Scapegoating Iran

By Chris Hedges

June 17, 2018 “Information Clearing House” –  NEW YORK—Seventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation is no longer a unified country. Its once modern infrastructure is largely destroyed, and the nation has fractured into warring enclaves. We have lost the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban is resurgent and has a presence in over 70 percent of the country. Libya is a failed state. Yemen after three years of relentless airstrikes and a blockade is enduring one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.

The 500 “moderate” rebels we funded and armed in Syria at a cost of $500 million are in retreat after instigating a lawless reign of terror. The military adventurism has cost a staggering $5.6 trillion as our infrastructure crumbles, austerity guts basic services and half the population of the United States lives at or near poverty levels. The endless wars in the Middle East are the biggest strategic blunder in American history and herald the death of the empire.

Someone has to be blamed for debacles that have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dead, including at least 200,000 civilians, and millions driven from their homes. Someone has to be blamed for the proliferation of radical jihadist groups throughout the Middle East, the continued worldwide terrorist attacks, the wholesale destruction of cities and towns under relentless airstrikes and the abject failure of U.S. and U.S.-backed forces to stanch the insurgencies. You can be sure it won’t be the generals, the politicians such as George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the rabid neocons such as Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and John Bolton who sold us the wars, the Central Intelligence Agency, the arms contractors who profit from perpetual war or the celebrity pundits on the airwaves and in newspapers who serve as cheerleaders for the mayhem.

“The failed policies, or lack of policies, of the United States, which violate international law, have left the Middle East in total chaos,” the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, Gholamali Khoshroo, told me when we met in New York City. “The United States, to cover up these aggressive, reckless and costly policies, blames Iran. Iran is blamed for their failures in Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Lebanon.”

The Trump administration “is very naive about the Middle East and Iran,” the ambassador said. “It can only speak in the language of threats—pressure, sanctions, intervention. These policies have failed in the region. They are very risky and costly. Let the Americans deal with the problems of the countries they have already invaded and attacked. America lacks constructive power in the Middle East. It is unable to govern even a village in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen or Syria. All it can do is use force and destructive power. This U.S. administration wants the Middle East and the whole world to bow to it. This is not a policy conducive to sound relationships with sovereign states, especially those countries that have resisted American influence.”

“The plan to arm ‘moderate’ rebels in Syria was a cover to topple [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad,” the ambassador went on. “The Americans knew there were no ‘moderate’ rebels. They knew these weapons would get into the hands of terrorist groups like Daesh [Islamic State], Al-Nusra and their affiliates. Once again, the American policy failed. The Americans succeeded in destroying a country. They succeeded in creating bloodbaths. They succeeded in displacing millions of people. But they gained nothing. The sovereignty of Syria is expanding by the day. It is hard to imagine what President Trump is offering as a strategy in Syria. One day, he says, ‘I will move out of Syria very soon, very quickly.’ The next day he says, ‘If Iran is there, we should stay.’ I wonder if the American taxpayers know how much of their money has been wasted in Iraq, Syria and Yemen?”

Trump’s unilateral decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, although Iran was in compliance with the agreement, was the first salvo in this effort to divert attention from these failures to Iran. Bolton, the new national security adviser, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, along with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, advocate the overthrow of the Iranian government, with Giuliani saying last month that Trump is “as committed to regime change as we [an inner circle of presidential advisers] are.”

“The Iran nuclear deal was possible following several letters by Ppresident Barack Obama assuring the Iranian leadership that America had no intention of violating Iranian sovereignty,” Ambassador Khoshroo said. “America said it wanted to engage in a serious dialogue on equal footing and mutual interests and concerns. These assurances led to the negotiations that concluded with the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]. From the beginning, however, America was not forthcoming in its dealings with us on the JCPOA. President Obama wanted the agreement to be implemented, but he did not want it implemented in its full capacity. Congress, on the day JCPOA was implemented, passed a law warning Europeans that were doing business with Iran. The staffs of companies had to apply for a visa to the United States if they had traveled to Iran for business purposes. This began on the first day. The Americans were not always very forthcoming. OFAC [Office of Foreign Funds Control] gave ambiguous answers to many of the questions that companies had about sanctions, but at least in words the Obama administration supported the JCPOA and saw the agreement as the basis for our interactions.”

“President Trump, however, even as a candidate, called the agreement ‘the worst deal America ever made,’ ” the ambassador said. “He called this deal a source of embarrassment for America. Indeed, it was not the deal but America’s unilateral decision to walk away from an agreement that was supported by the United Nations Security Council, and in fact co-sponsored and drafted by the United States, that is the source of embarrassment for America. To walk away from an international agreement and then threaten a sovereign country is the real source of embarrassment since Iran was in full compliance while the U.S. never was.”

“In 2008, the Israelis told the world that Iran was only some days away from acquiring an atomic bomb,” he said. “The Israelis said there had to be a military strike to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. What has happened since? During the last two years, there have been 11 reports by the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] clearly confirming and demonstrating Iran’s full compliance with the JCPOA. All of the accusations [about] Iran using nuclear facilities for military purposes were refuted by the IAEA as well as by Europe, Russia, China, along with many other countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa. America is concerned about Iranian influence in the region and seeks to contain Iran because the U.S. administration realizes that America’s policies in the Middle East have failed. Their own statements about Iran repeatedly contradict each other. One day they say, ‘Iran is so weak it will collapse,’ and the next day they say, ‘Iran is governing several Arab capitals in the Middle East.’ ”

Iran announced recently that it has tentative plans to produce the feedstock for centrifuges, the machines that enrich uranium, if the nuclear deal is not salvaged by European members of the JCPOA. European countries, dismayed by Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement, are attempting to renegotiate the deal, which imposes restrictions on Iran’s nuclear development in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

Why go to war with a country that abides by an agreement it has signed with the United States? Why attack a government that is the mortal enemy of the Taliban, along with other jihadist groups, including al-Qaida and Islamic State, that now threaten us after we created and armed them? Why shatter the de facto alliance we have with Iran in Iraq and Afghanistan? Why further destabilize a region already dangerously volatile?

The architects of these wars are in trouble. They have watched helplessly as the instability and political vacuum they caused, especially in Iraq, left Iran as the dominant power in the region. Washington, in essence, elevated its nemesis. It has no idea how to reverse its mistake, beyond attacking Iran. Those both in the U.S. and abroad who began or promoted these wars see a conflict with Iran as a solution to their foreign and increasingly domestic dilemmas.

For example, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, mired in corruption scandals, hopes that by fostering a conflict with Iran he can divert attention away from investigations into his abuse of power and the massacres Israel carries out against Palestinians, along with Israel’s accelerated seizure of Palestinian land.

“The most brutal regime is now in power in Israel,” the Iranian ambassador said. “It has no regard for international law or humanitarian law. It violates Security Council resolutions regarding settlements, its capital and occupation. Look at what Israel has done in Gaza in the last 30 days. On the same day America was unlawfully transferring its embassy to Jerusalem, 60 unarmed Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli snipers. [Israelis] were dancing in Jerusalem while the blood of unarmed Palestinians was running in Gaza. The Trump administration gives total support and impunity to Israel. This angers many people in the Middle East, including many in Saudi Arabia. It is a Zionist project to portray Iran as the main threat to peace in the Middle East. Israel introducing Iran as a threat is an attempt to divert attention from the crimes this regime is committing, but these too are failed policies that will backfire. They are policies designed to cover weakness.”

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, facing internal unrest, launched the war in Yemen as a vanity project to bolster his credentials as a military leader. Now he desperately needs to deflect attention from the quagmire and humanitarian disaster he created.

“Saudi Arabia, as part of [the civil war in Yemen], has a tactical and strategic cooperation with Israel against Iran,” the ambassador said. “But the Saudi regime is defying the sentiments of its own people. How long will this be possible? For three years now, Saudi Arabia, assisted by the United States, has bombed the Yemeni people and imposed a total blockade that includes food and medicine. Nothing has been resolved. Once again, Iran is blamed for this failure by Saudi Arabia and the United States in Yemen. Even if Iran wanted to help the Yemenis, it is not possible due to the total blockade. The Yemeni people asked for peace negotiations from the first day of the war. But Saudi military adventurism and its desire to test its military resolve made any peaceful solution impossible. The U.S. and the U.K. provide military and logistical support, including cluster bombs to be used by the Saudis in Yemen. The Emiratis are bombing Yemen. All such actions are doomed to failure since there is no military solution in Yemen. There is only a political solution. Look at the targets of Saudi airstrikes in Yemen: funerals. Wedding ceremonies. Agricultural fields. Houses. Civilians. How do the Saudis expect the Yemeni people to greet those who bomb them? With hugs? The war has cost a lot of money, and Trump responds by saying [to Saudi Arabia], ‘Oh you have money. [Paraphrasing here.] Please buy our ‘beautiful weapons.’ They are killing beautiful children with these ‘beautiful’ weapons. It is a disaster. It is tragic.”

And then there is President Donald Trump, desperate for a global crusade he can use to mask his ineptitude, the rampant corruption of his administration and his status as an international pariah when he runs for re-election in 2020.

“Of course, blaming and threatening Iran is not new,” the ambassador said. “This has been going on for 40 years. The Iranian people and the Iranian government are accustomed to this nonsense. United States intervention in the internal affairs of Iran goes back a long time, including the [Iranian] war with Iraq, when the United States supported Saddam Hussein. Then America invaded Iraq in 2003 in their so-called ‘intervention for democracy and elimination of WMDs.’ Iran has always resisted and will always resist U.S. threats.”

“America was in Iran 40 years ago,” the ambassador said. “About 100,000 U.S. advisers were in Iran during the rule of the shah, who was among the closest allies of America. America was unable to keep this regime in power because the Iranian people revolted against such dependency and suppression. Since the fall of the shah in 1979, for 40 years, America continued to violate international law, especially the Algeria agreements it signed with Iran in 1981.”

The Algeria Declaration was a set of agreements between the United States and Iran that resolved the Iranian hostage crisis. It was brokered by the Algerian government. The U.S. committed itself in the Algeria Declaration to refrain from interference in Iranian internal affairs and to lift trade sanctions on Iran and a freeze on Iranian assets.

The warmongers have no more of a plan for “regime change” in Iran than they had in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Syria. European allies, whom Trump alienated when he walked away from the Iranian nuclear agreement, are in no mood to cooperate with Washington. The Pentagon, even if it wanted to, does not have the hundreds of thousands of troops it would need to attack and occupy Iran. And the idea—pushed by lunatic fringe figures like Bolton and Giuliani—that the marginal and discredited Iranian resistance group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), which fought alongside Saddam Hussein in the war against Iran and is viewed by most Iranians as composed of traitors, is a viable counterforce to the Iranian government is ludicrous. In all these equations the 80 million people in Iran are ignored just as the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria were ignored. Perhaps they would not welcome a war with the United States. Perhaps if attacked they would resist. Perhaps they don’t want to be occupied. Perhaps a war with Iran would be interpreted throughout the region as a war against Shiism. But these are calculations that the ideologues, who know little about the instrument of war and even less about the cultures or peoples they seek to dominate, are unable to fathom.

“The Middle East has many problems: insecurity, instability, problems with natural resources such as water, etc.,” Khoshroo said. “All of these problems have been made worse by foreign intervention as well as Israel’s lawlessness. The issue of Palestine is at the heart of turmoil in the Middle East for Muslims. Any delay in finding solutions to these wounds in the Middle East exposes this region to more dangerous threats. Americans say they want the Middle East to be free from violent extremism, but this will only happen when the Middle East is free from occupation and foreign intervention. The Americans are selling their weapons throughout the Middle East. They calculate how much money they can earn from destruction. They don’t care about human beings. They don’t care about security or democratic process or political process. This is worrisome.”

“What are the results of American policies in the Middle East?” he asked. “All of the American allies in the region are in turmoil. Only Iran is secure and stable. Why is this the case? Why, during the last 40 years, has Iran been stable? Is it because Iran has no relationship with America? Why is there hostility between Iran and America? Can’t the Americans see that Iran’s stability is important for the region? We are surrounded by Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen. What good would come from destabilizing Iran? What would America get out of that?”

Source

Chris Hedges, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years. https://www.truthdig.com/author/chris_hedges/

48 thoughts to “Scapegoating Iran”

  1. The Founding Fathers would weep. The Great Republic has been taken over by Neocon warmongers. Iraq, Libya and Syria posed no serious threat to America, but Israel wanted them reduced to ruin, and America has obliged. Now Iran and Russia remain on the Israel Lobby’s hit list.

    It is obvious who is behind this disastrous policy, but the media dare not say it. Instead they saturate us with anti-Iranian and anti-Russian propaganda.

    Greece, then Rome, then Britain, all failed because of military overstretch. America is heading in the same direction.

    1. Apart from the terrible human cost of these wars the USA spends $600 BILLION a year on the military. That is about $1800 for every man woman and child in the USA, (325 million) JUST ON MILITARY SPENDING.

      1. I share your pain.

        Most of the Americans I have met are good people. They fall into two categories: (1) caring and intelligent Americans who know the score and who the Enemy is, like most of the enlightened commenters who post on this politically dissident website, and (b) Clueless Americans — mostly young, stupid and hedonistic — quite oblivious of the horrors being perpetrated under their own noses by their Jew-controlled government.

        If only Americans knew: America is a vassal state.

      2. But you already know this.

        We are in bondage.

        We are like birds, each in its separate cage.

    2. Militarily speaking, the sooner US falls the better. American tax payers have been bled for decades by the military industrial complex. $1,800 per head annually according to gross population. But far less of the gross population even pays tax. Discounting under-18s, the retired, the incarcerated, the unemployed, etc., the average tax payer is milked much more than $1800. Anyway, most of us pay federal income taxes but have no idea where the money goes or who approves the budgets. It’s all a tangled ball of yarn with a (((fat cat))) playing with it. Ah yes, and the cat just gets fatter and fatter. For average Joe American the future dont look 🌞. Donaldo ain’t much of a pencil-pusher. Don’t much like dry statistics. Too boring. I’m more of a boots-on-the-ground observer. At Wal-Mart, USs chief supplier of basic consumer goods, prices keep rising and rising while wages remain stagnant. For Joe 6 pack the hunger games have begun. A 🐌 and subtle hunger game has begun. But fat cats like Trump, Bibi, Kim, Putin, etc will continue playing with and manipulating the ball of yarn. 🙂

  2. After reading this fine article, anyone of any good sense would be hard-pressed to defend America’s foreign policies in the Middle East. At the same time, suggesting we abandon the premises arouses the consternation of those whose main concern is “humanitarianism” – as if American involvement is required to ensure health and happiness in other cultures besides our own. The only thing which will effectively dissuade America from the ridiculous continuity of meddling in foreign affairs is a sound and thorough whipping. The question arises: Who is going to administer said “whipping”??

    1. @ Gilbert Huntly

      The only thing which will effectively dissuade America from the ridiculous continuity of meddling in foreign affairs is a sound and thorough whipping. The question arises: Who is going to administer said “whipping”??

      It has been suggested by some that the man who is about to administer the said “whipping” is DONALD TRUMP.

      We are now waiting in suspense to see if this is the case.

      The 4D chess theory of Trump as America’s New Messiah is still an unproven hypothesis, except of course to its fanatical supporters. 🙂

      1. Unlike you, I do not hope for America’s demise – or for Trump’s blunders. The slogan “America First” is a good one, but only doable if we keep more to ourselves – and out of everyone else’s business. International commerce does not require imposing cultural ideals on others. It reminds me of the coffee beans I get from Africa. They are not promoted, here, because they are not “fair trade” products (although, IMO, they are the finest coffee beans in the world). How one nigra compells another nigra to pick his beans is none of my damn business!

      2. @ Gilbert Huntly

        Unlike you, I do not hope for America’s demise – or for Trump’s blunders.

        Good post, Gilbert. But you’ve misunderstood me. Badly! In no way do I hope for “America’s demise”. I am PRO-AMERICAN, not anti-American. I am against the American government, not against its people. I want America to survive and prosper, but the America I refer to is the OLD America of the 1950s and early sixties before the Usual Suspects took over.

        Before the Kennedy assassination.

        Before the attack on the USS Liberty by Israel.

        Before the 1965 immigration act, engineered by powerful Jews, that began to flood America with foreign immigrants.

        The America I love is the “good ole America” of Mom and apply pie, when your parents were probably alive and passed on their traditional values to you. The America of nostalgia. I am against the NEW America of dumbed-down zombies, of rabid Christian Zionsts, and celebrity whores in high places.

        As for Trump, if he actually succeeds in “making America great again”, I’d be the first to give him my full support. He’d then be my hero! 🙂

        But it’s not happening, Gilbert. The magician is on the stage, making a lot of noise and full of bravado and machismo, full of strut and chutzpah, but he ain’t pulled any rabbits out of his hat yet.

        Not for me, anyway.

      3. 4D Chess? Trump? You’ve got to be kidding! Puppets don’t play games; only the puppet masters play such games. Next thing you know Negroes will be playing 4D chess on Playing Chess With the Stars.

      4. Sardonicus –

        I try to take sides in favor of Trump because the media seems to hate him so much. Yes, I know that is silly, but it’d be even sillier to believe anything (((they))) say – known liars that they are. The whole shebang disgusts me! A lot of killing needs be done to rectify the situation… 😋

    2. Gilb,
      Maybe not WHO. But WHAT. Donaldo calls it “time.” The demise of any power is usually not a 1- ko punch. It’s a slow but steady deterioration resulting from multiple factors. For example. Donaldos favorite boxer, Rocky Marciano, was the only heavyweight to retire undefeated 49-0. He tragically, however, lost his life at 46 I believe when his private plane crashed in the “fields of opportunity”……Iowa in 1967 if my memory serves me correctly. Noone or no thing lasts forever. It meets its end. The 🇺🇸 is on a downward spiral for sure. But perhaps at the end of the day, 🇺🇸 will sink to the lowly status of existing as a normal republic in the World community. Wouldn’t be so bad really……..a micro “repair of the universe”……….in favor of the Goy.

      1. Donaldo –

        I know what you’re saying. I have felt the demise coming for a long time. I’m almost sixty years of age, now, and I don’t remember a time of contentment. Always, I have tried to improve whatever defenciencies over which I had power, but, now, lots of concerns have caused me to relax my vigilance and not bother myself too much over it. For instance, there is nothing I can do about the wrongs and injustices spoken of on this site except to try not to further them in my own life – and go on and live according to that conduct. Lately, I have realized life is too short to overmuch stress onesself over the deficiencies of others, and simply sit back and observe the show. At least Trump (whom I thought had much promise) is entertaining. But so was Bill Clinton. America has turned into a spectacle. Yes, the America which Sardonicus praises no longer exists – but I don’t have to like it! (And I don’t have to like the assholes who seem to gloat over it, either.)

  3. This 4-D hypothesis represents a “folly of rationalization” in making a case for a POTUS to be an American messiah, when the intent at the outset of America’s founding was to feature meddling in the affairs of others to be it’s whole raison d’etre while posing as just the opposite in purporting to be a beacon of freedom for the whole world.

    When the Masonic blueprint was laid out in the form of a constitution just made to order for the “meddlers”, the die was ALREADY cast for what is playing out now.

    Many of the founders may have had the best of intentions for being that beacon of light for a world to live in freedom, but little did they know what the version of freedom behind a Masonic mask really is.

    SIC SEMPER TYRANIS!!

    1. Sean –

      I read all about this in Tranceformation of America and more… decades ago. I listened to her interviews on short-wave channels with dozens of hosts of their own programs such as Bo Gritz, Jack McLamb, Jackie Patru, Rick Adams, John Stadtmiller, Michael Collins Piper, Art Bell and many more.

      I Have always been skeptical of Cathy and her book-selling handler, Mark Phillips.

      The fact that Google and Rothschilds allow this video to remain on THEIR YouTube makes me even more skeptical today. THEY want it there…. or it would be GONE!!

      THEY want it there… as it provides a good distraction away from the banking criminals.

      The most complicit:

      The writers of the constitution set up the war and banking criminals.

      1. Pat
        I’ll take a stab at answering a question I posed to you pertaining to thoughts linked to JFC’s hypothesis of what’s going on in Western China. Maybe you’ll care to expound on it

        It looks to me as though the plan is to tie up some loose ends by consolidating the oil fields over there in conjunction with completion of the Silk Road and somehow bringing Iran on board to connect the link, even if that means removing Is-ra-el from the equation

        Ultimately, Rothschild and his ilk are charged with the task of total monetary control of the planet, and playing “East and West” against each other to accomplish it. Their only loyalty is to the Father of Lies, and the ways of Zionism are not inclusive to the actions of the “West” only

      2. Pat
        Rothschild, etc. don’t care a whit about the content of books like Trance
        Formation of America being accessible because they know the vast majority of people would think it was just some kind of twisted fiction. It’s incomprehensible to them. But all you have to do is take a cold, hard look at the reality of this world to know better : {

      3. PAT
        I (don’t) know how deceptive they are: the more skeptical we try to be, the more gullible they might find us.

      4. Pat,
        One things for sure. If YouTube wants it gone, it goes. Several years ago a viewer could “Google” Joe Biden and watch him fondle young 👧 s in broad daylight in front of news cameras. This video footage no longer exists. Simply disappeared. Perhaps “Creepy Joe” is being groomed for POTUS in the future. We shall see. 🙂

  4. Hi Brownhawk,
    I am not a Freemason, never had anything to do with them, but I know that they were originally a sort of free speech or free thought group. It was The Enlightenment of the 18th century, but the Roman Catholic Inquisition would burn old ladies and anybody showing the slightest doubt about church dogma. They had to remain secretive, or get away to the north, to Britain, or as in the case of Voltaire, to Holland, to a place where scientific enquiry was encouraged.

    They have done a lot of good over the years. Many of the old London charities/hospitals were financed by the Masons. They get a bad press nowadays, mainly because of their secretiveness, but 200 years ago they were admired, and thanked.

    1. JK

      I understand that very well. My own father was a mason somewhere above the 3rd degree where most mason’s remain. But that they did, and continue to do good deeds is not at issue. The whole problem is with that “do-gooder’ mentality that opened Pandora’s box of horrors to the creeping reality of what’s BEHIND it

  5. Someone has to be blamed for debacles that have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dead, including at least 200,000 civilians, and millions driven from their homes. Someone has to be blamed for the proliferation of radical jihadist groups throughout the Middle East, the continued worldwide terrorist attacks, the wholesale destruction of cities and towns under relentless airstrikes and the abject failure of U.S. and U.S.-backed forces to stanch the insurgencies.

    Hmmmm Let’s see now, who might that be? Hmmmmm, wait! I think I know, does it begin with “J” and end with a “W”?

    1. Arch, I’d love to hear your thoughts on why Hedges never uses the word that begins with “J” and end with a “W” . Is getting his paycheck and selling his books more important to him, or is he either naive or corrupt as John Kaminski has suggested?

      1. Thank you all for the badly needed laugh.

        To be honest, I don’t know anything about “Hedges” (I’m assuming you’re talking Chris here). Don’t pay much attention to the world now that I have remodeled the cave. John Kaminski is the greatest unheard voice of our time.

  6. The Zionist Plantation called the USA works very well for the FED , the banks and loan companies . Drive through the U.S.A. and using state roads not the Federally funded highways , most states seem as bankrupt as a 3rd world Banana Republic . Separations on bridge decks , pot holes and lumps and bumps across nearly all the states that would better serve a donkey cart .Tent towns in the woods and inner cities where one can see the occupants scrounge through dumpsters and garbage cans, as many as 35,000 in Los Angeles County while Illegals walk into our country are fed , treated by doctors and dentists and photos are taken Soc. Sec. cards and numbers handed out and jobs await those that just arrived only weeks ago . As far as the middle east wars are concerned look for the usual money trail . See who supports the bombing and killing of goat herders and chicken farmers . Look at the huge numbers now of heroin addicts in the U.S. , Afghanistan is the largest grower of the poppy that produces the heroin that reaches across the globe . Money trails , money trails ….

  7. “They succeeded in creating bloodbaths. They succeeded in displacing millions of people. But they gained nothing.”

    Gained nothing? (((They))) have destabilized the entire Near East. Apart from Israel, Saudi Arabia (the Teflon state) and Iran, other powers in that region have been brought to their knees.

    This has served to (1) Establish Jewish hegemony in the region under nuclear threat. (2) Establish total control over the oil in that region which will bringing the bulk of the world’s light, sweet, crude oil reserves under (((their))) control. Looks to me like (((they))) are gaining exactly what they set out to achieve using (((their))) American golem to do the dirty work.

    1. Thanks, Arch. Your comments are really appreciated.
      Among the best on this site. You are also an accomplished wordsmith.
      Keep up the good work!

      Sr. Monica

    2. I’m not so sure. The neocons have the strategy of Donald Duck. This neocon crusade has let Iran get past Saddam and now Assad is letting the in, just to survive. this has done TERRIBLE THINGS to Israel and Likud. Likud pushed for these wars with AIPAC and now they have brought the Ayatollah and his Mullahs to their doorsteps.
      Its not blaming Iran, its seeing Iran from their house. Korea got canceled because Bibi has got to fight Iran or else. These neocons have totally screwed themselves. THEY HAVE TO FIGHT IRAN NOW.
      I for one, do not see this as a bad thing. Persia has always been a thorn in the side of the West, even before Mohammed was born. The Parthains prevented the encirclement of the Germans that resulted in Rome being overrun. I actually like that Iran and ZARDOZ have to expend themselves and destroy each other. IT LOOKS GOOD TO ME.
      What will Trump and ZARDOZ attack if Iran is not being pushed by AIPAC? Korea? Crimea? South China Sea? Iran is a good place for Trump to dump THE LAST LOAD. I figure Uncle Sham has ONE MORE LOAD TO BLOW. BLOW IT NEAR IRAN OLD MAN.

      Even a Pyrrhic Victory can be good. Two birds with one black square. Two black squares are about to meet. Neither one is my friend. Those paycheck soldiers never do anything GOOD FOR AMERICA.

  8. From the article:
    “The Pentagon, even if it wanted to, does not have the hundreds of thousands of troops it would need to attack and occupy Iran.”

    The false assumption in that statement is that attacking and occupying Iran will be accomplished ONLY by military force using troops. That is ‘so’ 20th century, if not 19th century.

    The author needs to get up to speed with today’s methods. But that would require calling out jew bankers in London – NM Rothschild & Sons Limited!!

    The prezzy before Trump controlled Iran with “YUGE” pallets loaded with $100 bills. Tons of them!! 🙂

  9. I apologize in advance for this comment. Nonetheless, I express my conclusion that Chris Hedges is “controlled opposition” (at best). He, as do other commenters, plays with words using terms for whole countries as if they were indeed objects on a “grand chessboard”. I myself am NOT the US, US, Inc., nor even a “fictitious name” representing someone’s “ownership” of all I am as a human being. How can we truly appreciate, analyze, assess what the HELL is going on throughout this planet if we insist on conceptualizing interactions among humans as geographical-“governmental” domains? Why waste our humanly precious moments — far more extended than those of the mayfly! — pondering such ludicrous imponderables? With these questions, I shall cease and desist for the moment!

  10. There is no need for the US to collapse as a nation, it just needs to stop it’s Zionist inspired imperialism, and for this to happen, the Zionist entity needs to be removed, from the 🌎,
    Remove the reason, remove the cause.

  11. The USA and the UK are both in decline, but it can be stopped. Situations are never irreversible.

    An oligarchy consisting of Jewish Power and a too-powerful public sector is draining not just the money out of the people’s pockets but also the will to resist. Jews control the government, the media, academia, the financial system, most big companies via hedge funds, all to the detriment of the common people.

    The public sector has become a trough for the benefit of those running things. When a UK hospital administrator gets £300,000 a year, but a surgeon gets £90,000, you know something has gone wrong. In the USA the healthcare system seems to have abandoned any sense of public duty.

    It can be stopped, but It needs a really tough leader, Mrs May is out of her depth. President Trump is weird and his pro-the-people stance is denied by his subservience to the Jewish Lobby. Things will not change until we get leadership that states the truth, not the propaganda we get now. I think things are changing :-

    “He is stamping out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored”

    That’s what the establishment fears, The Grapes of Wrath, and there is plenty of wrath out there. Watch Britain if we do not get out of the EU’s greedy, arrogant grasp. You’ll see some real wrath.

  12. Scapegoating Iran??? HA!!

    Singling out Iran will give them what they want, but just under the table from US. 🙂

    US – Israel – Iran – UK – Germany – Russia – China …. are all hooked together at the top.

    Iran needs a “YUGE” reserve currency to buy stuff… That is USD..!!!

    So, why is Trump picking a quarrel with Iran?

    Trump is bad-mouthing Iran to help his pet bear – ‘Put-On’ of the Kremlin.

    Trump is following orders from Rothschild’s Federal Reserve. To hell with Sharia banking rules in 21st century… Iran needs THE #1 reserve currency… USD.

    The best way to get USD to Iran, without exposing the pallets full in the news, as the ‘Bummer’ did, is funneling the funds through Russia… with the aid of US saber-rattling.

    Russia can send pallets full of cash in the planes and trucks made by US factories there – to help Iran…. become awash with green-backs… and the 500 US companies in Russia will show even greater profits with the low-wage Russian labor.

    Trump can ALSO help fill the wallets of his Wall Street buddies while looking like a tough guy as he did on his TV program. 🙂 WHAT AN ‘ARTFUL’ DEAL!!

    Now that the pump was primed in 2015… the other countries can continue with their deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

    Few know that…. Iran, with an installed power generation capacity of 75,000 MW, can turn into an electricity supplier to the European Union countries.

    See:
    Tehran Marks Upturn in Energy Investments
    Jan 2017

    https://financialtribune.com/articles/energy/57380/tehran-marks-upturn-in-energy-investments?utm_campaign=more-like-this

    Hamid Chitchian, the energy minister, recently said the nuclear accord has not only paved the way for attracting foreign investment, but also facilitated the export of technical and engineering services and equipment.

    “The ministry has ratified €15 billion ($15.9 billion) worth of water and power deals over the past 18 months … We have the potential to attract another $50 billion in foreign investment in the water and power sectors, though **the financing will be a long and gradual process,” he said.

    Iran can continue with the other countries in the deal…. allowing Iran to open up its cash-strapped economy to foreign investors.

    “Over the past year many foreign investors expressed interest in financing renewable and clean energy projects in Iran and several projects were approved, most notably the deal between MAPNA Group and Germany’s Siemens,” Daemi said.

    Iran’s top engineering and energy enterprise MAPNA signed a deal last year (2016) to acquire the know-how to manufacture Siemens gas turbines in Iran and buy more than 20 gas turbines and associated generators from the German industrial giant over the next decade.

    Siemens – DELIVERED – the first F-Class turbine to Iran in September which is to be used in a power plant in the southern city of Bandar Abbas.

    “The import of F-Class turbines, which significantly raise electricity production efficiency, is one of the outstanding achievements of the JCPOA,” said the official.

    The ministry also signed a $4.2-billion preliminary agreement in June with Turkish company Unit International to build seven natural gas power plants. The deal, which has been hailed as the biggest energy agreement in Iran since the easing of international restrictions, is expected to be finalized by March.

    Hamid Chitchian, the energy minister, recently said the nuclear accord has not only paved the way for attracting foreign investment, but also facilitated the export of technical and engineering services and equipment.

    Iran is increasing its footprint in the energy markets of Africa as well as East and Southeast Asian countries such as Sri Lanka and Indonesia, according to Chitchian. Tehran is also vying for a key role in the reconstruction of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan whose infrastructure  have been severely damaged by years of internal  strife and the devastation created by militant groups and terror outfits.

    — Potential for Export —

    Iran, with an installed power generation capacity of 75,000 MW, can turn into an electricity supplier to the European Union countries, the deputy minister said without elaboration.

    He added that Iran has high potential to develop wind and solar energy as “75% of the country is exposed to high levels of solar radiation which gives it great potential in the renewables sector.”

    Around 62,000 MW, or 80% of Iran’s 75,000-MW output, is generated from thermal plants that burn fossil fuels. In addition, 12,000 MW comes from hydroelectric plants and 1,000 MW from the sole nuclear power plant in Bushehr. However, total installed capacity of renewables is barely 240 MW.

    “Iran is gradually turning to renewable energy to avoid the (negative) effects of generating power in traditional ways,” he said. “Iran ranks the first in terms of producing electricity in the region and has the capacity to supply the EU with their electricity needs,” Daemi noted.

    Iran is more worried about Renewable Energy Prospects and $$$$ Help from US brokers than any war with US…. SO… Iran IS going – GREEN – following UN Agenda-21 and ‘Sustainable Development’ just like US, EU, Russia and China!!

    After years of exclusion from the global financial system, Iran is pushing foreign firms to invest in its massive oil and gas holdings. But there’s another part of Iran’s energy economy that’s opening up: its ‘RENEWABLES’ sector.

    Iran has good reasons to develop its hydroelectric, solar, and wind resources—from popular concerns about air pollution to fluctuating oil prices—and since the completion of the nuclear deal in 2015, it has made some progress in doing so.
    Only by addressing those problems can Iran grow its GREEN ECONOMY.

    Growing its ‘RENEWABLES’ sector could also help Iran fulfill the commitments it made under the Paris climate change agreement, which call for the country to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions relative to 2010 by 12 percent before 2030, under the most optimistic scenario. Iran’s renewable energy capacity now stands at around 200 megawatts. By next year, the country hopes to add 5,000 more.

    https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/iran/2017-04-27/other-green-movement

    Who KNEW??? NM Rothschild & Sons Limited in London KNEW. That’s WHO!! They LUV their UN Agenda-21 and 2030 and China’s 2050… 🙂

    http://nationalpost.com/news/world/xi-jinping-lays-out-plan-to-make-china-a-global-superpower-by-2050

  13. ADMIN: COMMENT FOUND IN ‘TRASH’ AND APPROVED.
    NO IDEA WHY IT WENT INTO ‘TRASH’.

    The problem is whites have allowed Jews to define them and their institutions. Take out all the Jewed terminology used today and see how well you are able to communicate with others.

    Whites accept the Jews’ terms without question and continually use them in the manner Jews desire. Thus, one is given but two oppositional points of view to consider. Liberal/conservative, rightwing/leftwing, heterosexual/homosexual, Nadzee/Antifa, red state/blue state, et al. This is based on the Jews’ sports model “our team versus their team.” Of course, everybody wants to be on the “winning team.”

    What’s the threat? We all sell out every day, might as well be on the winning team.” – They Live

    Jews have simplified goyim reality to the point of child-like absurdity and the gullible goyim have obligingly followed until their minds can no longer grasp shades of gray. In the Jews’ programmed world for the goy, everything is black and white, goot and evil, right or wrong. Yur either fer us or agin’ us is (((their))) motto for the goy, yet (((they))) treat their non-Jew “friends” much the same as they treat their enemies.

    It is interesting that while (((they))) program the goyim to be simplistic simpletons, Jews are all too complex with their attitudes. Thus one finds the Jews’ hypocritical duplicity maintaining relativity in everything deemed necessary to (((their))) agenda, e.g. moral relativity, legal relativity, constitutional relativity (after all these are the people that argue with god and win.)

    Jews internally consider nothing but shades of gray; when it suits (((them,))) everything is relative. Here one finds no set standards or value in anything. For Jew’s it’s “whatever the market will bear.” It is this type of two faced, schizophrenic, hypocrisy that baffles goyim who cannot cope with the idea of trying to rationally maintain totally irrational and/or oppositional thoughts, e.g. one must not hate Muslims because they are a minority, but one must hate Muslims because they are evil. Natural heterosexuality is wrong, but perverse homosexuality is right. Men are really women and women are really men. Negroes are brilliant while white men are stupid.

    The Jews’ psychopathic, schizophrenic insanity has broken the goyim mind to the point it can no longer function effectively in the high speed, non-stop world of “progress” (((they))) have created. (((They))) have given us their mind, the Jews’ insanity has become the white man’s insanity.

    Here is Carlos Castaneda’s bizarre description of the white man’s problem with a few clarifying comments included.

    “We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos, and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The predator is our lord and master. (More like crawled from the depths of a sewer, like the lords and masters of the Bible)

    “It has rendered us docile; helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don’t do so.” (Just like the Jew’s assumed authority of the state.)
    It was very dark around us, and that seemed to curtail any expression on my part.

    “I have been beating around the bush all this time, insinuating to you that something is holding us prisoner. Indeed we are held prisoner! This was an energetic fact for the sorcerers of ancient Mexico.” (Perhaps this is why Jones calls it a “prison planet”)

    “Why has this predator taken over in the fashion that you’re describing, don Juan?” I asked. “There must be a logical explanation.”

    “There is an explanation,” don Juan replied, “which is the simplest explanation in the world.

    “They took over because we are food for them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are their sustenance.

    “Just as we rear chickens in chicken coops, gallineros, the predators rear us in human coops, humaneros. Therefore, their food is always available to them.” (We could be pests, we could be food, but all we really are is livestock . . . – They Live)

    I felt that my head was shaking violently from side to side. I could not express my profound sense of unease and discontentment, but my body moved to bring it to the surface. I shook from head to toe without any volition on my part.

    I heard myself saying, “No, no, no, no. This is absurd, don Juan. What you’re saying is something monstrous. It simply can’t be true, for sorcerers, or for average men, or for anyone.” (No, no, no, no! It can’t be the Jews, they are too small a group to have such power! They are just like us! Why I know good Jews! In fact, some of my best friends are . . . )

    “Why not?” don Juan asked calmly. “Why not? Because it infuriates you?”

    “Yes, it infuriates me,” I retorted. “Those claims are monstrous!” (Everyone knows Jews were victims of demonic, nadzee atrocities. They are always the victim, never the perpe-traitor)

    “Well,” he said, “you haven’t heard all the claims yet. Wait a bit longer and see how you feel.
    “I’m going to subject you to a blitz. That is, I’m going to subject your mind to tremendous onslaughts; and you cannot get up and leave because you’re caught. Not because I’m holding you prisoner, but because something in you will prevent you from leaving while another part of you is going to go truthfully berserk. So brace yourself!”(I’m about to turn your upside down world right side up, so brace yourself!)

    There was something in me which I felt was a ‘glutton for punishment’. He was right. I wouldn’t have left the house for the world; and yet I didn’t like one bit the inanities he was spouting. (A typical goyim “awakening” scenario.)

    Don Juan said, “I want to appeal to your analytical mind. Think for a moment, and tell me how you would explain the contradiction between the intelligence of man the engineer, and the stupidity of his systems of beliefs; or the stupidity of his contradictory behavior. (How else would one explain the contradiction between the intelligence of man the engineer, and the stupidity of his Judaic based religious systems or the stupidity of his contradictory, self-destructive behavior?)

    “Sorcerers believe that the predators have given us our systems of beliefs; our ideas of good and evil; our social mores. The predators are the ones who set up our hopes and expectations, and dreams of success or failure. They have given us covetousness, [*covetousness- an envious eagerness to possess something] greed and cowardice. It is the predators who make us complacent, routinary, and egomaniacal.”( “Sorcerers believe?” Just look at Talmudic America! These parasitical “predators” gave us their religious law book called the Bible. Through their media, they have set up our hopes and expectations, and dreams of success or failure. It is the predator’s media programming that makes us complacent, routinary, and egomaniacal.)

    “But how can they do this, don Juan?” I asked, somehow angered further by what he was saying. “Do they whisper all that in our ears while we are asleep?”

    “No, they don’t do it that way. That’s idiotic!” don Juan said, smiling. “They are infinitely more efficient and organized than that. (They have taken over all the networks of information, they televise it 24 hours a day from Cable 54!)

    “In order to keep us obedient, meek and weak, the predators engaged themselves in a stupendous maneuver- stupendous, of course, from the point of view of a fighting strategist; a horrendous maneuver from the point of view of those who suffer it.

    “They gave us their mind! Do you hear me? The predators give us their mind which becomes our mind. The predators’ mind is baroque, contradictory, morose, and filled with the fear of being discovered any minute now. (A perfect description of the Jew. By means of their media, Jews have programmed our minds with their own murderous, hateful psychopathy.)

    “I know that even though you have never suffered hunger,” he went on, “you have food anxiety which is none other than the anxiety of the predator who fears that any moment now its maneuver is going to be uncovered, and its food is going to be denied. (The Jew’s greatest fear is that any moment they might be discovered, that their lies might be revealed, denying them the outrageous wealth and power (((they))) bleed from the body of the goyim.)

    “Through the mind, which after all is their mind, the predators inject into the lives of human beings whatever is convenient for them. The predators ensure in this manner a degree of security to act as a buffer against their fear.” (Jews inject an enemy-of-the-moment into our lives to act as a buffer against (((their))) own depredations upon our cultures.)

      1. So am I! Glad it got rescued. Great post.

        It was probably rescued by LD who has had personal experience of demons for many years. Though she prefers not to talk about it, and never has in public, as far as I know.

        Demonic possession, she once told me, is exceptionally rare. But there are degrees of demonic possession, ranging from full possession (as in “The Exorcist”), to medium and low possession at the other end of the spectrum. Full possession requires an exorcist for a cure; medium possession, prayer and fasting — “This kind (of demon) cometh not out but by prayer and fasting”, Christ notes in the Gospels; and light possession, cured by regular meditation and constant vigilance.

        See the latest article on demonic possession:
        https://www.darkmoon.me/2018/demons-really-are-possessing-people-warns-psychiatrist-as-pure-evil-sweeps-over-humanity/

        LD has the “gift of smell”, a rare faculty analogous to the “Nose” in wine testing, whereby those who are possessed by demons can be detected by being literally “sniffed out”. They emanate an unmistakeable odour, a sickly sweet smell like the smell of burning tyres. Or sometimes like rotten eggs laced with honey or molasses. It’s always a “cloying” smell, she tells me. Sweet but sickly.

    1. “Take out all the jewed terminology used today and see how well you’re able to communicate with others.”

      Boy ain’t that the truth. This of course extends to even the most insightful of us trying to explain things. e.g, in my recent post addressed to ” JFC, et Al” I stated that Judaism is Zionism in disguise*, which I’m sure lacked clarity 😗 But how can it NOT when dealing with the very language that’s been twisted into knots by the overseers who’ve mangled our ability to recognize the full nature of deception and express things accordingly?

      *to say “Wahhabism and Shintoism are Zionism in disguise” can make sense to astute thinkers, but to include Judaism in that mix certainly muddies the waters of proper expression. There’s a better way to express this thought. Any takers? 🤔

  14. “Seventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation is no longer a unified country. Its once modern infrastructure is largely destroyed, and the nation has fractured into warring enclaves.” This is a success story. A great success for the people that destroyed Iraq. Surely, you don’t think the New York Times and other Jewish media outlets will tell you the US destroyed Iraq, Syria and Libya for Israel, do you? Well, they did and the only reason you think otherwise is they keep telling you it was because Iraq had WMD, or some other reason. That isn’t even a valid reason, the US and many countries have WMD. Saddam Hussein and Iraq supported Palestinians with money and diplomatically and that is why Iraq was destroyed and it’s the same reason Iran is targeted by the US.

  15. It’s about time for another big false flag operation; this time with Iran as the patsy.

  16. Donaldo sees Iran as very similar to Israel. Israel claims to be the “Jewish” state. But it consists of many ethnicities and religious beliefs. In fact many Israelis are atheists. Bibi, in Donaldos view, is a lying, atheist, asshole who “represents” this Mediterranean country. Iran is the same. It claims to be an “Islamic Republic” but actually consists of Christians, Jews, Bahai and Muslims. The mullahs are like Bibi…..middle-aged fat-asses engaging in indulgence. 🇮🇷 should have been logical long ago and recognized 🇮🇱 politally as well as a trading partner. Imagine the great business that could bring prosperity between the two countries. As we peel deeper into the onion, both 🇮🇱 and 🇮🇷 are being set up by a sinister force which cares nothing for either of them. Jag, Pat…..fill in the consonants and vowels please. 🙂

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