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Posted May 30, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: RESPONSE TO THE IDEA OF TERRIBLE SANCTIONS BEING EQUIVALENT TO WAR – YES INDEED AND THIS IS A NEW KIND OF AMERICAN WARFARE USING ORWELLIAN LANGUAGE TO MAKE IT SOUND MORE BENIGN – SANCTIONS ATTACK INNOCENT PEOPLE   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY CAITLIN JOHNSTONE IN SOUTH FRONT

 

“STARVATION SANCTIONS ARE WORSE THAN OVERT WARFARE”

 

Yes, that is a true observation.

Sanctions are characterized by subterfuge. The word “sanctions” sounds so much less brutal than “war.”

It’s rather like the language of war discussed by George Orwell in his famous essay, “Politics and the English Language.”

Used as America now uses them, they are completely a form of war, hurting huge populations.

Think of the past and the practice of “starving out” the populations of invested cities.

For example, what Nazi Germany did at Leningrad in WWII, killing roughly a million people over a period.

Now, instead of one technique applied sometimes at specific sites during a war, the United States has developed and generalized the inhumane practice into a new form of war.

And, always keep in mind, sanctions in general hurt and kill almost only civilians, the most ordinary people, the people who cannot protect themselves.

It does not matter what euphemistic-sounding titles the United States applies to each set of newly-published ones, they only have real effect when they hurt civilians.

Just the way America’s other favorite pastime, bombing, does.

But sanctions come without all the noise and with less adverse publicity.

You’d almost think a bunch of old captured Nazi figures, Wernher von Braun types, worked the idea out secretly years ago in a white paper and offered it to their captors as a gift.

 

 

 

Posted June 24, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WASHINGTON’S CHIEF BIG FAT LIAR MIKE POMPEO HOLDS TALKS WITH THE BLOODIEST GOVERNMENT OF OUR TIME IN SAUDI ARABIA – THE TRULY TERRIFYING THREAT OF IRAN DEFENSIVELY SHOOTING DOWN AMERICA’S BELLIGERENT DRONES   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“Pompeo holds talks in Saudi Arabia as Iran threatens U.S. drones.”

 

Iran threatens drones?

Drones sent over the country’s territory in the middle of the night with required safety transponders turned off in order to spy on people who have done absolutely nothing wrong? Drones sent by people who frequently use them to kill, having killed thousands of people that way in recent years?

My God, what a terrifying threat.

Perhaps, the US could just stop sending their creepy flying spies, pack up their armada, including two aircraft carriers, and their nuclear-capable bombers sitting at airfields, and go home?

Oh, I guess that would be asking too much. Asking the United States to act reasonably.

And here they are holding talks with Saudi Arabia, unquestionably the bloodiest government we’ve seen anywhere in quite some time.

Represented by Mike Pompeo who, only very recently at a university campus in Texas, joked and laughed about “lying, cheating, and stealing” over at the CIA, where he worked in the past.

America’s mad drive to dominate everyone everywhere nicely summed up in one vignette.

Now, ask yourself when we hear even the slightest sound of disapproval about any of it from Canada and in whose favor our foreign policy has been so badly twisted these days?

It is not a happy thought.

 

Posted June 24, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TRUMP SAYS JOHN BOLTON WOULD GO TO WAR WITH EVERYONE – THE OBVIOUS REJOINDER IS: THEN WHY IS HE STILL WORKING FOR YOU?   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN GOVERNMENT SLAVES

 

“Trump: If it was up to John Bolton, we’d be fighting WHOLE WORLD at once”

 

What an absurd thing for a President to say.

The obvious rejoinder is, “Then why is this madman still working for you?”

God, every time Trump opens his mouth, something stupid comes tumbling out.

Posted June 24, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TRUMP LITERALLY THREATENS IRAN WITH “OBLITERATION” IN WORDS HITLER MIGHT WELL HAVE USED – THE WHOLE WORLD TERRIFIED OVER TRUMP’S RE-ELECTION NEEDS – TRUMP IS SICK BUT SO IS AN ENTIRE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS FOR SUCH VICIOUSNESS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN STATIONGOSSIP

 

“Trump Promises ‘Obliteration Like You’ve Never Seen’ If Iran Crosses the Line”

 

“Obliteration”?

If that doesn’t sound like Hitler, I don’t know what does.

What’s “crossing the line”?

Taking a pee?

Blowing your nose?

Good, God, let these people alone.

They’ve done nothing to anyone.

Yet they are threatened by ships, bombers, and drones, and they are severely attacked with sweeping illegal sanctions.

The whole world watches in fear that a big war is going to be unleashed by a trio of violent lunatics in the White House.

And the only reason for any of this happening is Trump’s seeking big contributions and support for his re-election and against possible impeachment from some wealthy American super-boosters of Israel, people eager to assist that country’s war-criminal leader in getting just what he wants.

Trump is just sick.

But then so is the entire American political system that makes this even possible.

