Friday, November 28, 2014

Washington Covertly Arming Ukraine

Washington Covertly Arming Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman

Repeated administration/Pentagon Big Lies claim otherwise. Saying only non-lethal aid supplied. 

Including communications equipment. Body armor. Night vision goggles. Humvees. Radar. Counter-mortar detection units. Binoculars. Small boats. Various other gear.

Kiev is infested with CIA, FBI, US special forces and various other so-called Washington advisors. Directly involved in aiding, abetting and directing Donbas fighting.

Pentagon spokesman Admiral John Kirby lied saying:

"Nothing has changed about the non-lethal assistance that we continue to flow to Ukrainian armed forces and security forces."

Washington "continue(s) to focus on non-lethal assistance…" False! More on this below.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich warned about supplying weapons and munitions.

Doing so brazenly violates Geneva and Minsk agreements. Stipulating all sides refrain from violence, intimidations and provocations. Mandating an immediate ceasefire.

Violating agreed on terms sends "a very serious signal," said Lukashevich. "(T)his is a direct violation of agreements, including the ones achieved in partnership with the United States."

Meaning Geneva, Minsk, UN pledges and Kerry promises to Sergey Lavrov during bilateral meetings. 

America's word isn't its bond. It says one thing. Does another. Public and private comments are Big Lies. Especially on war and peace. Major geopolitical issues.

White House Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken favors what he ludicrously calls "defensive lethal equipment."

Arms and munitions. Directly aiding Kiev's naked aggression. Currently being supplied covertly. Big Lies claim otherwise.

According to State Department press office director Jeff Rathke:

Washington "continues to believe that there's no military resolution to the crisis." 

"Our focus from the outset has been to support Ukraine and to pursue a diplomatic solution that respects Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity." 

"And we've worked closely with our partners in Europe and around the world to help accomplish this."

"(O)ur position on lethal aid hasn't changed. Nothing is off the table, and we continue to believe there's no military solution."

Ukrainian CyberBerkut members revealed otherwise. Based on documents they hacked.

On November 25, Sputnik News headlined "Hackers Leak US Document Scans With Plans to Supply Weapons to Kiev," saying:

"Despite earlier claims that US had no intention of supplying Ukraine with weapons, a recent leak of government documents has revealed plans to supply weapons to Kiev."

"The leak was published online by Ukrainian hackers group CyberBerkut."

"(O)n Tuesday, documents show(ed) the Ukrainian military…receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from Washington."

Information was obtained during Vice President Joe Biden's November visit. Confidential State Department documents were accessed via a US delegation member's mobile device.

CyberBerkut saying:

"After examination of just a several files, there is the impression that the Ukrainian army is the branch of US Armed Forces." "

"The volume of US financial assistance amazes with its scale. They also show the highest level of degradation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces." 

"Besides, thousands of dollars go on personal accounts of military personnel and used by certain officers in personal needs. What will the American taxpayers say?" 

Other documents show Washington supplying Kiev with weapons and munitions. 

Including "400 units of sniper rifles, 2,000 units of assault rifles, 720 hand grenade launchers, nearly 200 mortars and more than 70,000 shells for them, 150 stingers and 420 anti-tank missiles."

What's known may be the tip of the iceberg. Washington is directly involved in planning and directing Kiev's naked aggression. 

Much like its Syria proxy war. Arming, funding, training and directing IS, Nusra Front, Al Qaeda, and other extremist fighters. Using them as foot soldiers against Assad.

Aiding Kiev's military the same way. Covertly. Likely since conflict began last April. Claims otherwise are Big Lies.

Washington's Letter of Notification authorizes "the Government of the United States (USG) (to) provide to the Government of Ukraine the defense articles or defense services collectively referred to as 'items' set forth herein."

Weapons and munitions listed above. For combat. For naked aggression against Donbas freedom fighters and civilians. Unrelated to defense.

Citing authorization based on Sections 506(a)(1) and 552c2, of the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act (FAA).

FAA and the 1976 Arms Export Control Act (AECA) prohibit what Obama authorized.

AECA permits military related sales only for defense or internal security. FAA forbids aiding governments that engage:

"in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, including torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, prolonged detention without charges, causing the disappearance of persons by the abduction and clandestine detention of those persons, or other flagrant denial of the right to life, liberty, and the security of person, unless such assistance will directly benefit the needy people in such country."

