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Nord Stream is most destructive sabotage in history, an act of war against Russia, Germany, Netherlands, and France, owners of the huge investment-Thierry Meyssan…(Question remains: Who will stop the US?)

This is the most destructive sabotage in history. An act of war…committed against Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and France….It is much more important” than events in Ukraine because now. US has attacked allies for whom it  supposedly guaranteed security.…EU now “will be dominated by Poland using Norwegian gas.”…Henry Kissinger:It may be dangerous to be America’s enemy, but to be America’s friend is fatal.”

10/4/22, The United States declares war on Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and France,” Voltaire, by Thierry Meyssan

“While the international press treats the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines as a news item, we analyze it as

an act of war

against Germany and the European Union.

Indeed, the three gas supply routes to Western Europe have been cut off simultaneously, while

at the same time a new gas pipeline

has been opened to Poland.

Just as Mikhail Gorbachev saw in the Chernobyl disaster the inevitable break-up of the USSR, so we believe that the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines marks the beginning of the economic collapse of the Union.”

Image: “Russian satellite photograph of the boiling water after the sabotage of Nord Stream.”

“The United States’ fight to maintain its global hegemony

has reached its third stage.

*After the expansion of NATO to the East in violation of Western commitments not to station US weapons in Central Europe, Russia, which cannot defend its huge borders, is under direct threat.

*In violation of its World War II commitments, Washington has put “hardcore nationalists” (“Nazis” in Kremlin terminology) in power in Kiev.

They banned their Russian-speaking compatriots from speaking their native language,

deprived them of public services, and ultimately

bombed those in the Donbass.

Russia had no choice but to intervene militarily to put an end to their ordeal.

*The third round

is the authoritarian change of energy supply

to Western and Central Europe.

On the same day, the Baltic Pipeline came into operation,

the two Nord Stream pipelines were shut down,

while the maintenance of Turkish Stream was interrupted.

This is the most destructive sabotage in history. An act of war

against both Russia (51%) and Germany (30%), co-owners of these huge investments,

but also against their partners, the Netherlands (9%) and France (9%). For the moment, none of the victims has reacted publicly..

To carry out this considerable destruction, it was necessary to have submarines in the area, which the powers that be in the region have identified.

If there are officially no clues, in the police sense of the term, the

“surveillance cameras” (sonar) have already spoken.

The states concerned know with certainty who the culprit is.

Either they do not react, and they will be politically wiped out, or

they prepare their reactions to this secret action in secret,

and they will become real political actors when they do.

Let us remember the coup d’état in Algiers in 1961 and the subsequent assassination attempts against the President of the French Republic, Charles de Gaulle.

De Gaulle pretended to believe that they were carried out by the Secret Army Organization (OAS), a group of Frenchmen opposed to Algerian independence.

But his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maurice Couve de Murville, publicly mentioned the role of the Spanish Opus Dei and the U.S. CIA in organizing and financing them.

De Gaulle sought out and identified the traitors,

reorganized the police and the army, and suddenly,

five years later,

announced France’s withdrawal

from the integrated command of NATO.

He gave the latter two weeks to close its headquarters in Paris-Dauphine and move to Belgium;

a little more time to close the 29 NATO military bases in the country.

Then he began traveling abroad to denounce U.S. hypocrisy,

especially the Vietnam War.

France instantly became a leading power in international relations.

These events have never been explained in public, but all political leaders of the time can confirm them [1].

Since the disappearance of the Soviet Union, the United States has

developed a map of the world that disrupts international relations, leading it

to overthrow governments and wage wars

in order to build transportation routes

for energy sources.

This was the main activity of Vice President Al Gore for eight years,

today it is the activity of Special Advisor Amos Hochstein.

We remember the war in Transnistria to get hold of a pipeline hub [2],

then the war in Kosovo to build a communication route through the Balkans, the “8th corridor.”

Now all the other pieces of the puzzle

are coming to light.

It is particularly difficult to understand the evil that has just hit the European Union and will, in all likelihood, cause its economic collapse,

because the Union itself has made some of the decisions

necessary for its bankruptcy.

Until September 26, 2022, the Union was mainly supplied with gas by Russia. This was delivered either through the Brotherhood pipeline through Ukraine, the Nord Stream pipeline or the Turkisch Stream.

The United States, which guarantees the security of the Union,

has just cut off these three routes in succession.

Of course the Brotherhood pipeline is still functioning, but it can be interrupted at any time by Kiev’s will, Nord Stream has been sabotaged

and Turkisch Stream can no longer be maintained

because of the sanctions that the Union has taken

at the request of the USA.

Image: “Eleven years ago, Europeans were celebrating their union with Russia. They believed they were building a peaceful and prosperous world.”

Until September 26, the economy of the Union was mainly based on the production of German industry. By cutting off Nord Stream,

the United States destroyed German industry.

In the famous words of Lord Ismay, the first Secretary General of NATO,

the aim of the Anglo-Saxons was “to keep the Americans in,

the Russians out and the Germans under control”.

Image: “Ronald Reagan opposed the delivery of Russian gas to France and Germany. After imposing unsuccessful sanctions against companies in both countries, he ordered William Casey, the director of the CIA, to sabotage the Yamal gas pipeline in Poland. This was done.”

This policy has been pursued by all US administrations

without interruption since the 1950s.

Nord Stream was built by 9 states, 4 of which own it. It started operating in 2011.

Starting with Donald Trump’s term in office, in 2017,

the US Congress threatened sanctions against the companies

involved in the operation of Nord Stream 1 and those

involved in the Nord Stream 2 project.

President Trump himself has mocked Germany’s vassalage of Russian gas. A number of legal obstacles have been put in place to block Russian gas to Western Europe, not only by the United States, but also by Poland. From this point of view, the new US [Biden] administration has not changed anything.

Germany was wrong to believe that it was more benevolent.

It is true that in July 2021, an agreement was reached whereby Nord Stream 2 would have been

replaced by hydrogen produced in Ukraine

and transported, from 2024

(the date of the end of the Russian-Ukrainian contract),

through the converted Brotherhood pipeline.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who was elected in December 2021, has made

two serious mistakes in a few months.

On December 7 [2021], he went to the White House where he

tried to resist the

United States’ demand that he stop accepting Russian gas.

Back home, he chose to maintain Nord Stream and block Nord Stream 2,

while seeking renewable sources.

He thought, wrongly,

that he was balancing the warmongering of US strategic thinking,

the needs of his industry and

the doctrine of the [warmonger] Greens, members of his government coalition.

The Chancellor had had a close call:

during his press conference with the US President,

Joe Biden said that his country

could destroy Nord Stream 2 and

that if Russia invaded the Ukraine,

he would do so.

It was absolutely frightening for Scholz to hear his overlord

spit in his face

that he could destroy a tens of billions of dollars investment

if a third party acted without regard to his dictates.

We do not know whether President Biden also mentioned the destruction of Nord Stream 1 during the closed-door talks, but it is not impossible. In any case, according to the German journalists who followed him,

the chancellor returned to Germany pale.

His second mistake was made on September 16, 2022. His country wanted

to get out from under the Anglo-Saxon umbrella and ensure its own security as well as that of the entire European Union.

“As the most populous nation, with the greatest economic power and located at the center of the continent,

our army must become the pillar

of conventional defence in Europe,”

the chancellor said.

By specifying that he was only talking about “conventional defence”, he intended to spare the susceptibility of his French neighbor, the only nuclear power in the Union.

He did not realize that he was violating the Straussian doctrine

by imagining

that he was escaping from the US military protectorate.

In 1992, Paul Wolfowitz signed the Defense Policy Guidance, excerpts of which were published in the New York Times. He indicated that the United States would consider

any desire for European emancipation as a cassus belli [3].

Six days later,

Navy Seals blew up the two gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea,

setting Germany back eleven years.

At the same time, the Baltic Pipe pipeline was inaugurated with great fanfare, a few hours after the sabotage,

by the Polish president,

the Danish prime minister and t

he Norwegian energy minister.

It does not have at all the same capacities as Nord Stream,

but it will be enough to change the times.

Once the European Union was dominated by German industry using Russian gas,

now it will be dominated by Poland

using Norwegian gas.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki triumphantly declared at the inauguration ceremony: “The era of Russian gas domination is coming to an end; an era that was marked by blackmail, threats and extortion.”

The act of war committed against Russia, Germany, the Netherlands and France

forces us to rethink the events in Ukraine.

It is much more important than what has gone before

insofar as

the United States has attacked its allies.

I have explained at length in previous articles what the Straussians were looking for with their provocations in Ukraine. What has just happened shows us why Washington, as a state, supports the Straussian project,

and that its “grand strategy”

has not changed since the 1950s.

Image; “In 2017, a U.S. president, Donald Trump, came to participate in the launch of the Three Seas Initiative. Washington often wins because it sees further ahead than its allies.”

In practice, the European Union will collapse economically, with the exception of Poland and its eleven Central European allies, members of the Three Seas Initiative (Intermarium) [4]. The tide is turning.

From now on, Warsaw is running ahead.

The big losers will be Western Europe and Russia,

but also Ukraine,

which will have been destroyed

only to allow this game of massacre.”

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Translation
Roger Lagassé

[1When the Stay-Behind wanted to replace de Gaulle”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Anoosha Boralessa, Voltaire Network, 10 September 2001.

