Archive for March 2018

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: ATTACKS ON CORBYN CONTINUE WITH AN UGLY SLUR TWEETED BY “LORD” SUGAR – DEBASED LEVEL OF BRITISH POLITICS – RELATIONSHIP OF ATTACKS WITH THERESA MAY’S ATTACKS ON RUSSIA AND PUTIN

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Mocked-up tweet shows the Labour leader’s head superimposed onto Hitler’s companion, with the caption: ‘when you’re pictured at Nuremberg and claim you thought you were going to a car rally’”

 

This of “Lord” Sugar’s, is the work of an unpleasant twelve-year old at best. It actually resembles the proto-fascist stuff you find on sites for America’s Alt-right.

Good God, Britain has reached a record level of stupidity in its political affairs.

A powerful lobby for a foreign state, the British Israel Lobby, regularly and irresponsibly accuses a fine politician of dark beliefs or tolerance, much like accusing him of being a believer in voodoo who secretly drinks blood.

What that lobby wants is Corbyn’s replacement or hobbling because he represents some things with which they don’t agree, especially in his views on the Middle East which are as fair-minded and open as all of his views are.

Some respect for parliamentary government. Some respect for democracy and rule of law.

At the same time, the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister practice exactly the same lowlife tactics in relations with Russia, a country which has done absolutely nothing wrong so far as the facts we have been provided tell us.

These two efforts – the Prime Minister’s and the British Israel Lobby’s – actually are not unrelated, even though, at a casual glance, you might not think so.

Israel has a seething resentment over the failure of the murderous adventure in Syria (supported covertly by America, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Britain, and France). Its giant covert project to topple a neighboring government and balkanize its territory by employing mercenaries posing as fake jihadis has been largely a failure, thanks to Russia’s honest opposition to terror.

A costly failure, although surely not so costly as it has been to the Syrian people who have suffered approaching a half million deaths and millions of refugees running for their lives.

Israel keeps its resentment diplomatically hidden because it has the United States to act as world bully boy on its behalf, as we can all see with the way America’s most atrocious-ever UN Ambassador constantly abuses the very international organization to which she is appointed.

Theresa May is simply a loyal and obedient servant of both the United States and Israel. So, we can see why she behaves in the contemptible fashion that she does towards Russia (a la Nikki Haley, we might describe it), and we can see why, as the nation’s leader, she offers not a word of objection to the lowlife tactics being used against Jeremy Corbyn.

Meanwhile, Israel shoots over 700 Palestinians protesting their terrible treatment, murdering at least 15 of them just for approaching a fence. It uses sharpshooters and tanks, and now it has added the innovation of drones dropping teargas or other noxious chemicals on the crowds of protesters, a form of chemical warfare.

And do we hear one word of objection from the British government or, indeed, from any other faithful American servants in Europe over this Nazi-like behavior?

No, of course not. The British government’s time and resources are taken up with making accusations and speeches about a presumed attack on one man who may not even have been attacked, for all we know from the actual facts we have been given.

They are also taken up with efforts to politically assassinate a fair-minded, decent British citizen, the leader of a major political party, including such juvenile delinquent-style stunts as that of “Lord” Sugar.

My, Britain can certainly be proud.

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Posted March 31, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: DOES THE WEST REALLY BELIEVE IT CAN BREAK OR DESTROY RUSSIA? NO BUT IT IS VERY MUCH TRYING TO HURT OR HOBBLE IT – WHY?

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN PRAVDA

 

“Does the West really believe it can break and destroy Russia?”

 

No, of course, it does not believe that.

But it very much is confident that it can hurt and embarrass and perhaps even, to some extent, hobble Russia.

These are very dark and unpleasant men who actually run American foreign policy – the so-called Deep State.

They include the many psychopaths working at the CIA and Pentagon, and they are resentful that Russia has in any way blunted their efforts at “full-spectrum dominance, everywhere,” as its effective acts did in Syria and in Ukraine.

