In this article, Thierry Meyssan distinguishes the analysis and strategy of President Assad on the one hand and Maduro and Morales on the other. His aim is not to place these leaders in competition, but rather to call upon each of them to remove themselves from political catechisms and to pay due attention to the lessons learnt from the most recent wars. In May 2017, Thierry Meyssan appeared on Russia Today and explained where the South American elites were going wrong in their fight against US imperialism. He insisted that there has been a sea-change in the way the US now wages armed conflicts and we now need to radically rethink how we should defend our homeland. The operation to destabilize Venezuela continues. The first phase: violent gangs demonstrating against the government killed passers by, as if citizenship created no bonds between them. The second phase: the major food suppliers organized food shortages in the supermarkets. Then some members of the forces attacked several ministers, called for a rebellion and now have retreated into hiding.
It seems that many voices within the federal government are quite concerned about the growing patriot movement throughout the country, and especially in rural strongholds where land and liberty go hand and hand. More events like the Bundy Ranch standoff seem likely to occur, as the BLM and other agencies show no sign of changing policies, and more and more individuals are waking up to the abuses and tyrannies taking place. It is isn’t just hypothetical – environmental regulations and bureaucratic land management continues to undermine ranchers and farmers who are, in many cases, forced out of business or taxed & penalized to death. Many are refusing to take it lying down, and groups across the country are training and preparing in case of the worst – a standoff with the feds over land and their very way of life. According to the Washington Post: Deep in the heart of a vast U. S. military training ground, surrounded by spent shotgun shells and juniper trees blasted to shreds, the Central Oregon Constitutional Guard was conducting its weekly firearms training. ‘The intent is to be able to work together and defend ourselves if we need to,’ said Soper, 40, a building contractor who is an emerging leader in a growing national movement rooted in distrust of the federal government, one that increasingly finds itself in armed conflicts with authorities. Those in the movement call themselves patriots, demanding that the federal government adhere to the Constitution and stop what they see as systematic abuse of land rights, gun rights, freedom of speech and other liberties. Law enforcement officials call them dangerous, delusional and sometimes violent, and say that their numbers are growing amid a wave of anger at the government that has been gaining strength since 2008, a surge that coincided with the election of the first black U. S. president and a crippling economic recession. […] ‘It doesn’t say in our Constitution that you can’t stand up and defend yourself,’ Soper said. ‘We’ve let the government step over the line and rule us, and that was never the intent of this country.’
This post was published at shtfplan on May 23rd, 2016.
hat tip: Washington’s Blog and David Swanson People around the world view the US as the greatest threat to peace; voted three times more dangerous than any other country. The data confirm this conclusion: Since WW2, Earth has had 248 armed conflicts. The US started 201 of them. These US-started armed attacks have killed ~30 million and counting; 90% of these deaths are innocent children, the elderly and ordinary working civilian women and men. The US has war-murdered more than Hitler’s Nazis. US official reports now confirm all ‘reasons’ the US told for current armed attacks were known to be false as they were told. These lie-started US wars are not even close to lawful (here andhere recently). US wars and rhetoric for more wars continue a long history of lie-began US Wars of Aggression. The most decorated US Marine general in his day warned all Americans of this fact of lie-started wars for 1% plunder.
We apologize in advance for the depressing tone of what we have written here. Of course the migrant crisis that Europe is currently facing is anything but cheerful – for those who understandably are desperate to come in and for the Europeans who are contemplating the likely consequences of this. But the lack of leadership to tackle this clear and present danger to Europe’s future is truly concerning. Both the migrants and the Europeans might be worse off as a result. While the armed conflicts in the Middle East get all of the press coverage, we have written about how the dearth of water there is affecting millions of people and might cause one of the greatest humanitarian disasters the world has ever seen – irrespective of who prevails in those conflicts. That reality will not go away. And we are already getting a preview. This year Germany alone might get an influx of 800,000 migrants, about 1% of its population. Ah, but fear not… European leaders are working on a plan, which reading from the headlines will likely involve paying hundreds of millions of Euros to African states to take all those people back. It’s a purely political/financial band aid that portrays a certain naivety about the problem and the region. Once those countries get the money we can only wonder how long it will take before all of the migrants and more are back on the shores of the Mediterranean. There are no easy solutions here. And there is a much deeper issue that is surfacing as this crisis rages on: Europe’s defenses are highly vulnerable, which is a real risk if elements of those migratory influxes turn from desperate to hostile. This may seem at odds with the narrative of the EU being home to hundreds of millions of people, an active NATO member and aspiring world power (with nuclear weapons to boot). All very good indeed, but let’s consider what is lacking across the Old Continent right now:
This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/10/2015.
The United States is responsible for 41% of the worlds total military spending. The next largest in spending are China, accounting for 8.2%; Russia, 4.1%; and the United Kingdom and France, both 3.6%. . . . If all military . . . costs are included, annual [US] spending amounts to $1 trillion . . . . According to the DOD fiscal year 2012 base structure report, The DOD manages global property of more than 555,000 facilities at more than 5,000 sites, covering more than 28 million acres. The United States maintains 700 to 1000 military bases or sites in more than 100 countries. . . .