25 April 2018

Articles I Probably Won’t Be Reading Department.

First:
How Martin Luther Paved the Way for Donald Trump.
The skinny on why (((evangelicals))) support Trump. Coming soon: How Karl Marx Paved the Way for Barack Obama.

And:

Off to the Racists.
All your average leftist fruitcake earnestly wants to know about (((white nationalists))) and their (((sympathizers))) in the 2018 election (which just can’t come soon enough for the colonel).

Then:

How Progressives Can Engage Russia.
Defeating oligarchy is what’s for dinner apparently, no doubt involving a rollback of fedgov to constitutional dimensions 1791-like. Who hasn't heard of the leftist hatred of ALL concentration of power integral to any oligarchy worth its salt? Those wacky leftist originalists.

In The Nation, 5/14/18.

21 April 2018

Pearls of expression.

FoggyWorld:

Contrary to public opinion, Trump seems able to play the long game. It's smart because look at all that is coming out.

ClickNLook:

What is coming out is: people are getting used to the understanding that they are not represented in Congress at all and that they can do nothing about it, but continue paying taxes.[1]

Notes
[1] "Sessions Threatens To Quit If Trump Fires Rosenstein." By Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge, 4/21/18.

20 April 2018

Perilous dislocation.

If you put together the idea of dislocation mentioned below with my last post quoting Paul Craig Roberts on the failure of leadership throughout the West, you have the perfect recipe for catastrophe – incompetent leadership with no connection with the citizenry. The result is what we see – (1) Western suicide by immigration (and asinine "fairness" and "compassion" that drive it and a lot of other lunatic stuff) and (2) rushing to the precipice of war for absolutely no discernible reason.

I am not a man of any religious faith not least because I see no evidence of any Divine presence in the world. That said, I am still a committed agnostic in this area -- and a friend of the Christian religion in particular, let it be said -- but I have to say I see abundant evidence of something that looks an awful lot like the workings of a conscious, powerful, implacable, malevolent being in the world.

Up until 1914 it seemed that man was poised to enter a time of abundance and orderliness but what arrived was unbelievable slaughter and stupidity. Call it The Age of the Human Ego, if you will. The United Nations Charter was an attempt to reign in the demon of war but America, chief among nations, seems determined to shred that document and a lot else beside. "We're a gift to the world, people. And don't you forget it or we'll kill you."

I sure don’t remember buying a ticket for this particular ride and it sure isn’t at Disneyland.

Well, enough of this cheery discourse. Here’s Craig Murray’s take on what the best and the brightest have in store for us:

In this extraordinary war, where Saudi-funded jihadist head choppers have Israeli air support and US and UK military “advisers”, every time the Syrian army is about to take complete control of a major jihadist enclave, at the last moment when victory is in their grasp, the Syrian Army allegedly attacks children with chemical weapons, for no military reason at all. We have been fed this narrative again and again and again.

We then face a propaganda onslaught from neo-con politicians, think tanks and “charities” urging a great rain of Western bombs and missiles, and are accused of callousness towards suffering children if we demur. This despite the certain knowledge that Western military interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya have had consequences which remain to this day utterly disastrous.

I fear that the massive orchestration of Russophobia over the last two years is intended to prepare public opinion for a wider military conflict centred on the Middle East, but likely to spread, and that we are approaching that endgame. The dislocation of the political and media class from the general population is such, that the levers for people of goodwill to prevent this are, as with Iraq, extremely few as politicians quake in the face of media jingoism. These feel like extremely dangerous times.[1]

Notes
[1] "Tracing the Rush to War." By Craig Murray, The Unz Review, 4/15/18 (emphasis added).

All else but detail.

The failure of political leadership throughout the Western world is total.
"The Trump Regime Is Insane." By Paul Craig Roberts, The Unz Review, 4/18/18.

19 April 2018

International law.

Phil Giraldi provides a pretty good Cliff Notes version of the U.S. war on the sovereign nation of Syria:
Media coverage of Syria, apart from Carlson, scrupulously avoids the issue that the United States is in Syria completely illegally and has been cynically supporting terrorist groups in spite of its pledge that it is in the country to get rid of such vermin. It is a measure of how divorced from actual U.S. security America’s Syria policy has become that the White House has not hesitated to launch a second illegal cruise missile barrage against a government that hasn’t attacked the U.S. and doesn’t threaten Americans. Bombing the Syrian government hasn’t made the U.S. or any other country more secure, and it will likely weaken President Bashar al-Assad just enough to prolong Syria’s civil war and add to the suffering of the civilian population. It is a perfect example of a military intervention that is being done for political reasons with no connection to any discernible interests or overall strategy.[1]
I like the “scrupulously avoids the issue” of illegal war part. It’s typical of American political “debate” now. For example, what is endlessly repeated on the issue of immigration is that we need “comprehensive immigration reform.” What is rarely if ever stated stated is that (1) we don’t need reform of our immigration laws, we need enforcement of them and (2) we don’t need immigration at all. It’s never stated in the MSM because anyone who does state either proposition soon assumes the status of Sunday school picnic whore.

But back to the legality of our war on Syria, it’s amazing that our Constitution and the U.N. Charter are just air brushed out of the picture. Hillary Clinton’s take on the awkwardness of an uncooperative[2] U.N. Security Council suggests the official position on international law:

Russia will never support such a mission [intervention in Syria], so there is no point operating through the UN Security Council.[3]
Right. Just operate as though it doesn’t exist, treaty obligations be damned. Fortunately, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, has the opposite view, stating at her confirmation hearing, “I will show [Donald Trump] that the UN matters.”[4] Oh, wait. It doesn’t all that much.
She [Haley] frequently tells Security Council members that if they fail to meet American expectations on UN resolutions, the United States will “go it alone.”[5]
Keep this in mind for the next time some cretinous U.S. official or TV personality says something about “the rule of law.”

Notes
[1] "Israel Continues to Wag the Dog for Middle East Wars.." By Phil Giraldi, Russia Insider, 4/18/18.
[2] I.e., insufficiently appreciative of how wonderful the United States are.
[3] Quoted in "Hillary's Sociopathic Wikileaks Emails: Kill Assad, Destroy Syria - Deep State Goal for 10 Years." By Patrick Fleming, Russia Insider, 4/19/18.
[4] "Nikki Haley at the UN: Agree With Us or We Go It Alone." By Barbara Crossette, The Nation, 9/14/17.
[5] Id.

The guy.

I wonder what the name of “the guy” is.

PORTON DOWN/RUSSIA/NOVICHOK: Boris Johnson: Porton Down told me it was Russia.

18 April 2018

Assad speaks.

This video is of an interview with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad from just over a year ago. He gives his analysis on why the charge that he launched a supposed chemical weapons attack on civilians in the town of Khan Sheikhoun is illogical.

He makes several compelling points that I commend to you for your consideration. Most of them are also relevant to the recent supposed Syrian government use of chlorine gas in Douma.

What I think is most important is to try to show a side of this man that simply cannot be seen on the major U.S. media. Any number of buffoons, zealots, and flak merchants appear hourly to make Mr. Assad out as someone barely above the level of an Al Sharpton or Hillary Clinton with a personal malignancy to be seen nowhere else on the planet.

A truer picture of this man must be presented to counter the lies and propaganda that sluice through our corrupt media.

Here’s the relevant question: Does this man seem like a decent, intelligent, educated man or does he strike you as the man he is portrayed as in our media?

The flight from truth.

This is a truly choice article title:
When A Government Declares A Verdict Before An Investigation, It’s Because There’s A Preexisting Agenda[1]
Western governments seem to avoid honest inquiry like it's an embarrassing rash. Not even cursory examination of the facts of the Douma or the Khan Sheikhoun chemical weapons "incidents" was made before the rocketry soared into Syrian skies.

Truth either is an impediment to action they want to take anyway (per above) or it must be defended against as part of a psychological denial mechanism that enables the holder of a certain distorted idea to cling to it. Think of the Swedish, French, German, and British governments who have imported millions of hostile, parasitic, supremacist, unassimilable Muslims and Africans and who also have established savage penalties for ordinary citizens who dare to object.

The deeper the treachery and stupidity take root the more savage the denial and punishment of critics must be.

The same phenomenon of "I can't hear you" is visible where lunatic economic, feminist, and social notions infest a society. Opposing voices simply won't be heard or they will be violently suppressed.

What we are seeing is evidence of pronounced decay of political and social life. Truth is out of favor and lies and murder flourish.

Notes
[1] Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist, 4/10/18.

17 April 2018

Adios to the post-WWII world order.

The arrogance, mendacity, and stupidity of the U.S.-U.K.-French bombing of Syria is not to be believed. I’ll no doubt inform the world of my views on this in greater detail at some indefinite point in the future but pending that, here are a couple of paragraphs about how this played out in the U.N.:
Thus, the lesson that the US Government learned from the Iraq invasion isn’t that the US Government should never again lie about what the evidence actually shows, in order to invade a country, but instead that the US Government should simply ignore the UN whenever the evidence doesn’t persuade other Governments that an invasion would be authentically defensive instead of purely an act of international aggression.

What might turn out to have been “The Most Important UN Security Council Vote Ever” was the 10 April 2018 UN Security Council’s failure to require the US and its allies to provide evidence to prove that Syria’s Government had gassed its own people in Douma on April 7th as the US and its allies alleged, before the US and its allies could, with even just possible legal justification, launch massive bombing of Syria as supposed punishment for the gas-attack that they were alleging. The question of whether or not the UN would authorize the American invasion wasn’t even being raised; the question was only whether the alleged gas-attack needed to be independently verified before an invasion might possibly legally be launched — and no proposal was passed. Unlike in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the US never tried to win UN authorization to invade Syria in 2018, but simply invaded, casually ignoring all laws, and even denying the need for evidence to back up its allegations against Syria.[1]

Notes
[1] "How US Has Virtually Destroyed UN." By Eric Zuesse , Stretegic Culture, 4/17/18 (bold text added).

16 April 2018

Sorta Weird Department.

I’m not focusing on this passage from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights because of its substance. Rather, I’m just intrigued how a writer could write a 375-word sentence:
And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 11th of April 2018, that the regime forces’ controlled areas are witnessing ongoing alertness, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from several reliable sources which confirmed to the SOHR that the regime forces are continuing their state of alertness, and they evacuated all of the main airports and military bases in their controlled areas in the Syrian territory, on renewed orders by the command of the regime forces, and the evacuation and alertness which included all military bases and positions of the regime forces, and which was coincided with the threats of the USA to carry out violent strikes targeting positions of the regime forces inside the Syrian territory, where accompanied by movements and alertness by the regime’s allies of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities, in anticipation for strikes that may target their positions, by the United States, Britain and France, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on Tuesday the 10th of April 2018, that it monitored alertness since the midnight of Monday – Tuesday [link removed], and it will continue for 72 hours, as a part of the preparations of the regime forces in anticipation for possible strikes expected to be carried out by the United States, Britain and France, against the regime forces on the Syrian territory, on orders from the command of the regime via telegrams, to carry out a full and immediate alertness lasts for 72 hours, within all the military bases and airports in the capital Damascus and the provinces of Rif Dimashq, Al-Suwaidaa, Homs, Tartus, Latakia, Deir Ezzor, where these orders issued by the regime forces, were coincided with instructions obtained by their allies of non-Syrian nationalities, to alert in anticipation for the same strikes, which the Trio Coalition intends to carry out inside the Syrian territory, where the positions of the regime’s allies witnessed establishment of fortifications and preparations for the safeguarding of these strikes, which is expected to be carried out at any time, in the wake of threats by the Trio Coalition, which threatened to carry out strikes against the Syrian regime, as a part of the international action after the massacre of Douma in the Eastern Ghouta, which left hundreds of casualties and wounded.[1]

Notes
[1] "The Western Coalition’s strikes targeted important centers of the regime in the capital Damascus and its vicinity and outskirts as well as the outskirts of Homs city." By Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 4/14/18 (formatting removed).