[2« Au cœur de la “Guerre du gaz”, la petite République de Transnistrie », par Arthur Lepic, Réseau Voltaire, 3 juillet 2007; et « En 1992, les États-Unis tentèrent d’écraser militairement la Transnistrie », par Thierry Meyssan, Réseau Voltaire, 17 juillet 2007.

[3« US Strategy Plan Calls For Insuring No Rivals Develop » Patrick E. Tyler and « Excerpts from Pentagon’s Plan : “Prevent the Re-Emergence of a New Rival” », New York Times, March 8, 1992. « Keeping the US First, Pentagon Would preclude a Rival Superpower » Barton Gellman, The Washington Post, March 11, 1992.

[4The scuttling of peace in Europe”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Roger Lagassé, Voltaire Network, 29 June 2022.

 

Former Yankee pitcher Jeff Nelson filling in for Suzyn Waldman on Yankee radio for Texas Rangers series, final 4 games of season

10/2/22, “Jeff Nelson @NYnellie43, I’ll be filling in for Suzyn and working with John Sterling for the Texas series on WFAN. Hope everyone listens and enjoys.” WFAN twitter…Game one of four, 3-1 Yankees over Rangers. Double header on Tues., 10/4, final game Wed. 10/5.

Above, 10/2/22, WFAN radio twitter

Above, Jeff Nelson image from his twitter page

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Jeff Nelson was a relief pitcher for the NY Yankees from 1996 through 2000 and again in 2003 where he contributed to ALCS game 7 (photos below). He began his career with Seattle Mariners from 1992-1995, returned there in 2001, 2002, and 2005. In 2004, played for Texas Rangers and in 2006 for a short time with Chicago White Sox.

Photo above, Jeff Nelson cheering after 2003 ALCS game 7, Yankees win 6-5 in 11 innings, Nelson’s fellow reliever Mariano Rivera was winning pitcher, Rivera was also ALCS MVP. Jeff Nelson has dark blue sweater/shirt. Mo pitched scoreless 9, 10th, and 11th, 48 pitches, with score tied. As game ended, Rivera ran back out and happily collapsed on the mound. Jeff Nelson, 10 pitches, was among 6 Yankee pitchers that night, Oct. 16, 2003. Entering bottom of the 8th Yankees trailed by 3 runs, Boston 5, Yankees 2.

In the 8th, the Yankees tied the score at 5-5. Aaron Boone was brought in as a pinch runner in the 8th for Ruben Sierra. In the top of the 9th, score tied 5-5, Mariano Rivera was brought in to pitch. Pinch runner Aaron Boone remained in the game, went to 3B. Rivera continued in the 10th and 11th, score still tied. In bottom of the 11th, Aaron Boone (brought in as a pinch runner in the 8th), was the first batter, hit home run off Tim Wakefield, game over, 6-5 Yankees. In photo below, Jeff Nelson is seen on right as team hoisted Rivera. (Mass Live image)

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Added: Jeff Nelson has also recently appeared on YES Network with Michael Kay and in studio with Bob Lorenz:

Above, 9/17/22, Jeff Nelson with Michael Kay

Above, 9/4/22, Jeff Nelson with Bob Lorenz

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My comment: Been waiting ten years, since Tues., Sept. 25, 2012, to hear former Yankee relief pitcher Jeff Nelson back on Yankee radio filling in for Suzyn. He was a natural, very glad he’s back.

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Added: Two more photos of Mo that day

Above, Oct. 16, 2003, after his 3 scoreless innings and Yankee win 6-5, Mo runs back out to the mound. MLB video, @1:26

Above, Oct. 16, 2003, ALCS game 7, @ 1:27, team mates help Rivera up from the mound, MLB video

 

Democracy long gone in US as Metropolitan Opera Dir. Gelb demands artists denouce Pres. Putin, fires renowned Russian soprano Netrebko after she politely said it’s not right to force artists and public figures to make political statements and denounce homelands

As it happens, Met Opera Director Peter Gelb’s wife is Ukrainian-Canadian. When asked if America was at war with Russia, Gelb replied, remarkably, “The Met is, and indirectly, the US is, obviously. We may not say we’re at war with them, but we are at war with them.””

5/27/22, “Waging Proxy War in Ukraine Won’t Save Us From Ourselves,” The Nation, David Bromwich

The policing of public opinion over Ukraine goes to extremes unimagined during the fight against Hitler.”

On March 3, [2022] the Metropolitan Opera severed its relations with the singer Anna Netrebko because, in speaking out against the Ukraine war,

she failed to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin and

said a word in defense of artistic freedom:

“I am opposed to this war. I am Russian and I love my country but I have many friends in Ukraine and the pain and suffering right now breaks my heart. I want this war to end and for people to be able to live in peace….I want to add,

however:

forcing artists, or any public figure,

to voice their political opinions in public and

to denounce their homeland is not right.”

Would any foreign artist in living memory have been so publicly dishonored

for not reciting the prepared script?…

On May 13, [2022] Steny Hoyer, the Democratic majority leader in the House of Representatives,

said that the US is now “at war” with Russia.

Congressional Republicans were overwhelming, and Democrats

unanimous, in voting for a $40 billion

war-assistance package to be sent to Ukraine.

Apparently without any serious debate,

we find ourselves on the brink of all-out war in defense of a favored nation,

against a nuclear-armed power, Russia….

While we instruct the world in democracy,

our own politics has become a scene of uninhibited aggression

that undermines our standing as instructors….

What we have seen in the last 10 years, intensified in the last five,

and raised to a fever pitch in the last two,

is the ascent of mob psychology and hysteria on an exorbitant scale.

It shows in our lazy, frightened acceptance of censorshiplately elevated to the point

where Facebook and Twitter could jointly announce

a ban on all messages, news, and communications

that “undermine trust in the Ukrainian government.”

This kind of blackout was considered beneath our dignity in the fight against Hitler and the Cold War.

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We hear the West wants “rules-based order.” Where did the rules come from? Who agreed to them?-Pres. Putin, 9/30/22, Speech welcoming 4 Russian speaking regions to Russia

For Americans, wars happen someplace else.All we hear from all sides is that the West stands for order based on rules. Where did they come from? Who even saw these rules? Who agreed?”

9/30/22, Signing of agreements on the admission of the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions to Russia, kremlin-ru.translate.goog

“In the Georgievsky Hall of the Kremlin, a ceremony was held to sign agreements on the admission of

the Donetsk People’s Republic, the Luhansk People’s Republic, the Zaporizhia Region and the Kherson Region

to Russia and the formation of new subjects of the Russian Federation.”

“Vladimir Putin: Dear citizens of Russia, citizens of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, residents of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, deputies of the State Duma, and senators of the Russian Federation!

You know, referendums were held in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. Their results have been summed up, the results are known.

People made their choice, a clear choice.

Today we are signing agreements on the admission of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the Luhansk People’s Republic, the Zaporizhia Region and the Kherson Region to Russia. I am sure that the Federal Assembly will support the constitutional laws on the adoption and formation in Russia of four new regions, four new subjects of the Russian Federation, because

this is the will of millions of people.

(Applause.)

And this, of course, is their right, their inalienable right, which is

enshrined in the first article of the UN Charter,

which directly speaks of the principle of equal rights and

self-determination of peoples.

[Denis Pushilin, the head of the Donetsk region, said that the “long-suffering people of the Donbas have earned the right to be part of the great country that they always considered their motherland.” He added that the vote will help “restore historic justice that millions of the Russian people were waiting for.”]

(continuing, Pres. Putin): “I repeat: this is an inalienable right of people, it is based on historical unity, in the name of which the generations of our ancestors won, those who from the origins of Ancient Russia

for centuries created and defended Russia. Here, in Novorossia, Rumyantsev, Suvorov and Ushakov fought, Catherine II and Potemkin founded new cities. Here

our grandfathers and great-grandfathers stood to death

[“For Russians, the [Great Patriotic] war was an experience of massive suffering, grief and destruction.…But whatever the pride in victory, the horrors of the war inspired a genuine desire for peace.”]

[Image: The siege of Leningrad, 1942. “Soviet civilians leaving destroyed houses after a German bombardment during the Battle of Leningrad, 10 December 1942″ (Av Boris Kudojarov/RIA Novosti arkiv. Lisens: CC BY SA 3.0)]

(continuing, Pres. Putin): “during the Great Patriotic War.

We will always remember the heroes of the “Russian spring”, those who did not come to terms with the neo-Nazi coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014,

all those who died for the right to speak their native language,

preserve their culture, traditions, faith, for the right to live.

These are the warriors of Donbass,

the martyrs of the “Odessa Khatyn”,

the victims of inhuman terrorist attacks staged by the Kyiv regime.

These are volunteers and militias, these are civilians, children, women, old people, Russians, Ukrainians, people of various nationalities. This is the real people’s leader of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko, these are military commanders Arsen Pavlov and Vladimir Zhoga, Olga Kochura and Alexei Mozgovoy, this is the prosecutor of the Luhansk Republic Sergey Gorenko. This is paratrooper Nurmagomed Gadzhimagomedov and all our soldiers and officers who died the death of the brave during a special military operation. They are heroes. (Applause.) Heroes of Great Russia. And I ask you to honor their memory with a moment of silence.

[The encirclement of Russia took a qualitative leap ahead with the 2014 seizure of Ukraine by the United States….The elected president Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown by violence…Billions of U.S. dollars and murderous shootings by extreme right militants enforced a regime change openly directed by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland [“Yats is the guy”] producing a leadership in Kiev largely selected in Washington…By the end of the year [2014], the government of “democratic Ukraine” was largely in the hands of U.S.-approved foreigners. The new minister of finance was a U.S. citizen of Ukrainian origin, Natalia Jaresko, who had worked for the State Department before going into private business. The minister of economy was a Lithuanian, Aïvaras Arbomavitchous, a former basketball champion. The ministry of health was taken by a former Georgian minister of health and labor, Sandro Kvitachvili. Later, disgraced former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili was called into take charge of the troubled port of Odessa. And Vice President Joe Biden was directly involved in reshuffling the Kiev cabinet as his son, Hunter Biden, was granted a profitable position with the Ukrainian gas company Barisma. The vehemently anti-Russian thrust of this regime change aroused resistance in the southeastern parts of the country, largely inhabited by ethnic Russians. Eight days after more than 40 protesters were burned alive in [port city of] Odessa, the provinces of Lugansk and Donetsk moved [in 2014] to secede in resistance to the [US] coup. The U.S.-installed regime in Kiev then launched a war against the provinces that continued for eight year, killing thousands of civilians. A referendum [in 2014] then returned Crimea to Russia. The peaceful return of Crimea was obviously vital to preserve Russia’s main naval base at Sebastopol….And since the population of Crimea had never approved the peninsula’s transfer to Ukraine by Nikita Khrushchev in 1954, the return was accomplished by a democratic vote, without bloodshed. This was in stark contrast to the detachment of the province of Kosovo from Serbia, accomplished in 1999 by weeks of NATO bombing. But to the United States and most of the West, what was a humanitarian action in Kosovo was an unforgivable aggression in Crimea.”]

(Moment of silence.)

(continuing, Pres. Putin): “Thank you.

[For Americans, wars happen someplace else. They don’t mean being held captive on their own soil for 900 days without food, water, or electricity, and watching hundreds of thousands of children and family members die. But many still living Russians have had that experience. In June 1941 “three million German soldiers streamed across the Soviet frontier and commenced a three-pronged attack,” Leningrad, Moscow, and Stalingrad…”On September 8, 1941, German forces closed in around the Soviet city of Leningrad [now St. Petersburg], initiating a siege that would last nearly 900 days and claim the lives of 800,000 civilians.…Mr. Putin wasn’t born until after WWII but his parents were trapped in the Leningrad blockade and their two year old baby boy died there. Had the boy lived, he would’ve been Pres. Putin’s older brother….”An estimated 27 million died, about two thirds of them civilians. Despite overwhelming losses and suffering, the Red Army succeeded in turning the Nazi tide of conquest that had subdued most of Europe.This gigantic struggle to drive the German invaders from their soil is known to Russians as the Great Patriotic War, nourishing a national pride that helped console the people for all they had been through. But whatever the pride in victory, the horrors of the war inspired a genuine desire for peace.”]

(continuing, Pres. Putin): “Behind the choice of millions of residents in the Donetsk and Lugansk

People’s Republics, in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions

is our common destiny and a thousand-year history.

People passed on this spiritual connection to their children and grandchildren.

Despite all the trials, they carried through the years love for Russia. And no one can destroy this feeling in us. That is why both the older generations and the youth, those who were born after the tragedy of the collapse of the Soviet Union, voted for our unity, for our common future.

In 1991, in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, without asking the will of ordinary citizens,

representatives of the then party elites

decided to collapse the USSR,

and people suddenly found themselves cut off from their homeland.

This tore apart, dismembered our people’s community, turned into a national catastrophe. As once after the revolution

the borders of the union republics were cut behind the scenes, so the last leaders of the Soviet Union,

contrary to the direct expression of the will of the majority of people in the 1991 referendum, ruined our great country,

simply confronted the peoples with a fact.

I admit that they did not even fully understand what they were doing and what

consequences this would inevitably lead to in the end.

But it doesn’t matter anymore. There is no Soviet Union, the past cannot be returned. Yes, and

Russia today does not need it anymore, we are not striving for this. But there is nothing stronger than the determination of millions of people who, by their culture, faith,

traditions, language, consider themselves part of Russia, whose ancestors lived in a single state for centuries. There is nothing stronger than

the determination of these people to return to their true, historical Fatherland.

For a long eight years, people in the Donbass were subjected to genocide,

shelling and blockade, and in Kherson and Zaporozhye

they tried to criminally cultivate hatred for Russia, for everything Russian. Now, already

during the referendums, the Kyiv regime threatened with violence,

death to school teachers,

women who worked in election commissions,

intimidated millions of people who came to express their will with repressions.

But the unbroken people of Donbass, Zaporozhye and Kherson had their say.

I want the Kyiv authorities and their real masters in the Westto hear me, so that everyone remembers this:

people living in Lugansk and Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporozhye become our citizens forever.(Applause.)

We call on the Kyiv regime to immediately cease fire, all hostilities,

the war that it unleashed back in 2014,

and return to the negotiating table.

We are ready for this, it has been said more than once.

But we will not discuss the choice of the people in Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson, it has been made, Russia will not betray it. (Applause.) And today’s Kiev authorities should

treat this free will of the people with respect, and nothing else. This is the only way to peace.

We will protect our land with all the forces and means at our disposal and will do everything to ensure the safe life of our people. This is the great liberation mission of our people.

We will definitely rebuild destroyed cities and towns, housing, schools, hospitals, theaters and museums, restore and develop industrial enterprises, factories, infrastructure, social security, pensions, healthcare and education systems.

Of course, we will work to improve the security level. Together we will make sure that citizens in the new regions feel the support of the entire people of Russia, the entire country, all the republics, all territories and regions of our vast Motherland. (Applause.)

Dear friends, colleagues!

Today I want to address the soldiers and officers who are participating in a special military operation,

the soldiers of Donbass and Novorossia,

those who, after the decree on partial mobilization, join the ranks of the Armed Forces, fulfilling their patriotic duty, who, at the call of their hearts, come to the military registration and enlistment offices. I would like to turn to their parents, wives, and children, to tell them what our people are fighting for, what enemy is opposing us,

who is throwing the world into new wars and crises,

deriving their bloody profit from this tragedy.

Our compatriots, our brothers and sisters in Ukraine – the native part of our united people – saw with their own eyes

what the ruling circles of the so-called West are preparing for all mankind.

Here they, in fact, just threw off their masks, showed their true insides.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the West decided that the world, all of us, would forever

have to put up with its dictates.

Then, in 1991, the West expected that Russia would not recover

from such shocks and would fall apart on its own. Yes, it almost happened –

we remember the 90s, the terrible 90s, hungry, cold and hopeless.

But Russia resisted, revived, strengthened,

again took its rightful place in the world.

At the same time, the West has been looking all this time

and continues to look for a new chance to hit us, weaken and destroy Russia,

which they have always dreamed of, split our state,

pit peoples against each other, doom them to poverty and extinction.

They are simply haunted by the fact that there is such a great, huge country in the world with its territory, natural wealth, resources, with a people who do not know how and

will never live according to someone else’s orders.

The West is ready to step over everything in order to preserve the neo-colonial system

that allows it to parasitize, in fact, to plunder the world

at the expense of the power of the dollar

and technological dictates,

to collect real tribute from humanity,

to extract the main source of unearned prosperity,

the rent of the hegemon.

The maintenance of this rent

is their key, genuine and absolutely self-serving motive. That is why total

desovereignization is in their interests.

Hence their aggression towards independent states, towards traditional values

​​and original cultures, attempts to undermine international and integration processes beyond their control, new world currencies and centers of technological development. It is critical for them

that all countries surrender their sovereignty to the United States.

The ruling elites of some states voluntarily agree to do this, voluntarily

agree to become vassals; others are bribed, intimidated.

And if it doesn’t work out, they destroy entire states, leaving behind

humanitarian catastrophes, disasters, ruins, millions of ruined,

mangled human destinies, terrorist enclaves, social disaster zones,

protectorates, colonies and semi-colonies.

They don’t care

as long as they get their own benefit.

I want to emphasize once again: it is precisely in greed, in the intention to maintain its unlimited power, that there are

the real reasons for the hybrid war that the “collective West”

is waging against Russia.

They do not wish us freedom,

but they want to see us as a colony.

They do not want equal cooperation, but robbery. They want to see us not as a free society, but as

a crowd of soulless slaves.

For them, a direct threat is our thought and philosophy, and therefore they encroach on our philosophers. Our culture and art are a danger to them, so they are trying to ban them. Our development and prosperity is also a threat to them – competition is growing. They don’t need Russia at all, we need it. (Applause.)

I want to remind you that the claims to world domination in the past have been shattered more than once by the courage and steadfastness of our people. Russia will always be Russia. We will continue to defend both our values ​​and our Motherland.

The West is counting on impunity, on getting away with everything.

In fact, everything has gotten away with it so far.

Agreements in the field of strategic security go to the wastebasket;

agreements reached at the highest political level are declared false;

firm promises not to expand NATO to the east,

as soon as our former leaders bought into them,

turned into a dirty deceit;

treaties on anti-missile defense and intermediate- and shorter-range missiles

have been unilaterally broken under far-fetched pretexts.

All we hear from all sides

is that the West stands for order based on rules.

Where did they come from? Who even saw these rules? Who agreed?

