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Iran’s Hero Has Fallen, Leaving the World a More Dangerous Place

Andre Vltchek

They say he came from a humble background, and worked himself up the ranks, becoming, as many believe, the second most powerful man in Iran. They say he had the chance to become the next Supreme Leader of the country.

Whenever I visit Iran, I am told how much he is loved by his people. He became the symbol of resistance against the West; the symbol of the strength and dignity of the nation which was attacked, colonized and starved by several Western capitals.

And now, Iran’s Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani is no more. And the U.S. Commander-in-Chief, Donald Trump, is proudly claiming responsibility for his demise.

The statement from the Pentagon came promptly, and it was clear:

At the direction of the president, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani… This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and interests wherever they are around the world.”

Defensive action…

Almost immediately, RT and others asked me to analyze.

I could not help but to define what was done at the airport outside Baghdad, Iraq, as a vulgar and brutal extra-judicial killing.

*

For the last two months, I have been flying all over the world, writing about (and filming) all those horrors that the Empire unleashed against the people with different cultures, living in various parts of the world.

The Middle East, China, Latin America.

It appears that all boundaries have been crossed. Washington and its NATO allies have lost all restraint, shame and decency. They actually never had much of those, but now they have almost none.

Everything appears to be primitive, as in a badly directed mafia film. If the rulers of the West do not like some country? In that case they simply attack it, starve and destroy it. As brutal as that. No U.N. Security Council mediations, no arguments, and no pretending that there should be some legal process.

It has been happening to Hong Kong, To Bolivia, Venezuela and West Papua. It has also been happening to Iran, as well as China and Russia, although those countries have proven to be much tougher to eliminate, than Washington’s planners originally thought.

The same applies to individuals: people get murdered without second thought, some quickly, some very slowly and painfully. Julian Assange is one of them, being slowly tortured to death, in front of the entire world, despite legal and medical experts protesting and demanding his release.

The killing of Qasem Soleimani and others in Baghdad, was quick and totally unexpected.

The facial expressions of U.S. officials were absolutely shocking: as if mafia bosses were caught in a corner of some filthy den by a bunch of amateur journalists.

Unapologetically, they grinned at the lenses, suggesting: “So what? What are you going to do now? Challenge us? Us? We’ll break your legs, or something…”

And nobody, absolutely nobody really dares to challenge them! Not yet. Not at this moment.

It is one tested, bulletproof game. You destroy an entire country, or you kill a person, and then you show your piece; your well-maintained revolver, or two. You expose your guns and ugly row of teeth. You say, or you suggest without pronouncing it: “You have a wife, and two daughters back home, don’t you? You don’t want anything to happen to them, right?”

It is on that level, now. It is not any better than that, don’t you see?

If you defend yourself – you die; your family dies. Or your family members get violated. Or both.

You like it? You don’t like it? You absolutely detested it? Who cares! The Empire has guns. It is all it has.

The ability to kill and to rape. It has become dumb, degenerate. It produces hardly anything of value. But it has millions of weapons, as well as a monstrous propaganda machine.

*

Now, seriously: what can Iran do? What can a nation with thousands of years of culture do?

Can it defend itself? Honestly, if you think it can, then say it: how?

If it retaliates, it could be erased from the face of the earth. If it doesn’t do anything, it will lose face, self-respect, as well as the purpose to continue with its struggle for true independence and its unique form of socialism.

For years and decades, Iran has been a thorn in the eye of the West. Its allies have fought against Western-injected terrorism in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Iranian ally in Lebanon, Hezbollah, has been defending the country against Israeli invasions, while providing social support to poor and needy citizens. Iran has been giving jobs and temporary shelter to many Afghan citizens, particularly those from Herat, people who have absolutely nothing left after the horrendous U.S./NATO occupation of the country.

I worked in Afghanistan, and I saw tremendous lines in front of the Iranian consulate in Herat. Iran has even been deeply involved in Latin America, helping, building social housing in Venezuela, Evo’s Bolivia, and elsewhere.

And now, recently, it began moving closer and closer to two of Washington’s arch enemies: China and Russia.

Therefore, it has been decided in the annals of Washington and the Pentagon: Iran has to be stopped; destroyed. At any price. Meaning, any price which would have to be paid by the Iranian citizens.

*

I am convinced that this madness has to be stopped.

For Iran’s sake.

But also, because, if Iran is ruined, destroyed like Iraq, Libya or Afghanistan, someone will be next. First, most likely, Venezuela, and then Cuba. But then, perhaps, most likely, Russia or China, or both.

The Empire will not stop by itself.

If not opposed, it will get more and more emboldened.

It is a tremendous mistake to let it literally ‘get away with a murder’.

A brave Iranian General has been murdered. Washington is smiling provocatively, cynically. It is sending vibes to all corners of the world: “Stay on your couches in front of television sets. Be petrified. Do nothing. Or else!”

Yes, the world is scared. There are reasons to be scared. But the world simply has to act.

These brutal, cowardly acts of degeneracy and fundamentalism/fanaticism committed by the Empire have to be stopped, sooner or later, in the name of our human race. Otherwise, soon, there will be no humanity left!

First published by NEO – New Eastern Outlook

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Estaugh
Estaugh
Jan 11, 2020 2:52 PM

Spaffer was up in parliament earlier on spouting of a stack of lies regarding the murder of Solemaini. I think he falls under the Accessories and Abettors act 0f 1861.

Maggie
Maggie
Jan 11, 2020 2:18 PM

What a coincidence? I’m guessing this didn’t have anything to do with the urgent need to get a regime change into action?

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has discovered a new oil field in the country’s south with over 50 billion barrels of crude, its president said Sunday, a find that could boost the country’s proven reserves by a third as it struggles to sell energy abroad over U.S. sanctions.
The announcement by Hassan Rouhani comes as Iran faces crushing American sanctions after the U.S. pulled out of its nuclear deal with world powers last year.
Rouhani made the announcement in a speech in the desert city of Yazd. He said the field was located in Iran’s southern Khuzestan province, home to its crucial oil industry.
Some 53 billion barrels would be added to Iran’s proven reserves of roughly 150 billion, he said.
“I am telling the White House that in the days when you sanctioned the sale of Iranian oil and pressured our nation, the country’s dear workers and engineers were able to discover 53 billion barrels of oil in a big field,” Rouhani said.
Oil reserves refer to crude that’s economically feasible to extract. Figures can vary wildly by country due to differing standards, though it remains a yardstick of comparison among oil-producing nations.

Iran currently has the world’s fourth-largest proven deposits of crude oil and the world’s second-largest deposits of natural gas. It shares a massive offshore field in the Persian Gulf with Qatar.
The new oil field could become Iran’s second-largest field after one containing 65 billion barrels in Ahvaz. The field is 2,400 square kilometers (925 square miles), with the deposit some 80 meters (260 feet) deep, Rouhani said.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/iran-says-it-has-discovered-massive-new-oil-field-2019-11-10

And just to keep the pressure on… Another Lockerbie?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_103

The MO never changes????

Petra Liverani
Petra Liverani
Jan 11, 2020 12:37 PM

I’ve seen it said that Trump has backchannels in Iran and the assassination may have been conducted with Rouhani’s collaboration cos Soleimani’s popularity was a threat. What do others think of this idea?

Wherever it exists one must cast one’s eye over the visual evidence. The visual evidence for the Ukraine air crash is simply comical. We are shown images of all kinds of debris, all with different backgrounds. I cannot believe that people believe in this air crash. It is beyond ridiculous.

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/ukraine-iran-plane-crash-boeing-737-new-jet-checked-recently-2020-1?r=US&IR=T
Caption: People stand near the wreckage after a Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed in Iran on Wednesday.

Why is the seeming body green in this image when all the images we are seen of the intact plane show it to be white? I have serious doubts about the object shown being a plane at all.

andyoldlabour
andyoldlabour
Jan 11, 2020 2:47 PM
Reply to  Petra Liverani

“I cannot believe that people believe in this air crash. It is beyond ridiculous.”

I suggest you do not tell the victim’s relations that. The plane was full of fuel and crashed in a huge fireball, there wouldn’t be any paint left on it.

Petra Liverani
Petra Liverani
Jan 11, 2020 9:27 PM
Reply to  andyoldlabour

Andy, the power elite mercilessly exploit taboos around death and people’s emotional investment in their stories about others’ deaths. To be an effective analyst of how they control us, objective assessment of the evidence is essential. Respect for the evidence is priority not respect for the taboos around death.

The power elite certainly have no respect for the taboos around death nor for our abilities to work out the truth – and in the latter case I wonder if we can blame them? When you examine the images of the plane crash it is a complete and utter joke in how they are obviously of different scenes.

Willem
Willem
Jan 11, 2020 9:41 PM
Reply to  Petra Liverani

Your comment is true, except that it does not apply to this plane crash and that you certainly can blame ‘them’ for bamboozling us. We can work out the truth, but only if we know the facts. In the case of this plane crash the facts are pretty clear.

andyoldlabour
andyoldlabour
Jan 11, 2020 12:12 PM

For this madness to stop, the people of the US have to stop electing psychopaths into the highest offices – Trump, Bolton, Pompeo, Pence, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Rove, Wolfowitz, the list goes on and on.

Perfect
Perfect
Jan 11, 2020 1:19 PM
Reply to  andyoldlabour

“stop electing psychopaths”
But all candidates are psychopaths, and behind the scenes, they are controlled by the same dangerous forces. From themindunleashed.com:

Elections are meaningless. Changes to government are never achieved through voting. It’s time for people to finally accept this fact and start implementing other measures.

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Jan 11, 2020 11:30 AM

Not sure why this issue does not have a permanent discussion segment. Because there is too much unraveling right now.

Just this:

The fucktard in the official insane asylum proclaims:

US troops won’t leave Iraq unless it pays for ‘money we put in’ country“.

Now have you ever seen or heard such a mental fuckery?

How about:

“We are keeping your troops as a security for the money you owe our Nation by illegally assaulting and invading our Nation based on lies, killing millions of innocent of our citizens in the process, wounding and disabling an even larger number, polluting our soil for thousands of years to come.”

Whoever, or whatever is nopw speaking for and acting on behalf of the so called ‘United States of America’:

Motherfucker it is time you pay up. You and your Nazi corporations. You and Your Nazi billionaires. It is time you are sued out of existence. An international class action lawsuit against your terroristic nation. 7 Billion people suing your asses our of history for emotional damages with accompanying loss of hope, joy and security.

Each of the crimes you perpetrated on myself is no less than $100K. 7 Billion humans will also claim that their lives have been destroyed through your reckless actions and preparation for the real nuclear war you want to emerge as the ‘United States of Earth’.

You are unfit for a federation of human beings that is based on its humanity, its empathy, its love and care for all life on Earth.

And people though Chernobyl and Fukushima to be a problem.
It’s time to build an airtight sarcophagus above Washington D.C. and suck the air out.

Western NATO-Nazis must also pay up for Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Lebanon, Iran, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, Ukraine, Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Puerto Rico and a number of other Nations that suffered physically and emotionally from your delusions of grandeur.

Shut up and pay for your crimes, Mr. Asshole.

Willem
Willem
Jan 11, 2020 7:45 AM

Slightly off topic… Iran admitted to accidentily have shot down the Ukrainian plane

See https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/01/iranian-armed-forces-say-they-inadvertently-shot-down-the-ukrainian-plane.html#more

A commenter reports

‘The only way to validate your world view is to make predictions and then see if they come true.

Those who predicted that that the Trump assassination of Soleimani would lead to WWIII were clearly wrong and need to re-evaluate their world view.

Those who thought that the Ukraine 737 wasn’t shot down by Iran need to re-evaluate their world view as well.

It’s OK to be wrong. It’s not OK, or at least not scientific to continue to rationalize your world view when it had been proven incorrect.’

I agree. It may be too early to say if the Trump assassination of Soleimani caused WWIII, but shouldn’t we be more skeptical towards ourselves?

All this guess work, from experts in the mainstream and alternative media and from those BTL shows that we actually know nothing about issues that might cause WWIII. That is far more problematic than acknowledging in whether you were right in making your risky prediction.

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Jan 11, 2020 11:47 AM
Reply to  Willem

People assume. Sometimes for reasons of propaganda. Nobody complain about the fact that the U.S. assassinated General Soleimani. Anybody interested in finding out who is to blame? It is certainly not the Iranians – but their hard core hater enemies in Warshington and Hell-aviv.

People need to keep looking at all aspects of any story – always. And then make the most out of the available information that is highly likely manipulated in one way or another.

Derek
Derek
Jan 11, 2020 11:51 AM
Reply to  Willem

Bang on.
Astonishing you get a down vote – because Iran owned up to it? that some people got it wrong?
Video evidence of the aircraft being struck by a missile left Iran with no option.
I believe Andrew Korybko more and more by the day about alt media “dogma”
Here Willem have an upvote regardless of what some here “want” to think.

Brian
Brian
Jan 11, 2020 2:54 AM

JAN 5, 2020 Tens of Thousands Rally Against War With Iran in Over 70 Cities Across US

The people of the United States say NO to war with Iran.

https://themindunleashed.com/2020/01/thousands-rally-against-war-with-iran.html

RobG
RobG
Jan 11, 2020 12:17 AM

This is absolute nonsense…

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/10/xr-extinction-rebellion-listed-extremist-ideology-police-prevent-scheme-guidance

It’s like the Borg are going completely psycho.

This is because they have absolutely nothing to offer to the people they rule over.

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Jan 11, 2020 11:49 AM
Reply to  RobG

This is because they have absolutely nothing to offer to the people they rule over

, but misery, suffering and pain.

George Mc
George Mc
Jan 10, 2020 11:19 PM

“The facial expressions of U.S. officials were absolutely shocking: as if mafia bosses were caught in a corner of some filthy den by a bunch of amateur journalists.

Unapologetically, they grinned at the lenses, suggesting: “So what? What are you going to do now? Challenge us? Us? We’ll break your legs, or something…””

On American arrogance, Gore Vidal’s essay “The Last Empire” is good – especially in its account of the decay of American/Soviet relations after WW2:

“The trouble appeared to be over Germany, which, on February 11, 1945, had been split at the Yalta summit meeting into four ones: American, Soviet, British, and French. As the Russians had done the most fighting and suffered the greatest losses, it was agreed that they should have an early crack at the reparations from Germany to the extent of $20 billion. At a later Potsdam meeting the new president Truman, with Stalin and Churchill, reconfirmed Yalta and opted of the unification of Germany under the four victorious powers. But something had happened between the euphoria of Yalta and the edginess of Potsdam. As the meeting progressed, the atom bomb was tried out successfully in a New Mexico desert. We were now able to incinerate Japan-or the Soviet, for that matter, and so we no longer needed Russian help to defeat Japan. We started to renege on our agreements with Stalin, particularly reparations from Germany. We also quietly shelved the notion, agreed upon at Yalta, of a united Germany under four-power control. Our aim now was to unite the three Western zones of Germany and integrate them into our Western Europe, restoring, in the process, the German economy-hence, fewer reparations. Then, as of May 1946, we began to re-arm Germany. Stalin went ape at this betrayal. The Cold War was on.”

Shortened version: the Americans had the atom bomb and were now in a position to tell the whole world to fuck off – which they promptly did and have been doing ever since.

RobG
RobG
Jan 10, 2020 9:40 PM

This is from PressTV (which is a mouthpiece of the Iranian government) but nevertheless I find it quite interesting…

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/01/10/615852/Trump-is-%E2%80%98dangerous-and-incapacitated%E2%80%99-Psychiatrists

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 10, 2020 10:07 PM
Reply to  RobG

Trump has been insane since childhood. In the moronic inferno of the USA, that is an advantage.

RobG
RobG
Jan 10, 2020 10:29 PM

I agree with you that Trump is totally insane.

Nevertheless his base still seem to be supporting him during this present crisis.

This makes me think that the Iranians’ next move will be a big hit on American bodies in the Middle East (because their avowed aim is to get America out of the Middle East).

The Iranians hold all the cards, because of course they can easily stop the transit of oil tankers, if they chose to do so.

Such a move will tank the world economy, which is about to tank, anyway.

tonyopmoc
tonyopmoc
Jan 10, 2020 6:57 PM

It’s Game Over now. There will be no serious war…just a gradual wind down from complete insanity, back to a state of normalcy, so that we can travel all over the world like we normally do. They can’t shutdown Iranian Air Space. It is one of the most important traffic air-routes in the World.

The Americans and The Israelis are completely shocked…

But us British, who have worked with Iranians, are not the slightest bit surprised, that they know how to shoot and hit the target….even going round bends.

So It is Peace, all the rest is crap, bullshit, propaganda and hot air.

Tony

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Jan 10, 2020 11:34 AM

For what it’s worth and backing what you may have been thinking already:

US officials connected to Israel lobby pushed Trump to order Soleimani’s assassination: Analyst

These types need to be hanged for treason on the American people. Increasing the dangers to all Americans traveling abroad for whatever reason. American soil is now also on the table for a large number of Middle Easterners – the faked 9/11 will get its real version delivered free shipping.

What else comes to mind, besides treason and reckless endangerment of the American people? War crimes? Crimes against any law of the lands in existence. Crimes against humanity. Promoting, financing and maintaining terror organizations in order to achieve global hegemony/dominance.

Unfortunately, there will be no court and judge in the U.S. that will indict these criminally insane religious psychopaths.

Oh, and yes. Islam versus Christojudeo fascism:

142 : 0

Antonym
Antonym
Jan 10, 2020 3:52 AM

Actually these two clowns wrecked the US financially / economically and thus Rambo more dangerous:

1) B. Clinton repealed the Glass- Steel law in 1999 that destroyed Western savings banks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gramm%E2%80%93Leach%E2%80%93Bliley_Act
2) G. W, Bush letting China into the WTO in December 2001, after which it destroyed Western industry through under-pricing. Hong Kong was already in in 1995.

Result: even more dependence on Arab oil collateral.

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 10, 2020 6:15 AM
Reply to  Antonym

Funny how Zionists are such rabid Sinophobes, but, of course, the Chinese are incurably ‘antisemitic’ ie they treat Jews as fellow human beings, nothing more, nothing less. That impertinence is unforgivable.

RobG
RobG
Jan 10, 2020 10:10 PM
Reply to  Antonym

Don’t forget Obama.

Just before the Christmas weekend 2016, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2017 into law. The NDAA 2017 contained a little surprise: the ‘Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act’, which gives the legal authority to close down web sites that promote ‘fake news’. Obama also signed an executive order which allows the National Security Agency to freely share mass surveillance data with the fifteen other intelligence agencies (incidentally, many of these intelligence agencies were unknown until the Snowden revelations). President Obama had a habit of burying bad laws in the Christmas holidays. The NDAA 2013 overturned the Smith Mundt Act, thus legalising the use of government propaganda on the American public, and of course the NDAA 2012 allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens without trial.

America is now a police state (and so is Britain).

If you don’t believe that statement, try to stand up against the psychopaths who now rule us; the psychopaths who have just recently tried to get World War Three up and running.

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Jan 10, 2020 12:46 AM

What can be said at the moment as the shit hits the fan?

‘I told you’ is a bit churlish. So not that.
What are the facts? Lets stick with that.

The plane was delayed.
There was a revenge attack necessary with real death – to respond to the generals assassination. 1 General is worth a hundred at least.
The planners of the assassination know they are in the frame for revenge – a fatwah on them means their days of freedom are over.

A real surrender and withdrawal of deep cover belligerents is offered and their deaths as payback.

A ‘harmless’ missile strike – NOT defended – is the cover for this capitulation.

The Iranians claimed 80 casualties. It was poopooed. It turns out it was more.

Is war avoided?
Is revenge satisfied?
Will the arseholes in the deepstate finally be hung by their own petard?

Tune in a few hours for the next episode of this soap.

Sleep tight and may your god go with you.

Peace.

Wilmers31
Wilmers31
Jan 10, 2020 12:20 AM

And this one IS worth reading. We kick when they deserve it, not when they do the right thing?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/09/donald-trump-rant-iran-dying-empire-nato

norman wisdom
norman wisdom
Jan 9, 2020 11:47 PM

is it a d notice thing
already?

norman wisdom
norman wisdom
Jan 9, 2020 11:46 PM

of course yes indeed indeed as i said yes indeed.
butt of course you do understand that the plane crash was cover major distraction.

yes yes.

you can smell the zio fear on london radio hours of chat about megan amd harry abdick cating whatever
in the papers today 17 pages of ab dickating royals 17 pages

in the london standard yesterday tiny box anout iran missiles
yes yes

days of dis traction

weird chabad run world init

Kitty
Kitty
Jan 9, 2020 8:20 PM

Someone commented on the Saker to the effect that the targets of the missile strike were CIA, MOSSAD, M16 Agents or contractors not US soldiers. The dead/injured were flown to Tel Aviv. Also the Ukrainian plane leaving Tehran was carrying intel types of unknown origin . British (M16), Canadians (Canadian nationals have been shown to be CIA/Mossad agents , which would explain why it was brought down. It would also explain why this is being played down No pictures of grieving relatives unlike the plane downed over Ukraine. I don’t believe a civilian plane would have been allowed to have taken off so soon after the barrage of missiles were fired, surely the airport could have been a target. No one appears to be asking why it was allowed to fly, perhaps this is the reason.

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 9, 2020 8:43 PM
Reply to  Kitty

It was allowed to fly so that Freedland’s front-man, Trudeau, could make an appearance to blame Iran, based on ‘intelligence’.

norman wisdom
norman wisdom
Jan 9, 2020 11:51 PM

trudeau sure looks like fidel castros daughter yes indeed

and the black face thing he does is always super funny
every time he does black face i shat myselfs often already

justonion truedolt is so manly and musky is he not

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 10, 2020 6:17 AM

Freeland not Freedland.

RobG
RobG
Jan 9, 2020 10:24 PM
Reply to  Kitty

The western intelligence agencies wouldn’t hesitate to murder hundreds of innocent people on a civillian airliner; they do it all the time (and in particular, Malaysian airlines, because of the political history).

These psychos have murdered countless millions in the Middle East.

You are perhaps naive to think that this is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

RobG
RobG
Jan 9, 2020 7:28 PM

I found this to be a good piece by Andre (and I often criticise him!).

The Orange One made a major back down yesterday, which is why this UK royals nonsense was immediately rolled out, to distract the masses.

But as far as the Iranians go, this is not the end of it:

Hajizadeh added that expelling American troops from the Middle East would be “appropriate revenge” for the death of IRGC Major General Qassem Soleimani, who the US assassinated in a drone strike at Baghdad airport on Friday.

He said that the attack would be the start of a series of similar strikes across the region.

Earlier in the day IRGC commander Abdollah Araghi also said that Iran would take “harsher revenge soon,” without elaborating further.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei both stated that the Islamic Republic’s ultimate goal is the removal of US troops from the Middle East.

https://www.rt.com/news/477828-iran-strikes-kill-troops/

I’m still of the opinion that the US military took a big hit in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

But I’m now much more worried about how Harry and Meghan are going to survive on just 34 million quid a year.

It’s a funny old world.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Jan 9, 2020 7:39 PM
Reply to  RobG

What website can I follow the France revolution from that is translated into English and reasonably well balanced geopolitically, RobG? Aside from Off-G where should people from North America get their UK info & politics from?

Nothing about the France demonstrations makes it to MSM in Canada. We barely get the news on the Oz fires. MSM in Canada is all about the D.C. narcissist-in-chief.

MOU

RobG
RobG
Jan 9, 2020 8:11 PM

MOU, most of the English language bloggers in France have now been arrested and imprisoned (likewise, a large number of native French language bloggers have been arrested and imprisoned).

This site, from a French person and written in English, was active until last August…

https://areyouayellowvest.com/

The above link gives a very accurate view of the first nine months of the gilets jaunes/yellow vests movement.

As much as I hate Twitter, it still remains a very good source of information.

Follow:

https://twitter.com/hashtag/GiletsJaunes

Just about all of it is French language; yet pictures speak louder than words. If you click on that Twitter link today, Thursday 9th January, you’ll get some idea of the absolute mayhem that is happening in France today, and that includes the police violence.

Nurses and lawyers are amongst many who have joined the general strike this week, which now approaching its 7th week is the longest general strike in French history.

Loverat
Loverat
Jan 9, 2020 8:18 PM
Reply to  RobG

RobG

In my view Andre is one of the greats.

He spreads himself to all corners of the world so you can always find fault if you try. Allowances need to be made. In my book he is the Ian Botham (all rounder) of independent media. He has intellect, passion and connects with audiences in what he writes. Above all he goes to the places he writes about.

What specific issues do you have?

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 9, 2020 8:44 PM
Reply to  Loverat

Garry Sobers, surely.

RobG
RobG
Jan 9, 2020 10:14 PM
Reply to  Loverat

Loverat, I agree with what you say about Andre.

My problem with Andre is that he ropes in China with the anti-western / anti-imperialist nations.

This is just not true.

China is one of the worst offenders when it comes to capitalist exploitation, etc.

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 10, 2020 6:19 AM
Reply to  RobG

Garbage. China has raised more people out of poverty than the rest of the world combined, mostly in China but elsewhere as well.

RobG
RobG
Jan 10, 2020 9:55 PM

It all depends on what you mean by workers being “raised out of poverty”.

Suicidal workers jumping off factory roofs in China is documented fact (and it’s an uncomfortable fact that doesn’t suit the Western agenda).

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 10, 2020 10:21 PM
Reply to  RobG

Suicidal workers self-harm everywhere. China and its people have worked hard for generations to repair centuries of damage from Western and pseudo-Western, ie Japanese, aggression, and have raised the country and its people up, while the populations of the West have stagnated as poverty, record inequality and elite viciousness have grown and grown. In the process, in a country of 1.4 billion, there are bound to have been human tragedies, some great, most singular and individual, but the use by Western Sinophobes of those tragedies to pedal hatred of China and its incomparably materially successful system, impresses me not one whit.

Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle
Jan 9, 2020 9:22 PM
Reply to  RobG

‘But as far as the Iranians go, this is not the end of it’ – that’s how I see it.

The assassination was not just about neutralising an important military asset but humiliating Iran into the bargain.

In some ways the action was redolent of the kind of psych-op that goes hand in hand with grissly decapitation videos that appear on the internet – just like beheadings illegal drone killings are cowardly and fly in the face of war conventions.

Needless to say only one group need fear any sort of legal consequence for behaving in this dispicable away.

What sort of political leader uses the violent behaviour of Mexican drug cartels as a blue print for diplomacy.

RobG
RobG
Jan 9, 2020 10:40 PM
Reply to  Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle
Jan 10, 2020 12:11 AM
Reply to  RobG

What gets me is that the likes of the Guardian still buy into the infantile good guy / bad guy narrative (see their discussion of Assad, Putin, or indeed Qasem Soleimani) but as Mark Curtis points out;

“UK governments (Tory & Labour) have been colluding for decades with two sets of Islamist actors which have strong connections with each other. In the first group are the major state sponsors of Islamist terrorism, the two most important of which are key British allies with whom London has long-standing strategic partnerships – Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. The second group includes extremist private movements and organisations whom Britain has worked alongside and sometimes trained and financed, in order to promote specific foreign policy objectives. The roots of this lie in divide and rule policies under colonialism but collusion of this type took off in Afghanistan in the 1980s, when Britain, along with the US, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, covertly supported the resistance to defeat the Soviet occupation of the country. After the jihad in Afghanistan, Britain had private dealings of one kind or another with militants in various organisations, including Pakistan’s Harkat ul-Ansar, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), all of which had strong links to Bin Laden’s al-Qaida.”
https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/britain-s-collusion-with-radical-islam-interview-with-mark-curtis/

I also made the stupid mistake of watching ‘Question Time’ – it consisted of the usual pseudo-analysis during which well-paid pundits tiptoed past the west’s real motives for extra-judicial mass murder without a single one of them brave enough to acknowledge that just like America Britain is not only a key terror state, but a country that has no qualms about doing business with all sorts of violent extremists, so long as those groups benefit the economic and geopolitical systems that keeps money rolling westward.

Antonym
Antonym
Jan 10, 2020 3:02 AM
Reply to  Harry Stotle

Which I call the Anglo Arab oil dollar protection racket. The gold less dollar now floats on Arab oil & gas only. One consequence is that Sunni Islam is not allowed to be criticized in the West (Islamophobia etc). Israel-Zion took on the role of punch ball for criticism instead of KSA or Pakistan while getting US hardware in return.
The MSM are of course on track but why are bloggers here falling for that crap?

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 10, 2020 6:25 AM
Reply to  Antonym

Your inversion of reality is so pathological that it must be a real text-book case. Islam is viciously slandered daily throughout the West, often by Judeofascists and Zionists directly, and otherwise by goy Islamophobes supported by Judeofascist gelt. To argue otherwise is utterly deranged. Meanwhile it is now illegal, in some places on risk of gaol, in many Western countries to criticise Israel or Zionism in any way, even by supporting the Palestinians in their unending torment. How odd, and another example of perverted transference that the Big Lie that you peddle so assiduously, was recommended as a tactic by none other than A. Hitler.

Francis Lee
Francis Lee
Jan 11, 2020 10:41 AM

It is inevitable that oppositionist websites such as this are going to attract the attention of the global propaganda agencies of the PTB – from both government and the external media outlets. They are not too difficult to spot. Their troll offerings are so tedious and thread-bare that they hardly worth reading.

But really only one salient fact needs to be borne in mind, namely: Which country or group of countries poses the greatest danger to world peace? This question was asked in a global survey carried out by the Pew agency in 2013. The answer was of course wholly predictable, but had to and continues to be buried under a mountain of propaganda bullshit. Pew’s services have not been engaged since. The cat must not be let out of the bag. To any sane person it should be glaringly obvious that the AZ empire’s strategic objective is the construction of a global slave empire

Anyone one of group of persons who refuses to acknowledge this fact is either in bad faith, such as politicians and journalists, or is suffering from a type of ideological schizophrenia, or both.

Moreover, the internal state of affairs and practices in non-hegemonic states does not or should not be a casus belli. The world is not composed of ‘good’ countries and ‘bad’ countries, but, if I may quote Lord Palmerston only of states pursing their vital interests. Liberal interventionism is simply aggressive war by other means.

The ideological perspectives peddled by the PTB is not really for grown-ups. It is childlike and silly. It is the manufacturing of consent and the manipulation of the thought processes.

” … the technique of successful advertising is particularly instructive here. There is indeed always some appeal to reason, but mere assertion, often repeated, counts more than rational argument and so does the direct attack on the sub-conscious which takes for form of the attempts to evoke and crystallise pleasant associations of an entirely extra-rational form … Thus the typical citizen drops down to a lower level of mental performance as soon as he enters the political field. He argues and analyses in a way which he would readily recognises as infantile within the sphere of his real interests. He becomes a primitive again. His thinking becomes associative and affective … what we are confronted in the analysis of political processes is largely not a genuine but a manufactured will.” (J.A.Schumpeter, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy).

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 10, 2020 10:23 PM
Reply to  Harry Stotle

It’s the behaviour of Israel, the greatest State assassin of all, hence its potency as an example in the USA.

SteveAbbott
SteveAbbott
Jan 9, 2020 6:27 PM

Just another interpretation of the term, “proxies”. The national militaries, siding with the Benighted States in its various atrocities are proxies, of course, but supposed leaders like Trudeau, BoJo, Bliar, Merkel… these are also proxies for the stupid Trumps and Bushes, the evil Obombers and Clintons…, as of course, are the sell-outs who called themselves journalists and pseudo-historians of the past century.
There is no democracy without an objectively informed electorate…. there is no democracy.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Jan 9, 2020 7:08 PM
Reply to  SteveAbbott

One cannot pin Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau to the proxy nation tag leader until he actually commits to WW3 via being compelled to do so via NATO & Five-Eyes contractual obligations with partners that also signed on the dotted line.

Trudeau is a compassionate person aside from being a NATO leader tied to the other NATO leaders. Canadians keep Trudeau in check.

MOU

Steve Abbott
Steve Abbott
Jan 9, 2020 9:09 PM

Well, take a look at Canada’s response (or even invention) of the lies told about Venezuela by members of the “Lima Group”. Mind you Chrystia Freeland, a ring leader of that group, has been the most vociferous about the claim that placement of the malign idiot, Guaido, as president, corresponds to Venezuela’s constitution Article 233. It is a simple matter to look up Article 233, and it is very plain that it would totally invalidate Guaido’s claim. Freeland and her department have grossly misinformed both Trudeau and the Governor General in this regard, but there is ample notice out there to inspire any responsible politician to check the source. From this, are we to assume that Trudeau and the GG were just too stupid to read the 4 simple paragraphs of Article 233, before actively joining the effort to overthrow yet another government, or are they, too, malign? Frankly I do not think that Freeland could have been that stupid, so you see what I think of her. The proxy analogy applies regardless.

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 9, 2020 8:47 PM
Reply to  SteveAbbott

In Australia, the arse-end of the Earth, where Gaia is making an early example of us, the local political psychopaths love to observe that ‘The electorate always gets it r(R)ight’. It is, in my opinion, the most ludicrous and hilarious idiocy ever uttered by malignant imbeciles, anywhere.

Perfect
Perfect
Jan 10, 2020 11:20 AM

With all the progress in science, technology and psychology .. Still, countries like Asutralia are governed by religious extremists/elitists/ignorant arrogants/racist/dangerous supremacists/genocidals/fanatics/imbeciles.

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 10, 2020 10:28 PM
Reply to  Perfect

It’s the inevitable triumph of ‘democracy’, where every vicious, cretinous, pig ignorant, religiously poisonous swine has the same vote as their polar opposites, who number less and less as time goes by and the brainwashing system, entirely controlled by the villainous Right, takes its toll of any vestigial humane characteristics. Australian politics is replete with creatures who would have been enthusiastic Nazis, but at very low levels of responsibility.

Perfect
Perfect
Jan 11, 2020 4:02 PM

Every word you wrote hits a nail on the head! It is high time for decent people to raise a sign above the parliament house in Australia saying:

The Sty of the Religiously Poisonous Swine

There is aneed to spread the word.

K Ford
K Ford
Jan 9, 2020 6:20 PM

I have an image going through my mind of Sulieman sitting next to Allah saying “Hey, what the fuck happened?”

Gall
Gall
Jan 9, 2020 9:29 PM
Reply to  K Ford

Go away Hasberra Clown.

Joe
Joe
Jan 9, 2020 11:00 PM
Reply to  K Ford

You are a despicable bas###d.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Jan 9, 2020 6:13 PM

The Government of the United States of America & Israel were stopped in their tracks March 10th 2008.
What you are evidencing today is merely their collective incompetence to ringfence the Western Empire and control it from on high in D.C..

NATO is anachronism, bankrupt, and mismanaged. Insolvency starts slowly at first, and then it manifests all of a sudden into Chapter 11. Furthermore, the USA is $23 trillion in debt and cannot repay foreign creditors even if they wanted to.

Americans, and their military cowards, only know how to be thugs, & bullies. They are not intelligent enough to read a book, and they lack foresight because of that.

The world only needs to worry about containing the out-of-order Americans as they have nowhere to run or hide, and they are flat busted damn broke too.

People of the world need to understand how to give the Government of the United States of America the middle finger whilst practicing excommunication of all of their propaganda & Psyops.

Americans are enmeshed in mass hysteria due to de-Americanization & de-dollarization across the world. It is of no surprise that officialdom in the USA trots out their text book Psychopath generals to undergird USA nationalist psychopathy as a policy tool.

USA thugsterism is what cowards do when they have lost gambits for control.

People of the world need not worry about the American gangsters or their MIC thugs as they were structurally taken down in 08 and they have nowhere to run or hide today.

Signed, the executive management

MOU

Mike Ellwood
Mike Ellwood
Jan 10, 2020 12:12 AM

Furthermore, the USA is $23 trillion in debt and cannot repay foreign creditors even if they wanted to.

And what currency is that debt denominated in? US dollars.

And who has the sole right to issue US dollars? The US government, via the Federal Reserve.

It could repay its foreign creditors any time it or they wanted it to. It would simply swap the interest bearing US bonds with non-interest-bearing cash in US bank accounts.

US government debt in US dollars should not be confused with the overseas debts of 3rd world countries denominated in currencies other than their own. Governments which borrow in another country’s currency are always taking a big risk.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Jan 10, 2020 12:36 AM
Reply to  Mike Ellwood

First off, the USA cannot repay debts or even lower their rate of borrowing on the debt clock to Hell in a handbasket. Not enough USD currency in existence could pay the debt off. The Federal Reserve is a one trick Weimar Republic pony. They are printing the USA to Hell in a handbasket, and they are increasing the M2 Money Supply too which means that they are one trick ponies without any sort of ability in mathematics that would lend credibility to their plans to decrease their historically unmanageable Federal Reserve Balance Sheet which also means that they can never balance their books as the so-called central bank of the ‘free world’ USA.

The United States of America is a third world banana republic helmed by a tin pot dictator in hawk to Deutsche Bank, and Uncle Sam IRS via tax returns kept under wraps.

MOU

lundiel
lundiel
Jan 9, 2020 6:08 PM

Oh fuck. It now seems likely that America shot down the Ukrainian aircraft…. but the bbc is only interested in maintaining the royal status quo.

Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe
Jan 9, 2020 3:16 PM

It was striking to see Trump flanked by generals and not sitting in the “civilian setting” of the Oval Office like all his previous predecessors announcing the onset of a fresh new military debacle. The Pentagon knew that serious authoritarian figures were needed to prop up the image of the Orange Idiot

The assassination of General Qassem Suleimani and the subsequent limited retaliation achieved the objective of heightening the crisis between the US and Iran. Trump’s first bombastic remarks were threats about Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, yet nothing was said about initiating a new and revised Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to prevent it from happening. In fact, Trump seized the opportunity to once again mock the Iran Nuclear Deal as he’s done so many times during campaign rallies.

The situation throughout the Middle East will remain permanently on edge in a “Crisis foreign policy” mode. The most obvious contradiction is that loudmouth irrational Trump is the neocons “ticket” for dragging the US into an all-out war with Iran, but because Trump is so buffoonish he’s incapable of persuading the public to accept another misadventure–and that’s why things are in a stalemate.

What’s next down the road –a series of additional concocted crises, more sophisticated propaganda, and of course the “imperialists desire” for a fresh new political voice appearing more genuine, rational, and
convincing.

The mobilization of antiwar protests are NOW imperative! Without a strong antiwar/working-class resistance we’ll all be dragged into a devastating world war annihilating billions.

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 9, 2020 8:50 PM

Antiwar protest regarding Iran would be irredeemably ‘antisemitic’. I’d love to see Corbyn grow a spine, post-mortem, and lead them in the UK, but he’s probably back in his allotment already.

Perfect
Perfect
Jan 9, 2020 2:34 PM

The author is dispirited today. Let’s try to cheer Andre up!

The stench of hubris and hypocrisy emanating from Washington and their lackeys (bRitish and aUstralians etc. etc.) is now way out of all charts and scales of decency.

The American scum (a.k.a. elites) are opting to die on their feet as it is too humiliating to continue with an assured future (for them) of living on their knees.

The original quote, by Emiliano Zapata, “It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees” is usually used by victims of imperialism. Today, with great pleasure, it describes appropriately the situation the Americans are in. It will not be all pleasant, but hopefully the victims of the West’s tyranny will see the light at the end of the long and enduring tunnel.

Gall
Gall
Jan 9, 2020 9:35 PM
Reply to  Perfect

I agree. Time for a reality check here since that the ruthless American Empire has been exposed for the evil vampire it is but now it looks like a stake has been driven through whatever teeny tiny little heart it had:

https://www.globalresearch.ca/america-an-empire-on-its-last-leg-to-be-kicked-out-from-the-middle-east/5699693

Kaiama
Kaiama
Jan 9, 2020 1:11 PM

Got banned from commenting on an official site. Everything disappeared. Last time it was Crimea. Now Soleimani. I am not sure they understand that the internet cannot be censored, although they try really hard with their little site. Not the Grauniad, but its all the same these days.

Admin1
Admin
Admin1
Jan 9, 2020 1:52 PM
Reply to  Kaiama

Do you feel able to name the site?

Maggie
Maggie
Jan 9, 2020 4:35 PM
Reply to  Admin1

I think he may be referring to
Facebook..

lundiel
lundiel
Jan 9, 2020 6:10 PM
Reply to  Maggie

Why would anyone join Facebook?

lundiel
lundiel
Jan 9, 2020 6:19 PM
Reply to  lundiel

And..,..the internet is censored. An example: Libyan Islamic facisists torturing and executing sub Saharan Africans removed from YouTube etc.

Maggie
Maggie
Jan 9, 2020 7:56 PM
Reply to  lundiel

Internet, Facebook, Twitter, U Tube, Google, Wikipedia.. ALL monitored and censored by the Zionists…
They think they have it all stitched up, but we just have to keep on talking to one another.
WE ARE MANY, THEY ARE FEW..

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 9, 2020 8:52 PM
Reply to  Maggie

We are many, they are money.

Maggie
Maggie
Jan 10, 2020 4:27 PM

Ha ha , so true… but WE make the money for them, with our labour and our lives.
Refuse to work for anyone who makes components for the ‘war /oil/precious metal and gem industry’ regardless of how much blood money they are offering and definitely don’t fall for the ‘call to arms.’
They want to rob and maim innocent people in the process, then let them do their own dirty work.
Turn off the Brainwashing babysitter on the wall. Learn to be self sufficient and teach your children and grandchildren the value of clean food and moderation..

Maggie
Maggie
Jan 10, 2020 4:31 PM
Reply to  lundiel

Also, the American Soldiers pi**ing on prisoners in Iraq and the stupid bitch abusing Guantanamo bay prisoners… all removed. But we did see them, and can’t unsee them.

Kaiama
Kaiama
Jan 9, 2020 6:53 PM
Reply to  Admin1

Apart from the graun from which I got done once over Crimea, the other other site did me over both Crimea and Soleimani. Its pretty much to the right of Attila the Hun and doesn’t have a paywall.

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Jan 9, 2020 1:06 PM

“The Middle East, China, Latin America…all boundaries have been crossed…lost all restraint, shame and decency..”

Add to that Europe Mr Vltchek.

Brexit and Pompeos gauntlet against Corbyn.

The fixing of the referendums and election in the UK. Macrons election in France. AdF and other alt-right agitation across Europe inc our very own ‘Tommy’ thugs.

The deployment of msm, alt media, social media and big data all joined up and coordinated with the 5+1 eyed deepstate thugs that Andre, by conglomerates such as Canadia CGI.

XR and Greta the little snow princess and her genetically chosen visage and manufactured personality.

And a huge number of paid trolls and even soldiers OBEYING orders to propagandise the Empires messages as it enters its last days, in retreat from the New Eurasian Empire. They will not be allowed to use that excuse at the warcrimes trials to come.

harry law
harry law
Jan 9, 2020 1:33 PM
Reply to  Dungroanin

There will be no war crimes trials…
Sec of State Pompeo said the US will take additional steps including economic sanctions against anyone in the ICC who acts against our allies. “Additional steps” do the Prosecutor and Judges have families? Do the US/Israel have a damning file on the Prosecutor about her work in the Gambia, no doubt? Is the Prosecutor going to arm and barricade herself and staff inside ICC HQ in the event of an invasion by US marines? The Prosecutor must realize by now the US and their Allies, notably Israel and Saudi Arabia are beyond International Law for all time, or until they cease being useful to the Empire.
U.S.: ‘Hague Invasion Act’ Becomes Law
U.S. President George Bush today signed into law the American Service members Protection Act of 2002, which is intended to intimidate countries that ratify the treaty for the International Criminal Court (ICC). The new law authorizes the use of military force to liberate any American or citizen of a U.S.-allied country being held by the court, which is located in The Hague. This provision, dubbed the “Hague invasion clause,” has caused a strong reaction from U.S. allies around the world, particularly in the Netherlands.

In addition, the law provides for the withdrawal of U.S. military assistance from countries ratifying the ICC treaty, and restricts U.S. participation in United Nations peacekeeping unless the United States obtains immunity from prosecution. At the same time, these provisions can be waived by the president on “national interest” grounds. https://www.hrw.org/news/2002/08/03/us-hague-invasion-act-becomes-law
The secretary of state said visas could also be withheld from ICC personnel involved in conducting probes of US allies, specifically Israel.
Pompeo said “implementation” of the policy has already begun but he did not provide any details, citing confidentiality surrounding visa applications.
“These visa restrictions will not be the end of our efforts,” Pompeo said. “We’re prepared to take additional steps, including economic sanctions, if the ICC does not change its course.”
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/15/mike-pompeo-us-war-crimes-investigation-international-criminal-court#maincontent

Maggie
Maggie
Jan 9, 2020 4:59 PM
Reply to  harry law

”WE ARE MANY THEY ARE FEW”
How about WE ALL boycott American and Israeli goods?
Begin with Ford, and Ben and Jerry’s? Look carefully at all labels and ”BOYCOTT”

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 9, 2020 8:54 PM
Reply to  harry law

The ICC is already a stinking, racist, farce and Bensouda, like Ocampo, is a complete US stooge.

harry law
harry law
Jan 9, 2020 12:47 PM

Fighting the Empire anywhere in the world has to have a starting point, in the middle east there are two

Fighting the Empire anywhere in the world has to have a starting point, in the middle east there are two
conflicting blocks, the ‘arc of resistance’ Iran, Iraq, Syria, the Houthis, and Lebanon added to this group could be added Russia and China. They are opposed by the ‘arc of terror’ US/NATO, Israel [the Apartheid state], Saudi Arabia [the Terrorist supporting, head chopper state] and some other Gulfies. How to defeat the ‘arc of terror’ has to approached methodically, 1/ The US/NATO etc cannot be reasoned with because they think [as Chairman Mao did that [“Power grows out the barrel of a gun”]. Of course today power also grows out of control of the financial system controlled for now by the ‘West’ that is where the Russians and Chinese come in. The ‘arc of resistance is under various forms of attack by the ‘arc of terror’, in the case of Iraq and Syria they are physically occupied and sanctioned territories, Iran and Yemen are under attack and sanctioned and Lebanon is under financial attack, the ‘arc of terror will not attack Lebanon or Iran militarily because they have large inventories of accurate missiles. In the case of Israel Hezbollah alone can destroy Metropolitan Tel Aviv, all the ports, Dimona nuclear plant and off shore gas rigs. How else can the resistance fight back?
What drove the US out of Iraq the first time was a simple device called an explosively formed projectile [EFP] it consisted of a steel pipe [or even a piece of PVC waste pipe packed with high explosive with a disk of copper at the end, this was placed at the side of roads frequented by US army patrols, they could easily be disguised as rocks or other common features of the landscape, Initially they were set off by electronic means i.e. a cell phone, garage door opener or other such device. The US spent billions and asked Government research laboratories and universities to counter this phenomenon, they succeeded at first when convoys were headed by a vehicle bristling with antennae, the Iraqis were one step ahead of them, they started using a piece of string to detonate the simple device, game over. An EFP is unstoppable and can destroy the latest tanks penetrating from front and out the rear destroying everything inside [US personnel on the scene of such an attack called the unfortunate victims of the EFP’s ‘crispy critters’. On detonation the disk is propelled thus…. EFP 20 cm (8 inches) in diameter can throw a 3 kg (7 lbs) copper slug at Mach 6, or 2,000 meters per second. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explosively_formed_penetrator See also https://www.stratfor.com/imminent_spread_efps
The ‘arc of terror’ have these very weak points, Saudi Arabia and the other Gulfies are terrified of their infrastructure, including oil fields and export terminals being destroyed, when they are destroyed the Kings and Princes are destroyed. Since Yemen is at war with Saudi Arabia [the weakest point] it is imperative they are supported by other members of the resistance, by supplying them with accurate missiles and the logistics of supplying them [deniability etc, although Iran is blamed in all circumstances]. Iran can also surround other enemies [Israel] and supply them with same. As has been proven Iranian and Hezbollah missiles when fired in numbers cannot be stopped, see also Professor Theodore A Postol. https://thebulletin.org/2014/07/the-evidence-that-shows-iron-dome-is-not-working/ the Explosively Formed Projectiles cannot be stopped, this is the only way to deal with the Empire.