The US has been on a rampage through much of the world for at least 15 years, killing at least a couple of million people, creating millions of hopeless refugees, and destroying perfectly well-running societies.

It is all related to the dominance in Washington of the Neocons, an influential group that believes America should openly and unashamedly use its power to dominate, leaving behind preferences of fairness and balance.

The Neocons are particularly focused on Israel, and they believe that such an aggressive America is Israel’s best hope for surviving and thriving. The arguments also have some appeal to others in Washington who understand that the world is rapidly changing now. America’s extraordinarily privileged position after WWII (the time of the “American Dream” advertising slogan) with all competitors flattened is over.

Others now are growing and competing and challenging economically, and they are not going away. Many in Washington see a more aggressive and demanding approach to foreign affairs as buying time and perhaps new advantages against its relative decline. So, there is a tight bond with the Neocons, a group whose narrow interests (essentially Israel, a country with the population of Ecuador) distort the world greatly now. The Neocons also necessarily see Russia as a potential block to some of their plans – hence, all the hostility towards Russia.

It is a very dangerous time.

Posted March 31, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: DARK APPOINTMENTS IN WASHINGTON – SERIOUS CHARGES WITH NO LOGIC OR EVIDENCE AGAINST RUSSIA – WHO’S IN CHARGE IN WASHINGTON? – RECORD OF RECENT AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PHILIP GIRALDI IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Between Pompeo, Kushner, Haley and Bolton an almost fully ultra-Zionist war cabinet is now in place in DC”

 

This is true.

However, for me, these dark appointments – plus other questionable Trump moves, such as even more money for a bloated and aggressive Pentagon – raise a fundamental question.

To what extent is Trump – or indeed any American President – actually in charge of his own office? At least so far as world affairs and war and killing and threats go?

We had every indication before the election that Trump had some welcome contrarian views in such matters.

He openly asked why Israel couldn’t pay for its own defense? He openly asked why the United States didn’t develop better relations with Russia? He openly asked why the United States was in Syria, why it not leave it to Russia to end that terrorism?

These and other exciting prospects, crucial matters, have simply disappeared.

We do not see the same Trump, a man who for me had at least some promise, always ignoring his dumber ideas like building the wall with Mexico which had a high probability of never happening.

I am reminded of his predecessor, a man supposedly from the other end of the political spectrum and a man the whole world once regarded as promising change after eight agonizing years of Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld’s bloody horror.

That man, Obama, ended by being a colossal disappointment, just providing for the most part in world affairs a continuation of Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld. Here was a man who bombed human beings every day of his term in the White House despite his early promise.

And Obama even put the United States into the extrajudicial killing business on a grand scale, something Trump has extended, happily handing over to the psychopaths at CIA the role of judging who dies in addition to acting as executioner.

Further, I refer to the Bush administration as Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld for a very good reason. Bush pretty much proved that the United States does not really need a President except for the formal signing of legal documents placed before him and making speeches. That pathetically ignorant man decided nothing. The grimacing eminences grises, standing behind him, very much did.

So, all the recent history of American Presidents tends to confirm strongly the unpleasant suspicion that America really is run by a Deep State, that the role of Presidents is pretty much symbolic, at least when it comes to all of America’s deadly activity in the world.

I think the Deep State is largely indifferent to internal social issues, so the American people get to enjoy an illusion that they actually have some choice in their politics with debates over those.

However, if we accept the truth of this, it has huge implications for diplomacy and world affairs. Summits between well-intentioned leaders, for example, can settle nothing where the United States is involved. Appeals to reason and the principles of the rule of law also are meaningless because the audience which must be addressed cannot be addressed.

Here, too, for that last point, we do tend to see confirmation in matters such as the Skripal Affair and various American behaviors in Syria. No logic or evidence is deemed necessary. No one you can address is accountable. Trump appears for all the world a kind of ventriloquist’s dummy sitting at his desk.

