The Saker: When dealing with a bear, hubris is suicidal

Assuming mankind finds a way not to destroy itself in the near future and assuming that there will still be historians in the 22nd or 23rd centuries, I bet you that they will look at the AngloZionist Empire and see the four following characteristics as some of its core features: lies, willful ignorance, hypocrisy, and hysterics. To illustrate my point I will use the recent “Skripal nerve-gas assassination” story as it really encompasses all of these characteristics.
I won’t even bother debunking the official nonsense here as others have done a very good job of pointing out the idiocy of the official narrative. If you are truly capable of believing that “Putin” (that is the current collective designator for the Evil Empire of Mordor currently threatening all of western civilization) would order the murder of a man whom a Russian military court sentenced to only 13 years in jail (as opposed to life or death) and who was subsequently released as part of a swap with the USA, you can stop reading right now and go back to watching TV. I personally have neither the energy nor the inclination to even discuss such a self-evidently absurd theory. No, what I do want to do is use this story as a perfect illustration of the kind of society we now all live in looked at from a moral point of view. I realize that we live in a largely value-free society where moral norms have been replaced by ideological orthodoxy, but that is just one more reason for me to write about what is taking place precisely focusing on the moral dimensions of current events.
Lies and the unapologetic denial of reality:
In a 2015 article entitled “A society of sexually frustrated Pinocchios” I wrote the following:

I see a direct cause and effect relationship between the denial of moral reality and the denial of physical reality. I can’t prove that, of course, but here is my thesis: Almost from day one, the early western civilization began by, shall we say, taking liberties with the truth, which it could bend, adapt, massage and repackage to serve the ideological agenda of the day. It was not quite the full-blown and unapologetic relativism of the 19th century yet, but it was an important first step. With “principles” such as the end justifies the means and the wholesale violation of the Ten Commandants all “for the greater glory of God” the western civilization got cozy with the idea that there was no real, objective truth, only the subjective perception or even representation each person might have thereof. Fast forward another 10 centuries or so and we end up with the modern “Gayropa” (as Europe is now often referred to in Russia): not only has God been declared ‘dead’ and all notions of right and wrong dismissed as “cultural”, but even objective reality has now been rendered contingent upon political expediency and ideological imperatives.

I went on to quote George Orwell by reminding how he defined “doublethink” in his book 1984:

To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which canceled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it (…) To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality

and I concluded by saying that “The necessary corollary from this state of mind is that only appearances matter, not reality.
This is exactly what we are observing; not only in the silly Skripal nerve-gas assassination story but also in all the rest of the Russophobic nonsense produced by the AngloZionist propaganda machine including the “Litvinenko polonium murder” and the “Yushchenko dioxin poisoning“. The fact that neither nerve-gas, nor polonium nor dioxin are in any way effective murder weapons does not matter in the least: a simple drive-by shooting, street-stabbing or, better, any “accident” is both easier to arrange and impossible to trace. Fancy assassination methods are used when access to the target is very hard or impossible (as was the case with Ibn al-Khattab, whose assassination the Russians were more than happy to take credit for; this might also have been the case with the death of Yasser Arafat). But the best way of murdering somebody is to simply make the body disappear, making any subsequent investigation almost impossible. Finally, you can always subcontract the assassination to somebody else like, for example, when the CIA tried and failed, to murder Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Hussain Fadlallah by subcontracting his bombing to its local “Christian” allies, killing over 80 innocent people in the process. There is plenty of common crime in the UK and to get somebody to rob and stab Skripal would have probably been the easiest version. That’s assuming that the Russians had any reason to want him dead, which they self-evidently didn’t.
But here is the important thing: every single criminal or intelligence specialist in the West understands all of the above. But that does not stop the Ziomedia from publishing articles like this one “A Brief History of Attempted Russian Assassinations by Poison” which also lists people poisoned by Russians:

  • Skripal by nerve gas
  • Litvinenko by polonium
  • Kara-Murza poisoned not once, but TWICE, by an unknown poison, he survived!
  • Markov poisoned by ricin and the Bulgarians with “speculated KGB assistance”
  • Khattab by sarin or a sarin-derivative
  • Yushchenko by dioxin
  • Perepilichny by “a rare, toxic flower, gelsemium” (I kid you not, check the article!)
  • Moskalenko by mercury
  • Politkovskaya who was shot, but who once felt “ill after drinking some tea that she believed contained poison