TFS
TFS
Jan 9, 2020 11:28 AM

Can I ask, because it’s been perplexing me.

If Iran is the Terroist State, A Rascist State, A state wishing the death of all Jewish Peoples, then….

1. Why does it have the largest number of Jewish people within its borders, second only to Israel?
2. Unless I missed something, I see no exodus of Jewish people hitting the Main Stream Media with tales of woe.
3. Are Jewish people in Iran, all incarcerated in camps like the millions of Uyghurs in China?

Maggie
Maggie
Jan 9, 2020 5:01 PM
Reply to  TFS

Or the millions of Palestinians in Palestine stolen and named Israel?

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 9, 2020 8:57 PM
Reply to  TFS

There are NOT ‘millions’ of Uighurs, let alone ‘all’ of them, incarcerated in camps in China. You’ve swallowed the racist, Sinophobic, propaganda peddled by The Empire.

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Jan 10, 2020 8:01 AM

You have misread TFS’s comment – it implies that the Uighar story is propaganda – read the whole comment again.

TfS has obviously not swallowed the propaganda.

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 10, 2020 10:34 PM
Reply to  Dungroanin

I still can’t see the ‘misreading’ but if I have, then I apologise.

TFS
TFS
Jan 11, 2020 10:39 AM

No I haven’t, I’m aware of the Empires games and use of Uighurs terrorists to forment unrest in China.

Just wondering if someone was going to comment on the point.

bob goldoff
bob goldoff
Jan 10, 2020 12:02 AM
Reply to  TFS

i am raising money for myself and for the millions of innocent iranian jewish souls
like anne franks trapped in lofts and in cellars in irania
matt demon and ben asswipe are helping me make a movie
it is kind of like syriana but more iranian kind of like spielbergs fantasy list but with more jokes.

help us save the pink iranian semites
the darker ones i heare are arab pretenders and not real semites like the authentick khazar ashkanazim
already

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Jan 10, 2020 8:24 AM
Reply to  bob goldoff

Lol – Goldoff!

Genuinely the funniest comment I read for ages , i’ll copy and share widely. Cheers ‘Bob’, it is way past time the arsehole luvvy and rock&roll arms of the perception management department were called out and exposed for their roles in the Empire – for which they have been rewarded very highly.

Elvis was proud of hos special agent status and would flash his secret badge it used to be reported.

The professional english Oirishman saint SIR Bob and his cohorts who were recruited to kick of the social justice warrior generation and mass richly rewarded charity industry, that has left the ardent followers looking like red nosed clowns and jelly brained that no critical faculties are used as they stroke themselves with self satisfaction while ignoring the WHY of the SJW causes.

I’ll stop before I get started on Bonheado and Bossteen and Nobel winner Zimmerman …

K Ford
K Ford
Jan 9, 2020 11:04 AM

“‘The enemy,’ retorted Yossarian with weighted precision, ‘is anyone who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he’s on, and that includes Colonel Cathcart.’” – Catch 22

And this guy, Suleiman, got hundreds of his men killed with idiotic attacks in Saddam Hussein’s war with Iran. What happened to him – he got promoted!!

He had it coming to him.

sabina de sturler
sabina de sturler
Jan 9, 2020 11:32 AM
Reply to  K Ford

we must assassinate all presidents and prime minsters and so on. blair still alive?!

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 9, 2020 8:59 PM

Silly provocation. Arrest them and sentence them. Murder is their strength and heart’s desire-why play into their hands and become like them, their final victory?

Gall
Gall
Jan 9, 2020 11:00 PM

I think been playing too much “Assassins Creed” and “Warcraft”.

TFS
TFS
Jan 9, 2020 11:34 AM
Reply to  K Ford

This International Law THINGY would seem to be a mystery to you.

Fresno
Fresno
Jan 9, 2020 3:46 PM
Reply to  TFS

That sword cuts both ways.

George Cornell
George Cornell
Jan 9, 2020 12:30 PM
Reply to  K Ford

And who decides that? You? The post assassination vilification is all about justifying murder. Remember Gaddafi, Saddam, the Shah?

Gall
Gall
Jan 9, 2020 11:02 PM
Reply to  K Ford

Should I call you Mr. Dead or will Brain suffice?

TFS
TFS
Jan 9, 2020 9:54 AM

It’s allways worth noting several views on Iran from others. Youtube is repleat with similar videos.

I find it funny, but it’s probably being done for a reason. Anyone hear from the largest Jewish group outside of Israel, located in Iran? I wonder what their take is, knowing that behind the scenes, Israel is trying to send Iran (their country) back to the Dark Ages.

Anyways,this is is just a small look at Iran from a unbiased traveller.

Francis Lee
Francis Lee
Jan 9, 2020 9:30 AM

The United States, and to a slightly lesser extent its NATO vassals, is little more than a protection racket being carried out by a mafia-zionist clique. Operating outside of International Law these neo-barbarians are a threat to the whole planet. Anyone who stands up to them is likely to ‘get whacked’ to use the mafia vernacular. The objective is a criminal world empire with the great bloodsucker living off the labour of the rest of humanity. The famous Egyptian Marxist, Samir Amin, summed up this situation as follows:

”The US economy lives as a parasite off its partners in the global system, with virtually no national savings of its own. The world produces whilst America consumes. The advantage of the US is as a predator whose deficit is covered by what others by what others agree and others are forced to contribute. Washington uses various means to make up for its deficiencies; for example the repeated of the principles of liberalism, arms exports and the hunting down of oil super-profits (which involves wars in central Asia, Iraq, Iran). But the fact is that the bulk of the American deficit (on current account) is covered by capital inputs by Europe and Japan, China and the global South, rich oil-producing countries and their comprador classes from all regions, including the poorest in the Third World, to which should be added the debt-service levy which is imposed on nearly every country in the periphery of the global system. The American super-power depends from day to day on the flow of capital that sustains the pararsitism of its economy and society. The vulnerability of the United States represents a serious danger for Washington’s project.” (Samir Amin – Beyond US Hegemony p.12)

When Nixon took the US of the gold standard in 1971 its essential parasitism was established and has been maintained by the conversion of the world’s surplus dollars into IOUs called US Treasury Bonds. (See Amin above). Of course these financial securities are never going to be repaid but they enable to the US to extract imperial tribute and economic rent and live beyond its means being financed to the world’s surplus countries. The world’s trade surpluses are therefore matched by the US’s trade deficits. But the world is not only being forced to take US Treasuries because they can do little else with their surplus dollar build-up. The US is therefore able to run a structural trade-deficit due to its threats and military wars of regime change and colonisation around the world.

Moreover, these capital inputs from the rest of the world are not only servicing internal and external US economic deficits – trade deficit and budget deficit – but they enable the US to carry on with its long-term geo-strategy of permanent wars,regime change and colonisation of the rest of the world. In particular the US uses the wealth which has been confiscated from the rest of the world – including Russia and China – to surround and threaten any states which do not want to be part of the US Anglo-Zionist empire. Neat trick! But hardly new, just a routine protection racket.

Will the rest of the world wake up to this con game – a game of which they are most certainly aware – I wish I knew the answer.

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 9, 2020 9:04 PM
Reply to  Francis Lee

And it is not ‘the USA’ benefitting from this blood-sucking parasitism. For forty years the ruling elites have cut more and more of the US population out from the proceeds of the Imperial rackets, and accumulated all the gelt for themselves.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Jan 10, 2020 2:08 AM
Reply to  Francis Lee

The Neoliberal Money Pump imploded post-Lehman Moment which is why Paulson had to pick Geithner’s brain for Too-BIG-to-Fail, Nail, or Jail so that they could ringfence Lehman toxic waste onto the Federal Reserve balance sheet with TARP & TARP-2 ON Steroids. REPO backstop has not lessened Fed Reserve balance sheet and they cannot normalize rates ever again due to leveraged debt across the board of the fractional reserve empire.