 

Posted March 30, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: PERHAPS THE NEW COLD WAR STARTED BY AMERICA AGAINST RUSSIA IS MORE DANGEROUS ALREADY THAN THE OLD ONE

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

Russian Missile Forces Drill Planned With 10,000 Troops on ‘Highest Combat Alert’ After Expulsions

“Already, the New Cold War between Washington and Moscow is more dangerous than the last”

 

I have seen many insane behaviors from governments over my life, but this recent set of behaviors by the American government is almost beyond belief.

It’s an astoundingly dangerous set of stunts.

Much like holding massive mock air raids over crowded cities using real bombers loaded with real bombs.

And to what purpose?

Just to discredit Russia? Now, there’s a worthy goal for a great power and supposed world leader, but this worthless goal is the least threatening and dangerous possible interpretation.

To prepare the ground, so to speak, for some new aggression against Russia, creating a cloud of hysteria and confusion for the general public just before some real fireworks go off? This is quite possible, and of course, immensely more dangerous. I have little doubt Russian authorities regard this as a real possibility.

The fact is that the United States today, in international affairs, is not being led by completely rational people. And, most certainly, not people with much in the way of human values and respect for others. They demonstrated that amply over the last decade and a half by blowing up and burning through huge portions of the Middle East.

To hell with all the people killed and the immense numbers made homeless and the destruction of well-run and peaceful states is basically what America’s long violent march tells the world, and it’s hardly reassuring when new threats are offered, as they are being offered now.

America is led in these matters by unaccountable people with unknown goals and using deadly means.

America’s Deep State now not only makes democratic government inside America pretty well meaningless, a simulacrum of representative government, it threatens much of the world with completely unnecessary fears to get its way. Bullying on a global scale.

And no one in what is still quaintly often called “Western civilization” raises a voice against such dangerous insanity because they are themselves all threatened and intimidated.

Posted March 30, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: RUSSIA’S APPROACH TO THE SKRIPAL AFFAIR – THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NEW RUSSIAN MEDIA TODAY

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

Russia’s Mistake in Skripal Case Is Hoping to Deal With Honest Players

Exactly right — but it seems Moscow is over that now, and ready to mirror all demands back onto the west 

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Response to a comment, “And that takes time and during that time you keep asking the other side for their proof and their assistance. This is not rocket science. This is good diplomacy. This is good psychology: ”

 

It’s the best that can be done.

You are not dealing with the opponent you think you are, but the world court of public opinion still has importance.

And that is why it has been most helpful for Russia to develop open and articulate media to address the world.

And, of course, that is also just why forces in and with the United States have worked so hard to discredit or even disable the new Russian media.

In the past, American authorities were used to getting their story “out there” virtually without contradiction or question.

However, this is not a totally rational battle, as I think we can all see.

The reasons are suggested in my long comment under another article today in Russia Insider, “Bolton Means Another War for Israel Is Coming”

Posted March 30, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THOUSANDS OF JEREMY CORBYN SUPPORTERS SIGN LETTER SAYING RECENT PHONY ANTI-SEMITISM PROTEST WAS THE WORK OF A POWERFUL SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

Thousands of Jeremy Corbyn supporters endorse letter saying Jewish-organised antisemitism protest was the work of ‘very powerful special interest group’

 

Absolutely, it hardly needs saying.

A demonstration over a nonevent?

Constant repetition of the same slanderous charges?

And there very much is an agenda in this.

Corbyn is thought too fair-minded about Israel and Palestine to be allowed into power.

That is how he is regarded by the relatively small group running these demonstrations and publicity efforts.

Their Labour Party hero was Tony “the killer” Blair, someone pretty well totally discredited now and with little hold upon the general public.

They tried pushing Owen Smith in, but he is an arrogant and ineffective politician.

But his sacking (essentially for trying to tell the leader what to do) was an unacceptable signal and ignited this new wave of hysterical nonsense, pure Joseph McCarthy-style hate and libel.

