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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CANADA’S TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT CONTINUES ITS SHAMELESS SHILLING FOR TRUMP – NOW CALLING FOR A SEPARATE “CRIMINAL” INVESTIGATION OF THE CRASH OF UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES FLIGHT 752 IN IRAN – THIS HAS NOT BEEN THE PRACTICE FOR MILITARY DOWNINGS OF CIVILIAN AIRLINERS INCLUDING SEVERAL BY THE UNITED STATES AND ONE BY ISRAEL – IT IS A DISTRACTION FROM TRUMP’S 35 PUBLIC MURDERS IN IRAQ, THE CAUSE OF ALL THE INTENSE NEW HOSTILITIES   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“Canada calls for an independent criminal investigation into Flight PS752 crash

“Foreign Minister Champagne is in London today meeting with Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and U.K. representatives”

 

Calling for an independent “criminal” investigation here is totally inappropriate.

We didn’t call for that in the many other cases involving militaries and the loss of civilian airliners, including several by the United States’ military and one by Israel’s.

This represents rather shameful service to Trump’s war-like White House, but then that has been a notable and consistent feature of Trudeau’s government, supporting the Trump White House in foreign affairs.

Iran very much is sorry for what happened and is taking all reasonable steps. It has given the black-box data to other interested parties, including Canada.

It would be nice to see some understanding here instead of an effort to whip-up the mob.

It sure ain’t Iran who started all the hostilities in the region.

And this event serves nicely to detract from the fact that the United States publicly murdered 35 people in Iraq, including Iran’s General Soleimani, in the weeks previous. Talk about criminal acts.

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THIS ADDITIONAL COMMENT WAS REMOVED BY AN EDITOR

Here is something readers should find extremely interesting.

It is written by a former CIA senior analyst.

https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/who-targeted-ukraine-airlines-flight-752-iran-shot-it-down-but-there-may-be-more-to-the-story/#comment-3664167

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A FASCINATING SUGGESTION CONCERNING THE DESTRUCTION OF UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES FLIGHT 752 IN IRAN – DID AMERICAN CYBER-WARFARE PLAY A ROLE?   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

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

 

“Who Targeted Ukraine Airlines Flight 752? Iran Shot It Down but There May be More to the Story”

 

https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/who-targeted-ukraine-airlines-flight-752-iran-shot-it-down-but-there-may-be-more-to-the-story/#comment-3664167

 

Just a terrific piece of informed speculation.

Quite plausible.

It suggests, too, as with the turning off of everyone’s electricity in Venezuela, how powerful and dangerous cyber-warfare can be.

And secretive. Certainly, something which appeals to an imperial power which has long used all kinds of proxies and false-flag operations, the United States.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: AMERICAN DEMOCRACY LOOKING MORE THREADBARE AND MEAGRE THAN EVER – THE IMPOVERISHED FIELD OF DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES – FOCUS ON JOE BIDEN’S RECORD OF LYING AND SLEAZE – DEMOCRATS SUPPORT WARS AND COUPS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS JUST LIKE TRUMP – TRUMP’S SITUATION SUMMED UP   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY SAM HUSSEINI IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“Biden Has Been Lying About His Record on Iraq for Years

“Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his surrogates such as former Secretary of State John Kerry continue to falsely claim that he did not favor the Iraq invasion”

 

Biden has always been a pretty sleazy operator. And not just in his lying about his enthusiasm for invading Iraq. Look back at his record as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee in the matter of Anita Hill’s charges about a Supreme Court nominee. Shabby.

He consistently supported wars and coups through his career. He worked closely with Obama on carrying some of them out. He served as Obama’s proconsul in Ukraine for a coup against an elected government, and appears to have gained financially from the work.

All the wars and coups, of course, involve deceit about what is actually taking place. So, he’s had a lot of practice with avoiding truth.

Biden is credited with helping convince Obama to start America’s extrajudicial killing industry. A hi-tech update of the old Argentine Junta’s “disappearing” people by the thousands without any charge or trial or defense. Now, a nameless operator sits at a screen playing computer games with real human beings.

Remember, he received the Medal of Freedom from Obama – that’s Obama of the jocular statement, “Hey, I’m pretty good at this killing stuff!” – and you don’t get that award without doing some seriously dirty work for America’s empire. Just ask Madeline Albright.

Somehow, Biden’s smile and folksy way of talking fools a lot of people.

Same phenomenon we saw with Obama.

