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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE SAD CONTINUED DECAY OF AMERICAN-CHINESE RELATIONS – TRUMP’S “DIPLOMACY” HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY POISONOUS AND NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM IT – CHINA TAKES STEPS AGAINST AMERICAN MEDIA IN RESPONSE TO THEIR PUBLISHING DISINFORMATION ABOUT CHINA – I LOVE CHINA’S CULTURE AND ACHIEVEMENTS AND I HAVE THE HAPPIEST MEMORIES OF THE SMILES AND LAUGHTER OF CHINESE STUDENTS STUDYING IN CANADA   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CHINA’S GLOBAL TIMES

 

“Tit-for-tat media spat decays ties

“China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Wednesday morning measures against five US media outlets operating in China – Voice of America, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and Time”

 

Those particular news sources have always closely served American government interests, almost as though they were organs of the state.

Unfailingly, they support all the wars and incursions of Washington, and they have been among the places Washington uses to “get its story out there.”

And what we have right now from Washington is a kind of “cold” hybrid war of disinformation and sanctions and tariffs and intimidation.

I am sorry to see this, but I agree the step was probably necessary. China’s cautious leaders don’t do such things lightly.

I am especially sorry that the harshly aggressive types in Washington seem to be getting their way in destroying American-Chinese relations.

I am a great admirer of China, its people, its culture, and its near-miraculous modern accomplishments.

We served as “home-stays” for a wonderful young student from China. I also taught a number of Chinese students in a university economics class. I remember their smiles and laughter.

Posted March 20, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: HAS AMERICA TURNED ITS “COLD” HYBRID WAR AGAINST CHINA INTO THE BEGINNINGS OF A HOT ONE WHICH KILLS AND INJURES? – CORONAVIRUS AN ENGINEERED BIO-WEAPON? – SOME VALUABLE PERSPECTIVES ON THE PANDEMIC   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PEPE ESCOBAR IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“China Locked in Hybrid War with US”

 

I think the article’s author is less than convincing in his thesis.

Of course, the US has been fighting a certain kind of “hybrid war” against China for a while, one whose weapons include sanctions, tariffs, disinformation, regulations, pressure against a Chinese company like Huawei, pressure against other countries joining the Belt and Road Initiative, accusations of intellectual property theft, accusations about human rights, accusations of currency manipulation, and more.

But the issue here is whether that “cold” hybrid war, much of it going on for years, has now become a hot one where people are killed and injured.

The author weaves a little tapestry of hints and suggestions, a lot of them wordplay stuff that is unconvincing.

We have to wait for real evidence, scientific stuff, or witnesses because this is a serious and dangerous charge being made.

The case for the coronavirus being an engineered bio-weapon, a case made recently by a number of authors, is quite plausible, but it is not proved.

Even the fact that the virus is not as deadly as a great many diseases can be understood as supporting the notion of a weapon intended to hurt and inconvenience and cost rather than just kill.

But the idea of the US deliberately having used it against China seems considerably less plausible for several reasons.

First, the risk of its spreading back to the US and other places, as it has.

Second, the risk that China with its advanced science would conclusively find that it was a weapon.

Third, such a conclusive finding would cause a lot of outrage in the world, in places like Europe, where the US already has lost a great deal of favor and reputation.

Fourth, the risk of reprisal.

Note that I am not listing moral or ethical considerations by the US. The country that has used napalm, white phosphorus, cluster bombs, fire-bombing, carpet-bombing, Agent Orange, and atomic weapons clearly doesn’t have any. The Pentagon has even embraced landmines despite an exhausting international effort for a convention, signed by over 160 nations, banning them.

But I note that the US has now some seriously unbalanced people in leading positions – Trump, Pompeo, and Co. – and possibly considerations against using bio-weapons could be pooh-poohed.

That’s a strong statement to make, but it is sadly the reality of America today.

 

LATER NOTE

IMPORTANT PERSPECTIVES ON THE CORONAVIRUS:

http://www.yourdestinationnow.com/2020/03/most-of-those-infected-wont-even-know.html

https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/17/a-fiasco-in-the-making-as-the-coronavirus-pandemic-takes-hold-we-are-making-decisions-without-reliable-data/

http://www.domigood.com/2020/03/nobel-prize-winner-who-predicted-china.html

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/03/false-claims-about-the-novel-coronavirus-and-how-to-debunk-them.html#more

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-0820-9

Posted March 20, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT – A PLAGUE OF CHOLERA AND THE BLOCKADE OF YEMEN – BLOCKADES SHOULD RIGHTLY BE COMPARED TO MASSIVE BOMBING OF URBAN AREAS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY DAVE DECAMP IN ANTI-EMPIRE

 

“Speaking of Contagions: US-Saudi Blockade Causes 750,000 Cholera (!) Cases in Yemen Per Annum?

