It is no cliché that those who ignore history are bound to repeat it. Unless we are provided an honest accounting of the disgraceful history of the US war on Vietnam, we will be ill equipped to protest the current and future wars conducted in our name. - Marjorie Cohn, “US Government Sanitizes Vietnam War History”, October 16, 2014.
The people of Novorossiya watched as their brothers and sisters were murdered, first in Odessa, then in Mariupol, and then shelled mercilessly in Lugansk and Donetsk, killed without sanction or remorse by a crazed group of thugs egged on by the west. Russia bears no responsibility for this whatsoever—the US made the death of the idea of Ukraine an absolute certainty by funding, arming and backing fascists and oligarchs to commit a series of atrocities on their countrymen. Whether there is amnesty, or some bogus treaty or comminique is largely irrelevant. The people of these regions will simply not live under the control of Kiev ever again. No plans, protocols or peace treaties can make any of this go away. The specific form of how this all comes to pass is still blurry; the general outlines are not. They have already been written in blood. - The parrot that has ceased to be: Ukraine will never again be a united country, September 28, 2014
Public pronouncements by Saudi officials against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), now renamed the Islamic State (IS, for short), notwithstanding, the fact is, this monster is a Saudi creation. And it did not emerge last week or month; the House of Saud has nurtured it for nearly a decade as part of a long-term strategy to contain the growing influence of Islamic Iran in the region. - Bandar, the godfather of takfirism in back, Crescent International, August 2014
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, so-called ”Caliph,” the head of ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is, according to sources reputed to originate from Edward Snowden, an actor named Elliot Shimon, a Mossad trained operative. - French report ISIL leader Mossad agent, Veterans Today, August 4, 2014
I’m not one of those who scribble blunt little mustaches on pictures of politicians I dislike, but here I make some uncomfortable and I believe accurate observations comparing personality and character traits of a contemporary politician with one of history’s darkest figures. I don’t know whether anyone else has noticed the fact that Benjamin Netanyahu and Adolph Hitler share uncomfortably similar personality and character traits. Certainly there are, and have been, other politicians who also share the same traits, but it is of particular concern today that a man of this nature dominates events in the Middle East. - John Chuckman, Uncanny parallels in character, October 20, 2014
Language is telling; so are facts. With the approach of the “full panoply of Orwellian forgetfulness” that is a 13-year, $65 million commemoration of the Vietnam War by the same people who started it, it’s nigh on impossible to reconcile Obama’s “valor of a generation that served with honor fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans” with the savage years many “remember, with painful acuity, as other than glorious” – years of lies, loss, rage, trauma, protests and the deaths of millions of innocents. Seeking to “speak truth to power,” Veterans For Peace are rejecting an official narrative they say sanitizes and mythologizes an unconscionable war – and likely helps legitimize further such wars – by organizing their own Peace and Justice Commemoration as part of a larger Full Disclosure Campaign. Its goal is to “truly examine what happened during those tragic and tumultuous years,” and use those lessons to prevent them from happening again. - Abby Zimet
Items: Below: Bryan MacDonald is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and teacher. He writes for Irish Independent and Daily Mail. He has also frequently appeared on RTE and Newstalk in Ireland as well as RT.
‘If it walks like a Nazi and quacks like a Nazi – it’s the far-right’
Bryan MacDonald RT Russia October 15, 2014
Clashes between protesters at the Verkhovna Rada building and police observing public order, in Kiev. Photo: Alexandr Maksimenko/RIA Novosti
Western correspondents are at it again in Kiev. Airbrushing extremist elements in the ‘Maidan’ movement. It’s shameful and can no longer go un-mentioned.
A British journalist and his American colleague stood on a bridge in Kiev. Across the busy road, a young, innocent-looking Ukrainian army officer, in uniform, walked a Labrador retriever. It wasn’t golden. It was black.
“That’s a very dark-colored Labrador,” suggested the Brit.
The American took a puff of his cigarette and nodded his head, “Is it chocolate?”
“No, I’d say it’s a kind of ‘night’ color, the color of the ‘night’, yes that’s what is,” reasoned the Englishman in disagreement.
“Could you say ‘inky’?” the American quizzed.
“You could indeed. Jolly good. ‘Inky’ it is,” laughed the Englishman.
The two men, delighted by their agility in finding ways to define the dog in every way except the correct form, had a joint chuckle. They were getting good at this. Almost a year ensconced in Kiev, finding myriad terms to soft-soap the most unspeakable acts had served them well. Over cheap, watery Ukrainian pilsners they would frequently guffaw about how their work had helped the “revolution.”
As the latest crowd of nubile local young things gathered at their table, they’d show examples of how friendly they were to Ukraine. It was all online, in black and white. Life was good. A Western income stretched far in an impoverished land.
“What about the young soldier?” continued the Brit.
“Definitely not a Nazi,” the American answered.
“The yellow and black symbol on his arm. Was that a Wolfsangel?”
“No, no. It was the symbol of the Azov Battalion.”
They smiled. This routine was well practiced. Yet, just as the smirking began, the American’s phone rang. There was trouble outside the parliament.
The first part of the above is my imagination, but I wouldn’t include it if there wasn’t a large grain of truth. The last sentence happened yesterday in Kiev.
Yes, 15 policemen were injured in Kiev and over 50 demonstrators were arrested in violent clashes. Euromaidan PR and employees of President Porshenko’s TV channel made the ridiculous accusation that the protestors were pro-Russian. Pro-Russian’s with Swastika’s, making Nazi salutes. Yes, they really alleged it. Yes, their mendacity is really that shocking.
What actually occurred is that the extremists were annoyed because the Rada refused to pass a law recognizing WW2 Nazi collaborators as “heroes” of Ukraine. They took to the streets and, when police intervened, all hell broke loose. Not an uncommon sight in Ukraine, this year, sadly.
The Western media either ignored the story or attempted to airbrush the details. Here is a sample of tweets yesterday.
So, why is it that Western journalists in Ukraine are unable to call Nazis, “Nazis?” Instead of using the obvious term, it’s replaced with “far-right” or “nationalists.” Is it because the US government would never support Nazis? Far-right nationalists are more acceptable? Maybe they feel responsible for helping them attain influence and power by – almost to a man – supporting the Maidan riots and the subsequent coup?
Rather than admit to some past mistakes, it appears white-washing is a better policy for the EU and US media.
Welcome to the bizarre world of Western media in Ukraine. A self-contained pit of rumor, fear, braggadocio and propaganda.
The West’s ignorance of Ukraine atrocities is an outrage
‘The Saker’ Russia Insider Russia September 30, 2014
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Today’s comment from the Saker is very timely, as we published a sensational video earlier today about the western media’s ignorance of events surrounding the Odessa massacre of May 2.
Its going to be a big deal.
The increasing news flow about the extreme brutality of the Kiev regime and the massive neo-nazi presence in its ranks, is snowballing, and, we are sure, will end up being a huge embarrassment for the EU States and the US who have embraced Kiev.
This is especially true for Germany, which is hyper-sensitive to nazi questions.
Listen to the Saker, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves:
Today, buried 9 minutes into the latest edition of the Channel 1 news report on Russian television, was a 23 seconds long statement by Latvian Human Rights investigator Enorst Gronych who declared on camera that he has interviewed the people of a village recently evacuated by the Junta’s repression forces who had told him about “repeated cases of gang rapes of minor girls aged 12, 13 and 14 years old” by Ukrainian thugs.
According to Gronych, this kind of pattern falls within the definition of “genocide”.
In fact, the Russian TV channels have also been reporting mass graves, numerous cases of civilians pulled out of their cars and summarily shot, mass graves of people shot with their hands tied in their back and tortures, tortures and more tortures: systematic beatings, branding with swastikas, knife wounds, broken bones, heard trauma, damaged kidneys are all apparently what any detained person (regardless of the reason for their detention) should expect from the Junta’s “liberators”.
Furthermore, it is now becoming apparent that about 50% of the Novorussian “prisoners of war” which are being exchanged for Ukrainian POWs under the terms of the recent ceasefire agreement are not combatants at all but civilians seized for the sole purpose of exchanging them.
It is not hard to imagine what truly happened to the missing 50%: most of them were tortured and shot by drunken Ukrainian thugs (in stark contrast Ukrainian POWs were treated, washed, fed, clothed and then given the choice to say in Russia or go back to the Ukraine).
For anybody familiar with Ukrainian nationalism and Ukrainian nationalists, this is hardly surprising. Not only is that fully consistent with what happens in the rest of the Junta-controlled Ukraine, it is also consistent with the practice of Ukrainian nationalists of the times of Bandera and before.
No, what is amazing is the utter silence in the West about this. For somebody like me who vividly remembers the loud and indignant protests of western human rights NGOs, media and governments over human rights violations in Chechnia, Bosnia or Kosovo (including plenty of completely fictional ones!), it is amazing to see how “for some mysterious reasons” the Ukrainian atrocities seem to go unnoticed in the West.
The very same West who is absolutely outraged about the arrest of Pussy Riot activist and who seems to seriously believe that organizing a “gay pride parade’ in Moscow is a human right is apparently totally indifferent to the gang rape of 12-14 year old girls.
What does this say about the West, it’s values, it’s leaders, media and people?
Blowback! U.S. trained Islamists who joined ISIS
Aaron Klein WND USA June 17, 2014
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JERUSALEM – Syrian rebels who would later join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials.
The officials said dozens of future ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq.
The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any links to extremist groups like al-Qaida.
In February 2012, WND was first to report the U.S., Turkey and Jordan were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region.
That report has since been corroborated by numerous other media accounts.
Last March, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported Americans were training Syrian rebels in Jordan.
Quoting what it said were training participants and organizers, Der Spiegel reported it was not clear whether the Americans worked for private firms or were with the U.S. Army, but the magazine said some organizers wore uniforms. The training in Jordan reportedly focused on use of anti-tank weaponry.
WND reported last week that, according to Jordanian and Syrian regime sources, Saudi Arabia has been arming the ISIS and that the Saudis are a driving force in supporting the al-Qaida-linked group.
WND further reported that, according to a Shiite source in contact with a high official in the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the Obama administration has been aware for two months that the al-Qaida-inspired group that has taken over two Iraqi cities and now is threatening Baghdad also was training fighters in Turkey.
The source told WND that at least one of the training camps of the group Iraq of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria, the ISIS, is in the vicinity of Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey, where American personnel and equipment are located.
He called Obama “an accomplice” in the attacks that are threatening the Maliki government the U.S. helped establish through the Iraq war.
The source said that after training in Turkey, thousands of ISIS fighters went to Iraq by way of Syria to join the effort to establish an Islamic caliphate subject to strict Islamic law, or Shariah.
ISIS: A monster created by the West
Robert Freeman Common Dreams USA October 20, 2014
It is a laughable routine of the mass media to demonize all of the leaders of U.S. enemies as latter-day Hitlers. Saddam Hussein was a Hitler. Hugo Chavez in Venezuela was a Hitler. Gaddafi in Libya. Assad in Syria. Hillary Clinton recently equated Putin in Russia with Hitler.
Finally, however, we may have an actual instance where a U.S. adversary actually is a bonafide Hitler. But it’s not in the way we may think. The adversary is ISIS in Syraq and its equation with Hitler is not because it is committing genocide. Rather, it is for the way ISIS came to power—with U.S. nurturing—and then turned on its master.
The conventional wisdom about Hitler was that he acquired power as a result of “appeasement” by the British and, to a lesser extent, French governments. In this telling, Neville Chamberlain was a fool, a dunce who didn’t understand that giving in to a bully only makes him bolder. Not until it was too late did the world understand the irredeemable evil of Hitler.
This version of history was written by British historians even before World War II was over. Its purpose was to exonerate their nation’s government for the staggering devastation it brought into the world. Winston Churchill helped legitimize this narrative in the years after the War.
But a more distanced and nuanced reading of the history suggests that, far from being duped by Hitler, the British were, in fact, actively abetting him in his acquisition of power. This, in the hopes that he would use that power to destroy the Soviet Union, much as the Kaiser’s armies destroyed Russia during World War I. Only when Hitler cut a deal at the last moment with Stalin, to cover his eastern front, did Western leaders finally repudiate him.
In this way, ISIS is legitimately like Hitler. It is a creation of the West, in this case, the U.S., and its Sunni allies in the Middle East—Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Ba’harain, and the United Arab Emirates. It was nurtured as an outgrowth of al Qaeda in Iraq. It was funded under the fiction that it contained “moderate rebels,” ones who could be controlled by the west and were even potentially small-d democrats. Its marching orders were to destroy the Shi’ite-leaning regime of Bashar Assad in Syria, paving the way for the removal of the Shi’ite regime in Iran and Saudi/U.S. domination of the Persian Gulf, location of 60% of the world’s known oil reserves.
But just as Hitler turned on his creators, ISIS broke its leash and turned on its. It is laughable to portray ISIS as a threat to the U.S. But it is potentially deadly to the corrupt sheikdoms that helped birth it and that defile the true teachings of Islam. It is to protect those shiekdoms—the U.S.’s allies—that the U.S. must now take up the fighting directly.
Chamberlain’s blunder in abetting Hitler proved one of the greatest strategic miscalculations in diplomatic history. It led directly to World War II. It is too early to understand the cost of the West’s abetting the creation of ISIS, but it is already much greater than planned.
Related: My Lai was not an ‘incident’: Seeking full disclosure on Vietnam
Abby Zimet Common Dreams USA October 17, 2014
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Language is telling; so are facts. With the approach of the “full panoply of Orwellian forgetfulness” that is a 13-year, $65 million commemoration of the Vietnam War by the same people who started it, it’s nigh on impossible to reconcile Obama’s “valor of a generation that served with honor fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans” with the savage years many “remember, with painful acuity, as other than glorious” – years of lies, loss, rage, trauma, protests and the deaths of millions of innocents. Seeking to “speak truth to power,” Veterans For Peace are rejecting an official narrative they say sanitizes and mythologizes an unconscionable war – and likely helps legitimize further such wars – by organizing their own Peace and Justice Commemoration as part of a larger Full Disclosure Campaign. Its goal is to “truly examine what happened during those tragic and tumultuous years,” and use those lessons to prevent them from happening again.
From the start, many have questioned what longtime activist Tom Hayden calls the “staggering” idea of a commemoration orchestrated by the Department of Defense. Citing the Pentagon’s questionable “version of the truth” that for so long sustained an immoral war, he convincingly argues that, “If you conduct a war, you shouldn’t be in charge of narrating it.” Almost everything about the project, from its website full of glossy pictures of smiling veterans to its very language – its mission to “assist a grateful nation” in thanking veterans, Obama’s thinking “with solemn reverence upon the valor of a generation,” its initial labelling of the massacre of 500 women, children and older men at My Lai an “incident” – bears out the notion that the project’s goal is largely “an ex post facto justification of the war,” or to rewrite history in order to repeat it with as little opposition as possible.