The 2001 Foreign Operations Appropriations Act's (FOAA) Leahy Law provision states:

"None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to support any training program involving a unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the Secretary of Defense has received credible information from the Department of State that a member of such unit has committed a gross violation of human rights, unless all necessary corrective steps have been taken."

FOAA prohibits funding foreign security forces that commit gross human rights violations unless its government "is taking effective measures to bring the responsible members of the security forces unit to justice."

FAA prohibits giving putschist regimes aid in all forms. Obama did straightaway. Pledging $1 billion in loan guarantees.

At the time, Russia's Foreign Ministry said US law prohibits aiding " 'the government of any country whose whose duly elected head of government is deposed by military coup or decree.' "

"Thus, by all criteria, the provision of funds to the illegitimate (Kiev) regime, which seized power by force, is unlawful and goes beyond the boundaries of the US legal system."

"The US administration will most probably continue to close its eyes on the dominance of the ultranationalist forces in Kiev, which have launched a hunt for dissidents across the country, increasing pressure on the Russian-speaking population and our compatriots, threatening the people in the Crimea with punishment for their desire for self-determination."

Kiev putschists threaten all Ukrainians. They're guilty of high crimes against peace. Including scores of Maidan killings. 

Hundreds massacred in Odessa. Many more than reported. War crimes in Donbas. Fascist regimes operate this way. Tolerating no opposition.

Escalated Kiev aggression looms. Expect it any time. With full US support and encouragement.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Over-the-Top Israeli Policies

Over-the-Top Israeli Policies

Israel is a serial lawbreaker. A state sponsor of terrorism. A criminal enterprise. "(A) state of child killers and land robbers," according to one European parliamentarian.

Multiple incidents occur daily. Including attacking Palestinians without just cause. Invading their communities.

Destroying their property. Kidnapping Palestinian men, women and children. Political arrests and imprisonments. Cold-blooded murder.

Some incidents are more outrageous than others. Many are crimes of war and against humanity. Ruthlessness defines Israeli policy.

America operates the same way. Both countries want a special Fourth Geneva Convention blocked. For good reason.

Intended to address West Bank and East Jerusalem occupation conditions. Gaza post-Operation Protective Edge.

The last Geneva event of this type followed the 2001 second intifada outbreak.

Swiss authorities want this year's December conference focusing on upholding international law. A three-hour session is planned. At an ambassadorial level.

With few speeches. No media coverage. A final press release only. According to an unnamed Swiss diplomat:

"We made it clear we didn't want a political event or debate club, or a conference that would blame or criticize one of the sides."

Precisely what's needed. No punches pulled. Israel held accountable for high crimes against peace. Even without follow-up prosecutorial authority.

Israeli officials are going all-out to prevent Geneva discussions. Not wanting its dirty linen aired.

Claiming forthright examination would be one-sided. In an international forum. Intended to make Israel look bad. Its ruthlessness speaks for itself.

The whole world knows about occupation harshness. Horrific Israeli Operation Protective Edge war crimes.

Previous ones since Israel's establishment. Ongoing ones. Countless Palestinian corpses attest to Israel's brutality.

Hundreds of thousands more ethnically cleansed. Economically strangled. Socially deprived. Politically denied.

Geneva discussions can help highlight what everyone needs to know. Perhaps inspire similar future events.

Examining occupation harshness. Illegal settlements. Dystopian Gaza conditions. Israeli war crimes too serious to be ignored. Demanding accountability.

America, Canada and Australia are involved. Helping Israel exert pressure on Switzerland. Saying they'll boycott any conference held.

US State Department spokesman Edgar Vasquez said Washington "strongly oppose(s) the convening of the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions and have made our opposition unmistakably clear."

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman tried pressuring his counterparts worldwide against attending. Saying Israel will boycott the conference if held.

Israeli ambassadors in key Western states doing much the same thing. Reports suggest with little success.

Swiss authorities are expected to formally announce a conference date shortly. Perhaps by early December or sooner.

Western diplomats familiar with what's going on say they're determined to proceed. Despite pressure not to.

Fourth Geneva deals with protecting civilians in times of war. Preamble language saying:

"The High Contracting Parties, conscious of their obligation to come to an agreement in order to protect civilian populations from the horrors of War, undertake to respect the principles of human rights which constitute the safeguard of civilization and, in particular, to apply, at any time and in all places, the rules given hereunder:
(1) Individuals shall be protected against any violence to their life and limb.
(2) The taking of hostages is prohibited.
(3) Executions may be carried out only if prior judgment has been passed by a regularly constituted court, furnished with the judicial
safeguards that civilized peoples recognize to be indispensable.
(4) Torture of any kind is strictly prohibited.
These rules which constitute the basis of universal human law, shall be respected without prejudice to the special stipulations provided for in the present Convention in favour of protected persons."

Treaty language forbids harming noncombatants. Including civilians, prisoners and wounded soldiers.

Transferring an occupying power's population to territory it controls is prohibited. Or moving occupied people outside their borders.

Israel is a Fourth Geneva signatory. Knesset members never incorporated it into Israeli law. Ludicrously claiming it doesn't apply to the West Bank or East Jerusalem.

Territories it calls "disputed." Settlements on stolen Palestinian land it calls 'legal." War crimes it calls "self-defense."

The whole world knows otherwise. Even some of Israel's closest allies acknowledge clear indisputable facts. Israeli Big Lies don't change them.

Daily criminality speaks for itself. Israeli police operate like Hitler's

Last week, they assaulted a 55-year-old disabled Jerusalemite woman and her 22-year-old daughter. Without just cause.

Ten police officers were involved. Knocking the mother to the ground. Severely beating her daughter when she tried to help.

With rifle butts. Kicking her in the abdomen numerous times. Dragging her to their jeep. Tearing her clothes.

The mother suffers from partial paralysis in one leg. Requires crutches to walk. Israeli security forces are thugs. Showing no mercy.

Treating Palestinian women and children like men. Assaulting them without just cause. Beating them viciously.

At times injuring them severely. Remaining unaccountable. Free to terrorize at will.

Perhaps reaching a new low. Arresting 11-month old Balqis Ghawadra and 2-year old Baraa. After visiting their father in Eshel prison with their mother, Nihal.

Arrested with her two children. On bogus charges of trying smuggle a cell phone to her husband.

Fuad al-Khuffash heads the Ahrar Center for Prisoners' Studies and Human Rights.

"The Israeli occupation targets every Palestinian who talks about Palestine and works for Palestine," he said.

It "targets the trees, and the stones, so it's no wonder (it) target(s) every person who defends human rights and the rights of the Palestinian people."

Israeli authorities "don't hesitate to do such things. What they are doing, forcing the Palestinians out of the lands where they were born, violates all international laws and treaties."

Al-Khuffash is a former political prisoner. Targeted for his human rights activism. Including extensive writing and outspokenness.

He called Israel's treatment of Nihal and her children flagrant human rights violations. Crimes against humanity.

Urging international human rights groups and Palestinian authorities intervene on their behalf.

In 2011, Israel released Nihal's unjustly imprisoned husband Mu'ammar. After serving eight years of a life sentence plus 20 years. Part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.

Re-imprisoning him again months earlier without charge. Targeting 62 other Palestinians released in exchange for Shalit.

According to al-Khuffash, holding them as hostages. Pawns in any future prisoner swap.

Israel holds thousands of Palestinian political prisoners. Incarcerated for wanting to live free on their own land in their own country.

An unfulfilled dream. Israel categorically rejects Palestinian self-determination. Despite Big Lies claiming otherwise.

On Friday, French parliamentarians began debating a non-binding resolution. Urging government recognition of Palestinian statehood.

On December 2, France's lower house is expected to endorse it.

The text "invites the French government to use the recognition of the state of Palestine as an instrument to gain a definitive resolution of the conflict."

French parliamentarian Elisabeth Guigou calls Palestinian statehood "the best guarantee for peace."

"If we do not act now, there is a risk of entering into an irreversible cycle of violence and transforming this territorial conflict into a regional conflict," she added.

"Nothing would be worse for the region and for Europe."

Ahead of the vote, Netanyahu reacted as expected. Calling French recognition "a grave mistake."

Claiming Palestinians will be encouraged to "harden their positions." Making peace tougher to achieve.

Impossible because Israel rejects it. Goes all-out to sabotage it.

Putting a lie to so-called peace talks. Dead on arrival when convened. The greatest hoax in modern times.

In November 2012, France was one of 14 EU nations voting to grant Palestine UN observer status.

On Wednesday, European parliamentarians began debating recognizing Palestinian statehood. What one MP calls "a right to be recognized."

A vote delayed until December. On October 30, Sweden became the first Western European nation to officially extend recognition.

Britain, Spain and Ireland approved non-binding resolutions to do so. Germany is Israel's closest EU ally.

Unequivocally against extending Palestinian statehood recognition until Israel does. Ludicrously claiming doing so will cause more harm then good.

Chancellor Angela Merkel wanting both sides focusing on no-peace-peace-talks. A formula for failure.

Since the 1949 Lausanne, Switzerland peace conference. Proposing a three-tier agreement.

Including diaspora Palestinians' unconditional right of return.

Jerusalem as an international city under a UN protectorate.

A two-state solution based on equal portions of land.

Israel rejected it. Kept 78% of historic Palestine. The remainder occupied after its June 1967 Six Day War.

Opposed peaceful conflict resolution from then to now. Despite Big Lies claiming otherwise.

Peace in our time never came. Nothing in prospect looks promising.

Palestinians struggle alone for justice. Liberation remains a distant dream.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Monied Interests Have Lots to Give Thanks For

Monied Interests Have Lots to Give Thanks For

by Stephen Lendman

Too few others in the land of plenty. Democracy in America is pure fantasy. 

None whatever exists. Monied interests run things. Ordinary people don't matter.

The late Carroll Quigley wrote in his book titled, "Tragedy and Hope:"

"(T)he powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole." 

"This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences."

Benefitting handsomely at the expense of nations and popular interests. Wall Street crooks top the corporate pecking order.

Transforming America into an unprecedented money-making racket. Facilitated by complicit government officials. Making money the old-fashioned way.

Former Bank of England Director Josiah Stamp said:

"Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again."

"However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But, if you wish to remain the slaves of bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create money."

Aesop said "(w)e hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." Empowered bankers are most pernicious of all.

James Madison said "(h)istory records that the Money Changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance."

Thomas Jefferson stressed:

"I sincerely believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies." 

"Already they have raised up a money aristocracy that has set the government at defiance." 

"The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs."

Andrew Jackson called bankers "vipers and thieves."

During America's Civil War, Lincoln explained two "great enemies. (T)he Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at the rear is my greatest foe."

Over 100 years of Wall Street controlled Fed financial terrorism gave us booms. Busts. Inflation. Deflation.

Economic instability. Growing poverty. Hunger. Homelessness. Systemic unemployment and underemployment.

Permanent wars for profit. Record debt and deficits. Millions of home foreclosures. Record numbers of personal bankruptcies.

Loss of America's manufacturing base. An unprecedented wealth gap. Protracted post-2007 Main Street Depression conditions showing no signs of ending. Growing human misery.

Fed policy was supposed to stabilize economic conditions. Smooth out the business cycle. Maintain healthy sustainable growth. 

Create price stability. Control inflation. Work for the betterment of everyone. Things turned out polar opposite.

Worse than ever today. America is being systematically thirdworldized. Strip-mined for profit.

At the expense of ordinary people. Out of luck, hope and resources. One missed pay check away from destitution and homelessness.

Human suffering is real. Pathetically little is done to help. 
Neoliberal harshness is official policy. Force-fed austerity reflects it. Social injustice is rife. Inequality is institutionalized.

Washington is Wall Street occupied territory. Profits are privatized. Losses socialized. 

Casino capitalism the coin of the realm. Grand Theft Wall Street reflects it. Market manipulation is rife.

Other dirty tactics include front-running them. Pumping and dumping. Short-selling. Scamming investors.

Buying politicians like toothpaste. Bribing them for control. Putting corporate crooks in charge of government policy. Revolving in and out to serve privatized interests. 

Getting bailed out at public expense. Other special handouts. At a time ordinary people are being sold out.

Social America disappearing in plain sight. While perpetual wars rage. Without end. At home and abroad.

America's culture is violent. Glorifying wars in the name of peace. With the highest homicide rate among Western nations by far. 

Many inner cities virtual war zones. Around 100,000 annual victimized Americans from gun violence. Many at the hands of killer cops. 

Licensed to kill with impunity. Taking full advantage. Ferguson, MO a microcosm of what goes on nationwide. Ethnic minorities are targets of choice.

Nothing is done to change things. Federal, state and local officials don't care.

America's resources increasingly used for war-making. Obama the latest in a long line of warrior presidents. Exceeding the worst of his predecessors.

Waging multiple direct and proxy wars. With lots more death and destruction in mind. Raping and pillaging countries.

Stealing their resources. Exploiting their people. Claiming exceptionalism and moral superiority. Forcing America's ways on others. 

Proliferating violence and instability. Doing it globally. Spreading Big Lies about America the beautiful. Benefitting America's 1% at the expense of most others.

Pursuing world dominance. Eliminating independent governments. One ravaged country at a time. 

Risking war with Russia. Possible global war. Threatening humanity's survival. At the same time, letting popular needs go begging.

Rich folks today never had it better. Most others struggle daily to get by. Harder still on empty stomachs. 

Tens of millions go hungry in the world's richest country.  A daily reality for 50 million Americans. Around 13 million families. Most hardworking ones.

Living from paycheck to paycheck. Not earning enough to live on. Kids don't get enough to eat. Around 16 million affected.

Food insecurity is higher than any time since the Great Depression. One in six Americans face hunger. So do one in five children.

Missing meals is common practice. Nutritious balanced diets for growing millions don't exist. Belly-fillers substitute. 

Protracted Main Street Depression conditions persist. Things go from bad to worse. Food stamps are woefully inadequate. About $1.40 per person per meal.

Food banks supplement recipients when monthly benefits run out. Most often around 10 days or more before month's end.

America is the land of I don't care. Equity and justice aren't in its vocabulary. Official numbers understate reality. Growing millions suffer out of sight and mind.

America's wealth doesn't help. Congress is dismissive. Food stamps were cut when most needed. Greater harshness is planned.

Thanksgiving is supposed to be about giving thanks for the year's blessings and bounty. Hard during harder than ever hard times since Great Depression years

Harder still in a country run by uncaring officials. Handing America's resources to Wall Street, war-profiteers, other corporate favorites.

At a time of growing poverty, unemployment, hunger, homelessness and despair. Millions deprived in the land of plenty. Hard finding reasons to celebrate. Justifiable when:

Social injustice ends. Corporate crooks are punished. Too big-to-fail banks are shuttered. Money power returns to public hands where it belongs.

Real elections end duopoly power. Rule of law principles apply for everyone. Equity and justice replace capital's divine right.

Wealth and opportunities are equitably distributed. Real democracy replaces today's fantasy. We the people has real meaning.

Use Thanksgiving now for reflection. Activism for change. Social justice, peace, and environmental sanity. Government of, by and for everyone.

Instead of feasting, football and other fun and games. Hold off giving thanks. Get active to give it real meaning. 

Commit to make it happen. For a nation proud to live it. Polar opposite today's reality. Gorge on a way for real change.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Israeli Children Brainwashed to Hate Arabs, Become Warriors

Israeli Children Brainwashed to Hate Arabs, Become Warriors

by Stephen Lendman

Decades of Arab-Israel discord produced seven full-scale wars, three major Gaza conflicts, two Intifadas, and daily state-sponsored violence throughout Occupied Palestine.

Palestinians live in terror. Unsure each day if they'll live or die. Remain free or be imprisoned. Victimized by Israeli ruthlessness.

Racism is longstanding. Israeli children are taught to hate Arabs. Textbooks justify waging war.

Arabs described as hostile, violent, deviant, cruel, immoral, bloodthirsty, vengeful and unfair. Jews called industrious, righteous, trustworthy and brave. 

Eretz Yisrael their exclusive homeland. Based on biblical notions of original inhabitants. Israeli textbooks teaching about "a land without people for a people without land." Making the desert bloom.

Arabs are vilified for not being Jews. Tolerance isn't Israel's long suit. It's is a modern-day Sparta. Militarism reflects daily life. Taught young children from kindergarten.

Military solutions considered legitimate, desirable and just. A cardinal aspect of Israeli society. Daily life.

Enshrined in the 1986 National Defence Service Law. Requiring all Jewish Israeli citizens and permanent residents to serve. 

Men and women. Exemptions only for educational inadequacy. Health. Family considerations. 

Married or pregnant women. Those with children. Criminals. Arabs unless volunteer Other considerations at the Defense Ministry's discretion.

Most Israeli leaders are former high-ranking IDF officers. Politics and militarism are inextricably connected. Too sides of the same coin.

Child recruitment indoctrinates them to be warriors. Arabs considered existential threats.

Military service viewed as "noble and worthy." Brainwashing drums these and related notions into impressionable minds.

Claiming Israel's survival is at stake. At a time its only enemies are ones it invents.

Soldiers are present in schools and classrooms. Teachers are retired military officers. Especially principals. 

Photos of fallen heroes adorn walls. Field trips for all ages visit military memorials on former battlegrounds.

Beginning in kindergarten, textbooks and classroom instruction teach militarism. 

High schools have mandatory "preparation for the IDF" programs. Including training and indoctrination to be warriors. 

Military heroes are glorified. So are conquests. Arabs are vilified.

Ceremonies, commemorations, speeches, military base field trips, and holiday celebrations imbue young minds with militarism is good notions.

War is natural. Military service considered a right of passage. In preparation for adulthood.

An entire population brainwashed to fight. Viewing Arabs as natural enemies. Treating them harshly is OK. Violently/

Including harassment. Beatings. Home intrusions. Property destruction. Cold-blooded murder.

Defending Israel (against invented threats) matters most. Impressionable minds are easy to manipulate. 

Especially with daily repetition. In school. Through the media. Big Lies become widely accepted beliefs.

Throughout Israel and Occupied Palestine, IDF soldiers are everywhere. Israelis rarely miss a day without encountering them regularly.

On streets. Commercial areas. Airports. Israel a virtual armed camp. According to Israeli journalist Akiva Eldar:

"Israeli Jews’ consciousness is characterized by a sense of victimization, a siege mentality, blind patriotism, belligerence, self-righteousness, dehumanization of the Palestinians, and insensitivity to their suffering."

Young children were involved in military activities during Britain's Mandate period. Militarism became ingrained. Especially among future leaders.

Military groups formed. Including Fosh (a Hebrew acronym for Field Units). The Palmach (Striking Force).

Stern Gang (Lehi in Hebrew) and Irgun (Etzel in Hebrew) terrorist groups masquerading as freedom fighters.

Before Israel's War of Independence, recruitment was a "duty to volunteer."

Mandatory after IDF's May 26, 1948 establishment. Replacing the paramilitary Haganah.

Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, calling "(t)he whole army and the whole land (a) front."

Young minds still taught it's a privilege to serve. No matter how often Israeli forces brutalize Palestinians unjustly.

Today's IDF is the world's fourth most powerful military. Nuclear armed and dangerous. With banned chemical and biological weapons arsenals.

Virtually all state-of-the-art weapons and technology. An active space and satellite program. 

A prioritized military budget. Generously financed by Washington. Billions of dollars annually. Including covert amounts. Both countries partner in each other's crimes.

Israel's military controls around half of public lands. Recycles commanders into high government positions. 

Including municipality and regional council heads. Mayors. Ministers. Knesset leaders. Heads of state. 

Others get top public administration positions. Or serve as business executives or directors.

Young children are exposed to militarism everywhere. At home from adult former IDF members. From religious leaders. In school.

Through state-sponsored media propaganda. Symbols and imagery are ubiquitous. Infesting public spaces.

Children are readied for later conscription. Called inevitable, necessary and desirable.

Impressionable minds are easy to manipulate. Militarism's pernicious influence affects all aspects of Israeli society and culture.

Youths grow up believing Arabs are existential threats. Longstanding enemies.

Wars are natural. Slaughtering Arabs is OK. Jews alone matter. Clear in what goes on daily. Ignored by media scoundrels.

Substituting Big Lies for hard truths. New York Times misreporting is longstanding.

Ludicrously claiming Israel "(s)ince its founding…based on the ideal of democracy for all its people."

Complete "social and political…equality (regardless) of religion, race or sex."

Israel is more hypocrisy than democracy. Ideologically extremist. More fascist than fair. Hard-right and then some.

Jews alone have rights. Naked aggression called self-defense. Militarized occupation harshness is OK. 

Institutionalized racism doesn't matter. Or stealing Palestinian land, resources, futures and lives. 

Propaganda proliferates. Longstanding practice. Official Big Lies are portrayed as hard truths.

On November 27, Israel's Shin Bet internal security service claimed Hamas "terrorists" operate from West Bank locations. Run from their Turkey headquarters.

Planning attacks on Israel's light rail line. Soccer stadium. Other targets. Kidnappings. Offering no credible corroborating proof whatever. 

Evidence when presented most often coming from torture-extracted confessions. Void of validity. Other times from Palestinian collaborators. Paid to lie.

These type accusations repeat often. Based on Big Lies. Stoking fear. Used as pretexts for community incursions.

Mass arrests. Brutalizing nonviolent Palestinians. Naked aggression at Israel's discretion.

Incidents like Israel's Blokh school giving 2nd graders a worksheet raise disturbing questions. Listing so-called rights. Including the basic right of "killing Hamas."

Brainwashing impressionable young minds. Telling them it's OK to kill. Supported by state-sponsored Big Lies. Including nonexistent planned terror attacks.

America operates the same way. Muslims are fair game. Targets of choice. For their faith and ethnicity. 

Ruthlessly scapegoated. War on terror victims. For political advantage. Wars without end rage.

Washington and Israel partner in each other's crimes. Both countries are modern-day Spartas. 

Ideologically over-the-top. Threatening humanity's survival.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Heading for Possible Global Conflict

Heading Toward Possible Global Conflict

by Stephen Lendman

Militarism, hubris and overreach define America. Wrecking it. Heading it for full-blown tyranny and ruin.

Permanent wars rage. With no end in sight. When no enemies exist. Except invented ones. 

Waged by the most secretive intrusive government in US history. Its most repressive. Most ruthless.

Governed by diktat authority. Effective one-party rule. Federal courts and Congress rubber-stamping policies mattering most. 

Including imperial adventurism. Corporate empowerment. Monied interests running things. Unprecedented concentrated wealth and power. 

Big Brother surveillance. Police state lawlessness. Out-of-control state terror. Corporate controlled managed news misinformation. 

Endemic corruption. Incestuous business/government ties. Flaunting the notion of government of, by and for everyone equitably and just. 

Increasingly a nation of haves and have-nots. Rulers and serfs. Middle America disappearing in plain sight. Freedom an endangered species. 

Democracy pure fantasy. Heading for a point of no return. World peace hanging by a thread. Possible global war one significant miscalculation away. 

Perhaps by Machiavellian design. At the most perilous time in world history. 

No joy to the world this holiday season. No giving thanks for wars without end. Unspeakable human misery. 

Increasing hunger, homelessness and despair. Government serving wealth, power and privilege only. 

Mindless of popular needs. Rule of law principles. Democratic values.

John Donne said "(a)ny man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind."

"(N)ever send to know for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee."

Especially in times of war. When world peace hangs by a thread. With lunatics making policy in Washington.

Governing for their own benefit. Complicit with monied interests. 
Turning America into a dystopian nightmare. Unfit to live in. 

Ordinary people shut out entirely. With no say on what matters most. No futures for most young people. 

No democracy by any standard. No sense of right or wrong. Indifferent to human suffering. Growing popular needs.

Governing extrajudicially. Destroying freedom one police state law at a time. Today's America a swamp of unfairness, injustice and lawlessness.

Anything goes is official policy. Business as usual persists. Challenging Russia recklessly risks the unthinkable.

Led by irresponsible media scoundrels. Ignoring hard truths. Repeating official Big Lies. Inventing others. Unjustifiably vilifying Putin.

Open, free and fair Russian media shame their Western counterparts. Especially corporate controlled US media. 

Featuring managed news misinformation garbage. Treating viewers and readers like mushrooms. Well-watered. In the dark. On issues mattering most.

Not according to Washington Post editors. Substituting fiction for facts. On October 26 headlining "In campaign against truth, Mr. Putin wields fear and economic force." 

Repeating one Big Lie after another. Outrageously accusing Putin of "reestablish(ing) dictatorship in Russia with a veneer of legality."

Ruling "through fear." With "aggressive propaganda…(W)alling off Russians from alternative sources of news and information."

WaPo repliocates other major US print and electronic media. All propaganda all the time. Big Lies ad nauseam. 

Burying hard truths. On issues mattering most. Plus junk food infotainment. Advertorials on air. Everything to sell. Nothing to tell.

Violating core journalistic ethics. Unapologetically. Professor/media critic Robert McChesney calls America's system a "dollarocracy." Big money controlled. 

Plutocracy by any standard. Mocking democratic values. Destroying the country. Wrecking it for wealth and power.

Russians get real news and information. So do world audiences following RT International (formerly Russia Today), Voice of Russia, and English language print media available online.

Americans get all garbage all the time. Worthless by any standard. An echo chamber for state-sponsored propaganda. 

Regurgitated without challenge. Misreporting one major story after another. Depriving viewers and readers of news and information vital to know.

On October 25, WaPo editors repeated tiresome Big Lies. Claiming Putin "brazenly dispatched more troops and heavy weapons to eastern Ukraine…"

At the same time, "shrugging off protests from NATO." Citing illegitimate Kiev putschists saying "Russian forces and their puppet allies may be preparing a major offensive to capture more territory."

Throughout his tenure as president and prime minister, Putin was never revanchist. No evidence suggests otherwise.

Polar opposite America. Seeking world dominion one ravaged country at a time. 

Ukraine its newest colony. Governed by illegitimate pro-Western puppets. Fascists by any standard.

Lawless. Ruthless. Waging genocidal war on its own people. Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov going all-out to resolve crisis conditions diplomatically. Responsibly.

Not according to WaPo editors. Claiming "Moscow forces (launch) small-scale attacks nearly every day."

Accusing Putin of "escalat(ing) his imperialism." Ignoring his polar opposite policies. Mindless of Washington waging permanent wars for wealth, power and privilege.

New York Times editors praise illegitimate oligarch Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. A thug. A pro-Western puppet and then some.

At the same time, repeating one Big Lie after another about Putin. Including invading Ukraine. Arming Donbas self-defense forces.

"(N)o longer any doubt," they say. Despite no credible corroborating evidence.

Wall Street Journal editors repeatedly accuse Putin of invading Ukraine. Pursuing revanchist objectives. Escalating conflict.

Ignoring his polar opposite agenda. Citing German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying he violated Europe's peaceful order.

Throughout months of Ukrainian crisis conditions, Big Lies about Russia's involvement exceed the worst of Cold War rhetoric.

Ignoring Washington's full responsibility for ousting Ukraine's democratic government. Replacing it with pro-Western fascist putschists.

Neo-Nazi extremists by any standard. Supporting their farcical presidential and parliamentary elections.

Premeditated naked aggression against Donbas. Dirty war. Without mercy. 

Using cluster munitions, chemical and other banned weapons. Murdering civilians in cold blood.

Blaming Russia and Donbas freedom fighters for its own crimes. Heading for full-scale war. Despite agreeing to diplomatic resolution.

Its new coalition government is hard-right. Ultranationalist. Ideologically over-the-top. Extremist and then some.

Fascist by any standard. Mocking rule of law principles. Democratic values. With full support and encouragement from Washington. Supportive scoundrel media.

US forces armed with heavy weapons now deployed in Eastern Europe. Indefinitely. Menacingly close to Russia's border.

Additional deployments are planned. In Baltic states and Poland. Code-named Operation Atlantic Resolve. Established to challenge a nonexistent "resurgent Russia." It's so-called "threat."

Head of US forces in Europe, Lt. General Ben Hodges, claiming Lithuanian, Estonian and Polish fascist governments thank him "for what these soldiers represent." 

Last summer Putin expressed justifiable concern saying:

"We shall provide an adequate and well-measured response to NATO's expansion towards Russia's borders…"

"(W)e shall take note of (US-led Alliance nations) setting up a global missile defense architecture and building up its arsenals of precision-guided weapons."

"No matter what our Western counterparts tell us, we can see what's going on." 

"As it stands, NATO is blatantly building up its forces in Eastern Europe, including the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea areas." 

"Its operational and combat training activities are gaining in scale." Without just cause. Threatening world peace.

On November 26, NATO commander General Philip Breedlove visited Kiev. Met with its illegitimate leaders. Poroshenko and prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Discussed US military aid. Mutual cooperation. Support for Ukraine's naked aggression. 

Its eventual integration into NATO. Despite Russia's profound opposition. 

Committed to prevent it from happening. Knowing what's at stake otherwise.

Ukraine remains hugely destabilized. A dangerous geopolitical flashpoint. A tinderbox able to ignite global conflict. 

The struggle for its soul continues. At stake is world peace.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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