I haven’t been good about keeping to podcasting, but here is the first of what is intended to be a series. We’ll see if others follow.
Some mainstream sources will be provided at the end of the post, as I know this post will go against the conventional wisdom prevailing currently. However, it is becoming possible to see an alliance between Israel and Russia developing, as the US begins the “pivot” to Asia (a whole other subject), and US policy confronts the limits of reality in an increasingly multi-polar world. However, as far as multi-polarism goes, we are certainly not there yet.
Take into consideration the transfer of drone technology. This occurred after the Georgian War, where Russia reclaimed South Ossetia and Abkazia from Georgia. Israel is claimed to have had some involvement in that war on the Georgian side. Regardless, after the war, Israel and Russia reached a deal providing Russia with drone technology it did not have before. Most are aware of the American drone that was shot down over Iran, thus giving Iran drone capability. It is claimed Hezbollah flew a drone over Israel recently. One can only speculate on the aspects hidden from public view regarding these transfers of technology. However, when one looks at the larger picture, it might signify a future shift in American policy towards the region, perhaps one due frustration and failure possibly – yet perhaps one due to rational calculations of the American “National Interests” over the next several decades.
Does it make sense for the US to continue to support Israel at a time when world opinion is turning heavily against Israel? Notice the changes brought about by the “Arab Spring.” I would argue that the “Arab Spring” was largely contrived to replace secular governments like Assad in Syria (so far an unaccomplished goal), or even Mubarak in Egypt. This was done (in my estimation) to put more radical, religious, and hardline governments, often with a connection to the Muslim Brotherhood, in power in the countries surrounding Israel. Perhaps I’m wrong, but one only has to look back at the relationships cultivated in Afghanistan during the 80s with hardline Islamic militant groups to fight the Soviets. It has been done before, and it appears as though in Libya and Syria, it has been done again.
So, is any of this in Israel’s interest? More important in the larger picture, is it in Russia’s interest? Probably not. In fact, at least until this point, Russia has been steadfast in their commitment to Assad. Keep in mind, Russia maintains a port in Syria. It has been mentioned many times in the past that Israel may prefer the predictable Assad over whatever may come next in Syria.
It has also been reported that Russia has sent ships to somewhere off the coast of Gaza. This is being done in the context of a truce between Gaza and Israel, and the European threat to send “Patriot” missiles to the Turkish border with Syria.
Are we set to see a return of Russia to prominent power status in the region? And is Russia’s role more in line with the security of Israel than threat to Israel? Will we see a gradual shift in US policy away from support of Israel?
At the same moment, Iran is expanding ties with parts of Africa, particularly Sudan. In fact, some claim Sudan is a route for weapons smuggling to Gaza. Sudan doesn’t seem to deny this, and when an Israeli attack was alleged against an arms factory in Sudan, nobody seemed to dispute it. In fact, Sudan pretty much admitted that was the case, and was desirous to carry on with arms production, and an alliance with Iran. However, the government of Sudan seems to deny any formal alliance with Iran in the military sphere.
With all the current intrigue in the US, supposedly being mere sex scandals, but probably covering up a bigger battle within the establishment, one has to wonder who is on whose side. The most reasonable thing to do would be to disengage the US from Israel, as the two do not apparently have anything to offer one another even in the horrible world of power politics. I doubt that will come soon, but as Russia, China and others exercise a role as rising powers, while the US is in decline, we might see less emphasis put on Israeli interests and more on American interests. I wouldn’t bet on it in the near future. But things seem to move fast these days, and one never knows when the economic situation will force the US to make a reassessment. The “pivot” (not very hopeful in my opinion) to Asia might be an attempt to alter US policy. It is rumored that John Kerry will be the next Defense Secretary. If that turns out to be true, we will have to pay attention to his statements closely.
More sources indicating a Russian shift towards Israel:
The political debates happening as of early October, have no bearing on reality at all. Reality is the United States has two imperialist, interventionist parties – and the only question is to what degree do you want to detach yourself from the reality of fading imperial power. The Democratic Party, with Obama as current lead spokesperson, is positioning itself as the lesser of two evils, as we have seen time after time throughout recent political history.
However, the truth is the Democrats are just more covert in their methods. They really share the same goals, and even the same mindset as the Republicans. We saw this when Hillary Clinton was perplexed by the fact that the Libyans would turn against the US “in a country we helped to liberate.” That is a pretty astounding degree of detachment from the actual reality of events on the ground in Libya, considering above all, the Libyans never asked us to liberate them. It has become quite apparent, perhaps more so with the horrible events in Syria, that only those from the outside of Libya, as well as a small minority of collaborationist elements within Libya, wanted “liberation” as the masters of US empire put it. Most were quite happy living in the African country with a high standard of living, including free medical care and free electricity. Before the NATO bombardment, Libya enjoyed a huge social welfare safety net. Perhaps, this would have to be no longer so, as the country has been devastated by war.
At home, the situation is bleak, as the Democrats offer minor reforms such as the healthcare bill, which they then backpedal on, and turn the system further into one dominated by health insurance companies. Rhetoric aside, Obama and the majority of Democrats have backed down on every occasion. First, we were to have a Canadian style system. Then, there was the public option. And so forth, until we are left with pretty much what Romney gave to his home state. Some would say the bill is modeled after the Massachusetts system. Is this an improvement really? We will find out soon, but I think many are going to be very disappointed at the results delivered compared to the rhetoric about the healthcare “reform.”
And the people are left poor, kept ignorant by a system of public education mind control, coupled with TV news that is mindless entertainment at best, vapid propaganda at worst. Yet, many seem to sense something is very wrong, and as Gore Vidal pointed out long ago – it is always the one running against the system that seems to win, the fact that that one is often just the other side of the greedy corrupt elite not withstanding.
How much longer will we have to eat GMO food? How much longer will the many be able to afford to eat at all? We see all around us those unfortunate ones living without homes, perhaps headed towards hunger and an early grave. Will Obama address their needs? I don’t think so.
In the meantime, what is left of the more affluent middle class sips cafe lattes and bemoans the situation, intent on voting Democrat once again. And to what end? It is really just asocial thing for them. They are well fed and clothed. They have nice homes, bordering on excess in many cases. They have the latest gadget that brings happiness to them, whatever the controllers deem necessary for a happy consumerist society. But they are not true leftists, or even true liberals, and their grandparents would probably be ashamed to claim them. These are the ones who can afford to buy the best organic food and shield themselves from harmful GMOs, not because they know anything, but because it is trendy. They have no right to claim the legacy of FDR, or even Johnson’s Great Society.
Yes, Johnson, who was horrible with his war in Asia, but was certainly the last of our great leaders to care about the poor. And look at where we have come since, partly out of necessity, as the rich refuse to suffer the loss of the American Empire, and therefore must transfer the wealth from closer to the bottom of the pyramid in order to maintain their opulent and decadent way of life. Although, this isn’t quite fair, because I’m certain that some of them feel quite horrible about it. Yet, what could be done as the US lost a privileged place in the world, and Nixon was forced to tear apart the Bretton Woods system that functioned in some ways as a check on the worst excesses of our wealthy investor class.
And then came the Bushes, with the elder declaring our uni-polar moment, which faded as soon as China was able to gain a better position as a leader in Asia, and Putin came into challenge the oligarchs out of Russia. Certainly, one would think less fuzzy minds would prevail after the war between Russia and Georgia concluded. But no, first the younger Bush brazenly astounds the world with his militant imperialism, glaringly on display in Iraq. Nest, we get the great one, the Obama, who was supposed to usher in a new age of love or something. So much for that. Just ask the people of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria how much love they feel from the US elite these days. I’m sure our drones are intended to bring peace and harmony to the region. Right.
What is most astounding is the open dealings with the very hard line fighters, people who could be labeled as actual Al Qaeda, in order to overthrow governments in Libya and Syria. Had nothing changed since the US used similar forces against the Soviets in Afghanistan? I say this rhetorically, because I believe the answer to be no, and that leaves a whole other discussion open around separate issues, like 911 for instance.
So, no I won’t be watching the debates and I won’t be voting. George Carlin put it best, and if one looks hard enough, one might still find the video on YouTube, and perhaps elsewhere. He explained exactly why he doesn’t vote, and the implication being you shouldn’t either.
Please, tell me more about a third party that will never, ever win, too. No, I don’t think so. In fact, there is an article floating around out there by W.E.B. Dubois from Eisenhower’s time that describes the problem better then anybody else ever could. And we (arguably?) have gotten much worse since then in many ways.
So, have fun with your debates. Enjoy the circus. Go to the polls and think you can vote yourself out of these circumstances. Do it in another four years too. This country has to find a way to be redeemed for all the harm caused to the world, and the world isn’t going to let us down easy. Voting for these same rich people over and over is not the solution.
Of course, as always, the media in the US, Britain, and parts of Europe, are lying about the situation in Syria, as they’ve done with other countries before, to justify their war aims. Nothing new, and very predictable. Except, now there are other powers rising with their own media reaching who knows how many for the moment. And, it is a different story when the Russians and the Chinese actually say no, and veto things at the UN, and then back it up with action – like arming and supporting the Syrian government. I’ve talked about this too much already, but we can see the American Empire is acting in desperation, with the phony revolutions. Since when are activists heavily armed. And look at how they got heavily armed. This is all coming in from outside of the country. Look, Libya was a bridge too far for them. Why didn’t the Russians make a bigger deal of that.
Of course, the icon of the left, Noam Chomsky was no help, when he first supported the UN “No Fly Zone” resolution, something Bob Gates wasn’t even fond of..
But I’ve had my doubts about Chomsky’s usefulness as a spokesperson for the so-called left for some time now. I wrote an article that I meant to save before I re-arranged some blogs that detailed all of the problems with blindly following him. But just briefly, he seems to accept the official version of 9/11 a little too much. He won’t admit that, yes, the government (or factions within) do go after people who are “privileged” as he thinks he is. The most obvious case is that of the DC madame, who was going to expose the politicians (and others?) who visited her house of ill repute. She went on an alternative radio show, and proclaimed never believe it if they say she committed suicide, because she would never do that. And then, of course, the news media told us that is exactly what she did. Really? He thought Obama (and Kerry before that) would be slightly better than Bush, and that justified a vote for them. He’s always quoting these western NGOs as they have any credibility anymore.And he believed all we were told about the “Arab Spring” when it is obvious that in Libya and Syria the revolts were straight out manufactured, while in Egypt they were co-opted.
There was at least one more point, but enough about Chomsky. The whole concept is don’t blindly accept what he or anyone says. It was, I believe, William Cooper that said, and this a paraphrase, listen to everybody, do research, and then make up your own mind. Chomsky and the so-called left can only take us so far. Then the rabbit hole gets deeper.
So, here we are again, with more fake news, like WMD in Iraq, which I’m told some still believe. But this time, the reality on the ground is too distant from the manufactured news. This is a dangerous situation, because what will they try? What do they have up their sleeve?
We can complain about Putin all we want, but right now he, and the Russian and Chinese establishment, are all that stands in the way of a general conflagration that could turn into a larger war. That is not a exaggeration.
So, this video is from Morris 108 YouTube, who is the best video source for what is happening in our world right now, as far as I can tell. Keep up the good work Morris..