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Response to a comment saying, “Trump will be laughing his head off if Biden is the nominee”

Unless external events intervene – real possibilities include economic collapse or war with Iran – Trump will likely be re-elected. He’s the devil they know, and he has many bamboozled into thinking he has achieved something. It is not hard to bamboozle large portions of America, the land of P. T. Barnum and Hollywood and Madison Avenue. If the impeachment fails, as seems likely, he will have come through an ordeal, gaining some sympathy and receiving, as it were, the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

News services are so manipulated in the United States that most people have no real understanding of what is going on in the world. A war might even help Trump if enough people believe Iran is evil and a threat to dear old America, and that he is there with his absurdly posed faces and bellowing to protect them. Americans have heard the claim that Iran is somehow malign repeated in the press in one form or another for forty years, and you would not find any Democratic candidate saying otherwise for fear of losing special-interest campaign funding.

Money replaces information in telling your story and getting it “out there.” Always remembering that owing to America’s antiquated, anti-democratic Electoral College system, only some people in certain marginal or swing locations need to be convinced of any such story. Those places receive intense campaigns of market research and polls and then advertising regurgitating what the polls say people want to hear. You can win with a minority, as Trump did in 2016 and as George Bush did in 2000. Trump, by virtue of his various services to special interests, some in complete violation of international law, will have the mother lode of cash.

The Democrats just do not have good material on offer. No spark. No heroism. Dull establishment views.

Bernie Sanders has his strong points, but he is old, has had a heart attack, and showed serious weakness vis-a-vis Hillary Clinton and her theft of the nomination in 2016.

Tulsi Gabbard, a really promising politician, is simply ignored by the Democratic establishment and the press.

It really doesn’t matter which of the candidates wins. They are all married to the Pentagon and war and empire, and with the United States spending about a trillion dollars a year, of borrowed money, for the military/security establishment, no social program of any consequence can possibly be enacted.

All the leading Democratic candidates worship at the altar of the Pentagon and CIA and special interests in the Middle East, just as Trump does.

American “democracy” is looking more threadbare and meagre than ever.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: HOW WORDS ARE USED IN OUR NEWS SOURCES TO GIVE IMPRESSIONS THAT MAY NOT BE ACCURATE – A NOTE ON THE PERNICIOUS AND WIDESPREAD PRACTICE OF “FACT CHECKING”   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY THOMAS DAIGLE ON CBC NEWS

 

“Toronto-based fact-checking site tries to loosen Iranian regime’s grip on the truth

“FactNameh purports to reach 1 million Iranians”

 

“Iranian regime”? Why are you using that term?

It is the Iranian government.

Its president is elected. Very much so. The Leader is not, but he serves a role similar to the British Queen in many ways.

Use of the word “regime” in any news source is always a signal that what follows is propaganda.

Please note that you do not use the term “Saudi regime” despite its being a genuine tyranny. Nor do you call the British government serving the unelected Elizabeth II a regime.

Poor work, CBC, but then you’ve been rather active in promoting America’s line on Iran, the line our Prime Minister embraces and promotes. A Prime Minister, by the way, elected by just less than one-third of voters.

And note the claim of reaching one million Iranians, even if true, is actually a pretty small one. That’s slightly more than one-percent of the population of the country.

I’ll add the thought that the term “fact checking,” used virtually anywhere in media is an inappropriate claim. It not only often represents pretensions by people not qualified by their hard knowledge, but more generally it represents a mechanism for persuasion – that is to say, propaganda.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IF IT’S TRUE PUTIN’S BIG NEW REFORMS IN THE GOVERNMENT OF RUSSIA ARE ABOUT HIS BEING ABLE TO HOLD ONTO POWER LONGER, THAT MIGHT NOT BE SUCH A BAD IDEA – HE REPRESENTS AN IMPORTANT FORCE FOR GEO-POLITICAL SANITY IN OUR WORLD   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE ON CBC NEWS

 

“Putin announces constitutional reform in possible bid to hold onto power indefinitely”

 

If we had a guy with Putin’s demonstrated talents – well informed, sound judgment, high intelligence, pragmatism, farsightedness, superb statesmanship – I’d want him to remain in power indefinitely too.

Look what our forms of election have given us in “the West”: Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, and Justin Trudeau. Not a serious leader in the bunch.

Not only is there not a serious leader in the bunch, but there are a couple of genuinely dangerous, reckless ones.

I am exaggerating about wanting anyone to stay indefinitely, of course, but just barely, and my basic points are valid. Putin represents an important force for geo-political sanity in our world.

Note that the ultimate intent of Putin’s dramatic reforms is not so clear as this article suggests. We’ll have to wait and see, but I am confident that this remarkable man would do nothing to harm the interests of his country, including its interests after he is gone.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: HOW TO RUN A ONCE-GREAT COMPANY INTO THE GROUND…OR EVEN AN ENTIRE COUNTRY   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY MIKE SHEDLOCK IN CHECKPOINT ASIA

 

“Orders at Boeing Drop to a 16-Year Low, Making a Trump War on Airbus That Much More Likely

“Another excuse for Trump to expand economic conflict onto Euro-poodle ‘allies’”

 

How to run a once-great company into the ground.

Cutting corners and lying…and ending with causing many deaths.

You might say that’s the story for the entire United States in its activities abroad.

Cutting corners and lying…and ending with causing many deaths.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IRAN’S ACCIDENTAL DOWNING OF AN AIRLINER – WE ALREADY DO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED – AND THE ONE PERSON WHO SHOULD BE CHARGED, DONALD TRUMP, CERTAINLY WILL NOT BE – ETHICS AND THE RULE OF LAW SHOULD STILL MATTER – BUT NOT TO OUR POLITICIANS SHILLING FOR TRUMP AND LYING ABOUT IRAN – WHAT KIND OF A WORLD DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR CHILDREN? – CALLS FOR PUNISHING IRAN IGNORE THE BIG TRUTHS AND IGNORE HOW PAST AIRLINER SHOOTDOWNS BY AMERICA AND ISRAEL WERE TREATED   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“Iran says some arrests made for downing of Ukrainian plane, but gives no details”

 

A comment below speaks of a “mistake” (in quotes to express doubt or contempt for Iran’s explanation) and of our never being able to learn what happened.

That is simply incorrect.

It already is known, and in some detail. It involved a communication-connection error with an officer in charge of a missile battery some distance from others.

Of course, everyone was under great pressure from constant American threats, and there were reports of American cruise missiles being launched.

Given the height and speed of the airliner at the moment, its radar signature on the remote unit’s radar, not at all the latest technology, resembled that of a cruise missile.

The reports had to be treated seriously, and split-second decisions had to be made.

After all, the United States had just used missiles to kill 35 people, including Iran’s General Soleimani, in Iraq in the previous few weeks.

Ultimately, only one person is responsible for all of it. His name is Donald Trump, and he busies himself with threats and violent acts against a nation which has attacked no one in its modern history and is known by all experts to have followed scrupulously its nuclear treaty obligations, the treaty Trump just suddenly one day decided to rip-up.

But our politicians never address the matter fairly or accurately. They are all under Washington’s thumb and shill for Trump, some even asking for further hostile measures against Iran.

It is a shameful situation for Canada to be in.

What kind of a country do you want for your children?

Ethics matter, or why does anyone bother go to church or synagogue to pray and read scripture?

And the rule of law matters. In these matters, Trump has been in complete contempt of the rule of law.

Trump is given a free hand by our politicians to commit murder in public. And to make vicious threats, day after day. Please remember that in ordinary civil society, uttering serious threats can put you into prison.

If Trump’s vicious activities don’t cause our government to speak up, what would?

Certainly not the bloody terrors of Saudi Arabia, courtesy of Trump’s good pal, the Crown Prince. Our government says nothing about his murder, executions and bombing of civilians. Nothing.

We have constructed a society with all kinds of barriers against ethics, and we have learned nothing from the bloody horrors of the past.

All the hypocrisy towards Iran, charging it with crimes it has not committed, makes our ethics and respect for rule of law devoid of meaning.

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“Iran says some arrests made for downing of Ukrainian plane”

There really is only one arrest that should be made.

Complete responsibility for this mistake made under the threats and pressures of war, as well as for related violent events, is Donald Trump’s alone.

It is of course a sign of Canada’s now close-to complete subservience to Trump’s White House that this indisputable truth is not heard.

Harry Truman famously said, “The buck stops here,” a reference to the expression, “passing the buck”, but that sense of responsibility is totally ignored by Trump. Instead, a steady line of new lies and tales are spun daily to justify what cannot be justified.

And our guys just go along.

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Response to a comment about there being no justice after Iran’s downing of an airliner:

Please.

Where was the justice when the United States shot down Iran Air Flight 655, killing 290 Iranians above the Strait of Hormuz, Iran’s own territorial waters, in 1988?

The captain of the American warship that downed that airliner was even awarded a medal.

Or where was the justice when Israel sent 114 people aboard an airliner – Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 – to their deaths in 1973 over the Sinai?

A known, clearly marked airliner, trying to return to Cairo, was downed by two Israeli fighters. There were no repercussions at all for Israel.