The only possible conclusion from this list is this: there is some kind of secret lab in Russia where completely incompetent chemists try every poison known to man, not on rats or on mice, but on high profile AngloZionist-supported political activists, preferably before an important political event.
By the way, the gas allegedly used in the attack, “Novichok”, was manufactured in Uzbekistan and the cleanup of the factory producing it was made by, you guessed it, a US company. Just saying…
In any halfway honest and halfway educated society, those kind of articles should result in the idiot writing it being summarily fired for gross incompetence and the paper/journal posting it being discredited forever. But in our world, the clown who wrote that nonsense (Elias Groll, a Harvard graduate and – listen to this – a specialist of “cyberspace and its conflicts and controversies” (sic)) is a staff writer of the award-winning Foreign Policy magazine.
So what does it tell us, and future historians, when this kind of crap is written by a staff writer of an “award winning” media outlet? Does it not show that our society has now reached a stage in its decay (I can’t call that “development”) where lies become the norm? Not only are even grotesque and prima facie absurd lies accepted, they are expected (if only because they reinforce the current ideological Zeitgeist. The result? Our society is now packed with first, zombified ideological drones who actually believe any type of officially proclaimed of nonsense and, second, by cowards who lack the basic courage to denounce even that which they themselves know to be false.
Lies, however ridiculous and self-evidently stupid, have become the main ingredient of the modern political discourse. Everybody knows this and nobody cares. When challenged on this, the typical defense used is always the same: “you are the only person saying this – I sure ever heard this before!”.
Willful ignorance as a universal cop-out
We all know the type. You tell somebody that his/her theory makes absolutely no sense or is not supported by facts and the reply you get is some vaguely worded refusal to engage in an disputation. Initially, you might be tempted to believe that, indeed, your interlocutor is not too bright and not too well read, but eventually you realize that there is something very different happening: the modern man actually makes a very determined effort not to be capable of logical thought and not to be informed of the basic facts of the case. And what is true for specific individuals is even more true of our society as a whole. Let’s take one simple example: Operation Gladio:
Gladio” is really an open secret by now. Excellent books and videos have been written about this and even the BBC has made a two and a half hour long video about it. There is even an entire website dedicated to the story of this huge, continent-wide, terrorist organization specializing in false flag operations. That’s right: a NATO-run terrorist network in western Europe involved in false flag massacres like the infamous Bologna train station bombing. No, not the Soviet KGB backing the Baader-Meinhof Red Army Faction or the Red Brigades in Italy. No, the USA and West European governments organizing, funding and operating a terrorist network directed at the people of Western, not Eastern, Europe. Yes, at their own people! In theory, everybody should know about this, the information is available everywhere, even on the hyper-politically correct Wikipedia. But, again, nobody cares.
The end of the Cold War was marked by a seemingly endless series of events which all provided a pretext for AngloZionist interventions (from the Markale massacres in Bosnia, to the Srebrenica “genocide”, to the Racak massacre Kosovo, to the “best” and biggest one of them all, 9/11 of course). Yet almost nobody wondered if the same people or, at least, the same kind of people who committed all the Gladio crimes might be involved. Quite the opposite: each one of these events was accompanied by a huge propaganda campaign mindlessly endorsing and even promoting the official narrative, even when it self-evidently made no sense whatsoever (like 2 aircraft burning down 3 steel towers). As for Gladio, it was conveniently “forgotten”.
There is a simple principle in psychology, including, and especially in criminal psychology which I would like to prominently restate here:
The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior
Every criminalist knows that and this is why criminal investigators place so much importance on the “modus operandi”, i.e. the particular way or method a suspect or a criminal chooses in the course of the execution of his/her crimes. That is also something which everybody knows. So let’s summarize this in a simple thesis:
Western regimes have a long and well-established track record of regularly executing bloody false-flag operations in pursuit of political objectives, especially those providing them with a pretext to justify an illegal military aggression.
Frankly, I submit that the thesis above is really established not only by a preponderance of evidence but beyond a reasonable doubt. Right?
Maybe. But that is also completely irrelevant because nobody gives a damn! Not the reporters who lie for a living nor, even less so, the brainwashed zombies who read their nonsense and take it seriously. The CIA tried to kill Fidel Castro over 600 times – who cares?! All we know is that the good folks at Langley would never, ever, kill a Russian in the UK, out of respect for international law, probably…
That willful ignorance easily defeats history, facts or logic.

