Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ted Rall, Pulling Out of the Iran Deal makes US look awful


  Ted Rall

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the nuclear weapons deal that President Obama cut with Iran brings with it a number of negative ramifications.
First and foremost, this unilateral act of reckless brinkmanship increases the chance of war. That’s unconscionable. By the way, Iran isn’t like Afghanistan or Iraq: it’s a big, modern country, half the size of Europe, with a real military and an air force that can defend itself.
Second, like many of Trump’s actions, the pullout is a policy decision based on a lie: by every reliable metric, Iran was keeping up its end of the agreement.
Third, the American decision will hurt the Iranian economy. Sanctions make ordinary people suffer. And they will increase, not decrease, support for that country’s religious establishment and the sectors of the government it controls. Ask the people of Cuba if sanctions and economic deprivation lead to regime change.
But there is an aspect of this “I’m taking my toys and going back to my yard” action that may have even broader implications than war and peace, yet receiving short shrift by the American media: Trump just put Iran on a higher moral plane than the United States.
Honor matters.
That’s especially true in international diplomacy, the art of mitigating and resolving conflicts between nations that often don’t share a common language, much less cultural or religious attitudes. When a nation as powerful as the United States, which has done more to shape the postwar international order then any other country – there’s a reason that the United Nations is in New York — behaves dishonorably, it establishes a precedent whose repercussions will reverberate long after the crisis at hand is a distant memory.
A core principal within high-level dealmaking is that regime change does not erase treaty obligations. A revolution can overthrow a government or a shah, an ancien régime may wind up on the trash heap of history, but other nations expect each successor regime to honor deals signed by its predecessor. Border lines remain intact, embassies respected, peace deals honored. In the real world, of course, stuff happens, as when Iranian students seized the US Embassy in Tehran during the 1979 Islamic revolution and held staffers hostage for over a year. Still, the ideal remains. And the duty to live up to that ideal falls hardest on the biggest and most powerful nations.
One important aspect in which the Islamic Republic of Iran has respected the international order has been its commitment to honor the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty even though it was ratified by a government it opposed and violently replaced, led by the deposed Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, in 1970.
Since the revolution the International Atomic Energy Commission has never found Iran in violation of the NPT. Iranian officials have repeatedly stated that the country does not want to develop nuclear weapons. In 2005 Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei even signed a fatwa banning the “production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons.” Most reasonable people believe the Iranians do not want nuclear weapons, only nuclear power.
Yet the West, led by the United States, has often accused the Iranians of using the pretext of nuclear power development and medical research as a cover for such a proscribed program. But positive proof of Iranian noncompliance — which admittedly would be difficult to obtain — has never been presented publicly. In 2014, Iran agreed to the Obama Administration’s “Joint Plan of Action,” which increased inspections and reduced the country’s stockpile of enriched uranium in exchange for gradual easing of economic sanctions.
Again, there is no reason to believe that Iran hasn’t kept its end of the deal.
Now here comes Donald Trump, killing the JPA for little apparent reason other than the fact that it was put into place, not by a previous government with a completely different political orientation as was the case for the NPT ratified by the Shah and maintained under the Islamic Republic, but merely a different president, a Democrat, Barack Obama.
Trump’s announcement was long on red herrings, pretzel logic and silly smears, and woefully short on evidence, much less proof, that there is any justification to gin up yet another crisis in the Middle East. Contrary to the facts, Trump even cited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s clownish presentation of obsolete 15-year-old Iranian documents as “definitive proof” that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. Netanyahu’s bluster proved nothing of the sort.
Trump says he wants to make a new deal. But who can trust him, or the United States, if the terms of an agreement can be changed on the political whim or after the election of a new president? Credibility and trustworthiness are hard-earned; fecklessness destroys in an instant what it takes decades or even centuries to build up.
Now we are facing the ludicrous request by the leaders of Great Britain, France, and Germany that Iran continue to keep up its end of the deal despite the #USexit. Germany and Britain urged Iran to “continue to meet its own obligations under the deal.”
Maybe they will. Maybe they won’t. Whatever happens next, though, the Iranians are not the ones tarnished by the dishonor of failing to adhere to an agreement negotiated by their own government.
Ted Rall, syndicated writer and the cartoonist for ANewDomain.net, is the author of the book “Snowden,” the biography of the NSA whistleblower.