Listen, this is just some kind of nonsense, sheer deception, double or already triple standards! It’s just designed for fools.

Russia is a great millennial power, a country-civilization,

and will not live by such rigged, false rules. (Applause.)

It is the so-called West that has trampled on the principle of the inviolability of borders,

and now it decides at its own discretion

who has the right to self-determination and who does not,

who is not worthy of it. Why they decide so,

who gave them such a right is not clear. To themselves.

That is why the choice of people in the Crimea, in Sevastopol, in Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson

causes wild anger in them.

This West has no moral right to evaluate it,

even to stutter about the freedom of democracy. No, and never was!

Western elites deny not only national sovereignty

and international law.

Their hegemony has a pronounced character of

totalitarianism, despotism and apartheid.

They brazenly divide the world into their vassals, into the so-called civilized countries and into all the rest, who,

according to the plan of today’s Western racists, should add to the list of barbarians and savages.

False labels – “rogue country”, “authoritarian regime” – are already ready,

they stigmatize entire peoples and states,

and there is nothing new in this. There is nothing new in this: the

Western elites are what they were, and have remained so – colonialist.

They discriminate, divide peoples into the first and other grades.

We have never accepted and will never accept such political nationalism and racism.

And what, if not racism, is Russophobia, which is now spreading all over the world?

What, if not racism, is the peremptory conviction of the West

that its civilization, neoliberal culture

is an indisputable model for the whole world?

“He who is not with us is against us.” It even sounds strange.

Even the repentance for their own historical crimes is being shifted

by the Western elites to everyone else,

demanding both the citizens of their countries

and other peoples to confess

for what they have nothing to do with at all, for example, for the period of colonial conquests.

It is worth reminding the West that it began its colonial policy back in the Middle Ages,

and then followed the global slave trade,

the genocide of Indian tribes in America, the plunder of India, Africa,

the wars of England and France against China, as a result of which

it was forced to open its ports for trade opium.

What they did was put entire nations on drugs,

purposefully exterminated entire ethnic groups for the sake of land and resources,

staged a real hunt for people like animals. This is contrary to the very nature of man, truth, freedom and justice.

And we – we are proud that in the 20th century

it was our country that led the anti-colonial movement,

which opened up opportunities for many peoples of the world

to develop in order to reduce poverty and inequality, to overcome hunger and disease.

I emphasize that one of the reasons for the centuries-old Russophobia,

the undisguised malice of these Western elites towards Russia

is precisely that we did not allow ourselves to be robbed during the period of colonial conquests,

we forced the Europeans to trade for mutual benefit.

This was achieved by creating a strong centralized state in Russia, which developed and strengthened itself on the great moral values ​​of Orthodoxy, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism, on Russian culture and the Russian word open to all.

It is known that plans for interventions in Russia were repeatedly made, they tried to use the Time of Troubles at the beginning of the 17th century, and the period of upheavals after 1917 failed.

The West still managed to seize the wealth of Russia at the end of the 20th century,

[Clinton administration officials spoke of “stuffing shit down Boris [Yeltsin’s] throat,” gleefully taking pleasure in ordering him to wreck his country’s economy,” presiding over a “man-made famine.”

Boris Yeltsin and Bill Clinton at press-conference in Hyde Park (NY), 1995,” alamy. “America’s growing animus towards all things Russia is also...borne of a frustrated project of liberal cultural imperialism. In the years following the end of the Soviet Union, the idea that Russia was “ours to lose” gained wide currency in American foreign policy circles. The Clinton administration sought to dismantle the remaining state apparatus of Soviet-era Russia and replace it with a new liberal civil society that took its cues from Washington.…Of course, such efforts did not succeed, but our “culture war” approach to foreign policy has only intensified since then…and continues to hinder more reasonable diplomatic relations.”…May 2018, James Carden]

(continuing, Pres. Putin): “when the state was destroyed.

Then we were called both friends and partners,

but in fact they treated us like a colony-

[Image: 10/17/1994, “Queen Elizabeth II and Russian President Boris Yeltsin at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on October 17, 1994. (Photo by Wojtek Laski/Getty Images)]

(continuing, Pres. Putin): “trillions of dollars were siphoned out of the country under a variety of schemes. We all remember everything, we have not forgotten anything.

And these days, people in Donetsk and Luhansk, in Kherson and Zaporizhia have spoken out in favor of restoring our historical unity. Thank you! (Applause.)

Western countries have been repeating for centuries that they bring

freedom and democracy to other peoples.

Everything is exactly the opposite: instead of democracy

suppression and exploitation;

instead of freedom –

enslavement and violence.

The entire unipolar world order is inherently anti-democratic and not free, it is deceitful and hypocritical through and through.

The United States is the only country in the world

to have used nuclear weapons twice,

destroying the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By the way, they set a precedent.

Let me also remind you that the United States, together with the British,

turned Dresden, Hamburg, Cologne and many other German cities into ruins

without any military necessity during World War II.

[Image: 11/8/1943, “President Franklin D. Roosevelt joined British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin at a conference in Tehran that cemented the pledge of an Allied second front against Nazi Germany in Western Europe” AP…”At the end of the war, the main security concern of Stalin was to prevent such an invasion from ever happening again.”]

(continuing, Pres. Putin): “And this was done defiantly, without any, I repeat, military necessity.

There was only one goal:

just like in the case of the nuclear bombings in Japan,

to intimidate both our country and the whole world.

The United States left a terrible mark on the memory of the peoples of Korea and Vietnam

with barbaric “carpet” bombing, the use of napalm and chemical weapons.

Until now, they actually occupy Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea and other countries, and at the same time

cynically call them equal allies.

Listen, I wonder what kind of alliance is this? The whole world knows that the leaders of these countries are being watched, the first persons of these states are being installed listening devices not only in office, but also in residential premises. This is a real shame. A shame both for those who do this

and for those who, like a slave,

silently and meekly swallow this rudeness.

They call orders and rude, insulting shouts at the address of their vassals Euro-Atlantic solidarity, the development of biological weapons, experiments on living people, including in Ukraine, noble medical research.

It was their destructive policy, wars, and robbery that provoked

today’s colossal surge in migration flows.

Millions of people suffer deprivation, abuse,

thousands die trying to get to the same Europe.

[“The refugee chaos that is now pushing deep into Europestarted with the cavalier ambitions of American neocons and their liberal-interventionist sidekicks who planned to remake the Middle East and other parts of the world through “regime change.” Instead of the promised wonders of “democracy promotion” and “human rights,” what these “anti-realists” have accomplished is to spread death, destruction and destabilization across the Middle East and parts of Africa and now into Ukraine and the heart of Europe. Yet, since these neocon forces still control the Official Narrative, their explanations get top billing – such as that there hasn’t been enough “regime change.””...9/7/2015, “How Neocons Destabilized Europe,“ by Robert Parry, consortiumnews.com]

(continuing, Pres. Putin): “Now they are exporting bread from Ukraine. Where is he going under the pretext of

“providing food security for the world’s poorest countries”?

Where is it going? Everything goes to the same European countries. There,

five percent only went to the poorest countries in the world.

Again, another swindle and outright deception.

The American elite, in fact, uses the tragedy of these people

[Image: 1993,George Soros with Pres. Yeltsin at the Kremlin, Reuters] [Soros, like the entire US political class, is interested only in causing pain for innocent, defenseless people. Ed.]

(continuing, Pres. Putin): “to weaken their competitors,

to destroy nation states. This also applies to Europe, this also applies to the identity of France, Italy, Spain and other countries with a long history.

Washington is demanding more and more sanctions against Russia, and

most European politicians meekly agree with this.

They clearly understand that the United States,

pushing through the EU’s complete rejection of Russian energy carriers and other resources, is

practically leading to the de-industrialization of Europe,

to completely taking over the European market-

they understand everything, these elites are European, they understand everything,

but prefer to serve the interests of others.

This is no longer servility,

but a direct betrayal of their peoples.

But God bless them, that’s their business.

But sanctions are not enough for the Anglo-Saxons,

they switched to sabotage-

unbelievable, but true – having organized explosions on the international gas pipelines of the Nord Stream, which run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea,

they actually began to destroy the pan-European energy infrastructure.

It is clear to everyone who benefits from this.

Whoever benefits, he did, of course.

The US dictate is based on brute force, on fist law.

Sometimes beautifully wrapped, sometimes without any wrapper,

but the essence is the same – fist law.

Hence the deployment and maintenance of hundreds of military bases

in all corners of the world,

the expansion of NATO, attempts to put together

new military alliances such as AUKUS and the like.

Active work is also underway to create a military-political link

between Washington-Seoul-Tokyo.

All those states that possess or seek to possess genuine strategic sovereignty

and are capable of challenging Western hegemony

are automatically included in the

category of enemies.

It is on these principles that the US and NATO military doctrines are built,

requiring nothing less than total domination.

The Western elites present their neo-colonial plans

in the same hypocritical way,

even with a pretense of peacefulness, they talk about some kind of containment, and such a crafty word wanders from one strategy to another, but,

in fact, means only one thing:

undermining any sovereign centers of development.

We have already heard about the containment of Russia, China, Iran.

I believe that other countries of Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, as well as current partners and allies of the United States,

are next in line.

We know: whatever they don’t like, they impose sanctions against their allies too – first against one bank, then against another; now against one company, now against another. This is the same practice, and will expand.

They target everyone, including our closest neighbors – the CIS countries.

At the same time, the West has clearly and has long been wishful thinking. So, starting a sanctions blitzkrieg against Russia, they believed

that once again they would be able to build the whole world on their command.

But, as it turned out, such a rosy prospect excites far from everyone-

except perhaps complete political masochists and admirers of other non-traditional forms of international relations.

Most states refuse to salute, and choose a reasonable path of cooperation with Russia.

The West clearly did not expect such disobedience from them.

They just got used to acting according to a pattern, taking everything impudently, blackmail, bribery, intimidation, and convince themselves that these methods will work forever, as if they were ossified and frozen in the past.

Such self-confidence is a direct product not only of the notorious concept of one’s own exclusivity-

although this, of course, is simply surprising-but also of a real hunger for information in the West. They drowned the truth in an ocean of myths, illusions and fakes, using prohibitively aggressive propaganda, lying recklessly, like Goebbels. The more incredible the lie, the faster they will believe in it-that’s how they act, according to this principle.

But people cannot be fed with printed dollars and euros.

It is impossible to feed with these pieces of paper, and it is impossible to heat a home with the virtual, inflated capitalization

of Western social networks.

All this is important, what I’m talking about, but what was just said is no less important: you can’t feed anyone with paper money – you need food,

and you won’t warm anyone with these inflated capitalizations – you need energy.

Therefore, politicians in the same Europe have to

convince their fellow citizens to eat less,

wash less often,

and dress warmer at home.

And those who begin to ask fair questions “actually, why is that so?”

are immediately declared enemies, extremists and radicals.

They switch arrows to Russia, they say: here, they say, who is the source of all your troubles. Lie again.

What do I want to highlight in particular? There is every reason to believe that the Western elites

are not going to look for constructive ways out of the global food and energy crisis,

which arose through their fault, precisely through their fault,

as a result of their many years of policy

long before our special military operation in Ukraine, in the Donbass.

They do not intend to solve the problems of injustice and inequality.

There is a fear that they are ready to use other recipes that are familiar to them.

And here it is worth recalling that the West emerged from the contradictions

of the early 20th century through the First World War.

The profits from World War II allowed the United States to finally overcome

[Image; 1943, German POWs in Stalingrad, Getty, Alamy. Tass. By February 1943, Russian troops had retaken Stalingrad and captured nearly 100,000 German soldiers….The loss at Stalingrad was the first failure of the war to be publicly acknowledged by Hitler….In the end, many historians believe the Battle at Stalingrad marked a major turning point in the conflict.”…More than 1 million Soviet troops died defending Stalingrad from Hitler]

(continuing, Pres. Putin): “the consequences of the Great Depression and become the largest economy in the world,

to impose on the planet the power of the dollar as a global reserve currency.

And the overdue crisis of the 80s -and in the 80s of the last century the crisis also aggravated-

the West largely overcame by appropriating the legacy and resources of the Soviet Union that was collapsing and collapsed in the end. It is a fact.

Now, in order to extricate themselves from another tangle of contradictions,

they need to break Russia and other states that choose the sovereign path

of development at all costs

in order to plunder other people’s wealth even more

and at this expense to close, plug their holes. If this does not happen,

I do not rule out that they will try to completely bring the system to a collapse,

on which everything can be blamed, or, God forbid, they will decide to use

the well-known formula “the war will write everything off”.

Russia understands its responsibility to the world community and will do everything to bring such hotheads to their senses.

It is clear that the current neo-colonial model is ultimately doomed. But I repeat that her real owners

will cling to her to the end.

They simply have nothing to offer the world,

except for the preservation of the same system of

robberies and racketeering.

In fact, they spit on the natural right of billions of people, most of humanity, to freedom and justice, to determine their own future on their own.

[“Whatever the sympathy we may have for the people of the United States, their country is still the main predator of humanity. We can in no circumstance claim to share their “values.“” July 2019, Manlio Dinucci]

(continuing, Pres. Putin): “Now they have completely moved to a radical denial of moral norms, religion, and family.

Let’s answer some very simple questions for ourselves. I now want to return to what I said, I want to appeal to all the citizens of the country – not only to those colleagues who are in the hall – to all the citizens of Russia:

do we want to have, here, in our country, in Russia,

instead of mom and dad

there was “parent number one”, “number two”, “number three”-

are they completely crazy already there? Do we really want perversions that lead to degradation and

extinction to be imposed on children in our schools from the primary grades?

To be hammered into them that there are supposedly other genders besides women and men,

and to be offered a sex change operation?

Do we want all this for our country and our children?

For us, all this is unacceptable, we have a different, our own future.

I repeat, the dictatorship of the Western elites is directed against all societies,

including the peoples of the Western countries themselves.

This is a challenge for everyone. Such a complete denial of man,

the overthrow of faith and traditional values,

the suppression of freedom

acquires the features of a “reverse religion” – outright Satanism. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ, denouncing the false prophets, says: By their fruits you will know them. And these poisonous fruits are already obvious to people – not only in our country, in all countries,

including for many people and in the West itself.

The world has entered a period of revolutionary transformations, they are of a fundamental nature. New development centers are being formed, they represent the majority – the majority! – of the world community and are ready not only to declare their interests, but also to protect them,

and see multipolarity as an opportunity to strengthen their sovereignty,

which means to gain true freedom, a historical perspective,

their right to independent, creative, original development, to a harmonious process.

All over the world, including in Europe and the United States, as I said,

we have many like-minded people, and we feel, we see their support.

A liberation, anti-colonial movement against unipolar hegemony is already developing within the most diverse countries and societies. His subjectivity will only grow.

It is this force that will determine the future geopolitical reality.

Dear friends!

Today we are fighting for a just and free path, first of all for ourselves, for Russia, for diktat,

despotism to remain forever in the past.

I am convinced that countries and peoples understand that a policy based on the exclusivity of anyone, on

the suppression of other cultures and peoples,

is inherently criminal,

that we must turn this shameful page. The collapse of Western hegemony that has begun is irreversible. And I repeat again: it will not be the same as before.

The battlefield to which fate and history have called us is the battlefield for our people, for great historical Russia. (Applause.) For great historical Russia, for future generations, for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

We must protect them from enslavement, from monstrous experiments that are aimed at crippling their minds and souls.

Today we are fighting so that it would never occur to anyone that Russia, our people, our language, our culture

can be taken and erased from history.

Today, we need the consolidation of the entire society, and such cohesion can only be based on

sovereignty, freedom, creation, and justice. Our values ​​are

humanity, mercy and compassion.

And I want to end my speech with the words of a true patriot Ivan Alexandrovich Ilyin: “If I consider Russia my Motherland, then this means that I love in Russian, contemplate and think, sing and speak Russian; that I believe in the spiritual strength of the Russian people. His spirit is my spirit; his fate is my fate; his suffering is my grief; its flowering is my joy.”

Behind these words is a great spiritual choice, which for more than a thousand years of Russian statehood was followed by many generations of our ancestors. Today we are making this choice, the citizens of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, the residents of Zaporozhye and Kherson regions have made this choice.

They made the choice to be with their people, to be with the Motherland, to live its destiny, to win together with it.

Behind us is the truth, behind us is Russia!”

“(Applause.)”

[All images above were added by this blog].

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Added: In addition to its 2014 seizure of Ukraine, the US has illegally annexed and continues to occupy one third of Syria, but everyone is fine with it. No referendum was held in which Syrians could vote to secede from their country and join the US. There are no “native English speaking” towns or cities in Syria. Nor has Syria ever been part of the US.

Americans “should be shocked by what Washington does--such as illegally intervening in Syria…and occupying a third of that country,pale green portion on map. In addition, in 2019 Trump illegally annexed Syria’s Golan Heights and “gave” the land to Israel. 6/3/2019

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US in 9th year of terror genocide of innocent Donetsk civilians, dead bodies on streets on Sept. 17, 2022-Eva K. Bartlett

Two images above, screen shots from 9/17/22 Eva K. Bartlett video

@1:09, “Ukraine often double and even triple strikes the same area after waiting for people to come help those in need or to begin cleaning up.”

9/26/22,Ukrainian Terrorism of Central Donetsk September 17 Kills 4, Using Western Weapons, Eva K. Bartlett, You Tube

Eva K. Bartlett, Sep 26, 2022Warning: includes graphic scene. (Donbass civilians never get a warning…)”

The latest of Ukraine’s incessant war crimes: I arrived back in the DPR, Saturday, arriving in Donetsk just after

Ukraine resumed its bombing of the very centre of the city,

killing at least 4 people, including a woman I saw still on the ground.

This area, residential and commercial, with parks and restaurants and civilian infrastructure,

is in no way a military target for Ukraine.

This is pure terrorism on Ukraine’s part.

War crimes, to add to the long list of war crimes Ukraine has committed

against the people of the Donbass for over 8 years.

**Until today, I couldn’t upload to Youtube, hence my delay in sharing here. I did share at the time on Odysee: https://odysee.com/@EvaKareneBartlett…

RELATED: Western media continues to ignore how

Ukraine is using NATO weapons to kill innocent civilians in the Donbass https://www.rt.com/russia/563180-kiev…

According to the JCCC, this time AFU fired 13 shells of 155 mm caliber at the center of Donetsk. https://t.me/ConflictChronicles/3894′

US will smash your windows and burn your house down for no reason except to show you who’s boss. “Omerta in the Gangster War”-Diana Johnstone…(Thanks to US taxpayers)

The vanity of US misleadership is the most deadly force on the planet. Most of the world is painfully aware. The foolish Europeans seem incapable of learning.”…Let the Americans experience a war on their own territory-let them experience all the suffering that comes with war.”March 16, 2022, commenters to another Diana Johnstone article

9/22/22, DIANA JOHNSTONE: Omerta in the Gangster War,Special to Consortium News

[Omerta: “a code of silence about criminal activity and a refusal to give evidence to authorities.”]

