the Pentagon to change his stance 180 degrees the next day. What is really going on here is that Qatar reached a deal with Iran to export gas from its massive gas fields not [towards the] West, in exchange for worthless Euros or US dollars, but rather [towards the]East to places like India and China in exchange for their currencies..."

Finally, the whole thing was starting to make sense.  Qatar was being pilloried not for its long-standing obedience to the USrael's command to contribute to the "terrorist agenda" of Middle East distruction...but to the opposite...a willingness to "trade with the enemy"...ie, Russia, China, India, and Iran.  The USrael-agent legislators in the US Congress and Senate, unlike Qatar, fell meekly into line last week with the passing of new legislation sanctioning Russia (and its allies):
...mighty nation [US] which is intent on imposing harsher sanctions on Russia. As observed by Forbes, the new Bill «punishes Russian oil and gas firms even more than the current sanctions regime... Russia has no friends on Capitol Hill».

It is intriguing that the sanctions focus on oil and gas production, and Bloomberg reported that Germany and Austria consider «the measures sought to bolster US economic interests and included an unacceptable intervention in the region’s energy sector». In an unprecedented expression — indeed, explosion — of disapproval, Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austria’s Chancellor Christian Kern said in a joint statement that «Europe’s energy supply is a matter for Europe, not the United States of America... instruments for political sanctions should not be tied to economic interests» and that the Senate’s amendment heralded a »new and very negative quality in European-American relations».

As London’s Financial Times reported, «the Russia sanctions outline opposition to Nord Stream 2, a pipeline that will double capacity for Gazprom... to supply gas to Europe under the Baltic Sea. The measures could affect European energy companies, including Shell, Engie and OMV, which are financing the pipeline. Shares in all four companies tumbled on Thursday».

Washington’s mission of lucrative destruction was partly achieved, but that’s where we come to the essence of the matter. The part of the Sanctions Bill involving Russia was an add-on to a series of vindictive measures against Iran, but it seemed a good idea to also sanction Russia’s oil and gas production, because nobody would benefit more than the oil and gas companies of the United States.

Bloomberg explained that the Nord Stream pipeline «would compete with US exports of liquefied natural gas to Europe». And the Senate made it plain that the US government «should prioritize the export of United States energy resources in order to create American jobs, help United States allies and partners, and strengthen United States foreign policy».

So, in plain talk, what was going on in Qatar [look for future "regime change" dynamics there] last week and what is going on in the Israeli-controlled US Congress and Senate this week is a declaration of economic war on Russia and its allies (BRIC) plus Syria and Iran.  The humiliated Trump administration is being mollified by the "rationale" that sanctioning Russia's gas sector and promoting the much more expensive and environmentally dangerous American shipped LNG to Europe...is "good for bidness".

The truth is, sanctions, as I have said over and over, are the best thing that have ever happened to the Russian economy.  Russia gets to keep all the profits reaped from the more challenging efforts to create new markets.  Russia gets to  develop its industries and related technologies...and sell THOSE to the world.  Russia gets to keep its citizens employed in REAL jobs that utilize their high level of education and training.  Not the MacJobs economy like Americans are toiling under.  Finally and most importantly, the sanctions de facto, PROTECT Russia from industrial moles, sabotage and subterfuge from within.  Canada should be so LUCKY!

And, as a bonus...the more sanctions are put in place and the more they impact on the economies of USrael's "NATO so-called allies" like France and Germany...the more the citizens and leaders of those countries will wake up to the self-serving agenda of USrael..which goes against THEIR best interests!

So, yes, sanctions (and bullying of little trade/economic partners of Russia, like Qatar), is "Water Off A Duck's Back" to Putin and Russia.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Breaking News: Another Day, Another Provocation - Who is in Charge of the US Navy?

"NATO" US Fighter Jet Threatens Russian
Defense Minister Jet in Neutral
Skies over Baltic Sea

Another day, another provocation, by the out-of-control US Navy.  As I said earlier this week. The US Navy for a long time now has been acting like a "rogue" within a "rogue State".  I have a particular axe to grind with the US Navy...because it was US Navy so-called "reserve" jet fighter pilots, flying out of a US airbase in one of the Arab countries that attacked the Canadian soldiers doing live fire night time exercises at Tarnak Farm just outside of the flood-lit (restricted air space) Kandahar air base in Afghanistan the night of April 17, 2002.  Four Canadian soldiers were killed and more injured.  Canadian Prime Minister of the day, Jean Chretien, sardonically commented immediately afterwards "They SAY it was an accident."  


At least, in those days they had a formal inquiry into the murders (unlike the recent US Navy jet attack on a Syrian jet flying in its own Syrian territory).  Do you know what the inquiry found out?  The pilots were all hopped up on caffeine pills or some kind of "uppers" when they flew wildly off course for thousands of miles...targeted the Canadians and held a conversation with their "ground control" about dropping the bombs on them.

"You're Cleared, Self-Defense"

Those were the infamous words of the "ground control" to the pilots...seconds after they dropped their bombs. Those weasel words became my tagline on the New York Times comments forums within days...as I rudely awoke to the evil that festered in the United States Military, Industrial, and Governmental complex.  All "truth bloggers" can share their "moment of truth" when they finally woke up and threw off their "sheeple" garments.  "The Tarnak Farm Incident" as it came to be known was mine.  Millions and millions of computer keyboard strokes later...I'm still fighting my keyboard warrior battles--against the evil forces who cowardly ambushed and killed my Canadian soldiers.  

So, when I see reports and videos like the chilling one below, like PTSD, it takes me back to that moment in April, 2002 when I realized that "Canada's best friend and ally" was actually its worst and most evil covert enemy.  Many other citizens of many other countries have made that discovery in the years of "perpetual warfare" since.  Please read the following and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

Russian Su-27 warns off NATO F-16 trying to approach defense minister’s plane over Baltic (VIDEO) 


A NATO F-16 fighter jet has tried to approach the Russian defense minister’s plane above the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. The plane was warded off by a Russian Su-27 escorting the minister’s aircraft.
Russian plane was en route to the city of Kaliningrad, a western Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea, where Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu is scheduled to discuss security issues with defense officials on Wednesday.

The incident was first reported by journalists of Russian state news agencies on board Shoigu’s plane.  While one NATO aircraft tried to approach the Russian airplane, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet got in its way and tilted its wings, apparently showing its arms. The F-16 then flew away.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he has no information about the incident.
“It’s probably better to ask the Defense Ministry,” Peskov said in answer to journalists’ questions. The alliance was not aware that the Russian Defense Minister was onboard, a NATO representative told TASS, stating that the F-16 made a “standard” check as Shoigu’s plane did not identify itself. “We consider the actions of Russian pilots during the encounter as safe and professional,” the representative said.

On Shoigu’s way back from Kaliningrad, his escort was bolstered by several Su-34 jets, according to reporters. A number of NATO planes followed the Russian Defense Minister’s plane at a distance without making attempts to get any closer. On Monday a US RC-135 spy plane flying toward the Russian border made a “provocative turn” toward a Baltic Fleet Su-27, which had been scrambled for an interception mission.

The encounters of Russian and US warplanes over the Baltic Sea waters have apparently become more frequent lately. A Russian fighter jet intercepted a small group of US warplanes, including Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker military refueling aircraft, two B-1 bombers and one B-52, during the BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) annual training exercise on June 10. Earlier in June, the Russian military intercepted another B-52 bomber in the same area, and escorted by an Su-27 fighter away from Russian territory."

Readers can be assured that the perps have Russia's Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, in their sights.  Sheeple don't know it but Shoigu is probably the second most powerful and popular man in Russia, after Putin himself.  Shoigu is credited with transforming the Russian Military into one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, dollar for dollar, military forces in the world.

Assassination of such a public figure and idol as Shoigu would make the crass and crude assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey a mere blip on the WWIII radar.  There has been a steady and relentless series of extreme provocations to the Russians over the past several years...in this series, I include the shoot down of two Russian passenger jets...including the one carrying the entire Russian military choir last Christmas...and the mysterious death of the Russian ambassador to the UN.

In his TV question and answer program in Russia the other day, Putin was asked what he would do if he found out someone was lying to him.  Putin said he would try and analyse WHY the individual was lying to him...but his last sentence was the most crucial...and I took it as a subliminal message to all those who have thought they were getting away with provocations...Putin said:  "But I would never forget!"

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Russia doesn’t care enough to respond to the US shooting down an Iranian drone. Here’s why.

Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner
taught me all I need to know
about military strategies

Geopolitical writer Alexander Mercouris has a theory, expressed in today's The Duran, for why Russia is not reacting to the US shooting down of an Iranian drone in the same forceful way that Russia responded to the shooting down of the Syrian Jet.  Here is a portion of his post:

.....The Russians nonetheless are most unlikely to respond harshly to this incident, and the location explains why.

Whereas the US shooting down of the Syrian SU-22 fighter near Rusafa was clearly intended to deter the Syrian army from capturing Rusafa – a vital point in the battle for Deir Ezzor – the shooting down of an unmanned Iranian built drone – whether operated by the Syrians, the Iranians, Hezbollah, or someone else – close to a US base in southern Syria will not concern them anywhere near so much.

Provided the US military stays in al-Tanf and does not interfere in Syrian army operations against ISIS or other Jihadi groups either on the Iraqi border, or on the road to Deir Ezzor, or in the bitterly contested southern Syrian town of Dara’a, the Russians will leave them alone.