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The comments regarding Operation Gladio are spot on the money and show the hypocrisy that is the heart of Western society. Massive evidence of NATO/CIA false flag murders of civilians in Europe over decades, all done in order to blame and attack the European left parties or groups, yet this entire reality has all gone down Orwell’s “memory hole.” Western peoples don’t want to know the truth. It is truly a case of “willful ignorance.”
Charles de Gaulle said to one of his ministers regarding how the American people would respond to JFK being so obviously assassinated by the CIA – (“they (the American people) don’t want to know, they don’t want to find out, they won’t let themselves find out.”) Truer words were never spoken and the rot from that cowardice can be detected in the increasing stench emanating daily from the rotting Western empire led by the U.S. and it’s psychopathic leadership.


Has anyone here read the Saker’s ‘About’? Its awful. Progressives should be careful endorsing, or seeming to endorse, that anti-homosexual ranter.


I’ve gotten tired of warning people about this. Many alt-media websites, most of which are uniformly pro-Kremlin, like to re-post articles from various pro-Russian nationalist websites. I can’t find it now, but there used to be a “sites you should read” section here, which included Russia Insider, a website which published a deeply anti-semitic article that was condemned by other pro-Russian websites.
Many so-called “progressive” websites are not actually progressive at all. They’ll republish anything by anyone, as long as it’s anti-West.


We do not support racism of any kind and completely deplore RI’s attacks on Jewish people.
We aren’t pro-Kremlin. Or anti-Kremlin. We are pro-truth. And sadly most of the most dangerous lies are coming from the extreme neo-liberals and neo-conservatives currently controlling most of western foreign and domestic policy. Should the situation change OffG would reflect that change as accurately as possible.
We aren’t going to debate our policy here, please don’t reply to this thread with any further attacks on us which simply divert the discussion.


Matt, Can you give me a link to the “anti-semitic” article on RI? I think RI carries some interesting stuff, but it’s dodgy. The first thing that jumped out at me was the ra, ra, ra Russian military. Bravado is awful (foolish prophecies about certain victory) and progressives know that militaries, besides being the means that a nation (big enough) employs to defend itself, are also a racket and bad for economies. Ergo…

Anna Z
Anna Z

I’ve just read all the way through the Saker’s ‘about’ and there is only one very ambiguous and minimal reference to gay rights. It hardly amounts to a ‘rant’. Nor does it really indicate what he thinks. It is entirely possible that he is merely objecting to the obsession with identity politics that has come to dominate so many NGOs, which is perfectly reasonable; I have very dear gay friends who also dislike this as they feel that it receives far too much attention and is therefore counter-productive. I also have a very close gay friend who thinks it is entirely reasonable for traditional Christians to object to homosexuality; in his view, we are in danger of turning a witch-hunt of gay people into a witch-hunt of conservatives, which is every bit as unacceptable.
I suspect, from what I have previously read, that the Saker shares the opinion of many Russians about homosexuality – let it be legal, as long as it does not threaten family and social stability. That may not satisfy some gay rights campaigners, but it is not an unreasonable position, given the greater stress placed on communal harmony in that country. People who live in the highly individualistic and materialistic West (and I am one of them obviously) forget that for most of human history survival itself was entirely dependent on cultivating social harmony and unity. That is the origin of all intolerance, as disruptive forces threatened the group, so there are very logical reasons for conservative attitudes, even if we do not share them.
Ultimately it is simplistic to suppose that there are only two possible positions – violently pro or violently anti ‘gay rights’. Even the notion of a singular ‘gay rights’ is a distortion. The reality is that there are myriad options in between, particularly as there are very different attitudes to how people should express their sexuality in public in general, whether one is gay or straight.
In any case, just because he holds one opinion that some may disagree with, it doesn’t invalidate his ideas about other matters. I for one am always glad to read his articles, which are reasoned and insightful.
The world will never heal so long as we are inclined to react hysterically when we encounter people who have obviously good intentions, but may feel differently about some cultural Shibboleth or other.


The notion that “gay rights” — and let’s remember that the USSR was the FIRST country in the world to decriminalize homosexuality, several decades before any other country in the world followed suit — are a key indicator of progressive values is the product of liberal, neocon ideology. The paid and unpaid ideologues of neoliberalism use the state-approved and indeed state-engineered prioritizing of GLBT rights in the West as well as Israel to buy for their states a moral cover for imperialism, an absolutely conscience-free turbo-capitalism, ethnic cleansing, and the destruction of entire countries (Iraq, Libya, the attempted destruction of Syria, etc.) they finds recalcitrant or resistant to their demands.
Those who do really care for the rights of homosexuals and lesbians to any extent at all, instead of attacking an individual who, as far as anybody knows, has never discriminated against or harmed any gay person, will use their energies and ethical convictions to attack the thoroughly unethical practice of ALL NATO-sphere societies of maintaining full trading relations with countries such as Saudi Arabia and the like, to whom, in complete and openly cynical defiance of any morality at all, they blithely sell weapons of mass destruction, too.
Everything else is hot air and moral posturing — in the interests of the neoliberal empire.


This ‘is’ on The Saker’s blog:
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6) New! Any comment stating or implying that homosexuality is a “normal and natural variation of human sexuality” goes to trash; this blog has decided to emulate the city of Moscow and has therefore banned any types of (virtual) “gay-pride” (aka homosexual dysfunction) “parades” in the comments section, also for the next 100 years. Simply put: take your propaganda of homosexuality elsewhere 😛
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I find it incredible that for pointing that out on a supposedly progressive website, I am accused of attacking someone. I think I’ll just ignore you from here on. I don’t need the bloody grief.

Anna Z
Anna Z

The perfect example of the phenomenon you describe is in Israel, where Israeli society prides itself on its ‘liberality’ with regard to gay rights…whilst Mossad targets young gay Palestinians to blackmail them into becoming informers.


My considered opinion is that this thing in Salisbury is an audacious and classic… false flag opperation and has nothing to do with the actions of the Russian state at all. It’s another and typical British hoax aimed at damaging Russia and at the same time promoting the interests of the government whilst hurting Labour and especially Corbyn.
The lack of parliamentary scrutiny exhibited is a disgrace, though not really surprising. And this is after the appalling attacks on Iraq, Libya and Syria! Democracy, if that’s what it is, you can have it. I’d rather have an enlightened monarch. The entire combined media went off like a coiled spring exploding, almost on command. I think our ‘democracy’ is in tatters.


NOW I understand what’s behind the Skripal farce!
It’s about the energy export struggle between USA and Russia. Here a translated German article: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fdeutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de%2F2018%2F03%2F17%2Fattacke-gegen-russland-um-grossbritannien-tobt-ein-energie-krieg%2F&edit-text
So Theresa (“conspiracy theory”) May is working for US interest – on cost of the real British interests!


Except for Profit the other aim of the regime in Washingtom is:
…to cut Russia and Russian profit off from the EU).


Michael K wrote:
” Critical voices are almost totally absent from the mainstream media and not a single newspaper advises caution and sober reflection. The elite are totally discredited and detached from the great mass of the population who don’t want war with Russia and haven’t sanctioned or voted for it, not that it matters. ..”
With respect we have to stop being childish about the media- they owe us nothing and they are owned by the enemies of humanity.
It is one of the fatal weaknesses of the ‘left’ in the UK that, two centuries after the time when Cobbett’s Political Register and its various imitators such as the Black Dwarf galvanised the great mass of the people (precisely Shelley’s ‘Many’) there is now no non capitalist, anti neo-liberal newspaper.
And those that attempt to establish themselves cannot garner the support necessary to make them viable. The Labour Party has 600,000 members and the support of most of what is left of the Trade Union movement but it still goes, an intellectual mendicant, cap in hand to media like The Guardian and the BBC and begs for ‘fair treatment.’
For years the Blairites and their long line of predecessors did all that they could to integrate themselves with The Establishment by, inter alia, giving such scoundrels as Jonathan Freedland and George Monbiot, Polly Toynbee and their ilk the task of doing their thinking for them: explaining the limits of radical thought and the boundaries within which the game of reform was to be played. They did this in order to ensure that no independent media, unbeholden to either the Academy, run by the courtesans and jesters of cannibalism, or the Imperial Butchery itself, should ever arise. New Labour thrived on its relationship with The Guardian, so much indeed that it felt itself so invulnerable to the populace’s quaint opining that Comment was Free, and nobody with any power ever read a word by the losers beneath the line.
If we want the minimal standards of decency which would proscribe and repudiate the appalling and cheap demagogy with which May, Johnson and their like (including The Guardian) have shamed the nation over this Skrival matter, then we have to begin by writing off the capitalist media and, at a time when there are utterly unprecedented alternative means of communication, develop a means of refuting the propaganda and misrepresentations of the ruling class as soon as they are uttered.
One of the saddest aspects of the reactions to the official Russophobia has been the rapidity with which ‘alternative’ media, such as EvolvePolitics, The Canary , Novara and Angry Voice have tucked their tails between their legs and accepted the premisses of May’s ridiculous and outlandish charges against Russia. It is a reminder that what the left lacks is not money, resources or numbers but the guts to stand alone when it is right, to treat lynch mobs with contempt and to persist, through better and worse bearing witness to truth and justice.
There is nothing new in this, except that the mistakes which allowed them to get away with Peterloo and all that it signified are still being made.
Off Guardian, of course, is an exception. Perhaps it will be one of the pillars of the palace which the people must build so that they no longer have to seek shelter in those of their enemies, the mighty.


You mentioned it and I emphasize it, willful ignorance is the reason! Anyone who represses a desire to know the truth is complicit in the horrors created by lying, degenerate, immoral and unethical governments. it is a simple proposition and it only affects democratic nations. Where public acquiescence is an important part of national governance then truth is a necessary component.


Lee Camp does his long intro on the subject on the most recent Redacted Tonight.

Thomas Peterson
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This is why, ‘silencing’ or getting the Guardian onside for the moves towards war with Russia, was of vital importance. So there’d be no mainstream or national platform for dissent or opposition. Having key journalists like Freedland and Harding, and others, centrally placed and arguing for war is a real tragedy.


I hope and wish that others here do not find themselves in my situation. That is I hope you all have people close to you, friends, family, lovers who are also awake to the hideous crimes and who can offer and receive some respite from the collective madness we live through. As someone who is isolated and surrounded by the wilfully ignorant, who suffers insult and derision for daring to voice scepticism I wish upon nobody the hopelessness I feel.
Reading here, articles and comments alike, and elsewhere I know I am far from alone. It offers something valuable to me. And so I thank everyb contributor here for helping me stay sane.

Anna Z
Anna Z

I really feel for you, candideschmyles. But you don’t have to be so alone. There must be ways that you can make contact with other folk who feel like the OffGuardian community. Perhaps we should consider organising a national support network, complete with meet-ups and sharing contact details? It is so important that people band together. It isn’t just about moral support, and mutual handwringing, but building practical knowledge, such as strategies that will maximise our independence from a thoroughly dysfunctional system.

Anna Z
Anna Z

As long as we are atomized, we are weakened. We need to be more organized…


Thanks for your warm words.
You are right of course. Simply agreeing with each other on forums such as this has a productive index close to zero. And, as looks increasingly likely, they find an excuse to censor even this and deny access to anything other than the official narrative then we will have nothing. Forming groups and raising awareness is essential to turn the tide. Unfortunately aside from long working hours I live in an area of the Scottish highlands dominated by farmers and oil workers who elect Tories to represent us. The mental faculty of this population is not driven by anything other than selfish greed. The few individuals I meet who do not measure success as a range rover and French bulldog for the wife and a jaguar or big Audi for themselves are few and far between. Starting any political discussion is met with the same kind of reaction as I would get wearing a Rolf Harris t shirt. The few I have met who have some awareness have no fight in them and drown the angst in beer and weed.
I give modest financial support to certain individuals and groups who are fighting the good fight in tangible ways, such as Vanessa Beeley and UK Column. It’s not a lot but it’s the best I can manage. However I find my physical isolation and impotence in this fight infuriating. We are so evidently at an absolutely critical juncture in history and this nation is on the wrong side of the moral divide. That is just so frustrating. When I was young it always puzzled me how ordinary Germans could have let the Nazi doctrine take sway in their country. Now I know how easy it is.


” … Rolf Harris t-shirt.” LOL.
Oh yes, I understand how the Holocaust happened soooooo much better now. I am not surrounded by the people you describe but by people I’d describe as being generally pretty politically similar to me … except for recognising false flags and similar crimes. Drives me crazy and alienates me to quite a degree, although I have to admit I do have an unhealthy interest in them. I think Edward Curtin’s article, Denying the Obvious; Leftists and Crimestop https://off-guardian.org/2018/02/09/denying-the-obvious-leftists-and-crimestop/ captures perfectly how I feel.


What I find most disturbing is the ‘pre-war’ or ‘wartime’ crackdown on any dissent, criticism or questioning of the direction we’re on. The slippery slide down the slope to conflict with Russia, which could easily start in Syria or Ukraine, and so easily spiral out of control. Critical voices are almost totally absent from the mainstream media and not a single newspaper advises caution and sober reflection. The elite are totally discredited and detached from the great mass of the population who don’t want war with Russia and haven’t sanctioned or voted for it, not that it matters. Democracy has almost ceased to function and increasingly we’re living under a system, at least in relation to foreign policy, resembles a totalitarian, but with a liberal, Guardian, sheen, dictatorship. A dictatorship where scepticism or asking too many relevant questions, is seen as tantamount to treason.


His dark view of the future, absolutely justified I fear, is probably even worse here. Voices crying in the wilderness?