The sabotage of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has virtually announced that the war in Ukraine can only intensify with no end in sight.”

Crew from the LVNS Talivaldis performing mine countermeasures training in the Baltic Sea during during the annual BALTOPS maritime exercise in June 2020. (NATO)

“Imperialist wars are waged to conquer lands, peoples, territories. Gangster wars are waged to remove competitors. In gangster wars you issue an obscure warning, then you smash the windows or burn the place down.

Gangster war is what you wage when you already are the boss

and won’t let any outsider

muscle in on your territory. 

For the dons in Washington, the territory can be just about everywhere, but

its core is occupied Europe. 

By an uncanny coincidence, Joe Biden just happens to look like a mafia boss, to talk like a mafia boss, to wear a little lopsided half smile like a mafia boss. Just watch the now famous video:

Pres. Biden: “If Russia invades…then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it.”

Reporter: “But how will you do that, exactly, since…the project is in Germany’s control?”

Biden:I promise you, we will be able to do that.”

[Strongman Biden to Ukrainians, 2016: “I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion [US taxpayer] dollars. I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor [Shokin] is not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a bitch. (Laughter) He got fired.”]

Able for sure.

It cost billions of dollars to lay the Nord Stream 2 pipeline across the Baltic Sea, from near Saint Petersburg to the port of Greifsfeld in Germany. The idea was to ensure safe natural gas supplies to Germany and other European partners by going around troublesome Ukraine, known for readiness to use its transit rights to siphon off gas for itself or blackmail clients.

Nord Stream 2 area map. (Berria Egunkaria, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

Of course, Ukraine was always vehemently hostile to the project. So was the United States. And so were Poland, the three Baltic States, Finland and Sweden, all attentive to what went on in their sea.

The Baltic Sea is a nearly closed body of water,

with narrow access to the Atlantic

through Danish and Swedish straits.

The waters near the Danish island of Bornholm where the Nord Stream pipelines

were sabotaged by massive underwater explosions

is under constant military surveillance by these neighbors.

“It seems completely impossible that a state actor could carry out a major naval operation

in the middle of this densely monitored area without being noticed by the countless active and passive sensors of the littoral states; certainly not directly off the island of Bornholm, where Danes, Swedes and Germans have a rendezvous in monitoring the surface and undersea activities,” writes Jens Berger in the excellent German website Nachdenkseiten.

Last June [2022], Berger reports, 

“the annual NATO maneuver Baltops took place in the Baltic Sea.

Under the command of the U.S. 6th Fleet,

47 warships participated in the exercise this year,

including the U.S. fleet force around the helicopter carrier USS Kearsarge. Of particular significance is one particular maneuver conducted by the

6th Fleet’s Task Force 68–a special unit

for explosive ordnance disposal and underwater operations

of the U.S. Marines,

the very unit that would be the first address for an act of sabotage on an undersea pipeline.”

In June this year this very unit was engaged in a maneuver off the island of Bornholm, operating with unmanned underwater vehicles.

Berger considers that a major sabotage operation “could not have been carried out directly under the noses of several littoral states without anyone noticing.”  But he adds this clever observation: “if you want to hide something, it is best to do so in public.”

 

 

 

 

 

In order to be able to attach explosive devices to a gas pipeline halfway unnoticed, one would need a plausible distraction

a reason for diving near Bornholm

without immediately being suspected of committing an act of sabotage. It doesn’t even have to be directly related in time to the attacks.

Modern explosive devices

can, of course, be detonated remotely.

So, who has been conducting such operations in the maritime area in recent weeks? As luck would have it,

exactly the same task force around the USS Kearsarge

was again in the sea area around Bornholm

last week.

In short, during NATO maneuvers, some participant could have laid the explosives,

to be blown up at a later chosen moment.

By an odd coincidence, only a few hours after the sabotage of Nord Stream 1 and 2, ceremonies began

opening the new Baltic Pipe carrying gas from Norway to Denmark and Poland. 

The Political Significance of the Sabotage

A Royal Marine commando briefs Royal Marines, U.S. Marines, Royal Navy personnel and Singaporean observers in the vehicle deck of HMS Ocean (U.K.) during BALTOPS 2016. (NATO)

Due to Western sanctions against Russia,

gas was not being delivered through the destroyed pipelines. However,

gas inside the pipelines is leaking dangerously.

The pipelines remained ready for use whenever an agreement could be reached. And the first, dramatic significance of the sabotage is that

henceforth, no agreement can be reached. 

Nord Stream 2 would have been the key

to some sort of settlement between Russia and the Europeans.  The sabotage has virtually announced that

the war can only intensify with no end in sight.

In Germany, the Czech Republic and some other countries,

movements were beginning to grow

calling for an end to the sanctions,

specifically to solve the energy crisis by putting Nord Stream 2 into operation for the first time. The sabotage has thus

invalidated the leading demand of potential peace movements

in Germany and Europe.

This act of sabotage is above all

a deliberate sabotage

of any prospect of a negotiated peace in Europe.

The next move from the West has been for NATO governments

to call on all their citizens to leave Russia immediately. 

In preparation of what?

The Russians Did It

In this catastrophic situation, Western mainstream media are all

wondering who could be the guilty party, and suspicion automatically fixes on… Russia. 

Motive?

“To raise the price of gas” or “to destabilize Europe” — things

that were happening anyway.

Any far-fetched notion will do.

European opinion-makers are showing the result of

70 years of Americanization. 

Especially in Germany,

but also in France and elsewhere, for decades the United States has systematically spotted up-and-coming young people, invited them to become “young leaders,” invited them to the United States, indoctrinated them

in “our values”

and made them feel like members of

the great trans-Atlantic family. 

Image: “Crew member from the LVNS Talivaldis in the operations room, controlling and tracking the movement of the underwater robot during the BALTOPS maritime exercise in June 2020. (NATO)”

They are networked into top positions in politics and media. In recent years, great alarm is raised about alleged Russian efforts to exert “influence” in European countries, while Europeans bathe in perpetual American influence: movies, Netflix, pop culture, influence in universities, media, everywhere.

When disaster strikes Europe,

it can’t be blamed on America

(except for former President Donald Trump, because the American establishment despised and rejected him, so Europeans must do the same).

It has to be the bad guy in the movie, Putin.  

The fanatically anti-Russian former Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorsky couldn’t restrain himself and joyously greeted the massive natural-gas leaks from the destroyed pipeline

with a cheerful tweet, “Thank you, USA.”

But Poland was certainly also willing, and perhaps even able.  So perhaps were some others in NATO-land.

But they all prefer to publicly “suspect” Russia.

Officially, so far, no NATO government knows who dunnit. Or maybe they all know. Maybe this is like the famous Agatha Christie mystery on the Orient Express train, where suspicion falls on all the passengers,

and are all guilty. And all united in Omerta.”

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“Diana Johnstone is the author of Fools’ Crusade: Yugoslavia, NATO, and Western Delusions. Her latest book is  Circle in the Darkness: Memoirs of a World Watcher (Clarity Press). The memoirs of Diana Johnstone’s father Paul H. Johnstone, From MAD to Madness, was published by Clarity Press, with her commentary. She can be reached at diana.johnstone@wanadoo.fr .

The views expressed are solely those of the author and may or may not reflect those of Consortium News.”

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6/6/2022: 7000 sailors: NATO kicked off nearly a two-week United States-led naval exercise on the Baltic Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

on Sunday

with more than 7,000 sailors,

airmen and marines

from 16 nations,

including two aspiring to join the military alliance, Finland and Sweden.”…AP

“61! With my great respect to the Judge and Maris family.” Billy Crystal-Sept. 28, 2022

9/28/22,61! With my great respect to the Judge and Maris family. Billy Crystal….Aaron Judge hit two-run homer in the 7th. Roger Maris, Jr. and Aaron Judge’s mother, Patty Judge celebrate:

Above, 9/28/22, Roger Maris, Jr., and Aaron Judge’s mother, Patty Judge, in Toronto. Final score, 8-3, Yankees over Blue Jays.

Above, “61,” directed by Billy Crystal, released in 2001

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Thurs., 9/2922, “ALL RISE,” NY Daily News front page

“Front page for Sept. 29, 2022: Judge ties Maris with 61st home run. Yankees slugger Aaron Judge blasts his 61st home run of the season, tying the American League single-season record in Wednesday’s 8-3 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto. (New York Daily News)”

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Added: 9/28/22, John Sterling call of Judge #61:

NUMBER 61! HE TIES ROOOOOOGER MARIS for the American League single-season record with 61 home runs! It’s a two-run JUDGIAN blast! Here Comes the Judge!” Final 8-3, Yankees over Blue Jays. Toronto pitcher Tim Mayza did the honors

Above, 9/28/22, John Sterling calls

Terror attack by ‘rules based’ parasites on energy infrastructure in international waters signals collapse of international law and permanent status of Germany as US vassal-Pepe Escobar

Disabling the Nord Stream pipelines has “the added benefit of relegating Germany to the lowly status of absolute US vassal.”

9/28/22, Germany and EU have been handed over a declaration of war, presstv, Pepe Escobar

The sabotage of the Nord Stream (NS) and Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipelines in the Baltic Sea has ominously propelled ‘Disaster Capitalism’ to a whole new, toxic level.

This episode of Hybrid Industrial/Commercial War,

in the form of

a terror attack against energy infrastructure

in international waters

signals

the absolute collapse of international law,

drowned by a

“our way or the highway”,

“rules-based”, order.

The attack on both pipelines consisted of multiple explosive charges detonated in separate branches close to the Danish island of Bornholm, but

in international waters.  

That was a sophisticated operation, carried out in stealth in the shallow depth of the Danish straits. That would in principle rule out submarines (ships entering the Baltic are limited to a draught of 15 meters). As for prospective “invisible” vessels, these could only loiter around with permission from Copenhagen – as the

waters around Borholm are crammed with sensors,

reflecting fear of incursion by Russian submarines.

Swedish seismologists registered two underwater explosions on Monday – one of them estimated at 100 kg of TNT. Yet as much as 700 kg may have been used to blow up three separate pipeline nodes. Such amount

could not have possibly been delivered in just one trip by

underwater drones currently available in neighboring nations. 

The pressure on the pipelines dropped exponentially.

The pipes are now filled with seawater.

The pipes on both NS and NS2 can be repaired, of course, but hardly before the arrival of General Winter. The question is whether Gazprom – already focused on several hefty Eurasian customers –  would bother, especially considering that

Gazprom vessels could be exposed to a possible NATO naval attack in the Baltic.

German officials are already spinning that NS and NS2 can

“potentially” be out of commission “forever”.

The EU economy and EU citizens badly needed that gas supply.

Yet the EUrocracy in Brussels –

which rules over nation-states –

would not follow,

because they have been dictated themselves

by the Empire of Chaos, Lies and Plunder.

A case can be made that this Euro-oligarchy should one day be tried for treason.

As it stands, a strategic irreversibility is already self-evident; the population of several EU nations will pay a tremendous price and suffer serious consequences derived from this attack, short, medium and long term.  

Cui bono? 

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson admitted that was

“a matter of sabotage”.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen admitted

“it was not an accident”.

Berlin agrees with the Scandinavians.

Now compare it with former Polish Defense Minister (2005-2007) Radek Sikorski, a Russophobe married to rabid US “analyst” Anne Applebaum,

who merrily tweeted “Thank you, USA”.

It gets curiouser and curiouser when we know that simultaneously to the sabotage the Baltic Pipe from Norway to Poland was partially opened, a “new gas supply corridor” servicing “the Danish and Polish markets”:

actually a minor affair,

considering months ago their sponsors were in trouble finding gas,

and now it will be even harder, with much higher costs.

NS2 had already been attacked – in the open – all along its construction. Back in February [2022],

Polish ships actively tried to prevent the Fortuna pipe-laying vessel from finishing NS2. The pipes were being laid south of – you guessed it – Bornholm.

NATO for its part has been very active on the underwater drones department.

The Americans have access to long distance Norwegian underwater drones which can be modified with other designs. Alternatively, professional navy clearance divers could have been employed in the sabotage –

even as tidal currents around Bornholm are a serious matter.

The Big Picture reveals the collective West in absolute panic, with

Atlanticist “elites” willing to resort to anything –

outrageous lies, assassinations, terrorism, sabotage,

all out financial war, support to neo-Nazis –

to prevent their descent into a geopolitical and geoeconomic abyss.

Disabling NS and NS2 represents

the definitive closure of any possibility of a German-Russia deal

on gas supplies, with the added benefit of

relegating Germany to the lowly status of absolute US vassal.

So that brings us to the key question of which Western intel apparatus designed the sabotage. Prime candidates are of course CIA and MI6 – with Poland set up as the fall guy and Denmark playing a very dodgy part: it’s impossible that Copenhagen was not at least “briefed” on the intel.

Prescient as ever, as early as in April 2021 Russians were asking questions

about the military security of Nord Stream.

The crucial vector is that we may be facing the case of a EU/NATO member involved in

an act of sabotage against the number one EU/NATO economy [Germany].

That’s a casus belli. Outside of the appalling mediocrity and cowardice

of the current administration in Berlin,

it’s clear that the BND – German intel – as well as the German Navy and informed industrialists

sooner or later will do the math.

This was far from an isolated attack. On September 22 there was an attempt against Turkish Stream by Kiev saboteurs.

The day before [Sept. 21, 2022], naval drones

with English language IDs were found in Crimea,

suspected of being part of the plot. Add to it

US helicopters overflying the future sabotage nodes weeks ago;

a UK “research” vessel loitering in Danish waters since mid-September;

and NATO tweeting about the

testing of “new unmanned systems at sea” on the same day of the sabotage.

Show me the (gas) money

The Danish Minister of Defense met urgently

with NATO’s Secretary General this Wednesday [9/28/22].

After all the explosions happened

very close to Denmark’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

That may be qualified as crude kabuki at best; exactly on the same day, the

European Commission (EC), NATO’s de facto political office,

advanced its trademark obsession:

more sanctions against Russia, including the certified-to-fail cap on oil prices.

Meanwhile, EU energy giants are bound to lose big time with the sabotage.

The roll call includes the

German Wintershall Dea AG and PEG/ E.ON;

the Dutch N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie; and the

French ENGIE.

Then there are those which financed NS2:

Wintershall Dea again as well as Uniper;

Austrian OMV;

ENGIE again; and

British-Dutch Shell.

Wintershall Dea and ENGIE are both co-owners and creditors.

Their fuming shareholders will want serious answers from a serious investigation.

It gets worse: there are no holds barred anymore on the Pipeline Terror front. Russia will be on red alert not only for Turk Stream but also Power of Siberia. Same for the Chinese and their maze of pipelines arriving in Xinjiang.

Whatever the methodology and the actors who were in the loop,

this is payback – in advance –

for the inevitable collective West defeat in Ukraine.

And a crude warning to the Global South

that they will do it again.

Yet action always breeds reaction: from now on, “funny things” could also happen to US/UK pipelines in international waters.

The EU oligarchy is reaching an advanced process of disintegration at lightning speed. Their window of

opportunity to at least attempt a role as a strategically

autonomous geopolitical actor

is now closed.

These EUROcrats now face a serious predicament. Once it’s clear who are the perpetrators of the sabotage in the Baltic, and once they understand all the

life-changing socio-economic consequences for pan-EU citizens,

the kabuki will have to stop. Including the already running,

uber-ridiculous subplot that Russia blew up its own pipeline when Gazprom could simply have turned off the valves for good.

And once again, it gets worse: Gazprom is threatening to sue

the Ukrainian energy company Naftofgaz for unpaid bills.

That would lead to the end of Russian gas transiting Ukraine towards the EU.

As if all of that was not serious enough, Germany is contractually obligated to purchase at least 40 billion cubic meters of Russian gas a year until 2030.

Just say no? They can’t: Gazprom is legally entitled to get paid even without shipping gas. That’s the spirit of a long-term contract. And it’s

already happening: because of sanctions,

Berlin does not get all the gas it needs

but still needs to pay.

All the devils are here

Now it’s painfully clear

the imperial velvet gloves are off

when it comes to the vassals.

EU independence: verboten.

Cooperation with China: verboten.

Independent trade connectivity with Asia: verboten.

The only place for the EU is to be

economically subjugated to the US:

a tawdry remix of 1945-1955.

With a perverse neoliberal twist:

we will own your industrial capacity, and you will have nothing.

The sabotage of NS and NS2 is inbuilt in the imperial wet

dream of breaking up the Eurasian land mass into a thousand pieces

to prevent a trans-Eurasia consolidation

between Germany (representing the EU), Russia and China:

$50 trillion in GDP, based on purchasing power parity (PPP)

compared to the US’s $20 trillion.

We must go back to Mackinder:

control of the Eurasian land mass

constitutes control of the world.

American elites and their Trojan Horses across Europe

will do whatever it takes

not to give up their control.

“American elites” in this context encompass

the deranged, Straussian neo-con-infested “intel community” and the Big Energy, Big Pharma and Big Finance that pays them and who profits

not only from the Deep State’s Forever War approach

but also wants to make a killing out of the Davos-concocted Great Reset.

The Raging Twenties started with a murder –

of Gen Soleimani [by Trump].

Blowing up pipelines is part of the sequel. There will be a highway to hell all the way to 2030. Yet to borrow from Shakespeare, hell is definitely empty,

and all the (Atlanticist) devils are here.”

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“Pepe Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst and author. His latest book is Raging Twenties. He’s been politically canceled from Facebook and Twitter. Follow him on Telegram.

(The views expressed in this article are author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Press TV.)”


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In act of economic terror against innocent civilians, “rules-based” bully US sabotaged gas pipelines and bragged about it-Mark Wauck, 9/27/22…(Germany committed suicide by allowing US military base on its soil)

Pres. Biden: “If Russia invades…then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it.” Reporter: “But how will you do that, exactly, since...the project is in Germany’s control?” Biden: “I promise you, we will be able to do that.abcn.ws/3B5SScx…[Feb. 7, 1922]

9/27/22, US Sabotages Gas Pipelines–And Other Important Stories,” Mark Wauck, Meaning in History

This is truly a “black swan” sort of event, in that

now its precluded for Europe and Russia to agree in some way

to turn the pipes back on and deliver the gas

over the upcoming winter.

