Ethno-linguistic and "Cultural" Nationalism

as a reaction to Neoliberalism induced decline of standards of living

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And nationalism is given a special virulence when it is said to be blessed by Providence. Today we have a president, invading two countries in four years, who announced on the campaign trail last year that God speaks through him.

We need to refute the idea that our nation is different from, morally superior to, the other imperial powers of world history.

We need to assert our allegiance to the human race, and not to any one nation.

-- Howard Zinn

Neoliberalism creates powerful nationalistic impulses die to its failure of fulfill its promises. Disappointed, impoverished, and, especially, unemployed people are easy recruits for far right movements.  In this sense the situation is similar to Bolshevism, which after being discredited as ideology (which was based on the promise of rising standard of living and eventual overtaking the capitalist West in prosperity) failed to keep the country together because of  growing (and lavishly supported both in propaganda and financially by the West) wave of nationalism which swept the USSR into oblivion. Disintegration of the USSR was based on two major factors -- betrayal of the "nomenklatura" which switched to neoliberalism, and abandoning Comminist ideology (in which actually nobody believed after 1970th)  and the tide of nationalistic sentiments.

Now nationalism is on the rise in all major Western countries. Such events as Brexit and election of Trump are links of the same chain of events.

Nationalism informs our ideas about language, culture, identity, nation, and State--ideas that are being challenged by globalization and an neoliberal economic order and ideology. Neoliberalism as Trotskyism for the rich is generally hostile to nationalism. It often purposely destabilize  the nation-states to open them to transnational corporations ("creative destruction" of sort), the dominant political players under neoliberalism. For example, when the federal government of Canada adopted neoliberal policies one immediate consequence was the termination of the funding programs  for the francophone community cultural programs (along with the termination of the welfare programs). Indeed, the Official Languages Act itself was overhauled.

The United States' pursuit of global primacy is based upon a complex melding of neoliberal economics and hegemonic politics which produce strong anti-American sentiments in various part of the globe, fueling nationalism.  US imperialism is inherently predatory  and profoundly different from the productive capitalism that had been the basis of American economic success. It is essentially a War and color revolutions based racket. It has important difference with classic colonialism: what traditional colonialism tried to achieve with standing armies now is achieved using financial instruments and tiny strata of  "comprador elite" within the given country.  Putting the nation into debt-bondage proved to be even more effective in extracting resources from the countries then the old colonial rule. 

Ethno-nationalism is not the only form of nationalism in existence. Moreover, Ethno-nationalism is in decline, as it is now discomforting intellectually and morally for many people. But two other, more modern and no less powerful forms of nationalism emerged: "cultural nationalism" and "economic nationalism".

As social scientists demonstrated nationalistic sentiments are often a product of culture, often deliberately constructed by the local elite to achieve pretty nefarious and selfish goals.  Still the culture can as solid core of nationalism as ethnicity. this new form of nationalism became an important player on the world scene.

Ukrainian color revolution of February 2014 (EuroMaydan), despite surface slogans about Eurointergation, was fought and won by Western Ukrainian nationalists, which later tried to impose their will on the rest of the country provoking the civil war in Donbass (with substantial help from Russia, which decided to support Russian speaking population against Ukrainian nationalists cultural assault).  While they were ethnic nationalists in the past, now they by-and-large converted in cultural nationalists, which oppose not Russians as a national by Russian culture and language and try to instill Ukrainian culture and language in the country were the majority of population speaks Russian.

So far the net result was a destruction of the Ukrainian economy due to break-up of Soviet era ties with Russian industries and abandonment of Russian market (while Ukrainian goods are no values as much in Western markets and face various often artificial barriers in EU). In 216 the impoverishment of the population reached the Central African states level (less then $2 dollar a day for the majority of population).

Americans generally are strongly negative to the idea of ethnic nationalism and that's is one of the best features of Americans as a nation. After all, in the United States people of varying ethnic origins live in peace. For example within two or three generations of immigration,  ethnic identities of Western and Eastern European immigrants are attenuated by cultural assimilation and intermarriage. In general, immigrants to the United States usually arrive with a willingness to fit into their new country and reshape their identities accordingly. But for those who remain behind in lands where their ancestors have lived for generations, if not centuries, political identities still sometimes take more ancient ethnic or religious form, producing powerful claims to political power. In the past, the creation of nation-states in Europe has often the product of a violent process of ethnic separation. 

While the apogee of ethno-nationalism was probably in 1930th and during post war decolonization,  ethno-nationalism while in decline still remain a powerful social force in some countries. In many way ethno-nationalism is still linked with national socialism.  But traditional national socialism version of ethno-nationalism  was slowly but surely replaced by what the form that is based on colon culture and language --  "cultural nationalism". I think that  American Exceptionalism is one of the most interesting examples of this type of nationalism. And the fact that US flags in the USA are everywhere definitely signify its strength in mind of the people. Unlike many European state were driving a car with the national flag would be considered bad manners, in the USA it is OK behaviour.

The US elite as the leading imperial elite that overtook British elite on the world stage achieved great mastery in using divide and conquer strategy by inciting nationalistic feelings all over the world. This mastery (despite Bush "Chicken Kiev" speech)  was especially demonstrated in facilitation the break-up of the USSR. It was nationalism that had blown up the USSR when it started experiencing economic difficulties and crisis of the political doctrine under which it was created as well as suffering from the losing Afghan war.

It is interesting to note that the crisis in the USSR was amplified due to supply of modern technology. Personal computers inside the country which broke traditional hold on distribution of literature by Communist Party (which rules the country as a religious sect, crushing even minor deviations form holy doctrine), were very similar to Stringers hand held missiles in Afghan war, which deteriorated Russian air superiority, and limited the use of helicopters (with a pretty nasty effect 30 years later).  This along the  money with which the USA and Saudi financed radical Islamic fundamentalism  converted Islamist revels it into a powerful political force. Political Islam was if nor born then strengthens in Afghan war.  Which paradoxically is another example of "cultural nationalism", were the religion serves as the cementing force and identification of us vs. them. .

People often forget that Osama bin Laden was essentially a recruiting agent on Saudi Intelligence payroll during the USSR Afghan war.  In this sense tragedy of 9/11 was simply a blowback of previous efforts to defeat the USSR in Afghan war by whatever means possible. And one of those means was spreading of Wahhabism and what can be called "Islamic cultural nationalism". 

As author of the note Was America Attacked by Muslims on 9/11? observed:

I would indeed go further and say that Islamic schools infuse a dangerous and un-Islamic Islam-supremacist, and indeed now sectarian Wahhabi-supremacist view vis-à-vis all other religions and cultures and this is at least partly responsible for many of the problems Muslims face around the world today.

In other words with  the ascendance of neoliberalism nationalism re-emerged as a powerful countervailing force.  Brexit was just the first powerful manifestation of this effect.

likbez : , Friday, October 14, 2016 at 02:47 PM
Neoliberalism creates an impulse for nationalism in several ways:

1. It destroys human solidarity. And resorting to nationalism in a compensational mechanism to restore it in human societies. that's why the elite often resorts to foreign wars if it feels that it losing the control over peons.

2. Neoliberalism impoverishes the majority of population enriching top 1% and provokes the search for scapegoats. Which in the past traditionally were Jews. Now look like MSM are trying to substitute them for Russians

3. Usually the rise of nationalism is correlated with the crisis in the society. There is a crisis of neoliberalism that we experience in the USA now: after 2008 neoliberalism entered zombie state, when the ideology is discredited, but forces behind it are way too strong for any social change to be implemented. Much like was the case during "Brezhnev socialism" in the USSR.

So those who claim that we are experiencing replay of late 1920th on a new level might be partially right. With the important difference that it does not make sense to establish fascist dictatorship in the USA. Combination of "Inverted totalitarism" and "national security state" already achieved the same major objectives with much less blood and violence.

Secessionist movements

In the post-Second World War period until 1989, superpowers were committed to upholding existing state boundaries. While decolonization was permitted, the borders of states were treated, in international law and practice, as permanent—non-negotiable—features of the international state system.

Secessionist movements are based on groups that have a strong national identification, and are fuelled by nationalism. Minority nations, in multination states, often criticize state policies on the grounds that they implicitly privilege the majority national group on the territory. They have resisted majority control over certain aspects of state policy, and have made claims for state protection of their culture or for recognition of their distinct identity. This usually means that they want their language to be used in official capacities and their children to be educated in their language and about their culture. They typically demand their own political institutions, to enable them to control their own affairs.

As a political principle nationalism postulates that the political and national unit should be congruent. That naturally leads to secessionist movements. It has many variations and in weaker form presuppose  the moral significance of the national community, its existence in the past and into the future, and typically seeks some form of political protection to safeguard its future existence.

One advantage of viewing nationalism as a normative theory about the value of national membership and national communities is that it can account for the key policies or demands of nationalists. On this conception, the demand for national self-determination is an important plank in many nationalist movements although not, contra Gellner, a fundamental principle of nationalism. Nationalists may, and often do, seek complete independence or state sovereignty. However, in some cases, where the costs of independence are too high, or the benefits of independence too precarious, nationalists may seek other forms of institutional recognition.

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the category 'nation', like 'friends' and 'lovers', falls into the second group. It is contingent on its members' sustaining a certain image of it based on their perceptions and feelings—although of course there are a number of conditions which lead to the construction of an image of a nation, such as shared religion, language, law, geographical isolation, colonial policies, bureaucratic decisions, and the like.

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David Miller lists five elements that together constitute a nation: it is, he writes 'a community (1) constituted by shared beliefs and mutual commitments, (2) extended in history, (3) active in character, (4) connected to a particular territory, and (5) marked off from other communities by its distinct public culture'. 12 This definition also suggests that the subjective identification is crucial.

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One common line of argument, associated with the work of Gellner, Anderson, Hobsbawm, and others, is that national identity is linked with broad historical forces. National forms of identity become prominent in the modern period as a result of industrialization, and the social and bureaucratic changes that accompany industrialization—or precede it, in the case of states aspiring to be industrialized. In Gellner's formulation of the argument, the modern economy is crucially dependent on standardized modes of communication and cultural practices, and people's life chances are shaped by the language in which they communicate, as well as other cultural forms of interaction. This is in contrast to the premodern period when cultural or linguistic differences were politically irrelevant.

That means that the language and culture  became the most important components which defines the boundaries of national identity, while all other characteristics that define nationality, such as specific for given ethnos DNA, receded. That consideration gave rise of élite-manipulation models of nationalism. They view national identity as the product of actions by political or economic élites, who foster national identities for their own (self-interested) ends. More sophisticated élite-manipulation theories describe élites as encoding violence or antagonism as ethnic or national which could be described in other ways—as criminal or class violence, say—for their own ends. Nationalism  is merely a means for élites to preserve or enhance their own power and status in the society. This is a variation of the old Plato's argument that the masses are easily duped and so cannot steer the ship of state. The fact that nations are socially constructed does not suggest that they are less real or are to be regarded with suspicion. Some people focus on the fact that they are 'imagined' communities to suggest that they may have no basis in 'reality'.

The social image is important because it is impossible for all its members to engage in face-to-face contact with each other at all times. Therefore members must refer to their perception of the image of the nation. Of course, on this definition, many, if not most, communities, except the very smallest, are imagined in the same way. Religious communities are imagined; my university is imagined; even my extended family is imagined. 26 But they may all be important, and legitimate, bases of identification.

That means that it is more accurate to describe national identities as existing along a continuum, with the language, the habits or customs or character of the group on one end and the institutional structure of state on the another. For example, in immigrant societies such as the United States, Canada, and Australia, where groups of people left their various 'homelands' to become part of a different political project, immigrant groups do not have the "national territory" as a basis to reproduce their own culture en masse and the political identities in question—the Canadian, Australian, and American identities — are genuinely available to them, in the sense that the host society did not exclude them from the political project and the political project propose to then a new, "born again"  cultural and political identity. In case the have like, for example in Quebec -- their nationalism assumes the forms that are typical for Old World.

Similarly in the case of France, ethnic groups were incorporated or integrated into France prior to the Age of Nationalism, and assimilation was largely effective. There has been some attempt to revive these minority nationalisms, but minority nations typically lack much shared (institutionally separate) history—since Normandy, Brittany, Aquitaine, Languedoc and Burgundy were all incorporated into France prior to 1500.  They lack an institutional basis, as well as social differentiation. The nationalisms are accordingly very weak. The French formula cannot be applied to other areas, where separate institutional or bureaucratic structures were in place by the time of mass democratic participation and the politicization of national and cultural differences by the bureaucratic modern state.  But the reaction against immigrant communities, especially Muslim community was very strong.

At the same time, as little as forty years ago, Britain was thought to be a homogeneous society, with strong class politics, but little in the way of national politics. Now, however, the conglomerate 'British' national identity seems to be eroding and is challenged by Scottish, Welsh, and to a lesser extent—and mainly in reaction to the other two nationalisms—English national identities.

The issue of rights to territory is also important because one basis of the distinction between immigrant groups and national groups is that the latter have territory and the former do not. Whether a group has territory is therefore crucially important, not only to this conceptual distinction, but it also affects, on at least one influential argument, the kind of rights and entitlements that attach to the groups.

Given the chronic availability of nationalist and ethnic idioms in modern polities, one might expect economic crises to foster heightened nation-statist or ethnic exclusion.  Intensified efforts to blame national and ethnic outsiders for economic distress, to protect domestic producers and workers against foreign (or ethnically “alien”) competition, or to treat politically vulnerable minorities as scapegoats. And earlier crises furnish ample precedent for such efforts. This review has suggested, however, that economic crises do not automatically or uniformly generate such responses and that nationalist and ethno-political responses to the present crisis have so far been relatively muted.

The credit crisis on 2008 was mainly interpreted in nation-statist terms and was blamed (outside the United States) on the American profligacy, American-style casino capitalism, the global financial system, or an externally imposed neoliberalism.

Until Brexit nationalist reaction of the crisis of neoliberalism  — or reactions with a more or less pronounced nationalist components were not successful outside a few countries such as Hungary and Russia. Legal and institutional constraints, complex forms of economic interdependence, and prevailing cultural idioms have all worked to inhibit radical measures designed to protect domestic producers or labor markets (although more limited forms of protection were widely implemented).  Even in the USA, the citadel of neoliberalism, the disenchantment with neoliberalism led to the rise of such politicians as Sanders and Trump.

It is   too soon to assess consequences of Brexit on neoliberal globalization, but it is clear that the growing wave of nationalism is able at least to slow if not revert that recent neoliberal "advances" in this direction. If you add coming oil crisis the future of neoliberal globalization now looks more and more uncertain.

As Indonesian Chinese massacre of 1998 proves modern societies are sill not above finding ethnic scapegoats in case of severe economic crisis:


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[Aug 18, 2018] Acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of "Israel" was a silly idea with no basis in law But when they slipped into Full Spectrum Vampire mode and started slaughtering/ maiming Palestinians like there was no tomorrow, it became obvious that Trump knew exactly what he was doing, and why

Not sure that this was anticipated by Trump...
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Hoarsewhisperer , Aug 18, 2018 8:36:55 AM | 88

I like Trump's ambiguity. Acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of "Israel" was a silly idea with no basis in law. But when they slipped into Full Spectrum Vampire mode and started slaughtering/ maiming Palestinians like there was no tomorrow, it became obvious that he knew exactly what he was doing, and why.

Now the whole world has been reminded, again, what a bunch of self-worshipping ratbags they are. Passing an Only Jews Are People law in "The M.E's only democracy" merely added to the farce.

It's 'interesting' that:

financial matters , Aug 18, 2018 9:20:25 AM | 90
Hoarsewhisperer @ 88

Yes. I think Israel is rapidly losing support and that of Hezbollah is growing. I think history will soon be on the side of the Palestinians and Syrian Golan.

I also see Russia as getting fed up with the Palestinian debacle. If Israel overreaches and gets a Hezbollah response they may find themselves without friends.


[Aug 14, 2018] From the point of view of UN law the sate of Israel is an outlaw.

The term "Jews" probably should be strictly avoided. Zionists or Likudniks is a better term for Jewish Supremacists.
Aug 14, 2018 | www.unz.com

skrik , August 14, 2018 at 1:51 pm GMT

@Anonymouse

let the US give itself back to the Indians, and then ask Israel to act the same way

Give the US back to the amerindians! Give Aus back to the abos! This does not work; it's called 'moral relativism' and/or the 'tu quoque' [appeal to hypocrisy] fallacy.

Then ask Israel to act err, hello? Israel has been 'asked,' over 100 times by some counts, to 'get legal' under UN resolutions. Israel is an outlaw.

Kindly consider the I/J/Z-plex's 10 steps to utter, criminal ignominy:

  1. Herzl; coveting, expropriation (1897+)
  2. Balfour; aid Zs, no consult Ps
  3. Jabotinsky; colonise by force
  4. Ben-Gurion: "we are the attackers and the Arabs own the land" [points 1 - 4 all pre-WW2]
  5. UNGA181: "an area shall be evacuated" (invalid + no UNSC action = not law)
  6. Meir; $US50mio for arms + Plan Dalet&Co = premeditated, murdering to steal aggression
  7. When immigrants (=aliens) attack natives, it's *not* civil war but Nuremberg-class crime
  8. Z-terrorism; down to today; alien invaders' highest-tech vs. besieged & blockaded, basically unarmed natives
  9. US-support incl. UNSC vetoes; also down to 'current moment'
  10. Z-hasbarah = mostly lies, designed and deployed to deceive

More: Post-WW2, Nuremberg trials, hanging perpetrators for murdering invasions for Lebensraum predate King David Hotel bombing, Plan Dalet with outrages like the Deir Yassin massacre, etc.. Similar outrages continue to be perpetrated by the illegitimate entity, into 'the current moment.'

Lemma: At any crime-scene, there are one or more perpetrators, possibly accessories, apologists and/or 'idle' bystanders. It is incumbent upon *all* witnesses to attempt to a) restrain malefactors and where possible b) rescue victims from harm. *All* present and not in active resistance to the crime attract proportional guilt.

Addendum: Any person profiting from crime also makes him/herself an accessory, like all residents in the 'illegitimate entity,' say.

Also post WW2, we got the post-colonial era; the illegitimate entity fulfils the 'premeditated supreme international crime' criteria. RoR+R*3 NOW! QED

PS Showing 'support' for criminals adopts part guilt for those criminals' crimes via the accessory process; why would anyone in their 'right' = correct mind do that?

anarchyst , August 14, 2018 at 1:59 pm GMT
If a nuclear device is "lit off" in an American or European city, it will have Israel's fingerprints all over it. Israel is desperate to keep the American money spigot running, as well as sabotaging the Palestinian "peace process" that the world wants it to take seriously.

In fact, if a nuclear device is "lit off" anywhere in the world, it will have come from Israel's secret nuclear "stockpile".

The "power outage" in Atlanta was a convenient excuse for Israel to perform a logistical "sleight of hand", as an Israeli plane was allowed to land and take off during the "power outage" without receiving customs clearance or inspection. This is one of many Israeli companies that possesses a "special exemption" granted by the U S government that frees it from customs inspections. Just maybe another one of Israel's nukes was just being pre-positioned or nuclear triggers (tritium) were being renewed, getting ready for "the big one". As most Americans are tired of all of the foreign wars being fought for Israel's benefit, another "incident" on American soil would be enough to galvanize the American public, once again, (just like WTC 9-11) to support another war for Israel's benefit. Israel's "samson option" is a real threat to "light one off" in a European or American city, if Israel's interests are not taken seriously.

Israel refuses to abide by IAEA guidelines concerning its nukes as they are already distributed around the world. Israel would not be able to produce all of them as most of them are not in Israel, proper. No delivery systems are needed as Israel's nukes are already "in place". Look for another "false flag" operation with the blame being put on Iran or Syria. You can bet that some Iranian or Syrian passports will be found in the rubble.

Israel also threatens to detonate nuclear devices in several US cities. Talk about total INSANITY; the so-called "Samson Option" is it.

As an aside, American "foreign aid" is prohibited from being given to any country that has not signed the "Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty" or refuses to abide by "International Atomic Energy Agency" (IAEA) guidelines regarding its nuclear devices. Guess what?? Israel does not abide by EITHER and still gets the majority of American "foreign aid". This prohibition also applies to countries that do not register their "agents of a foreign government" with the U S State Department. Guess what?? Israel (again) with its "American Israel Political Action Committee" (AIPAC) still gets "foreign aid" in contravention of American law..

There are forty or so congressmen, senators and thousands of high-level policy "wonks" infecting the U S government who hold "dual citizenship" with Israel. Such dual citizenship must be strictly prohibited. Those holding dual citizenship must be required to renounce said foreign citizenship. Refusal to do so should result in immediate deportation with loss of American citizenship. Present and former holders of dual citizenship should never be allowed to serve in any American governmental capacity.

When Netanyahu addressed both houses of congress, it was sickening to see our politicians slobber all over themselves to PROVE that they were unconditional supporters of Israel just who the hell do they work for? Certainly not for the interests of the American people and the United States they should renounce their United States citizenship and be deported to Israel

Bardon Kaldian , August 14, 2018 at 2:17 pm GMT
Giraldi is here-unlike in most of his regularly anti-Semitic texts- right about one crucial thing: American Gentile cow-towing to (real or imagined) Jewish power in the US, as illustrated by absurd Baron Cohen's episode.

However, I don't blame most of US Jews for that. Jewish ethnocentrists are to be suspect, sure, but the main question for US gentile politicians & public figures remains: why are you such suckers, anyway?

Sam Shama , August 14, 2018 at 2:35 pm GMT
Between Jessica at #23, and Anon at #45 lay two paramount pieces of instruction which Phil Giraldi ought to heed.

Ordinary Jews are no more required to register their objections over AIPAC's actions than are Christians over the actions of their top leaders including the POTUS, domestic MIC lobbies, the Gun Lobby and the Oil lobby; no more that is, beyond what each citizen expresses through her vote. Individuals may choose; to go beyond, into political activism; yet choice is the operative notion.

And no, Geokat, Power isn't listening to Phil over the sound of crickets for the simple reason that Power does not read the UR, couldn't care less if they did, as the Review quite rapidly degenerates to the station of an unrelenting hate rag frequented by dubious IQ cultists, antisemites and White Nationalism apologists.

Felicity , August 14, 2018 at 3:14 pm GMT
@NoseytheDuke

"Many in the intelligence and law enforcement communities suspect that it (Israel) had considerable prior intelligence regarding the 9/11 plot but did not share it with Washington."

And according to Jimmy Carter Israeli intelligence had advance information of the suicide attack on the US barracks in Beirut in 1983 that killed 243 US servicemen (one of whom was a member of my family). The Israelis decided to not inform US intelligence in the hope that a major attack on US personnel would precipitate a commitment of US troops and arms into the region. So much for our Israeli "ally".

JessicaR , August 14, 2018 at 4:10 pm GMT
@Anonymouse

You are, of course, correct that the US committed either genocide or near-genocide (depending on your definition of the term) against Native Americans. However, NOW, in the 21st century, any Native American who is a US citizen is free to buy property in any part of America and live where he chooses. Native Americans are no longer confined to reservations. While poverty is a fact of life for many Native Americans, some tribes have profited substantially from gambling. In Florida, Seminoles may receive upward of 40,000 a year (each man, woman, and child) as their share of the gambling revenues. They can certainly afford to buy property just about anywhere.

(Note that I am not denying that much discrimination and inequality still persist and that most reservations with gambling offer very little to tribal members.)

In Israel, however, Palestinians cannot return to their home towns and buy property. They are not free to live where they choose. Many are still confined to refugee camps. Housing discrimination continues to persist for Israeli Arabs. Yes, the High Court ruled it illegal, but few remedies are in place, which means the practice continues largely unabated.

If you want to use historical analogies, I believe you should use them in full.

utu , August 14, 2018 at 4:39 pm GMT

Cohen's performance is instructive. A man shows up in Israeli uniform, claims to be a terrorism expert or even a Mossad agent, and he gains access to powerful Americans who are willing to do anything he says.

It is very telling about the human material on the right in America. Complete morons. Now think about it. It was a prank, right? But I can imagine that real negotiations with Israelis are very similar and produce similar positive outcomes for Israelis. Israelis play Americans anyway they want on all levels of federal and local administrations. They have the same attitude towards Americans as Jack Abramoff had towards his counterparts at Indian reservations. Why shouldn't they? It works.

he called his Indian clients "troglodytes" and "morons" and "monkeys," "the stupidest idiots in the land." In one particularly damning e-mail he counseled Scanlon, "The key thing to remember with all these clients is that they are annoying, but that the annoying losers are the only ones which have this kind of money and part with it so quickly . So, we have to put up with this stuff."

At best American are annoying losers who part with their money quickly.

Mr. Giraldi, why do you bother with your articles? You still have illusions that you can educate the monkeys?

Anon [270] Disclaimer , Website August 14, 2018 at 4:44 pm GMT
"special relationship"

It smacks of supremacism, doesn't it? It means the US must favor Zionist occupiers in West Bank over Palestinians, the very people who are being occupied.

It means the US must favor Israel, a nation that stole uranium from US and has 300 nukes, over Iran, a nation that passed all inspections and has no nukes.

This special relationship is a form of worship. It is never discussed rationally WHY Israel is so crucial to us. Instead, politicians and pundits gush about it with fanatical devotion, as if it's a sacred truth. Anyone who questions it even slightly is marginalized or destroyed. Some might Giraldi has been too strident, but even mild criticism of Israel or Zionism can get you banned from media or politics.

I find it odd that Jews always remind us that Old America was 'racist' because it favored Europeans over non-whites, especially in immigration and foreign policy. After all, the US often sided with European imperialists over non-white subjects of colonialism.

In New America, there is supposed to no Special Treatment for any group, but Jews and Israel get it all the time. In asylum(Save Soviet Jews), in immigration, in college admission, in foreign policy -- not just in supporting Israel at every turn but in waging Wars for Israel and hating on any nation hated by Jews, esp Russia, Iran, and Syria.

[Aug 10, 2018] When> people use the term Jews they typically mean Financial oligachy

Notable quotes:
"... I never meet Jew haters in my personal life but there sure are a lot on this site. How does less than 2% of the US population utterly dominate the nation? Is each Jew 50 times stronger than every gentile. ..."
"... They tend to be urban dwellers where salaries are higher but standards of living are often lower. Those in my neighborhood are very well assimilated. They put elaborate Christmas lights on their houses. It is not a rich neighborhood. ..."
"... Their earlier history was wretched and included slavery and persecutions for thousands of years. Don't waste much time fearing Jews ..."
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Patricus , June 5, 2018 at 11:43 pm GMT

I never meet Jew haters in my personal life but there sure are a lot on this site. How does less than 2% of the US population utterly dominate the nation? Is each Jew 50 times stronger than every gentile.

I meet many Jews but can't recall a single super Jew. Maybe they are clever deceivers? The great majority are middle earners. There are some rich and some poor. Jews dominate Hollywood and certain occupations but they are underrepresented as engineers and architects. So what.

They tend to be urban dwellers where salaries are higher but standards of living are often lower. Those in my neighborhood are very well assimilated. They put elaborate Christmas lights on their houses. It is not a rich neighborhood.

Jewish history does not support the idea of a super race. They only entered middle classes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and only in the western world. Before that they were not allowed to attend universities or even own land in many cases.

Their earlier history was wretched and included slavery and persecutions for thousands of years. Don't waste much time fearing Jews.

[Aug 08, 2018] America the Unexceptional by William S. Smith

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"... National Review ..."
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In the wake of President Trump's Helsinki press conference, National Review declared itself "Against Moral Equivalence." The magazine claimed that there could be no equating American meddling in foreign elections with Russian interference in our election because the goal of the U.S. is to "promote democracy and political liberty and human rights." Though while America's actions might be noble and have the sanction of heaven, National Review did concede that its efforts to promote democracy have often been "messy" -- an adjective that the people of Iraq might find understated.

Like many of Trump's critics, National Review 's embrace of American exceptionalism, of exempting the United States from the moral laws of the universe because of its commitment to democracy, is of a type the West has seen before. Swept up in their revolutionary enthusiasm, the French Jacobins made similar claims. In late 1791, a member of the Assembly, while agitating for war with Austria, declared that France "had become the foremost people of the universe, so their conduct must now correspond to their new destiny. As slaves they were bold and great; are they to be timid and feeble now that they are free?"

Robespierre himself was taken aback by the turn of a domestic revolution into a call for military adventurism. Of plans to invade Austria and to overthrow "enemies" of liberty in other nations, he famously remarked, "No one loves armed missionaries." (Robespierre's advice might have also benefited the American occupiers of Iraq.) The Jacobins' moral preening led France to declare war on Austria in 1792 and set in motion years of French military adventurism that devastated much of central Europe. Military imperialism abroad and guillotines at home became the legacy of self-declared French exceptionalism.

Hubristic nations that claim a unique place for themselves high atop the moral universe tend to be imperialistic. This is because claims of national exceptionalism, whether of the French or American variety, are antinomian, even nihilistic. The "exceptional" ones carve out for themselves an exemption from the moral law. And prideful claims of moral purity are the inevitable predicate to imposing one's will upon another. Once leaders assert that their national soul is of a special kind -- indispensable and not subject to the same rules -- the road to hell has been paved.

The Immorality of American Exceptionalism A Jacobin-in-Chief

While supporters of American exceptionalism are careful to claim the mantle of Western civilization, their philosophical orientation in fact amounts to a repudiation of the central principles of the West and the Constitution.

Arguably, the tradition of the Judeo-Christian West has been special because it has asserted that human nature is not particularly special. And the Constitution has been exceptional because it's warned Americans that we are not particularly exceptional.

For example, the legacy of Pauline Christianity, Irving Babbitt tells us, is "the haunting sense of sin and the stress it lays upon the struggle between the higher and lower self, between the law of the flesh and the law of the spirit." No person or nation is above this moral challenge. The uniquely American repudiation of exceptionalism shines brightly in The Federalist , where no angels can be found among men, and, because no one's behavior enjoys the sanction of heaven, extensive checks are placed upon people's ability to impose their wills upon others. The foreign policy that flowed out of the worldview of the Framers was that of George Washington, a strong recommendation against hubris and foreign meddling.

These historical and cultural warnings about human nature have since been swept away by acolytes of American exceptionalism. Our moral superiority, they claim, makes us Masters of the Universe, not careful and mindful custodians of our own fallen nature. We have been put on earth to judge other nations, not to be judged. Tossing the legacy of the Framers onto the ash heap of history, George W. Bush declared in his Second Inaugural Address that our exceptionalism creates an obligation to promote democracy "in every nation and culture." In this endeavor, Bush pronounced, the United States enjoys the sanction of heaven, as "history also has a visible direction, set by liberty and the author of liberty." Bush's Second Inaugural was probably better in the original French.

Now, the puffed-up American establishment, many of whom supported the bloody Iraq war, drip with moral condescension as they brand Vladimir Putin an existential outlaw and the enemy of democracy, foreclosing the possibility of common ground with Russia on nuclear weapons, China, terrorism, and other issues that matter to the national security of the United States. That Washington has meddled in countless nations' affairs from Iraq to Russia -- and caused untold damage -- is of no account to the establishment. Rules do not apply to democracy promoters.

After the Iraq war, we should have reconsidered our hubristic American exceptionalism. One can take pride in the American tradition without laying claim to a uniquely beautiful national soul that is exempt from the laws of nature and of nature's God. The hysterical reaction to Trump's truthful admission that the United States too has made mistakes in its relationship with Russia is a sign that American exceptionalism is still in full flower among elites. Without the return of a certain humility, there will be more military adventures abroad and political strife at home.

William S. Smith is research fellow and managing director at the Center for the Study of Statesmanship at The Catholic University of America. 11 Responses to America the Unexceptional



Nelson August 7, 2018 at 11:32 pm

I agree with the sentiment but the facts show we've always been this way. Historically speaking our hubris didn't start with George W. Bush. We had quite the exceptionalist spirt with "Manifest Destiny" back in the 19th century. And indeed it took a bit of hubris to declare independence from Britain.
charles cosimano , , August 8, 2018 at 2:44 am
All great powers are exempt from any moral law, not merely because it does not exist, but because even if it did, who could enforce it?
paradoctor , , August 8, 2018 at 2:44 am
Exceptionalism is the sin of pride.
Wayne Lusvardi , , August 8, 2018 at 2:58 am
Dr. Smith wrote his PhD dissertation in political philosophy on a critique of romanticism in political thinking. However, in the above article he somehow believes America is unexceptional for having exempted itself from God's laws and natural law. But what if American policy makers acted out of political necessity and realism, not "hubris" or un-humility? I might agree with Smith about using "democracy building" as a pretense for military intervention. But does Smith take what US presidents and congressmen say at face value? What if US intervention in Iraq had to do with trying to balance power between Iraq and Iran, or stop Islamic expansionism from pushing into Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states? Moralism can be just as dangerous as democracy building in foreign affairs.
polistra , , August 8, 2018 at 3:21 am
We did renounce exceptionalism and imperialism after WW1. Wilson's pet agencies faded out and we focused internally. We remained non-interventionist until 1946 when the Wilsonians snatched power again.

We should figure out why and how the bureaucracy and media gave up Empire in the early '20s. Obviously the people were tired, just as they are now, but the people are irrelevant.

Something changed in the power structure. What was it? Can we help it to happen again?

Robert , , August 8, 2018 at 4:19 am
A very fine article, one of the best that TAC has published.
Andrew , , August 8, 2018 at 6:07 am
The writer in question of the referenced piece at National Review, Jimmy Quinn, is a 20something college intern, proving they aren't even interested in hiring newer young conservatives at NRO who don't just mindlessly repeat the neoconservative line on "American exceptionalism". They are long past their days as a serious magazine. If not by ideology, just by having a more interesting collection of writers, I'd say even the Weekly Standard is now a better magazine than National Review. It's become like the boring Pravda rulebook for Official Conservatism™ in America.
TomG , , August 8, 2018 at 8:29 am
Well done, Mr. Smith. Our hubris blinds this nation to the pain it inflicts in other lands. I reflect again and again on these words from the hymn (tune Finlandia):

This is my song, oh God of all the nations,
a song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
but other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country's skies are bluer than the ocean,
and sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too and clover,
and skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
This is my song, thou God of all the nations;
a song of peace for their land and for mine.

When nations rage, and fears erupt coercive,
The drumbeats sound, invoking pious cause.
My neighbors rise, their stalwart hearts they offer,
The gavels drop, suspending rights and laws.
While others wield their swords with blind devotion;
For peace I'll stand, my true and steadfast cause.

We would be one as now we join in singing,
Our hymn of love, to pledge ourselves anew.
To that high cause of greater understanding
Of who we are, and what in us is true.
We would be one in loving and forgiving,
with hopes and dreams as true and high as thine.

Roberto , , August 8, 2018 at 9:29 am
C'mon people, it's right to separate yourselves from the bombast and violent meddling we've done all over the world, but let's not get carried away with this ridiculous "we're just like any other bully" mentality.

The exceptionalism is in the elevation of individual human freedom as a foundational principle. We declared it, the French declared it, and it remains a beacon for many others, no matter how poorly we've observed it from time to time.

"Military imperialism abroad and guillotines at home became the legacy of self-declared French exceptionalism." No, that was the paroxysm of revolution, one that the U,S. fortunately avoided.
The real legacy was the sweeping away of monarchy across the continent, despite the irony of Napoleon making himself emperor.

For all our imperialism, did we treat western Europe the same as Stalin treated eastern Europe?
Is it just an accident of history that the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, former British colonies all, lead the world in the protection of individual human rights? You can draw a line, crooked though it may be, from those countries right back to the Magna Carta.

Yes, we had slavery, a legacy of our status as an agricultural colony, but the British, French, and Americans all abolished it because it couldn't square with our declared principles.

We may forget why we are exceptional but our immigration pressure shows that the the rest of the world hasn't.

JonF , , August 8, 2018 at 9:38 am
Re: The Jacobins' moral preening led France to declare war on Austria in 1792

It wasn't just the Jacobins: pretty much everyone wanted war. The royalists hoped that foreign intervention would restore Louis XVI as an absolute monarch. The moderates wanted to consolidate the gains of the Revolution and deflect public anger at its economic failings. The radicals, as noted, looked to evangelize Europe with the Rights of Man. And the foreign powers wanted to crush the Revolution lest its ideals take root in their own country -- and help themselves to this or that bit of France's empire.

john35 , , August 8, 2018 at 9:40 am
Thanks for reading "National Review" to bring us this hilarious declaration.

[Aug 06, 2018] Both Zionism and Nazism are essentially exaggerations of Nineteenth century European racial nationalism, both posit a more or less imaginary history to justify their territorial claims

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Colin Wright , Website August 6, 2018 at 5:34 am GMT

It's worth pointing out that described abstractly, Zionism and Nazism are ideologically very similar. Both are essentially exaggerations of Nineteenth century European racial nationalism, both posit a more or less imaginary history to justify their territorial claims, both ignore the rights of all others in favor of their chosen group, both openly worship violence, and both are contemptuous of both legal and moral constraints. Israel has committed crimes proportionately as horrific as any Nazi Germany committed up to the outbreak of total war in 1941, and I'm all too confident that if total war did come to the Middle East, Israel would take advantage of the opportunity to engage in some very genocidal treatment of her Palestinian subjects.

The primary differences are really that while Nazism was defeated over seventy years ago, Israel is still very much in being, and that while we here in the US opposed Nazism, we support Israel.

[Aug 05, 2018] Multiculturalism is a recipe for national suicide. Culture, including religious belief, is the unifying factor that allows strangers to work with one another, by ensuring that they share the same assumptions about morality and about correct behavior in general.

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CanSpeccy , Website July 31, 2018 at 12:10 am GMT

Multiculturalism is a recipe for national suicide. Culture, including religious belief, is the unifying factor that allows strangers to work with one another, by ensuring that they share the same assumptions about morality and about correct behavior in general.

Jews have been a problem for European societies for hundreds of years. The recent mass migration of people of multiple races and religions to Europe and its settler outposts in the America's and the Pacific is creating cultural chaos.

Immigrants who will not assimilate to the Christian culture of the West have no place in the West. For Africans, Asians, Hispanics and Middle-Easterners the message must be: assimilate or leave. The same for Jews who now, fortunately, have a place to go where they can live by the precepts of their ancient religion, however bizarre some of those precepts may seem to others.

That then leaves only the problem of the Palestinians. A solution can surely be found in a deal with Egypt. The Sinai is twice the size of Palestine, yet has only a half a million inhabitants. The US could easily organize a purchase, funded by itself, Britain, the country primarily responsible for the dispossession of the Palestinians, the EU, Russia and some other countries, and of course Israel, which would have to pay for the land and houses of the departing Palestinians.

At say $10,000 per hectare, a ridiculous price for a desert sand and rocky hillsides, the whole of Sinai could be purchased for $60 billion, a trivial amount in relation to the US trillion-dollar defense budget. In addition, there might be a need for something like half a trillion dollars for construction of the the cities and high-tech desert agricultural system of the new Palestinian state. But again, that is a rather trivial amount over, say ten years.

[Aug 05, 2018] "Anti-semitism" is merely the enforcement wing of Zionism

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nickels , July 30, 2018 at 1:55 pm GMT

"Anti-semitism" is merely the enforcement wing of Zionism. Anywhere Zionists uses injustice, pointing that out becomes anti-Semitic.
The Zionists, unlike the dullard goyim, understand the power of the moral force, despite the fact they work fully against it's dictates.

[Aug 05, 2018] American Pravda the Nature of Anti-Semitism by Ron Unz

Notable quotes:
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"... Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion ..."
"... Gulag Archipelago ..."
"... The Jewish Century ..."
"... The Jew Who Defeated Hitler: Henry Morgenthau Jr., FDR, and How We Won the War ..."
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I recently published a couple of long essays, and although they primarily focused on other matters, the subject of anti-Semitism was a strong secondary theme. In that regard, I mentioned my shock at discovering a dozen or more years ago that several of the most self-evidently absurd elements of anti-Semitic lunacy, which I had always dismissed without consideration, were probably correct. It does seem likely that a significant number of traditionally-religious Jews did indeed occasionally commit the ritual murder of Christian children in order to use their blood in certain religious ceremonies, and also that powerful Jewish international bankers did play a large role in financing the establishment of Bolshevik Russia .

When one discovers that matters of such enormous moment not only apparently occurred but that they had been successfully excluded from nearly all of our histories and media coverage for most of the last one hundred years, the implications take some time to properly digest. If the most extreme "anti-Semitic canards" were probably true, then surely the whole notion of anti-Semitism warrants a careful reexamination.

All of us obtain our knowledge of the world by two different channels. Some things we discover from our own personal experiences and the direct evidence of our senses, but most information comes to us via external sources such as books and the media, and a crisis may develop when we discover that these two pathways are in sharp conflict. The official media of the old USSR used to endlessly trumpet the tremendous achievements of its collectivized agricultural system, but when citizens noticed that there was never any meat in their shops, "Pravda" became a watchword for "Lies" rather than "Truth."

Now consider the notion of "anti-Semitism." Google searches for that word and its close variants reveal over 24 million hits, and over the years I'm sure I've seen that term tens of thousands of times in my books and newspapers, and heard it endlessly reported in my electronic media and entertainment. But thinking it over, I'm not sure that I can ever recall a single real-life instance I've personally encountered, nor have I heard of almost any such cases from my friends or acquaintances. Indeed, the only persons I've ever come across making such claims were individuals who bore unmistakable signs of serious psychological imbalance. When the daily newspapers are brimming with lurid tales of hideous demons walking among us and attacking people on every street corner, but you yourself have never actually seen one, you may gradually grow suspicious.

Indeed, over the years some of my own research has uncovered a sharp contrast between image and reality. As recently as the late 1990s, leading mainstream media outlets such as The New York Times were still denouncing a top Ivy League school such as Princeton for the supposed anti-Semitism of its college admissions policy, but a few years ago when I carefully investigated that issue in quantitative terms for my lengthy Meritocracy analysis I was very surprised to reach a polar-opposite conclusion. According to the best available evidence, white Gentiles were over 90% less likely to be enrolled at Harvard and the other Ivies than were Jews of similar academic performance, a truly remarkable finding. If the situation had been reversed and Jews were 90% less likely to be found at Harvard than seemed warranted by their test scores, surely that fact would be endlessly cited as the absolute smoking-gun proof of horrendous anti-Semitism in present-day America.

It has also become apparent that a considerable fraction of what passes for "anti-Semitism" these days seems to stretch that term beyond all recognition. A few weeks ago an unknown 28-year-old Democratic Socialist named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scored a stunning upset primary victory over a top House Democrat in New York City, and naturally received a blizzard of media coverage as a result. However, when it came out that she had denounced the Israeli government for its recent massacre of over 140 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, cries of "anti-Semite" soon appeared, and according to Google there are now over 180,000 such hits combining her name and that harsh accusatory term. Similarly, just a few days ago the New York Times ran a major story reporting that all of Britain's Jewish newspapers had issued an "unprecedented" denunciation of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, describing it as an "existential threat" to the Jewish community for the anti-Semitism it was fostering; but this apparently amounted to nothing more than its willingness to sharply criticize the Israeli government for its long mistreatment of the Palestinians.

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One plausible explanation of the strange contrast between media coverage and reality might be that anti-Semitism once did loom very large in real life, but dissipated many decades ago, while the organizations and activists focused on detecting and combating that pernicious problem have remained in place, generating public attention based on smaller and smaller issues, with the zealous Jewish activists of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) representing a perfect example of this situation. As an even more striking illustration, the Second World War ended over seventy years ago, but what historian Norman Finkelstein has so aptly labeled "the Holocaust Industry" has grown ever larger and more entrenched in our academic and media worlds so that scarcely a day passes without one or more articles relating to that topic appearing in my major morning newspapers. Given this situation, a serious exploration of the true nature of anti-Semitism should probably avoid the mere media phantoms of today and focus on the past, when the condition might still have been widespread in daily life.

Many observers have pointed to the aftermath of the Second World War as marking a huge watershed in the public acceptability of anti-Semitism both in America and Europe, so perhaps a proper appraisal of that cultural phenomenon should focus on the years before that global conflict. However, the overwhelming role of Jews in the Bolshevik Revolution and other bloody Communist seizures of power quite naturally made them objects of considerable fear and hatred throughout the inter-war years, so the safest course might be to push that boundary back a little further and confine our attention to the period prior to the outbreak of the First World War. The pogroms in Czarist Russia, the Dreyfus Affair in France, and the lynching of Leo Frank in the American South come to mind as some of the most famous examples from that period.

Lindemann's discussion of the often difficult relations between Russia's restive Jewish minority and its huge Slavic majority is also quite interesting, and he provides numerous instances in which major incidents, supposedly demonstrating the enormously strong appeal of vicious anti-Semitism, were quite different than has been suggested by the legend. The famous Kishinev Pogrom of 1903 was obviously the result of severe ethnic tension in that city, but contrary to the regular accusations of later writers, there seems absolutely no evidence of high-level government involvement, and the widespread claims of 700 dead that so horrified the entire world were grossly exaggerated, with only 45 killed in the urban rioting. Chaim Weizmann, the future president of Israel, later promoted the story that he himself and some other brave Jewish souls had personally defended their people with revolvers in hand even as they saw the mutilated bodies of 80 Jewish victims. This account was totally fictional since Weizmann happened to have been be hundreds of miles away when the riots occurred.

Although a tendency to lie and exaggerate was hardly unique to the political partisans of Russian Jewry, the existence of a powerful international network of Jewish journalists and Jewish-influenced media outlets ensured that such concocted propaganda stories might receive enormous worldwide distribution, while the truth followed far behind, if at all.

For related reasons, international outrage was often focused on the legal confinement of most of Russia's Jews to the "Pale of Settlement," suggesting some sort of tight imprisonment; but that area was the traditional home of the Jewish population and encompassed a landmass almost as large as France and Spain combined. The growing impoverishment of Eastern European Jews during that era was often assumed to be a consequence of hostile government policy, but the obvious explanation was extraordinary Jewish fecundity, which far outstripped that of their Slavic fellow countrymen, and quickly led them to outgrow the available spots in any of their traditional "middleman" occupations, a situation worsened by their total disinclination to engage in agriculture or other primary-producer activities. Jewish communities expressed horror at the risk of losing their sons to the Czarist military draft, but this was simply the flip-side of the full Russian citizenship they had been granted, and no different from what was faced by their non-Jewish neighbors.

Certainly the Jews of Russia suffered greatly from widespread riots and mob attacks in the generation prior to World War I, and these did sometimes have substantial government encouragement, especially in the aftermath of the very heavy Jewish role in the 1905 Revolution. But we should keep in mind that a Jewish plotter had been implicated in the killing of Czar Alexander II, and Jewish assassins had also struck down several top Russian ministers and numerous other government officials. If the last decade or two had seen American Muslims assassinate a sitting U.S. President, various leading Cabinet members, and a host of our other elected and appointed officials, surely the position of Muslims in this country would have become a very uncomfortable one.

As Lindemann candidly describes the tension between Russia's very rapidly growing Jewish population and its governing authorities, he cannot avoid mentioning the notorious Jewish reputation for bribery, corruption, and general dishonesty, with numerous figures of all political backgrounds noting that the remarkable Jewish propensity to commit perjury in the courtroom led to severe problems in the effective administration of justice. The eminent American sociologist E.A. Ross, writing in 1913, characterized the regular behavior of Eastern European Jews in very similar terms .

Lindemann also allocates a short chapter to discussing the 1911 Beilis Affair, in which a Ukrainian Jew was accused of the ritual murder of a young Gentile boy, an incident that generated a great deal of international attention and controversy. Based on the evidence presented, the defendant seems likely to have been innocent, although the obvious lies he repeatedly told police interrogators hardly helped foster that impression, and "the system worked" in that he was ultimately found innocent by the jurors at his trial. However, a few pages are also given to a much less well-known ritual murder case in late 19th century Hungary, in which the evidence of Jewish guilt seemed far stronger, though the author hardly accepted the possible reality of such an outlandish crime. Such reticence was quite understandable since the publication of Ariel Toaff's remarkable volume on the subject was still a dozen years in the future.

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Lindemann subsequently expanded his examination of historical anti-Semitism into a much broader treatment, Esau's Tears , which appeared in 1997. In this volume, he added comparative studies of the social landscape in Germany, Britain, Italy, and several other European countries, and demonstrated that the relationship between Jews and non-Jews varied greatly across different locations and time periods. But although I found his analysis quite useful and interesting, the extraordinarily harsh attacks his text provoked from some outraged Jewish academics seemed even more intriguing.

For example, Judith Laikin Elkin opened her discussion in The American Historical Review by describing the book as a "545-page polemic" a strange characterization of a book so remarkably even-handed and factually-based in its scholarship. Writing in Commentary , Robert Wistrich was even harsher, stating that merely reading the book had been a painful experience for him, and his review seemed filled with spittle-flecked rage. Unless these individuals had somehow gotten copies of a different book, I found their attitudes simply astonishing.

I was not alone in such a reaction. Richard S. Levy of the University of Illinois, a noted scholar of anti-Semitism, expressed amazement at Wistrich's seemingly irrational outburst, while Paul Gottfried, writing in Chronicles , mildly suggested that Lindemann had "touched raw nerves." Indeed, Gottfried's own evaluation quite reasonably criticized Lindemann for perhaps being a little too even-handed, sometimes presenting numerous conflicting analyzes without choosing between them. For those interested, a good discussion of the book by Alan Steinweis, a younger scholar specializing in the same topic, is conveniently available online .

The remarkable ferocity with which some Jewish writers attacked Lindemann's meticulous attempt to provide an accurate history of anti-Semitism may carry more significance than merely an exchange of angry words in low-circulation academic publications. If our mainstream media shapes our reality, scholarly books and articles based upon them tend to set the contours of that media coverage. And the ability of a relatively small number of agitated and energetic Jews to police the acceptable boundaries of historical narratives may have enormous consequences for our larger society, deterring scholars from objectively reporting historical facts and preventing students from discovering them.

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The undeniable truth is that for many centuries Jews usually constituted a wealthy and privileged segment of the population in nearly all the European countries in which they resided, and quite frequently they based their livelihood upon the heavy exploitation of a downtrodden peasantry. Even without any differences in ethnicity, language, or religion, such conditions almost invariably provoke hostility. The victory of Mao's Communist forces in China was quickly followed by the brutal massacre of a million or more Han Chinese landlords by the Han Chinese poor peasants who regarded them as cruel oppressors, with William Hinton's classic Fanshen describing the unfortunate history that unfolded in one particular village. When similar circumstances led to violent clashes in Eastern Europe between Slavs and Jews, does it really make logical sense to employ a specialized term such as "anti-Semitism" to describe that situation?

Furthermore, some of the material presented in Lindemann's rather innocuous text might also lead to potentially threatening ideas. Consider, for example, the notorious Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion , almost certainly fictional, but hugely popular and influential during the years following World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution. The fall of so many longstanding Gentile dynasties and their replacement by new regimes such as Soviet Russia and Weimar Germany, which were heavily dominated by their tiny Jewish minorities, quite naturally fed suspicions of a worldwide Jewish plot, as did the widely discussed role of Jewish international bankers in producing those political outcomes.

Over the decades, there has been much speculation about the possible inspiration for the Protocols , but although Lindemann makes absolutely no reference to that document, he does provide a very intriguing possible candidate. Jewish-born British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli certainly ranked as one of the most influential figures of the late 19th century, and in his novel Coningsby , he has the character representing Lord Lionel Rothschild boast about the existence of a vast and secret network of powerful international Jews , who stand near the head of almost every major nation, quietly controlling their governments from behind the scenes. If one of the world's most politically well-connected Jews eagerly promoted such notions, was Henry Ford really so unreasonable in doing the same?

Lindemann also notes Disraeli's focus on the extreme importance of race and racial origins, a central aspect of traditional Jewish religious doctrine. He reasonably suggests that this must surely have had a huge influence upon the rise of those political ideas, given that Disraeli's public profile and stature were so much greater than the mere writers or activists whom our history books usually place at center stage. In fact, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, a leading racial theorist, actually cited Disraeli as a key source for his ideas. Jewish intellectuals such as Max Nordau and Cesare Lombroso are already widely recognized as leading figures in the rise of the racial science of that era, but Disraeli's under-appreciated role may have actually been far greater. The deep Jewish roots of European racialist movements are hardly something that many present-day Jews would want widely known.

One of the harsh Jewish critics of Esau's Tears denounced Cambridge University Press for even allowing the book to appear in print, and although that major work is easily available in English, there are numerous other cases where an important but discordant version of historical reality has been successfully blocked from publication. For decades most Americans would have ranked Nobel Laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn as among the world's greatest literary figures, and his Gulag Archipelago alone sold over 10 million copies. But his last work was a massive two-volume account of the tragic 200 years of shared history between Russians and Jews, and despite its 2002 release in Russian and numerous other world languages, there has yet to be an authorized English translation, though various partial editions have circulated on the Internet in samizdat form.

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At one point, a full English version was briefly available for sale at Amazon.com and I purchased it. Glancing through a few sections, the work seemed quite even-handed and innocuous to me, but it seemed to provide a far more detailed and uncensored account than anything else previously available, which obviously was the problem. The Bolshevik Revolution resulted in the deaths of many tens of millions of people worldwide, and the overwhelming Jewish role in its leadership would become more difficult to erase from historical memory if Solzhenitsyn's work were easily available. Also, his candid discussion of the economic and political behavior of Russian Jewry in pre-revolutionary times directly conflicted with the hagiography widely promoted by Hollywood and the popular media. Historian Yuri Slezkine's award-winning 2004 book The Jewish Century provided many similar facts, but his treatment was far more cursory and his public stature not remotely the same.

Near the end of his life, Solzhenitsyn gave his political blessing to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Russia's leaders honored him upon his death, while his Gulag volumes are now enshrined as mandatory reading in the standard high school curriculum of today's overwhelmingly Christian Russia. But even as his star rose again in his own homeland, it seems to have sharply fallen in our own country, and his trajectory may eventually relegate him to nearly un-person status.

A couple of years after the release of Solzhenitsyn's controversial final book, an American writer named Anne Applebaum published a thick history bearing the same title Gulag , and her work received enormously favorable media coverage and won her a Pulitzer Prize; I have even heard claims that her book has been steadily replacing that earlier Gulag on many college reading lists. But although Jews constituted a huge fraction of the top leadership of the Soviet Gulag system during its early decades, as well as that of the dreaded NKVD which supplied the inmates, nearly her entire focus on her own ethnic group during Soviet times is that of victims rather than victimizers. And by a remarkable irony of fate, she shares a last name with one of the top Bolshevik leaders, Hirsch Apfelbaum, who concealed his own ethnic identity by calling himself Grigory Zinoviev.

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The striking decline in Solzhenitsyn's literary status in the West came just a decade or two after an even more precipitous collapse in the reputation of David Irving , and for much the same reason. Irving probably ranked as the most internationally successful British historian of the last one hundred years and a renowned scholar of World War II, but his extensive reliance on primary source documentary evidence posed an obvious threat to the official narrative promoted by Hollywood and wartime propaganda. When he published his magisterial Hitler's War , this conflict between myth and reality came into the open, and an enormous wave of attacks and vilification was unleashed, gradually leading to his purge from respectability and eventually even his imprisonment.

These important examples may help to explain the puzzling contrast between the behavior of Jews in the aggregate and Jews as individuals. Observers have noticed that even fairly small Jewish minorities may often have a major impact upon the far larger societies that host them. But on the other hand, in my experience at least, a large majority of individual Jews do not seem all that different in their personalities or behavior than their non-Jewish counterparts. So how does a community whose individual mean is not so unusual generate what seems to be such a striking difference in collective behavior? I think the answer may involve the existence of information choke-points, and the ability of relatively small numbers of particularly zealous and agitated Jews in influencing and controlling these.

We live our lives constantly immersed in media narratives, and these allow us to decide the rights and wrongs of a situation. The vast majority of people, Jew and Gentile alike, are far more likely to take strong action if they are convinced that their cause is a just one. This is obviously the basis for war-time propaganda.

Now suppose that a relatively small number of zealous Jewish partisans are known to always attack and denounce journalists or authors who accurately describe Jewish misbehavior. Over time, this ongoing campaign of intimidation may cause many important facts to be left on the cutting-room floor, or even gradually expel from mainstream respectability those writers who refuse to conform to such pressures. Meanwhile, similar small numbers of Jewish partisans frequently exaggerate the misdeeds committed against Jews, sometimes piling their exaggerations upon past exaggerations already produced by a previous round of such zealots.

Eventually, these two combined trends may take a complex and possibly very mixed historical record and transform it into a simple morality-play, with innocent Jews tremendously injured by vicious Jew-haters. And as this morality-play becomes established it deepens the subsequent intensity of other Jewish-activists, who redouble their demands that the media "stop vilifying Jews" and covering up the supposed evils inflicted upon them. An unfortunate circle of distortion following exaggeration following distortion can eventually produce a widely accepted historical account that bears little resemblance to the reality of what actually happened.

So as a result, the vast majority of quite ordinary Jews, who would normally behave in quite ordinary ways, are misled by this largely fictional history, and rather understandably become greatly outraged at all the horrible things that had been done to their suffering people, some of which are true and some of which are not, while remaining completely ignorant of the other side of the ledger.

Furthermore, this situation is exacerbated by the common tendency of Jews to "cluster" together, perhaps respresenting just one or two percent of the total population, but often constituting 20% or 40% or 60% of their immediate peer-group, especially in certain professions. Under such conditions, the ideas or emotional agitation of some Jews probably permeates others around them, often provoking additional waves of indignation.

As a rough analogy, a small quantity of uranium is relatively inert and harmless, and entirely so if distributed within low-density ore. But if a significant quantity of weapons-grade uranium is sufficiently compressed, then the neutrons released by fissioning atoms will quickly cause additional atoms to undergo fission, with the ultimate result of that critical chain-reaction being a nuclear explosion. In similar fashion, even a highly agitated Jew may have no negative impact, but if the collection of such agitated Jews becomes too numerous and clusters together too closely, they may work each other into a terrible frenzy, perhaps with disastrous consequences both for themselves and for their larger society. This is especially true if those agitated Jews begin to dominate certain key nodes of top-level control, such as the central political or media organs of a society.

Whereas most living organizations exist solely in physical reality, human beings also occupy an ideational space, with the interaction of human consciousness and perceived reality playing a major role in shaping behavior. Just as the pheromones released by mammals or insects can drastically affect the reactions of their family members or nest-mates, the ideas secreted by individuals or the media-emitters of a society can have an enormous impact upon their fellows.

A cohesive, organized group generally possesses huge advantages over a teeming mass of atomized individuals, just as a Macedonian Phalanx could easily defeat a vastly larger body of disorganized infantry. Many years ago, on some website somewhere I came across a very insightful comment regarding the obvious connection between "anti-Semitism" and "racism," which our mainstream media organs identify as two of the world's greatest evils. Under this analysis, "anti-Semitism" represents the tendency to criticize or resist Jewish social cohesion, while "racism" represents the attempt of white Gentiles to maintain a similar social cohesion of their own. To the extent that the ideological emanations from our centralized media organs serve to strengthen and protect Jewish cohesion while attacking and dissolving any similar cohesion on the part of their Gentile counterparts, the former will obviously gain enormous advantages in resource-competition against the latter.

Religion obviously constitutes an important unifying factor in human social groups and we cannot ignore the role of Judaism in this regard. Traditional Jewish religious doctrine seems to consider Jews as being in a state of permanent hostility with all non-Jews , and the use of dishonest propaganda is an almost inevitable aspect of such conflict. Furthermore, since Jews have invariably been a small political minority, maintaining such controversial tenets required the employment of a massive framework of subterfuge and dissimulation in order to conceal their nature from the larger society surrounding them. It has often been said that truth is the first casualty in war, and surely the cultural influences of over a thousand years of such intense religious hostility may continue to quietly influence the thinking of many modern Jews, even those who have largely abandoned their religious beliefs.

The notorious Jewish tendency to shamelessly lie or wildly exaggerate has sometimes had horrifying human consequences. I very recently discovered a fascinating passage in Peter Moreira's 2014 book The Jew Who Defeated Hitler: Henry Morgenthau Jr., FDR, and How We Won the War , focused on the important political role of that powerful Secretary of the Treasury.

A turning point in Henry Morgenthau Jr.'s relationship with the Jewish community came in November 1942, when Rabbi Stephen Wise came to the corner office to tell the secretary what was happening in Europe. Morgenthau knew of the millions of deaths and the lampshades made from victims' skin, and he asked Wise not to go into excessive details. But Wise went on to tell of the barbarity of the Nazis, how they were making soap out of Jewish flesh. Morgenthau, turning paler, implored him, "Please, Stephen, don't give me the gory details." Wise went on with his list of horrors and Morgenthau repeated his plea over and over again. Henrietta Klotz was afraid her boss would keel over. Morgenthau later said the meeting changed his life.

It is easy to imagine that Morgenthau's gullible acceptance of such obviously ridiculous war-time atrocity stories played a major role when he later lent his name and support to remarkably brutal American occupation policies that probably led to the postwar deaths of many millions of innocent German civilians .

[Aug 05, 2018] Nationalists winning Eastern Europe after the dissolution of the USSR is a verifiable tendency

Aug 05, 2018 | www.unz.com

peterAUS , July 31, 2018 at 2:15 am GMT

@AaronB

Only Leftists can defeat Leftists, only progressives can defeat progressives – conserving the old cannot win. Ideas of stability, homeostasis, and the like, cannot win.

You sure?

Don't know.

Franco, for example. Then, more recently, Nationalists winning over Communists in Eastern Europe after the fall of The Wall. We could agree, I guess, that Nationalism is a bit older than Communism.

And there is no organized opposition because there is no Platonic Idea around which they can rally – while the Left has one. The Right seems to just be a headless chicken- all body, no head.

In the West. In the East not so sure about that. Do a (mental) test: imagine that US (military) power can't get delivered in Balkans anymore. Or Russian (military) power can't get delivered in Donbass. Or some other places.

Watch ..

AaronB , July 31, 2018 at 3:07 am GMT
@peterAUS

That's a good point about nationalism – but I think what we are seeing in places like Russia and Poland is a resurgence of religious nationalism – pure nationalism, without a Platonic Idea, just materialism, seems to have no long term success anywhere. I don't think the attempt to revive it among materialist western right wingers will work. I think they fundamentally misunderstand this.

In the context of a failed Communism, religious nationalism appears as progressive – as an exciting step in the direction of progress towards a higher state.

Its not that old traditional ideas can't be revived – its that I think conservatives basically misunderstand traditional ideas. In their time, traditional ideas were meant to facilitate the self-perfection of man – not provide stability, safety, or homeostasis. Christianity was a program for the perfection of man – not social stability.

Traditional ideas were based on a Platonic Idea – never materialism. The attempt to revive traditional ideas on a materialist basis, because they provide stability, seems a misunderstanding. In fact, traditional ideas provide stability because they were accepted as part of the plan of self-perfection. That's why they secured consent – i.e became the basis of a stable society. People accept a social organization that they believe will assist in self-perfection, and that is the source of social stability.

As for military power projection, once local power balances alter its hard to predict what will come to seem "progressive". And short term social expedients taken in chaotic cobditions don't necessarily translate into long term social organization.

That's my take, at any rate.

peterAUS , July 31, 2018 at 5:14 am GMT
@AaronB

A thoughtful post.

.traditional ideas were meant to facilitate the self-perfection of man – not provide stability, safety, or homeostasis. Christianity was a program for the perfection of man – not social stability.

..traditional ideas provide stability because they were accepted as part of the plan of self-perfection.

I am not quite sure I get this.
Feels as a deep topic. Not well versed in that I am afraid.

A couple of things: the concept of "self-perfection" in, say, traditional Catholic/Orthodox Christianity, with accepting that a man is a sinner and only though Jesus he/she can find salvation.
Then, I can get that top thinkers of those nations maybe thought along those lines; common folk, though, based their nationalism on simple living with people who shared the same values in life. Sometimes even just the same customs. The sense of belonging. The perception of "us" and "them" as the bottom line.

You want a problem to ponder about?
Here it is, then:
Why such ..animosity .. then, between Catholics and Orthodox in Balkans and Ukraine? The same, now dormant, between Protestant and Catholics in N.I.?

I guess that your approach to nationalism is, say, what ..metaphysical?
Mine is way, way below. Just blood and soil, in that order. "Us" vs "them".

West is doomed re nationalism. Maybe. Not quite sure.
All those wars of Catholics vs Protestants ..and we are talking about people of the same race.
Now, that "we" vs "them" is much more visible.

.short term social expedients taken in chaotic cobditions don't necessarily translate into long term social organization.

Agree.
Again, so what? If it works during my lifetime fine (say, if I were a young man). After me, their problem. Something like that.

[Aug 05, 2018] Ideas of stability, homeostasis, and the like, cannot win.

Aug 05, 2018 | www.unz.com

AaronB , July 31, 2018 at 3:07 am GMT

@peterAUS

That's a good point about nationalism – but I think what we are seeing in places like Russia and Poland is a resurgence of religious nationalism – pure nationalism, without a Platonic Idea, just materialism, seems to have no long term success anywhere. I don't think the attempt to revive it among materialist western right wingers will work. I think they fundamentally misunderstand this.

In the context of a failed Communism, religious nationalism appears as progressive – as an exciting step in the direction of progress towards a higher state.

Its not that old traditional ideas can't be revived – its that I think conservatives basically misunderstand traditional ideas. In their time, traditional ideas were meant to facilitate the self-perfection of man – not provide stability, safety, or homeostasis. Christianity was a program for the perfection of man – not social stability.

Traditional ideas were based on a Platonic Idea – never materialism. The attempt to revive traditional ideas on a materialist basis, because they provide stability, seems a misunderstanding. In fact, traditional ideas provide stability because they were accepted as part of the plan of self-perfection. That's why they secured consent – i.e became the basis of a stable society. People accept a social organization that they believe will assist in self-perfection, and that is the source of social stability.

As for military power projection, once local power balances alter its hard to predict what will come to seem "progressive". And short term social expedients taken in chaotic cobditions don't necessarily translate into long term social organization.

That's my take, at any rate.

[Aug 02, 2018] Note on the level of efficiency of imperial brainwashing

Those polls now became an echo changer. As valid information is by-and-large relegated to alt-channels people who rely on MSM can't form an independent opinion about foreign policy issues. As the USA moved to the national security state model after 9/11 people also naturally stopped giving honest answers in the polls.
So the level of conforms simultaneously reflects the level of distrust and fear of the ruling neoliberal elite.
Also many spend too much efforts on earning a living to form a coherent view of foreign affairs. They just regurgitate MSM. Still while they have lingering distrust and some level of fear to ward ruling neoliberal elite, they feel that it is saver to give "politically correct answer.
So polls became an echo chamber of government policies. like with netters to Pravda: "We enthusiastically support the wise policies of our Politburo" no matter what is the issue.
Notable quotes:
"... By Bruce Jentleson ..."
Aug 02, 2018 | www.nakedcapitalism.com
Millennials Are Done with US Domination of World Affairs By Bruce Jentleson Posted on August 2, 2018 by Lambert Strether ... ... ...

This year, an average of all respondents – people born between 1928 and 1996 – showed that 64 percent believe the U.S. should take an active part in world affairs, but interesting differences could be seen when the numbers are broken down by generation.

The silent generation, born between 1928 and 1945 whose formative years were during World War II and the early Cold War, showed the strongest support at 78 percent. Support fell from there through each age group. It bottomed out with millennials, of whom only 51 percent felt the U.S. should take an active part in world affairs. That's still more internationalist than not, but less enthusiastically than other age groups.

There is some anti-Trump effect visible here: Millennials in the polling sample do identify as less Republican – 22 percent – and less conservative than the older age groups. But they also were the least supportive of the "take an active part" view during the Obama administration as well.

Four sets of additional polling numbers help us dig deeper.

These and other polls show millennials to have a world view that, while well short of isolationist, is also not as assertively and broadly internationalist as previous generations.

... ... ...

By Bruce Jentleson , Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Duke University. Cross-posted from Alternet .


StephenLaudig , August 2, 2018 at 3:18 pm

"active part in world affairs" has, since 1893, usually meant invasions and bombing.
The US military, the costliest in history, hasn't won a war since 1946, unless Panama and Grenada count. Korea is still a tie. Perhaps many are coming to realize that all the US population [compared to corporations and corporation owners which show allegiance only to money] needs is a border patrol and a coast guard. Not 'our' empire.

JTMcPhee , August 2, 2018 at 4:47 pm

"War is a racket." And people like me were and are its thug enforcers (enlisted 1966 to "do my duty to God and my country," in that Vietnam place )

Romancing The Loan , August 2, 2018 at 3:27 pm

First, the United States has been at war in Afghanistan and Iraq for close to half the lives of the oldest millennials, who were born in 1981

They're not counting the first Iraq War.

Only 70% in favor of "globalization" is pretty good in light of our lifetime of propaganda. I'd be in favor of disbanding NATO and cutting the military and intelligence budget by 80%, at least as a starting offer.

Ultrapope , August 2, 2018 at 5:11 pm

I think you have an interesting point re: "globalization" and propaganda. In school (2000-2010ish) the term globalization was presented as a kind of antonym of isolationist. It was portrayed as an attitude of openness to other countries, travelling internationally, sharing in someone else culture, etc. The business/economic side was sort of introduced in high school, but even then I remember being taught a definition of "globalization" closer to "multiculturalism" than to one like "Imperialism". Post-high school life (and the GFC) really drove home the true meaning of the word.

To this day I still reflexively read the word globalization as something akin to "multiculturalism", despite knowing full well that it is anything but. From discussing politics with other people in my generation I also get a sense that they are operating with this weird dual (schizo?) meaning of "globalization".

Any other millennials have a similar experience with this word?

JTMcPhee , August 2, 2018 at 4:50 pm

It might be nice to see the survey instruments too, to see what the questions were and how loaded in favor of Empire or balanced (that deadly word) they were.

juliania , August 2, 2018 at 6:13 pm

I didn't much like being put into the group called the Silent Generation, so I went to wikipedia to see why it was called that.

" While there were many civil rights leaders, the "Silents" are called that because many focused on their careers rather than on activism, and people in it were largely encouraged to conform with social norms. As young adults during the McCarthy Era, many members of the Silent Generation felt it was dangerous to speak out Time magazine coined the term "Silent Generation" in a November 5, 1951 article titled "The Younger Generation" The Time article said that the ambitions of this generation had shrunk, but that it had learned to make the best of bad situations [?] In the United States, the generation was comparatively small They are noted as forming the leadership of the civil rights movement as well as comprising the "silent majority"

Ah, that's why I didn't much like it – and that was Nixon's silent majority, not me, wikipedia – not me! But I'll forgive you because down below you put me in the group called "The Lucky Few" and said how many of us were Really Good People. I'll buy that. ;))

Schmoe , August 2, 2018 at 7:03 pm

Interesting results on Millennials' view of American Exceptionalism. I am not at all surprised by those results, and I wonder if study abroad programs are having a deep impact on young people's political views. They are seeing in detailed fashion the utter horror of government-sponsored or managed healthcare, as well as how "socialism" in northern European has inflicted a very favorable standard of living on most of the middle class.

Conversely, I still have to laugh at the 2012 campaign ad sponsored by Rickets of TD Ameritrade fame that described the results of "socialism" and showed post-War Europe pictures of old ladies on the side of the road. One of my parent's friends (now in her '80s) seemed surprised that people in Europe didn't live shacks when shown my parent's vacation pictures.

[Jul 20, 2018] The bill explicitly states that "the right to exercises national determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people

Jul 20, 2018 | www.unz.com

tac , July 20, 2018 at 4:49 pm GMT

Trump Is Israel's 'Useful Idiot'
by Philip Giraldi :

Trump Is Israel's 'Useful Idiot'

The Israeli willingness to play all sides in the Syrian conflict recognizes that Russia rather than the United States has assumed the pivotal role in determining what the ultimate political outcome of the fighting is likely to be. Apart from weakening and fragmenting Syria itself, Israel's clearly stated objective has been to reduce or, even better, eliminate Iranian presence in the country, which Netanyahu describes hyperbolically as " very important for the national security of the state of Israel."
[...]
Whatever one believes about the Syrian conflict and Washington's role in it, the adherence to Israeli points of view in framing policy has made the United States largely irrelevant and has handed control of the situation to enemy du jour Russia. The Israelis have found the new administration in Washington to be what Lenin once described as a "useful idiot," prepared to support whatever Netanyahu proposes while at the same time so clueless that the Israeli government can freely and openly simultaneously cut deals with Moscow that undermine the U.S. continued presence in the country.

https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/trump-israels-useful-idiot/ri24176

Leaked Netanyahu Tape: We Made Trump Cancel the Iran Deal

On Tuesday an Israeli television channel aired leaked video footage it obtained exclusively showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasting that he had personally convinced President Trump to abandon the Iran nuclear deal . The statements were made at a small dinner event where he addressed senior members of his Likud party.

https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/leaked-netanyahu-tape-we-made-trump-cancel-iran-deal/ri24223

Israel Declares Itself Apartheid State

The Knesset passed early Thursday a controversial bill that o fficially defines Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people and asserts that "the realization of the right to national self-determination in Israel is unique to the Jewish people," with 62 lawmakers voting in favor of the legislation and 55 opposing it.

The nation-state law also includes clauses stating that a "united Jerusalem" is the capital of Israel and that Hebrew is the country's official language. Another says that "the state sees the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment and consolidation."
[...]
In a clause that set Arab lawmakers off, the bill explicitly states that "the right to exercises national determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people."

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/07/israel-declares-itself-apartheid-state.html

[Jul 15, 2018] Donald Trump told Theresa May how to do Brexit 'but she wrecked it' and says the US trade deal is off

Jul 15, 2018 | thesun.co.uk

THERESA May's new soft Brexit blueprint would "kill" any future trade deal with the United States, Donald Trump warns today.

Mounting an extraordinary attack on the PM's exit negotiation, the President also reveals she has ignored his advice on how to toughen up the troubled talks.

Instead he believes Mrs May has gone "the opposite way", and he thinks the results have been "very unfortunate".

His fiercest criticism came over the centrepiece of the PM's new Brexit plan -- which was unveiled in full yesterday.

It would stick to a common ­rulebook with Brussels on goods and agricultural produce in a bid to keep customs borders open with the EU.

But Mr Trump told The Sun: "If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.

[Jul 10, 2018] MoA - BREXIT - Still Not Gonna Happen

The trend is definitely against EU. But Britain may be crushed, like Brazil and Argentina into accepting neoliberal world order for longer.
Notable quotes:
"... Maybe Johnson the Brexiter can now launch an inner party coup and push Theresa May out. According to a YouGov poll she lost significant support within her conservative party. Besides the Brexit row she botched a snap election, lost her party's majority in parliament and seems to have no clear concept for anything. It would not be a loss for mankind to see her go. ..."
"... Boris the clown, who wins within his party on 'likability' and 'shares my political outlook', would then run the UK. A quite amusing thought. Johnson is a man of no principles. While he is currently pretending to hold a pro-Brexit position he would probably run the same plan that May seems to execute: Delay as long as possible, then panic the people into a re-vote, then stay within the EU. ..."
"... There is an excellent piece in the Boston Review on the EU- https://bostonreview.net/class-inequality/j-w-mason-market-police ..."
"... Iy makes the point that "The European Union offers the fullest realization of the neoliberal political vision. Its incomplete integration -- with its confusing mix of powers -- is precisely the goal." ..."
"... It traces the neo-liberal project, designed to prevent democracy from controlling economic policy, back to von Mises and Hayek. Nothing is more mistaken for critics of imperialism than to buy the line that the EU represents internationalism in any sense. The fact that some racists oppose the EU-just as others support it as a 'white" bastion -- is no reason to give an institution which is profoundly and purposefully undemocratic the benefit of the doubt. ..."
"... It is a wondrous sight to see Western [neo]Liberal Democracy crumbling before our eyes. Have a look at the very founders and protectors of "freedom" corrupt to the very marrow of their bones. ..."
"... Anything bad that can happen to the UK is well-deserved. The home, the womb of Russophobia, lies and illegal wars, as well as the hub of spying against American citizens, is exposed as thoroughly bankrupt politically. ..."
"... EU is bound to collapse but Britain might be tempted to wait it out, and maybe it is the game in London: not to be the first. The most dynamic destructive work in progress is the Euro that benefit to none of its 18 members (the euro-zones) but Geramny and Nederland. Italy has understood it but is using the refugees crisis to enlarge the contestation to non-euro zone countries (Visegrad group and more). ..."
"... As Nato is the real and only cement in this enlarged un-united Europe, in an epoch of accelerating change (collapse maybe) the famous Wait and see of the Brits has just muted in a slow fox-trot. ..."
"... But the puffed up Brits do not even see this danger and would blithely fall into the arms of the mafiosi from across the pond. ..."
"... Brexit is rebellion against the US imposed world order. London money has gone along and profited from the US imposed order, but the ordinary Brits may not have. They may not know where they are going, but they do know where they do not want to be. ..."
"... ditto... status of colony... isn't that what the globalists, corporations, neo liberals and etc want? get rid of any national identity as it gets in the way of corporations having the freedom to rape and pillage as needed.. ..."
"... Trump has reversed some 70 years of US strategy to gain nothing. It is quite remarkable. Strategic vandalism is a good description. ..."
"... The thing about UK and the EU is the UK is basically the US 51st state and the US is a defacto commonwealth nation. The colonization of Europe by the US was never meant to encompass the UK and the City. As they are basically one and the same. ..."
"... EU could not possibly have been a US/CIA idea as it actually works. Yes it is undemocratic, usurps national aspirations, perverts local economies, coddles oligarchs, and all that. But that does not mean it is a US idea. ..."
"... Single union political aspirations have been around for centuries and in many countries. Dare I suggest that it is actually based on the Soviet Union of peoples and most likely a Leninist or Trotskyist plot!! :)))) ..."
"... What do the City of London, the Vatican and Washington DC have in common? Actually, Jerusalem shares many of the same traits. Bonus points for the most creative euphemism for "usurious bank." ..."
"... From my perspective, Nation-States have not been the loci of power for some time (if they ever really were). The US, with its awesome military might and (former) industrial capabilities has served as the enforcement arm of that usurious supra-national cabal throughout "the American Century." ..."
"... Obtainimg strong mandate Cameron went to Brussels to supposedly negotiate better deal with EU ESPECIALLY for security while in fact he went there trying to bully the shape future EU integration especially in political realm and even more in realm of banking Union and integration and coordination of banking rules, laws and unified controlling authorities, via threatening Brexit which would be a deadly blow to EU propaganda glue that holds together this melting pot of divided as never before nations and never since medieval times united national elites integrated in EU ruling bureaucracy. ..."
"... First it was devastating impact of further EU integration on UK banking as London has become legal under U.K. law illegal in EU, money laundering capital of the world and criminal income is huge part of the revenue of the City , US is second. ..."
"... At the passage of Brexit I believed the purpose to be to allow the City of London (the bankers) unlimited financial freedom, perhaps especially in their entering into agreements with the Chinese. This could not be the case under the original EU rules. It will be interesting to see how this works out. ..."
"... The reality of the brexit which the Tory government is determined to raiload through has been designed by elites to better oppress the hoi polloi and to sell it to the masses it has been marketed as a means of restoring 'white power'. ..."
"... That is really saying something because the current version of the UK is one of the sickest, greed is good and devil take the hindmost societies I have ever experienced -- up there with contemporary israel and the US, 1980's South Africa and by the sound of it (didn't experience it firsthand like the other examples, all down to not existing at the time) 1940's Germany. ..."
"... Brexit is nether the problem or the solution, it was just another distraction to keep the mass occupied, whilst they assist stripped the uk and a large part of the world! ..."
"... Every brexiteer I've asked why they voted for out, begins by saying "For once they had to listen to us" and that's usually followed by "there's too many people here" or "it's the E.Europeans". (My response to the europhiles is that you knew the EU was finished a dozen years ago, when all the Big Issue sellers turned into Romanian women.) UK cities are thick with destitute E.Europeans. ..."
Jul 10, 2018 | www.moonofalabama.org
...Hours before Boris Johnson quit his position, Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned from Prime Minister May's cabinet.

On July 6 the British government held a cabinet meeting at Chequers, the private seat of the prime minister. Following the meeting it published a paper (pdf) that took a weird position towards exiting the European Union. If it would be followed, Britain would practically end up with staying in the EU, accepting nearly all its regulations and court decisions, but without any say over what the EU decides. The paper was clearly written by the 'Remain' side. The two top Brexiters in May's cabinet felt cheated and resigned. More are likely to follow.

The majority of the British people who voted to leave the EU must feel duped.

My hunch is that Prime Minister Theresa May was tasked with 'running out the clock' in negotiations with the EU. Then, shortly before the March 2019 date of a 'hard Brexit' would arrive without any agreement with the EU, the powers that be would launch a panic campaign to push the population into a new vote. That vote would end with a victory for the 'Remain' side. The UK would continue to be a member of the European Union.

Shortly before the original Brexit vote in June 2016 MoA headlined: BREXIT - Not Gonna Happen

No matter how the Brexit vote will go, the powers that are will not allow Britain to exit the European Union.
Is that claim still justified?

Maybe Johnson the Brexiter can now launch an inner party coup and push Theresa May out. According to a YouGov poll she lost significant support within her conservative party. Besides the Brexit row she botched a snap election, lost her party's majority in parliament and seems to have no clear concept for anything. It would not be a loss for mankind to see her go.

Boris the clown, who wins within his party on 'likability' and 'shares my political outlook', would then run the UK. A quite amusing thought. Johnson is a man of no principles. While he is currently pretending to hold a pro-Brexit position he would probably run the same plan that May seems to execute: Delay as long as possible, then panic the people into a re-vote, then stay within the EU.

Then again - Boris may do the unexpected.

How do the British people feel about this?

Posted by b on July 9, 2018 at 11:43 AM | Permalink


Mark2 , Jul 9, 2018 12:07:09 PM | 2

Did you notice how quickly th E U sided with the U K over Salisbury ? That was the deal.
Remain in EU and we're back you!
Then again could have been we'l create a false flag you back us and we'll stay , a suttle nuonce.
bevin , Jul 9, 2018 12:21:17 PM | 3
The likelihood is that the blairite faction in the Parliamentary Labour Party-which has no real political differences with the Tories and is fanatically pro EU, as all neo-liberals are- will prop up the May government. Or a Tory government headed by another Remainer, with Blairites in the Cabinet.
This will prevent the General Election which Tories of all parties fear.


There is an excellent piece in the Boston Review on the EU- https://bostonreview.net/class-inequality/j-w-mason-market-police

Iy makes the point that "The European Union offers the fullest realization of the neoliberal political vision. Its incomplete integration -- with its confusing mix of powers -- is precisely the goal."

It traces the neo-liberal project, designed to prevent democracy from controlling economic policy, back to von Mises and Hayek. Nothing is more mistaken for critics of imperialism than to buy the line that the EU represents internationalism in any sense. The fact that some racists oppose the EU-just as others support it as a 'white" bastion -- is no reason to give an institution which is profoundly and purposefully undemocratic the benefit of the doubt.

John Zelnicker , Jul 9, 2018 12:23:35 PM | 4
@Jeff - #1 - You are correct. There will not be another referendum.

I would add that there is some chance, however small, that on March 29th the British government will tell the EU that they just have no way to meet the requirements of Article 50 and would the EU please allow them to continue as a member of the EU and forget about all the shenanigans of the past 2 years. The EU has said previously that they will accept such a result and allow the UK to continue as a member. The Brexiteers will have a total meltdown, and May will most likely be thrown out of office, but most businesses and many individuals will be quite happy for this whole thing to just go away.

For those interested see https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/category/brexit which has been following the Brexit chaos since the beginning.

Babyl-on , Jul 9, 2018 12:24:52 PM | 5
Britain - PATHETIC

It is a wondrous sight to see Western [neo]Liberal Democracy crumbling before our eyes. Have a look at the very founders and protectors of "freedom" corrupt to the very marrow of their bones.

In the US Trump, in the UK the Torys the democracies are now openly imperial and openly corrupt. Rule of law - ask the Skripals. Brexit, Russia, Skripals, Russia, junkies and poisons Russians - minority government - ministers resigning right and left deadlines looming no solutions in sight.

Western civilization is based on the Enlightenment and the Enlightenment and all its ideas of "democracy" are failing. Democracy is not a religion, it is not the end of history, it is not sacred and immutable - checks and balances have failed utterly. This sweetly written little essay says it all.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/14/the-end-of-the-enlightenment-a-fable-for-our-times-2/

erik , Jul 9, 2018 12:58:47 PM | 13
Look for countries to unilaterally bail from the EU with little or no advance notice. They will simply abrogate and that will trigger an avalanche of others joining in. There are various good economic reasons why they would do that, but I think the groundswell of populism fueled by anger over the open borders cataclysm will be the prime driver.
Red Ryder , Jul 9, 2018 1:12:35 PM | 14
Anything bad that can happen to the UK is well-deserved. The home, the womb of Russophobia, lies and illegal wars, as well as the hub of spying against American citizens, is exposed as thoroughly bankrupt politically.

The current path to chaos is well-trod. Now, we can expect national attention is on the team in Russia in the semi-finals, while the government crumbles and tumbles. But afterward, especially if Kane fails to bring the Cup home? Oh, the chaos. Of course, it will all be Putin and Russia's fault.

UK. Despicable. How long it has taken for folks to realize Theresa May always has been a stalking horse. Highly Likely the UK will stew in its own piss. Put that in their White Hall dossiers, and stamp it "Kremlin Plot".

Al-Pol , Jul 9, 2018 1:19:11 PM | 15
Britain won't be staying in the EU and nor will the EU be accepting May's fantasy ideas for a future relationship giving the UK free trade on everything it needs. There's a remote possibility that a new UK government could begin working on re-joining the EU (Article 49), but there are plenty in Europe who would not let the UK re-join, at least not in the near future.

Friday the 13th is coming soon, scary stuff ?

The "Don't take No for an answer" is rather misleading. Made to vote again ..only after changes to the Treaty. France's vote against the EU Constitution was accepted and when the Dutch also rejected it, it didn't happen.

Charles Michael , Jul 9, 2018 1:41:25 PM | 16
EU is bound to collapse but Britain might be tempted to wait it out, and maybe it is the game in London: not to be the first. The most dynamic destructive work in progress is the Euro that benefit to none of its 18 members (the euro-zones) but Geramny and Nederland. Italy has understood it but is using the refugees crisis to enlarge the contestation to non-euro zone countries (Visegrad group and more).

Now we have this Nato meeting coming and the abomination of Donald meeting Vlad that scares the whole neo-lberals, borgists, russian haters, warmongers.

As Nato is the real and only cement in this enlarged un-united Europe, in an epoch of accelerating change (collapse maybe) the famous Wait and see of the Brits has just muted in a slow fox-trot.

Daniel Good , Jul 9, 2018 1:45:23 PM | 18
Brits, especially the Leave voters, have no real idea what the consequences of leaving the EU are, nor do they care that much. What is uppermost in their minds is they do not want is to be in a union with "losers". Every single country on the Continent is a loser and thus the object of contempt. The only country in Europe that is not a loser (meaning they have never lost a war) is the United Kingdom of Roast Beef and God Save The Queen.

This British loser-phobia also explains the island nation's guttural hatred of Russia, which has bailed out Europe, and so by definition the Brits as well, twice, thereby taking away some of the British luster. (OK the last time around they got a bit of help from their old colonies, the Yanks, but its all the same. Yanks and Brits are the same stock.) As far as EU goes the Brits can leave, no problem. Except that what the Continent would then be faced with was an American armed camp a few miles off shore, not an appealing prospect to say the least. But the puffed up Brits do not even see this danger and would blithely fall into the arms of the mafiosi from across the pond.

b , Jul 9, 2018 2:08:45 PM | 19
Boris Johnson's resignation letter. Well written. Makes the same argument over the Checkers paper that I made above. If Johnson gets 48 back benchers on his side he could launch a vote on no-confidence against May and possibly become PM. The Conservatives in Parliament seem quite upset over all of this.
Peter AU 1 , Jul 9, 2018 2:10:07 PM | 20
@18

Brexit is rebellion against the US imposed world order. London money has gone along and profited from the US imposed order, but the ordinary Brits may not have. They may not know where they are going, but they do know where they do not want to be.

dh , Jul 9, 2018 2:44:44 PM | 22
@20 Not sure who qualifies as an 'ordinary Brit' these days. They come in all shapes and colours. I think the ones who moved to Spain are fairly happy with the EU status quo.
psychohistorian , Jul 9, 2018 2:48:42 PM | 23
Thanks for the posting b

I liked the "We are headed for the status of a colony" comment in the Johnson resignation letter

Getting the puppets to talk about the machinations of empire is a good thing for us but probably not good long term for empire.

No one ever said that evolving to a multi-polar world would be easy. All the ugly that kept the unipolar world together must be exposed as it dies.

ninel , Jul 9, 2018 3:11:03 PM | 29
Allow me to enlighten.

Dominic Raab is the new UK Brexit point-man. The previous guy, Davies, just resigned. But Raab's appointment, I think, points to what Brexit has been about all along -- namely, labour market reform beyond the rest of Europe, and to do this the UK must be free of the European Human Rights council and other protections it provides for workers in the member states.

Here is Raab's 2011 paper on employment standards and Brexit. https://leftfootforward.org/2011/11/dominic-raab-attack-on-workers-rights-based-on-no-evidence/ Have a look.

james , Jul 9, 2018 3:12:22 PM | 30
@23 psychohistorian... ditto... status of colony... isn't that what the globalists, corporations, neo liberals and etc want? get rid of any national identity as it gets in the way of corporations having the freedom to rape and pillage as needed..

it was interesting reading near the end of bjs comments "Over the last few months they have shown how many friends this country has around the world, as 28 governments expelled Russian spies in an unprecedented protest at the attempted assassination of the Skripals." Guilty first - we will prove it later... maybe he really ought to consider rule from Brussels or where ever, if he can't fathom the concept of innocent until proven guilty...

NotBob , Jul 9, 2018 3:42:22 PM | 35
Al-Pol @ 15

The French populace rejected the EU Constitution in 2005 during the Chirac years, and you are correct that after some changes it was accepted under the Sarkozy government.But that happened because it was the Assembly (the parliament, i.e., the political class) that voted on it, not the people. Can't have those deplorable citizens deciding important matters like that, now can we?

Pft , Jul 9, 2018 5:48:32 PM | 51
According to this the EU was a US/CIA creation. Lol? https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-03/european-union-was-american-idea
james , Jul 9, 2018 5:59:35 PM | 52
@51 pft... in so far as the cia work for the financial complex - yeah, probably.. how to create a currency - the eu - that no one has any real control over, to compete with the us$ and yen... makes sense on that level..
Piotr Berman , Jul 9, 2018 6:37:17 PM | 53
@Babyl-on | Jul 9, 2018 12:24:52 PM | 5

Western civilization is based on the Enlightenment and the Enlightenment and all its ideas ...

When we discuss ALL ideas of the Enlightenment, we must remember this:

Wikipedia: "Enlightened absolutism is the theme of an essay by Frederick the Great, who ruled Prussia from 1740 to 1786, defending this system of government.[1]

When the prominent French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire fell out of favor in France, he eagerly accepted Frederick's invitation to live at his palace. He believed that an enlightened monarchy was the only real way for society to advance.

Frederick the Great was an enthusiast of French ideas. Frederick explained: "My principal occupation is to combat ignorance and prejudice ..."

In relatively short time, the List of enlightened despots included almost all absolute monarchs in Europe.

Piotr Berman , Jul 9, 2018 6:37:17 PM | 53 somebody , Jul 9, 2018 6:38:22 PM | 54
51 Much better summary on the CIA and the EU here .

From 2016

The awful truth for the Leave campaign is that the governing establishment of the entire Western world views Brexit as strategic vandalism. Whether fair or not, Brexiteers must answer this reproach. A few such as Lord Owen grasp the scale of the problem. Most seemed blithely unaware until Mr Obama blew into town last week.

And then came Trump - pro Brexit

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, has come out in support of Brexit, saying the UK would be "better off" outside of the European Union and lamenting the consequences of migration in the continent.

The billionaire, who secured the backing of Republican voters on a staunchly anti-immigration platform, said that his support for the UK leaving the EU was a personal belief and not a "recommendation".

"I think the migration has been a horrible thing for Europe," Trump told Fox News late on Thursday. "A lot of that was pushed by the EU. I would say that they're better off without it, personally, but I'm not making that as a recommendation. Just my feeling."

And very anti-Merkel

Donald Trump accuses Angela Merkel of making 'catastrophic mistake' on refugees. President-elect tells The Times and Bild that EU has become 'a vehicle for Germany'.

US President-elect Donald Trump said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made a "catastrophic mistake" with a policy that let a wave of more than one million migrants into her country.

In a joint interview with The Times and the German newspaper Bild, Trump also said the European Union had become "a vehicle for Germany" and predicted that more EU member states would vote to leave the bloc as Britain did last June.

"I think she made one very catastrophic mistake, and that was taking all of these illegals," Trump said of Merkel, who in August 2015 decided to keep Germany's borders open for refugees, mostly Muslims, fleeing war zones in the Middle East.

Trump has reversed some 70 years of US strategy to gain nothing. It is quite remarkable. Strategic vandalism is a good description.

Ninel , Jul 9, 2018 6:47:54 PM | 55
Even when the 'light' (read truth about Brexit) is revealed, many here choose to ignore it out of sheer ignorance. For a good description of the MOA comment section, one should consult Plato's Allegory of the Cave. And the 'left' blames external elements for its inaptitude and demise when many it has only itself to blame.
Pft , Jul 9, 2018 7:27:36 PM | 56
Somebody@54

Good link, thanks

The thing about UK and the EU is the UK is basically the US 51st state and the US is a defacto commonwealth nation. The colonization of Europe by the US was never meant to encompass the UK and the City. As they are basically one and the same. Its presence in the EU was never really a problem though and was useful in terms of providing a guiding hand, so long as it remained free of the Eurozone. So I am not really sure its a change in strategy. Just another fork in the road.

It remains to be seen how it all works out. Perhaps the UK Brexit is meant to send a message to the other EU states as to the consequences of leaving. One benefit to the US neoliberals might be that UK scraps or at least scales back its NHS due to the economic consequences of a hard Brexit. The 0.1% will be fine at the end of the day and they are the only group that matters . The rest are just pawns on the board.

As for Germany. Immigration in the EU was all about divide and rule and leaving fewer Euros for social programs. All part of the neoliberal blueprint. Divide and rule is an age old tactic perfected by the British to rule the colonies. The EU and Germany being controlled by the Anglo-American ruling elite , and basically occipied by US controlled NATO opened the doors. Reversing this immigration can provide a plausible reason for more terrorism in Europe to empower the EU to become more of a security-police state like US and UK.

On a side note its interesting the head of the ECB and BOE are both former Goldman Sachs employees.

Another related link suggesting the EU also serves a purpose of isolating Russia economically.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/video-the-european-union-part-of-americas-imperial-project/5536396

uncle tungsten , Jul 9, 2018 7:48:18 PM | 57
@Pft 51

EU could not possibly have been a US/CIA idea as it actually works. Yes it is undemocratic, usurps national aspirations, perverts local economies, coddles oligarchs, and all that. But that does not mean it is a US idea.

Zero Hedge is polishing turds now it seems.

Single union political aspirations have been around for centuries and in many countries. Dare I suggest that it is actually based on the Soviet Union of peoples and most likely a Leninist or Trotskyist plot!! :))))

Peter AU 1 , Jul 9, 2018 7:57:17 PM | 59
The Marshal Plan Copy and past from the linked page.

"The Marshall Plan also established the creation of the Organization for European economic cooperation. It did this in a number of ways:

  • promote co-operation between participating countries and their national production programmes for the reconstruction of Europe,
  • develop intra-European trade by reducing tariffs and other barriers to the expansion of trade,
  • study the feasibility of creating a customs union or free trade area,
  • study multi-lateralisation of payments, and
  • Achieve conditions for better utilisation of labour.

It was arguably through this persistent interlinking of many European countries economic affairs that to not cooperate would simply be too risky.

This provided the basis for European cooperation and this was favoured by many people because cooperation was seen as a fundamental building block in the establishment of long term European Peace."

bevin , Jul 9, 2018 9:25:30 PM | 61

@Piotr Berman@53

"In relatively short time, the List of enlightened despots included almost all absolute monarchs in Europe."

You are right, and that included Catherine the Great for whom Samuel Bentham worked for some years. His brother Jeremy spent some time with him there and was a great admirer of Catherine and Potemkin. He was a key figure in the development of liberal ideology and political economy.

'The Enlightenment' is an historical concept which obscures more than it explains. To suggest that representative democracy's origins lie in this nebulous thing is completely misleading -- the truth is that democracy is as old as community. If anything 'The Enlightenment' movements are the beginning of the current system whereby the trappings of popular government are hung on the reality of a kleptocrats' oligarchy.

Daniel , Jul 9, 2018 9:33:58 PM | 62
Re. Australia: Have you read JOHN PILGER ON A HIDDEN HISTORY OF WOMEN WHO ROSE UP "?" I love that guy even more now.
Daniel , Jul 9, 2018 9:37:25 PM | 63
Just in time for Emperor Trump's arrival in Britain! I do not understand Great Britain's "democracy," (the very concept of an aristocratic House of Lords Peerage makes my head explode... and what's this about the Monarch having the authority to appoint a Prime Minister if he/she doesn't like the one selected?). But doesn't the party with the majority get to anoint the Prime Minister? Wouldn't that be Labour right now if Missy May is shown the door?
Bevin Kacon , Jul 9, 2018 9:45:25 PM | 64
Furthermore, the assertion that the UK will stay in the EU is entirely plausible. I heard, early in the days after the vote, that the govt had not expected it to go the way it did. Plans were made for a show of Brexit but that 'the idea is that everything stays the same' , i.e., no change. Sadly for the UK, the EU will not allow that to happen. In all probability, another vote will indeed be called. Otherwise, it's going to be a disaster for an already divided UK for many, many years to come!

The main problem with Brexit is that it is so complex that neither the officials who were set the task of drafting it knew little more than the Ministers themselves! NOBODY knew what the fuck to do! And they still don't!

There is every chance a Vote of No Confidence is going to be called on May's government and she will finally fall, as she must as she is the most inept PM there has probably ever been!

Bevin Kacon , Jul 9, 2018 9:48:27 PM | 65
@63 Daniel

No, the Tories will still stay in power. A General Election would have to be called and I cannot see May's successor being that brave. Or stupid!

Daniel , Jul 9, 2018 9:54:28 PM | 66
What do the City of London, the Vatican and Washington DC have in common? Actually, Jerusalem shares many of the same traits. Bonus points for the most creative euphemism for "usurious bank."

Are terms such as "The Five Eyes" and "The AZ Empire" 'trumped' by all this nationalistic furor?

From my perspective, Nation-States have not been the loci of power for some time (if they ever really were). The US, with its awesome military might and (former) industrial capabilities has served as the enforcement arm of that usurious supra-national cabal throughout "the American Century."

But really, does anyone here really believe that a New York City conman or the latest British "mophead" is more powerful than the dynastic power of the Rothschilds, Warburgs or Morgans... or even the nouveau riche like the Rockefellers or Carnegies?

These are dynasties so wealthy and powerful that they don't even appear on Forbes lists of "The Richest" and no one dare mention their names when plotting the next global conflagration.

Daniel , Jul 9, 2018 10:20:56 PM | 67
Since David Cameron used Jimmy Cliff's " You Can Get It If You Really Want " for his campaign, Afshin Rattansi's interview with that truly revolutionary artist is not so off topic. And it's well worth 12 minutes to enter a worldview we Westerners rarely live.

I and I say "Ja Mon!"

OK. I can't post Jimmy without " The Harder They Come, " especially as that seems to be the root of most of the comments here.

imo , Jul 9, 2018 10:28:10 PM | 68
@33 -- "...and Western Australia were separate British colonies that all began as penal settlement."

Not entirely correct. Western Australia started as a capitalist investment venture (c. 1828) but suffered chronic labor shortages as slavery was closed down (c. 1833). The colony then resorted to convict imports for a time. Much of the myth about 'criminal' can be re-framed as political prisoners such as the Welsh Chartists (see Chartism in Wales).

Kalen , Jul 9, 2018 11:49:40 PM | 69
One can only be confused if one ignores public and secret reasons while Cameron threatened Brexit vote already in 2015 and went through it in 2016. Officially it was about antiterrorism, security and hence controlling immigration flagship of Tory political campaign that brought them overwhelming electoral win as well as some noises that EU rules and laws stifle economic development and the British lose more in EU payments than they gain.

Obtainimg strong mandate Cameron went to Brussels to supposedly negotiate better deal with EU ESPECIALLY for security while in fact he went there trying to bully the shape future EU integration especially in political realm and even more in realm of banking Union and integration and coordination of banking rules, laws and unified controlling authorities, via threatening Brexit which would be a deadly blow to EU propaganda glue that holds together this melting pot of divided as never before nations and never since medieval times united national elites integrated in EU ruling bureaucracy.

What Cameron was scared of as far as direction of future of EU?

First it was devastating impact of further EU integration on UK banking as London has become legal under U.K. law illegal in EU, money laundering capital of the world and criminal income is huge part of the revenue of the City , US is second.

And second point is future of British monarchy which further integration of EU into superstate would require to be abandoned in UK as elsewhere as states were to loose all even symbolic sovereignty and turn into regions and provinces as in Roman Empire . Needles to say that UK still powerful landed aristocracy want nothing of that sort.

Hence Cameron went to Brussels make special deal for UK and was essentially, with some meaningless cosmetic changes, rebuked into binary decision in EU or out of it no special deal and hence he escalated with calling Brexit vote as a negotiating tool only to increase political pressure to rig elections toward remain if deal reached . In fact as latest scandal revealed results of exit polls were released to stock market betting hedge funds just minutes before polls were closed concluding guess what, that remain campaign won while electoral data in hours showed Brexiters wining simply because to the last moment before closing polls they expected EU to cave in, they did not so they continued pressure by closing openly pro Brexit win.

The pressure continues now while Cameron had to pay political price as he openly advocated staying in EU under phony deal even Tory did not buy, and hence this seeming chaos now fooling people that there is other way but hard Brexit to keep monarchy sovereignty and profits from global money laundering or surrender and humiliation degradation U.K. into EU colony as BJ just said.

Of course which way it goes ordinary Brits will pay but also big crack will widen in EU as national movements will have impact of shattering dreams of quit ascending to EU superstate.

Penelope , Jul 10, 2018 12:35:31 AM | 70
At the passage of Brexit I believed the purpose to be to allow the City of London (the bankers) unlimited financial freedom, perhaps especially in their entering into agreements with the Chinese. This could not be the case under the original EU rules. It will be interesting to see how this works out.

The Chinese, as they are intended to be the regional governor of Asia under the evolving global governance are key to the entire tyrannical plan. The AGW hoax, paid for by Western oligarchs, is the public relations for the UN's Agenda 21, currently being enforced at the local level in many parts of the US.

The Chinese oligarchs are so delighted with its tyrannical land-use provisions that they are actually calling their projects "China's Agenda 21". You may search for it.

http://osnetdaily.com/2014/03/agenda-21-rockefeller-builds-human-settlement-zones-in-connecticut/ Exc introductory summary.

Corbett Report interview of Rosa Koire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7T7ulzNG7o

ben , Jul 10, 2018 1:02:19 AM | 71
@ 62: Thanks for the Pilger article, a good read. There are many today, who would return us all to those days.
Herman J Kweeblefezer , Jul 10, 2018 1:05:09 AM | 72
The reality of the brexit which the Tory government is determined to raiload through has been designed by elites to better oppress the hoi polloi and to sell it to the masses it has been marketed as a means of restoring 'white power'. Bevin & co can whine on about the injustices of the eu for as long as their theoretical view of the world sustains them, but the brexit which will be delivered is based on 'pragmatic realism' developed by a really nasty gang of avaricious lying c**tfaces and will create a society far more unjust, divided and impoverished than the one that currently exists.

That is really saying something because the current version of the UK is one of the sickest, greed is good and devil take the hindmost societies I have ever experienced -- up there with contemporary israel and the US, 1980's South Africa and by the sound of it (didn't experience it firsthand like the other examples, all down to not existing at the time) 1940's Germany.

Jezza was great in the house last night but he didn't call for an immediate general election which would be pretty much SOP for any opposition facing as tattered a government (Seven cabinet 'resignations') as bereft of ideas as the Maybot machine.

The reason he didn't - couldn't in fact, is that the UK left is as divided and dug into their positions as that tory bunch of bastards. Far too many opposition politicians insist that a 'deal' on brexit comes first ahead of sorting out poverty and homelessness, woeful education outcomes (unless you believe wildly juked stats) and the horror show that has been created by three decades of relentless attacks on the health service.

We see it here from the brexiters so convinced of the rightness of their cause they ignore the institutionalised racism that will certainly follow a tory brexit. Or the remoaners who also ignore the unsavory aspects of eu policy to try and render the labour left impotent. Those latter types simply don't give a damn about anything which flows from this debate and division other than killing momentum, they consider even losing the next 5 elections to tories an agreeable sacrifice for ridding the party of Corbyn and co.

Corbyn has recognized the destructive divisiveness of Brexit and tries to ignore it because he holds with fixing the mess so many people are in as being much more important than theoretical arguments which will change nothing for the better regardless of impassioned exhortations by ninnies on both sides of the argument.

The thing which really pisses me off about the lefty brexiters, is that they behave as if it is a now or never situation, when it is anything but. There is nothing to prevent a more united Labour Party who have got their mandate by actually delivering a better life for people rather than irrelevant concepts, returning to sorting out the UK's position in the EU at a later date, ideally at a time when the EU's intransigent support for corporate welfare has run bang smack into a leftist UK Labour government's determination to restore public ownership of natural monopolies (rail, water, power, mail delivery etc).

The lefty brexiters claim the lefty remainers won't allow it, while the lefty remainers claim it is the lefty brexiters clogging the works. In fact it is both gangs of selfish egotistical assholes.

Al-Pol , Jul 10, 2018 1:54:09 AM | 73
NotBob @ 35.
The EU Constitution never happened. The Lisbon Treaty came along a couple of years later and this time round the Irish people voted against it. It got amended and the Irish people accepted it. The French and Dutch (and every other EU) country chose not to "ask the people" and left the decision to the peoples' chosen represtentatives.

The Irish Constitution has a bit in it making it necessary to ask the people before any changes can be made to that Constitution, so every time the EU adds some bits to the EU Treaty that require the Irish to change their own Constitution there's trouble, as those 3 million or so Irish people have the power to scupper anything and everything for the other 500 million EU citizens. Holding a national referendum to make decisions affecting the entire Union doesn't seem to be either fair or democratic. A single EU-wide referendum could be held when there's a major change to the Treaties.

Peter AU 1 , Jul 10, 2018 3:31:38 AM | 75
imo 68

Political correctness is a social disease very similar to syphilis - it fucks with the brain. You really should take precautions if socializing in those circles. Precautionary measures are available at all chemists and most public toilets.

Peter AU 1 , Jul 10, 2018 4:24:50 AM | 76
Correction to my post @75
Should have read - Political/ideological correctness is....
Peter AU 1 , Jul 10, 2018 4:50:46 AM | 77
I click on MoA now and see a pic of Boris the clown hanging from a rope. If the Brits were smart, they would connect that rope to a weather balloon and allow Boris to ascend to the stratosphere and cruise the jet stream.
paul , Jul 10, 2018 4:55:55 AM | 79
The EU is first and foremost a massive attack on democracy. At the same time it attempts to establish technocracy as the mode of government of the future. But right only racists and overly idealistic assholes oppose the EU...
somebody , Jul 10, 2018 5:24:13 AM | 80
Posted by: paul | Jul 10, 2018 4:55:55 AM | 79

"Democracy" only being possible locally? Numbers I posted on another thread:

Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation - population of 3 Billion+

You think EU countries have got a competitive chance if on their own? Or - democracy in Switzerland enables them to decide on their relations with the outside world? Like not being part of the "single market" - they are -including free movement of people - yes you can live and work in Switzerland if you are a EU citizen.

But right only racists and overly idealistic assholes oppose the EU

Maybe because it is a stupid idea?

Mark2 , Jul 10, 2018 5:32:30 AM | 81
Brexit is nether the problem or the solution, it was just another distraction to keep the mass occupied, whilst they assist stripped the uk and a large part of the world! The people we are scared to mention are the true people killing and oppressing us. I thank Daniel@66 for naming them ! Rothchild family ect ect I would add the Rothermere family and Murdoch ! Politics are debated, but history is made on the streets. We need to regain our sense of moral outrage (where did that go ?) there are 70 million displaced people in the world ! It could be. You or I next !
ADKC , Jul 10, 2018 5:33:44 AM | 82
Peter AU 1 @75

I don't read imo@68 as politically/ideologically correct but as a statement of fact. As far as I can see, imo didn't deserve your response.

Peter AU 1 , Jul 10, 2018 5:37:18 AM | 83
ADKC
Well that's tough shit isn't it.
ADKC , Jul 10, 2018 5:46:23 AM | 84
Peter AU 1 @83

Ignoring imo's 'feelings' what is wrong/objectionable about his posting @68?

Jen , Jul 10, 2018 5:56:25 AM | 85
Peter AU 1 @ 83: I agree with ADKC and IMO. There were convicts transported to the Australian colonies whose crimes can be considered political crimes. The Tolpuddle Martyrs who came to the Sydney colony in the 1830s are one example: they were transported for the crime of demanding an extension of voting rights to all men, among other demands. Such convicts were a small minority though.
Alan , Jul 10, 2018 6:37:23 AM | 88
@b

Boris Johnson is no clown. You should look beyond the (carefully crafted) popular image and see the dangerous fascist lurking in plain sight.

somebody , Jul 10, 2018 6:41:49 AM | 89
Posted by: Pft | Jul 9, 2018 7:27:36 PM | 56

As for Germany. Immigration in the EU was all about divide and rule and leaving fewer Euros for social programs.

"The demonization of Muslim immigration to the EU ...." - fixed it for you.

The stuff about leaving fewer euros for social programmes is propaganda. Social programmes are designed to force people to work - they are pegged below the minimum wage.

In the case of Germany costs for refugees were accounted to the 0.7 percent of GDP Germany is supposed to spend for development aid by the UN, thereby effectively developing Germany instead.

Mark2 , Jul 10, 2018 7:23:05 AM | 90
Alan @ 88
I am in total agreement with you on your comment regarding Boris Johnson ! His childish buffoonery, is a commen system / tactic of a psychopath . It hides a callous disregard for human life , wins gullible friends which the psychopath manipulates to exploit there power and influence! They are very good at scheming there own self interested plan. But (and here's the crunch ) are totally useless at for seeing the consequences of there actions . And no regard for the victim of there actions!!! Do we want that in charge of the nuclear button ?
Mark2 , Jul 10, 2018 7:49:20 AM | 92
Google ---Boris Johnson grenfail tower
ADKC , Jul 10, 2018 8:19:01 AM | 97
Somebody @65

There is nothing wrong/inconsistent with the idea of an interconnected world of sovereign (independent) states. The idea that a treaty or a trade agreement means that a state is no-longer independent is ridiculous. As ridiculous as believing that an individual who purchases a pack of polo mints is no longer free because of the need of a local shop and a manufacturer.

You are basically pushing the idea that there should be no nation states, no borders and all trade free and therefore no need for treaties. From this comes no regulation, a poisoned environment, uncontrolled and rapacious capitalism, no rights for people, no benefits, no protection, just work til' you die and polished off sharpish if you are no longer productive.

I don't object to an EU as a grouping of independent states acting collectively. I do object to an EU that erodes and undermines the nation state, that seeks to remove state leaders and interfere in state elections/policies. The EU that we have is the latter and there is no practical way to reform it to the former.

Stubbs , Jul 10, 2018 8:22:30 AM | 98
@ B. You have too high an opinion of the competence of the main political figures in the UK Governing Party.

Boris Johnson has never been a serious contender for PM. He's good at giving a rousing speech to the Party faithful but that's it. The blue rinses enjoy the titillation of his infidelities but they don't want someone so amoral coming anywhere near their daughters, or representing their principles.

You knew Theresa May had no judgment the first day of her premiership, when she made BoJo her Foreign Secretary. A selection that could kindly be described as risible. He indicated no suitability for the role before his appointment nor has since. Quite the opposite. It was at that decision you knew all was hopeless. Brexit was going to be hopeless. Everything she was going to be involved in was hopeless.

And so it has proved.

The vox pop that I encounter ..... the Remainers are reconciled to Brexit and just want to get on with it. The Brexiteers are sick to death with hearing about it but not seeing anything done. Everyone had made their minds up before the election in 2015. The Referendum campaign was a few weeks of premium entertainment watching the most reviled political figures in the land trying to tear each others' throats out.

Every brexiteer I've asked why they voted for out, begins by saying "For once they had to listen to us" and that's usually followed by "there's too many people here" or "it's the E.Europeans". (My response to the europhiles is that you knew the EU was finished a dozen years ago, when all the Big Issue sellers turned into Romanian women.) UK cities are thick with destitute E.Europeans.

There's a huge disconnect between Parliament (+ media) and the people. A further example of this is the official narrative on the Salisbury poisonings. Ask people in the street and they say "yeah, it was Vlad with the doorknob" and then they crease up laughing. The Govt has no credibility with its "only plausible explanation".

My prediction, since the day BoJo was appointed minister for the exterior, is that the situation is so catastrophic the EU will have to lead us by the hand through the process of brexit. The EU's priority will be the stability of the Euro. They won't want us beggared on their doorstep and as they export 15% of their stuff to us they'll want to keep on doing that. We'll have to have what we're given and be grateful.

The political situation in the UK is so far beyond surreal that a man dragging a piano with a dead horse on it would appear mundane.

Willy2 , Jul 10, 2018 8:28:30 AM | 99
- It doesn't matter who the prime minister is. The UK has already adopted A LOT OF EU regulations/laws and that will make it nearly impossible to perform a "Hard Brexit". The UK still exports A LOT OF stuff to the Eurozone and then it simply has to follow EU regulations, no matter what the opinion of the government is. In that regard, the current EU regulation simply provides a good framework, even for the UK. No matter what one Mrs. May or Mr. Johnson.

- As time goes by the UK can change parts of the EU regulations to what the UK thinks those regulations should be.

- And do I think that Mrs. May and her ministers have drawn that same conclusion.

[Jul 09, 2018] We Are Headed For The Status Of A Colony Boris Johnson's Full Resignation Letter Zero Hedge

Jul 09, 2018 | www.zerohedge.com

"We Are Headed For The Status Of A Colony": Boris Johnson's Full Resignation Letter

by Tyler Durden Mon, 07/09/2018 - 17:01 89 SHARES

The much anticipated resignation letter penned by the former UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has been released, and in as expected, he does not mince his words in unleashing a brutal attack on Thersa May, warning that "we have postponed crucial decisions -- including the preparations for no deal, as I argued in my letter to you of last November -- with the result that we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the EU system, but with no UK control over that system ."

He then adds that while "Brexit should be about opportunity and hope" and "a chance to do things differently, to be more nimble and dynamic, and to maximise the particular advantages of the UK as an open, outward-looking global economy", he warns that the " dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt. "

He then compares May's proposal to a submission even before it has been received by the EU, noting that "what is even more disturbing is that this is our opening bid. This is already how we see the end state for the UK -- before the other side has made its counter-offer . It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them."

And his punchline: the UK is headed for the status of a colony:

In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony -- and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement

Explaining his decision to resing, he then says that "we must have collective responsibility. Since I cannot in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go."

It remains to be seen if his passionate defense of Brexit will stir enough MPs to indicate they are willing to back a vote of no confidence, and overthrow Theresa May in what would be effectively a coup, resulting in new elections and chaos for the Brexit process going forward.

Meanwhile, as Bloomberg adds, the fact that Boris Johnson, or those around him, made sure his resignation statement came out in time for the evening news - before it was formally issued in the traditional way by May's office, hints at his continued interest in leading the Conservative Party.

His full letter is below (highlights ours):

Dear Theresa,

It is more than two years since the British people voted to leave the European Union on an unambiguous and categorical promise that if they did so they would be taking back control of their democracy.

They were told that they would be able to manage their own immigration policy, repatriate the sums of UK cash currently spent by the EU, and, above all, that they would be able to pass laws independently and in the interests of the people of this country.

Brexit should be about opportunity and hope. It should be a chance to do things differently, to be more nimble and dynamic, and to maximise the particular advantages of the UK as an open, outward-looking global economy.

That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt.

We have postponed crucial decisions -- including the preparations for no deal, as I argued in my letter to you of last November -- with the result that we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the EU system, but with no UK control over that system.

It now seems that the opening bid of our negotiations involves accepting that we are not actually going to be able to make our own laws. Indeed we seem to have gone backwards since the last Chequers meeting in February, when I described my frustrations, as Mayor of London, in trying to protect cyclists from juggernauts. We had wanted to lower the cabin windows to improve visibility; and even though such designs were already on the market, and even though there had been a horrific spate of deaths, mainly of female cyclists, we were told that we had to wait for the EU to legislate on the matter.

So at the previous Chequers session we thrashed out an elaborate procedure for divergence from EU rules. But even that now seems to have been taken off the table, and there is in fact no easy UK right of initiative. Yet if Brexit is to mean anything, it must surely give Ministers and Parliament the chance to do things differently to protect the public. If a country cannot pass a law to save the lives of female cyclists -- when that proposal is supported at every level of UK Government -- then I don't see how that country can truly be called independent.

Conversely, the British Government has spent decades arguing against this or that EU directive, on the grounds that it was too burdensome or ill-thought out. We are now in the ludicrous position of asserting that we must accept huge amounts of precisely such EU law, without changing an iota, because it is essential for our economic health -- and when we no longer have any ability to influence these laws as they are made.

In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony -- and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement.

It is also clear that by surrendering control over our rulebook for goods and agrifoods (and much else besides) we will make it much more difficult to do free trade deals. And then there is the further impediment of having to argue for an impractical and undeliverable customs arrangement unlike any other in existence.

What is even more disturbing is that this is our opening bid. This is already how we see the end state for the UK -- before the other side has made its counter-offer. It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them. Indeed, I was concerned, looking at Friday's document, that there might be further concessions on immigration, or that we might end up effectively paying for access to the single market.

On Friday I acknowledged that my side of the argument were too few to prevail, and congratulated you on at least reaching a Cabinet decision on the way forward. As I said then, the Government now has a song to sing. The trouble is that I have practised the words over the weekend and find that they stick in the throat.

We must have collective responsibility. Since I cannot in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go.

I am proud to have served as Foreign Secretary in your Government. As I step down, I would like first to thank the patient officers of the Metropolitan Police who have looked after me and my family, at times in demanding circumstances.
I am proud too of the extraordinary men and women of our diplomatic service. Over the last few months they have shown how many friends this country has around the world, as 28 governments expelled Russian spies in an unprecedented protest at the attempted assassination of the Skripals. They have organised a highly successful Commonwealth summit and secured record international support for this Government's campaign for 12 years of quality education for every girl, and much more besides. As I leave office, the FCO now has the largest and by far the most effective diplomatic network of any country in Europe -- a continent which we will never leave.

[Jul 09, 2018] Israeli T-Shirts Joke About Killing Arabs - CBS News

Notable quotes:
"... Israeli soldiers wore T-shirts with a pregnant woman in cross-hairs and the slogan "1 Shot 2 Kills," adding to a growing furor in the country over allegations of misconduct by troops during the Gaza war. ..."
Jul 09, 2018 | www.cbsnews.com

In this photo taken March 16, 2009, an Israeli model poses with a T-shirt with Hebrew that reads "Sniper platoon" in Tel Aviv. Israel's military on Monday, March 23, 2009, condemned T-shirts worn by soldiers that depict scenes of violence against Palestinians as the army faces increasing domestic criticism over its conduct during the recent Gaza war. (AP Photo/ Yanai Yechiel) AP Photo/ Yanai Yechiel
Israeli soldiers wore T-shirts with a pregnant woman in cross-hairs and the slogan "1 Shot 2 Kills," adding to a growing furor in the country over allegations of misconduct by troops during the Gaza war.

"The smaller they are, the harder it is," says another shirt showing a child in a rifle sight. Soldiers wore the shirts to mark the end of basic training and other military courses and they were first reported by the Haaretz daily .

The military condemned the soldiers involved, but it was not immediately clear how many wore the shirts. They were not manufactured or sanctioned by the military and appear not to have been widely distributed.

The shirts "are not in accordance with IDF values and are simply tasteless," the military said in a statement. "This type of humor is unbecoming and should be condemned." The army said it would not tolerate such behavior and would take disciplinary action against the soldiers involved.

Haaretz showed pictures of five shirts and said they were made at the unit level - indicating that they were made for small numbers of troops, perhaps several dozen, at a time. It said they were worn by an unknown number of enlisted men in different units. The Tel Aviv factory that made many of the shirts, Adiv, refused to comment.

Some of the shirts had blatant sexual messages. One battalion had a shirt made of a soldier standing next to a young woman with bruises, with the slogan, "Bet you got raped!" according to Haaretz.

Others featured the phrase "Confirming the kill," a reference to the shooting an enemy in the head from close range to ensure he is dead, a practice that the IDF denies.

Israel's military has come under increasing scrutiny after unidentified soldiers alleged that some troops opened fire hastily and killed Palestinian civilians during the Gaza war several months ago, including children, possibly because they believed they would not be held accountable under relaxed open-fire regulations. The military has ordered a criminal inquiry into soldiers accounts published in a military institute's newsletter.

On Monday, the military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, defended his troops.

"I tell you that this is a moral and ideological army. I have no doubt that exceptional events will be dealt with," Ashkenazi told new recruits. Gaza "is a complex atmosphere that includes civilians, and we took every measure possible to reduce harm to the innocent."

Palestinians too have glorified attacks on Israelis in the past. In the Gaza Strip, Hamas-controlled media consistently send messages that Jews cannot be trusted and that Israel is a bloodthirsty, militaristic state eager to seize Palestinian land and slaughter Palestinian children.

The three-week Gaza offensive, launched to end years of rocket fire at Israeli towns, ended on Jan. 18. According to Palestinian officials, around 1,400 Palestinians were killed, most of them civilians. Thirteen Israelis died, three of them civilians.

  1. Tyrion 2 says: • Website July 4, 2018 at 7:59 am GMT • 200 Words @Wizard of Oz As a matter of interest do you know the history -- provenance of those photographs? It couldn't be easier to fake both and there are possibly more people wishing to do harm to Israel's image than there are abysmally crude savages like those portrayed. One of the girls looks more likely to be East or South East Asian than any of the usual strains of Israeli but, in reality, there is no reason to suppose they knew that what they were holding up said what you say it says. Can you read it yourself or do you take the translation on trust as they may have? Reverse image search tells me that both photographs are legitimate.

    The first is passed off as purposefully gross military graduation humour. The whole idea was to make them as offensive as possible. My English school graduation book was somehow much worse than those t-shirts and it even caused a similar scandal. It was, however, indicative of nothing as regards the underlying culture of the school, which was great.

    The second is an airhead reaction to the killing of 3 Israeli boys. It is only non-typical of intercommunal violence in that the girls are pretty.

    Obviously, were I in charge, I'd throw the book at both for adding fuel to the fire. Nonetheless, these behaviours are seen as comments to every single article on Unz.com. They almost always target Jews whether the article is about Jews or not. Yet that doesn't damn the whole of America merely because most commenters are from tbere. Not to me, at least. Nor anyone sensible.

[Jul 09, 2018] The myth of Jewish "superintellegnce" as a part of Zionism set of myths

Jul 09, 2018 | www.unz.com

bj , July 4, 2018 at 10:34 pm GMT

@j2

"As this is the reason, there are twice as many Jews above some range, like 151, than non-Jewish whites, which is what Terman found. "

Jew IQ is largely a myth established by marketing and media control, starting with the Einstein brand. The myth is necessary to justify and conceal Jewish tribal nepotism as the main factor establishing dominance of a hostile elite in host nations. The question has been examined in numerous locations easily found with a search engine.

https://archive.org/stream/TheManufactureAndSaleOfSaintEinstein-ThePropagandaOfSupremacy/TheManufactureAndSaleOfSaintEinstein_djvu.txt

"If Jews are 2% of US population, that is 7 million Jews. 117,000 of them have IQs above 140.

If there are 190 million non-Hispanic Whites in America, 730,000 of them have IQs above 140."

https://greyenlightenment.com/vox-day-v-jordan-peterson-on-jewish-iq/

There are approximately six times as many white Americans with IQ above 140, as there are Jews with IQ above 140. No, Jewish intelligence does not account for their dominance in academia, media, and government. It must be Jew priviledge, not Jew IQ that justifies their right to rule the goyim.

[Jul 09, 2018] The Porkchop Express

Jul 09, 2018 | disqus.com

Michael Stojanovic 4 hours ago Maybe a few leaders (I think Pompeo may be a part of that crew, but I only faintly remember reading somewhere about his dispensationalist beliefs). But Evangelical Protestants represent anywhere from 20-30% of the US population, depending on the source. By and large, they march in lock step with Zionist Judaism on all Israeli related matters--based largely on religious affinity and "scripture."

That much of American Evangelical support for Israel is based on the premise that a unified Israel is necessary for Jesus' eventual return to Earth and the conversion of all Jews to Christianity (or eternal damnation) matters not to both the Israelis and the Borg.

What they do care about immensely is translating that religious support into political support for a whole host of ridiculous pet projects across the ME. I haven't seen any concrete numbers, but I'm sure that much of Trump's base draws significant support from the Evangelical population.

[Jul 09, 2018] Gilad Atzmon: The Cognitive Elite of Jewish History

Jul 09, 2018 | www.unz.com

RobinG , September 13, 2015 at 1:28 am GMT

@Wizard of Oz

(Sigh.) Sorry you don't notice that I'm not engaging.

Gilad Atzmon: The Cognitive Elite of Jewish History

[Jul 09, 2018] Jerusalem as a capital of Israel

Jul 09, 2018 | www.unz.com

renfro , July 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm GMT

@jilles dykstra

You could help yourself by learning the real history ..I suggest the foremost historian on the subject Thomas Thompson and his ' History of Arabia'. Jerusalem was not founded by Jews, i.e. adherents of the Jewish religion. It was founded between 3000 BCE and 2600 BCE by a West Semitic people or possibly the Canaanites, the common ancestors of Palestinians, Lebanese, many Syrians and Jordanians, and many Jews. But when it was founded Jews did not exist.

Jerusalem was founded in honor of the ancient god Shalem. It does not mean City of Peace but rather 'built-up place of Shalem." The "Jewish people" were not building Jerusalem 3000 years ago, i.e. 1000 BCE. First of all, it is not clear when exactly Judaism as a religion centered on the worship of the one God took firm form. It appears to have been a late development since no evidence of worship of anything but ordinary Canaanite deities has been found in archeological sites through 1000 BCE. There was no invasion of geographical Palestine from Egypt by former slaves in the 1200s BCE. The pyramids had been built much earlier and had not used slave labor. The chronicle of the events of the reign of Ramses II on the wall in Luxor does not know about any major slave revolts or flights by same into the Sinai peninsula. Egyptian sources never heard of Moses or the 10 plagues & etc. Jews and Judaism emerged from a certain social class of Canaanites over a period of centuries inside Palestine. Jerusalem not only was not being built by the likely then non-existent "Jewish people" in 1000 BCE, but Jerusalem probably was not even inhabited at that point in history. Jerusalem appears to have been abandoned between 1000 BCE and 900 BCE, the traditional dates for the united kingdom under David and Solomon. So Jerusalem was not 'the city of David,' since there was no city when he is said to have lived. No sign of magnificent palaces or great states has been found in the archeology of this period, and the Assyrian tablets, which recorded even minor events throughout the Middle East, such as the actions of Arab queens, don't know about any great kingdom of David and Solomon in geographical Palestine. Since archeology does not show the existence of a Jewish kingdom or kingdoms in the so-called First Temple Period, it is not clear when exactly the Jewish people would have ruled Jerusalem except for the Hasmonean Kingdom. The Assyrians conquered Jerusalem in 722. The Babylonians took it in 597 and ruled it until they were themselves conquered in 539 BCE by the Achaemenids of ancient Iran, who ruled Jerusalem until Alexander the Great took the Levant in the 330s BCE. Alexander's descendants, the Ptolemies ruled Jerusalem until 198 when Alexander's other descendants, the Seleucids, took the city. With the Maccabean Revolt in 168 BCE, the Jewish Hasmonean kingdom did rule Jerusalem until 37 BCE, though Antigonus II Mattathias, the last Hasmonean, only took over Jerusalem with the help of the Parthian dynasty in 40 BCE. Herod ruled 37 BCE until the Romans conquered what they called Palestine in 6 CE (CE= 'Common Era' or what Christians call AD). The Romans and then the Eastern Roman Empire of Byzantium ruled Jerusalem from 6 CE until 614 CE when the Iranian Sasanian Empire Conquered it, ruling until 629 CE when the Byzantines took it back.

A. The Muslims, who ruled it and built it over 1191 years.
B. The Egyptians, who ruled it as a vassal state for several hundred years in the second millennium BCE.
C. The Italians, who ruled it about 444 years until the fall of the Roman Empire in 450 CE.
D. The Iranians, who ruled it for 205 years under the Achaemenids, for three years under the Parthians (insofar as the last Hasmonean was actually their vassal), and for 15 years under the Sasanids.
E. The Greeks, who ruled it for over 160 years if we count the Ptolemys and Seleucids as Greek. If we count them as Egyptians and Syrians, that would increase the Egyptian claim and introduce a Syrian one.
F. The successor states to the Byzantines, which could be either Greece or Turkey, who ruled it 188 years, though if we consider the heir to be Greece and add in the time the Hellenistic Greek dynasties ruled it, that would give Greece nearly 350 years as ruler of Jerusalem.
G. There is an Iraqi claim to Jerusalem based on the Assyrian and Babylonian conquests, as well as perhaps the rule of the Ayyubids (Saladin's dynasty), who were Kurds from Iraq.

L.K , July 4, 2018 at 9:24 pm GMT
@jilles dykstra

I understand what you are saying, Jilles, but let's be accurate, shall we?

The Jews have ZERO right to "return" to Palestine one cannot go back to a place one never left in the first place.

The story that the Romans expelled the Jews from Palestine 2000 years ago is FALSE.
See Israeli historian Shlomo Sand( the invention of the Jewish people).

At any rate, even had the story been true – and it is NOT – the notion of modern Jews laying claim to the land 2000 years later is truly bizarre.

L.K , July 4, 2018 at 9:28 pm GMT
@renfro

In short, today's Palestinians and their ancestors have been living continuously between the River and the Sea for about 9,000 years."

Exactly.
In the preface of his book "Ten myths about Israel", Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, writes:

Were the Jews indeed the original inhabitants of Palestine who deserved to be supported in every way possible in their "return" to their "homeland"? The myth insists that the Jews who arrived in 1882 were the descendants of the Jews expelled by the Romans around 70 CE. The counterargument questions this genealogical connection. Quite a hefty scholarly effort has shown that the Jews of Roman Palestine remained on the land and were first converted to Christianity and then to Islam. Who these Jews were is still an open question -- maybe the Khazars who converted to Judaism in the ninth century; or maybe the mixture of races across a millennium precludes any answer to such a question.

[Jul 09, 2018] On the subject of Jews celebrating the death of others, I have seen photos of them gaily cooking 'Rachel Corrie pancakes' to celebrate the death of the American student they brutally crushed to death with a tractor in occupied Palestine.

Jul 09, 2018 | www.unz.com

ParadiseNow Giraldi always says what needs to be said. Excellent article.

Speaking of the news that evaporates--"The story was covered in Israel and Europe but insofar as I could determine did not appear in any detail in the U.S. mainstream media"--and of the stories that disappear an hour or so after they are posted...

I've never come across anyone in the US who had seen or heard of the story that popped up on my monitor one day while working in a newsroom in Los Angeles, a headline piece by the BBC stating that the California legislature in Sacramento had just passed a resolution apologizing to Mel Gibson for the treatment he was subjected to after his drunken comments were illegally relayed to the press. The article also reported that legislation was passed increasing fines and jail penalties in California for anyone who illegally gave or sold arrest information to the media.

The story had some serious bearing on our immediate market as numerous celebrities' private medical information etc were being illegally gathered and sold to news outlets. I brought it to the attention of my (Jewish) chief editor who read the article, thanked me for the heads up, then completely ignored it.

Shortly after the piece just evaporated from the BBC site, and to this day I can find no trace of it in their archives.

On the subject of Jews celebrating the death of others, I have seen photos of them gaily cooking 'Rachel Corrie pancakes' to celebrate the death of the American student they brutally crushed to death with a tractor in occupied Palestine.


Jmaie , July 4, 2018 at 3:48 am GMT

I have seen photos of them gaily cooking 'Rachel Corrie pancakes'

Here's my take as a (non-Jewish) American.

My sympathies are with the Palestinians with regards to trying somehow to estabilsh sustainable territorial boundaries. IMHO Israel is clearly stealing land by building settlements in the West Bank. But given the ad-hoc nature of the current borders and the intent of the various parties, , God/Allah knows how this can be reasonably adjudicated.

I am ambivalent with regards to the plight of those in Gaza, Egypt is certainly in a position to help. The southern border is after all under their control.

Launching random missiles into southern Israel (assuming that's an actual thing rather than propaganda on the Israeli's part) seems silly and unlikely to improve the situation.

Both parties seem to regard the other as filth, undeserving of human compassion. How we move forward from here is beyond my ability to guess.

Arab neighbors seem to view refugees as pawns to be kept in squalor for their own political aims.

It seems like (and this is my own reading from afar) Hamas uses the "right of return" as an issue to turn gullible Palestinian youth into canon fodder. It's been 75 years and Israel is stronger than ever. Time to wake up and smell the coffee

There is so damn much much fault on both sides .

Now, having said all that – Rachael Corrie pancakes? She was an idiot and I have not the slightest sympathy for her. I wish I'd thought the joke up .

jilles dykstra , July 4, 2018 at 6:31 am GMT
@Jmaie

" Launching random missiles into southern Israel (assuming that's an actual thing rather than propaganda on the Israeli's part) seems silly and unlikely to improve the situation. "

What do you suggest the inmates of the Gaza concentration camp can do to get attention to their plight ?
The only way seems to be to provoke Israel into some retaliatory action.
Netanyahu is as stupid as Hitler, who let himself be provoked by Poland.
And indeed, both sides see the other as dirt.

jilles dykstra , July 4, 2018 at 6:40 am GMT
@CCR

They did drive the Palestinians out...

Jabotinski in 1923 saw it well 'just force will make Palestinians give up their lands'. But he did not foresee that they never really would give up.

What he also did not foresee that the ethnic cleansing would cause a growth of the number of Palestinians. As far as I can see Israel has no long time strategy for dealing with the Palestinian problem.

Trying to convince the great majority of the world's countries in the UN Assembly that they're all wrong, and Israel right, lunacy.

byrresheim , July 4, 2018 at 9:43 am GMT
@Jmaie

Now, having said all that – Rachael Corrie pancakes? She was an idiot and I have not the slightest sympathy for her. I wish I'd thought the joke up .

Thank you for unmasking yourself in the last sentence

L.K , July 4, 2018 at 7:26 pm GMT
@Jmaie

New Zionist shill on the block, 'jmaie'

Now, having said all that – Rachael Corrie pancakes? She was an idiot and I have not the slightest sympathy for her. I wish I'd thought the joke up

Buddy, you really are FILTH.

[Jul 09, 2018] Radical Jews of the Hasidic type are also acting thuggish on American streets, like in Brooklyn where they committed assault, battery and kidnapping on a bicyclist.

Jul 09, 2018 | www.unz.com

Greg Bacon , Website July 3, 2018 at 7:13 pm GMT

It will be interesting to see if Ocasio-Cortez-if elected–sticks to her principles or succumbs to the shekel storm headed her way.

Radical Jews of the Hasidic type are also acting thuggish on American streets, like in Brooklyn where they committed assault, battery and kidnapping on a bicyclist.

These kind of fanatics are growing in numbers all over the USA.

If you think Trump is spineless towards Israel, wait until Israel's next choice for POTUS, Nutty Nikky Haley steals the WH.

[Jul 09, 2018] Feeding the Monster, by Philip Giraldi

While secular "cultural nationalism" is probably essential to the survival of the nation, far right nationalism is a cancer.
There is a vicious spiral: Israel actions, which are essentially American-style colonization of the territory, radicalize Palestinians, and their actions in turn radicalize Jews feeling far right nationalism.
The early Zionists were mostly atheist. Zionists quoting the Bible for legitimacy of their land claims I'd take with a pinch of salt regarding their sincerity.
Notable quotes:
"... "No state or entity is absolved of mass shootings of protesters. There is no justification. Palestinian people deserve basic human dignity, as anyone else. Democrats can't be silent about this anymore. I think I was primarily compelled [to speak out] on moral grounds because I could only imagine if 60 people were shot and killed in Ferguson. Or if 60 people were shot and killed in the West Virginia teachers' strikes. The idea that we are not supposed to talk about people dying when they are engaging in political expression just really moved me." ..."
"... I personally would have liked to see Ocasio-Cortez go farther, a lot farther. Israel is a place where conventional morality has been replaced by a theocratically and culturally driven sense of entitlement which has meant that anything goes when it comes to the treatment of inferior Christian and Muslim Arabs. It also means that the United States is being played for a patsy by people who believe themselves to be superior in every way to Americans. ..."
"... New York Times ..."
"... Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is www.councilforthenationalinterest.org, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is inform@cnionline.org. ..."
"... I personally would have liked to see Ocasio-Cortez go farther, a lot farther. Israel is a place where conventional morality has been replaced by a theocratically and culturally driven sense of entitlement which has meant that anything goes when it comes to the treatment of inferior Christian and Muslim Arabs ..."
"... As Kevin Macdonald would point out Middle Eastern peoples are extreme in their ethnocentricism, explaining the chronic instability in the region, but Jews are at the extreme end of that extremism. The media does a good job of covering up the hypoethnocentricism evident in Jewish life in Israel and the West. ..."
Jul 09, 2018 | www.unz.com

One paragraph in particular in the article I read was highly suggestive, the claim that Ocasio-Cortez had been strongly opposed to the Israelis' routine slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza, which has by now become of such little import that it is not even reported any more in the U.S. media. She is also allegedly a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement (BDS), which pressures Israel to end its theft and occupation of Palestinian land. The article expressed some surprise that anyone in New York City would dare to say anything unpleasant about Israel and still expect to get elected.

This is what Ocasio-Cortez, who called the shooting of more than 130 Gazans a "massacre," actually said and wrote :

"No state or entity is absolved of mass shootings of protesters. There is no justification. Palestinian people deserve basic human dignity, as anyone else. Democrats can't be silent about this anymore. I think I was primarily compelled [to speak out] on moral grounds because I could only imagine if 60 people were shot and killed in Ferguson. Or if 60 people were shot and killed in the West Virginia teachers' strikes. The idea that we are not supposed to talk about people dying when they are engaging in political expression just really moved me."

Five hours later, when I arrived home in Virginia I went to pull up the article I had read in the morning to possibly use it in a piece of my own and was somewhat surprised to discover that the bit about Israel had been excised from the text. It was clearly yet another example of how the media self-censors when there is anything negative to say about Israel and it underlines the significance of the emergence of recent international media reporting in The Guardian and elsewhere regarding how Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson largely dictates U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. That means that the conspiracy of silence over Israel's manipulation of the United States government is beginning to break down and journalists have become bold enough to challenge what occurs when pro-Israel Jews obtain real power over the political process. Adelson, for what it's worth, wants war with Iran and has even suggested detonating a nuclear device on its soil to "send a message."

I personally would have liked to see Ocasio-Cortez go farther, a lot farther. Israel is a place where conventional morality has been replaced by a theocratically and culturally driven sense of entitlement which has meant that anything goes when it comes to the treatment of inferior Christian and Muslim Arabs. It also means that the United States is being played for a patsy by people who believe themselves to be superior in every way to Americans.

The question of the relationship with Israel comes at a time when everyone in America, so it seems, is concerned about children being separated from their parents who have illegally crossed the border from Mexico into the United States. The concern is legitimate given the coarse and sometimes violent justifications coming out of the White House, but it's a funny thing that Israeli abuse and even killing of Arab children is not met with the same opprobrium. When a Jewish fanatic/Israel settler kills Palestinian children and is protected by his government in so doing, where is the outrage in the U.S. media? Settlers and soldiers kill Palestinians, young and old, with impunity and are almost never punished. They destroy their orchards and livestock to eliminate their livelihoods to drive them out. They bulldoze their homes and villages. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency does none of that and is yet subject to nonstop abuse in the mainstream media, so what about Israel?

A recent story illustrates just how horrible the Israelis can be without any pushback whatsoever coming from Washington objecting to their behavior. As the United States is the only force that can in any way compel Israel to come to its senses and chooses not to do so, that makes U.S. policymakers and by extension the American people complicit in Israel's crimes.

The particularly horrible recent account that I am referring to describes how fanatical Jewish settlers burned alive a Palestinian family on the West Bank, including a baby, and then celebrated the deaths while taunting the victims' surviving family when they subsequently appeared in court. The story was covered in Israel and Europe but insofar as I could determine did not appear in any detail in the U.S. mainstream media.

Israeli Jewish settlers carried out their shameful deed outside a court in the city of Lod, chanting "'Ali was burned, where is Ali? There is no Ali. Ali is burned. On the fire. Ali is on the grill!" referring to the 18-month old baby Ali Dawabsheh, who was burnt alive in 2015 by Jewish settlers hurling Molotov cocktails into a house in the West Bank town of Duma. Ali's mother Riham and father Saad also died of their burns and were included in the chanting "Where is Ali? Where is Riham? Where is Saad? It's too bad Ahmed didn't burn as well." Five year-old Ahmed, who alone survived the attack with severe burns, will have scars for the rest of his life.

The settlers were taunting Ali's grandfather Hussein Dawabsheh, who accompanied Ahmed, at a preliminary hearing where the court indicted a man who confessed to the murders and a minor who acted as an accomplice. A video of the chanting shows Israeli policemen standing by and doing nothing. The court appearance also revealed that there have been another Molotov cocktail attack by settlers on another Dawabsheh family house in May that may have been an attempt to silence testimony relating to the first attack. Fortunately, the family managed to escape.

And by all accounts this outrage was not the first incident in which the burning of the Palestinian baby was celebrated. A December 15 th wedding video showed settlers engaged in an uproarious party that featured dances with Molotov cocktails and waving knives and guns. A photo of baby Ali was on display and was repeatedly stabbed. A year later, 13 people from what became known as the "murder wedding" were indicted for incitement to terrorism, but as of today no one has actually been punished. Israelis who kill Arabs are rarely indicted or tried. If it is a soldier or policeman that is involved, which occurs all too often, the penalty is frequently either nothing at all a slap on the wrist. Indeed, the snipers who fired on Gazans recently were actually ordered to shoot the unarmed civilians and directed to take out anyone who appeared to be a "leader," which included medical personnel.

The Trump Administration could, of course, stop the Israeli brutality if it chooses to do so, but it does not think Benjamin Netanyahu's crimes against humanity are on the agenda. Nor did Clinton, Bush and Obama dare to confront the power of Israel's lobby, though Obama tried a little pushback in a feeble way.

Someone in Washington should be asking why the United States should be fighting unnecessary wars and becoming an international pariah defending a country and people that believe they are "chosen" by God? One can only hope that the shift in perceptions on the Middle East by liberal Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez has some legs and will lead to some real change in U.S. foreign policy. To succeed the liberal Democrats will need to push against some formidable obstacles within their own party, most notably the Clinton wing and people like Senator Chuck Schumer, Minority leader in the Senate, who describes himself as Israel's "shomer" or defender in the Upper House. Perhaps someone on the New York Times editorial board should publicly suggest to Schumer that he go and run for office in Israel since he seems to prefer it to the country that has made him rich and powerful. But of course, the Times and all the other mainstream media, which is responsible for what we are not allowed to know about Israel and its American mouthpieces, will never entertain that suggestion or anything like it.

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is www.councilforthenationalinterest.org, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is inform@cnionline.org.


Someone , July 3, 2018 at 5:12 am GMT

No one should know this better than the Jews- that negativity never ends well.
Tyrion 2 , Website July 3, 2018 at 6:20 am GMT

I personally would have liked to see Ocasio-Cortez go farther, a lot farther. Israel is a place where conventional morality has been replaced by a theocratically and culturally driven sense of entitlement which has meant that anything goes when it comes to the treatment of inferior Christian and Muslim Arabs

Better to be a minority in Israel than any other Middle Eastern country. The two settlers guilty of arson are disgusting zealots. But their type is exponentially more common in Iraq, Syria, Iran and so on.

The criticism of Israel in Western media is disproportionately extremely high given the much higher rates of this type of thing in the majority of the rest of the world.

As for sniping the leaders of a huge mob trying to invade your country/storm your borders, doesn't that seem like the most humane way to deal with it? What does Giraldi suggest they do?

I suppose Western anti-Semites see Western countries going down because they are unable to deal with this type of thing and get jealous and want to drag Israel down with them. I prefer that America follow the example of Matteo Salvini. Giraldi prefers 'abolish borders' Cortez. Indeed, he'd like her to "go a lot farther".

Mishra , July 3, 2018 at 6:30 am GMT

Washington's spinelessness enables Israeli brutality

Why is "Washington" spineless? Why don't the people demand more principled leaders?

Well, where do the people get their ideas anyway? The mass media.

Who owns the mass media? Why can't it even be discussed?

All we get on this topic is lies, some right here on UNZ.

Yet some here now and then dare to speak the truth.

And as a result this site is under assault.

EOLAWKI , July 3, 2018 at 8:22 am GMT
Washington is not spineless. Washington is bought and paid for. In America, the general rule is that money rules, and the people (and their political representatives!) follow.
The Alarmist , July 3, 2018 at 8:35 am GMT

" I could only imagine if 60 people were shot and killed in Ferguson. Or if 60 people were shot and killed in the West Virginia teachers' strikes."

Only 60? We really have become a nation of p ***** s. If we're going to be an empire that pushes the rest of the world around, we need to act like one. The Byzantine General Belisaurius, under Justinian I, put down the Nika riots by killing as many as 30,000 people, and the Byzantine empire went on for another 900 years. If we dither over 60 people, we won't last another 50 years.

As for the Israelis, they are sowing the seeds of their own destruction, but given the number of nukes they are reputed to have and the global reach they seem to have, they are going to take the rest of us with them if the US simply walks away from them and leaves them on their own.

LondonBob , July 3, 2018 at 9:52 am GMT
@Tyrion 2

As Kevin Macdonald would point out Middle Eastern peoples are extreme in their ethnocentricism, explaining the chronic instability in the region, but Jews are at the extreme end of that extremism. The media does a good job of covering up the hypoethnocentricism evident in Jewish life in Israel and the West.

Z-man , July 3, 2018 at 10:16 am GMT
That crazed looking group of young fanatical Zionists taunting a Palestinian mother and child is a classic. ZOG has got to be defeated!
However , speaking of that 'Latina' who beat a political hack in Queens and the Bronx, she's already started to edit some of her internet posts. She knows who rules and will get in line with the 'mainstream' Zionist party line. She's also an 'open borders' radical which doesn't sit well with the likes of me and most Americans. She's also a 'Bronx girl' by way of suburban Westchester county, lol. As phony as phony gets.
Rogue , July 3, 2018 at 10:24 am GMT
@Echoes of History

The verse in question was specifically regarding the church in Jerusalem. In other words, financial help by gentile believers for Jewish followers of Jesus who were impoverished at that time.

It is not to be interpreted as a general charity for Jews, most of whom are hostile to Christianity both then and today. Bible verses have to be read within the context of the surrounding text.

Zionism is hardly a religious movement.

Tyrion 2 , Website July 3, 2018 at 10:26 am GMT
@LondonBob

Jews are probably the least ethnocentric, other than the 4% of global population that is Western European, in the world.

Echoes of History , July 3, 2018 at 10:32 am GMT
@Tyrion 2

Better to be a minority in Israel than any other Middle Eastern country.

Better yet to be a Jewish minority in any place but Israel.

It's weird how the vast majority of Jews themselves can't be persuaded into moving to Israel, but would rather be a minority elsewhere. Why is that so? Not so great a place as you purport?

The total number of people who hold or are eligible for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return is estimated at around 23 million, of which 6.6 million were living in Israel as of 2015. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_population_by_country

UncommonGround , July 3, 2018 at 11:06 am GMT
@Mishra

Well, where do the people get their ideas anyway? The mass media.

In Germany there was recently a bad case of antisemitism which was reported widely in the media. A large newspaper had a long article telling how a Jewish pupil in an elite school in Berlin was harassed or bullyed for months and that the school didn't do enough to protect him. It's a school to which the sons of ambassators, of diplomatic personal and of the international high class community in Berlin go. The article brought many details about the case: how they told the pupil that Ausschwitz wasn't far away (or something similar) and so on. The case even came in the television news of the main German channel (I only watched the late news, but I think that the case also came in the absolutely main news of German television at 8 o'clock P.M.). The media spoke of "antisemitism in Berlin." A pupil was harassed and told a few unpleasant things in a school in Berlin and this came in the main tv news of the country! The most important weekly magazine had also an article about "antisemitism in Berlin". At the end of the long article they told something that the other midia hadn't told. The pupil had been harassed because he favoured the Palestinians! The colleagues who bullyed him were probably American Jews.

WorkingClass , July 3, 2018 at 11:07 am GMT

but it's a funny thing that Israeli abuse and even killing of Arab children is not met with the same opprobrium.

Also the intentional starving of children in Yemen. And the huge pile of dead babies in Iraq, Libya and Syria. All of them murdered by Imperial Washington.

I much prefer President Trump to any of the candidates he defeated in the primaries and general election. But I regret that he is a Jew.

geokat62 , July 3, 2018 at 11:18 am GMT
Here's an interesting tidbit about AOC:

Newly popular Democratic politician hero and nominee for a seat in the U.S. Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used to have these words on her website:

A Peace Economy

"Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States has entangled itself in war and occupation throughout the Middle East and North Africa. As of 2018, we are currently involved in military action in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. According to the Constitution, the right to declare war belongs to the Legislative body, not the President. Yet, most of these acts of aggression have never once been voted on by Congress. Alex believes that we must end the forever war by bringing our troops home and ending the air strikes and bombings that perpetuate the cycle of terrorism and occupation throughout the world."

Now they're gone. Asked about it on Twitter, she replied:

"Hey! Looking into this. Nothing malicious! Site is supporter-run so things happen -we'll get to the bottom of it."

https://alethonews.com/2018/06/30/why-it-matters-that-peace-is-gone-from-ocasio-cortez-website/

It'll be interesting to see if these words ever reappear. I'll keep you posted if and when that happens.

ISmellBagels , July 3, 2018 at 11:23 am GMT
It will be interesting to see if Ocasio-Cortez will/can maintain her position on Israeli crimes. Public figures have a long history of backpedaling after getting the riot act read to them from the hebrew masters.
ISmellBagels , July 3, 2018 at 11:24 am GMT
@WorkingClass

Trump is not a Jew, just Jewifiied.

utu , July 3, 2018 at 11:33 am GMT
@Tyrion 2

Jews are probably the least ethnocentric

Because Jews are cosmocentric. The center of the whole universe.

Incitatus , July 3, 2018 at 1:40 pm GMT
@Tyrion 2

"The two settlers guilty of arson are disgusting zealots."

Correction. They're unrepentant murderers, empowered by disgusting zealots tolerated (if not pampered) by Likud.

"But their type is exponentially more common in Iraq, Syria, Iran and so on"

The 'they do it too' defense? So what? How many F-35s is the US giving Iraq, Syria, Iran?

Why should Likud conduct be excused by comparing it to those Israel routinely condemns?

"As for sniping the leaders of a huge mob trying to invade your country/storm your borders, doesn't that seem like the most humane way to deal with it?"

Does "sniping" mean shooting/killing/maiming unarmed people from a safe distance? Without risk to the sniper?

That's "more humane" than water-cannon, tear gas, and other non-lethal restraint? For the sniper, perhaps, but for the victim?

Sounds like the same rationalization murderers used at Babi-Yar.

"The criticism of Israel in Western media is disproportionately extremely high given the much higher rates of this type of thing in the majority of the rest of the world."

American media is disproportionately silent in criticism of Likud compared with Israeli media. Why?

"I suppose Western anti-Semites see Western countries going down because they are unable to deal with this type of thing and get jealous and want to drag Israel down with them."

In other words, Trump should use snipers and live fire on illegal immigrants crossing borders? Wow!

Nelle , July 3, 2018 at 2:41 pm GMT
These people used to be called Judeonazis by Hebrew University chemistry professor Israel Shahak and by the noted "radio rabbi", Rabbi Yeshayahu Leibowitz. Both predicted that the occupation would be Israel's downfall. Likely it is the downfall of the Palestinian people and possibly the rest of us. (Note that Israel has nuclear weapons and its policy of "nishtagea" – pulling down the temple around Sampson-type threat – is meant to guarantee its hegemony in the region. That suits the US down to the ground, where the oil is.
Mulegino1 , July 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm GMT
What are we to expect from a criminal state, founded by international terrorists like Ben Gurion, Begin, Yitzakh Shamir, etc.?

If it had been Palestinian terrorists who had blown up the King David Hotel, murdered Lord Moyne and Count Folke Bernadotte, and Jewish women and children in Deir Yassin, you would see monuments to these victims all over the western world, Hollywood films by the score, and the kvetching from the usual suspects would only have been amplified over time. If it had been Palestinian terrorists who concocted the Lavon Affair false flag plan, or Palestinian naval and air forces which attacked an American naval vessel in broad daylight, flying a large American flag and attempted to murder the entire crew, likewise. There would be memorials in Arlington, and all over the U.S., to the brave crew members and their captain, whose actions saved the vessel. Instead all we get are crickets chirping.

For while the Zionists try to make the rest of the world believe that the national consciousness of the Jew finds its satisfaction in the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jews again slyly dupe the dumb Goyim. It doesn't even enter their heads to build up a Jewish state in Palestine for the purpose of living there; all they want is a central organization for their international world swindle, endowed with its own sovereign rights and removed from the intervention of other states: a haven for convicted scoundrels and a university for budding crooks.

How prescient and prophetic these words were, written decades before the founding of the criminal entity in Palestine! Israel does not serve as a Jewish homeland, it serves as a base of criminal operations, a weapons depot, and a sanctuary for international fugitives from justice

anti_republocrat , July 3, 2018 at 4:08 pm GMT
@Tyrion 2

Now that the Israeli-backed head choppers and liver eaters have been defeated, Syria has returned to the the multi-confessional, pluralistic paradise it always was when compared with the abomination West of the Jordan River. Before the establishment of the Zionist state, Jews as well as Christians were welcome in Arab states. Even after 1948, Sephardim did not immediately flock to Israel.

When Ashkenazi Zionists discovered they had created a labor shortage by ethnically cleansing Palestinians, they embarked on a propaganda and false flag campaign to get Sephardim to migrate to Israel, where many of those well-educated and formerly wealthy Jews were discriminated against and forced to take menial jobs. The false flags designed specifically to stampede Jews out of Iraq are well documented, so don't lie about it, Tyrion. Jews were among the wealthiest of Iraqis, and had little organic reason to emigrate. The propaganda of Arab governments expelling the Sephardim is largely false.

The racist, European (white) supremacist narrative (what Edward Said called "Orientalism") that Arabs and Muslims are always killing each other and Europe must intervene for humanitarian reasons is actively cultivated by Israel in order to justify its own ethno-supremacist society. That's why Israel encourages Wahhabi terrorism emanating from the Gulf.

Tyrion 2 , Website July 3, 2018 at 4:22 pm GMT
@anti_republocrat

Syria has returned to the the multi-confessional, pluralistic paradise it always was when compared with the abomination West of the Jordan River

The number of deaths in a single year of the Syrian conflict exceed the last 70 years of the Palestinian-Israeli one. Try again.

bjondo , July 3, 2018 at 4:41 pm GMT
@Tyrion 2

Better to be a minority in Israel than any other Middle Eastern country. The two settlers guilty of arson are disgusting zealots. But their type is exponentially more common in Iraq, Syria, Iran and so on.

The minority groups in Iran, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, would laugh at you and the Jew of Iran prefer Iran to Israel. These sorts of lunatics, without Israeli, West interference, are rare in Iraq, Syria, Iran and so on.

Israel is dominated by disgusting zealots. Israel is a zealot state of zealots.

Does hasbarRat mean blatant liar?

Also,

another excellent article by Philip Giraldi.

[Jul 08, 2018] American Exceptionalism = National Narcissism

Jul 08, 2018 | www.unz.com

Minnesota Mary , September 8, 2015 at 8:40 pm GMT

@Moi

American Exceptionalism = National Narcissism. Same with Jewish Exceptionalism. Both lead to hubris which will be the undoing of America and Israel.

[Jul 08, 2018] The Doctrine of 'Superior People', by James Petras

As a side note all "nation IQ" arguments are scientifically fake/ Izreal and South africa of the past share the same problem and Izreal might eventually come to the same utcome.
Notable quotes:
"... The single greatest feat of Israel and its overseas missions has not been material success, or the military conquest of millions of unarmed Palestinians, it has been ideological – the widespread acceptance in the US of a doctrine that claims 'Jews are a superior people'. ..."
"... Israel's dominant role in formulating US Middle East policy is largely a product of its success at recruiting, socializing and motivating overseas Jews to act as an organized force to intervene in US politics and push Israel's agenda. ..."
"... What motivates American Jews, who have been raised and educated in the US to serve Israel? After all, these are individuals who have prospered, achieved high status and occupy the highest positions of prestige and responsibility. ..."
"... What turns comfortable, prosperous American Jews into vindictive bullies, willing and able to blackmail, threaten and punish any dissident voices among their Gentile and Jewish compatriots who have dared to criticize Israel? ..."
"... Thirdly, Supremacists compile a very selective list of virtuous Jews, while omitting areas of life and activity where Jews have disproportionately played a negative and destructive role. ..."
"... After all is it Jewish 'genius' that makes Israel a leading exporter of arms, high tech intrusive spy systems and sends military and paramilitary advisers and torturers to work with death squad regimes in Africa and Latin America? ..."
"... In other words, these Nobel recipients, who Supremacists cite as 'examples of Jewish Supremacy', have sown terror and injustice on countless captive peoples and nations – giving the Nobel Peace Prize a dubious distinction. ..."
"... Among the greatest billion dollar swindlers in recent US history, we d find a disproportionate percentage of American Jews – curiously not mentioned by the Supremacists in their usual litany: Bernard Madoff pillaged over $50 billion from his clients, Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken and Marc Rich are well-known names adding the distinction of 'Jewish genius' to a list of financial mega-felons. ..."
"... The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression was largely due to the financial policies of Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. The trillion-dollar bailout of Wall Street by Ben Shalom Bernacke and Stanley Fischer, while Janet Yellen ignored the plight of millions of Americans who lost their homes because of mortgage foreclosures. In sum, Jewish Supremacists should proudly take credit for the American Jews who have been disproportionately responsible for the largest economic and foreign policy failures of the contemporary period – including the horrific suffering these have entailed! ..."
"... Back in the more normal world of crime, Russian-Jewish mobsters dominate or share supremacy with the Italian Mafia in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami and scores of cities in between. They display their unique genius at extortion and murder – knowing they can always find safe haven in the 'Promised Land'! ..."
"... Donations from financial billionaires, all 'geniuses', have financed the war crimes of the Israeli state and made possible the expansion of violent Jewish settlers throughout occupied Palestine – spreading misery and displacement for millions. ..."
Jul 08, 2018 | www.unz.com

Introduction:

The single greatest feat of Israel and its overseas missions has not been material success, or the military conquest of millions of unarmed Palestinians, it has been ideological – the widespread acceptance in the US of a doctrine that claims 'Jews are a superior people'.

Apart from small extremist rightwing sects who exhibit visceral anti-Semitism and denigrate everything Jewish, there are very few academics and politicians willing to question this supremacist doctrine. On the contrary, there is an incurable tendency to advance oneself by accepting and embellishing on it.

For example, in August 2015, US Vice-President Joseph Biden attributed 'special genius' to Jews, slavish flattery that embarrassed even New York's liberal Jewish intellectuals.

Israel's dominant role in formulating US Middle East policy is largely a product of its success at recruiting, socializing and motivating overseas Jews to act as an organized force to intervene in US politics and push Israel's agenda.

What motivates American Jews, who have been raised and educated in the US to serve Israel? After all, these are individuals who have prospered, achieved high status and occupy the highest positions of prestige and responsibility. Why would they parrot the policies of Israel and follow the dictates of Israeli leaders (a foreign regime), serving its violent colonial, racist agenda?

What binds a majority of highly educated and privileged Jews to the most rabidly rightwing Israeli regime in history – a relationship they actually celebrate?

What turns comfortable, prosperous American Jews into vindictive bullies, willing and able to blackmail, threaten and punish any dissident voices among their Gentile and Jewish compatriots who have dared to criticize Israel?

What prevents many intelligent, liberal and progressive Jews from openly questioning Israel's agenda, and especially confronting the role of Zionist zealots who serve as Tel Aviv's fifth column against the interest of the United States?

There are numerous historical and personal factors that can and should be taken into account to understand this phenomenon.

In this essay I am going to focus on one – the ideology that 'Jews are a superior people'. The notion that Jews, either through some genetic, biologic, cultural, historical, familial and/or upbringing, have special qualities allowing them to achieve at a uniquely higher level than the 'inferior' non-Jews.

We will proceed by sketching the main outline of the Jewish supremacist ideology and then advance our critique.

We will conclude by evaluating the negative consequences of this ideology and propose a democratic alternative.

Jewish Supremacism

Exponents of Jewish Supremacism (JS) frequently cite the prestigious awards, worldly successes and high honors, which, they emphasize, have been disproportionately achieved by Jews.

The argument goes: While Jews represent less than 0.2% of the world population, they have produced 24% of the US Nobel prize winners; over 30% of Ivy League professors and students; and the majority of major US film, stage and TV producers.

They cite the 'disproportionate number' of scientists, leading doctors, lawyers and billionaires.

They cite past geniuses like, Einstein, Freud and Marx .

They point to the founders of the world's great monotheistic religions – Moses and Abraham.

They lay claim to a unique learning tradition embedded in centuries of Talmudic scholarship.

Jewish supremacists never miss a chance to cite the 'Jewish background' of any highly accomplished contemporary public figures in the entertainment, publication, financial fields or any other sectors of life in the US.

Disproportionately great accomplishments by a disproportionate minority has become the mantra for heralding a self-styled 'meritocratic elite' . and for justifying its disproportionate wealth, power and privileges – and influence

Challenging the Myths of Jewish Supremacists

There are serious problems regarding the claims of the Jewish Supremacists.

For centuries Jewish 'wisdom' was confined to textual exegesis of religious dogma – texts full of superstition and social control, as well as blind intolerance, and which produced neither reasoned arguments nor contributed to scientific and human advancement.

Jewish scholarship of note occurred among thinkers like Spinoza who revolted against the Jewish ghetto gatekeepers and rejected Jewish dogma.

Notable scientists emerged in the context of working and studying with non-Jews in non-Jewish institutions – the universities and centers of learning in the West. The majority of world-renowned Jewish scholars integrated and contributed to predominantly non-Jewish (Moslem and Christian) and secular institutions of higher learning.

Historically, highly talented individuals of Jewish origin succeeded by renouncing the constraints of everyday Jewish life, rabbinical overseers and Jewish institutions. Most contemporary prestigious scientists, including the frequently cited Nobel Prize winners, have little or nothing to do with Judaism! And their contributions have everything to do with the highly secular, integrated culture in which they prospered intellectually – despite expressions of crude anti-Semitism in the larger society.

Secondly , Jewish Supremacists persist in claiming 'racial credit' for the achievements of individuals who have publically renounced, denounced and distanced themselves from Judaism and have dismissed any notion of Israel as their spiritual homeland. Their universal prestige has prevented them from being labeled, apostate or 'self-hating'. Albert Einstein, often cited by the Supremacists as the supreme example of 'Jewish genius', denounced Israel's war crimes and showed disdain for any tribal identity. In their era, Marx and Trotsky, like the vast majority of emancipated European Jews, given the chance, became engaged in universalistic organizations, attacking the entire notion that Jews were a 'special people' chosen by divine authority (or by the latter-day Zionists).

Thirdly, Supremacists compile a very selective list of virtuous Jews, while omitting areas of life and activity where Jews have disproportionately played a negative and destructive role.

After all is it Jewish 'genius' that makes Israel a leading exporter of arms, high tech intrusive spy systems and sends military and paramilitary advisers and torturers to work with death squad regimes in Africa and Latin America?

Among the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are three Israeli Prime Ministers who waged wars of ethnic cleansing against millions of Palestinians and expanded racist 'Jews only' settlements throughout the occupied Palestinian territories. These include Menachem Begin (notorious career bomber and terrorist), Yitzhak Rabin (a militarist who was assassinated by an even more racist Jewish terrorist) and Shimon Peres. Among Jewish American Nobel 'Peaceniks' is Henry Kissinger who oversaw the brutal and illegal US war in Indo-China causing 4 million Vietnamese deaths;who wrote the 'template for regime change' by overthrowing the democratically elected government of Chilean President Allende and condemned Chile to decades of police state terror; and who supported Indonesia's destruction of East Timor!

In other words, these Nobel recipients, who Supremacists cite as 'examples of Jewish Supremacy', have sown terror and injustice on countless captive peoples and nations – giving the Nobel Peace Prize a dubious distinction.

Among the greatest billion dollar swindlers in recent US history, we d find a disproportionate percentage of American Jews – curiously not mentioned by the Supremacists in their usual litany: Bernard Madoff pillaged over $50 billion from his clients, Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken and Marc Rich are well-known names adding the distinction of 'Jewish genius' to a list of financial mega-felons.

Among the less respectable notables whose material successes have been tarnished by personal weaknesses – we have the billionaire and pedophile pimp, Jeffry Epstein; IMF President, rapist and debaucher Dominic Strauss Kahn, entrepreneur and 'nudist' Dov Charney, New York Governor and 'repeat customer' Elliot Spitzer, Congressman and exhibitionist Anthony Weiner and the fun-loving sports impresario who brought down FIFA, the piratical Chuck Blazer. Curiously, none of these extraordinarily successful notables have been cited as examples of Jewish Supremacy.

As we contemplate the millions of war refugees driven from the Near East and North Africa, we should credit the role of US neo-liberal and neo-conservative ideologues and policymakers –a disproportionate percentage of whom are Jews. Millions of Chilean workers suffered as Milton Friedman and his Chicago Boys 'advised' Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet on dismantling the welfare state (even if it required the murder of trade unionists!). Ayn Rand (Alyssa Rosenbaum) and her fanatical free market epigones have savaged all progressive social legislation and turned the most retrograde forms of selfishness into a religion of 'superiority'!

The disastrous US war against Iraq was largely organized, promoted and justified by a disproportionate percentage of US Jews (Zionists), including leading policymakers in the Bush and Obama administration – Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Elliott Abrams, Dennis Ross, Martin Indyk, David Frum, Shulsky, Levey, Cohen, Rahm Emanuel etc They continue to push for war against Iran and should be seen as the 'godfathers' of the tragedies of Iraq, Syria and Libya where millions have fled.

The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression was largely due to the financial policies of Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. The trillion-dollar bailout of Wall Street by Ben Shalom Bernacke and Stanley Fischer, while Janet Yellen ignored the plight of millions of Americans who lost their homes because of mortgage foreclosures. In sum, Jewish Supremacists should proudly take credit for the American Jews who have been disproportionately responsible for the largest economic and foreign policy failures of the contemporary period – including the horrific suffering these have entailed!

Back in the more normal world of crime, Russian-Jewish mobsters dominate or share supremacy with the Italian Mafia in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami and scores of cities in between. They display their unique genius at extortion and murder – knowing they can always find safe haven in the 'Promised Land'!

On the cultural front, the finest Jewish writers, artists, musicians, scientists have emerged outside of Israel. A few may have immigrated to the Jewish state, but many other intellectuals and artists of note have chosen to leave Israel, repelled by the racist, intolerant and repressive apartheid state and society promoted by Jewish Supremacists.

Conclusion

The record provides no historical basis for the claims of Jewish Supremacists:

What has been cited as the disproportionate 'Jewish genius' turns out to be a two-edged sword – demonstrating the best and the worst.

Claiming a monopoly on high academic achievement must be expanded to owning up to the Jewish authors of the worst financial and foreign policy disasters – they too are 'high achievers'.

Donations from financial billionaires, all 'geniuses', have financed the war crimes of the Israeli state and made possible the expansion of violent Jewish settlers throughout occupied Palestine – spreading misery and displacement for millions.

In fairness, the most notorious Jewish swindler in contemporary America was even-handed: 'Bernie' Madoff swindled Jews and Goys, Hollywood moguls and New York philanthropists – he wasn't picky about who he fleeced.

The latest fashion among Jewish Supremacist 'geneticists' is to extoll the discovery of uniquely special 'genes' predisposing Jews to experience the 'holocaust' and even inherit the experience of suffering from long dead ancestors. Such 'scientists' should be careful. As Jazz artist and essayist, Gilad Altzmon wryly notes, 'They will put the anti-Semites out of business'.

Ultimately, Jews, who have assimilated into the greater society or not, who inter-marry and who do not, are all products of the social system in which they live and (like everyone else) they are the makers of the roles they decide to play within it.

In the past, a uniquely disproportional percentage of Jews chose to fight for universal humanist values – rejecting the notion of a chosen people.

Today a disproportionate percentage of educated Jews have chosen to embrace an 'ethno-religious' Supremacist dogma, which binds them to an apartheid, militarist state and ideology ready to drag the world into a global war.

Never forget! Racialist supremacist doctrines led Germany down the blind ally of totalitarianism and world war, in which scores of millions perished.

Jews, especially young Jews, are increasingly repelled by Israel's crimes against humanity. The next step for them (and for us) is to criticize, demystify and stand up to the toxic supremacist ideology linking the powerful domestic Zionist power configuration and its political clones with Israel.

The root problem is not genetic, it is collective political dementia: a demented ideology that claims a chosen elite can forever dominate and exploit the majority of American people. The time will come when the accumulated disasters will force the Americans people to push back, unmasking the elite and rejecting its supremacist doctrines. Let us hope that they will act with passion guided by reason.


Sonic , September 7, 2015 at 7:20 am GMT

Well written essay.

The simple answer to the questions posed in the beginning is that everything comes down to one's beliefs.

If you believe yourself to be superior and combine that with a hard-work ethic, you will create that which you took as a natural given. The belief system of Judaism evolved from one that was primarily concerned with pleasing God and working towards the afterlife to one primarily concerned with creating heaven on earth and working towards the material life. Such doctrines are at the heart of any materialistic ideology. It is a materialistic ideology that over-indulges in matters of material wealth, accomplishment, and worldly success. But such an ideology was certainly not the way of Abraham or Moses (or Jesus or Muhammad – saaws).

So it must be said (and it must be a lesson for every other group, nation, or tribe on earth): the mixing of race/tribe with religion is wrong. Judaism has largely become (I know that there are reform movements that differ with such orthodoxy) a religious and ethnic identity to the point where both become one and the same. A good comment was made above about the distinction (or lack thereof) between a Jewish atheist and a Jewish rabbi.

I don't think it too out of the ordinary to understand how and why the doctrine of Jewish supremacism found a cozy home in the United States. The US has had its own doctrine of exceptionalism for a very long time (just ask the Native Americans). Migration away from the familiarity of one's extended family and indigenous people by the early colonialists, along with a framework of post-enlightenment secularism led many Americans to become ignorant of their own religion. Success, the spoils of war, and material abundance added to all that of course. And so, most American Christians (which last time I checked, still form the majority of the US) forgot the criticism of the Jews that Jesus (as) and the Bible taught! Instead, they began to pick and choose what is convenient to follow as far as their faith goes. It is far more convenient to fall into praise and worship of those who have a monopoly with regards to power and authority (especially through mass media), rather than follow in the footsteps of great religious leaders who constantly challenged those in power.

What is described in the above article does indeed resemble other supremacist and racist ideologies. From Arab Baathism to German Nazism; the Aryan Nations to the Black Panthers; American Exceptionalism to European Manifest Destiny these are all alike in that they emanate from the very darkness of our souls. The first racist/supremacist was iblis (lucifer) i.e. satan (the leader of the devils). He felt he and those made of the same substance as him were superior to us (human beings). But it is God who creates all living things and all types of substances without discrimination or prejudice. The cosmetic differences then are a test for us to see who will do good, and who will fall into evil (by way of our own free-will).

In the Farewell Sermon, Prophet Muhammad (saaws) said: " All mankind is from Adam and Eve; an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab, and a White has no superiority over a Black nor does a Black have any superiority over a White; except through piety and good deeds "

JoaoAlfaiate , September 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm GMT
Whenever I am reminded of the disproportionate number of Jews who receive Nobel Prizes, I always like to point out that if there were Nobel prizes for networking, Jews would get 100% of them.
jb , September 7, 2015 at 12:56 pm GMT
Lame! The article doesn't even try to explain how such a small percentage of the world's population manages to produce such a large percentage of the world's most productive scientists and intellectuals. If our hypothesis is that certain ethnic Jewish populations have, on average, higher native IQs than other peoples, then the fact that many of those scientists and intellectuals have renounced their Judaism becomes entirely irrelevant. Further, if we are talking about intellectual superiority, rather than moral superiority, then it is to be expected that Jews would also excel at villainy. As far as I can see, this column offers no argument and introduces no evidence that is inconsistent with the hypothesis of Jewish intellectual superiority. (And no, I am not Jewish).
Moi , September 7, 2015 at 1:23 pm GMT
@Mark Green

The notion of Chosen will bring about the downfall of the Jews–and, sadly, Exceptionalism will be downfall of our own country.

WorkingClass , September 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm GMT
Jewish is an ethnicity. Zionist is an ideology. Not all Jews are Zionists. Not all Zionists are Jews. It is Zionist ideology and not Jewish ethnicity that is making trouble in the world. The idea of the supremacy of ethnic Jews is as silly as the idea of the supremacy of Texans. Apartheid and expansionism are policies of Zionists and rightfully should be condemned and resisted.
Wizard of Oz , September 7, 2015 at 1:30 pm GMT
This sort of tossed-off-the-top-of-the-head stuff (none of it new or refreshed with original thinking or research) is rather a waste of time. No doubt the natural tribalism and group purpose that one can find in lots of ethnic and other groups is or seems to outsiders particularly formidable when found in a group that has an average IQ almost a sd above other whites', strives mightily and has a 3000 year history, for most of it literate, attached to a particular homeland. But I have found without the sort of well researched references I would expect from the author more supremacist chatter amongst young Chinese blog commenters than from anyone else.

There are obvious elements of truth that one glimpse in this piece but the author does remarkably little to support his argument beyond assertion.

Tom_R , September 7, 2015 at 2:46 pm GMT
JUDAISTS MENTALLY DERANGED TO THINK THEY ARE GOD'S CHOSEN; MOST SUCCESS BY CORRUPT MEANS.

Thanks for the excellent article, Sir. Peter the Great does a great job again! You are right on everything but I would like to add a couple of points.

1. Believing your ethnic group is "chosen" is a delusion, which is a symptom of mental illness:

God (if there is one), who created all people, would never label one group over the other, a priori. And if God did so, he would come and tell the others to respect his favorite group over themselves. God never came and told me or others I know that "Jews" are His "Chosen" and we are not. Never, never once in my life. Others' religious books never record any such commandment from God. For a group to engage in shameless self-adulation and then falsely ascribe it to God is repugnant and an evil fraud in the name of God.

Secondly, this assertion of being "Chosen" is based on the Torah (Old Testament, Deuteronomy 7:6). The fact that the OT is fiction is obvious from Book 1, Page 1. See: "The Forgery of the Old Testament" by Joseph McCabe. The earth is not 6000 years old, etc. Higher criticism showed that the OT was weaved together from four source documents. The scribes, who imagined a mass murderer Moses (who was so black, the African Pharaoh assumed he was his grandson for decades) as their prophet were themselves probably mentally deranged African criminals.

2. More than ½ of Jewish success is due to corrupt and criminal means. Under the delusion they are Go's Chosen, Judaists lose morals became crooks and criminals at a much higher rate. Judaists bribe and blackmail politicians in USA and EU to get Israel favorite treatment and destroy the goyim through alienism and flood it with 3rd world aliens. The bribed politicians pay them back millions or even billions in grants and contracts and other favors, such as FCC licenses, protection from criminal prosecution, etc. For example, Jewish billionaire George Soros (Schwartz) made money in insider trading. Most Judaists succeed due to nepotism as they hire each other in top positions, to monopolize and control and to goyim out. Eg. Elena Kagan who never tried a case was suddenly appointed to the Supreme Court.

They also control the Nobel Committee, given the fact that many Judaists who got nobel prizes got them for no great discovery or invention! See details here:

http://www.maya12-21-2012.com/2012forum/index.php?topic=14039.0

In summary, Judaism is a mentally deranged criminal cult and the Judaists are a modern criminal gang that controls all 3 branches of our govt., media and academia and is using its criminally obtained power to bolster their mythical homeland, Israel, and keeping it pure, while destroying white goyim thru 3rd world immigration and liberalism in order to rule them using the divide and conquer strategy.

Jim , September 7, 2015 at 2:54 pm GMT
It is completely obvious to anyone who has had even a slight acquaintance with Ashkenazi Jews that they average high intelligence. This impression is not only supported by the psychometric data showing an average Ashkenazi IQ of 112 but also by the astounding record of extraordinarily high levels of achievement in intellectually demanding fields.

The other day I quickly wrote down a list of about 30 or so of the most prominent chess players since the latter part of the nineteenth century that I had heard of and then researched how many of them were Ashkenazi Jews. It turned out that 49% of them were Ashkenazi Jews. Looking at the percentage of Nobel Prize winners, Fields Medalists etc. that are Ashkenazi Jews produces similar astonishing results.

Someone who can believe that the extraordinary level of Ashkenazi intellectual achievement has nothing to do with genetics can believe anything. The denial of a genetic involvement in high Ashkenazi intellectual achievement illustrates the remarkable power of ideology to cause people to pretend to believe the most preposterous nonsense.

The intelligence of non-Ashkenazi Jews while nowhere near Ashkenazi levels is still probably above the world average except for the Falasha. The IQ of the Mizrahi Jews I believe is somewhere in the low 90′s which while well below average IQ's in most of Europe is substantially above the average IQ of most Arab populations.

It should be noted that the genetics of Ashkenazi Jews is substantially different from the genetics of non-Ashkenazi Jews. Ashkenazi Jews are genetically about 60% European (nearly all Mediterranean European) and 40% Middle Eastern.

Jim , September 7, 2015 at 3:21 pm GMT
No doubt Jews are much more ethnocentric than Europeans in general. However in regard to ethnocentrism Jews may well be nearer the world average than say Northwest Europeans who appear unusually low in ethnocentrism.

Of the various unsavory Jews mentioned in this article it is clear that they are all of high intelligence.

It is perfectly true that Jewish intellectual achievements have little connection with the Talmud or other aspects of traditional Jewish culture. But that fact itself shows the weakness of cultural explanations of Jewish achievement. Chess for example was absent from traditional Jewish culture but when Ashkenazi Jews began to take up the game in the latter part of the nineteenth century it took only for a few decades for them to become highly dominant in international competition despite the fact that the game came from gentile culture.

The intellectual superiority of Ashkenazi Jews is obvious. Hopefully a study of Jewish genetics will lead to substantial advances in the understanding of human intelligence.

Tom_R , September 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm GMT
@Jim

JUDAISTS -- MENTALLY RETARDED OR MENTALLY ILL?

If you think the "Jews" are so intelligent, then how come they read the Torah (OT 1-5) and not realize that it is a forgery, a piece of fiction and that Abraham and Moses could not have existed?

The Torah (OT 1-5) is a "forgery" (See: McCabe) and "spurious" (–Thomas Paine). That is obvious from book 1, page 1. The Earth is not 6000 years old. The universe is not standing on a "firmament." Cultures (unknown to the scribes) flourished much before. Written records and archeological evidence using carbon dating show man's presence tens of thousands of years ago, probably over a 100,000 years ago. A million people cannot live in a vast desert (without water or food) in a hostile nation for 40 years -- and leave no trace.

Moshe (an Egyptian, therefore African and Negro) never existed. His story is copied from the older African myth of Mises. Exile and Exodus never happened. For eg., as stated in "Deconstructing the Walls of Jericho" (by Prof. Ze'ev Herzog of the Dept. of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University):

"This is what archaeologists have learned from their excavations in the Land of Israel: the Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander in the desert, did not conquer the land in a military campaign and did not pass it on to the 12 tribes of Israel ."

See:

http://www.truthbeknown.com/biblemyth.htm

http://www.worldagesarchive.com/Reference_Links/False_Testament_(Harpers) .htm

Also at: http://www.yorku.ca/dcarveth/false_testament

Moshe could not have parted the Red Sea, not only because it violates the laws of physics, and there was no Moses, but because there was no Red Sea to cross, since Egypt and Israel have a common land border!

So Judaists who believes that this mythical black mass murderer Moshe is their "prophet", and are children of a pimp called Abraham, are they mentally retarded or mentally ill?

Biff , September 7, 2015 at 3:52 pm GMT

What turns comfortable, prosperous American Jews into vindictive bullies, willing and able to blackmail, threaten and punish any dissident voices among their Gentile and Jewish compatriots who have dared to criticize Israel?

Thank goodness Max Blumenthal didn't take that route. He could've easily, but change is in the air.

Realist , September 7, 2015 at 4:13 pm GMT
@Mark Green

The advantage of intelligence many Jews have is overshadowed by the lack of integrity on the part of many.

Realist , September 7, 2015 at 4:28 pm GMT
@Tom_R

"More than ½ of Jewish success is due to corrupt and criminal means. Under the delusion they are Go's Chosen, Judaists lose morals became crooks and criminals at a much higher rate. Judaists bribe and blackmail politicians in USA and EU to get Israel favorite treatment and destroy the goyim through alienism and flood it with 3rd world aliens."

How smart are the goyim that allow it?

Epaminondas , September 7, 2015 at 4:32 pm GMT
@Realist

There is a peculiar trait among Semitic peoples to treat members of other ethnic or religious groups with a different set of ethics. Gentiles are slow to understand this, as their Christian universalism forbids them to engage in such activities.

Jim , September 7, 2015 at 4:45 pm GMT
@Mark Green

It's not a question of liking Jews or being "anti-Semitic". Quite aside from sentimental considerations along these lines it is perfectly obvious that Ashkenazi Jews have an exceptionally high average IQ. Saying this is just to recognize objective reality.

Ashkenazi Jews are no doubt more ethnocentric than most other white Americans or Northwest Europeans but in this regard it may be the latter who are more exceptional in having a low degree of ethnocentrism.

Northwest Europeans have often been described as having a "guilt" culture as opposed to a "shame" culture which is more common in the rest of the world outside Europe. I wonder to what extent traditional Jewish culture is best described as a "guilt" vs. "shame" culture.

Ashkenazi Jews are very different genetically from non-Ashkenazi Jews. Most US Jews are Ashkenazi so statements about Jews in the US are generally about Ashkenazi Jews. Such statements often do not apply much to Oriental Jews.

Jim , September 7, 2015 at 4:48 pm GMT
@Realist

"More than 1/2 of Jewish success is due to corrupt and criminal means."

Utter nonsense.

Sonic , September 7, 2015 at 5:42 pm GMT
@Jim

There is a definitive correlation between corruption/criminality and worldly success. At an individual level, those whose morals are weak tend to be more willing to take risks or do the kinds of work that others would not dare touch or find reprehensibly. Yet, the end result would be greater worldly accomplishment and success. This does not apply to everyone, but it is an undeniable reality. At the macro-level, empires don't become empires without having bad laundry (so to speak). Might makes right as the saying goes. America as a superpower today would not be in the position it is in without the shedding of so much blood and without so many transgressions and criminal actions. So my point here is that sometimes, success and accomplishment correlates with corruption and transgression. Also, compare and contrast Jewish success and accomplishment in Germany prior to World War 1 and after World War 2. After the horror of those events, I think many Jewish communities may have altered their relationship with non-Jews and as a result, believe that they have the right to lie, fool, and transgress against gentile nations that are going to be hostile towards them no matter what.

The real accomplishment is one's place in the Hereafter. That was the message that the Jews used to carry to the nations of the earth. Now, it is the Muslims that carry that message.

Sonic , September 7, 2015 at 5:50 pm GMT
@Jim

Jim – your perspective here is wrong. It is culture and environment and the type of beliefs and mentality a person, family, or community have. A set of variable factors some of which can be controlled and some of which cannot, that result in what we then observe. This is an age-old debate within the field of genetics nurture vs. nature. But what you are describing above is nurture the mentality one has or the mentality one is raised by.

Similar arguments can be put forth regarding the rise and fall of whole nations. Some nations and cultures start off with better resources that allow them to conquer others and thus, "achieve" more. Think of the military advantages Europe had over Asia and Africa that allowed for the centuries of colonialism. Prior to that, the geography and natural resources of Europe gave it many advantages over those lands and peoples that they eventually conquered. On top of that, Europe developed a manifest destiny mindset (among other ideologies) which justified its actions. For some, it may have been humanitarian and for others in Europe, it may have been destructive. Either way, the end result of what they did was on account of environmental and cultural factors that fall into the realm of "nurture" rather than "nature". Nature here being a reference to genetics and race and so forth as opposed to environmental advantages like better food, water, and shelter.

Again, real success and accomplishment is for the Hereafter. The Jews were once entrusted to lead mankind with this message but they lost it, and so the Muslims (including members of every Jewish tribe – even the Ashkenazis that revert to Islam) now carry it forth.

Art , September 7, 2015 at 6:04 pm GMT
What marks a Jew is not his native inelegance but his aggression. The Jew culture is intellectually aggressive. Human culture is about the use of words – the capacity to use words separates us from our fellow species. Jews are masters at aggressively manipulating words.

The Jew culture teaches its children to be intellectually aggressive – it teaches its children to be argumentative and intellectually combative – it teaches its children to aggressively win through the use of words at all costs short of jail. In essence they win by fooling people, by misleading them with words.

In Western culture it is said "that the truth will set you free" – that truth is the highest value – truth settles disputes, truth rules -- whereas in Jew culture it is said that "misleading words will gain you money and power."

There is another most important element in Jew culture – it is that they do this word manipulation together as a tribe. That they dishonestly act together as one. Zionism exemplifies Jew culture.

rabbitbait , September 7, 2015 at 6:13 pm GMT
The "fact" that Jews are claimed to have an average IQ that is ten points higher than other whites is rather spurious. "Other whites"includes people like inbred West Virginia Coal miners, less intelligent southern and eastern Europeans as well as all those somewhat dim witted white Evangelicals.

If one were to claim that Jews have IQs that are ten points higher than the average Episcopalian or Presbyterian, that would be an entirely different matter altogether. I have heard that there is some actively censored data hanging around out there that claims that the difference between Jews and white gentiles virtually disappears when Jews are pitted against either active or passive members of these two most prosperous and highest status of the larger Protestant sects. The same drastic narrowing of test scores would probably happen if Jews were measured against the less numerous, but just as well off, Congregationalists or Quakers.

Drapetomaniac , September 7, 2015 at 6:55 pm GMT
@Jim

Jews are high function at both ends of the cognitive spectrum: subjective and objective. One form of cognition primarily manipulates people, often considering them just objects, while the other is generally focused on manipulating things with much less interest in people.

Mentalism and Mechanism, the twin modes of human cognition

by Christopher Badcock.

http://www.thegreatdebate.org.uk/MentalismCB.html

Sam Shama , September 7, 2015 at 6:55 pm GMT
@rabbitbait

I have heard that there is some actively censored data hanging around out there that claims that the difference between Jews and white gentiles virtually disappears when Jews are pitted against either active or passive members of these two most prosperous and highest status of the larger Protestant sects.

I would not doubt this at all. In fact there are groups globally that equal or exceed the average IQ levels of Ashkenazi Jews. For example Indian Brahmins measure around 110-115, as do North Europeans. One expects in fact, that with reductions in pathogenic loads, improved nutrition etc. global IQ levels to converge over time. In the end, what matter most for achievement are grit and efficiency.

Ronald Thomas West , Website September 7, 2015 at 7:25 pm GMT
The article is patent horse shit. Israeli neocons wouldn't behave nearly so aggressively without the much larger and more powerful American Christian Zionist population that has Israel's back.

http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2015/09/06/fall-message/

^ The preponderance of power behind the maniacal behaviors seen in Bibi Netanyahu is not Jewish, it's the American Christian Right

Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factory"] , September 7, 2015 at 9:07 pm GMT
This is a very confused piece because it doesn't clearly define the meaning of Jewish Supremacism.

I would argue there is such a thing called Jewish Supremacism -- though Jews will never call it that and most people are afraid to call it that -- , and we should approach it like white supremacism or supremacism of any kind. It is what allows Jews to act as if they're beyond the law or the norms of humanity.

The problem is that the part and parcel of Jewish Supremacism is that we cannot call it 'Jewish Supremacism'. And this is the difference between Jewish Supremacism and White Supremacism. During the heyday of White Supremacism, whites were saying they are indeed the best. In contrast, Jewish Supremacists pretend to be egalitarians at war with all kinds of supremacism, especially the white, Muslim, Russian, and Chinese kind. Indeed, paradoxically, one of the hallmarks of Jewish Supremacism is we must never ever notice that Jews are supremacist. It's kind of like the phenomenon of Jewish power/influence. Jews have so much of it(and proud of it), but we better not notice it. If you do notice, as Rick Sanchez did, you get in big trouble. Jews have the supremacist power over us all but use that power to insist that they are all about egalitarianism and that anyone who says otherwise is an evil 'antisemite' who needs to be destroyed. Jews have great power, wealth, and influence but still act like Holocaust survivors who just walked out of the Nazi Death Camps. It is because Jewish Supremacism is so well-hidden and masked that it is so dangerous.

Nazis were scum but at least they were honest scum. They said WE ARE THE BEST, SO KISS OUR ASS WHILE WE KICK YOUR BUTT. In contrast, Jews kick our butt and make us kiss their ass but also force us to believe that they are healing our souls with their commitment to egalitarianism and universal conscience. Jewish Supremacism is a silent/invisible supremacism. That is why it's dangerous. We are made to behave in accordance to the conviction that Jews are indeed better than us and more deserving than us BUT also made to see Jews as an eternally helpless people who wouldn't survive unless we took special care of them. But this passive-aggressive form of superiority is found in Christianity itself. The mythic Jesus claimed to be the Son of God but also lived and died as the most helpless man. We are supposed to worship His supreme power but also weep for His most helpless self that suffered oh so very much like in Gibson's PASSION where Romans whup Him real good.

Anyway, Petras confuses the issue because he's not clear on the meaning of superiority. He mentions a bunch of bad Jews who did loathsome things. But genius/brilliance/wit/smarts can be in the service of bad stuff as well as good stuff.
So, the fact that many Jews were involved in financial crimes doesn't disprove the notion that Jews are superior in certain areas. Indeed, a smart crook is more likely to rob with a briefcase than with a gun. He may be morally inferior but still has proven his intellectual superiority. I find the Jordan Belfort character of THE WOLF OF WALL STREET loathsome, but we have to admit a dummy couldn't have done what he did. So, even though he was a crook, his example did demonstrate Jewish superiority in brain power. And this goes for other Wall Street Jewish crooks. Their wickedness doesn't disprove Jewish superiority in the brainy fields.

It's like blacks are physically stronger and superior in athletics. Blacks can use this advantage for good things or bad things. A strong black fireman might run out of the building with 3 children. But a nasty black criminal might use his strength to invade a home, beat up a white boy, rape his wife, and act like a gorilla. He would have done wrong, but his use of force would still have demonstrated the physical advantage of the Negro over whites.
Any talent or skill can be used for good or bad. That so many Jews are brainy crooks and so many blacks are brutish crooks means that Jews have the advantage in mental power and blacks have the advantage in muscle power.

Of course, being superior in mind doesn't mean one is good in morality. So many smart people have been lying, manipulative, lowdown vermin. And there have been plenty of Jewish sons-of-bitches. But to the extent that such Jewish crooks could outwit and out-think others is proof of Jewish superiority in brain power.

"Historically, highly talented individuals of Jewish origin succeeded by renouncing the constraints of everyday Jewish life, rabbinical overseers and Jewish institutions. Most contemporary prestigious scientists, including the frequently cited Nobel Prize winners, have little or nothing to do with Judaism! And their contributions have everything to do with the highly secular, integrated culture in which they prospered intellectually – despite expressions of crude anti-Semitism in the larger society."

But why did secularized Jews achieve more than other people who were also secularized(from Christianity, Islam, or whatever) at the same time? I agree that the great modern achievements of Jews in the modern era had to do with Emancipation and secularization, but non-Jews had the same opportunities as the Jews did, in some cases more as they faced less overt discrimination and even were favored by affirmative action in places in Hungary.

If secularization does such wonders for any people, why did Jews disproportionally outperform other groups? In both Hungary and Germany, the small Jewish minority gained tremendous power and influence even though Hungarians and Germans had the same access to secularization and modernity. Of course, there were notable non-Jewish artists, scientists, writers, and etc. in every field, and Jews hardly originated many of these disciplines. But the fact that Jews did better in them means that Jews might have a genetic advantage when it comes to intelligence.
It's like this. For most of black existence, they ran around chucking spears at hippos and beating the bongo drum and hollering ugabuga. Blacks gained athletic domination in the West when they took up sports like basketball, football, boxing, and etc. So, are we to assume that blackness has no special advantage in sports? Should we say black success in sports owes only to black participation in western sports? But non-blacks also participated in western sports like boxing, track, basketball, and etc. So, why didn't they do as well as blacks?
So, doesn't it make sense to say that, even prior to black participation in sports, something about the evolution of blackness in the Dark Continent made blacks more better at sports? It wasn't the sports that made blacks so good. They were so good at sports because their evolution had made them strong and fast long before they dribbled the first basketball or put on the first boxing gloves.

Same thing could be true of Jews. While one could argue that Judaism did hold Jews back from participating in secular sciences, its emphasis on memory, argument, discussion, contemplation, meditation of profound questions as mind-puzzles, and etc. might have helped Jews to select the smarter Jews and favor them for breeding with the daughters of smart Jewish businessmen. Gregory Harpender came up with such theory. Something can be useless in practical terms but still be useful in identifying the smart and favoring him for breeding.
Take chess or some kind of mind-game. It has no value in finding the cure for cancer, sending a man to the moon, splitting the atom, and etc. But a game of chess involves tremendous skills of reason, logic, memory, foresight, and such. So, if a culture were to use chess to identify members who are better at it and then favored such kids for having more kids, then the culture will grow smarter. And who can deny that Judaism was intellectually vigorous even if, from the perspective of modern society, useless in technological terms. You can't learn engineering or medicine by reading the Torah and Talmud. But you can learn to use your mind and probe into profound questions of life and meaning, and through such debate, the culture of intelligence can be fostered, and the identified brainiacs can be matched to have babies with the daughters of smart businessmen, and over time, the Tribe grows more intelligent.

"Among Jewish American Nobel 'Peaceniks' is Henry Kissinger who oversaw the brutal and illegal US war in Indo-China causing 4 million Vietnamese deaths;who wrote the 'template for regime change' by overthrowing the democratically elected government of Chilean President Allende and condemned Chile to decades of police state terror; and who supported Indonesia's destruction of East Timor!"

Kissinger is a shady character, but it came with the territory of dealing in foreign policy, always a gangster enterprise for all nations. I mean the great Bismarck played dirty too.

4 million dead in Vietnam War? Wasn't it 2 million? Also, what was Kissinger supposed to do? South Vietnam was an ally being threatened by the communist north during the Cold War. It was difficult for US to hold the trust of its allies by letting Vietnam fall to communism. It was a dirty war where every side fought nasty and hard and did terrible things.

As for Chile, wasn't Pinochet still better than the commie Allende who would have destroyed the economy? Pinochet did revive the economy. He even graciously stepped aside and restored democracy. So what if he killed a bunch of commies? Commies love violence and wherever they took power, used even more ruthless violence against dissidents.
As for what happened in East Timor, Indonesia was an ally of the US, and during the Cold War, US tolerated its sons of bitches and the USSR tolerated its sons of bitches.
Kissinger was a Cold Warrior and strategist. It is wrong to see his actions through overly moralistic eyes. If indeed Kissinger should be condemned for working with tyrants, how come there is no complaint about Kissinger's working behind the scenes to bring about Nixon-Mao meeting? Mao killed millions of Chiners and then ruined Chinese culture by setting Red Guards amok to smash things. But the very people who bitch about Kissinger's support of Pinochet -- who killed a few 1000s -- see no problem with Kissinger helping Nixon come to an understanding with Mao the mass killer of tens of millions. I don't blame Kissinger for the Mao-Nixon affair. He was a global strategist, and he knew he had to play with the cards dealt to him.

At any rate, he was far preferable to Neocon lunatics. Kissinger understood foreign policy as a dirty affair and did what he had to do. He was a realist and pragmatist.
And such a policy is better for the US than the Neocon one that aggressively triggers unnecessary wars for Jewish interest.
Whether one agrees with Kissinger's decisions or not, he was acting in terms of 'necessary wars and conflicts' that simply couldn't be avoided. During the Cold War when US allies were under attack from global communists, US really had no choice but to stick up for the anti-communists.

As for Israel, the problem is Zionists keep thinking beyond their borders and get US involved in the mess. Supremacism or no supremacism, the problem of Israel-Palestine is due to the clash of nationalisms. It's like Yugoslavia after the end of communism. The problem wasn't supremacism. Serbs didn't think they were racially superior to Croatians didn't think they were racially superior to Bosnian Muslims didn't think they were racially superior to Serbians who didn't think they were racially superior to Kosovo Albanians. But each people had their own vision of national identity and territory. There was serious disagreement about borders, and that caused the problem.

Now, it is true that Israel does have racial supremacists who say 'Goyim should serve us like cattle', but even if not a single Jew thought that way in Israel-Palestine, the problem there would be almost identical. Israel was founded by imperialism. Also, Jews didn't finish the job. Had they expelled all Palestinians from what were to become Israel, they would have done better for themselves(thought not for Palestinians, of course). It is proof that diversity is problematic, especially if it involves people who've come to be historically at odds with one another.

Even if Jews were to drop every vestige of supremacism in Israel/Palestine, the problem will not go away since Palestinians have a different vision of Palestine.
It's like South Africa. The end of Apartheid didn't end the problem of race. If anything, things have gotten worse because blacks have a different vision of what South Africa should be, with or without Apartheid.

Realist , September 7, 2015 at 9:50 pm GMT
@Art

The thumpers have power when they support Zionist goals .other wise never.

The Jews let the Christians be their minions.

geokat62 , September 7, 2015 at 9:59 pm GMT
@Ronald Thomas West

The preponderance of power behind the maniacal behaviors seen in Bibi Netanyahu is not Jewish, it's the American Christian Right.

I guess the following members of the Israel Lobby – American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Congress, the Zionist Organization of America, the Israel Policy Forum, the American Jewish Committee, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Americans for a Safe Israel, American Friends of Likud, Mercaz-USA, Hadassah, and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations – can just close up shop and go home.

Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factory"] , September 7, 2015 at 10:06 pm GMT
@Joe Franklin

"Judaism is not a religion, nor is it a racial category. Judaism is a group survival strategy."

But how is it a survival strategy? It cannot be understood apart from its concept of religion and race. Judaism has been a successful survival strategy because it fused spirituality with biology. Spirituality alone tends to be too abstract and solipsistic. Buddhism cannot help any tribal group to survive. And now we see Christianity failing as well.
As for pure tribalism, it is too petty, tooth-and-claw, gansterist, and/or animalist. Humans want something more from life than acting like pack animals. They want the vision of their own community to be something more than 'us versus them, F you!'

Judaism combined a concept of the universe under the power of the one and only God with the biology of a 'special people'. Jews pulled out their puds and said they have a special link to the Lord of All that was, is, and will be. In some ways, it was the ultimate chutzpah. Imagine someone yanking out his penis and saying it is blessed by God. So, what came out of the Jewish balls gained spiritual meaning. And this ballsian view of things was furthermore merged with the idea that a Jewish womb/vagina was special for creating authentic Jewish kids. So, Jewish guys were made to feel special for having special balls/puds that created special Jewish kids, and Jewish girls were made to feel special for having special vaginas that pushed out special Jewish kids. So, religion and race were combined. So, the 'survival strategy' aspect of Jewishness cannot be disassociated from the concepts of race and religion.

"The Jewish group survival strategy has changed over the centuries, based on circumstances. The 20th and 21th century Jewish group survival strategy is class supremacy. Early 20th century saw the rise of Jewish bolshevism in the form of proletarian class supremacy."

But was proletarianism a form of 'class supremacy' or class equality? Proles represented most people: the working folks. And communism said the economy belongs to all those who work than to the small elites who own the industries. Communists attacked capitalism as a form of class supremacism where the ruling bourgeoisie had most of everything.

To some extent, communism reflects Jewish thinking. The notable thing about much of Jewish culture–though not all–is the extent to which the emphasis is placed on 'ordinary people' than on 'great men'.
Most histories are histories of great gods, kings, heroes, and etc.
In contrast, many of the most important figures in Judaism are not 'great men' types. They are ordinary people like you and me. And even a great figure like Moses abandoned his privileges as a member of the Egyptian elite to become one of the Jews and to lead the Jews to their promised land. Not as hero or prince or king but merely as a man with a special calling from God.

This aspect of Judaism may have been good as a survival strategy since it made every Jew, however lowly, feel special and invested in preserving the Jewish tradition that informed him of his special place in the universe. One didn't have to be a king, prince, or whatever to matter. One could be a humble shepherd and still be the favored of God and have meaning in life. So, even when Jewish political leaders crumbled and fell, the Jewish people continued to feel special and blessed, even in exile.
But among cultures where all the glory was concentrated among the kings and elites, when they fell, the entire culture fell and vanished with the demise of the elites since the people merely counted as obedient sheep who carried out orders.

Another thing about Jewish communists. It's hard to say to what extent they were working as communists or as Jews. Also, even if they sincerely acted as communists on the conscious level, who knows what was really driving them in their subconscious?
Many Third World communists were actually driven by nationalism and adopted communism as the best instrument for liberation. Even if they did believe in communism, their nationalism actually meant more, and in time, the communist elements grew weaker while the sense of nationalism remained.

It could be that many Jews were driven to communism as a reaction to anti-Jewishness and also to Jewish capitalism(since it seemed to benefit only a handful of Jews while so many went poor and hungry, especially in a place like Russia).
At any rate, I'd wager that most Jewish communists were not consciously using communism as a Survival Strategy for Jews. Subconsciously, it could have been part of what they were doing, but we can't be sure. Subconsciously, it's possible that even Jews who rejected Jewishness were feeling sort of Jewish and different from others. A kind of implicit Jewishness that finally resurfaced with the ebbing of the ideological dogma of communism. Mere creeds don't last long. Ideas come and go. What tends to last is identity, historical sense, and territory if they are preserved.

People generally want to believe in the righteousness of their cause and don't wanna believe that they adopted some cause out of reasons of vendetta or self-interest.

For example, a lot of anti-Israel rhetoric on the Alt Right is filled with moral outrage, but in most cases, it has nothing to do with genuine sympathy for Palestinians. It is a survival strategy for white people that seeks to expose and undermine Jewish power wherever it can be found because it is seen as the main enemy of the white race.

If Jews didn't cause such trouble for Jews, who in the Alt Right would give a crap about what is being done to Palestinians?
Turks don't rule the West, so Alt Right doesn't care about all the Turkish violence against the Kurdish population.

KA , September 7, 2015 at 10:45 pm GMT
@Sonic

Dear Sonic,please don't create a straw man argument here . This is not about islam's golden past or the present s ary possibility of the demise of Christianity . It is about the future of a pluralistic secular egalitarian society free from the the vile machinations of the Zionism.

Don't generate this kind of discussion. It is nothing but diversion and irrelevant.

If you are a Muslim,you should learn from the 5 th column Zionist . It has destroyed Protestant religion. Zionism is inserting itself in the frightened psyche of corrupt Saudi . It can destroy Islam also.
Already in India ,Zionism has started portraying itself as a the ancient monolithic cousin of the polytheist Hindusim This is the starting point of the Zionist- both are ancient,both gave birth to other religions and both " don't force conversion" and have high IQ.and surrounded by most fanatic,fundamentalist and anti modern people. Hindu counterpart in return has added that no Jews were ever persecuted in India! What a match ! Just some 80 yrs ago Hindu fanatics RSS was praising Naxi and Hitler and demonizing Jews ,calling themselves Aryan around the same time when Zionist were cavorting with Hitler,Mussolini abd some other dark forces.

helena , September 8, 2015 at 6:51 am GMT
@Jim

Jim, there are no non-jewish Ashkenazi and it is accepted genetics that Ashkenazi are part European. Thus the correct labelling is Ashkenazi European as opposed to other Jewish European, or European. It is through labelling that various myths are proliferated. Using the term Ashkenazi European rather than Ashkenazi Jewish immediately brings to social consciousness where Ashkenazi derive from and how perhaps they inherited such high IQ.

Svigor , September 8, 2015 at 11:55 am GMT

Anyway, Petras confuses the issue because he's not clear on the meaning of superiority. He mentions a bunch of bad Jews who did loathsome things. But genius/brilliance/wit/smarts can be in the service of bad stuff as well as good stuff.
So, the fact that many Jews were involved in financial crimes doesn't disprove the notion that Jews are superior in certain areas.

"Ben is a great man."

"Yeah, great at gettin' us into trouble."

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Anonymous Disclaimer , September 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm GMT
Just a couple thoughts. Success for Jews has come within larger Christian, high-trust societies. Being around a lot of Jews in my life, both successful and not successful, I have come to believe that their number one asset for accomplishment is their high energy, indefatigable nature. They're neurotic and inquisitive and spend a lot of time reading and mulling over things. This starts at a young age. And without the neurotic inquisitiveness, which is a product of high energy, they wouldn't test high on IQ tests and go on to become top chess players and disproportionate in the Ivy League, Nobel Prizes, etc. IQ is developed, but it requires someone have a high energy, inquisitive nature or a tiger parent pushing them in study.
Santoculto , September 8, 2015 at 3:54 pm GMT
@Svigor

Personality type and intrinsical motivation have huge impact on achievement potential as well very good circumstances,

Jim , September 8, 2015 at 5:30 pm GMT
@helena

I think Cochran is probably right that high Ashkenazi intelligence is the result of selection in Europe for high IQ resulting from occupational specialization. Cochran has also stated that Ashkenazi Jews in Europe have always been an almost exclusively urban population. All over the world urban populations have higher IQ's than surrounding rural populations. So in urban environments there is more selection pressure for higher IQ's.

So Jews in European history lived in an urban environment with generally high selection for intelligence and in addition occupational specialization created additional selection for high intelligence. An additional factor may have been that lower IQ Jews may have been more likely to assimilate into the general gentile population. Surviving as a Jew in the midst of a frequently hostile gentile population may have required high intelligence.

Most likely the alleles underlying high Ashkenazi intelligence are not unique to this population but have higher frequency there because of past selective forces. Under modern conditions selection for high intelligence in Ashkenazi Jews has probably lessened.

Minnesota Mary , September 8, 2015 at 8:40 pm GMT
@Moi

American Exceptionalism = National Narcissism. Same with Jewish Exceptionalism. Both lead to hubris which will be the undoing of America and Israel.

WorkingClass , September 9, 2015 at 3:13 am GMT
@Santoculto

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Zionism

I honestly don't know how many Christian Zionists there are in the U.S. But it's a ton and they have a voice in D.C. According to polls, a majority of American Jews side with Obama over Bibi on the Iran deal. These are examples of Zionists who are not Jews and Jews who are not Zionists. Zionism is a dangerous ideology. Judaism is an ancient religion. They overlap but they are not at all the same thing.

Deduction , September 11, 2015 at 2:32 pm GMT
@Sonic

I have heard that there is some actively censored data hanging around out there that claims that the difference between Jews and white gentiles virtually disappears when Jews are pitted against either active or passive members of these two most prosperous and highest status of the larger Protestant sects.

Yes, there's nothing special about high IQ Jews. They just have high IQs. Other groups, like the British upper-middle class also have high IQs that's what happens when you have a degree of group inbreeding and strong selective pressures for intelligence.

sure thing , September 11, 2015 at 8:55 pm GMT
Don't know where my earlier comment went..but briefly:

Why hasn't all this ability produced a significant art of any kind?

Think of Islamic architecture – like the Alhambra (Spain) or the Taj Mahal (India.)

Think of Christian architecture – medieval gothic (Germany, France, Britain) or Roman Catholic (St Peters, Sistine chapel, numerous basilicas, churches..)

Art – Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Rubens ..,so many Christian artists..

The Islamic prohibition on reproducing human images did not prevent them from producing exquisite miniatures and distinctive geometric mathematically-perfect designs, often used to decorate everything from walls to rugs..to metal,.Syria and Morocco being especially well-known.

Music..classical European is heavily represented by German (Beethoven, Bach) and other European continental composers, all from the Christian tradition opera

Asia – look al the Buddhist and Confucius traditions in China, Korea and Japan and the distinctive architecture and art of those regions and cultures

Don't forget the Indian temples of the Hindus and the ornate stone carvings and painting that covers every surface..

In short, this perception of supremacy – for those Jews vthat have it – smacks a good deal more of civilizational insecurity than any real hubris.

I expect the confident ones don't need such contrived (and WASPy-biased) notions of group 'positive affirmation.'

[Jul 08, 2018] Correctly Defining Modern Zionism by Brett Redmayne-Titley

Looks like that author mixes Zionism with neoliberalism. Critique of Zionism here is mixes with critique of neoliberalism and that makes the whole piece unconvincing.
Some points made are interesting, though.
Notable quotes:
"... "Anti-Semitism." ..."
"... we are losing! ..."
"... " All the world suffers from the user of the Jews, their monopoly and deceit. They have brought many unfortunate people into a state of poverty especially working people and the very poor." ..."
"... "All [personal] vows we are likely to make, all [personal] oaths and pledges we are likely to take between this Yom Kippur and the next Yom Kippur, we publicly renounce. Let them all be relinquished and abandoned, null and void, neither firm nor established. Let our [personal] vows, pledges and oaths are considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths." ..."
"... -the Kol Nidrei. ..."
"... "In violent opposition to all this sphere of [positive], Jewish efforts rise the schemes of the International Jews. Most, if not all, of them, have forsaken the faith of their forefathers and divorced from their minds all spiritual hopes of the next world. This movement among the Jews is not new."- Winston Churchill. ..."
"... "His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people . It being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in ..."
"... " For in Palestine, we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting with wishes of the [Palestinians]. And Zionism (is) of far profounder[sic] import than the desire and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who inhabit this ancient land." ..."
"... "Possession is 9/10ths of the law." ..."
"... " America is a Golden Calf and we will suck it dry, chop it up, and sell it off piece by piece until there is nothing left Why? This is what we do to countries that we hate. We destroy them very slowly and make them suffer for refusing to be our slaves."- I sraeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu ..."
"... "Israel First" and "Corporations First." ..."
"... Consider the fate of former US Secretary of Defence, Chuck Hagel who, long ago during Obama's presidency had the audacity, just prior to leaving for Tel Aviv, to say that he was first and foremost an America and would put American interests before that of Israel, adding that, ""The political reality is that the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here." ..."
"... Once Hagel returned to the exceptional nation from Tel Aviv he was, due to his president being now under Zionist control, summarily fired. ..."
"... "suck it dry, chop it up, and sell it off piece by piece until there is nothing left " ..."
"... without a request by either of the two moving parties. ..."
"... "changed the case to give themselves an opportunity to change the law". ..."
"... Federalist Society (FS). ..."
"... "Never has there been a collusion like the one between the U.S. and Israel. It suggests another word and that is "immunity." It has a moral immunity, a cultural immunity, a geopolitical immunity, a legal immunity, and certainly a media immunity. All the talk of Iran and nuclear weapons is without any reference to the biggest nuclear power in the Middle East. [Israel] " ..."
"... get the hell out of Palestine. Remember, these people are occupied and it's their land " ..."
"... which further illustrated how endemic this doctrine of linking criticism of Israel to anti-Semitism has become. ..."
"... Did her example die with her? ..."
"... If you torture the numbers long enough, they will say whatever you want," ..."
"... Are they wrong? ..."
"... The House Committee on Foreign Affairs unanimously passed a measure on Thursday that ..."
"... it never gives back! ..."
"... Zionists are winning the battle for the hearts and minds of what remains of our world. ..."
"... then he is a Zionist. ..."
"... moral obligation ..."
"... then, she a Zionist. ..."
"... understood hypocrisy ..."
"... then, they are Zionists. ..."
"... knowingly prioritizes ..."
"... ignores the scriptures ..."
"... and their hearts- ..."
"... wilfully choose to do nothing ..."
"... clear conscience ..."
"... temptation to protest ..."
"... allow themselves ..."
"... "God, Forgive me." ..."
"... Too God Damned Late! ..."
"... Zionism cannot be understood outside the context of late 19th century European nationalism. The purpose of Zionism is to build a "normal" country of Jews in the Land of Israel, accepted by and at peace with it's Arab neighbors. The idea is to replace assimilation of individual Jews with the assimilation of the entire Jewish nation. ..."
"... Most Jews of course support Israel and they still practice mutual help, which causes the same problems as always: they were an endogamous and fast growing population trying to promote their group interests and seeing others as enemies. Jews in Israel face the problems of an occupation force: as they are confronted by asymmetric resistance, they are forced to do what they are doing, and that is the strategy of the resistance. ..."
"... Additionally there is Talmud with its different treatment of Jews and non-Jews, it makes things only worse. The actions Israel must make turn it into a pariah state. ..."
"... Zionism was, and is, a farcical and bloodthirsty imitation of the 19th-century German nationalism. ..."
Jul 08, 2018 | www.unz.com

There is much that the civilized world does not understand about modern Zionism. Today, the definitions of being Jewish, Israeli or Zionist are, to most people, analogous. They are not.

Indoctrinated into submitting to this incorrect, singular and collective definition, solely due to Zionism's false claim of a direct religious link to Judaism, hence the objective, critical world cowers at the similarly incorrect, but inevitable charge of "Anti-Semitism." This false charge has too often caused the political and journalistic demise of too many. Thus the world is scared away from exercising one's full mental faculties, such faculties of conscience that would normally rise-up in collective reaction and outrage.

The result, instead, has been worldwide apathy. This inaction towards the daily Zionist violations of the fundamental laws of the conscience of man has become the designed result. In the battle against the expansion of the many forms of worldwide Zionism, take note we are losing!

For the outraged world to confidently and factually respond against the broad brush of the charge of Anti-Semitism, one used continually and routinely to mask all discussion of Israeli and Zionist crimes, it is essential to understand what today defines "modern" Zionism, for here our fight for conscience begins. In reality, Zionism is an a-religious scourge that uses a singular excuse to justify its existence and its collective actions, an excuse- a hypocrisy- routinely missing in factual discussion and rarely understood by world Jewry as well. Here is what can be accurately described as the root of Zionist thought.

This fundamental is a prayer. It has been debated, reviled, cast out and reborn in repeated cycles by the most senior Jewish theologians over the past two thousand years. Most of the growing horrors of our world- past and present- can be summed up and exemplified within this single prayer, Jewish in creation, yet today exclusively Zionist in its modern use. Yes, one single self-serving, rarely mentioned, prayer that, when considered correctly is today the metaphor, if not the personification and the excuse, for all the moral ills that allow for the suffering across the world today. This metaphoric prayer transcends all religions. It is the propagation of a malignancy- now seemingly endemic- within a growing portion of humankind. Much worse, this fundamental provides for the wilful individual rotting of one's mind, one's conscience, and one's soul.

This unconscionable prayer's name? The Kol Nidrei.

Of, Zionism Past: Saying a Prayer for Zionism.

Zionism is not a recent ideology. The name is. In the 1890s, Theodor Herzl infused Zionism- the quest for a nation of Israel- with an expanded ideology that lead to the First Zionist Congress at Basel in 1897, which created the World Zionist Organization (WZO). Long ago cast-out from Judea since AD 70, by Roman emperor, Titus, and in seeming finality by Hadrian- who renamed the whole region Syria Palestinia in 135 AD- due to the Zionist Jew's growing dominance of that small piece of the Roman Empire. Sadly, this happened repeatedly throughout history on multiple occasions by multiple other countries, and for centuries Judaism was repeatedly without a host country.

Unfortunately for the whole of world Jewry, at many points throughout history, like in Judea, their quest for a country was attempted via the ascension of powerful Jewish interests progressively gaining control over established nations and afflicting societal crimes that violated the conscience of the leaders of their host nations. As an example, in 1604 AD Catholic Pope Clement VIII proclaimed:

" All the world suffers from the user of the Jews, their monopoly and deceit. They have brought many unfortunate people into a state of poverty especially working people and the very poor."

Here, Clement VIII- like many world leaders past and present- was inaccurate in his statement, for he, too, did not understand Zionism nor have a separate definition for it, and so made the oft-repeated mistake of associating all Jews together and therefore collectively demonizing the entire religion and all its followers instead.

Then, as is the case today with modern Zionism, the vast majority of world Jewry had committed no crime and deserved no charge, yet due to the actions of the few Jews who wilfully worked towards hegemonic sedition from within their host country of the time, Clement VIII cast-out all Jews in reaction. What Clement VIII failed to understand was that there was indeed a difference within this one religion to be noted: a difference that was not Judaism; it was- even back then- Zionism which excused its advocacy of the societal hypocrisy by citing within the minds of certain Jews, the Kol Nidrei.

By extension, the unjustifiable horrors of the Holocaust inflicted on Jews were a similar collective demonization by the German Third Reich of all Jews as their reaction to the practices of the very few; those who had violated the boundaries of the societal conscience of Germany and their own Torah.

However, the Germans who committed the resultant atrocities based solely on one's affiliation with Judaism were unknowingly guilty of exactly the same failure of personal conscience that ignored the fundamental tenets of their own religious Catholicism and their bible. Together, these two subsets of religion within one society had one inherent amoral similarity: a failure of personal conscience, one that deliberately ignored or excused away their own religion's prohibition against their barbaric crimes against the norms of society.

Known or not by name, theirs was each an individual use of an unjustifiable rationale; one that allowed their afflicted minds to strangely turn Evil into Good, Devil into God, and Wrong into Right. Today, this lapse of conscience is no longer peculiar to any one religion, but, when considered correctly, is indeed purely Zionist. To understand worldwide Zionism is to correctly understand the Kol Nidrei.

"All [personal] vows we are likely to make, all [personal] oaths and pledges we are likely to take between this Yom Kippur and the next Yom Kippur, we publicly renounce. Let them all be relinquished and abandoned, null and void, neither firm nor established. Let our [personal] vows, pledges and oaths are considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths."
-the Kol Nidrei.

The Kol Nidrei, ("All Vows") often misspelt Kol Nidre, was not originally a prayer, but a declaration offered during Rosh Hashana, the start of the Jewish new year. In "modern" Judaism it is now being delivered as a prayer and has so grown in prominence during the last sixty years that it is now delivered at the commencement of Judaism's holiest yearly event of Passover.

The internal philosophical Judaic controversy over whether the Kol Nidrei should be allowed to be included in Jewish services has been argued, pro-or-con, for centuries by the most pre-eminent Judaic scholars, most of whom vehemently opposed its inclusion and banned it repeatedly. Their fundamental concern: How can the Jewish religion flourish if it violates the most fundamental tenet of human conscience?: Adherence to Right vs. the temptation of Wrong.

This question was succinctly answered over the centuries as the Kol Nidrei rightly fell from grace or was subsequently reinstated by new Zionist elements of society. Historical examination of the Kol Nidrei shows the polarity between the demand for the proper benevolence offered in the original Judaism of the Torah verses the post-Torah books of the Talmud, which contain rationales supported in part by this one single all-excusing prayer that is the fundamental malady, if not the definition, of modern Zionism.

... ... ...

Thus viewed correctly, Zionism is not a religion, nor is it part of Judaism. It is a political tool of expediency and far more comparable to the western created Daesh/ ISIS. Both use a self-serving created form of an ostensibly beneficent religion, Muslim or Judaic, as an alternate rendition of that religion that excuses away a person's obvious factual sins against one's true religious dogma and one's own conscience.

In the ages-old religious argument of whether mankind is born good or evil, as is shown in the daily newsreels of the continued and growing horrors against true humanity, Zionism, like Saudi Wahhabism, has made an a-religious and hypocritical choice to honour the later.

Zionism First Defined: A Conquest of Country.

"In violent opposition to all this sphere of [positive], Jewish efforts rise the schemes of the International Jews. Most, if not all, of them, have forsaken the faith of their forefathers and divorced from their minds all spiritual hopes of the next world. This movement among the Jews is not new."- Winston Churchill.

When the Israeli Zionists, in 1948, achieved their goal of attaining the nation of Israel, theirs was a victory that had already shown, over the previous thirty years, their methods and goals of new world hegemony to come. The Zionist inspired Balfour agreement was not, as claimed, merely the guarantee of carving Israel out of existing Palestine: It was a bribe.

On Nov. 7, 1917, Lord Lionel Walter Rothchild, arguably the leading Zionist financial and political asset in Britain and America, due to his families multi-national banking interests, guaranteed UK foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour and the British Government -- then losing WW I desperately- that he would bring American military might to their side in exchange for its ceding Palestine. This led to the signing of the Balfour Agreement, the entry of American troops under false premises and the agreed upon genocide and enforced relocation of the Palestinians. Said Balfour publicly:

"His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people . It being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine " [Emph. Added]

But, here, Balfour lied, having himself succumbed to Zionist influence within his own failure of conscience and personal religious hypocrisy. This was clearly shown when he privately, and far more truthfully, stated:

" For in Palestine, we do not propose even to go through the form of consulting with wishes of the [Palestinians]. And Zionism (is) of far profounder[sic] import than the desire and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who inhabit this ancient land."

This pro-Zionist and fully exclusionary mindset is continued in the horrors perpetrated against Palestinians and other nations to this day. Consider the past three months of this current year alone. Over 150 Palestinians have been slaughtered on their own land and almost 5,000 wounded because of related IDF approved genocidal target practice. Meanwhile, at the same time, nearly 4,500 new illegal settlements have also been recently approved on the occupied West Bank. Soon, reportedly, the US will approve the Israeli seizure of the entire Golan Heights. For within Zionism's mental adherence to the Kol Nidrei is a further incorrect Talmudic influenced hegemonic adage which is used repeatedly as Israeli foreign policy, "Possession is 9/10ths of the law."

Today, Palestine is a sliver of it's 1917 boundaries. Over ninety-five percent has been purchased, coerced, annexed, destroyed or stolen by Israeli Zionists. Not satisfied yet, the deplorable conditions imposed by Israel on the remaining Palestinians are deliberate attempts at further genocide designed to finish their two thousand year project in their favour.

Expanding Zionism: From Palestine to America.

" America is a Golden Calf and we will suck it dry, chop it up, and sell it off piece by piece until there is nothing left Why? This is what we do to countries that we hate. We destroy them very slowly and make them suffer for refusing to be our slaves."- I sraeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel and its Zionist minions control America. Completely. American nationalism and populism have been steadily changed since the establishment of Israel to an agenda today of "Israel First" and "Corporations First." This is true for any aspiring US politician as well as in the mind of the average American voter. Worse, this current national endemic result is not limited only to America.

In the post-Palestine era after 1947, Zionists were not content with finally having their own nation of Israel. Their new nation would not have resulted without the pressure exerted on the United Nation's members by the American government which ultimately produced, on Nov 27, 1947, UN resolution 181. As with the many previous host nations over the previous centuries that provided sanctuary to the Jewish faith, the Zionist sub-set within American politics began to further their power beyond the Israeli borders. Hence, Israel began the strengthening of its political control of the US Congress and its individual politicians. This, of course, is seen by the unapologetic decisions, platform and control exerted by AIPAC ( the American Israeli Political Affairs Committee) which is undeniably the foremost political action interest within the US Congress. This is documented thoroughly in the 2006 academic work, "The Israel Lobby," by University of Chicago and Harvard University professors John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt. Despite this carefully researched, referenced and footnoted study, and the fact that Mearsheimer is a Jew, both were publicly excoriated as being anti-Semites.

It is well established that both houses of the US Congress care not for the concerns of their voters once they have been placated every two or six years in order to be re-elected and return to primarily pleasing Zionist interests. Looking at US foreign policy alone, today the questionable moniker of, "Dual Loyalty," is used to justify growing Israeli involvement in US military leadership and access by Israeli Zionists within the US government. In foreign policy, America's military always marches to a Zionist tune that has little or no bearing on US national security, yet it's politicians always avoid answering the question: "why?"

As shown repeatedly, from the 2015 Gaza war atrocities onto the granting of Jerusalem as the US denoted Israeli capital, followed by the anticipated subsequent slaughter of the few remaining indigenous Palestinians, if America is not invading on behalf of Israel or its Zionist brethren, such as Saudi Arabia destroying Yemen, it is re-supplying Zionist vassals with weapons or voting only for Zionist interests against UN resolutions and worldwide calls for of peace and sanity. Are not "Neo-Conservatism" and "American Exceptionalism" really the results of the inherent self-serving message of the Kol Nidrei applied to US nationalism and re-branded as national security-not as Zionism- for the dulled American mind?

Consider the fate of former US Secretary of Defence, Chuck Hagel who, long ago during Obama's presidency had the audacity, just prior to leaving for Tel Aviv, to say that he was first and foremost an America and would put American interests before that of Israel, adding that, ""The political reality is that the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here." Hagel later apologised for the use of the term "Jewish lobby", saying he should have said "pro-Israel lobby", but Hagel did not back down over his comments. He also continued to question the duplicity in US foreign and military policy that did not directly support American interests first. Being a former US senator (1997- 2008) from Nebraska, Hagel was sincere in his pro-American statements, so sincere in fact that he was hypocritically cast out by Obama, who had, during his 2008 campaign, similarly opposed the, "unwavering pro-Likud approach to Israel." Once Hagel returned to the exceptional nation from Tel Aviv he was, due to his president being now under Zionist control, summarily fired.

Military control, however, is only one of the many facets of Zionist control within American society and is certainly not necessarily Jewish. Here we see what the true goal of Zionism is within American society and that it does indeed clearly intend to, "suck it dry, chop it up, and sell it off piece by piece until there is nothing left "

From Health Care to Education, Social Services to Corporatization, life expectancy to retirement, America is in decline and Americans are in denial, too scared at being charged with anti-Semitism to take note of the obvious facts. Zionism is destroying their country, piece by piece, but they, unlike Hagel, Thomas, Mearsheimer and Walt, have been indoctrinated that any criticism will be denoted as anti-Semitic and/or disloyal to America. This only accelerates the decline while emboldening the sociopaths who do run their country without any concern for public well-being.

As shown in in a 2015 study by Professors Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin Page of Northwestern University , those who run American government almost completely ignore providing any benefits that might help their voters.

Gilens and Page tabulated more than 20 years of congressional voting data to answer the question: Does the US government represent the people? They drew several conclusions, particularly that, "The opinions of the bottom 90% of income earners in America has essentially no impact at all because purchasing political influence is 100% legal." Those benefiting from congressional votes in the House and the Senate were almost exclusively the interests of corporate dominance, profit and greed, not the growing needs of the citizens. This is, and always has been throughout history, a peculiar trait of Zionism, since it features a type of greed so severe that it transcends human conscience and any obligation to society. In doing so, this abrogation of duty by politicians is very much in keeping with the tenets and political hypocrisy espoused by the Kol Nidrei.

Only in America are corporations legally treated as live human beings, but these newly created humans, as expected, have no conscience at all. The Zionist mind of the corporation has shown that it controls Congress as well as the US Supreme Court. Further, in the mind of the Zionist, all social services including education need to be privatized and its finances under their control, if not completely eliminated.

When the US Supreme Court made the case of Citizen's United v F.E.C. the law of the land, few took the time to understand the real insidious nature of this historic and divisive Supreme Court decision.

Thirty-five year Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens, did.

In a twenty-three page Dissenting Opinion and using strong words very rarely written within the collegial confines of the court, Stevens railed against Citizen's United and its likely results. As Stevens pointed out, the politically and corporately controlled court under brand new Chief Justice, John Roberts, violated the time-honoured legal concept of Stare Decisis . This was an extremely unusual move that saw the court take-up for its subsequent divisive decision a standing appellate court decision, without a request by either of the two moving parties. Stevens also argued that the Court addressed a question not raised by the litigants, and that the majority "changed the case to give themselves an opportunity to change the law".

Further, incoming Chief Justice, John Roberts, who ordered the case brought before the court anyway, threw the majority of his own written legal precedents on corporations in the rubbish bin of time in order to strangely join the majority opinion. Those are only a few of the problems with the creation of Citizen's United, but here, again, Roberts and the 5-4 majority (Roberts, Kennedy, Alito, Thomas, Scalia) found a way to mentally and morally approve what was their own understood violation of law, if not a violation of conscience. Of course, this was in keeping with the mental hypocrisy of the Kol Nidrei. No, they did not likely know it by name, but those in the majority knew that they were indeed sacrificing their legal acumen, the US constitution and their moral obligation to the higher a authority of modern Zionism.

This cadre of Zionist thought within the Supreme Court is fully admitted by these modern day Pharisees of American jurisprudence who willingly brandish their personal attachment to the Federalist Society (FS). Current card carrying members members include Chief Justice John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch. This organization supports rolling back civil liberties, imperial wars, free-wheeling laissez-faire capitalism and corporatism, along with ending New Deal/Great Society social programs. It's also against reproductive choice, government regulations, labour rights, environmental protections, and justice for unwanted aliens.

This accusation that Federalist doctrine is controlling and creating the laws of the land was further confirmed this past week as this Supreme Court certified bigotry against one religion (Muslim) by allowing Trump's pro-Israel travel ban. On the same day, the same court gutted what little remains of the American unions and the political influence of working voters via collective bargaining. As shown by the Page and Gilens study, Unions are also anathema to corporate interests and this week national Unions joined the Muslim world in being prohibited from helping social change against Zionist influence.

This was a big win for Zionism which abhors the nations of the Muslim world that it cannot control and was clearly shown in the list of countries that were banned. The countries which do not support American expansionism nor Zionism were all banned, while one of the most barbaric Muslim nations, Saudi Arabia, was exempt because their country's leadership has been willing to suck on America's and Israel's teat.

US healthcare, despite being the most expensive per capita in the world, is measured, not by success in prevention, but by the nation's operating table mortality rates, infant mortality rates and rising insurance rates, all of which are some of the worst in the developed world. Despite these foibles of American capitalist Zionism, HMO profits are also at historically high levels as are its administrative fees which exceed 20% compared to just over 2% in the UK's vaunted NHS.

Pharmaceutical companies wine and dine doctors and politicians with a manipulative budget of over $1.2 billion per year. As a result, no longer is the FDA the ultimate arbiter of new drugs being brought to market since it allows and accepts verbatim the self-serving clinical trials of the drug companies that create these drugs. Many, as shown clearly on US television advertising, have a laundry list of side effects. Despite this, these drugs are approved and the doctor's, with few exceptions, happily prostitute their Hypocratic Oath and scientific fact in order to serve up these tainted drugs to their unsuspecting and trusting patients.

These and many other prescription drugs, despite being offered in many other countries, are always the most expensive in America. When many Americans who realized that Canada and Mexico offered the same drugs at a far lesser price, they took their prescriptions over the border to save money. However, once Big Pharma realized it no longer had a captured market, it used its powerful and paid for lobby in congress to effect legislation making it a felony criminal offence similar to smuggling for anyone to save money on their prescriptions by traveling. Not a peep was heard from doctors nationally, nor from congress who had, of course, also sold their professional souls already. This week, the Financial Times reported that Pfizer, the largest drug company in the US, has now further raised prices on 100 products. These price hikes were announced just weeks after President Trump claimed that US drug companies would soon announce "massive" voluntary price cuts .

As a reaction, certain municipalities and healthcare clinics have used cooperative buying to lower prices to their patients, but dutifully the FDA is already attempting to make this practice illegal as well.

Yearly, American education teaches Americans to be ignorant and not to think, much less develop an informed, fact-based opinion. Less and less federal funding goes to public education and the poor test scores show America in 38 th position of developed nations worldwide in mathematics and 17 th overall. This poor performance has led to the advent of private charter schools.

As championed by US Education Secretary, Betsy De Voss, who is decidedly Zionist within her stated public comments about fixing public education, already world geography and critical thinking are rarely taught and history is so heavily skewed as to be revisionist. This is shown by too many Americans still believing that modern day Russia and the long dismembered Soviet Union remain unchanged and an identical threat as well as their failure to be able to find their own nation on a globe. This myopic narrow-mindedness has left most Americans with no interest in discerning the truth about the remaining world around them, but an illogical enthusiasm for US expansionism and "thermonuclear war."

Americans are not stupid, but they are indeed extraordinarily ignorant. An ignorant populace increasingly has no desire for divining the truth of world events and so routinely turns to their singular news source for the "facts" that they hold as indisputable. To this end, in America most journalists prostitute their necessary role as the vanguards of society. This is easily evidenced by the fact that over 90% of all traditional media sources ( TV, Radio, Newspaper) are owned and managed by just six huge corporate interests that have an all too similar editorial slant that favours a Zionist agenda. 20th-century American writer, Truman Capote, in a 1968 Playboy interview, assailed "the Zionist mafia" of his time that has since only increased its monopolizing of the news publishing industry today.

Reaffirming the current condition of journalism, this past week during a public speech in support of Julian Assange, award-winning, career journalist and documentary film maker, John Pilger commented on today's Zionist media editorial control, saying,

"Never has there been a collusion like the one between the U.S. and Israel. It suggests another word and that is "immunity." It has a moral immunity, a cultural immunity, a geopolitical immunity, a legal immunity, and certainly a media immunity. All the talk of Iran and nuclear weapons is without any reference to the biggest nuclear power in the Middle East. [Israel] "

Indeed. With critical thinking substantially suppressed in America, and the media proffering virtually no criticism of Israel, nor Zionist crimes against society, the supposed journalists of the 4th Estate and First Amendment are mostly willing propagandists.

Or else.

Scared into submission while offering only as one sided Zionist agenda, and bribed with lucrative contracts and benefits, no US mainstream journalist will risk the likely connected charge of anti-Semitism. Virtually none will stand-up, respect their conscience and do a proper job of reporting on journalism's control, and societal connection to, Zionism. In the minds of many, however, remains the sudden and tragic demise of the most senior White House correspondent in press history, Helen Thomas. Her crime: Stating what every member of the press already knew to be true, but did not have the guts to say themselves.

While chatting privately during of a Washington, DC cocktail party, Thomas said that Israel should, " get the hell out of Palestine. Remember, these people are occupied and it's their land " Then, as today, this sent of howls of outrage that she or anyone would audaciously state the truth, even in private. Hence, Thomas, her fifty-seven years as a White House correspondent and her exemplary dedication to a high standard of news reporting were gone from public view within 48 hours, when Hearst publications dutifully fired her in order to placate the Zionist outrage against the truth of this matter. She was, of course, speaking about Zionists, not Jews, yet she was charged with Anti-Semitism, a capital crime, and summarily convicted.

Not one US journalist publicly came to Helen Thomas' defence which further illustrated how endemic this doctrine of linking criticism of Israel to anti-Semitism has become.

Helen Thomas, like the facts, truth and example of courage she represented, died less than two years later.

Did her example die with her?

Pre-Modern Zionism: Buying the Stairway to Heaven?

"New York is the city of privilege. Here is the seat of the Invisible Power represented by the allied forces of finance and industry. This Invisible Government is reactionary, sinister, unscrupulous, mercenary, and sordid. It is wanting in national ideals and devoid of conscience . . . This kind of government must be scourged and destroyed."

-William Jennings Bryant ( three-time DNC presidential candidate)

Before modern Zionism took a hold on America there once was a religious mandate to wilfully provide for the less fortunate. Because of the scriptures, if not an ultimate fear of God, many of society's super-wealthy of that by-gone era did substantially contribute to serving the societies around them. This was shown in the construction of libraries, museums, universities, hospitals, endowments, social services and church social programs paid for by oligarchs such as Carnegie, Roosevelt, Blair, Morgan, Getty, Mellon and Tufts. Some of these men, knowing the capitalist crimes they had perpetrated on the path to their riches, were certainly buying their own "Stairway to Heaven." Try as they might, none could deny in their minds the unavoidable final decision that would befall them all come "Judgement Day."

Today, no such religious obligation exists. Any such religious requirements have long since been replaced by the tenets of the Kol Nidrei that allows for, and excuses away, the pure selfishness of Zionism's influence.

By comparison, as a positive example of these too long-ignored religious requirements of societal ethics in business, take Charles William (C.W.) Post and Will Keith (W.K.) Kellogg . These were the breakfast cereal barons of the late 19th century and became very wealthy men indeed. Post was a Christian, Kellogg a Seventh Day Adventist. Both believed and practised the concept that an employee was an asset to be propagated for the good of the company and the good of the worker.

Both Post and Kellogg headquartered their growing empires in Battle Creek, MI. Here they needed a massive workforce, while thousands in pre-industrial and post-depression America needed jobs. Believing that both owner and worker could benefit from their collective endeavours, Post and Kellogg built thousands of modest houses near the factories for the workers, many of which exist today. These houses were sold to the workers at cost and the owners provided credit terms so favourable that workers could pay them off to full ownership on the 30 hour work week that both Post and Kellogg believed to be part of this mutual bargain. Company stores bought their goods at wholesale prices and passed this discount along to the worker. Retirement benefits were guaranteed to all long-standing employees, the majority of whom stayed that long.

As a result, the community of Battle Creek- until the advent of NAFTA and monopoly- flourished, as did both the companies and their profits. At the onset of the 1929 Great Depression, Battle Creek became a sought-after final destination for the many unemployed "two-tankers"- those with just enough money remaining for, not one, but two tanks of gas for their cars- who came up from the southern states seeking work.

With both the owners and the workers prospering, neither Kellogg nor Post had the need to buy their own stairway to heaven, nor prostitute their conscience. They did not know it, but they had not succumbed to the mindset of the Kol Nidrei and did not care to become Zionists, for they chose to honour what their conscience and their religion told them was right and, thus, ignore what they knew to be wrong.

Contrast this socially correct example of religious discipline with a quite different memory from the same time period, one that still wafts in the air across the hills and surrounding green valleys of Merthyr Tydfil in Southern Wales, UK. Here, in what was, for more than a century, iron and coal country, the name and the odour of the infamous steelworks owner, Robert Thompson Crawshay, remains to this day in the minds and on the lips of the local Welsh.

Crawshay typified the many all-powerful industrialist owners of America and Britain in the times when the value of a workhorse far exceeded the value of the human worker. Employees were expendable as was evidenced by the horrible living and working conditions and the massive amount of workplace injuries and fatalities to which the owners, like Crawshay, could not have cared less. Despite being a routine church-goer himself, the list of the societal horrors inflicted on the workers and their families by Crawshay was a long one indeed.

He was born rich, lived that way and died in luxury, and he wanted to let the impoverished community outside his walled estate know it. When Crawshay had a new mansion built in Merthyr he also built a tall four-sided clock tower, but the side facing the workers and the ironworks was left blank. When one year the workers organized a strike, rather than negotiating a settlement with them he closed the entire ironworks and every other business in the town, thus putting everyone, including support trades and other manufacturing in nearby towns, out of work. This fomented dissent in the already starving community and the breaking of the strike. Crawshay also built homes and company stores for his workers, but the homes were on loan at his pleasure and he charged exorbitant rents as he did inflated prices at his stores. This kept the workers forever in debt and indentured to him and his factories.

To further show his personal power over all who lived in his domain, on the eve of a worker's wedding day Crawshay would often have the driver of his two-horse black carriage deliver him to the doorstep of the groom. He would then provide him with an ultimatum: allow him to be the first to deflower the man's betrothed that very night, or lose his job and be blackballed from working in all other nearby locations on the very day of his wedding. To cross Crawshay then, or at any time, was to be "sacked," with the local Crawshay foreman knocking unannounced on one's door of an evening, holding a single used burlap sack for the victim to carry out everything and what little he and his family owned, forthwith, while two Crawshay goons attended to the sacking.

As a staunch Protestant Crawshay knew that his actions were not supported by his bible, his God, nor his conscience, yet he carried on, relishing in his unchecked power and the hatred towards him by the whole town. No, Crawshay did not know the correct definition of his crimes, but he, too, was inherently a Zionist within his own mind. So conscious was Crawshay of his demonstrative and deliberate earthly violations that when he died in 1879 he commissioned a massive horizontal gravestone made of one piece of 16-inch thick granite to cover over his entire grave so that no one would dig up his remains and scatter his God-forsaken corpse to winds or to the hogs.

Yes, Crawshay was, in practice, a Zionist. Today, the capitalist malady exhibited by Crawshay has returned to the factories, sweatshops, and service sector jobs that offer no benefits, retirement or future for workers or families worldwide. The return of the mindset of Crawshay has infected the many corporate religious hypocrites of the today's new industrial age, regardless of religion. Humanity has been cast out. Zionism has returned beginning in America.

The state of America today is already deplorably Zionist in its lack of societal or moral concern. While the US government uses the Zionist economic mantra," If you torture the numbers long enough, they will say whatever you want," in order to brandish its touted lies of purported success, the reported 3.8% unemployment rate does not bare scrutiny with real unemployment actually at 21.4% according to Shadowstats economist John Williams.

The Trump regime and GOP-controlled Congress- like the Federalists on the Supreme Court- want New Deal/Great Society programs eliminated altogether via de-funding or privatization, giving Wall Street and other corporate predators new profit centers to pillage at the expense of the grievously harmed working people, particularly the nation's most vulnerable.

Most US workers are underemployed in future-less part-time or temp jobs because millions of full-time ones that include benefits and retirement no longer exist – lost by offshoring to low-wage countries by corporate Zionist who do not care about their own society that spawned their own business successes. They only care about continued profit. As a further example, this past Tuesday, June 19, Republican House members introduced an FY 2019 budget proposal, calling for $5.4 trillion in mandatory social service spending cuts over the next decade yet they strangely demanded even more defence spending and further tax cuts for the rich and not a penny more for the poor and the indigent. Major cuts to Medicare and Medicaid are prioritized over the next decade – $537 billion and $1.5 trillion respectively- and another $5 billion per year from Social Security and additional cuts from other social programs.

Such is the mind of the corporate and political Zionist in America, today. Robert Thompson Crawshay would have been most supportive of seeing thie return to the amoral conscience of the corporate Zionist. For in his mind, as in the minds of today's corporate Zionists, admission beyond the Pearly Gates is just a matter of buying the Stairway to Heaven.

Are they wrong?

Modernizing Zionism: A Claim to One's Mind and Soul.

Like Crawshay, who failed to heed his bible's teachings in favour of a Zionist-like selfishness and quest for power and more money, seemingly all the major religions today are also similarly affected by a wilful ignorance of conscience.

This week it was reported that, for the first time ever, at the exclusively pro-Zionist gathering of the Bilderberg Group summit the Secretary of State of the Catholic church, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, will be attending from Rome. It is not likely that he will be tutoring this Zionist coven on any of his own religion's twelve commandments, but more likely he will tutored by them on the need for reviewing the spirit of the Kol Nidrei for inclusion as Catholicism's new thirteenth.

By extension, over the last twenty-plus years the advent of the religious duplicity known as the " Christian Zionist" has also manifested itself behind too many American pulpits that spout a deliberately pro- Israel mantra to their parishioners. This hypocrisy was by design of the Israeli Zionists that these supposed Christian ministers now actually serve. Virtually all of them have accepted all-expense-paid junkets to Israel and Jerusalem and thus been indoctrinated with a pro-Zionist / anti- Muslim philosophy that they have been convinced is integral to Judaism and Christianity. This has served Israel well, with the Christian Zionist being blinded into the actual giving of his mind and his religion over to Zionism while parishioners attempt to appease their chosen God in favour of a very different God.

Modern Zionism has even managed to take over a religion that is specifically anti-war, anti-greed, anti-poverty and pro-peace and love. Is it not Zionism further personified when we, the civilized world, behold the daily television spectacle of religious hypocrisy which shows, before our very eyes, the crimson and saffron-colored velvet robes, shaved-heads and be-sandaled Buddhist monks who, incredibly, are now brandishing AK-47 rifles and shooting, when not burning, innocent Rohingha? Yes. They too are not correctly serving their God. They have replaced their true religion with their own bastardized version, one that favours the mantra of the Kol Nidrei over that of non-violence and peace. Thus, they are not Buddhists. They, too, have become .Zionists.

However, what took place in America during the past seventy years since the Kol Nidrei returned is the working model and example of Zionist hegemony as seen across the globe in most countries today. This modern goal is not just a hegemony that attempts to control new country, it is one that seeks to, and results in, forcing, not merely a change in national allegiance in favour of Israel, but worse, it demands a change within one's mind, as personified by the Kol Nedrei, that is beyond Judaism, yet penetrates all religions and morals.

War, selfishness, greed, and avarice are now seemingly endemic in the conscience of society worldwide. This is the great crime of the Zionists: creating a world that now subliminally and unknowingly abrogates its conscience to the religiously hypocritical agenda of the Kol Nidrei. For those of proper religious and/or moral virtue, the concept of the Kol Nidrei, whether defined or not, is naturally abhorrent. For those with a pro-Zionist predisposition, justification of their personal crimes of conscience are too easily excused. Personal success at any cost is the modern mantra. Once sprinkled with the cerebral Zionist pixie-dust of the Kol Nidrei's pervasive influence, any primary concern towards proper humanity becomes tertiary at best.

The crimes of Zionism, via this deliberate cross-societal indoctrination of the Kol Nidrei, go far beyond the bartered religion of Judaism. Many of the required societal elements, such as nationalism, political parties, military defence, education, journalism, medicine, banking, industry, manufacturing and respect for knowledge are similarly degraded by this immoral plague against conscience and society.

The Zionist is wrong in thinking that the whole world beyond America is similarly and completely afflicted with this terminal lapse of conscience. Increased opposition to Israel and Zionism in cities across the globes show that those of true conscience understand their adversary very well. But not necessarily by name.

Zionism's answer to this growing opposition uses the creation of ignorance and apathy as it weapon in forcing the false accusation of anti-Semitism on all who dare to correctly attack its philosophy, its goals and results. But for those who do rarely stand up and state what is obvious, their resistance, free will and minds have now been made illegal.

Take the recent Israeli efforts to make photographing and reporting on any IDF crime against humanity a mandatory prison sentence of 5-10 years. Aside from attempting to further hide their crimes, the Zionist mind wishes to force a new choice of prison vs. conscience on those who would rise to a normal societal standard.

Floating through the US House is another legal challenge to one's free will and thoughts that seeks to challenge any opposition on college campuses in America that would criticize, via peaceful protest, the crimes of the Zionist Israelis. This bill, if successful, would require a full administrative investigation- paid for at public expense- of any campus protest against Israel and of those involved in the new crime of free will and conscious thought. Of course, any similar protests by Zionists are not to be investigated, only those that would attempt to blaspheme against their demonstrative examples of moral turpitude.

Further, The House Committee on Foreign Affairs unanimously passed a measure on Thursday that will allow the president to financially and criminally punish any corporation that elects to follow a moral compass and divest of, or not do business, with Israel. Rep. Ed Royce , (R-Calif.), introduced and then modified the text of the bill called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. The unconstitutionality of such legislation should be obvious, yet considering the coven of Zionist minded Federalists on the Supreme Court, the chance of this becoming binding law would seem likely.

It was also revealed this week that three previous presidents, and now Trump, had signed a letter authored by Israel that promised they would never to mention publicly the widely known fact that Israel is indeed to only Mid East nuclear power, nor its reported 200 plus nuclear missiles. Reportedly, Trump was not aware of this requirement of ascension to the presidency, but sign it he did, so the Zionist goal of " Nuclear Ambiguity" continues as US condoned nuclear hypocrisy.

Faced with this legalized Zionism, the far greater crime is that the once rational minds of the vast majority of the world are now willing to prostitute their own minds into apathy, or worse, accept this societal influenza in exchange for buying-in to a decidedly personal agenda that ignores the needs of all others. Hence, more than ever before rational humans of all religions- as we see with the Christian Zionists, Industrialists, Buddhists and world leaders across almost all ethnicities, are volunteering to sell their souls merely for the desire a few more shekels. For these rewards, they ignore all else and have, too often, sold their souls.

For Zionism takes it never gives back!

Zionism Today: America's No.1 Export.

As modern Zionism has methodically taken over Palestine and America, so it has done to a vast portion of the world. Today, there are almost no world leaders who put their allegiance to their own countrymen before that of their Zionist masters. The game plan of Zionist hegemony towards political leaders, country, mind and opposition are just as complete in Australia, Canada, the European Union, Britain, Japan, South Korea, etc.,al. For those who have not bitten from their immoral fruit, the Zionist offers only one other choice: financial degradation and internal civil war! This is shown in the few countries that resist a Zionist agenda such as Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, China, Brazil, Venezuela, Russia and others. These countries have been the targets of Zionist propaganda- via American foreign policy- which demands regime change and war.

Take Britain for example and its upstart parliamentary leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. Despite being Jewish himself, the unabashed "Friends of Israel" coalition within the UK parliament, knowing which side their own bread is buttered on, have attacked Corbyn as being an anti-Semite. On face value this is claimed to be the result of his public and well-articulated support of Palestine and his condemnation in the press of IDF war crimes. But this is not Corbyn's true threat to the Zionists who are buried in parliaments around the world and are rarely exposed by the Zionist controlled world press. No. His true crime is that he offers hope to the many Brits who have suffered years of unjustified austerity at the hands of the Zionist European Union that has, like their American brethren, imposed years of increased funding for hypothetical war at the expense of any social obligations.

Corbyn is possibly the only true socialist leader in the world- one with a track record of standing up for his voters and not surrendering his leadership nor his conscience to the influence of the Zionists. Corbyn not only speaks for a growing majority in the UK, he speaks for the much more powerful interests in Britain that would like to see a return to the policies of True Labour, not the New Labour that was bastardized into existence by the Zionist former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, an indoctrination that seemed almost complete until the rise to power of Corbyn as a true populist Champion. What most fail to observe within Corbyn's rise is that he has successfully weathered not one but two attempts by the Zionist controlled traitors within his own party to oust him as leader. Despite these attempts, Corbyn has emerged unscathed and more popular than ever, and this strongly indicates the power base behind the scenes that wants to see him bring a return to a socialist Britain.

He is also the sole example to a world desperately looking for a leader to follow in their own fight for a return to proper society in their own nations.

This, of course, is anathema to everything the Zionists stand for and for what control they have gained since Maggie Thatcher morphed into John Major, who hatched into Gordon Brown, who then spawned Tony Blair who allowed for the rise of David Cameron and Theresa May, but whose chrysalis has now been crushed under the boot of this rising populism lead by Corbyn.

At the seat of European Zionist control, Brussels, the EU is too busy crushing Zionist opposition in Greece, Italy, Spain/ Catalonia and Brexit to devote their full attention, yet, to Corbyn. Few realize that creation of the EU, from its inception to its current form of unelected economic and social control over 27 once-sovereign nations was,in reality, spawned, propagated, institutionalized and brought to power by the American Zionists looking to further their centralized national control using the pre-existing American model.

The American model of "United" states or nations had, far before 1999, become a tool to prioritize a Zionist agenda over that of the public. Once the Zionist banking interests had succeeded in adding central monetary control to the EU via its emulation of the US Federal Reserve Bank, the interests of the twenty-eight nations were reduced to the interests of the corporation, never more the voter.

Then, there is the IMF. As the foremost tool for turning sovereign nations into Zionist debt slaves, the IMF has used its coercion to force nations across the globe into accepting massive loan packages of US dollars that are more than fully secured by the pledging of national assets that the Zionist business interests covet. The results of this tactical plunder is shown by the fact that the IMF currently holds the third largest gold reserves in the world, all of which was provided as ransom from the countries it afflicted. It has also inflicted massive economic and environmental disasters of staggering proportions on its host nations whose Zionist inspired leadership sought to do a deal with the devil, one that helped their pockets, but not their nation, their people, nor their long term future.

In his book, "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man," John Perkins details the way the IMF forces countries to take on these unpayable loan packages and how the IMF uses this as a wedge to seed its hegemony, austerity, misery and political upheaval- in the name of "progress"- on so much of the unsuspecting world. Greece, is of course, the poster child for these results where a treasonous Alexis Tsipras, as Prime Minister, has now sold off most of the public assets to private corporate interests, has destroyed the national social obligations to his countrymen, and has made Greece a vassal state of the EU, yet he still has made barely a dent in the massive debt obligations to the Troika; the EU, IMF and World Bank.

Still, they want more.

The societal results today, as predicted by the previous results of the American model, have been almost worldwide in its austerity imposed on the poor, massive increases in military armaments purchases, elimination of democracy and democratic results, restrictions of existing civil rights and social services, an ever growing refugee crisis and the autocratic political control of Europe and most of the world by a selected or unelected coven of Zionists who have already sold their own souls for personal power and riches.

In destroying the nation of Greece, theirs is not just a message to the Greeks from the Zionists who run the EU and the Troika. It was a message to all the other nations and peoples of the world: Resistance is futile!

Or, is it?!

Zionism's "Final Solution" Are You a Zionist?!

Yes, when considered in its many worldwide manifestations the true definition of Zionism is much broader and seemingly all encompassing. Once its incorrect attachment to Judaism is accurately debunked, Zionism's degradations of the cornerstones of civilization and its goal towards a subliminal personal adherence to selfishness, greed, and the immoral can be correctly defined in summation by the single all-serving excuse offered by the Kol Nidrei.

But the "Final solution" of Zionism is much worse.For the final goal of Zionism is to take away your human desire to resist.

Truly, Zionism's greatest success has been in indoctrinating the opposition conscience of the remaining world into acquiescence, apathy and failure. Zionism would not have achieved its world threatening level of power had the morals of society already risen up en mass against the crimes of Israeli and Zionist expansion. So far, our world has allowed this to be our current societal condition. Hence we are losing!

As clearly shown, the world is awash in the mindset of the Zionist. Virtually all aspects of civilization are now steeped in the subtle manipulative and hypocritical tenets of the Zionist- not Jewish- Kol Nidrei. This infection of the conscience is certainly spreading worldwide and, whether one knows it by name, this infection has become increasingly systemically endemic. As done so many times through history, Zionism and Zionists must be cast out again from world society.

Across the world, as shown, examples of the horrors of Zionism are not at all limited to the barbarism that is ongoing in Palestine. As suggested in a previous article, "The Good Friday Massacre : World, We Are All Palestinians Now," we, the remaining civilized world, must quickly awaken to the knowledge that we are apathetically existing in an ever-growing cage of Zionist control while to cage door is quickly closing. It is time to understand Zionists are winning the battle for the hearts and minds of what remains of our world.

When the politician ignores his conscience , the will of the voters, his duty to country, and his oath of office in favour of supporting a foreign interest then he is a Zionist.
When the journalist casts aside her moral obligation and wilfully crafts preposterous pro- Israeli articles that distort and belie the truth, while deliberately leaving out the horrors of Israeli war crimes and worldwide influence- thus prostituting the true tenets of objective reporting then, she a Zionist.

When doctors, lawyers and teachers, use understood hypocrisy to justify allowing personal interests and money to come before their obligation to their charges within the society they serve then, they are Zionists.

When the professional athlete knowingly prioritizes continued riches and fame before his obligation to the people whose accolades made him wealthy and fails to use his media power to stand-up against or take a knee in opposition to the injustices he or she sees

then, those athletes are Zionists.

When the Preacher, Rabbi, Imam, Priest, Monk or Holy Father ignores the scriptures of their particular religion and does not thunder a call from the pulpit for the immoral factions within their religion to be ejected then, that man of God is a Zionist.

But, the most critical manifestations that defines modern Zionism are those within society who know in their own minds and conscience- and their hearts- that their own world, and that of human kind, is being destroyed, yet they wilfully choose to do nothing in opposition. Those of the moral world who do see the social hegemony of Zionism before very eyes, yet fail to be disgusted to the point of action. Men and women of clear conscience whomerely pass quiet comment rather than shaking their fists in proper outrage. People whose temptation to protest is too easily calmed by the next media distraction

when those of the civilized world allow themselves to become too scared and apathetic to disconnect Zionism from Judaism and scream at, throw back and laugh-off the erroneous accusation of Ant-Semitism and, then, demand that modern Zionism be removed completely from our world's society for the good, for the future, for the very existence of mankind then, sadly, they too have been, thus, similarly afflicted. And so, yes

they, too, have become Zionist.

Epitaph For Zionism- The Day of Judgement.

On a warm summer's day in mid-Wales, while wandering the hills of the old iron town of Merthyr, a hiker might suddenly be almost overcome by the unmistakable stench of human urine.

It is the grave of Robert Thompson Crawshay.

Long since dead, the memory of this scourge, a man who ignored his religion, his society and his conscience, is still, and will forever be, firmly in the minds of the Welsh. The grave is surrounded by a picketed wrought iron fence, made in his iron works and designed to keep the actions of those of outrage and conscience at bay. So sits his massive flat gravestone, a single, one-line epitaph inscribed at the top. His grave, today, remains as an unintended testament to this man, and all men, who hypocritically defiled their own religious obligations..

Yes, here on this slowly decaying plot, during the many decades past and many more to come, a fence will not be enough to restrict those who respect the true value of mankind and are not so easily put off. Acting on their own continued outrage against what this man once did, and still does, stand for, here they climb that fence. Here, they consciously stand in defiance on his gravestone, a marker that seeks to cover-over the crimes of one man against mankind.

Here. they stare down at the final words of a man so foul that those of conscience, true morals and memory, to this day, have only one possible choice to make.

So, every summer's day they do not forget, deliberately climbing that spiked fence to stand atop of this oligarch and wilfully emptying their bladders all over this villain of humanity. Thus, they leave their mark, their opinion and their personal statement here to waft through the air as the smell of ongoing resistance all over Crawshay's one line epitaph.

Far too many in our world today, like Crawshay, assume that they will somehow, despite their crimes, purchase their own stairway to heaven. For all of his money, his mansions and his final one line, desperate epitaph- carved forever at the head of the massive granite slab- these words could not, would not, and forever will not, sanctify or turn all the Wrongs into Right.

Yes, Crawshay was indeed a Zionist. Like all Zionists, he assumed that atonement for his crimes– such as others pray for using the the Kol Nidrei- could be easily absolved by scrawling his own final prayer to God.

On that gravestone, in 12-inch chiselled letters, is a simple one line epitaph his own final prayer, his desperate demand, for ultimate absolution.
"God, Forgive me." cries out Crawshay, in the finality of his life on hard, unforgiving stone.

For an unconscionable man like Crawshay, it was, then Too God Damned Late!

About the Author: Brett Redmayne-Titley has published over 170 in-depth articles over the past eight years for news agencies worldwide. Many have been translated. On-scene reporting from important current events has been an emphasis that has led to his many multi-part exposes on such topics as the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, NATO summit, Keystone XL Pipeline, Porter Ranch Methane blow-out, Hizbullah in Lebanon, Erdogan's Turkey and many more. He can be reached at: live-on-scene((at)) gmx.com. Prior articles can be viewed at his archive: www.watchingromeburn.uk

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Greasy William , July 8, 2018 at 4:38 am GMT

Zionism cannot be understood outside the context of late 19th century European nationalism. The purpose of Zionism is to build a "normal" country of Jews in the Land of Israel, accepted by and at peace with it's Arab neighbors. The idea is to replace assimilation of individual Jews with the assimilation of the entire Jewish nation.

Clearly this ideology violates the Torah. The Torah commands us to physically destroy the Arabs and anyone else who challenges us and four us to expand our borders from the Nile to the Euphrates. The Temple must be rebuilt, sacrifices must be resumed and Israel must return to being a theocratic monarchy led by somebody from King David's line.

Peace with the Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians and Iranians? Impossible because we are clearly commanded to annihilate those nations. What about the Iraqis, Egyptians and Saudis then? No, because they also currently occupy land that rightfully belongs to us.

As for the rest of the Arab/Islamic world, when they pay reparations to us and agree to send us an annual tribute in perpetuity and then recognize us as G-d's chosen people and the rightful rulers of the entirety of the Land, then we shall grant them peace. These terms, however, are in final form and non negotiable.

geokat62 , July 8, 2018 at 5:06 am GMT

When the politician ignores his conscience, the will of the voters, his duty to country, and his oath of office in favour of supporting a foreign interest then he is a Zionist .

FIFY

When the politician ignores his conscience, the will of the voters, his duty to country, and his oath of office in favour of supporting a foreign interest then he is a traitor .

utu , July 8, 2018 at 6:50 am GMT
True Torah Jews: The Real Reason that Netanyahu and Israeli Leader's Claim to Speak for All Jews (Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro)

https://youtu.be/E4_1dfp3tAM

j2 , July 8, 2018 at 6:58 am GMT
I will comment this as I have for the last ten years tried to get to the bottom of this "conspiracy".

About the conspiracy:

The New World was an idea of the Enlightenment, replacement of the Old Regime by democracy and capitalism, later by socialism and communism. This idea was promoted by a secret society, Freemasons, later by Communists and other secret societies which did not want communism. Jews were not yet active in this movement, they had a niche as kings people, a separate class. They did not fit into the new world, so they either had to assimilate or to move to some place. As they did not want to assimilate, and they had the tendency of mutual help, proto-Zionists started preparing the transfer of Jews to Palestine already 1840ies.

Those proto-Zionists included Freemasons, some bankers and so on, and it is this group that become to rule the world in a short time, and it is the new form of this group that are the globalists wanting to unify the world and get immigrants and all that. They do not include Masons anymore, but one can identify some organizations working for these goals. To get the non-assimilating Jews out of the new world, they needed Zionism.

Herzl's Zionism and modern Anti-Semitism were created by this group about the same time for this exact purpose. Israel was their creation. The logic behind the new world is to create one world, free market, no religion,.. (just like Imagine of John Lennon or the Masonry dream) But there has to be a ruling class, maybe secret.

In Communism it was the party, UK/US Freemasons possibly saw it as WASPs, maybe it is an ethnic group here. I do not know, these models change and such groups can be infiltrated unless they are closed and endogamous.

About the Jews:

Most Jews of course support Israel and they still practice mutual help, which causes the same problems as always: they were an endogamous and fast growing population trying to promote their group interests and seeing others as enemies. Jews in Israel face the problems of an occupation force: as they are confronted by asymmetric resistance, they are forced to do what they are doing, and that is the strategy of the resistance.

Additionally there is Talmud with its different treatment of Jews and non-Jews, it makes things only worse. The actions Israel must make turn it into a pariah state. The strategy of the resistance may or may not lead to a success.

American Jews support Israel, which is natural as Jews should support Jews. Christian Zionists support Israel, as they read the Bible in that way, the Jews as God's nation. Yet, neither of these groups are the globalists who run the world. Jews, including Zionists, are a cover for the ruling group: resistance is posed as antisemitism. It is the same as was with Freemasonry. Most Freemasons did not make revolutions, it was Memphis and Mizraim, but they acted as a cover: any opposition to the revolutionary Masonry was ridiculed as conspiracy theories and normal Masons insisted that they are innocent, as they were, but they just covered up those lodges which were not at all innocent. Jews have the same role: opposition to those who do all this that must be opposed is presented as opposition to the Jews and Israel and dubbed antisemitism.

Maybe I am wrong in this view that there are two different groups, but historically taken, it was not the Jews who started this development to the new world. Jews are called the lesser cousins in the Protocols and in Joly's Dialogues Machiavelli is a group of evil men, who have taken the ways of the Jews, that is, it was not ethnic Jews at that time (Mizraim members were mostly Catholic, though some were crypto: Frankists and so on).

jilles dykstra , July 8, 2018 at 7:30 am GMT
'Committed no crime'.
If anyone knows the definition of crime in international politics, I'd like to hear it.
Lewis Mumford, 'The city in history, Its origins, its transformations and its prospects', London, 1991, 1961 writes that the judaic rules were meant to cause separation from non jews, and maximum growth of population, in itself no crimes.
I'm reading on the European fourth and fifth centuries, cannot say that judaism's efforts for power were worse than those described.

Anyhow, Rome in the first century CE twice sent powerful armies to Palestine to subjugate jewry, in how far these armies were sent because jews were suspected of being implicated in the murder of the Roman emperor, I'm not sure.

If christianity indeed was created by Paul as secret agent of the Roman emperor, to underrmine judaism, an interesting theory. The copper Dead Sea scroll describes where the jewish treasure was hidden, I'm inclined to think that what is described was real, the Jerusalem temple was very rich. Michael Grant, 'The Jews in the Roman World', 1973, New York

After the west, in any case on the surface, became christian, with the pope as highest authority, jews became a nuisance: they made clear that the pope was not almighty, kings liked to use the jews for tax gathering etc., the pope could not interfere. As jews were excluded from many professions, often also forbidden to own land of houses, it is not suprising that some of them lent themselves to shady practices of kings etc.

What went wrong, in my view, is that jews, not all of them, of course, assimilated insufficiently after the got equal rights in the 19th century. Katz writes 'the expectation that jews would disappear through assimilation was not fullfilled, on the contrary, jews became more visible'.
'From prejudice to destruction', Jacob Katz, 1980, Cambridge MA. One of the factors Katz mentioned for success was 'close economic cooperation'.

And so, after 1870 in the unified Germany, antisemitism emerged. Antisemitism is not antijudaism, as the anti sentiment after 1870 was also against non religious jews. Zionism, in my view, no more than a reaction to antisemitism.

The creation of Israel, the most stupid thing jews ever did, my idea. Zionism is seen by many as the same as judaism, Israel advertises the worst aspects of jewish culture. Israel can only exist through jewish power in the USA, and wars by the USA. Israel may be the third military power in the world, as the British said 'one can do a lot with bayonets, except sit on them'.

Bardon Kaldian , July 8, 2018 at 7:58 am GMT
A very stream-of-consciousness & confusing text. As for myself, I'm all for Zionism with consequences, similar to Arthur Koestler. Let's see..

1. Jews are religious-cultural-historical people. Wherever they settled, they remained an isolated group.

2. Europe, if you wish, is a state of mind: first during Greco-Roman cultural sphere & then during long centuries of Christianity. Jews remained the only tolerated Middle Eastern group in Europe, a group that, mostly, did not assimilate (Muslims and others were booted).

3. in Muslim & Eastern cultural spheres (Iran, Ottomans, Arabs,..) Jews were just one among co-existing cultural groups because Islamic world did not developed as Europe: the nations & nation-states (language, territory, customs, law, culture, history,..) became in past 500-800 years primal foci of loyalty of European peoples. Jews did not fit in.

4. during 19th-20th C Theodor Herzl was a shrewd observer. He clearly saw that most Jews were Europeanized, but still alien Middle-Eastern historical people living among various, different European peoples. Zionist idea was a realist admission that Jews in Europe remained a separate nation, whether they lived in Italy, Germany, France or Russia. Of course, this does not apply to assimilated, not just acculturated Jews: Jews simply cease to be Jews when they lose their ethnic religious identity & fully embrace different cultural-identity matrix. Was Karl Marx a Jew? No, he was a German of Jewish descent.

5. after establishment of Israel, Jews got their nation-state. But, many diaspora Jews continued with their anti-national culture war against western nations, while extolling Israel as a Jewish nation. Sorry guys, you can't have it both ways. It can't be multiculturalism & anti-nationalism for thee (US, France, Poland, Italy,..) & nationalism for me (Israel).

6. contemporary BDS crowd is mostly composed of home-grown far leftists, ideological progeny of the 1960s counter-culture & New Left, and various anti-Jewish racial & religious groups (Muslims, Africans..-who historically don't belong to Europe). Pro-Palestinian, pro-Muslim & pro-3rd world rhetoric is absurdity for most sane whites (Europeans & North Americans). They're not worried about fully integrated co-nationals of Jewish origin; they're annoyed by Zionist Jews who behave like accepted, but still alien & sometimes hostile group; and they're extremely inimical toward unassimilable racial & cultural aliens (blacks, Muslims, Asians, )

For most Europeans & Europe-derived peoples (at least the mentally sane majority)- they want to get rid of all- Asians, blacks, self-conscious Middle Easterners these guys don't belong here. It is not a continuation of some Jewish obsession, but a simple admission: sorry guys, you're not my people. You got your home somewhere in the East & go there. We may trade with all you Israelis, Turks, Moroccans, Pakistanis, Nigerians, .but good fences make good neighbors.

mcohen , July 8, 2018 at 9:08 am GMT
Robert crawshay is the reason the Palestinians are suffering.he was a low down hootchie cootchie and the welsh have no jobs and kol nidrei is to blame
Tyrion 2 , Website July 8, 2018 at 10:06 am GMT
This is some serious rambling nonsense. It touches on myriad subjects and manages to get them all wrong.

Example: the absurd fake quote from Netanyahu.

RealAmerican , July 8, 2018 at 11:01 am GMT
In sum, Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and its army is the most moral army in the world. Indeed, Israel was founded to be a shining light onto humanity, illuminating how a state should function vis a vis its citizens and its neighbors. Both learned and unlearned know that to be so. To elaborate is no avail, and unquestionably anti-semitic.
Heros , July 8, 2018 at 11:43 am GMT
A very good article on Zionism that addresses the JQ straight on. Unfortunately, I think it is off target by trying to equate the greed and madness for power of Crayshaw, and jews in general, with Zionism. He never really links Crawshays' actions to Kol Nidrei, it is more of a association through a high correlation of depravity and greed.

By confining his definition of Jewish Power be to a subset of Zionism, he provides "good jews" far too much wiggle room to disassociate themselves from their people actions, often when they themselves are citizens of Israel.

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dearieme , July 8, 2018 at 11:45 am GMT
"Long ago cast-out from Judea since AD 70, by Roman emperor, Titus ..": but that's simply untrue, a yarn invented centuries after 70AD. They were banned from living in Jerusalem, sure, but that was after the second revolt, not the first. Nor were they ever expelled from Palestine. Plain didn't happen.

Being on the losing side of a revolt against Rome must be grim but expulsion was not one of the punishments. For a start, why would the Romans expel those Jews who took no part in the revolt? When else did Rome expel a whole population as a punishment? Why is there no record of this punishment of the Jews? Even Josephus makes no mention of this purported exile. Pah! It's baloney.

Rugged Pyrrhus , July 8, 2018 at 12:49 pm GMT
Why the maximalism, bro? You make a great case against Zionism, and then conflate it with the Federalist Society's support of "rolling back civil liberties, imperial wars, free-wheeling laissez-faire capitalism and corporatism, along with ending New Deal/Great Society social programs", and their stance "against reproductive choice, government regulations, labour rights, environmental protections, and justice for unwanted aliens."

I happen to love laissez-faire capitalism, and the thought of ending New Deal/Great Society social programs tickles me pink.

Does that make me a Zionist catspaw?

Some of us think the term "reproductive rights" is a euphemism for "child murder", and "government regulations, labour rights, environmental protections, and justice for unwanted (illegal) aliens" are subjectively defined terms, to say the least.

I would have read the whole thing, but after that you devolved into Counterpunchian logorrhea, and I just aint got the time.

Anonymous [117] Disclaimer , July 8, 2018 at 1:16 pm GMT
After the fake quote supposedly from Netanyahu (lol at least spell his name correctly next time) I kept pressing page down and it kept going. Amazing. Why does Unz publish these idiotic schizoid rants?
jilles dykstra , July 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm GMT
@dearieme

The diaspora began maybe two centuries BCE. Why, I never saw an explanation. Of course, the destruction of the temple etc. increased it

James Brown , July 8, 2018 at 2:47 pm GMT
"He(Jeremy Corbyn) is also the sole example to a world desperately looking for a leader to follow in their own fight for a return to proper society in their own nations."

Not a very good example IMHO. Better example is the former PM of Malaysia and again PM of Malaysia recently elected at the young age of 92. Mahathir Mohamad is a well known "anti-semite" which of course means is an enemy of the "Zionist international mafia."

Jeremy Corbyn, if elected, will be the new Alexis Tsipras. Why ? Because as everyone knows, if the "Zionist international mafia" have complete control of the USA, it is obvious that they also have complete control of GB. Corbyn like Tsipras, will do as told.

More: As a leader of opposition, Jeremy Corbyn never had the courage to call a cat a cat. He has never called the former PM and a well known zionist-Tony Bair- a war criminal.

Most British people and Labour members believe that TB is a war criminal. Even today, the blairites (Zionists) still control the Labour Party. How credible that someone that doesn't control his own party, will control Britain's deep state ?

"Thus viewed correctly, Zionism is not a religion, nor is it part of Judaism".

This seems to be, according to Gilad Atzmon wishful thinking from the writer and "Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro, probably the most eloquent Torah Jew spokesperson".

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2017/10/9/judaism-zionism-and-conflation

Otherwise, an excellent piece.

annamaria , July 8, 2018 at 3:28 pm GMT
@Greasy William

"Zionism cannot be understood outside the context of late 19th century European nationalism."
– Sure.
"National Socialism, more commonly known as Nazism, subscribed to theories of racial hierarchy and Social Darwinism The Nazis aimed to unite all Germans living in historically German territory, as well as gain additional lands for German expansion under the doctrine of Lebensraum and exclude those who they deemed either community aliens or "inferior" races." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazism
Replace Nazism with Zionism: " Zionism subscribed to theories of racial hierarchy and Social Darwinism The Zionism aimed to unite all Jews living in historically Jewish territory, as well as gain additional lands for Jewish expansion under the doctrine of Lebensraum and exclude those who they deemed either community aliens or "inferior" races."

– Close your holocaust museums already. The worst among the Jews have plagiarized the German nationalism' ideas to create the monstrosity of indecent, dishonorable, inhuman, immoral, and obnoxious imitation (forgery), Zionism. The forgery has been flourishing thanks to the deeply-dishonest talmudic traditions married to tribal solidarity.

The talmudic lunatics have been destroying each and very safe haven throughout Europe and now in the US. Your Polish bastard Bibi and the Moldovan thug Avi can try on taking all possible poses and mannerism of "distinguished" men -- this will not help. They are thugs.
Zionism is a dangerous cancerous growth on western civilization. Would not it be great if your lot collectively disappear from the cultural centers of the EU and the US?

Your problem is, the Zionists cannot coexist with the Zionists. The article explains, why.

Echoes of History , July 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm GMT
@EliteCommInc.

Same sex is the only choice the Jewish Rabbi Jezus allows in Jewheaven.

"When Jewgod raises people to life, they won't marry. They will be like the Jewangels in Jewheaven." (((Matthew 22:30)))

That perversion alone is reason enough to refuse any offer of a Jew to save you to his Jewish utopia. Yet you fall for this degenerate storytelling hook, line, and sinker!

P.S. That verse is but one of many anti-family, anti-normal sex teachings of the Jewish Rabbi Jezus. JESUS' ANTI-FAMILY VALUES http://www.usbible.com/Jesus/jesus_family.htm

annamaria , July 8, 2018 at 4:13 pm GMT
@jilles dykstra

"Zionism, in my view, no more than a reaction to antisemitism." – The above paper's focus is on a specific prayer:

"All [personal] vows we are likely to make, all [personal] oaths and pledges we are likely to take between this Yom Kippur and the next Yom Kippur, we publicly renounce. Let them all be relinquished and abandoned, null and void, neither firm nor established. Let our [personal] vows, pledges and oaths are considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths."
-the Kol Nidrei.

The Kol Nidrei, ("All Vows") often misspelt Kol Nidre, was not originally a prayer, but a declaration offered during Rosh Hashana, the start of the Jewish new year. In "modern" Judaism it is now being delivered as a prayer and has so grown in prominence during the last sixty years that it is now delivered at the commencement of Judaism's holiest yearly event of Passover."

– It was not "antisemitism" but the anti-talmudism reaction towards the indecency and treachery of a certain segment of the Jewish populace.
Zionism was, and is, a farcical and bloodthirsty imitation of the 19th-century German nationalism.

[Jul 07, 2018] All social orders and hierarchies are imagined, they are all fragile, and the larger the society, the more fragile it is. The crucial historical role of religion has been to give superhuman legitimacy to these fragile structures

Jul 07, 2018 | www.unz.com

Dissident X , July 5, 2018 at 2:23 am GMT

@bj

thank you for your comment.

I should like to cite several passages from Yuval Harari's excellent book, " Sapiens ":

p.210: " all social orders and hierarchies are imagined, they are all fragile, and the larger the society, the more fragile it is. The crucial historical role of religion has been to give superhuman legitimacy to these fragile structures.
two distinct criteria:
1. Religions hold that there is a superhuman order, which is not the product of human whims or agreements.
2. Based on this superhuman order, religion establishes norms and values that it considers binding.
"
p. 195 It's for your own good : " Evolution has made Homo sapiens. like other social mammals, a xenophobic creature. Sapiens instinctively divide humanity into two parts, 'we' and 'they'. We are people like you and me, who share our language, religion and customs. We are all responsible for each other, but not responsible for them. We were always distinct from them, we owe them nothing. We don't want to see any of them in our territory, and we don't care an iota what happens in their territory. They are barely even human. "

p. 228 The Worship of Man : " if we take into consideration natural-law religions, then modernity turns out to be an age of intense religious fervour, unparalleled missionary efforts, and the bloodiest wars of religion in history. The modern age has witnessed the rise of new natural-law religions, such as liberalism, Communism, capitalism, nationalism, and Nazism. These creeds do not like to be called religions, and refer to themselves as ideologies. But this is just a semantic exercise. If a religion is a system of human norms and values that is founded on belief in a superhuman order, then Soviet Communism was no less a religion than Islam. "

p. 242 Blind Clio : " Ever more scholars see cultures as a kind of mental infection or parasite, with humans as its unwitting host. Organic parasites, such as viruses, live inside the body of their host. They multiply and spread from one host to the other, feeding off their hosts, weakening them, and sometimes killing them. As long as the hosts live long enough to pass along the parasite, it cares little about the condition of its host. In just this fashion, cultural ideas live inside the minds of humans. They multiply and spread from one host to another, occasionally weakening the host and sometimes even killing them. – can compel a human to dedicate his or her life to spreading that idea, even at the price of death. The human dies, but the idea spreads. . Successful cultures are those that excel in reproducing their memes, irrespective of the costs and benefits to their human hosts. Similar arguments are common in the social sciences, under the aegis of game theory. Game theory explains how in multi-player systems, views and behaviour patterns that harm all players nevertheless manage to take root and spread. "

[Jul 07, 2018] The Complete Unexpurgated AIPAC Tape from 1993

Jul 07, 2018 | www.unz.com

renfro , July 5, 2018 at 7:41 pm GMT

Why I am all for wire tapping and all other spying by the CIA and FBI ..get all the uber Jews and all the politicians and make it public.
Would be delighted if all the news channels did nothing but play the tapes on the daily news.

The Complete Unexpurgated AIPAC Tape

https://www.wrmea.org/1992-december/january-1993/the-complete-unexpurgated-aipac-tape.html

Following is a transcript of the Oct. 22, 1992 conversation with President David Steiner of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) recorded without his knowledge by New York businessman Haim (Harry) Katz. Its existence was first revealed to the Washington Times and its release triggered Steiner's resignation.

(sample)

HK: Let me tell you, I was planning, I was planning to, to . . . Inouye, by the way, is in real trouble? He's been there forever. . .
DS: Yeah! Well, we might lose him. There's been such a sea change, such trouble this year, I can't believe all our friends that are in trouble. Because there's an anti-incumbency mood, and foreign aid has not been popular. You know what I got for, I met with [U.S. Secretary of State] Jim Baker and I cut a deal with him. I got, besides the $3 billion, you know they're looking for the Jewish votes, and I'll tell him whatever he wants to hear . . .
HK: Right.
DS: Besides the $10 billion in loan guarantees which was a fabulous thing, $3 billion in foreign, in military aid, and I got almost a billion dollars in other goodies that people don't even know about .
HK: Such as?
DS: $700 million in military draw-down, from equipment that the United States Army's going to give to Israel; $200 million the U.S. government is going to preposition materials in Israel, which Israel can draw upon; put them in the global warning protection system; so when if there's a missile fired, they'll get the same advanced notification that the U.S., is notified, joint military exercises -- I've got a whole shopping list of things .
HK: So this is from Baker?
DS: From Baker and from the Pentagon.

[Jul 07, 2018] Will Izreal survive, and id so for how long?

The level of hatred between Palestinians and Israelis, exasergated by the resent killing and Gaza events, might spell troubles...
Jul 07, 2018 | www.unz.com

Talha , July 5, 2018 at 4:36 pm GMT

@Tyrion 2

Israel is in the best position it has ever been. Since 1948, Israel has only gone from strength to strength.

This doesn't make sense to the casual observer. In the past, Israelis had the guts to take massive casualties to win a war on multiple fronts, today (in 2006) they took like 130 casualties against an opponent without any air force or navy and a very small budget had a horribly hard time at it. Furthermore, they are more isolated at the UN than ever before. It's not just about them, but the relative strength of those around them – for instance Turkey is growing in strength and further away from Israel.

Middle Easterners are perfectly capable of accepting tiny Israel into their fold without reducing Israel's sovereignity.

Not the way Israel is going swallowing up more of the West Bank and (importantly) its claims to Jerusalem without regard to others. And in an economic-military bloc, sovereignty is always negotiated. That's part of the trade off.

Every year that passes normalises Israel in the Middle East and every year Israel fits in better.

I hope so. There is no doubt about the fact that Israel in the brainchild of atheist, European Jews. They often wrote how frustrated they were with local Jews in Iraq or Egypt that didn't want anything to do with their pipe dream. Of course, our idiot Arab nationalists helped things along by considering all of their native Jews (who had lived just fine in those lands for centuries and weren't doing too bad) to be a fifth column.

Look, Westerners, the Middle East can do a developed productive economy and maintain a healthy living culture.

I have no problem with Muslims learning good, productive habits from Jews or anyone else – that has never been the problem historically. Israel can learn from the Muslim nations as well; there is nothing healthy about have gay PRIDE parades in the holy city of Jerusalem.

The issue that Israelis must come to terms with is:
If their future (as their past) is as part of the ME, then they must stop causing havoc in the area; denying that Israel (or their partisans in power in the US) is constantly calling for its US war dogs to attack everyone it perceives as a threat is nonsense. If they want to go back to where they can freely move about in the ME and settle anywhere they want (especially their centuries-old stomping grounds), they have to start shifting their attitudes. And yes, the Muslims in the area need to shift their attitudes also to before the nonsense of Arab nationalism took over.

That is the problem I see, and Israelis seem to not get the message that time is on the side of the Muslims in that region – always has been. 10, 20, 50, 500 years – it doesn't matter. But they seem to want to double down on what is likely to piss off everyone in the area.

Peace.

[Jul 07, 2018] Since the model for apartheid is South Africa's segregating large parts of its population by pushing people of common race or ethnicity into Bantustans and restricting their rights in the rest off South Africa it is easy to see why Israel's treatment of Palestinians is compared to Apartheid

South Africa was another state where settlers were trying to displace native population... what happened with South Africa after apartheid was dismantled is a story that might be repeated in Israel at some point of time.
Jul 07, 2018 | www.unz.com
@Tyrion 2 It is not "whataboutery" to point out that Israel is less "an Apartheid state" than practically every Asian and African country. Not if part of the definition of "Apartheid" is that is an 'especial evil'.

Wizard of Oz , July 4, 2018 at 11:27 am GMT

Since the model for apartheid is South Africa's segregating large parts of its population by pushing people of common race or ethnicity into Bantustans and restricting their rights in the rest off South Africa it is easy to see why Israel's treatment of Palestinians is compared to Apartheid BUT where in Asia or Africa is there anything comparable?
MacNucc11 , July 5, 2018 at 4:04 pm GMT
@Tyrion 2

Great, we are making progress here. So good to see you finally submit that Israel is an apartheid state although less so than African and Asian countries. Good show at least we now can classify it where it really belongs and drop any pretense of a first rate western style democracy. Thank you thank you thank you for finally coming clean on this.

[Jul 07, 2018] Apparently IDF escalation procedures include sniping clearly visible female nurses:

Jul 07, 2018 | www.unz.com

@Incitatus

"I haven't seen a good account of what happened but I assume the IDF followed the escalation drills which every modern army learns."

Unaware of steps (if any) leading to live fire killing dozens, but unequivocal it's "most humane"? Blind faith? Caution. It easily leads to disaster, as Americans know too well.

"Either you have a border you can enfore or you don't. Either you have a nation or you don't."

Means of enforcement is the question. Israel's sovereignty was never threatened. Cold-blooded deadly force was apparently used. A PR bonanza for enemies of Israel.

"now you will say "but America still exists" but that is to fetishise the name at the expense of its actual meaning. What America was no longer exists and that is mostly because it was given away at the Southern border."

America is change. Should borders be controlled and law enforced? Yes. With deadly force as the first option? Don't think so.

If Trump was serious he'd make E-Verify mandatory - jobs for illegals would vanish. Cheap labor is addictive for employers, especially when the threat of deportation boosts productivity. Trump uses the H-2B visa program. 143 of 144 jobs went to aliens at three of his properties: https://www.vox.com/2018/2/13/16466542/trump-h-2b-guest-workers. MAGA!

'do you have a "good thing" when minorities are murdered and their murderers gloat and run free?'
"People are shot for property crimes all over the world all of the time."

The incinerated Dawabsheh family was the intended reference. There is a vocal support group – cheerleaders for arson and murder – empowered by the crime and unabashedly celebrating it.

Extremism tests any nation. Public regard and legal remedy indicates credible restraint or permissiveness that can be dangerous.

'American media is disproportionately silent in criticism of Likud compared with Israeli media. Why'
"Why does the Israeli media report more on Israel than the American media reports on Israel?"

Sorry for any confusion. The point intended was Israeli media has a healthy mix of opinion and criticism. US media, understandably briefer, edits out the critical, as if Likud filters coverage. A disservice to Israel IMO.

'How many F-35s is the US giving Iraq, Syria, Iran?'
"Superpowers give regional powers weapons they have the technical ability to sustain and when they have the military ability to be useful to the superpower. None of those three countries fit both"

Disproportionately powerful, deadly weapons – F-35s or sniper rifles - can, in ease of use, corrupt all that possess them. They easily become the first option, rather than last resort. US 'Shock and Awe' in Iraq 2003 is a good example.

With respect "most humane" is mind-fart language. Understandable on Unz Planet Germania, where many pine for the good-old Third Reich, laud Hitler, and routinely serve up other rubbish. But unconvincing and ultimately a disservice to those you support. Just a thought.

Talha , July 5, 2018 at 12:41 am GMT

Yes, apparently escalation procedures include sniping clearly visible female nurses:

Nice to have you back.

[Jul 07, 2018] The recent Zionist behaviour toward Palestinians is nothing new

Jul 07, 2018 | www.unz.com

Tyrion 2


You forgot to mention how the Zio-goons treat them.
I've met plenty of Muslim Israeli citizens. They live great lives. If anything, they are privileged by not being forcibly conscripted like the Jewish Israelis. A position the American rich youth were in during the Vietnam draft.

As for how Middle Eastern countries treated their Jews absent Ottoman suzerainity, consider that every Israeli I met under the age of 35 had at least one grandparent from a majority Muslim country. Yet there aren't any Jews in almost any of them now. Why?

jacques sheete , July 4, 2018 at 7:51 pm GMT

I noticed that you failed to answer my question.

Here, let me help you it's a bit dated but shows that the Zion-nut behavior is nothing new.

Between 30 and 54 Palestinians are believed to have died in the gun attack by Baruch Goldstein in Hebron
Goldstein had lived in Israel for 11 years and was a doctor in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, just outside Hebron.

As the settlement's main emergency doctor he was involved in treating victims of Arab-Israeli violence.

It is reported that his hatred became so intense that eventually he refused to treat Palestinians.

Goldstein had been a member of the Jewish Defence League, a violent organisation established by Rabbi Meir Kahane.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/25/newsid_4167000/4167929.stm

Also, in case you're wondering, you may want to look up the meaning of the word. "sniper" as used in the recent news.

[Jul 07, 2018] I the category of Middle Eastern countries, Israel does fairly well. In the category of Western countries Israel comes up pretty far short

Jul 07, 2018 | www.unz.com

Tyrion


What a treat! Did we miss the "moderate and sensible" non-lethal means of restraint that 'escalated' to "lethal force"? Please enumerate them. Chronologically.
I haven't seen a good account of what happened in the day either, but I assume the IDF followed the escalation drills which every modern army learns.

With respect, the question is not willingness to defend a "good thing" with lethal force. Was the survival of Israel (which I support) ever in doubt? Is the survival of the US in doubt?
Yes. Either you have a border you can enfore or you don't. Either you have a nation or you don't.

Of course now you will say "but America still exists" but that is to fetishise the name at the expense of its actual meaning. What America was no longer exists and that is mostly because it was given away at the Southern border.


The question is do you have a "good thing" when minorities are murdered and their murderers gloat and run free?
People are shot for property crimes all over the world all of the time. Very rarely is it considered murder. Why is this different?

Still waiting:
I ignored what was irrelevant to try to keep this on subject, honest and simple. But whatever...

• How many F-35s is the US giving Iraq, Syria, Iran?
Superpowers give regional powers weapons they have the technical ability to sustain and when they have the military ability to be useful to the superpower. None of those three countries fit both.

• Why should Likud conduct be excused by comparing it to those Israel routinely condemns?
I never said it should.

• Does "sniping" mean shooting/killing/maiming unarmed people from a safe distance?
All shooting is best done from a safe distance. That doesn't mean other things should be left undefended though.

• Is "sniping" "more humane" than water-cannon, tear gas, and other non-lethal restraint?
It is an escalation for when those haven't worked or there's a reasonable assumption that they won't. The former is likely the case here.

• American media is disproportionately silent in criticism of Likud compared with Israeli media. Why
Why does the Israeli media report more on Israel than the American media reports on Israel?

Need I actually answer that?

(To anyone else I missed...apologies, I'm sure your words were very kind but England won on penalties last night so I had better things to think about.)


Wizard of Oz , July 4, 2018 at 11:55 am GMT

You seem not to have noticed that there were two similar sanguinary episodes a couple of weeks apart handled in exactly the same way without learning any lessons from the first experience.

Let's look at what should have been understood in the second occasion at worst.

1. The mostly (by far) unarmed civilians demonstrated and made a few symbolic gestures reflecting their claim that they were entitled to return to their families' lands, but none actually entered territory outside Gaza. If a bunch of unpredictable hoodlums were behaving equivalently near the fence of a householder with, say, four adult males at home and armed with rifles it would be murder if one of the armed defenders fired over the defence to kill one of the hoodlums. If one jumped or broke down the fence then it would be an arguable though not certain defence to a charge of murder if the intruder was immediately shot and killed.

2. Even if the Palestinians had broken through the fence it should be noted that it would not have been like an incipient home invasion let alone a threat to Israeli security. After all it is not as though there are Israeli residential suburbs anywhere near the Gaza border. But suppose they had broken through the fence rather than just tossed some totally ineffectual missiles over it. Suppose some protestors had broken through and were brandishing weapons. Then a couple of bursts of machine gun fire would have finished them off and might (just) have been justified. But no such restraint was shown.

Can you really think of any justification for the way it was handled that doesn't fall back on an argument that sufficiently determined brutality is the only way to get rid of Hamas and deliver a Palestinian negotiating party that will have to be grateful for whatever it is offered?

Tyrion 2 , Website July 4, 2018 at 12:51 pm GMT
@Wizard of Oz

As far as I can tell, the Palestinians were testing the borders of Israel and the Israelis' resolve to defend those borders.

If you gather into a big mob and you try to forcibly march over the border to a sensible nation, especially one you love calling for the destruction of, then you can expect to get shot.

2. Even if the Palestinians had broken through the fence it should be noted that it would not have been like an incipient home invasion let alone a threat to Israeli security.

Yet Israel would have shown that they were unwilling to do what was necessary to maintain their borders. The troubles would have exacerbated exponentially.

Them Guys , July 4, 2018 at 5:31 pm GMT
@Tyrion 2

Wrong. Not "testing Israel borders" Rather it has been an Ongoing yearly event for at least past 8-10 years iirc. With the Main reason being to raise global awareness of the Palistinians Plight, and also of their actual factual truthful Return Rights.

People 300+Yards away from, and running farther away to avoid the Fanatical and Unquenchable Blood Lust Thirst, Jew IDF soldiers have been brainwashed with, since they were at the age of ONE Day Old. And got their first taste of it directly through their jewish mother's breast milk.

And still getting Shot in the Back, as many were, is NOT invading or entering or attempting to cross a border fence, that has been built ON Stolen Palestine Lands.

Ironic how I saw a recent, maybe in past 90 days, article about the percentage of Israeli Jewry that are Religious jews. And IIRC, the percent number of Atheist jew citizens and residing within Israel.

Was something like 67% atheist jews. I say ironic, since I too have met many American jews that claim they also are atheists. Yet in Every instance that I have asked them the question of.

"So What makes you as a jew think or believe you or other jews has some type ever lasting "Right to Return" to Palestine lands, which you jews call, Israel"?

Every one, Every time, answers back with: "Well God gave Us jews that right and the land"

They never seem to supply a good answer when I then ask: "So you as a jew admit being an atheist, yet you also state that, the god you don't believe in, Gave jews land and rights to go there when ever a jew feels like going and remain as long as that jew wishes to remain?"

Typically they remain answerless and silent, or most just call me a vile name like "Nazi jew hater" or an " anti-Semite Nazi racist".

IIRC there are also a Huge percentage of American jews that are also self defined as atheists, and I'd wager they too claim that a god they do not believe exists, somehow Gave land rights, like a Real Estate agent, to jews.

It does not suprize me since most jews in america, and israel also fully believe in every phony holyhoax claim ever claimed by so called "survivors" eh. It seems jews are always trying to out do each other when the issue is anything to do with that holyhoax, germany, germans, euro white folk, and making vast excuses for crooked and evil jews. They try to out do each other by conjuring up and inventing even bigger frauds and lies, as if it somehow makes a jew more virtuous to be considered as the biggest and best jewish fanatic and liar among jews.

Perhaps the unz-jazzman should pull a few strings, and get all these jews their very own Mensa Gold Embossed Certificate's. Due to jews being so able to invent so many huge lies etc. Maybe a usa Patent also for the jew invention of calling everyone jews hate, a nazi and antisemite eh.

Anon [298] Disclaimer , July 4, 2018 at 7:21 pm GMT
@Momus

Well, here's your problem. "Tyrion 2″, being fairly reasonable, wants to address Israel as a Middle Eastern country, in which category Israel does fairly well.

But if one wants to treat Israel as a Western country, and hold its conduct to the absurd standards to which most Jews in the West want to hold their own countries of residence, Israel comes up pretty far short.

[Jul 07, 2018] Israel is and always has been a racist ethnocracy, i.e., a political structure in which the state apparatus is appropriated by a dominant ethnic group to further its interests, power and resources. In short, apartheid

Jul 07, 2018 | www.unz.com

@Tyrion 2


I personally would have liked to see Ocasio-Cortez go farther, a lot farther. Israel is a place where conventional morality has been replaced by a theocratically and culturally driven sense of entitlement which has meant that anything goes when it comes to the treatment of inferior Christian and Muslim Arabs
Better to be a minority in Israel than any other Middle Eastern country. The two settlers guilty of arson are disgusting zealots. But their type is exponentially more common in Iraq, Syria, Iran and so on.

The criticism of Israel in Western media is disproportionately extremely high given the much higher rates of this type of thing in the majority of the rest of the world.

As for sniping the leaders of a huge mob trying to invade your country/storm your borders, doesn't that seem like the most humane way to deal with it? What does Giraldi suggest they do?

I suppose Western anti-Semites see Western countries going down because they are unable to deal with this type of thing and get jealous and want to drag Israel down with them. I prefer that America follow the example of Matteo Salvini. Giraldi prefers 'abolish borders' Cortez. Indeed, he'd like her to "go a lot farther".

David , July 4, 2018 at 12:44 am GMT

"Better to be a minority in Israel than any other Middle Eastern country."
Nonsense!! Classic hasbara, i.e., "whataboutery."

Reality:
Setting aside Israel's well docmented gross violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention i.e., "Collective Punishment" regarding its imprisonment of two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and its repeated mass slaughters of them by land, sea and air, e.g., 2,500, including over 500 children, in Operation Protective Edge.

Israel is and always has been a racist ethnocracy, i.e., a political structure in which the state apparatus is appropriated by a dominant ethnic group to further its interests, power and resources. In short, apartheid.

To wit:
Hendrik Verwoerd, then prime minister of South Africa and the architect of South Africa's apartheid policies, 1961: "Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state." (Rand Daily Mail, November 23, 1961)

Jacobus Johannes Fouché, South African Minister of Defence during the apartheid era, compared the two states and said that Israel also practiced apartheid. (Gideon Shimoni (1980). Jews and Zionism: The South African Experience 1910-1967. Cape Town: Oxford UP. pp. 310–336. ISBN 0195701798.

"Former Foreign Ministry director-general invokes South Africa comparisons. 'Joint Israel-West Bank' reality is an apartheid state"
EXCERPT: "Similarities between the 'original apartheid' as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in ISRAEL [my emphasis] and the West Bank today 'scream to the heavens,' added [Alon] Liel, who was Israel's ambassador in Pretoria from 1992 to 1994. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is not less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted." (Times of Israel, February 21, 2013)

Video: Israeli TV Host Implores Israelis: Wake Up and Smell the Apartheid

https://www.youtube.com/wat

In its 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, published in 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor acknowledges the "institutional and societal discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel."

Ronnie Kasrils, a key player in the struggle against the former South African apartheid regime, minister for intelligence and a devout Jew: "The Palestinian minority in Israel has for decades been denied basic equality in health, education, housing and land possession, solely because it is not Jewish. The fact that this minority is allowed to vote hardly redresses the rampant injustice in all other basic human rights. They are excluded from the very definition of the 'Jewish state', and have virtually no influence on the laws, or political, social and economic policies. Hence, their similarity to the black South Africans [under apartheid]." (The Guardian, 25 May 2005)

Shlomo Gazit, retired IDF Major General: "[Israel's] legal system that enforces the law in a discriminatory way on the basis of national identity, is actually maintaining an apartheid regime." (Haaretz, July 19, 2011)

Israel also differentiates between citizenship and nationality, i.e., "Israeli" nationality does not exist, only Jews and non-Jews, and each citizen carries an appropriate identity card. While the implications of this absurdity for discrimination and racism against non-Jews are obvious, it has been upheld by Israel's Supreme Court.

The effect of its blatantly racist "Citizenship Law" and more than fifty other restrictions Arab citizens have to endure is well expressed by writer and Knesset member, Ahmed Tibi: " dutifully defining the state as 'Jewish and democratic,' ignores the fact that in practice 'democratic' refers to Jews, and the Arabs are nothing more than citizens without citizenship." (Ma'ariv, 1.6.2005)

For the record: Eminent Jewish Israeli journalist, Bradley Burston, aptly sums up the horrors Israel inflicts on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem:
"Occupation is Slavery"
EXCERPT:
"In the name of occupation, generation after generation of Palestinians have been treated as property. They can be moved at will, shackled at will, tortured at will, have their families separated at will. They can be denied the right to vote, to own property, to meet or speak to family and friends. They can be hounded or even shot dead by their masters, who claim their position by biblical right, and also use them to build and work on the plantations the toilers cannot themselves ever hope to own. The masters dehumanize them, call them by the names of beasts." (Haaretz, Feb. 26/13)

[Jul 07, 2018] This is probably a sign that relations with Arab population in Izreal can't be mended

This clearly far right nationalists type of actions. While history is always imperfect analogy, but this is reminds us about Third Reich type of actions.
Jul 07, 2018 | www.unz.com

tac , July 3, 2018 at 9:30 pm GMT

A 13 year old child and 24 year old man, were both executed by Israeli Snipers on Friday [June 29th]. Along with the dead came upwards of 420 injuries, this included medical personnel and journalists.

Instead of running stories in an attempt to whitewash the murders and injuries this Friday, Mainstream Media completely ignored the entire series of events.

https://21stcenturywire.com/2018/07/01/video-msm-refuses-to-cover-gaza-killings/

[Jul 06, 2018] It not that Congress is a solid supported of Israel it is that Israel is a solid supporter of the US foreign policy

Jul 06, 2018 | www.unz.com

artichoke , June 16, 2018 at 8:59 pm GMT

It is about the Jews. But it's not just historical prejudices that affected the ancestors of the Neocons. Amends could and have been made and life can go on. But Russia keeps messing around by supporting every opponent of Israel. North Korea, Iran, Syria, one thing that ties Russia's axis together is anti-Israelism.

And for all its faults, Congress is a solid supporter of Israel, as is Trump. Trump's support of Israel and strong ties to Judaism (if he isn't Jewish he might as well be) were obvious to those who were looking, but right after the campaign the "Russian collusion" hysteria was strong and some people may not have understood it. (The Russian collusion thing is hilarious because the antisemitic Hillary / Obama folks were the colluders.)

So people were surprised when Trump "reluctantly" agreed with Congress' sanctions. Actually I am sure he was very happy to do so, and to some extent hit back for Russia's efforts to elect his opponent among other things.

[Jul 06, 2018] Sure, there are tens of millions of brain dead, so-called Christian Zionists, but their leaders are bought off with Jewish shekels.

Notable quotes:
"... No, the reason is due to some of the things that (a tiny percentage of very powerful) Jews are ultimately responsible for. Like dragging us into wars in the Middle East, for instance. ..."
"... Sure, there are tens of millions of brain dead, so-called Christian Zionists, but their leaders are bought off with Jewish shekels. The most famous of them, Jerry Falwell was given a Lear jet by the Israeli government. ..."
Jul 06, 2018 | www.unz.com

Rurik , June 15, 2018 at 4:35 pm GMT

@Andrei Martyanov

Bolton is a practicing Lutheran but look at him

if he's a Christian, then how did he get Israeli citizenship?

13. UN Representative (Former) -- John Bolton

http://american3rdposition.com/us-politics-hold-ual-usisraeli-citizenship/

From what I understand, both of you guys hail from the former Soviet Union.

Yes, Stalin was not Jewish, but what would you say was the Jewish role (if any) with the Bolshevik revolution (and the Holodomor and the rest of the horrors visited upon Russia and beyond, -as described by Solzhenitsyn- by Jewish finance, intrigue, treachery and genocidal villainy)?

this is by now an iconic image

https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/leon-trotsky-depicted-on-a-polish-propaganda-poster-as-bloodsoaked-picture-id566464833?s=612×612

was the fact that Trotsky was Jewish, and his victims Christian, of any consequence whatsoever?

The reason people like me lament Jewish supremacist Zionists, isn't out of irrational antipathy for Jews or your average Jewish dentist or whatever. I like most of the Jews I know.

No, the reason is due to some of the things that (a tiny percentage of very powerful) Jews are ultimately responsible for. Like dragging us into wars in the Middle East, for instance.

Like what we American tax payers are forced to fund and provide moral cover for in Palestine.

Sure, there are tens of millions of brain dead, so-called Christian Zionists, but their leaders are bought off with Jewish shekels. The most famous of them, Jerry Falwell was given a Lear jet by the Israeli government.

And perhaps most of all, is the Fed, a printing press that allows the world's most wealthy and powerful Jews to loan us our own money, at interest, and then use the financial power that the Fed provides them, to corrupt the rest of our institutions.

If the ECB, (an extension of Rothschild's Fed) were in the hands of Gentiles, do you think Europe would be committing ethnic suicide?

[Jul 06, 2018] Corporate Media's About-Face on Ukraine's Neo-Nazis by Daniel Lazare

Notable quotes:
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"... The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy ..."
"... Le Monde Diplomatique ..."
"... The American Conservative ..."
"... If you enjoyed this original article please consider making a donation to Consortium News so we can bring you more stories like this one. ..."
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Corporate Media's About-Face on Ukraine's Neo-Nazis July 5, 2018 • 59 Comments

U.S. corporate media spent years dismissing the role of neo-Nazis in Ukraine's 2014 coup but it is suddenly going through a conversion, as Daniel Lazare reports.

By Daniel Lazare
Special to Consortium News

Last month a freelance journalist named Joshua Cohen published an article in The Washington Post about the Ukraine's growing neo-Nazi threat. Despite a gratuitous swipe at Russia for allegedly exaggerating the problem (which it hasn't), the piece was fairly accurate.

Entitled "Ukraine's ultra-right militias are challenging the government to a showdown," it said that fascists have gone on a rampage while the ruling clique in Kiev closes its eyes for the most part and prays that the problem somehow goes away on its own.

Thus, a group calling itself C14 (for the fourteen-word ultra-right motto, "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children") not only beat up a socialist politician and celebrated Hitler's birthday by stabbing an antiwar activist, but bragged about it on its website. Other ultra-nationalists, Cohen says, have stormed the Lvov and Kiev city councils and "assaulted or disrupted" art exhibits, anti-fascist demos, peace and gay-rights events, and a Victory Day parade commemorating the victory over Hitler in 1945.

Yet nothing has happened to stop this. President Petro Poroshenko could order a crackdown, but hasn't for reasons that should be obvious. The U.S.-backed "Euromaidan" uprising not only drove out former president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014, who had won an OSCE-certified election, but tore the country in two, precisely because ultra-rightists like C14 were in the lead.

When resistance to the U.S.-backed coup broke out in Crimea and parts of the country's largely Russian-speaking east, the base of Yanukovych voters, civil war ensued. But because the Ukrainian army had all but collapsed, the new, coup government had no one to rely on other than the neo-fascists who had helped propel it to power.

So an alliance was hatched between pro-western oligarchs at the top – Forbes puts Poroshenko's net worth at a cool $1 billion – and neo-Nazi enforcers at the bottom. Fascists may not be popular. Indeed, Dmytro Yarosh, the fire-breathing leader of a white-power coalition known as Right Sector, received less than one percent of the vote when he ran for president in May 2014.

But the state is so weak and riddled with so many ultra-rightists in key positions – Andriy Parubiy, founder of the neo-Nazi Social-National Party of Ukraine, is speaker of the parliament, while ultra-rightist Arsen Avakov is minister of the interior – that the path before them is clear and unobstructed. As Cohen points out, the result is government passivity on one hand and a rising tide of ultra-right violence on the other. In the earlier stages of the civil war, for instance, the rightwing extremists burned more than 40 people alive in a labor union building in Odessa, a horrific incident downplayed by Western media.

Cohen's article may have Washington Post readers scratching their heads for the simple reason that the paper has long said the opposite. Since Euromaidan, the Post has toed the official Washington line that Vladimir Putin has exaggerated the role of the radical right in order to discredit the anti-Yanukovych revolt and legitimize his own alleged interference.

Sure, anti-Yanukovych forces had festooned the Kiev town hall with a white supremacist banner, a Confederate flag , and a giant image of Stepan Bandera , a Nazi collaborator whose forces killed thousands of Jews during the German occupation and as many as 100,000 Poles. And yes, they staged a 15,000-strong torchlight parade in Bandera's honor and scrawled an SS symbol on a toppled statue of Lenin. They also destroyed a memorial to Ukrainians who had fought on what Bandera supporters regard as the wrong side of World War II, that is, with the Soviets and against the Axis.

But so-called responsible, mainstream journalists are supposed to avert their eyes to avoid being tarred as a " useful idiot " whom Putin supposedly employs to advance his "anti-American agenda." Ten days after Yanukovych's departure, the Post dutifully assured its readers that Russian reports of "hooligans and fascists" had "no basis in reality."

A week or so later, it said "the new government, though peppered with right-wing politicians, is led primarily by moderate, pro-European politicians." A few weeks after that, it described Bandera as no more than "controversial" and quoted a Kiev businessman as saying: "The Russians want to call him a fascist, but I feel he was a hero for our country. Putin is using him to try to divide us."

Thus, the Post and other corporate media continued to do its duty by attacking Putin for plainly saying "the forces backing Ukraine's government in Kiev are fascists and neo-Nazis." But who was wrong ?

The New York Times was no better. It assailed Russia for hurling "harsh epithets" like "neo-Nazi," and blamed the Russian leader for "scaremongering" by attributing Yanukovych's ouster to "nationalists, neo-Nazis, Russophobes, and anti-Semites." The Guardian 's Luke Harding – a leading Putin basher said of the far-right Svoboda Party:

"Over the past decade the party appears to have mellowed, eschewing xenophobia, academic commentators suggest. On Monday, the U.S. ambassador in Kiev, Geoffrey Pyatt, said he had been 'positively impressed' by Svoboda's evolution in opposition and by its behavior in the Rada, Ukraine's parliament. 'They have demonstrated their democratic bona fides,' the ambassador asserted."

This is the party whose founder, Oleh Tyahnybok, said in a 2004 speech that "a Moscow-Jewish mafia" was running the Ukraine and that Bandera's followers "fought against the Muscovites, Germans, Jews and other enemies who wanted to take away our Ukrainian state." Had the leopard really changed its spots, according to Pyatt? Or was it simply a matter of America not giving a damn as long as Svoboda joined the fight to encircle Russia and advance NATO's drive to the east?

As someone named Marx once observed , "Who you gonna believe, me or your own two eyes?" As far as Ukraine was concerned, the answer for the corporate press came from the U.S. State Department. If Foggy Bottom said that Ukrainian neo-Nazism was a figment of Russia's imagination, then that's what it was, regardless of evidence to the contrary.

Someday, historians will look back on Euromaidan Ukraine as one of the looniest periods in western journalism – except, of course, for all the ones that have followed. But if one had to choose the looniest story of all, one that best reflects the abject toadyism of the reporting classes, it would have to be "Why Jews and Ukrainians Have Become Unlikely Allies," a 1,400-word article that ran on the Post -owned Foreign Policy website in May 2014. Four years later, it stands as a model of how not to write about an all-important political crisis.

Cohen's Conversion

Tyahnybok: 'Moscow-Jewish mafia' is running Ukraine.

The piece begins with the usual hand-wringing about Svoboda and Right Sector and expresses remorse that the latter still venerates the "controversial" Bandera, whose followers "fought on the side of the Nazis from 1944 until the end of World War II." (Actually, they welcomed the Germans from the start and, despite rocky relations with the Slav-hating Nazis, continued to work with them throughout the occupation.)

But then it gets down to business by asserting that as bad as Ukrainian nationalists may be, Russia is doubly worse. "Despite the substantial presence of right wing nationalists on the Maidan during the revolution," it says, "many in Ukraine's Jewish community resent being used by Putin in his propaganda war." The proof is an open letter signed by 21 Ukrainian Jewish leaders asserting that the real danger was Moscow.

"We know that the political opposition consists of various groups, including some that are nationalistic," the letter declared. "But even the most marginal of them do not demonstrate anti-Semitism or other forms of xenophobia. And we certainly know that our very few nationalists are well-controlled by civil society and the new Ukrainian government – which is more than can be said for the Russian neo-Nazis, who are encouraged by your security services."

This was music to Washington's ears. But if neo-Nazis are free of "anti-Semitism or other forms of xenophobia," how does one explain the white-power symbols in the Kiev town hall? If nationalists were "very few" in number, why did journalists need to explain them away? If Russian security forces really encouraged neo-Nazis, where were the torchlight parades and portraits of Bandera-like collaborators hanging from public buildings in Moscow?

The article might have noted that Josef Zissels, the Jewish community leader who organized the letter, is a provocative figure who has long maintained close relations with Ukraine's far right. A self-styled Zhydobanderivets – a word that roughly translates as "Kike follower of Bandera" – he has since infuriated other Jewish leaders by criticizing California Congressman Ro Khanna for sending a letter to the State Department asking that pressure be brought on the governments of Poland and Ukraine to combat Holocaust revisionism in their countries.

Forty-one Jewish leaders were so angry, in fact, that they sent out a letter of their own thanking Khannna for his efforts, expressing "deep concern at the rise of anti-Semitic incidents and expressions of xenophobia and intolerance, including attacks on Roma communities," and "strongly proclaim[ing] that Mr. Iosif Zissels and the organization VAAD do not represent the Jews of Ukraine." A Jewish community leader in Russia was so outraged by the pro-Bandera apologetics of Zissels and a Ukrainian-Jewish oligarch named Igor Kolomoisky that he said he wanted to hang both men "in Dnepropetrovsk in front of the Golden Rose Synagogue until they stop breathing."

So Foreign Policy used a highly dubious source to whitewash Ukraine's growing neo-Nazi presence and absolve it of anti-Semitism. As crimes against the truth go, this is surely one of the worst. But now that the problem has gotten too big for even the corporate media to ignore, overnight muckrakers like Joshua Cohen are seeing to it that getting away with such offenses will no longer be so easy. Before his abrupt about-face, the author of that misleading Foreign Policy piece was Joshua Cohen.

Daniel Lazare is the author of The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy (Harcourt Brace, 1996) and other books about American politics. He has written for a wide variety of publications from The Nation to Le Monde Diplomatique , and his articles about the Middle East, terrorism, Eastern Europe, and other topics appear regularly on such websites as Jacobin and The American Conservative .

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mike k , July 6, 2018 at 4:49 pm

The leaders of Israel who sell weapons to the Nazis in Ukraine, are no better than those Nazis.

Susan Sunflower , July 6, 2018 at 1:37 pm

for those having Alice In Wonderland whiplash, yes the USA was funding the Ukranian neonazis Azov Brigade before Congress banned the funding in March 2018.

https://therealnews.com/columns/the-us-is-arming-and-assisting-neo-nazis-in-ukraine-while-congress-debates-prohibition

which of course does not mean that others are not funding them and/or funding or simply "arming" their friends and allies

https://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-arming-neo-nazis-ukraine/24876

same old "syrian playbook" wrt to enemy-of-my-memory bull .

rosemerry , July 6, 2018 at 10:12 am

The two-hour documentary "Putin" shows in an interview Pres. Putin explaining his government's cooperating with the Western- supported Ukrainian government for four years (because they were neighbors and had many links) which he considered normal behavior. However, once the 2014 election brought in a more "Moscow-friendly" team to govern Ukraine, the USA began its plans to overthrow it and we see all the consequences shown in this article.

Francis Lee , July 6, 2018 at 7:53 am

Ukraine: Fascism's toe-hold in Europe.

The tacit support given by the centre-left to the installation of the regime in Kiev should give them cause for concern writes Frank.

Politics in the Ukraine can only be understood by reference to its history and ethnic and cultural make-up – a make-up criss-crossed by lasting and entrenched ethnic, cultural and political differences. The country has long been split into the northern and western Ukraine, where Ukrainian is the official and everyday lingua franca, and the more industrialised regions of the east and south where a mixture of Russian speaking Ukrainians and ethnic Russians reside. Additionally, there has long been Hungarian and Romanian settlement in the west of the country, and a particularly important Polish presence, whose unofficial capital, Lviv, was once the Polish city of Lwow. The Russian Orthodox Church is the predominant form of Christianity in the East, whilst in the west the Christian tradition tends towards Roman Catholicism.

Politically the Eastern and Southern Oblasts (Regions) which includes the cities and centres of heavy industry, Kharkov, Lugansk, Donetsk, Zaporozhe, Nikolayev, Kherson, Simferopol and Odessa, have tended to tilt towards Russia whilst the western regions have had a more western orientation. This has traditionally been reflected in the electoral division of the country. There is no party which can be considered 'national' in this respect, except ironically, the old Communist party, which of course is now banned. The major regional parties have been the Fatherland party of Yulia Tymoshenko (since renamed) and the former head of government, Arseniy Yatsenyuk as well as the ultra-nationalists predominantly in the west of the country, and the deposed Victor Yanukovich's Party of the Regions in the East (now defunct) along with its junior partner in the coalition, the Ukrainian Communist Party.

However, what is new since the coup in February 2014 there has been the emergence from the shadows of ultra-nationalist (fascist) parties and movements, with both parliamentary and extra-parliamentary (i.e.,military) wings. In the main 'Svoboda' or Freedom Party, and the paramilitaries of 'Right Sector' (Fuhrer: Dimitry Yarosh) who spearheaded the coup in Kiev; these have been joined or changed their names to inter alia the Radical Party, and Patriots of the Ukraine; this in addition to the punitive right-wing militias, such as the Azov Regiment responsible for numerous atrocities in the Don Bas.

Suffice it to say, however, that these political movements and parties did not emerge from nowhere.
This far-right tradition has been historically very strong in the western Ukraine. The Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) was first established in 1929 and brought together, war veterans, student fraternities, far-right groups and various other disoriented socially and political flotsam and jetsam under its banner. The OUN took its ideological position from the writings of one, Dymtro Dontsov, who, like Mussolini had been a socialist, and who was instrumental in creating an indigenous Ukrainian fascism based upon the usual mish-mash of writings and theories including Friedrich Nietzsche, Georges Sorel, and Charles Maurras. Dontsov also translated the works of Hitler and Mussolini into Ukrainian.

The OUN was committed to ethnic purity, and relied on violence, assassination and terrorism, not least against other Ukrainians, to achieve its goal of a totalitarian and homogeneous nation-state. Assorted enemies and impediments to this goal were Communists, Russians, Poles, and of course – Jews. Strongly oriented toward the Axis powers OUN founder Evhen Konovalets (1891-1938) stated that his movement was ''waging war against mixed marriages'', with Poles, Russians and Jews, the latter which he described as ''foes of our national rebirth''. Indeed, rabid anti-Semitism has been a leitmotif in the history of Ukrainian fascism, which we will return to below.

Konovelts himself was assassinated by a KGB hit-man in 1938 after which the movement split into two wings: (OUN-m) under Andrii Melnyk and, more importantly for our purposes (OUN-b) under Stepan Bandera. Both wings committed to a new fascist Europe. Upon the German invasion in June 1941, the OUN-b attempted to establish a Ukrainian satellite state loyal to Nazi Germany. Stepan Lenkavs'kyi the then chief propagandist of the OUN-b 'government' advocated the physical destruction of Ukrainian Jewry. OUN-b's 'Prime Minister' Yaroslav Stets'ko, and deputy to Bandera supported, ''the destruction of the Jews and the expedience of bringing German methods of exterminating Jewry to Ukraine, barring their assimilation and the like.''

During the early days of the rapid German advance into the Soviet Union there were some 140 pogroms in the western Ukraine claiming the lives of between 13000-35000 people (Untermensch, in fascist terminology). In 1943-1944 OUN-b and its armed wing the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (Ukrainska povstanska armia – UPA) carried out large scale ethnic cleansing resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands; this was a particularly gruesome affair in Volhynia where some 90000 Poles and thousands of Jews were murdered. The campaign of the UPA continued well into the 1950s until it was virtually wiped out by the Soviet forces.

It should be said that during this early period Bandera himself had been incarcerated by the German authorities up until his release in 1944, since unlike Bandera they were not enamoured of an independent Ukrainian state but wanted total control. Bandera was only released at this late date since the German high command was endeavouring to build up a pro-German Ukrainian quisling military force to hold up the remorseless advance of the Red Army. Also pursuant to this it is also worth noting that during this period the 14th Galizian Waffen SS Division, a military Ukrainian collaborationist formation established by Heinrich Himmler, was formed to fight the Soviet forces, and yet another being the Nachtingal brigade; (1) this unit was integrated into the 14th Galizian in due course. It is also interesting to note, that every year, and up to 2014 commemoration ceremony including veterans of this unit takes place with a march through Lviv in an evening torchlight parade – genuine Nazi pastiche. The flag of this unit is not dissimilar to the Peugeot logo, the standing lion, and can be seen at ultra-nationalist rallies as well as football matches involving Lviv Karparti FC. There are also numerous statues of Bandera across Ukraine, and since the 2014 coup even street names bearing the same name. Significantly the UPA have now received political rehabilitation from the Kiev Junta, with Bandera declared a hero of the Ukraine and the UPA rebranded as 'freedom fighters.' One particularly splendid statue of Bandera stands proudly in Lviv and is usually adorned with flowers.

Other novel attractions the capital of Banderestan include 'Jewish themed restaurants' one such is Kryivka (Hideout or Lurking Hole) where guests have a choice of dishes and whose dinning walls are decorated with larger than life portraits of Bandera, the toilet with Russian and Jewish anecdotes. At another Jewish themed restaurant guests are offered black hats of the sort worn by Hasidim. The menu lists no prices for the dishes; instead, one is required to haggle over highly inflated prices ''in the Jewish fashion''. Yes, it's all good clean fun in Lviv. Anti-Semitism also sells. Out of 19 book vendors on the streets of central Lviv, 16 were openly selling anti-Semitic literature. About 70% of the anti-Semitic publications in Ukraine are being published by and educational institution called MUAP (The Inter-Regional Academy of Personnel Management). MAUP is a large, well-connected and increasingly powerful organization funded from outside anti-Semite sources, and also connected to White Supremacist groups in the USA and to the David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

(It is one of the ironies of history that if the Zionists in AIPAC and the Washington neo-con think tanks, and the Labour Party Friends of Israel, were so concerned about anti-Semitism, they might try looking for it in Lviv. They wouldn't have to search very far.)
Present day neo-Nazi groupings in Ukraine – Svoboda (Freedom) party and Right Sector – have been the direct descendants from the prior ideological cesspool. Heading Svoboda is Oleh Tyahnybok. Although these are separate organizations Tyahnybok's deputy Yuriy Mykhalchyshyn is the main link between Svoboda's official wing and neo-Nazi militias like Right Sector. The Social-Nationalist party as it was formerly known chose as its logo an amended version of the Wolfsangel, a symbol used by many SS divisions on the Eastern front during the war who in 2004 a celebration of the OUN-UPA, stated in 2004, that ''they fought against the Muscovite, Germans, Jews and other scum who wanted to take away our Ukrainian state.'' And further that ''Ukraine was ruled by a Muscovite-Jewish mafia.'' Tyahnybok came under pressure from the then President, Yuschenko, to retract his inflammatory statements, which he did, but he then retracted the retraction!

Given the fact that Svoboda was, apart from its stamping grounds in the west, making little national electoral headway, it was essential to clean up its image and deny its Nazi past. But this was always going to be difficult since the members of such groups cannot help the unscripted outbursts and faux pas which they tend to make and which reveals their true colours. For example, following the conviction and sentencing of John Demjanjuk to five years in jail for his role as an accessory to the murder of 27,900 people at the Sobibor death camp, Tyahnybok travelled to Germany and met up with Demjanjuk's lawyer, presenting the death camp guard as a hero, a victim of persecution ''who is fighting for truth''.
And so it goes on. We can therefore infer that this organization is inveterate fascist. More disturbing Svoboda has links with the so-called Alliance of National European Movements, which includes: Nationaldemokraterna of Sweden, Front Nationale of France, Fiamma Tricolore in Italy, the Hungarian Jobbik and the Belgian National Front. More importantly Svoboda held several ministerial portfolios in the Kiev administration, and Right Sector swaggers around Kiev streets with impunity, and/or are being drafted into a National Guard to deal with the separatist movements in the east, or to beat down anyone who doesn't conform to their Ayran racial and political ideals.

One would have thought that this mutating revolution in the Ukraine would have drawn attention of the centre-left to the fact that fascism had gained a vital beachhead in Europe, and that the danger signals should be flashing. But not a bit of it; a perusal of the Guardian newspaper quickly reveals that their chief concern has been with a non-existent 'Russian threat'. One of their reporters – or old friend, Luke Harding -described Right Sector as an ''eccentric group of people with unpleasant right-wing views.'' Priceless! This must rank as the political understatement of the century. In fact, the Guardian was simply reiterating the US-imposed neo-conservative foreign policy. But naturally, this is par for the course.

(1) The Nachtingal brigade, which was later incorporated into the SS Galizien, took part in a three-day massacre of the Jewish population of Lvov (now Lviv) from 30 June 1941. Roman Shukhevych was the commander of the Nachtingal and later, in 1943, became commander of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (the "Banderivtsy", or UPA/UIA[5] ), armed henchmen of the fascist Stepan Bandera, who after the war pretended that they had fought both Nazis and Communists. Members of the division are also accused of having murdered some 800 residents of the Polish village of Huta Pieniacka and 44 civilians in the village of Ch?aniów.

Paolo , July 6, 2018 at 7:11 am

Just for the record: the Ukrainians hailed the Nazis as liberators after the Soviets had let millions of Ukrainians die of hunger in the thirties, a sort of "genocide" that goes under the name of Holodomor and has officially been recognized by western Parlaments only a few decades ago. In eastern Ukraine there were no more inhabitants after the Holodomor, and the Russians imported hundreds of thousand peasants from Russia to get agriculture working again.

The problems of Ukraine are so deep that fomenting regime change there was a most idiotic thing to do. Sooner or later the problems will explode, and it will be tough shit. Whoever helped this regime change should be locked up in some high security jail as far as possible.

Garrett Connelly , July 6, 2018 at 9:52 am

The big lie is 180° opposite of reality repeated over and over using free corporate propaganda.

vinnieoh , July 5, 2018 at 3:15 pm

Still scratching my head at the electric last line of Mr. Lazare's piece. I'm mean, I'm used to "official" organs like WaPo and NYT publishing whatever narrative is most helpful to whatever pieces are being moved on the chessboard, but for the same "freelance journalist" to have written both the earlier Foreign Policy piece and the recent WaPo piece is a puzzle to me.

Does Joshua Cohen just write stuff that goes with the flow (at any particular moment) and has a good chance of being published (and consequently of himself being paid)?

Or did this person really have an epiphany, and the scales fell from his eyes? I suspect a third explanation though what that may be eludes me. One thing is for sure, as a Trump/Putin meeting gets closer, expect more false "official" narratives concerning both Ukraine and Syria.

robjira , July 5, 2018 at 2:54 pm

https://off-guardian.org/2018/01/11/documentary-ukraine-on-fire-2016/

For anyone who hasn't watched this film yet.

Seamus Padraig , July 5, 2018 at 2:05 pm

'The U.S.-backed "Euromaidan" uprising not only drove out former president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014, who had won an OSCE-certified election, but tore the country in two, precisely because ultra-rightists like C14 were in the lead But if one had to choose the looniest story of all, one that best reflects the abject toadyism of the reporting classes, it would have to be "Why Jews and Ukrainians Have Become Unlikely Allies," a 1,400-word article that ran on the Post-owned Foreign Policy website in May 2014.'

Here's the thing though: however weird it may sound, there actually DOES seem to exist some sort of tacit alliance between (some, not all) Jews and Ukrainian Nazis. Even if their ultimate goals are completely at odds–the Nazis hate the EU, but the Jews mostly want to join it–they nearly always seem to work together against Russia. It has even been maintained that the Azov Battalion (one of the all-volunteer Neo-Nazi militias fighting against the Donbass rebels) was entirely financed for a time by Jewish oligarch Ihor Kholomoisky, at least until he did something to piss Poroshenko off and got sacked from his post as governor of Dniepropetrovsk. And in the beginning, Jews who tried to point out that Neo-Nazi groups were involved in overthrowing Yanukovych, like Dr. Stephen Cohen, were roundly denounced a 'Russia apologists' just for stating facts.

But now that Washington's whole Ukraine project has gone south, I guess the Nazis, having outlived their usefulness, are, as usual, to be the fall-guys and take all the blame.

Anna , July 5, 2018 at 2:39 pm

yeh, the Kaganat of Nuland has many veils.
The most stunning aspect of the banderite putsch in Kiev was the dead silence of nazi-hunters from Wiesenthal Center, the always oh-so-sensitive ADL, the main 52 (fifty-two!) American Jewish organizations, and the overall docility and compliance of the "righteous" Israel with the banderite-neo-Nazi ideology by Kagans-selected power structures in Ukraine.
Mr. Kolomojsky, a financier of neo-nazi battalion Azov, is still an Israeli citizen.
Mrs. Nuland-Kagan, the main machinator of the regime change in Kiev, has not been ostracized by the Jewish Community at large.
The deeply amoral and bloodthirsty Carl Gerschman from NED, who has been the main cheerleader for the putsch and for the installing the banderite-friendly government in Kiev, has not been ostracized by the Jewish Community at large either. What a stench!
https://medium.com/@gmochannel/us-staged-a-coup-in-ukraine-brief-history-and-facts-898c6d0007d6

Pft , July 5, 2018 at 9:07 pm

Yeah. The prime minister and many of the top oligarchs are Jewish. Relations between Ukraine and Israel seem quite good despite the UNSC vote that the US abstained on regarding Israeli settlements in the West Bank, perhaps reminded by Stalin doing the same to them in the 1920's.

As for relations with the neo nazis I remember before WWII that Zionists in Palestine cooperated with Nazis who sent German Jews to Palestine in return for the purchase of German goods which were being boycotted by Jews in the west

I suspect most Americans don't know Ukrainian history. The early years of Bolshevik rule were quite brutal and over 10 million rural Christians lost their lives in Ukraine over their policies .Solzhenitsyn 200 years can shed some light on the roots of the anti-Semitism among the peasants that developed in the 20's-30's and no doubt has been passed on.

Robert , July 6, 2018 at 4:24 pm

I've thought about this myself and have concluded that a fair number of Jewish organizations and institutions in the Ukraine were receiving a small portion of the US State Department funding allocated to the Ukraine each year of $200-250 million, totaling $5 billion since 1992. In return for this rather small (by US standards) outlay to a broad spectrum of NGOs, private educational and religious institutions, and political groups, the US purchased an enormous amount of influence. Most of the members of these groups were unaware of this US support, as the funds were funneled through individual leaders who were tasked to influence opinion, organize demonstrations and petitions, and write letters to the press and government members. Scholarships to the US and Canada were offered to promising youth to ensure continuity of support. For this reason, most Jewish and other groups operating in Ukraine have, until recently and only with reluctance, been willing to deviate from the official US "story". Thus, they knowingly (at least as far as their leadership was concerned) supported an overtly US-led neo-Nazi coup.

mike , July 5, 2018 at 1:24 pm

Makes sense that Josh Cohen is a former U.S. Agency for International Development project officer involved in managing economic reform projects in the former Soviet Union. Isn't that really what this is all about? Putin gets elected and takes charge of the economy, jailing corrupt oligarchs and putting the kibosh on said reform projects sponsored by us in care of Jeffrey Sachs et al. As Russia tries to reassert its sovereignty the US gets miffed and retaliates.

It's a lot of fun until someone loses an eye.

Tom Hall , July 5, 2018 at 1:21 pm

The Electronic Intifada has just posted an article by Asa Winstanley detailing how Israel, among others, has been supplying the Ukrainian Azov Battalion with military arms. It's well worth reading.

https://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-arming-neo-nazis-ukraine/24876

The next time you hear a pro-Israel mouthpiece sounding off about purported antisemitism in the British Labour Party, or in pro-Palestinine activist circles in the U.S., invite them to consider Israel's policy -- and that of the U.S. as well as friendly European states -- of direct military sponsorship of textbook Nazism in Ukraine. Jews are being menaced and beaten in the streets of Kiev by armed bands who celebrate their historical persecution, while thugs like Avigdor Lieberman sit cordially with officials representing that regime. But then, such warm relations between Zionists and anti-Semites is an old story.

Jeff Harrison , July 5, 2018 at 1:03 pm

Interesting. Anyone with two brains to rub together knows that the US, to the best of it's ability, has been surrounding Russia with compliant right wing governments, usually dictators, but we've gotten better at manipulating elections to get reliable puppet government. The bad news is that it is a full time job to stay on top of that.

Gary Weglarz , July 5, 2018 at 1:01 pm

It used to be that the only things one could depend on were "death & taxes." Now of course we must add to that list the very dependable presence of CIA / State Dept lies parroted by MSM all over the West. Lies which are endlessly repeated in defiance of all physical reality and often in direct opposition to actual events in the actual world we live in. From the Ukraine coup, to Russia-gate, to the "Assad's gassing his own people" regime change propaganda, to the totally surreal Alice in Wonderland Skripnal poisoning nonsense in the U.K, the Western MSM have been as dependable as the rising sun. They can and do provide fact-free, evidence-free reporting directly from the bowels of the deep state in support of the neocolonial West, including unending support for the never ending resort to mass violence the West relies upon to keep the rest of the planet subjugated – just as it has for the last 500+ years.

irina , July 5, 2018 at 2:06 pm

It's not just the media. The late night talk show hosts are doing their bit too, as I heard last night on a Jimmy Kimmel rerun (of a recent show). Can't remember the context as I was doing the dishes, but did hear him say the usual "Russian illegally annexed Crimea" standard phrase, immediately followed by "and then invaded Ukraine". The latter just casually tossed off as a given. People hear these memes constantly repeated and, regardless of their veracity (suspect to say the least) it becomes part of their worldview.

Who is behind the political preaching of hosts like Jimmy Kimmel ? Inquiring minds want to know !

Joe Tedesky , July 5, 2018 at 2:43 pm

You know what irina, seeing these late night talk shows go all crazy over Putin makes me think of the Zio-Media executives, and where their allegiance to power resides. Joe

Devil's Advocate , July 5, 2018 at 2:48 pm

I would assume you'd have to look at who owns the media source in question. Kimmel's show is on ABC, which is partly owned by Disney. Follow the money chain of those 2 parent companies, and you have your answer.

Gary Weglarz , July 5, 2018 at 6:28 pm

irina – I quite agree. The same is true of the former Daily Show crew members who now have their own shows. Several have shown themselves to be quite the little imperialist war mongers when it comes to gleefully repeating the CIA sponsored Syrian regime change and Russiagate propaganda. Samantha Bee & John Oliver kept triggering my gag reflex with their propaganda lines until I found a simple but effective solution and stopped watching them altogether. We have an amazingly seamless propaganda system here in the U.S. One can chose to either get one's "pro-war regime change propaganda" delivered with barely concealed racism and misogyny from Fox News, or instead opt for hearing the same nonsense delivered with pretentious blather and catchy jazz interludes at PBS. American democracy is all about having "choices."

Jeff Harrison , July 5, 2018 at 7:57 pm

I quite agree. I knew the minute that they started calling RT a propaganda outlet that, in fact, the USG was running a full scale propaganda operation. I don't know if I simply wasn't paying enough attention or if they have, in fact ramped the operation up, but I can hardly read any MSM outlet's output without calling bullshit on it.

irina , July 6, 2018 at 2:55 am

Jimmy Kimmel actually used to be funny and there is a really good clip (somewhere on youtube no doubt) of him reading a 'doctored' Dr. Seuss
book to The Donald (a live guest) during his primary candidacy.

But since The Donald's election Kimmel has opened almost every show with 'ten minutes hate' segment on The Donald. I still watch (or at least listen) occasionally because I want to know what is being fed to The Public.

You are absolutely right though, "we have an amazingly seamless propaganda system here in the US". The average person maybe has 30 minutes to devote to the news, between getting home and having dinner; they watch some sort of news show and think they are 'informed'. But it actually takes MANY hours and a knowledge of alternative websites to even begin to piece together an approximation of what might, in reality, be going on.

The Russians used to say that, at least they knew they were being propagandized.

Unfortunately, probably due to 'American Exceptionalism', most Americans think the MSM is bringing them 'the truth'. But nothing could be further from The Truth.

Peter H , July 6, 2018 at 10:41 am

I can't count the number of times I've had to turn off Colbert's Late Show for his Russian/Putin bashing BS. So disappointing. That's a rule in my house now. The first mention of Russia and off it goes.

Drew Hunkins , July 5, 2018 at 12:52 pm

Likewise, the corporate militarist-Zio media should eventually have to concede someday that the current Syrian "rebels" are little more than ruthless sociopathic Saudi-Zio-Washington intel agency supported mercenary terrorists.

Folks in the know knew very early on that much of the Kiev putschists and violent invaders of Eastern Ukraine were neo-Nazi types bent on eradicating the last vestiges of Russian social and ethnic solidarity.

It's really truly remarkable when one steps back to think about it all. These are the depraved groups the crypto-fascists, the Wall Street militarist imperialists, and Zionists have embedded themselves with: bloodthirsty Takfiri mercenary terrorists and neo-Nazis.

Bob Van Noy , July 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm

Each time I see an article like this I'm reminded of the videos of Zbigniew Brzezinski's early meetings with the Mujahideen and his manipulation of cultures on The Grand Chessboard or "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" a totally absurd assumption and the natural outcome of that absurdity, is blowback which this article again addresses. Our "boots on the ground" end up paying the price of this kind of supposed intellectualism. Shameful. Thank you Drew Hunkins.

Joe Tedesky , July 5, 2018 at 2:39 pm

Bob the old saying if I got right is the company you keep is what you become. We have truly loss our way, and Zbigniew Brzezinski is one of the biggest reasons we have become the predators of this dying green earth. All this for the profit, as all mankind must yield to the power of the dollar. Sad. Joe

MBeaver , July 6, 2018 at 5:03 am

One would think we had learned from Vietnam. Instead the "peace loving" liberals do everything to destabilize whole region for nothing and then send soldiers in who die for their messed up agenda.

JWalters , July 5, 2018 at 7:16 pm

It is truly remarkable. A lot of the behind-the-scenes magic is explained in "War Profiteers and Israel's Bank" http://warprofiteerstory.blogspot.com
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[Jul 03, 2018] Lots of people pretended to be persecuted just to get freebees in the US and elsewhere

Jul 03, 2018 | www.unz.com

Andrei Martyanov , Website June 30, 2018 at 5:55 pm GMT

@FKA Max

National identity in USSR was important. Well, it is always important and yes, there was latent antisemitism (or whatever it is called) in some spheres of Soviet life. Not as big, though, as Jewish dissidents love to present to those who are ready to listen.

AnonFromTN , July 2, 2018 at 2:45 am GMT
@Andrei Martyanov

Lots of people pretended to be persecuted just to get freebees in the US and elsewhere. Antisemitsm was by ~90% the myth created by these people. One example I know first-hand: in my year at the school of Biology in the best and most privileged Moscow State University about 20-25% of students were Jewish or half-Jewish, whereas Jews constituted 2-3% of the USSR population.

[Jul 03, 2018] It seems that the political trend in central Europe is away from multi-culturalism. Hungary wants to maintain its culture.

Jul 03, 2018 | www.moonofalabama.org

ab initio , Jul 1, 2018 6:24:20 PM | 7

What is happening in Germany? Is "open borders" that Merkel has championed on its last legs? It seems that the CSU is worried about the coming elections in Bavaria where AfD might do much better than expected. Just as the outcome of the Italian elections was for a government coalition opposed to illegal economic immigration under the guise of asylum for political persecution.

Hungarian foreign minister in an interview with a snowflake BBC reporter. It seems that the political trend in central Europe is away from multi-culturalism. Hungary wants to maintain its culture.

https://youtu.be/q8itF62yIJg

This seems like the same contention between the Democrats who want "open borders" and "catch & release" while Trump wants to deport all illegals.

[Jun 28, 2018] WASP culture was formed out of the "Puritan' wing of the Anglophone reformation, and Anglo-Saxon Puritanism was a Judaizing heresy.

Jun 28, 2018 | www.unz.com

Jake says: June 5, 2018 at 12:48 pm GMT

You know how that makes sense? How it can be possible?

The Anglosphere is, obviously, the product of the British Empire. Modern English culture is best identified as WASP (though that identification was made by an American about the Philadelphia area Elites, which he then expanded as he realized it was not local, and not even national, but Global wherever Anglo-Americanism held sway). WASP culture is specifically that which formed out of the "Puritan' wing of the Anglophone reformation, and Anglo-Saxon Puritanism was a Judaizing heresy.

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Curmudgeon , June 5, 2018 at 2:54 pm GMT

@Jake

At the risk of splitting hairs, Puritans may be "protest-ants" but are not Christians. They reject the Holy Trinity and refer to it as the Anti-Christ. They also cling to Mosaic law, which means they reject all of the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, but accept a Jewish interpretation of Mosaic Law. Their goal was to purge the Church of England of all of its "Catholic" trappings. Neither the C of E nor RC Church of the 17th century were "Jew friendly" as they are today.

Most other Protestant denominations accepted the Holy Trinity, but rejected what they saw as excesses of the RC Church such as indulgences, purgatory, and Papal infallibility. Much of Aquinas' Summa Theologica was entirely within "mainstream" Protestantism. On that basis, Puritans were/are not WASPs in the normally understood meaning, and were a 2nd unpopular wave of the Anglophone reformation. Not unlike the 2nd Bolshevik wave of the Russian Revolution.

By the way, Puritans, like Jews, were not individualists, they were collectivists.

Otherwise, good analysis.

Crawfurdmuir , June 5, 2018 at 4:08 pm GMT
@Curmudgeon

At the risk of splitting hairs, Puritans may be "protest-ants" but are not Christians. They reject the Holy Trinity and refer to it as the Anti-Christ.

If by Puritan you mean the Calvinist faction in the religious controversies leading up to and culminating in the English Civil War and Cromwell's Protectorate, this is not true. This faction was divided between Independents, who favored a Congregational polity, and Presbyterians, who advocated a system of church governance like that in Scotland, where (although the hated bishoprics had been abolished) there was a measure of central authority and doctrinal uniformity.

A small minority of the Independents embraced Socinianism, the ancestor of modern Unitarian-Universalism, but they were never significant in numbers during the 17th century. Most Puritans, including those in the colonies of New England, were Trinitarian. Unitarianism did not have wide support until the 19th century, when significant numbers of Congregational churches deserted old-fashioned Calvinism for it. Abiel Holmes, the grandfather of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was a Trinitarian Calvinist who lost his position as minister of First Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when the congregation there voted to replace him with a Unitarian.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiel_Holmes

[Jun 28, 2018] WASP culture is specifically that which formed out of the "Puritan' wing of the Anglophone reformation, and Anglo-Saxon Puritanism was a Judaizing heresy.

Jun 28, 2018 | www.unz.com
Jake says: June 5, 2018 at 12:48 pm GMT 300 Words You know how that makes sense? How it can be possible?

The Anglosphere is, obviously, the product of the British Empire. Modern English culture is best identified as WASP (though that identification was made by an American about the Philadelphia area Elites, which he then expanded as he realized it was not local, and not even national, but Global wherever Anglo-Americanism held sway). WASP culture is specifically that which formed out of the "Puritan' wing of the Anglophone reformation, and Anglo-Saxon Puritanism was a Judaizing heresy.

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Curmudgeon , June 5, 2018 at 2:54 pm GMT

@Jake

At the risk of splitting hairs, Puritans may be "protest-ants" but are not Christians. They reject the Holy Trinity and refer to it as the Anti-Christ. They also cling to Mosaic law, which means they reject all of the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, but accept a Jewish interpretation of Mosaic Law. Their goal was to purge the Church of England of all of its "Catholic" trappings. Neither the C of E nor RC Church of the 17th century were "Jew friendly" as they are today.

Most other Protestant denominations accepted the Holy Trinity, but rejected what they saw as excesses of the RC Church such as indulgences, purgatory, and Papal infallibility. Much of Aquinas' Summa Theologica was entirely within "mainstream" Protestantism. On that basis, Puritans were/are not WASPs in the normally understood meaning, and were a 2nd unpopular wave of the Anglophone reformation. Not unlike the 2nd Bolshevik wave of the Russian Revolution.

By the way, Puritans, like Jews, were not individualists, they were collectivists.

Otherwise, good analysis.

Crawfurdmuir , June 5, 2018 at 4:08 pm GMT
@Curmudgeon

At the risk of splitting hairs, Puritans may be "protest-ants" but are not Christians. They reject the Holy Trinity and refer to it as the Anti-Christ.

If by Puritan you mean the Calvinist faction in the religious controversies leading up to and culminating in the English Civil War and Cromwell's Protectorate, this is not true. This faction was divided between Independents, who favored a Congregational polity, and Presbyterians, who advocated a system of church governance like that in Scotland, where (although the hated bishoprics had been abolished) there was a measure of central authority and doctrinal uniformity.

A small minority of the Independents embraced Socinianism, the ancestor of modern Unitarian-Universalism, but they were never significant in numbers during the 17th century. Most Puritans, including those in the colonies of New England, were Trinitarian. Unitarianism did not have wide support until the 19th century, when significant numbers of Congregational churches deserted old-fashioned Calvinism for it. Abiel Holmes, the grandfather of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was a Trinitarian Calvinist who lost his position as minister of First Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when the congregation there voted to replace him with a Unitarian.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiel_Holmes

[Jun 27, 2018] Understanding Jewish Influence Kevin MacDonald Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming Internet Archive

Jun 27, 2018 | archive.org

Understanding Jewish Influence: A Study in Ethnic Activism by Kevin MacDonald. This book contains 3 parts: I â Background Traits for Jewish Activism, II â Zionism and the Internal Dynamics of Judaism, III â Neoconservatism as a Jewish Movement

Full text of Understanding Jewish Influence

[Jun 24, 2018] It is interesting to note that the anti-system parties of Europe, such as those in control in Hungary and Austria, seem to take more leftwing positions on issues other than immigration than sell-out former Socialist parties which have degenerated into the politically correct portion of the anti-russian neo-liberal centre.

Jun 24, 2018 | www.unz.com

exiled off mainstreet , June 22, 2018 at 1:16 am GMT

The Red Tory thing is interesting. I can see what "anon" (comment No. 5) is driving at, though the use of the word fascism is freighted with the eventual barbaric outcome of the Nazi project, as well as the outgrowths of western guilt for allowing it to proceed which in many instances such as political correctness and toleration of Nazi-like tactics by descendents of Nazi victims, have resulted in a new version of fascism.

It is interesting to note that the anti-system parties of Europe, such as those in control in Hungary and Austria, seem to take more leftwing positions on issues other than immigration than sell-out former Socialist parties which have degenerated into the politically correct portion of the anti-russian neo-liberal centre. Even the term "anti-system" is associated with the Nazi movement during Weimar but fits with the situation in the western world today. Thus, Le Pen, Orban and the Austrian government are more reliable at protecting workers' rights than the sell-out centre, and the cinque stelle (I hope I'm not that far off in spelling) can coalesce with the Lega, which also takes positions to the left of the corrupt centre in areas other than immigration. On immigration itself, here in Canada or in the US where everybody is eventually an immigrant other than the first nation remnant, it is hard to be totally anti-immigrant, but it is understandable in Europe where historic ethnicities are in some danger and where the results of the destabilisation of Africa and the Middle East by the yankee imperium and the Israelis is the root cause of the immigration problem.

As a final statement, I agree with the writer and say mea culpa mea maxima culpa as far as his anti or really pro- Putin-Nazi viewpoint is expressed.

[Jun 24, 2018] Israel and the status of Jews in the USA

Jun 24, 2018 | www.unz.com

geokat62 , May 20, 2017 at 8:56 pm GMT

@Aaron8765

I am disturbed and hurt that there is so much hatred towards the entire Jewish people in the comment section.

Hi, Aaron. Just wanted to take a crack at providing you with an explanation of where I think most people are coming from on the issue you've raised.

While I obviously don't pretend to speak for all goyim, I can speak for myself.

It's not that goyim are expressing "hatred towards the entire Jewish people" for who they are. I think they are probably expressing their anger towards what organized Jewry has been, and is, actually doing.

One case in point is the big push towards diversity led by the ADL. Are you familiar with the following material they've posted on their website:

This is America.This is ADL. (NB – disingenuously referring to 9 pictures of distinct-looking individuals)

The United States is a vibrant mix of cultures, races, religions and ethnic groups. These differences enhance our nation's strength, beauty and collective wisdom. Together, we all weave the fabric of our pluralistic society.

For over 100 years, the Anti-Defamation League has upheld this distinctly American concept by leading the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry and racism. Today, ADL is the nation's premier human relations and civil rights organization.

If your company or organization wants to be recognized as a leader in the fight to promote diversity, we invite you to become a member of ADL's Corporate Leadership Council -- the nation's leading corporate diversity initiative. Additional co-branding, diversity training and recognition benefits are available to Corporate Partners.

https://www.adl.org/sites/default/files/documents/assets/pdf/about-adl/corporate-partners.pdf

More and more people have come to realize that the ADL has been behind the push towards diversity. They were the ones to actually coin the phrase "Diversity Is Our Strength."

Given the historically delicate situation of Diaspora Jewry living in host nations- i.e., the perennial risks of pogroms and other forms of repression – promoting a policy of diversity, while damaging to the host nation, made eminent sense, from their perspective.

While this policy had been sustainable before the founding of Israel, it has since become problematic. Let me explain. While there are still goyim who think the ADL is sincere in their promotion of diversity, more and more are beginning to notice the blatant contradiction in Diaspora Jewry's position: while they support the promotion of diversity in their host nations, they fiercely defend the idea of an ethno-state in the ME. This is becoming an untenable position in the eyes of many goyim – i.e., either one favours multiculturalism or one favours mono-culturalism one cannot favour both at the same time.

So if we fast forward this film, what it comes down to is this: Diaspora Jewry must make up their minds and choose one of the following options:

1) sincerely embrace multiculturalism for all nations by insisting that Israel open its doors to all peoples of the world and let them become equal citizens; or

2) sincerely embrace mono-culturalism for all nations (and immediately cease and desist from promoting diversity) by either assimilating or making Aliyah.

If they refuse to choose, because they wish to have their cake and eat it too, I'm afraid this this film will not have a happy ending.

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P.S. I, for one, am a big fan of true diversity and sincerely embrace mono-culturalism. That's why I'm in favour of a rainbow of nations. Because, as the saying goes, "variety is the spice of life."

[Jun 24, 2018] The Israeli historian Ilan Pappe has substantiated through archival records Israel's ethnic cleansing of 1948 in the formation of the Israeli state, methodically researched and planned since before the Holocaust

Jun 24, 2018 | www.unz.com

hyperbola , June 21, 2018 at 5:33 pm GMT

Trump has been supportive of much more serious crimes against humanity.

Grieve the Beloved Children: Israel and the War on Children

https://www.globalresearch.ca/grieve-the-beloved-children-israel-and-the-war-on-children/5644857

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported on June 1st that a beautiful young woman medic, Razan Ashraf Najjar, 21, was the second medic to be killed by Israeli army fire since March 30th. To date, Israel has killed 130 and injured more than 13,400 non-violent people in Gaza for protesting the siege. Among the injured are 238 medics, 29 shot with live fire after being directly targeted with high-velocity gas bombs.

Still, Israel is accorded impunity. Even when crimes are acknowledged, they "may" constitute a war crime or a crime against peace (Nuremberg), Israel's destruction of Gaza's entire infrastructure "may" render Gaza unliveable by 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020, Gaza "may" be a humanitarian disaster, or Israel's use of unconventional weapons in 2006, 2009, 2014 and 2018 should be investigated. And always underreported is the participation of nations and institutions in Israel's "military-securitization-pacification" complex. Israel has long violated arms embargoes imposed on some of the most murderous regimes, and has produced and used prohibited weapons with impunity. Germany recently donated to Israel a submarine capable of carrying 144 nuclear warheads (as part of its Holocaust reparations!).

The Israeli historian Ilan Pappe has substantiated through archival records Israel's ethnic cleansing of 1948 in the formation of the Israeli state, methodically researched and planned since before the Holocaust. Pappe now defines Israel's modus operandi as an "incremental genocide." At the 2014 Russell Tribunal, former UN Special Rapporteurs on the Occupied Territories John Dugard and Richard Falk also found evidence of "incitement to genocide." More recently, Haaretz writer Gideon Levy wrote that Israel's real purpose in its Gaza operations is "to kill Arabs" and that the Israel Defence Forces has a "map of pain." ..

[Jun 21, 2018] Mad Dog Mattis, the destroyer of Raqqa, frets about losing moral authority by Finian Cunningham

Notable quotes:
"... "shake and bake" ..."
"... For Mattis to lament during a speech at a naval college last week that America's moral authority is being eroded by Putin is a symptom of the delusional official thinking infesting Washington. ..."
"... Mattis told his audience: "Putin aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine America's moral authority." He added that the Russian leader's "actions are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut and compromise our belief in our ideals." ..."
"... It is classic "in denial" ..."
"... "What a powerful delusion Mattis and Western leaders like him are encumbered with," ..."
"... "The US undercuts and compromises its own avowed beliefs and ideals because it has lost any moral integrity that it might have feasibly pretended to have due to decades of its own criminal foreign conduct." ..."
"... "America's so-called moral authority is the free pass it gives itself to topple democracy in Ukraine, replacing it with neo-Nazis; it has turned economically prosperous Libya into a wasteland, after murdering its leader Muammar Gaddafi; it funds and openly sponsors the MKO terror group in Iran for regime change in Tehran; and it is neck deep in fueling the Saudi coalition's genocidal war in Yemen." ..."
"... Despite this litany of criminality committed by the US with the acquiescence of European allies, Washington, says Martin, "preaches a bizarre doctrine of 'exceptionalism' and somehow arrogates a moral right to dominate the world. This is the fruit of the diseased minds of sociopaths." ..."
Jun 20, 2018 | www.rt.com

Jun 20, 2018, RT Op-ed The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

It's parallel universe time when US Pentagon chief James 'Mad Dog' Mattis complains that America's "moral authority" is being undermined by others – specifically Russian leader Vladimir Putin. This is the ex-Marine general who gained his ruthless reputation from when illegally occupying US troops razed the Iraqi city of Fallujah in the 2004-2005 using "shake and bake" bombardment of inhabitants with banned white phosphorus incendiaries.

A repeat of those war crimes happened again last year under Mattis' watch as Pentagon chief when US warplanes obliterated the Syrian city of Raqqa, killing thousands of civilians. Even the pro-US Human Rights Watch abhorred the repeated use of white phosphorus during that campaign to "liberate" Raqqa, supposedly from jihadists.

These are but two examples from dense archives of US war crimes committed over several decades, from its illegal intervention in Syria to Libya, from Iraq to Vietnam, back to the Korean War in the early 1950s when American carpet bombing killed millions of innocent civilians.

For Mattis to lament during a speech at a naval college last week that America's moral authority is being eroded by Putin is a symptom of the delusional official thinking infesting Washington.

According to Mattis, the problem of America's diminishing global reputation has nothing to do with US misconduct – even though the evidence is replete to prove that systematic misconduct. No, the problem, according to him, is that Russia's Putin is somehow sneakily undermining Washington's moral authority.

Mattis told his audience: "Putin aims to diminish the appeal of the western democratic model and attempts to undermine America's moral authority." He added that the Russian leader's "actions are designed not to challenge our arms at this point but to undercut and compromise our belief in our ideals."

The US Secretary of Defense doesn't elaborate on how he thinks Russia is achieving this dastardly plot to demean America. It is simply asserted as fact. This has been a theme recycled over and over by officials in Washington and Brussels, other Western government leaders and of course NATO and its affiliated think-tanks. All of which has been dutifully peddled by Western news media.

It is classic "in denial" thinking. The general loss of legitimacy and authority by Western governments is supposedly nothing to do with their own inherent failures and transgressions, from bankrupt austerity economics, to deteriorating social conditions, to illegal US-led wars and the repercussions of blowback terrorism and mass migration of refugees.

Oh no. What the ruling elites are trying to do is shift the blame from their own culpability on to others, principally Russia. American political analyst Randy Martin says that Mattis' latest remarks show a form of collective delusion among Western political establishments and their aligned mainstream news media.

"What a powerful delusion Mattis and Western leaders like him are encumbered with," says Martin. "The US undercuts and compromises its own avowed beliefs and ideals because it has lost any moral integrity that it might have feasibly pretended to have due to decades of its own criminal foreign conduct."

Read more This is America: Outrage at Trump is phony, US leaders have praised dictators for decades

The analyst added: "America's so-called moral authority is the free pass it gives itself to topple democracy in Ukraine, replacing it with neo-Nazis; it has turned economically prosperous Libya into a wasteland, after murdering its leader Muammar Gaddafi; it funds and openly sponsors the MKO terror group in Iran for regime change in Tehran; and it is neck deep in fueling the Saudi coalition's genocidal war in Yemen."

Despite this litany of criminality committed by the US with the acquiescence of European allies, Washington, says Martin, "preaches a bizarre doctrine of 'exceptionalism' and somehow arrogates a moral right to dominate the world. This is the fruit of the diseased minds of sociopaths."

This week, three headline-making issues speak volumes about America's declining moral authority.

... ... ...

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he is a Master's graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. For over 20 years he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organizations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. Now a freelance journalist based in East Africa, his columns appear on RT, Sputnik, Strategic Culture Foundation and Press TV.

[Jun 13, 2018] Sanction Trump not Bourbon

Highly recommended!
The term "national neoliberalism" should probably be adopted as the most succinct term for Trump economic policy
Notable quotes:
"... To paraphrase Ralph Nader, the U.S. corporate state is a two-headed beast. Sure, President Trump and the Republican Party are currently handing over public lands to oil and gas companies, eliminating net neutrality, introducing pro-corporate tax legislation, kowtowing to the military industrial complex, defunding the welfare state, and attempting to privatize education and deregulate finance. ..."
"... But let's not forget our recent Democratic presidents, for example, who are also guilty of empowering and enriching big business and disempowering and impoverishing ordinary Americans. ..."
"... In war the moral is to the material as 3 is to one, said Bonaparte. The neoliberal world order according the Bretton Woods and Washington cannot raise and apply enough material [bombings, drones, aircraft carrier intimidation THAAD in Korea are the ante] without destroying itself and in its throes the world. ..."
"... The U.S. trade deficit in goods, without services, was $810 billion. The United States exported $1.551 trillion in goods. It imported $2.361 trillion. The USA imports more than they export to: China, Japan, Canada, Germany and Mexico. USA top 5 Trade deficits: China $375 billion, Mexico $71, Japan $69, Germany $65, and Canada 18 billion. ..."
Jun 10, 2018 | angrybearblog.com
likbez, June 10, 2018 2:26 am

Trump behavior at Canadian G7 meeting was boorish, but it is logical and is consistent which his previous stance on globalization: he rejects neoliberal globalization.

Sasha Breger Bush proposed the term "national neoliberalism" to depict the transition from "classic neoliberalism" which has been started with the election of Trump.

I think the term really catches the essence of the election of Trump. and should probably be adopted as a succinct description of Trump economic policy.

The nationalism, xenophobia, isolationism, and paranoia of Donald Trump are about to replace the significantly more cosmopolitan outlook of his post-WWII predecessors. While Trump is decidedly pro-business and pro-market, he most certainly does not see himself as a global citizen.

Nor does he intend to maintain the United States' extensive global footprint or its relatively open trading network. In other words, while neoliberalism is not dead, it is being transformed into a geographically more fragmented and localized system (this is not only about the US election, but also about rising levels of global protectionism and Brexit, among other anti-globalization trends around the world).

I expect that the geographic extent of the US economy in the coming years will coincide with the new landscape of U.S. allies and enemies, as defined by Donald Trump and his administration.

See https://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/12/24/trump-and-national-neoliberalism

He elaborated on this in his more recent article ( http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2018/0118breger-bush.html )

But if we take seriously the idea that Trump is a consequence of the disintegration of American democracy rather than the cause of it, this "blame game" becomes especially problematic.

Partisan bickering, with one party constantly pointing to the other as responsible for the country's ills, covers up the fact that Democrats and Republicans alike have presided over the consolidation of corporate power in the United States.

To paraphrase Ralph Nader, the U.S. corporate state is a two-headed beast. Sure, President Trump and the Republican Party are currently handing over public lands to oil and gas companies, eliminating net neutrality, introducing pro-corporate tax legislation, kowtowing to the military industrial complex, defunding the welfare state, and attempting to privatize education and deregulate finance.

But let's not forget our recent Democratic presidents, for example, who are also guilty of empowering and enriching big business and disempowering and impoverishing ordinary Americans.

JackD, June 10, 2018 9:58 am

@Likbez: "Sure, President Trump, etc" is your important sentence. It is the immediate need. First things, first.

ilsm, June 10, 2018 3:12 pm

In war the moral is to the material as 3 is to one, said Bonaparte. The neoliberal world order according the Bretton Woods and Washington cannot raise and apply enough material [bombings, drones, aircraft carrier intimidation THAAD in Korea are the ante] without destroying itself and in its throes the world.

Trump is not tearing apart NATO anyone not earning money is a PNAC think tanks knows NATO has become an aggression against Russia with similar intent as Hitler.

Grabbing Sevastopol and aiding Russians in territory occupied by Kyiv are [bold] defensive moves. The threat of Chinese islands in the South China Sea is the US Navy super carriers intimidations has no career raiding Hainan.

rps, June 10, 2018 7:42 pm

I was curious if Yglesias is a Canadian since his editorial sided with the G7 leaders stance against Trump's fair-trade often labelled as 'protectionism' of USA industries. He's a New Yorker as I pondered what's his stake in this political tirade against Trump's pro-America versus anti-globalist policies?

It appears that the media has glided over the fact Trump had suggested to the other G7 leaders that all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies, be eliminated, ""You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy free." Protectionist Canadian PM Trudeau howled at a press conference after Trump had left on his way to Singapore. Why? Is it because Trudeau is committed to the welfare of Canadians and their industries? How dare the president of the USA- in turn, advocate for citizenry and country as does his G7 counterparts for their countries.

The U.S. trade deficit in goods, without services, was $810 billion. The United States exported $1.551 trillion in goods. It imported $2.361 trillion. The USA imports more than they export to: China, Japan, Canada, Germany and Mexico. USA top 5 Trade deficits: China $375 billion, Mexico $71, Japan $69, Germany $65, and Canada 18 billion.

More fun & facts:

US citizens and their jobs were swindled with cheaper foreign goods flooding American businesses and stores as good manufacturing jobs headed overseas. Jobs that created the middle class and all their earned benefits and standard of living decreased/disappeared quickly with NAFTA and the WTO.

Concisely, trade deficits destroyed the middle class, the working class, blue collar, and in turn, increased poverty and homelessness. Destroyed small town anywhere in the USA with manufacturing and jobs fleeing overseas in search of cheap labor. Go travel across the USA and see the boarded up towns, walk the streets of Flint Michigan, Detroit, Martinsville Virginia, Gary Indiana, Freeport Il, etc. Throw a dart at a USA map and you'll hit a town devastated by 'free' to lose your job trade. In 2014, 2.3 million job losses due to trade with China. Job losses in the millions have been slowly replaced with 'service' jobs and/or $8.00 an hour part-time no benefits workers as the new norm.

Remember when Walmart's original slogan was "Buy American"? Sam Walton before he died, was big on "Buy American," and it appeared in signs in the stores and on TV ads. His heirs quickly changed it to "Buy Chinese" destroying the american dream and small town USA.

Yet Yglesias' preference is all for the unbalanced trade with our G7 frenemies and punishing a president who chooses fair trade practices to ensure US jobs for American citizens. Makes me wonder who or what Yglesias truly advocates for, the NWO or the country of origin on his passport?

"What we must do is this: revise our tariff on the basis of a reciprocal exchange of goods, allowing other Nations to buy and to pay for our goods by sending us such of their goods as will not seriously throw any of our industries out of balance Such objectives as these three, restoring farmers' buying power, relief to the small banks and home-owners and a reconstructed tariff policy, are only a part of ten or a dozen vital factors. But they seem to be beyond the concern of a national administration which can think in terms only of the top of the social and economic structure. It has sought temporary relief from the top down rather than permanent relief from the bottom up. It has totally failed to plan ahead in a comprehensive way. It has waited until something has cracked and then at the last moment has sought to prevent total collapse.

It is high time to get back to fundamentals. It is high time to admit with courage that we are in the midst of an emergency at least equal to that of war. Let us mobilize to meet it." "The Forgotten Man" speech, 1937. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Since Clinton signed NAFTA in 1994 and the WTO, American jobs and industry left our shores seeking the lowest common denominator- cheap slave labor. To paraphrase FDR into the late 20th and early 21st century, "Clinton and his successors concern of their national administrations thought in terms only of the top of the social and economic structure. It has sought temporary relief from the top down rather than permanent relief from the bottom up.It has totally failed to plan ahead in a comprehensive way."

Bruce Webb, June 10, 2018 9:16 pm

Nothing personally Rps, but you do not get Triffin Dilemma and global reserve currency. Please no more NAFTA obsession when no jobs left with that deal and exports excelerated. The global reserve currency and booming financial markets create a surplus in services over goods. It also creates the need for a goods deficit to stabilize the financial system. You cannot wave a wand and cure something that cannot be cured. You need a major depression to rebalance and drive capital from america.

Bruce Webb, June 10, 2018 9:19 pm

Likbez, Neoliberalism IS American. Trump is pro-East Asia

[Jun 13, 2018] The Nationalism Versus Globalism Battles Yet to Come

Notable quotes:
"... By the way, the US provides 22% of NATO funding, a formula which is based on population. Thus, if the European members increased their contributions to NATO, the US contribution would also rise! ..."
"... Donald Trump will remain exasperated because he is fighting the good fight but not really understanding who his adversary's are. ..."
"... Foreign countries aren't taking advantage of the USA. American industrialists are taking advantage of the USA. Why does Apple make its iPhones in China? Why does Ford build so many of its SUVs in Mexico? Not because of the decisions those countries have made. It's because of the decisions American industrial leaders have made. ..."
"... The USA has a trade surplus with Canada. Trump lied about that. ..."
Jun 13, 2018 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Credit: Andrew Cline/Shutterstock

At the G-7 summit in Canada, President Donald Trump described America as "the piggy bank that everybody is robbing."

After he left Quebec, his director of Trade and Industrial Policy, Peter Navarro, added a few parting words for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door. And that's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did. And that comes right from Air Force One."

In Singapore, Trump tweeted more about that piggy bank: "Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades [while] the U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade?"

To understand what drives Trump, and explains his exasperation and anger, these remarks are a good place to begin.

Our elites see America as an "indispensable nation," the premiere world power whose ordained duty it is to defend democracy, stand up to dictators and aggressors, and uphold a liberal world order.

They see U.S. wealth and power as splendid tools that fate has given them to shape the future of the planet.

Trump sees America as a nation being milked by allies who free-ride on our defense efforts as they engage in trade practices that enrich their own peoples at America's expense.

Where our elites live to play masters of the universe, Trump sees a world laughing behind America's back, while allies exploit our magnanimity and idealism for their own national ends.

The numbers are impossible to refute and hard to explain.

Last year, the EU had a $151 billion trade surplus with the U.S. China ran a $376 billion trade surplus with the U.S., the largest in history. The world sold us $796 billion more in goods than we sold to the world.

A nation that spends more than it takes in from taxes, and consumes more of the world's goods than it produces itself for export, year in and year out, is a nation on the way down.

We are emulating our British cousins of the 19th century.

Trump understands that this situation is not sustainable. His strength is that the people are still with him on putting America first.

Yet he faces some serious obstacles.

What is his strategy for turning a $796 billion trade deficit into a surplus? Is he prepared to impose the tariffs and import restrictions that would be required to turn America from the greatest trade-deficit nation in history to a trade-surplus nation, as we were up until the mid-1970s?

Americans are indeed carrying the lion's share of the load of the defense of the West, and of fighting the terrorists and radical Islamists of the Middle East, and of protecting South Korea and Japan.

But if our NATO and Asian allies refuse to make the increases in defense he demands, is Trump really willing to cancel our treaty commitments, walk away from our war guarantees, and let these nations face Russia and China on their own? Could he cut that umbilical cord?

Ike's secretary of state John Foster Dulles spoke of conducting an "agonizing reappraisal" of U.S. commitments to defend NATO allies if they did not contribute more money and troops.

Dulles died in 1959, and that reappraisal, threatened 60 years ago, never happened. Indeed, when the Cold War ended, our NATO allies cut defense spending again. Yet we are still subsidizing NATO in Europe and have taken on even more allies since the Soviet Empire fell.

If Europe refuses to invest the money in defense that Trump demands, or accept the tariffs America needs to reduce and erase its trade deficits, what does he do? Is he prepared to shut U.S. bases and pull U.S. troops out of the Baltic republics, Poland, and Germany, and let the Europeans face Vladimir Putin and Russia themselves?

This is not an academic question. For the crunch that was inevitable when Trump was elected seems at hand.

Trump promised to negotiate with Putin and improve relations with Russia. He promised to force our NATO allies to undertake more of their own defense. He pledged to get out and stay out of Mideast wars and begin to slash the trade deficits that we have run with the world.

That's what America voted for.

Now, after 500 days, he faces formidable opposition to these defining goals of his campaign, even within his own party.

Putin remains a pariah on Capitol Hill. Our allies are rejecting the tariffs Trump has imposed and threatening retaliation. Free-trade Republicans reject tariffs that might raise the cost of the items U.S. companies make abroad and then ships back to the United States.

The decisive battles between Trumpian nationalism and globalism remain ahead of us. Trump's critical tests have yet to come.

And our exasperated president senses this.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.


Bradley June 12, 2018 at 6:10 am

America spends 3 times as much on defense as its allies because it is addicted to military spending. The solution is not to pressure other countries to acquire the same addiction. The solution is for America cut its own military spending.

This is just another example of America trying to "export" its domestic issues. Quit blaming foreigners and deal with your issues.

Joe the Plutocrat , says: June 12, 2018 at 6:58 am
"A nation that spends more than it takes in from taxes, and consumes more of the world's goods than it produces itself for export, year in and year out, is a nation on the way down. We are emulating our British cousins of the 19th century." never imagined I'd say this, but you are absolutely correct. of course you neglect to acknowledge, Trump himself is an "elite" and a "globalist". the fact his "game" is real estate, as opposed to governance is more of a semantic distinction than ideological. debt-fueled consumerism drives real estate just as it drives globalism. this is nothing new. add to this the pathological narcissism and the ability to leverage moral bankruptcy as he has the tax codes and bankruptcy laws, and voila, just another globalist in populist clothing. as I have maintained all along, he is not so much anti-establishment as he is an establishment of one – he simply thrives in a different type of swamp and favors a smaller oligarchy/plutocracy. and of course, there is the big news out of Singapore/Korea, but again, much of the 'spin' or upside cited in a denuclearized Korean peninsula involves the opportunity for North Korea to join the globalists at the globalists' table. one can only wonder if there will be Ivanka's handbags will be made in Panmunjom, and if Kim Jong Un will stay at the Trump hotel in DC? either way, you are correct he is the candidate the American people, and the globalists "elected".
JonF , says: June 12, 2018 at 8:35 am
One problem with Trump's rant: the US enjoys a small trade surplus with Canada.

Would someone please get this president some hard facts and drill him on them for however long it takes top get them fixed in his mind before he goes off half-cocked with any more nonsense?

Michael Kenny , says: June 12, 2018 at 10:36 am
As always, Mr Buchanan sets out his personal agenda and then claims that Trump promised to implement it if elected. The more Trump backs away from globalised free trade (if that's what he's really doing), the more that suits the EU. The "core value" of the EU is a large internal market protected by a high tariff wall. Globalization was rammed down an unwilling EU's throat by the US in the Reagan years and only the British elite ever really believed in it. As for NATO, nobody now believes that the US will honor its commitments, no matter how much Europe pays, so logically, the European members are concentrating their additional expenditure on an independent European defense system, which, needless to say, the US is trying to obstruct.

By the way, the US provides 22% of NATO funding, a formula which is based on population. Thus, if the European members increased their contributions to NATO, the US contribution would also rise!

Kent , says: June 12, 2018 at 11:17 am
Donald Trump will remain exasperated because he is fighting the good fight but not really understanding who his adversary's are.

Foreign countries aren't taking advantage of the USA. American industrialists are taking advantage of the USA. Why does Apple make its iPhones in China? Why does Ford build so many of its SUVs in Mexico? Not because of the decisions those countries have made. It's because of the decisions American industrial leaders have made.

Secondly, there is absolutely no threat to NATO from Russia or Putin. Europe could slash its already meager defense budget with only beneficial consequences. The same with Japan and S. Korea. None of these countries need US military help. There are no real military threats to these countries. US military spending has never been about defending other countries. It is about enriching the shareholders of American military contractors.

So here is the real world: The United States has established a "liberal rules-based global order" that allows wealthy American and European commercial interests to benefit mightily from trade, and property and resource control in foreign countries. And this order is maintained by US military power. That is why the US is "the one indispensable nation". We are the nation that is allowed to break the order, to be the bully, in order for the rules-based order to even exist. That's why we are beating up on countries that try to live outside of this order like Iran, NK, Venezuela, Russia and everyone else who don't fall in line.

So Donald Trump is fighting against the power elite of the United States, he just doesn't understand that. He is fighting against the most powerful people in the world, people who are well represented by both political parties. He can win this fight if he lets the average American on to this reality. And then leads them properly to a better, more balanced world. But I suspect that he would be assassinated if he tried.

bacon , says: June 12, 2018 at 11:26 am
In re NATO and other oversea DOD spending, the old saying "who pays, says" has a corollary. Who wants to say has to pay. The US, since WWII, has wanted, insisted, on being in charge of everything we touch. This costs a lot, not to mention it often doesn't work the way we want. It would be easy enough to stop spending all this money. The Pentagon and the military-industrial complex would have a conniption and those whose defense bills we've been paying would complain to high heaven, but Trump seems intent on trashing all those alliances anyway and also on spending more money on defense than even the Pentagon thinks they need.
GregR , says: June 12, 2018 at 11:31 am
Trade deficits don't work the way you think they work. In todays economy the traditional measures of deficits don't actually tell us much about what is going on.

Do you know what China does with that $350b trade surplus? A huge percentage of it is rolled back immediately into US Treasury bonds because we are the only issuer of credit in sufficient amounts and of suitable stability for them to buy. All of that deficit spending Trump and the Republicans in congress passed last year is being financed by the very trade imbalance that Trump is trying to eliminate.

But trade imbalances really don't tell us much about the flow of money. Most of the imbalance is created by US companies that have built factories in China to sell goods back to the US, then repatriate money back to the US in the form of dividends or stock buy backs (which are not counted in the trade balance at all).

At best trade balances tell us very little meaningful about what is really going on, but can be wildly deceptive. At worst they are an easy tool, for demogogs who have zero understanding of what is going on, to inflame other uninformed people to justify trade wars.

One Guy , says: June 12, 2018 at 1:27 pm
Interesting the things that Buchanan ignores (on purpose?). The USA has a trade surplus with Canada. Trump lied about that. There's nothing wrong with the USA spending less money to defend other countries. Trump doesn't have to insult our allies to do that.
Jim Houghton , says: June 12, 2018 at 1:49 pm
"Trump understands that this situation is not sustainable."

You give him more credit than he deserves. What he does understand is that while we're being the world's piggy bank, the American taxpayer is being the Military-Industrial Complex's piggy-bank and that's just fine with him. As it is with most members of Congress.

John S , says: June 12, 2018 at 1:56 pm
" our NATO allies cut defense spending again. Yet we are still subsidizing NATO in Europe "

Mr. Buchanan, like Trump, does not understand how NATO is funded. All NATO members have been paying their dues. In fact, many pay a greater proportion relative to GDP per capita than the U.S. does. Defense budgets are a different matter entirely.

Sam Bufalini , says: June 12, 2018 at 2:14 pm
Remind me again, who just raised the U.S. deficit by more than a $1 trillion over the next 10 years?
S , says: June 12, 2018 at 3:19 pm
This entire article seems to reduce complex issues into simple arithmetic. Economics and job creation is about much more than balance of payments both the author and the US president don't seem to realise this. Very shallow article.
Sean , says: June 12, 2018 at 5:35 pm
America has a trade surplus with Canada, but seems determined to rub it in.

Some background. As the glaciers retreated south at the end of the ice age, they scraped away Canada's topsoil and deposited it in America. Rural Canada has little arable areas; it's beef and dairy by necessity. Costs are high and there are ten Americans to every Canadian hence the subsidy. America subsidizes it's agriculture $55 billion annually.

Mia , says: June 12, 2018 at 8:24 pm
Great, if we're upset about having to protect our allies in the Pacific, let's change the Japanese constitution to allow them to have a real military again to defend themselves and give the South Koreans nukes to balance out the power situation between them and the Norks/ Chinese. (Why is it so little is ever said about China being a nuclear power?) This whole fantasy of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is so naive it's laughable. If nukes exist, there will never be any permanent guarantee of anything, and other countries will just keep getting the bomb without our permission, like Pakistan and China. The genie is out of the bottle, so time to be brutally realistic about what we face and what can be done. We can whine all we want to about how it's not our responsibility, but then we expect other countries to be hobbled and still somehow face enemy powers.
LouisM , says: June 12, 2018 at 9:24 pm
Lets take a look at the growing list of nations shifting to the right (nationalism and populism) -The Czech, Slovak and Slovenia Republics Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, the US.

Nations shifting this year to the right (nationalism and populism) -Austria, Bavaria and Italy

Nations leaning to the right and leaning toward joining the VISEGRAD -Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Greece

AS YOU CAN SEE THE PILLARS OF MARXIST / SOCIALIST / COMMUNIST OPEN BORDERS EUROPE/EU ARE BEING TAKEN DOWN. THE FIGHT WILL BE WITH FRANCE, GERMANY, BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, BRITAIN, SWEDEN AND THE UNELECTED EU SUPERSTATE. RIGHT NOW THE FIGHT IS WITH THE POOR SOUTHERN AND EASTERN EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS BUT EVENTUALLY IT WILL REACH A TIPPING POINT WHERE IT BECOMES AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT BUT ITS ONLY AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT FOR THE LEFT AS THE EU REACHES THE TIPPING POINT AND THE POWER SHIFTS TO THE RIGHT.

[Jun 10, 2018] Some display a weird obsession with colonialism. In reality everyone's self-serving; the form changes but at the end of the day, that's nature. And evidently the West, whatever foibles it has, should at least make an effort to survive

Jun 10, 2018 | www.unz.com

GammaRay , June 9, 2018 at 3:07 pm GMT

@Daniel Chieh

There is no universal, global brotherhood of "nationalist, right-wing, anti-SJW" values as you seem to be trying to imply. The western far-right/alt-right is entirely self-serving and their appeals to some kind of global nationalistic ideology is basically just a thin facade that they promote in order to help generate support for their own self-serving agenda. The only reason that the western far-right wants to reach out for allies right now is because they are on the ropes and in a position of weakness; if the western far-right was instead in a position of strength then they would not hesitate to put their boot on your neck. You are quite naive if you don't think otherwise.

As an long time observer of the western far-right; its very clear that at the end of the day, it is not principles that they care about, it is only themselves. That in itself would be fine if they were upfront about it, however the problem is that they insist on being very deceptive about their true motives. As I have said in this post, and so many others; why is it that the far-right wants to postulate about "rights" and "fairness" when it comes to the preservation of the white race, but then when it comes to any other ethnic group on earth that has been negatively impacted by western colonialism the far-right just tells them to go fuck themselves? This tells you all you need to know about how the far-right really feels about its so called vaunted principles regarding racial/cultural preservation. They believe in it for themselves yes, but will be more than willing to compromise this belief when it comes to any others. You are missing the forest for the trees if you insist on adhering to notions of abstract jointly-held values at the expense of basic strategic interests; this is something I guarantee you is not lost on the western far-right.

You also assume that SJWism is going to spread to east asia and negatively affect the culture there in the same way that it has in the west. Is this or is this not the primary motivation why you seek an alliance with the western far-right? Have I understood your motive correctly? Going on the assumption that this is actually your motive; then why haven't you taken into account the fact that culturally and genetically speaking, east asians simply think differently than whites do? There is no reason to believe that SJWism is going to run as rampantly in east asia as it has in the west. It will gain a foothold that is for sure, but it won't gain the same kind of traction that it has in the west. Ideologies cannot completely change the essential natures of people, if this was the case then the alt-right (based on racial determinism) would not exist in the first place. Anyways this is a moot point; if the west fully declines then it would be unable to export its leftist ideals anyways, so I don't see what you're mad about.

Once again, to reiterate my original point. It is absurd for POC to assume that the western far-right in any way, shape or form represents their interests or at the very least is a neutral entity towards them. It is true that POC is a clumsy, extremely general term, but in this context it functions perfectly. The western far-right worldview is basically encapsulated as "whites vs all others"; therefore within this context, a pan non-white concept like POC is useful for working within such a stark, extremist ideological framework. What is playing out in the west right now is basically the west struggling with its own past actions; highly conscientious POC need to sit on the sidelines, shutup and let this play out on its own. There is no need to take sides here, the west made its own bed, let it sleep in it, this has nothing to do with POC.

GammaRay , June 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm GMT
@Anonymous

Most of us are against both 'invite the world' and 'invade the world'.

Im an old hand on the internet far-right/alt-right scene; what you said is generally true except with a major caveat. The alt-right is against invading the world only when it doesn't result in any net gain for the west. The alt-right doesn't actually have a principled stance against colonization/invading other countries; rather they are only against invading other countries when it inconveniences them, but when it happens to benefit them, they are fully supportive of all kinds of invasions. This is probably one of the things that disgusts me most about the alt-right is how they lack any kind of true, consistent moral foundation but like to act as if they do.

Its not really a useful argument to ask if something is really a grassroots thing or not. You could apply that same line of reasoning to anything to the extent where it could obscure the true reality of an event. Is globalization due to the actions of a jewish ruling class? Perhaps. But many on the alt-right still blame jews in general because they understand that there is something in jewish culture that is sympathetic to the globalization project overall. The same thing applies to western colonization as well. Regardless of what the western ruling class chose to do, there was an eager, sympathetic and compliant population which enabled western colonization to happen. If the population was not enthusiastic about the colonization project then the broad and thorough scale of european colonization would have been impossible otherwise.

The very act of colonizing and expansion is something that speaks to the very soul of western man. Most on the far-right fully agree with this sentiment btw and this is something that you see them say over and over. Simply trying to deflect all the blame on the ruling class and absolve the people actually carrying out actions is pretty disingenuous. The reality is, both the ruling class and its subjects are both equally culpable for european colonization. More importantly, I want to add that while colonialism may not have originated as a grassroots movement, it certainly had (and continues to have) grassroots support (especially among the far-right). Which is something that is equally important to consider (and equally damning as well)

Daniel Chieh , June 9, 2018 at 3:52 pm GMT
@GammaRay

You have a weird obsession with colonialism. Everyone's self-serving; the form changes but at the end of the day, that's nature.

You're just as self-serving, except that you've apparently have a global image of "POC" being united for some reason. And evidently the West, which for whatever foibles it has, shouldn't at least make an effort to survive?

God, that's stupid.

Misanthropy is the true answer.

GammaRay , June 9, 2018 at 4:33 pm GMT
@Daniel Chieh

Lol, you couldn't address any of my points, that's why you just throw everything out and take potshots at me.

The modern world, and nearly everything that unz.com is about ultimately goes back to colonialism. You could equally say that the writers on unz.com have a weird obsession with immigration/globalization. Likewise, I could equally say that you have some weird obsession with leftism. You see how flawed your logic is?

No, im not being self-serving here. I know that my usage of the term POC triggered your anti-left/anti-SJW sensibilities, but you're reading too much into the usage of a word. The term POC was used because it was appropriate for the context (as I explained in my reply to you and you conveniently ignored), not because I have an extreme left political orientation.

Once again, to reiterate my original point. It is absurd for POC to assume that the western far-right in any way, shape or form represents their interests or at the very least is a neutral entity towards them. It is true that POC is a clumsy, extremely general term, but in this context it functions perfectly. The western far-right worldview is basically encapsulated as "whites vs all others"; therefore within this context, a pan non-white concept like POC is useful for working within such a stark, extremist ideological framework. What is playing out in the west right now is basically the west struggling with its own past actions; highly conscientious POC need to sit on the sidelines, shutup and let this play out on its own. There is no need to take sides here, the west made its own bed, let it sleep in it, this has nothing to do with POC.

As for the west trying to make some effort to survive; I had never claimed that it should not. In fact I never made any argument to that effect in any of my comments on this article. In fact, I want you to prove me wrong . Since you seem so sure of your position, quote and paste where I clearly made an argument to the effect of the west should just give up and stop trying to survive. I'll be waiting.

You need to work on your reading comprehension. Clearly I have been making the argument that POC (I hope you get triggered by this) need to stop trying to prop up the west by rubbing shoulders with the alt-right and should instead sit back and watch things play out. This is not their fight. Making this argument is completely different than what you were trying to imply I was saying.

God, that's stupid

Daniel Chieh , June 9, 2018 at 5:08 pm GMT
@GammaRay

As I've said before, I give as much effort to a reply as I think a person deserves. Obviously you're not one of them, in no small part because of your insane fetish with "colonialism" – which I barely could care for.

Indeed, colonialism can be plenty helpful for improving the condition of a population objectively, which is surprising given that its goal is traditionally extractive but when the native elite is so incompetent or even more extractive of their population, then it is a net benefit to the population.

Not that I really care; I don't see anything fundamentally wrong with conquest. At the end of the day, competition is the means to determine which values and memes of humanity survive and by removing violence completely as a method, it leads to warping of the population.

I'm descended from mandarins; I have a pretty clear line of family history as far back as the Yuan. We've done beautiful things – marvelous terraced farms, canals that remain to this day, and a slew of impressive artwork. We've done terrible things – kept generations of illiterate serfs and bondsmen. "European colonialism" may hurt us, but the Cultural Revolution did a lot more damage and almost wiped us out. And we've invaded Vietnam, and I don't regret it: Annam, the peaceful south. Had the Ming held it, had it remained Chinese, its hard to argue that it would not be wealthier and more beautiful than it is now.

So no, I don't feel anything in common with your so-called POC. And your rants about colonialism only irritate me further. There are many terrible things in life and the world. And often, they are also beautiful and glorious things.

GammaRay , June 9, 2018 at 8:41 pm GMT
@Daniel Chieh

LOL. This is hilarious, keep backtracking. You obviously care because you bothered to reply in the first place. Tellingly, you were unable to address the most cogent points in the argument that I brought up against you in my previous replies and instead prefer to dissemble about something that has nothing to do with the original point of discussion. Don't think I didn't notice the (clumsy) sleight of hand. You try to act as if you're above replying to me but really the problem is that you're unable to argue against the points that I made. Its really that simple. If you were able to disprove my arguments then you would already be doing that instead of talking in circles about it.

Ethically speaking, colonialism is wrong. Doesnt matter who does it, white black or yellow. That being said, I understand the dark parts of human nature and why colonialism happens. Time and time again, I have clearly stated how the crux of my argument is the hypocrisy of the far-right when it comes to the topic of colonialism, not so much the act of colonialism itself. That's it. And I couldn't make my point any clearer. The onus falls on you, and not on I to correctly perceive this point. My problem is not that the west colonized the world (shit happens), my problem is that the far right wants to celebrate and condone colonialism (hence celebrate the historical destruction of other races and cultures) while simultaneously wanting to complain about their own racial displacement and cultural destruction (ironically brought about by globalization which in turn was brought about through western colonialism in the first place). The far-right has a major ideological consistency here which it is either blind to, or willfully ignores. I'm sorry but the western far-right can't have its cake and eat it too. It needs to clearly decide how they feel about the ethics of colonization and then take a principled and consistent stance on it.

Regardless, both in the comments for this post, and for the entirety of my posting history, my stance regarding colonization has been the same. It is you that has misunderstood it due to your faulty reading comprehension, and anybody who doubts my words is perfectly free to read my prior comments in this thread as well as look through my comment history as well. Therefore, the thrust of your reply completely misses the mark. I suspect however that your misunderstanding was intentional considering how clearly I made my point regarding colonialism in all of my posts. Regardless, why should anyone take what you have to say seriously when you have already demonstrated a clear tendency for poor reading comprehension or willful misperception? Don't forget about this:

You're just as self-serving, except that you've apparently have a global image of "POC" being united for some reason. And evidently the West, which for whatever foibles it has, shouldn't at least make an effort to survive?

God, that's stupid.

As for the west trying to make some effort to survive; I had never claimed that it should not. In fact I never made any argument to that effect in any of my comments on this article. In fact, I want you to prove me wrong . Since you seem so sure of your position, quote and paste where I clearly made an argument to the effect of the west should just give up and stop trying to survive. I'll be waiting.

I'm still waiting for you to clearly provide proof of your assertion that I implied the west should just give up; which in fact I never wrote anything to the effect of that, but in your rush to debunk me, you obviously missed that. The alt-right always prides itself on relying strictly on the facts, so please live up to this ethos. Everything I wrote is an open book, either prove your assertions or admit that you can't.

So no, I don't feel anything in common with your so-called POC. And your rants about colonialism only irritate me further. There are many terrible things in life and the world. And often, they are also beautiful and glorious things.

Nor do you have to feel anything in common with so-called POC. Do you think I care what you feel? You vastly overestimate your own importance. Remember, it was you who went out of you way to start up this dialogue with me, not I . I'm glad that my "rants" regarding colonialism irritate you. That being said, if they irritate you so much, instead of responding to them, please ignore them from now on. You are aware that you are not obligated to reply to anything I write, right?

GammaRay , June 9, 2018 at 8:41 pm GMT
@Daniel Chieh

True! There are many terrible things in life and the world, and also there are many glorious and beautiful things as well. I think it is beautiful that the west has lived at the expense of others for so long, and now we are reaching a point where everything that the west has done is now catching up with it in unexpected ways. It turns out the the universe has a sense of humor afterall. What goes up, must come down. This applies to all races and all civilizations. As humans, we must seek to live in harmony with each other, and not simply exploit and kill one another. There is beauty in seeking to rise above such primitive impulses, and if possible acting with understanding and compassion towards our fellow man. That is truly the meaning of "being civilized".

Truly I do not harbor ill-will against the west because it is western, rather I harbor ill-will towards the west because of its past actions and present attitudes. This is why I specifically target the far-right (because of their present attitudes about the west's past actions), as opposed to attacking all western people. I especially have a soft-spot for westerners that are able to genuinely feel remorse about the past. I strongly believe in the concept of forgiveness and letting things go, provided that the sentiment is genuine and mutual. Actually on that topic; even indifference is an acceptable emotion. I think its stupid to morally hold westerners to past events when even they are indifferent about their own racial/cultural future. I only stick it to the far-right because they automatically incur higher moral/ethical standards for themselves to meet when they want to start talking about the importance of having moral rights for racial/cultural survival.

That being said, the west has a tremendous amount of momentum from its past actions gathered against it; so it doesn't really matter how I feel, the west will still have to deal with everything that is happening to it and what is going to happen to it in the future. Nothing you say or do will impact this in any way, so you might as well enjoy the ride instead of complaining that I am pointing out inconvenient truths which harm your delicate sensibilities. Ironically those who complain most about fragile SJW snowflakes are those who get triggered the easiest themselves

In fact, looking at your history, you are a rare breed: you are a genuine, unironic anti-white crusader. You actually think there is something uniquely evil about "white people" and talk without any sense of contradiction that you have "extensive experience of white people."

The mind boggles.

It was a mistake to give you any time at all.

This is actually a lie what you have written. For your convenience, and for the convenience of anybody reading, I have provided the quote of what I had originally written which you are referring to:

GammaRay says:
April 29, 2018 at 7:04 pm GMT • 200 Words
@Wizard of Oz

This is an interesting question and definitely worth looking into. That being said, I do not buy into the reasoning that an exploding british population is the only or even major reason behind colonization. From learning about european culture, and understanding the general weltanschauung of white people, as well as from having extensive social experience with them; it is clearly evident to me that there is a strong extraversive, expansive component that exists in the white collective consciousness which under certain circumstances strongly compels them to colonize, displace and replace much more so than other races would do so under similar circumstances. What alt-righters/WN would call "ambition" and "drive", others might prefer to recognize it as "greed". Regardless of the semantic trivialities; it is clear that there is a strong internal drive within westerners that causes them to vigorously pursue both the physical and cultural colonization of "the other". This is not a negative or positive judgment though; it is merely intended to be understood as an objective observation.

What I had written clearly strives to be dispassionate and objective as opposed to the maniacal and frothing at the mouth anti-white diatribe that you are attempting to make it out to be.

Im sorry but the truth of the matter is that HBD is probably real; racial differences probably exist on a genetic level which influence the behavior and temperaments of different races and ethnic groups. The fact that whites are more likely to be domineering and have a tendency for colonizing "the other" does not make them evil; it is an impulse that can be channeled in both positive and negative ways. That being said, just because I bring up this inconvenient fact doesn't automatically make me racist or "anti-white". I am merely trying to work within a framework of reality, we have both multiple centuries of history to draw inferences from, as well as interpersonal anecdotal observations of white behavior both in real life as well as on the internet in spaces such as these. I don't think its very controversial that I am making observations based on noticing patterns. I mean, is noticing patterns illegal or something undesirable?

[Jun 09, 2018] The Brainwashing of the Israelis by Uri Avnery

Notable quotes:
"... One of the hallmarks of brainwashing is a phenomenon that everyone can notice: the total absence of a second opinion. When a commentator voices the official line on an event, does anyone express an alternative version? Is there a debate between the official spokesman and a contrary commentator? In the democratic media, that would be commonplace. Here it is very, very rare. ..."
"... What can be done to counter such brainwashing? Not much. ..."
"... First of all: there is a vital need for a second voice. Brainwashing can be efficient only when the official voice enjoys a complete monopoly. That was one of the aims of Haolam Hazeh, the weekly which I edited for 40 years. It met every untrue government version with a contrary version. Although our voice was weak, compared to the powerful government machine (even in those days), the very fact that there are two voices, however unequal, prevents a total brainwashing. The citizen hears two versions and wonders "who is right?" ..."
"... The power of the truth against a brainwashing machine is always limited. But in the end, even if it takes time, truth will prevail. It needs courage. ..."
Jun 09, 2018 | original.antiwar.com
It's frightening. Unprincipled psychologists, in the service of a malignant regime, use sophisticated techniques in order to control the mind of a person from afar.

The term "brainwashing" was born in 1950. It is a Chinese word ("xinao", literally wash brain). Originally it served to describe a technique used – so it was claimed – by Chinese masterminds to manipulate the minds of American prisoners in the Korean War. They changed their unconscious mental processes and turned them into agents of sinister forces.

Many books and movies purported to show how this works. For example, the classic film "The Manchurian Candidate" shows how the communists take an American prisoner-of-war in the Korean war, an officer, manipulate his mind and give him an order to kill the US presidential candidate. The American officer does not know that he has been turned unconsciously into a communist agent. He does not remember the order given him under hypnosis and does not know that he acts accordingly.

This pilot is ridiculous, like most of the pseudo-scientific descriptions. In practice, it is much easier to manipulate the minds of people, individuals and collectives.

For example, the Nazi "propaganda". It was invented by Adolf Hitler himself. In his book, Mein Kampf , he describes how, as a soldier on the Western front in WWI, he witnessed the extremely successful British propaganda. The British dropped leaflets over the German trenches and shattered the soldiers' confidence in their leadership.

When Hitler came to power in Germany, he entrusted one of his faithful henchmen, Joseph Goebbels, with the creation of a Ministry of Propaganda. Goebbels turned propaganda into an art form. Among other means he turned all the German media – newspapers and the radio – into government agencies. In German that was called "Gleichschaltung" – connecting all components to one electric line. Thanks to this, Nazi Germany continued fighting long after it was clear that it had lost WWII.

One of the means was the disconnection of the German public from any other source of information. The official propaganda was blared from every medium. Listening to a foreign broadcast was a major crime, punished severely.

Thus it happened that the Germans still believed in their final victory – the Endsieg – even after the Soviets in the East and the Anglo-Saxons in the West had already crossed the borders into Germany.

Does it take a dictatorial regime – Nazi or Communist – to turn the media into a brainwashing machine? Common sense says that this is impossible in a democracy. Common sense is wrong.

It will be remembered that Hitler attained power by democratic means. Even now, fanatical nationalists are winning democratic elections in many countries. All their leaders are busy destroying the courts, stuffing the parliaments with useful idiots and – especially – turning the media into brainwashing instruments. In our country, too.

How is this done? It's quite simple, really: one has to suppress all other voices. One has to make sure that the citizen hears only one voice. One that repeats a few messages over and over, endlessly. This way the lie becomes truth.

In such a situation, the ordinary citizen becomes convinced that the official line is really their own personal opinion. This is an unconscious process. When one tells a citizen that they are brainwashed, they are deeply insulted.

This has been happening in Israel over the last few years. The citizen is not conscious that it is happening. He or she absorbs diverse newspapers, TV programs and radio broadcasts, and sees that all these media are freely arguing with each other and even quarreling with each other. The citizen is not conscious of the fact that on the one critical subject of our life – war and peace – all the media are "connected" to one singular line of brainwashing.

During the last few weeks we have been seeing a perfect example of this mechanism. The events on the Gaza Strip border have activated a mechanism of brainwashing that dictatorial regimes in the world can only envy.

Let's examine ourselves: what have we heard over the radio? What have we seen on TV? What did we read in the papers?

Within a few weeks more than a hundred human beings were shot dead, and many thousands were wounded by live fire. Why?

"We were forced to fire at them because they were storming the border fence". And indeed, did the Gazans themselves not proclaim their will to "return home" – meaning, to return to Israeli territory?

But on May 14, "Black Monday", 63 unarmed demonstrators were shot dead and over 1500 wounded by live fire. Every Israeli knows that this was necessary because the demonstrators stormed the fence and were about to swarm into Israel. Nobody paid attention to the simple fact that there was not a single photo showing such an occurrence. Not even one. In spite of the fact that on both sides of the fence there were hundreds of photographers, including Israeli army photographers, who filmed every single detail. Tens of thousands stormed, and not a single picture?

One should notice the use of the word "terror". It has turned into an adjective attached to everything. There are not just tunnels – they are all always "terror-tunnels". There are "terror-activists". There is "the Hamas terror-regime" and there are "terror-bases". Now there are "terror-kites".

Notice: not just "incendiary kites", or "destruction-kites", only "terror-kites". The same every day in all media. Someone has made the terminology decision. Of course, everyone who has the word "terror" attached to his name is "a son of death", as you say in biblical Hebrew. Another proud term of the brainwashing.

The inhabitants of the Gaza Strip are "terrorists". (In Hebrew, a special term has been invented: "Mekhablim"). All of them? Of course, no question. Especially Hamas members. But Hamas is a political party, which has won democratic elections in all of Palestine. A civilian party which has indeed a military wing. But in our media all party members and supporters are "terrorists", sons of death. Of course.

The use of these terms, hundreds of times every day, clearly constitute brainwashing, without the citizens noticing it. They are getting used to the fact that all Gazans are terrorists, mekhablim. This is a process of dehumanization, the creation of Untermenschen in the Nazi lexicon. Their killing is allowed, even desirable.

In such an atmosphere, even abominable sentences pass unnoticed. For example, this week I heard on one of the TV news programs this sentence from the mouth of a military correspondent, speaking about the coming Gaza demonstration: "Iran wants dead demonstrators, and it seems that they will get them." One has to read this sentence twice to realize what it says: that the Israeli sharpshooters serve Iranian interests.

Or a sentence that is repeated again and again, even by respected commentators: "Iran wants to destroy the State of Israel". I don't know what 80 million Iranians want, nor does the writer. But the sentence itself is ridiculous. Israel is a nuclear power. How does one annihilate a nuclear power (with submarines that can launch nuclear devices in the hour of need). Are the Iranians ready to turn their country – one of the cradles of human civilization – into a graveyard and a desert?

Or a forecast "Friday another violent demonstration will take place". "Violent"? "Another"? There is no argument about the fact that all the demonstrations along the Gaza fence were completely nonviolent. The demonstrators did not shoot one single shot, when thousands of them were wounded by live fire, and more than a hundred killed. Yet the lie passes without comment.

Not a single one of the hundreds of TV news program presenters ever corrects such statements by correspondents. Because the directors, presenters, commentators and correspondents are themselves thoroughly brainwashed. The army spokesman knows the truth, of course, but he is a central cog in the brainwashing machine.

Events reached a climax with the murder of the 21-year-old female paramedic Razan Ashraf al-Najjar, when she was trying to save the life of a wounded demonstrator. The sharpshooter who shot her in the chest saw that she was a medic treating a wounded person. It was a clear war crime.

Was there a public outcry? Did the media demand an investigation? Did the media report this event in their page one headline? Did the Knesset observe a minute of silence? Nothing of the sort. A minor news item in some papers (by no means all). An excellent article by the admirable Amira Hass in Haaretz . And that's that.

A few days passed, and abroad there were outcries. The Argentine soccer team, with the admired Messi, canceled a friendly game against the Israeli team in Jerusalem.

The brainwashers realized that it was impossible not to react. So the army spokesman published a statement saying that an investigation had taken place. What did it discover? Ah, well. It was clearly established that nobody had shot Razan. She was hit by the ricochet of a bullet that had hit the ground far from her. That is such a blatant lie that even the army liar should be ashamed of producing it. It was accepted by the brainwashed public.

One of the hallmarks of brainwashing is a phenomenon that everyone can notice: the total absence of a second opinion. When a commentator voices the official line on an event, does anyone express an alternative version? Is there a debate between the official spokesman and a contrary commentator? In the democratic media, that would be commonplace. Here it is very, very rare.

What can be done to counter such brainwashing? Not much.

First of all: there is a vital need for a second voice. Brainwashing can be efficient only when the official voice enjoys a complete monopoly. That was one of the aims of Haolam Hazeh, the weekly which I edited for 40 years. It met every untrue government version with a contrary version. Although our voice was weak, compared to the powerful government machine (even in those days), the very fact that there are two voices, however unequal, prevents a total brainwashing. The citizen hears two versions and wonders "who is right?"

If all the peace and human rights groups in Israel set up a joint center for information, which will be heard, perhaps the monopoly of official propaganda can be broken. Perhaps.

There is in the country a tiny band of commentators who are not afraid to tell the truth, even when this is considered treason. Gideon Levy, Amira Hass, and a few others. We must ensure that their voice is heard. They must be encouraged.

All the media must be pressured to present a variation of views on matters of war and peace, to let the "internal enemy" be heard, so that the citizen is able to form an opinion of their own.

The foreign media must be allowed free access to the sources of information, even when the foreign media are critical, "hostile" and "anti-Semitic". Friends of Israeli-Palestinian peace abroad must be encouraged to pressure the media in their homelands to publish the truth about what is happening here.

I don't like the word "must". But in this context, no other will do. The power of the truth against a brainwashing machine is always limited. But in the end, even if it takes time, truth will prevail. It needs courage.

The movie The Manchurian Candidate has a surprise ending: in the last minute, instead of killing the presidential candidate, the brainwashed man shoots the communist agent who was supposed to take his place.

Uri Avnery is a peace activist, journalist, writer, and former member of the Israeli Knesset. Read other articles by Uri , or visit Uri's website .

[Jun 06, 2018] Nationalism is a decision-making tool as it always poses a question; what is good for this country ?

This is not true: this question "what is good for the country" very soon mutates to "what is good for nationalists"
Jun 06, 2018 | discussion.theguardian.com

DesignConstruct -> quintal , 3 Jun 2018 17:39

We need a Nationalist government, which will automatically see itself as the mortal enemy of the primary Internationalist (there used to be a song about that) force in the world today, and which affects us greatly in terms of resource exploitation: Globalisation, or what we used to call 'multi national corporations' or 'international capital'.

Nationalism is a decision-making tool as it always poses a question; what is good for this country ?

DesignConstruct -> Alpo88 , 3 Jun 2018 17:24
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/we-need-real-leadership-and-real-democracy-from-our-politicians/news-story/f37a3a3951aa78df86892c71166fdbb5

When/if he mentions de-Globalisation, an Aus-Indonesian defence alliance, citizen initiated referenda, and a Constitutional ban on donations and parties , then people may listen, however he cannot be accused of being too imaginative or bright. He is however advocating authoritarianism not fascism.

quintal -> DesignConstruct , 3 Jun 2018 17:16
Hi DC

I halfway agree

We're not there yet

But .......

Fascism doesn't require a state sanctioned religion or suppression of religion

That said the Catholicism/fundamentalist Christian bent of the present cabinet and the demonisation of any green beliefs is uncomfortably close to what you describe

And the nexus between big business and govern, the destruction of public institutions, the reduction in the capacity of media to report truth and the vitriolic attacks on opponenents are straws in an ill wind

Cheets

Alpo88 -> DesignConstruct , 3 Jun 2018 17:11
You are right, it's not "fascismmmmmmmmmmmmmm".... it's Fascism. Which brings back to my memory what Tom Elliott (the son of Liberal Party former president John Elliott) wrote in the Herald Sun on 6 February 2015: "It's time we temporarily suspended the democratic process and installed a benign dictatorship to make tough but necessary decisions."

[Jun 05, 2018] Sic Semper Tyrannis Mezvinsky on Zionism - re-published 4 June 2018

Notable quotes:
"... political Zionism rests upon the following absolute theory of anti-Semitism: Jews have been in the past and/or are being in the present and/or will be in the future persecuted by non-Jews in all nation-states in which they are a minority. In Zionist logic it follows that Jews will only be safe in a nation-state in which they begin as the majority of the residents of the state (or at least of the citizens who control the state) and thereafter remain the majority. ..."
"... They attempt to garner financial and other support for Israel by emphasizing the Holocaust and then maintaining that the Jews in Israel are living in the most unsafe place for Jews in the world. Zionists appear to pay no heed to their convoluted logic. ..."
"... A Jewish, exclusive state, consisting to a great extent of land taken from the non-Jewish indigenous population, will probably have steadily increasing difficulty remaining viable in the Arab Middle East. ..."
"... We pinpoint in our book reasons why these religious Jews have exerted influence far beyond their numbers. In my work since the publication of the book I have supplied more explanation. These religious Jews, including those who do not call themselves Zionists but who support the state of Israel and many of its extreme Zionist policies, believe and maintain that God gave Jews an eternal deed to the Holy Land. They specify those passages of the Bible that clearly express this promise of land. The Holy Land includes at least the Israel of pre-June, 1967 borders and the West Bank. According to these Jews giving any of this land to Palestinians or to other non-Jews would be committing a sin. ..."
Jun 05, 2018 | turcopolier.typepad.com

Mezvinsky on Zionism - re-published 4 June 2018 450x364-alg_norton_mezvinsky
Having read with interest David Habakkuk's article,I am motivated to write a brief comment on Zionism. (I may post another comment at another time about the advocacy of a two state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.)

Habakkuk opines categorically that "the whole Zionist enterprise was hopeless from the start." The growth and development since 1948 and the present strength of Israel, even with its internal and external problems and its oppressive policies and actions, make Habakkuk's statement wishful thinking rather than proven fact.

I am personally inclined to think (or perhaps guess) that the Zionist state will ultimately fail. As an historian, not a prophet, however, I neither believe failure is imminent nor absolutely certain to occur in the foreseeable future. I realize that United States backing and support has been essential for Israel's survival to date and will almost certainly be necessary for continued survival of that state. Although changes have occurred and are continuing to occur in United States public opinion concerning Israel, the United States government remains overwhelmingly supportive and protective of the Zionist state.

(As a person who has for half a century opposed Zionism and the almost blind support by the United States government for oppressive policies of the state of Israel, I continually remind myself that I need to be as realistic as possible as I continue to be cause committed and to work for positive change.) I contend, as do some other commentators, that Zionism is the fundamental cause of this conflict. Habakkuk seems to suggest this, but I want to attempt to be a bit more specific and precise.

I need not and cannot in this one comment review the entire historical development of Zionism. It is enough to state that the essence of political Zionism rests upon the following absolute theory of anti-Semitism: Jews have been in the past and/or are being in the present and/or will be in the future persecuted by non-Jews in all nation-states in which they are a minority. In Zionist logic it follows that Jews will only be safe in a nation-state in which they begin as the majority of the residents of the state (or at least of the citizens who control the state) and thereafter remain the majority.

The state of Israel was created in the Zionist image and has since its creation maintained its Zionist foundation. Thus it is that the state of Israel denies by law to non-Jews, even to non-Jewish citizens of the state, certain rights and privileges, given to Jewish citizens. Thus it is that the indigenous population of about four million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have been occupied and oppressed since 1967 but not been given the opportunity to become citizens of the state. All of this (and more) is Zionism in action.

The primary cause of conflict is obvious. The Zionist state has existed for nearly sixty-three years. Only a small percentage of Jews from the United States, Britain and France have emigrated to Israel. These Jews, most of whom support Zionism, have opted to remain in the diaspora. They do not believe wholeheartedly in the absolute theory of anti-Semitism; they obviously do not think they would be safe only in the Zionist, Jewish state. They attempt to garner financial and other support for Israel by emphasizing the Holocaust and then maintaining that the Jews in Israel are living in the most unsafe place for Jews in the world. Zionists appear to pay no heed to their convoluted logic.

Zionists are not a monolithic group. The left-wing Zionists, who in varied ways oppose Jewish settlements in the West Bank and advocate a Palestinian state, still favor a Zionist state behind or slightly beyond the green line. They, therefore, with but few exceptions want a Jewish exclusive state that would continue to grant certain rights and privileges to Jews not granted to non-Jews. Such a position maintains the basis, even if lessened, of conflict.

A Jewish, exclusive state, consisting to a great extent of land taken from the non-Jewish indigenous population, will probably have steadily increasing difficulty remaining viable in the Arab Middle East.

Jewish religious Zionism adds another problematic dimension to the conflict. The great majority of Orthodox rabbis and groups opposed Zionism before the Holocaust. They adhered to Talmudic dictates that the Jewish state would not be restored until the Messiah came and that it would be a sin for Jews to attempt to have a state before then. These Orthodox Jews also opposed the secularism of most early Zionist leaders. A minority of Orthodox rabbis and their followers in the early twentieth century, however, became religious Zionists. and followed the leadership of Rabbi Kook, the elder. Rabbi Kook maintained that the Messianic age had arrived, and, therefore, Jews could and should work for the creation of a Jewish state. The Jewish state, envisioned by Rabbi Kook and his followers, was different in many ways from the kind of state sought by secular, Zionist leaders. During the time of the Holocaust and clearly by 1948, when the state of Israel came into existence, the overwhelming majority of Orthodox Jews, including rabbis, who had been anti-Zionist, became ardent supporters of the Zionist state in many ways, even though they continued to oppose certain specific policies and practices of the state's largely secular leadership. Orthodox religious parties took their place in the political system of the state and became for the most part fiercely anti-Palestinian.

A small minority of Orthodox Jews and rabbis, the most notable being the Chassidic group called Naturei Karta, remained anti-Zionist and have continued to oppose the state and its oppressive policies. Some of the Orthodox groups, most noteworthy being the Lubavitch Chabad Chassidic group, refused to be identified as Zionist but still supported some of the most extreme Zionist policies and practices.

In our book, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, Israel Shahak and I discuss this Jewish religious Zionist dimension in some depth. We pinpoint in our book reasons why these religious Jews have exerted influence far beyond their numbers. In my work since the publication of the book I have supplied more explanation. These religious Jews, including those who do not call themselves Zionists but who support the state of Israel and many of its extreme Zionist policies, believe and maintain that God gave Jews an eternal deed to the Holy Land. They specify those passages of the Bible that clearly express this promise of land. The Holy Land includes at least the Israel of pre-June, 1967 borders and the West Bank. According to these Jews giving any of this land to Palestinians or to other non-Jews would be committing a sin.

Perhaps, the best advocacy of this position is the Lubavitch Chassidic tract, Eyes Upon the Land, put on the lubavitch.org website in 1997. Eyes Upon the Land is taken from the teachings of the late, revered (by his followers) Lubavitch "Rebbe," Menahem Mendel Schneerson, who stated that the giving back to Egypt of the Sinai in 1979 was a major sin, committed by then Prime Minister Begin and the Israeli government. (Schneerson died in 1994, although some of his followers who to this day consider him to be the Messiah believe he will soon be resurrected.) It is a mistake to discount, as some commentators have, the importance of Jewish religious Zionism. It is an influential factor in the conflict. It has influenced and is continuing to influence not only Jews and the state of Israel but also many non-Jews, most especially the Christian Zionists.

I emphasize in conclusion that a sophisticated understanding of Zionism and its complexities is necessary if we wish to deal adequately with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Norton Mezvinsky

[Jun 05, 2018] Vladimir Zhirinovsky BLASTS American exceptionalism

What is true is the Hilter's Drang nach Osten was inspiured by the sucess of the US setteles.
Notable quotes:
"... Благодарю вас уважаемые коллеги! Спаси Господи! ..."
"... Specifically, he quoted from American senator and historian Albert Beveridge who said in 1897 : ..."
"... It is an American question. It is a world question. Shall the American people continue their resistless march toward the commercial supremacy of the world? Shall free institutions broaden their blessed reign as the children of liberty wax in strength until the empire of our principles is established over the hearts of all mankind? ..."
"... That was a quote from the speech of a famous American senator, the entire speech is honestly quite frightening. It could literally be taken out of Mien Kampf had the references to America simply be changed to Germany. Later in the speech, it goes on to say : ..."
"... Has the Almighty Father endowed us with gifts beyond our deserts, and marked us as the people of His peculiar favor ..."
"... Fellow-Americans, we are God's chosen people .. ..."
"... We cannot retreat from any soil where Providence has unfurled our banner ; ..."
"... One of the most interesting observations Zhirinovsky had, was that exceptionalism seems to come from ignorance of the world, and it does seem that anti-intellectualism, identity politics, and a special lack of cultural awareness has helped create this concept. For example, the speech about exceptionalism does not mention the French or the British, because early American exceptionalism was in its roots, not a Trans-Atlantic idea. It was formed by Anti-Monarchist people, who believed it was their destiny to defy the world's traditions, and establish their own utopia. As a result, Americans do this day often instinctively believe in how many "rights" they have, and how "free" their country is, compared to the rest of the world. ..."
"... Americans think Europe is dirty, the world is filled with good for nothing barbarians, that they gained supremacy, and that the US is the Land of Milk and Honey, Cannan, a Big Israel. ..."
"... This is true. Many Americans genuinely feel that their country is so advanced and safe, whereas the rest of the world is scary and dangerous. This often wrong, and in actually dangerous places, like some countries the US invaded, they often only became dangerous AFTER America came, and brought freedom and democracy. ..."
"... They often say this completely ignorant of the fact that MANY countries have a higher living standard than the US. For example, the US is not even in the TOP 10 countries by living standards , compiled by this non-profit. According to the United Nations Human Development Index, the US is ONLY in the tenth place. ..."
"... American exceptionalism, according to Zhirinovsky, inspired Hitler, and we all know what he felt about other people's rights. ..."
Jun 04, 2018 | theduran.com

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (a popular opposition party), appeared on the Russian evening news criticizing strongly American exceptionalism. It is worth noting briefly that Zhirinovsky leads an opposition party, and was the third most popular candidate in the Russian election.

Due to the fact he ran in the Russian election, he obviously ran against Putin, meaning Zhirinovsky is NOT for the record, a Kremlinbot these are the words of an opposition candidate, so the west should be careful what they wish for, when they wish for a different Russian leader.

Amercian exceptionalism is perhaps the greatest issue plaguing the American consciousness, and has been since the early days of manifest destiny. If anyone is wondering, that actually manifested itself, in the whole scale destruction of native American civilization, upon the bones of which America stands.

We've criticized American exceptionalism here at The Duran , because it's dangerous to the world, as well as to the rights of normal American civilians, who want to live in a peaceful earth, that hasn't been destroyed by the military-industrial complex. Exceptionalism creates in an individual, immense pride, not unlike that in Nazi Germany before the war, and as we've seen since the beginning, pride comes before the fall.

That is what I wrote in this article below , which was quoted here and here by major Russian news agencies. Благодарю вас уважаемые коллеги! Спаси Господи! That is thanks to YOUR readership by the way, and I am very grateful to everyone!

American Exceptionalism: Mike Pompeo says Americans must believe in the "essential rightness" of the USA

http://theduran.com/american-exceptionalism-mike-pompeo-says-americans-must-believe-in-the-essential-rightness-of-the-usa/embed/#?secret=FyNVVVCbMH

Zhirinovsky too noticed how exceptionalism inspired Hitler as well, in fact. Now, Vladimir Zhirinovsky weights in on exceptionalism:

Zhirinovsky was asked to comment on the American Idea of a "city on a hill", specifically, he was asked why many Americans feel this way. Zhirinovsky went back to history, which is one of the most forgotten yet most important fields of study, crucial to understanding everything in life. Specifically, he quoted from American senator and historian Albert Beveridge who said in 1897 :

It is an American question. It is a world question. Shall the American people continue their resistless march toward the commercial supremacy of the world? Shall free institutions broaden their blessed reign as the children of liberty wax in strength until the empire of our principles is established over the hearts of all mankind?

That was a quote from the speech of a famous American senator, the entire speech is honestly quite frightening. It could literally be taken out of Mien Kampf had the references to America simply be changed to Germany. Later in the speech, it goes on to say :

Has the Almighty Father endowed us with gifts beyond our deserts, and marked us as the people of His peculiar favor

[and close to the end it says:

Fellow-Americans, we are God's chosen people .. . We cannot retreat from any soil where Providence has unfurled our banner ; it is ours to save that soil for liberty and civilization. For liberty and civilization and God's promises fulfilled, the flag must henceforth be the symbol and the sign to all mankind.

This was written in 1897, and represents how deep-rooted and cult-like American Exceptionalism is, based on a pseudo-religious idea of the inherent superiority of a single nation.

One of the most interesting observations Zhirinovsky had, was that exceptionalism seems to come from ignorance of the world, and it does seem that anti-intellectualism, identity politics, and a special lack of cultural awareness has helped create this concept. For example, the speech about exceptionalism does not mention the French or the British, because early American exceptionalism was in its roots, not a Trans-Atlantic idea. It was formed by Anti-Monarchist people, who believed it was their destiny to defy the world's traditions, and establish their own utopia. As a result, Americans do this day often instinctively believe in how many "rights" they have, and how "free" their country is, compared to the rest of the world.

For example, Zhirinovsky said:

Americans think Europe is dirty, the world is filled with good for nothing barbarians, that they gained supremacy, and that the US is the Land of Milk and Honey, Cannan, a Big Israel.

This is true. Many Americans genuinely feel that their country is so advanced and safe, whereas the rest of the world is scary and dangerous. This often wrong, and in actually dangerous places, like some countries the US invaded, they often only became dangerous AFTER America came, and brought freedom and democracy.

It's not uncommon for Americans to talk about everything "over there", or "overseas" like its hell on earth, and for them to say "Thank God I live in America, I am so free and safe here."

They often say this completely ignorant of the fact that MANY countries have a higher living standard than the US. For example, the US is not even in the TOP 10 countries by living standards , compiled by this non-profit. According to the United Nations Human Development Index, the US is ONLY in the tenth place.

These are just simple examples from broader sources that know the real world.

Americans are perfectly within their rights to love their country. No one is arguing against this, nor does any peace-loving person want to take rights away from anyone else. The only issue is when one person, or group, believes they have the right to take away other people's rights.

American exceptionalism, according to Zhirinovsky, inspired Hitler, and we all know what he felt about other people's rights.

[Jun 03, 2018] Poland Under the Jewish Messiah, by Israel Shamir - The Unz Review

Jun 03, 2018 | www.unz.com

Anon [411] Disclaimer , June 2, 2018 at 5:46 am GMT

@Dimitrij

Polack is, effectively, almost any Polish national who dances upon the official fairy-telling narrative of Polish state puppeteers. In that Marvelous Universe, Poland is a truly indispensable part of the West, for its glorious deeds of once Saving the Christendom in Vienna, and containing the Bear all other time.

In reality, it is a loser entity that 'Cannot Into Space' on many historic occasions – mostly from building multi-ethnic empire to invading Russia. Poles suffer from being surrounded by equally capable neighbors, Russians and Germans. Chopin is good, but he is neither Mozart nor Chaikovsky, and to have such genii, one has to build empire first, and then enjoy imperial music and literature.

For the West, Poland is an 'useful idiot' or a dupe, never treated as equal partner. In Western (Capitalist) division of nations labor Poles are The Exploited. They are 1) cannon fodder from Vienna to Monte-Cassino 2) theater of war and destruction to prevent Russians from entering and destroying True Europe 3) cheap labor or preferrable white slaves 4) one who pays for everything. Today, option 3 is fullfilled, others are selected by the the West. Poland is a still a resource, and will be consumed by the West on any pretext. To the East, there is a Big Brother that has its own resources.

We Russians used to treat the Polish identity illness, by capturing Warsaw many times. The prognosis is still grave. Dear Polish brethren, we have no other options for you. Stick with the West, keep your Catholic dreams and continue to perish. When you go critical, we may think of surgery again.

El Dato , June 2, 2018 at 7:11 am GMT

The US decided, by promulgating Act 447, that a Polish Jew has never been a citizen of Poland; he was a member of Jewry, and his property should revert to Jewry, not to the Goyish Polish state.

It is nice that the US issues laws that are supposed to have effect in other states; the slightly tipsy Galactus of Democracy is in his Heaven, all is right with the World.

It means that they can seize property of recently deceased ones in the Homeland and embiggen the Tribe, But how are they going to enforce it in Poland? Sanctions? Threats to move NATO out of Poland? No F-35 for you?

(Also, did the Scriptures say anything about when the Monstrously Swollen Jewish Messiah will meet Ultra-Confucius for a Battle at the End of Times?)

Tom Welsh , June 2, 2018 at 8:33 am GMT
"Poland has no future as the forward base against Moscow "

That has to be the understatement of the century (so far).

Any place used as a "forward base against Moscow" will be flattened and incinerated.

As would American tanks about 30 seconds after they crossed the Russian border.

The King is A Fink , June 2, 2018 at 9:55 am GMT

The West pushed the Poles to rise against Germans in 1944, hoping to re-establish anti-Russian Poland once again, but did nothing when the rebels bled to death. (Well, not exactly nothing: they complained why Russian soldiers do not want to die for them).

Please do not forget the extraordinary role of the RAF and SAAF aircrews who flew supplies to the Home Army in Warsaw from bases in southern Italy. Many of them lost their lives and are buried in a Commonwealth cemetery in Krakow.

Romano , June 2, 2018 at 10:31 am GMT
Magnificent article . Pole troops even invaded Spain with Napoleon , those " catholic " Poles did not seem to feel bad for joining antichristian French revolutionary armies invading Catholic Spain .

Polish Pope John Paul II , Woytila , joined forces with Reagan and Thatcher , with the most wild anglosaxon imperialism , against the rest of the world . John Paul II , with his 27 year pontificate , left the Catholic Church devastated , the Catholic churches empty , the people faithless .

When Polacks , baltics , and other weirdo countries of eastern europe joined the EU I realized that the EU had no future .

Poland is a very sinister country , a factor of endless conflicts .

lavoisier , Website June 2, 2018 at 10:32 am GMT
This was fascinating and revealing.

To liken Jewry to a feudal order of obligations and ownership explains a lot about their collective behavior.

I hope the Polish people tell the United States to go to hell.

Perhaps there is little that we as Americans can do right now to stop the control freaks in our Zionist controlled government from behaving like ruthless feudal landlords, but I am hoping that the rest of the Western world removes the American boot off its neck and tells the US to -- - off.

[May 23, 2018] Complex hostory of Israel as a nation and the role of external support in sustaining it

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Zumbuddi , May 22, 2018 at 3:57 pm GMT

@iffen

Compared to Israel, Hamas and the Palestinia s are on a fast-track.

Jews started colonizing Palestine at latest by 1910. In 1930, the project was still sparse and in danger of financial collspse.

British sponsorship and protection from 1917 to 1948 provided the security guarantee rich Jews required before investing in the project –ideology is one thing but busi eds is business. While under the British security blamket, mansions were built for Chain Weizmann & the Schockens; banking was established and a hospital, and the beginnings of Hebrew University.

In addition to the British providing security in the period 1917 – 1948, Germans provided organizational, cultural and intellectual talent and expertise as well as an infusion of capital. This carried Israel for a time, but the Talmudist Polish Jews who took over Israel never, in all their history, developed the ability to get along with others, not even other Jews.

Based on ancient as well as more recent bonds among Iran, Germany, and Jews, Iran served as Israel's security "pillar" 1948 – 1979, Iran sharing its oil wealth with still-struggling Israel. By the mid-1960s, Jews opened a major artery into the German body politic/money vault and has vampires on that revenue stream ever since.

Still, and with all these advantages and supports, well into the 1980s, Israel had not achieved cultural cohesion nor economic vigor.

Only with the injection of Russian brain power, created by Russian taxpayers then subsidized to migrate by American taxpayers -- only then did Israel start to develop a sound economy. "Startup Nation" is very young and was NOT a home-grown phenomenon; there are serious doubts whether Israel's education system can equal the capacities migrated in from Germany and Russia.

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[May 23, 2018] Why Canada Defends Ukrainian Fascism by Michael Jabara CARLEY

Notable quotes:
"... The Liberal prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, hobnobbed with Nazi notables including Adolf Hitler, and thought that his British counterpart Neville Chamberlain had not gone far enough in appeasing Hitlerite Germany ..."
"... persona non grata ..."
"... Some Canadians harboured illusions about the NDP as a progressive alternative to the Liberal and Conservative parties ..."
"... Identity politics and Canadian multiculturalism are now invoked to defend Ukrainian fascism celebrated in the streets of Kiev with torchlight parades and fascist symbols, remembering and celebrating Nazi collaborators and collaboration during World War II ..."
"... Any country sending representatives to Russia's celebration of the 70th anniversary of their victory against Adolf Hitler," ..."
"... in April 2015, "will be blacklisted by Ukraine." ..."
May 23, 2018 | www.strategic-culture.org

| 09.03.2018 | WORLD / Americas | FEATURED STORY

Canada has a reputation for being a relatively progressive state with universal, single-payer health care, various other social benefits, and strict gun laws, similar to many European countries but quite unlike the United States. It has managed to stay out of some American wars, for example, Vietnam and Iraq, portrayed itself as a neutral "peace keeper", pursuing a so-called policy of "multilateralism" and attempting from time to time to keep a little independent distance from the United States.

Behind this veneer of respectability lies a not so attractive reality of elite inattention to the defence of Canadian independence from the United States and intolerance toward the political and syndicalist left. Police repression against communist and left-wing unionists and other dissidents after World War I was widespread. Strong support for appeasement of Nazi Germany, overt or covert sympathy for fascism, especially in Québec, and hatred of the Soviet Union were widespread in Canada during the 1930s. The Liberal prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, hobnobbed with Nazi notables including Adolf Hitler, and thought that his British counterpart Neville Chamberlain had not gone far enough in appeasing Hitlerite Germany. Mackenzie King and many others of the Canadian elite saw communism as a greater threat to Canada than fascism. As in Europe, the Canadian elite -- Liberal or Conservative did not matter -- was worried by the Spanish civil war (1936-1939). In Québec French public opinion under the influence of the Catholic Church hoped for fascist victory and the eradication of communism. In 1937 a Papal encyclical whipped up the Red Scare amongst French Canadian Catholics.

Rejection of Soviet offers of collective security against Hitler was the obverse side of appeasement. The fear of victory over Nazi Germany in alliance with the USSR was greater than the fear of defeat against fascism. Such thoughts were either openly expressed over dinner at the local gentleman's club or kept more discrete by people who did not want to reveal the extent of their sympathy for fascism.

The Liberal prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, hobnobbed with Nazi notables including Adolf Hitler, and thought that his British counterpart Neville Chamberlain had not gone far enough in appeasing Hitlerite Germany

Even after the Nazi invasion of the USSR in June 1941, and the formation of the Grand Alliance against the Axis, there was strong reticence amongst the governing elite in Canada toward the Soviet Union. It was a shotgun marriage, a momentary arrangement with an undesirable partner, necessitated by the over-riding threat of the Nazi Wehrmacht. "If Hitler invaded Hell," Winston Churchill famously remarked, "I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons." Once Hitler was beaten, however, it would be back to business as usual. The Grand Alliance was a "truce", as some of my students have proposed to me, in a longer cold war between the west and the USSR. This struggle began in November 1917 when the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd; it resumed after 1945 when the "truce", or if you like, the Grand Alliance, came to a sudden end.

This was no more evident than in Canada where elite hatred of communism was a homegrown commodity and not simply an American imitation. So it should hardly be a surprise that after 1945 the Canadian government -- Mackenzie King was still prime minister -- should open its doors to the immigration of approximately 34,000 "displaced persons", including thousands of Ukrainian fascists and Nazi collaborators , responsible for heinous war crimes in the Ukraine and Poland. These were veterans of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), the Waffen SS Galicia and the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), all collaborators of Nazi Germany during World War II.

The most notorious of the Nazi collaborators who immigrated to Canada was Mykhailo Chomiak , a mid-level Nazi operative in Poland, who came under US protection at the end of the war and eventually made his way to Canada where he settled in Alberta. Had he been captured by the Red Army, he would quite likely have been hanged for collaboration with the enemy. In Canada however he prospered as a farmer. His grand-daughter is the "Ukrainian-Canadian" Chrystia Freeland, the present minister for external affairs. She is a well-known Russophobe, persona non grata in the Russian Federation, who long claimed her grandfather was a "victim" of World War II. Her claims to this effect have been demonstrated to be untrue by the Australian born journalist John Helmer , amongst many others.

In 1940 the Liberal government facilitated the creation of the Canadian Ukrainian Congress (UCC) , one of many organisations used to fight or marginalise the left in Canada, in this case amongst Canadian Ukrainians. The UCC is still around and appears to dominate the Ukrainian-Canadian community . Approximately 1.4 million people living in Canada claim full or partial Ukrainian descent though generally the latter. Most "Ukrainian-Canadians" were born in Canada; well more than half live in the western provinces. The vast majority has certainly never set foot in the Ukraine. It is this constituency on which the UCC depends to pursue its political agenda in Ottawa.

In 1940 the Liberal government facilitated the creation of the Canadian Ukrainian Congress (UCC) , one of many organisations used to fight or marginalise the left in Canada, in this case amongst Canadian Ukrainians. The UCC is still around and appears to dominate the Ukrainian-Canadian community . Approximately 1.4 million people living in Canada claim full or partial Ukrainian descent though generally the latter. Most "Ukrainian-Canadians" were born in Canada; well more than half live in the western provinces. The vast majority has certainly never set foot in the Ukraine. It is this constituency on which the UCC depends to pursue its political agenda in Ottawa.

The Harper government allowed fund raising for Pravyi Sektor , a Ukrainian fascist paramilitary group

There is no political opposition in the House of Commons to these policies. Even the New Democratic Party (NDP), that burnt out shell of Canadian social democracy, supported the Harper government, at the behest of Mr. Grod, a Ukrainian lobbyist who knows his way around Ottawa. In 2015 the UCC put a list of questions to party leaders, one of which was the following: "Does your party support listing the Luhansk People's Republic and the Donetsk People's Republic as terrorist organizations?" The Lugansk and Donetsk republics are of course anti-fascist resistance movements that emerged in reaction to the violent coup d'état in Kiev. They are most certainly not "terrorist" organisations, although they are subjected to daily bombardments against civilian areas by Kiev putschist forces. Nevertheless, the then NDP leader, Thomas Mulcair, who would have agreed to almost anything to win power, answered in the affirmative. This must have been a moment of dismay for Canadians who still harboured illusions about the NDP as a progressive alternative to the Liberal and Conservative parties. How could it support a US/EU installed putschist regime which governs by intimidation and violence? In fact, it was a Conservative electoral strategy to obtain the votes of people of Ukrainian and East European descent by backing putschist Kiev and denouncing Russia. Mulcair was trying to outflank Harper on his right, but that did not work for he himself was outflanked on his left.

Some Canadians harboured illusions about the NDP as a progressive alternative to the Liberal and Conservative parties

In the 2015 federal elections the Liberals under Justin Trudeau, outwitted poor Mr. Mulcair and won the elections. The NDP suffered heavy electoral losses. Mulcair looked like someone who had made a Faustian bargain for nothing in return, and he lost a bid to remain as party leader. The Liberals campaigned on re-establishing better relations with the Russian Federation, but that promise did not hold up. The minister for external affairs, Stéphane Dion, tried to move forward on that line, but appears to have been stabbed in the back by Mr. Trudeau, with Ms. Freeland guiding his hand in the fatal blow. In early 2017 Dion was sacked and Freeland replaced him. That was the end of the Liberal promise to improve relations with the Russian government. Since then, under Freeland, Russian-Canadian relations have worsened.

The influential Mr. Grod appears to keep the Canadian government in his hip pocket. There are photographs of him side by side with Mr. Harper and then with Mr. Trudeau, with Ms. Freeland on his left. Mr. Grod has been a great success in backing putschist Kiev. Last summer Mr. Trudeau even issued a traditional Ukrainian fascist salute, "SlavaUkraini!" , to celebrate the anniversary of Ukrainian independence. The prime minister is a great believer in identity politics.

The latest gesture of the Canadian government is to approve $1.4 million as a three year grant to promote a "Holodomor National Awareness Tour". Ukrainian "nationalists" summon up the memory of the "Holodomor", a famine in the Ukraine in 1932-1933, deliberately launched by Stalin, they say, in order to emphasise their victimisation by Russia. According to the latest Stalin biographer, Steven Kotkin, there was indeed a famine in the USSR that affected various parts of the country, the Ukraine amongst other regions. Kazakhstan, not the Ukraine suffered most. Between five and seven million people died. Ten millions starved. "Nonetheless, the famine was not intentional. It resulted from Stalin's policies of forced collectivization ,"Kotkin writes, himself no advocate of the Soviet Union. Compulsion, peasant rebellion, bungling, mismanagement, drought, locust infestations, not targeting ethnicities, led to the catastrophe. "Similarly, there was no 'Ukrainian' famine," according to Kotkin, "the famine was [a] Soviet[-wide disaster]" ( Stalin , 2017, vol. 2, pp. 127-29). So the Liberal government is spending public funds to perpetuate a politically motivated myth to drum up hatred of Russia and to support putschist Kiev.

Identity politics and Canadian multiculturalism are now invoked to defend Ukrainian fascism celebrated in the streets of Kiev with torchlight parades and fascist symbols, remembering and celebrating Nazi collaborators and collaboration during World War II

The Canadian government also recently renewed funding for a detachment of 200 "advisors" to train Ukrainian militias, along with twenty-three million dollars -- it is true a pittance by American standards -- for "non-lethal" military aid, justified by Ms. Freeland to defend Ukrainian "democracy". Truly, we live in a dystopian world where reality is turned on its head. Fascism is democracy; resistance to fascism is terrorism. Identity politics and Canadian multiculturalism are now invoked to defend Ukrainian fascism celebrated in the streets of Kiev with torchlight parades and fascist symbols, remembering and celebrating Nazi collaborators and collaboration during World War II. " Any country sending representatives to Russia's celebration of the 70th anniversary of their victory against Adolf Hitler," warned putschist Kiev in April 2015, "will be blacklisted by Ukraine."

"The further a society drifts from the truth," George Orwell once said, "the more it will hate those that speak it." Well, here is one truth that Mr. Trudeau and Ms. Freeland will not want to hear, hate it or not: 42,000 Canadian soldiers, not to mention 27 million Soviet citizens, died during the war against the Axis. Memories must be fading, for now we have come to this pass, where our government is supporting a violent, racist regime in Kiev directly descended from that very enemy against which Canada and its allies fought during World War II.

[May 23, 2018] The Messiah Is Here, by Israel Shamir - The Unz Review

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