Lasha Darkmoon: BLOODBATH! Israel embarks on New War Crimes


I didn’t expect this as I picked up my groceries in the supermarket. “BLOODBATH!” the headline screamed, churning up the hysteria that was now clawing at my throat: “SCORES DEAD, THOUSANDS WOUNDED AS ISRAEL FIRES ON PALESTINIANS PROTESTING OVER TRUMP’S NEW EMBASSY!”
Yes, it was that dreadful Daily Mail again, stirring up trouble against the noble occupiers of Palestine, nice peaceful folk doing their best to defend their stolen land from evil Hamas and the Arab scum in Gaza trying to suggest they had a right to live in their own country.
Israeli troops, I was to learn to my horror and dismay — how could such a noble race behave like this? — had killed at least 55 Palestinians in cold blood and wounded almost 2,000 more during protests in Gaza on Monday. The violence had erupted as Donald Trump’s delectable daughter Ivanka opened the new American embassy in Jerusalem — a move that was calculated to case a global outcry.
Trump had known this in advance, but went ahead anyway, anxious to curry favour with his Zionist masters — to bring a smile to the face of his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner, to please his Jewish ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and, above all, to increase the smirk on the face of that Olympic Smirker of Smirkers, Benjamin Netanyahu, whose smirks only equal the exquisite facial contortions brought to perfection by America’s Zionist Puppet president Donald Trump.
“Every country has the right to defend its borders,” Trump barked, without bothering to mention that Israel has no bordersand feels it has the right to expand its territories, with remarkable flexibility, into whatever corner of the Middle East it happens to covet.
But we were talking about Trump and his penchant for silly smirks.
THE  ULTIMATE  SMIRKER   
“This is a great day for Israel!” he babbled moronically,
referring to the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem,
an act deliberately calculated to produce global outrage and bloodshed. 
Meanwhile, Amnesty International responded to the carnage caused by this hideous parody of a human being, America’s resident psychopath in the White House. These were Amnesty’s words of condemnation: “We are witnessing an abhorrent violation of international law and human rights. This horror must end now.”
Will the horror end any time soon? Of course not! The horror movie has just begun.
It began long ago when the Chosen People decided they had a right to relocate themselves from Europe to the Middle East and live on stolen land. Yes, some of them they will even claim that this was the land of their forefathers, given to them by Yahweh, aka Tetragrammaton, in the dim dawn of history. But Israeli president Ben Gurion knew better. He knew that the Jewish people had no real right to Palestine, except the right of the strong to oppress the weak, the right to pillage and plunder.
And here are the words of Moshe Dayan, one of the Israel’s Founding Fathers, who took his cue from Ben Gurion and echoed his sentiments as early as 1956:
“What cause have we to complain about their [the Arabs] fierce hatred to us? For eight years now, they sit in their refugee camps in Gaza, and before their eyes we turn into our homestead the land and villages in which they and their forefathers have lived.”
He went on:
“We are a generation of settlers, and without the steel helmet and gun barrel, we shall not be able to plant a tree or build a house. . . . Let us not be afraid to see the hatred that accompanies and consumes the lives of hundreds of thousands of Arabs who sit all around us and wait for the moment when their hands will be able to reach our blood.”  
Thanks, Moshe! You’re one helluva guy. But don’t expect your brilliant quote to be splashed across the New York Times in the next few days!
I did a bit of media checking and came across this. Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, said on his blog that he did a Google News search for the word “massacre” and found NOT ONE REFERENCE TO GAZA. Wow, you’d think a smart media outlet like the New York Times would recognize a massacre when it saw one!
But no, massacres cannot be possibly be instigated by the IDF, the “most humane and bravest army in the world” and — wait for it — an army noted for its “unimaginable restraint? 🙂
New York Times headline on Monday said: “Dozens of Palestinians have died in protests as the U.S. prepares to open its Jerusalem Embassy.” Journalist Glenn Greenwald responded: “Most western media outlets have become quite skilled – through years of practice – at writing headlines and describing Israeli massacres using the passive tense so as to hide the culprit. But the all-time champion has long been, and remains, the New York Times.. ” (See here)
A disgusting CNN headline simply read: “Dozens die in Gaza.” To this journalist Max Blumenthal responded: “Maybe they were old. Perhaps they were very sick. They just up and died! Who will solve the mystery behind these deaths?” Blumenthal later suggested, tongue in cheek, that the Palestinian protestors might have walked into Israeli bullets by sheer  accident — shame on these peaceful terrorists for not looking where they were going!
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A PALESTINIAN WOMAN
crying for her dead children

What can one say?  It is positively obscene even writing about these atrocities and affecting to be moved and outraged from a safe distance.
Theirs is the carnage, ours is the emoting.
Let’s hear  what Mark Almond, Daily Mail correspondent, has to say:
The shocking images of slaughter at the Gaza border are a public relations disaster for Israel. At the very moment the Jewish state is marking the 70th anniversary of its foundation, its government finds itself the target of global outrage.
The creation of the state of Israel is a source of profound grievance to many Palestinians, who believe that their people were driven off their own land and displaced into Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza strip.
In this narrative of despair, they feel they were robbed of their livelihoods and their nationhood through the event known as the ‘Nakba’ or the ‘Catastrophe’ whose anniversary falls today.
Tensions were always bound to be high at this period, particularly as Palestinian demonstrators gathered on the border with Israel to demand the right of return to the home of their forebears.
But what has really ignited the powder keg is the decision by the White House to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the divided city of Jerusalem, which the state of Israel regards as its capital. It is a step that has inflamed discord with the Palestinians, who lay claim to the eastern party of the city and whose Muslim faith has a number of sacred sites within its walls, as of course do Jews.
It was the fear of inflaming tensions that prevented a succession of US presidents, including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, from implementing a pledge to shift the American embassy to Jerusalem.
But Donald Trump, never a man to follow political precedent, has ignored such doubts. 
He adopted his stance partly because he has always been a big admirer of Israel, and is deeply suspicious of Muslim fundamentalism in the region, as he demonstrated in his decision last week to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, a policy that was eagerly welcomed by the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu
Trump also has close personal ties to Israel, for his daughter Ivanka is married to Jared Kushner, whose family has donated money to Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

“He has always been a great admirer of Israel.”

Mark Almond, who then blots his copybook by making a few lame excuses for Israel’s appalling behavior — the Jewish state has a right to defend itself from evil Hamas and protect its elastic borders for the nicest people on earth — nevertheless ends his otherwise fair report with these sombre words:
“Certainly, there is little doubt that the region will descend into further strife. For those who hoped that Palestinian protests would bring harmony, this is another bitter disappointment in a region scarred by decades of lost opportunities for peace.”
The word “disappointment”, when applied to a massacre claiming dozens of lives and the wounding of thousands of innocent protestors, is a cruel and obscene understatement.

State of the Nation: WW3 Alert: Israel’s Death Wish and Fake Armageddon


Apartheid State of Israel Determined or Destined to Trigger Armageddon?

Throughout modern history, there has never been another nation that has launched with impunity unprovoked attacks of naked military aggression like the Apartheid State of Israel. See today’s news report: Israeli Airstrike In Syria Was “Most Extensive Attack In Decades”.

KEY POINTS: The Apartheid  State of Israel (sometimes known as the Modern State of Israel) is in no way related to the people of Israel referred to in the Holy Bible.  The Modern State of Israel (MIS) is a purely political entity fabricated by the modern-day Ashkenazi Zionist descendants of the Khazarian kingdom that was converted to Judaism by their king during the 8th century A.D.  The historical record clearly indicates that the MIS never existed in its present form and as it has been shoehorned on the geographic area known as Palestine.  The true historical record clearly proves that the land known as Palestine was outright stolen from the Palestinians by the Rothschild banking cartel which employed the British and American governments to carry out and legitimize the theft.  The imprimatur of the United Nations was then used to ‘bless’ this 100-year crime spree that began at the turn of the last century.

Only by comprehending the foregoing KEY POINTS can Israel’s constant attacks on Syria be correctly understood and terminated post-haste.
The 1948 creation of Israel was only the beginning of a multi-decade reign of terror carried out by Talmudic Freemasonry throughout the Middle East, the purpose of which is to advance a furtive scheme notoriously known as the Greater Israel project.
While the Rothschild banking cartel is merely the financier and face of this ill-fated project, there are forces much more powerful and wealthy behind it.  There are even powers more influential than the Black Nobility which are attempting to expand Israel’s boundaries far beyond their current ones.  That untold story is soon to emerge out of the shadows!

Armageddon

“The mundane affairs of humanity are often controlled by cryptic scriptural prophecy and obscure calendrical predictions.  Most of these age-old prophecies and supporting predictions were originally passed down by way of ancient oral traditions. When they came to pass, they were then written down in scrolls and on tablets. In this way they could be referred to at critical moments to impress future generations of the awesome power and veracity of the prophets.”
The preceding dynamic (and pivotal data point) is crucial to understand when discussing the notion of Armageddon.  That’s because, just like the 7-year biblical Shemitah, it was a manmade construct that bore no relationship whatsoever to divine prophecy.  Rather, the long-prophesied Armageddon has been used by its creators to instill great fear throughout the Judeo-Christian-Islamic world.  And it has worked like a charm as self-fulfilling prophecies often do.
Each of these 3 religions has been subject to unrelenting mass manipulation and mind control programming over many centuries in the interest of advancing an extremely secret plan designed by carefully hidden perpetrators.  (The Greater Israel project is only a tip of the iceberg.)
In order to stealthily carry out this massive and monolithic conspiracy, the perps have utilized every trick in the book.  Of course, the first book they took extreme advantage of was the well-known Holy Book—The BIBLE.  As follows:
What is not widely known is that the major monotheistic traditions throughout the Judeo-Christian-Islamic denominated world each had their own respective agendas where it concerned their end time prophecy. Over millennia “carrot and stick prophecy” became a very useful tool for keeping the congregation in check, and as well as whole populations under control. As cities rose from the plains and dotted the coastlines, immorality and wrongdoing increased. The ruling class increasingly looked to the prophets and astrologers for divine intercession.
For these and other reasons the prophetic agendas in some kingdoms became more self-serving and manipulative over time. In some historical settings they became downright exploitative and oppressive. The whole genre of secret societies grew up as a response to this type of abuse and misuse of prophetic influence, occult knowledge and mystical power. Gradually, the resulting societal tension evolved into an ever-present polarity which further concretized into the many and diverse conflicts and unending wars….”
(Source: The End Of The Modern Era)
With this critical knowledge, the manufactured meme of Armageddon can be seen in its proper light.  It’s just another concocted ‘prophecy’ by a certain pseudo-religious cabal hellbent on world domination.  By making and imprinting the cynical prediction in the first place, the warmongering co-conspirators intend to exploit the aftermath of an Armageddon OF THEIR OWN MAKING.
This is how the cabal has carried out all of their “Ordo ab chao” schemes over millennia.  In point of fact, World War I, the Great Depression and World War II were all conceived by the very same bellicose tribe seeking global hegemony at any cost.  The dystopian, post-apocalyptic wasteland across the Middle East and Northern Africa is a grim testament to their resolve and resourcefulness.
The primary technique and tool in this warmongering enterprise is of course the false flag operation.  Only by launching terrorist attacks, that they themselves have conducted under the rubric of Operation Gladio, have they been able to foist the false reality of Ersatz Israel upon the world community of nations.

SOS: Major False Flag Ship Attack on U.S. Navy in Mediterranean Planned as Pretext for World War III


Syrian War 2018

Basically, the entire fake Arab Spring was implemented across the Levant and beyond in order to set the stage for their rapidly unfolding Armageddon.  However, it’s the wholly engineered war on Syria by the Zio-Anglo-Franco-American Axis that’s now center stage and the primary battlefield.  It’s important to note that this Mideast battleground was always planned for an eventual enlargement into Iran.
As far as the Neocon Zionist perps are concerned, the successful execution of their misguided scheme keys on the total destruction of Syria (because all roads lead to Iran).  There are multiple mundane and religious reasons for this; some are merely practical, others are geopolitical.  Some of their objectives are based on the occult, other purposes are strictly geostrategic and/or economic in nature.
As the good general has told us, the Neocon Zionists are determined to take out 7 countries, the last of which will be Iran.  Talk about predictive programming: General Wesley Clark: “The US will attack 7 countries in 5 years” (Video)
The bottom line is that it’s gonna get ugly — VERY ugly — before things get better.  One thing is for sure and that is the pivotal part that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has played up until now.  His integral role in keeping things together has been nothing short of heroic and exemplary, death-defying and historic.

Syria’s Bashar al-Assad: The Well-Hidden Back Story


Nevertheless, the NWO globalist cabal is quite determined, perhaps even destined, to bring about their own demise in Syria.  How could they even attempt to implement the next stage of the Greater Israel project without suffering extraordinary consequences.  Any major moves or bad maneuvers by the Neocons in the Syrian theater of war virtually guarantee the wholesale destruction of Israel.

*NWO = New World Order


KEY POINT: In this day and age of technologically-advanced and highly destructive weaponry, how does Israel think this will all end.  Do they really feel secure in Tel Aviv under the utterly fictitious Iron Dome?   Even after the Israeli military unleashes all of their American-provided weapons of war, how, pray tell, will they fend off the inevitable and overwhelming counter-attack?

Clearly, the Neocon war planners in Washington, London and Tel Aviv have not thought through their strategy.  Thursday’s latest attack by Israel on Syria proves that the Likud Party-dominated government is determined to go to war before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife are prosecuted for crimes of malfeasance.  Whether those indictments were purposefully contrived to produce Netanyahu’s warmongering conduct; or they are a last-ditch attempt to preclude Armageddon, remains to be seen.
In any case, 2018 is surely set to be the year of reckoning for the guilty parties.  And, it is Israel that stands to lose the most in this epic war for the Holy Land.  Their reprehensible and barbaric behavior has brought upon them the wrath of you know who.

Special Note: All the evidence now indicates that the Khazarian Mafia is in complete control of the Trump administration.  It appears that this was the plan all along.  Even Trump’s legal advisor Rudy Giuliani has brazenly stated that regime change in Iran is an explicit foreign policy goal.  ZOG Rules: Trump Proves His Administration Is A Zionist Occupied Government