“2.25 million since 2017 after Saudis dropped US bombs on water treatment infrastructure”

 

Excellent point to remind people about.

Of course, sanctions and blockades – measures so enthusiastically embraced by Trump’s ugly mob – always and everywhere hurt the weakest and poorest in society.

They are barbaric measures and should always be compared to bombing densely-populated towns or cities.

Posted March 20, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A BIT MORE ABOUT HITLER’S FEVERISH OBSESSION, THE INVASION OF RUSSIA – AMERICA’S SAD RECORD SINCE THE END OF WWII – ITS OWN BLOODY GLOBAL EMPIRE AND SUPPORT FOR MANY TYRANTS JUST SO LONG AS THEY FOLLOW AMERICAN POLICY – BRIEF NOTE ON THE ADMIRATION OF HITLER BY BRITISH ROYALS AND ARISTOCRATS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PHILIP GIRALDI

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Response to a comment saying, “Hitler violated every treaty and obligation imposed on Germany. He invaded neighbors as well. He was determined to launch a global war because no one enforced anything against him until the final moment. The idea that you can just ignore everything up until the eve of WW2 is insane.”

 

That’s not quite accurate. And that last generalization about ignoring everything is facile and does not reflect history. Hitler was never ignored. He was misjudged, and the political currents in Europe, just years after the ghastly horror of WWI and with the Great Depression, were against being too strict in enforcement of treaty details. There was a failure of statesmanship.

And please, the greatest truth ever written about history was from Heraclitus, “You cannot step into the same river twice, for other waters are continually flowing on.” Not learning from the past and being condemned to repeat it has become one our society’s most tired clichés.

It has been used to defend some terrible crimes and blunders, especially by America’s establishment as it indeed sent its own armies marching across the globe to oppress others. The truth is you must carefully assess each situation which arises because each of them is, in some way or another, genuinely new.

Please note that the United States itself has killed something on the order of 8 to 20 million people – estimates vary, but it has been a very bloody record – in its colonial wars, coups, and incursions since WWII. And often its leaders at the time cited George Santayana’s “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”

The US also has supported many truly brutal governments in other countries, just so long as they supported American policy.

It’s a very long list, and each nation on it represents many atrocities.

Here’s just part of it: Egypt’s Mubarak, Saudi Arabia, Argentina’s junta, Peru’s junta, Chile’s military dictatorship, Iran’s Shah, the Philippines’ Marcos, Indonesia’s Suharto, South Vietnam’s dictators, South Africa’s Nationalists, the dictatorship in South Korea for many years after WWII, Israel’s wars and oppression, the crooked PRI party governing Mexico for many decades, Cuba’s Batista, Iraq’s Saddam for many years, and Romania’s Ceauşescu.

Anyway, it is largely irrelevant what most Americans think of these matters. The policies of war and empire are decided completely by the power establishment. Of course, allied major news sources work overtime to manufacture public support – all power establishments anywhere preferring to be liked and accepted – but America is not a democracy, not at all, and what the bulk of its people think about such matters really does not count.

Global war was not Hitler’s aim. Although, had he succeeded in his primary aim, years later, that result might well have followed.

Since the early 1920s, Hitler’s dominating, fierce vision, the purpose he felt he was on earth to achieve – he did definitely have a bit of a “messiah complex” – was the conquest of Russia.

He wanted to turn the best lands in Russia into part of Germany, emulating America’s success in its march West. Big resources and markets mattered, and he felt Germany’s size crippled her potential.

He tried convincing European leaders at various points to allow him the freedom to get rid of something they hated, the Soviet Union.

But largely they would not. Such a huge Germany represented a great future threat. And that’s besides the barbaric visions he had for Russia, turning much of the population into slaves and allowing the rest to perish while repopulating it with acceptably Germanic types. Hitler’s nightmare vision was on a grand scale. He was a fan, after all, of Wagnerian opera.

Most of the European war he fought resulted from European leaders not agreeing to accommodate his drive to destroy Russia, effectively blocking him in his “anointed” purpose. In a few smaller instances, he was “reclaiming” what he regarded as German. Poland, whose invasion finally triggered the war, represented a huge wall in front of the Soviet Union to be removed, and a dirty deal with the Soviets to split it offered some assurance to Stalin.

In his build-up for what he saw as his great task, he did break treaty after treaty, reoccupying the Rhineland, rearming, etc.

Much of his armament work was concealed, but the truth is, much of his mid-1930s efforts were winked at by some European leaders.

Many felt the Versailles Treaty had been too hard on Germany and quietly wished for it to rejoin the historic club of major European nations.

Many misunderstood his fanaticism because Hitler was perfectly capable of presenting himself as gracious, charming, and thoughtful. That appearance fooled many, including the Royals in Britain.

Strong admiration for Hitler, on the part of both “the woman he loved” and himself, was the real reason for the forced abdication of Edward VIII. There are many photos of them both with stars in their eyes around Hitler. Many British aristocrats were in the same fan club.

Posted March 20, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A BRILLIANT SUMMARY OF AMERICA’S POLITICAL SITUATION AND PROSPECTS FOR CHANGES IN FOREIGN POLICY – AN ANSWER TO THE QUESTION OF WHY TULSI GABBARD ENDORSED JOE BIDEN – HOW THE AMERICAN ESTABLISHMENT REMAINS THE ESTABLISHMENT   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PHILIP GIRALDI IN THE UNZ REVIEW

 

“A Tale of Two Foreign Policies: the Train-Wreck Abroad Is Bipartisan”

https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/a-tale-of-two-foreign-policies-the-train-wreck-abroad-is-bipartisan/

 

A brilliant summary of America’s political situation and prospects for change in foreign policy.

I believe the investments in current foreign policy – by the Pentagon, the CIA, the Senate, the State Department – and the power of those they serve – America’s plutocracy – are just too huge for them to take even the slightest risk about possible change.

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Response to a comment asking, ”Why did Tulsi endorse Biden? Was she always a fraud, or was she threatened?”

She was no fraud.

But in either of the two American political parties, if you do not endorse the party’s candidate, you might as well consider your political career over.

Remember, Bernie, in 2016, even after clearly being cheated out of the nomination by Hillary Clinton, still endorsed her and even worked for her.

That’s just the way the establishment works.

Tulsi is one of the few honest – at least over a range of important matters – American politicians to come along in recent years.

The result of being honest about America’s imperial wars was her virtual exclusion from speaking and from decent press coverage.

That is how the American establishment remains the establishment.

There is no sense of genuine democracy in America, nor do independent, third-party efforts enjoy any success owing to the huge bankroll needed to play at the poker table.

She is an ambitious and intelligent woman and still wants a future.

To better understand, see this very clear explanation:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2018/07/22/john-chuckman-comment-how-american-politics-really-work-why-there-are-terrible-candidates-and-constant-wars-and-peoples-problems-are-ignored-why-heroes-like-julian-assange-are-persecuted-and-r/

Posted March 20, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICAN INHUMANITY ON HARSH DISPLAY – SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELA AND IRAN IN THE MIDST OF A FRIGHTENING PANDEMIC – MEMORIES OF MADELEINE ALBRIGHT AND THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DEAD KIDS IN IRAQ – AMERICA’S MEDAL OF FREEDOM AND ORWELL’S PARTY SLOGANS IN 1984   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY ALBA CIUDAD IN ANTI-EMPIRE

 

“Maduro Says It Costs Venezuela Triple to Buy Virus Test Kits Due to US Sanctions

“Calls on Washington to drop sanction so they can go and buy what’s needed”

 

Nothing better reveals America’s worst character than its behavior towards Iran and Venezuela at a time of great hardship.

It indeed does bring back thoughts of dear old Madeleine Albright, a genuinely hateful creature, speaking callously about the tens of thousands of dead children in Iraq.

By the way, she received the Medal of Freedom just like Joe Biden, who perhaps got it for his advocacy of America’s industrial-scale extrajudicial killing operation or perhaps his glorious work in Ukraine or his enthusiastic support for invading Iraq and killing a million people.

If ever there were something totally misnamed, it is the Medal of Freedom.

The name quite literally has the character of one of Orwell’s Party slogans in “1984.”

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE INORDINATE INFLUENCE OF “THE ISRAEL LOBBY” WITH WESTERN GOVERNMENTS RESULTS FROM THE INTERACTION OF TWO CIRCUMSTANCES – WESTERN GOVERNMENTS, ESPECIALLY THE UNITED STATES, HAVE PUT MONEY AT THE VERY HEART OF NATIONAL POLITICS AND JEWISH CITIZENS ENJOY AN ABOVE-AVERAGE RATE OF SUCCESS IN BUSINESS AND THE PROFESSIONS OWING TO NATURAL TALENT AND HARD WORK – EFFECTIVE CONSTANT ISRAELI MEDDLING IN WESTERN POLITICS JUST FALLS OUT OF THOSE CONDITIONS – IT REQUIRES THE ATTENTION OF LEGISLATORS TO CORRECT BECAUSE IT HAS RESULTED IN DANGEROUS AND UNFAIR SITUATIONS RANGING FROM THE BLOODY NEOCON WARS IN THE MIDDLE EAST TO THE COMPROMISE OF ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN RIGHTS AT HOME AND ABROAD   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PHILIP GIRALDI IN THE UNZ REVIEW

 

“It poisons everything it touches”

 

“A recent article by Philip Weiss on the Mondoweiss website… details how the vast sums of money raised by both Democratic and Republican Jews has distorted American politics since the time of President Harry S. Truman. He describes how president after president has backed down versus Israel when confronted by Jewish power and observes that ‘This is not just a domestic political question, it’s a foreign policy problem.’”

 

In any discussion of the influence of money in politics, it is important to remember that we have no democracies in the Western world, despite constant references to them. We have nothing even seriously approaching democracy anywhere in the West. Of course, the very word “democracy” implies certain kinds of equality among citizens, something we simply do not see.

We have governments wrapped in various representative democratic theatrical costumes, from parliamentary to congressional, all of which, in fact, are highly responsive to wealth and plutocratic interests, both corporate and personal. Those with more money have more influence in all our societies, always, except in times of extraordinary stress, as during revolutions.

I hardly think the case even needs to be made that wealthy corporations and individuals are especially well served by Western governments.

Their favorable treatment stems both from a belief that it is good for the country’s economy and its international competitiveness, but also from the certainty that it is good for the campaign war chests of the political parties and individual politicians involved.

This is very apparent in the United States where the Congress has often been sarcastically described as “the best that money can buy” and where the Supreme Court has ruled that “money is free speech” when it comes to politics.

Now, it seems also unnecessary to argue the fact of Jewish success in our economies. The number of successful businessmen, large and small, and professionals, of every description, is quite remarkable, their numbers well out of proportion to the numbers of Jewish people versus other groups. A source of pride and achievement, surely.

I believe that easily observable fact is explained by higher-than-average native intelligence plus a group cultural dedication to education and willingness to work hard with strong natural drives for success. All fine qualities.

So, in societies where politics are heavily influenced by money – and I really cannot think of any where that is not the case – why would it be a surprise, or in any way controversial, to say that Jewish people, out of proportion to their number, are influential?

It would seem to me to follow just as sunset follows sunrise.

After all, is anyone in any way surprised, or insulted, by the obvious fact that people of no means have no influence, none at all, their only political role being fleetingly to be appealed to for a vote every few years, and that appeal generally not even in person but by means of advertising?

And please note, even the advertising needed to do that, with all its ancillary research and marketing functions, costs serious money on a national scale.

In large countries, just sheer brief access to people holding high office is mainly determined by influence and wealth, and given the political system that we have, I don’t see how it could be otherwise. It is a form of social/political triage.

The fact shouldn’t be a point of envy or hatred either, because it is meaningless to have such feelings about natural outcomes of a given set of circumstances.

However, the unique reality of Israel, an organized state which claims to represent only one group of people, Jewish people, and employs many avenues of influence, does considerably alter the naturally occurring political situation.

It is a state with all the tools of intrusive intelligence services and with immense diplomatic privileges and access. It is also very heavily armed, giving it weight in international affairs it would not possess otherwise. And it tends to be supported, naturally enough, by most Jewish citizens in any country.

Having all the powers of an organized state behind one group of citizens in many different countries considerably distorts things, both realities and perceptions. It also becomes a source of common distress and frustration when that state is seen to be so patently unfair to millions of non-Jews who fall under its rule, as is very much the case for Israel.

To be fair and to be perceived as fair, Israel would actually have to go out of its way, maintaining a strictly hands-off, proper diplomatic behavior, to avoid trying to influence affairs in other countries, but we can all see that it does not do that.

It literally does the opposite frequently, actively trying to influence what laws and policies are adopted, as well as sometimes entering directly into partisan political matters, as it has done both in the United States and in Britain.

Just a few notable examples include efforts to see legislation equating criticism of the state of Israel with the prejudice of anti-Semitism, something that is patently unfair and untrue. We also see heavy efforts for legislation to curtail the rights of citizens to protest the state of Israel’s behavior with peaceful boycotts, activity that was key to ending apartheid in South Africa decades ago.

And we see various direct meddling by Israeli officials in politics abroad, as recently by Israel’s Prime Minister libelling the leader of Britain’s Labour Party. He was joined by some other Israeli officials, too.  And Israel directly interferes in foreign policy at times, as in the recent launching of all-out American economic war with serious military threats against Iran, a country which has broken no laws and started no wars.

Indeed, the source of many accusations around “anti-Semitism” isn’t actual prejudice – although that is often blurred by lobbyists and special-interest leaders. It is the natural human emotional disturbance millions feel over the glaring injustice of a national state and its efforts to evade all responsibility for that injustice.