As I said in my article discussing the Russian reaction to the shooting down of the Syrian SU-22 fighter, though their possession of a powerful air defence system in Syria gives them the whip hand in their dealings with the US in Syria, “the Russians must act carefully so as not to provoke the US into an unnecessary confrontation which would serve no-one’s interest”...."

Greencrow has an alternative theory.  My theory is based on growing up watching "The Roadrunner" cartoons.  My theory says that Russia/Iran/Syria is probably deliberately sending the drones to be shot down over USrael territory [stolen from Syria].  This is an easy, relatively low tech method of finding the hiding places of the militants.  They just track where the shots taking the drone(s) down are coming from and then they know where the terrorists and their handlers are holed up.  Once they are able to respond quickly enough, they can catch them in their lair.

"The CIA’s Cloddish ISIS Attack on Duterte"... by F. William Engdahl - Must Read on the Philippines

President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.

Here is a very good background on what is currently going on in the Philippines by American professor and geopolitical writer, F. William Engdahl

The CIA’s Cloddish ISIS Attack on Duterte


The only word I find for it is cloddish. I refer to the latest CIA-instigated attempt to initiate regime change against outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The so-called ISIS terror attack in the minerals-rich southern Philippines island of Mindanao, a predominately Muslim part of the mostly Christian nation of 100 million people, took place literally in the midst of President Duterte’s talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Duterte Putin talks in turn followed Duterte’s attendance in Beijing on May 15 for the first New Silk Road or Belt Road Forum. America’s colonial asset since 1898 was clearly walking away from the Washington “reservation” .

The terrorist siege in Marawi City is blatantly a desperate Washington try to topple the very popular (80% popularity in polls) Duterte, who successfully won the Presidency last June over a US-backed Mar Roxas, a US-educated former Wall Street banker. Since taking office Duterte has made bold and quite courageous steps to steer the former US Colony towards a Eurasian alliance with China and Russia as his major supporters. In Beijing in October last year, Duterte met China’s Xi Jinping and signed numerous trade deals with China. Critically, taking an opposite policy to his pro-US predecessor Benigno Aquino III, Duterte agreed to resolve the South China Sea dispute between Philippines and China through peaceful diplomatic talks, and to as he put it, “seek a separation from the United States.”

Since then Duterte has sought closer ties with Russia as well, in a further effort to bring his nation out from under the yoke of a de facto US control. This does not sit well with the circles of the so-called Deep State in Washington –the CIA and their nefarious friends. Should the US lose the Philippines, it would pose a devastating strategic geopolitical loss to the US military containment strategy against China and Russia in the Pacific. Devastating.

The recent attacks and siege in Mindanao were nominally done by the terrorist Maute gang and Abu Sayyaf criminal terrorist organizations, both nominally tied to the US-created ISIS fake Islamist operation, a CIA terrorist project created with Saudi money going back to the CIA’s Osama Bin Laden Al Qaeda Mujahideen Operation Cyclone during the 1980’s against the Soviets in Afghanistan.
Duterte’s Eurasian Pivot
It comes as no surprise to anyone closely following the evolving dialogues between Duterte and the leaders of China and now, Russia that the CIA would try to destabilize Duterte at this critical time. They simply hide behind the black skirts of their psychopathic drug-running Maute and Abu Sayyaf, both now tied to the CIA and Mossad-created and Saudi-financed ISIS.

In Moscow, despite having to cut short his talks with Putin to fly back home and deal with the terrorist crisis in Mindanao, the Philippine leader and his Secretaries of Defense and Foreign Affairs managed to sign a number of critical agreements with Russia. These included 10 major agreements aimed at deepening bilateral defense, strategic and economic relations. The two countries signed an Agreement on Defense Cooperation, a legal framework for military-to-military exchanges, training, intelligence-sharing. The Philippines and Russia also signed an intelligence exchange agreement to bolster counter-terror cooperation. That does not please Washington at all.

A ‘Country Bumpkin’ Not
Western mainstream media has delighted in portraying the 71-year-old veteran politician Duterte as a crude country bumpkin, a lower-than-peasant creature who is only capable of vulgar statements, such as when shortly after his inauguration he called the US Ambassador to Manila a ”gay son of a bitch“ for criticizing Duterte’s war on drug lords and dealers plaguing the country. Whether Duterte was factually correct, he clearly won sympathy of millions of his countrymen for having the courage to stand up against the American power.

After closely watching Duterte and his choice of close advisers now for almost a year, I’ve come to the conclusion a country bumpkin Duterte is definitely not. Rather, he is a shrewd political actor who is determined to bring his country out of the colonial servitude status it has held since the first Spanish colonialization in 1565.

Duterte is the first Mindanaoan to hold the Presidential office. Ethnically he is of Visayan descent. This fact is not irrelevant. The Visayans in Mindanao and other Philippine islands led a war for independence against Spanish occupation in 1896.

The United States, posing as the supporter of the Visayan-led war of independence from Spain, betrayed the trust assured the Philippines, double-crossed them and signed a Treaty with Spain, the Treaty of Paris of 1898, under which Spain ceded Cuba and The Philippines to the United States. The USA refused to recognize the independence of their erstwhile ally, the Philippines, and took the country by military force, America’s first genuine imperial grab. The nascent First Philippine Republic then formally declared war against the United States in 1899, unsuccessfully. It was put under US military control. It took until 1946 before the country could be recognized as an independent sovereign state, at least in name.

That historical heritage of Duterte as a Visayan clearly is a living fact for Duterte. He graduated Philippines University and earned a degree in law in 1972. As a lawyer, he was prosecutor in Davao City in Mindanao and later Mayor, one of the longest-serving mayors of the Philippines with seven terms over 22 years. As Mayor, Duterte passed the city’s Women Development Code, the only such code in the country. Its aim is “to uphold the rights of women and the belief in their worth and dignity as human beings.” He pushed for the Magna Carta for Women in Davao, a comprehensive women’s human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against women. As President he has made a domestic focus on poverty reduction.

There is clearly more to the man than lurid western media reports reveal. Now this very popular President is determined to make his country a sovereign nation able to choose with whom it allies and for what ends, and how its economy develops. This is why the CIA and its fake Jihadist networks are being jacked up to try to get rid of Rodrigo Duterte.

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ISIS: Bloody Pawprints of CIA and Mossad2
The networks of the US Deep State, primarily the CIA have chosen their favorite cover, the otherwise laughable deception of head-choppers calling itself the Islamic State or ISIS or ISIL or DAESH (CIA central casting seems to have trouble settling on a name). In reality IS, or the groups that spring up conveniently in Syria, in Iraq, in Chechnya–wherever the CIA decides it needs a terror hit squad–are trained mercenary killers, trained variously by CIA or Pentagon Special Forces; by Pakistani ISI intelligence, at least formerly, or by Mossad, also known as Israeli Secret intelligence Service, or by MI-6.

In the Philippines, the IS alleged affiliates, especially the Maute group that has laid siege to Marawi City, are little more than a criminal band that finances itself by terror, occasional beheading to exert ransom in a protection racket, recruiting child fighters. Recently the networks of the CIA have been pouring in their foreign mercenaries from Syria, Libya and other places to beef up Maute’s gang for the attack on Duterte’s rule, portraying it as a religious-based “liberation struggle.”

ISIS came out of the CIA’s Al Qaeda franchise called Al Qaeda in Iraq. In 2010 its name was changed to ISIS. Then as Israeli journalists pointed out the embarrassing fact that the English acronym for the Hebrew spelling of Mossad was ISIS (Israeli Secret Intelligence Services abruptly they decided to call their band of mercenaries with their black flags and US M16 assault rifles, IS for Islamic State. Conveniently in Syria they control the very territory where competing Qatari and Iran gas pipelines to the Mediterranean would run. Curiously, despite the fact they are active in the Golan Heights where Israel has its eye on stealing a huge amount of newly-discovered Syrian oil, they have never attacked Israel. The one time an accidental hit on an Israeli target took place, IS apologized…Do real head-choppers ever apologize?

When the fake CIA Sarin gas attack in Ghouta in 2013 failed to get a UN mandate for all-out war to depose Bashar al Assad–Obama’s infamous “red line”–the NATO and NATO-linked networks created the monster they now call IS in 2014.

Today the CIA uses IS as the cover to justify keeping US forces in Iraq after the government asked them to leave; a cover to bomb Syria in order to topple Assad, something Russian presence has made embarrassingly difficult since September, 2015. And they use it to recruit thousands of young psycho recruits from over the Muslim work, train them and send them back to places like Chechnya in Russia or Xinjiang in China, or Balochistan Province in Pakistan where the Chinese have built a new deep water port at Gwadar on the Arabian Sea near Iran, the heart of its $46 billion China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a strategic part of its One Belt, One Road Eurasian infrastructure project.

Now the West’s favorite terrorist mercenaries are being told to take down Duterte in the Philippines. They probably are too late and have badly underestimated their adversaries. But then with the deterioration over recent decades in the quality of American university education, the current generation of strategists at Langley likely missed the basic course in Sun Tzu’s the Art of War, especially the part that cautions generals who wish to be victorious to “know yourself and know your enemy,” something that Duterte seems to have thought about. How the IS destabilization try in the Philippines unfolds in coming weeks may well determine a major turning point towards creation of the emerging China-Russia-centered Eurasian Century.


F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”