The underlying belief in all such efforts is that if you keep throwing enough crap on the walls, some of it will stick. It was actually a technique brought to near-perfection by Dr. Joseph Goebbels

So, the drive is on to discredit and or greatly pressure the man who is almost certainly one of Europe’s most decent and fair-minded politicians.

This is a man who could no more possibly be anti-Semitic than he could abuse children or kick dogs. It is absurd to say otherwise.

You see, you are not allowed to be fair-minded about anything having to do with Israel. Being fair-minded gets you labeled as anti-Semitic.

Readers may enjoy this analysis:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2018/03/27/john-chuckman-comment-dishonesty-and-prejudice-passing-as-a-demand-for-justice-yet-another-british-wave-of-get-corbyn-over-anti-semitism-from-the-lobby-which-just-hates-him/

 

Posted March 30, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: MURDER INCORPORATED USES TANKS ON GAZA PROTESTERS APPROACHING FENCE – MEANING OF “PEACE” BETWEEN A CAMP INMATE AND HIS GUARDS? – ISRAEL’S CONSTANT EFFORT TO INFLUENCE OUR GOVERNMENTS MAKE RUSSIA CHARGES OF ELECTION INFLUENCE LOOK SILLY

John Chuckman

COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

Israel: Five Palestinians killed and hundreds injured in clashes on border of Gaza Strip on day of protest

Military personnel say they will not allow crowds to breach fence or damage army infrastructure

 

Murder Incorporated is busy doing what it does best.

Hard at work keeping the inmates of its giant concentration camp called Gaza suppressed.

My God, what a destructive enterprise re-created Israel has proven to be.

Endless wars and oppression and abuse and assassination and terror and attacks on international institutions and laws.

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Response to a comment:

 How does one define “peace” in such circumstances?

The word, though endlessly repeated, has no meaning in this context.

How can you speak of “peace” between those trapped in a prison camp and the heavily armed guards keeping them there?

It’s utter nonsense.

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Response to a comment:

A really stupid, from-a-script response.

The minority of Palestinians who have technical citizenship are an accident of history, essentially people running from Jewish terrorists in 1948 who were trapped inside what was to become Israel.

They are not liked, they are not wanted, and they come under frequent dark threats from major figures in Israel.

Moreover, their very citizenship is a special lesser kind through a set of elaborate, almost-Talmudic rules governing the privileges of Jewish Israelis and non-Jewish Israelis. All identity documents clearly show who is a Jew and who is not. Sound familiar?

There are harsh laws in Israel about everything from marriage and children to land ownership affecting the non-Jewish “citizens.”

Avigdor Liberman and Martin van Creveld, important public figures in Israel, have both openly threatened them with expulsion, to say nothing of many disparaging remarks from others, including some rather hateful rabbis.

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Response to a comment, “Killing someone with a tank shell for approaching a fence?  That sounds like plain murder”:

Not “sounds like,” is.

But it is like so many, many past cases.

Remember the entire Palestinian family wiped out by a shell on the beach?

The UN observers deliberately targeted and murdered at their post on the Lebanese border when Israel again decided to assault Lebanon?

Month in, month out, Palestinians are killed with no notice and never any justice.

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Response to a comment:

 That recorded effort to unseat someone in Parliament that received publicity in Britain goes on in many political jurisdictions regularly.

The Israel Lobby has unseated members of the American Congress it does not like.

It is a terrible indictment of people claiming to embrace democracy.

Israel’s intense and continuous efforts along these lines also make all the charges about supposed Russian efforts – feeble even in the imagined charges – to influence American or British elections look silly.

Israel is in the serious business of influencing other people’s government representation, just as it is in the serious business of lobbying for anti-democratic and anti-free speech laws in America and Britain. We see this last in determined efforts to make support for peaceful boycott of Israel illegal or to control even the words a citizen of another country may use or in the effort to pass laws in other countries equating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism.

Posted March 30, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized