Breaking the silence

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the opposition Labour Party in Britain will frustrate warmongers on both sides of the Atlantic. Just hours after he stormed to victory yesterday, Mr Corbyn – a socialist and chair of Stop the War Coalition – addressed crowds at the ‘Solidarity with Refugees’ rally in London.  He said war was not the answer to the ‘refugee crisis’ now enveloping Europe.

We need to have a thought as to why people end up in such desperate situations. I’ve been in parliament a long time and I’ve seen many decisions taken. And in moments of clamour and moments of fervour decisions are made. Go here, invade there, bomb there, do this, do that. It’s the easy situation, the media build it up. There’s lots of military advice, there’s lots of apparently simple solutions. Tragically wars don’t end when the last bullet is fired and the last bomb is dropped. The mourning and the loss of soldiers of all uniforms goes on, the mourning and the loss of families that lost loved ones because of bombardment and fighting, that goes on. The refugees move on and on and there are whole generations of refugees around the world that are victims of various wars.

This creates a problem for Prime Minister David Cameron who is keen to have a second go at trying to bomb Syrian President Bashar al-Assad out of office. Here’s how the Guardian reported the failure of his first effort in 2013.

Barack Obama’s plans for air strikes against Syria were thrown into disarray on Thursday night after the British parliament unexpectedly rejected a motion designed to pave the way to authorising the UK’s participation in military action. The White House was forced to consider the unpalatable option of taking unilateral action against the regime of Bashar al-Azzad after the British prime minister, David Cameron, said the UK would not now take part in any military action in response to a chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus last week. Although Britain’s support was not a prerequisite for US action, the Obama administration was left exposed without the backing of its most loyal ally, which has taken part in every major US military offensive in recent years.

Despite this setback, in September 2014 Syria became the seventh predominantly Muslim country – after Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Iraq –  to be bombed by Mr Obama. He got help from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Bahrain. Now Mr Cameron is trying to secure parliamentary support by promising to bomb both Assad and the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

We can do all we can as the moral, humanitarian nation at taking people and spending money on aid and helping in refugee camps. But we have to be part of the international alliance that says we need an approach in Syria which will mean we have a government that can look after its people. Assad has to go, Isil has to go and some of that will require not just spending money, not just aid, not just diplomacy, but it will on occasion require hard military force.

Put like this Mr Cameron is proposing ‘humanitarian intervention’ rather than regime change. Off Guardian notes the complementary message in the MSM is that the EU has to support the US agenda, even assist with an invasion of Syria or be swamped by the ‘fearful dispossessed’.

Fear porn in other words, but carefully laced with faux compassion. Everything else you read or see in the MSM is about planting this idea in the collective mind. They are trying to create the meme that the refugee crisis is suddenly (and inexplicably, but never mind that), so huge and so impossible to manage, so threatening to European security, to domestic economies and everything else we care about that bombing Assad and thereby starting a proxy war with Russia actually looks like the better alternative….It’s the final push to get us to approve the Empire’s longstanding bid to wipe out yet another centre of opposition to its hegemony.

It is almost certain that parliament in the absence of Mr Corbyn would have sanctioned military action, especially against jihadists notorious for sordid ‘beheading videos’. But these mercenaries would not have been endangered by British airstrikes save for the sacrificial patsy or two. They are CIA assets. Islamic State is Al Qaida reincarnated for social media, a proxy armed and supported by the West. Assad and the Syrian people have always been the target.

It’s useful to recall that fourteen years ago, on 9/11, the world watched New York’s Twin Towers crumble to dust in seconds after being struck by airplanes earlier that morning. World Trade Centre 1 was hit at 8.46 am and collapsed at 10.28 am. For WTC 2 the times are 9.03 and 9.59. At 5.20 in the afternoon the 47 storey WTC 7 building – which was not hit by a plane – collapsed. The BBC reported the event at 4.57 pm some 23 minutes before it happened. The  investigation conducted by the National Institute of Science and Technology confirmed the building miraculously went into freefall defying the established laws of physics. Alternatively it was brought down with explosives.

The official narrative that the 9/11 attacks were masterminded by Osama Bin Laden from a cave in Afghanistan is patently nonsense. If the BBC challenged just some of the major discrepancies the story would implode. The families of  3000 victims – and thousands more responders poisoned at Ground Zero – would get justice. Instead the BBC shamefully recycles the thoroughly discredited claim that the Syrian state has used chemical weapons of mass destruction against its citizens.

America has a lengthy record of military interference in other states. The  US strategy for dismantling Yugoslavia (1991-2001) revived NATO, enforced the Washington Consensus, undermined the UN Charter, mainlined the doctrine of ‘humanitarian intervention’ and forged a template for international duplicity.

It also birthed the Republic of Kosovo, formerly a Serbian province and now essentially an American base for the projection of military force and the protection of the multi-billion dollar heroin trade.  Citizens from this Mafia state  – and centre for the trafficking of human organs – swell the numbers of desperate people trying to cross the Hungarian border. Elizabeth Zimmerman – citing a Monitor news report – says the blame shared by Germany and NATO for displacing millions through war are almost never discussed.

Kosovo is Europe’s poorhouse. More refugees came to Germany from Kosovo in the first half of 2015 than from any other European country, and to no other country are so many now being deported. According to Monitor, one out of four inhabitants live on less than €1.20 per day. Seventy percent of those under the age of 30 are unemployed. Corruption and criminality are ubiquitous among the political elite. Of the approximately 500 million euros of development aid sent from Germany in recent years, practically nothing has gone to the population. Most of the money landed in the coffers of corrupt politicians and officials. The so-called Eulex Mission of the EU is intended to provide for the establishment of an efficient legal system, but the opposite is the case. Eulex itself bears much of the blame and promotes corruption as well as criminal and mafioso structures so that, for political reasons, those most responsible are never prosecuted or brought to account. According to the Monitor report, the West works with politicians “who stand accused of corruption and the most serious crimes and still control the levers of power.”

For the neoconservative hawks in US policy-making circles, this ability to carve-up and terrorise nations was not enough, even after the end of the Cold War. In 1992 a draft Pentagon ‘Defence Planning Guidance’ – inspired by Dick Cheyney – provided a blueprint for permanent American global hegemony to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival. A Clean Break , a 1996 strategy paper proposed Israel preemptively remove from power all its enemies in the region beginning with Saddam Hussain.

The neocons argued the US needed a revolution in military affairs (RMA) to achieve full spectrum dominance. The ability to wage high-tech warfare and strike from space was vital. But this required public support and steep increases in military spending. In 2000 The Project for A New American Century  – whose leading members would form part of the Bush administration –  crystallized the problem.

The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new Pearl Harbour.

The 9/11 attacks followed on cue. A month later Afghanistan was targeted for harbouring Bin Laden. The Taliban twice offered to give him up if the US  provided evidence of his complicity. The only response they got was bombs. Bin Laden denied any involvement and the FBI later admitted it had no evidence linking him to 9/11.

On 30 January 2002, President George Bush told Congress that 9/11 was only the beginning of the struggle with terrorism and the US now faced the ‘Axis of Evil’ of Iraq, Iran and North Korea, nations threatening the peace of the world by seeking weapons of mass destruction. It made little difference that this claim was refuted by CIA intelligence reports or that Iran – as journalist Siddarth Varadarajan demonstrated – has never had a case to answer. Four months later in May, on a similarly vacuous basis, US Undersecretary of State John Bolton formally identified Syria, Libya and Cuba as additional members of the Axis.

In 2013 investigative journalist Greg Palast unearthed the ‘Endgame’ memo confirming “that in the late 1990s the top US Treasury officials secretly conspired with a small cabal of banker big-shots to rip apart financial regulation across the planet”. Banking controls in all 156 member states of the World Trade Organisation – bar Brazil – were eliminated, prising open markets for US banks and allowing the derivatives trade to go global.

When you see 26.3 percent unemployment in Spain, desperation and hunger in Greece, riots in Indonesia and Detroit in bankruptcy, go back to this End Game memo, the genesis of the blood and tears.

But of course there were states outside the WTO  immune to institutional coercion. In 2007 General Wesley Clark (retired) revealed that about ten days after 9/11 he was told the US had targeted for ‘take down’ seven rogue states; Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

Author Ellen Brown has connected the dots.

Countries laboring under the yoke of an extractive private banking system are being forced into “structural adjustment” and austerity by their unrepayable debt. But some countries have managed to escape. In the Middle East, these are the targeted “rogue nations.” Their state-owned banks can issue the credit of the state on behalf of the state, leveraging public funds for public use without paying a massive tribute to private middlemen. Generous state funding allows them to provide generously for their people. Like Libya and Iraq before they were embroiled in war, Syria provides free education at all levels and free medical care… Iran too provides nearly free higher education and primary health care. Like Libya and Iraq before takedown, Syria and Iran have state-owned central banks that issue the national currency and are under government control. Whether these countries will succeed in maintaining their financial sovereignty in the face of enormous economic, political and military pressure remains to be seen.

US aggression has devastated nations, destroyed self-sufficiency and forced millions to traverse borders to survive. It’s primed by a dysfunctional economy which redistributes rather than creates wealth. Interest payments on some $15 trillion of national debt waste almost 70 percent of annual income tax receipts and over 40 percent of GDP consists of destructive activity. CEOs, condemned to falling profits, buy back their stock to inflate prices and make a quick buck – for shareholders and themselves.

War and austerity are no longer options for the elite. They are core ‘economic’ strategies to sustain capitalist accumulation and keep afloat a perverse debt-driven system dependent on money creation by private banks. The ruling class thrives on secrecy and deference. Not any more. Jeremy Corbyn has broken the silence which consumed Britain.


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