AIG, CITI, Goldman, JPMorgan, BofA, Wells Fargo, et cetera were all fed trillions upon trillions in taxpayer funded near zero interest loans for a decade & more. Mainstreet USA taxpayers got cake.

Baltic Dry Index trends downward since 08. Class-8 Commercial Trucking has dropped incrementally the same way over the last decade. WW3 preparations were launched since 08 in expectation that USD is losing hegemon credibility & status since Wall Street indicated to the world that America is running on high speed trading frequency that Warren Buffett likened to ‘weapons of mass destruction’. QE-4 REPO backdoor is already propping Maestro Greenspan’s asset inflation era up as we all expect Chair Powell to ask Congress to extend the debt ceiling through Congress yet one more time in light of the fact that the income streams don’t exactly match the debt streams and America can’t stop the false growth curve that the high frequency trading bots are bidding up every microsecond of the trading day.

Ukraine Russian Federation gas deals are not fine by the USA. Russian Federation gas deals with the EU are not okay by the USA.

The USA is on a careening trajectory of downward economic activity as opposed to being on an incline of growth since the GFC was launched to deliver Secular Stagnation.

WW3 is not going to get America out of Secular Stagnation I assure you.

MOU

Antonym
Antonym
Jan 10, 2020 2:14 AM
Reply to  Francis Lee

Obsession with Zionism makes you blind to Real money: Sunni Arab oil & gas reserves. You are fomenting

    by the CIA play book

, even outside the MSM! The dollar and shekel are ghosts without financial collateral. Ninety percent of Off-Guardian suffers from the same problem.

tfs
tfs
Jan 9, 2020 9:13 AM

1. ISIS/ISIL is funded by governments of Saudi Arabia and…… (Wikileaks)
2. Saudi Arabia contributed to Hillary Clintons foundation, and HC exported huge amounts of weapons to Saudi Arabia.
3. John Kerry mentions ISIS as a pivitol player in SpartUSAs regime change playbook in Syria (WTF)
4. Qasem Soleimani is know as the ISIS terminator, as mentioned by the Western Press and anyone with any knowledge of the situation.
5. (If I’m not mistaken) A British Army representative recently recieved a gift from Saudi Arabia of a gold encrusted tea pot, whilst on a visit to their country.

Our men are fighting ISIS whilst our senior military people are cavorting with the paymasters (saudi Arabia) of ISIS/ISIL?

And Qasem Soleimani is the terrorist?

Jesus, the world is upside down.

Dungroanin
Dungroanin
Jan 9, 2020 1:24 PM
Reply to  tfs

Clintons like all the various ceo’s chosen for their psychopathic natures at an early age and then fast-tracked, by the Pathocracy, to run their Empire through the ages are rewarded with their ‘seat at the table’, billionaire lifestyles and dynastic ambitions – such as Chelsea Clinton (and her brood) e.g:

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/477710-chelsea-clinton-made-9-million/

This has applied through the ages from Wellington to Blair to Bozo here and every US leader (except for the odd one who turned out not to be a reliable psychopath for the Empire – they get dispatched by scandal or death if they refuse to resign)

TFS
TFS
Jan 9, 2020 2:15 PM
Reply to  Dungroanin

Yep.

Whilst, the likes of you and me are not invited to their table, when you recognise the power of the Benjamins in your pocket and when and where to/not spend it, you will find youself at the head of THEIR table.

We are a World of Couch Potatos, call it the MLK/Ghandi Gambit.

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 9, 2020 9:05 PM
Reply to  TFS

Shouldn’t they be known as ‘binyamins’, these days?

Perfect
Perfect
Jan 9, 2020 2:08 PM
Reply to  tfs

If Qasem Soleimani was a terrorist, he would be having standing ovations in the US congress on a regular basis.

TFS
TFS
Jan 9, 2020 2:11 PM
Reply to  Perfect

You are naughty 😉

Tallis Marsh
Tallis Marsh
Jan 9, 2020 6:59 PM
Reply to  Perfect

He, he!

Or even given a Nobel Prize…

norman wisdom
norman wisdom
Jan 10, 2020 12:06 AM
Reply to  tfs

21 upticks what a joke
the house of saud are donmeh crypto jews
they are bag men for the city of london the rothschilds the cia and pentagram
next you will be saying they where the brains behind the dancing israelites of 9 and 11

Capricornia Man
Capricornia Man
Jan 9, 2020 8:52 AM

I suppose Washington still claims it wants a democratic, secular government in Iran. The starting point in assessing the “sincerity” of this claim should be the CIA/MI6 orchestrated coup which saw the overthrow of the secular nationalist government of Dr Mossadegh in 1953. They got rid of what they now say they want and installed a brutal dictatorship under the Shah. Mossadegh’s government was predictably ‘red-baited’ because it nationalised the oil industry and wanted to charge a market price for oil. I’m told the BBC Persian language service was involved in this. If true – unsurprising.

Capricornia Man
Capricornia Man
Jan 9, 2020 10:34 AM

Btw, Mossadegh’s government was democratically elected.

John Deehan
John Deehan
Jan 9, 2020 8:41 AM

The Iranians have just shown they will not be intimidated or bullied. There was another empire prior to the USA which tried to bully, murder and intimidate the Irish who fought against it for 800 years and has not yet finished the struggle. Bullies don’t like people who fight back. Hence why the Iranians are the designated enemy amongst others

lundiel
lundiel
Jan 9, 2020 8:26 AM

I hope “the empire” might implode eventually. I don’t see it being attacked, due to its geographical location, by anything other than nuclear weapons. So, if the Americans don’t start a nuclear war it is more likely that internal economic disparity within the US will weaken the federation, leading to eventual Balkanisation. I think they are also in a rush to secure resources and stifle opposition while they are still able. I could imagine an economic crash that splits the US into at least 4 different economic regions and could imagine the disparity would eventually lead to a military split. In the future, its not beyond the realms of imagination to see America becoming part private corporation, part Juedo Christian theocracy, part libertarian tax haven and part full-blown Nazi state. And hopefully, all their issues with each other and economic problems will see an end to the empire.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Jan 9, 2020 6:34 PM
Reply to  lundiel

The Western Fractional Reserve Banking Empire was structurally imploded mathematically March 10th 2008. They are not smart enough to understand the math, and neither are their computers. And they can’t build quantum computing fast enough to undo the structural take down of their empire.

I’m related to Sir Isaac Newton.

MOU

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 9, 2020 9:09 PM

I’m related to Genghis Khan, apparently. And I have a telephone!

richard le sarc
richard le sarc
Jan 9, 2020 9:08 PM
Reply to  lundiel

‘Judeo-Christian’ is such a ludicrous usage. The Talmudic Judaics, the ones who run Israel, hate Christians with fury, far more so than they hate Moslems. And the Christian Zionists only support Israel in order to provoke the End Times, when the Jews will have to convert, or die horribly and burn in Hell forever.

lundiel
lundiel
Jan 9, 2020 9:32 PM

Yes, I know. The whole thing defies logic, but the Christians are determined to fulfill their prophecy and it’s bedrock is the prophecies of the Jewish religion which was a direct result of Egyptian religion…. Arrrrrrrgh!

Andy Ellis
Andy Ellis
Jan 9, 2020 9:37 PM

We live in a very bizarro world. It would seem, reading the comments here that we know that politicians and their masters are corrupt and yet we are helpless to do anything about it.

Andy Ellis
Andy Ellis
Jan 9, 2020 9:48 PM
Reply to  Andy Ellis

As recommended by commentators on this site, I have just finished reading ” the secret origins of the first world war ” and ” conjuring Hitler “. One thing is for sure, when the British Government call for restraint from opposing factions, you can bet the shit is going to hit the fan. We are seeing the whole scheme that started both world wars being acted out again. Hold onto your hats and buckle in.