Posted June 24, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: BRITAIN’S BORIS JOHNSON REVEALED FOR JUST WHAT HE REALLY IS IN TWO EMBARRASSING EVENTS – HE REALLY IS JUST DONALD TRUMP WITH AN ETON EDUCATION   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

Boris Johnson’s poll leads vanish as loud altercation with partner deals major blow to Tory leadership bid

More than half of voters say private life is relevant to ability to be prime minister – and three-quarters say character matters

 

Good.

What can you say of a man in his fifties who beats up on his girlfriend?

And there’s no denying what happened. A neighbor, the same one who called police, recorded the sounds because she was so concerned.

And it comes as good news that ol’ Boris’s previously-unknown relationship with America’s disgusting Steve Bannon has been revealed.

I’ve said it several times, but I think it an accurate observation worth repeating.

Boris Johnson is Donald Trump with an Eton education.

Oh, I suppose you could add with “schoolboy looks,” but Boris is no innocent schoolboy joking around, he’s an ugly bully.

Posted June 24, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CANADA’S TRUDEAU SENDS A FRIGATE THROUGH THE TAIWAN STRAIT – JUST THE LATEST BLUNDER FROM A SMILING HANDSOME INCOMPETENT – HIS DEPENDENT RELATIONSHIP WITH A CLOSET-AMERICAN NEOCON FOREIGN MINISTER, CHRYSTIA FREELAND – TRUDEAU’S FATHER PIERRE FONDLY REMEMBERED – GOODBYE TO BRAVE AND WORTHY DEEDS   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CHECKPOINT ASIA

 

“Trudeau Sails a Warship Through Taiwan Strait While Begging Xi to Meet With Him at G20

“Trudeau demonstrates again precisely the behaviour that has caused the Chinese to decline communication with his government”

 

 ‘Taiwan Strait transits are “very indirect signals” of disapproval toward China’s claims in the region.

‘“Middle powers [like Canada] are about bolstering international institutions and international law so they can restrain the power of very big countries,” Nagy told the outlet. “They view that China is going to present a bigger risk going forward, and they have to demonstrate some resolve through ships in the region.”’

 

Those last words of Professor Stephen Nagy strike me as being rather deceptive, only superficially plausible as is the case for much disinformation.

After all, he does work at a “Christian university” in Asia, and his words were first published on that distinguished website, “Stars and Stripes,” the old internal house organ for the American armed forces.

Sadly, from my point of view, Canada today does everything possible to support the United States in foreign affairs. That might be okay if the policies were above board and had genuinely good intent, but they very much do not have those characteristics. Quite the opposite, they reflect the American establishment’s effort at dominating the globe.

Under such circumstances, Canada would be in a fairly hard place no matter what, sharing one of the world’s longest borders, having no other adjacent nations, and sharing a massive trade in goods and services.  But I don’t think it was hugely different for Pierre Trudeau, Justin Trudeau’s father, who took many opportunities to oppose peaceably the worst American policies of his day.

Pierre Trudeau ignored Washington’s bitter, intense, and violent Cuba policy and worked to establish a genuine relationship with Castro. Canadian investment and regular tourist travel were positive results.

At the height of America’s holocaust in Vietnam, Pierre Trudeau told Canada’s border services to throw open the gates for all American war resisters of any description, even deserters. They did, and tens of thousands of young Americans came, many eventually making good lives in Canada.

Justin is simply not able, by his very nature, to take bold steps like those. He has a pleasant, go-along-to-get-along personality, actually pretty much lacking any real force of character. He smiles a lot. He apologizes a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against smiles or needed apologies, but when it comes to leadership, a bit more is required. Those things are only the froth of the brew.

Interestingly, the Liberal Party was very keen on having Justin run and tried over a considerable period of time to persuade him to do so, knowing his last name literally was magic in the country.

But Justin shied away – except for smiling and lending support and attending party fund-raisers, his name always able to sell tickets. He stayed with what he was doing, and I believe perhaps because he quietly understood his own limits. However, the point was reached in the last part of Stephen Harper’s government when Trudeau gave in to all the behind-the-scenes pleadings and blandishments.

He did handily defeat Stephen Harper, a rather dark and unpleasant figure who enjoyed a long-running minority government precisely because the Liberals had become involved with in-fighting and scandal. And they went through some poorly-chosen leaders, most notably the politically-inept academic, Michael Ignatieff, who was lured by the Party’s talent scouts from Harvard University in the belief he could bring new luster to the Liberal brand. As events proved, he did quite the opposite.

From leading America’s contrived Lima Group (for the overthrow of Venezuela and, in future, some other Latin American governments) to harassing Russia with tanks in one of the Baltic states and from its compliance with an American extradition request for an important citizen of China on trumped-up charges to sailing through the Taiwan Strait, Canada’s current government has set unpleasant precedents for a Liberal Party government.