Without a means of delivery

it doesn’t matter what you want to do; you simply can’t do it.  And while I’m sure the damage can be repaired that’s not a “few day” or “couple of weeks” problem in a circumstance like this.”

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That’s the key. Who wants to preclude Europe

……

from reaching an agreement with Russia?

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That would be the self appointed guardians of

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the self defined “rules-based order.

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Blinken, Nuland, Sullivan, and the rest of the gang. If the EU breaks ranks, then NATO collapses. It’s in Russia’s interest to keep that practical possibility open;

it’s in Neocon/Globalist interests to keep the EU—and especially Germany

……….

in subjugation to the rules-based order.

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Besides, we have Zhou’s word

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that the US will engage in this type of economic terrorism:

Twitter avatar for @ABCABC News @ABC
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Since US overthrew Ukraine in 2014 it’s been dragging the world into war with Russia. US itself was replaced by silent military coup after 911-John Pilger, UK Guardian, 2013, 2014

Following 9/11 “a silent coup has taken place in Washington and rampant militarism now rules. The Pentagon currently runs “special operations”-secret wars-in 124 countries. At home, rising poverty and a loss of liberty are the historic corollary of a perpetual war state.“….Under the “weak” Obama, militarism has risen perhaps as never before. With not a single tank on the White House lawn, a military coup has taken place in Washington.”

May 13, 2014, In Ukraine, the US is dragging us towards war with Russia, John Pilger, UK Guardian

“Washington’s role in Ukraine, and its backing for the regime’s neo-Nazis, has huge implications for the rest of the world.”
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a “brilliant, even witty, highly successful
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as if the truth “never happened even while it was happening”.

Every year the American historian William Blum [America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy”] publishes his “updated summary of the record of US foreign policy” which shows that,

since 1945, the US has tried to overthrow more than 50 governments,

many of them democratically elected;

grossly interfered in elections in 30 countries;

bombed the civilian populations of 30 countries;

used chemical and biological weapons;

and attempted to assassinate foreign leaders.

In many cases Britain has been a collaborator.

The degree of human suffering,

let alone criminality, is little acknowledged in the west, despite the presence of the world’s most advanced communications and nominally most free journalism. That the most numerous victims of terrorism – “our” terrorism – are Muslims, is unsayable.

That extreme jihadism, which led to 9/11,

was nurtured as a weapon of Anglo-American policy (Operation Cyclone in Afghanistan)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Image: Feb. 1983, “President Reagan meeting with Afghan Mujahideen in the White House” .…”Clockwise: Ronald ReaganMichael A. BarryMuhammad Umar Babrakzai; Mohammad Ghafoor Yousefzai; Habib-Ur-Rehman Hashemi; Farida Ahmadi; Mir Niamatullah and Gul Mohammad…Added: “Thanks to the marvels of declassification, we now know precisely when America’s engagement in Afghanistan was set in motion. It was on 26 December 1979, just two days after the Soviet invasion. President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser,Zbigniew Brzezinski, sent him a memo entitled “Reflections on Soviet intervention in Afghanistan”. Carter endorsed it, and soon the CIA was funnelling huge amounts of money through Pakistan to fundamentalist warlords. A year later, after Ronald Reagan replaced Carter, American involvement further deepened. “It is essential that Afghanistan’s resistance continues,” Brzezinksi wrote in his historic memo:

“This means more money as well as arms shipments to the rebels, and some technical advice. To make the above possible, we must both reassure Pakistan and encourage it to help the rebels. This will require a review of our policy toward Pakistan, more guarantees to it, more arms aid and, alas, a decision that our security policy toward Pakistan cannot be dictated by our nonproliferation policy.”…

As soon as Washington signaled to General Zia that it would stop monitoring the program in exchange for his help with the anti-Soviet war, he launched a global effort, led by AQ Khan, to assemble nuclear technology and fuel. Less than 20 years later,

Pakistan successfully tested its first nuclear weapon.” 12/28/2009, Kinzer]

(continuing): “is suppressed. In April the US state department noted that, following NATO’s campaign in 2011, “Libya has become a terrorist safe haven“.

The name of “our” enemy has changed over the years, from communism to Islamism,

but generally

it is any society independent of western power

and occupying strategically useful or resource-rich territory,

or merely offering an alternative to US domination.

[With al-Qaida now among its allies…the US intends to crush the last independent states in the Middle East: Syria first, then Iran.”…9/10/2013]

The leaders of these obstructive nations are usually violently shoved aside, such as the democrats Muhammad Mossedeq in Iran, Arbenz in Guatemala and Salvador Allende in Chile, or they are murdered like Patrice Lumumba in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

All are subjected to a western media campaign of vilification –

think Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, now Vladimir Putin.

Washington’s role in Ukraine

is different only in

its implications for the rest of us.

For the first time since the Reagan years,

the US is threatening to take the world to war.

With eastern Europe and the Balkans now military outposts of NATO,

the last “buffer state” bordering Russia – Ukraine –

is being torn apart by

fascist forces unleashed by the US and the EU.

We in the west are now backing neo-Nazis

in a country where Ukrainian Nazis backed Hitler.

Having masterminded the coup in February [2014] against the democratically elected government in Kiev,

Washington’s planned seizure of Russia’s

historic, legitimate warm-water naval base in Crimea failed.

The Russians defended themselves, as they have done against every threat and invasion from the west for almost a century.

But NATO’s military encirclement has accelerated,

along with US-orchestrated attacks on ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

If Putin can be provoked into coming to their aid, his pre-ordained “pariah” role will justify a NATO-run guerrilla war that is likely to spill into Russia itself.

Instead, Putin has confounded the war party

by seeking an accommodation with Washington and the EU, by withdrawing Russian troops from the Ukrainian border

and urging ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine to abandon the weekend’s provocative referendum.

These Russian-speaking and bilingual people –

a third of Ukraine’s population –

have long sought a democratic federation that reflects the country’s ethnic diversity and is both autonomous of Kiev and independent of Moscow.

Most are neither “separatists” nor “rebels”,

as the western media calls them,

but citizens who want to live securely in their homeland.

Like the ruins of Iraq and Afghanistan,

Ukraine has been turned into a CIA theme park –

run personally by CIA director John Brennan in Kiev,

with dozens of “special units” from the CIA and FBI

setting up a “security structure” that

oversees savage attacks

on those who opposed the February coup.

Watch the videos, read the eye-witness reports

from the massacre in Odessa this month [May 2014].

Bussed fascist thugs burned the trade union headquarters,

killing 41 people trapped inside.

Watch the police standing by.

A doctor described trying to rescue people,

“but I was stopped by pro-Ukrainian Nazi radicals.

One of them pushed me away rudely, promising that soon me and other Jews of Odessa are going to meet the same fate.

What occurred yesterday didn’t even take place during the fascist occupation in my town in world war two.

I wonder, why the whole world is keeping silent.” [see footnote]

Russian-speaking Ukrainians are fighting for survival.

When Putin announced the withdrawal of Russian troops from the border,

the Kiev junta’s defence secretary,

Andriy Parubiy – a founding member of the fascist Svoboda party –

boasted that attacks on “insurgents” would continue.

In Orwellian style, propaganda in the west has

inverted this to Moscowtrying to orchestrate conflict and provocation“, according to William Hague.

His cynicism is matched by Obama’s grotesque congratulations to the coup junta on its

remarkable restraint” after the Odessa massacre.

The junta, says Obama, is “duly elected”. As Henry Kissinger once said: “It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but what is perceived to be true.”

In the US media the Odessa atrocity has been played down

as “murky” and a “tragedy”

in which “nationalists” (neo-Nazis) attacked “separatists”

(people collecting signatures for a referendum on a federal Ukraine).

Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal damned the victims – “Deadly Ukraine Fire Likely Sparked by Rebels, Government Says. Propaganda in Germany has been pure cold war, with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

warning its readers of Russia’s “undeclared war”.

For the Germans, it is a poignant irony that

Putin is the only leader to condemn

the rise of fascism in 21st-century Europe.

A popular truism is that “the world changed” following 9/11. But what has changed?

According to the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg,

a silent coup has taken place in Washington

and rampant militarism now rules.

The Pentagon currently runs “special operations” – secret wars –

in 124 countries.

At home, rising poverty and a loss of liberty are

the historic corollary of

a perpetual war state. Add the risk of nuclear war, and the question is: why do we tolerate this?”

Added: From Mr. Pilger, 2013:

The sterile repetitive debate about whether “we” should “take action” against selected dictators (ie cheer on the US and its acolytes in yet another aerial killing spree) is part of our brainwashing….Under the “weak” Obama, militarism has risen perhaps as never before. With not a single tank on the White House lawn, a military coup has taken place in Washington. In 2008, while his liberal devotees dried their eyes, Obama accepted the entire Pentagon of his predecessor, George Bush: its wars and war crimes. As the constitution is replaced by an emerging police state, those who destroyed Iraq with shock and awe, piled up the rubble in Afghanistan and reduced Libya to a Hobbesian nightmare, are ascendant across the US administration. Behind their beribboned facade, more former US soldiers are killing themselves than are dying on battlefields.”…9/10/2013, “The silent military coup that took over Washington,” UK Guardian, John Pilger

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