Even Washington’s unwarranted jibes against Russia or Iran or China are echoed by Trudeau’s disagreeable Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, albeit in somewhat quieter tones than the bellowing that comes from blowhards like Bolton and Pompeo, but the essential content is the same.

Canada seems to be tightly hugging American policy everywhere, which is what we might expect from a Conservative Party government, and particularly the Conservative Party of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a man notoriously in line with all things right-wing and American, very much including its Neocons.

The great traditions which gave Canada the international reputation it enjoyed through much of the 20th century were largely the work of leaders in the Liberal Party.

Figures like Lester Pearson, Pierre Trudeau (father of the current Prime Minister), Paul Martin, and still others all came from the Liberal Party. We had some decent, respected Conservatives, too, but they have almost disappeared in a party which is the handiwork of Stephen Harper.

Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister and Chrystia Freeland as his Foreign Minister, the cabinet member he most depends upon, have left those large traditions behind. Almost entirely.

I think it has a great deal to do with the fact that Justin is not a terribly clever or resourceful man, his previous big job having been as a kindergarten teacher. His father, by contrast, was genuinely brilliant, highly educated, with a mind aptly described as Jesuitical.

Justin suffers also from a rather bland personality, one that tries pleasing everyone. Again, by contrast, his father was fiercely independent-minded, once telling a heckler, “Mangez la merde!” and once challenging someone questioning what he was about to do with, “Just watch me.” Justin does a lot of apologizing and uses a great deal of Millennialist yoga-land language that often says very little of substance.

I believe those qualities in Justin Trudeau have caused him to lean heavily upon Freeland. He is photographed with her far, far more than with any other cabinet minister.

She is smart and has a much tougher personality than he does (although one lacking almost any sparkle or charm), hence his dependence.

But, of course, being smart alone does not save anyone from doing wrong or inappropriate things.

Values, integrity and a certain genuine force of character are required to avoid that. Just look at Mike Pompeo or Hillary Clinton or George Bush pere or Canada’s Stephen Harper – smart people all of them.

There is a need for something a little resembling what Flaubert called a sentimental education, and Freeland completely lacks it.

Freeland has made the wrong calls in almost everything she’s done, dragging Trudeau into the fallout. She is regarded by some as a closet American Neocon, and I pretty much agree with that assessment. Her husband even writes for the New York Times, a paper that has been aptly described as the house organ for America’s power establishment.

Her obvious, and inappropriate, anti-Russian prejudice likely comes from being brought up in Ukrainian-Canadian traditions, which, in my experience, were heavily colored by extreme anti-Soviet attitudes.

Today, Canada supports the overthrow of an elected government in Latin America, and never says a truly critical word about such an appalling government as that of Saudi Arabia. Of course, the Crown Prince is a pampered American favorite for his generous help in the task of spreading the blessings of freedom throughout the Middle East.

Even the legacy of Trudeau’s father is fading as Canada recently reduced services at its embassy in Cuba about the time of new American restrictions against Cuba being announced in Washington. The pathetic excuse was offered that some embassy employees had been hurt by unknown “sonic weapons,” a gimmick the United States came up with a couple of years ago, something with absolutely no science to it.

So, it is all quite disappointing. As far as foreign affairs are concerned, Canada might just as well have a Harperite Conservative government. I don’t know, maybe things on the inside with Washington have become a great deal harsher than they were in Pierre Trudeau’s time, but we see not the least effort at independent thought or principle from our present Liberal government.

 

Posted June 22, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CONCERNING EVENTS IN IRAN AND VENEZUELA – A NOTE ON THE USE OF LANGUAGE BY TRUMP’S THUGS – WHAT IT GENUINELY DOES REVEAL   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY MARKO MARJANOVIC IN CHECKPOINT ASIA

 

“What If the US Shot Down an Iranian Intelligence Gathering Drone in a War Crisis off of Florida Keys?

“Would anybody care whether it was just inside territorial waters or just outside?”

 

Yes, your point on the precise location of such a clearly hostile machine’s approach is well taken.

“All options are on the table”– literally, the most frequently heard expression coming from Washington senior officials for months.

It’s like an annoying advertising slogan or jingle repeated over and over and over.

They’ve even used it for more than one country.

I think that kind of language is revealing, actually very revealing.

It reveals a lack of imagination, just for a start.

It indicates an obsessive nature, too. That quality we associate with stalkers.

And of course, it reveals aggression. And hatred.

What totally impoverished language to be heard almost continuously from the government of the world’s most powerful nation.

But I suppose it has the limited merit of giving us all a fair warning about some people who occupy high positions.

It’s as though they can’t help revealing themselves.

For anyone interested, I posted a summary and analysis of events, as I see them, in the Straits of Hormuz:

 

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/06/21/john-chuckman-comment-clarifying-facts-about-irans-downing-of-an-american-drone-trumps-retaliatory-missile-strike-order-iran-as-a-formidable-enemy-who-started-it-all-not-iran-relentl/

Posted June 22, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized